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Woke Budgeting Emerges as More Than an Abject Failure

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW, Special to the Sun
July 24, 2021

Here we are on Friday night and let me say — go woke, go broke. According to the Congressional Budget Office, through June, total federal debt in the hands of the public is $21.7 trillion. Total debt itself, which includes intergovernmental transfers…

The $4 Trillion Forecast for Biden: ‘Go Woke, Go Broke’

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW, Special to the Sun
July 20, 2021

With all respect to President Biden — my criticisms are never personal but always based on policy — his statement yesterday on the proposals in his $4 trillion spending plan is malarky. “If we increase the availability of quality, affordable child…

Boom. Trump Clobbers Biden, Big Tech — With the Constitution

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW, Special to the Sun
July 17, 2021

President Donald Trump was and is right. Period. Full stop. I know he was my boss, but I don’t always agree with everything. I don’t always agree with him. That was the case when I served and is still the case today. That said, he loved a good debate…

Biden, Psaki Attack Communism — While Strumming the Internationale

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW, Special to the Sun
July 15, 2021

We are Americans together, and here’s what I suggested last night: “It’s OK to come out against communism.” Today I’m proud of Madam Psaki and President Biden, who undoubtedly gave a green light to a fierce attack on Cuba and its totalitarian system.

The Ghost Who Said ‘Boo’ To Janet Yellen

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW, Special to the Sun
July 13, 2021

“Yellen Sees U.S. Companies Pushing Congress To Back Global Tax Deal.” That’s a Bloomberg headline from this morning. In her interview, she said American companies are likely to provide crucial support. Crucial support. Kind of like falling on your…

Call It the Critical Trump Theory: Free Enterprise Is a Miracle for Minorities

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW, Special to the Sun
July 13, 2021

Critical race theory is all the rage among far-left progressive intellectuals, and at least part of it has permeated mainstream chief executives, who should know better. Systemic racism, and CRT, along with something called racial equity, have become…

Biden Lurks Well Within His Powers To Fire Social Security Boss

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
July 12, 2021

President Biden has fired the Social Security Commissioner, Andrew Saul, but the commissioner insists Mr. Biden doesn’t have that power. “Saul said in an interview Friday afternoon that he would not leave his post, challenging the legality of the…

This Is the ‘Reform’ the Left Is Eying To End Our System of Checks and Balances

By JEREMY DYS, Special to the Sun
July 12, 2021

Of all the “reform” proposals floated by the radical left to get its way at the Supreme Court — term limits, court packing, breaking justices into three-judge panels, and the like — the most destructive is the move to eliminate judicial review. If you…

This Tale of Two States Features the Fight for America’s Soul

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW, Special to the Sun
July 11, 2021

Call it the Tale of Two States — the best of times and the worst of times. Apologies to Charles Dickens, but there’s no better way to glimpse the fight for the soul of our great country than to compare the ultra-blue state of California with the…

Biden’s Latest Energy Plan — the Hypocrisy Pipeline

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW, Special to the Sun
July 8, 2021

So please let me get this right. In Biden-World, it’s okay to shut down oil and gas drilling in the United States — like the Keystone pipeline, Anwar, the Dakota access pipeline — and then, of course, argue for a Green New Deal, because a climate…

Moving on Up: Nixon, LBJ Gain in Latest Ranking of Presidents

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
July 7, 2021

C-Span’s consultation of a rather large and randomly selected number of historians to rate the presidents of the United States produced an often whimsical result when it reported its findings last week. Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and Franklin…

Stop the Presses: It Turns Out People Prefer a Job to a Tax Hike

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW, Special to the Sun
July 7, 2021

It may not exactly be breaking news, but it turns out that people would rather have a job than a tax hike. In fact, it turns out, people would rather have a job than voting for tax hikes on other people. It also turns out that even limousine liberals…

How Democrats Are Fleeing Principles of the Declaration of Independence

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW, Special to the Sun
July 2, 2021

In the late spring of 1776, Thomas Jefferson was asked by the Continental Congress to produce a draft of what would become the Declaration of Independence. I believe the Declaration is not only the most important document in the English language. It…

Biden’s Baking an Orwellian Upside-Down Cake of Taxes and Entitlements

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW, Special to the Sun
June 30, 2021

It’s bad enough that President Biden and the Democratic congressional leaders essentially double-crossed the GOP bipartisan infrastructure package including the democrats who participated, And it's really bad that Speaker Pelosi & Co. are holding the infrastructure package hostage, to a tsunami of tax hikes and massive entitlement increases all of which will do great damage to the economy. Now, though, President Biden is comparing his multi-trillion dollar boatload of new entitlements to tax cuts.

