Author Archives: John Hinderaker

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 »

What’s the Difference Between Gen. Petraeus’s Violation of 18 USC § 1924 and Hillary’s?

Featured image Hillary’s violations are a lot more serious. Of course, President Obama’s Department of Justice probably won’t see any obligation to be consistent, but people are starting to notice. As evidenced by this typically topical cartoon by Michael Ramirez. Click to enlarge: »

Hillary: Taking Fire In the Popular Culture

Featured image This is just one data point, but it is consistent with a broader observation that Queen Hillary is not being treated with the deference that she thinks she deserves in the popular culture. The cover of this week’s Mad magazine: Politicians can survive a lot, but the one thing they generally can’t survive is becoming an object of ridicule. Hillary may be arriving at that point. »

The Latest Planned Parenthood Video: Did the Mothers Really Consent?

Featured image The latest Center for Medical Progress Planned Parenthood video was released yesterday. It features Holly O’Donnell, the same young woman who appeared in a prior video. O’Donnell, who describes herself in the most recent video as pro-life, is a former blood and tissue procurement technician for StemExpress, which buys babies’ body parts from Planned Parenthood. The main theme of this installment is that, contrary to PP’s repeated assurances, it isn’t »

Media Alert

Featured image I will be guest hosting the Laura Ingraham radio show tomorrow. The show airs live from 9 to 12 a.m., Eastern. You can go here to find a station in your area. If you miss the show live, you can get highlights via podcast on iTunes, and it also airs later in the day on various stations. Guests will include Senator Marco Rubio, John Hawkins of Right Wing News, Michael »

U.S. Is Home to a Record 42.1 Million Immigrants

Featured image Monthly census data indicate that there are now 42.1 million foreign-born residents of the United States, the highest total in our history. This includes both legal and illegal immigrants. For perspective, the entire population of Canada is 35 million. The census data indicate 12.1 million Mexicans–10% of Mexico’s population–are living here either legally or illegally. Immigrants now represent 13.3% of the population of the U.S., the highest proportion in 105 »

Is Hillary’s Campaign Doomed?

Featured image Democrats are in panic mode over Hillary Clinton’s sinking political ship. Hillary was already sliding in the polls, but the most recent blow–the FBI has taken possession of her home email server–threatens to be fatal. I don’t know whether Hillary will be criminally prosecuted–that is up to the Obama administration, so presumably it is unlikely. But she certainly has reason for concern. The obvious precedent is the prosecution of General »

EPA Is “Upset” About Three Million Gallon Animas River Spill

Featured image We wrote here and here about the Environmental Protection Agency’s colossal, three million gallon spill of mining waste containing lead, arsenic and other toxic substances into the Animas River in Colorado. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says the agency is very sorry: “We want to reassure everyone that the EPA does take full responsibility for the spill,” which took place at the long-closed mine north of Durango, she said. “No agency »

The Power Line Show, Episode 24: Kristen Soltis Anderson and, Is Hillary’s Campaign Crumbling?

Featured image This morning John, Paul and Steve got together for Episode 24 of the Power Line Show. We were joined by Kristen Soltis Anderson, author of The Selfie Vote: Where Millenials Are Leading America (And How Republicans Can Keep Up). It was a wide-ranging interview with one of America’s most interesting young conservatives. The interview was followed by a spirited discussion of two of the day’s most important news stories. The »

EPA Says: Do As We Say, Not As We Do

Featured image Steve wrote here about the Environmental Protection Agency’s accidental release of mining waste containing arsenic and lead into the Animas River in Colorado. The spill is a disaster of the first magnitude, as the river has been turned a bright, toxic orange: The EPA is sorry about the spill. Administrator Gina McCarthy says the spill is “really a tragic and very unfortunate incident.” She added that the EPA is “taking »

The Plight of the Unarmed Perp

Featured image On the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death, the Washington Post published a long article on shootings of unarmed black men that was intended to be racially inflammatory. The subheading was: “A year after Michael Brown’s fatal shooting, unarmed black men are seven times more likely than whites to die by police gunfire.” But the Post’s actual findings were considerably less dramatic: So far this year, 24 unarmed black men have »

Is The Administration’s Position on Global Warming Scientific?

Featured image Across a broad range of issues, liberals ignore the relevant science. Perhaps global warming is foremost on this list. For an elegant, brief statement of why this is true, let’s turn to climate scientist Judith Curry. This is an excerpt from her observations on Obama’s “Clean Power Plan.” Do you think Obama’s messaging about climate change is true to the science? Well, the one thing you don’t hear President Obama »

Bob Reich, Down and Dirty on Iran

Featured image Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor, has become a darling of the far left.’s emails sometimes feature his laughably old-school-left videos. But he is still viewed as an important and mainstream supporter of the Obama administration. Yesterday, Reich went on Facebook to join in the administration’s campaign of vilification against those who oppose its deal with Iran’s mullahs. He started on a conciliatory note: Although there are important arguments »

Media Alert

Featured image I will be filling in for Laura Ingraham during hours two and three of her radio show tomorrow. That will be from 10 to 12 a.m., Eastern. You can go here find a station in your area. If you miss the show live, you can get highlights via podcast on iTunes. Guests will include Byron York and Alex Epstein, president and founder of the Center for Industrial Progress. It should »