Who Reads Power Line?

Featured image Ronna Burger, that’s who. Ronna is professor of philosophy at Tulane University, and author of several fine books, including one that Scott highlighted here once (though I can’t find his post in our archives), Aristotle’s Dialogue with Socrates. Ronna and I are at a three-day secret meeting in Claremont with several people much much more important than we are, conspiring about . . . wait! I almost blew it there. »

Justice Department IG to review Comey’s handling of Clinton probe [UPDATED]

Featured imageThe Justice Department’s inspector general will review aspects of the conduct of FBI director James Comey as it related to the probe of Hillary Clinton’s email practices. The review won’t encompass Comey’s decision not to seek prosecution of Clinton, nor will it extend to Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s conduct. The inquiry, therefore, is stacked in favor of the Democrats and their talking points. The suspicion will be that it is »

How Can I Miss You, Barry, When You Won’t Go Away?

Featured imageBarack Obama said farewell to our nation in a speech that, as Byron York noted, was really a campaign rally: [T]his was his last chance to give a rally for himself, the last rally for a president that’s always excelled at campaigning instead of governing. Or is it his last rally? It was clear Tuesday night that Obama isn’t ready to leave office. It says a lot that he recently »

EPA Stiffs the People It Injured

Featured imageWe have written several times about the Gold King Mine disaster, one of the worst and most avoidable environmental incidents of recent years. Through sheer incompetence, the EPA and its contractor spilled three million gallons of toxic liquid into the Animas River in Colorado. The federal government turned the river orange: If a private citizen had done the same thing, he would have been criminally prosecuted. But being a government »

Remy: The Ballad of Ikea

Featured imageNew, from the great Remy Munasifi, the perfect ballad for that most horrible of consumer excursions, the trip to Ikea, where the misery really starts after you pay and leave the store. For I am convinced that “Ikea” means “self-torture” in Swedfinorgian, or whatever Nordic language it comes from. »

Portland leftist defends L.L. Bean

Featured imageYesterday, I wrote about the left’s attempt to organize a boycott against L.L. Bean. The boycott is due to the fact that Linda Bean, granddaughter of the company founder and a member of its ten-member Board, contributed to the Trump campaign. I applauded Donald Trump for pushing back against the boycott via a tweet urging folks to “buy L.L. Bean.” In my view, ordinarily it would be inappropriate for a »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageAmmo Grrrll looks back on a life of AWARDS GALORE!! She writes: Inspired, as I have been so often, by Barack Hussein Obama, I have decided that I have no choice but to give myself some awards. One’s accomplishments can only be hidden under a bushel for so long. What can you even say about a political appointee awarding the man who appointed him a Distinguished Service Award, except to »

Trump backs L.L. Bean with tweet — good for him

Featured imageThe left, as is its wont, has organized a politically-motivated boycott against L.L. Bean, the outdoor gear and apparel company. The pretext for the boycott is that the Federal Election Commission charged Linda Bean, a granddaughter of the company’s founder and a member of its ten-person Board, with contributing more than the legal donation amount to a political action committee that supported Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. (The company itself did »

Federal Judge Denounces EPA As Rogue Agency

Featured imageIn 2014, Murray Energy Corporation and several of its affiliates sued EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, alleging that the EPA was in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 7621, § 321(a) of the Clean Air Act, which requires the agency to “conduct continuing evaluations of potential loss or shifts of employment which may result from the administration or enforcement of the provision of [the Clean Air Act] and applicable implementation plans, including »

The Genius of Donald Trump?

Featured imageI don’t think we’ll ever quite get to the core of Donald Trump, but he sure is fun to watch. Has anything ever felt better than watching him thump on CNN yesterday in the most sublime moment of his press conference? After, take note, praising the New York Times for avoiding the scurrilous and surely fake “Company Intelligence Report”? Divide and conquer! I am sure the NY Times editorial page »

Feel Good Story of the Day

Featured imageI’m not sure whether it is wise to admit this to Power Line readers, but I once had lunch with George Soros in his office in New York, at his invitation. (It was . . . interesting.) And I also think some of his initiatives in eastern Europe after the collapse of the Soviet empire in the early 1990s through his Open Society Institute were actually laudatory and helpful to »

Obama’s betrayal of Israel

Featured imagePresident Obama must have placed his betrayal of Israel at the United Nations at the top of his “rhymes with bucket list.” University of Paris Professor Guy Millière turns to the subject in a timely column full of useful links. Here are the column’s bullet points provided by the Gatestone Institute: • President Obama’s decision not to use the US veto in the UN Security Council and to let pass »

Trump the Dinosaur?

Featured imageCalling Trump a “dinosaur” is probably one of the milder insults you can make of him, and it’s certainly several steps down from flesh-eating Nazi devil. Still, much of the video below is pretty funny—and is part of my thesis that without Hollywood, Trump would likely not have won. No wonder Meryl Streep is apoplectic. (8 minutes long.) »

Elaine Chao and me

Featured imageIn late November of last year, I argued that Elaine Chao is an “uninspired choice” for Secretary of Transportation. Today, in its story about Chao’s confirmation hearing, the Washington Post quotes generously from that post. It may speak well of how Chao is viewed by conservatives in Washington that the Post felt it needed to quote me in order to provide its readers with a negative conservative perspective on the »

Wounded Trooper Saved By Armed Citizen

Featured imageA rollover accident occurred on an isolated stretch of highway near Phoenix at around 4:00 this morning. An Arizona state trooper responded to the accident, in which a woman was killed. The trooper was putting out flares on the highway when he was “ambushed” by an unidentified assailant who shot him in the shoulder. The assailant then attacked the wounded trooper, wrestled him to the ground and started beating his »

Which Dems are behind the fake BuzzFeed story? [UPDATED]

Featured imageIt now seems virtually certain that the “dossier” on Donald Trump that was published earlier this week by BuzzFeed is fake news — a fiction intended to undermine the president-elect of the United States. The potential harm to our democratic process of introducing such material into political discourse is obvious — about as obvious as the release by Russian agents of DNC and Podesta emails. In one sense, the release »

Obama looks back (2)

Featured imageBarack Obama believes in the audacity of hype, especially when it comes to himself. He wrote his memoir when he was in his early 30’s. Despite the droning orthodoxy of his every thought and utterance, he possesses infinite belief in his capacities. Around the time of the 2008 election a friend quoted Obama providing this self-evaluation: “I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. I know more about »