The Alleged Kushner–Kislyak Meeting: Amateur Hour May Be Worse Than ‘Collusion’
The Putin regime is hostile to the United States. Donald Trump’s infatuation with forging an alliance with Russia (much like his infatuation with crafting a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians whose objective is to destroy Israel) has …
Boris Nemtsov’s Legacy Haunts Putin’s Russia
Amidst the hundreds of Russia-related headlines saturating the current U.S. media landscape, it was almost inevitable that a small but significant one of them would go almost unnoticed. On May 13, the U.S. Senate came one step closer to …
Krauthammer’s Take: Special Counsel Helps Trump Now, but He Loses Control in the Long Run
Charles Krauthammer said that the appointment of Robert Mueller to be special counsel to oversee the Russia investigation helps Trump deal with the situation now, but his control over it will be lost over time:
The idea that there’s …
For Anyone But the President’s Eyes Only
From the Tuesday edition of the Morning Jolt:
For Anyone But the President’s Eyes Only
You can support this president; you can even love him. But you can’t trust him.
What are we to make of last night’…
WaPo: Trump Revealed Classified Info to Russians
So what to make of the latest mess?
I don’t know if the Washington Post story is accurate, but I do think it’s entirely plausible. Put aside whether the story is properly sourced and all that. When you …
Fátima perplexes me. Catholics celebrated its hundredth anniversary last weekend. How do they reconcile the Church’s fairly recent teaching about it with the oral tradition that grew up around Fátima in the 20th century?
Most accept the …
Will Trump Confront Renewed Religious Repression in Russia?
On April 20, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation banned Jehovah’s Witnesses, a pacifist religious organization it designated “extremist.” The more than 170,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia can no longer meet without fear of jail, and all church properties …
We Need Mutually Assured Destruction
The United States and Russia — and before it, the Soviet Union — have been in a nuclear standoff since 1949. This 68-year-old standoff has been very tense at times, such as during the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. At other times it’s …
Turkey’s Turn toward Russia
Independent observers have deemed Turkey’s referendum campaign to be neither free nor fair, but their objections may be moot. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed victory and declared debate over; he will not accept a recount or nullification.
Stubborn (and Astounding)
Today on the homepage, I conclude my series on Vladimir Kara-Murza, the Russian democracy leader who has been poisoned twice — and twice escaped death. He is only in his mid-thirties, but he has already experienced a lot (obviously). And …
On and from Russia, Straight Talk
Vladimir Kara-Murza is the Russian democracy leader who was poisoned. Twice. Twice, he was near death, and twice, he came back. And he is still at it: still pressing for democracy in Russia. He is exceptionally brave.
I wrote about …
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 …
Intelligence Lapses and Double Standards
For Democrats, there is nothing like having the media and the intelligence bureaucracy on the team.
We don’t know all the details, but let’s stipulate that if President Trump disclosed to Russian diplomats secret information that was shared …
The Latest ‘Just Like Watergate’ Idiocy
There is so much legal ignorance in the reporting and commentary about the “Russia investigation,” it is hard to keep up. The latest is that we need a special prosecutor because the firing of FBI director James Comey could amount …
Krauthammer’s Take: ‘It Seems as if Trump Has a Recurring Cold and the Russkies Are Involved’
Charles Krauthammer said during a previous segment that Trump would probably not be affected by the reported intelligence slip during a meeting with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, but in this clip he pointed out that incidents with Russia are …
In the words of the sage:
“Settle down, Beavis.”
We are in the midst of a great and greatly embarrassing national outbreak of hysterical ninnyism, for the moment focused on the person of Donald J. Trump, the failed casino operator …
Impromptus: ‘Condemned to success,’ &c.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan is well on his way to becoming dictator of Turkey. Officially, his title is “president.” Previously, it was “prime minister.”
I remember him from yore. He was a regular at conferences of the World Economic Forum, whether …
Impromptus: America’s place in the world, &c.
Since the 1988 GOP convention, I have been quoting George Bush (the Elder). It was at that convention that he first accepted the presidential nomination.
He asked a question, essentially: Is America “another pleasant country on the U.N. roll call, …
A Grave Defeat for Religious Rights in Russia
Russia’s crackdown on religious activity took a major step forward this week as the Justice Ministry banned Jehovah’s Witnesses. Russia has steadily curtailed rights to evangelize in recent years, but this move signals their commitment to aggressively policing …
A Russian Patriot and His Country, Part III
Editor’s Note: In the current issue of National Review, we have a piece by Jay Nordlinger on Vladimir Kara-Murza, the Russian democracy leader. This week in his Impromptus, Mr. Nordlinger has expanded that piece. For the first two installments, …