Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Media Alert

Featured image I will be guest hosting Laura Ingraham’s radio show tomorrow; it airs live from 9 to 12 Eastern. You can go here find a station in your area. It should be an exciting, guest-filled show, with lots of news to talk about: Charleston, the Vatican, Harvard, the Obama administration’s war on the poor. If you miss the show live, you can get highlights via podcast on iTunes. »

Blumenthal Email Confirms: Libya Was To Be Hillary’s Crowning Accomplishment

Featured image Paul wrote earlier today about the trove of Libya-related emails that Sidney Blumenthal has turned over to a House committee. The emails are embarrassing to Hillary Clinton because she received the emails from Blumenthal, but apparently failed to produce them to the committee. For the most part, these emails have not yet been made public, but National Review has exclusively obtained one of them; it is reproduced in full below. »

Someone Tell the Pope: Environmentalism Crushes the Poor

Featured image Yesterday the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity released a report that documents how the Obama administration’s war on coal (and on cheap energy generally) has hurt poor and middle-class Americans. While I can’t vouch for the calculations, the report is an impressive piece of work, based on energy consumption and price data from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration, along with data from the Census Bureau and »

The Queen: Buy It, Read It, Share It

Featured image Hugh Hewitt’s new book The Queen: The Epic Ambition of Hillary and the Coming of a Second “Clinton Era” is now available at Amazon. I’ve got a review copy, but haven’t had time to read it yet. No matter: Hugh’s stated purpose is to outline the path that Hillary can take to the White House, in hopes that a wiser GOP can respond in time. Hugh reminds us that, while »

Rachel Dolezal: The Silver Lining

Featured image A reader writes, expanding on a point that I made here: Maybe there is a silver lining to the Rachel Dolezal / Sen. Elizabeth Warren race frauds. If racial identity and gender identity have become matters of personal preference, i.e., how you choose to identify yourself is how the world should treat you, then the entire race-based / gender-based affirmative action apparatus could be brought to its knees. Suppose all »

New Feature for VIP Members: Power Line Video Briefing

Featured image On Monday morning, Steve rolled out a new feature for PL VIP members: a short, entertaining *weekly* video briefing. The inaugural briefing focused on the crisis in Greece and its possible economic effects. Others will spell Steve on video production from time to time, but the “weekly” part is an aspiration, not a promise. Like our recent live YouTube event exclusively for VIP members, the video briefing is a benefit »

The Power Line Show, Episode 19: Historians and Pope Go Off the Rails, with Charles Kesler

Featured image Last night, Steve, Paul and I recorded Episode 19 of the Power Line show. We were joined by Professor Charles Kesler of Claremont McKenna College, the editor of the Claremont Review of Books. Professor Kesler is one of the scholars who have signed a letter objecting to the College Board’s new standards for teaching American history to advanced placement high school students. The standards require teachers to put American history »

How Many Windmills Has the Pope?

Featured image Pope Francis has become a deeply problematic figure, all the more so after his encyclical on global warming was leaked to an Italian publication. The letter, some 129 pages long, is directed to Catholic bishops, but Francis grandly says that it is intended for every person in the world. The letter has not yet been translated into English in its entirety, but portions of it have been run through Google »

Sports Scandals, Major and Minor

Featured image A bombshell in the world of professional baseball: the St. Louis Cardinals, probably baseball’s most respected organization, are under investigation for hacking into the Houston Astros’ computer network to steal information: Investigators have uncovered evidence that Cardinals officials broke into a network of the Houston Astros that housed special databases the team had built, according to law enforcement officials. Internal discussions about trades, proprietary statistics and scouting reports were compromised, »


Featured image Jeb Bush formally announced his candidacy today. His speech was solidly conservative, and he delivered it competently. Much can be said about Bush’s candidacy, starting with the fact that his logo–Jeb!–doesn’t mention his last name. Of course, the Democrats haven’t forgotten; this is their latest fundraising pitch: It appears that Jeb’s campaign and the Democrats agree on whether the Bush name will be an asset in 2016. As noted, Bush’s »

Is the U.S. Lousy at Cyber Warfare?

Featured image A series of alarming data breaches over the last two years have cast doubt on our government’s competence with regard to cyber warfare. Glenn Reynolds writes about the most recent instance in USA Today: “Hackers linked to China have gained access to the sensitive background information submitted by intelligence and military personnel for security clearances, U.S. officials said Friday, describing a cyberbreach of federal records dramatically worse than first acknowledged.” »

Reagan: A “Black Belt In Badassery”? [Updated by Steve]

Featured image I have no idea whether this is true or not. The source is Brad Meltzer, a comic book author, novelist and occasional nonfiction writer, writing in the New York Daily News. Meltzer says that he was talking with Secret Service agents, getting information for his latest book, a political thriller: We were talking about Reagan and that day he was shot. Then one of the agents offered this secret: When »

All Our Yesterdays…

Featured image The closest figure we have to Lady Macbeth, Hillary Clinton, re-announced her presidential candidacy on Friday. She couldn’t have done a better job of setting up Marco Rubio; it was like walking into a right hook: Even in that brief clip, we are reminded of what an awful candidate Hillary is. Apart from her corruption and her terrible record as Secretary of State, I doubt that one person in five »

Tom Stoppard: Still Fooling With Us After All These Years

Featured image In the Daily Mail this morning, I came across this headline: Sir Tom Stoppard admits inventing a quote from a fake professor to go in the programme for one of his most famous plays. Stoppard is one of my favorite playwrights, so I followed the link, even though the idea of Stoppard inventing a quote by a fake professor is not exactly a shock. This was the story: Playwright Sir »

The Strange Case of Rachel Dolezal

Featured image What to make of Rachel Dolezal, the “trans-racial” woman in Washington state who not only posed as a black person, but made a career out of it? The facts relating to Ms. Dolezal are summed up well by Ben Shapiro: Rachel Dolezal is president of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the NAACP. For years, she has passed herself off as black. Now her parents have told the press that she »

House Rejects Trade Promotion Bill [Updated]

Featured image In a dramatic conclusion to a hard-fought battle, the House of Representatives has rejected the Trade Promotion Authority bill for which President Obama lobbied furiously. Procedurally, what happened was that House Democrats voted to kill “trade adjustment assistance” to workers unemployed as a result of free trade, a program Democrats have long supported. Not enough Republicans supported trade adjustment assistance to make up the difference. So the trade promotion authority »

What Happens When You Don’t Enforce the Immigration Laws

Featured image One of the most horrifying crimes within memory occurred in Washington, D.C. on May 13 and 14. A man named Darron Wint broke into a home, commonly described as a mansion, owned by a businessman named Savvas Savopoulos. Wint held Savopoulos, his wife Amy, their 10-year-old son Philip, and their housekeeper, Veralicia Figueroa, captive for around 20 hours while he tormented them and arranged for a futile ransom to be »