The president’s tour in the Middle East and Europe is going extremely well, to the point where there is almost complete silence from the Democrats. The Treasury and the Office of Management and Budget are rolling out a budget …
Democrats’ Incessant Trump Bashing Will Pay Electoral Dividends
Conventional wisdom says that Democrats are in serious trouble.
In the aftermath of Hillary Clinton’s defeat, the narrative goes something like this: Democrats are internally divided, with the far-left wing led by Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren battling it …
Jerusalem, Israel — “We have returned to the cisterns,” legendary Israeli songwriter Naomi Shemer crooned exactly 50 years ago in her famous song “Jerusalem of Gold,” which she revised to reflect Israel’s historic liberation of the Holy City. “A ram’s horn …
Regime Change by Any Other Name?
Election machines in three states were not hacked to give Donald Trump the election.
There was never a serious post-election movement of electors to defy their constitutional duties and vote for Hillary Clinton.
Nor, once Trump was elected, did transgendered …
Trump’s Saudi Speech: Pretty Good
In Riyadh, on the first stop of his tri-monotheism tour that will take him to Jerusalem and Rome (sorry, Mecca was not available), Donald Trump gave a major speech on a wide range of topics: the Middle East, jihadi violence, …
That was the title of Russell Baker’s famous memoir: Growing Up. (It was once famous, I should say.)
Anyway, I would like to single out a line from President Trump’s speech in Saudi Arabia, now that he has …
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Don’t Bet against Tax and Health-Care Reform in 2017
If the smart-money folks on Wall Street think a special counsel to oversee the Russian probes spells defeat for business tax cuts, they’re leaning well over their skis.
The market sold off over 300 points on Wednesday, but it may …
The Guardrails of American Democracy Can’t Contain Trump
The pleasant surprise of the first 100 days is over. The action was hectic, heated, often confused, but well within the bounds of normalcy. Policy (e.g., health care) was being hashed out, a Supreme Court nominee confirmed, foreign-policy challenges (e….
Presidential Intelligence Sharing Is Highly Precedented
If you listen to breathless, Trump-loathing Democrats and their stooges in the liberal media, you would think President Donald J. Trump is the biggest traitor since Ethel and Julius Rosenberg sent Stalin the recipe for the atomic bomb.
As the …
Trump’s Budget Proposal Isn’t Perfect, but It’s a Start
Our annual budget theater has now begun: President Trump has released his proposed FY 2018 budget, and Congress has pronounced it “dead on arrival.” This yearly ritual has become such a part of Washington life that presidential budgets should probably be …
Why Impeaching Trump Is a Bad Idea
The past two weeks have effectively shattered any hope that the floundering Trump administration would eventually settle into the daily grind of “politics as usual.” First, President Trump fired FBI director James Comey after the bureau requested extra resources from …
Callista Crosses the Tiber
During the 2016 presidential race, Donald Trump suggested that Hillary Rodham Clinton had not been faithful to her husband, who, famously, was not faithful to her. It was an ugly and stupid moment in a campaign full of ugliness and stupidity. …
Trump’s ‘Principled Realism’ Is Not Very Realistic about Islam
So for what exactly is the “extreme vetting” going to vet?
That was the question I could not shake from my mind while listening to President Trump’s speech in Saudi Arabia on Sunday to dozens of Sunni Islamic leaders …
Trump’s Statesmanlike Speech in Riyadh
President Trump did himself a great deal of good in his Riyadh speech, but he left a gaping hole in his approach to terrorism.
To begin with the positive, he was presidential, indeed statesmanlike, in his delivery and in his …
The president has not been in office for a year, and already there is talk of impeachment.
He is a man of means, in his seventies, and accustomed to getting his way. He seems genuinely confused by the situation. He …
Nation on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
The man can’t help himself. I’m speaking of course of our president, Donald Trump, whose talents at marketing and publicity brought him wealth and fame and, at the age of 70, the highest political office in the nation. Aggressive, flamboyant, unpredictable, …
The President and Patriotism
President Trump has made a great deal of patriotism, or nationalism: “America First.” “Make America Great Again.” And so on. But sometimes his actions belie his claims to patriotism.
In an interview for Fox News, Bill O’Reilly said to …
Stop Making Terrible Arguments for Blind Loyalty
If I’ve heard this once, I’ve heard it a thousand times. The argument goes something like this:
“The GOP is so stupid. Look at how the Democrats handle controversy. They circle the wagons, no one breaks ranks, and …
Over the long term, the politicization of everything is a greater threat to American national life than any single politician — including Donald Trump or any candidate the Democrats nominate to challenge him in 2020. If there is no place for common …