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Byron York

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Past articles by Byron:

Most people don't know how bad the border crisis is

MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW HOW BAD THE BORDER CRISIS IS. This week could mark the most consequential development on the U.S.-Mexico border since January 2021, when President Joe Biden essentially opened the nation's doors to millions of illegal border crossers. On Wednesday, Title 42, the Trump-era… → Read More

Twitter, the FBI, and the First Amendment

TWITTER, THE FBI, AND THE FIRST AMENDMENT. New Twitter owner Elon Musk made a lot of news in the conservative world on Friday when he released information about Twitter's infamous suppression of the October 2020 New York Post story about Joe Biden and influence peddling, a story based on evidence… → Read More

The gaping hole in our knowledge of the Trump documents

THE GAPING HOLE IN OUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUMP DOCUMENTS. There have been several new reports about the number and the sensitivity of documents seized in the Aug. 8 FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago, the winter home of former President Donald Trump. If true, the reports add to the body of knowledge about the… → Read More

A classic anti-Trump frenzy

A CLASSIC ANTI-TRUMP FRENZY. Beginning in the months before Donald Trump took office, and extending well into his presidency, the media and political world took a set of vague but serious accusations of wrongdoing involving the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia and created a 24/7 frenzy of talk about… → Read More

What Bennie Thompson did on Jan. 6, 2005

WHAT BENNIE THOMPSON DID ON JAN. 6, 2005. The 2004 presidential election was a relatively close one. Republican President George W. Bush won reelection with 286 electoral votes to Democratic challenger John Kerry's 251. (No, that does not add up to 538. In a move that has never been fully explained, one "faithless elector" voted for Kerry's running mate, Democratic Sen. John Edwards.) → Read More

Is Liz Cheney toast?

IS LIZ CHENEY TOAST? A new poll in the Casper Star-Tribune shows Republican and Jan. 6 committee star Rep. Liz Cheney losing big to challenger Harriet Hageman in the Wyoming House GOP primary. The survey has Hageman's support at 52% and Cheney's at 30%, with minor candidates or undecideds making up the rest of the total. → Read More

Why Joe Biden can't make Democrats happy

WHY JOE BIDEN CAN'T MAKE DEMOCRATS HAPPY. News reports are filled with stories about growing Democratic unhappiness with President Joe Biden. It's not just a little frustration. A lot of Democrats are really, really, really upset about Biden's performance in the White House. → Read More

The Jan. 6 committee charade

THE JAN. 6 COMMITTEE CHARADE. At the end of the House Democrats' Jan. 6 committee hearing featuring former Trump aide Cassidy Hutchinson, committee member Liz Cheney (R-WY) delivered an elaborate tease for the panel's as-yet-unscheduled next episode. Thanking Hutchinson for her testimony, which… → Read More

Biden barges in

BIDEN BARGES IN. There's something remarkable about the gun debate that has arisen in the aftermath of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Compared to years past, the argument on Capitol Hill is somewhat muted. Yes, members of the House of Representatives are yelling at each other, but that's… → Read More

World's worst slip of the tongue

WORLD'S WORST SLIP OF THE TONGUE. Former President George W. Bush gave a speech Wednesday at the Bush Center at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He spoke as part of an all-day event titled "Elections — A More Perfect Union" that featured a cast of luminaries: former Secretary of… → Read More

Biden's inflation fantasy

BIDEN'S INFLATION FANTASY. The reason President Joe Biden delivered a speech on inflation on Tuesday was that he knew the government would release the latest statistics on inflation Wednesday morning and he knew the news would be bad. Might as well try to get ahead of things. And now that the numbers are out, the news is indeed bad. → Read More

Biden's transgender decree

BIDEN'S TRANSGENDER DECREE. One way to shut down debate on a contentious subject is to declare that there is no debate on the subject. Everyone, absolutely everyone, agrees with one side, so why are you even trying to argue? It's settled. → Read More

Time for audit of Twitter censorship

TIME FOR AUDIT OF TWITTER CENSORSHIP. New Twitter owner Elon Musk is vowing to reform the social media platform. "Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated," Musk said in a statement after his $44 billion bid to buy the company was accepted. → Read More

DC'S super-elite superspreader event

DC'S SUPER-ELITE SUPERSPREADER EVENT. You may remember that during the first months of the COVID pandemic, which coincided with the 2020 presidential campaign, many news accounts sought to characterize then-President Donald Trump's rallies as superspreader events. The New Yorker published an… → Read More

The border: 'No imaginable scenario' to avoid another disaster

THE BORDER: 'NO IMAGINABLE SCENARIO' TO AVOID ANOTHER DISASTER. The chief of the U.S. Border Patrol, Raul Ortiz, recently said his officers have encountered 1 million illegal border crossers in the first six months of fiscal year 2022 — that is, since Oct. 1, 2021. That is a big increase over… → Read More

Romney stirs ugly treason talk

ROMNEY STIRS UGLY TREASON TALK. It's one thing for the usual suspects in over-the-top commentary — the Keith Olbermanns, the cast of The View, the Lincoln Project, and others — to call their fellow Americans traitors. They're not known for thoughtful, measured opinion. But it's quite a different… → Read More

Biden's border delusion

BIDEN'S BORDER DELUSION. Before President Joe Biden's State of the Union address, there was some speculation about whether he would mention the mess he has created on the U.S.-Mexico border or whether he would simply pretend it did not exist. As it turned out, he did both — he mentioned the border, and he pretended the mess did not exist. → Read More

War over Trump spying

WAR OVER TRUMP SPYING. Anyone who has followed political journalism for more than a minute or two could predict how some big outlets would cover the revelation that operatives connected to the Hillary Clinton campaign spied on the Trump campaign. Once legacy media journalists saw the story reported… → Read More

The (continuing) border crisis

THE (CONTINUING) BORDER CRISIS. These days the news is dominated by reporting on the Russian threat to Ukraine, by increasing fatigue with COVID restrictions across the United States, and by the continuing rise of inflation. All of those are indeed newsworthy, but another newsworthy subject — the mess on the U.S.-Mexico border — is receiving relatively little attention. → Read More

Of course they spied on Trump

OF COURSE THEY SPIED ON TRUMP. One of the most contentious claims Donald Trump ever made was his insistence that he had been the target of spying. He made the charge in several different ways. For example, in March 2017, Trump, just two months in office, tweeted, "Terrible! Just found out that… → Read More