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  • Will Joe Biden be the Democrats’ next Frank Lautenberg?

    05/31/2016 11:52:52 AM PDT · by detective · 45 replies
    National Review ^ | May 31, 2016 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Last week’s shattering report by the State Department’s inspector general drew the conclusion that several of us at National Review have been urging for over a year: Hillary Clinton’s systematic conduct of government business over a homebrew e-mail system resulted in serious violations of federal law. Mrs. Clinton’s withheld tens of thousands of government records (the e-mails) for nearly two years after she departed the State Department. She failed to return all government-related e-mails upon demand. She destroyed (or at least attempted to destroy) tens of thousands of e-mails without consultation with the State Department. And she did it all...
  • Islamist London

    05/16/2016 6:44:04 AM PDT · by detective · 38 replies
    AIM ^ | May 15, 2016 | Andrew McCarthy
    I am afraid that grim reality requires choosing the second of David Pryce-Jones’s two ways of looking at London’s election of Sadiq Khan as mayor: By choosing an enabler of Muslim extremism, the British are losing control of their destiny. In the run-up to the mayoral election, the invaluable Daniel Johnson, editor of Standpoint, provided the essential backdrop: Indeed, what has emerged before our eyes in Britain is a kind of Islamist state within a state…. A new survey by ICM with the former head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Trevor Phillips, for Channel Four and the Sunday...
  • Clinton E-mails: Is the Fix In?

    05/15/2016 5:17:13 AM PDT · by detective · 64 replies
    National Review ^ | May 14, 2016 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    There was an extraordinary report in Tuesday’s Washington Post about the Clinton e-mail investigation. It involved the government’s interview of longtime Clinton consigliere Cheryl Mills. It details how Justice Department attorneys made an agreement with Mills’s attorney to cut off questioning about a key aspect of the case. Mills, who is a lawyer, was represented at the interview by a lawyer named Beth Wilkinson. As is customary in these situations, the questioning was conducted jointly by FBI agents and Justice Department prosecutors. Yet when things got dicey, it seems the Justice Department prosecutors worked jointly with Ms. Wilkinson to block...
  • Culture Rot: Donald Trump Is the Effect, Not the Cause

    03/05/2016 10:14:17 AM PST · by Steelfish · 75 replies
    National Review ^ | March 05, 2016 | ANDREW MCCARTHY
    Culture Rot: Donald Trump Is the Effect, Not the Cause ANDREW MCCARTHY A sick society breeds gutter politics. A few years back, I began reliving, in reverse, the most treasured part of my upbringing. On sunny summer Sundays, my son, age seven and falling in love with baseball, would curl up next to me on the couch to watch the game. The American ritual of a man passing on to his boy not just the national pastime but a cultural heritage; the odd bits of hard-knocks wisdom sprinkled around the infield-fly rule. There was even symmetry across the decades: The...
  • Mitt Speech Was Worse Than Nothing

    03/04/2016 8:08:45 PM PST · by entropy12 · 42 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/03/16 | ANDREW C. MCCARTHY Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/432339/mitt-speech-worse-not
    According to Romney in 2012: Donald Trump has shown an extraordinary ability to understand how our economy works and create jobs for the American people. He’s done it here in Nevada. He’s done it across the country. He understands that our economy is facing threats from abroad. He is one of the few people who stood up and said, “You know what? China has been cheating. They’ve taken jobs from Americans. They haven’t played fair. We have to have a president who will stand up to cheaters. We believe in free trade and free enterprise, but we don’t believe in...
  • No Deference Is Called For on Judicial Nominees

    02/19/2016 10:55:38 AM PST · by Twotone · 14 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | Feb. 19, 2016 | Andrew McCarthy
    I'm sorry that the crucial importance of Justice Scalia's now-vacant seat on the Supreme Court meant that the heated battle over filling it was already well underway while most of us, reeling from the profound loss, craved a respectable interval to console his loved ones and reflect on his epic legacy.
  • Obama's Growing Conflict of Interest in the Clinton E-Mail Scandal

    02/04/2016 5:29:55 AM PST · by iontheball · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | February 3, 2016 | Andrew McCarthy
    The latest revelations regarding Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information are stunning. For example, several of the former secretary of state’s “private” e-mails contain national-defense information so sensitive that it is classified at the highest levels. Moreover, classified information so pervades the thousands of pages of e-mails communicated through and stored on Mrs. Clinton’s unsecured, homebrew server system that the court-ordered disclosure process has ground to a halt. Remember, Mrs. Clinton reviewed her e-mails before finally surrendering them to the State Department, and she initially insisted there was no classified information in them. Now, it turns out they were so...
  • Is There Enough Evidence to Indict Hillary Clinton?

