Eight Days in May – Editorial of The New York Sun

February 15, 2019 by · Leave a Comment 

Maybe Hollywood will make a movie of the Trump administration called “Eight Days in May.” That’s the period in May 2017 between when President Trump fired the director of the FBI, James Comey, and Robert Mueller was named special prosecutor. Those days were, a new report says, when the Justice Department huddled on whether the new President could be removed under the 25th amendment.

The report is from the CBS’s interview with Andrew McCabe, the former acting director of the FBI who ended up getting fired for lying. “The most illuminating and surprising thing in the interview to me,” Scott Pelley of “60 Minutes” says, “were these eight days in May when all of these things were happening behind the scenes that the American people really didn’t know about.”

Like, say, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein offering to wear a wire in meetings with the newly elected President. “There were,” Mr. Pelley says, “meetings at the Justice Department at which it was discussed whether the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet could be brought together to remove the president of the United States under the 25th Amendment.”

Source: Eight Days in May

What If G-Men Went After the Washington Post as They’re Going After the Enquirer? – Ira Stoll

December 18, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Imagine that a federal prosecutor had gone after The Washington Post Company back in the 1990s on the theory that the reluctance of its magazine, Newsweek, to publish an article about a sex scandal involving Bill Clinton constituted an illegal campaign contribution to the Clinton campaign.

The ensuing outcry and fear that prosecutors would begin substituting their own news judgment for that of editors wouldn’t have been limited to First Amendment absolutists like Nat Hentoff. It would almost certainly have been widely shared. And justifiably so.

As Newsweek itself eventually found out via Matt Drudge, and as the framers of the First Amendment well understood, free-market competition is better regulation of press behavior than any second-guessing by government lawyers threatening criminal prosecution based on creative theories of campaign finance law.

Source: What If G-Men Went After the Washington Post as They’re Going After the Enquirer?

The Democrats’ Constitution Problem

October 8, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Now that Brett Kavanaugh has acceded to the Supreme Court, the time is at hand to get to the bottom of this beef. What was it that so deranged the Democrats that they were willing to try to destroy the good name of a distinguished nominee? Was it abortion, as some suggest? Or allegations of sexual assault? Or the nominee’s alleged lying about his time in President George W. Bush’s White House?

All of that malarky may have played a role in triggering the Democrats, but our own estimate is that their quarrel is something else. It is increasingly evident that the Democrats are chafing under the Constitution itself. Every one of them who holds federal, state, or local office has had to swear to the parchment (the Constitution so requires). They are, though, unhappy about it and want it changed.

Source: The Democrats’ Constitution Problem

Brennan on Treason

August 22, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

CHUCK TODD: “You have been more outspoken than really any former official. And in fact, it may be why many Republican legislators feel comfortable taking the presidents side; they believe your comments have been over the top. Do you regret essentially accusing the president of treason? Do you regret some of the things you have said?

JOHN BRENNAN: “I called his behavior treasonous, which is to betray ones trust and aid and abet the enemy, and I stand very much by that claim.

Source: Brennan on Treason

July 4 Offers A Warning For Trump

July 3, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

In some sense that may even be healthy. Our foreboding about tyranny may have prevented us from sliding into it. Our founding opposition to political connections with Europe may have helped us avoid being dragged down into some of that continent’s decline.

And if, since 1776, America’s internal conflicts about trade, immigration, and judges have been settled mostly peacefully, we have to thank for it a founding generation that followed up the Declaration of Independence with a remarkably resilient and inspired Constitution. It is something to celebrate, too, this year on Independence Day.

Source: July 4 Offers A Warning For Trump

Schumer’s Hypocrisy Soars to New Heights Over Gasoline Prices

May 29, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Displays of political hypocrisy just don’t get any more brazen than the recent press conference by four Senate Democrats criticizing President Trump for soaring gasoline prices.

The Democratic Senate leader, Charles Schumer, claimed that the price increases were “directly” related to “President Trump’s reckless decision to pull out of the Iran deal.” What Schumer didn’t mention was that he had voted against the Iran deal. Senator Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, also voted against the Iran nuclear deal, and he, too, was at the Capitol Hill press conference denouncing the high gas prices.

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Eric Schneiderman’s Fall

May 8, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s hard to remember the fall of a powerful politician in New York that was as swift — and deserved — as the resignation last night of Eric Schneiderman as the state’s attorney general. It followed by only hours a devastating dispatch in the New Yorker disclosing allegations by four women of assaults by Mr. Schneiderman — beatings, at least two death threats, violence racism, and threats to use the power of his office to pursue his prey.

Source: Eric Schneiderman’s Fall

Trump Confounds Critics Who Vowed He’d Soon Resign

April 30, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

President Trump deserves more credit than he has gained for at least one thing — outlasting his critics’ prediction of the length of his tenure.

