Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Hillary Wants Your Guns

Featured image Given the Democrats’ dismal record when they run on an anti-gun platform, it is hard to believe that Hillary Clinton wants to make gun control her signature issue. Nevertheless, that appears to be the case. Campaigning in Connecticut, she waxed hyperbolic on firearms: I am here to tell you I will use every single minute of every single day if I’m so fortunate enough to be your president looking for »

Did Harvard Investigate Conservative Students?

Featured image A group of conservatives at Harvard Law School set up a web site called Royall Asses to mock left-wing law students who were making absurd demands on the administration, occupying a law school building, and so on. In particular, the Royall Asses students made cogent arguments, which we wrote about here and elsewhere, that proved it was almost certain that an alleged “hate crime” at the law school was actually »

Venezuela’s Pathetic Decline Continues

Featured image Venezuela, one of the world’s most oil-rich countries, can’t keep the lights on. The country’s socialist government has announced that Venezuelans will now be entirely without power for four hours a day. But that’s not the worst of it: they will have to sit in the dark without beer: As Venezuelans digest news that they’ll have no power for hours a day, they also may have to do without beer »

Obama: Uncontrolled Migration a “Major National Security Issue”

Featured image In Europe, that is. CNN, covering President Obama’s trip to the U.K., tweeted a little while ago: Obama: "We consider it a major national security issue that you have uncontrolled migration into Europe." — CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) April 22, 2016 Huh. The same principle apparently doesn’t apply here. Maybe someone should tell him about the news story that Scott linked to this morning: One of the American men accused »

A Victory In the War For Free Speech

Featured image One of the most sinister developments of our time is the Left’s use of both criminal investigation and mob harassment to suppress dissent. An outrageous instance of this trend is the effort by 20 Democratic state Attorneys General to investigate ExxonMobil and others for criminal “fraud,” i.e., carrying out research that doesn’t support the hysterical exaggerations of the Climatistas. One of the leaders of this attempt to suppress scientific debate »

Harvard Law Anti-Semite Revealed: No Surprises

Featured image I wrote here about a shocking incident at Harvard Law School. One of the participants in an event last week was former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni. A member of the audience asked: My question for Tzipi Livni is, how is it that you are so smelly? It’s regarding your odor — about the odor of Tzipi Livni, very smelly. The student, reportedly the president of an HLS organization, was »

Anti-Semitism Comes to Harvard Law School

Featured image We have written extensively (e.g., here) about a supposed racial hate crime at Harvard Law School. Persons unknown placed small pieces of tape over some of the portraits of African-American professors in a law school building. From the school’s reaction–emails to alumni, public meetings, fervid denunciations of the perpetrators, a purported investigation–one might have thought there had been a lynching. In fact, it was pretty obvious from the beginning that »

Let’s Kill Trump!

Featured image Our politics continue to spiral downhill, and the devolution is largely cheered by the Left. Coachella is a music festival held annually at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. My modest knowledge of popular culture suggests that it is a big deal, attended by such luminaries as Johnny Manziel and various Kardashians and Jenners. Among the headliners today was a rapper known as YG who performed, to the ecstatic »

Sweden Has a Problem

Featured image In January, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom accused Israel of “extrajudicial executions” of Palestinians–apparently those who were in the act of perpetrating terrorist attacks–and called for an investigation. Yesterday, Sweden’s housing minister, Mehmet Kaplan, resigned after video emerged of him saying that “Israelis treat Palestinians in a way that is very like that in which Jews were treated during Germany in the 1930s.” To cap off the trifecta, earlier today »

The Obama Crime Wave Comes to Minnesota [Updated]

Featured image The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that so far in 2016, shootings in Minneapolis are up by an astounding 85% over 2015. Other violent crime is up as well: As of April 11, 74 people had been shot in the city, an 85 percent increase over the 40 shot during the same period last year. Eleven neighborhoods spanning the city saw violent crimes such as rape, robbery or arson showing increases »

Back in the Saddle

Featured image Ten days ago, I was on a Friday evening television program in the Twin Cities. Just before we went on, the host said, “Hey, you haven’t been posting much on Power Line lately. Johnson, Mirengoff and Hayward have been carrying the load.” I explained that my wife and I were in Australia for two and a half weeks, and in the week since then I had been catching up at »

The Man Who Would Be King

Featured image Here at Power Line, we have argued strenuously that President Obama’s orders suspending enforcement of various immigration laws are unconstitutional because they violate the Take Care Clause. Law professor and former appellate judge Michael McConnell makes that point powerfully, reviewing the long struggle in Great Britain over royal prerogatives, the context of the founders’ inclusion pf the Take Care Clause in the Constitution, and its subsequent legal history in the »

The Times Was Told There Would Be No Math

Featured image This correction from today’s New York Times is entertaining: Correction: April 10, 2016 An article on March 20 about wave piloting in the Marshall Islands misstated the number of possible paths that could be navigated without instruments among the 34 islands and atolls of the Marshall Islands. It is 561, not a trillion trillion. Hey, they’re both really big numbers, if you’re a reporter! »

Hollywood Schemes to Drive America to the Left

Featured image We have written a number of times about the Democracy Alliance, the Left’s largest “dark money” group, starting with this post. Now Politico reports that the agenda for the Alliance’s latest meeting, in Santa Monica, has come to light: An agenda obtained by POLITICO shows that the four-day gathering, which is closed to the press, features at least two sessions focused partly on harnessing the power of Hollywood and the »

The Big Dog Backs Down

Featured image Steve wrote here and Paul here about Bill Clinton’s standing up to Black Lives Matters bullies who tried to disrupt his speech yesterday. It was classic Big Dog: Clinton effectively put the unschooled demonstrators in their place, and taught them a history lesson. Why were strict criminal penalties, e.g. for crack cocaine, enacted during his administration? Because drugs and crime were ravaging the black community, and African-American leaders properly demanded »

Gun That Resembles Cell Phone Sends Liberals Into Hysteria

Featured image A Minnesota entrepreneur named Kirk Kjellberg designed a gun–a two-shot .380 that more or less resembles a cell phone. Liberals got wind of the design and went ballistic: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday came out strongly against a soon-to-be-released, double-barreled, .380-caliber handgun designed to look like a smartphone. “I don’t know how we can legislate thoroughly against human idiocy. It just boggles the mind that somebody would invent something »

Trump’s Unpopularity Deepens

Featured image An AP-GfK poll released today finds Donald Trump with an astonishing 69% disapproval rating. Only 26% view Trump favorably: For Americans of nearly every race, gender, political persuasion and location, disdain for Donald Trump runs deep, saddling the Republican front-runner with unprecedented unpopularity as he tries to overcome recent campaign setbacks. Seven in 10 people, including close to half of Republican voters, have an unfavorable view of Trump, according to »