    01/25/2016 11:44:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2016 | Guy Benson
    As both Ed and Katie noted this morning, the New York Post is reporting that the Federal Bureau of Investigation's ongoing, expanded probe into Hillary Clinton's potential crimes has turned to the question of how extremely sensitive classified information "migrated" from secure government servers to Hillary's improper, unsecure private server. This prohibited crossover is "specifically forbidden," according to a former CIA official who recently weighed in on the controversy, who added that there is "zero ambiguity" on this point. At this point, we know that federal investigators are looking into habitual, serious mishandling of classified information -- including intelligence that rose to the levels...
  • Hillary Clinton’s Email Scandal Appears Gravely Criminal

    01/25/2016 11:44:55 AM PST · by jazusamo · 64 replies
    PJ Media ^ | January 25, 2016 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    From the start, since we first learned about the home-brew email system then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton set up for conducting her government business, I've argued that she very likely committed felony violations of federal law. Yet it appears I underestimated the gravity of her misconduct -- ironically, by giving her the benefit of the doubt on a significant aspect of the scheme. When the scandal went public in March 2015, Mrs. Clinton -- already the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee -- held a press conference to explain herself. Among other well-documented whoppers, she maintained that she had never stored classified...
  • Why the Justice Department Won’t Work with the FBI on Clinton’s E-mail Case

    01/23/2016 3:59:20 PM PST · by Libloather · 71 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/23/16 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    **SNIP** Yet, in reporting the story, the Times' Mark Mazzetti took pains to stress: "The government has said that Mrs. Clinton is not a subject of the investigation." Really? Well, to put it in Clintonian terms: It all depends on what the definition of "subject" is. Though you wouldn't know it from the Times, "subject" is a term of art in criminal investigations. It refers to one of the three categories into which prosecutors fit every relevant actor. Subjects are people whose conduct is being scrutinized and who, depending on what evidence turns up, may or may not be charged....
  • Our Immigration Laws Should Screen Out Radical Islamists, Not All Muslims

    12/12/2015 5:13:32 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 95 replies
    National Review ^ | December 12, 2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    I appreciate being held in "(otherwise) ...considerable esteem" by Charles Krauthammer. Not only is the feeling mutual; from my end, I would even omit the "otherwise." That said, I am dismayed by his specious response to my legal analysis of Donald Trump's proposed moratorium on Muslim immigration to the United States. I am personally disappointed that Charles has distorted my position, portraying me as a Trump apologist. But that is almost beside the point. His rebuke is counterproductive to the defense of our national security - about which Krauthammer and I both care deeply - because it makes solving a...
  • Hillary’s Breathtaking Mendacity

    10/24/2015 8:10:50 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/24/2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    She lied to the nation in 2012, and she’s lying again now. You don’t look surprised. ‘We’ve seen the heavy assault on our post in Benghazi that took the lives of those brave men. We’ve seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful Internet video that we had nothing to do with.” Those words, depraved words, were spoken by then–secretary of state Hillary Clinton, with President Obama by her side, on September 14, 2012. This was at Joint Base Andrews, during the most sacred of rites: the return of the remains of Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, Tyrone...
  • One-State Solution Cont’d: U.S. Pays $400M for U.N. Agency Calling for Attacks on Israeli Jews

    10/17/2015 8:46:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    National Review: The Corner ^ | October 17, 2015 10:34 AM Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/425737/one-state-solut | Andrew C. McCarthy
    My weekend column in on the Palestinians’ new intifada, the Obama State Department’s disgraceful response to it, and how Islamists and Leftists continue to push for the “One State Solution”—no more Jewish state—an objective that is helped along by the “Two State Solution” fantasy peddled by the bipartisan Beltway. A related development: A watchdog group, UN Watch, reports that staffers at a major United Nations agency with a long history of encouraging Palestinian terrorism, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), is inciting the latest spate of attacks in Israel. …
  • Why We Should Not Intervene In Syria

