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Swatting Mr. Trump

Let’s assume your neighbor is a jerk. His kid broke your window playing ball and he doesn’t think he should pay for it. He throws empty beer cans over his fence into your backyard. His 10 dogs, all the size of Shetland ponies, use your yard for a toilet and snarl if you try to […]

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Republican Embarrassments

Free-marketers are right that tax cuts stimulate economic growth that in turn lead to expanding production and eventually more federal tax revenue. But the problem traditionally has been that to obtain tax reductions, Republicans also have had to sign on reluctantly to larger expenditures. Or, worse, they willingly believed they could spend more, simply because […]

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All the President’s Men II: Dirty Tricks with a Vengeance

When the Nunes memo finally became public, the media immediately went to work to say it was “nothing.” Really? Replace the names “Comey,” “Strzok” and “McCabe” with “Haldeman,” “Ehrlichman” and “Mitchell” and reread it, please. It’s a lot like Watergate, if the original break was not the work of G. Gordon Liddy and his candle-impervious […]

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Why Did the FBI Set Up Trump?

The FBI spied on the Trump campaign. The pretext was that the campaign, and possibly Donald Trump himself, was compromised by the volunteer efforts of foreign policy advisor, Carter Page. Stories diverge regarding Page, his reputation, and his involvement with the Russian government. Some sources say energy consultant Carter Page was a shady character under […]

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Why FISA-gate Is Scarier Than Watergate

The Watergate scandal of 1972-74 was uncovered largely because of outraged Democratic politicians and a bulldog media. They both claimed that they had saved American democracy from the Nixon Administration’s attempt to warp the CIA and FBI to cover up an otherwise minor, though illegal, political break-in. In the Iran-Contra affair of 1985-87, the media […]

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The FBI’s Steele Dossier Deception

In the finger-pointing flurry over the release of the Nunes memo, perhaps the most important point keeps getting overlooked. When the FBI presented the so-called Steele dossier to the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court in 2016, there is no evidence that it was accompanied by a good faith evaluation or summary of its contents. Why does […]

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How to Outflank Everyone on Immigration

Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie remark about the Republican primary in their recently published book, Let Trump Be Trump: We wanted none of the other candidates to move to the right of us on immigration. From the overwhelmingly positive reaction we received at rallies to the boss’s hard-line immigration stance, we knew he had struck […]

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Cheatin’ Hillary’s Crooked Enablers

You don’t need to master some secret art of literary exegesis to see that the terse four-page Nunes memo—released Friday, despite unprecedented establishment apoplexy over its declassification—was assuredly not the “end of American democracy,” as some hysterics predicted. Nor was it the end of the story. But what a barn-burner of a story of political […]

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Nefarious or ‘Nothing Burger’? Our Oligarchy on the Nunes Memo

If you aren’t yet persuaded of the existence of a ruling class oligarchy in the United States today, the reactions to the release of the Nunes memo should prompt second thoughts. The four-page memo made public last week by the House Intelligence Committee details abuses by the FBI and the Justice Department in obtaining a […]

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Media Fumble Their Latest Attack on Nunes Memo

The media and Democratic spinmeisters think we are stupid. Wait, check that. Not just stupid—illiterate. How else to explain their latest attempt—to borrow a promo from CNN—to tell us an apple is a banana? More specifically, how could they twist media reports that do not say the Justice Department informed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court […]

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A Tale of Two Countries

Rep. Joseph Kennedy III (D-Mass.) had the unenviable task of rebutting President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address this week. Kennedy found himself repudiating Trump’s advocacy of traditional Democratic Party issues, including government accountability, fair trade, job training, paid family leave, prison reform, and rebuilding the nation’s crumbling infrastructure. The privileged political tyro […]

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What If the Media Covered Sports Like They Cover Trump?

I don’t know one poll that suggested New England was going to have this kind of night,” said CNN’s Jake Tapper. “Nobody predicted this,” said Chris Matthews on MSNBC. Nobody did. Because the New England Patriots didn’t have a chance. The Jacksonville Jaguars had the experience and the elite personnel to carry them to victory. […]

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NeverTrump “Conservative” Michael Medved: A Look Back

Now that Donald Trump has had what is, by many accounts,  an astonishingly successful first year—according to the Heritage Foundation, at any rate, an even more successful year than the one enjoyed by sainted Ronald Reagan—it is worth looking back on just how spectacularly wrong were some of the president’s “conservative” critics. This is a […]

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Night of the Living Dead

Looking at the Democrats Tuesday night I thought of zombies. No living man or woman could have sat motionless through words to which no living, thinking man or woman can be indifferent. Perhaps Democrats have been feeding on so much #Resist zombie paste that they can no longer think. But they need to think, and […]

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California’s Left-Wing Oligarchy Profits from “Scarcity”

There is no good reason for home prices and rent to be so much more expensive in California than they are in the rest of the country. The supposed shortages of land, energy, and water, as well as the poor condition of our roads and freeways, are all problems that might have been avoided by […]

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No Such Thing As An Independent FBI

Of the many criticisms of President Trump, perhaps one of the more ill-considered is the suggestion that he is interfering with the “independence” of the FBI. The FBI, the argument goes, is not only a high-skilled, highly trained, and highly professional law enforcement organization—which it undoubtedly is—but should do its work free from political interference […]

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Republicans: Release the Memo—or Shut Up

A classified, four-page memo outlining misconduct by the Justice Department and the FBI has scandalized Capitol Hill. Congressional Republicans claim the memo proves what President Trump and people associated with his campaign have been arguing all along: that the investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election was […]

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Trump is Not to Blame for the Downfall of the California GOP

As a lifelong Californian, there are few political lies more infuriating to me than the suggestion, repeated recently in the New York Times, that President Trump is somehow at fault for the decline of the California Republican Party. The story goes something like this: Because Trump is tough on immigration, he has made Republicans even […]

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Red Flags Raised—Blue Wave Building?

On Tuesday night in Wisconsin’s 10th State Senate district, Republicans watched with alarm as Democrats took yet another legislative seat. What makes the loss so troubling is it was a seat Republicans had held for 17 years in a district Donald Trump won in 2016 by 17 points. Yet the Democrat won by 11 points. […]

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Mr. President, Don’t Betray Your Base With a DACA-Only Deal

President Trump faces a defining moment as he considers what to do about the DACA mess and the wall along the southern border that was the central promise of his campaign. Will the president make good on his repeated vows to establish a pro-citizen, pro-worker immigration policy—including a wall? Or will he accept the same […]