Big Dog barks

Featured image The era of quiet Bill Clinton is over. The Big Dog has emerged from a brief period of verbal dormancy to do for Madam Hillary in connection with her email scandal what Madam Hillary did for him in connection with the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Mr. Bill all but declares the scandal related to the Mrs.’s private, insecure email setup for her official business as Secretary of State to be the »

Live from Council Bluffs, it’s John Kasich

Featured imageNebraska attorney David Begley continues his series of reports on appearances of the presidential candidates in Iowa for us. Yesterday Dave attended the appearance of Ohio Governor John Kasich in Council Bluffs, Iowa: Why would Power Line readers be interested in John Kasich? In the first place he has decent poll numbers. The Real Clear Politics average has him at 10 percent or fourth in New Hampshire. Nationally, Bloomberg has »

The Camp of the Saints Comes to Europe

Featured imageThe Daily Mail has a long report from Germany on the influx of migrants there. Who, exactly, are the migrants? The article begins: On the busy shopping street in Giessen, a German university town twinned with Winchester, migrant Atif Zahoor tucks into a chicken dish with his brother and cousin at the curry restaurant Chillie To Go. They have left good jobs back in Karachi, Pakistan, and now want to »

Carson and the constitution — Andy McCarthy’s take

Featured imageAndy McCarthy has weighed in on Ben Carson statement that Islam is inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution and that therefore he “would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation.” Like me, McCarthy disagrees with Charles Krauthammer’s view that Dr. Carson’s statement is inconsistent with the Constitution. Krauthammer’s position is based on the idea that the Constitution isn’t just a legal document, it is a “didactic »

What Next for the House? (Take 2)

Featured imageJohn has offered his opinion that the House GOP should have little to fear if they force Obama to veto a continuing resolution that omits funding for Planned Parenthood, thereby causing a government shutdown. This may be correct, though I have my doubts it would work out well for Republicans. We’ve had this argument before on Power Line, so readers needn’t send in comments that the 2013 shutdown didn’t seem »

Unwiped (3)

Featured imageThe AP reports: The Obama administration has discovered a chain of emails that Hillary Rodham Clinton failed to turn over when she provided what she said was the full record of work-related correspondence as secretary of state, officials told The Associated Press Friday, adding to the growing questions related to the Democratic presidential front-runner’s unusual usage of a private email account and server while in government. The messages were exchanged »

Pelosi’s take on Boehner’s resignation: Gimme 5 (dollars)

Featured imageJohn Boehner’s resignation has sparked plenty of commentary here in Washington, DC. Most of it consists of tut-tutting about Republican extremism. Nancy Pelosi’s commentary is more straightforward. In an email blast, she writes: The Republicans have failed. Speaker John Boehner is resigning. And now we’re headed toward another needless and self-destructive government shutdown. That’s why I need your help. We need grassroots supporters to show the Republicans they can’t play »

The Week in Pictures: Pope and Dope Edition

Featured imageSo the Pope was in Washington this week. That means he got to meet our Dope. Actually lots of dopes: Kerry, Biden, etc. Well, at least I didn’t hear the street vendors were selling “Pope on a Rope Soap,” which—I am not making this up—you could get when Pope John Paul II first visited Washington in 1979. In fact I heard there was notably less papal swag for sale on »

Fiorina supported a type of individual mandate; is this the beginning of her end

Featured imageNow that Carly Fiorina has emerged as a top-six candidate (at worst) for the GOP nomination, she will receive serious scrutiny. The little scrutiny she has received to date focuses on her record as the CEO of Hewlett-Packard. That record is relevant to her candidacy. For me, however, her past positions on the major issues are more important. Has she been a consistent, hard-line conservative? The early returns aren’t good »

Clinton Campaign Can’t Keep Email Story Straight

Featured imageThis comes straight from Twitchy, but it bears repeating here because it shows the utter disarray into which Hillary Clinton’s campaign has fallen. It starts with the news that the FBI has been able to recover tens of thousands of emails from Hillary’s home server. Yesterday, the Clinton campaign put out “Friends and Allies Talking Points” that said: Assuming the Bloomberg report is true, the reason the FBI may be »

Carson and the constitution

Featured imageBen Carson is under attack from both liberals and conservatives for saying “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation; I absolutely would not agree with that.” Dr. Carson’s comment deserves to be criticized. It is too sweeping. Carson recognized as much. That’s why he later said that what he disagrees with is voting for candidates (of any religion) who want a theocracy. But »

Feminist SJW’s Can Dish It Out, But Can’t Take It

Featured imageMajor props to Steven Crowder for bringing to our attention this splendid six-minute video from the Times of London which shows a typical specimen of entitled feminist radicalism taking a predictable personal swipe at the Designated White Male Oppressor on the panel, at which point the Designated White Male Oppressor gives it back tenfold, resulting in a total rout. At which point the organizers call a halt to the panel, and »

Clearing my spindle, Syria edition

Featured imageThe withdrawal of the United States from Iraq and points elsewhere around the Middle East has created a vacuum that has been filled by forces hostile to the United States. Syria is representative. ISIS has moved into Syria from Iraq. Iran and Hezbollah have both moved into Syria to defend the Assad regime from ISIS. The Obama administration has taken a sort of Stalinist tack. Obama has concentrated on building »

Hillary’s head injury [corrected & updated]

Featured imageIn July Madam Hillary released a physician’s letter declaring her in excellent physical condition and fit to serve as president. TPM has posted the letter here. The physician’s letter addresses the resolution of issues related to what is described as the concussion Clinton sustained in 2012. A reader writes to explore the issues based on his professional experience: I wanted to bring an issue to your attention. I am an »

Trump Versus Volkswagen?

Featured imageOpening question: what is sinking faster—Trump’s poll ratings, or Volkswagen’s stock price? Looks to be a close call. Here’s Trump’s poll numbers: Trump’s poll line is what stock market technical analysis would call a “head and shoulders” shape, which means he’s headed down further. Meanwhile, here’s VW’s stock chart: There are parallels between Trump and VW if you think about it for a moment. VW’s spew yuuuuge amounts of NOx »

Feel Good Story of the Day

Featured imageIf you’re an old FM radiohead from southern California, and especially if you slum it around the low end of the dial, down below even where the NPR stations lurk, you will be familiar with KPFK, the flagship station of the very left-wing Pacifica Radio. I tune in from time to time just to get a good chortle over their latest Chomskyite Zinnsanity. Well, KPFK and other Pacifica stations are »

What Next For the House?

Featured imageSpeaker John Boehner’s resignation reflects the fact that virtually every Republican in the United States is disappointed in the Congress. With Republican majorities in both the House and the Senate, it is hard to point to any significant accomplishments in the last eight months. At a minimum, I had expected a Republican Congress to pass a series of popular, conservative measures which the Democrats would be obliged to filibuster (if »