Tech critic: Three Cheers for Trump’s Slap at Huawei

President Trump’s “decision to blacklist Huawei,” which prompted Google to partly end its collaboration with the company, “may have the worst of motives,” says The Guardian’s Simon Jenkins. But “it could have the best of consequences.” The Chinese tech giant’s “eagerness to dominate the 5G networks” could empower China’s “surveillance state.” More important, Trump has managed to restrain not one but two global tech giants, hitherto accustomed to doing as they pleased. Jenkins concludes: “The breakup of the giants of the information age — as of any age — is in the interests of openness and freedom. Trump could yet prove an accidental revolutionary.”

From the left: Bernie’s War on Poor Urban Kids

At the heart of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ education platform is an assault on charter schools. “If enacted,” New York’s Jonathan Chait worries, it “would snuff out one of the most successful social policy innovations in decades and close off a lifeline of opportunity for hundreds of thousands of poor urban children.” Yes, charter performance varies by region, “but on average, charter schools yield better outcomes for urban students,” Chait notes. Yet the Vermont socialist would impose a total moratorium against funding of charter expansion and force existing charters to copy the employment practices of nearby district schools, “meaning they would have to replicate the same rigid contracts, eliminating one of the key innovations that lets charters do a better job of teaching poor children.” In other words, Chait writes, “Sanders is standing athwart the reform movement yelling ‘Stop!’ ”

From the right: How Mueller Squeezed Democrats

Before special counsel Robert Mueller released his findings, notes The Washington Examiner’s Byron York, President Trump’s “adversaries were on the offensive. Now, they are playing defense.” The reason: “Mueller could not establish that there was a conspiracy or coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign to fix the 2016 election.” The “collusion” theory thus debunked, “everything else in the Trump-Russia affair began to shrink in significance,” including the obstruction-of-justice theory. Plus, as long as the report wasn’t public, Democrats and their media allies could play a “wait-for-Mueller” game, York argues, basing their entire strategy on the special counsel dropping the collusion hammer on the president. Now, they’ve been reduced to staging cheap theatrics in the House, while anticipation grows for IG Michael Horowitz’s report into how the Justice Department handled the whole thing, including reliance on the discredited Steele “dossier” compiled on behalf of Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The dossier blame-game underway among leading anti-Trump figures, Byron concludes, is one more sign “Democratic hopes are dwindling.”

Campaign desk: Will Blas Get Grilled on ‘Whiteness’?

The Post’s reporting on a suit lodged by four administrators in New York’s education system, alleging anti-white discrimination, “raises some serious questions” for candidate Bill de Blasio, says David Marcus at The Federalist. After all, he’s “a straight, cis white man,” and thus benefits from the exact kind of “toxic whiteness” and privilege his Department of Education paid a consulting firm to root out. So as he hits Iowa, New Hampshire and other campaign states, reporters should ask Hizzoner: “Does de Blasio believe that whiteness is toxic?” And if his answer is yes, “shouldn’t he practice what he preaches and step aside not only as a presidential candidate, but also as mayor?”

Libertarian: Strike Down This Anti-Catholic Law

The US Supreme Court will soon decide whether to hear an appeal from Montana’s highest court on the constitutionality of the Blaine Amendments, laws promoted by Sen. James Blaine (1830-1893) and adopted into 37 state constitutions in the 19th century. The amendments prohibit the use of public funds “for any sectarian purposes” or as aid to any institution “controlled in whole or in part by any church, sect or denomination.” The Supremes, argues George Will in National Review, should take the opportunity to strike down the Blaine Amendments. Not only do they bar Montana tax credits for donations allowing children to attend private or parochial schools — the harmful policy outcome in the case at issue — but they are rooted in Blaine’s rank anti-Catholicism and “bigotry.”

— Compiled by Sohrab Ahmari



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