    10/05/2015 6:59:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/04/2015 | Andrew McCarthy
    It’s ba-aack. The Vacuum, that is. That’s the Beltway fairy tale about how Syria was teeming with secular-democratic Muslim moderates ready and willing not only to topple the barbarous Bashar al-Assad regime but simultaneously to rout al-Qaeda. They were not able to pull off these feats, we’re told, without the massive help that President Obama refused to give them. This default, combined with Obama’s unconscionable retreat from neighboring Iraq while jihadists were on the rise, created a leadership void — the Vacuum — into which the Islamic State (formerly known as al-Qaeda in Iraq and the Islamic State of Iraq...
  • What Trump Should Have Said

    09/21/2015 11:55:24 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 13 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 9-21-2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    How ironic that, with all the offensive things Donald Trump says, it is something he did not say that is breaking the outrage bank. Trump is under fire for failing, at one of his campaign events, to refute an overheated audience member who asserted that President Obama is a Muslim and was not born in the United States. Trump did not make these claims or concur in them. He simply decided it was not his job to defend Barack Obama from claims that Obama himself has played no small part in provoking. Trump, instead, ignored the allegations and went on...
  • The L.A. Times Suppresses Obama's Khalidi Bash Tape (Still Sitting On It)

    09/18/2015 4:09:10 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | October 27, 2008 | Andrew McCarthy
    Your article would post as follows: Obama, Ayers, and PLO supporters toast Edward Said’s successor, but the press doesn’t think it’s quite as newsworthy as Sarah Palin’s wardrobe. Let’s try a thought experiment. Say John McCain attended a party at which known racists and terror mongers were in attendance. Say testimonials were given, including a glowing one by McCain for the benefit of the guest of honor … who happened to be a top apologist for terrorists. Say McCain not only gave a speech but stood by, in tacit approval and solidarity, while other racists and terror mongers gave speeches...
  • Why GOP Congressional Leaders Support the Iran Deal in Fact — Follow the Money(ALWAYS)

    09/19/2015 9:37:03 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 11 replies
    nat review ^ | 9/18/15 | A McCarthy
    ‘Why on earth would Republicans do that?” That is a question I’ve been asked at least a dozen times since illustrating that the GOP has played a cynical game in connection with President Obama’s Iran deal. “Follow the money” is a common answer to questions about political motivation. It may not explain everything in this case, but it is certainly relevant. This spring, Republican leadership colluded with the White House and congressional Democrats to enact a law — the Corker-Cardin Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act — that guaranteed Obama would be authorized to lift sanctions against Iran (the main objective...
  • Why GOP Congressional Leaders Support the Iran Deal in Fact — Follow the Money

    09/19/2015 9:28:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/19/2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Why on earth would Republicans do that?” That is a question I’ve been asked at least a dozen times since illustrating that the GOP has played a cynical game in connection with President Obama’s Iran deal. “Follow the money” is a common answer to questions about political motivation. It may not explain everything in this case, but it is certainly relevant. This spring, Republican leadership colluded with the White House and congressional Democrats to enact a law — the Corker-Cardin Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act — that guaranteed Obama would be authorized to lift sanctions against Iran (the main objective...
  • Cruz Is Right: the Corker Law Period for Congressional Review of the Iran Act Has Never Begun

    09/09/2015 2:30:16 PM PDT · by AJFavish · 78 replies
    National Review ^ | September 9, 2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    In Senator Ted Cruz’s excellent Senate floor speech against President Obama’s catastrophic Iran deal, he urged Republican leadership – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) – to reject the claim that Congress must vote on the deal in the next few days. He is absolutely right. By the unambiguous terms of the Corker law, the period for congressional review of the Iran deal has never begun because Obama has failed to provide the entirety of it.
  • How the GOP Pretends Not to Authorize Obama’s Agenda

