• Bad Apples at the IRS, State's Security Breach Under Hillary, and Other Runaway Agencies

    Bad Apples at the IRS, State’s Security Breach Under Hillary, and Other Runaway Agencies

    Editor’s note: Poorly run government programs prompt many a comment from the audience of The Daily Signal. We’ve got some of those in this roundup. Be sure to write us at [email protected]—Ken McIntyre

    Dear Daily Signal: The federal civil service system needs to be changed to make it less difficult to terminate employees for cause, as John York writes in his commentary on the Internal Revenue Service (“The IRS Has Rehired Hundreds of Fired Employees. Congress Should Step In”).

    Assuming these previously fired or otherwise terminated IRS employees were afforded reasonable due process and let go for legitimate cause, they should not have been rehired. READ MORE...

  • Why We Couldn't Create Our Constitution Today

    Why We Couldn’t Create Our Constitution Today

    Americans should be thankful not only for the rare genius that assembled in Philadelphia in 1787 to draft the Constitution, but for the unique circumstances under which they met.

    Not all moments in time are ripe for founding a nation. Nor is every citizenry equally prepared to receive new modes and orders. The Founders’ time and generation presented just such an opportunity. Our time would not.

    Earlier this month, University of Texas law professor Sanford Levinson wrote that “not enough people connect the dots … between our political dysfunctions and the sacred Constitution of 1787.” READ MORE...

  • Anonymous New York Times Author Proves the Deep State Is Real, and Dangerous

    Anonymous New York Times Author Proves the Deep State Is Real, and Dangerous

    When Republicans lost the 1856 election, Abraham Lincoln had a sober message: “Whoever can change public opinion, can change the government.”

    Whoever wrote the anonymous New York Times op-ed, however, wants it the other way around.

    The biggest revelation from the Times op-ed isn’t the nameless author’s views on Trump. It’s the tacit admission of the existence—and arrogance—of the deep state.

    The deep state is shorthand for the vast network of career bureaucrats and unelected operatives working to advance an agenda that never faces public scrutiny. While administrations come and go, these government employees are a fixture in Washington, D.C. READ MORE...

  • Reporting the News Undermined in ‘Era’ of Trump, Black Journalists Argue

    Reporting the News Undermined in ‘Era’ of Trump, Black Journalists Argue

    Speakers on a panel of journalists at the annual meeting of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation in Washington said journalism is suffering in the era of President Donald Trump.

    “One of the things that has just been boiling my blood is the lack of respect for the press coming from the orange man,” Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., said Friday, opening a panel discussion called “Black Journalists: Reporting Our Experiences in the Era of Trump.”

    The event was part of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington. Dubbed “the leading policy conference on issues impacting African-Americans and the global black community,” the conference opened Wednesday and ends Sunday. READ MORE...

  • New Batch of Strzok-Page Emails Suggests FBI Use of Unsecure Devices

    New Batch of Strzok-Page Emails Suggests FBI Use of Unsecure Devices

    Email messages between two FBI officials suggest widespread use of unsecure communications by the bureau, according to records obtained in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

    Judicial Watch, a Washington-based nonpartisan government watchdog organization, announced Thursday that it received 47 pages of records from the Justice Department that show FBI officials used “unsecure devices” while discussing a matter involving the European Union.

    The records include emails between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, two FBI officials who were close to investigations of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Neither remains with the bureau. READ MORE...

  • NATO Chief Credits Trump for Allies' Boosting Defense Spending

    NATO Chief Credits Trump for Allies’ Boosting Defense Spending

    NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says allies are stepping up in their commitments to defense spending, and gives some of the credit to President Donald Trump.

    Stoltenberg also told an audience at The Heritage Foundation in Washington on Friday that the international defense alliance likely would not name its headquarters after Sen. John McCain, the veteran Arizona Republican and prominent defense hawk who died Aug. 25.

    “President Trump has been outspoken on this issue, and I have thanked him for his leadership on defense spending,” Stoltenberg said at the leading conservative think tank’s Capitol Hill headquarters. “Since President Trump took office, NATO allies across Europe and Canada have spent an additional $41 billion extra in U.S. dollars on defense.” READ MORE...

  • Obama Reminds Us Why Trump Is President

    Obama Reminds Us Why Trump Is President

    “How hard can that be? Saying that Nazis are bad,” former President Barack Obama asked a crowd in Illinois last week.

    Well, probably no harder than saying the words “radical Islam,” I imagine. Or maybe it’s slightly less difficult than not sending billions of dollars to Holocaust-denying terror regimes that have both the means and intent to murder Jews—in 2018, not 1942. And it’s definitely a lot easier than not meeting, posing, and then smiling for a picture with Louis Farrakhan. But thanks for the lecture. READ MORE...