Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Jury Rejects Conservative Law Professor’s Discrimination Claim

Featured image We have written several times–here, here and here–about the case of Teresa Wagner (now Teresa Manning), an “out” conservative law professor who sued the University of Iowa law school for discrimination based on her political beliefs. The facts of the case seemed powerful: The underlying facts of the case are outrageous. They are what made the case important and newsworthy. Professor Wagner sought a full-time legal writing position at the »

Puerto Rico Goes Broke

Featured image Most eyes have been on Greece, where events are coming to a climax. Meanwhile, a less-noticed financial collapse has overtaken Puerto Rico. That commonwealth has racked up debts of $72 billion, which seems astonishing for an island with a population of 3.6 million, not much more than Iowa. Puerto Rico’s governor now says that “the debt is not payable.” That seems to be true of a lot of sovereign debt »

Report: U.S. Gives In On Iran Inspections [Updated]

Featured image Israeli news sources report that the U.S. and its negotiating partners have given in to Iran’s insistence that it will not allow inspections of its nuclear weapons facilities: The P5+1 countries led by the United States under Barack Obama have caved in to Iranian demands and will not insist on inspections of nuclear installations as part of a deal on Iran’s nuclear weapons program, Channel 1 reported Sunday. Of course »

Media Alert

Featured image I will be guest hosting Laura Ingraham’s radio show tomorrow; it airs live from 9 to 12 Eastern. You can go here find a station in your area. We have an excellent lineup of guests and it should be a fun show, even though the news we will be discussing is mostly bad. If you miss the show live, you can get highlights via podcast on iTunes. If you are »

A Question For Those Who Celebrate the Gay Marriage Decision

Featured image What would you think if the Court had decided the opposite? That is, if the Court had held that same sex marriage is unconstitutional, so that all state laws approving such unions are void, and all court decisions establishing same sex marriage are overruled. Would you then think it appropriate for “five lawyers,” as Chief Justice Roberts put it, to remove this issue from the democratic process and purport to »

Should Conservatives Give Up On the Supreme Court As a Court?

Featured image This morning Andy McCarthy takes up a topic that we discussed on our podcast yesterday: the fact that in major, publicly-important cases, the liberal justices always–and I mean always–vote as a political bloc: Already, an ocean of ink has been spilled analyzing, lauding, and bemoaning the Supreme Court’s work this week: a second life line tossed to SCOTUScare in just three years; the location of a heretofore unknown constitutional right »

The Power Line Show, Episode 21: Supreme Folly, With Dana Perino

Featured image This afternoon John, Steve and Paul got together to record Episode 21 of the Power Line show. We talked with Dana Perino about her new book, And the Good News Is…: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side, her experience as press secretary for President George W. Bush, and her starring role on Fox News’s The Five. Then it was on to the news of the day, in particular the »

Multiple Terrorist Attacks Raise Questions of Coordination

Featured image At least three terrorist attacks took place earlier today, all apparently inspired or directed by the Islamic State. In Kuwait, a large Shiite mosque was bombed, with at least 24 people killed or wounded. The bombing was consistent with ISIS’s effort to stir up war between Sunni and Shia Muslims. These pictures were taken just after the bombing: In Tunisia, gunmen opened fire at two beach hotels on the Mediterranean, »

Anthony Kennedy Discovers a Right to Gay Marriage [Updated]

Featured image Two hundred twenty-four years after the Constitution was ratified, Anthony Kennedy and four loyal Democrats have discovered, hidden somewhere in its provisions, a right to gay marriage. This so-called right, deemed “fundamental” by the five-justice majority, was undreamed of until a few years ago. If you want to read the decision, it is here. Yesterday’s Obamacare decision told us that we do not live under the rule of law. Today’s »

Have Republicans Saved the Obama Administration?

Featured image Within the last 48 hours, the Obama administration dodged two huge bullets. First, Congressional Republicans passed the trade promotion authority act, paving the way for passage of the Trans Pacific Partnership, which the administration has been negotiating for years, and the Trade In Services Agreement. Then, this morning, the Supreme Court bailed out Obamacare, rewriting key provisions of the Affordable Care Act to prevent Obamacare from collapsing, with two presumed »

Another Racist To Be Evicted From American History: Woodrow Wilson

Featured image If our public life is going to be all race all the time, with a view toward expunging all traces of racists from honored positions in American history, then Woodrow Wilson is a prime candidate for the memory hole. At InstaPundit, Randy Barnett sets out Wilson’s record as a racist in detail. Wilson re-segregated federal agencies that had been integrated during Reconstruction. W.E.B. DuBois called Wilson’s segregationist and discriminatory policies »

The Democrats Get Their Crazy On

Featured image The floodgates are open, and craziness is pouring out. The Democrats’ Confederate flag victory has them lusting for more. Hillary Clinton says South Carolina is only the beginning: “It shouldn’t fly there. It shouldn’t fly anywhere,” Mrs. Clinton said of South Carolina…. In her discussion Tuesday with community leaders at Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant, Mo., Mrs. Clinton said the flag’s removal would be “just the »

Talking Trade With Bill Bennett

Featured image This morning I was on Bill Bennett’s radio show, talking about the trade promotion authority bill that squeaked through the Senate yesterday. Our starting point was this post, in which I urged Republican senators to vote against cloture on the bill. Only five did. The conversation went well beyond the scope of the post, extending to the Trade In Services Agreement as well as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, two measures that »

About That Whole Confederate Flag Thing? Never Mind

Featured image Hillary Clinton: Confederate flag is “a symbol of our nation’s racist past that has no place in our present or our future.” Images via American Power. »

Media Alert

Featured image For early risers, I will be on Bill Bennett’s radio show tomorrow morning to talk about yesterday’s post on trade promotion authority. The catch is that you need to be up at 6:30 Eastern (that’s 5:30 for us here in the Midwest) to hear it. Trust me, it will be well worth the loss of sleep! If you don’t know where to find Bill’s show on your local radio dial, »

Politics In the Era of Symbolic Liberalism

Featured image I am old enough to remember when liberals actually thought liberalism was a good idea. Long ago, liberals like Lyndon Johnson and Hubert Humphrey fought for programs that they thought would improve the lives of Americans. True, many of their ideas turned out to be bad–I would argue that most were–but at least they had ideas, and they made an impact. Those days are gone. Today, being a liberal is »

The 1980s Are Calling…

Featured image Two items from today’s newspapers, the first from the New York Times: In a significant move to deter possible Russian aggression in Europe, the Pentagon is poised to store battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons for as many as 5,000 American troops in several Baltic and Eastern European countries, American and allied officials say. The proposal, if approved, would represent the first time since the end of »