Lilly Ledbetter and the lie that will not die

Featured image When a lie becomes an article of faith not just for a movement for an entire political party, that lie is probably here to stay. So it is with the Lilly Ledbetter lie, repeated most recently by Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post. Ledbetter, who danced with President Obama at his first inaugural ball and has had a federal statute named after her, lost her pay discrimination case because she »

Honor killing, Brandeis-style

Featured imageI am advised by a knowledgeable source that Brandeis University has engaged or is in the process of engaging a crisis management firm. Brandeis finds itself needing to manage the crisis created by its invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali to receive an honorary degree, followed by the withdrawal of the invitation in compliance with the wishes of CAIR and the subset of the Brandeis “community” that is of like mind »

Why the left’s dream is the Twin Cities’ nightmare

Featured imageRelying on the excellent work of Katherine Kersten, we’ve written before about the left’s big plans for the Twin Cities. The Metropolitan Council, an unelected body, wants to steer new jobs, homes, and economic development to areas within one half mile of major transportation stops. These stops will mostly be in the urban core and inner-ring suburbs. In these favored areas, tax dollars will be lavished on high-density housing, bike »

The Lois Lerner files

Featured imageThis past week House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp announced that the Committee, acting had voted out a criminal referral letter to Attorney General Eric Holder regarding actions taken by IRS employee Lois Lerner. Camp’s press release is posted here. Camp’s letter of referral and exhibits are posted here. Camp’s letter covers a lot of ground. Kim Strassel devotes a good Wall Street Journal column sorting through it, »

Tuesday in Boulder: Richard Brookhiser

Featured imageFor Power Line readers in the Denver-Boulder area, I’m hosting my last visiting speaker of the semester on Tuesday: Richard Brookhiser of National Review, and author of many fine books about the Founders and Lincoln.  (See, for example, his recent Wall Street Journal weekend essay “What Would Lincoln Do?“)  He’ll be speaking Tuesday at 5:30 pm on the topic “How the Founders Are the Fathers of Lincoln.”  See here for »

Obama mum on Scottish secession

Featured imageI wrote here about the upcoming vote in Scotland on this question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?” The referendum is set for September, and support for independence is growing. According to the Washington Post, the unionist lead has dropped to single digits. The Post reports that, in response, “British officials from across the political spectrum, European Union leaders, corporate executives, and retired military commanders” are all urging Scottish voters »

Media Alert

Featured imageI will be on Bill Bennett’s radio show tomorrow morning at 7:05 Eastern, 6:05 Central, talking about the Bundy Ranch confrontation. It should be fun. If you don’t know where to tune in Bill’s show where you live, you can listen online here. »

Russia Moves on Eastern Ukraine: What Is To Be Done?

Featured imageYesterday there was violence in eastern Ukraine, as armed men loyal to Russia seized police stations in several cities, and the Russian flag was raised in some locations. The video below shows pro-Russian forces taking control of the police headquarters in Kramatorsk. These were not a bunch of guys from the neighborhood; this was a military operation: Ukraine’s government sent special forces to resist these encroachments in several cities, and »

There’s something about Harry

Featured imageThe Washington Free Beacon has compiled the video below of Harry Reid chanting “Koch brothers” 134 times on the Senate floor. It has a formulaic quality, like the phrases Homer held in reserve to fill out dactylic hexameter lines in the Iliad and the Odyssey. What “wine-dark sea” was to Homer, “Koch brothers” is to Harry Reid. Reid, however, isn’t in search of a formulaic phrase to fill out a »

The Warthog, a soldier’s best friend; Obama, not so much

Featured imageWhy is President Bush so much more popular than President Obama among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans? That’s an easy one. Bush was the president of let’s roll. Obama is the president of let’s retreat. Iraq and Afghanistan veterans subscribed to the motto that America’s colors “don’t run.” Under Obama, however, they have. There must also be a sense that Bush had a closer personal connection than Obama with those who »

Civil War on the Left, Part 4

Featured imageThe Hill newspaper notes yesterday that “The Keystone pipeline has long been a source of friction between Democrats and labor unions.”  Well one union this week sent a letter to Democrats who publicly oppose Keystone threatening retribution: A top building trades union is launching a midterm-election assault on House Democrats who oppose construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. A letter distributed Friday by the Laborers’ International Union of North »

Iran Claims Right to Enrich to 90%, Plans New Nuclear Plants

Featured imageIn Iran, it was a busy day in the news. Consider these four items from FARS, the semi-official Iranian news service: The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran announced that Iran retains the right to enrich uranium to weapons grade, and said that Iran will build four new nuclear power plants with Russian assistance: Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi underlined that »

Spindle Time

Featured imageWhat a mess of oddball stories have piled up in my virtual in-box the last few days. First, we picked a heck of a time to start experimenting with legalizing marijuana out in the drought-stricken West.  Because guess what—growing pot uses a lot of water: Another Cause of California’s Drought: Pot Farms California’s ongoing drought has been blamed on a lot of different factors, ranging from climate change to over »

Brandeis breakdown [With comment by Paul]

Featured imageI’ve been looking for someone who is knowledgeable about what is happening behind the scenes at Brandeis University in the wake of the withdrawal of the invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali to receive an honorary degree. Yesterday I spoke with such a source. Brandeis has put forward the best case for itself. According to Brandeis, they didn’t know what they were doing when they chose to confer the honorary degree »

Standoff at Bundy Ranch Ends, With Photo of the Year So Far

Featured imageBefore I had quite figured out what to make of the Bundy Ranch standoff, it appears to have been resolved. The Bureau of Land Management has announced that in view of the risk of violence, it is withdrawing its forces, which include snipers, from the area. (How many federal agencies employ snipers, anyway? Too many, it is safe to say.) The county sheriff negotiated the terms of the federal government’s »

Balancing Act: The Democrats’ Ideology Versus Reality

Featured imageLast night there was a good deal of hilarity on Twitter about a puff piece in Washingtonian magazine about press secretary Jay Carney and his wife, journalist and author Claire Shipman. As you would expect with a D.C. publication writing about prominent Democrats, the article, which focuses mostly on Shipman, is adoring. The Washingtonian piece, titled “Balancing Act,” has been ridiculed mostly for its photography. This picture of the Carneys »

The Week in Pictures: Names, Claims, and Autonubiles

Featured imageA few readers have—shall I say—”observed” that while this humble weekly feature ends with armed cheesecake, we aren’t offering up any gender balance, which is only right to correct since indeed we don’t want to be known as just a “laddies” site, as they’d say in the UK.  So we’re going to start fixing this asymmetry.  And since it’s the Masters Tournament this weekend, we can begin by following up »