Longtime readers of National Review are well familiar with Bob Ehrlich, the former governor of Maryland. We have featured him several times. He is an unusual politician: a straight-talking, no-nonsense, fearless Reagan Republican. At the same time, a thoughtful one.
Krauthammer's Take: Tired of Clinton Foundation Lies? Expect Eight More Years of Them If We Elect Hillary.
Former president Bill Clinton followed up his attempted weekend defense of the Clinton Foundation scandal with another interview, this time on CNN — and, says Charles Krauthammer, may have made things worse.
First, President Clinton:
And here’s Dr. K:
Oh That Battlefield: How the Feds Dropped the Ball in Garland
I just posted a piece over at the home page detailing how prosecutorial mistakes and a politically correct judge exposed Americans to a potential massacre. In 2011, Garland shooter Elton Simpson received probation for lying to federal officials, but he avoided ...
Hillary: I'll Overfulfill Obama's Immigration Plan by 110 Percent
Hillary used the opportunity of Cinco de Mayo yesterday to say, in effect, that Obama hasn’t been lawless enough in his amnesty decrees. She pledged not only to defend all of Obama’s immigration edicts but to unilaterally add ...
If You Think the Government Holds Its Employees Accountable, Read This
Through my friend (and law school classmate) Ken White at Popehat, I’ve been following the terrible story of UC San Diego student Daniel Chong. Arrested for smoking pot, Chong was accidentally left in a small holding cell for five ...
Adventures in Moral Equivalence: Garland Edition
Today’s piping hot take from Talking Points Memo writer Josh Marshall:
Let’s not ignore fact that Garland shooters appear to have been clownish morons. Sorta like Geller herself. http://t.co/WQWZNXRS43
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) May 6, 2015
Pamela Geller ...
Cooke to Storm California. Conservatarians Delighted!
NR’s brassy essayist and the author of the new and acclaimed book, The Conservatarian Manifesto, will be visiting the Golden State next week, sharing his insights on conservative–libertarian fusion, at a number of events (Orange County on May 12; ...
Ex-Im's President Is Going to Texas to Lobby for the Bank, But Texas Doesn't Need His Help
Ex-Im Bank president Fred Hochberg is visiting Texas today to lobby for the bank’s survival — coincidentally, on the same day former Texas governor Rick Perry called for an end to Ex-Im. (As an aside, House Financial Services committee chairman ...
My friends at Digitas were kind enough to put this together:
Smith College to Admit Men
On Bench Memos this week, I’ve covered the EEOC’s crazy ruling that an employer unlawfully discriminates on the basis of sex when it bars a man who thinks he’s a woman from using the restroom, locker room, ...
The Apple Watch and the Lingering Tattoo Taboo
There is something amusing, and poignant, about the news that the Apple Watch was apparently not designed for people with tattoos. The Verge reports that because the device’s heart-rate monitor works by shining a light through skin, tattoos can ...
Jeffrey Goldberg on Charlie Hebdo
CNN anchor and constitutional scholar Chris Cuomo:
it doesn’t. hate speech is excluded from protection. dont just say you love the constitution…read it https://t.co/znZJ8cPvpX
— Chris Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) May 6, 2015
The irony. It burns.
That JFK Sure Was a Scoundrel
I’m reading a forthcoming biography of legendary liberal Washington Post columnist Mary McGrory, in which the author, anxious to defend McGrory from the charge of being in the tank for President Kennedy, writes the following: “But Mary was not ...
Krauthammer's Take: Hillary 'Hiding in the Bunker' as Clinton Foundation Story Creates Problems
The curious case of the Clinton Foundation’s cash continues to unravel, and it’s not good for Hillary, says Charles Krauthammer.
“Where is she?” Krauthammer asked on Tuesday’s Special Report. “First, they put out their stooges to go ...
Three Mistakes Huckabee Makes on Social Security
Andrew Biggs of AEI, a former deputy Social Security commissioner, raises three problems with Mike Huckabee’s promise not to touch seniors’ Social Security.
I would note that the point about how the FairTax Huckabee supports would hit seniors hard, ...
