Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Five Presidential Candidates In a Minute and a Half

Featured image My good friend Roger Simon is in Iowa, checking in with Republican presidential candidates at Joni Ernst’s Roast and Ride. He made this very short video that includes exchanges with Rick Perry, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio. We have a great field this year: Follow Roger at Diary of a Mad Voter for much more from now until November 2016. »

You Know Obama Is Hard Up for Accomplishments When…

Featured image …your former White House Communications Director and Senior Advisor for Strategy and Communications tries to give you credit for winning a horse race. Yesterday, Dan Pfeiffer tweeted that American Pharoah’s Triple Crown is an “accomplishment” of President Obama’s: Another accomplishment — Obama first President to have a Triple Crown winner since Carter — Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) June 6, 2015 I have studied that tweet at length and can find no »

Sex? Seriously?

Featured image For some reason, stories about sex have been prominent in the news lately. The most legitimate news story concerns Dennis Hastert, who apparently had a homosexual relationship with a student when he was a high school wrestling coach in approximately the 1970s. It is hard not to feel some sympathy for Hastert: he must have had the fear of exposure hanging over his head for decades. The person with whom »

Massive Government Data Breach Exposes Information on Four Million Americans

Featured image Chinese hackers have invaded computers at the federal Office of Personnel Management, accessing personal information relating to at least four million current and former government employees. The New York Times reports: The Obama administration on Thursday announced what appeared to be one of the largest breaches of federal employees’ data, involving at least four million current and former government workers in an intrusion that officials said apparently originated in China. »

New Paper on the “Pause” Is Another Exercise In Data Fudging

Featured image A new paper is being published in Science magazine that purports to refute the 18-year “pause” in global warming. A press release on the paper came off embargo about an hour ago, so you will be seeing news stories about it soon. Bob Tisdale and Anthony Watts explain the provenance of the paper: There is a new paper published the journal Science about the recent slowdown in global surface warming »

Boston Terrorist Wanted to Kill Pamela Geller

Featured image More news is leaking out about Usaama Rahim, the 26-year-old would-be terrorist who was shot by police in Boston. CNN reports that Rahim’s original plan was to behead Pamela Geller: Usaamah Rahim, who was fatally shot after waving a military knife at law enforcement officers in Boston, was originally plotting to behead Pamela Geller, an activist and conservative blogger, law enforcement sources told CNN on Wednesday. But he and his »

Democrats Should Be Afraid. Very Afraid.

Featured image Two polls, both by CNN, are getting a lot of attention, and rightly so. Let’s start with the one on President Obama, released this morning. This survey has Obama’s approval under water at 45%/52%. That isn’t a surprise, since Obama hasn’t topped 50% in the CNN poll in two years. Currently, Obama ranks below all former presidents; George W. Bush is now rated 52%/43% by these same respondents. So the »

FBI Should Come Clean on Surveillance Aircraft

Featured image Here in the Twin Cities, it started when a man described as an aviation buff noticed a small airplane acting oddly. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on May 29: Aviation buff John Zimmerman was at a weekly gathering of neighbors Friday night when he noticed something peculiar: a small plane circling a route overhead that didn’t make sense to him. It was dark, so a sightseeing flight didn’t make sense, »

Tomorrow: A Live YouTube Event for VIP Members!

Featured image Tomorrow, June 3, at 5 Pacific, 7 Central, 8 Eastern, all Power Line VIP members are invited to participate in a live YouTube event featuring the PL crew. We have emailed a private link to all VIP members, and you can follow the link to watch the live discussion on YouTube, as well as submit questions or comments to which we will respond–all live! If you are not yet a »

American Law vs. Sharia? Somali Immigrants Speak

Featured image Ami Horowitz goes to the Cedar-Riverside area of Minneapolis, near the University of Minnesota, and asks residents–Somali immigrants or their children–some questions. Is it hard to be a Muslim in America? Which do you prefer, American law or sharia law? Should people who mock the Prophet Muhammad be killed? Where would you rather live, America or Somalia? This last one, at least, seems like a solvable problem. Funny that no »

For Germany, Demography Is Doom

Featured image Germany’s economy dominates the EU, but if demography is destiny–and it is–then, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard argues in the Telegraph, Germany is doomed. I had not realized that the numbers are so grim: Germany’s birth rate has collapsed to the lowest level in the world and its workforce will start plunging at a faster rate than Japan’s by the early 2020s, seriously threatening the long-term viability of Europe’s leading economy. … The »

The Democrats: America’s Poor Little Rich Party

Featured image Something deep in the psyche of the Democratic Party prevents it from acknowledging that it, and its candidates, are awash in cash. Thus, we get stories like this one in the New York Times: “Democrats Seek a Richer Roster to Match G.O.P.” Republican contenders have already secured hundreds of millions of dollars in commitments from a stable of billionaires, including a Wall Street hedge fund executive, a Las Vegas casino »

Rand Paul Blocks Patriot Act Extension, For Now

Featured image Important provisions of the Patriot Act expire at midnight tonight, unless renewed by Congress. The House has passed such a bill, and the Senate has been in session today, trying to do the same. This effort was blocked, in the end, by one senator: Rand Paul. Fox News reports: The Senate failed Sunday to strike a deal to extend the NSA’s phone surveillance program before the midnight deadline. … The »

Buzz

Featured image Our friend David Lebedoff has written a number of books, one or two of which we have plugged here. But now, just in time for the Summer beach market, he has published his first thriller, called Buzz. Buzz is somewhat in the tradition of Jaws, only the deadly predator is a whole lot smaller. Most of us are used to swatting them without much thought: That’s right: mosquitos. The plot »

Break a Leg!

Featured image John Kerry is a noted sportsman, despite his 71 years. Who can forget how he wind-surfed his way into the hearts of voters everywhere in 2004? Or his goose-hunting excursion in Ohio during the same campaign, where he claimed to have shot a goose–gotta have credibility with these swing-state rubes!–but when he emerged from the woods he wasn’t carrying one; a picture of a dead goose would have been bad »

On Tuesday, P.J. O’Rourke at the Center of the American Experiment

Featured image The 25th Annual Dinner of the Center of the American Experiment is Tuesday evening at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. For something like the ninth year in a row, I will serve as master of ceremonies. The featured speaker will be P.J. O’Rourke, so the evening should be a great deal of fun. America’s most famous political humorist, P.J. has written for such diverse publications as National Lampoon, Car »

The Power Line Show, Episode 18: Obama’s Global Crack-Up, With Pete Wehner

Featured image Last night, Steve, Paul and I were joined by Pete Wehner of the Ethics and Public Policy Center for a discussion of the comprehensive failures of the Obama administration in foreign policy. The conversation took off from Pete’s recent Commentary post, “Counting Up Obama’s Cataclysmic Foreign Policy Failures.” Pete then stayed with us for a spirited discussion of “reform conservatism,” a movement with which he is identified. It is a »