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Hillary for dummies

Featured image Jed Babbin steps back from the latest revelations in the continuing saga of Hilary Clinton’s unsecured private email server for her official State Department business to offer this useful introduction: To begin we have to recognize the obvious: that her private email system was set up for a corrupt purpose, namely to ensure that she had control over all the communications she sent or received as secretary of state. We »

CNN hosts the Dems

Featured image CNN hosted the Democratic presidential candidates for a friendly town hall forum at Drake University in Des Moines last night. Chris Cuomo served as the moderator as the candidates appeared in turn to answer questions from the audience. Cuomo’s chumminess with the candidates suggests that for CNN the event was all in the family. I would have suffered through it for Power Line readers, but I forgot about it, and »

Why didn’t Jeanine Pirro reveal her ties to Donald Trump? [UPDATED]

Featured image Yesterday, I complained about what I called the mindless responses by some Fox News commentators to the National Review’s “Against Trump” issue. Some of the responses weren’t just mindless, they were also obnoxious. One the most obnoxious ones came from Judge Jeanine Pirro. She ranted: “The National Review needs to get in line with the rest of the Republicans. How dare they trash the front-runner Donald Trump!” But Trump doesn’t »

Mindless responses to National Review’s “Against Trump” essays

Featured image Fox News is a large outfit with plenty of on-air personalities. So it’s natural that some of them are pro-Donald Trump, or at least anti-anti-Trump, and that therefore some reacted negatively to National Reviews “Against Trump” issue. The problem is the mindlessness of some of the negative reactions. John Daly documents them at NR’s Corner. Take Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro. She said on Twitter: “The National Review needs »

The Matthews miasma

Featured image Chris Matthews opened Hardball last night with an extended discussion of National Review’s editorial and symposium Against Trump. The NR cover flags the editorial by “The Editors” followed by the names of 22 conservative contributors. As the screen flashed a graphic of the cover, Matthews described the contributors as “22 hastily deputized editors.” Matthews seemed not to understand that the cover advertised the editors’ unsigned editorial opposition to Trump along »

Reliving “13 Hours”

Featured image Daniel Henninger devotes his weekly Wall Street Journal column to 13 Hours. The column is “’13 Hours’: It’s political” (accessible here via Google, I hope). Henninger’s column marks an important contribution to the discussion. Among other things, Henninger writes: The movie “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” opened last week, and the cold-water machines have been hosing it. No one cares about Benghazi anymore, the conventional sniffing goes, because »

“13 Hours” — The Washington Post’s jaundiced take

Featured image Scott reports that “13 Hours,” Michael Bay’s film about the Benghazi attacks, attracted only a small crowd at the Grandview Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota. Nationally, though, the movie seems to be doing well. It earned around $20 million during the holiday weekend. That’s not quite as good as “Lone Survivor” ($25 million) and nowhere close to “American Sniper” ($107 million), both of which opened during the corresponding weekend. But »

In which Vance Opperman tells a tale

Featured image Vance Opperman is an extraordinarily wealthy Minneapolis businessman and former practicing attorney. He’s also an active Democrat whose financial contributions would be more than sufficient to secure him an ambassadorship to the country of his choice, though he pleads that he “will trade lutefisk for ambassadorship.” (Humor isn’t his strong point.) City Pages reports that in 2014 he was Minnesota’s top Super PAC donor, contributing $260,000 to the WIN Minnesota »

Did the Times Op-Ed Page Switch to Fluoridated Water?

Featured image Something weird happened at the New York Times op-ed page in the last few days. Two of their liberal columnists made sense. About guns, no less. Did they switch to fluoridated water or something? First off is Nicholas Kristof, who, it should be pointed out, occasionally departs from orthodoxy, most especially his 2005 “I Have a Nightmare” column that criticized the environmental establishment. (Needless to say environmentalists didn’t react well.) »

Media Alert

Featured image This is a guest hosting coup, I think: I will host Laura Ingraham’s radio show tomorrow. Gosh, what do you think we will talk about? Right. The show airs live from 9 to 12 a.m. Eastern time. Guests will include David Catanese of U.S. News, Larry Kudlow, Ruben Navarrette of the Washington Post and Amber Smith of the Independent Women’s Forum and Concerned Veterans for America. You can go here »

The Brooks brutalism

Featured image New York Times columnist David Brooks may have hit a new low with his attempted hit job on Ted Cruz in “The brutalism of Ted Cruz.” James Taranto provides a devastating analysis of Brooks’s column in “Brooks borks Cruz” (accessible via Google here, I hope). For those who know the deep meaning of pants in Brooksworld, you might say that Taranto depantses Brooks. Kent Scheidegger also addresses Brooks’s column in »

Major Schadenfreude Alert: Current Isn’t

Featured image What a great week. First The New Republic deservedly implodes. Now comes the news that Al Jazeera America, formerly Al Gore’s Current TV, is folding up. Most of the time Power Line has more active readers than Al Jazeera America had viewers, and we’re just a website. Yeah, Al Gore cashed out nicely with some serious fossil fuel money, but it’s nice to reflect back, as Twitchy does, about Gore’s »

Jane Mayer: World’s Worst Hypocrite?

Featured image I wrote here about a new book by the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer, which continues her vendetta against Charles and David Koch. In her book, as reported and headlined by the New York Times, Mayer breathlessly claims that the brothers’ father, Fred Koch, through a company called Winkler-Koch, designed a portion of an oil refinery that was built in Hamburg, Germany, between 1933 and 1935. What’s the point? There is »

Breaking: The New Republic Implodes

Featured image Over the last couple of years we’ve noted here, here, here, and here about the travails of the once-worthy New Republic under its punk owner Chris Hughes, a Facebook mogul who thought his early riches equaled wisdom. Today the predictable announcement was made: Hughes is dumping the magazine: The New Republic, the century-old magazine that was rocked a year ago by the mass exodus of its staff following an effort by its »

Obama and Guns: Life Imitates Art

Featured image Okay, one last clip from the radio this week while we get our act together to start up the Power Line Show podcast again soon. I had a good deal of fun during the first segment Wednesday morning, all by myself, noting the patent insincerity of Obama’s claim to “respect” the Second Amendment, and along the way I note the similarity of Obama to the climactic (and comically absurd) press »

On guns, Obama preaches to the choir

Featured image President Obama takes to the pages of the New York Times to state that “the epidemic of gun violence in our country is a crisis” and to demand “a national response.” The New York Times: What a great forum for reaching those who disagree with Obama, or are undecided, about gun control. I’ll leave it to my colleagues to take on whatever substance might be found in Obama’s op-ed. I »

Radio Daze

Featured image Fun times on the radio yesterday and today on the Bill Bennett show, and as we haven’t been able to get our act together here to produce a new podcast (believe me—we’ve been trying), I thought I’d post a segment from today’s show in lieu of. Plus it gives me bragging rights over John, as I’ve figured out (I think) my sound editing software, which might actually be a problem »