“Early signs of Russian intent”

Featured image That’s the front page headline of today’s Washington Post (paper edition). The story is about signs in August that Putin was mobilizing for a military offensive in Syria. Despite these signs, the Obama administration was “caught flat-footed” when the Russian offensive materialized two months later. In a larger sense, “Russian intent” has long been clear. Putin has said he consider the fall of Soviet power a geopolitical catastrophe. He wants »

The Times Backs Off on Temple Trutherism

Featured imageThe New York Times provoked widespread dismay when it published an article yesterday titled Historical Certainty Proves Elusive at Jerusalem’s Holiest Place. The article claimed that it is an open question whether the first and second Jewish temples ever existed at Temple Mount. This assertion is an explosive one because some Arabs allege that the temples, if they ever existed at all, were located somewhere other than Temple Mount, and »

The Week in Pictures: Chaos Theory Edition

Featured imageHouse Republicans are supposedly in chaos. Yet somehow the earth keeps spinning on its axis, and yesterday the House actually passed legislation to allow sale of American oil overseas. What’s really in chaos is Obama’s foreign policy. And maybe the Democratic Party’s presidential field. Let’s see what the debate on Tuesday brings. A strong performance by Bernie Sanders might throw Hillary into a fatal tailspin. And/or she’ll get nasty with »

A word from their Supreme Leader

Featured imageWe have yet to see the fatuous fatwa allegedly promulgated by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khameni denouncing the development of nuclear weapons. Yet it has repeatedly been cited by President Obama and others in support of the deadly arrangement into which we have entered with Iran regarding its nuclear program. See, e.g., MEMRI’s reports here and here. The foreboding John Fogerty/Creedence Clearwater Revival song could be put to good use: »

This day in baseball history — Osteen succeeds where Drysdale and Koufax failed

Featured imageThis month marks the 50th anniversary of the World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Minnesota Twins. 1965 was only the Twins’ fifth season in Minnesota and they were already in the World Series. In Washington, DC, from whence they came, the franchise hadn’t been the Series since 1933. This World Series was dramatic in the sense that it went seven games. However, the games themselves didn’t produce »

The Power Line Show, Episode 27: Bill Otis, Criminal Justice “Reform,” and Chaos In the House

Featured imageToday John, Paul and Scott got together to record Episode 27 of the Power Line Show. We were joined by former federal prosecutor Bill Otis to talk about the criminal justice “reform” bill that is being rushed through the Senate. If you are unsure what that is all about, this podcast would be a great place to start. The rest of the show was devoted to the news story of »

A Setback For the Administrative State

Featured imageOne of the Obama administration’s many instances of administrative overreach was the EPA’s “Clean Water rule,” which expanded the definition of “waters of the United States” as used in the Clean Water Act. Some say that the definition is so expansive as to give the federal agency jurisdiction over your back yard. Eighteen states sued to enjoin enforcement of the EPA’s rule, and today, a three-judge panel of the 6th »

How to Fix Hillary

Featured imageI’m struck by the comment on the Pacific trade deal that Scott quotes below: On Sunday in Iowa, Clinton said that “the President should listen to and work with his allies in Congress, starting with (House Minority Leader) Nancy Pelosi, who have expressed their concerns about the impact that a weak agreement would have on our workers, to make sure we get the best, strongest deal possible. And if we don’t get »

New dimensions in cynicism

Featured imageWhen I was a college senior I raised the money to bring Garry Wills to campus to give a lecture on the 1972 presidential election. Wills had recently published the book Nixon Agonistes, which mightily impressed me, and I wanted to hear what he had to say. He agreed to speak not only on the election, but also to throw in another lecture on Macbeth for free as part of »

Newly disclosed emails mean more trouble for Hillary

Featured imageTrey Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, has told Elijah Cummings, his Democratic counterpart on the committee, that he will soon release 1,500 pages of new Hillary Clinton emails concerning Libya that the State Department recently turned over. A “small number” of them pertain to the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. compound, Gowdy said. In his letter to Cummings, Gowdy also revealed that many of the »

Will Paul Ryan be the next speaker? I hope not

Featured imageFollowing Kevin McCarthy’s surprising decision to drop out of the race for House Speaker, attention has turned to Paul Ryan. The widely respected Wisconsin man is viewed by many as the Republican representative most likely to (1) obtain the votes needed to become Speaker and (2) perhaps provide a degree of party unity post-selection. Ryan apparently does not want the job, for an obvious reason (it’s a daunting post) and »

A Liberal Scrapes the Bottom of the Barrel

Featured imageLiberals pursue many policies that cause people to die. They release felons from prison, or never incarcerate them in the first place; they make war on the police, causing murder rates to spike; they impede the ability of pharmaceutical companies to bring life-saving drugs to market; they drive up the cost of energy, exposing the poor to dangerous temperature extremes; they promote gun-free zones that turn innocent people into sitting »

India to Climatistas: Show Us The Money!

Featured imageA few days ago I noted that India has suggested it might go along with the UN’s climate nonsense—if the developed world will cough up $2.4 trillion in foreign aid. (Previously the climate community had spoken of aid in the range of $200—$300 billion for all of the developing world.) Well, the first draft of a prospective climate treaty agreement was released earlier this week, and there’s nothing specific in »

Larry Arnn for Speaker?

Featured imageI don’t agree with Paul that Paul Ryan shouldn’t be Speaker of the House because of his—shall we call them idealistic—positions and past votes on key issues, though he’s right that Ryan’s highest and best use is probably where he is right now at Ways & Means. If nothing else, Ryan would match up much better as a point man to argue in public against Obama—tasks for which both Boehner »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageAmmo Grrrll casts questions ASSUMPTIONS, including her own. She writes I remember an outstanding episode of The Odd Couple in which Felix ended up in court over some minor incident. Naturally, he acted as his own attorney. When a hostile witness used the word “assume,” he pounced. “Aha! When you ‘assume,’ you make an ‘ass’ of ‘u’ and ‘me,’” he said triumphantly. And nowhere can one go further wrong, or »

The NY Times Discovers Self-Defense

Featured imageThe New York Times has editorialized hysterically in favor of more gun control measures for years. Operating in an antiseptically-sealed liberal milieu, the Times editorialists seem not to understand why their position keeps losing at the polls. So maybe a couple of their reporters were trying to give them a clue with this story: “Common Response After Killings in Oregon: ‘I Want to Have a Gun.’” A week has passed »

Media Alert

Featured imageI will guest host the Laura Ingraham radio show tomorrow. The show airs live from 9 to 12 a.m., Eastern. You can go here to find a station in your area. If you miss the show live, you can get highlights via podcast on iTunes, and it also airs later in the day on various stations. Guests will include Michael Barone, Byron York (I think), James Glassman of the George »