Venezuela Hits . . . er, Bottom?

Featured image As everyone over the age of six knows (that excludes Sanders voters obviously), one of the first things you run out of in a socialist economy that attempts price controls is toilet paper. But with Venezuela’s hyperinflation, you could always swap out the worthless paper currency for the Charmin. Except: Venezuela Doesn’t Have Enough Money to Pay for Its Money Venezuela’s epic shortages are nothing new at this point. No »

Baltimore picks its next mayor

Featured imageAlmost exactly one year after Baltimore broke out in rioting, voters had to decide who the city’s Democratic nominee for mayor will be. Considering the overwhelming advantage Democrats possess in Baltimore, this decision is tantamount to electing a mayor. The big question was whether Democrats would turn their back on the ugly past (which, whether they realize it or not, has been brought to them by Democrats). Things got off »

Why they hate her

Featured imageGetting the chance to interview Ayaan Hirsi Ali at the 2012 Presidential Conference in Jerusalem was one of the highest of the many highlights I’ve had writing for Power Line over the past (nearly) 14 years. (I posted a photo of her with me after the interview along with my retrospective on the conference even though the contrast was…not to my advantage.) I admire her intelligence, her eloquence and her »

Chris Matthews’ wife fails in bid for Congress

Featured imageFolks take their leftism seriously in the Maryland suburb of Washington, D.C. where I live. It outweighs celebrity, money, and race/ethnicity. That’s why the race for the Democratic congressional primary in the Eighth District was always going to favor leftist law professor Jamie Raskin. One of his opponents — Kathleen Matthews, wife of Chris and for years a local news anchor — had celebrity (okay, mini-celebrity) status in her favor. »

That Hamilton man

Featured imageRon Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton is a phenomenon. Twelve years after its publication in hardcover, it’s number 2 on this week’s New York Times nonfiction paperback bestseller list. Yet there is nothing dumbed down about it. It is a work of popular history, to be sure, but it is a lengthy tome for serious readers on one of our most challenging founders. Lin-Manuel Miranda was one such serious reader. »

Maryland Dems nominate Van Hollen for the Senate

Featured imageEarlier this month, I wrote about the Democratic Senate primary in Maryland. It pitted Rep. Chris Van Hollen, a close ally of Nancy Pelosi, and Rep. Donna Edwards, an African-American running to Van Hollen’s left. The race turned pretty bitter. I viewed the dust-up between a cautious white leftist and a black radical as a sign of things to come. In another sign of things to come, Edwards touted her »

Why Government Investments Fail

Featured imageThis short video from Prager University, featuring Burt Folsom, a historian at Hillsdale College, is titled “Why Private Investment Works & Govt. Investment Doesn’t.” It does an excellent job of reminding us–and no doubt teaching some for the first time–that whether you are spending your own money or someone else’s makes a big difference: »

Power Line & Campus Leftism on Patriot Radio

Featured imagePatriot radio host Seth Leibsohn in Arizona often has us on his terrific radio show, and yesterday he and his regular Monday guest Chris Buskirk, who curates the DownStreamPolitics website, were on the air discussing my post from over the weekend about Harry Jaffa and how “The Cold War Never Ended.” Seth and Chris were actually present for the lecture that I quoted from, the lucky guys. Before going to »

Epstein’s Law applied to “Confirmation”

Featured imageEdward Jay Epstein is in my opinion our greatest living journalist. Given his three books on the Kennedy assassination, I don’t think there is anyone who knows more about the subject than he does. As I saw what Hollywood did with Rathergate in the film Truth this past fall, and how credulous reviewers took it at face value, it occurred to me to ask Ed what he made of Hollywood’s »

Obama thinks he’s cool; world leaders think he’s arrogant and weak

Featured imageGreg Jaffe of the Washington Post reports that President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are “soul mates.” Why? Because Obama “disdains. . .needy, showboating allies and [Merkel] is neither.” That’s hilarious. Who on the world stage is more of a showboater than Barack Obama — he of the speech in front of Greek columns, the shockingly pretentious Cairo lecture to Muslims, and the receding ocean tides? Obama’s “disdain” for »

Thoughts on the Cruz-Kasich non-aggression pact

Featured imageToday came word that Ted Cruz and John Kasich have agreed to coordinate in future primary contests in an attempt to keep Donald Trump’s delegate count as low as possible. The two remaining Trump rivals reportedly agreed to stand aside in certain states where they do not pose a credible threat to the tycoon. Thus, Kasich wouldn’t actively seek votes in Indiana and Cruz wouldn’t actively seek them in Oregon »

The Trump express rolls through the Acela corridor [UPDATED THROUGHOUT THE EVENING]

Featured imageToday, five primaries were held, all in the so-called Acela corridor. The contests are in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. Donald Trump is expected to win all five primaries, and has already been declared the winner by Politico in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. In Maryland, this declaration apparently is based on exit polls. As I understand it, the actual vote won’t be counted until 9:00 Eastern Time because »

Euphemism of the Decade

Featured imageRoger Clegg at The Corner spotted this one: I’m not sure, but I suspect that once upon a time “juvenile delinquent” was a liberal euphemism for “young criminal.” As often happens, however, eventually even the euphemism is thought to be too harsh, and so a better one has to be found. And so one has: This Obama-administration press release yesterday talked a lot about “justice-involved youth.” And so it does: »

Howler of the Year from the NY Times

Featured imageWe and others have great fun tracking the duplicitous corrections at the New York Times, but the correction of Nick Kristof’s column last Saturday, “Is Hillary Clinton Dishonest?“, sets a new Olympic record. Kristof’s column, as it reads online right now, relies on an evaluation by PolitiFact in the following way: PolitiFact, the Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking site, calculates that of the Clinton statements it has examined, 50 percent are either true or »

Another diverting move

Featured imageIf you, like me, are looking for something completely different today, you may want to check out the second installment of Bill Kristol’s conversation with former world chess champion and human rights activist Garry Kasaparov (video below, first installment here). In Bill’s second conversation with Kasparov, Kasparov reflects on Russia and the United States since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The conversation runs some 80 minutes; it is broken »

The Greening of Planet Earth

Featured imageA couple of decades ago, I had a VHS tape titled “The Greening of Planet Earth” that expounded on the virtues of more CO2 in the atmosphere. I lost it somewhere along the way, but the point is evergreen, so to speak. Carbon dioxide is plant food, as those who studied photosynthesis in junior high school know. More CO2 means more plant life. This basic truth has now been admitted »

How Did the Left Get the Drop on Us?

Featured imageIn my post yesterday on “The Cold War Never Ended,” I mentioned that I had written a long memo to management at AEI several years ago about aspects of this problem that I could not find. I found it. Turns out it dates from the fall of 2011, and while it doesn’t exactly describe the present moment, I think it saw some of the storm clouds that were gathering. Here »