Nuclear Revival Hits Another Pothole

Featured image Japan’s electronics giant Toshiba is on the verge of bankruptcy, and the Financial Times is reporting that this is attributable to Toshiba’s decision to go big into a revival of nuclear power through its acquisition of Westinghouse: In a humiliating setback for a conglomerate that had only recently touted its nuclear business as a core growth driver, Toshiba said it would pull out of constructing new plants overseas and focus »

Trump Goes On Offense, Blasts Press

Featured imagePresident Trump gave a press conference today in which he recounted the achievements of his administration to date, and excoriated the press for its biased and ill-informed coverage. It was a bravura performance. Reporters kept trying to get mileage out of the Mike Flynn/Russia story, but got nowhere. The main news that emerged was that the administration will issue a new travel/immigration order next week that will avoid issues raised »

Fake Science Gets Smoked—and What It Means for Climate Change

Featured imageCast your mind back to the late 1990s, when trial lawyers and state attorneys general were after the tobacco companies for what resulted in the “Master Settlement Agreement” by which the tobacco companies agreed to pay tribute of billions of dollars to the states for decades to come in exchange for relief from the uncertainty of endless private and public litigation. I think it was a great deal for Big »

Loose Ends (16)

Featured imageSomeone joked recently that Trump years are going to seem like dog years: he’s been in office only a bit more than three weeks, but it already seems like two years. So there’s a lot to comment on, but time is short this week. So a couple of brief observations: • Funny that the news media is suddenly reporting assiduously about Russian spy ships and “fishing trawlers” near our coastal »

The Obama connection, &c.

Featured imageIs there an Obama connection to The (so-called) Resistance to the Trump administration? The Washington Free Beacon’s Adam Kredo provides a case study in the matter of Michael Flynn. More generally, Paul Sperry asserts the existence of an Obama connection to The (so-called) Resistance in the New York Post column “Obama is scheming to sabotage Trump’s presidency.” Sperry argues that the Obama’s sabotage is to be conducted via a network »

Dems in 5 states are with you

Featured imagePower Line readers who mischievously pull for Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison to emerge victorious in his bid for the chairmanship of the DNC are not alone. We have noted that former Obama administration green jobs commissar and Mao man Van Jones is with you. We have noted that Vox’s Matthew Yglesias has joined you. We have also noted that 300 Jewish leaders are with you. And that’s not »

Puzder withdrawal feeds “turmoil” narrative

Featured imageAndrew Puzder withdrew from consideration for the Labor Secretary position on Wednesday. He had lost the backing required from Senate Republicans because he once hired an illegal immigrant for domestic work. The Trump resistance organ known as the Washington Post promptly declared that Puzder’s withdrawal “throw[s] the White House into more turmoil.” I don’t know that the White House is in turmoil. If it is, the Puzder affair won’t add »

Highlights of the Trump-Netanyahu Press Conference

Featured imagePrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Washington meeting with President Trump. Prior to their meeting, they conducted the usual dual press conference. No major news was made, but several interesting points emerged: 1) I’ve rarely seen Netanyahu look so happy. He must be almost as relieved to see the end of the Obama administration as we are. 2) President Trump indicated that he was open to alternatives to the two-state »

Popovich pops off on Trump

Featured imageGregg Popovich is a marvelous basketball coach; probably one of the three best the NBA has ever seen. His accomplishments with the San Antonio Spurs — a team he has led to five NBA titles — are remarkable. Lately Popovich has indulged in political commentary. To be more precise, he has taken to blasting President Trump. There is plenty to dislike about Trump, but Popovich’s comments are of the knee-jerk »

Ready for Warren?

Featured imageCharlotte Allen at the Weekly Standard reports on the marketing of Elizabeth Warren. It includes a book, The Fight Is Our Fight; a webpage, “Help us elect Elizabeth Warren for president in 2020”; and a Facebook page, “Ready for Warren.” But is America ready for Warren? A new survey finds her running behind President Trump by six points, 42-36. A poll taken almost four years before the next presidential election »

Analyze this

Featured imageFaceless bureaucrats in the intelligence and law enforcement community seek to take down the Trump administration on some pretext relating to Russia. That is my takeaway from the New York Times story “Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence” by Michael Schmidt, Mark Mazzetti and Matt Apuzzo. The Times story appears to be an extension of the covert campaign waged to cashier Michael Flynn noted by Eli Lake »

CRB: When the going was good

Featured imageThis morning we continue our preview of the new issue of the Claremont Review of Books. Thanks to our friends at the Claremont Institute, I have read the new issue in galley to select three pieces to be submitted for the consideration of Power Line readers. As always, wanting to do right by the magazine and by our readers, I had a hard time choosing. You, however, can do your »

Isn’t this a wee bit premature?

Featured imageIt’s less than a month into President Trump’s term, yet Richard Epstein, the distinguished law professor, says it’s time for Trump to resign. Certain conservatives, and “classical liberals” as Epstein calls himself, have fantasized about a Trump exit since shortly after his entrance to the political scene. (I wished for it, but never expected it). Some fancied that, having boosted his brand, he would drop out of the primaries. Some »

Obama’s Secret Communications with Mullahs Undermined American Foreign Policy

Featured imageThe Democrats are trying to make a scandal out of the fact that one or more people associated with the Trump presidential campaign had telephone conversations with one or more representatives of the Russian government prior to Trump’s inauguration. Is there anything wrong with that? Not as far as we know. The CIA/NSA leakers have declined to say anything about the content of the conversations, so they must have been »

Dem comeback on hold in Minnesota

Featured imageDonald Trump narrowly lost to Hillary Clinton in the contest at the top of the ticket in Minnesota this year, but in other respects Republicans had an astoundingly good year. They amplified their majority in the Minnesota House to an unprecedented number in a presidential election cycle, when the turnout advantage usually accrues to Democrats, and took the majority in the Minnesota Senate. Republicans haven’t held a majority in the »

CRB: The threat to liberty

Featured imageYou may have heard that our own Steven Hayward has a new book that is available now on Amazon. I read the book in galley and think it is the best book I have read since Philip Hamburger’s Is Administrative Law Unlawful? of 2014. Steve is a gifted teacher and a born storyteller, qualities that are prominently on display in his new book. The themes of Steve’s book culminate in »

A High Quality Valentine’s Day Gift

Featured imageWe had a fun Valentine’s Day. I pored over a flower display before selecting–as I always do–a dozen yellow roses, my favorites. And my wife made a lovely dinner. St. Valentine goes back a long way, to the 3rd century, and Valentine’s Day has been around for quite a while, too. Today the British Museum did an Instagram post that reminds us that love has been making the world go »