    09/09/2015 10:31:46 AM PDT · by ryan71 · 8 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 09/08/2015 | Andrew McCarthy
    In my weekend column I offered a concrete plan to undermine President Obama’s atrocious Iran deal. It is an easy one, because all that the Republican-controlled Congress has to do, if it really wants to derail this thing, is follow the law that they wrote and Obama signed, the Corker law — the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, sometimes also known as “Corker-Cardin,” after Senate sponsors Bob Corker (R., Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D., Md.). Sadly, in another iteration of the anger that is the wind beneath Donald Trump’s wings, many readers insist that GOP leadership has no...
  • Obama’s Iran Deal Is Still Far from Settled

    09/06/2015 4:32:08 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 9/5/2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The review process under the Corker law never began — by the law’s own terms. To undermine President Obama’s atrocious Iran deal despite the Republican-controlled Congress’s irresponsible Corker legislation, it will be necessary to follow, of all things, the Corker legislation. On Wednesday, Barbara Mikulski became the 34th Senate Democrat to announce support for the deal, which lends aid and comfort to a regime that continues to call for “Death to America.” Under the Corker Roadmap to Catastrophe, Mikulski’s assent ostensibly puts President Obama over the top. After all, the legislation sponsored by Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker...
  • There’s a Whole Arsenal of Smoking Guns in the Clinton E-mail Scandal

    09/04/2015 6:54:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/04/2015
    The very existence of her illicit server means she broke the rules. Every time the State Department pulls out a new fistful of Hillary Clinton e-mails like Richard Dreyfuss yanking a license plate out of a shark’s belly in Jaws, someone declares that there’s “no smoking gun!” I’ve written before about how shouting “There’s no smoking gun!” is a non-denial denial. Ask a cop. When a murder suspect immediately exclaims, “You have no indisputable evidence I murdered my boss!” instead of, “I didn’t do it!” it’s a good sign that the suspect thinks he covered his tracks, not that he’s...
  • Congress Must Hold Obama Accountable for His Deception Over Iran

    07/25/2015 6:29:59 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 7-25-2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    By lying and withholding information about the agreement, he gives aid and comfort to America’s enemy. The president “must certainly be punishable for giving false information to the Senate.” One can imagine hearing such counsel from a contemporary United States senator on the receiving end of President Obama’s “full disclosure” of the nuclear deal with Iran. But the admonition actually came from James Iredell, a champion of the Constitution’s ratification, who was later appointed to the Supreme Court by President George Washington. Iredell was addressing the obligations the new Constitution imposed on the president in the arena of international affairs....
  • HOW AND WHY TO KILL THE DEAL

    07/24/2015 5:33:36 AM PDT · by SJackson · 11 replies
    Frontpagemagazine.com ^ | July 23, 2015 | Caroline Glick
    The devil in Obama’s agreement with Iran is not in the details, but in the big picture. ​Washington Post columnist David Ignatius is a reasonable man. After hearing back to back interviews with US Secretary of State John Kerry and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the Obama administration’s pact with Iran’s ayatollahs, he tried to balance them out. Speaking Sunday on CBS’s Face the Nation, Ignatius equivocated that on the one hand, “My takeaway [from Kerry] is that the details of this deal are pretty solid, that it’s been carefully negotiated, that it will hold up for 10 years or...
  • We Interrupt Our Regular Trump Programming to Announce America’s Surrender To Iran...

    07/20/2015 10:20:18 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | July 20, 2015
    We Interrupt Our Regular Trump Programming to Announce America’s Surrender to Iran and Global Governance July 20, 2015 At the New York Times website this morning, if you dig down under stories on the Donald Trump Circus, you will find a one-line link, buried beneath several other one-line links, to a report titled, “U.N. Vote on Iran Nuclear Deal Irks Congress.” Further burying the lede, you must scour down to a passing reference in paragraph four to find a glimmer of the real story: The Obama administration has already raced to the United Nations Security Council to spearhead action, today,...
  • Freddy Gray Autopsy Report Deals Blow to Murder Charges(so let's talk about removing flags instead)

