Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Raise the Minimum Wage, Kill Companies and Jobs

Featured image A number of cities across the country have enacted dramatic increases in the minimum wage. This has caused a great deal of harm, but on the plus side, it has enabled research on the economic consequences of mandating wages at higher than market rates. This study was carried out under the auspices of the Harvard Business School by Dara Lee Luca and Michael Luca: We study the impact of the »

Allahu Akbar!

Featured image A 39-year-old man named Kori Ali Muhammad went on a rampage in Fresno today: A man shot and killed three people in downtown Fresno on Tuesday before surrendering to authorities, the Fresno Police Department said. The suspect was identified as Kori Ali Muhammad, a 39-year-old man who was wanted in connection with the shooting death of a security guard outside a motel Thursday, said Police Chief Jerry Dyer. The FBI »

Media Alert [Updated]

Featured image I will guest host Laura Ingraham’s radio show tomorrow from 9 to 12 a.m. Eastern. We have an excellent lineup of guests, on everything from global warming to foreign policy. I am most looking forward to talking with Congressman Jason Lewis–my congressman and long-time friend–about going from being a radio talk show host to Washington. It should be a fun show. You can go here to find a radio station »

Post-Brexit Britain Will Drop Renewable Energy Commitments

Featured image The Telegraph reports that post-Brexit, Britain’s government intends to shelve renewable energy commitments that will dramatically increase energy costs to British consumers: Britain is preparing to scrap EU green energy targets which will add more than £100 to the average energy bill as part of a bonfire of red tape after Brexit. The UK is currently committed to getting 15 per cent of all energy from renewable sources such as »

Donald Trump Asks a Good Question

Featured image Yesterday the Democrats organized Tax Day rallies across the country, where lefties demanded that President Trump release his tax returns. They generally weren’t well attended, but they achieved their principal purpose, which was to generate headlines in friendly newspapers–i.e., all of them. It was a coordinated national effort, so President Trump asked the obvious question: “Someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies yesterday. The election is »

VIP Live Event on Wednesday!

Featured image On Wednesday at 7 p.m. Central we will do a live event for Power Line VIPs. If you have signed up for the VIP program (at only $4 a month or $40 a year!) you will get an email containing a YouTube link that allows you to attend the event. You can also ask questions or make comments. We are hoping–health and technology permitting–that Norman Podhoretz will join us as »

Happy Easter…

Featured image …to all of our Christian readers and friends! Easter’s eternal message of hope and renewal seems more desperately needed than ever this year. But, then, it seems that way every year. We hope you enjoy the day! »

The Stars In Their Courses

Featured image In Syria, in Afghanistan, in North Korea, in Russia and Iran, the wheel is in spin. No one knows what will happen. Will President Trump’s suddenly assertive foreign policy be vindicated? I hope so. I agree with Charles Krauthammer that America is back, and with Paul that kicking the can down the road on North Korea–Obama’s foreign policy, when he wasn’t actively trying to undermine American interests–is no longer viable. »

Solar Power: An Environmental Disaster

Featured image Solar power is expensive, unreliable and environmentally destructive. So it doesn’t come into being through consumer demand; rather, by government fiat or subsidy. The federal government controls the military, so, sadly, our armed forces have been dragged into the government’s alleged fight against “climate change” to a humiliating degree. The Minnesota National Guard’s facility at Camp Ripley, Minnesota, is a case in point. Yesterday, an array of public officials hailed »

How Many Countries Conspired Against Trump?

Featured image The Guardian adds to our knowledge of how the Obama administration and its allies overseas tried to discredit Donald Trump. (For purposes of this post, I assume that everything the Guardian says is true, even though it is based on anonymous sources who are pursuing their personal and political interests.) Britain’s spy agencies played a crucial role in alerting their counterparts in Washington to contacts between members of Donald Trump’s »

Bombs Away!

Featured image One of the liberal media’s themes these days is that President Trump has changed his position on a variety of issues. I think this is about 25% true and 75% false. What is most notable, I think, is how strongly Trump has moved to fulfill his campaign promises. One of many areas where President Trump is doing exactly what he said he would do is the war against ISIS. On »

One-Man “Religious Police” Force Spooks Minneapolis

Featured image Is this a freakish one-off, or a portent of things to come? The Star Tribune reports: A man trying to impose what he calls “the civil part of the sharia law” in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis has sparked anger among local residents and Muslim leaders. Abdullah Rashid, 22, a Georgia native who moved to Cedar-Riverside last year, has been making the rounds in the Somali-dominated neighborhood, telling people not »

Europe On Edge Over Dortmund Bombing

Featured image Paul wrote last night about an apparent terrorist attack on a bus that was driving the Borussia Dortmund soccer team to a quarterfinal European Champions League soccer match against Monaco. Three pipe bombs were placed along the bus’s route, loaded with projectiles to kill and maim as many people as possible. The bombs went off, but miraculously no one was killed, and only one Dortmund player was injured. German authorities »

Quick Hits

Featured image At CNN, liberal Chris Cillizza writes about Sean Spicer’s Hitler/chemical warfare gaffe: White House press secretary Sean Spicer forgot the first rule of politics during a press briefing on Tuesday: Never, ever compare anyone or anything to Adolf Hitler. Has Cillizza just returned from a 20-year exile in Albania? Did he miss #bushitler? Is he really unaware that most of his fellow Democrats can’t utter a sentence about President Trump »

A Shoe Drops: Obama Administration Spied On Carter Page [Updated]

Featured image I assume this Washington Post story is true: “FBI obtained FISA warrant to monitor former Trump adviser Carter Page.” It confirms what has been sporadically reported since late last year, that the Obama administration sought and ultimately received a FISA order to spy on at least one associate of Donald Trump. So Trump’s famous tweets were, in substance, true. The FBI obtained a secret court order last summer to monitor »

Claremont Rioters To Be Punished?

Featured image We wrote here about the disgraceful shutting down of a speech by Heather Mac Donald at Claremont McKenna College last week. The Brownshirts who blocked access to the building where Heather was to speak included Claremont students as well as outsiders. The campus police did nothing to impede the mob; if anything, it appeared that they were there in order to protect the rioters. No doubt CMC has taken a »

NRA vs. NYT

Featured image Get out the popcorn: the nation’s largest and most effective civil rights organization has declared war on the New York Times. The Times is running an ad campaign portraying itself as a purveyor of truth, a claim that is met with hollow laughter by those who are familiar with the paper’s sordid history. Into the breach steps National Rifle Association commentator Dana Loesch, who–unlike anyone who writes about guns for »