• She Opposes Israel at Every Turn. Now, She's Going to Congress.

    She Opposes Israel at Every Turn. Now, She’s Going to Congress.

    Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women to be elected to Congress, is a new kind of politician. She’s telegenic, ideologically progressive, widely celebrated by a media that’s obsessed with identity politics.

    She’s the kind of politician who can openly side with Hamas against Israel or spread “Protocols of the Elders of Zion”-style conspiracies on Twitter, claiming that Jews possess the supernatural ability to hypnotize the world as they unfurl their “evil.”

    It’s not surprising, then, that Omar also supports the “boycott, divestment, and sanctions” movement. In a statement to the website Muslim Girl, someone on Omar’s staff explained that yes, “Ilhan believes in and supports the BDS movement, and has fought to make sure people’s right to support it isn’t criminalized. She does, however, have reservations on the effectiveness of the movement in accomplishing a lasting solution.” READ MORE...

  • What I Saw at the Migrant Caravan

    What I Saw at the Migrant Caravan

    MEXICO CITY—The migrant caravan has its own de facto government, and on this night the travelers from Central America gathered at the behest of a few leaders to discuss issues of the day as well as the big picture—such as what route to take to the U.S. border.

    “It’s your right to go to the U.S.,” Milton Benitez, a political analyst and sociologist who hosts the Honduran TV show “El Perro Amarillo,” implored the impassioned crowd.

    In a scene not unlike when a coach rallies his players before a big game, the Honduran media figure pressed the encircling migrants on the night of Nov. 7 not to give up on their “mission” to achieve the U.S. border. READ MORE...

  • As CNN's Acosta Returns, White House Seeks ‘Decorum’ for Press

    As CNN’s Acosta Returns, White House Seeks ‘Decorum’ for Press

    CNN reporter Jim Acosta is back in the White House, and the Trump administration is working on rules for “decorum” during press conferences.

    “People have to behave. We’re writing up rules and regulations,” President Donald Trump told reporters Friday afternoon, when asked about the court ruling. He said other reporters were treated unfairly, “because you had somebody interrupting you. With the rules and regulations, we will end up back in court and we will win.”

    U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly, of the District of Columbia, granted CNN a temporary restraining to halt the Trump administration from blocking Acosta’s access to the White House, and ordered his press pass to be returned. READ MORE...

  • Why Free Market Policies Are Key to Empowering Women

    Why Free Market Policies Are Key to Empowering Women

    Most people agree that women deserve the chance to advance up the economic latter. The real question is, how can that be achieved?

    What many don’t realize is that women’s advancement doesn’t require gender quotas or affirmative action. What’s needed, above all, is free market policies that allow women to make their own choices.

    Ivanka Trump understands that as few do. Earlier this week, she tweeted out her support for the Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act, a bill that emphasizes that a woman’s economic power has positive implications for both her family and her personal fulfillment. READ MORE...

  • Capping Off the Year With More Impartial Judges

    Capping Off the Year With More Impartial Judges

    Rumors swirl that the Senate, originally set to adjourn on Dec. 14, may pack it up a week earlier. Since Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said after the election that confirming judges would be his “top priority” for the rest of the 115th Congress, let’s take stock.

    We are in the longest period of triple-digit judicial vacancies since the early 1990s, when Congress created 85 new judicial positions. More than half of the current vacancies are designated “judicial emergencies” because the positions have been open so long that they’re worsening judicial caseloads. READ MORE...

  • Gov. Cuomo’s Shameless War on the NRA

    Gov. Cuomo’s Shameless War on the NRA

    Recently released documents from a lawsuit involving the Obama administration’s Operation Choke Point are casting more light on federal financial regulators’ unlawful shakedown of disfavored businesses and their financial institutions.

    The documents also show how tempting and easy it could be for state bureaucrats to launch similar operations, so long as their legislatures empower them with broad regulatory authority.

    Now, just such a scheme is coming to light in New York, where the National Rifle Association has sued Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Department of Financial Services for allegedly threatening banks and insurers into severing business ties with the association. READ MORE...

  • GOP Urged to Fund Border Wall, Keep Other Promises in Lame Duck

    GOP Urged to Fund Border Wall, Keep Other Promises in Lame Duck

    Conservative Republicans are calling for a busy lame-duck session of Congress between now and Jan. 3, when Democrats will retake the majority in—and control of—the House.

    “Republicans still have an opportunity to do what we said,” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, former chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, said in a statement provided to The Daily Signal.

    “We should fund the border security wall, pass a farm bill that requires able-bodied adults to work if they receive welfare, and keep working to hold the FBI and [Justice Department] accountable for their misconduct during and after the 2016 election,” Jordan said. READ MORE...

  • Washington State, ACLU Aren’t Letting Up in Crusade Against Florist’s Religious Liberty

    Washington State, ACLU Aren’t Letting Up in Crusade Against Florist’s Religious Liberty

    How would you like to attend a political rally featuring President Donald Trump? How about one featuring former President Barack Obama?

    Even better—why don’t you attend both? You get to help decorate the stage. You can even create a banner setting forth that party’s platform.

    Given our polarized political climate, it’s a safe bet that most Americans would elect to participate in one rally or the other, but not both. It’s pretty easy to understand why: The whole point of those rallies is to support political positions that, for many of us, are rooted in deeply held beliefs. READ MORE...

  • New York and Virginia Ready to Give Massive Tax Incentives to Amazon

    New York and Virginia Ready to Give Massive Tax Incentives to Amazon

    Amazon announced Tuesday it’s splitting its second headquarters between Long Island City, New York, and Arlington, Virginia, and the corporation will receive tax incentive packages worth more than $2 billion to build in both locations.

    Much of the money will flow to Amazon only if it delivers on its promise of creating approximately 25,000 jobs in each location in the coming years. Amazon will get an incentive package of more than $1.5 billion for building in New York, according to a Tuesday press release. READ MORE...

  • Our Identity Crisis

    Our Identity Crisis

    According to a recent report in The New York Times, Health and Human Services Department officials have been circulating a proposal to define sex.

    Their memo says, “Sex means a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth.” They add, “The sex listed on a person’s birth certificate, as originally issued, shall constitute definitive proof of a person’s sex unless rebutted by reliable genetic evidence.”

    I think the latter statement lacks complete rigor.