Trump Routed the Democrats On the Shutdown. What’s Next?

Featured image The Schumer Shutdown came to an ignominious end after only three days. Obviously, the Democrats were looking at internal poll results that were disastrous for them. It’s a good reminder that, while the Chamber of Commerce might join liberals in advocating a more or less open borders policy on immigration, the large majority of Americans are not only firmly opposed to illegal immigration, but, if anything, would prefer to reduce »

This Column Didn’t Age Well

Featured imageI suppose we shouldn’t gloat too much on the Democratic capitulation on the government shut down. . . Oh heck, yes we should! And here’s a great example of something to gloat over: Davis Faris’s column in The Week, published on Saturday: In the government shutdown standoff, Democrats have all the leverage The president’s party, which is already staring down an epic and richly deserved repudiation in November, can ill »

In search of lost texts (2)

Featured imageLate last week the Department of Justice advised Senator Ron Johnson that the FBI had failed to preserve five months’ worth of text messages between FBI counterintelligence officer Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page. By cover letter from Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Stephen Boyd accompanying documents submitted to Senator Johnson, the Department of Justice advised that the FBI did not preserve text messages between Ms. Page and »

In search of lost texts (3)

Featured imageThe most detailed account that I have seen of the missing text messages between the FBI’s famous lovers is the FOX News story by Brooke Singman, Alex Pappas, and Jake Gibson. Please read it and check it against my comments in the adjacent post (2) of this series. The period of missing text messages is approximately December 14, 2016 to May 17, 2017. The FOX News story quotes Attorney General »

Pence rocks the Knesset

Featured imageThe Israeli Knesset held a special session yesterday to welcome Vice President Pence. Pence was the first American vice president to address the Knesset. He spoke to a packed room. Among those welcoming the vice president were the Israeli president, the Israeli prime minister, and the Israeli leader of the opposition. Roughly all of Israel’s political establishment turned out. The United States embassy in Tel Aviv, soon to be in »

Memo to Betsy DeVos: What You’re Up Against

Featured imageIn the mission of offering continuing political education here at Power Line University, herewith another timeless scene from Yes, Prime Minister on how the bureaucrats regard the idea of school choice, with a side of Obamacare thrown in for good measure. Betsy DeVos might want to screen this scene:   »

Dan Rather and Cenk Uygur, a perfect match [UPDATED]

Featured imageThis story is delicious. Dan Rather is making comeback on the Young Turks Network. The 86 year-old will have a 30 minute show that focuses on matters he believes are receiving insufficient attention. He will also attempt to analyze “the hot topics of the day.” Rather’s new job is the result of a meeting with Cenk Uygur, the leader of the Young Turks. “Something clicked” between the two, Rather says. »

Fantasy vs. Reality In November

Featured imageAs they gear up for November’s Congressional election, the Democrats are peddling a fantasy view of events in America: Trump the racist, Trump the trampler on the First Amendment, Trump the warmonger (or something), Trump-Russia collusion, the Republicans as servants of the rich. To an even greater degree than usual, this election will feature a head-on collision between such fantasies and reality. The reality is that the Trump administration’s policies »

Owls Through the Haze

Featured imageAt first glance this article in a forthcoming issue of Avian Conservation and Ecology about increased mortality of the endangered Northern Spotted Owl from rat poison doesn’t seem to indicate a political angle, at least not from the dense abstract. You just need to wade through it a bit to the payoff toward the end: Exposure to rodenticides in Northern Spotted and Barred Owls on remote forest lands in northwestern California: »

Shutdown politics, a leftist’s take

Featured imageDavid Leonhardt is an op-ed columnist and associate editorial page editor at The New York Times. Obviously, he writes “from a liberal progressive perspective.” Leonhardt is urging Democrats to capitulate on the shutdown. He wants them to “accept[] a short-term funding bill that ends the shutdown and diffuses the tension.” Why? Because “the shutdown has created one of the more treacherous political moments of Trump’s presidency for Democrats.” (Emphasis added) »

From foreplay to foreknowledge

Featured imageWe learn from Senator Johnson’s letter to FBI Director Wray that the Department of Justice has turned over 384 pages of text messages between FBI counterintelligence officer Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page. (We also learn that five months’ of text messages between the infamous FBI couple during the critical period culminating in the appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel have disappeared.) What do the newly disclosed text »

Civil War on the Left, Part 53: Riot of the Cavemen

Featured imageTalk about your Feel Good Story of the Day, from The Hill: That’s so much fun to read it’s worth repeating again: From the copy: Progressives are hammering Sen. Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) for his agreement with Senate Republican leadership to end the government shutdown on Monday. Even House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has spoken out against the deal, saying there was no reason to support it. “I don’t »

Ohio’s Trump Democrats Are Delighted

Featured imageCNN went to Youngstown, Ohio, to find out what Democrats who crossed over to vote for Donald Trump think of his presidency after one year. The results may have surprised the anti-Trump network, but those who participated in the focus group were uniformly happy with the president’s performance. This short video is well worth watching, both for the participants’ sensible comments and for the way the CNN narrator says the »

Joe diGenova: Beyond foreplay

Featured imagePaul appended former US Attorned/former Independent Counsel Joseph diGenova’s interview with Ginni Thomas to his update on “That explosive House Intel Committee document.” In the interview diGenova lucidly exposes the Trump/Russia collusion illusion for what it is and name checks the principal malefactors. It is well worth the time to take it in. As a commenter on Paul’s post pointed out, diGenova also appeared on WMAL’s Mornings on the Mall »

Shutdown to end as Dems cave [UPDATED TWICE]

Featured imageThe Senate has reached a deal that will reopen the government by tonight. Only 18 Senators voted against the deal in the context of a motion to end debate. The House is expected to agree to the deal by uniting Republican and Democratic leaders in an agreement on immigration and spending. The bill agreed to would fund the government through Feb. 8 and reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) »

The Disgraceful Howard Dean

Featured imageFormer Vermont governor and presidential candidate Howard Dean appeared recently on a panel on free speech at Kenyon College, where he grossly mischaracterized the lamentable events at Yale University in the fall of 2015, where a student mob screamed at Nicholas Christakis for his wife’s sin of writing an email saying students should chill about offensive Halloween costumes. The video of the whole panel (which also included Steven Pinker and »

In search of lost texts

Featured imageLast night the Washington Examiner’s Byron York posted his column “Congress seeks answers after FBI claims texts missing in Trump-Russia probe.” Byron quotes from the letter sent on Saturday by Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson to FBI Director Christopher Wray. I thought some readers might be interested in seeing the full text of Senator Johnson’s letter. This is the text of Senator Johnson’s January 20 letter to Wray »