Author Archives: Scott Johnson

Triumph of the leftist will

Featured image The Supreme Court held oral argument in King v Burwell yesterday. The Supreme Court has posted the transcript of the oral argument here. At issue in King is the legality of the IRS’s provision of tax credits in Obamacare exchanges established by the federal government. As Professor Jonathan Adler writes in USA Today, the case “presents a straightforward case of statutory interpretation.” As such, it’s not a hard case; it’s »

Lindzen contra Grijalva

Featured image The wretched Democratic Rep. Raúl Grijalva has sent letters to seven university presidents based on his concerns about the heterodox climate-related testimony of professors at the institutions. He has sought “detailed records on the funding sources for affiliated researchers who have opposed the scientific consensus on man-made global warming,” as the Washington Post’s Joby Warrick put it in “House Dems: Did Big Oil seek to sway scientists in climate debate?” »

Is this “Eric Hoteham”?

Featured image This morning the AP identified one “Eric Hoteham” as the mysterious gentleman who registered the Internet address for Madam Hillary’s private email server at the Clintons’ Chappaqua home. That would be the server that housed Madam Hillary’s official State Department emails “as early as August 2010.” (The AP story doesn’t sort out other details that must have applied to her official business email before then.) This morning I thought that »

Who is Eric Hoteham? [Updated With Twitter Account]

Featured image In its excellent story this morning on the private email account Madam Hillary set up for official business during her tenure as Secretary of State, the Associated Press notes this telling detail: It was unclear whom Clinton hired to set up or maintain her private email server, which the AP traced to a mysterious identity, Eric Hoteham. That name does not appear in public records databases, campaign contribution records or »

Democrats respond to Netanyahu (video edition)

Featured image President Obama let it be known that he didn’t watch Prime Minister’s historic speech to the joint session of Congress yesterday. Netanyahu came to present the case against the nuclear deal with Iran that is in process. Obama has made concession after concession that would abrogate sanctions against Iran and facilitate Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons. Netanyahu sought to explain why that was the case and why it wasn’t a »

Netanyahu’s moment, part 6

Featured image The video of Prime Minister Netanyahus’s speech to the joint session of Congress is below. The Prime Minister’s Office has posted the text of the speech here. Paul Mirengoff has posted an excellent summary and analysis in the adjacent post. This was a historic speech. In the heart of his speech Netanyahu hit many of the themes we have hit here. He also anticipated and addressed the Obama administration’s criticism »

Netanyahu’s moment, part 5

Featured image President Obama’s outrage at Prime Minister Netanyahu is undoubtedly genuine, but every ground presented for it by the administration for it is a transparent pretext. One such ground is Netanyahu’s appearance before Congress within a few weeks of Israeli elections. The timing of the speech, however, is rather obviously dictated by the administration’s March 23 deadline for the outline of a final agreement with Iran. Obama’s outrage is keyed to »

Netanyahu’s moment, part 4

Featured image Obama national security adviser Susan Rice spoke at the AIPAC policy conference in Washington this evening. In the video below, Rice frankly avows the Obama administration’s support for Iran’s “domestic enrichment capacity” and pursuit of “peaceful nuclear energy.” We are advised that we have to define deviancy down in the name of realism: “We cannot let a totally unachievable ideal stand in the way of a good deal.” Translation: Unfortunately: »

Netanyahu’s moment, part 3 (video corrected!)

Featured image Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke this morning at the annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington. I have posted the video below (20 minutes). This speech is a warm-up to the main event tomorrow morning before a joint session of Congress. In this speech Netanyahu tactfully takes the highest ground possible consistent with his mission. “My speech is not intended to show any disrespect to President Obama or the esteemed office that »

A conversation with James Ceaser

Featured image In the latest of his Conversations, Bill Kristol draws out the eminent political scientist James Ceaser on the philosophy of constitutionalism on which the American experiment is founded as well as the development of American political parties with which it must live. The video is also posted and broken into chapters here; the transcript is posted here. The video continues here with Ceaser’s discussion of his teachers Harvey Mansfield, James »

Meet Rich Weinstein

Featured image The legality of the mechanics of Obamacare as implemented comes before the Supreme Court for oral argument this week in King v. Burwell. The issue is one of statutory construction about as difficult (i.e.., not) as the one that came before the Court in United Steelworkers of America v. Weber. The Court got it laughably wrong in Weber. The case is important as a demonstration of how easy it is »

Netanyahu’s moment, part 2

Featured image I’ll be posting notes in anticipation of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress tomorrow. This is the second in what I think will be a series of three or four such notes. Bill Kristol’s Weekly Standard editorial “Netanyahu’s moment” provides the theme. Prime Minister Netanyahu will be speaking at the annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington today. C-SPAN is televising much of the policy conference and posting videos. C-SPAN 2 »

The net neutrality crack-up

Featured image “The net neutrality crack-up” is the headline put by the Wall Street Journal over Holman Jenkins’s column on the FCC production of this past week. If you can’t access the column directly, you can access it indirectly here via Google. As long as we’re on the subject, let’s continue with the conclusion of Jenkins’s column: Which brings us to the pusillanimous Tom Wheeler. We don’t use the adjective lightly. Let’s »

Free Country

Featured image Steve Dobrogosz is a Power Line reader, an American expatriate living in Sweden and a composer of multifarious talents. His new recording is Free Country, a 70-minute collection of improvisations inspired by country music. I’ve listened to it several times through and can only say I love it. In addition to the country/blues inspiration, I hear melodic invention throughout. The late, great rock pianist Nicky Hopkins used to do something »

A word from Verizon

Featured image Verizon is an outspoken opponent of the government takeover of the Internet by the Federal Communications Commission. It therefore weighed in on Thursday when the FCC voted to approve an order urged by President Obama; the order will result in the imposition of rules on broadband Internet services under a law that was enacted “in the era of the steam locomotive and the telegraph.” Verizon issued its press release in »

Netanyahu’s moment

Featured image The coming deal with Iran represents folly of a Chamberlainite proportion. One can easily see it in the administration’s prebuttal of Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech, reported in today’s New York Times story by David Sanger and Michael Gordon. I hear the voice of Susan Rice in the unnamed administration official quoted by the Times. Whoever it is speaks out of the love that dare not be identified with his or her »

From the mixed-up files of Ms. Hillary

Featured image Although it has had to file a Freedom of Information Act to get it done, Judicial Watch has succeeded in extracting a portion of Benghazi-related emails from the State Department. Judicial Watch had sought “Any and all records concerning, regarding, or related to notes, updates, or reports created in response to the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S, Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. This request includes but is not limited »