The Real Truth Behind the Biden Budget Double-Talk

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW, Special to the Sun
June 28, 2021

To double-cross or not to double-cross. That is this evening’s question. I’ve already written about it once, but it’s a major moment. An hour after allegedly making a bipartisan infrastructure deal with ten senators, including five Republicans, Mr…

Time To Reform Unemployment System — Before the Next Crisis

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
June 28, 2021

Will the end of extended and enhanced unemployment benefits push people back to work? The answer apparently depends on what newspaper you read. The Wall Street Journal offers a definitive “yes.” Under the print headline “Benefits’ End Spurs Return to…

Passing S1 Plus Filibuster Repeal Would Mean It’s ‘Katy, Bar the Door’  

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW, Special to the Sun
June 23, 2021

Sheer, raw, brutal, political power is what the Democrats are testing in the battle over the bill known as Senate 1, their big election takeover attempt which just failed to gain cloture. To quote the Republican leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell…

The Biden Bait-and-Switch On Infrastructure Is a Historic Double-Cross, Played Out in Public View

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW, Special to the Sun
June 25, 2021

What did they know and when did they know it? The ‘they’ in this case is the five Republicans who participated in the final bipartisan infrastructure session with President Biden. It sure looks like they were double-crossed in a classic…

 

Tunisian Tragedy: Arab Spring Just Died in the Land Where It Began

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
July 26, 2021

“At least it’s a kinda’, sorta’ democracy,” I said to a Tunisian friend several years ago. “No,” she retorted. “No one dares go to the beach wearing a bathing suit anymore. Women are denigrated. Freedoms are eroding.” My already diminished enthusiasm…

Afghanistan: Times Begs for Help Escaping Consequences of Retreat It Sought

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
July 26, 2021

A coalition of American news organizations is asking President Biden, Secretary of State Blinken, and the congressional leadership for “urgent” help evacuating Afghans. “We urge the Biden Administration to support the creation of a visa program for…

Biden’s Pipeline To Nowhere: It’ll Build Back Russia Better

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW, Special to the Sun
July 21, 2021

In a major policy blunder, Team Biden is formally giving an okay to the Russian pipeline’s last hundred miles and in so doing creates a major security threat to all of Europe and underscores the damage they have already inflicted on the American oil…

How Prince Harry Is Giving a New Meaning to the Word Chutzpah

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
July 20, 2021

Is it “Sweeps Week”? That’s the question with which diarist was struck upon hearing that Harry and Meghan have requested their baby daughter be christened at Windsor Castle. The Sussexes’ last encounter before the public eye, a sit-down interview with…

To Free Cuba, Make Guantanamo the New Ellis Island

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
July 19, 2021

The people of Cuba are demonstrating extraordinary bravery by rising up for freedom and democracy against their brutal communist dictatorship. President Biden is reacting with a disgraceful display of foreign policy clumsiness. The epitome of this…

British Labor’s Left Flank Is Nursing the Idea of Irish Unification

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
July 18, 2021

To what lengths will Britain’s Labor Party go to advance its leftist agenda? It might be inappropriate to question the patriotism of political parties, goes the conventional wisdom. Simple good manners, after all, dictate that, regardless of the…

Will Israel Blink If Biden Seeks To Open Consulate for Palestinians in Jerusalem?

By ALEX TRAIMAN, Jewish News Syndicate
July 15, 2021

Just one month after Naftali Bennett was sworn in as prime minister, the new Israeli government is grappling with an attempt to rollback one of the most significant foreign-policy achievements of the Netanyahu era.

British Tories Facing a Crossroads: How Will They Keep Faith With Britons?

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
July 15, 2021

As Britons anticipate leaving lockdown July 19, the Conservative Party stands at a crossroads. How does it keep faith with the British people? Of the United Kingdom’s independence from the European Union, Brexiteers can paraphrase Sir Winston…

Secret History of Haiti Cries Out for Redemption of the Debts It Is Owed

By RAYMOND JOSEPH, Special to the Sun
July 14, 2021

“Haiti appears to be cursed,” wrote Le Monde, in an editorial two days after President Jovenel Moďse was assassinated. “It is a failed state,” added the august Parisian daily. This does not surprise me. Haiti attracts world attention only at times of…

Will Biden Take a Powder on Journalist Iran Plotted To Abduct From Brooklyn?