    06/25/2015 6:09:03 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 18 replies
    nat review ^ | 6/24/15 | a mccarthy
    Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby has withheld the autopsy report on Freddie Gray from defense counsel and the public for nearly two months. It is the report on which she relied to file murder and other charges against six police officers, even though the investigation into Mr. Gray’s death was not close to being complete. Now, just two days before Friday’s court deadline for the state to disclose the report to the defense, it has been leaked to the Baltimore Sun. The Sun’s story makes it easier to understand why Ms. Mosby wanted the autopsy kept under wraps. It raises additional...
  • Cruz Now a ‘No’ on TPA Read more at:

    06/23/2015 5:43:39 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 204 replies
    National Review Online - The Corner ^ | June 23, 2015 10:24 AM | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) has penned a column for Breitbart explaining his shift from support to opposition on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), the “fast track” legislation that would enable the current president and his successor to negotiate trade deals that Congress would then be able to vote up or down, but not amend. Senator Cruz, a contender for the GOP presidential nomination, still supports free trade and, in principle, sees fast-track as helpful to that end. Nevertheless, he says GOP leadership’s sleight-of-hand has convinced him that, if not amended, the current TPA bill will become a scheme for passing...
  • Baltimore prosecutor Mosby shockingly incompetent

    05/06/2015 7:17:15 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 57 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 6, 2015 | Thomas Lifson
    It is already clear that Marilyn Mosby, the state’s attorney who is prosecuting the Baltimore Six is not up to the responsibilities of her job. The only questions are: 1. how deeply incompetent?; and 2. what consequences will result from her bungling? The second question is the more important one, for Mosby has set up her prosecution as a response to the “No justice, no peace” movement. If and when she fails to secure a conviction through her ineptitude, then by the standard of the mob to which she is catering, more riots will be justifiable, and therefore the likely...
  • Petraeus Is Protected by a Politicized Justice Department

    04/23/2015 2:00:13 PM PDT · by Forgotten Amendments · 6 replies
    National Review Online ^ | March 5, 2014 | Andrew McCarthy
    General Petraeus committed several serious felony violations of federal law. And not in a one-off lapse of judgment; this was a series of offenses committed over an extended period of time. Clearly, Petraeus believed he was a law unto himself. A notorious publicity seeker, he treated journals chronicling his highly classified activities as if they were his own property, to be maintained and exhibited as he saw fit — mainly, for use in burnishing his carefully cultivated image — rather than as federal law dictates. Even after he was caught, he continued to lie, obstruct justice, and put the government...
  • Why Was CIA Director Petraeus Required to Sign Separation Form If Secretary Clinton Was Not?

    03/18/2015 8:55:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/18/2015 | Andrew McCarthy
    In my column on the plea agreement the Obama Justice Department allowed David Petreaus to enter after it was discovered that he mishandled classified information, I noted that he had been required to sign a separation agreement when he left the CIA. It is called a “Security Exit Form” and is obviously the CIA version of the State Department departure form described in Jim’s post (and linked in Shannen’s column) that Secretary Clinton should have signed upon leaving government service. The prosecutors’ outline of the evidence against Petraeus includes the following (at pages 11-12, paragraph 27): [O]n or about November...
  • Obama Can’t Force His Iran Deal on the Country without Congress’s Consent

    03/14/2015 6:41:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/14/2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Having the U.N. Security Council bless a deal wouldn’t make it binding under our Constitution. So, as we warned earlier this week, the international-law game it is. It is no secret that Barack Obama does not have much use for the United States Constitution. It is a governing plan for a free, self-determining people. Hence, it is littered with roadblocks against schemes to rule the people against their will. When it comes to our imperious president’s scheme to enable our enemy, Iran, to become a nuclear-weapons power — a scheme that falls somewhere between delusional and despicable, depending on your...
  • Don’t Blame Gowdy: He can’t seize Clinton servers, because Benghazi isn’t a criminal investigation.

