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Golf’s best player? Brooks, no argument (May 20): 

Sports fans may not realize just how astonishingly good is golfer Brooks Koepka.

With his victory Sunday in the PGA Championship, the quiet man with the linebacker’s physique put himself in the most rarified company in the history of the game.

The PGA was Koepka’s fourth major championship in less than 24 months, and his fourth before age 30. Only four other golfers have accomplished the former feat. Their names are Nicklaus, Woods, Palmer and Watson. And while a half dozen others have won four professional majors before age 30, only three men have won more than Koepka’s four. Their names are Nicklaus, Jones, and Woods….

Donald Trump spends way too much taxpayer money on golf (May 23):  

My esteemed colleague Tom Rogan writes that “liberals are wrong to complain about President Trump’s golfing costs.” I guess that gets me off the hook. As a conservative, I hope other conservatives join me in complaining about Trump’s golf costs.

And I make the same complaint as an avid golfer.

The problem isn’t that Trump likes golf, or that he finds at least some time to play it. Rogan is right that presidents need relief from the stresses of the job, and golf is a salutary diversion. And the problem isn’t that presidential golf costs more than golf by anybody else, because of course security and other considerations make it so by necessity. Everything done by the president costs more than it would cost anyone else. That’s just reality….

BUT… Some of us thought former President Barack Obama was too self-indulgent in playing golf so often, but even Obama’s golf costs at this point in his presidency, $30 million, were well less than a third of Trump’s $102 million….

GOP is weak, unprinciples in busting budget caps (May 23):

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., betrays conservatism by working to avoidexisting budget caps rather than embracing them.

McConnell is rightly concerned that the caps will require a $71 billion reduction in planned defense spending if no broader budget deal is reached. The Pentagon does need the money. But it’s not worth the extra $55 billion (or more) per year in utterly unnecessary domestic spending that busting the caps will entail….

NPR’s abortion coverage is pregnant with bias (May 21):

As a reminder of how obscenely biased taxpayer-supported National Public Radio really is, see the notice its honchos sent to its staff last week about how to use terminology with regard to abortion. Every single word-usage option is resolved in favor of language preferred by those who support liberal, widespread access to legalized abortion, against those who would further restrict the practice. Throughout the notice, the tone drips with contempt for pro-lifers….

Rein in injunctions by politicized judges (Official Washington Examiner editorial, May 25): 

Federal district judges aren’t emperors for the whole United States. Congress and the Supreme Court should both remind them of that reality.

By issuing putatively national injunctions, Attorney General William Barr said in a May 21 speech to the American Law Institute: “One judge can, in effect, cancel the policy with the stroke of the pen. No official in the United States government [rightly] can exercise that kind of nationwide power, with the sole exception of the president. And the Constitution subjects him to nationwide election, among other constitutional checks, as a prerequisite to wielding that power.”…



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