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
July 14, 2021

When I first got a whiff a while back of the plot, I thought, no way: Even the Iranian regime wouldn’t undermine the nuclear talks in Vienna by kidnapping a journalist as distinguished as Masih Alinejad. Then another thought nagged me: What if the…

Is Biden Ready To Enforce America’s Libertad Law To Open Up Cuba?

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
July 12, 2021

President Biden used today the right words, up to a point, to address the unprecedented revolt in Cuba, the Communist-ruled island mere 330 miles off of Miami. Is he ready, though, to help Cubans bring an end to the Castro-made Caribbean eyesore…

Sláinte! Declaims Our Diarist as Scottish Secession Seems To Be Deferred

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
July 9, 2021

Scottish secession deferred? Sláinte! Or “cheers,” in the Celtic tongue. Such is the pronouncement by cabinet minister Michael Gove, speaking on behalf of the British government. With national sovereignty still residing at London, the governing…

Whom Is Haiti Going To Call? UN Has Little Credibility Bringing Assassins To Justice

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
July 8, 2021

Haiti’s acting prime minister, Claude Joseph, wants the United Nations to investigate the assassination on Wedneday of President Jovenel Moďse. Word of caution: Turtle Bay isn’t very good at this. In a closed door session today, the Security Council…

Haiti’s Assassinated President Faced a Country in Revolt Against His Government

By RAYMOND JOSEPH, Special to the Sun
July 7, 2021

The assassination of President Jovenel Moďse — by gunmen who, in the small hours this morning, slew him in his private home — will shock the world. Haiti, after all, has been off the radar since the 2010 earthquake. Haitians, though, won’t have to…

How One Newspaper Called the Hong Kong Story Right From the Start

Wall Street Journal Figured It Out a Generation in Advance

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
July 5, 2021

Journalists celebrate themselves annually with Pulitzer Prizes for the best work published in the previous year. Often, though, a single year is too short a time span in which to judge journalism. A different and more distinguished prize might…

Biden’s Own Logic for an Iran Deal Is Unraveling Fast

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
June 29, 2021

“Iran will never get a nuclear weapon on my watch.” Thus spake President Biden, with the outgoing president of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, by his side at the White House. Let’s see. If Mr. Biden runs for, and wins reelection (two big ifs), he would be out…

Game of Throwns: Beware of Underestimating the United States

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
June 29, 2021

There can be little doubt the United States is now in a contest with China over which will be the most important country in the world. In important respects, we are replicating the German challenge to the United Kingdom prior to World War I and the renewed German challenge of the 1930s, or the Soviet challenge for 45 years after World War II.

Must Britain Be Ever in Thrall to the Tories and Labor?

Our Brexit Diarist Presses the Question

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
June 21, 2021

“John Bercow Defects To Labor,” reads the Guardian headline. Did ever a scoop offer less reason to “stop the presses”? Too many Tories will admit, however, that the former Speaker of the House of Commons is not the only Conservative whose adherence to…

 

Could Tax Code Be Used to Make U.S. Reparations?

Don’t Be Surprised, Our Columnist Writes

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
April 5, 2021

Could a racial priority for getting a Covid-19 vaccine turn out to be just the first stop on the way to race-based tax rates? A tax bill that varies depending on the taxpayer’s race might strike readers as some law professor’s remote fantasy, far from…

New Covid Data Mark Failure of Cuomo, Murphy, on Minorities

By STEPHEN MOORE, Special to the Sun
April 1, 2021

Everyone knows that Governor Cuomo’s nursing home policies were responsible for at least a thousand unnecessary deaths of New York seniors. In New Jersey, Governor Murphy’s record is the second worst in the country in terms of keeping the elderly safe…

NYC at the Abyss: Use the Financial Control Board

By BETSY McCAUGHEY, Special to the Sun
October 13, 2020

New York is heading into a financial abyss. On October 1, Moody’s downgraded New York City general obligation debt for the first time since the Dinkins era, and warns that more downgrades may be ahead. Meantime, the De Blasio administration announced…

Weiss Resigns From the Times, ‘A Distant Galaxy’ Far From America

By Special to the Sun
July 14, 2020

Following is the text of the letter sent to the publisher of the New York Times, A.G. Sulzberger, from Bari Weiss, resigning from her column and editing duties on the paper’s opinion pages. Ms. Weiss had previously worked on the editorial page of th…

How a Black Swan Caught New York Flatfooted in 1914

By PAUL ATKINSON, Special to the Sun
April 28, 2020

It looks like the next round of congressional battles over restarting the economy will involve Federal aid to cities and states. While Speaker Pelosi and the Senate Majority leader, Mitch McConnell, battle over money for the states, Mayor de Blasio is…

Legal Stars Ask New York To Protect Yeshivas

By NATHAN LEWIN, Special to the Sun
September 3, 2019

No academic cachet is more prized by America’s legal world than a Harvard Law degree. So it is hard to conceive that anyone who made it through Harvard’s rigorous training could object to a governmentally imposed standard prescribing the minim…

Did JFK Make Morgenthau A Conservative?

