American Federalist Journal
Saturday - February 17, 2018


Grassley-Graham Memo Affirms Nunes Memo - Media Yawns
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

In a word, the Grassley-Graham memo is shocking. Yet, the press barely notices. Rest assured: If a Republican administration had used unverifiable hearsay from a patently suspect agent of the Republican presidential candidate to gull the FISA court ...



The Anti-Porter Conspiracy
Mona Charen  Tweet

I'm having trouble understanding why Rob Porter had to resign his job as White House staff secretary (the person who manages the paper flow in the West Wing). Yes, he was credibly accused of domestic abuse by two ex-wives. One produced a photo of ...



If You're Reading This, You're Dead
Erick Erickson  Tweet

Republicans on the Federal Communications Commission ended President Obama's "net neutrality" ...



There's So Much Smoke. Why Worry About a Fire?
David Limbaugh  Tweet

What are we to make of the GOP and Democrats' dueling scandal wars? So much information, so little ...



Completely Missing the Point on Lisa Page's Obama Text
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

Ever watch one of those games in which it looks like the road team is inadvertently doing everything it can to give the game away but the home team is too inept to capitalize? Welcome to the "Trump-Russia" investigation and the pro-Trump ...



Falcon Heavy Is Making America Great Again
David French  Tweet

Not long ago I, toured the National Air and Space Museum's immense Steven F. Udvar Center, located near Dulles airport. It's an amazing complex, but about halfway through I found myself getting strangely depressed. Most museums are ...



Yes, Throw a Parade
Rich Lowry  Tweet

The Pentagon has confirmed that it is in the preliminary stages of planning a military parade down Pennsylvania Avenue - one of President Donald Trump's fondest desires. Trump was, understandably, impressed in a visit to France last July ...



The Vatican Cedes Authority to the All-Knowing Chinese State
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

'Vita est lavorum." That's Latin for "Life is a job." I didn't learn that in school or even from a book. I learned that from Father Guido Sarducci. For younger readers, that name may draw a blank. Father Guido ...



Take the 'Racist Xenophobe' Quiz: Who Said This About Illegal Immigration?
Larry Elder  Tweet

Which alleged "racist xenophobe" made these statements about illegal ...



'Delegitimizing' Mueller? Don't Blame the Nunes Memo
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

The most bitter dispute over the Nunes memo involves Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. This might seem odd since the memo, published last week by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee chaired by Devin Nunes (R. Calif.), ...



Release the Memo That Really Matters
David French  Tweet

In an outrage and scandal-driven news cycle, it's easy to lose sight of the truly significant stories. Let's talk memos, for example. The past five days have been dominated by discussion of two memoranda - one Republican and one ...



FISA-gate Is Scarier than Watergate
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

The Watergate scandal of 1972-74 was uncovered largely because of outraged Democratic politicians and a bulldog media. They both claimed that they had saved American democracy from the Nixon administration's attempt to warp the CIA and ...



#MediocrityToo
Heather Mac Donald  Tweet

The coming mania for inclusion will erode standards of merit and ...



Let's Limit Spending
Walter E. Williams  Tweet

Some people have called for a balanced budget amendment to our Constitution as a means of reining in a big-spending Congress. That's a misguided vision. Here's ...



Celebrate Black History by Promoting Black Ownership
Star Parker  Tweet

I have long been in favor of reforming Social Security by changing it to a system of personally owned retirement ...



Yes, God Cares about Football
David French  Tweet

On Sunday night, the Super Bowl ended and - for about 20 minutes - a late-night church service began. From coaches to players, the Philadelphia Eagles thanked Jesus, professed their love for Jesus, and expressed how Christ had provided ...



Why the 'Cult of Trump' Has Taken Hold
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

'Rarely has a president changed his party as fast and profoundly as Donald J. Trump. Love him or hate him, you can no longer argue his ability to bend an entire party to his will," writes Axios' Jonathan Swan in a piece titled ...



A Year of Achievement
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

As President Trump finished his first full year in office, he could look back at an impressive record of achievement of a kind rarely attained by an incoming president -- much less by one who arrived in office as a private-sector billionaire without ...



In Defense of Evangelicals Who Support Trump
Dennis Prager  Tweet

I would like to pose some questions to critics of evangelicals who support ...



The Memo Doesn't Make Its Case
David French  Tweet

It's a fact of human nature that our experience colors our perception. In this instance, my experience dealing with classified information and my experience making and evaluating highly contested arguments tells me to hold the outrage in ...