Author Archives: John Hinderaker

The Power Line Show, Episode 31: Jeff Sessions Explains the News

Featured image This morning John, Scott and Steve returned from a holiday hiatus to record Episode 31 of the Power Line Show. Paul couldn’t join in because he had a dentist appointment. Which naturally raised the question: would you rather have a root canal, or be forced to watch tonight’s State of the Union address? We kicked around some of the day’s hottest news stories, including the epidemic of mass sexual assault »

Mass Sexual Assault Covered Up In Sweden, Too

Featured image We wrote here, here and elsewhere about the mass sexual assaults that occurred across Germany, often in conjunction with robberies of young women, on New Year’s eve. All or substantially all of the assaults were committed by Islamic immigrants, in many instances just-admitted “refugees.” It is hard to say which is more appalling, the mass sexual assaults or the efforts by Germany’s officials at all levels to cover them up. »

Will Supreme Court Deal a Major Blow to Public Sector Unions? [Updated]

Featured image Public sector unions are probably, nationwide, the number one obstacle to progress. Today a critically important case relating to public employee unions, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, was argued in the Supreme Court. My colleague Kim Crockett, who works with me at the Center of the American Experiment, is a leading voice in Minnesota on employee freedom. She was at the Supreme Court this morning to support Rebecca Friedrichs and »

Are You a Minnesota Sports Fan? No? Congratulations!

Featured image No doubt you are aware of today’s playoff game between the heavily-favored Seattle Seahawks and the Minnesota Vikings. The temperature in Minneapolis at kickoff was six degrees below zero, one of the coldest NFL games ever played. The Vikings came out strong and mostly dominated play. But a fluke play that started with a bad snap, together with a Vikings fumble, gave the Seahawks a 10-9 lead. Then the Vikings »

Democrats on Guns: It’s a Mystery

Featured image In the waning days of the Obama administration, it seems that gun control is the Democrats’ number one priority. President Obama bestirred himself to both deliver a speech and participate in a staged “town hall” on the issue of gun regulation, showing unusual energy by his standards. The White House issued an odd potpourri of gun initiatives, including some that are already law. The various Democratic campaign organizations (DNC, DSCC, »

Hillary Tries to Put Out the Fire

Featured image In recent days, attention has focused on an email exchange that Hillary Clinton had with one of her principal aides, Jake Sullivan, in June 2011. As Paul noted here and here, some have characterized the exchange as a smoking gun, demonstrating that Hillary improperly instructed Sullivan to send classified information by unsecure email when an attempt to send by secure fax failed. If true, this would refute Hillary’s last line »

Europe’s Dishonest Elites, and Ours

Featured image A reader writes to comment on the mass sexual assaults that have been taking place in Germany, and efforts to cover them up or mischaracterize them: The German situation is even worse than you presented. Sure, the Cologne police chief got fired, but the despicable mayor hasn’t resigned. And, sure, there has been some scrambling and slithering by left politicians, including, mirabile dictu, Angela Merkel, Mutti herself, to tap dance »

Sex Crimes Across Germany: The Coverup Unravels

Featured image Britain’s Daily Mail must be one of the world’s oddest news sources, but occasionally it does some good original reporting. That is the case with respect to its coverage of the epidemic of sexual assault that has erupted across Germany: [Michelle] is just one of 120 women who were abused that horrific night in the [cathedral] square, which is dotted with bars, nightclubs and coffee shops, and is where Cologne »

Donald Trump: I Am Not a Dope, I Just Play One on Television

Featured image Frankly, Donald Trump says a lot of dumb stuff. And yet…it often isn’t quite as dumb as it seems. This is a good example: in the wake of President Obama’s tearful soliloquy about guns–never mind that Obama cares little about enforcing the countless gun laws already on the books–Trump spoke to an audience about gun control, taking a conservative position, as he should. He is right about the stupidity of »

Minnesota Can Do Better

Featured image As you know if you are a regular reader, I have recently become President of the Center of the American Experiment, a 25-year-old Minnesota-based think tank. In that capacity, I intend to take our free-market case directly to the people. The 30-second video below is our first step in that direction. Most Minnesotans believe that the state’s economy is doing well. This has become a talking point on the left, »

Republican Enthusiasm Gap Should Lift Party in November

Featured image I can imagine that if you knew Hillary Clinton would be your candidate, you would look forward to the presidential race in the same way you anticipate a root canal. And, Rasmussen Reports finds, that is pretty much how a lot of Democrats feel. The question Rasmussen asked was: Are you looking forward to next year’s presidential race, or have you already had enough? (The survey of 1,000 likely voters »

“Mrs. Merkel Invited Me”

Featured image In a coda to the New Year’s Eve rampages in Cologne and elsewhere in Germany that Scott and I wrote about here and here, a leaked police report describing the outrages that occurred in Cologne has been published in the German press. The Telegraph reports: Ministers have said there is no evidence asylum seekers were involved in the violence. But the leaked police report, published in Bild newspaper and Spiegel, »

Media Alert X 2

Featured image As Steve noted earlier, he will guest host the Bill Bennett radio show tomorrow morning. In a Power Line twofer, I will be a guest on the show at around 7:30 EST/6:30 CST to talk about my new role as President of the Center of the American Experiment. Please tune in! »

From Obama and Clinton on the Rahm Emanuel Scandal, Crickets

Featured image Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton purport to be deeply concerned about police misconduct. They support Black Lives Matter and have been quick to condemn policemen, often wrongly. But in Chicago, a policeman shot a young black criminal who was high on PCP for no apparent reason–I wrote about the case here–and the case was covered up for a year so that Mayor Rahm Emanuel, director of Bill Clinton’s finance committee, »

Congress Passes Obamacare Repeal and Planned Parenthood Defunding: Finally!

Featured image Today the House of Representatives passed a bill that would repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood. This is the same bill that passed the Senate last month on a 52-47, with the Republicans avoiding a filibuster with the same reconciliation process that enabled passage of Obamacare in the first place. The vote in the House was 240-181, nearly along party lines. So for the first time, President Obama will be »

Obama’s Sound and Fury On Guns

Featured image President Obama unveiled his executive orders and legislative proposals on guns today; the transcript is here. For as little as his measures amount to, he need hardly have bothered. At one point, Obama cried, perhaps out of frustration at not being able to come up with better ideas. The speech was vintage Obama. Early on, he said this: [M]y goal here is to bring good people on both sides of »

Industrial Scale Sexual Assault in Germany

Featured image From the New York Times: German authorities said on Tuesday that coordinated attacks in which young women were sexually harassed and robbed by hundreds of young men on New Year’s Eve in the western city of Cologne were unprecedented in scale and nature. The assault, which went largely unreported for days…. In Germany, as in the U.S., the liberal media consider themselves gatekeepers whose primary role is to suppress stories »