Category Archives: Politics

About those ‘root causes’

William Voegeli warns in the pages of Commentary magazine that “Democrats are gearing up to reverse decades of successful policing,” including police efforts championed by the presidential front-runner’s husband during his time in the Oval Office in the 1990s. One might suppose that Democrats would regard the decline of crime, and of their political vulnerabilityContinue Reading

Dispatches from the trail, July 1, 2015

• Rep. Mark Meadows, R-11th District (at right), is out of the doghouse. For now. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who heads the committee on government reform, restored Meadows to the top slot on one of that panel’s subcommittees. Chaffetz removed Meadows from the post after the Jackson County Republican voted against the House leadership onContinue Reading

Cruz lifts curtain on debt ceiling political maneuver

Alex Pappas reports for The Daily Caller on an interesting passage from U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s new book. Cruz specifically criticizes the Republican leadership in the Senate for how they dealt with the issue of raising the debt ceiling in early 2014. … … Cruz said the leadership asked senators to agree to a 50-voteContinue Reading

Interesting poll results point to potential GOP strategies

John McLaughlin summarizes his most recent polling data for National Review Online. In this presidential year, enough Democrats could be motivated to come out to outnumber Republicans. And in spite of the fact that some disapprove of the job that the president is doing, they are still willing to vote decisively for Democrats for CongressContinue Reading

Presidents as celebrities

Tevi Troy examines for Weekly Standard readers the importance of celebrity to modern-day presidents. Troy’s comments focus on a new book from Kenneth T. Walsh. In the current landscape, Walsh is effectively pitting Republicans against Democrats in a contest that the GOP has little chance of winning. America’s cultural elite is notoriously liberal, and conservativesContinue Reading

Geraghty probes the ‘cyber 9/11′

Jim Geraghty of National Review Online asks how the federal government could have failed to prevent a massive hack of government records by Chinese operatives. By now, it’s clear that hackers — believed to be tied to the Chinese government – stole files from the Office of Personnel Management that amount to a giant “howContinue Reading

Stocks and the U.S. presidency

Ken Fisher of Forbes investigates the history of the stock market and presidential election outcomes. I’ve turned up a 155-year indicator that suggests Hillary Clinton will not be elected next year–and offers some interesting perspective as to the market direction in 2016 and 2017. An old, little-known truth: Overwhelmingly, when Republicans are elected President, stocksContinue Reading

Historian Johnson praises the new attorney general

British historian Paul Johnson offers Forbes readers a positive review of new U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s approach to the international soccer scandal. The U.S. won’t make good on any shortfall in Europe’s contribution to the defense of the West. Obama’s line is that the U.S. already provides 70% of NATO’s military expenditure and won’tContinue Reading