A President's Cultural Influence Is Profoundly Limited
Jim Geraghty asks a great question: “If you want to change American culture, should you be running for president?” With two new candidates, Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee, both talking culture change, it’s definitely worth asking whether that’s ...
Cinco de Mayo Is the Perfect Day for Give NOLA Day
Cinco de Mayo gives every American a seamless rationale to enjoy Corona Extra beer, enchiladas, the music of Tijuana’s own Carlos Santana, and all else that our neighbors to the south have contributed to American cuisine, culture, and music.
Martin O'Malley Doesn't Seem to Have Any New or Good Ideas
It’s no secret that former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley is likely to enter the 2016 presidential race. So we’ll get an up-close look at his record as governor of Maryland and mayor of Baltimore. The general impression is ...
If You Want to Change American Culture, Should You Be Running for President?
Over on the home page, Henry Payne reports from Dr. Ben Carson’s campaign kickoff event, and summarizes Carson’s message, “It’s Not Politics or Economics, It’s the Culture.”
Dr. Carson may very well be right. (Mike Huckabee, ...
I wrote about it on the home page today:
Geller refers to her meeting as a free-speech event while her critics prefer to call it an anti-Islam event. They are really one and the same. In today’s circumstances, criticism ...
Was Fascism Right-Wing (Again)?
The often very interesting blogger Pseudoerasmus has a long post about whether fascism can be considered left-wing (picking up from another post by John Holbo at Crooked Timber). Pseudoerasmus focuses on the question of Italy’s place on the left–...
Check Your Candidate for Freshness
I have a Bloomberg post noting that we’ve had three presidents in a row who won the White House on their first try for it, and wondering if that’s just a coincidence.
Krugman on ‘Intellectual Integrity’
“Never being able to say that you were wrong is a serious character flaw,” writes Paul Krugman, and he is surely right. He makes a whole column out of this idea, with the conclusion that never admitting your mistakes is ...
The Myopia of the Progressive Mind
In my intellectual interactions with progressives, whether in academic settings or through the media, it has been an endless source of fascination to observe their habitual inability to distinguish between negative rights (those that, like the Bill of Rights, protect ...
Today’s Bookmonger podcast is with Bernard Cornwell, author of Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles. The book comes just in time for the 200th anniversary of the big battle, and we discuss why Waterloo ...
Happy Cinco de Mayo - some history, art and a brief video. And here’s an illustrated history of Tex-Mex food.
Why superheroes don’t kill.
Seven Of The Most Beautiful Botanical Mazes On Earth.
Watch this 5 year old boy ...
Satanists and Religious Freedom
David: I’m having trouble seeing how the Satanists can establish a “substantial burden” from a 24-hour waiting period. As far as I can tell, they’re not claiming that their religion establishes a duty to get an abortion, let ...
Better than Mayweather-Pacquiao: CNN's Alisyn Camerota Spars with 'Draw Muhammad' Host Pamela Geller
On the homepage, the Editors note the tendency of media types, in the wake of last night’s attempted terrorist attack in Garland, Texas, to target the would-be victims of violence, rather than the perpetrators.
Today’s must-see television is ...
Of Course the Satanic Temple Embraces Abortion, and Of Course the Left Applauds
Over at Slate, Amanda Marcotte thinks it’s absolutely hilarious that Satanists are challenging abortion restrictions on religious liberty grounds, seeking to expand abortion access. She argues this somehow makes conservative use of religious liberty laws “a little more complicated.” ...
The Prison-Industrial Complex
Ramesh, it’s also worth noting that the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA) has done enormous harm in California, essentially holding criminal justice reform hostage. From a piece I wrote a couple years ago:
In a state where more ...
How to Deter Terrorists: Aim, Shoot, Jeer
When Donald Rumsfeld was secretary of defense, the Pentagon at one point examined the question of whether it was really true that because terrorists are suicidal, they can’t be deterred. My own answer to that question is that terrorists ...
