Trump’s Really Done It Now! [With Comments by John and Paul]

Featured image Trump has really done it now. He’s spoken candidly again, referring to several nations a “s—hole” countries, according to media accounts. CNN is having a complete meltdown. Of course, if all of these countries are so wonderful, why is there such an outcry against sending aliens from those countries back home? Meanwhile, we know that Trump’s approval ratings are miserable. He’s lost ground among just about every demographic group, except. »

Report: FBI used dossier to obtain FISA warrant

Featured imageSara Carter reports that the unverified dossier alleging connections between President Trump’s campaign and the Russians was used as evidence by the FBI to gain approval from the FISA court to monitor members of Trump’s team. Carter cites “multiple sources.” Carter also notes that Sean Hannity says he has independently confirmed the dossier was used to obtain the FISA warrant. Hannity relies on three sources. Meanwhile, Byron York reports that »

“Temporary” means temporary, Trump administration controversially insists

Featured imageOn Monday, the Trump administration announced the termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 200,000 immigrants from El Salvador who, without that status, will be illegal. The termination will take effect in 2019. The El Salvadorans in question are those who were living illegally in the U.S. when earthquakes struck their country way back in 2001. The idea, as Mark Krikorian reminds us, was to hold off temporarily on sending »

Bonus Bonus!

Featured imageFurther to my post earlier today about how the corporate tax cut is extending benefits immediately to workers and consumers, Yahoo finance has put together a rundown of the 81 companies that have announced bonuses or new employee benefits because of the tax change: But never forget—Nancy Pelosi says the tax bill will bring on “the Apocalypse.” (Maybe she meant the Apocalypse for Democrats??) P.S. Oh by the way, the »

VIP Live, Tune In Tonight!

Featured imageTonight, starting at 7 p.m. Central time, we are doing a VIP Live event. If you are a VIP member, you should already have gotten an email with a link to a live YouTube address where you can watch the event and submit your own comments and questions. You will get another email prior to the event. The entire PL crew will be live on YouTube, talking about the issues »

Lessons in Economic Literacy

Featured imageAnyone remember the early 1990s when the Clinton Administration discovered to its horror that it couldn’t spend like the horny drunken sailors we know them to have been because the bond market would instantly punish the economy? James Carville famously said that if he was reincarnated, he wanted to come back to earth as the bond market. Hold that thought in mind as we survey the current economic scene a »

Grim Tidings for the GOP Midterm

Featured imagePolitical scientists can point to a lot of evidence from past election cycles that one early sign that a party is facing a rout at the next election is a wave of incumbent retirements. In the last two days two senior Republican House members in California have announced that they will retire this year: Darrell Issa, and Ed Royce. Issa, based near San Diego, has just barely hung on to »

Google “Fact Checks” the Right

Featured imageGoogle has quietly inaugurated a system in which, when you search for a news site, they subjectively evaluate the site for you, including, in some cases, highly selective “fact checks.” I learned about this from the Daily Caller, which is incensed: Google, the most powerful search engine in the world, is now displaying fact checks for conservative publications in its results. No prominent liberal site receives the same treatment. And »

Glenn Simpson Knows Nothing, Apparently

Featured imageHaving read the transcript of the interview that Fusion GPS head Glenn Simpson gave to investigators from the Senate Judiciary Committee, I have the following observations: 1) Simpson offered no meaningful support for the truth of the allegations in the Donald Trump dossier that he peddled to journalists. It was his subcontractor Christopher Steele who gathered the “human intelligence” in Russia that was the basis for the dossier. Simpson’s contributions »

Trump yearns for good old days of earmarks and getting along

Featured imageIn discussing President Trump’s gabfest yesterday with congressional leaders about DACA legislation, I failed to note a fascinating sidebar. Several times, Trump told the assembled legislators that earmarks should be revived because they promote good will and cooperation between Republicans and Democrats. The first time Trump said this, it produced raucous agreement. One member (I couldn’t tell who) exclaimed: “Sign me up for that.” Earmarks, of course, were the bugaboo »

A little bit of England comes to Minnesota

Featured imageThe case of the Somali Minnesotans (“Minnesota men,” as the headlines had it) seeking to join ISIS was tried in federal district court in Minneapolis in May 2016. Before trial six defendants pleaded guilty. At trial the three who contested the charges were convicted. I covered the case daily on Power Line and was struck by the Muhammads involved in one way or another in the case. I took a »

Notes on the Simpson transcript, cont’d

Featured imageYesterday I posted 15 notes plus an afterthought on the transcript of the Senate Judiciary Committee staff interview of Fusion GPS principal Glenn Simpson. I want briefly to round up my number of notes to 20. 16. The express terms under which Simpson testified do not appear in the transcript. One must infer them from the comments interjected by Simpson’s lawyer at the interview. Certain subjects were off limits. One »

Trump won’t commit to Mueller interview

Featured imageToday, during a news conference with the prime minister of Norway, reporters asked President Trump whether he will submit to an interview with Robert Mueller without preconditions. Trump responded: “I’ll speak to attorneys, we’ll see what happens.” Trump went on to say: For 11 months, they’ve had this phony cloud over this administration, over our government, and it has hurt our government. When they have no collusion, and nobody’s found »

Notes on the Simpson transcript

Featured imageHaving read the transcript of the Senate Judiciary Committee interview of GPS Fusion principal Glenn Simpson by Senate Judiciary Committee staff, I want to post a few notes and observations on the transcript. The partially redacted transcript was posted online yesterday by Senator Dianne Feinstein. Feinstein posted the transcript here. The transcript runs 312 pages. All we have is the transcript itself. Feinstein omitted exhibits and other matter related to »

The Power Line Show, Episode 50: The Lighter Side of David Deeble

Featured imageA few months back you may recall that I laid claim to David Deeble as “Power Line’s Next Comedy Legend.” Well a few days ago we tracked him down over in Germany, where he lives half the year (because he really likes a challenging audience for comedy), to talk about why most comics, like most other artists, are liberals, and several other topics. Turns out that I, too, have a »

Defer this

Featured imageYesterday Judge William Alsup entered an order preliminarily enjoining the Department of Homeland Security against enforcing the Trump administration’s rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program implemented by the Obama administration. Judge Alsup is a Clinton appointee to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. It seems to me that Judge Alsup’s order is of a piece with the other lower federal courts »

Congressional Dems and Repubs chase their tails in meeting with Trump

Featured imageToday, President Trump met with leaders of both parties from the Senate and House to discuss DACA legislation. The press and the cameras were there for the opening statements with the understanding they would be excused shortly thereafter. However, Trump either decided to let them stay or forgot to kick them out. (I believe he let them stay because he wanted Americans to see him conduct a meeting in “presidential” »