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With Mueller, like Kenneth Starr, beware of wishful thinking
In Washington in the 1990s, it was a sure bet that whenever conservative journalists and activists got together, the conversation turned to the Clintons, Kenneth Starr and the Whitewater investigation. There was a good bit of what one editor memorably called "hush-hush and heavy breathing" when insiders discussed momentous developments that were surely on the way. Somebody knew somebody who had heard from somebody close to Starr that big indictments were imminent -- just around the corner.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018


The Turkish hostage crisis
It's never a good idea to negotiate with a hostage-taker, but when it's a NATO ally, there isn't much choice.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Trump connection
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- The scene here in this old Colonial seaport is deceptively pacific. The sun shimmers off the sea, the fishing boats pass quietly. But the talk over a leisurely lunch, harvested from the cool blue waters below, is anything but tranquil. The topics are Donald Trump, the midterm congressional elections and how little -- or how much -- a Republican House candidate should identify himself with the president.
Monday, August 13, 2018

Don't ban Alex Jones
It's just gotten a little easier for the government to control the weather.
Saturday, August 11, 2018

Men of stature and decency
Friday, August 10, 2018

Sarah Jeong better drive carefully!
If you're worried about the social media monopolies censoring speech, just be happy they can't put you in prison.
Thursday, August 9, 2018

Elizabeth Warren's lie
Elizabeth Warren is branching out. 
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The John the Baptist of the left
A voice crying in the wilderness is supposed to be ignored, not rewarded with accolades and growing influence.
Monday, August 6, 2018

Female candidates must move beyond #MeToo
Have you heard? A woman who recently ran for president got nearly 3 million more votes than Donald Trump. Only the Electoral College -- actually, a few thousand ballots in three key states -- delivered the presidency to the current POTUS. And that was with an assist from Russia.
Saturday, August 4, 2018

The ACLU won't rest until every illegal gets in
After all the wailing about the children streaming across our wide-open, wall-less border, there was very little media interest in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday on this very subject. Knowing facts could interfere with their showboating displays of compassio
Thursday, August 2, 2018

After 'really bad' month, GOP midterm fear rises
From time to time, I've been catching up with a Republican strategist who is trying to help the GOP keep control of the House in this November's midterm elections. It's been an up-and-down ride.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Sombra, rescue dog of my dreams
Dear Sombra,

So you're the German shepherd so good at sniffing out stashes of cocaine that drug traffickers in Colombia want you dead. Your story -- how your laser-guided snout helped the Colombian National Police seize at least 9 tons of drugs, leading to 245 arrests -- has gone global.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The battle over socialism is joined
It's begun. We are having a debate over socialism. 
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Don't call me
My son was in the other room on the phone, and he sounded like me, which is not always a good thing. By the time I caught on, he was asking for the supervisor's supervisor. Usually, he gets mad at me when I lose it with customer service representatives, but here he was, channeling me at my worst.
Monday, July 30, 2018

Pressure mounts, former Trump 'fixer' turns aggressive
WASHINGTON (AP) — The hiring of a Washington insider to be a public attack dog. Tantalizing leaks to the media. Puzzling allegations of actions that could fell a president. Talk of more to come.
Saturday, July 28, 2018

Social Security's 'slow motion' crisis speeds up
Saturday, July 28, 2018

The power of low expectations
Saturday, July 28, 2018

Central Park rapists: Trump was right
The city of New York released thousands of documents from the 1989 Central Park rape case last week, provoking more weeping and gnashing of teeth over Donald Trump's full-page ads in four New York newspapers taken out soon after that attack with the headline:

"BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY.

"BRING BACK OUR POLICE!"

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The real conflict with Iran
It's Tehran's turn for the "fire and fury" treatment.
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Why is Mueller handing off key cases?
Something has been going on with Robert Mueller's investigation of people thought to have played significant roles in the Trump-Russia affair. The special counsel, assigned to investigate "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump," has been farming out seemingly important parts of the investigation to offices outside his own.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The GOP is Trump's party now
The remarkable transformation of the Republican Party, begun with Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, reached a historical milestone last week in Helsinki with the president's warm embrace of Vladimir Putin.
Saturday, July 21, 2018

Don't dismiss NATO's faraway members
Donald Trump thrives on an image of strength, so it's never a good look when he inadvertently invokes the spirit of Neville Chamberlain, the British prime minister whose name has become a watchword for appeasement. 
Saturday, July 21, 2018

Putin is killing millions of Americans!
I don't know what Trump said during that two hours when he met privately with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but like so many in the media, I know what I hope he said: Mr. Putin, I need you to publicly admit your complicity in our illegal alien problem.
Friday, July 20, 2018

