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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 BillBennett.com. 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 »

Headlines

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 »

The Judiciary Below the Water Line

Featured image Decisions of the Supreme Court understandably get a lot of attention, but what about the decisions of the Circuit Courts of Appeals, not to mention District Court and state appellate courts? Their decisions are often very important to the evolution of case law, but receive much less attention and often don’t get appealed successfully to the Supreme Court (except, it would seem, for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals because »

“The Love Boat for Policy Wonks”?

Featured image “The love boat for policy wonks” is how the New York Times describes The Nation magazine Caribbean cruise, setting sail in December from Miami. I got the email from The Nation with a rundown on the speakers: Katrina vanden Heuvel looks ahead to Election 2016. Ralph Nader decries the toxic influence of money and politics and shows how we can do better. Patricia Williams explores the alarming American ritual of »

Bobbleheads vs. Bubbleheads, or Why You Should Be a VIP Subscriber

Featured image The philosopher Alfred North Whitehead supposedly once said (I say “supposedly” because this quote is too good to check out) that “There are two kinds of people in the world: the simpleminded, and the muddleheaded.” Always better to be simpleminded than muddleheaded I say. Also better to be a Power Line VIP subscriber. Only $4 a month gets you ad-free access to the site (better than Ad Blocker, which sometimes »