The Lighter Side of Trump

Featured image One of Donald Trump’s defects is that he doesn’t seem to have much of a sense of humor. There doesn’t seem to be much lighter side to him in his public presentation. Even in grim times, it usually works in politics to show some sense of humor, especially the self-deprecating kind (see: JFK, Reagan, Lincoln, Churchill, etc). But then there’s this video, where Trump plays to his image perfectly with »

The Unseriousness of Libertarians

Featured imageI’ve got a major article about the election appearing later this week—stand by for details—but I’ll share one sentence of the draft here: “The fecklessness of the Libertarian Party in this election cycle, when a vigorous libertarian campaign might have broken out and possibly taken the election, means that we never have to take libertarians seriously again.” It seems I’m not the only person with this view. Writing in The »

The groping game

Featured imageThe Democrats must be feeling good about having made groping a major issue, perhaps the major issue, in this year’s presidential election. But Republicans can play that game too, and Sen. Marco Rubio played it last night. The Daily Caller reports: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio turned the tables on Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy during their debate Monday night, calling out Murphy for posting a picture on Facebook in which he »

Trump Is Right About Press Rigging Election. But…

Featured imageOver the last several days, headlines have blared Donald Trump’s claim that the presidential election is “rigged.” When he initially said this, it was clear that he meant it was being rigged by the media, through biased news coverage, as in this tweet: Election is being rigged by the media, in a coordinated effort with the Clinton campaign, by putting stories that never happened into news! — Donald J. Trump »

Howard Dean can’t keep up either

Featured imageJohn was up late last night reporting on the latest disclosures in the Clinton email scandal and related matters for Power Line readers (here, here and here). It’s almost impossible to keep up with the evidence of Clinton misconduct, wrongdoing and illegality that continues to emerge. It is overwhelming. Are you feeling run down trying to keep up with the news? Have you found it impossible to absorb the revelations? »

The Rosenberg File, 60 Minutes style (2)

Featured imageThis past Sunday 60 Minutes presented the Rosenberg spy case for dummies — i.e., for viewers with no knowledge of the ancient history it purported to relate. As John Schindler explains, the 60 Minutes story is deficient in critical respects. In February 2015 C-SPAN recorded an outstanding panel at the National Archives including John Earl Haynes, Ronald Radosh, Steven Usdin, Allen Hornblum and Mark Kramer discussing the case. Collectively, these »

FBI Report: Hillary Is So Arrogant Her Own Security Couldn’t Stand Her

Featured imageAn FBI special agent who was interviewed in connection with the agency’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s conduct as Secretary of State provides a stunning window into Hillary’s character, or lack thereof: [ ] explained that CLINTON’s treatment of DS [Department of State] agents on her protective detail was so contemptuous that many of them sought reassignment or employment elsewhere. Prior to CLINTON’s tenure, being an agent on the Secretary of »

Academic Absurdity of the Week: Who’s Against Science Again?

Featured imageNext time you hear someone repeat the thoughtless cliche that conservatives are “anti-science,” direct them to the YouTube video below, which has been making the rounds the last few days and has had nearly 600,000 views as of this afternoon. Here you will take in a typically politicized student, at South Africa’s University of Cape Town, arguing that “Science as a whole is a product of western modernity, and the whole »

Hillary’s Henchmen Pressured FBI on Classification of Documents

Featured imageToday the FBI released another 100 pages relating to its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s conduct as Secretary of State. Why it has taken so long for the agency to review, redact and publish a very small quantity of documents is inexplicable. Be that as it may, the documents released today are explosive. You may have seen headlines to the effect that Hillary’s State Department tried to pressure the FBI to »

Trump unshackled

Featured imageLast week, Donald Trump proclaimed that “the shackles have been taken off me.” He wasn’t kidding. Unshackled, Trump has responded affirmatively to cries of “lock [Hillary]’ up” (the shackled Trump used to respond “defeat her”). He has attacked the physical appearance of a woman who accused him of sexual touching. And he claims that such allegations are part — not just of collaboration with Democrats and the media, which is »

A word from Ron Johnson

Featured imageSenator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is a conservative stalwart and a Power Line pick in his race for reelection. He sends this message to Power Line readers: This is a critically important election that will decide not only control of the United States Senate, but the future of our country. In Wisconsin, voters have a clear choice — while I am a commonsense conservative plastics manufacturer with a record of »

The Rosenberg File, 60 Minutes style (1)

Featured image60 Minutes broadcast its review of the Rosenberg spy case this past Sunday in “The brothers Rosenberg” (the brothers being Michael and Robert Meeeropol). In the hands of 60 Minutes and reporter Anderson Cooper, the case becomes a sob story starring the surviving children of the American leader of a network of Communist spies who sought to facilitate Stalin’s development of atomic weapons. John Schindler exposes the 60 Minutes story’s »

Hillary Insulted Diplomats, Flouted Security Protocols [with comment by Paul]

Featured imageMore from today’s FBI report on its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State. The agency interviewed a Special Agent who previously worked for the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security. The agent offered a devastating picture of Hillary’s conduct at the State Department. From her own experience, and information obtained through [ ] and other agents, [ ] described a “stark difference” between [Condoleezza] RICE and CLINTON »

Self-described “hack” pre-cleared his Politico story with Clinton campaign [UPDATED]

Featured imageOne can debate whether the WikiLeaks documents pertaining to Hillary Clinton and her campaign have produced a “smoking gun.” My view is that they haven’t, not yet anyway. But the leaked documents corroborate important portions of the conservative critique of Clinton and of the mainstream media. The latest example is an April 30, 2015 email in which Politico’s chief political correspondent Glenn Thrush asked John Podesta to approve his writing »

Will the Nobel Prize Be Protested?

Featured imageI’m sure readers will recall how the Academy Awards were protested because not enough minorities were nominated? (Because, as everyone knows, Hollywood is a hotbed of racism.) Wait until the social justice crowd notices the gender breakdown of Nobel Prizes: The American Council on Science and Health notes these data, and comments: And, even when women do win the prize, they are often not given full credit. Dr. Nancy Hopkins, a »

CNN explains some more

Featured imageAs I say in this nearby post, if one is capable of achieving detachment, the media can become major contributors to such enjoyment as may be had of this election. As Henny Youngman might have put it, take CNN — please. The big thinkers at CNN are on a roll. In the video below, CNN media correspondent and Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter blames “overheated rhetoric” — of which Donald »

CNN explains

Featured imageI remain in the relax and enjoy it phase of the Trump campaign. If one is capable of achieving detachment, the media can become major contributors to the enjoyment. As Henny Youngman might have put it, take CNN — please. This past Wednesday CNN’s Chris Cuomo advised viewers that it is illegal for them to possess emails leaked by the website WikiLeaks, so we must rely on our betters at »