House Republicans Vote to Hold Lerner In Contempt; Eric Holder’s Thoughts Are Elsewhere

Featured image Yesterday Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee referred Lois Lerner to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution. Today, the House Oversight Committee voted 21-12 to hold Lerner in contempt of Congress. It was a straight party line vote, indicating that Democrats have no problem with the Obama administration’s corruption of the IRS to serve its political purposes. Presumably the full House will next vote to hold Lerner »

The war on standards — standards win a round

Featured imageI have written often about the left’s war on standards, an attempt to bulldoze standards of conduct and achievement that stand in the way of equal distribution of society’s benefits and prizes to Blacks. One major front in that war is the federal government’s attack, via EEOC lawsuits, on employers that use the background checks to screen applicants for employment. The government takes particular exception to the use of criminal »

Civil War on the Left, Part 2

Featured imageThe other day in “Civil War on the Left,” I noted how ethnic groups within the California Democratic Party are turning on one another.  Yesterday the Wall Street Journal reported on another internal fault line that is splitting Democrats in Illinois and New York, this time over charter schools, which teachers’ unions hates, but which are hugely popular with parents—especially minority parents.  What’s a politically correct Democrat to do? Hundreds »

What did Brandeis know and when did it know it?

Featured imageWhen I visited Brandeis in 2005 with my daughter (then a high school junior), the admissions office bragged about the University’s activist tradition, including the fact that its alums include Angela Davis and Abbie Hoffman. None of the prospective students seemed to have heard of these left-wing criminals; apparently we parents we supposed to tell our children how cool they were. In recent years, Brandeis has conferred honorary degrees on »

Cleta on the Cummings case

Featured imageWashington superlawyer Cleta Mitchell represents True the Vote, one of the groups illegally targeted by the IRS in the scandals that have exposed the agency as a partisan operation. True the Vote’s Catherine Engelbrecht has been harassed by federal law enforcement authorities representing three different federal agencies. They represent the price of politics in the Age of Obama. As John notes below, yesterday the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee »

The indecency of Harry Reid

Featured imageOur friends at National Review caught National Journal’s (liberal) Ron Fournier with a few choice words regarding Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s reign of lies regarding the Kochs: “Fournier called on the media to confront Harry Reid over his repeated rants against the Koch brothers on the Senate floor. He also blasted the majority leader for a recent false ad by Reid’s PAC claiming ties between the Kochs and Louisiana »

My Questions to Juliet Eilperin, and a Message to Jeff Bezos

Featured imageOver the last few minutes, I sent the following four tweets to Washington Post reporter/Democratic Party propagandist Juliet Eilperin: Why won’t you answer my questions about whether your false reporting on Keystone is coordinated with the Democratic Party? You know perfectly well that Keystone has nothing to do with Koch. Why do you perpetrate a lie, along with Whitehouse and Waxman? You know that Keystone would damage Koch economically. Why »

The IRS Scandal Nears a Climax

Featured imageToday’s headlines are all about the IRS: Darrell Issa’s committee has released emails that show Democratic staffers from the House’s Government Oversight and Reform Committee communicating with the IRS about True the Vote, an anti-voter fraud organization that the Democrats wanted to suppress, in 2012 and 2013. It appears that Elijah Cummings, the committee’s ranking Democrat and therefore the Congressman to whom these staffers reported, may have lied during a »

Al Sharpton — born to be an informant

Featured imageWhen I read that race-hustler Al Sharpton was an FBI informant during the 1980s, my reaction was: finally, something to like about the guy. But informants aren’t likeable. Bill Otis writes: I was a federal prosecutor for many years, and I can tell you that informants are necessary, particularly in mob and big drug conspiracy cases. But they’re a boatload of trouble. For one thing, anyone in a position to »

Is this degree really necessary?

Featured imageScott Walker, who did not graduate from college, says he wants to obtain his degree. According to his spokesperson, Walker would like to do so through the University of Wisconsin’s FlexOption once it expands its degree offerings. Walker attended Marquette University but left in his senior year in 1990 for a job with the American Red Cross. He then launched his political career and never returned to school. Walker says »

Obama’s war on science and gullible women

Featured imageThis week President Obama took up theme that women are the victims of pay discrimination. According to Obama, they are victims of discrimination because they earn 77 cents to every dollar that men earn. Obama, of course, is the champion of these victims. The White House has posted an account of Obama’s theatrics on the subject here. To make out discrimination, however, one has to control for the relevant variables. »

The shame of Brandeis

Featured imageI want to take the liberty of affirming John Podhoretz’s brief comments on the withdrawal of Brandeis University’s invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Ayaan was to receive an honorary degree at its upcoming graduation ceremony. John writes: If you have not yet heard, Brandeis University has rescinded its offer of an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali-born activist whose work has focused on the barbaric misogyny rampant in »

The Washington Post Is Still Stonewalling

Featured imageIt is now 20 days since Washington Post reporters Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson published their infamous hit piece that tried to fool readers into believing that the Keystone Pipeline, the bete noire of the Democratic Party’s biggest donors, is somehow all about Koch Industries, which has nothing to do with the pipeline and would, in fact, be damaged by it economically. It is 14 days since Sheldon Whitehouse and »

The Declining Utility of Scaremongering

Featured imageBack in 2005 New York Times‘ moderately liberal columnist Nicholas Kristof offered his his criticism of today’s environmental movement in “I Have a Nightmare.”  Excerpt: The fundamental problem, as I see it, is that environmental groups are too often alarmists. They have an awful track record, so they’ve lost credibility with the public. Some do great work, but others can be the left’s equivalents of the neocons: brimming with moral »

Brandeis reverses itself on honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Featured imageAyaan Hirsi Ali is a Power Line hero for reasons that will become clear below. Brandeis University was set to give her an honorary degree at this year’s commencement exercises. But bowing to pressure from Muslim students, outside advocacy groups, and a portion of its faculty, Brandeis has backed down. As much as I admire Ayaan Hirsi Ali, I don’t condemn Brandeis’ decision. My reasons will, I hope, also become »

What Pakistan knew about bin Laden

Featured imageCarlotta Gall is a New York Times reporter who went to live and report in Afghanistan shortly after 9/11. Her new book is The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014. The New York Times Magazine published a scintillating excerpt last week focusing on what Pakistan knew about bin Laden. I just finished reading it this week. It is interesting from beginning to end. I highly recommend it. Among other things, »

The Obama Administration Lies About Hurricanes

Featured imageWhether human activity significantly influences the Earth’s climate is a matter of opinion, but it is a simple, undeniable fact that there has been no increase in extreme weather events, either globally or in the U.S., in recent years. Even the IPCC, the U.N.’s corps of true climate change believers, admits that this is true. Hurricanes, for example, have been counted, tracked and measured for many years. There has been »