Author Archives: John Hinderaker

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. MoveOn.org’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 »

Global Warming: A $1.5 Trillion Industry

Featured image The Climate Change Business Journal has calculated that global warming is now a $1.5 trillion a year industry. The Business Journal’s report is not available for free online, but its findings are reviewed by the Insurance Journal. They are eye-opening, to say the least: The $1.5 trillion global “climate change industry” grew at between 17 and 24 percent annually from 2005-2008, slowing to between 4 and 6 percent following the »

Carly Fiorina: The Ronda Rousey of Politics

Featured image I got this idea from one of the participants in Power Line Live during Thursday’s first debate: Carly Fiorina is the Ronda Rousey of politics. Pow! Bam! If you are not familiar with Ronda Rousey, you should be. Rousey is a mixed martial arts fighter whom Sports Illustrated recently dubbed “the World’s most dominant athlete.” Rousey is popular partly because she is good looking… …but mostly because she is good. »

The Administration Continues Its Crazed Attacks on Iran Deal Opponents

Featured image Senator Charles Schumer has announced his opposition to the Iran nuclear deal. His reasons, as reported by the Washington Post, are basically the same as mine: the agreement “would strengthen Iran by boosting its economy and ultimately may not prevent the country from developing a nuclear bomb.” I would say that it most certainly will not prevent Iran from getting the bomb. How did the administration respond? With a multi-pronged »

The Republican Party: Deep and Strong

Featured image The Republican Party is resurgent, with 31 governors, around two-thirds of all state legislative chambers, and control of both the House and the Senate. In recent years, talented Republican politicians have been working their way up the ranks, often rapidly. Republican politicians are diverse and, relatively speaking, young. This makes a dramatic contrast with the geriatric Democratic Party, which belongs in an old folks’ home. The insurgency against Queen Hillary »

Another Aspect of the Democrats’ War On Women: Jobs

Featured image From the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Senate committee staff comes more evidence of how the Democrats’ immigration policies have devastated the employment prospects of American women: In one of the more shocking finds from the new tranche of employment data is the below graph from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It shows that since the recession hit in December of 2007, 100% of all employment gains among women workers »

24 Million

Featured image Jon Stewart’s final comedy show was last night. I never did see his program, and I don’t think I missed much. He drew his second-best audience ever, at 3.5 million. As many observers pointed out on Twitter, this was only a small fraction of the 24 million who watched the Republican presidential debate–the largest audience, by far, ever to see a primary debate. Which puts Stewart’s supposedly massive influence in »