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Dust Jacket Blurb?

Featured image I think I’ve found my first dust jacket blurb for my next book (which I’m going to start writing soon—stay tuned for details).  From the second letter to the editor in today’s Wall Street Journal: Steven Hayward’s honest pursuit of the truth is attractive to promising students seeking understanding, who have not yet been corrupted by an inability to think for themselves. . .  By preserving brilliant academics like Steven »

Who Reads Power Line?

Featured image Reihan Salam, executive editor of National Review, bon vivant, and neck-and-neck with National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru as smartest man in America (except for when Paul Krugman dines alone)—that’s who.  He loves Power Line so much we had to do two takes! »

We’re number 4

Featured image I learn (via InstaPundit, of course) that Newsmax has announced its Top 50 Conservative Blogs of 2015. Accepting the award on behalf of InstaPundit, Glenn Reynolds comments: “It’s always nice to be number one.” In a competitive field, Power Line comes in at number 4. As we approach the end of our thirteenth year online, that’s not too shabby either. We try harder. The Newsmax Top 50 demonstrates familiarity with, »

Start a Government in Exile This Summer?

Featured image Two current controversies combine to suggest . . . a summer vacation idea! The Pacific Research Institute’s indefatigable leader Sally Pipes speculated some time ago that if the government continues to wreck health care with regulation and mandates, perhaps the answer would be offshore health clinics and hospitals—not like “offshore” banks in the Caymans or something, but offshore on ships, beyond the territorial boundaries of the United States, therefore making »

Power Line at 10,000 Feet

Featured image If we ever start doing a regular video show in addition to our semi-regular online broadcasts, I think we might have to use this short segment as our show opener: As it happens, I’m going to be out in Palm Springs next weekend videotaping a long interview with a significant writer and thinker, which will be edited into several segments for Power Line.  Stay tuned for details. And then there are »

Media Alert: Bill Bennett Show Wednesday

Featured image I’ll be guest-hosting Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America” radio show on Wednesday morning from 6 – 9 am eastern time.  Check the website for your local station, or listen online.  I’ll be breaking down President Obama’s State of the Union address from the night before, with maybe a detour about the leftist hysteria over the box office success of American Sniper, and a word or two about the “hottest year” hysteria »

Looking for a Summer Vacation Idea?

Featured image How about a Baltic cruise with Jonah Goldberg, Amity Shlaes, Arthur Laffer, Charles Kesler, and  . . . me?  Yup, that’s right: my pals at the Pacific Research Institute have organized their first ever “Liberty-at-Sea Cruise,” sailing from Copenhagen to Helsinki and St. Petersburg from August 16-23, and I’ll be on board for the whole thing.  You can find out all about it here (including the rest of the speakers), »

For Your Holiday Listening/Viewing Pleasure

Featured image If you’re tired of watching the umpteeth rerun of Burl Ives narrating the obvious Communist parable about the red-nosed reindeer, then here are two new electronic distractions worth taking in. First, our friends at Liberty Fund have done a terrific podcast with William Voegeli, author of The Pity Party.  (And as I’ve been saying for weeks, you can’t have a good party without inviting the author of The Pity Party. »

When Pigs Fly, The Sequel

Featured image Back in May I posted an account of the time a flyer brought a pig on an American Airlines flight on the pretext that the pig was a “service animal” like a seeing eye dog.  It didn’t end well.  That was back in the year 2000. It has happened again just a few days ago, this time on US Airways (which is currently in the process of merging with American). »

Hitler Learns About Power Line’s VIP Membership

Featured image Okay, you knew this was coming. And I know what you’re thinking: isn’t this device more than a little tired out?  Well, yes, and that’s why this one is different than any you’ve ever seen before.  For one thing, it is only half as long as the Standard Hitler Parody Video.  Second, it has a plot twist in the middle.  You’ll just have to watch to see what I mean. »

Media Alert: Bill Bennett Show Thursday

Featured image Mark your calendar: I’ll be guest-hosting Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America” radio show this Thursday morning, from 6 – 9 am eastern time.  You can find your local station through the show’s website, BillBennett.com.  We’re still working out the guest list, but it looks to include the great and fascinating Herbert Meyer, Bill Casey’s right hand man at the CIA during the Reagan years, and who was one of the »

Media Alert for Tuesday

Featured image Here’s an early warning: I’ll be guest-hosting Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America” radio show from 6 – 9 am eastern time on Tuesday.  I’m working on putting together a loose theme for the show about “liberalism vs. progressivism,” inspired in part by Charles Murray’s op-ed on this subject in the Wall Street Journal last week.  Charles will be joining me during the 8 am hour of the show, and I’m »

The All-Purpose, One-Stop Shopping Racism Hub

Featured image Regular readers of Power Line know that we keep close tabs on The Warmlist, the site that catalogues everything caused by global warming climate change, which now spans 883 things starting with AIDS and ending with zoonotic diseases.  (Yeah—I had to look that one up, too.  It has to do with diseases transmitted by insects, etc.  Nothing that a little DDT wouldn’t beat back in many cases. . .) Well, »

Media Alert: Bill Bennett Tomorrow Morning

Featured image I’ll be on Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America” radio show tomorrow morning at 7:30 Eastern time to discuss the Obama Administration’s climate policy proposal released today and referenced here this morning.  I’ve spent much of the day trying to make sense of the 645-page “rule” and the accompanying 345-page “regulatory impact analysis.”  The whole thing is opaque (on purpose), and is a farce in many ways.  But also deeply sinister. »

News for Denver/Boulder Peeps

Featured image The spring semester may be all finished as of this week, but that doesn’t mean the party’s over!  No indeed—starting next week, I’ll be offering three informal evening lectures on the following topics, all free and open to the public: May 13: The Lost Art of Statesmanship, from Max Weber to Winston Churchill Everyone craves the “statesman,” but not only is a precise definition or clear understanding nearly impossible (“A »

Media Alert: Kudlow Report Tonight

Featured image I’m booked on the Kudlow Report on CNBC for the 7 pm (eastern) hour tonight, to talk about the global warming that isn’t exactly happening right now.  Not sure when during the hour I’ll appear, and I may not have a chance to update between meetings and rushing to a Denver remote studio this afternoon.  But you’ll already have your TV on getting the dip mixed and chips out for »

Who Reads Power Line? [With Comment By John]

Featured image Rush Limbaugh, that’s who.  He’s picked up our posts before, but it’s nice he liked my recent post on the long-term prospects for the current fracas in Washington, even if the GOP loses the immediate battle.  I especially like his bit here about how “charts are useless on the radio”: Now, I mentioned a piece in Power Line earlier. I don’t mention Power Line much, but here’s a piece by »