2016 presidential election

What We Have to Look Forward To

Featured image November 2016 is a long way off.  A reminder of what’s ahead: »

Elizabeth Warren — will she or won’t she?

Featured image For months, I’ve heard rumors that Elizabeth Warren wants to take on Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination. The rumors are plausible. Warren is 66 years old. It’s probably now or never, if she wants to become president. And why would we doubt that Warren wants to become president? On the other hand, running for president against the Clinton machine takes guts. What has Warren ever done that demonstrates »

The Power Line Show, Episode 15: We Interview Scott Walker

Featured image Thursday evening, Scott Walker addressed the Freedom Club’s annual dinner in Minnesota. Governor Walker made time between photos and the dinner for a Power Line interview. It is posted below. But first, how was his speech? It was terrific. I have wondered whether Walker would be dynamic enough to succeed on the national stage. His low-key style has served him well in Wisconsin, but would he be able to inspire »

Clinton cash — “not a shred of evidence”?

Featured image Team Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon responded to the New York Times Clinton Foundation/Russian uranium deal story by asserting that there is not a “shred of evidence” Hillary Clinton approved the deal to reward donors of the Clinton Foundation. The “shred of evidence” cliche is not a happy one for Hillary. After all, she has admitted, in essence, that she shredded tens of thousands of State Department emails, and the server »

Talking Persecution and Politics With Seth and Me

Featured image We got to know Seth Leibsohn when he was Bill Bennett’s producer. Now he is a top-notch radio host in his own right. Yesterday he had me on his show to talk about my recent post on the religion of peace, the persecution of Christians in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Minnesota-born terrorists, Hillary Clinton’s stumbling campaign and the progress of the campaign on the Republican side. As always »

What “Clinton cash” tells us about Hillary’s relationship with Bill

Featured image Liberal pundit Jonathan Chait concludes from the emerging “Clinton cash” scandal that, at a minimum, the Clintons have been “disorganized and greedy.” Of the greed, there can be no doubt. But whether the Clintons have been disorganized depends on what they were trying, primarily, to accomplish through their Foundation. From Bill Clinton’s perspective, I gather, the Foundation was intended to raise huge amounts of money and to serve as a »

Reformicons: Civil War on the Right?

Featured image There’s the old story about the Michigan state senator who said one day on the floor of the legislature, “Some of my friends are for this bill, and some of my friends are against this bill, and I’m going to stick with my friends!” That’s how I feel about the back-and-forth playing out in the latest Claremont Review of Books over the subject of “Reform Conservatives,” aka, “Reformicons.” The estimable »

Clinton cash; Clinton lies

Featured image There’s an interesting, though hardly surprising, footnote to the Clinton/Russia/uranium story. If reports are true, the Clintons and their backers have already been caught in at least two lies about the matter. The first lie pertains to the deal Bill Clinton brokered on behalf of Clinton Foundation backer Frank Giustra, in which Giustra obtained major uranium concessions from Kazakhstan. When he helped obtain these concessions for Giustra, Clinton spoke favorably »

Clinton Cash—The Russia Connection

Featured image The New York Times reports tomorrow on multi-million dollar donations from a Canadian company anxious to sell American uranium mines to the Russians, which required State Department approval while Hillary was secretary of state: [T]he sale gave the Russians control of one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States. Since uranium is considered a strategic asset, with implications for national security, the deal had to be approved by »

Clinton cash — the GE-Algeria connection

Featured image Most of the stories alleging that donations to the Clinton Foundation resulted in, or at least coincided with, favors from Hillary Clinton’s State Department have involved foreign donors. The two most notable examples are Canadian businessman Frank Giustra and Ukrainian tycoon Victor Pinchuk. Now, however, questions have been raised as to whether contributions to the Clinton Foundation by General Electric had anything to do with action taken by the State »

Hillary’s loose lips

Featured image Hillary Clinton has called for a “toppling” of America’s wealthiest one percent, according to a New York Times report. Clinton did so during a private meeting with “economists” earlier this year. I found Clinton’s call odd. Not because Clinton herself is in the upper echelon of “one-percenters.” It’s quite common these days for prominent modern left-wing populists to be extremely prosperous, if not filthy rich. What’s odd is Clinton’s use »

“Clinton Cash” — drip, drip, drip

Featured image Publication of Clinton Cash, Peter Schweizer’s expose of the money raised by the Clinton Foundation and the favors such money may have purchased, is two weeks away. However, some of Schweizer’s findings continue to trickle into the mainstream media. They are bad news for Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. For instance, the New York Post reports that, according to Schweizer, Foundation donors received lucrative development contracts following the devastating Haitian earthquake in »

Hillary, the Middle-Class Warrior? [Updated]

Featured image Hillary Clinton has said that she will make income inequality the central theme of her campaign, and will position herself as an advocate for the middle class. No doubt such pretensions will be taken seriously by our news media. Reporters and mainstream commentators might ridicule the idea that a woman who hasn’t driven her own automobile in twenty years, charges $300,000 to give a below-average speech, and shakes down foreign »

Rubio surges but tough questions about immigration linger

Featured image Things keep looking brighter and brighter for Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign. Last week, I noted that Rubio is running essentially even with Jeb Bush among Florida Republicans, a huge improvement in his standing. Now, CNN finds that Rubio has broken into double-figure support among Republicans nationally. He’s at 11 percent, according to CNN, basically tied with Scott Walker, Rand Paul, and Mike Huckabee. Only Bush does appreciably better 17 percent, »

Hillary Clinton’s bane

Featured image I have referred to the Clinton Foundation as “Hillary Clinton’s Bain Capital” on the theory that it will connect her to unsympathetic figures and entities who behave badly in something like the way Bain Capital was said to connect Mitt Romney to bad corporate behavior. But now, with word of Peter Schweizer’s new book (to be released on May 5) “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign »

Hillary Clinton’s Bain Capital

Featured image Newsweek reports that “one of the biggest benefactors to the Clinton Foundation has been trading with Iran and may be in breach of US sanctions imposed on the country.” The “benefactor” in question is Victor Pinchuk, described by Newsweek as a “Ukrainian oligarch [who] has courted the Clintons for at least nine years – in the United States, the Alps and Ukraine.” Newsweek says it has seen declarations and documents »

TMZ, EDM, Swedish House Mafia and Marco Rubio

Featured image Marco Rubio is running for president as the standard-bearer of a new generation. When it comes to culture, anyway, that claim is not without substance. Not only is Rubio a knowledgeable sports fan, he actually listens to rap, hip-hop and similar abominations. Normally I wouldn’t think this sort of thing would impress young voters, but this TMZ video might suggest otherwise. TMZ, if you are not familiar with it, is »