The BuzzFeed Standard

So last night, BuzzFeed decided to publish a “dossier” filled with allegations—one of them absolutely disgusting—against Donald Trump whose veracity it openly said it could not verify. All BuzzFeed knew was that the dossier had been circulating in political circles, that it had been generated by “political opponents of Trump,” and had been produced by a former British intelligence agent. I go into more detail here, and the reasons why the release of these documents represents a new low in journalistic behavior. For one thing, when former intelligence agents or those who claim to have been intelligence agents peddle information, the proper stance toward their tales is extreme skepticism, as anyone who has ever worked with them on news stories is fully aware.

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The Definition of Leadership

Seeing the world as it is.

To a self-righteous set of foreign-policy observers, Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is the height of irresponsibility. From real American allies like Britain’s Theresa May to fake ones, like Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Trump’s move has been met with trepidation. Once again, we are told, an American president is sacrificing the credibility of the United States by going it alone, thereby abandoning the country’s singular role as global leader.This is, of course, a load of nonsense.

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If I Forget Thee, O Al Franken…

Podcast: Recognition and resignation.

The second COMMENTARY podcast of the week takes up the recognition of Jerusalem, the downfall of Al Franken, and shoes dropping all over the place in the Trump-Russia investigation. Give a listen.

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Trump Has a Capital Idea on Jerusalem

The journalistic class is apoplectic over President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. But conservatives, including those skeptical of this president, should add it to the list of Trump-administration foreign policies that deserve praise. The case for recognizing Jerusalem, and relocating the U.S. Embassy there, is formidable. Talk of the move throwing the region into chaos is overwrought and out of touch with Mideast reality.

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Democrats Prepare to Brand the GOP the Party of Abusers

A new day for Democrats.

If Senator Al Franken has not resigned by the time you read this, it shouldn’t be long now. On Wednesday, a seventh woman publicly alleged that Franken had tried to force himself on her. That woman, a former Democratic congressional aide, claimed that the future senator justified his actions by contending, “It’s my right as an entertainer.”

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Reform Movement Backs Palestinians against Israel on Jerusalem

The Jerusalem fissure.

That Arab and European leaders are protesting President Trump’s intent to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is no surprise. Nor is it any surprise that groups like J Street and Jewish Voice for Peace joined them. I was, however, genuinely shocked that the leader of America’s largest Jewish denomination also joined the denunciations. Until recently, any mainstream American Jewish leader would have been embarrassed to oppose U.S. recognition of Jerusalem publicly.

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