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, August 2017). A political strategist, he authored classic graduate school texts on politics and media.

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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Assad Interruptus?

 

“I really believe that we should have and still should take out Assad’s airfields and prevent him from being able to use them to bomb innocent people and drop Sarin gas on them,” proclaimed Hillary Clinton on Thursday, in her serial impersonation of Golda Meir. In 1973 Israeli Prime Minister Meir, as you recall, confronted […]

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Public Television and Radio Remain Unconstitutional

 

Long ago and barely 20 years old, I was a dinner guest at the Georgetown home of Katharine Graham. She had become publisher of the Washington Post five years earlier, when her predecessor (and husband) committed suicide. Not to despair: But I was in the lion’s den, the only conservative of 20 people seated at […]

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So Long, NEA — It’s a Matter of Principle

 

This is not about my hometown newspaper but about America. The Los Angeles Times is a metaphor for the hysterical reaction to the proposed elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Friday’s front page included a photo of a young girl playing the violin, as the newspaper offered this subhead: “The NEA works; why […]

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Reality Is Not Phony, Mr. President

 

“They may have been phony in the past but they are real now.” — Sean Spicer, March 10 “This is going to be a new era for American jobs and job creation,” President Donald Trump proclaimed Wednesday in a speech at a World War II bombing factory, now an automotive testing center, in Ypsilanti, near […]

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The Dark State of Political Correctness

 

Strange, but in the final editing of my book, which is much concerned with the American conservative movement, I cannot find a single mention of the “alt-right.” I don’t know what the alt-right is, or anyone in it. Perhaps it supplants the “New Right” — which was more aggressive than the “Old Right”? I’ve never […]

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