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The Menendez Mistrial

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:53:43 EST

The best move for the Trump administration after the mistrial of the corruption charges of Senator Robert Menendez would be to call it a day. The deadlocked jury is reported to have been leaning ten to two toward acquittal. The better part of valor would be to leave it at that and drop further proceedings. What hung the jury, we don't know, but, by our lights, it's just hard to divorce the Obama administration's pursuit of Mr. Menendez from the politics of the Iran appeasement.Mr. Menendez...



The Atomic Trump

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:42:09 EST

Kim Jong Un must be enjoying the agitation in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in respect of the atomic bomb. The committee held a hearing yesterday on whether limitations on the president's authority to use such weapons are needed now that Donald Trump is commander-in-chief. If legislation emerges next year, they could call it the Kim Jong Un Emboldenment Act of 2018.The Dear Leader shouldn't get too excited. The hearing appears to be the brainstorm of Chairman Corker. He is the junior...



The Obamacare Tax Cut

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:44:00 EST

The Democrats are fit to be tied over the maneuver underway in the Senate to gut Obamacare through a tweak to the legislation enacting the Trump tax cuts. Imagine that. The mind reels at the thought. What could the Republicans possibly be thinking in dealing with national health insurance through a tax bill? Plus, too, they are preparing to do this on a party line vote.Blame Chief Justice Roberts & Co., we say. When Obamacare came before the Supreme Court, the Nine made short work of the...



Judge Moore's Due Process

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 07:31:49 EST

The more accusations that are laid against Judge Roy Moore the more we're inclined to think the logic is for the judge to stay in the race for senator of Alabama. It's not that we think he's innocent or that the charges lack for seriousness. It's that the very seriousness of the charges beg for a semblance of due process. The best way to get this may be to plunge ahead with the election.We understand that the due process guarantees in the Constitution apply only to proper legal proceedings...



Judge Moore's Jury

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 11:29:11 EST

The Democrats are wasting no time in brushing aside any defense that might be offered by Judge Roy Moore against the allegations made in the Washington Post. It disclosed that an Alabama woman is alleging that Judge Moore initiated a sexual encounter with her back in 1979, when she was 14 and Judge Moore was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney.The judge denies the allegations reported by the Post. The Republican leadership led by Senator McConnell is already calling for him to step...



A Popular Vote Pirouette

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 17:45:34 EST

The smoke had barely cleared from the Democratic gubernatorial triumphs in Virginia and New Jersey when the New York Times issued an editorial demanding a change in the way we elect the president. It is worried that in 2020 the states, in their sovereign wisdom, may yet again choose Donald Trump for president. So it wants to bring urgently into effect the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.That compact is one of our favorite topics, even if we're against it. The scheme is calculated to...



The Powell Predicament

Thu, 2 Nov 2017 15:00:13 EST

President Trump's nomination of Governor Jerome Powell to the chairmanship of the Federal Reserve creates a predicament for partisans of monetary reform. At the White House today, the president called Mr. Powell a consensus builder. He represents continuity from Janet Yellen, under whom the Fed created what Candidate Trump called a "false economy." How, though, does the Powell nomination comport with the Trump campaign?



Is America on a Gold Standard?

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 11:10:55 EST

Has America been secretly on the gold standard? We ask because as Janet Yellen nears the end of her term as chairman of the Federal Reserve, the value of a one-dollar Federal Reserve note is at 1,269th of an ounce of gold essentially identical to the 1,262nd of an ounce of gold at which it was valued on the day she acceded to the Fed chairmanship. Is that just a coincidence?



War and Condolence

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 22:16:44 EST

Most Americans, including no doubt the President, can only imagine the grief of that is being suffered by Myeshia Johnson as she prepares to bury her husband, Sergeant La David Johnson. He was one of four soldiers in Special Forces killed in an ambush at Niger. He gave his life for his country, and its citizens will honor him as long as there is an America.



Trump's Iran Fury

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 05:36:28 EST

President Trump's refusal to certify that Iran is complying with its nuclear deal came after he "threw a fit," according to a source of the Washington Post. The president was, the Post reported, "incensed by the arguments of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and others that the landmark 2015 deal, while flawed, offered stability and other benefits." That left Mr. Trump, the Post's source said, "furious. Really furious." Well, why shouldn't Mr. Trump have been furious?



Unesco Without Tears

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:45:27 EST

Congratulations are in order for President Trump, Secretary Tillerson, and Ambassador Haley on our withdrawal yet again from the United Nations "Educational," "Scientific," and "Cultural" Organization. We put those words in quotation marks to signal that Unesco has nothing to do with what was conceived of as a noble mission. It has become yet again a cesspool of corruption and anti-Israelism. Let us hope that this time we are out of it for good.The first time time we quit was at 1984...



