The persistence of Hillary

Featured image Hillary Clinton appeared with Tim Kaine for an interview by Scott Pelley on 60 Minutes yesterday. CBS News has posted the video and transcript here. Let us say that Pelley comported himself with Madam Hillary in an extremely deferential manner. This isn’t exactly surprising. CBS News presents an aggravated case of media bias. It is run by the brother of Obama’s national security liar and Pelley himself is a rabid »

Ellison exploits the ignorant

Featured imageAs the Minnesota’s Fifth District representative in Congress, Keith Ellison has a good gig. He’s a hustler who is accustomed to exploiting the ignorance of voters in a one-party district in a town with a one-party newspaper. Ellison has exploited the ignorance of his constituents in lying repeatedly about his personal history, as I tried to show in “Louis Farrakhan’s first congressman.” Seeking to make himself a player on the »

Donald Trump: “Extreme vetting” for French and Germans

Featured imageDonald Trump says that people from France and Germany could face “extreme vetting” before entering the United States because their countries have been “compromised by terrorism.” Trump also argued that France and Germany are to blame for the terrorism that is “compromising” them. “It’s their own fault,” he said. “They allowed people to come into their territory.” Trump isn’t wrong to blame immigration policy for the terrorism rocking France and »

Mark Falcoff: From Cuba to Venezuela

Featured imageMark Falcoff is resident scholar emeritus at the American Enterprise Institute and author, among other books, of Cuba the Morning After: Confronting Castro’s Legacy. He is also on occasional contributor to Power Line. He writes: Not long ago when the Obama administration decided to end our diplomatic and political embargo of Cuba many friends and associates asked me, as a long time Cuba-watcher, what I thought about it. At the »

Tune In to Our Live YouTube VIP Event on Monday

Featured imageIf you are a Power Line VIP, you are invited to attend a live event on YouTube next Monday, July 25, at 4:30 Pacific, 5:30 Mountain, 6:30 Central, 7:30 Eastern. It will be the same format as our prior YouTube events: the PL gang will be on the screen, we will be talking about current events–this time, the two conventions and the state of the race–and you will be able »

Syrian refugee murders woman in Germany [Update: Suicide Bomber In Bavaria]

Featured imageToday, a 21-year-old refugee from Syria killed a woman with a machete in southwestern Germany. Police apprehended the murderer after a motorist deliberately ran him over. The man previously had been charged with causing bodily harm in an incident the police declined to describe. The fatal attack on the woman does not appear to have been an act of terrorism. Police believe the act stemmed from “relationship difficulties” between the »

Disunited Dems set to dump Debbie

Featured imageI want to add a few thoughts to John’s post about the disunity the Democrats already are experiencing before their convention formally begins. Most reports center around Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the leaked emails that confirm how the DNC operated to undermine Bernie Sanders’ campaign. I agree with John that Wasserman Schultz likely will be sent packing soon. Like many before her, she damaged her reputation serving the Clintons and, »

Democrats In Disarray As Convention Begins [Updated]

Featured imageThe Democratic convention begins tomorrow in Philadelphia, with the party’s leaders scrambling to fend off a series of negative stories and present a unified front. The Wikileaks dump of 20,000 DNC emails has exacerbated divisions within the party. The emails show the DNC’s leadership plotting against Bernie Sanders, exactly as he alleged throughout the campaign. Sanders will have a lot of delegates inside the convention hall, and an unknown number »

Annals of mewling idiocy

Featured imageIn the annals of mewling idiocy emanating from Foggy Bottom, Secretary of State John Kerry must be given pride of place. Speaking to his friends in Vienna late last week, he contributed in a major way to man-made global warming if there is such a thing. Kerry was in Vienna to amend the 1987 Montreal Protocol that would phase out hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, from basic household and commercial appliances like »

The NBA enters the bathroom wars [UPDATED][With Comment by John]

Featured imageThe 2017 NBA all-star game, which was scheduled to be played in Charlotte, will be played elsewhere. The league is moving the game to protest a North Carolina law. That law, among other things, nullified a Charlotte ordinance that required businesses to allow transgender individuals who have not taken surgical and legal steps to change the gender noted on their birth certificate to use restrooms based on their own gender »

Fox News, But Hedgehog Principles

Featured imageThe most important occurrence of the week just past may not be the formal nomination of Donald Trump, but the sacking of Roger Ailes from Fox News. The Legend of Ailes need not be recounted here. Everyone knows the story. His central insight was that there was a large audience for a news source that offered an alternative to the lockstep liberal TV network news bureaus. And that audience turned »

Media Alert

Featured imageAfter a considerable absence, I will again be filling in as Laura Ingraham’s guest host, as she takes a few days off following her star turn at the Republican Convention. I will host her show tomorrow through Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to noon Eastern time. We have lots to talk about, including the Republican convention as well as the Democrats’ slugfest which will begin tomorrow, plus a stellar lineup of »

Genderfication [With Comment by John]

Featured imagePaul’s notice of the NBA’s grandstanding about North Carolina’s bathroom wars reminds me that I’ve neglected to flag the cover story I wrote for the Washington Examiner Sunday magazine late last month, entitled “The Genderfication of U.S. Politics.” It’s about 2,500 words long, but here is one key passage and the conclusion: The rejection of human nature is not just a strong skepticism or allowance for the diversity or mystery »

Summer reading

Featured imageNRO takes time out from politics to offer summer reading suggestions. The recommendations come from Richard Brookhiser, Nancy French, Kathryn Jean Lopez, David Pryce-Jones, Tevi Troy, Ian Tuttle, Hans von Spakovsky, and Kevin Williamson. I can recommend two of the books cited. The first is Karl Rove’s The Triumph of William McKinley. I wrote about that book here and here. The second is Yuval Levin’s The Fractured Republic, a brilliant »

A personal note on Pritikin

Featured imageI’m leaving the Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa in Miami in the next hour. I’ve been here for a week and am sorry to leave. It has been an eye-opening experience. I won’t bore you with the details. I will only say this. If you have high blood pressure, or high blood sugar, or high cholesterol, I think the Pritikin diet can help you. Several people here for high blood »

BBC Censors Munich Murderer’s Name

Featured imageThe Munich massacre was carried out by 18-year-old Ali Sonboly. While the murder spree had no apparent connection to Muslim ideology, the BBC didn’t take any chances. As Raheem Kassam of Breitbart News documents, the BBC doggedly referred to the killer as “David Sonboly,” David being his middle name: The BBC has unilaterally chosen not to report the Munich attacker’s full name, in what appears to be an attempt to »

On Violence, Obama Obfuscates As Usual

Featured imageAs Paul noted earlier, Democratic critics have unanimously painted Donald Trump’s acceptance speech as “dark.” (I’m a little surprised they didn’t also say, in unison, that as he approached the podium he was lithe and fierce like a tiger.) President Obama commented on Trump’s speech yesterday in a joint appearance with Mexico’s president, Peña Nieto. Asked about Trump’s speech, Obama responded with his trademark dishonesty. I think it is important »