Links for 3-29-2018

  • Russia booted 60 American diplomats out of the country and ordered the closure of the consulate in St. Petersburg.

  • Another collection of text messages exchanged between FBI Agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page appeared, and these suggest coordination between Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Senator Harry Reid, and and CIA Director John Brennan during the early days of the investigation into collusion between Donald Trump’s campaign and the Russians.

  • Stanley Kurtz wrote a short history of First Amendment problems at Clemson University:

    Clemson’s liberals and conservative are at daggers drawn, not so much debating national policy as struggling over the ability of one side to control the expression of the other. However Clemson chooses to address issues like historical memorials and faculty diversity hires, those decisions ought to be the outcome of open discussion and debate, not the punishment or suppression of speech.

    Far from undermining civility, free speech inculcates the practice of respectful self-restraint in the face of disagreement. Restoration of free speech at Clemson is the best hope for staunching the hair-trigger sensitivities and trolling now embittering its dueling political factions.

  • A survey of the people who participated in the “March for Our Lives” protest in Washington, D.C. indicates the attendees were not the people the media portrayed them to be — in particular, only about 10% were under 18 years old.

  • The Public Interest Legal Foundation sued the Office of the Harris County Voter Registrar for refusing to open its voter rolls to inspection. Harris County has admitted to problems with non-citizens registered to vote, but won’t allow its voter rolls to be inspected to see how big that problem is.

  • Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy will stand trial on influence peddling charges:

    The case came about after investigators used phone-taps to examine separate allegations that late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi funded Sarkozy’s campaign. The investigators began to suspect the former president had kept tabs on a separate case through a network of informants.


    Based on the intercepts, Sarkozy, who still had political influence at the time despite having left office, is accused of having discussed offering a promotion to a prosecutor in return for tip-offs on another campaign funding probe.

  • Nissan and Renault are reportedly discussing a merger, which would resolve the strange relationship the two companies already have — Renault owns a 43% interest in Nissan, Nissan owns a 15% interest in Renault, and the two companies share a chairman, Carlos Ghosn.