The Power Line Show, Episode 51: Getting Tired of All The Greatness!

Featured image Trump said there’d be so much winning that we’d get tired of all the winning, though I don’t think I’ll get tired of watching the Trump Administration move from one “outrage” to another, like withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord, shredding the Obama EPA’s Clean Power Plan, and recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. I don’t think any other Republican in the 2016 field, with the possible exception of »

The Power Line Show, Episode 50: The Lighter Side of David Deeble

Featured image A few months back you may recall that I laid claim to David Deeble as “Power Line’s Next Comedy Legend.” Well a few days ago we tracked him down over in Germany, where he lives half the year (because he really likes a challenging audience for comedy), to talk about why most comics, like most other artists, are liberals, and several other topics. Turns out that I, too, have a »

The Power Line Show, Episode 49: Life After Franken

Featured image One of our New Year’s resolutions is to Make the Power Line Podcast Great Again! And we’re aiming to have weekly shows from here on out, with varying format—sometimes very short, sometimes long, sometimes with just us (or a subset of us), sometimes with a classroom lecture or speech, sometimes with a guest, and. . . sometimes with women! We’ve got binders full of women we want to have on »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 48: Celebrating a Year of American Greatness

Featured image The American Greatness site has gone from startup in mid-2016 to must reading in a very short period of time, and yesterday I had a conversation with managing editor Ben Boychuk (who is also a regular columnist at the Sacramento Bee) about the site’s rapid success, about Trump and how to think about him, and what might go wrong next year. I expect this will be the first of several »

#Me Too on Ricochet

Featured image I filled in this morning for Rob Long as the third host on the weekly Ricochet podcast with James Lileks and Peter Robinson, covering the waterfront from the Alabama special election to the FBI investigation to the continuing moral panic over sexual harassment, the highlight of which was 25 splendid minutes with the great Claire Berlinski, whom we reached in the evening over in Paris. I decided to risk my »

The Power Line Show, #45: John Yoo on Trump, Gorsuch, and the Next Broadway Hit

Featured image Typical of the New York Times, I thought on Monday, to run an op-ed article attacking Trump for testing the limits of executive power, until I noticed it was by our friend John Yoo. So amend that thought: Typical of the New York Times to find a conservative to criticize a Republican president. Except that John is very limited in his criticisms of Trump, and allows as how much of »

Podcasts New and Old

Featured image The Weekly Standard today outs “Decius,” author of the infamous “Flight 93 Election” article last fall, and one of the pillars of the Journal of American Greatness. It’s Michael Anton, who has joined Trump’s National Security Council. Anton, careful readers may recall, made a podcast appearance here a while ago, taking about his previous work on California politics, the Beach Boys, and Machiavelli. We didn’t discuss his “Decius” work in »

Podcast: Repeal, Replace, Repeat Until Done

Featured image The Power Line Show podcast has been on extended hiatus because the four of us suffer from a massive collective action problem, being scattered in time zones and with crazy conflicting schedules. But I’ve been trying to keep my chops up to speed, yesterday sitting in for Rob Long on the weekly Ricochet podcast along with Peter Robinson and James Lileks. The show featured as its special guest Avik Roy, »

Power Line Show No. 44: Back to the Beach (Boys) With Michael Anton

Featured image The election is over (unless you’re Jill Stein), so it is time to get back to important things, like the Beach Boys. Except that we can’t even do that, because the cultural left has politicized the Beach Boys too. In the edition published right before the election, the New York Review of Books published a stupid article about the Beach Boys that lamented their representation of “beach privilege” (I guess »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 43: All About the Election, With Senator Ron Johnson

Featured image Tonight, John, Scott and Steve got together to talk about the strangest political season of modern times. Questions abound: Does Trump still have a chance? Will tomorrow night’s debate matter? Will the Hillary Clinton scandals that have come out recently give Trump a shot in the campaign’s waning days? How about the Senate? Can the Republicans hold it? If Hillary wins and the Senate is 50/50, will control of the »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 41: Decoding the Religious Right

Featured image One of the surprises of the GOP primary campaign season was the strong support Donald Trump received from many—though not all—evangelical Christian voters. Maybe the so-called “religious right” isn’t as monolithic as the media supposes. In this edition of the Power Line Show, Steve Hayward interviews one of the most insightful observers of the religious right, Michael Cromartie of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. We talk about theology, journalism, »

The Power Line Show, Episode 40: DNC First Reads, Scott Pumps Iron with Charlie Rangel, and Yuval Levin

Featured image Tune in for Episode #40 of the Power Line Show, which offers our reactions and analysis to the first night of the Democratic National Convention as well as reflections on Trump’s coronation last week; also, we rib Scott Johnson for running away to a Trump-branded health spa in Florida that did not offer Trump steaks, but did offer Scott the opportunity to exercise with legendary Democratic Congressman Charles Rangel. Finally, »

The Power Line Show, Episode 39: The Shape of the Race, and the Omens of Brexit

Featured image I caught up with Henry Olsen in Washington DC yesterday, and on the eve of the GOP convention in Cleveland we discuss the shape of the race right now as well as the prospects for a return of ticket-splitting in down-ballot races if Trump loses. Also, one more victory lap for the fabulous Brexit vote, with a look at the surprising fallout in the British government under new PM Theresa May. As always, »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 38: Has Energy Come Out of the Wilderness?

Featured image In this special edition of the Power Line Show, Steve Hayward talks with author Robert Bryce about the new world of global oil prices which has ended, probably forever, OPEC’s 40-year dominance. We also talk about the perverse subsidies for and output from “renewable” energy, and why nuclear power may be poised for a comeback. As always, you can listen to or download the show at the panel below or from »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 37: Moral Narcissism, with Roger Simon

Featured image Tonight John, Paul and Steve kicked around some of the major news stories of the day, including the terrorist attack in Orlando and the Democrats’ effort to change the subject to gun control, and Donald Trump’s train wreck of a campaign: can it get back on track? They were joined by Roger Simon, author of the just-released I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn’t »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 36: “Frankfurters All the Way Down”

Featured image This episode of the Power Line Show features an interview with Michael Walsh about his fascinating recent book The Devil’s Pleasure Palace: The Cult of Critical Theory and the Subversion of the West. Walsh explains how most of the nihilistic radicalism of our time derives from the “Frankfurt School,” the group of mid-20th century emigre philosophers whose eclectic post-Marxist thought can be found at the root of nearly everything wrong »

Power Line Show, Episode 35: “Dangerous Doctrine”

Featured image One of the things the Power Line Editorial Board did in our rare in-person gathering on Wednesday in John’s kitchen/newsroom was tape a new episode of the Power Line Show, where we kick around with Scott his daily beat reporting of the trial of the “Minnesota Men.”  You can access the episode through our custom window to the right, or listen down below. The heart of this show, however, is »