Biden In Decline

Featured image I never thought Joe Biden had a serious shot at the Democratic nomination. Even when he was in his prime, he wasn’t up to the task. And that was a long time ago. But it is the Ukraine scandal that is putting Biden’s candidacy to a perhaps-premature end. James Freeman describes the news media’s almost comical efforts to protect Biden: When President Trump turned to the Bidens and Ukraine in »

The Crazy Chronicles

Featured imageIs it my imagination, or are liberals and their allies getting more insane by the day? Here’s an Inventory of Crazy on my cyber-spindle right now: • Tom Steyer says if Trump wins re-election, “literally it could be the end of the world.” Hard to see what Trump could so so much more effectively than in his first term, but whatever. Maybe Trump will be less inhibited on Twitter in »

Trump to increase steel tariffs on Turkey

Featured imagePresident Trump says he will raise tariffs on Turkish steel due to Turkey’s invasion of Syria. He will also halt negotiations on a trade deal. In addition, certain Turkish ministers associated with the invasion will be sanctioned. Trump notes that “Turkey’s military offensive is endangering civilians and threatens peace, security and stability in the region.” The result, he adds, is a “humanitarian crisis” that “Turkey does not seem to be »

Lebron James, Useful Idiot, Part 2 [Updated]

Featured imagePaul wrote earlier today about Lebron James’s ill-informed and self-interested comments on Chinese oppression of the residents of Hong Kong, and Daryl Morey’s free speech rights. One of my kids noted this lampooning of James by Barstool Sports, on Instagram. Barstool pulls no punches: “In honor of Lebron denouncing freedom of speech…” When you’re being criticized by sources as disparate as Power Line and Barstool Sports, it is probably time »

Lebron James, useful idiot

Featured imageLebron James has weighed in on the controversy over the expression by the Houston Rockets’ general manager of sympathy for the people of Hong Kong, and on the NBA’s reaction thereto. James accused the GM, Daryl Morey, of thinking only about himself. James said: [A]t times, there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you’re not thinking about others, when you only think about yourself. I don’t want »

The Chuck Todd Experience

Featured imageIn the adjacent post I discuss Vox’s coverage of the Trump rally in Minneapolis last week. Tim Graham chronicles Chuck Todd’s old-fashioned approach to the rally in the NewsBusters post “Call Him Spike? Chuck Todd Vows NOT to Show Trump Attacking Omar, Hunter Biden.” Citing Todd’s MSNBC show this past Friday, the day after the rally, Graham notes that “Todd offered a pompous commentary on how he was refusing to »

Exposed: The CNN hatefest

Featured imageIf you’ve caught CNN at a random moment during the Trump administration — voluntarily or involuntarily — you know that the network has turned itself into a perpetual Trump hatefest in its political coverage. It is not exactly earth-shattering news that a whistleblower has stepped forward to reveal that the hatefest is run from the top of the executive ranks — CNN President Jeff Zucker — to the troops below. »

Charles Barkley weighs in on NBA and China

Featured imageCharles Barkley claims that those who criticize the NBA for not taking a stance on China are hypocrites (and worse). He says people ripped Colin Kaepernick for taking a stance on race relations and the police in America, yet want the NBA and its players to take positions about what happens in a foreign country. Barkley is wide of the mark. First, Kaepernick was ripped not for taking a position »

This month in baseball history: The 1969 World Series, Part Two

Featured imageThe heavily favored Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Mets in Game One of the 1969 World Series. Game Two seemed like a must-win affair for the Mets. They sent Jerry Koosman to the mound to face Dave McNally. These were two of the very best left-handed pitchers in baseball at the time. Koosman was a farm boy from Minnesota. He hadn’t played high school baseball because his high school »

A word from Michael Goodwin

Featured imageMichael Goodwin served as executive editor and editorial page editor of the New York Daily News before taking up his current role of chief political columnist for the New York Post. At the Daily News, Goodwin led the editorial board to a Pulitzer Prize. He is not given to overstatement. In his New York Post column “Madness of left-wing zealots,” Goodwin observes: [S]ingling out Trump for the turmoil engulfing the »

Adverse consequences of Syrian pullback mount

Featured imageYesterday, I noted that as a result of President Trump’s decision to pull back U.S. troops from northeastern Syria, raids against ISIS in other parts of Syria have been curtailed. Today comes word of other adverse consequences. One is Turkish atrocities and, perhaps, war crimes. Allahpundit at Hot Air has the relevant links for those with the stomach to check them out. In the age of “America First,” we’re no »

Vox lying in the wilderness

Featured imageIt’s difficult to predicate a claim of defamation on a statement that can be characterized as opinion, but I think Vox’s Aaron Rupar crosses the line in his account of the Trump rally in Minneapolis last week. Referring to Power Line last week, Rupar wrote: “Citing articles from a fringe right-wing Minnesota-based blog, Trump called Omar ‘a disgrace to our country’ and pushed unfounded conspiracy theories about her marital history.” »

Dairy Cows: Tangled Up In the Green New Deal [with comment by Steve]

Featured imageThe Green New Deal, and similar environmental initiatives, have little to do with the environment and much to do with the Left’s desire to control every aspect of our lives. Because everything we do, beginning with breathing, involves emission of carbon dioxide or other “greenhouse gases.” AOC’s Green New Deal specifically proposed, among other things, that all air travel be banned and that all cows be done away with because »

Resistance: Buy It!

Featured imageKim Strassel’s new book, Resistance (At All Costs): How Trump Haters Are Breaking America, officially goes on sale tomorrow. Rarely has a book been so timely; I recommend that you buy it. I wrote a week ago about the terrific job that Kim did as a speaker at Center of the American Experiment’s Fall Briefing. After that post appeared, two organizations in other states contacted us to ask how they »

Key witness: Trump said no quid pro quo

Featured imageWe know from documentary evidence that Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the EU, told William Taylor, our ambassador to Ukraine [correction, the chargé d’affaires], that there was no quid pro quo involved in connection with Ukraine investigating the Bidens. Sondland appears to have been the president’s point person within the diplomatic corps for dealing with Ukraine in these matters. Sondland will testify before a congressional committee this week. According »

The Donald Trump Experience (2)

Featured imageSitting in the audience at the great Trump rally in Minneapolis on Thursday evening, I couldn’t help but watch the event in part through the eyes of my Somali sources. When he turned to the subject of immigration, the president singled out Minnesota’s Somali community. “For many years, leaders in Washington brought large numbers of refugees to your state from Somalia without considering the impact on schools and communities and »

NBA Censors Pro-Hong Kong Sign

Featured imageAmericans may be ill-informed about many things, but they know a lot about sports. So, ironically, it could be the NBA’s enforcement of Red China’s strictures on unapproved speech that, more than anything else, educates Americans on the nature of the Chinese regime. This happened on Wednesday, but I just saw it via InstaPundit. At an exhibition game between the Washington Wizards and the Guangzhou Long Lions at Capital One »