Arnold Steinberg

Arnold Steinberg, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is the author of WHIPLASH! From JFK to Donald Trump, A Political Odyssey (forthcoming, September 2017). A political strategist, he authored classic graduate school texts on politics and media.

Steve Bannon — In Exile Sooner Than Later

 

Steve Bannon is out. And all that has happened in — and since — Charlottesville has had paradoxical effects. It is not simply whether Bannon, who once had unfettered access to the Oval Office, is now banished from the White House, gone outright, or to go first, in transition, to the adjoining Executive Office Building […]

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David Duke, the KKK, Nazis, White Nationalists and All of the Above

 

David Duke came into my life, sort of, two decades ago. Working in 1995 with three academics, Glynn Custred, Tom Wood and Larry Arnn, I put on the California ballot an amendment to the state constitution, to prohibit race (and gender) preferences in state and local government hiring, contracting, and education. And with Ward Connerly […]

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Tonight I’m Going to Ask Norman Lear a Question

 

Tonight I’m going to ask Norman Lear a question. The legendary creator of All in the Family and many other shows is speaking at Kozinski’s Favorite Flicks, a roughly monthly gathering of film buffs in Pasadena at the Appellate Courthouse for the Federal Ninth Circuit. The host Alex Kozinski is the brilliant and once the […]

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Jeff Sessions Is Indeed on the Way Out

 

More than two thousand libertarians attended the annual Freedom Fest conference last weekend in Las Vegas. Numerous speakers focused their criticism of the Trump Administration on one man — Attorney General Jeff Sessions. It wasn’t personal animus toward Jeff Sessions. Some of the speakers know him and like him. I even heard a few critical […]

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The American Presidency in Paralysis

 

(Warning: Spoiler at the end.) Is the next vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court sooner or later? Liberals despair. Trump’s “progressive” critics, long champions of a strong presidency, notably Barack Obama’s robust executive power, are abruptly born-again skeptics. What’s to worry? Trump’s Neil Gorsuch remains a constitutionalist who would challenge an imperial presidency. But Democrats […]

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Is Jeff Sessions on the Way Out?

 

All eyes today are on Jim Comey. Living up to President Donald J. Trump’s description as a “grandstander,” the dysfunctional, former FBI Director yesterday previewed his testimony to draw higher ratings. Comey is a performer who wants a multi-day show. Comey’s latest violation of protocol is nothing compared to his reckless and serial misconduct in […]

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Next Year in Jerusalem: Riyadh Is Not Mecca

 

“Prior commitment,” I replied politely, but disingenuously. Given my questions about justice in Saudi Arabia, the aide to the Governor of Riyadh had invited me to a beheading “Friday at noon” at what my American embassy escort called “chop chop square.” This was more than three decades ago. The Governor of Riyadh of the House […]

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Does President Trump Get It?

 

“It makes me mildly nauseous to think that we might have had some impact on the election,” FBI Director James Comey testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee less than two weeks ago. Hearing Comey supercilious testimony, made me, well, mildly nauseous. Mr. Comey was speaking about his unilateral decision to publicly reopen the investigation of […]

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Rod J. Rosenstein, The Forgotten Man

 

Nearly a century and a quarter ago, several dozen Yiddish-speaking socialists published in New York City on April 22, 1897 the first issue of Forverts, the name inspired by Vorwarts, the house organ of the German socialist party. Over the decades Forverts became The Forward, a metropolitan daily in Yiddish with a nationwide circulation of […]

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War and Peace, and Family, and the Lessons

 

“Bomb the hell out of ISIS. Another promise kept.” — @Donald JTrumpJr Green Beret Mark de Alencar, 37, had a wife and five children. Freedom fighter Alencar, of blessed memory, died from combat wounds sustained in Nangarha Province in eastern Afghanistan. Five days later the U.S. dropped the so-called “mother of all bombs” on an […]

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