Some Affirmative-Action Observations Prompted by Governor Kasich’s Comments at the NRI Ideas Summit
From a news story on Ohio governor John Kasich at the National Review Institute Ideas Summit on Friday, titled “Kasich Explains to Conservatives How He Won African-American Votes”: “He also suggested that awarding 20 percent of contracts in a recent highway ...
Kevin: As you well know, Texans have a long and distinguished history of shooting back. In the spirit of that august past, I particularly enjoyed the below, currently making the rounds on Twitter:
(Created by Sarah Rumpf)
Remember When the Left Welcomed Exposés of the Clintons?
In July 2008 Todd Purdum wrote a devastating and controversial take-down of Bill Clinton for Vanity Fair, outlining the sort of ethical and personal lapses that are back in the news seven years later. The Left largely welcomed the exposé because ...
She’s a talented communicator who can be both inspiring and barbed, and will very likely punch above her weight in this crowded field.
Looking Back at Mayweather-Pacquiao
If that was the fight of the century, it’s going to be a long, dull, over-hyped century for boxing.
Why Britain Will Soon Face an Unprecedented Moment of Political Instability
Clandon, one of the greatest houses of England, has just burnt to the ground, with the loss of a famous marble hall and most of its collection of pictures, furniture, and porcelain. The cause of the fire is not yet ...
The Myth of the Socially Conservative Immigrant
You know how Jeb Bush and other immigration enthusiasts are always telling us how conservative immigrants are, how they’re more religious and traditionalist? Appealing to their supposed conservatism is the key, we are told, to getting their votes, if ...
If Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder wants to pursue the Republican presidential nomination, he’s going to have to explain to conservatives why he wants Michiganders to vote themselves a big tax increase on Tuesday. I write on Proposal 1 in the ...
We’ve added an extra Bookmonger podcast: a 10-minute conversation with William Peter Blatty, who is best known as the author of the The Exorcist and whose new book, Finding Peter, is about life after death. Listen here.
NRI Ideas Summit Livestream Event: A Conversation with Tom Cotton and John O’Sullivan
Watch a discussion with National Review’s John O’Sullivan and Senator Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) at the NRI Ideas Summit in Washington, D.C., May 2, 2015, at 10:25 a.m.:
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It’s been a busy few days in the Baltic/Nordic region.
Sweden on Thursday stated support to the Lithuanian protest over the conduct of Russian military vessels in the Baltic Sea, which impeded the laying of a NordBalt ...
A few helpful links:
The Baltimore Sun offers a minute-by-minute timeline of the Freddie Gray case, from arrest to death to protests and beyond.
Also at the Baltimore Sun, the timeline as suggested by Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby during her ...
Flashback: Bill Clinton Predicted Foundation Donations Would Trip Hillary
None other than Bill Clinton predicted that donations made to the Clinton Foundation would emerge as a stumbling block to his wife’s presidential ambitions.
“I think there would be all these questions about whether people would try to win ...
Exploiting Social Justice Warriors for Fun and Profit
The social justice left is only truly strong when it exercises lawful power — such as when it runs your company, your school, or your government. Yet even then it’s often constrained by the Constitution, statutes, regulations, and contracts. When ...
NRI Ideas Summit: A Conversation with Charles Krauthammer and Rich Lowry
Watch a discussion with National Review’s Rich Lowry and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer at the NRI Ideas Summit in Washington, D.C., May 1, 2015:
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Six Baltimore Police Officers Charged with Murder and Other Offenses in Freddie Gray's Death
Fox News has details, here.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Heretic
Mornings don’t get better than this. I’m at the National Review Institute’s Ideas Summit listening to the brilliant and brave Ayaan Hirsi Ali speak about her important new book, Heretic … and I just saw that my review ...
I was thinking about Louis Farrakhan yesterday. I have not read his name in the news lately. But he must be very pleased now.
In late November of last year, he spoke at Morgan State University, in Baltimore. The occasion ...
John McCain Raises a Good Point: Why Is Obama Inviting a Lawless China to Play in the Pacific?
