Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump, On Stage

Featured image Over the weekend I saw a headline about Senator Jeff Sessions joining Donald Trump on stage at Trump’s big event in Mobile, Alabama. Since Sessions has the best judgment on issues of anyone in Washington, I was surprised. I wondered: is it possible that Jeff Sessions has endorsed Donald Trump? The answer is no. He hasn’t. Rather, Sessions was summoned to the podium by Trump–rather rudely, some would say–and spent »

Will Biden Run? Of Course He Will!

Featured image The Wall Street Journal reports that Vice President Joe Biden is inclined to run for president: Vice President Joe Biden, who has long been considering a presidential bid, is increasingly leaning toward entering the race if it is still possible he can knit together a competitive campaign at this late date, people familiar with the matter said. … A surprise weekend trip to Washington to meet with Sen. Elizabeth Warren »

On Firearms, Reporting Obscures the Truth

Featured image There is no subject on which reporting is so consistently poor as firearms. Most reporters are anti-gun; as a result, even when reporting is not overtly biased it is generally so murky as to obscure rather than reveal basic facts. A case in point is this Minneapolis Star Tribune story with the ambiguous headline: “As gun-carrying permits reach historic levels in Minnesota, related crimes remain in check.” Which I guess »

The Most Pathetic Headline to Come Out of the Terrorist Attack on French Train

Featured image No doubt you know all about the attempted terrorist attack on the Paris to Amsterdam train, which was foiled by three Americans, friends since middle school, two of whom were off-duty servicemen. We wrote about it here and here. Americans everywhere have justly taken pride in the young servicemen, who were on vacation, unarmed and in civilian clothes, but nevertheless, when others fled, charged the terrorist armed with an automatic »

Ted Cruz Debates Religious Freedom With Left-Wing Actress

Featured image This post is a companion to Dave Begley’s account of Ted Cruz’s rally for religious freedom in Des Moines last night. It is also a companion of sorts to this post from last month where Cruz engaged with Code Pink protesters. Yesterday, prior to the religious freedom rally, Cruz was at the Iowa State Fair, apparently serving food, when he was ambushed by an actress named Ellen Page. With lots »

EPA Had Warning of Gold King Mine Disaster

Featured image We have written about the EPA’s Gold King Mine environmental disaster here, here and here. The EPA and its contractor negligently spilled three million gallons of toxic liquid contaminated with lead, arsenic, cadmium and aluminum into the Animas River. It is the kind of incident that, if it had been caused by a private company instead of a government agency, likely would have led to criminal charges: In the aftermath »

The Train to Amsterdam: What Really Happened [With More Updates]

Featured image I wrote yesterday about the U.S. servicemen who foiled a terrorist attack by a Moroccan Muslim who had been trained in Syria, aboard a Paris to Amsterdam train. As always, initial accounts of such an incident are confused and, at least in details, contradictory. In this case, though, it turns out that they were correct in substance–although the servicemen, called Marines last night, are being described this way this morning: »

Marines Foil Apparent Terrorist Attack On French Train [With More Updates]

Featured image On a train in northern France, a young Moroccan stepped out of a bathroom with an AK-47 (or similar weapon) and opened fire. Several people were wounded, but happily three [later reports say two] unarmed U.S. Marines were nearby and they disabled and captured the assailant: French authorities are understandably silent about the gunman’s motive, but if the Daily Mail can be believed, he is a 26-year-old Moroccan “who was »

NY Times Races to the Bottom on Immigration

Featured image The New York Times editorial board headlines, G.O.P. Candidates Follow Trump to the Bottom on Immigration. It’s a typically unhinged Times screed, and as such not worth deconstructing in detail. But a couple of assertions are so ignorant as to be worth singling out. The Times editorialists write: [Donald Trump] would restrict legal immigration, and impose a national job-verification system so that everyone, citizens too, would need federal permission to »

White Cops Kill Another Black Teenager In St. Louis

Featured image The headline says: “Protests erupt in St. Louis after cops fatally shoot teen suspect.” Since it doesn’t say “unarmed teen suspect,” we can infer that the suspect was a criminal who tried to kill the cops. Sure enough: Officers arrested at least nine people and deployed tear gas amid protests in St. Louis over the death of a black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by police after he pointed a »

The EPA Does It Again

Featured image Actually, they did it five months ago. But it has gotten hardly any publicity. Maybe in the wake of the EPA’s Gold King Mine disaster, people will pay attention to what the agency did in Greensboro, Georgia: In Greensboro, EPA-funded contractors grading a toxic 19th-century cotton mill site struck a water main, sending the deadly sediment into a nearby creek. … The sediment flows carry dangerous mercury, lead, arsenic and »

The Gold King Mine Fiasco: What It Tells Us About the EPA

Featured image We have written here and here about the EPA-caused spill of three million gallons of toxic liquid into the Animas River in Colorado. Private companies that have caused environmental disasters of that magnitude (or much less) have been criminally prosecuted; in some cases, individuals have been jailed. Will the EPA face similar accountability? Just kidding. At Watts Up With That?, Paul Driessen has an excellent update on the Gold King »

The Latest Planned Parenthood Video: Utterly Appalling

Featured image The Center for Medical Progress released another Planned Parenthood video today. It once again features Holly O’Donnell, a former technician for StemExpress, one of the buyers of baby parts from Planned Parenthood. The video consists mostly of Miss O’Donnell describing an incident in which a baby’s heart was still beating, and she was instructed to cut through the baby’s face so that his brain–the baby was a boy–could be removed »

Tonight: A Live YouTube Event For VIP Members!

Featured image Tonight at 5 Pacific, 7 Central, 8 Eastern, all Power Line VIP members are invited to participate in a live YouTube event featuring the PL crew. If you are a VIP member, you should have gotten a private link to the event, and you can follow the link to watch the live discussion on YouTube, as well as submit questions or comments to which we will respond–all live! If you »

On the Server, Hillary Plays Dumb: “Like With a Cloth Or Something?”

Featured image Hillary Clinton took some questions at an event in Las Vegas today, and a reporter asked her whether she had wiped her home server clean before turning it over to the FBI, as news reports indicate. Hillary responded in her usual condescending style, failing to answer the question. When the reporter repeated it, she played dumb– “Like with a cloth or something?”–and disclaimed any knowledge of how digital devices work. »

Trump’s Immigration Folly? A Dissent [and a reply]

Featured image Experience has taught me that it is rarely a good idea to disagree with Paul, but on the merits of Donald Trump’s new set of immigration reforms, I do largely disagree. I wrote here that I think Trump’s new immigration proposals are generally sensible, although they don’t go far enough. More about that last point another time. For now, let’s take Paul’s criticisms in turn. Paul agrees that “birthright” citizenship »

The Facts On H-1B Visas

Featured image At the Center for Immigration Studies’ web site, John Siano explains what the H-1B visa is really all about: The first step in the H-1B process is for the employer to file a labor condition application (LCA). That is where the employer certifies the prevailing wage, the wage to be paid to the H-1B worker, and to other labor protection provisions. Notice that the employer determines what the prevailing wage »