Author Archives: John Hinderaker

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 »

Koch to Democratic Senators: Get Lost!

Featured image The Democrats’ campaign to smear climate realists is not going well. Congressman Raul Grijalva is taking a beating, and Dr. Willie Soon has struck back against the climate hysterics who are persecuting him. As part of their smear campaign, Democratic Senators Boxer, Markey and Whitehouse wrote to Koch Industries to request information, covering the last 10 years, “about Koch Industries’ payments made in support of scientific research and scientists, as »

Did the Obama Administration Lie to the Federal Court About Implementation of Executive Amnesty?

Featured image We wrote here about State of Texas et al. v. United States, in which 26 states sued to enjoin the Obama administration from implementing its illegal executive amnesty program. On February 16, Judge Andrew Hanen granted the states’ motion for a preliminary injunction, barring the administration from taking any steps to effectuate the changes to the nation’s immigration laws that had been announced by the administration: [T]his temporary injunction enjoins »

Dr. Willie Soon Responds

Featured image We wrote here about the Left’s effort to smear Dr. Willie Soon, who has written for many years about the Sun’s role in variations in the Earth’s climate. (How controversial can you get?) The smearing of Dr. Soon was a warm-up for the Democrats’ assault on the Magnificent Seven climate realists, a group that includes our own Steve Hayward. Dr. Soon has now released this statement in response to the »

Hillary: Go Ahead, Show Them the Emails!

Featured image In a typical burst of Clintonian chutzpah, Hillary tweeted yesterday: I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible. Of course, if she really wanted the public to see the emails she sent and received as Secretary of State, all she had to do was follow the relevant laws and procedures, and use »

On Hillary’s Emails, Marie Harf Struggles But Hillary Explains

Featured image Hillary Clinton’s personal email system is the big story of the day. We have belatedly learned that Hillary had no official State Department email account during her tenure as Secretary. Instead of using the government’s email system, she had a server installed in her home and administered her own private email account. Some of her aides also had accounts on Hillary’s private system, which used the domain name clintonemail.com. At »

Dem Filibuster Succeeds, House Gives Up On Defunding Executive Amnesty

Featured image The news was so heavy yesterday that I held off on commenting on the House vote to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the end of the fiscal year, with no exclusion of the administration’s executive amnesty. Some observations on the vote: 1) The roll call was 257 to 167, with all Democrats voting “yes,” but only 75 Republicans. This has prompted speculation about Boehner’s standing with his caucus. »

Another Reason Why Hillary Can’t Win

Featured image Steve noted earlier tonight a little-noticed exchange with an ABC reporter who was assigned to follow Hillary Clinton, which suggested one reason why Hillary’s 2016 campaign may be doomed. Here is another one: her relationship with Bill–the only reason anyone has heard of her in the first place–can’t withstand the light of day. The email controversy that came came to light today is a problem for Hillary, for obvious reasons. »

What Color Is the Dress? What Dress?

Featured image If you don’t know what The Dress is, it means, among other things, that you don’t have teenage daughters. But even the daughterless are generally aware of the dress that took Twitter, and most of the rest of the internet, by storm a few evenings ago. Only Michael Ramirez would think to connect The Dress with President Obama’s myopia (or collaboration, whichever it is) on Iran. Click to enlarge: »

The Democrats Respond to Netanyahu’s Speech [Updated]

Featured image This afternoon, Democrats in politics and the media promptly swung into action to try to discredit Benjamin Netanyahu’s powerful indictment of the administration’s policies toward Iran. Nancy Pelosi bordered on the hysterical. Here, Chris Matthews accuses Netanyahu of being a “man from a foreign government” who “tried to take over U.S. foreign policy.” Seems like we’ve heard that somewhere before; Mearsheimer and Walt, call your office: CNN’s Christiane Amanpour says »

Observations on Netanyahu’s Reception by Congress

Featured image I will leave it to my partners to analyze the content of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress this morning as it relates it Iran. Instead, I want to make some observations about the reception that he received from the joint session of Congress. To say that Netanyahu’s welcome was warm would be an understatement: it was rapturous. President Obama has never gotten such an enthusiastic reception for a State »

Keep the Internet Free, Part 3

Featured image “Net neutrality” is one of those technical-seeming issues about which it isn’t hard to make up one’s mind. Four good reasons to oppose it: 1) It is a solution to no known problem. 2) Why would we want the federal government to control the internet? 3) MoveOn.org and the Daily Kos are for it. 3) In Glenn Reynolds’ words, “Nothing says forward looking for the 21st century like a regulated »