Senator John McCain has suggested that China shouldn’t be reinvited to a major international military exercise next year, as they were in 2014 — RIMPAC, the world’s largest naval wargame and now a gathering of most Pacific security forces, hosted ...
Elizabeth Warren has risen to prominence in the Democratic party more or less on her ability to give a great speech. As the Washington Post put it back in October, she’s reminded Democrats “that ‘rally’ is a verb.”
DeSantis Jumps into Florida Senate Race
Florida congressman Ron DeSantis announced his candidacy today for the Senate seat vacated by Marco Rubio. He’s the first Republican to announce, and he’s been endorsed by a bevy of tea-party groups as well as by the Club ...
At Least the Communion Bread Will Be Vegan
David: About those up-and-coming progressive Protestant churches:
I grew up in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), which has long had progressive inclinations — it was resolutely anti-creed from its founding in the early 19th century, i.e., way before it ...
Avik Roy succinctly lays out several arguments against tax relief for parents. Succinctly, but unconvincingly. I’ll go through them one by one (although I will go very slightly out of order, and not use his numbering).
1) It’s supposedly ...
Princess Charlotte Meets the Queen
From the BBC, yesterday:
The Queen has met her new great-granddaughter Princess Charlotte for the first time at Kensington Palace.
The princess, who is fourth in line to the throne, was born on Saturday at London’s St Mary’s ...
From Carthage (Tennessee) to Rome?
Al Gore, speaking recently at Berkeley:
I think Pope Francis is quite an inspiring figure really. A phenomena. I’ve been startled with the clarity of the moral force that he embodies…Well I’ve said publicly in the last ...
How Big Is 'Bush Fatigue'?
Ed Kilgore writes:
As compared with QPac’s February poll, Bush has now passed Christie as the guy most named as someone likely caucus-goers definitely will not vote for, at 25%. 45% say Bush’s positions are “not conservative enough,” more than ...
How Civilizations Die (An Ongoing Series)
Last week, we debated whether it was socially acceptable (i.e., is it “racist”?) to use the word “thug” for people exhibiting thuggish behavior. It was a pathetic debate given that we could strike the word from our vocabulary tomorrow ...
2016 Opposition to Ex-Im Grows: Perry Down, Santorum and Graham to Go?
Today in the Wall Street Journal, former Texas governor and likely presidential hopeful Rick Perry explains why he now opposes the Export-Import Bank. This is a complete reversal in his position on what’s become an increasingly important test within ...
Another Poverty-Stricken Terrorist, Lashing Out at the Hopelessness of Life
Here’s the sad and desperate tale of Nadir Soofi, one of two terrorists killed in Garland, Texas, before he could launch a Charlie Hebdo-style massacre:
Soofi studied at the $20,000-a-year International School of Islamabad from 1992 to 1998, where contemporaries said ...
Justice Stevens, 'Even More Irrational' Than Ever?
In a short speech on Monday, quasi-retired Justice John Paul Stevens declared that “Congress’s actions” in imposing restrictions on transfers of Guantanamo detainees “are even more irrational than the detention of Japanese American citizens during World War II.” Invoking ...
From Baltimore to the High Court, a Need for Reform
From my most recent NRO article, on the problems of the criminal-justice system: “This is American justice today, unsuspected by Norman Rockwell, triumphantly championed by morons like Nancy Grace; it is the still largely unnoticed tragedy of many millions of ...
Michigan voters today overwhelmingly rejected a tax-hike plan that Governor Rick Snyder, a Republican, had urged them to pass. About a week and a half ago, Snyder apparently was thinking about running for president.
Jean-Claude Juncker and the Anglo-Saxon 'Other'
The Daily Telegraph reports:
The president of the European Commission has risked angering Britain after comments warning that the “Anglo-Saxon world” would seek to dismantle the European project if Greece was ever allowed to leave the single currency.
Speaking to ...
It’s not so much in the top-line results of the polls, although he has bumped up to the first tier in the very early going, as the other questions that show he has considerable room to grow his level ...
Candidate Ben Carson Takes a First Whack at Policy, Mostly Misses
The Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal has a brief interview with neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who announced Monday that he’s running for president, in which they got him to say a few interesting things about his policy positions. The most ...
