The fight against AFFH comes to the Senate

Featured image We’ve covered the efforts of House Republicans, led by Rep. Paul Gosar, to block the Obama administration’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation — Obama’s hook for controlling local governments and dictating how Americans shall live. The House has passed Gosar’s amendment to defund AFFH, and he has written stand-alone legislation to repeal the rule. Now, Mike Lee has introduced a bill in the Senate to defund AFFH. Lee’s co-sponsors »

When Life Imitates Art: Donald Trump vs. Montgomery Burns

Featured imageJust when you think The Simpsons is finally going to run out of material, along comes Donald Trump with a tolerably accurate real life imitation of Montgomery Burns. The Washington Post helpfully assembled this “Who Said It?” quiz of statements that could plausibly have come from either person, such as: “By building a casino, I can tighten my stranglehold on this dismal town!” And: “In life you have to rely »

Khameni’s “Kampf”

Featured imageAt the site of the Gatestone Institute Amir Taheri explores the book published in Iran by the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Taheri’s column on the book is published there under the heading “The ayatollah’s plans for Israel and Palestine.” Taheri has also adapted his Gatestone column into a piece for the New York Post published as “Iran publishes book on how to outwit US and destroy »

Zebra Lives Matter!

Featured imageI don’t know about you, but I’ve had about all I can take of Cecil the lion. A friend emailed me this reminder of an alternate perspective on the lion’s demise: STEVE adds: The contrarian memes are coming in fast and thick–almost enough for a “Cecil’s Week in Pictures” feature: And finally, for the reductio file: »

Judge Sullivan is not amused (2)

Featured imageJosh Gerstein reports Judge Sullivan’s order to the State Department in the matter of Huma Abedin and the emails of Hillary Clinton et al. in Politico’s “Judge wants Clinton certification on emails.” Gerstein places the story in the context of the lively litigation deriving from the revelation that Madam Hillary used a private email account/server for her official email during her tenure as Secretary of State. Judge Sullivan entered the »

To Beau or not to Beau?

Featured imageYesterday I reiterated my view that Vice President Biden is likely to contest Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. Today brings us more definitive evidence than I was able to muster in that post. It comes in Maureen Dowd’s New York Times column “Joe Biden in ’16: What Would Beau do?” It also comes in Times reporter Amy Chozick’s companion story “Joe Biden said to be taking new look »

Dems resort to Mediscare once again

Featured imageCampaigning in New Hampshire last month, Jeb Bush said he wants to “phase out” traditional Medicare to build a more efficient, market-based system focused on patients. Democrats pounced immediately. DNC press secretary Holly Shulman claimed that under a Bush presidency seniors would lack the benefits they rely on. Tevi Troy, writing in the Wall Street Journal, reminds us that the Democrats have been engaging in this sort of Mediscare for »

The National Socialism of Bernie Sanders

Featured imageWe noted here the other day that Bernie Sanders doesn’t hold to the orthodox Democratic Party line on immigration, suggesting instead that expanded immigration is a “right-wing Koch brothers” idea. The blowback from the left is rolling in. First up, the Puffington Host: “Those are the talking points that Republicans use to drive a wedge between Latinos and the African-American vote, saying, ‘They’re coming to take your jobs.’ That at »

Clinton aide and confidante was overpaid at State Department

Featured imageState 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 »

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 »

Sunday morning coming down

Featured imageI wrote briefly here this past Sunday about songwriter Jimmy Webb and posted a video of his song “All I Know” with Linda Ronstadt contributing the harmony vocal. I want to stick with Webb for another week or two. Next week I’m thinking we’ll turn to his relationship with Glen Campbell. This week I want to take a look at Shawn Colvin’s performance of one of Webb’s buried gems. Shawn »

Obama Administration Enlists Celebrities to Promote Iran Deal

Featured imageThe Obama administration has released this YouTube video, starring Morgan Freeman–the only participant I recognize–and other people who apparently are famous, including Queen Noor, to sell the Iran deal. What is their argument? There isn’t an argument, exactly, just an assertion that if the deal isn’t approved, we will all die in a nuclear war. All right then! Where can I write to my Congressman? Here it is: This approach »

Suburban Black Flight?

Featured imageSuburban “white flight” has long been a staple of liberal grievances against Amerika. But guess what, Hillary? Turns out American blacks are fleeing Democrat-run cities in large numbers now, too. Says the superb demographer William Frey at the center-left Brookings Institution: While much attention is correctly given to alleviating the persisting segregation of blacks in many American cities, it is also important to recognize a newly emergent shift to the »

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 »

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 »