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Election Over, Associated Press Still Campaigns for the Left

Featured image At the end of 2008, I worried that the Obama administration would do great damage to America–correctly, as it turned out. But no one considered my misgivings to be newsworthy. The case is different with respect to the incipient Trump administration. Criticisms by his opponents–the ones who just lost the election–dominate the news. The Associated Press, once a respected news organization, headlines: “Trump’s staff picks alarm minorities: ‘Injustice to America.'” »

Trump selects Jeff Sessions for Attorney General

Featured image Jeff Sessions is Donald Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, I’m delighted to report. Sessions was said to be under consideration for Secretary of Defense. However, the Senator’s expertise and background militated in favor of the AG position. It’s a good sign that Trump recognized this. I hope he takes the same approach to selecting his Secretary of State, for example. Over the years, I have admired Sen. Sessions from afar »

Monday in Pictures: The Epic Trumpening Supplemental

Featured image I think I’ve figured out why liberals are losing their minds over Trump’s stunning upset: It’s starting to sink in that the Clintons have torpedoed a second presidential election. But for Bill’s peccadillos, Al Gore would very likely have won the electoral college contest in 2000. And but for Hillary’s baggage, they might well have won this one. There may be some karmic justice after all. Meanwhile, the memes and »

The Week in Pictures: The Epic Trumpening Special Double Edition

Featured image Really, what else is there to say? Well, lots of course. Just keeping up with the leftist idiocy in the aftermath of The Trumpening is practically a full time job for us right now. More importantly, the occasion calls for a special double-issue of the Week in Pictures, not only with highlights from this week, but some Trumpian highlights from the last 18 months of our regular Saturday feature. Many »

Clinton’s path to victory is improbable, to say the least

Featured image From Harry Enten at FiveThirtyEight: The Clinton campaign is basically hanging on by a thread at this point. She needs to pull out Michigan and Pennsylvania and then hit one of two scenarios: 1. Win Alaska and New Hampshire or 2. win Arizona. That’s going to be extremely difficult. It’s not impossible, but it’s a straight, if not royal, flush. Enten’s site puts the probability of a Trump victory at »

Follow Tonight’s Returns at Power Line Live

Featured image Tonight’s election promises to be a nail-biter. Can Trump pull off an upset? Will Republicans retain control of the Senate? Will conservative stalwarts like Pat Toomey and Ron Johnson go down to defeat? And will the Republicans continue their winning streak at the state level? To share the ecstasy (or agony) with a few hundred or thousand of your fellow conservatives, join the gang at Power Line Live. You can »

Meet Ilhan Omar, City Pages style

Featured image Twin Cities alternative weekly City Pages has just posted a long, glowing profile of Ilhan Omar by Cory Zurowski. Omar has studiously avoided interviews with reporters covering her story. She has declined interviews with the Star Tribune’s Patrick Coolican, KMSP 9’s Tom Lyden and KARE 11’s John Croman. But she gave it up for Zurowski. Let’s just say that Zurowski doesn’t delve too deeply into the facts when he comes »

Not rigged, thrown

Featured image Donald Trump’s allegations that the election is “rigged” constitute a motif in the closing days of his presidential campaign. The theme emerged last night in his refusal to acknowledge he would concede the election when he loses. I find Trump’s allegation of the rigging of the election bizarre. It advertises his understanding that he will lose the election. He disclaims responsibility for the loss in advance, but there it is, »

Trump debates well, but is unlikely to move the needle

Featured image I’m not sure what it means to “accept” the results of an election, but after tonight’s debate I’m more convinced than ever that this election is unacceptable. In this corner, wearing the nauseating grin, is Hillary Clinton. She delivered a lengthy oration about the Supreme Court without ever mentioning the Constitution (which Chris Wallace specifically asked her about). Instead, she said she wants the Supreme Court to take sides. To »

The groping game

Featured image The Democrats must be feeling good about having made groping a major issue, perhaps the major issue, in this year’s presidential election. But Republicans can play that game too, and Sen. Marco Rubio played it last night. The Daily Caller reports: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio turned the tables on Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy during their debate Monday night, calling out Murphy for posting a picture on Facebook in which he »

The Week in Pictures: Feeling Crotchety Edition

Featured image Heh—you thought something else from that headline, didn’t you? Well I’ll just let it pass. In any case, I think I’m going to start my election homestretch heavy drinking this weekend. Besides, pretty sure liver transplants are covered either by Obamacare, or the “amazing, incredible, beautiful” health care plan Trump will replace it with. What’s that? No. Get off my lawn. And finally. . . »

Media Alert

Featured image I will be a guest tomorrow on the Michael Medved radio show at 4:20 Eastern time. Why? Because Bill Bennett is guest hosting. We will talk about the most recent debate, the desertion of Trump by many Republicans, and the state of the race, or maybe something completely different if Bill changes his mind. Don’t miss Bill Bennett, making a triumphant return to radio, or me, at 4:20 Eastern. You »

Orioles go down with their worst

Featured image The Washington Senators took a 6-4 lead into the seventh inning of Game 7 of the 1925 World Series. But they lost the game, and the series, when the Pittsburgh Pirates scored five runs in the next two innings off of 36 year-old Walter Johnson, the starting pitcher. Manager Bucky Harris refused to pull Johnson, arguably the greatest pitcher ever. Ban Johnson, the president of the American League who lived »

The Obama Years in One Chart

Featured image Obama’s approval ratings are doing fairly well these days—comfortably and consistently over 50 percent. This, while the number of Americans who say the country is on the “wrong track” is at or near an all-time high. One polling guru I know says that Obama’s good numbers owe to the fact that he looks good in comparison to Hillary and Trump, which makes sense. And also that the “wrong track” number »

Thoughts on an unpleasant evening

Featured image Well, that was fun — watching two candidates I can’t stand argue for 90-plus minutes and seeing the candidate I dislike more (Hillary Clinton) get the better of it. Why do I think Clinton got the better of it? First, I thought she was more composed. Second, I thought she was on the attack for much of the debate and was able (with the help of the moderator) frequently to »

The Week in Pictures: Narrative Riot Edition

Featured image The comically named (but humor-challenged) White House spokesperson Josh Earnest beclowned himself a few days ago with the remark that we’re in a “war of narratives” with ISIS. Actually, he may be on to something. We may well be able to defeat ISIS by unleashing English lit majors on them. One whiff of postmodern narrative jargon from a poet laureate of Bennington College might well reduce the most hardened jihadist »

The 2016 Power Line Picks

Featured image However one feels about this year’s presidential election, I don’t think conservatives can dispute the importance of the congressional races. If Hillary Clinton wins the presidency, a Republican House and Senate will be crucial to thwarting her left-wing designs. If Trump wins, a Republican House and Senate will be crucial to advancing the conservative part of his agenda (if any) and blocking the liberal part (if any). It’s true that »