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'm not going to let them bully me out of reporting," said Tim Pool after recording an Antifa protest where angry activists cursed at him. There might have been violence, but Antifa's "de-escalation team" protected him, he says. That surprised me. "Antifa has a de-escalation team?" I ask ...

Keeping fake illegal alien families together

ho remembers the hysterical sound and fury of open borders leftists last summer over President Donald Trump's detention and enforcement policies at our besieged southern border? Remember the #FamiliesBelongTogether, #WhereAreTheChildren, #AbolishICE and #MeltICE hashtags? Remember the ...

Is Bolton steering Trump into war with Iran?

Last week, it was Venezuela in America's gun sights. "While a peaceful solution is desirable, military action is possible," thundered Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. "If that's what is required, that's what the United States will do." John Bolton tutored Vladimir Putin on the meaning of ...

‘Heartbeat bills’ are wholesome provocations in abortion debate

hile constitutional lawyers, ethicists and theologians -- in descending order of importance in the abortion debate — have been arguing in the 46 years since the Supreme Court attempted to settle the debate, some technologists have been making a consequential contribution to it. They have ...

Fighting over the body

Read about a lot of high-profile deaths and you find families fighting over the corpses. They've long since stopped arguing about issues; they just want control over the body, and maybe an inheritance. Both sides have a sense of grievance for some emotional wound. But the fight has escalated so ...

Economic nationalism is just socialism on the right

It has "invariably been the fate of conservatism to be dragged along a path not of its own choosing," the philosopher and economist Friedrich Hayek famously wrote. Hayek's larger point was that while conservatism plays an important role in pumping the brakes on radical ideas that go too far, ...

The Clintons and the Kowtowing Comedians

Liberal comedians were outraged that the White House Correspondents Association brought on a Trump-bashing historian rather than a Trump-bashing comedian for its huge annual televised dinner on April 27— an exercise in narcissism if ever there was one. The message was the same, but history ...

A lie, a myth and a question

Socialists like Bernie Sanders tell us that "the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer." That's a lie. Yes, rich people got absurdly rich. Last year, says Oxfam, "the wealth of the world's billionaires increased (by) $2.5 billion a day." I say, so what? The poor did not get ...

Discrimination and disparities

My longtime friend and colleague Dr. Thomas Sowell has just published a revised and enlarged edition of "Discrimination and Disparities." It lays waste to myth after myth about the causes of human differences not only in the United States but around the globe. Throughout the book, Sowell shows ...

The Bidens: They’re still not like us

Now that Creepy Joe Biden thinks he has put to rest all the cringy questions about his grabby hands, he has reverted to one of his old-time shticks: middle-class Joe. Champion of the masses. Hero of the hoi polloi. A six-term U.S. senator and two-term vice president, which equates to 44 ...

Biden plays the race card

As he debated with himself whether to enter the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination, Joe Biden knew he had a problem. As a senator from Delaware in the '70s, he had bashed busing to achieve racial balance in public schools as stupid and racist. As chairman of Senate Judiciary in the ...

The Democrats’ economy problem

How long can Democrats continue to claim the roaring economy should be credited to the Obama administration? How many, except the self-deluded, actually believe this? The latest bad news for the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates is the 3.2 percent GDP growth in the first quarter of ...

The most successful presidents keep to themselves — not Twitter

The Mueller report makes Trump look vain, ignorant, inept, and astonishingly dishonest." So writes my Washington Examiner colleague Quin Hillyer, never an enthusiast of President Donald Trump. He refers to many passages of the report: one that shows the president ordering his White House ...

The Persecution of the ‘Easter Worshippers’

Imagine taking your family to Easter Sunday services to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus when -- bam! -- a psychopathic suicide bomber blows the church to pieces. This happened in Sri Lanka at two Catholic churches -- St. Anthony's Shrine in the capital city of Colombo and St. Sebastian's ...

Flat-Earth Christianity

As I do every year, I wrote my Holy Week column about Easter. Major historians, even atheists, recognize that the execution of a man named Jesus around A.D. 33 is one of the most — if not the most — significant events in human history. Christians go a step further. They believe Jesus rose ...

Trump loyalists will turn their backs on McGahn

So Don McGahn is in the president's crosshairs. Whose side are you on? I ask because this is perhaps the perfect test for a special subgroup of Donald Trump supporters. Call them the "But Gorsuchers." At the beginning of the Trump administration, when things got off to a rocky start, the ...

After Mueller, nobody has changed their views on Trump

Nothing has changed. Just about no one has moved away from where they stood on Nov. 9, 2016, when they woke up trying to comprehend that Donald J. Trump had overcome the odds, the press and his own shortcomings to win that presidential election. If you voted for him, you are still ...

Democratic leadership can’t find its backbone on impeachment

"Do you think this is impeachable?" Chuck Todd, host of "Meet the Press," asked Rep. Jerrold Nadler about the findings in the report by special counsel Robert Mueller. The congressman from New York took a dramatic pause before replying, "Yeah, I do. I do think this, if proven, if proven ... ...

Green dreams

The Green New Deal's goal is to move America to zero carbon emissions in 10 years. "That's a goal you could only imagine possible if you have no idea how energy is produced," James Meigs, former editor of Popular Mechanics magazine, says in my latest video. "Renewable is so ...

Beware Soros-funded hijacking of US Census

"Are you a U.S. citizen?" Only in self-defeating, sovereignty-eroding America is the idea of asking whether people living in America are American citizens for the American census a matter of controversy. On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on whether the Trump ...