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The Week in Pictures: Civil War Edition

Featured image There’s been a vigorous debate going on about whether our political divisions can or should be described as a genuine “civil war” as opposed to just a “culture war” or merely “hyperpolarization.” James Hodgkinson’s heinous act this week argues for the full on civil war characterization. But does the left really want open warfare in America? For all their talk of “fighting in the streets,” they might want to think »

Conservatives Are Ugly, Too

Featured image Back in January I reported here on social science research that concluded that conservative politicians are better looking than liberal politicians, but do you really need social science to prove this? Here’s one data set: However, while conservative politicians may be better looking, there’s new social science that concludes liberal thinkers and writers are better looking than conservative thinkers and writers. Here’s a news summary: Lönnqvist’s team of researchers looked »

VIP Live, Tonight!

Featured image Tonight, starting at 7 p.m. Central time, we are doing a VIP Live event. If you are a VIP member, you will get an email with a link to a live YouTube address where you can watch the event and submit your own comments and questions. We won’t have a guest this time, it will be the Power Line crew talking about the issues of the day, and responding to »

Civil War on the Left, Part 40: Too Much Pride?

Featured image Last weekend was the occasion for gay pride parades in many cities around the country. Insofar as gay pride is associated with contemporary liberalism and has enjoyed continuous political triumphs over the last decade or so (including the election last November of our first ever president who took office having public supported gay marriage—heh), you’d think such parades would be matters of celebration. And you’d be wrong. Because never underestimate »

Tune In Tomorrow to VIP Live

Featured image Tomorrow, starting at 7 p.m. Central time, we are doing a VIP Live event. If you are a VIP member, you will get an email with a link to a live YouTube address where you can watch the event and submit your own comments and questions. We won’t have a guest this time, it will be the Power Line crew talking about the issues of the day, and responding to »

Three Ways to Look at Comeypalooza

Featured image 1. Remember a few weeks ago when the media were breathless with reports that Steve Bannon was on his way out from the White House? Almost completely unremarked upon during Comeypalooza this week is that Bannon appears to be firmly back in the first saddle (if he was ever in jeopardy in the first place), and Jared Kushner is the person in eclipse at the White House. Recall that Bannon »

Democrats on the Rocks?

Featured image President Trump may have poor approval ratings, and the Republican Congress looks a little shaky at the moment in the Getting Big Things Done Department (like repealing Obamacare and getting a serious tax reform package together), so in the ordinary cycle of politics you’d be reasonable to forecast a bad election for Republicans in 2018. This may yet come to pass for all of the conventional reasons, but it is »

Ammo Grrrll on Kathy Griffin

Featured image Yesterday I wrote about Kathy Griffin’s weepy press conference in which she portrayed President Trump not as the offended party in her beheading fantasy picture, but rather as the latest in a long line of “older white man” who have tried to derail her career in comedy. I wondered whether Power Line’s resident female comedian, “Ammo Grrrll,” agreed with Griffin’s claim that women face great difficulty making their way in »

Liberals: Men Without Chests

Featured image “Men without chests” is C.S. Lewis’s great description in The Abolition of Man of the type of human soul that modern relativism would produce. The complete quote is: “We make men without chests and expect from them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.” Right now this applies to the increasing number of liberals who are wringing their hands over the »

VIP Live, Tonight!

Featured image Tonight, starting at 7 p.m. Central time, we are doing a VIP Live event. If you are a VIP member, you will get an email with a link to a live YouTube address where you can watch the event and submit your own comments and questions. We won’t have a guest this time, it will be the Power Line crew talking about the issues of the day, and responding to »

Coming on Thursday, VIP Live!

Featured image We are doing our next VIP Live event day after tomorrow, Thursday, starting at 7 p.m. Central time. If you are a VIP member, you will get an email with a link to a live YouTube address where you can watch the event and submit your own comments and questions. We won’t have a guest this time, it will be the Power Line crew talking about the issues of the »

The Week in Pictures: Can Anyone Trump This Edition

Featured image Another week—though it seems like a month—another turn-it-up-to-11 on the Liberal/Media Trumpomatic Outrage Meter. Can they keep this up? Yes, because it is the most congenial mode of contemporary liberalism. I think the most secure job in America right now is Keith Olbermann’s psychiatrist, or perhaps Michael Moore’s dietitian.   Headlines of the week: And finally. . . »

Join the National Civic Art Society for a Classical Tour of Washington, D.C.

Featured image In my spare time, I serve on the volunteer Board of the National Civic Art Society, an excellent organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. and focused on enforcing aesthetic standards in public architecture. Readers won’t be surprised to learn that the federal government lavishes tens of millions on “starchitects” of low taste and great fame on the global capital cocktail circuit. This summer, the Society is going to run a series »

Getting to 50 — a note on Sen. Murkowski

Featured image In discussing the prospect of getting to 50 to confirm a successor to Justice Kennedy, if he resigns, I discussed Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Some have worried that she, along with Sen. Susan Collins, would reject a strong conservative nominee, especially if the nominee seems openly to be pro-life. I expressed some skepticism that Murkowski would pose a problem. I noted that she has often argued that the president should enjoy »

Le Pen upstages Macron in his home town

Featured image Emmanuel Macron, the frontrunner in France’s presidential election hails from Amiens in the north of France. Amiens is a beautiful city (or was when I visited 15 years ago). Amiens Cathedral is generally considered one of the five most impressive in France. It didn’t disappoint me. But Amiens suffers from economic difficulties. For example, a troubled Whirlpool appliance factory plans to move its tumble-dryer production to Poland. More than 500 »

The Week in Pictures: The End is Nye Edition

Featured image Who had the worst week in America? It has to be Bill Nye, once the Science Guy but now the Weimar Guy, noted here a few days ago for celebrating the World’s Worst Music Video Ever. Shall we make him the new face of Nyehilism? Yes, I think we shall. Meanwhile, the Democratic Party and the campus left (but I repeat myself) continues its rapid descent into the abyss of »

“The global effort to flatter Ivanka” [With Comment by John]

Featured image That’s the title of this article by Amy Davidson of the New Yorker. It would be difficult to deny that such an effort is underway, as Davidson shows. The effort makes great sense. From all that appears, Ivanka Trump has influence with her father. Along with her husband, who apparently has become very influential, she is viewed as a force for moderation in the White House. Naturally, then, international elites »