John Boehner, friend of disadvantaged D.C. students

Featured image John Boehner has received plenty of criticism from conservatives over his handling of the House Speakership, and some of it is deserved. But here’s a little known accomplishment of Boehner’s for which, I think, he deserves considerable credit: he created and kept alive a private school voucher program for the District of Columbia public schools. Through Boehner’s D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, 6,252 low-income District students have gone to parochial or »

Unprecedented Mass Immigration Will Radically Transform America. Is That What We Want?

Featured imageOn this site, posts about immigration tend to draw less traffic than posts on most other subjects. I am not sure why that is, but I suspect it is mostly because people (our readers, anyway) say, Yeah, yeah, I already know about that. Well, here is something you probably didn’t know. Jeff Sessions’ Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest analyzed data in the Pew immigration survey that I »

How Dodd-Frank explains our weak recovery

Featured imageYesterday, John noted how weak the Obama economic “recovery” has been. As he put it, “the Obama economy has been, in a word, lousy, and its lousiness is most evident in the fact that full-time jobs have been so scarce that tens of millions have quit looking. . . .” Why, though, hasn’t the economy taken off under Obama, as it did in the past following recessions? Democrats attribute the »

Does the New York Times Even Have Editors?

Featured imageOn September 30, the New York Times published a long article about Donald Trump’s wife Melania in its Fashion and Style section. The article said little of substance–Mrs. Trump is a nice lady, apparently–but it resulted in an epic sequence of five corrections: The sheer number of errors, corrected serially, has prompted quite a bit of hilarity. But I want to focus on correction number four–the fourth error that the »

Things Still Not Pacific at Pacifica

Featured imageAn update to our earlier notices of the mayhem at leftist Pacifica Radio and flagship station KPFK, courtesy of the Pacifica-in-Exile folks, who sent out a press release a couple days ago detailing the ongoing implosion of the enterprise: Dominos Topple: Third On-Air Resignation at KPFK In Three Days Berkeley – On Wednesday, Yatrika Shah-Rais became the third veteran programmer to resign on-air at Los Angeles radio station KPFK. Shah-Rais, the »

Recycling Garbage

Featured imageOver in the New York Times today, John Tierney revisits recycling, an update on a NY Times Magazine piece he wrote in 1996 (“Recycling is Garbage“) criticizing recycling that generated record hate mail from readers. His update argues persuasively that nothing much has changed since then: [In 1996] I presented plenty of evidence that recycling was costly and ineffectual, but its defenders said that it was unfair to rush to judgment. Noting »

India’s Climate Change Bill: $2.5 Trillion

Featured imageThere are high expectations for the next UN climate summit taking place in Paris in late November and early December. Obama is determined to get a “binding” international treaty to succeed the failed Kyoto Protocol. One of the major sticking points all along has been the reluctance of developing nations, especially China and India, to commit to significant emissions reductions which would reduce their economic growth. So China, India, and »

Bon Jovi to Waters: Drop Dead!

Featured imageSome years ago, I was in the office of a straitlaced, middle-aged lady who was in charge of my law firm’s support staff. I noticed a photograph on her desk of herself with a long-haired guy who looked like a rock musician. It seemed incongruous, so I asked about the picture, and she told me this story. She and her husband had a boat in a marina on the St. »

An Instance of Warmist Corruption

Featured imageWe have often written about the fact that the world’s governments pour billions of dollars annually into the global warming project, the object of which is to increase the powers of government. And yet governments, the main parties that stand to benefit from the warmists’ campaign, pretend that their money is somehow innocent, while any private entity that supports climate research is suspect. Alarmist scientists have gone so far as »

Obama and the Democrats Shamefully Smear Jeb Bush

Featured imageYesterday the Democrats, always eager to find distractions from their failed domestic and foreign policies, seized on the Oregon shootings as an excuse to change the subject. In particular, they used that terrible crime to smear Jeb Bush. According to the Democrats, Bush blew off the Oregon shootings by saying “stuff happens.” The Democrats, as one, picked up on the meme. This tweet came from Debbie Wasserman-Schultz: A message for »

A word from Stephen Knott

Featured imageStephen Knott is professor of national security affairs at the Naval War College and the coauthor of a new book on the relationship between George Washington, the indispensable man, and Alexander Hamilton, an indomitable genius among the founders. We invited Professor Knott to write something that would allow us to bring the book to the attention of Power Line readers. Professor Knott has graciously responded with this message: Washington and »

Harry MacDougald: “Truth” and other lies (2)

Featured imageThe film “Truth” will be released commercially later this month to retell the Rathergate scandal from the perspective of Mary Mapes. The film is based on Mapes’s almost laughable 2005 Rathergate memoir. The left routinely seeks to rewrite even yesterday’s news; events eleven years ago, when Mapes committed her misconduct, have now attained the status of ancient history. John and I therefore sought to reiterate the basic facts of the »

Mike Lee’s bogus conservative case for criminal justice reform

Featured imageSenator Mike Lee takes to the pages of the Washington Examiner to make what he calls the conservative case for criminal justice reform. The criminal justice reform Sen. Lee has in mind is the softer sentencing and release of many criminals called for by the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 (SRCA), of which he is a sponsor. Lee’s case for such reform turns out not to be conservative »

Putin kicks Obama, who pretends not to feel a thing

Featured imagePresident Obama responded to his latest humiliation at the hands of Vladimir Putin by stating that “Mr. Putin had to go into Syria not out of strength but out of weakness, because his client, Mr. Assad, was crumbling.” This statement — pulled from the same notebook as the president’s pathetic speech to the U.N. — is true, but it fails to paper over the failure of Obama’s approach to Syria »

Penn State vs. The State Penn?

Featured imageI used to joke that it costs as much to house an inmate in the California state prison system as it would to send the same person to Stanford, but that sending the inmate to Stanford (at least in the humanities) would be bad for the inmate. Turns out this may not be such a joke after all. I missed the story a couple weeks ago about a debate staged »

After Seven Recovery Summers…

Featured imageThe last recession officially ended, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research, in June 2009. By now, September 2015, we should be in the middle, or perhaps the later stages, of an economic boom, having enjoyed years of strong economic growth, job creation and rising private sector incomes. Instead, our economy has never exited the recovery stage, and we have just concluded the seventh “recovery summer” of the Obama »

Politicize this

Featured imageEarly Thursday evening, before the dead had been counted, before their bodies were cold, before the relevant facts were known, President Obama chose to make a characteristically obnoxious statement on the shootings at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon (video below, text here). Obama’s remarks are deserving of the derision that John heaped on them in “Obama: Never let a mass shooting go to waste.” Why would Obama speak before »