Author Archives: John Hinderaker

They’re Off to Pakistan [Updated]

Featured image In February, we noted the strange case of the three Awan brothers, who got themselves hired as IT professionals, working for a number of Democratic Congressmen at an extraordinarily high rate of pay. They had access to intelligence and homeland security information, among much else, but were fired weeks after the Obama administration left office: Horatio Alger would be proud – they somehow managed to get themselves paid three times »

Leaked Photos Suggest Manchester Bomber Was Part of Cell

Featured image Photos that were shared with American intelligence agencies and leaked to the New York Times indicate that Manchester terrorist Salman Abedi used relatively sophisticated technology, suggesting that he had help. The Telegraph reports: Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi carried his bomb in a Karrimor rucksack triggered with a sophisticated switch held in his left hand, leaked crime scene photographs suggest. Police found the remains of the bomb’s lightweight metal casing, »

Trump’s Budget Assumes Reasonable GDP Growth, Liberals Go Ballistic

Featured image President Trump’s first proposed budget was released today, to howls of outrage from the left. The New York Times issued an email breaking news alert: The Times’s claim that Trump’s budget assumes “improbable economic growth” was mild compared to the reaction from most of the liberal commentariat. Slate, for example, initially headlined “The Trump budget forecasts 3 percent growth for 10 years, is insane,” but then backed off to “Trump’s »

Coming on Thursday, VIP Live!

Featured image We are doing our next VIP Live event day after tomorrow, Thursday, starting at 7 p.m. Central time. If you are a VIP member, you will get an email with a link to a live YouTube address where you can watch the event and submit your own comments and questions. We won’t have a guest this time, it will be the Power Line crew talking about the issues of the »

We’ve Seen This Movie Before

Featured image Facts are dribbling out about the terrorist attack in Manchester last night. The suicide bomber has not been identified as of this writing, but it is reported that he was “known to the authorities.” Another known wolf; but known wolves generally don’t turn out to have been as lonely as one might assume (as opposed to, say, most school shooters). A second 23-year-old man is under arrest. Time will tell »

CNN’s Political Hit Job on Sheriff Clarke

Featured image On Saturday, CNN issued a report on a master’s thesis that was written by Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke in 2013. CNN’s report was titled: “Sheriff David Clarke plagiarized portions of his master’s thesis on homeland security.” Only, if you read the article, it turns out that Sheriff Clarke didn’t do much, if anything, wrong. CNN’s strongest claim was that Clarke footnoted some paragraphs with citations to his original sources, »

Media Alerts

Featured image I will be on the Howie Carr show out of Boston later today, at 4:30 Eastern, talking about President Trump’s Middle East trip and his speech in Riyadh. You can listen online here. This evening, I will try to explain recent American headlines to television viewers in Australia on Andrew Bolt’s Bolt Report on Sky News. Wish me luck. I am not sure just when the segment will air, but »

Who Are the Craziest Democrats of All?

Featured image The Democratic Party is far gone in hate, but who do you suppose are the most lunatic Dems of all? The California Democrats are obvious candidates and, sure enough, their state convention yesterday concluded with a chant: “Fuck Donald Trump!” led by California Democratic Party chairman John Burton. AP reporter Jonathan Cooper records the moment of infamy: Outgoing Dem chair John Burton: "all together now: fuck Donald Trump." While crowd »

More on Trump In Riyadh

Featured image I agree with everything Scott wrote here about President Trump’s magnificent speech in Riyadh. Having reviewed the transcript, I want to offer a few more observations. * Trump’s tone was a refreshing change of pace from the Obama administration. Trump issued no apologies, and he didn’t bow to Islam rhetorically any more than he did in person to Saudi Arabia’s king. * Trump referred obliquely to the tension in American »

Nut Job II

Featured image The latest anonymous leak/news story, the New York Times’s “nut job” scoop, represents a return to the crude and vulgar Donald Trump with whom we became familiar during the campaign. That is, assuming that the anonymously sourced report on a memo by an unidentified author is true. Assuming the report’s veracity–something that can’t be taken for granted in the case of the Times–this appears to be another self-inflicted wound, the »

Getting Out of Your Parents’ Basement: How Liberal Policies Hurt Young People

Featured image The organization I run, Center of the American Experiment, has just released a funny video that, in just over two minutes, explains why liberal policies are bad for young people. It takes the form of a video game with commentary, and is titled “Parents’ Basement.” Here it is: Created by our friends at Madison McQueen. »

How Barack Obama Conspired With an Enemy to Undermine US Foreign Policy

Featured image The Democrats are trying to make a scandal out of the fact that representatives of the Trump campaign communicated with Russians, even though those communications were 100% appropriate. I had forgotten about this post, which I wrote in March 2015, until Rush Limbaugh read from it on his program yesterday. It reminds us what a REAL scandal involving a presidential campaign and foreign policy looks like: In 2008, the Bush »

Obstruction of Justice

Featured image The Democrats are accusing President Trump of obstruction of justice–absurdly, in my opinion, although Paul and I have disagreed on this somewhat. But I am quite certain that James Comey will agree with me. When he finally testifies under oath–perhaps a year or more from now–he will say that he did not understand Trump’s “hope” that Comey might “see his way clear” to leaving Mike Flynn alone as an attempt »

Robert Spencer Poisoned In Iceland

Featured image I had been scheduled to attend an event tomorrow night with Robert Spencer, a prominent anti-jihadist, who was to be in Iceland until shortly before his visit to Minnesota. I got word that the event was canceled because Spencer had fallen ill, and then learned that he had, in fact, been poisoned. Spencer describes what happened at PJ Media: After I spoke last Thursday in the beautiful nation of Iceland, »

No Politician Has Ever Been Treated Worse?

Featured image Speaking at the Coast Guard Academy’s Commencement today, President Trump complained about his treatment by the press and others: [N]o politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly. If we assume he is talking about American politicians, that is a true statement. The Democratic Party has never accepted the result of last year’s election. Democrats in the federal bureaucracy are leaking »

Press Salivates Over Impeachment

Featured image The Democrats are talking about impeaching President Trump. Because President Mike Pence is what they always wanted, I guess. Our friends at Grabien put together this montage of liberal TV hosts raising impeachment with their guests. The drums are beating: The grounds for impeachment? Who needs grounds? »

NY Times: Trump Asked Comey to Stop Flynn Investigation

Featured image Apparently the Democratic Party press has anti-Trump stories lined up and ready to drop every two or three days. The latest comes from the New York Times, which headlines: “Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him to End Flynn Investigation.” As usual, the paper’s sources are anonymous moles within the federal bureaucracy, presumably the FBI: President Trump asked the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into »