Hats Off to Harald

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 15:43:52 EST

Hats off to King Harald of Norway for his decision to grant a royal pardon to the artist Odd Nerdrum. The Norwegian master had been facing a year in jail for a conviction on tax charges. They followed on the discovery of funds held in a bank account out of the country. He'd reportedly argued that it was a reserve for compensating owners of a number of Nerdrum paintings that suffered from a failure of the medium with which the paint had been mixed. There were reports that Mr. Nerdrum might be...



Singling Out the Second

Mon, 9 Oct 2017 08:30:11 EST

The question of gun license reciprocity is back in the news in the wake of the massacre at Las Vegas. It's the idea that a gun license, like a driving license, ought to be recognized across state borders. Senator Schumer on Sunday denounced proposed legislation to vouchsafe reciprocity. On Face the Nation today, John Dickerson asked the head of the National Rifle Association: "Why should the federal government come in and tell the states what to do?"Imagine were that question asked about, say...



The Jerusalem Pledge

Mon, 9 Oct 2017 05:46:21 EST

It's hard to put a positive spin on President Trump's decision to hold off moving the American embassy to Jerusalem. He said over the weekend that the idea is to give the peace process he's launched a chance. The President disclosed this to Governor Huckabee in a broadcast interview. That the question was raised is evidence of Mr. Huckabee's ardent support for the Jewish state. Mr. Trump's reply is maddening because it gets the Jerusalem dynamic backward.



Kerry's Consolation Prize

Sat, 7 Oct 2017 02:09:56 EST

Did President Trump cost Secretary of State John Kerry the Nobel Peace Prize? Or is it just a coincidence that the Nobel committee passed over Mr. Kerry after news broke that Mr. Trump is set to announce he will refuse to certify Iran compliant with the nuclear deal into which Mr. Kerry hornswoggled the Obama administration? Even for the Nobel committee, it would have been hard to fashion a silk purse out of the ear of that sow.For a while, it looked like the custodians of the Nobel prize might...



Trump's Iran Decision?

Wed, 4 Oct 2017 16:53:45 EST

It may be too soon to say with certainty what President Trump is going to do in respect of the nuclear deal with Iran. It's not too soon, though, to express the hope that the report late this morning is accurate that the president has decided to decertify Iranian compliance with the deal. That would be the most encouraging foreign policy development of Mr. Trump's presidency so far.The report was dispatched earlier today by Adam Kredo of the Free Beacon. Other reporters have hinted at it in...



Nulla Poena Sine Lege

Tue, 3 Oct 2017 23:22:40 EST

It is disappointing to see the Supreme Court shrink, as it did this week, from a look at the abuses that have come to mark the practice of registering sex offenders in America. Yet the Court did allow to stand a ruling by a lower court that Michigan's sexual offender registration law violates the Constitution. That means that, at least in the 6th Circuit, reforms will have to come.We've been watching this issue since one of the Sun's greatest columnists, Lenore Skenazy, got onto the story...



Aldean's Army

Mon, 2 Oct 2017 17:42:16 EST

The smell of cordite and the stench of blood to use the famous phrase was still over Las Vegas when a reference to Aldean's Army showed up in dispatches. We first read it in James Freeman's column "Americans Under Fire" in the online Wall Street Journal, which linked to an editorial of earlier today in Chicago Tribune. It referred to the courage of those who had come to hear country crooner Jason Aldean, who has long described his fans as the Aldean Army.An apt metaphor. Their courage...



The New Anti-Federalists?

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 16:10:08 EST

We don't mind saying that we enjoyed the debut of the New York Times' latest columnist, Michelle Goldberg. It was nice to find on the Gray Lady's editorial page a columnist reasoning out our national travail in the context of the Constitution. Ms. Goldberg lays our current travail to the fact that Donald Trump emerged as president despite having lost the popular vote. The country, she reckons, has entered a period of minority rule and is facing an existential crisis.This is what passes at the...



Forbes' Double Jubilee

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:05:12 EST

What a contrast. While the diplomats and heads of state were quarreling at the United Nations, we dropped in on the 100th anniversary of Forbes Magazine. There, at Pier Sixty on the Hudson River, hundreds of readers, advertisers, and writers showed up for a buffet dinner with the magazine's chairman and editor-in-chief, Steve Forbes, and a galaxy of capitalist and cultural heroes.It turned out to be a diverse crowd. Black, white, right, left, American, foreign. Oilman Boone Pickens, rapper and...