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Richard Epstein looks at the political and legal fallout from allegations that President Trump may have disclosed classified information to Russian diplomats, and that he may have had an improper conversation with then FBI Director Jim Comey. More

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Sacrificing Border Security for Politics

 

The US Customs and Border Protection, part of Homeland Security, has been a source of crime and corruption for years. New hires and contractors are not properly screened for employment, and now that President Donald Trump has requested an additional 5,000 border officers, tripling the size of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, our borders will be at greater risk than ever. Instead of Congress taking steps to improve screening for new hires, they are taking steps in the opposite direction. How has this happened?

In 2010, Andrew Becker reported on a Senate Homeland Security subcommittee hearing on corruption of federal law enforcement officers:

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Quote of the Day – Meritocracy

 

“The SAT 50 years ago pulled a lot of smart people out of every little town in America and funneled them into a small number of elite institutions, where they married each other, had kids, and moved to an even smaller number of elite neighborhoods. We created the most effective meritocracy ever.”

“The problem with the meritocracy, is that it leeches all the empathy out of your society … The second you think that all your good fortune is a product of your virtue, you become highly judgmental, lacking empathy, totally without self-awareness, arrogant, stupid—I mean all the stuff that our ruling class is.”

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On International Women’s Day, while others may have been marching or whatever, I had the pleasure to talk history with a young woman, who is a historian and a professor of history. It was a lovely discussion (for me as a fan of the subject of history) as we spoke about her dissertation, which is […]

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Why Donald Trump Should Put His Assets in a Blind Trust

 

Since his election two weeks ago a couple of stories have come to light of what we might call errors of judgment on Trump’s part regarding the relationship between his business assets and his new duties as President. First, there was the presence of his daughter Ivanka at a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Ivanka, you will recall, is being placed in charge of Trump’s businesses alongside her brothers Eric and Donald Jr. In that capacity her presence at this meeting was highly inappropriate. There are also reports that Mr. Trump used a congratulatory call with the President of Argentina to push for building permits for an office complex his company is currently constructing. Mr. Trump and Mr. Macri are apparently old friends and colleagues so I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt here, yet the optics aren’t that great. This is especially troublesome because of three words: The Clinton Foundation.

Conservatives and Republicans rightly excoriated the Clintons for the corrupt relationship that the State Department enjoyed with The Clinton Foundation during Mrs. Clinton’s tenure at Foggy Bottom. Donald Trump himself, rightly, made a big deal of this during the campaign. He needs to remove himself from the appearance of corruption so that his administration isn’t hamstrung by constant accusations of corruption from a hostile media.

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Mark Steyn (whose TV show couldn’t come at a better time): This election more than most has clarified who counts and who doesn’t. So here’s the chief magistrate of a republic of laws shooting the breeze with a core constituency ahead of Election Day and inviting the massed ranks of the Undocumented-American community to come […]

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The Illinois Policy Institute put together an excellent documentary about Michael Madigan. They have made it available on YouTube. Anyone that wishes to learn more about the blatant corruption in Illinois, this is worth your time. It is just under an hour long. Michael Madigan has been speaker of the Illinois House for 31 of […]

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The latest PragerU video is one of the best in the series. It features The Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel. At about five minutes long, it’s worth the watch: More

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Here is Mark Steyn’s take on Hillary’s contempt for the law- http://www.steynonline.com/7564/laws-are-for-the-little-people Steyn notes the lack of outrage from the ineffectual Republican politicians, and their willingness to distance themselves from Trump, while no prominent Democrats have denounced Hillary. He also contrasts the ‘straight arrow’ James Comey to J.Edgar Hoover. More

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*UPDATE* @Pseudodionysius has already posted on this, -so my bad.  As I explained during a recent Whiskey Politics Podcast, James O’Keefe has paid dearly for his brand of undercover journalism. This is the first of a series revealing just how horrible things are, and what gentle conservatives are up against not just this year, but […]

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A while back I saw an article (possibly here on Ricochet :) ) about how two neighboring states would compete for large businesses to move jobs to their own state. In the article, it said that government workers or contractors would offer businesses tax breaks or other subsidies to get them. So my question is […]

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Five words describe Hillary Clinton: “She gets away with it.” Hillary commits felonies in front of the entire country knowing that she will never be indicted, tried, convicted or legally penalized. Everyone observing her knows the same thing. It’s simply the expectation. More

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In this episode of the 10Blocks podcast, City Journal editor Brian Anderson interviews Steven Malanga, author of the recent City Journal article “Bloated, Broke, and Bullied,” about corruption and mismanagement at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.   More

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For your amusement, submitted without comment (speaks for itself) 2016 Democratic Convention More

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From the Daily Mail (so, you know, caveat emptor): More

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The White House & Google love affair is kept private on Google. When looking today, in two pages, I did manage to see two relevant articles; one was in NR, the other in the UK’s Daily Mail. There have been 230 White House visits from Google in the last 7 years, roughly one per week. On election night, 2012, […]

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Some recent stories from Venezuela, Brazil, and Nigeria caught my attention; they have some interesting similarities. They are all oil-producing countries–with state-owned oil companies–that have been impacted by falling oil prices. And they are also reaching levels of political maturity where corruption is becoming more scandalous. In Venezuela, the opposition has resolved to oust Chavez’s successor Nicolas […]

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‘Tis the Oppo Research Season

 

oppoHere on Ricochet we often discuss the strange phenomenon of the Murray Gell-Mann Amnesia effect, a term that comes from Michael Crichton’s 2005 talk, “Why Speculate?

Media carries with it a credibility that is totally undeserved. You have all experienced this, in what I call the Murray Gell-Mann Amnesia effect. (I call it by this name because I once discussed it with Murray Gell-Mann, and by dropping a famous name I imply greater importance to myself, and to the effect, than it would otherwise have.)

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The headline is copied verbatim from Legal Insurrection. I think Mr. Jacobson has it right. GOPe doesn’t like him, but thinks it can work with Trump. He will install himself in the White House, but won’t bring any other cronies to work with him. He makes deals, and the GOPe will be able to deal […]

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