Arnold Steinberg

Arnold Steinberg, a contributing editor to The American Spectator, is the author of WHIPLASH! From JFK to Donald Trump — A Political Odyssey (September 2017, Jameson Books, 640 pages, $39.95). A political strategist with wide-ranging expertise, especially in public policy and campaigns, he authored classic graduate school texts on politics and media.

Put Roy Moore Out of His Misery

 

A generation ago a leading criminal defense attorney retained me to test arguments. The defendant — his client — was a California legislator accused of several counts of “unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.” In California this previously was called statutory rape. My survey probed a sample of voters, drawn from the particular county’s likely […]

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Anthony Weiner Enters Federal Prison Today

 

Anthony Weiner reports to federal prison today. He will serve about two years for helping elect Donald Trump. But that’s not the crime he was charged with. Recall that six weeks ago U.S. District Judge Denise Louise Cote had sentenced the disgraced 53-year-old former congressman to imprisonment for 21 to 27 months. Facing a draconian […]

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How to Account for Hayley Geftman-Gold

 

She has become “the poster girl for ruling-class progressive hatred and condescension toward working-class whites.” That’s how American Thinker editor and publisher, Thomas Lifson, the self-described “recovering academic,” portrays Hayley Geftman-Gold. Did Lifson read too much into Gold’s impulsiveness? I think not. A generation ago, we would have labeled Gold, the high-salaried Ivy League, Columbia […]

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A Righteous Presidential Pardon for Sholom Rubashkin

 

On June 20, 2010 Federal Judge Linda R. Reade of Iowa’s Northern District fined Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin $27 million and sentenced him to 27 years for supposed financial fraud. As I explain and emphasize later, the “fraud” itself was manufactured by the government. The facts of this case make a mockery of the American judicial […]

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Not the Perfect Storm

 

“As millions of people in TX and LA are preparing for the hurricane,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (NY), leader of the Senate Democrats, proclaimed in a series of Friday night tweets, “The President is using the cover of the storm to pardon a man who violated a court’s order to stop discriminating against Latinos and [to] […]

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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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