American Federalist Journal
Monday - December 18, 2017


The Incredible Tale of a Reckless, Partisan FBI Agent and Our Partisan Bureaucracy
David French  Tweet

If the story hadn't been verified by virtually every mainstream-media outlet in the country, you'd think it came straight from conspiratorial fever dreams of the alt-right. Yesterday, news broke that Robert Mueller had months ago asked a ...



How to Tell When Deficits are Bad
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

If you're a normal person who pays attention to politics, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Washington can't decide whether deficits are bad or not. Well, I have one easy trick that will help you make sense of it all. In ...



Time For a Special Counsel to Investigate the FBI
Hugh Hewitt  Tweet

The Post reported that a former top FBI official, Peter Strzok, who had been assigned to and then removed from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation, had "exchanged politically charged texts disparaging [President] Trump ...



What the President Knew and When He Knew It
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

The president is not being well served by his lawyers. As I note in my column this morning, there was a Trump tweet on Saturday afternoon asserting that the president knew that then--National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had lied to the FBI when ...



George Will Is Wrong about Masterpiece Cakeshop
David French  Tweet

It's astounding how many defenses of the state's position in Masterpiece Cakeshop depend on misrepresentation and misconceptions. Last week I wrote about the most common misrepresentation - that Jack Phillips discriminated on the ...



No, Michael Flynn Didn't Violate the Logan Act
Rich Lowry  Tweet

In December 2016, Michael Flynn was three weeks from becoming the national-security adviser to the next president of the United States. This is a pertinent fact in evaluating the conduct underlying his plea deal with Robert Mueller. Flynn admitted ...



Cruelty and Sexual Harassment
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

Observers look for some sort of common denominator that would make sense of the daily news blasts of nonconsensual sexual escapades of media, political, and Hollywood celebrities. No sooner are these lists of the accused compiled than they have to ...



It Is Now an Obstruction Investigation
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

The smoke is clearing from an explosive Mueller investigation weekend of charges, chattering, and tweets. Before the next aftershock, it might be helpful to make three points about where things stand. In ascending order of importance, they are: 1.) ...



Mueller Investigation: Politics, Not Law Enforcement or Counterintelligence
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

Here's what I'd be tempted to do if I were President Trump: I'd direct the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to investigate Iran's efforts to acquire nuclear weapons, including any Obama-administration collusion ...



The Downward Spiral
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

Presidents really only get to do one big thing, or maybe two. Abraham Lincoln saved the Union. Franklin Roosevelt got his New Deal and joined the war against Adolf Hitler. Lyndon Johnson expanded the welfare state and signed into law a landmark ...



San Francisco's Shame
Heather Mac Donald  Tweet

Advocates for illegal immigrants are unrepentant after yesterday's shocking acquittal on all homicide charges of an illegal-alien confessed killer. The advocates are defending the sanctuary policies that had set in motion the 2015 killing in ...



Mueller Investigation: Politics, Not Law Enforcement or Counterintelligence
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

Here's what I'd be tempted to do if I were President Trump: I'd direct the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to investigate Iran's efforts to acquire nuclear weapons, including any Obama-administration collusion ...



Is Feminism the Answer to Sexual Harassment?
Mona Charen  Tweet

So the friendly morning host with the warm smile was a serial sexual predator? He had a secret lock installed on his office door operated by a button under his desk like a Bond villain? The NPR guy was a Prairie Homewrecker? Next you'll tell us that ...



Memo to GOP: Pass the Tax Bill
David Limbaugh  Tweet

For a host of reasons, it is extremely important that Republicans pass the most pro-growth tax reform bill that can squeak by both houses of ...



The Trump Presidency Isn't Nearly As Bad As It Sounds
Rich Lowry  Tweet

The president of the United States wakes up some mornings seemingly determined to convince as many people as possible that he's unsuited to high office. Fortunately for him, he has a Twitter account allowing him to act on this impulse ...



The New York Times Does Its Best Super-PAC Impersonation
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

It was a crazy week, so you might have missed the news that the New York Times decided to operate like a super PAC. Here's what happened. The Times's editorial board changed the bio on the opinion section's Twitter account to ...



Matt Lauer, Fox News, and How Tribalism Affects the Press
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

The ongoing cascade of sexual-harassment violations is fascinating for all sorts of reasons. But one thing has been nagging at me for a while and Patrick Ruffini put his finger on it this morning: Why did this cascade start with Weinstein and not ...



Khatallah's Acquittals on Benghazi Murders Show, Again, Need for New System
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

There was never going to be justice for the American war dead of the Benghazi attack. The jihadist strike on the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 atrocities was too bound up in the politics of the 2012 presidential election. Moreover, the ...



Of Presidents and Economies
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

There was a scrap of good economic news this week: The GDP-growth figure for the last quarter has been revised upward to an annualized rate of 3.3 percent. That is the most robust GDP growth we've had since the third quarter of 2014. Hurrah. ...