Archive for May, 2016


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The Real Scandal of Hillary Clinton’s Emails

May 27, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

In a February 23 hearing on a Freedom of Information Act request for Hillary Clinton’s official State Department emails—emails that don’t exist because Hillary Clinton secretly conducted email on a private Blackberrry connected to a private server—District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan exclaimed, “How in the world could this happen?”

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Battle of the Surrogates

May 26, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

On Tuesday, the Clinton and Trump campaigns did what they will do pretty much every day between now and November: try to define their opponent in the media. Hillary Clinton’s message for the day was: Donald Trump screws the little guy. At a campaign rally, Clinton herself attacked Trump for… Read the Rest »

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Sanders’ Challenge to Clinton and Democrats: Palestinian Lives Matter

May 25, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

When it comes to Israel, Bernie Sanders is already changing the Democratic Party. In 2012, Barack Obama’s campaign chose the committee that drafted the party’s platform. On the 15-member panel, three of the four people who focused on Middle East issues espoused fairly conventional “Pro-Israel” views: former congressman Robert Wexler,… Read the Rest »

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Trump’s Self-Pitying Aggression

May 19, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Roughly five minutes into his interview on Wednesday night with Fox’s Megyn Kelly, Donald Trump said something that’s crucial to understanding his political success. Kelly asked him about being a bully. Trump responded that, “I’m a counterpuncher, you understand. I’m responding. I respond by maybe, times ten. I don’t know…. Read the Rest »

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Future Democratic Presidential Candidates Will Be Tougher on Israel

May 18, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Donald Trump is the presumptive GOP U.S. presidential nominee because he saw a market that wasn’t being served. The market was for a Republican who opposed free trade, opposed immigration, opposed the Iraq War and denounced America’s political system as corrupt. The market wasn’t new. For years, polls had showed… Read the Rest »

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Hot at the Press

May 18, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

On Saturday, Donald Trump ally and confidante Roger Stone declared that CNN “is not a news organization but an advocacy group” and that “when Donald Trump is president, he should turn off their FCC license.” (Full disclosure: I’m a CNN contributor.)

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Paul Ryan Signals His Surrender

May 12, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

In his press conference this morning, Paul Ryan began the process of surrendering the Republican Party to Donald Trump. The key isn’t what he said. It’s what he didn’t say.

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Sadiq Khan Will Not Be Trump’s ‘Exception’

May 10, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Asked whether his temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States would apply to London’s newly elected mayor, Sadiq Khan, Donald Trump responded, “There will always be exceptions.” (Trump has justified the ban by arguing that the United States doesn’t have a competent border-screening system. His screening system, evidently, is… Read the Rest »

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GOP Islamophobia vs. U.K. Labour’s anti-Semitism: Spot the Differences

May 10, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Last week, the Republican Jewish Coalition tweeted an article from the British newspaper, The Daily Mail. The headline declared that the Labour Party “is gripped by anti-Semitism allegations.” Indeed, it is. As it turns out, on this side of the Atlantic, the Republican Party — to which the RJC belongs… Read the Rest »

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Ben Sasse Is Not the Republican Savior

May 5, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Kudos to Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse for reaffirming in a widely discussed “open letter” that he won’t support Donald Trump. I just wish the letter weren’t so self-righteously dumb. Sasse, often mentioned as a potential third-party candidate, addresses his missive to the “majority of America” that believes that “both leading… Read the Rest »