What the GOP presidential candidates are reading

Featured image Tevi Troy, author of What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted, takes a look at what the 2016 GOP contenders are reading. One seldom knows for sure what anyone is reading, but Tevi’s discussion is revealing nonetheless. Here are some highlights: Donald Trump says he will “read anything about Lincoln” and his “whole era.” This is one of our very favorite eras too. Jeb Bush reportedly told Dan Senor, »

The Left’s Plot to Impoverish America’s Middle Class and Enrich Left-Wing Billionaires

Featured imageThat is actually a fair summary of this report by the Energy and Environment Legal Institute. I have not yet had time to study the document, but will report on it more fully in due course. In the meantime, Anthony Watts writes: Today, the Energy & Environment Legal Institute, a 501 (c) (3) watchdog group, released an investigative report, Private Interests & Public Office: Coordination Between Governors, the Obama White »

Media alert [with correction]

Featured imageI will be appearing on Seth Leibsohn’s radio show at around 5:00 Mountain Time. We plan to discuss the fascinating, and arguably frightening, political landscape. Seth broadcasts his show on 960 the Patriot in Phoenix. He’s a terrific host and I’m sure it will be fun talking with him. CORRECTION: My discussion with Seth will be broadcast at around 10:00 p.m. Mountain Time. I’ll also post a link to the »

Trump: Not a Conservative On Taxes

Featured imageScott Walker’s tenure as Governor of Wisconsin has been one of the most successful exercises in conservative governance in recent years. Walker rescued Wisconsin from its financial troubles, broke the power of the public sector unions, withstood unhinged attacks from the Left, and prompted a sharp uptick in Wisconsin’s economic performance. But yesterday on ABC’s This Week, Donald Trump casually denigrated Walker’s accomplishments. First the tape, then the transcript. The »

Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump, On Stage

Featured imageOver the weekend I saw a headline about Senator Jeff Sessions joining Donald Trump on stage at Trump’s big event in Mobile, Alabama. Since Sessions has the best judgment on issues of anyone in Washington, I was surprised. I wondered: is it possible that Jeff Sessions has endorsed Donald Trump? The answer is no. He hasn’t. Rather, Sessions was summoned to the podium by Trump–rather rudely, some would say–and spent »

Hillary warned audience that “hackers break into personal email accounts”

Featured imageAttempting to defend her use of a private email server, Hillary Clinton has sought to minimize the obvious security risk that doing so posed. She describes her system as “effective and secure,” and notes that it was “on property guarded by the Secret Service.” Her campaign website proclaims: The security and integrity of her family’s electronic communications was taken seriously from the onset when it was first set up for »

On Your Mark, Get Set, . . . Crash? (Updated)

Featured imageSo, I’m back from my overseas idyll, which included bagging a lion I hastily renamed Cecil (see photo below), and which means the usual jet lag, a large pile of snail mail, and lots of undone work even further behind than usual. Anything much happen while I was away? Wait . . . the stock market did what? As I write, about an hour before the Monday morning open on »

Will Biden Run? Of Course He Will!

Featured imageThe Wall Street Journal reports that Vice President Joe Biden is inclined to run for president: Vice President Joe Biden, who has long been considering a presidential bid, is increasingly leaning toward entering the race if it is still possible he can knit together a competitive campaign at this late date, people familiar with the matter said. … A surprise weekend trip to Washington to meet with Sen. Elizabeth Warren »

On Firearms, Reporting Obscures the Truth

Featured imageThere is no subject on which reporting is so consistently poor as firearms. Most reporters are anti-gun; as a result, even when reporting is not overtly biased it is generally so murky as to obscure rather than reveal basic facts. A case in point is this Minneapolis Star Tribune story with the ambiguous headline: “As gun-carrying permits reach historic levels in Minnesota, related crimes remain in check.” Which I guess »

What’s Happened to Liberalism in Two Sentences

Featured imageThe New York Times today carries a long news piece about the growing panic in Hillary world that has forced her to—gasp!—interrupt her Hamptons summer vacation to campaign among the plebes in the Midwest. Down near the bottom is this short paragraph, which I’m guessing no one at the Times flagged for being utterly hilarious—as well as revealing: Among the places where Mrs. Clinton enjoys stalwart support are the Hamptons, »

Omri Ceren versus the deal

Featured imageI’ve posted several of Omri Ceren’s updates on our deal with Iran on Power Line because I think they are among the most reliable and informative expositions out there. Omri appeared on C-SPAN from New York City this morning to talk about the deal, about his opposition to it, and about the lobbying effects of other groups who are supporting the deal (video below, about 38 minutes). He responded to a »

A Biden-Warren ticket?

Featured imageIt speaks poorly of Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren that neither has entered the presidential race. Hillary Clinton’s vulnerability has been evident for quite some time, if not all along. Yet neither Biden nor Warren have had the guts to challenge her. That role fell to a pugnacious, Brooklyn-born socialist with little to lose. But Biden and Warren may be about to team up. The two met this weekend. Together, »

The Iran deal and the Israeli veto [UPDATED]

Featured imageThis weekend, CNN reported that in recent years, Israeli leaders planned three attacks on military targets in Iran. CNN based this story on an audio recording with former Defense Minister (and one-time Prime Minister) Ehud Barak. The recording was leaked to an Israeli television station. Why didn’t Israel carry through with the planned attacks? In the first case (2010), Israeli military leaders reportedly nixed the idea. The head of the »

Empire populism

Featured imageThe Republican party of Kentucky has approved a rule change that will allow Rand Paul to run for president while seeking reelection to the Senate. That’s the good news for Sen. Paul. The bad news is that, according to the RCP poll average, Paul’s share of the GOP vote stands at 4.3 percent. This puts him a three-way tie for 8th place with Mike Huckabee and John Kasich. That’s quite »

Title Nein from Outer Space

Featured imageThe problem with nearly every government program or regulation is that it spawns a private sector industry to leech off the regulation, as well as a new constituency group to support the perpetuation or expansion of the regime. Today’s example is the egregious Title IX sexual assault protocols for college campuses, which, as noted here previously, isn’t even a formal federal regulation. It proceeded from a “dear colleague” “guidance” letter »

Is The Left Self-Destructing? The Evidence from Britain

Featured imageMore fun than watching the Hillary meltdown and the Democratic Party rage against the results of the Obama regime is to cast your gaze over to Britain, where the Labour Party seems to have forgotten the lesson of their 1983 election platform (which included a call for unilateral nuclear disarmament) which UK political junkies referred to as “the longest suicide note in history.” Labour was crushed in that election, and »

The Times at work [with a note by Paul]

Featured imageWhen I wrote about Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new book Between the World and Me, I noted that Coates was this year’s officially certified angry black. He is officially certified by the New York Times through Jennifer Schuessler, the Times culture reporter and gatekeeper. Schuessler’s July 17 profile of Coates attests that Coates’s book “has had an almost frictionless glide straight to the heart of the national conversation.” (The official publication date »