WASHINGTON -- One of the current complaints of the Trump right concerns the treatment given to Alex Jones by Facebook, which has temporarily banned the radio host for videos that violated "community standards." According to Lou Dobbs of the Fox Business Network, "freedom of speech [is] under attack." Fox News television personality Tucker ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- In the early 1930s, one of America's leading eugenicists, Madison Grant, received a letter thanking him for writing his book "The Passing of a Great Race," which the letter's author called his "Bible." The compliment came from Adolf Hitler.
And no wonder. In "The Passing of a Great Race," Grant wrote: "Mistaken regard for what are...Read more
WASHINGTON -- I would not normally recommend a book on the history of the universe as beach reading. But David Christian's "Origin Story" is a welcome exception.
Christian has achieved something remarkable: an engaging guide to the physics, chemistry, biology, anthropology, linguistics and sociology that constitute the story of history itself. ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Setting aside the issue of whether the president is wittingly advancing the interests of a hostile power -- a qualification that is only imaginable in the Trump era -- what is happening to the direction of American foreign policy?
I'm on record saying that the collection of impulses, deceptions, assertions, retractions, revisions ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Defining a foreign policy theory that might merit the title of "doctrine" is difficult in the Trump administration, which is dismissive of reflection, consistency and precedent. But in practice, it is the replacement of national pride with personal vanity.
Any diplomatic outcome -- no matter how useless or harmful -- is claimed by...Read more
WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is not known for its consistency, but some contradictions are too revealing to ignore.
In nominating Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, President Trump has chosen a jurist who is deeply committed to the Bill of Rights and the rule of law. Kavanaugh -- with whom I worked at the White House -- is ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- There is always a secret relief -- even, I imagine, among his supporters -- when President Trump does not do something random and imprudent. And we can be thankful for the selection of a Supreme Court nominee that did not involve a Ouija board spelling out the name of a Fox News personality.
But this is one area in which even the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- An administration not known for policy creativity is unlikely to have useful internal policy debates. But in the Trump administration, prison reform is a welcome exception.
This is largely due to the efforts of President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, who, in common with millions of poor and minority children in America, has ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- With President Trump's forthcoming nomination of a Supreme Court justice likely to rally and unify the Republican coalition, some commentators are (again) declaring the end of Never Trump conservatism. "On issue after issue," says the Ethics and Public Policy Center's Henry Olsen, the Never Trumpers "are in the minority of their ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Luck -- pure, dumb luck -- is an underestimated advantage in politics, and Donald Trump is one lucky man. He ran for the Republican nomination against a fractured field, in which the other candidates tore each other to shreds. He drew a historically unlikable and self-destructive general-election opponent. He got a last-minute ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's mentor, the colorful controversialist Roy Cohn, once said: "I bring out the worst in my enemies and that's how I get them to defeat themselves."
If this is Trump's strategy, those who jeered Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen at a Mexican restaurant or protested at her home have been playing their part ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- On the issue of child separation, President Trump had to be dragged kicking and screaming into basic humanity. His initial goal was to create terror in migrants without provoking revulsion in the broader public. He failed. Trump may be immune to sympathy, but he is not immune to pressure. His partial backdown proves he is not ...Read more