Live from Council Bluffs, it’s Hillary 5.0

Featured image Madam Hillary returned to Council Bluffs, Iowa, yesterday, and Nebraska attorney Dave Begley gave it up for us to deliver this on the scene report. Dave writes: Hillary threw down a number of markers yesterday. Her presentation was much improved from the two previous times I have seen her. She drew laughs from the crowd and was much warmer and more personal than in her previous appearances. She spoke for »

Wind Blows

Featured imageAs everyone knows, California is mired in a record drought. It usually gets lost in the shuffle that this has an impact on California’s energy supply, since the state has a non-trivial amount of hydropower: when you don’t have water, you can’t run the turbines in the dams. What happens when it doesn’t rain and the wind doesn’t blow? Turns out California is experiencing something of a wind-drought, too, as »

Democrats: Party of the Rich Revisited

Featured imageI’ve written before that Democrats have become the party of the rich, and how this would scandalize an earlier generation of liberals from Franklin Roosevelt to Hubert Humphrey. A few days ago Thomas Edsall wondered about this in the New York Times in “How Did Democrats Become Favorites of the Rich?” Democrats now depend as much on affluent voters as on low-income voters. Democrats represent a majority of the richest »

So Hillary’s a Liar? What’s Your Point?

Featured imageHillary Clinton has done a 180 on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but few seem to mind. Greg Mankiw suggests that Hillary’s dishonesty is “a feature, not a bug.” A few weeks ago, a poll asked people what were the first words that they thought of when they heard the names of the various presidential candidates. For Hillary Clinton, “liar” and “untrustworthy” ranked high. Many commentators saw this result as a problem »

Shocker: Kevin McCarthy Pulls Out

Featured imageIn a stunning development, Kevin McCarthy has withdrawn his candidacy to be Speaker of the House. Republican Congressmen apparently were as surprised as we are: McCarthy shocked his colleagues at the start of Thursday’s closed meeting, telling them he was not the right person for the job. He recommended that the election be postponed and Boehner delayed it. “There was total shock, and then total silence,” said Rep. Robert Pittenger, »

A White Privilege Tax? Why Not?

Featured imageA humorist named Mark Dice decided to talk to people on the street about a Hillary Clinton proposal for a “White Privilege Tax.” (She hasn’t proposed such a tax—yet.) You can imagine how this goes. Better than imaging it—watch: »

Who gets released when drug sentences are relaxed?

Featured imageSens. Grassley, Cornyn, Lee, Flake, and (inevitably) Lindsey Graham have teamed up with liberal Democrats like Sens. Leahy, Durbin, and Schumer to push legislation that will result in the release of major drug felons, some of whom brought guns along when they committed their crimes. Hoping to increase the momentum for this sort of leniency, the Washington Post presents a warm front-page profile of a “non-violent drug offender” who was »

Hillary’s emails: What the FBI is up to

Featured imageIn response to my post about the FBI’s prospects for recovering Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails, now that a number of important devices are (or soon will be) in its possession, a reader writes: As both a lawyer and computer forensics specialist, I can tell you that what is quite likely happening is that the FBI is reconstructing Mrs. Clinton’s previous email data universe by mining several data sources. The State »

Cyberattacks & a Clinton hack

Featured imageThree Associated Press reporters collaborate on an article exploring cyberattacks on Hillary Clinton’s email server after she left office in 2013. The attacks originated in China, South Korea, and Germany; they appear to have been blocked by a threat monitoring product connected to her network in late 2013. I assume that the attacks were detected (not just blocked, if they were blocked) by software, though that is not entirely clear. »

Hillary on Pacific Trade Pact: She Was For It Before She Was Against It

Featured imageHillary must be getting desperate. With news leaking out that organized labor, the Teamsters in particular, are withholding an endorsement and might even endorse a Republican next year, Hillary is desperate to keep unions in the fold. Even if she holds off Bernie Sanders and Slow-Joe, without strong union support she probably can’t win in November. So today Hillary announced that she opposes the new Pacific trade agreement that she »

Why the Big Banks Love Democrats

Featured imageSince the financial collapse of 2008, the nation’s largest banks have seen their profits boom, as their share of the market has grown. Reuters reports: Profits have soared since the global financial crisis at the five biggest U.S. banks with market-making dealing operations, New York Federal Reserve economists said in an article released on Wednesday. From 2009 to 2014, the combined net income of J.P. Morgan, Citigroup, Bank of America, »

For It Before She Was Against It, the Sequel

Featured imageThe good folks at the Washington Free Beacon have put together this 90-second highlight reel of Hillary Clinton boasting about her work on the Trans-Pacific Partnership that she’s now against. If Hillary was any more phony, she’d be collecting campaign contributions in $3 bills. »

Fake Indian takes real scalp

Featured imageSenator Elizabeth Warren is a blatantly fake Indian, but late last month she took a real (if metaphorical) scalp. Warren prompted the Brookings Institution to force the resignation of the Brookings-affiliated scholar Robert Litan. Litan had been affiliated with Brookings off and on for some 40 years. Once Warren complained about him to Brookings President Strobe Talbott, however, Brookings snapped to attention. Litan promptly resigned his unpaid position with Brookings. »

Don’t Look Now, But. . .

Featured imageWe’ve been periodically taking note of China’s wavering economy (here in July for instance), and speculated about how things would get interesting if they started dumping their large holdings of U.S. debt. Well: Once the Biggest Buyer, China Starts Dumping U.S. Government Debt Central banks around the world are selling U.S. government bonds at the fastest pace on record, the most dramatic shift in the $12.8 trillion Treasury market since »

Experts see Hillary’s deleted emails as recoverable

Featured imageEarlier today I suggested that the FBI has a decent shot at recovering Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails now that it possesses or is about to possess (1) Clinton’s server, (2) the Platte River server and a second Platte River device associated with the server, (3) Datto Inc.’s node that allowed it to store data from Clinton’s server on its cloud, and (4) four servers just seized from State Department headquarters. »

Revisiting Robert Nisbet on Environmentalism

Featured imageSince I’m in a mood to beat down on environmentalists today, I decided to dust off the late Robert Nisbet’s charming 1982 book, Prejudices: A Philosophical Dictionary. The book was a direct emulation of Voltaire’s Philosophical Dictionary, and the entry on environmentalism is not to be missed. Samples include: It is entirely possible that when the history of the 20th century is finally written, the single most important social movement »

Gun Control In Five Easy Steps

Featured imageOn firearms, Democrats, including President Obama, have started to come out of the closet. What they really want is to ban the private ownership of guns. The Reason video below explains how that can be done, in five easy steps. The video’s real point is that the Democrats’ “common sense reforms” have nothing to do with achieving any practical policy goal. Rather, like so much of our politics, they are »