In a post-election column published in the November 11, 2016, New York Times, David Brooks wrote, “the guy will probably resign or be impeached within a year.”

Source: Trump Confounds Critics Who Vowed He’d Soon Resign

A ‘Sorry’ Zuckerberg Is Turning to Print As Congress Champs

March 29, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The legacy news organizations, such as print newspapers, blaming the decline of their businesses on big technology companies like Google and Facebook. The newspapers have gone so far as asking Congress for an antitrust exemption to help them demand money from Google and Facebook for the privilege of providing hyperlinks to their stories.

It’s not only advertising revenue that the newspapers have lost, though they have lost that, by the billions of dollars. It’s the agenda-setting power.

Source: A ‘Sorry’ Zuckerberg Is Turning to Print As Congress Champs

The Relic of Justice Stevens

March 28, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The Wall Street Journal certainly made short work of Justice John Paul Stevens’ call for repeal of the Second Amendment. The justice, who retired from the Supreme Court in 2010, issued his latest opinion in the New York Times. He called the concerns that animated the Founders to vouchsafe the right to keep and bear arms a “relic of the 18th century.”

Source: The Relic of Justice Stevens

Collapse of Credibility In Mainstream Press Puts Burden on Readers

March 20, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s not just President Trump who thinks “fake news” is a problem. Even the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward is warning that some reporters are becoming “emotionally unhinged” covering President Trump and crossing over into a “tone of ridicule.”

Source: Collapse of Credibility In Mainstream Press Puts Burden on Readers

The Promise of Pompeo

March 13, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

President Trump’s decision to promote Mike Pompeo to secretary of state is a huge step in the right direction. It means that, if Mr. Pompeo is confirmed, the administration will have in the top foreign policy job an officer who was first in his class at West Point, appeared in arms in Iraq, soared at law school, mastered politics in Congress, has run the Central Intelligence Agency — and who agrees with the president.

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The Coming Korean Summit

March 9, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

President Trump’s plan to meet Kim Jong Un has already had one effect — it has flipped the New York Times. Only a few months ago the Times was complaining that Mr. Trump had threatened at the United Nations to destroy totally North Korea, while offering “hardly a hint of compromise or interest in negotiations.” Now the Gray Lady is rushing out a column by Nicholas Kristof warning that Mr. Trump’s plan for a summit is a “dangerous gamble and a bad idea.”

Source: The Coming Korean Summit

Harvard’s Next President Finds a Teaching Moment Even Before Taking Office

February 19, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The Crimson columnist complained that Mr. Bacow “does not understand, first-hand, what it means to be reduced to your gender or the color of your skin.”

And there, precisely, is encapsulated the irony of the situation. The vanguard of the anti-racism, anti-sexism movement on campus looks at an individual chosen for a job and can’t see past his skin color or his gender. If Mr. Bacow didn’t “understand, first-hand” what it means to be reduced to gender or skin color before he was chosen for this job, he sure does now, because it appears to be the only thing, or the main thing, that his critics can see about him.

Had those critics bothered to look beyond appearances, they might see someone who introduced himself to the university in a YouTube video as the son of two Jewish refugees.

Source: Harvard’s Next President Finds a Teaching Moment Even Before Taking Office

A Tale of Two Memos: Mulvaney, Nunes Missives Both Press Rule of Law

February 6, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The story of the Trump administration this year has been the story of two memos. There is the Nunes Memo, from the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, describing “abuses” by the FBI and the Department of Justice in wiretapping a volunteer adviser to the Trump campaign.

And there is the Mulvaney Memo, from the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Mick Mulvaney, which has gained less attention but which may ultimately be even more significant in restoring the rule of law.

Source: A Tale of Two Memos: Mulvaney, Nunes Missives Both Press Rule of Law

How the Trump Turnaround Took Davos by Storm By Putting America First – The New York Sun

January 27, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

“America is open for business, and we are competitive once again.” That was just one of the key lines in President Trump’s highly successful Davos speech this week.

Of course, in going to Davos, Mr. Trump entered the lion’s den. A year ago such a visit would have been a poor idea. Back then, elitist heads of state, the European Union bureaucrats, and the international chief executives were uniformly against Donald Trump.

But Mr. Trump’s 2018 Davos strategy was a brilliant stroke.

Source: How the Trump Turnaround Took Davos by Storm By Putting America First – The New York Sun

Will Supreme Court Now Act Against Judges’ Campaign To Foil Trump Presidency?

January 18, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Could the fight over the Dreamers finally get the Supreme Court to put its foot down on the campaign by liberal district judges to foil Donald Trump’s presidency? It looks like we could find out.

That’s because of the announcement this week that the Trump administration will try to go back to the Supreme Court over the latest orders from a judge in San Francisco.

Read the entire report on The Sun newspaper

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