Author Archives: John Hinderaker

More on James T. Hodgkinson [Updated]

Featured image James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois has been identified as the man who shot Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others this morning. Hodgkinson is described by a friend: “He was this union tradesman, pretty stocky, and we stayed up talking politics,” he said. “He was more on the really progressive side of things.” As has been widely reported, Hodgkinson is a rabid Bernie Sanders supporter. He considers Hillary Clinton to »

VIP Live, Tonight!

Featured image Tonight, starting at 7 p.m. Central time, we are doing a VIP Live event. If you are a VIP member, you will get an email with a link to a live YouTube address where you can watch the event and submit your own comments and questions. We won’t have a guest this time, it will be the Power Line crew talking about the issues of the day, and responding to »

An Investigation of Nothing

Featured image It was said of the Seinfeld show that it was a TV program about nothing. It occurred to me, reading the transcript of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee this afternoon, that the “Russia investigation”–this part of it, anyway–is also about nothing. Sessions must have wondered, at times, why in the world he was there. He testified that he knew nothing about the alleged Russian spear »

Tune In Tomorrow to VIP Live

Featured image Tomorrow, starting at 7 p.m. Central time, we are doing a VIP Live event. If you are a VIP member, you will get an email with a link to a live YouTube address where you can watch the event and submit your own comments and questions. We won’t have a guest this time, it will be the Power Line crew talking about the issues of the day, and responding to »

Sessions’ Testimony Should Reveal Absurdity of “Russia Investigation”

Featured image Tomorrow afternoon Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify publicly, and I assume on television, before the Senate Intelligence Committee. The Associated Press previews Sessions’ appearance as though it were a cage match, but I am pretty sure it will be anticlimactic, if not embarrassing, for the Democrats. Because it will raise, in bald form, the question: what the heck are you investigating? The AP writes: The hearing will bring sharp »

The Summer’s Big Event Is Just Five Days Away

Featured image If you live within driving distance of the Twin Cities, you shouldn’t miss it. On the evening of June 17, the activist organization that I run, Center of the American Experiment, will hold its Annual Dinner. The Center’s Annual Dinner is the biggest conservative event in this part of the country. We have hosted speakers like Margaret Thatcher, Mikhail Gorbachev, the first President Bush, Henry Kissinger, Charles Krauthammer, and many »

Anti-Fascist Fascists: A Sign of the Times

Featured image I totally missed the rise of the “alt-right.” Despite being personally acquainted with hundreds if not thousands of conservative activists, I had never heard of the “alt-right” until Democrats started talking about it during the last election season. Similarly, the “antifa” movement–antifa being short for antifascist–sprang up from nowhere. The difference being, I think, that the antifa movement actually exists. I know it exists because antifas keep starting fights. Yesterday »

How Soon They Forget!

Featured image As so often happens, the correction of the day comes from the New York Times: Correction: June 10, 2017 An article on Tuesday about plans by the Trump Organization to create a new three-star hotel chain with a patriotic flair, known as American Idea, that would echo President Trump’s pledge to put America first misstated the year of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. They occurred in »

Proof That James Comey Misled the Senate Intelligence Committee [Updated]

Featured image In his written testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, James Comey made a point of saying that he wrote memoranda documenting all of his conversations with Donald Trump, something he didn’t feel compelled to do regarding his (very few) conversations with Barack Obama. In his appearance before the committee, Comey broadened this claim to include President George W. Bush, under whom he served as Deputy Attorney General. The reason, he »

Dodd-Frank Repeal Illustrates Why It’s Time to Get Rid of the Filibuster

Featured image Yesterday the House of Representatives passed legislation to repeal Dodd-Frank on a 233-to-186 vote, with all Democrats voting to retain the failed law. It is important to understand that Dodd-Frank was an ill-conceived disaster. It has driven community banks out of business because they can’t afford the red tape, thereby increasing the market shares of a handful of mega-banks. It has hurt small business, which relies on community banks for »

What It Takes To Be Fired by CNN

Featured image CNN has joined the New York Times and the Washington Post (along with the perennially hysterical MSNBC) in the front rank of the Resistance to America’s duly elected government. Cranking out over-the-top anti-Trump propaganda is mostly what the network does these days. But even at CNN, there are limits. First the network fired “comedian” Kathy Griffin from what was apparently her only CNN gig, co-hosting the network’s New Year’s Eve »

U.K. Disaster?

Featured image The Labour party has been eclipsed under the inept leadership of far-left Jeremy Corbyn. Theresa May called an early election, planning to land a knockout punch, and the early polls looked like a sweeping Tory victory. But for some reason, polls shifted strongly to Labour over the last couple of weeks. This is surprising for a couple of reasons. First, Jeremy Corbyn is an almost unbelievably bad politician. Hillary Clinton »

CNN Bungles Comey Testimony

Featured image CNN has been competing with MSNBC to see who can come up with the most over-the-top attacks on President Trump. And when an agenda is at stake, accuracy is secondary at best. Tuesday evening, CNN tweeted that James Comey was expected to deny President Trump’s claim that Comey had told Trump he was not being investigated: Comey expected to refute Trump's assertion that Trump was told he was not under »

James Comey, Novelist

Featured image James Comey has a story to tell, and in his account, there is no doubt about who is the hero. Comey, by reputation, has a monumental ego. His prepared testimony for the Senate Intelligence Committee, which you can read here, is consistent with that image. It is also clear that Comey is a consummate creature of Washington. Comey’s narrative suggests that from the beginning, he viewed President Trump with suspicion »

AP Worries: Fewer Illegal Immigrants Getting Food Stamps

Featured image The mere election of Donald Trump has had salutary effects with regard to illegal immigration. Reportedly, for example, the number of people trying to enter the country illegally has dropped dramatically. The Associated Press hasn’t expressed an opinion on that trend, to my knowledge, but it is concerned about a similar phenomenon: fewer illegal immigrants are signing up for food stamps. A crackdown on illegal immigration under President Donald Trump »

80 Charts that Show Global Warming Hysteria Is a Fraud

Featured image From the No Tricks Zone come 80 charts, with lots of commentary, that refute the liberals’ politically-motivated, fake news about climate. Last year there were at least 60 peer-reviewed papers published in scientific journals demonstrating that today’s warming isn’t global, unprecedented, or remarkable. Just within the last 5 months, 58 more papers and 80 new graphs have been published that continue to undermine the popularized conception of a slowly cooling »

News Stories Having Nothing to Do With Islam

Featured image The terror attack on the London Bridge had nothing to do with Islam. In that respect, it had a lot of company: the news is full of stories having nothing to do with Islam. Here are a few from today’s papers. A much longer list could easily be compiled. ***** The Associated Press reports on “Stories from London attack survivors.” Daniel O’Neill, 23, had just stepped outside a pub near »