John C. Wohlstetter

John C. Wohlstetter is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute and London Center for Policy Research, author of Sleepwalking With the Bomb, and founder of the issues blog Letter From the Capitol.

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Connecting Dots II: Comey’s Further Disconnect

 

FBI Director James Comey ignored myriad foundation legal maxims in recommending that Hillary not be indicted over her email scandal — for conducting all her official electronic business during her State tenure on her homebrew server. In a display of her brazen contempt for rules on handling classified data, Hillary had her folks set up […]

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Connecting Dots — FBI Director Declines to Do So

 

What does one do when a hitherto highly respected FBI director declines to connect obvious dots? Ace prosecutor Andy McCarthy, in the linked article, explains how the FBI chief Comey used “intent” as a requirement for statues that do not require deliberate commission of crimes — Hillary Clinton’s “extremely careless” conduct Comey cited thus suffices: […]

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Lies, Liars, and the Arts of Lying

 

Just when you think Campaign 2016 has reached its nadir.… Voters face from the frontrunners a contest that will likely turn in large measure on which candidate’s lies should be thought more reprehensible, and hence be more fully penalized at the ballot box. Do we condemn Trump’s clumsy schoolboy lies about how he feels about […]

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Bonfire Of The Inanities: Pyromaniac Pols, Polities

 

A political year, like our nation itself, seriously out of kilter. The dictionary definition of “inane” stresses the adjectives “silly” and “stupid.” A better pair of descriptors could not be found for what the 2016 campaign has given us. Voter Tunnel Vision Voters have a long history in the open primary era of supporting candidates […]

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Bonfire of the Inanities: Pyromaniac Pols, Polities

 

The dictionary definition of “inane” stresses the adjectives “silly” and “stupid.” A better pair of descriptors could not be found for what the 2016 campaign has given us. Voter Tunnel Vision Voters have a long history in the open primary era of supporting candidates without regard to electability, leading Fred Barnes to call electability “the […]

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‘No Trump’ Bid, Democrat Grand Slam

 

Five years ago I published “Donald Trump’s Miracle Presidential Win” in TAS, presenting it as a long-shot scenario, rather than prediction. It included these paragraphs: Pundits chuckled when Donald Trump claimed presidential ambitions, calling him unserious. But events in 2011 dramatically reframed the picture, vaulting Trump from unlikely nominee to contender. If a dour Ross […]

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Don’t Bet the Court: Confirm Garland In August

 

UPDATE: Just ran across item on judicial names Trump mentioned in Feb. 13 debate, both federal appeals judges, both appointed by George W. Bush: William Pryor (11th Circuit) and Diane Sykes (7th Circuit). Trump also expressed admiration for the late Justice Scalia. I may have missed that debate, or else watched, but missed this. This […]

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Trump’s First Amendment: Worse Than Hillary’s?

 

Recently, three distinguished pundits took the stage at NRO to denounce The Donald for his penchant to sue people for libel (for presumably committing the cardinal sin of criticizing America’s Media Monster & Master), or even use the sedition laws to stifle debate. On Feb. 26 Trump told supporters: We’re going to open up those libel […]

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After Scalia: A Politico-Legal Deluge

 

George Will sums up Antonin Scalia’s stellar turn at the Supreme Court: Antonin Scalia, who combined a zest for intellectual combat with a vast talent for friendship, was a Roman candle of sparkling jurisprudential theories leavened by acerbic witticisms. The serrated edges of his most passionate dissents sometimes strained the court’s comity and occasionally limited […]

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2016: The West’s Last Chance — Last Gasp?

 

Behold recent developments: the moral inversion elevating Hamas over Israel, skewered by Dennis Prager (4:12); the fascism of militant Islam; insanely strict rules of engagement that tie our hands in battle; Miss Puerto Rico suspended from the Miss Universe pageant for an anti-Muslim online rant; rampant political correctness describing as “peaceful or moderate” Muslims who […]

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