Where You See Tragedy, Liberals See Opportunity

Featured image Today’s major news story is the crash of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia, killing at least seven people and injuring many more, some critically. The crash had barely been reported before liberals on Twitter erupted with denunciations of Republicans. Why? Because the current House budget proposes cuts in federal support for Amtrak. How could that possibly relate to last night’s crash? Don’t expect logic from a liberal. Twitchy documented the »

The EPA: Protecting Us from . . . Nail Salons

Featured imageGood to know that the EPA is finally getting around to looking into the massive environmental threat posed by . . . nail salons.  From the National Journal: Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will take a trip to a San Francisco nail salon Wednesday—a visit intended to shine a spotlight on health risks posed by the industry. McCarthy’s West Coast trip arrives on the heels of a New York »

“The Seduction of Hillary Rodham” — Hillary’s radicalism

Featured imageHillary Rodham was, famously, a Goldwater Girl in high school. However, as David Brock showed in his 1996 book “The Seduction of Hillary Rodham,” she was a Rockefeller Republican when she arrive at Wellesley College. By the time she graduated, Hillary was a far-left radical. Brock connects Hillary’s radicalism with the teachings of two extreme left-wingers of the day: Carl Oglesby and Saul Alinsky. Oglesby, a Marxist theoretician who became »

How To Inoculate Your Daughter Against Campus Feminism

Featured imageAs a public service announcement, any Power Line readers with daughters heading off to college next fall ought to have a look at NeW, the Network of Enlightened Women.  No—seriously—I know what you’re thinking: “Enlightened” is often a euphemism for leftism, but in this case NeW is a nice twit of NOW (National Organization for Women), which really ought to be thought of as THEN (Thoroughly Harridan Egalitarian Nonsense), and »

Title Nein?

Featured imageToday’s egalitarian bureaucratic outrage concerns Arbor View High School in Las Vegas, where boys baseball boosters succeeded in getting a storage shed donated for the team to store its equipment on the campus near the ball field. A local construction company donated the concrete facility for free. And that’s when the trouble started. Seems you can’t have a boys storage shed unless you have a girls storage shed, too. Because »

Schadenfreude: Obama Sells Out the Environmentalists

Featured imageOscar Wilde wrote that “One must have a heart of stone to read the death of little Nell [in Uncle Tom’s Cabin The Old Curiosity Shop] without laughing.” That’s how I feel about this cri de coeur by environmentalist Bill McKibben in yesterday’s New York Times: “Obama’s Catastrophic Climate-Change Denial.” Et tu, Barack? The Obama administration’s decision to give Shell Oil the go-ahead to drill in the Arctic shows why »

Shameful Environmental Correctness Strikes Again

Featured image“Environmental Correctness” (EC) is just as authoritarian and mindless as standard-issue “political correctness,” and for the same reason. Leftist orthodoxy needs to suppress dissent, or it will collapse. The latest example of EC in action comes from Australia, where the University of Western Australia has pulled the plug on a new research center at its business school because of its connection to Bjorn Lomborg. Inside Higher Ed reports: The University »

Jeb Bush on the invasion of Iraq

Featured imageJeb Bush is taking heat for his response to a question by Megyn Kelly about the Iraq war. Here is the exchange: Kelly: Knowing what we know now, would you have authorized the invasion? Bush: I would have, and so would have Hillary Clinton, just to remind everybody, and so would have almost everybody that was confronted with the intelligence they got. Kelly: You don’t think it was a mistake? »

On Poverty, Obama Is Hypocritical and Clueless

Featured imageI wrote earlier today about President Obama’s appearance at the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on poverty at Georgetown, where he singled out Fox News for criticism of its news coverage. He did eventually get around to talking about poverty: “Those who are doing better and better, more skilled, more educated, – luckier – having greater advantages are withdrawing from the commons,” he said. “Kids start going to private schools…. But wait! »

Britain’s excellent new sports minister

Featured imageFresh off of his electoral victory, British Prime Minister David Cameron has named MP Tracey Crouch as Minister for Sport. Crouch is an FA (Football Association) qualified soccer coach. She has coached a girls’ team for the past eight years, and is described as “a keen footballer herself.” During a Tory-Labour match she reportedly embarrassed Labour’s shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy by putting a penalty kick through his legs. As »

“The Seduction of Hillary Rodham,” Part One

Featured imagePeter Schweizer’s new blockbuster, Clinton Cash, has sent Hillary Clinton’s backers into overdrive as they attempt to find holes in Schweizer’s formidable research. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should check out our interview with the author. Media Matters is leading the charge against Clinton Cash. Ironically, its founder, David Brock, once wrote a book about Hillary Clinton. He called it The Seduction of Hillary Rodham. At the time »

Barack Obama, pathetic at three levels

Featured imageYesterday, as John noted, President Obama took a swing at Fox News during a conference on poverty. Obama said: Sadly, I think there’s been an effort to either make folks mad at folks at the top or to make folks mad at folks at the bottom. And I think the effort to suggest that the poor are sponges, leeches, who don’t want to work, lazy, undeserving, got traction. And look, »

A word from Peter Schweizer

Featured imageClinton Cash author Peter Schweizer emailed me last night to comment on “Frank Holmes’s Purple Haze.” I thought readers following the story might find his message of interest: Love the “Purple Haze” reference. Fantastic! By the way, the Breitbart story on this includes a link to Frank Holmes’s SEC filing that confirms that the firm did indeed have $4 million in stock in Uranium One. Also note that Holmes is »

Another Police Officer Won’t Be Prosecuted For Doing His Job

Featured imageIn Madison, Wisconsin, the Dane County district attorney announced today that police officer Matthew Kenny will not face criminal charges in the shooting death of Tony Robinson last March. This should not come as a surprise. I wrote about the case here. Kenny is invariably described as a “white police officer,” as though his skin color had anything to do with it, while Robinson was an “unarmed black (or biracial) »

Frank Holmes’s purple haze

Featured imageIn the long New York Times story by Jo Becker and Mike McIntire, following up on Peter Schweizer’s Clinton Cash, it is reported that U.S. Global Investors owned $4.7 million in shares of Uranium One during the first quarter of 2011. A Russian company took a controlling stake in Uranium One in 2010. The Russian acquisition stood to benefit the owners of the company’s stock if it secured the approval »

Barack Obama, Media Critic

Featured imageThis morning, President Obama participated in the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit at Georgetown, where he discoursed on poverty. Incredibly, Obama seems to think the real problem lies with Fox News: Obama argued if we are going to end poverty, “We’re going to have to change how the media reports on these issues.” Huh? If the media stopped reporting on poverty, poverty wouldn’t exist? That isn’t quite it, but Obama’s explanation is »

Michelle Obama: “The first thing we have to do”

Featured imageOne might think Michelle Obama has led a charmed life. She grew up with two parents who loved and supported her. Her academic achievements took her to Princeton University and Harvard Law School. Her education paved the road for a successful career back home. Her marriage has made her First Lady of the United States, an office that has provided her with almost unbelievable perquisites and privileges. Yet Mrs. Obama »