Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Mrs. Warren’s profession revisited

Featured image Perhaps the main count in Elizabeth Warren’s indictment of the then prospective confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education was DeVos’s support for school choice. Warren charged that it may well even have “disqualified” DeVos from the position: Warren pointed to what she called DeVos’ “deep record of activism, bankrolling and lobbying for policies that would privatize public education” without meaningful accountability. “Your history of support for policies that »

A Ninth Circuit footnote [With Comment by John] [Updated]

Featured image The Ninth Circuit has ruled against the Trump administration’s motion for a stay pending appeal of Judge Robart’s order restraining the Trump administration from enforcing the executive order calling a brief timeout on the admission of refugees from seven designated countries (a/k/a “travel ban”) in the Ninth Circuit just concluded. This can’t be a surprise to anyone who tuned in to the oral argument of the motion. The Ninth Circuit »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll continues her post-election series in GET A GRIP! Part 3 – VIRTUE SIGNALING WITHOUT THE VIRTUE. She writes: One of the most unnerving aspects of the Great Democrat Freakout has been the astonishing level of nastiness unleashed. Like lynch mobs everywhere, the larger the audience, the more unhinged the behavior of individuals in the crowd. An aging, has-been singer shrieks her fantasy of blowing up the White House. »

Bill Cooper passes and inspires

Featured image As chairman and chief executive officer of TCF Financial Corporation (as it became), Bill Cooper rescued the Minnesota-based bank holding company essentially from insolvency and built it into to a regional powerhouse. I had the great good fortune to work for Bill and TCF general counsel Greg Pulles in the TCF legal department for 12 years. Bill died yesterday at the age of 73. I want to add a personal »

Keith Ellison’s back pages

Featured image I’ve been writing about Keith Ellison since he was endorsed by the DFL Fifth District convention to succeed Rep. Martin Sabo in the spring of 2006. I wrote some 20 Power Line posts under the heading “Who is Keith Ellison?” I summarized my findings in the Weekly Standard article “Louis Farrakhan’s first congressman” and in the companion Power Line post “Keith Ellison for dummies.” When Ellison published his 2014, memoir »

Mother Jones is with you

Featured image Power Line readers who mischievously pull for Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison to emerge victorious in his bid for the chairmanship of the DNC are not alone. We have noted that former Obama administration green jobs commissar and Mao man Van Jones is with you. We have noted that Vox’s Matthew Yglesias has joined you. We have also noted that 300 Jewish leaders are with you. The editors of »

In the Ninth Circuit

Featured image The oral argument of the Trump administration’s motion for a stay pending appeal of Judge Robart’s order restraining the Trump administration from enforcing the executive order calling a brief timeout on the admission of refugees from seven designated countries (a/k/a “travel ban”) in the Ninth Circuit just concluded. The Ninth Circuit made the oral argument accessible by live stream. To no one’s surprise, the oral argument did not go well »

The Audi factor

Featured image The “wage gap” between men and women is such an old canard that it could be coeval with the birth of (real) fake news. With their sure grasp on the exploitation of ignorance, Democrats have turned it into a perduring plank in the “war on women” allegedly waged by Republicans. Thomas Sowell has devoted several columns to debunking it. He calls the “wage gap” a “lie that won’t die.” Where »

Back to the future with Nancy Pelosi

Featured image House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has served in Congress a long time. She has served long enough to oppose Republican presidents going back to Ronald Reagan. In the modern era she has missed only Presidents Eisenhower and Nixon, but she opposed them too! Make no mistake about that. She has served in Congress long enough to oppose both Presidents Bush, father and son, over a period of twelve years. It »

Ninth Circuit update

Featured image Over the weekend the Trump administration filed an emergency motion for an immediate stay and a motion for stay pending appeal of Judge Robart’s order restraining the Trump administration from enforcing its executive order calling a brief timeout on the admission of refugees from seven designated countries (a/k/a “travel ban”). The motion for an emergency stay was denied by a two-judge administrative panel of the Ninth Circuit while briefing was »

A few Super Bowl story lines [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Well, that was exciting. There were so many story lines running in Super Bowl LI last night that it seemed to me impossible to keep up. This morning I am writing from mental notes that may reflect oversights or errors for which I apologize in advance. I trust readers will note them in the comments. We had the bid of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick and the Patriots to a »

No thug left behind

Featured image Our friend Katherine Kersten is senior fellow at the Center of the American Experiment, Minnesota’s conservative think tank, at which John Hinderaker serves as president. Kathy is an indefatigable analyst and advocate who has effectively promoted good public policy and opposed bad public policy while breaking major stories illustrating the way we live now. Most recently, Kathy has turned her attention to the destruction of student discipline in the St. »

“People’s Park” revisited

Featured image In the first volume of his Age of Reagan, Steve Hayward touches on the “People’s Park” incident of 1969 at Berkeley. Steve recalls: “[P]rotestors tried to tear down the fence, and the usual provocateurs incited protestors to start throwing rocks and bottles at the police. [Then California Governor] Reagan didn’t hesitate to dispatch the National Guard to quell the campus; their efforts included the first ever air raid on an »

The Nation is with you

Featured image Power Line readers who mischievously pull for Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison to emerge victorious in his bid for the chairmanship of the DNC are not alone. We have noted that former Obama administration green jobs commissar and Mao man Van Jones is with you. We have noted that Vox’s Matthew Yglesias has joined you. We have also noted that 300 Jewish leaders are with you. Now the editors »

Ninth Circuit denies stay

Featured image Yesterday the Department of Justice has filed an emergency motion for an immediate stay and a motion for stay pending appeal of Judge Robart’s order restraining the Trump administration from enforcing its executive order calling a brief timeout on the admission of refugees from seven designated countries (a/k/a “travel ban”). The motion has been posted online here. The motion characterizes Judge Robart’s order as an injunction (which is appealable) rather »

Restrain this

Featured image At The Stranger Sydney Brownstone provides a summary of the temporary restraining order entered by Judge James Robart staying enforcement “on a nationwide basis” of President Trump’s timeout on immigration from seven countries previously identified by the Obama administration. The Seattle Times has posted an excited story on the order together with a video of the hearing on it (below). This case has been brought in federal district court against »

“How is it playing out in Australia?” [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Writing from down under, Steve Kates responds to the question “How is it playing out in Australia?” Not surprisingly, Professor Kates provides a perspective that is nowhere to be found in the news up here: “For [Australian Prime Minister] Malcolm [Turnbull] apparently to have tried to push Trump, by telling him that as a fellow businessman that a deal is a deal, must rank as politically incompetent as anything I »