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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 »

Outgoing D.C. police chief decries under-incarceration

Featured image Cathy Lanier is leaving her job as police chief of Washington, D.C. to become the NFL’s head of security. She is well-regarded in the District and her tenure as chief is considered successful. Were it otherwise, the NFL would not be entrusting her with its top security post. On her way out, Lanier had some harsh things to say about criminal justice in D.C. “The criminal justice system in this »

Wedding planner vouches for Russell Wilson’s political correctness

Featured image Russell Wilson is the star quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks. Recently, he married someone called Ciara, an attractive singer, model, etc. The wedding took place in Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, England. Not bad. The Wilson-Ciara wedding was planned by celebrity wedding planner Mindy Weiss. In an interview with a publication called The Knot, Weiss gave her version of the backstory on the wedding. According to Weiss, the pair originally planned »

Guess who’s pushing back on the DOJ’s condemnation of Baltimore policing

Featured image If you guessed Martin O’Malley — former Democratic presidential hopeful, Baltimore mayor, and Maryland governor — you are right. O’Malley incurred the wrath of the left during his unsuccessful presidential bid by daring to say “all lives matter.” Now, he’s advancing another proposition the left doesn’t want to hear: vigorous policing reduces crime. O’Malley’s comments respond to a flawed Justice Department report that rips the Baltimore police department for alleged »

Hayward’s modest proposal, &c.

Featured image I want to take the liberty of drawing attention to a few items that are worthy of attention without much in the way of further comment. Listen up! • Steve Hayward hasn’t declared his preference in the matter of Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton. It seems to be a close run thing. In any event, it has Steve’s creative juices flowing. He makes a modest proposal in the Weekly Standard »

Tonight, Climate Hustle; Tomorrow, Milton Friedman

Featured image If you live in or near the Twin Cities, you are invited to two events, tonight and tomorrow night, both sponsored by Center of the American Experiment, the think tank that I run. Steve Hayward is in town, so he will be participating in both events. Tonight, the Center will co-sponsor a showing of the documentary Climate Hustle, about the dark underside of the global warming movement. (Our co-sponsor is »

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Tune In to Our Live YouTube VIP Event on Monday

Featured image If you are a Power Line VIP, you are invited to attend a live event on YouTube next Monday, July 25, at 4:30 Pacific, 5:30 Mountain, 6:30 Central, 7:30 Eastern. It will be the same format as our prior YouTube events: the PL gang will be on the screen, we will be talking about current events–this time, the two conventions and the state of the race–and you will be able »

Media Alert

Featured image After a considerable absence, I will again be filling in as Laura Ingraham’s guest host, as she takes a few days off following her star turn at the Republican Convention. I will host her show tomorrow through Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to noon Eastern time. We have lots to talk about, including the Republican convention as well as the Democrats’ slugfest which will begin tomorrow, plus a stellar lineup of »

Disunited Dems set to dump Debbie

Featured image I want to add a few thoughts to John’s post about the disunity the Democrats already are experiencing before their convention formally begins. Most reports center around Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the leaked emails that confirm how the DNC operated to undermine Bernie Sanders’ campaign. I agree with John that Wasserman Schultz likely will be sent packing soon. Like many before her, she damaged her reputation serving the Clintons and, »

Breaking: Mass Shooting in Munich Shopping Mall (Updated)

Featured image News is breaking in the last few minutes of a mass shooting in a shopping mall in Munich, Germany. Early reports say as many as 10 people were killed, though CNN right now is reporting only one fatality. No word yet on whether a telltale religious slogan was uttered, but stay tuned. We’ll update this post as more details come in. Let’s keep in mind that Germany experienced the Germanwing »

Tune In to Our Live YouTube VIP Event on Monday

Featured image If you are a Power Line VIP, you are invited to attend a live event on YouTube next Monday, July 25, at 4:30 Pacific, 5:30 Mountain, 6:30 Central, 7:30 Eastern. It will be the same format as our prior YouTube events: the PL gang will be on the screen, we will be talking about current events–this time, the two conventions and the state of the race–and you will be able »

Join Us Now at Power Line Live

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Join Steve Hayward and Me at Two Live Events Next Week

Featured image If you live within driving distance of the Twin Cities, you are invited to two events next week, both sponsored by Center of the American Experiment, the think tank that I run. Coincidentally, Steve Hayward will be in town next week, so he will be a participant in one event and a guest at the other. On Wednesday, July 27, the Center will co-sponsor a showing of the documentary Climate »

Trump’s Star of David tweet, a dissenting view

Featured image A friend and long-time reader disagrees with my post about Donald Trump’s Star of David tweet. I thought the tweet displayed incompetence; my friend (and he is not alone) sets forth a darker explanation: Having independently ascertained on Saturday that the graphic Trump tweeted out had originated at least as early as June 22 on a web forum apparently dedicated to — to put it mildly — “politically incorrect” homemade »