Bill KristolOne focuses, understandably, on the major challenges to the rule of law, truthfulness, and decency by President Trump—and one tends to lose sight of how much routine corruption the Trump administration also features.
Former U.S. Attorney John diGenova accused alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella of committing a "political assassination," comparing him to former President Abraham Lincoln's assassin John Wilkes Booth.
This is as true today as it was in the past even though U.S. immigration has shifted from Europe to Latin America and Asia.
Bill Kristol“...the children of immigrants from nearly every sending country have higher rates of upward mobility than the children of those born in the United States, and that’s just as true today as it was in past generations.”
Bill KristolRead @SykesCharlie on how The Bulwark has surpassed our expectations—and, we hope, yours. We thank our diverse and interesting contributors. And we’re proud to stand with our fellow human scum in telling the truth about Trump and Trumpism.
The great anti-Communist dissident, who died late last month, fought to hold the Soviet regime accountable.
Bill KristolVladimir Bukovsky:
“'Why should I do it?' asks each man in the crowd. 'I can do nothing alone.'
And they are all lost.
'If I don’t do it, who will?' asks the man with his back to the wall.
And everyone is saved."
A wonderful appreciation by @CathyYoung63.
Republicans say the president wanted to clean up Ukraine. Witness testimony shows he didn’t.
Bill Kristol"That’s what 'corruption' meant to Trump. It wasn’t about cleaning up Ukraine. It was about using American power, including nearly $400 million in military aid, to hurt his enemies."
Strong piece by @saletan.
Bill Kristol"To practice freedom and make it work, we must cherish the individual, we must provide him the opportunities for reward and impress upon him the responsibilities a free man bears to the society in which he lives."
-- Omar Bradley, Nov. 10, 1948
A great historical anomaly came to pass 30 years ago with the collapse of the Berlin Wall: the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union effectively ended without going hot—even if it was not quite, as Margaret Thatcher liked to say,...
Bill Kristol"The peaceful dissolution of the Soviet empire was not preordained." "The far-sighted statecraft, martial exertion, liberal prestige, and multilateral cooperation of the Atlantic alliance" deserve credit.
Today’s polling data can’t tell us exactly what to expect on Election Day in 2020. Events are moving too quickly and on too many fronts—impeachment, the economy, and foreign policy, with potential blockbuster court cases looming on hot-button issues...
Bill Kristol"But public opinion hasn’t solidified...Out of the respondents who opposed impeachment in the recent Fox survey, 34 percent told the pollsters that there was a chance new evidence might change their mind."
Bill Kristol"It was his gains, and Clinton’s slippage, among those four key groups [independents, white suburban women, voters with some college, and minority men] that gave him his inside straight in the EC. Yet today Trump appears weaker with each of those groups."
Donald Trump knows there are potential traitors in his midst. His presidency could depend on keeping them at bay.
Bill KristolA well-reported piece by @TimAlberta on the House GOP. But breaks in the facade of Trump support won’t appear until the moment of truth. Rep. Rooney: “I’m not going to show my hand...until we get all the facts.” And “Rooney insists he’s not alone.”
Bill KristolInteresting piece. I doubt withholding an entire appropriation fits within OMB's task of apportionment. But in any case OMB doesn't outrank Cabinet agencies. This aid couldn't have been held up by OMB on its own. It had to be at the direction of Trump.
Bill Kristol34 years ago today:
“Gary Kasparov wrested the world chess crown from Anatoly Karpov today with a stunning victory in the last game of their 14-month struggle, becoming at 22 the youngest champion in the history of the game.”
The greatest climactic event of the 20th century occurred 30 years ago Saturday, as thousands of Germans pushed through, climbed over, and began tearing down the Berlin Wall. Human freedom overcame human evil. Human potential was unleashed....
Bill Kristol"There stood the Berlin Wall...The joy that greeted the wall’s fall, not just on-site but around the world, remains almost indescribable....Sometimes though it takes monumental courage and extraordinary will...for freedom to flourish as it rightly should."