American Federalist Journal
Monday - December 18, 2017


Too Anti-Trump to Check
Rich Lowry  Tweet

It's a wonder that President Donald Trump devotes so much time to discrediting the press, when the press does so much to discredit itself. The media's errors over the past week haven't been marginal or coincidental, but involved ...



One Mueller-Investigation Coincidence Too Many
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

Special prosecutors, investigators, and counsels are usually a bad idea. They are admissions that constitutionally mandated institutions don't work - and can be rescued only by supposed superhuman moralists, who are without the innate ...



Forget Collusion. Can Mueller Prove Russia Committed Cyberespionage?
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

The rationale for Robert Mueller's appointment as special counsel is that Russia conducted a cyberespionage attack - hacking - to interfere in the 2016 presidential campaign, and that the Trump campaign may somehow have ...



Can We Be Honest About Men?
David French  Tweet

When will it end? Yesterday, Al Franken resigned. Trent Franks resigned. This week, John Conyers resigned. Nevada Democrat Ruben Kihuen and Texas Republican Blake Farenthold cling to their jobs. Roy Moore soldiers on, campaigning through multiple, ...



Where's the Omelet?
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

'He didn't win, did he?" Some of you will remember that sentence. Harry Reid, then the Democratic leader in the Senate, in 2012 retailed a series of wild, baseless, outright lies about Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential ...



Did the DOJ Misuse the Steele Dossier - to Spy on the Trump Campaign?
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

Will he or won't he? Will President Trump order the disclosure of any warrant applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (the FISA Court) in which the Justice Department and FBI presented any information derived from the ...



Public Servants, Your Responsibilities Trump Your Right to Partisan Participation
David French  Tweet

Earlier this week, my friend and esteemed colleague Andrew McCarthy wrote a thought-provoking essay urging Americans to withhold judgment on Peter Strzok, the FBI agent dismissed from Robert Mueller's team after he allegedly exchanged ...



Is Flirting Sexual Harassment?
Mona Charen  Tweet

In 2003 a genetics paper revealed that one in 200 men alive in that year was a direct descendant of Genghis Khan (1162-1227). Khan was the Mongol emperor whose armies swept out of the north to conquer pretty much all of Asia. His successors took big ...



The Education of James Goldston
Erick Erickson  Tweet

James Goldston is not, nor should he be, a household ...



Republican Trump Critics Missing the Boat
David Limbaugh  Tweet

I am probably too exercised over the never-Trump faction, because in the end, it's doubtful it is strong enough numerically to make a significant impact on our electoral politics, but it still bothers me to witness intramural conservative ...



With Jerusalem Move, Trump Strikes at the 'Psychological Barrier'
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

Jihadists, the tip of the sharia-supremacist spear, rationalize mass murder by denying the humanity of their enemies: Their doctrine teaches that non-Muslims are less than fully human and that their existence while refusing to accept Allah's ...



The Garbage Case for Roy Moore
Rich Lowry  Tweet

In his Alabama appearance for Roy Moore, Steve Bannon turned in an intellectually and morally putrid performance even by his standards. There is a partisan case for voting for Moore, which is simply that Republicans can't afford to lose a ...



Trump Puts Fact Ahead of Fiction in Israel
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

The most exhausting thing about the Middle East - except for the bloodshed, poverty, tyranny, etc. - is that it refuses to conform to how it's described in the West. It's like journalists, diplomats, and politicians want to ...



Leadership Malpractice: John Conyers' Resignation Is 50 Years Too Late
Larry Elder  Tweet

Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., hospitalized for an undefined stress-related illness, announced his retirement after serving more than 50 years in the ...



Donald Trump Strikes a Blow against International Anti-Semitism
David French  Tweet

President Trump's decision to formally recognize that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and to announce plans to move America's embassy to the seat of Israel's government is one of the best, most moral, and important decisions of ...



On Strzok, Let's Wait for the Evidence
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

I'm taking a "wait and see" attitude on FBI agent Peter Strzok, who is now enmeshed in a political storm involving both the Clinton and the Trump investigations. You know why? Well#...#it's because I can't stand the ...



Pearl Harbor and the Legacy of Carl Vinson
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

Seventy-six years ago on Dec. 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese fleet surprise-attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the home port of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Japanese carrier planes killed 2,403 Americans. They sunk or submerged 19 ships (including eight ...



Fiscal Responsibility or Lower Taxes?
Ben Shapiro  Tweet

This week, Republicans in the Senate finally passed their long-awaited tax reform ...



A Wedding Cake and the Blessings of Liberty
Star Parker  Tweet

This week, the Supreme Court hears Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights ...



Pyongyang on the Prairie, Part I
Michelle Malkin  Tweet

A criminal justice system that operates in the dark is arbitrary, unjust and ...