Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Netanyahu Clarifies His Stance On Two States

Featured image It was widely reported that, during the last days of the Israeli election campaign, Prime Minister Netanyahu told his supporters that there would never be a Palestinian state as long as he was in office. This provoked howls of outrage, including a threat by the Obama administration to join with anti-Israel forces in the United Nations to press for recognition of a Palestinian state based on Israel’s 1967 borders: [W]ith »

Terms of Proposed Iran Deal Leaked

Featured image Obama administration officials have leaked to the Associated Press an outline of the deal they are pursuing with Iran’s mullahs. What is striking is how little benefit Iran’s adversaries will receive in exchange for the immediate lifting of sanctions, even assuming that Iran honors the agreement: Officials said the tentative deal imposes new limits on the number of centrifuges Iran can operate to enrich uranium, a process that can lead »

The Power Line Show: Episode 12, with Marco Rubio

Featured image Steve, Paul and I got together yesterday afternoon to record Episode 12 of the Power Line Show. Foreign affairs dominated in the form of Iran and the election in Israel, but we also talked about the Republicans’ need to coordinate on the budget and wrapped with conversation about the 2016 GOP presidential field. The show is highlighted by an interview with Senator Marco Rubio, who explained his reasons for signing »

Will Obama Punish Israel for Re-electing Netanyahu?

Featured image Politico reports on the Obama administration’s reaction to yesterday’s election results in Israel. The Obama administration is fuming, as you might expect. Still, this is deeply ironic: Israel has re-elected a leader who is pro-American, who shares our values, who is popular with the American people–more popular, in fact, than our own president–and our administration is outraged. This is the upside-down Age of Obama. To be pro-American is now bad, »

Populism On Immigration Is the Winning Message

Featured image Today the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest held a hearing on the displacement of American workers through the H-1B and related guest worker programs. Among the witnesses was Prof. Hal Salzman of Rutgers. This exchange pretty much says it all, with regard to the fictitious “STEM shortage.” Q. Prof. Salzman, in an article that appeared in U.S. News and World Report, you wrote, “guest workers »

With Exit Polls Looking Hopeful, Netanyahu Tries to Form Government [Updated]

Featured image The polls have closed in Israel, which means that information on exit polls can now be published. With a major caveat–we have seen in the U.S. how far off the mark exit polls can be–it seems that they look pretty positive for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: The first exit polls were released Tuesday at 10 p.m. as voting closed in elections for the 20th Knesset, suggesting a surprisingly good showing »

The Obama Administration’s Attack on the Constitution: Part 2, Environmental Protection Agency

Featured image The Environmental Protection Agency has long been in the forefront of Obama administration lawlessness. Don’t forget: before Hillary Clinton’s secret email server came to light, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson was conducting government business off the books as “Richard Windsor,” which, she explained when caught, was the name of her dog. The EPA’s current usurpation, an effort to remake America’s power supply system, is much more serious. The EPA has proposed »

The Obama Administration’s Attack on the Constitution: Part 1, Immigration

Featured image When the history of Barack Obama’s presidency is written, his unrelenting attack on the Constitution will perhaps be the blackest mark against it. Our constitutional system is, in the end, fragile. It can scarcely withstand the repeated assaults, over a period of eight years, of an executive determined to ignore the law. Immigration is one of a number of areas where Barack Obama has trampled the Constitution without even the »

Good News: Iran’s Negotiators Raise Cotton Letter

Featured image From Switzerland, a rare bit of good news with regard to the ongoing negotiations over Iran’s nuclear weapons program: Iranian diplomats twice confronted their American counterparts about an open letter from Republican senators who warned that any nuclear deal could expire the day President Barack Obama leaves office, a senior U.S. official said Monday. The official, noting the administration’s warnings when the letter first surfaced, said the GOP intervention was »

Liberals Don’t Understand the First Amendment–or the Climate, Either

Featured image We have written a number of times about the Left’s effort to smear scientists who don’t toe the alarmist line on global warming. Apart from generally suggesting that “deniers” be jailed, liberals are trying to discredit realist scientists by claiming that they are funded by the fossil fuel industry or other supposedly nefarious interests. This is hugely ironic. The American environmental movement is paid for in part by oil interests–Russian »

A Funeral In Wisconsin

Featured image I wrote here about the sad case of Tony Robinson, who, apparently on drugs or otherwise impaired, jumped in front of cars on the street outside his apartment, attacked two people inside the building, and, when a police officer responded to calls for help, assaulted the officer, who shot him. Robinson’s funeral was today. The Associated Press reports: Friends and family remembered a 19-year-old biracial Wisconsin man fatally shot by »

Saudi Arabia Sees the Handwriting on the Wall

Featured image The Obama administration insists that it is negotiating an agreement with Iran that will prevent that country from acquiring nuclear weapons–for a while, anyway. Critics of the negotiations, as reflected in the interim agreement already reached and in news reports of the discussions in progress, suspect that the deal Obama has in mind will facilitate, not prevent, a nuclear Iran. As reported, the deal will sunset in ten years, leaving »

Is Hugh Hewitt the GOP’s Warwick? [Updated]

Featured image It is no secret that Hugh Hewitt is 1) our personal friend, 2) the guy who more than anyone else helped this web site get off the ground back in 2002, and 3) in our view, one of the most perceptive pundits on the contemporary scene. It is nice to see that the rest of the world is catching up. The National Journal headlines: “IT HAD TO BE HUGH: Why »

Do We Need More Immigration to Fill STEM Jobs?

Featured image One of the great immigration myths is the “STEM” shortage. One of Senator Jeff Sessions’ staffers emails a reminder of an upcoming committee hearing: Just a reminder on Tuesday’s Judiciary Committee oversight hearing investigating the endemic abuse of the H-1B, L-1 and B-1 visas. Southern California Edison recently laid off approximately 500 American workers and forced them to train their H-1B replacements; this practice is widespread – whether it’s the »

Poll: Americans Don’t Trust Hillary [Updated With Video]

Featured image Vox Populi Polling conducted a telephone poll of 909 “active voters” in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s email debacle. The findings: Not only do the majority of Americans, 52 percent, not trust Hillary Clinton, but 57 percent of Independents either somewhat distrust or greatly distrust her. A plurality of voters believe that Clinton intentionally withheld information and 68 percent believe that she risked American security. … Among those polled, 55 »

Obama Administration Asks 5th Circuit to Stay Immigration Order

Featured image We wrote here about the preliminary injunction issued by a federal court in Texas that barred the Obama administration from implementing the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (“DAPA”) program that was announced by DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson. The DAPA program would, in effect, legalize several million immigrants who are illegal under federal law, and would issue work permits to them, also contrary to federal law. »

How Barack Obama Undercut Bush Administration’s Nuclear Negotiations With Iran

Featured image In 2008, the Bush administration, along with the “six powers,” was negotiating with Iran concerning that country’s nuclear arms program. The Bush administration’s objective was to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. On July 20, 2008, the New York Times headlined: “Nuclear Talks With Iran End in a Deadlock.” What caused the talks to founder? The Times explained: Iran responded with a written document that failed to address the main »