Clinton aide and confidante was overpaid at State Dept.

Featured image State Department investigators have concluded that Huma Abedin, one of Hillary Clinton’s closest aides, was overpaid by nearly $10,000 while working at the State Department, the Washington Post reports. The finding emerged publicly from letters sent by Sen. Charles Grassley to Secretary of State Kerry seeking more information about an investigation into possible criminal conduct by Abedin. The finding against Abedin, which she disputes, is that she was improperly paid »

To Honor Cecil the Lion, a $36,000 Smart Phone

Featured imageThe most overblown news story of modern times shows no sign of going away. If you are still brokenhearted over the cruel fate of Cecil the lion, how can you assuage your pain? With a $36,000 smart phone dedicated to his memory: The Telegraph reports: [G]old plating company Goldgenie has provided a unique way of remembering the mighty lion – by committing Cecil’s image to a gold HTC One M9 »

To Biden or not to Biden?

Featured imageI wrote here early last month that this was Biden’s moment. Now Josh Kraushaar joins in at National Journal. We have learned something from Bernie Sanders other than the liberals’ bottomless appetite for political pap. Sanders has demonstrated the large space that exist for a plausible Democratic alternative to Madam Hillary. An avowed socialist is not a plausible alternative. The space is therefore now occupied by a vacuum. I think »

The Power Line Show, Episode 23: From Cecil to Planned Parenthood

Featured imageLast night the whole Power Line crew got together to record Episode 23 of the Power Line Show. We kicked around some of the most controversial issues of the day: the pros and cons of Donald Trump, Cecil the lion, the seemingly bipartisan criminal justice “reform” movement, and the dynamite Planned Parenthood videos. To say that the discussion was lively is an understatement. If you haven’t yet been listening to »

The Week in Pictures: Trump the Lionhearted Edition

Featured imageIt took the killing of a lion to knock Trump off the center point of attention this week. The only thing that could have made the whole scene more out of control is if the lion had been named Caitlyn, or if Planned Parenthood was caught selling baby lion organs. And is it just a coincidence that Hillary Clinton released her tax forms late on a Friday afternoon—the typical burial »

Judge Sullivan is not amused

Featured imageIt’s hard to keep up with the news bearing on Madam Hillary’s use of a private email account/server during her tenure as Secretary of State. Kim Strassel reported yesterday in her Wall Street Journal column: At a federal court hearing on Wednesday, a State Department official dropped a new bomb regarding the email scandal, suggesting that Mrs. Clinton’s closest aides also might have been using private email accounts. This came »

Honest Talk About Education

Featured imageOur friend Mitch Pearlstein, President of the Center of the American Experiment, is one of the country’s leading experts on education and on the family. See, for example, his most recent book, Broken Bonds: What Family Fragmentation Means for America’s Future. Today on the Center’s web site, Mitch published a blog post on education that is one of the most candid discussions of that topic I have seen in a »

The Astonishing Weakness of Hillary Clinton

Featured imageAt The Week, Michael Dougherty makes, powerfully, a point that I have also tried to make more than once, in a piece called “The astonishing weakness of Hillary Clinton.” The original contains links, which I have omitted: [T]he entirety of Clinton’s campaign has alternated between distancing herself from the legacy of her family name, and stonewalling reporters investigating one scandal or another. In the first category, she has repudiated the »

AP U.S. History framework remains flawed; college board needs competition

Featured imageThe College Board has revised its framework for the teaching of AP U.S. History. The College Board has done so, it says, in response to the “principled criticism” and “legitimate concerns” of its 2014 framework by non-liberal scholars. Based on my quick review, the new framework looks like is an improvement. Power Line has promoted criticism of the 2014 framework by scholars and intellectuals like Charles Kesler and Stanley Kurtz. »

Speaking of the Iran deal (10)

Featured imageAP Vienna bureau chief George Jahn reports: “Iran: US statements on attacking Tehran violates nuke deal” (subject-verb disagreement in the original, I hate to say). On Twitter, AP diplomatic correspondent Matt Lee concisely comments: “Already?!” Here is Jahn’s report: A senior Iranian official is accusing the U.S. of violating the nuclear deal with his country through comments indicating that the accord would make any attack on Tehran’s atomic program more »

Drew Storen, Jonathan Papelbon, and the closer conundrum

Featured imageThis year, the Washington Nationals were expected to be runaway winners of the NL East and strong contenders to win the World Series. They may yet live up to these expectations, but they haven’t so far. One reason is injuries — to Jayson Werth, Denard Span, Ryan Zimmerman, Anthony Rendon, Steven Strasburg, Doug Fister, and others. Another reason is disappointing performance by the bullpen, except for closer Drew Storen (injuries »

You’ve Got Jail!

Featured imageOK, jail is probably too much to hope for. But we can dream, can’t we? Michael Ramirez speaks for me. Click to enlarge: »

Cotton v. the White House: It’s no contest

Featured imageWhite House spokesman Josh Earnest mocked Senator Tom Cotton as “an international man of mystery” this week from his perch in the press briefing room. Earnest was alluding to Senator Cotton’s complaint regarding “secret side deals” that are integral to our catastrophic deal with Iran. Senator Cotton responds in this video compiling statements by administration officials, some of whom (unlike Earnest) are speaking unironically under oath. Video via The Right »

Bill Otis’s dissent

Featured imageThe ferocious assault on law enforcement undertaken by Michelle Alexander, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and now the Obama administration culminates in the demand for “criminal justice reform.” It is a cause that appears to be irresistible. Who can stand against “reform,” especially “reform” in the name of racial equity? Heather Mac Donald can. Her invaluable work cannot be cited too often in this context. I quoted from one of Heather’s City Journal »

Trick Question: What’s the Difference Between a Democrat and a Socialist?

Featured imageThis is entertaining: Debbie Wasserman Schultz struggles to explain how a Democrat is different from a socialist. It apparently is a question that has never occurred to her before: All she can do is recite anti-Republican talking points. This tells us volumes about the state of the modern Democratic Party. »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageAmmo Grrrll commits microaggressions galore in DISTINGUISHED MEMBERS. Cumulatively, she may even be responsible for aggressions, or macroaggressions. She writes: Please! I am begging here. In the name of all that’s Holy, stop the fake rape charges! Honestly, I can’t take it any more. I would love to write about something else. Anything else. Heck, maybe even guns and ammo again someday. “But nooooooo….”, as Steve Martin used to say. »

Hillary’s “classified” excuse doesn’t wash

Featured imageScott has called today’s McClatchy story about Hillary Clinton’s emails “must read.” I agree. McClatchy reports that the classified emails known to have been stored on the former Secretary of State’s private server contained information from five intelligence agencies, and included material related to the fatal 2012 Benghazi attacks. And this, if I understand correctly, is just from a sample of 40 emails. Clinton’s defense continues to be that she »