10 Things That Caught My Eye This Week
1. Lord have mercy.
UPDATE: Death toll rises to 28 after gunmen attack bus carrying Coptic Christians in Egypt https://t.co/U69w8IkTt6 pic.twitter.com/Z3CGPdWbjZ
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) May 26, 2017
God protect the Coptic Christians.
2. “My friend …
Trump’s Immigration Pre-Crime
President Donald Trump’s second attempt at restricting travel from certain predominantly Muslim countries has been struck down for a second time, and for a second time, the courts are in the wrong.
The language of the Immigration and Nationality …
Let’s Give the Platitudes Surrounding Terrorism a Rest
Following the terrorist attack in Manchester that left at least 22 people dead and dozens injured, many of them children, President Donald Trump referred to terrorists as “evil losers in life.” As expected, a number of liberal pundits mocked the president’…
The early Trump administration has been many things, but “populist” hasn’t truly been one of them.
When you discount the tweets, the all-consuming media controversies, the drama over personnel, and the Russia investigation — granted, that’s a lot …
Administration officials have claimed in the past that tax reform would leave government revenues roughly unchanged. The reform would supposedly generate a lot of extra economic growth, and that added growth would result in new revenue to offset the tax …
Trump’s Budget Proposal Isn’t Perfect, but It’s a Start
Our annual budget theater has now begun: President Trump has released his proposed FY 2018 budget, and Congress has pronounced it “dead on arrival.” This yearly ritual has become such a part of Washington life that presidential budgets should probably be …
Why Impeaching Trump Is a Bad Idea
The past two weeks have effectively shattered any hope that the floundering Trump administration would eventually settle into the daily grind of “politics as usual.” First, President Trump fired FBI director James Comey after the bureau requested extra resources from …
Callista Crosses the Tiber
During the 2016 presidential race, Donald Trump suggested that Hillary Rodham Clinton had not been faithful to her husband, who, famously, was not faithful to her. It was an ugly and stupid moment in a campaign full of ugliness and stupidity. …
Trump’s ‘Principled Realism’ Is Not Very Realistic about Islam
So for what exactly is the “extreme vetting” going to vet?
That was the question I could not shake from my mind while listening to President Trump’s speech in Saudi Arabia on Sunday to dozens of Sunni Islamic leaders …
Trump’s Statesmanlike Speech in Riyadh
President Trump did himself a great deal of good in his Riyadh speech, but he left a gaping hole in his approach to terrorism.
To begin with the positive, he was presidential, indeed statesmanlike, in his delivery and in his …
Trump in Europe, Festivus in May
Airing of Grievances
Feats of Strength
The president will soon be returning from his first foreign trip, in which he gave a speech about Islam in Saudi Arabia, had a short meet and greet with the Supreme Pontiff in Rome, and lectured the leaders of our …
If President Donald Trump has acted as his own worst enemy in the Russia controversy, as everyone says, he’s been baited into it.
Rush Limbaugh a couple of weeks ago said he was laughing over Trump’s “epic troll” …
A Pope and a President and His Family in Rome
Wednesday morning was the first time I woke up, turned on the television, saw Donald Trump, and was at complete peace.
(Truth be told I’ve taken to watching cable news as infrequently as possible in recently months.)
This morning was …
The president’s tour in the Middle East and Europe is going extremely well, to the point where there is almost complete silence from the Democrats. The Treasury and the Office of Management and Budget are rolling out a budget …
Democrats’ Incessant Trump Bashing Will Pay Electoral Dividends
Conventional wisdom says that Democrats are in serious trouble.
In the aftermath of Hillary Clinton’s defeat, the narrative goes something like this: Democrats are internally divided, with the far-left wing led by Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren battling it …
Jerusalem, Israel — “We have returned to the cisterns,” legendary Israeli songwriter Naomi Shemer crooned exactly 50 years ago in her famous song “Jerusalem of Gold,” which she revised to reflect Israel’s historic liberation of the Holy City. “A ram’s horn …
Regime Change by Any Other Name?
Election machines in three states were not hacked to give Donald Trump the election.
There was never a serious post-election movement of electors to defy their constitutional duties and vote for Hillary Clinton.
Nor, once Trump was elected, did transgendered …
Trump’s Saudi Speech: Pretty Good
In Riyadh, on the first stop of his tri-monotheism tour that will take him to Jerusalem and Rome (sorry, Mecca was not available), Donald Trump gave a major speech on a wide range of topics: the Middle East, jihadi violence, …
That was the title of Russell Baker’s famous memoir: Growing Up. (It was once famous, I should say.)
Anyway, I would like to single out a line from President Trump’s speech in Saudi Arabia, now that he has …