    03/12/2015 6:48:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/12/2015 | Andrew McCarthy
    There’s a lot of half-baked commentary out there urging the Benghazi select committee chaired by Representative Trey Gowdy (R., S.C.) to “seize” forthwith the servers through which former secretary of state Hillary Clinton carried out her private e-mail scheme. Regrettably, some of it comes from lawyers and self-styled “constitutional conservatives” who ought to know better. As Chairman Gowdy explained to Megyn Kelly in a Fox News interview on Monday night, however, his committee — a legislative committee — is powerless to obtain search warrants and coerce the physical surrender of evidence. Simply stated, the committee is not a prosecutor. Our...
  • Bengazi Committee & the Hillary Clinton Emails ... Cont’d

    03/09/2015 5:54:23 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 28 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/9/2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    A journalist informed me this morning that a source close to Congressman Trey Gowdy (R., S.C.) and the HouseÂ’s select committee on the Benghazi terrorist attack, which Mr. Gowdy chairs, has responded to points raised in my weekend column. In the column, I expressed surprise and disappointment that, while Chairman Gowdy by his own account learned about Secretary of State ClintonÂ’s use of private email over six months ago, the committee took no meaningful responsive action: It did not reveal that alarming information publicly, issue subpoenas for those emails, or issue preservation letters to the relevant telecommunication service providers to...
  • The Benghazi Committee's Belated Interest in Hillary's Hidden E-mails

    03/08/2015 6:31:41 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 83 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/7/2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Chairman Trey Gowdy knew about Clinton’s secret server six months ago, and that too is a scandal. In assessing the Benghazi select committee headed up by Chairman Trey Gowdy (R., S.C.), there are two possibilities, and they are not mutually exclusive: (1) The committee is just a Potemkin probe erected by the Republican establishment to get restive conservatives to pipe down, and (2) the committee is incompetent. The panel, of course, was commissioned by the Republican-controlled House to investigate the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2012, attack in which al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists killed Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, and...
  • Why Did Obama Tolerate Hillary’s Use of Secret E-mail?

    03/10/2015 10:42:44 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 47 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/10/2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Thanks to Clinton’s flouting of record-keeping laws, the substance of her communications with the president — on Benghazi, say — remains a mystery Politico is reporting that President Obama knowingly corresponded with then–Secretary of State Hillary Clinton via the latter’s private e-mail address. That does not necessarily mean Obama knew Clinton was systematically flouting administration rules and federal record-keeping law. It does, however, mean he and administration officials had to know she was conducting official business over non-secure, non-government e-mail — even in communicating with the president of the United States; even though the White House claims Obama, as his...
  • Did Hillary Clinton Violate the Federal Embezzlement Law?

    03/04/2015 8:22:01 PM PST · by Steelfish · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | March 04, 2015
    Did Hillary Clinton Violate the Federal Embezzlement Law? by ANDREW C. MCCARTHY March 4, 2015 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s systematic evasion of federal recordkeeping requirements involved both the use of private email addresses and a server system installed in her Chappaqua manse. The servers, according to the Washington Free Beacon, may have been set up by shady longtime Clinton lackey Eric Hothem – under a false name (Eric Hoteham) slightly varied from his true name. It may also have been designed to give users the ability to erase emails without a trace. Shannen Coffin’s excellent column today points out...
  • Obama’s Unconstitutional Attempt to Shift the Blame for His Losing ISIS Strategy

    02/15/2015 10:43:34 AM PST · by Steelfish · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | February 14, 2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    FEBRUARY 14, 2015 Obama’s Unconstitutional Attempt to Shift the Blame for His Losing ISIS Strategy His proposed resolution would upend the Constitution’s national-defense framework. By Andrew C. McCarthy On Wednesday, President Obama proposed for Congress’s consideration an authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) against the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL). The jihadists are already being fought — albeit not nearly vigorously enough — under existing AUMFs. So Obama’s proposal, which would gratuitously repeal one of the prior AUMFs, is unnecessary. It is, in addition, so pathetic a concoction of lawlessness and aimlessness that, in a healthier political climate,...
  • Folks Do the Randomest Things

    02/11/2015 12:34:13 PM PST · by mojito · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/11/2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    I don’t understand why folks are giving President Obama and his spokes-minions such a hard time over his insistence that Ahmedy Coulibaly, the terrorist who just happened to be Muslim committing terrorism that had nothing to do with Islam, was just “randomly” picking out folks in Paris to kill when he randomly came upon a grocery that just happened to be Jewish and, coincidentally, to have Jews in it, whom he randomly killed. Sure, we know Coulibaly called a French TV station during the siege, said he was loyal to the Islamic State that has nothing to do with Islam,...
  • Why Obama Needs to Pretend the Taliban Aren’t Terrorists

