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President Donald Trump Holds First News Conference

By 9.28.15

(Transcript by Arnold Steinberg)

Jorge Ramos: President Trump, on your deportation plan…

President Trump: I didn’t call on you.

Jorge Ramos: I represent Univision. I have a right…

Trump: Excuse me. Wait until my lawsuit against Univision gets to the Supreme Court.

Jorge Ramos: By then you’ll have your sister on the Supreme Court.

Trump: She’s smart, very smart. And she knows I love women and I’m in favor of women’s health. Mexican women. All women. Sit down, or I’ll appoint Ann Coulter U.S. Ambassador to Mexico.

Ramos: I have a question. What about your plan to deport eleven million or more…

Trump: Sit down, or the Secret Service will remove you.

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The Liberal Solution to Ferguson, MO? More Liberalism

By 9.24.15

Speaking of the restoration of the centuries-old Bourbon monarchy — following the massively convulsive interlude of 22 years between French Revolution and Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo in 1815 — Talleyrand quipped, “They [the Bourbons] have learned nothing and forgotten nothing.”

On a smaller scale, the same judgment applies to the lessons learned (or studiously ignored) in a lengthy report released last week into the “underlying issues” behind the riots and looting that erupted in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson (pop. 21,200) following the shooting death of a young black man by a white police officer on Aug. 9, 2014.

Commissioned by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, the report is long on liberal pieties and dogma, including the advocacy of some policies that will only worsen existing problems, but short of practical suggestions for improving economic or social conditions in a close-in, big-city suburb that went from predominantly white to predominantly black in the space of two decades.

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Media and Muslims

By 9.22.15

Complaining about liberal media bias is like complaining about a puppy peeing on the rug: it’s just what they do, and if you don’t like it then don’t have them in your house.

We’ve all seen editorials masquerading as news and television anchors impersonating objective journalists when hosting Republican debates or Sunday talk shows. We, America’s non-leftists (whether or not Republicans), know the game and filter our processing of “news” and debate questions through that lens.

But the media’s recent obsession with what Republican presidential candidates think of Muslims (or whether President Obama is one), their badgering of said candidates with questions that are irrelevant to the governing of the country, their distraction away from legitimate issues and into the looking glass of political correctness so extreme that it is literally ridiculous (i.e. not just silly but, as one online dictionary puts it, “deserving or inviting derision or mockery”) demands a response beyond “that’s just what they do.”

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Iran Deal: Not Too Late for the U.S. Senate

By 9.21.15

With respect to the Iranian nuclear deal, President Barack Obama and U.S. Senator Harry Reid (D.-Nev.), the Senate Minority Leader, have played the Republican Senators, the Senate as a whole, and, through them, the American people they represent, for fools, in at least two ways:

  • The Corker-Cardin law that passed both houses of Congress and was signed by the President in May (formally the “Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015,” Public Law 114-17) required the President to submit all side agreements to the Iran nuclear deal to Congress. He didn’t.
  • The Corker-Cardin law provided for a vote (within 60 days of the President submitting the deal to Congress) by both houses but 58 senators, led by Senator Reid, filibustered it on September 10. (This was Vote No. 264 to close debate on McConnell Amendment No. 2640.) 

Given this situation, the House took the following three actions in short order:

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A Child’s Body on a Turkish Beach

By 9.18.15

A photo of a toddler lying on his stomach on a Turkish beach. A boy wearing a red T-shirt, blue shorts, and sneakers. The boy’s head is turned to the side and his arms are alongside his body. Walking along the beach, one might, from a distance, think that the boy was napping. Or that he’d fallen down and hurt himself.

Nilufer Demir, a photographer from Turkey’s Dogan News Agency, has been “photographing immigration since 2003,” according to a Wall Street Journal report. She happened to be walking along the beach with her camera when she came upon the child, and stopped to take his photograph. Before doing anything else. Before verifying that the child was dead, that there was no saving him.

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The Right Needs a New Strategy After Obergefell and Kim Davis

By 9.17.15

As the high profile lock-up of a bureaucrat in Kentucky showed, same-sex marriage doesn’t occupy a third rail in American politics just yet. Kim Davis’s civil disobedience in Rowan County is the first flashpoint since the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision in late June. In response to that decree for nationwide same-sex marriage, society became primed in the rainbow pattern of the gay pride movement. From individual Facebook pages and corporate Twitter accounts to the front portico of the White House, there was a cultural elevation of the decision as a contemporary civil rights milestone. But the reality has set in that although gay marriage may be settled law, it’s far from a settled political issue.

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Let’s Get Radical

By 9.16.15

Liberal pundits are wetting themselves over the supposed “radicalization” of the Republican Party, their cries ever more plaintive with the rise of Donald Trump as the GOP front-runner.

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Ronald and The Donald

By 9.15.15

From the Reagan Library, Simi Valley, California

Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump. As no two human souls are alike, Reagan and Trump are, of course, completely different men.

Wandering around this beautiful tribute to my former boss stirs the memories. Along with so many Reagan colleagues I was here the day the Library opened. There were five presidents here that day of November 4, 1991 — Nixon, Ford, Carter, the sitting president George H.W. Bush, plus, of course, the man himself Ronald Reagan. Lady Bird Johnson represented the late President Johnson, and as I recall John F. Kennedy Jr. and possibly sister Caroline were there as well. 

Yet as Donald Trump and his competitors gather here for Wednesday night’s debate hosted by CNN (and yes, full disclosure, I am a CNN commentator) perhaps the most stirring memory of the opening day celebrating the life and legacy of President Reagan is of a speech by someone else entirely. Actor Charlton Heston spoke on that opening day. And in that wonderfully deep voice that had made him such a legendary presence on the movie screen, Heston took time to say this:

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The Ousting of Tony Abbott: Australia’s Success Story in Crisis

By 9.15.15

When visiting my native Australia in late-July this year, I was invited to attend a book-launch at the New South Wales state parliament in Sydney. The main speaker was the now ex-Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott.

It breaks no confidence to say that most people at the small gathering represented a Who’s Who of the Australian right. As is Abbott’s wont, he appeared very self-confident, and entertained the mixed crowd of politicians, journalists, academics, social conservatives, committed free-marketers, and largely Catholic clergy with his usual combination of political-historical observations and self-deprecatory humor. At one point, Abbott even remarked that he might well find himself back working as a journalist sometime in the future.

In retrospect, that particular comment was revealing inasmuch as it seemed to indicate Abbott’s awareness that his political fortunes could be about to change very quickly. Indeed, even among this group of friends and fellow travelers, there was considerable uncertainty as to whether Abbott would be leading the government into the next election, due by January 2017.

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Race and Margaret Sanger

By 9.14.15

Anytime I write about Margaret Sanger’s May 1926 speech to the women’s chapter of the KKK in Silverlake, New Jersey—as I did again recently—liberals get very upset. They accuse me of distortion, disinformation, dishonesty. Really, my crime is raising the subject at all. Many liberals cannot—they cannot—find it within themselves to condemn this sordid moment. One writer in the Huffington Post, who was highly unimpressed with me (hey, it’s not the first time), went so far as to assert that the KKK “was almost a mainstream group then, if still clandestine.”