Author Archives: John Hinderaker

A Policeman’s Sister Speaks

Featured image Last night I wrote about an incident in St. Paul earlier this month, in which two police officers fatally shot a man named William Hughes. The St. Paul police have released body cam video of the incident–generally viewed as fully exculpating the officers–which I embedded and commented on. The video shows the dangerous conditions and life and death decisions that law enforcement officers must confront. In my post, I wrote: »

So, You Want to Be a Police Officer?

Featured image On the night of August 5, a man named William Hughes was shot and killed by two St. Paul police officers. The officers were responding to a 911 caller who said there were multiple gunshots on the second floor of a duplex. After Hughes’s death, his family, along with the usual suspects, demanded “the release of [body camera] footage, data from 911 calls and a third-party investigation into the shooting.” »

Democrats Frighten Manafort Jurors [Updated]

Featured image The case that Bob Mueller has brought against Paul Manafort has nothing to do with Donald Trump or the 2016 election. It is irrelevant to any significant political issue. But Democrats worry that Mueller’s prosecution of Manafort for years-ago tax evasion may fail, thereby making a laughingstock of the special counsel investigation in which they have invested so much. What happens when Democrats are afraid they may lose a political »

How the Left Is Outsourcing Censorship of the Internet

Featured image Liberals control every newspaper in America, as far as I know, except the Manchester Union Leader. They control CBS, ABC, NBC and every cable network except Fox News. They control what is left of the news magazines, and pretty much every other magazine, too. Only talk radio and the pesky internet lie outside their grasp, so that is where they seek to impose censorship. But they have a problem: the »

Winning the Trade War With China?

Featured image I have viewed it more as a trade skirmish, perhaps because I am looking at it from an American perspective. Don Surber says that it looks quite different from a Chinese point of view: To find the news, I read the South China Morning Post, which is worried spitless that the Red Chinese economy will tank like its stock market has. (Its stocks overall have declined in value by 40% »

Ellison on the Brink

Featured image Pressure on Keith Ellison to drop out of the race for Attorney General of Minnesota is growing. National and state party leaders are hedging their bets, mostly either refusing to comment or releasing anodyne statements. But the National Organization of Women has called on Ellison to step down. The best sign of mounting pressure is this: Ellison has declined interview requests from the Star Tribune since winning the primary Tuesday »

Media Alert

Featured image Laura Ingraham is going on vacation, and I will be filling in for her most of the days she is gone. I will host the show tomorrow and Friday, and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week. The program runs live from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern, and is heard at other times in some markets. Tomorrow’s show should be terrific; guests include Steve Moore, Heather Mac Donald and »

Today Straws, Tomorrow Balloons?

Featured image Did you think leftist do-gooders would stop after getting plastic straws banned in a variety of locations? Of course not! Next up, balloons: Now that plastic straws may be headed for extinction, could Americans’ love of balloons be deflated? The joyous celebration of releasing balloons into the air has long bothered environmentalists, who say the pieces that fall back to earth can be deadly to seabirds and turtles that eat »

It’s Not Too Late to Be a VIP

Featured image This evening at 5:00 Pacific, 7:00 Central and 8:00 Eastern, we will do a live YouTube show for Power Line VIPs. If you haven’t yet signed up for the VIP program, it isn’t too late. For $4.80 a month or $48 a year, you eliminate most ads from the site, get access to special events like tonight’s live show, and, most important, support our work at Power Line. You can »

Lessons From Minnesota’s Primaries

Featured image Minnesota is the eye of the hurricane this year, with two Senate seats at stake, at least four competitive House elections, and the governorship up for grabs. As much as any other state, it is a barometer for our current politics. Minnesota’s primary election was today, and the results are interesting. 1) Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson defeated former Governor Tim Pawlenty for the GOP governor nomination. This is the »

Another Keith Ellison Sexual Assault Charge

Featured image A guy named Jeff Kolb, who is a city councilman in a Minneapolis suburb, has raised a new sexual assault allegation against Congressman, Deputy DNC Chairman and candidate for Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison. I have no idea how reliable Kolb is, but his tweets don’t seem to depend much on his own credibility. This is the first one, which includes a record of a 911 call in 2005. I »

Is the Southern Border a Security Threat?

Featured image Conservatives have been saying for a long time that our porous southern border poses a security risk. Over the years there have been multiple news stories about Middle Easterners with terrorist connections being apprehended at the border, or after crossing the border. But because these crossings haven’t resulted in successful terrorist attacks, they have gotten essentially no notice. Meanwhile, Democrats are committed to the view that there is no reason »

VIP Live, Wednesday Evening

Featured image Wednesday evening, starting at 7 p.m. Central time, we are doing a VIP Live event. If you are a VIP member, you will get an email with a link to a live YouTube address where you can watch the event and submit your own comments and questions on the issues of the day. Which are plentiful, to say the least. If you are not already a VIP member, you can »

A Blue Wave? Heh. Let’s Hope Not

Featured image We hear competing predictions of blue and red waves for November’s midterm elections. My guess at present is that there won’t be a wave in either direction, but that the Democrats will probably net enough seats to take control of the House. They won’t capture the Senate, but it is likely that Republican gains will be minimal, given the favorable landscape this year, which could set the stage for a »

Why Normal Americans Hate the “Elites”

Featured image These are three news stories that came to my attention over the last 24 hours. I think they tell us a lot about the current, degraded state of public life in America. First, the Boston Globe organizes a media protest against the Trump administration’s “assault on the press.” The Boston Globe has been contacting newspaper editorial boards and proposing a “coordinated response” to President Trump’s escalating “enemy of the people” »

The Latest on Keith Ellison’s Domestic Abuse Story [Updated]

Featured image Congressman, Deputy DNC Chairman and candidate for Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison has finally responded to the domestic abuse allegation by former girlfriend Karen Monahan: [email protected] categorically denies #MeToo  assault allegations leveled against him by former girlfriend, allegations surfaced 2 days before critical primary in which Ellison faces competitive run for Mn Attorney General after giving up safe US House seat @wcco will have details pic.twitter.com/FRjGEKzSFU — esme murphy (@esmemurphy) »

Democrat Primary Opponents Raise Domestic Abuse Issue Re Keith Ellison [Updated]

Featured image Twitchy has the story: a 25-year-old man did a lengthy Facebook post in which he claimed that Congressman, Deputy DNC Chairman and Minnesota Attorney General candidate Keith Ellison abused his mother, a woman named Karen Monahan: In the middle of 2017, I was using my moms computer trying to download something and I clicked on a file, I found over 100 text and twitters messages and video almost 2 min »