Author Archives: John Hinderaker

The FBI: Still Stonewalling

Featured image Byron York has been following the saga of the Trump “dossier” and the FBI’s possible role in paying for it or using it for improper political purposes. I grew up believing that the FBI was incorruptible, but I don’t suppose anyone thinks that anymore. The Obama administration corrupted everything it touched, most emphatically including the FBI. Byron supplies some background: The dossier is a collection of what former FBI director »

Chardonnay Or Vodka?

Featured image You may have seen this tweet by Razor: Find a love that looks at you the way the press looks at Hillary. pic.twitter.com/KxPXNpWl5n — Razor (@hale_razor) September 6, 2016 I might have expected that losing would dim the press’s affection for Hillary, but I would have been wrong. Losing the election produced sympathy, not contempt. Thus Hillary’s book tour for What Happened has been a love-fest. Apparently there is not »

Trump Moves Against North Korea, Press Is Confused

Featured image Today President Trump issued an executive order that imposes financial sanctions on those who do business with North Korea: President Trump announced new U.S. financial sanctions Thursday that target North Korea and foreign companies or individuals that do business with the rogue nation…. The new penalties seek to leverage the dominance of the U.S. financial system by forcing nations to choose whether to do business with the United States or »

Trump vs. Obama On Foreign Policy

Featured image In the wake of President Trump’s excellent speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Michael Ramirez nicely contrasts Trump’s approach with that of his predecessor. It is a timely reminder of one more thing we have to be grateful for under the new administration: no more apology tours. Click to enlarge: »

The Causes of Income Inequality, Revealed

Featured image In 1995, Scott and I wrote a paper titled The Truth About Income Inequality, which was published by Center of the American Experiment, the organization I now lead. It got quite a bit of national attention, and I subsequently debated Congressman Martin Sabo, who then represented Minneapolis, on the subject at a Center-sponsored event that was televised by C-SPAN. That paper looked at the issue of income inequality from a »

Is the Earth’s Climate History Largely a Fraud?

Featured image Liberals want us to turn control of our economy over to them, not because their stewardship has been successful in the past–heh–but because if we don’t, the Earth faces imminent climate catastrophe in the form of global warming. Some (e.g., liberal reporters) accept such claims uncritically, while the rest of us want to see evidence. In this debate, there are two types of evidence. The first is the raw material »

What Happened? A Horrible Candidate Lost

Featured image So far, I have refrained from weighing in on Hillary Clinton’s post-mortem, What Happened, even though, as one of the few pundits who predicted that Donald Trump would win the presidential election, I perhaps can claim at least some insight into what happened. Why did I foresee that Trump would win? Not because I anticipated or understood what became the Trump phenomenon. Rather, because I thought that Hillary was such »

So Trump Was Right About His Campaign Being Bugged?

Featured image CNN reports that the Obama administration’s FBI wiretapped former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort: US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election, sources tell CNN, an extraordinary step involving a high-ranking campaign official now at the center of the Russia meddling probe. The government snooping continued into early this year, including a period when Manafort was known to talk to »

Pelosi Driven Off Stage By “DREAMers”

Featured image This morning, Nancy Pelosi was speaking at a press event in San Francisco when the room was invaded by more than 100 demonstrators claiming to be “DREAMers,” i.e., people who were brought to the United States illegally when they were young. The demonstrators took over the event, drowning Pelosi out and eventually driving her from the room. Their complaint was that Pelosi and her fellow Democrats have sold their families »

TV Industry Slams President Trump

Featured image I’m not sure why anyone would watch a televised awards show, and I wouldn’t have dreamed of seeing tonight’s Emmy show, which was advertised as a Trump hate-fest. The program is being hosted by Stephen Colbert, who has revived his career by doing pretty much nothing other than ripping the president. Presumably you didn’t see it either, but the Associated Press’s account confirms that we didn’t miss anything: “Saturday Night »

Associated Press Says: Don’t Cut Taxes!

Featured image The Associated Press is one of many “news” outlets that has gone into overt opposition, now that we have a Republican rather than a Democrat in the White House. Today’s AP “Top News” feature is headlined: Doubts arise on whether corporate tax cut would boost growth. The passive voice is generally a giveaway. Where, exactly, are doubts “arising”? Trump insists that slashing the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to »

The New Yorker Cover that Never Ran

Featured image To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, one must have a heart of stone to view the cover that the New Yorker intended to run to commemorate Hillary Clinton’s election as president without laughing: The painting, by Malika Favre, is called “The First.” The Washington Post’s report will bring a smile to your face: It’s the “what if” cover — the image that the New Yorker planned to run if Hillary Clinton had »

Fight of the Decade: Golovkin vs. Alvarez

Featured image The most eagerly-awaited boxing match in years will take place tomorrow night, when Saul “Canelo” Alvarez challenges Gennady (GGG) Golovkin for the undisputed middleweight title of the world in Las Vegas. Golovkin (37-0) has never been beaten and has never been knocked down. Alvarez (49-1-1) has lost only once, to Floyd Mayweather. Golovkin is from Kazakhstan, where he started fighting as a child. He boxed extensively as an amateur, compiling »

Health Care Reform Is Not Dead

Featured image Earlier today, a group of Republicans including Lindsey Graham, Bill Cassidy, Dean Heller, Ron Johnson and former Senator Rick Santorum unveiled a new Obamacare replacement plan. It isn’t just a concept, but has been reduced to actual legislation. Despite reservations that some may have about the proposal’s sponsors, early reviews by conservatives have been positive. The Graham-Cassidy proposal partially repeals Obamacare and turns power over to the states. These are »

Democratic Party Smears Neil Gorsuch As a Bigot

Featured image I am not easily shocked these days, but an email sent by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee an hour and a half ago shocked me. First the email, then my comments on it. Click to enlarge: The Supreme Court is not currently in session and issuing opinions, so I was puzzled as to what the Democratic Party was talking about. After a little poking around, I found that the Court »

James Comey In the Dock? And More

Featured image I think Sarah Sanders is a terrific press secretary. In her press briefing today, she handled the White House press corps with her usual aplomb. The White House emphasized President Trump’s efforts toward a bipartisan tax reform bill, but James Comey also came up, repeatedly: Q [by New York Times reporter] Is the President aware that Steve Bannon described firing James Comey as the biggest mistake in modern political history? »

Are Republicans Fleeing Congress Because of Trump?

Featured image The Associated Press headlines, gleefully: “Republicans jumping ship amid dissatisfaction in Trump era.” This is part of the AP’s daily campaign against President Trump; it sounds as though people are abandoning the GOP in droves. Actually, the point is much more limited: Veteran Republicans are bailing on Congress in growing numbers, as GOP control of Washington fails to produce the unity or legislative successes party leaders wish for. With President »