Author Archives: Scott Johnson

The Omar campaign shuts up

Featured image In his Hot Dish morning newsletter yesterday Star Tribune reporter Patrick Coolican declared that he had achieved “Some clarity on Ilhan Omar.” I declare that the story is about as clear as mud. KARE 11’s John Croman reported a short segment on the story last night (video below). I believe he obtained a statement from an informal volunteer on behalf of the Omar campaign, but nothing from the campaign directly. »

CRB: Hamilton versus history

Featured image Richard Samuelson is learned in the things that interest me. As an undergraduate I read and admired Garry Wills’s Nixon Agonistes. During my senior year I even raised the money to bring Wills to campus to speak about the imminent presidential election of 1972. Studying American literature with James Cox and Noel Perrin that year, I also read the novel Democracy by Henry Adams as well as Adams’s classic autobiography »

CRB: “The Americans” — A fan’s notes

Featured image I first became aware of the FX Cold War spy drama The Americans from Dorothy Rabinowitz’s preview of season 1 in the Wall Street Journal. Rabinowitz’s preview remains online under the heading “The spies next door.” Ms. Rabinowitz returned to the series for season 4 in “Suburbia’s Soviet agents.” I have Ms. Rabinowitz to thank for hooking us on the series. If you are hooked on it, as we are, »

The Omar campaign speaks, sort of

Featured image The campaign of Ilhan Omar has engaged Ben Goldfarb to respond to the local media raising inquiries following up on my post of this past Friday on Ilhan Omar’s marriage licenses. Read about Goldfarb here. Omar herself isn’t talking. This past Friday, before posting anything on Power Line, I asked the Omar campaign to clarify the facts. Instead, the campaign not very subtly attacked my motives. Patrick Coolican now reports »

A message from the Star Tribune [updated]

Featured image I wrote Star Tribune reporter Maya Rao to ask if there was any chance she would be looking into the story involving the apparent marriage license issued to Ilhan Omar and a man identified as her brother. I couldn’t get an answer from the Omar campaign about it. Instead, I got an offensive nonresponse by way of Minneapolis criminal defense attorney Jean Brandl. In my email message I tried to »

A message to the Star Tribune

Featured image A reader has copied us on his message to reporter Maya Rao et al. at the Star Tribune regarding Ilhan Omar, the winner of the DFL nomination to represent District 60B in the state legislature. My inquiries to the Omar campaign last week may be mistaken; that was the point of my inquiries. They deserve a more substantive response than the one I received from Minneapolis criminal defense attorney Jean »

The Clinton MOU & the Clinton MO

Featured image The Washington Post has published an editorial gently reviewing the revelations in the emails released last week via the litigation of Judicial Watch with the State Department. The editorial concludes: “Should Ms. Clinton win in November, she will bring to the Oval Office a web of connections and potential conflicts of interest, developed over decades in private, public and, in the case of her family’s philanthropic work, quasi-public activities. As »

Will the Star Tribune ask the question?

Featured image Today’s Star Tribune carries yet another story celebrating this past Tuesday’s primary victory of Somali American Ilhan Omar over 22-term incumbent Phyllis Kahn for the DFL nomination to represent District 60B in the state legislature. How did she do it? “Ilhan Omar dominated among students, rival’s analysis show.” In “Ilhan Omar: Her back pages” we raised the question whether Omar married her brother in 2009 for dishonest purposes. If so, »

Sunday morning coming down

Featured image Last week I took a look at the modern folk supergroup Cry Cry Cry. I hoped to inspire interest in the songs or the performers. Over the next few weeks I thought I would post videos of some of the same kind of lesser known songs that have hit me with the force of revelation at various points in my life. To me they feel like stones in the road. »

How the GOP feeds the PC beast

Featured image John Fund reports that congressional Republicans increased the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights with a very generous budget increase last year. Fund takes up the matter in the NR column “How Republicans feed the beast of political correctness.” OCR is perhaps the most left-wing office in the federal bureaucracy. Bankrolling it that way Congress did was an egregious error (for which they were rewarded with the transgender guidance). »

Ilhan Omar: Her back pages [updated]

Featured image Somali American Ilhan Omar defeated 22-term incumbent Phyllis Kahn for the nomination of the DFL to serve as the representative of House District 60B in the state legislature. Omar came in first in a three-way primary race for the nomination in Tuesday’s primary. When elected, Omar will be the first Somali American to serve in the Minnesota legislature. The Star Tribune hailed Omar’s victory as “historic” in a celebratory day-after »

Was [redacted] hired?

Featured image In an April 2009 email with the subject line “A favor,” Clinton Foundation executive Doug Band pressed Clinton State Department aides Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin on hiring someone whose name was redacted from the email obtained by Judicial Watch. Was [redacted] hired? AP diplomatic correspondent Matt Lee posed the question to State Department press director Elizabeth Kennedy Trudeau at yesterday’s press briefing. I don’t want to spoil the suspense. »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll dares to ask: SO, EXACTLY WHO IS BIGOTED? She writes: We’ve been lectured and hectored to believe that only white people can actually be “racist.” Which is nonsense on the face of it, but set that aside. Can everybody be at least bigoted? In 1976 I was a typesetter. It was the year that Alex Haley’s Roots was published. Word went around in the typesetting profession that in »

High on Foggy Bottom

Featured image State Department press director Elizabeth Kennedy Trudeau returned to take questions at the State Department press conference yesterday. Based on the latest Clinton email revelations, she had prepared. She arrived with a script geared to questions on the Clinton Foundation nexus with senior State Department officers attached to Hillary Clinton while she served as Secretary of State. There was only one problem with the script; it didn’t answer the obvsous »

From Phyllis to Ilhan

Featured image Phyllis Kahn is the den grandmother of the Minnesota left. During her long, long time in office she has proposed lowering the voting age to 12 and removing the ban on first-cousin marriage. Rep. Kahn has represented her university-area district in the state legislature for 44 years. Her tenure in office is the longest in Minnesota history. While her career seemed to be dedicated to finding new frontiers in political »

Who’s afraid of religious liberty? An introduction

Featured image Professor Richard Samuelson’s closely argued Mosaic essay “Who’s afraid of religious liberty?” is must reading. In it Professor Samuelson explains the assault on our religious freedom under the ever expanding regime of anti-discrimination law and practice. I urge readers who care about the subject to read the whole thing; there is no substitute for it. I invited Professor Samuelson to write a brief introduction for Power Line readers. Professor Samuelson »

Munich plus cash

Featured image It was just one week ago that the Wall Street Journal published the story by Jay Solomon and Carol Lee about the Obama administration sending Iran $400 million in cash while the Iranians released some American hostages, triggering criticism that the payment had been a ransom. The Obama administration has denied this characterization of the payment and President Obama has himself mocked it in his patented style. It turns out, »