Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Wisconsin schemin’

Featured image Don’t miss John’s post on the Democrats’ ongoing efforts to drive conservatives out of politics. Next door in Wisconsin we have an example in small of the Democrats’ skullduggery, combining the use of campaign finance regulation, a lawless witch hunt by partisan prosecutors conducting a John Doe investigation and the possible connivance of the state’s Government Accountability Board (i.e., the regulatory agency enforcing the state’s campaign finance law). The victims »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Our friend Ammo Grrrll provides an explication of the text served up recently by United States Senator Elizabeth Warren commenting on the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case. She asks: LIAR OR IDIOT? – YOU BE THE JUDGE: After the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision, Indian Princess Elizabeth Warren peered over her high cheekbones and tweeted the following 25 words: “Can’t believe we live in a world where »

What the illegals understand

Featured image What is the reason for the wave of Central American illegals infiltrating the United States through the Rio Grande Valley in the past few years? It’s past time to get a clue, as the wave shows no signs of abating. I think the wave reflects an astute understanding of our immigration law and of the enforcement preferences of the Obama administration (they’d prefer not to). Brian Bennett’s intensely reported Los »

For 2016, a man who…

Featured image A reader writes from Pompano Beach, Florida, responding to John’s thoughts on Hillary Clinton: “Only one person can unify the Party and the Country and (handily) beat Hillary – Dr. Charles Krauthammer.” As the great Suzy Bogguss says, quoting a childhood neighbor: “I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’.” STEVE adds: You may recall that I put this question to Krauthammer in San Francisco last November. He did a half-Sherman: “If »

Clearing my spindle: Video edition

Featured image Conversations with Bill Kristol has now added Bill’s interview with Charles Murray. In the video below, Bill reviews Murray’s productive career with the author himself. Murray comments regarding the interview: “Bill Kristol draws me out on things I haven’t said elsewhere, except occasionally at dinner tables.” The Tikvah Fund has posted its interview with Norman Podhoretz under the heading “Reflections of a Jewish neoconservative.” It is always good to hear »

What is to be done?

Featured image The House Rules Committee took the first step toward initiating a lawsuit against President Obama over his faithless execution of the laws and abrogation of the separation of powers. The committee held a hearing on the House Resolution that would provide the House authority Four professors of constitutional law testified to the Rules Committee about the merits of the lawsuit, with two supporting and two opposed; the two in support »

Annals of Democratic insanity

Featured image It’s a little late in the day to start keeping track of instances of Democratic insanity, but what is to be done with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s continuing effusions? Yesterday Reid gave his best impersonation of Baghdad Bob, assuring all within his hearing that “the border is secure.” Speaking after the Senate Democrats’ weekly policy lunch, Reid expanded on his assertion: “[Sen.] Martin Heinrich [(D-N.M.)] talked to the caucus »

The Wagner case decision

Featured image This past February Paul wrote about the case of Teresa Wagner v. Carolyn Jones, Dean of the University of Iowa College of Law in this post. Like Paul, I had read Peter Berkowitz’s Wall Street Journal column over the previous weekend and noted that the oral argument in Ms. Wagner’s appeal was scheduled before the Eighth Circuit in St. Paul the following Thursday morning. TaxProf Paul Caron picked up on »

A book for all seasons

Featured image Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century is the book of the season. Published by Harvard University Press, it is a surprise best-seller. At the time of its publication earlier this year it neatly fit Obama’s theme of the moment on income inequality. Readers seem to have abandoned the book at page 26, as Obama seems to have abandoned the theme of income inequality. As the title of his book »

Ten days that shook the United States

Featured image I took a look back at the current crisis of illegal Central American minors in the Weekly Standard article “Disorder at the border,” published this past Friday in the new issue of the magazine. In retrospect, I think that the events of the preceding days fixed these issues in the public mind and culminated in President Obama’s notable address following his meeting in Dallas with Governor Perry. Obama had resisted »

Crossing muddy waters

Featured image A link from the Drudge Report seems to have put the indefatigable Jim Hoft out of commission temporarily; Drudge linked to Jim’s Gateway Pundit post highlighting a paragraph buried in Jana Winter’s FOX News report “Endless wave of illegal immigrants floods Rio Grande Valley.” Winter reports that the bodies of infants have been found washing up on the banks of the Rio Grande: The Border Patrol agents loaded and unloaded »

Queen April approximately

Featured image House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and Regulatory Affairs Subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan today wrote the Federal Election Commission regarding another mysterious hard drive crash, this one involving FEC attorney April Sands. Sands tweeted under the fitting handle ReignOfApril. The voluble Ms. Sands has admitted to disparaging Republicans and campaigning for President Obama in violation of the Hatch Act. J. Christian Adams wrote about the Sands case here for PJ »

Is Administrative Law Unlawful? reviewed

Featured image When I set out writing about Philip Hamburger’s Is Administrative Law Unlawful?, I did so for two reasons. First, it’s the most important book I have read in a long time. Second, it’s a forbidding work of legal history that makes few concessions to the general reader. It isn’t easy reading and I thought it was at risk of being widely ignored. I do think the book was at risk »

Line of the day

Featured image On FOX News Sunday this morning, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu repeated a line that he used in the prepared statement he read at his news conference this past Friday. It has also been posted on his FaceBook page, and it warrants repetition. Contrasting the conduct of Israel and Hamas in the current hostilities, Netanyahu said: “The difference between us is simple. We develop defensive systems against missiles in order to »

Pelosi does Hobby Lobby

Featured image John discusses Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin’s slightly misguided explication of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision here. According to Durbin, the Supreme Court had gone into business banning certain contraceptives. John cited Ed Whelan’s devastating critique of Durbin’s explication. John questions Durbin’s intelligence, but I think this is a bit unfair. Durbin is simply doing his job, disseminating Democratic Party talking points that seek to rile up the low-information »

Cleta Mitchell: IRS annoyed by Power Line

Featured image We have followed True The Vote’s case against the IRS for obvious reasons and have asked TTV counsel Cleta Mitchell to keep us as closely informed as she can. The case is important in a number of respects and the public interest in the case as well as related inquiries, I think it is fair to say, is rather high. We know our readers are intensely interested in it. Cleta »

Cleta Mitchell: Judge Walton wants to hear from the IRS

Featured image Cleta Mitchell writes to report on the hearing before Judge Walton today on True The Vote’s motion for an order addressing discovery issues with the IRS on the destruction of evidence. Cleta writes: Here is the order from today’s hearing – -Judge spent 2 hours asking questions – the judge is requiring the IRS to start testifying under oath – by persons with direct knowledge and by the end of »