In Texas, an illegal immigrant crime wave

Featured image Christian Adams reports that an internal report by the Texas Department of Public Safety, obtained by PJ Media, finds that illegal immigrants have committed hundreds of thousands of crimes, including nearly 3,000 homicides, in Texas. According to the Department of Public Safety’s analysis, foreign aliens committed 611,234 unique crimes in Texas from 2008 to 2014, including thousands of homicides and sexual assaults. The report states: From October 2008 to April »

Poll: Clinton trails three Republican contenders in key states

Featured imageIf this news doesn’t have Joe Biden, Al Gore, or Elizabeth Warren seriously considering entering the presidential race — and serious Democrats urging them to do so — then nothing will. According to a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll, Hillary Clinton trails Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, and Scott Walker in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia. Two of the three Republicans Clinton trails are neither well known nor in possession of a »

Carly Shows How It’s Done

Featured imageReporters love to cross-examine Republicans about social issues and their supposedly “extreme” positions. Of course, they never challenge Democrats on the positions that really are extreme–e.g., advocating the sale of aborted babies’ body parts. Republicans need to push back against these transparent attempts not only to make Republicans look bad, but equally important, to change the subject away from $18 trillion in debt, a collapsing foreign policy, runaway illegal immigration, »

Obama in full, and full of it

Featured imagePresident Obama appeared on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart the day before yesterday. Video of the extended full episode (I think) is posted below. Obama is playing before a friendly audience and Stewart does everything but give him a French kiss. He wants to, but modesty somehow intrudes. Stewart’s approach to Obama reminds me of Howard Stern interviewing Rudy Giuliani in the course of one of Giuliani’s reelection campaigns: »

The fire this time (1)

Featured imageI wrote yesterday about the cultural phenomenon of Ta-Nehesi Coates and his hot new book Between the World and Me, published last week under an imprint of Random House. I want to explore the book in a series of (mostly brief, I hope) posts, of which this is the introduction. I need a series to explore the book in all its awfulness. I am afraid that this is important because »

Washington Post brings back venomous anti-conservative to cover presidential election campaign

Featured imageThe Washington Post has rehired Dave Weigel. He is covering the presidential campaign for the paper. In his last stint with the Post, Weigel covered the conservative movement. However, he lost his job due to vicious comments he posted on Journolist about major conservative figures and the conservative movement in general. When Rush Limbaugh was rushed to the hospital with chest pains, Weigel quipped, “I hope he fails,” a reference »

Graham Shows How It’s Done

Featured imageI’m no fan of Lindsey Graham, but he’s showing us today how to respond to Donald Trump’s provocations—with a light and mocking touch. As Paul noted here yesterday, Trump gave out Graham’s cell phone number yesterday, which I am sure led to this: Here’s how Graham has responded today (just over 1 minute long): »

Economic Notes

Featured imageDid you happen to catch this little detail in yesterday’s news about the old A & P grocery chain filing bankruptcy: More than 90% of A&P’s workers are union members, with 35 different collective-bargaining agreements that A&P said require benefit increases that are unsustainable. A&P said it would try to negotiate immediate changes to the contracts to prevent “catastrophic” results on sales, but otherwise will seek court orders to force »

Damned If You Don’t

Featured imageThe American Left’s foundational foreign policy belief is that enmity toward the U.S. is the result of our interventions abroad. Therefore, the solution to problems overseas is simple: stop intervening. Capital-L libertarians often express or imply similar views. So I was struck by this nugget buried in a Reuters story about Mohammod Abdulazeez, the Chattanooga terrorist: Abdulazeez’s friends said he returned from a trip to Jordan in 2014 concerned about »

This year’s model

Featured imageCertification as the liberals’ official angry black man is a lucrative gig. The market is upscale, but the job is only temporary. Fashions change, or rather remain subject to a cycle. The job isn’t easy; it requires high attainment in the art of performance. Black rage must be precisely matched to liberal guilt. James Baldwin provides the original model, in the essays originally published in the New Yorker and then »

First They Came for Your Light Bulbs. . .

Featured imageI’m always struck by the irony that the same kind of people who say government should stay out of your bedroom have no hesitation about getting into your bathroom, and have mandated such splendors as low-flow shower heads and toilets (or commodes that are no longer commodious). And then they moved on to light bulbs and clothes washers and dryers. So now the feddle guvmint has a new idea to »

So Planned Parenthood Sells Babies’ Body Parts: Is It a Scandal?

Featured imageAs you undoubtedly know, a group called the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) has made a series of undercover videos of high-ranking Planned Parenthood officials. So far, two videos have been released. In both, representatives of CMP are negotiating to buy fetal tissue in the form of intact organs from Planned Parenthood. The videos have caused a firestorm of controversy. Planned Parenthood has denied any wrongdoing and has denounced CMP »

A Writ Against Crit Lit

Featured imageA couple weeks back we linked in our Picks section Power Line 100 honoree Gary Saul Morson’s terrific Commentary article on “Why College Kids Are Avoiding the Study of Literature.”  Morson, a professor of Russian literature, certainly has the authority to declare on this topic, since his lecture courses are the most popular and largest at Northwestern University, much to the annoyance of the peevish English department, which won’t assign »

A conservative American in Paris

Featured imageOne of the highlights of my recent trip to France was an evening with Power Line reader James Gillespie and two other members of “Republicans Overseas France,” an organization that James heads. Republicans Overseas France has a Paris-based membership of more than 100, with a hard core of one-third to one-half that number. (James concedes that the Democratic counterpart organization, its membership swelled by American students in Paris, is larger.) »

John Kasich enters the race

Featured imageYesterday, John Kasich became the 16th Republican entrant in the presidential race (assuming one counts Donald Trump as a Republican). As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Kasich was an important player in Newt Gingrich’s conservative revolution of the mid-1990s. As governor of Ohio, Kasich has produced a record strong enough to see him reelected last year by a 2-1 margin in a swing state. This resume should »

Speaking of the Iran deal (5)

Featured imageFred Fleitz reports at NR: Senator Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) and Congressmen Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) issued a press release today on a startling discovery they made during a July 17 meeting with International Atomic Energy Agency officials in Vienna: There are two secret side deals to the nuclear agreement with Iran that will not be shared with other nations, with Congress, or with the U.S. public. One of these »

Menendez alleges Justice Department lied to grand jury in his case

Featured imageSen. Robert Menendez’s defense team has leveled what look like substantial allegations of misconduct against the Justice Department, which is prosecuting him for alleged corruption. According to the Washington Post, Menendez claims, based on internal FBI documents, that the lead DOJ prosecutor in his case allowed an FBI agent falsely to testify to the grand jury that it was “perfectly clear” that in meetings with top DHS officials, Menendez sought »