American Federalist Journal
Sunday - July 23, 2017


'The Ugly Environmentalist'
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

One of the hallmarks of the "Ugly American" is the habit of thinking foreigners will understand what you're saying if just shout it louder and louder. The Ugly Environmentalist does something similar. He exaggerates the challenge ...



Reince for President
Rich Lowry  Tweet

It's been a rough week for the White House, so reportedly - yet again - Reince Priebus might get fired. Surely, no high-level government official in American history has been on the verge of ouster so early and so often. Being the ...



Trump, Russia, and the Misconduct of Public Men
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

'Collusion is not a crime." "Are you kidding? It could be a campaign-finance-law violation. After all, opposition research is a 'thing of value.' There could be a conspiracy to defraud the United States by impeding the ...



No, You Don't 'Take the Meeting'
David French  Tweet

Judging from conversations online and in person, the emerging Trump-friendly defense of Donald Trump Jr.'s decision to respond enthusiastically to an invitation to meet a "Russian government attorney" to receive "official ...



West Can Neither Live with nor Take Out North Korean Nukes
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

North Korea recently test-launched a long-range missile capable of reaching Alaska. When North Korea eventually builds a missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland, it will double down on its well-known shakedown of feigning indifference to ...



There Is Now Evidence that Senior Trump Officials Attempted to Collude With Russia
David French  Tweet

Just hours ago, Donald Trump Jr. released one of the more astounding e-mail chains of the entire Russia controversy. The end result is that Americans may now be introduced to the term "attempted collusion." Or, perhaps more accurately ...



Charlie Gard's Fate Shouldn't Be Decided by the State
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

Charlie Gard's parents are doing the wrong thing -- and I'd probably do it too. Charlie Gard, if you haven't heard, is the eleven-month-old baby whose plight has become a popular cause in England and, increasingly, the United ...



Report: Comey Memos Are Government Documents . . . and Some Are Classified
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

Based on "interviews with officials familiar with the documents," The Hill is reporting that more than half of the memoranda former FBI director James Comey made regarding his conversations with president-elect and then President Trump ...



The Washington Post Seeks a Right-Wing Scapegoat for Left-Wing Violence
David French  Tweet

Last month, through some combination of incredible good fortune and immense personal courage, the United States barely escaped a historic, nation-shaking massacre after an angry Bernie Sanders supporter named James Hodgkinson opened fire on a field ...



No, China Isn't Going to Lead
Rich Lowry  Tweet

The world has had its delusions about China over the years, but none quite as fantastical as the notion of Beijing assuming the mantle of global leadership. Ever since Donald Trump's election, it has been a journalistic trope to speculate that ...



Trump's Anti-Cairo Speech
Victor Davis Hanson  Tweet

Obama's Cairo Address, June 4, 2009 About five months after the inauguration of Barack Obama, the president gave a strange address in Cairo. The speech was apparently designed to win over the Muslim world and set Obama apart from the supposed ...



Yesterday, Donald Trump Struck a Righteous Blow against Universalism
David French  Tweet

Before I address the text of Donald Trump's speech yesterday in Poland, it's worth pulling up two quotes from our two previous presidents. These quotes, I think, encapsulate the difference between the ideas Trump articulated yesterday ...



Trump's Warsaw Triumph
Rich Lowry  Tweet

Imagine that President Donald Trump gave a speech praising a strong Europe. Imagine that he called forthrightly on Russia to stop its aggression in Ukraine and join the community of responsible nations. Imagine that he embraced the mutual defense ...



War Powers and the Constitution in Our Body Politic
Andrew C. McCarthy  Tweet

On Friday, I spoke on Capitol Hill at the Federalist Society's symposium "The Constitutional War Powers of the Executive and Legislative Branches." This weekend's column is adapted from those remarks. As we gather here on ...



Trump's Nuclear Non-Policy
Kevin D. Williamson  Tweet

The gentlemen in Pyongyang have decided that President Trump is to be taken neither literally nor seriously. It is difficult to blame them. Kim Jong-un's crackpot regime launched an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the ...



Stop Saying Republican Voters Are 'Voting against Their Interests'
David French  Tweet

Most mornings I spend my commute listening to the New York Times' podcast The Daily. Managing editor Michael Barbaro hosts an informative, well-produced look at the major news themes of the day, and it tends to feature some of the ...



The Rubicon Is Crossed in North Korea
Charles Krauthammer  Tweet

Across 25 years and five administrations, we have kicked the North Korean can down the road. We are now out of road. On July 4, North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile apparently capable of hitting the United States. As yet, only ...



The Dangers of Arrogant Ignorance
Jonah Goldberg  Tweet

During President Trump's speech in Warsaw, Poland, on Thursday, he memorialized Pope John Paul II's momentous 1979 visit to the city. For many historians, the Polish-born pope's mass in Victory Square, more than anything else, set ...



Trump Is Winning the Immigration Debate
Rich Lowry  Tweet

With his penchant for tweeted insults and GIFs, Donald Trump will never be mistaken for a master of the sweet art of persuasion. Yet he is clearly winning the public argument on the issue of immigration. He isn't doing it through sustained, ...



CNN Hurt Its Credibility
Mona Charen  Tweet

CNN is not wrong that the president of the United States ought to stop behaving like a clown. But they overshot this week. As someone who has about the lowest possible tolerance for Trumpian vulgarity, I thought the imbroglio over the CNN logo gif ...