Requiem for a pretty boy with dignity
Tab Hunter died this month at 86. Blond and blue-eyed with a sweet smile, Hunter fit the 1950s bill for a Hollywood heartthrob. But he had no interest in the girls who swooned over him -- or for girls in general. Hunter was one of several closeted gay movie stars leading complicated double lives. Unlike most of the others, however, he eventually chose a life of sexual honesty.
Thursday, July 19, 2018

Why Trump doesn't admit Russian election interference
Was Russia's effort to interfere in the 2016 election the most important issue on the table at President Trump's Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin? No. But it's not an unimportant issue, either, and Trump knew the American press is obsessed with it. So he knew it would play a big role in the Trump-Putin post-summit news conference.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Trump's Helsinki discord
Donald Trump is not, and never will be, the Moscow correspondent for The Nation magazine, and he shouldn't sound like it.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Kavanaugh threatens the left's right to cheat
The fact that the media responded to the nomination of a Supreme Court justice by obsessively covering Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Russia and NATO proves that Trump has checkmated them with Brett Kavanaugh.
Saturday, July 14, 2018

High-court consequences
By selecting Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, President Donald Trump produced an unusually revelatory moment. The country has seen the president as impulsive and instinctive, but rarely as deliberative. It has seen the extent of his resentment of the old political order, but rarely has seen him struggle with the limits of resentment as a political strategy.
Friday, July 13, 2018

How many times must we save people who overdose?
A deeply humane friend recently suggested that medics stop saving people on their third opioid overdose. The subject was naloxone, a medication that can yank users from the jaws of death. It can be given via Narcan nasal spray or injection.
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Don't cry for Angela Merkel
Angela Merkel is, her supporters like to gloat, the leader of the free world.  

Just don't ask her to spend as if she is. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Mueller reveals tenuous link between Manafort charges and Trump
It's often been observed that special counsel Robert Mueller, assigned to investigate alleged Trump-Russia collusion in the 2016 presidential campaign, has yet to charge anyone with a crime involving Trump-Russia collusion in the 2016 presidential campaign.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Abolish ICE -- a foolhardy idea whose time has come
There are few things more powerful in politics than a dumb idea whose time has come.
Monday, July 9, 2018

The varieties of patriotic experience
We're coming off a big patriotism week, full of fireworks real and metaphorical. And as we lean into an even more critical week -- with President Donald Trump about to nominate a new justice for the Supreme Court -- we might do well to reflect on the nature of patriotism.
Saturday, July 7, 2018

Roe is a travesty
The prospect of overturning Roe v. Wade will be at the foreground of the battle over Justice Anthony Kennedy's replacement, and it should be.
Friday, July 6, 2018

Can a Massachusetts liberal be nominated or president?
Could Elizabeth Warren be nominated for president?

There are plenty of establishment Democrats who are worried.

I know the answer: Yes.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Donald Trump's mainstream immigration policy
Perhaps no Trump policy has provoked more emotional reaction than the practice of separating illegal border crossers from the children they brought with them to the United States. There's no need to recount the number of times critics have called the president a Nazi, or a fascist, or just plain cruel.
Thursday, July 5, 2018

When we worked together for a just cause
Lest we forget: The American Revolution was fought in the cause of freedom, but the battle for freedom did not end at Yorktown. And lest we think that the great monument to freedom is in Philadelphia, remember that another stands here on the banks of the mighty Ohio River, and it contains a message for us as we approach the birthday of the Declaration of Independence and its all-men-are-created-equal credo.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy Fourth of July, you wonderful country!
It has become fashionable to equate the French and American Revolutions, but they share absolutely nothing beyond the word "revolution." The American Revolution was a movement based on ideas, painstakingly argued by serious men in the process of creating what would become the freest, most prosperous nation in the history of the world. (Until Democrats decided to give it away to the Third World.)
Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Mexico has elected a leftist president who welcomes immigrants, should you care?
Mexico's next president will be Andris Manuel Lspez Obrador, a former Mexico City mayor and outspoken critic of the political establishment both in Mexico and the United States. The 64-year-old leftist, who had for months led a crowded presidential field, beat three competitors on July 1 to triumph in his third preside ntial bid.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The tawdry and dumb Nazi charge
The Nazi analogy has long been recognized as the crudest and dumbest form of argument, but it is enjoying a renaissance.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Will Trump waste another chance to build the wall?
Building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border was Donald Trump's premier campaign promise, and he is running out of chances to keep it.
Monday, July 2, 2018

Country overboard! Women and children last!
I'm still ticked off at him for not building the wall, but THANK YOU, PRESIDENT TRUMP, FOR POINTING OUT THAT MAXINE WATERS HAS A LOW I.Q.!
Monday, July 2, 2018

