CRB: Sanctimony cities

Featured image This morning we conclude our preview of the new (Winter) 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 »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageAmmo Grrrll offers personal advice for single ladies in TRUMP MADE ME BREAK UP! She writes: A story appeared a few days after the election about a poor, troubled woman who had just started a new relationship with a real live man, but now was so upset by the election of President Trump whom she feared and hated, that she felt compelled to end her new relationship and hunker down »

Anti-Trump reporter gets unwelcome surprise

Featured imageApril Ryan is a reporter for American Urban Radio Networks. Last week, after a tense exchange with White House aide Omarosa Manigault, she leveled several accusations. Ryan claimed that Manigault told her she was among a group of reporters on whom the White House is keeping dossiers with negative information. She claimed that she felt “physically intimidated” by Manigault. She described Manigault’s behavior as threatening enough to be “Secret Serviceable,” »

HP pressures law firms to engage in discrimination

Featured imageKim Rivera, the chief legal officer and general counsel of HP Inc., has sent a letter to law firms that represent that company. The letter “mandates” (HP’s word) that these firms meet racial, ethnic, and gender quotas she has set for them. Rivera states that HP will withhold up to 10 percent of any amount invoiced by the law firms if they “do not meet or exceed our minimal diverse »

Harward Says No

Featured imageVice Admiral Robert Harward has turned down President Trump’s offer to be national security adviser. This feeds the Democratic Party media’s “chaos” theme: Vice Admiral Robert Harward has turned down an offer to be President Donald Trump’s new national security adviser, the latest blow to a new administration struggling to find its footing. Why did Harward say no? The AP’s report sheds no light: Harward told The Associated Press that »

Iowa Moves Against Democratic Party Slush Funds

Featured imageIowa, like so many other states, has gone Republican. What happens when you have a Republican legislature and a Republican governor? The corrupt public sector union spigot gets turned off. Public sector unions in Iowa will have less authority to negotiate working conditions for teachers, nurses and correctional officers under a bill passed Thursday in the new Republican-controlled Legislature that critics say is aimed at crippling organized labor in the »

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 »

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 »

Nuclear Revival Hits Another Pothole

Featured imageJapan’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 »

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 »

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 »