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National Review Infiltrates San Francisco

Featured image Splendid evening last night in San Francisco, at the annual William F. Buckley Prize dinner hosted by National Review Institute, this year honoring the great George Shultz, secretary of state under Ronaldus Magnus, and Michael Grebe, the long time head of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. Shultz is 95, but still has it going on, telling some of the great old stories about bringing down the Soviet Union back »

Some Power Line Victory Laps

Featured image It’s always nice to see folks catch up with the stories that we were on to early. • My old AEI colleague Desmond Lachman worried in The Hill a couple days ago that “An Italian financial crisis poses huge threat to global economy.” Do tell. In fact, we did, back in late July, in “Keep Your Eye on Italy.” • The Washington Post yesterday took note of how conservatives are »

Today’s Dose of Crazy. . .

Featured image First up, this tweet from the New York Times over the weekend, which was apparently not a self-parody: Yeah, because we’d all be so much better off if we were still hunter-gatherers. It would have saved us from Joe Camel and Philip Morris. Incidentally, there is evidence in evolutionary biology that the enlargement of the human brain may be linked to our species’ use of fire. One biologist I know »

Bottom Stories of the Week

Featured image I hate to keep picking on vegans—and I wouldn’t if so many didn’t make a righteous ideology out of it*—but this story (which wouldn’t be a news story if there weren’t an agenda behind it in the first place) is just too irresistible: Woman trying to prove ‘vegans can do anything’ among four dead on Mount Everest For Maria Strydom and her husband, Robert Gropel, climbing Everest while adhering to »

Radio Daze: The Bill & Bill Show

Featured image This week was very likely my last time guest-hosting Bill Bennett’s radio show, because he’s giving up his morning slot at the end of this month, though he’ll still be doing radio in a different format later in the day. (Stay tuned for details.) In any case, I decided on Monday to tell the story of the first time I ever met Bill Bennett, more than 25 years ago. The »

Media Alert: Radio Days Ahead

Early risers should tune in tomorrow and Tuesday morning as I’ll be guest-hosting the Bill Bennett show both days (6 – 9 am eastern time). We’re still working on the guest list, but tomorrow we’ll have for sure Henry Olsen at 6:35 am, and Prof. Joshua Dunn, co-author of an important new book just out, Passing on the Right: Conservative Professors in the Progressive University, needless to say a subject »

Hello, Boulder, I’m Baaaack!

Featured image For Boulder area Power Line peeps (and I remember a lot of you from our great meetup in August 2013 at the Bohemian Bier Garden on 13th Street), I’m making a return visit to campus on Monday, to participate in a panel discussion on “Climate Change After Paris.” (Short answer: Same as before Paris. Footnotes to follow.) It will be in Eaton Humanities Room 150. If I’m not too worn »

Tomorrow on the Radio

Featured image I’m back behind the mic for the Bill Bennett “Morning in America” radio show again tomorrow morning from 6 – 9 am eastern. If there isn’t a local station in your area, you can listen online at The guest lineup includes, at 6:30 am, Henry Olsen of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and co-author of Four Faces of the Republican Party; at 7:05 am, I’ll be joined by »

Another Media Alert!

Featured image For early risers everywhere, I’ll be guest-hosting Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America” radio show tomorrow morning, and again Thursday. Because why should John have all the fun? Anyway, my guest tomorrow include energy guru Mark Mills of the Manhattan Institute, Rep. Tom McClintock of California to talk congressional politics, and, hopefully, Reihan Salam of National Review (we’re still working out telephone logistics). I’ll probably talk about D—– T—-, too. And »


Featured image The New York Times is off to a rousing start in 2016. The first headline that caught my eye in the print edition this morning is this one on the front page: U.S. Uncertain Of How Many Overstay Visas I’d work up my shocked face, but my face muscles are still sore from reacting to yesterday’s Stanford beat down of Iowa in the Rose Bowl. (Stanford overcame the point spread »

The Case for Meat

Featured image Have you heard the one about how you can tell someone is a vegan? Answer: Because they’ll f****** tell you. Sounds about right. Meanwhile: why should you eat meat? Don’t just answer with the obvious and self-evident truth: Because it really tastes great—especially grilled! Turns out eating meat may be essential for your mental health. From Women’s Health Magazine (just to show there’s no limit to Power Line’s efforts to »

Special Bonus Happy Halloween Edition

Featured image Back in the bad old days of the Soviet Union, one of the tricks a dissident might attempt to communicate subversive ideas in a subtle way would be to quote a good paragraph or two from Adam Smith or Hayek, surrounded on either side by boilerplate propaganda about why this imperialist dogma is wrong. The perceptive reader would pick up on the sense of the excerpts from Adam Smith, and »

Public Service Announcement for Geeks Everywhere

Featured image In case you’re hiding under a rock—or are one of our faithful readers who wait exclusively for Power Line to certify what is truly important news—tonight the newest trailer for the forthcoming Star Wars movie was released. You’re welcome. »

What Happens in Vegas . . . Ends Up on Power Line?

Featured image For any Las Vegas area readers, I’ll be appearing this Saturday on two panels of the Vegas Valley Book Festival. Yes—you read that correctly: the Vegas Valley Book Festival, not the Vegas Valley Bookie Festival, as you likely assumed if you read too quickly. And by “book” they do mean the printed kind with intelligent words, and not the kind where you make your Sunday bets on the NFL. Click »

Power Line’s Compleat Guide to Aquatic-Assisted Childbrith

Featured image For a coastal Californian, it borders on cultural negligence that I have not noticed before now the fad of dolphin-assisted childbirth. Yes—it’s a real thing among the sufi-yogan new age crystal-gazing gluten-conscious set. Apparently some devotees of this method believe that newborns will be acquire an innate ability to understand and communicate with dolphins. And of course it is a stupid idea. If you want to take in how truly »

Great Figures from Great Teachers

Featured image Are you an advanced student or young professional in academia, public policy, economics, national security, journalism, law, business, or the military?  Then I’ve got the program for you to check out: The Hertog Foundation’s “Great Figures of the 20th Century” seminars. The full program consists of four weekend seminars on Churchill, Reagan, Thatcher, and David Ben-Gurion, beginning in January of next year and held in Washington DC. See the link »

Final Lineup for the Radio Tomorrow Morning

Featured image Okay, I’ve got the guest lineup set for the Bill Bennett “Morning in America” show tomorrow.  We’ll be doing a comprehensive preview of the GOP debate tomorrow night, and I’ll offer a couple of novel predictions of my own that I haven’t heard anyone else make so far. At 6:35 eastern I’ll welcome Pete Wehner, to talk about, among other things, his recent Commentary column “Donald Trump: What the Founders »