Why Trump Wins

Pick your battles.

In the last week of September, North Korea exploded a nuclear device that was no ordinary atomic bomb. The gadget’s yield indicated that it was, at the very least, a boosted weapon or even a crude hydrogen bomb. In short, it was a city-killer. That same week saw the second of two terrible storms make landfall in Puerto Rico, resulting in what observers knew would be a humanitarian crisis no matter how adept the federal response was. And the federal response was anything but adept.

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Why Trump Wins

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A Professor’s Revolt

A Renaissance for higher education.

Peruse the front page of the Chronicle of Higher Education, a publication geared toward “people in academe,” and you will be confronted primarily with issues affecting the journal’s core audience: college “faculty members and administrators.” But administrative issues are rarely of interest only to administrators. On Friday, May 11, for example, those issues ranged from the fallout at Michigan State University, the institution that convicted child molester Larry Nassar called home, to a snowballing scandal over the unfair dismissal of a campus barista following a complaint about the profane rap music playing over the coffee shop speakers. From the tremendous to the trite, these are the day-to-day affairs that consume not just bureaucrats but the professorate and student body, too.

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Intelligence Failure

What is to be done?

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes recently found himself in an uncomfortable position: on the wrong side of Donald Trump.

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Weaponizing the Logan Act

A political truncheon.

It is an axiom of political science that laws are a lot easier to enact than to repeal. Almost all laws benefit some group directly while adversely impacting everyone else only indirectly.

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The Iran Deal’s Disastrous Legacy Has Nothing to Do with Nukes

Unintended consequences.

In March, State Department veteran and former adviser to Barack Obama, Frederic Hof, bid farewell to public life with a stunning admission. Amid a confession regarding his failure to prevent the expansion of the Syrian civil war into a regional crisis, Hof laid the blame for that all-consuming conflict (as well as a notable uptick in Russian aggression) at the feet of Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.

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PODCAST: And Iran… Iran So Far Away

Podcast: Trump takes the U.S. out of the Iran deal.

So much news we had to our second podcast a day early! There’s a little gloating, I admit, but also a lot of analysis about the decertification of the Iran deal. How Trump didn’t “vandalize” it because exiting from it is perfectly permissible under its provisions. How Obama’s misunderstanding of the regime and wishful thinking about the Middle East led him to a bad deal. And how the new realities of the Middle East make the deal a relic of a different time. Give a listen.

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