Conservatives vote with their dollars, get results

Featured image With corporate America increasingly in the tank for liberal causes, conservatives may finally be learning how to fight back. I base this hopeful observation on two developments described by Lance Wray, the Executive Director of 2ndVote, a conservative watchdog for corporate activism. Consider first what happened with Lands’ End, the clothing retailer. Under CEO Federica Marchionni, it indulged in what Wray describes as a bizarre attempt to celebrate a company’s »

The Real Tom Steyer

Featured imageNews item from The Daily Caller: Hacked Emails Show Extent Of Left-Wing Billionaire’s Influence On White House Hacked emails show the extent to which billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer coordinated with the Obama administration to form energy policy and to divide Republicans on environmental issues. Democratic strategist Chris Lehane, a Steyer aide, emailed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton advisor John Podesta in 2014 ironing out a strategy for a White House climate »

Hillary to Restrict Second Amendment With Executive Orders?

Featured imageJames O’Keefe has done it again: he attended a Russ Feingold fundraiser in Silicon Valley, where one of the topics under discussion was gun control. O’Keefe recorded Feingold, the former senator who is running against Republican incumbent Ron Johnson in Wisconsin, suggesting that as president Hillary Clinton would use executive orders to limit gun rights. The hostess of the event added that Hillary “wants to shut it down,” “it” being »

Ron Johnson rallies in Wisconsin

Featured imageRon Johnson is a conservative hero. He’s also one of Power Line’s “picks” in this year’s congressional elections. Sen. Johnson has been trailing his opponent Russ Feingold throughout the campaign season. At times, Feingold led in the poll averages by about double digits. No longer. Two new polls show Johnson behind by only 2 points (Marquette poll) and 3 points (CBS YouGov). A third poll (Loras) has Johnson leading by »

The Moral Bankruptcy Race

Featured imageRemind yourself of one big fact: Richard Nixon’s proximate sin over Watergate was interfering with an FBI investigation. With that in mind, ponder this story: FBI, DOJ roiled by Comey, Lynch decision to let Clinton slide by on emails, says insider The decision to let Hillary Clinton off the hook for mishandling classified information has roiled the FBI and Department of Justice, with one person closely involved in the year-long »

“Stronger together” under Hillary Clinton? I don’t think so

Featured image“Stronger together” is Hillary Clinton’s campaign slogan. Like most of what comes out of Hillary’s mouth, it is insincere. Clinton has written off approximately 20 percent of the American public as deplorable and irredeemable. Her top aides express contempt for traditional Catholics, evangelicals, and Jews who support Israel. But let’s look beyond the inevitable Clinton insincerity and ask whether, under a Hillary presidency, America would be stronger together. We must »

A Nobel for Bob Dylan

Featured imageToday the Nobel Committee announced that it is awarding this year’s Prize in Literature to Minnesota native son Bob Dylan (“for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”). When we celebrated Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday on Power Line this past May, I observed that he is first and foremost an astounding songwriter. He somehow absorbed the folk, rock, country and blues traditions as a precocious young »

The Clintonistas contempt for Americans runs deep

Featured imageDuring the two presidential debates (or should I say debates between presidential candidates?) Hillary Clinton has lambasted Donald Trump for attacking women, Hispanics, African-Americans, Muslim-Americans and the disabled. Trump has, indeed, attacked members of these groups, sometimes in disgusting ways. However, his attacks have not been categorical ones directed at entire classes of Americans. By contrast, Hillary Clinton and her close advisers have attacked broad swathes of the American population »

Racism at the Yale Bowl? Hardly

Featured imageDartmouth and Yale have been playing football against one another for a long time. Last Saturday, when they played at the Yale Bowl, was the 100th meeting of the teams. (Yale broke a four-game losing streak with a 21-13 victory.) Given that long history, someone at Yale thought it would be fun to produce a program that featured a collection of vintage programs from past years. This is what it »

On Catholics, Wikileaks Hits Paydirt

Featured imageIn general, I think most of the alleged Wikileaks scandals of recent days have been overblown. But the way in which Hillary Clinton’s top staffers talk about Catholics is a relatively serious matter. The email thread involves Hillary’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, her director of communications, Jennifer Palmieri, and John Halpin of the Center for American Progress, which was also Podesta’s and Palmieri’s home as of the date of the »

Whiskey and Freedom!

Featured imageOur friends at the Competitive Enterprise Institute have just this morning released a new seven-minute film, “I, Whiskey,” in which they remind us of the valuable principle that “the story of whiskey is the story of freedom. . . the classic American story.” Hear, hear. (The title is an obvious homage to the previous short film CEI produced of the classic Leonard Read essay, “I, Pencil.” Also worth a watch »

David Satter: Understanding Putin

Featured imageIn its September 2009 number GQ carried an interesting article by Scott Anderson on the September 1999 apartment bombings in Russia that left hundreds dead and led to Vladimir Putin’s rise to power. The piece profiled former Russian FSB officer Mikhail Trepashkin and collected evidence suggesting that the bombings were perpetrated by the FSB rather than by Chechen terrorists. It was the kind of intriguing investigative piece that most publications »

Two women emerge to accuse Trump of unwanted touchings

Featured imageDuring his second debate with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump denied having ever engaged in the sexual assaults he boasted about in the Access Hollywood tape. I had understood that the debate would consist of the candidates answering questions from members of the “town hall.” But Anderson Cooper decided to take over the questioning so he could press Trump about whether his boasts were true. Initially, Trump avoided that question, but »

The New York Times: Worse Than You Thought

Featured imageThe Nieman Journalism Lab scores an interview with Dean Baquet, executive editor of the New York Times. If you think the Times has gotten even worse in the last year or two, Baquet is the man to blame. Nieman records, enthusiastically, that the Times has veered even more sharply to the left during the present election season: Consider that the Times employed 18 of its journalists as realtime fact-checkers during »

More Wikileaks Paydirt: Democrats Hate America

Featured imageI wish I had time thoroughly to go through the trove of John Podesta emails released by Wikileaks, but just a few I’ve seen reveal the deep disdain by which liberals regard the American people, American traditions and institutions. Everyone recalls how Hillary had to backtrack quickly from her remark that half of Trump’s supporters are “deplorables” and “irredeemable” (though her apology only really regretted saying “half”). The Podesta emails »

The Gathering Storm?

Featured imageMy late teacher of intelligence and strategy Harold Rood liked to say, “You run the show or the show runs you.” (Book here.) It was a corollary to his axiom that “Nothing happens for no good reason.” With these counsels in mind, there are some ominous news items from the last few days: USS Mason Fired 3 Missiles to Defend From Yemen Cruise Missiles Attack The crew of a guided-missile »

Did the Clinton Campaign Coordinate With DOJ on Hillary’s Emails?

Featured imageThat claim is being made in some quarters today, based on the latest batch of Wikileaks emails from the account of John Podesta. The Hill, for example, headlines “Clinton camp appeared to have contacts with DOJ on email case.” Drudge headlines “CAMPAIGN DISCUSSIONS WITH DOJ!” The New York Post cites the Trump campaign’s characterization of the leaked emails: “Emails show Clinton ‘colluded’ with DOJ: Trump campaign.” NBC’s Tom Winter may »