Trump’s Washington and the Degrading of Public Service
There was a time in American history when devoting one’s career to the public interest was the pinnacle of civic honor and the nation’s most illustrious businessmen answered the call of service. John F. Kennedy lured Robert McNamara …
There’s No Shakeup That Can Fix the Trump White House
Let’s review a few recent developments.
Last week, Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, resigned. This was part of a “White House shakeup” to get the Trump administration back on track. The new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, would …
The Unconventional Anthony Scaramucci
The news media are dismissing the new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci much the same way they derided Donald Trump. “A P.T. Barnum in a Ferragamo tie” is how the New York Times referred to Scaramucci after his …
McMaster Outlines Hillary Clinton–Like Approach to Certification of Iran Nuclear Deal
At a noon conference call today on how the Trump administration plans to certify the nuclear deal with Iran (the JCPOA) for a second time, National Security Council director H. R. McMaster spoke at length about why the JCPOA is …
Trump’s Admirable but Unlikely Goals on Immigration
As Republicans in the Senate stumble and fumble with their long-promised but never seriously planned repeal of Obamacare, the Trump administration is starting to leak its plans for what counts as ambitious immigration reform.
And it’s not all bad. …
Trump’s VA Secretary Is Off to a Fast Start
Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, probably the most unlikely member of Trump’s cabinet, is off to a quick start.
Shulkin served as undersecretary of health at the VA during the last two years of the Obama administration, and …
Is Nikki Haley the Alternative Secretary of State?
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson doesn’t seem to enjoy being America’s top diplomat. He finds himself isolated in Foggy Bottom and not getting much love or cooperation from the White House. President Donald Trump often contradicts Tillerson’s …
Is Immigration to the U.S. an Entitlement?
The real debate about immigration isn’t about the terms of Trump’s travel order. It’s an effort to treat entry to the U.S. as a right.
For the past six months, the debate about immigration has centered …
The Progressive Boomerang
The progressive strategy of investigating President Donald Trump nonstop for Russian collusion or obstruction of justice or witness tampering so far has produced no substantial evidence of wrongdoing.
The alternate strategy of derailing the new administration before it really gets …
On Immigration, GOP State Attorneys General Echo Trump
Donald Trump has advocated a hardline immigration agenda during his first six months in office. But, after signing executive orders to defund sanctuary cities and to place a temporary travel ban on refugees entering the U.S., the president has …
One of the biggest obstacles to the agenda of President Trump is Donald Trump himself.
Start with the perception that several cabinet members are on the verge of dismissal or departure, just six months into his presidency. For three days, …
‘The Mooch’ Could Be Exactly What We Need
Following Anthony Scaramucci’s smooth debut on Friday as the new White House communications director, the media quickly pivoted from his current performance to his liberal past, scouring through his Twitter feed for damning comments. Conservatives from Rick Wilson to …
The U.S. Should Violate the Iran Deal
Throughout the long and contentious debate over the nuclear deal with Iran, the question of Iranian compliance with any agreement was one of the most contentious. The pact was bitterly criticized for setting up an inspection process that was far …
Not All Foreign-Influence Scandals Are Created Equal
This summer we mark the 20th anniversary of a major investigation by Congress of attempts by a hostile foreign power to influence an American presidential election.
I’m glad the news media is pursuing the Trump–Russia scandal, but let’…
Trump’s Yemen Policy Is Immoral and Counterproductive
In his final year in office, President Obama’s foreign policy featured the bombing of seven Islamic countries by the U.S. military. Despite fears (and hopes) that President Trump would withdraw America from the world stage and institute a …
In Delegating to Mattis, the President Employs His Command
One of the leadership principles each officer candidate, and later, brand-new second lieutenant in the Marine Corps, learns is “employ your command in accordance with its capabilities.” Despite memorizing maxims by rote and reciting them in any number of uncomfortable …
Trump’s Travel Ban, With Limitations, Will Be Implemented Tonight
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Monday to review President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban, and although oral arguments will be held in October, the justices ruled that Trump has the authority to implement his policy — with …
A Better Way Forward on Family Policy
The hug-that-wasn’t might have cemented meaningful assistance for low- and middle-income families.
Following Ivanka Trump’s meeting with Senator Marco Rubio and others about including an expansion of the Child Tax Credit in the upcoming tax reform, the White …
A Great Week for the Trump Administration’s Environmental and Energy Policies
In another blow to President Obama’s regulatory legacy, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced Tuesday that his agency will rescind the Clean Water Rule, commonly known as WOTUS, or “Waters of the United States.” The move follows an executive order …
Religious Liberty, Trump Win Important Victories at the Supreme Court
Today was a busy day for religious liberties at the Supreme Court, one that promises busier days ahead. In particular, the Court may have finally placed the anti-Catholic 19th-century “Blaine Amendments” in many states’ constitutions on a long-overdue path to …