Digitalships and Double-Standards

Featured image I don’t know if anyone has yet used the term “digitalship” to describe the rising “dictatorship of the digerati”—perhaps both the term and phrase are too ungainly—but if not I’ll lay claim to it as a literary device (hat tip to Jeane Kirkpatrick, too) for pointing out the massive hypocrisy of the left over Cambridge Analytica’s use of Facebook data on behalf of the Trump campaign. Because as near as »

Noor charged in Damond shooting

Featured imageIt can’t come as any surprise to those who have followed the killing of Justine Damond by Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor this past July 15 in Minneapolis that Noor has been charged. Our many posts on the case are accessible here. Early in the case, for example, I reached out to a trusted source in the Minneapolis police department for comment. He told me that if there weren’t some »

Hearing whistle, they bark

Featured imageThis past Sunday the Star Tribune published Katherine Kersten’s column on the looming crisis in Minnesota public schools. A Minnesota state agency is out to eliminate racial disparities in the response of schools to student misbehavior. For some mysterious reason, the numbers don’t come out the same across racial groups and educational considerations must be subordinated to numerical equality in suspensions, expulsions, and so on. The sagacious Ms. Kersten cited »

On Putin’s case

Featured imageIn its September 2009 number GQ carried an interesting article by Scott Anderson on the September 1999 apartment bombings in Russia that left hundreds dead and led to Vladimir Putin’s rise to power. The piece profiled former Russian FSB officer Mikhail Trepashkin and collected evidence suggesting that the bombings were perpetrated by the FSB rather than by Chechen terrorists. It was the kind of intriguing investigative piece that most publications »

Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most

Featured imageIn the interest of anger management therapy on a day that calls for it, I’m taking the liberty of reposting this tribute to a great song with an unusual story behind it. From Ella Fitzgerald to Fran Landesman to T.S. Eliot and Geoffrey Chaucer, here we go: There are a few torch songs that lament the coming of Spring. This time of year, if you’re tuned to one of the »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 62: Help Us, Obi-Wan Henry!

Featured imageIn this short episode number 62, we do our regular check in with Henry Olsen, the Obi-Wan Kenobi of election analysts. We cover the fallout from the special election in House district 18 in Pennsylvania, how the tariff issue might play out, what to expect in the aftermath of the recent chaotic Italian election, plus a look ahead to November, including some of the key governor’s races like Bruce Rauner in »

Democrats’ Obstructionism Is Unprecedented

Featured imageWhen the Democrats say, “He’s not my president,” they aren’t kidding. Most Democrats still refuse to accept the result of the 2016 election, and their party consistently refuses to extend to President Trump the routine cooperation that makes our democracy function. The most blatant example of this is the Democratic minority in the Senate. The Democrats under Chuck Schumer have abused longstanding Senate rules and courtesies in a way that »

Help her (or not)

Featured imageHillary Clinton gives new meaning to the phrase “the girl can’t help it,” made famous by Little Richard among others. She proved as much again in India, prompting Democrats still actively peddling their wares to profess their readiness to move on — unfortunately for us. Michael Ramirez (@Ramireztoons) captures one of the essential truths of Madam Hillary in his March 18 cartoon “Fallen Hillary” (below). Ramirez credits Justin Caruso’s Daily »

University Suicide Watch (1): “This No Longer Looks Like a Liberal Arts College.”

Featured imageYep—another new series heading for our periodical updates on the “Suicide of the University,” which is the title of the lecture I gave last month at Arizona State and which I will revise for publication and also post up as a Power Line podcast at some point soon. At that conference I got to meet Bret Weinstein, late of Evergreen State, whose astounding story we covered here, here, and here. I »

The First Ever Power Line Crossover Podcast!

Featured imageOne of the mischievous things I did in Washington last Friday was to hijack Mona Charen and Jay Nordlinger’s “Need to Know” podcast, also hosted by our friends at Ricochet. Long story, but we decided that if the Marvel Cinematic Universe can combine Iron Man and Batman, why can’t the Ricochet Podcast Universe do the same thing? So I took over their mic to talk with Mona Charen about how to »

This Week in Berkeley: The New Free Speech Movement?

Featured imageAttention all Bay Area Power Line readers: As Ed Sullivan used to say, this week I’ve got “a really big show” for you. This Wednesday and Thursday I am executing an Inchon landing behind the lines, with a two-day program starting with a late afternoon (5 pm) lecture on “The Metaphysics of Free Speech” from Harvey Mansfield, Harvard’s most well-known conservative. (Click the link to get location and RSVP information.) Then »

Is Jeff Sessions’ job safe?

Featured imageProbably not. I doubt that anyone’s job is safe in the Trump administration. However, the Washington Examiner reports that the attorney general has received assurances from the White House that his job is safe. That’s the good news. The bad news is that John Kelly, who gave Sessions the assurances, may not be safe for long in his job of chief-of-staff. There are good reasons why Sessions may not be »

More fallout from the demonizing of Baltimore’s police force

Featured imageJohns Hopkins University wants to form its own police department with armed, sworn police officers to patrol its university and hospital campuses. The University already has its own security personnel, approximately 1,000 strong. Even so, last Fall there were 16 gunpoint robberies around its main campus in Baltimore. Thus, the Baltimore delegation to the state general assembly will propose legislation to enable Hopkins to have its own police department. The »

Media alert

Featured imageTomorrow morning, I will be on Sandy Rios’ radio show, “Sandy Rios in the Morning,” on American Family Radio. Sandy and I will discuss Chai Feldblum, whom, oddly, President Trump has nominated for another term as EEOC commissioner. I’m scheduled to appear at 8:20 a.m., Eastern Time. »

Discipline Quotas: The Obama Administration’s Evil Lives On (Part 2)

Featured imageI wrote here about the Obama administration’s “guidance” threatening litigation against school districts that failed to enforce quotas in school discipline, and the baleful effects that policy is still having across the country. A variation on the theme comes from a case called Kenny v. Wilson, decided just a few days ago by a panel of the 4th Circuit. The case was brought by the ACLU, which alleged that South »

No campus free speech problem? Really?

Featured imageAndrew Hartman, a professor of history at Illinois State University, argues that there is no campus free speech problem. He claims that college campuses are more tolerant than ever. The latter claim may be true if you’re a transgender illegal immigrant advocating communism. But what is Hartman’s evidence that conservatives don’t have a problem speaking freely and hearing others express conservative views on campus? He presents precious little. He notes »

Dumbest Headlines of the Day

Featured imageIn doing my usual scan of the morning’s news I thought I had spotted easily the dumbest headline of the day in the Washington Post: Talk about first world problems! But I underestimated the possibilities, because, to paraphrase Han Gruber in that greatest of all Christmas movies (Die Hard), ladies and gentlemen, I give you Hillary. Rodham. Clinton: Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is providing an explanation for controversial comments »