Minimum Wage, Maximum Ignorance

Featured image It was the University of Chicago’s John Cochrane, one of the celebrated members of the Power Line 100, who wrote that “Once upon a time, the minimum wage, like free trade, was a basic test of whether you were awake in the first week of econ 1. We put a horizontal line in a supply and demand graph. Minimum wages increase unemployment of poor people.” But a higher minimum wage »

James Risen would prefer not to; Eric Holder must decide what he prefers

Featured imageJames Risen is the New York Times reporter who, on several occasions, has materially harmed the United States with his reporting on top secret affairs. As Scott Johnson has written, “If you are a disgruntled intelligence officer or official and want to preserve your anonymity while undermining a top secret program or aiding the enemies of the United States, Risen is your go-to guy.” Scott went on to document this »

Defeat the omnibus

Featured imageSo far as we can tell, just about everything appears to be wrong with the omnibus spending bill coming before Congress for passage this week. To the extent that we are able to do so, I would like to amplify the voice of the editors of National Review in their editorial “Defeat the omnibus.” They write: The federal government’s funding authorization expires tonight at midnight, and the Republican plan to »

Greenpeace Snags Another Green Weenie

Featured imageWe’ve commented here several times before (here, here, and here, for a start) about the thuggish activities of Greenpeace, whom I once suggested deserved to be considered the John Birch Society of environmentalism, except that the John Birch Society broke no laws and committed no vandalism.  So the best comparison is probably to the Weather Underground, though I’m tempted to rename Power Line’s coveted Green Weenie Award as the Greenpeace »

The royal decree explained

Featured imageOn Tuesday President Obama was questioned from the left about his royal decree regularizing millions of illegals by Jorge Ramos in “The Fusion interview.” If you always possessed the authority you now claim, Ramos asks, why the delay in the decree? Why the deportations in the meantime? You could have stopped them, Ramos says. Obama’s irritation is visible. He begins to say something to the effect of “we’re not going »

Who tortured what? The Feinstein factor

Featured imageI confess that I do not understand the rationale supporting the publication of the Democrats’ Senate Select Committee study of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program. On its face, it seems like ancient history (of a highly tendentious kind) in the service of a personal grudge. It is not clear to me what is new and it is not clear that what is new is reliable, given the absurd limitations »

Before the Storm

Featured imageI was up to my neck grading end of semester term papers today, but, as you may have heard if you follow the weather, California is about to get hit with a large storm.  The surf is already epic, so I decided to play hookie for the afternoon and shoot some video.  Here’s a 2:30 highlight reel.  (Power has a way of going out in big storms on my part »

Rolling Stone Rape Story In Tatters

Featured imageAs investigation into Rolling Stone’s sensational story about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia continues, the story unravels further. The Washington Post has interviewed the three friends who saw the alleged victim, Jackie, after the alleged assault. They say that their interactions with her were completely different from the utterly implausible callousness described by Sabrina Erdely, Rolling Stone’s reporter. Most damning is the fact that what Jackie »

Columbia law school and “existential worry”

Featured imageI thought I had covered every angle of interest to me in the story about Columbia law school postponing the exams of law students “traumatized” by two grand jury no-bills. But the New York Times article that John linked to prompts an additional line of thought. Here is what one Columbia law student, a Latino, told the Times: “The word ‘trauma’ is sort of being misunderstood. It’s not a trauma »

Feinstein’s war on the CIA — what purpose does it serve?

Featured imageThe Obama administration has instituted special security measures to protect U.S. facilities around the world in the event of attacks prompted by the release of Dianne Feinstein’s “torture” report. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that “there are some indications. . .that the release of the report could lead to a greater risk that is posed to U.S. facilities and individuals all around the world.” John Kerry was concerned enough »

Dr. Gruber regrets

Featured imageListening to MIT Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber testify before the House Oversight Committee yesterday, we were treated to the full panoply of the Watergate variations. The text of Gruber’s opening statement is posted here, C-SPAN video of the entire hearing is posted with automated transcript here. Gruber groveled. Gruber regretted. Gruber apologized. Gruber was sorry. Gruber pleaded guilty — to vacuous offenses against taste, such as inexcusable arrogance and inappropriate »

Emails confirm 2010 Lois Lerner meeting with DOJ elections prosecutor

Featured imageEmails obtained by Judicial Watch through litigation confirm that Lois Lerner was in contact with DOJ officials about the possible criminal prosecution of tax-exempt entities two full years before what the IRS conceded was its “absolutely inappropriate” 2012 targeting of the organizations. On September 29, 2010, a DOJ official (whose name is redacted) emailed a staff assistant at the IRS (whose name is also redacted) as follows: As we discussed »

Harvard and Yale law deans embarrass themselves with mindless op-ed

Featured imageMartha Minow, dean of Harvard law school, and Robert Post, dean of Yale law school, have written an op-ed in the Boston Globe about the need to “regain trust in the legal system” following the grand jury “no-bills” in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner killings. It’s a shockingly bad piece, devoid of both evidence and argument. The thesis of the op-ed is that in the criminal justice system, at »

Spending Bill Moves Toward Passage Tomorrow

Featured imageOne of the last significant acts of the lame duck Congress will be passage of a spending bill that funds the federal government to the tune of around $1.1 trillion on an annualized basis. The bill goes through next September for all government agencies except the Department of Homeland Security, which will only be funded until February 27. The contents of the bill, still largely unknown–it is 1,600 pages long–were »

NY Times Reports on Columbia Exam Postponement

Featured imageThe story that Paul broke about Columbia Law School postponing exams for students who purport to be traumatized by the grand jury proceedings in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases is percolating through the press. The New York Times, Columbia’s home town paper, reports: Columbia Law School is allowing students to postpone their final exams this month if they feel unnerved by the recent grand jury decisions not to »

Who tortured what? Let’s go to the tape

Featured imageThe Washington Free Beacon has compiled a set of videos commenting on the torture report issued yesterday by the Democrats on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. I want to set this up with the clip below from the Media Research Center. In the clip, NBC news anchor Brian Williams asks former CIA Director Michael Hayden “How are we better than our enemies?” (and more). What a ponderous fool Brian »

Senate Intelligence Committee’s Report Confirms that CIA Did Not Torture Detainees

Featured imageI haven’t had time to read the entire Senate Intelligence Committee Report on the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, an unclassified version of which was released today. It is 499 pages long. But I have spent enough time with it to have several observations. First, the tone of the report is remarkably hostile to the CIA. It reads like a prosecutor’s brief. I don’t know what the Agency did to »