Oregon Has the Second Highest Rate of Suicide
Oregon was the first jurisdiction in the world to formally legalize assisted suicide. It also has the second-highest suicide rate in the country. The Central Oregon Medical Society has noticed.
According to the most recent data from the U.S. ...
Twelve Things that Caught My Eye Today (May 5, 2015)
Traveling and making presentations, I haven’t done this for a few days. Did you miss it or were you relieved? Should I keep doing these?
The death toll from the earthquake in #Nepal has reached 7,557: http://t.co/4UlDnVrsgc ...
Ramesh mentioned Eliana’s report today on Huckabee making an appeal based on experience. Thus a lightning-in-a-bottle candidate from 2008 tries to transition to an elder statesmen in 2016. Huckabee is a talented politician, but it’s going to be hard to ...
More on the heroic Texas cop who took down the Garland attackers:
He had a .45-caliber Glock pistol, a much less powerful weapon than the rifles used by the attackers, who have since been identified by federal law enforcement officials ...
I realize that “Don’t mess with Texas” is a cliché. Also, I’m not in the business of giving the jihad advice. Also, one should not make light of events in Garland. But . . .
Of all the American states, the ...
Eliana Johnson reports that senior citizens are one of the groups that Governor Mike Huckabee will be targeting in his newly launched presidential bid. That strategy helps to explain this passage from his announcement speech today:
Some propose that to ...
A Revealing Leftist Defense of Wisconsin's Shameful Political Prosecutions
At long last — two weeks after three conservative women came forward to describe their experience with the abusive, politically-motivated “John Doe” investigations in Wisconsin – leftist writers have offered a full-throated defense not just of the investigation itself but of the ...
Terrorists Attack in Texas. Where Is the President?
The White House responded promptly to the terrorist attacks in Jerusalem in November, in Paris in January, and in Kenya in April. But — except for a brief mention in White House press secretary Josh Earnest’s press gaggle yesterday — Sunday ...
Cursing Out a U.S. Attorney When the Feds Are Listening Is Never a Good Career Move, N.Y. Republican Edition
New York state-senate Republicans decided last night that they would continue to allow Dean Skelos to keep his job as that body’s powerful majority leader. Skelos was indicted on Monday on a six-count federal indictment charging him with extortion, ...
Hillary’s Honesty Numbers Nosedive
The good news for Democrats in the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll is that they have a universally known candidate in Hillary Clinton who, based on her strong showing among women and Hispanics, so far beats any of ...
Face the Nation on Baltimore
I went on the show yesterday, for the first time.
Call from an Angry PR Flack
David, you probably didn’t know this, but I have a longtime source in Satan’s press office — we worked together on some things when I was in Philadelphia — and I just got an earful (never give a demon your ...
A couple of ISIS wannabes tried to shoot up an exhibition of cartoons in Garland, Texas, and the police put them down before the civilians could get to them: a triumph for duty and marksmanship.
What didn’t happen next?
Unions and Criminal Justice
Ross Douthat points out that police unions make it harder “to discipline, suspend and fire police officers who don’t belong on the streets.”
Charles Lane, last year, explained that the correctional-officers union in Maryland has also abetted corruption and ...
Garland, Texas: The Sixth Time Since 9/11 that Terrorists Have Slipped Through the Feds' Grasp
Kevin, the Garland, Texas, terror attack now represents the sixth instance since 9/11 that terror suspects have been questioned by the federal government and gone on to participate in terror attacks. Let’s not forget Attorney General Michael Mukasey’s op-ed ...
Swinging for the Fences: Thinking Through the Baltimore Criminal Charges
Over the weekend, noted Harvard Law professor and criminal defense attorney Alan Dershowitz made headlines attacking Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby for allegedly overcharging the Baltimore police officers blamed for Freddie Gray’s death and for placing “politics and crowd control” ...
Last Thursday, April 30, marked the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, and the unhappy end to America’s long adventure in Vietnam.
