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.

It’s Time for President Donald Trump to Pardon Pat Nolan

 

Last week President Donald Trump continued his push for criminal justice reform, meeting with leading senators, governors, and state attorneys general, plus his key Cabinet officials, to strategize on getting a significant bill to his desk. Reforming the criminal justice system is arguably the only issue that enjoys bipartisan support. Under President Trump’s leadership, “The […]

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War Could Break Out in the Mideast 

 

All eyes are focused on the Olympics, where a younger generation of naive South Koreans was being seduced over the weekend by the sibling of the Thug of the North. But the bigger story, which we hope will not unfold, at least this week, is in another part of the world, with profound implications beyond […]

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The Rubashkin Commutation Is a No-Brainer

 

When The American Spectator speaks, President Trump listens. Somewhat more than two months ago, I explained in some detail here in TAS why President Trump should pardon Sholom Rubashkin. Indeed, President Trump’s just announced commutation (an exoneration, as I see it) of Rubashkin is a no-brainer. Although the contrived charges and judicial collusion against Rubashkin […]

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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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