    01/31/2015 9:58:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/31/2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    No doubt because of my background investigating, prosecuting, and studying terrorism, the cynical claim by White House spokesmen that the Taliban is not a terrorist organization has annoyed me even more than the Obama administration’s nonstop lying usually does. No surprise then that I could be found railing about it on The Kelly File Thursday night. In that spirit, ten thoughts for the weekend: 1. Under federal law, there are only three requirements for a group to qualify as a “foreign terrorist organization”: It has to be (a) foreign, (b) engaged in “terrorist activity” (bombings, assassinations, etc., carried out to...
  • Secretary of State John Kerry demonstrates why Huma Abedin’s background mattered

    01/26/2015 5:58:33 PM PST · by george76 · 45 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | March 27, 2013
    When folks like Andrew McCarthy articulated why our findings about then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s close adviser Huma Abedin were important, his camp was smeared as being discriminatory. His argument had nothing to do with discrimination or Islamophobia. It had everything to do with Abedin’s familial ties compromising her judgment and allegiances to the U.S. Constitution. Here we have an example that demonstrates this reality further and it comes via Kenneth Timmerman, who has picked up on the fact that the new Secretary of State – John Kerry – has a son-in-law with family still living in Iran. This...
  • What Bobby Jindal Gets about Islam — and Most People Still Don't

    01/24/2015 10:23:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/24/2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Footballs are deflating, the president is detached from reality, the Saudi king is deceased, and the sharia state next door, Yemen, is descending into bloody chaos. With mere anarchy loosed upon the world, it would be easy to miss the fact that, in England this week, Bobby Jindal gave as important and compelling a speech as has been delivered in years about America — our leadership role on the world stage, our preservation as a beacon of liberty. In the birthplace of the Magna Carta, it has nonetheless become legally risky to speak with candor (even when quoting Churchill)....
  • I’m Glad Obama Skipped Paris He doesn’t really believe in protecting speech critical of Islam.

    01/13/2015 4:52:36 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 1/13/15 | Andrew C McCarthy
    .....I was not outraged when President Obama directed the Justice Department to end the pretense of “defending” the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). I feel the same way about the president’s decision not to join dozens of world leaders in Paris last Sunday to march in favor of free speech and against Islamic-supremacist terror.... ...it is better to know where policymakers really stand... The show of international solidarity in the immediate aftermath of last week’s jihadist atrocities was very moving. But let’s not kid ourselves: It was rife with hypocrisy.... Prior to last week, these preening progressives could reliably be...
  • McCarthy: Cruz/Lee Were Right to Oppose Obama Lawlessness

    12/21/2014 12:44:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Utah Policy Blog ^ | December 21, 2014 | Golden Webb
    National Review's Andrew C. McCarthy vigorously defends the efforts of Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to draw attention to the unconstitutionality of Obama's amnesty plan. Writes McCarthy: "As long as we’re talking about epic insults to our intelligence, special recognition should go to the GOP establishment claim that, by forcing elected legislators to take an accountable vote, Cruz and Lee enabled Democrats to secure confirmation of objectionable Obama nominees. The story goes like this: By orchestrating a “point of order” vote to question the constitutionality of Obama’s decree, Cruz and Lee broke what Fox News gentlycalled an “informal agreement”...
  • What’s Really Going on with Holder’s Civil-Rights Crusade against Police Departments

    12/06/2014 6:21:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The National Review ^ | December 6, 2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Federal investigations of the Garner and Brown cases are just a pretext. Civil-rights investigations in Ferguson and Staten Island? No, what denizens of St. Louis and New York City ought to be worried about right now is . . . the crime wave overtaking Seattle. If you don’t understand why, then you probably thought Obamacare was about covering the uninsured. Like its health-care “reform” campaign, the Obama Left’s civil-rights crusade is about control — central control of state law enforcement by Washington. The deaths of Michael Brown in Missouri and Eric Garner in New York are each tragic in their...
  • What’s Really Going on with Holder’s Civil-Rights Crusade against Police Departments

