Author Archives: John Hinderaker

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 »

Menendez to Vote Against Iran Deal

Featured image Senator Bob Menendez announced today that he will oppose the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran. He articulated his reasons for voting against the agreement eloquently: “I have looked into my own soul and my devotion to principle may once again lead me to an unpopular course, but if Iran is to acquire a nuclear bomb, it will not have my name on it.” “President Obama continues to erroneously say »

Wednesday: A Live YouTube Event For VIP Members!

Featured image On Wednesday August 19, 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. We will email a private link to all VIP members tomorrow, 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 are not »

CNN Forgets to Mention Op-Ed Writer Is a Million Dollar Bundler For Hillary

Featured image CNN carried an op-ed today in its Opinion section titled, “Hillary Clinton revived America’s reputation in world.” The piece, by Eleni Kounalakis, was a paean to Hillary’s wonderfulness as Secretary of State. It took issue with those who say she has no accomplishments: In a recent opinion piece posted on CNN, Carly Fiorina launched a deeply unfair and profoundly inaccurate attack on Hillary Clinton’s record as secretary of state. Fiorina »

Hard Data on Mass Shooting Incidents

Featured image About two weeks ago, the Congressional Research Service published a paper titled “Mass Murder with Firearms: Incidents and Victims, 1999-2013.” The primary author is William Krouse, a specialist in domestic security and crime policy. The CRS paper defines three kinds of “mass shootings”: * “mass public shooting” means a multiple homicide incident in which four or more victims are murdered with firearms—not including the offender(s)—within one event, and at least »

Donald Trump’s Immigration Proposals: Mainstream and Popular [Updated]

Featured image Immigration has been Donald Trump’s signature issue, but until now his approach to the topic has been confused. He has talked almost exclusively about illegal immigration, without seeming to recognize that our irrational immigration laws are a big part of the problem: thus his calls to build a fence with a “big beautiful door” for legal immigrants. Moreover, in an interview a week or so ago, he appeared to approve »

Associated Press Says: Tom Cotton Was Right!

Featured image This Associated Press story, headlined “Obama can do Iran nuclear deal even if Congress disapproves,” is getting a lot of attention: The September vote on the Iran nuclear deal is billed as a titanic standoff between President Barack Obama and Congress. Yet even if U.S. lawmakers reject the agreement, it’s not game-over for the White House. A congressional vote of disapproval would not prevent Obama from acting on his own »

Hillary Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda Followed the Law

Featured image Campaigning in Iowa, Hillary Clinton employed a typical dodge in discussing her email server scandal: [T]here are disputes going on, among agencies, about what shoulda, coulda, woulda, been done back four years, five, six years ago…. Ah, yes, the endless second-guessing to which poor Hillary is subjected! And it’s about ancient history, too, when she was Secretary of State. Who can remember back that far? Well, for starters, Hillary shoulda, »

Wiping Israel Off the Map

Featured image If Israelis aren’t paranoid, they should be. Every time they turn around, someone is trying to wipe their country off the map. Literally. These stories keep on coming: Poundland is a discount chain in the United Kingdom that offered a globe for sale. So, you know, it’s important to be geographically accurate. Here is the eastern Mediterranean region: Oops! No Israel! But there is a place called “Palestine.” Now, Israel »

Who Lost Iraq?

Featured image Hugh Hewitt has been making news regularly lately. If you haven’t been listening to his radio show, you should. Tonight I was driving home from work and heard the following exchange between Hugh and Lindsey Graham. First, this observation: Graham is not my favorite Republican by any means, but he is smart and generally sound on foreign policy. In addition, he has been personally involved in some key events of »

Socialism: The Most Corrupt Path to Great Wealth

Featured image Hugo Chavez, deceased President of Venezuela, is still revered on the international left. Chavez was a vicious socialist: The rich are evil! The rich are lazy! Confiscate their money! Now we know what he did with it. Diario las Americas, as translated and reported by the Daily Mail, says that Chavez’s daughter Maria Gabriela Chavez has stashed away a cool $4 billion: The daughter of Hugo Chavez, the former president »