In September, in anticipation of that anniversary, Rory Kennedy (daughter of Bobby and Ethel) released Last Days ...
White, Racist Cops Plague Baltimore . . . Wait . . .
White, racist cops are the natural predators of the black man. We have heard this non-stop since the day that Officer Darren Wilson fatally shot cigar-thief Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. last August. We heard it again, quite loudly, when ...
Mosby Charges Preempted Police Investigation of Gray's Death
The Baltimore Sun got exclusive access to the police investigation of Freddie Gray’s death, for this long piece. At the end, it recounts the shock of the investigators when Mosby charged the officers, even though their probe wasn’t ...
Texas is the place where wannabe ISIS gunmen die in a hail of bullets, having been outgunned at a suburban art show.
Well done, my people. Well done.
Looking Back at the Kentucky Derby
The very Buckleyesque horse Firing Line finished second in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, by just a single length.
To which good-but-not-fully-desired result, there is only one thing to say:
“Demand a recount.”
May 4th is International Respect for Chickens Day: here are lots of chicken-related links to help you celebrate.
Not as interesting as chickens, of course, but May the Fourth (be with you) is also Star Wars Day. Related: a nice ...
The State Department Responds to NR’s Report on Sister Diana Momeka
The State Department is apparently trying to cover up an embarrassing, politically damaging, and possibly discriminatory act. In an e-mail sent to me on Thursday, Kathryn Fitrell, press-unit chief of the Office of Policy Coordination and Public Affairs with State’...
Will the Pope Declare That Nature Has Rights?
An article in Commonweal hopes Pope Francis will declare that nature has “rights.”
The nature-rights movement is real and extremely subversive to human freedom and thriving.
Most people think such a thing can never happen. But it already is happening. ...
The inner light grandeur of the cathedral,
muted but still present, even on cloudy days;
its immensity, its echoes, silence,
its music, shifting uplift of daylight,
its faithful, its tourists, clergy, its
pattern of life; deliberately, artfully
distinct from ...
Krauthammer's Take: Speed of Baltimore Charges 'Looks Like Appeasement of the Mob'
Some people are questioning the alacrity with which Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby brought charges against the officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray. The problem in evaluating, says Charles Krauthammer, is that we know nothing.
“We don’t know ...
Our Schizoid Policy in the Persian Gulf
Earlier this week, Iran seized a Marshall Islands-flagged ship as it passed through the Strait of Hormuz — ostensibly for “legal” reasons related to a decade-old spat between the Danish shipping company, Maersk Line, and Tehran. However, as Patrick noted at ...
Is ISIS's Leader Dead or Seriously Injured?
Over at The Atlantic, Adam Chandler takes a look at reports that ISIS’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may be dead or injured:
On Friday, The Guardian expanded on its earlier reporting that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had ...
NRI Ideas Summit: A Conversation with John Kasich and Stephen Moore
Watch a discussion with the Heritage Foundation’s Stephen Moore and Ohio governor John Kasich at the NRI Ideas Summit in Washington, D.C., May 1, 2015:
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Murder, Manslaughter Charges Filed against Six Baltimore Cops in Freddie Gray Case
Via the Associated Press:
Baltimore’s top prosecutor announced criminal charges Friday against all six officers suspended after a man suffered a fatal spinal injury in police custody, saying “no one is above the law.”
“Mr. Gray’s death was ...
NRI Ideas Summit: A Conversation with Bobby Jindal and Heather Higgins
Watch a discussion with Heather Higgins, president and CEO of Independent Women’s Voice, and Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal at the NRI Ideas Summit in Washington, D.C., May 1, 2015:
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There Are No Women in Bitcoin? Really?
Fusion’s Felix Salmon has a piece called “Why Bitcoin’s male domination will be its downfall.” I had to read it since for years I have worked an office away from one of the leading experts on Bitcoin — who ...
NRI Ideas Summit: A Conversation with Ben Sasse and Larry Kudlow
Watch a discussion with CNBC’s Larry Kudlow and Senator Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) at the NRI Ideas Summit in Washington, D.C., April 30, 2015:
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