    12/08/2014 12:21:00 PM PST · by detective · 22 replies
    AIM ^ | December 8, 2014 | Andrew McCarthy
    Civil-rights investigations in Ferguson and Staten Island? No, what denizens of St. Louis and New York City ought to be worried about right now is . . . the crime wave overtaking Seattle. If you don’t understand why, then you probably thought Obamacare was about covering the uninsured. Like its health-care “reform” campaign, the Obama Left’s civil-rights crusade is about control – central control of state law enforcement by Washington.
  • Alinsky Does Amnesty

    11/22/2014 10:54:48 AM PST · by Steelfish · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | November 22, 2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    NOVEMBER 22, 2014 Alinsky Does Amnesty The only limit on the president’s power that he recognizes is political expediency. By Andrew C. McCarthy That assertion is not an epithet — well, not primarily. True, I would not describe someone I admired as an “Alinskyite.” Saul Alinsky was a loathsome figure — a radical statist who whose toxic brew of thoroughgoing deceit and brass-knuckles extortion (“direct action”) has become a part of mainstream politics. But in tying the president to the seminal community organizer whose theories and tactics so influenced him, my purpose is more to decode than to insult him....
  • No, ‘Prosecutorial Discretion’ Does Not Justify Obama’s Lawless Amnesty

    11/20/2014 6:03:11 PM PST · by Steelfish · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | November 20, 2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    NOVEMBER 20, 2014 No, ‘Prosecutorial Discretion’ Does Not Justify Obama’s Lawless Amnesty Obama’s planned action perverts the meaning of the legal doctrine. By Andrew C. McCarthy Can the president make fraud and theft legal? How about assault? Cocaine use? Perjury? You’d have to conclude he can — and that we have supplanted the Constitution with a monarchy — if you buy President Obama’s warped notion of prosecutorial discretion. Tonight, Mr. Obama will unveil his executive order granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. According to news accounts, the criminal-law doctrine of prosecutorial discretion is the foundation of the president’s legal...
  • The Point of Impeachment: Tolerating Obama’s lawlessness invites a dictatorial presidency.

    11/15/2014 10:27:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/15/2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    n writing Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama’s Impeachment, I had a purpose: Explain that the capacity of Congress to oust a lawless president is central to the Framers’ design of our governing system. Because executive power is awesome, and intended to be that way, certain abuses of it can be discouraged only by the credible threat that Congress will remove the president from power — or, if discouragement fails, can be remediated only by the president’s actual removal. That is why Madison believed that the inclusion of impeachment in Congress’s arsenal was “indispensible” to preserving the Constitution’s...
  • Amnesty and Impeachment

    11/08/2014 6:53:29 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 53 replies
    National Review Online ^ | November 8, 2014 | By Andrew C. McCarthy
    Absent the credible threat of impeachment, Obama will pardon millions of illegal aliens. There is high anxiety over President Obama’s impending unilateral amnesty order for millions of illegal aliens. How many millions? The estimates vary. On the low end, 3 to 8 million, assuming some correlation to the potential beneficiaries of the president’s already existing amnesty decrees (including DACA or Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals). On the high end, as many as 9 to 34 million, factoring in likely categorical expansions of amnesty and their ramifications over the next several years. The nation overwhelmingly objects to Obama’s immigration lawlessness, but...
  • Obama Officials Bloviate About Settled ‘Science,’ DoD Scientists Fear Air Transmission of Ebola

    10/29/2014 2:58:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    PJ Media's Ordered Liberty Blog ^ | October 29, 2014 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Pretending to be guided by “science” rather than practicing politics in service of their post-American agenda, Obama administration officials persevere in the irresponsible suggestion that Ebola cannot be transmitted through the air – i.e., that it requires physical contact with an infected person that results in exposure to bodily fluids. It should go without saying that because viruses mutate, responsible scientists would never claim that the “science” about them is “settled.” But quite apart from the dynamic circumstances, government scientists are obviously concerned about air transmission in the here and now, even as the spin-meisters claim it cannot happen. Aaron...