I did a debate last night in New York hosted by Intelligence Squared on the motion “Let’s stop welcoming undocumented immigrants.” It’s an Oxford debate format, but with electronic voting by the audience, both before and after, to see if any minds were changed. (It’ll be broadcast on WNYC and other NPR stations at some point.) Given the venue, naturally I expected that I and my teammates (the marvelous Heather Mac Donald and labor economist Vernon Briggs) would get clobbered. But at the start of the debate, we were actually slightly ahead, 42-35, with lots of undecideds. And we actually won the second vote, 60-36, with virtually all the undecideds breaking our way. It didn’t hurt that the other side wouldn’t agree to any kind of immigration enforcement until they got their amnesty and increased immigration. Nonetheless, maybe we’re not doomed after all — if enforcement can make it here, it can make it anywhere.
The actor Jussie Smollett continues to talk about the alleged January 29 attack on him during a frigid night in Chicago, giving Good Morning America his fullest description yet of his claims. It differs substantially from what he told police initially after the alleged assault. Smollett told GMA that the ... Read More
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that President Trump will sign the homeland-security-spending bill pending before Congress while simultaneously declaring a national emergency in order to fund his long-promised border wall. The spending bill, which provides just $1.35 billion for the construction ... Read More
Mitch McConnell says the president will sign the budget deal and he will also declare a national emergency to build the wall, as I expected. We’ll see the legal justifications he uses, but as a political and constitutional matter this is a long-term disaster. Oh, it might be good for Trump according to the ... Read More
In 1994, the Clinton administration decreed a bright shining future for education. Its Goals 2000 legislation proclaimed that by that year America's high-school-graduation rate would be 90 percent and American students would lead the world in math and science achievements. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D., N.Y.) ... Read More
1. Kirsten Gillibrand’s maternal grandmother was Polly Noonan, who became the longtime trusted aide of Erastus Corning II, Albany’s “mayor for life” from 1942 to 1983. Former New York governor Mario Cuomo once characterized their relationship this way: “Corning was the de facto leader. Polly was the ... Read More
President Trump declared a national emergency on Friday in order to unilaterally appropriate $3.6 billion for the construction of his long-promised border wall. The announcement, made during a televised White House Rose Garden ceremony, came after Congress passed a bipartisan homeland-security-funding bill ... Read More