Fox News, But Hedgehog Principles

Featured image The most important occurrence of the week just past may not be the formal nomination of Donald Trump, but the sacking of Roger Ailes from Fox News. The Legend of Ailes need not be recounted here. Everyone knows the story. His central insight was that there was a large audience for a news source that offered an alternative to the lockstep liberal TV network news bureaus. And that audience turned »

On Violence, Obama Obfuscates As Usual

Featured imageAs Paul noted earlier, Democratic critics have unanimously painted Donald Trump’s acceptance speech as “dark.” (I’m a little surprised they didn’t also say, in unison, that as he approached the podium he was lithe and fierce like a tiger.) President Obama commented on Trump’s speech yesterday in a joint appearance with Mexico’s president, Peña Nieto. Asked about Trump’s speech, Obama responded with his trademark dishonesty. I think it is important »

At the Washington Post, it’s unanimous: Trump’s speech was dark

Featured imageOn Friday morning, the Washington Post (paper edition) sang in unison about Donald Trump’s speech to the GOP convention. The lead headline read: “Trump portrays a nation in peril.” Below that Philip Rucker and David Farenthold began their story: “Donald Trump painted a dire portrait of a lawless terrorized nation as he accepted the Republican presidential nomination. . . .” The front page also contained this headline by gussied up »

The Rangel angle

Featured imageI’m winding up my week at the Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa tomorrow and I’m not looking forward to leaving. It’s located at the Trump National Doral Miami. The weather has been accommodating. I’ve learned a lot. Indeed, I think I’ve become a true believer in the gospel according to Pritikin. I’ve wanted to do this for a long time, going back to the days when the program was based »

Sometimes a Shooter Is Just a Shooter

Featured imageThat appears to be the case, based on what we know now, with Ali Sonboly, the 18 year old Iranian-German who went on a rampage in Germany yesterday. I assume that Sonboly’s family is Muslim (how observant, I have no idea) but that doesn’t seem to have played a part in his spree, notwithstanding two witnesses who say they heard him shout “Allahu akbar.” Rather, he appears to be a »

Trump takes a victory lap (2)

Featured imageHere’s a question with a binary “yes” or “no” answer: Does the election present a “binary choice” between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump? Hugh Hewitt argues that the answer is “yes.” Hugh’s right. Steve Hayes argues that the answer is “no.” Steve’s right. In the words of the joke, you may ask, how can they both be right? You know, you’re right too. Hugh conditioned his argument on the understanding »

It’s Kaine

Featured imageAs expected, Hillary Clinton has named Sen. Tim Kaine to be her running mate. I discussed what I think this means earlier today. The mainstream media likes to portray Kaine as a “centrist” and a “bridge builder.” The reality is quite different. In the Senate, Kaine almost always votes the liberal line. The American Conservative Union consistently gives him a zero rating. Same with the Eagle Forum. With Americans for »

Tune In to Our Live YouTube VIP Event on Monday

Featured imageIf you are a Power Line VIP, you are invited to attend a live event on YouTube next Monday, July 25, at 4:30 Pacific, 5:30 Mountain, 6:30 Central, 7:30 Eastern. It will be the same format as our prior YouTube events: the PL gang will be on the screen, we will be talking about current events–this time, the two conventions and the state of the race–and you will be able »

Trump takes a victory lap

Featured imageDonald Trump is giving an utterly bizarre if perectly characteristic statement. He is free associating as he highlights great moments from the primary season. He is trashing Ted Cruz. He is revisiting the source of the personal offense Cruz has taken. He disclaims a desire for Cruz’s endorsement. He vouches again for the National Enquirer. He proclaims the ease with which he dispatched his GOP rivals. He reviews his rise »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageAmmo Grrrll prefeaces A LEGACY OF LUDICROUS LIES with this note: “My second installment in the ‘Conversation on Race’ will appear next week. The Dallas memorial service was the same day I had to send in my column. I feel compelled to opine even though many others have already done so. Combating lies about guns is in my wheelhouse.” She writes: Once upon a time, a couple of decades ago, »

Initial Thoughts

Featured imageWe witnessed something extraordinary tonight. It started with Ivanka Trump, who proved to be a remarkable speaker, like her siblings only older and more polished. She did a terrific job. Is there a Senate seat we could put her up for? Like her father, Ivanka’s message was mixed: along with her conservative, populist main themes were startling suggestions of new and bigger government programs. But the overwhelming impression was positive, »

The Week in Pictures: Trumpnado Edition

Featured imageReally, can there be any other plausible subject line for this week’s gallery? Trump proved Thursday night that he can go toe-to-toe with Bill Clinton at least for looonnng speeches. Is this what Trump state of the union addresses will be like if he is elected? Meanwhile, Hillary has picked Tim Kaine, who she hopes is able. Or as one friend put it, the Democrats are offering a ticket of »

Breaking: Mass Shooting in Munich Shopping Mall (Updated)

Featured imageNews is breaking in the last few minutes of a mass shooting in a shopping mall in Munich, Germany. Early reports say as many as 10 people were killed, though CNN right now is reporting only one fatality. No word yet on whether a telltale religious slogan was uttered, but stay tuned. We’ll update this post as more details come in. Let’s keep in mind that Germany experienced the Germanwing »

Up next, Clinton’s VP selection

Featured imageThe political calendar gives us only three days between party conventions. Most of the buzz during this respite will concern Hillary Clinton’s choice of a running mate. The word is that she will select Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia. The second choice is said to be Tom Vilsack, the Secretary of Agriculture. If this is true, what should we make of two white males from the Democratic party’s former mainstream »

Back to the Future?

Featured imageFrom the Republican convention: Republican tariffs and immigration restrictions account largely for American wages being more than in any other country. Not only are our wages higher than in any other land, but American standards of living are far higher, hours of labor shorter and working conditions better than in any other nation. The object of a tariff is to benefit and protect our workingmen, from the lower wages, longer »

The Convention, Night Four — Trump’s speech

Featured imageDonald Trump pushed all the right buttons tonight. And pushed them, and pushed them, and pushed them. His address was too long and too loud. It was a sledgehammer of a speech, in keeping with Trump’s sledgehammer of a campaign. It gave me a headache. I don’t mean to say the speech was ineffective. Actually, I believe it probably worked, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Trump moved the needle »

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