Could this be the Libertarian Party’s Moment?

Recent polling shows that the Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is getting about 10 percent of the vote when matched up against Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Trump’s nomination presents a huge moment for Libertarians. Even before Trump, there were many fiscally conservative Republicans who have trouble stomaching the social conservatism of the far right of the…

Donald Trump Proposes Bold Plan to End California’s Drought

Last night, Donald Trump proposed that California’s drought could be ended by “opening up” the water. The current problem, he explained, is that California is “shoving the water into the sea.” Trump suggssted that, instead of pouring it’s water into the ocean, the water be opened up for use by citizens.  I assume Trump was…

The Trump-Martinez Fight Shows the Seams in the Republican Party’s Unity

Despite the consolidation of most Republicans around Donald Trump, the presumptive nominee still has trouble holding back from attacking fellow Republicans who have criticized him. In a speech last night, Trump said New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez was “not doing her job” and blamed her for the rise in unemployment in Albuquerque and the increase in…

Five Takeways from the Inspector General Report on Clinton’s Emails

1. Hillary Clinton did not comply with State Department policies regarding the retention of records.  Federal regulations require records of government business to be preserved. Emails concerning government business are considered government records under this regulation. The State Department had specific policies for preserving such records and generally required they be printed and filed. Clinton clearly violated…

Jake Tapper Shows How to Address Trump’s Lies

Jake Tapper started his show on CNN today with a calm, clinical dissection of Trump’s false claim that the Clintons had something to do with Vince Foster’s death. Tapper’s comments were fairly brief but they we incredibly effective because he actually took Trump seriously.  Tapper did not allow Trump to escape culpability by hiding behind…

Will the Pivot to Asia Last?

David E. Sanger of the New York Times has a nice summary of uncertain diplomatic situation in Asia as Obama’s Presidency comes to an end. Sanger notes how precarious the situation is because, despite Obama’s emphasis on Asia, there is no guarantee his successor will follow his policies. Indeed, Donald Trump has articulated (I am…

Oklahoma Governor Vetos Bill Criminalizing Abortion

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin vetoed the controversial bill that would have made it a felony for doctors to perform abortions. As I discussed last week, the bill is unconstitutional under existing precedent and it is also a terrible piece of policy that would put doctors in a terrible conflict. It seems the veto was based…

#NeverTrump is Dead

Despite the deep reservations in the Republican establishment, a sizeable majority of Republican voters now support Donald Trump. An NBC News Poll taken earlier this week showed that 87 percent of Republicans support Trump. Similarly, a New York Times/CBS poll showed 80 percent of Republicans support Trump. This is pretty consistent with the level of…

The Oklahoma Bill Would Place Doctors in a Horrible Position

Oklahoma just passed a bill that would make it a felony for doctors to perform an abortion except in cases where the mother’s life is at risk. In addition being unconstitutional, the bill is a terrible piece of policy because it  unnecessarily places doctors in a compromising position. In medicine, whether a decision is “life or…

Trump Reaches Out to Social Conservatives with List of Supreme Court Candidates

Today, Donald Trump released a list of 11 potential candidates he would consider for any Supreme Court vacancy. The list, which was complied with the assistance of conservative legal groups like the Heritage Foundation, is replete with reliable conservatives who could reasonably be expected to follow conservative judicial principles and side with conservatives on social…

#NeverTrump is Dying

Despite the support of many prominent Republican elites, the Never Trump movement has been unable to field a candidate to run as a conservative third party challenger to Donald Trump. Mitt Romney announced today that he is ending his search for a third party candidate. Romney and his fellow travelers tried to entice Nebraska  Senator Ben Sasse…