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
July 23, 2019

Robert Morgenthau may have been one of a kind, but his story is emblematic of the best of America and of New York. The Times’s obituary, as that newspaper often did with Morgenthau, gets the story significantly wrong. The Times describes him as…

Podcast: A Special Moment

On the 10th anniversary of the Sun’s move to digital-only publication, Pia Catton Interviews Its Founders

September 25, 2018

Pia Catton: Welcome to The New York Sun anniversary podcast. I’m Pia Catton, and I will be moderating a discussion between the founders of The New York Sun, Seth Lipsky, editor of the paper, and Ira Stoll, former managing editor. It’s great to…

How the Sun Foreshadowed the Trump Era

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
September 25, 2018

For the world, this month marks the ten-year anniversary of the financial crisis. For me, though, the more personally significant anniversary is a related event — the end of print publication of the New York Sun, a daily newspaper of which I was…

‘Cuomo Doctrine’ May Get Test in Court

By SETH LIPSKY, From the New York Post
August 8, 2018

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s lawyers will be in federal court in Albany next month, when they’ll try to get a judge to dismiss the lawsuit against him by America’s largest civil-rights organization. The group is the National Rifle Association, which…

Democrats On the Spot Over Ocasio

By SETH LIPSKY, From the New York Post
July 18, 2018

What will Chuck Schumer do if he has to choose between the Democrats and Israel? The question begs for an answer with the rise of the party’s new “it” politician, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She’s the Democratic Socialist who toppled Joe Crowley in…

Super Sesquicentennial Shapes Up at Belmont For Justify and Bravazo

By SETH LIPSKY, From the New York Post
June 6, 2018

What a super sesquicentennial is shaping up for Saturday. That’s the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes, where all eyes will be on Justify, the contender for the Triple Crown. Just don’t fall in love, I say. It’s true that Justify slopped through the…

Cuomo Threatens Suit Against the Feds On Immigration Battle

By BETSY McCAUGHEY, Special to the Sun
May 1, 2018

Governor Cuomo of New York is threatening to sue the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to stop its ongoing raids to detain illegal immigrants wanted for serious crimes like assault and rape. A staggering 80% of those apprehended in…

New York Compromise On Yeshiva Education Could Yet Be a Beacon

By SETH LIPSKY, From the New York Post
April 12, 2018

Whose education is more sound and basic? Is it the youngster who knows more math than Bible? Or is it the youth who knows more Bible than math? There are no doubt millions of Americans who, if forced to choose, would choose the Bible as more sound and…

‘Golden Handcuffs’ Could Replace ‘Golden Door’ Under Cuomo Scholarship

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
April 16, 2017

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” — but once you arrive in New York, don’t dare try moving somewhere else, or Governor Andrew Cuomo will be chasing you to take back your college scholarship money. Leave it…

How Governor Mario Cuomo Helped Change My Thinking On War and the Constitution

By SETH LIPSKY, From the New York Post
April 12, 2017

With war clouds scudding in the Middle East and Asia, I’m thinking of my late friend Attila the Hun . . . pardon me, Mario Cuomo. The ex-governor once took me to lunch for the sole purpose of lecturing me on war. Before we fight, Cuomo wanted Congress…

How a Girl Named Masha — And Her Mother Zelda — Changed History’s Course

By SETH LIPSKY, Special to the Sun
April 5, 2017

Originally my plan today was a column about the meeting between President Trump and China's communist party boss Xi Jinping. Then came word of the death early this morning of Masha Leon. She was for decades the gossip columnist of the Jewish Forward…

Why Not Hire Bharara To Investigate Iran For Cheating on A-Bombs

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
March 13, 2017

What should Preet Bharara do next? Life, especially public life, is full of second acts. A previous U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York who was unpopular in certain circles for overreaching in white-collar criminal cases against Wall…