'Abolish ICE' new rallying call for 2020 Democrats who say 'start over'
ATLANTA (AP) — Several prominent Democrats who are mulling a bid for the White House in 2020 sought to bolster their progressive credentials this week by calling for major changes to immigration enforcement, with some pressing for the outright abolition of the federal government’s chief immigration enforcement agency.
Saturday, June 30, 2018

Some Republicans propose using online sales tax money for new tax cuts
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A U.S. Supreme Court ruling making it easier to collect online sales taxes could yield billions of dollars for state and local governments — if they decide to keep it.
Saturday, June 30, 2018

What Trump gets
In the 1950s, the great neo-conservative intellectual Irving Kristol acknowledged Joe McCarthy's stark failings, but famously refused to take the side of his critics. "For there is one thing," he wrote, "that the American people know about Senator McCarthy: He, like them, is unequivocally anti-Communist. About the spokesman for American liberalism, they feel they know no such thing."
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

A very local news organization
The route to Weare is winding and rolling. This is not tourist New Hampshire, though the trees sit thick in the forest, and here and there along the way -- roads once traversed by the famous white-oak-and-ash Concord stagecoaches -- are the stone walls that for centuries have been part of the landscape of central New Hampshire.
Saturday, June 23, 2018

Pueblo Sin Fronteras
Journalists know absolutely nothing about immigration and refuse to learn, so when I cited the fraudulent "humanitarian" cases on TV Sunday night, I footnoted myself live on air, citing a New Yorker article as well as my book, "Adios, America," which has nearly 100 pages of footnotes. That should make it easy for even the stupidest reporters.
Friday, June 22, 2018

Enforcement, not separation, is the issue
President Donald Trump climbed down on separating families at the border, but the underlying argument is not going away.
Friday, June 22, 2018

Women's dignity counts for zero?
The woman soon to be Rudolph Giuliani's third ex-wife is not the most sympathetic of victims. Judith Nathan cavorted openly with Giuliani while the New York mayor was still living with his second wife and their two children.
Thursday, June 21, 2018

What Republicans suspect about the FBI's Trump-Russia probe
The struggle to uncover the FBI's conduct in the Trump-Russia probe has made some congressional investigators deeply suspicious of the bureau. But what do those investigators think actually happened in the Trump-Russia affair -- at least, what do they think the FBI did?
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The unfairness of Harvard
The Harvard University admissions process appears to be an ongoing microaggression against Asian-Americans.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Time for Pruitt to go
It's time to test the proposition whether it's possible to roll back the Obama regulatory agenda without using government employees as glorified personal assistan
Monday, June 18, 2018

Bernie Sanders declining to endorse son in race fits pattern, friends say
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — An endorsement by Bernie Sanders is one of the most coveted gifts in Democratic politics. But the Vermont senator and liberal darling is notoriously reluctant to back many politicians, including, it turns out, his own son.
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Debates about immigration older than the United States itself
Finally, after agonizing procedural wrangling that is only a preface to even more agonizing floor debate, the House in the next several days will take up the immigration issue. 
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Texas abortion clinics sue to undo laws that have been on the books decades
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas abortion providers who won a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2016 that blocked a new wave of anti-abortion efforts are now using that decision to try to undo laws on the books for decades in a lawsuit filed Thursday.
Friday, June 15, 2018

FBI report reveals Strzok text claiming FBI would prevent Trump's election
WASHINGTON (AP) — As the FBI investigated both candidates running for president in 2016, two FBI employees exchanged thousands of personal texts and messages that included a running political commentary — including newly released messages in which one of them expressed a desire to “stop” the election of Donald Trump.
Friday, June 15, 2018

Meanwhile, 10 miles from the White House
Thursday, June 14, 2018

On North Korea, a president who tried something different
Reaction to President Trump's summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has broken down along the usual Trump-anti-Trump divisions. The truth is, it will take a while before it's clear whether the summit achieved anything or not.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Trudeau annoying, but not an adversary
Justin Trudeau may be the annoying, youthful avatar of chic progressivism -- but he's not our adversary.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Trump is not destroying himself
Right now, Donald Trump is in the strongest political position since the initial months of his presidency.
Monday, June 11, 2018

Why we can't get along
The Stanford alumni magazine may not widely be considered one of the leading journals of life in the United States, but turn the pages of its most recent edition and you will find an examination of perhaps the most important issue in American civic culture today.
Saturday, June 9, 2018

GOP midterm strategist asks: What does it mean to 'approve' of Trump?
Donald Trump is riding a wave of popularity, at least by Trump standards.
Saturday, June 9, 2018

