From Russia with crud

Featured image Whatever happened to the story of Russia’s collusion with the Trump campaign? It shouldn’t be able to survive the reality of Trump’s first 100 days in office. While the investigations continue in Congress and at the FBI, I want to draw attention to a few recent columns I have found of interest. Consistent with Michael Doran’s prediction (via Twitter below), the alleged Trump collusion with Putin looks more farcical every »

Dave Begley: Live from Omaha, it’s Keith and Bernie

Featured imageOmaha attorney Dave Begley covered the appearances of presidential candidates in Iowa and Nebraska for us over the past two years. Yesterday Keith Ellison and Bernie Sanders came to town. The Omaha World-Herald was on hand for local readers. Dave reports: A national proxy political war is being waged in Omaha in the race for mayor. This might surprise Power Line’s national readership, but it is true. The Democrats desperately »

How to Drive the Left Insane, Part 12,895

Featured imageWanna drive the left out of its mind? Just invite Sarah Palin, Ted Nugent, Kid Rock, and their girlfriends to the Oval Office, and then release the pic: The sit back and let liberals throw a snit: Really? Less dignified than what Bill Clinton did in the Oval Office? Less dignified than this: Or this? »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageAmmo Grrrll takes a roundabout approach to what LEFTIST LOONS SAY: “No More Ethnic Food for You!” She writes: Every week I make lunch or brunch for Anna, my cleaning woman, depending on her schedule. Being a Jewish mother, I believe it’s borderline criminal to make anyone go more than four hours without eating. Three is better yet, just to be on the safe side. Anna works very hard, is »

Should Trump have called Erdogan?

Featured imageAndy McCarthy sees the constitutional changes in Turkey as having “hammered the final nail in the coffin of [that] country’s democracy.” He castigates President Trump for calling to congratulate strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan on this accomplishment. Lee Smith sees the situation differently. He contends that the closeness of the referendum on Erdogan’s changes represents “a warning that he had better address Turkish voters’ key concerns—the economy, political stability, terrorism—or else »

News Flash: Paris Terrorist Had Been Jailed For Trying to Kill Cops

Featured imageThe Daily Mail has the story, along with, as usual, an abundance of photos: A policeman was shot dead while two other officers were seriously injured by a Kalashnikov-wielding gunman on the Champs Elysees in central Paris – just three days before the French presidential election. The alleged ISIS gunman, identified as 39-year-old Karim C – who was jailed for 20 years for trying to kill officers in 2001 – »

The New York Times Corrects Fake News, Three Weeks Late

Featured imageI wrote here about an extraordinarily inept New York Times article that had already been corrected once. The author, Jennifer Steinhauer, didn’t understand the constitutional role of the Vice President in the Senate; that was the first correction. I pointed out that the Times article contained a second error, equally egregious but so far unacknowledged: The Times also grossly mischaracterizes the Congressional Review Act, the statute under which yesterday’s vote »

Who’s Scarier, Kim Jong Un or Donald Trump?

Featured imageKim Jong Un’s North Korean regime is frightening. Kim’s government is the world’s most totalitarian and most oppressive. It operates slave labor camps and engages in torture, forced medical experimentation, and rape and murder on industrial scales. The regime has worked tirelessly for decades to develop nuclear weapons and ICBMs to deliver them to the United States and other destinations. Currently, the regime is believed to possess 10 to 20 »

Jean Yarbrough explains

Featured imageThe great Jean Yarbrough teaches government at Bowdoin College. Professor Yarbrough is the author of the indispensable and award-winning book Theodore Roosevelt and the American Political Tradition. We have celebrated Professor Yarbrough several times on Power Line, including via Steve Hayward’s induction of her into our (incomplete) Power Line 100. Professor Yarbrough recently explained to a packed house at Bowdoin how she became a conservative and she gave them something »

Rex Tillerson’s tough talk on Iran

Featured imageYesterday, as we noted here, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson informed Congress that Iran is in compliance with the nuclear deal and that the administration will continue to provide relief from sanctions, as called for by the agreement. He added, however, that “Iran remains a leading state sponsor of terror through many platforms and methods.” Today, Tillerson (1) elaborated in scathing language on Iran’s role as a leading sponsor of »

Today’s University Epic Fail

Featured imageJust when you think universities can’t sink any lower, they manage to find a way. This afternoon news was announced that UC Berkeley has cancelled Ann Coulter’s planned appearance next week, citing security concerns after last weekend’s riots along with the feeble excuse that the university couldn’t find a room to accommodate her, along with other made-up restrictions on her planned appearance. I had already heard from my own sources »

Sharyl Attkisson’s timeline

Featured imageInvestigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson has prepared an “Obama-era Surveillance Timeline.” It is a mixed bag, containing seemingly indefensible conduct by the Obama administration, but also conduct that I consider justified and proper (e.g., the prosecution of CIA leaker Jeffrey Sterling). It’s clear to me from the timeline, though, that the kinds of intelligence abuses we’re hearing about now did not begin when Team Obama became concerned about Donald Trump. Attkisson »

Terrorist Attack In Paris [Multiple Updates]

Featured imageA little while ago, at least two men armed with Kalashnikovs attacked two Parisian police officers who reportedly were stopped at a light on the Champs-Élysées. They shot both officers. One was killed on the spot, the other died shortly later of his wounds. (This second death has not been officially confirmed at this time.) One of the attackers was killed at the site, while the other apparently escaped. Early »

In re O’Reilly, Part Two

Featured imageFox News has fired Bill O’Reilly. It stated: “After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel.” The unnamed “allegations” are of improper sexual comments and/or behavior and retaliation against at least one woman who says she rejected a sexual advance. It seems very likely that O’Reilly made inappropriate remarks over »

The trouble with compliance

Featured imageSecretary Tillerson’s tough talk on Iran prompts a look back to the time when the Obama administration entered into the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran. Under the JCPOA, Obama claimed to have “blocked” Iran’s paths to nuclear weapons. This was the “narrative” disseminated by Obama soulmate Ben Rhodes to the Democrats’ moronic media adjunct. The JCPOA, it should be noted, is not a treaty. What is »

Syria moves combat aircraft near to Russian base

Featured imageCNN reports that the Syrian government has relocated the majority of its combat planes to protect them from potential U.S. strikes. CNN bases its report on comments by two U.S. defense officials. The aircraft in question reportedly were moved to an airfield close to a base where the majority of Russian air forces helping the Assad regime are located. The theory is that President Trump is unlikely to launch an »

Media Alert

Featured imageI will guest host Laura Ingraham’s radio show tomorrow from 9 to 12 a.m. Eastern. We have a good lineup of guests, and there is plenty of news to talk about. It should be a fun show. You can go here to find a radio station in your area or to listen online. If you miss the show live, you can get highlights via podcast on iTunes, and it also »