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Risen rules

Featured image New York Times reporter James Risen was subpoenaed to testify in the prosecution of CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling. Sterling is under prosecution for blowing a CIA program intended to undermine Iran’s nuclear program. The program was subject to a security classification indicating its extreme sensitivity. To no discernible public good, Risen publicized the program in his book State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration. »

60 Minutes does Obamacare

Featured image 60 Minutes turned its attention to Obamacare in a story reported by Lesley Stahl and produced by Rich Bonin this past Sunday. The segment promoted Steven Brill’s new book on Obamacare. According to Stahl and Brill, Obamacare’s great failure is its lack of price controls. Assuming price controls to be a great good — one of those great goods without a downside — the segment allocated no blame to Obama. »

The Attkisson angle

Featured image Around the time late last week that I complained of the lack of media interest in Sharyl Attkisson’s lawsuit against Eric Holder et al. for the intrusions into her computers, the Daily Beast posted a good account by Lloyd Grove in “Ex-CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson’s battle royale with the feds.” Grove asserts that the Justice Department and the Postal Service “pushed back hard against Attkisson’s allegations.” Grove quotes the Justice »

Prophet-driven

Featured image At NRO, Ian Tuttle observes that it has become conventional to refer to “the Prophet Mohammed.” Tuttle asks why. I myself am careful not to refer to Muhammad (spelled however) as “the Prophet.” Fine if he’s yours, and no offense intended, but he’s not mine. Tuttle observes with considerable understatement: “There seems to be an implicit, unique measure of respect accorded to the religious leader of Islam that is passé »

Steadfast (non-denial) denials [updated]

Featured image Sharyl Attkisson filed her lawsuit against the Department of Justice et al. on Monday. She spoke briefly with us about it in the interview with her that we posted here on Monday afternoon. The lawsuit alleges the violation of Attkisson’s civil rights as a result of the illegal electronic monitoring and surveillance of her home and business computers and phones from 2011 to 2013. Attkisson tells the story behind the »

Notes on “Stonewalled,” part 3

Featured image This concludes my series of posts on Sharyl Attkisson’s important new book, Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington. Part 1 is here; part 2 is here. We recorded an interview with Attkisson about the book early Monday afternoon; the interview is posted here. • Attkisson bookends her accounts of the Obama administration scandals she has covered with the story of »

Did Ted Turner Have CNN Keep an End-of-the-World Video?

Featured image I was ten years ago that I spent an evening with Ted Turner up at his enormo buffalo ranch outside Bozeman, Montana—a tale I recalled on NoLeftTurns. In a sentence, Turner is as big a barking loon as you’d expect, but he is funny as hell and hard not to like in the ordinary way. He’s also dedicated to the idea that humanity has less than 50 years to go. »

Fight! Fight! Sachs Versus Krugman!

Featured image Wasn’t it Henry Kissinger who said of the Iran-Iraq war back in the 1980s that it was too bad both sides couldn’t lose? That’s how you feel when Jeffrey Sachs, the thuggish Columbia University economist (er, “professor of sustainable development” according to his bio) whose bad advice arguably paved the way for the rise of Russia’s post-Cold War crony capitalist oligarchs, delivers some smack on Paul Krugman. But that’s exactly »

Notes on “Stonewalled,” part 2

Featured image Reading Sharyl Attkisson’s Stonewalled from cover to cover over the weekend, I flipped over the book. In this post I continue to jot notes on the book to amplify the (insufficient) attention it has received so far. Part 1 is posted here; our interview with Sharyl Attkisson, recorded yesterday, is posted here. • Attkisson organizes the book around the Obama administration scandals she covered at CBS News, and she covered »

A New Power Line Award: The “Kirby Delauter”

Featured image We’re not really looking to create more awards to go with Power Line’s coveted Green Weenie, but sometimes something comes along that really merits special recognition. Besides, we could use a general purpose award for the biggest government clown that comes across our radar, and Frederick County (MD) commissioner Kirby Delauter has served up a doozy. It seems Mr. Lauter objected to a local reporter using his name in a »

About That Sex Scandal. . .

Featured image Oh, goody, a juicy sex scandal potentially involving Bill Clinton. How could it be otherwise? John has already pointed out the potentiality of this story exploding on Hillary Clinton if it is true. There may be videotapes! In this year of celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Back to the Future movies, can a stained blue dress be far behind? Britain’s Daily Mail offers up a very long and detailed »

Notes on “Stonewalled,” part 1

Featured image Over the weekend I read Sharyl Attkisson’s book Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington from cover to cover. I read it in preparation for a brief interview we are scheduled to record with Attkisson for the next Power Line podcast. I would like to share notes, thoughts and excerpts in a series of posts, of which this is the first. »

Media Alert

Featured image I will be guest hosting for Laura Ingraham one more time this holiday season, tomorrow from 9 to 12 a.m. Eastern, 8 to 11 Central. It should be a fun show, with Senator-elect Tom Cotton, Bill Kristol, Andrew McCarthy and Michelle Malkin slated to join me. Find Laura on your local radio dial and have your phone handy–the number to call is 855-405-2872. Also a New Year’s Eve noisemaker. If »

What Americans Really Cared About In 2014

Featured image Or what they tweeted about, anyway. Twitter provides a fascinating, objective look at what people are discussing. Tracked over the course of the year, it tells us a little about the news, and quite a lot about us. People may claim to have lots of high-minded interests, but what are they actually talking about? Donald Sterling. Here it is: 2014, as documented on Twitter. Click to enlarge: The results are »

In which Kyle Smith lends a hand

Featured image Making out a small case study in media bias, GQ found it remarkably difficult to identify an even mix of crazy Democrats and Republicans in its survey of “The 20 craziest politicians.” Seventeen of the 20 spots went to Republicans. In the New York Post Kyle Smith arrives to lend a hand. He identifies 16 crazy Dems overlooked by GQ. Vermont’s Democrat Bernie Sanders makes the list; Smith uses this »

A real big problem

Featured image Actor James Woods circulates the image below via Twitter (@RealJamesWoods) with the comment: “The real problem.” In my view it’s a real problem, not the real problem, but it’s a real big problem, so James Woods is close enough for full credit. I would like to credit the creator of that image as well as Woods; if you know who deserves the credit, please drop us a line at powerlinefeedback@gmail.com. »

My meditation on David Brooks and Peggy Noonan

Featured image Let me begin by confessing my weakness for pundits who produce original and/or against-the-grain ideas. I also confess to the related tendency of preferring a plausible but misguided center-right defense of President Obama’s latest offensive policy initiative to the umpteenth denunciation of the policy on sound conservative grounds. These weaknesses help explain why I like David Brooks’ work. He’s the rare opinion-writer who comes up with ideas that I not »