I have a dream. . . about gay wedding cakes
The Supreme Court's recent decision on whether a Christian baker can be forced to make a wedding cake for a gay marriage (no) arriving on the same day that Bill Clinton reared his syphilitic head on NBC's "Today" reminded me how liberals always use black people as props.
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Roseanne, Bee, the Eagles: What About Whataboutism?
Whataboutism is a "logical fallacy that attempts to discredit an opponent's position by charging them with hypocrisy without directly refuting or disproving their argument." Thank you, Wikipedia.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Christian baker 1, Officious bureaucrats 0
In the closely watched Masterpiece Cakeshop case, the Supreme Court dealt a blow against the small-mindedness that so often characterizes the self-appointed minders of social justice in America.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Robert F. Kennedy and the great unknowns
The primary victory in California. The admonition to go to Chicago "and let's win there." The procession into the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. The candidate splayed on the ground, his right arm extended. The final grim news from the Good Samaritan Hospital. The brother's eulogy for a man "who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it." And then the funeral train, the most poignant since Lincoln's, its route lined with people at attention, saluting, holding their hands over their hearts.
Monday, June 4, 2018

Unlikely visitor, the Rev. Franklin Graham, campaigns in liberal Berkeley
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Rev. Franklin Graham says he is coming to Berkeley in peace and in a longshot attempt to sway voters to support evangelical Christian candidates.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Harvey Weinstein and the Clinton protection racket
Harvey Weinstein's recent perp walk reminds me of another great thing about Trump winning the election: Hillary Clinton isn't president.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Trump: Why isn't Samantha Bee being fired for her horrible language?
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump asked today why comedian Samantha Bee wasn’t fired for using a vulgar, sexist term to describe his daughter. 
Friday, June 1, 2018

Roseanne's lunacy tells us nothing about America
Valerie Jarrett, the former Obama aide targeted by Roseanne Barr, says the comedienne's train wreck should be a "teaching moment." And so it should -- about the poisonous kookery of Roseanne Barr. 
Friday, June 1, 2018

The border hysteria
One of the rules of our politics is that it's permissible to accuse the Trump administration of anything, and the claim that it "lost" 1,475 migrant children fits the bill. 
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Trump-Russia: The bank-shot investigation
On May 22, a man named Evgeny Freidman, the owner of more than 800 taxi licenses in New York City, pleaded guilty to "failure to remit to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance $5 million in 50-cent (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) surcharges between 2012 and 2015," according to a press release from the state attorney general.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The doomsday scenario: What if school walkouts don't work?
The New York Times seemed to think it was bitterly ironic that some of the students at Santa Fe High School, site of the recent mass shooting, had staged a walkout last month in support of the Parkland, Florida, students. But now, only a month later, one of the students who participated in the walkout is in the hospital from yet another school shooting.
Friday, May 25, 2018

Richard Goodwin, the voice of an American era
Glasses were clinked, canapes were offered, the Kennedy mixture of mirth and myths was in the air. But this year being the 50th anniversary of the death of Robert F. Kennedy, the conversation last Sunday night in the library commemorating the 35th president naturally turned to the second brother.
Friday, May 25, 2018

Is the Trump Tower meeting really proof of collusion?
If there is an Exhibit A in the case that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to fix the presidential election, it is the June 9, 2016, meeting in Trump Tower between three top campaign officials -- Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner -- and a group of Russians who promised dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Chinese threat isn't just trade
We are currently engaged in a high-profile negotiation that may or may not succeed in getting the Chinese to buy more of our stuff.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Mike Pence is determined to be heard from again
Thomas Marshall, whom you very likely have never heard of, served as Woodrow Wilson's vice president and is known for his declaration that what America needed was a good five-cent cigar. But he also is the man who used to tell the story of two brothers, one who went to sea and was drowned and the other who became vice president of the United States. Neither was ever heard from again.
Monday, May 21, 2018

Prosperity exacts a quality-of-life price
It's the craziest thing. Factory towns that bled both jobs and people still have a fine housing stock, cheap for lack of demand. Booming tech centers, meanwhile, attract battalions of newcomers despite their soaring housing costs and growing congestion.
Saturday, May 19, 2018

The Russia temptation
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, the Democrat from Minnesota, uttered a forlorn sentiment at a Center for American Progress conference. She said Democrats can't spend all their time bemoaning President Donald Trump's existence, and that her voters care more about soybean exports than Russian bots. 
Saturday, May 19, 2018

On the McCain controversy
There have been some ugly comments recently about Sen. John McCain. With the senator at home in Arizona fighting brain cancer, a young White House aide reportedly told colleagues they need not worry about his objections to CIA nominee Gina Haspel because, "It doesn't matter, he's dying anyway."
Friday, May 18, 2018

Donald Trump's Jerusalem triumph
In the second century A.D., Jewish rebels who had stunned the Romans and liberated a portion of Judea overstruck imperial coins with images and a message of their own, "Year One of the Redemption of Jerusalem." 
Friday, May 18, 2018

































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