Author Archives: John Hinderaker

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 »

Two Officers Shot In Ferguson [Updated With Video]

Featured image Two police officers were gunned down outside the Ferguson, Missouri police department late last night, during a “mostly peaceful” protest: A 32-year-old officer from suburban Webster Groves was shot in the face and a 41-year-old officer from St. Louis County was shot in the shoulder, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said. Both were taken to a local hospital, where Belmar said they were conscious. He said he did »

Hillary’s Presidential Hopes, Deleted

Featured image In my opinion, the current email controversy represents a death knell for Hillary Clinton’s presidential hopes. Not because her crude deception is decisive in itself–although in some voters’ minds, it may be–but because it reminds us of what a lousy, unlikable, not-very-competent candidate she is. Hillary was inevitable in 2008. The stars couldn’t have been better aligned. But she couldn’t close the deal–even with Democrats!–because the truth is, she isn’t »

John Kerry Goes Ballistic Over Senate Letter

Featured image John Kerry testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this morning on the proposed authorization for the use of military force against ISIS. Along the way, a Democratic member of the committee gave Kerry the opportunity to unleash a prepared tirade against the now-famous open letter that has been signed by 47 Senate Republicans. The letter is here. It is brief and seemingly non-controversial. It is worth reading the letter »

Iran’s Government Strikes Back Against Congress

Featured image FARS is Iran’s semi-official news agency. It collaborates closely with the regime and publishes the regime’s talking points. So what FARS has to say, in English, about the open letter to Iran’s leaders drafted by Tom Cotton and signed by 47 senators, is of interest, as it no doubt reflects the thinking of the Supreme Leader and his minions. FARS responds to the letter with an attack on Congress. Interestingly, »

Deleter In Chief

Featured image The New York Post’s cover this morning hilariously sums up public reaction to Hillary Clinton’s presser yesterday. Click to enlarge: My fear is that this is all happening too soon, and there is plenty of time for the Democrats to ditch Hillary and substitute a better candidate. »

What Hillary Said, and What She Didn’t

Featured image Paul has summed up very well the high points of Hillary Clinton’s presser this afternoon. You can read the transcript here. On the most fundamental question, Hillary said, in essence, “That’s my story and I’m sticking to it”: First, the laws and regulations in effect when I was secretary of state allowed me to use my email for work. That is undisputed. But did they allow her to use a »

The Left’s New Definition of Treason

Featured image Tom Cotton and 46 other senators have published an open letter to the government of Iran, in which they lay out the constitutional framework within which a president of the United States can negotiate international agreements. They point out that under Article II of the Constitution, an agreement with Iran has the status of a treaty only if it is ratified by two-thirds of the Senate. Otherwise, it is a »

Another “Unarmed Black Teenager” Incident in Wisconsin

Featured image In Madison, Wisconsin, 19-year-old Tony Robinson was shot and killed by a police officer last Friday evening. Robinson was unarmed at the time. His death has led to the usual protests; this is how the Huffington Post describes a demonstration that took place today: Almost 2,000 students marched in Madison, Wisconsin on Monday to protest the fatal police shooting of an unarmed biracial teenager, while his family demanded justice and »

A War of Obama’s Making

Featured image Scott wrote this morning about the letter to Iran’s leaders that was written by Senator Tom Cotton and signed by 47 Senate Republicans. The letter warns Iran that President Obama has no constitutional authority to bind the United States government beyond his term in office. If any agreement is submitted to the Senate and approved as a treaty, then it will have the force of law, but that is not »

Paul Krugman Takes on the Pizza Lobby

Featured image Paul Krugman’s latest column is titled “Pepperoni Turns Partisan.” It is a trivial piece; years ago, Krugman apparently resolved never to spend more than half an hour on any column, and he isn’t pushing the envelope here. Still, it has entertainment value. Krugman begins: If you want to know what a political party really stands for, follow the money. … So what do contributions in the last election cycle say? »

Selma and Illegal Immigration

Featured image There is much that could be said about Selma and about today’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the march, but for the moment I want to focus on the purported connection between the civil rights movement and illegal immigration. Amnesty advocates have tried to piggy-back on the Selma anniversary, an effort that was supported yesterday by President Obama: Deporting illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children »

Does Anyone Fact-Check the President?

Featured image Over the years, we have been struck repeatedly by how often President Obama is wrong. Not how often we disagree with him, but how often he is just plain wrong, on matters of history, science and so on. Obama has a blithe willingness to assert false propositions of fact, apparently without fear of correction. I suppose that is because the Democratic press has little incentive to point out his errors. »

The Power Line Show, Episode 11: The News of the Day

Featured image Scott, Paul and I got together this afternoon for Episode 11 of the Power Line Show. We talked about the news of the day, including: Is Hillary finished? Did the Obama administration target Robert Menendez to get even with him for not toeing Obama’s foreign policy line? And what will the Supreme Court do with King v. Burwell? Tune in to the Power Line Show for in-depth analysis of the »

The Democrats’ Hillary Problem: They Have No One Else

Featured image If accused of schadenfreude, I plead guilty. I am enjoying watching Hillary twist in the wind, as Democratic politicians conspicuously refrain from coming to her defense, Democratic reporters feel obliged to cover the story of her secret email system, and–best of all–it appears that the story broke when it did because the White House fed it to the New York Times. Another skirmish in the war between the Obamas and »