The case of Conor Powell

Featured image This past week FOX News aired Conor Powell’s report on Israel’s West Bank operation to apprehend Hamas operatives suspected of participation in the the kidnapping of the three Israeli teens. (I saw Powell’s report on Special Report with Bret Baier. It may have aired on other shows that day.) IDF forces were unable to apprehend the operatives; they were killed in a shootout. The Washington Post reported on the incident »

Alton Nolen: A self-portrait

Featured imageReliable information about Oklahoma beheader Alton Nolen seems to be in short supply. His likeness is subject to the full Trayvon Martin treatment although the local authorities have called in the FBI. Seen on Twitter, the photo Nolen took of himself earlier this month (below) adds a certain context to the news of his horrifying crimes. Why is Breitbart News the only media outlet I can find publishing the photo? »

Who reads Power Line?

Featured imageThe brilliant attorney, widely acclaimed good chap, and Socratic radio host Hugh Hewitt. We found ourselves at the same retreat this weekend. And look what he had to say: Hugh would probably also advise that you become a Power Line VIP. Previous installments in “Who reads Power Line.” »

This day in baseball — Phillies overtaken

Featured imageOn September 27, 1964, the Milwaukee Braves completed a four-game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies, extending the Phils’ losing streak to seven games. Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Reds took a double-header from the New York Mets to extend their winning steak to nine. As a result, the Reds leap-frogged the Phillies, moving into first place by one game. The St. Louis Cardinals lurked just a game and a half behind Cincinnati. »

Hitler Learns About Power Line’s VIP Membership

Featured imageOkay, you knew this was coming. And I know what you’re thinking: isn’t this device more than a little tired out?  Well, yes, and that’s why this one is different than any you’ve ever seen before.  For one thing, it is only half as long as the Standard Hitler Parody Video.  Second, it has a plot twist in the middle.  You’ll just have to watch to see what I mean. »

The Hinderaker-Ward Experience, Episode 75: Friday Night Fights

Featured imageLast night Brian Ward and I recorded Episode 74 of the Hinderaker-Ward Experience. No guests this week, just Brian and I riffing on the most controversial news stories of the day. If you haven’t listened to our podcasts until now, you may want to give it a try. We cover some of the same ground as on this web site, but sometimes in more depth, sometimes in a more freewheeling, »

A salute to Michele Bachmann

Featured imageOur chapter of the Republican Jewish Coalition saluted retiring Sixth District Rep. Michele Bachmann this past Sunday night. Since her election to Congress in 2006 — she first spoke to us that December, before she took office — Michele has been our favorite speaker. By my count, this was at least her sixth appearance before us. No one else comes close. We are grateful for her heartfelt and eloquent support »

The Week in Pictures: Double, Double, Holder and Trouble Edition

Featured imageMay I suggest that we all cheer Eric Holder’s decision to resign as attorney general, and suggest that others in the Obama Administration follow his example?  Starting with, oh—how about his boss?  But I’ll settle for Valerie Jarrett.  Holder’s move might be taken as yet another sign that the Obama presidency is winding down early.  Usually controversial attorney generals (think of Clinton’s gem of an AG, Giant Rhino) don’t get »

The Khorasan Group — it’s legit

Featured imageLast night I wrote about the “Khorasan Group” — the name used to describe operatives sent by al Qaeda to Syria for the purpose of plotting attacks against the West. In discussing the unusual name attached to these operatives, I quoted two experts on terrorism who speculated in the Washington Post that the name was supplied by Washington. Based on this reporting, I concluded: Perhaps further investigation will reveal that »

Intelligence Failure: A Conversation with Herbert Meyer, Part 1

Featured imageWe’ve featured the wisdom of Herbert Meyer before on Power Line (and he has a new article on the subject of political persuasion out right now that I want to discuss over the weekend), here and here on the end of the Cold War, for example.  I got to spend some time with Herb in person recently, and I brought Power Line’s video production crew with me to record some »

Gipperpalooza, Part 5

Featured imageThe fifth and final installment of my “American Mind” conversation with Charles Kesler about Ronaldus Magnus, this time lingering on Reagan’s 1989 farewell address, which has been overlooked by most surveys of the Reagan canon, as well as his 1985 call for “a second American revolution,” which was not entirely successful.  About eight minutes long: »

The Election That Could Have Been

Featured image2014 is shaping up as a pretty good year for the GOP, and I haven’t given up hope on the proverbial “wave.” But the conventional wisdom is that the opportunity for big gains is slipping away. I share that sense. To some extent, the cause is the Democrats’ overwhelming money advantage. But the Democrats always have more money, and it doesn’t always bail them out. Pundits say that the Republicans »

The Stupid Party Strikes Again

Featured imageI get it that the public image of the Republican Party is it low ebb—actually that’s true of both parties—but does anyone really think the remedy for this lies in videos like this one, “Republicans Are People Too”?  “Republicans have feelings”??  Are you serious?  Please tell me this is satire?  If this is for real, then Republicans really are back to being The Stupid Party.  And it cries out for »

Marie Harf explains

Featured imageIn his mind-numbing United Nations speech this week (White House text here), President Obama invoked the authority of Muslim cleric Sheikh Abdallah bin Bayyah. Obama cited bin Bayyah’s good works, such as they are: The ideology of ISIL or al Qaeda or Boko Haram will wilt and die if it is consistently exposed and confronted and refuted in the light of day. Look at the new Forum for Promoting Peace »

A Judicious Response to Eric Holder’s Resignation

Featured imageAs imagined by Michael Ramirez. Heh. Click to enlarge: The Obama administration has done a great deal of damage on many fronts, but surely its politicizing of the Department of Justice is one of its worst sins. »

Religion of Peace Update [Updated]

Featured imageOklahoma got a dose of peace yesterday, when Alton Nolen, apparently a Muslim convert, beheaded a co-worker at the food company where he worked. He attacked a second woman and would have killed her too, except that the company’s COO has a gun and knows how to use it. This could actually be a case of workplace violence, as the attack occurred immediately after Alton had been fired. (For what, »

Does Obama have congressional authority to bomb ISIS?

Featured imageYesterday at the Heritage Foundation, a distinguished panel considered whether the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) passed by Congress in 2001 authorizes President Obama to bomb ISIS. Steve Bradbury, a terrific lawyer who headed up the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel during President George W. Bush’s second term, argued that the AUMF confers this authority. Robert Chesney, a law professor at the University of Texas and »