The other summit

Featured image The New York Post brings a keen nose for news, a deep knowledge of popular culture and a devilish sense of humor to what looks like it might be the front page of tomorrow’s paper (?) that has somehow mysteriously materialized on the Drudge Report. Drudge links to the Post story by Marisa Schultz and Nikki Schwab on the Post’s Page Six section. It’s surely not the biggest news of »

IDF strikes Gaza

Featured image The informative IDF Twitter feed reports that “the IDF is currently operating in the Gaza Strip. The explosions heard are related to this activity. Details to follow.” Israel has been taking mortars from Gaza this morning, one of which hit near the Israeli kindergarten featured in the video posted here on Twitter. The Times of Israel reports here. FOX News continues to regurgitate “information” disseminated by “the Gaza Health Ministry” »

Rehov removed

Featured image Via the Gatestone Institute here, I posted Pierre Rehov’s YouTube video Behind the smoke screen on Power Line at the link. Rehov’s video revealed the reality of the so-called “peaceful demonstrations” against Israel’s alleged “blockade” of Gaza. Rehov exposed the “demonstrations” as terrorist assaults on Israel staged by Hamas. Rehov invited viewers: “Watch Hamas hate speeches. See how they build their propaganda at the expense of brainwashed, deceived and manipulated »

The Final Year, Thank God (2)

Featured image As I have said a time or two before, Samantha Power made a name for herself with a book proclaiming our obligation to stop genocide abroad. Once she took office in the Obama administration, however, she became an apologist for Obama’s detachment from the catastrophe in Syria and his deal with the genocidal maniacs in Iran, among other things. It’s almost enough to make one question her bona fides, or »

16 years: 16 thoughts

Featured image It was sixteen years ago this weekend — sixteen years ago today, I think, but maybe tomorrow — that John Hinderaker went to Blogger and set up Power Line. On Memorial Day that weekend he gave me a call and invited me to contribute. We’ve moved on from Blogger, but we’re still here. Survival has its charms; many sites have come and gone or gone off the deep end over »

The Final Year, Thank God

Featured image Now playing on HBO is Greg Barker’s documentary The Final Year chronicling President Obama’s foreign-policy team during Obama’s last year in office. It gives us a fly-on-the-wall view of John Kerry, Samantha Power, and Ben Rhodes doing their job through election day and slightly beyond. I watched it last night. Only 90 minutes long, the film began to grate on me as we rounded the corner into minute 2. Yet »

Media Alert

Featured image I will guest host Laura Ingraham’s radio show tomorrow. The show runs live from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern, and is heard at other times in some geographies. Our guest lineup is still being finalized, but North Korea and Spygate will no doubt figure prominently. You can go here to find a radio station in your area or to listen online. If you miss the show live, you can »

The Strib does Tomi Lahren [With Comment by John]

Featured image Rochelle Olson is a pitiful excuse of a reporter for the Star Tribune. Back in 2006, I called her out as “reckless and feckless,” a judgment I stand by today. This is her jocular take on the assault (“liquid launching incident”) on Tomi Lahren at a restaurant in downtown Minneapolis over the weekend, posted on the Star Tribune website this afternoon now that President Trump has weighed in (I have »

True origin of the probe

Featured image When did the counterintelligence investigation that culminated in the Mueller Switch Project begin? That, it turns out, is not an easy question. Whole lotta lyin’ goin’ on. Byron York explores the question in an Examiner column devoted to the question, as does George Neumayr in his related American Spectator column. The New York Times has served up three origin stories. As each story has been served up in turn, the »

About that “sensitive matter”

Featured image In his post “More evidence of Deep State collaboration on the Steele Dossier,” Paul writes about how the story of how the dossier compiled by Christopher Steele found and its most salacious contents made their way into the mainstream media. Paul relies in part on Sean Davis’s Federalist column “BREAKING: E-mails Show FBI Brass Discussed Dossier Briefing Details With CNN.” Paul’s post and Davis’s column cite Senator Ron Johnson’s May »

Nunes approaches the target (2)

Featured image What is the true origin of the counterintelligence investigation that has culminated in the appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel? Signs point to former CIA Director John Brennan — he was certainly in the mix — who has been on a verbal rampage roughly coincident with the inauguration of President Trump. His most recent effusion on Twitter shows him in characteristic form (below). If he had any friends, someone »

Tapper raps on

Featured image What a snake is Senator Mark Warner, a man of false sincerity and partisan spin. This certainly comes through in Jake Tapper’s interview with him this morning. I will say that much in its favor. Midway through the interview, Tapper persists in a few questions about evidence of Russian collusion that Warner artfully dodges in his smarmy style. Tapper then takes up the subject of the latest news in the »

FBI blows source: Why?

Featured image In the annals of media stupidity in blind service of their political allies in the “intelligence community” and the political world, it would be hard to top today’s New York Times installment of the new authorized version. It comes with an unintentionally humorous headline. Indeed it may be an instant classic of the “fake but accurate” variety: “F.B.I. Used Informant to Investigate Russia Ties to Campaign, Not to Spy, as »

The Invincible Mendacity and Hypocrisy of the Liberal Media

Featured image I know, “liberal media” is redundant, and pointing out the hypocrisy of the left is a tedious, never-ending chore, but the coverage of Trump’s comments about the MS-13 gang being “animals” is beyond even the most egregious examples of liberal mendacity. I’m pretty sure Americans understand by now that Trump is often clumsy in his statements, especially his off-the-cuff remarks. In the age of internet searches, it is a simple »

Analyze this

Featured image Mollie Hemingway meticulously documents the outing of the top secret informant on the Trump campaign by the friendly if anonymous sources of the New York Times and Washington Post. The sources decry the danger in which the informant has been placed by the effort of Rep. Nunes to obtain documents related to the source, although they are the ones supplying the identifying information. I think Rep. Nunes is still waiting, »

McCarthy reads the Times story

Featured image Andrew McCarthy gives the (new) Times origin story the kind of close reading I called for here earlier today. With the benefit of an educated eye, he reads the Times story between the lines and concludes (all emphasis in original): * * * * * The scandal is that the FBI, lacking the incriminating evidence needed to justify opening a criminal investigation of the Trump campaign, decided to open a »

The (new) Times origin story

Featured image The New York Times has now published a new version of the Trump-Russia counterintelligence investigation origin story by Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, and Nicholas Fandos in “Code Name Crossfire Hurricane: The Secret Origins of the Trump Investigation.” This is the new authorized version floated by the friends of the Times at the FBI. The new authorized version reflects the work of many hands at the Times. Additional reporting was contributed »