Author Archives: John Hinderaker

The Times Is Disappointed: The Murderer Was Black

Featured image You probably have heard about the tragic murder of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes in Houston. She was shot for no apparent reason when she was in a car with her family. The New York Times pumped the story hard–unlike the similar killings of other black children–because of a report that the murderer was white. The Times covered the story on January 1: The authorities described the gunman as a white man »

Anti-Semitism Breaking Out Among Congressional Democrats

Featured image Newly-elected Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib–the one who says House Democrats are going to “impeach the motherfucker,” President Trump–is in the news again. Emily Zanotti has the story: Freshman Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) is creating fresh controversy in her second week in the House of Representatives, but this time it’s over a shocking, anti-Semitic slur leveled at her Congressional colleagues for their support of a bill which would allow local, »

You Want Hate? Here’s Hate

Featured image There is a lot of talk these days about hate in our public discourse. In truth, much of what is denounced as “hate,” especially by the Left, could more properly be described as disagreement. But every once in a while you come across the real article. As in the case of Lara Kollab, an American Muslim from Ohio, who was fired from a residency at the Cleveland Clinic, one of »

Elizabeth Warren, Trumpist?

Featured image The Democrats hate Donald Trump, but do they hate his policies? In some cases, sure. But many elements of Trumpism are actually congenial to Democrats who want to run to Trump’s left…or is it his right? A reader unpacks Elizabeth Warren’s speech on “A Foreign Policy that Works for All Americans.” Setting the stage: Mistakes piled on mistakes. Reckless, endless wars in the Middle East. Trade deals rammed through with »

Republicans Pounce!

Featured image A favorite ploy of the liberal press, when a Democrat does something incontestably stupid or immoral, is to try to make the story about the Republicans’ reaction when they, reasonably enough, criticize the Democrat. A classic formula in this genre is “Republicans pounce.” As Scott noted yesterday, newly-elected Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib shamed herself and her party by telling an audience of Democratic faithful, “[W]e’re gonna go in and impeach the »

Let’s See Your Tax Returns, Nancy!

Featured image Nancy Pelosi says that “the Constitution” considers her to be the equal of President Trump. Given that her statement comes from a hagiographic piece in the New York Times, it isn’t surprising that there is no explanation of what she meant. If she meant that the Speaker of the House is equal, constitutionally, to the president, her claim is absurd. Congress as a whole is equal to the executive under »

Can Trump Build the Wall?

Featured image Whether President Trump needs Congress to authorize construction of additional fencing at the Southern border is an open question. Given the invasion taking place there, many observers believe that the president, exercising his powers as Commander in Chief, can simply order the Army Corps of Engineers, or another appropriate branch of the military, to proceed with construction. Of course, that construction would have to be paid for. But I assume »

Communications Director Sought

Featured image My organization, Center of the American Experiment, is hiring a new full-time communications director. If you live in Minnesota or are willing to do so, it will be a fun position. Among many other things, you get to write scripts for radio ads and design billboards. We are hiring through Talent Market, an awesome free-market service. The job’s advantages are 1) you can be part of a rapidly growing, impactful, »

Trump Trolls the Democrats

Featured image Early in his term, I was concerned about whether President Trump could stand up under the pressure. No one in our history, with the possible exception of Abraham Lincoln, had been subjected to such vicious abuse. I wondered whether any human being could tolerate it for four years. I don’t worry about that any longer. The irrepressible Donald Trump keeps on giving the Democrats at least as good as he »

Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission Offers Sensible Suggestions

Featured image In the wake of Nikolas Cruz’s murder spree at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, a 15-member commission was appointed to study ways in which Florida’s public schools could be secured against such attacks. The commission released its report today. The report doesn’t mince words in detailing the incompetence, and perhaps cowardice, that amplified the scale of the tragedy: The state commission investigating the Parkland school shooting unanimously approved »

Free Mumia? [Updated]

Featured image Mumia Abu-Jamal (formerly known as Wesley Cook) murdered Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981. He was caught and prosecuted. The evidence against him was overwhelming. There is no doubt about his guilt. He was convicted by a jury and initially was sentenced to death, but his sentence was reduced to life imprisonment without parole in 2001. He exhausted his appeals long ago, and has been imprisoned since 1982. Abu-Jamal »

The Hypocrisy of Nike

Featured image We were surprised when Nike launched a major advertising campaign featuring former quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and even more surprised when it seemed to work. Nike’s sales went up, and the company attributed the increase in part to Kaepernick chic. The tag line of Nike’s Kaepernick ad was, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.” Of course, Colin Kaepernick didn’t sacrifice everything by taking an anti-American stance–only, at most, »

Thanks to Our Readers!

Featured image Some time in late 2019, or possibly early 2020, Power Line will surpass one billion page views since we started the site in May of 2002. For that landmark, which we certainly failed to foresee, we are grateful to our readers. At this point, we feel like internet old-timers. A great deal has changed over the years we have been writing here. Despite those changes, we are still going strong. »

Ellison Hires Anti-Law Enforcement Deputy

Featured image The nation’s first anti-law enforcement attorney general, Keith Ellison, has named the man who will be his chief deputy when he takes office next month. The Star Tribune gives the story its usual lazy treatment, mostly quoting Ellison’s press release: Minnesota Attorney General-elect Keith Ellison picked a veteran immigration lawyer to be his chief deputy attorney general on Friday, reviving a position that will give Ellison a second-in-command when he »

Progressives Are Crazy

Featured image That is a proposition for which we see overwhelming evidence on a daily basis. For today, consider these two videos of progressives gone mad. The first features, to all appearances, a man with long hair. But he goes insane in a game store when he considers himself to be “misgendered.” My favorite moment is when he threatens to “tell the entire LGBTQ community” about the horror he has experienced. PJMedia »

The Cure for Socialism: Better Bureaucrats!

Featured image Reuters headlines: “‘Reality’ bites: Cuba plans more austerity as finances worsen.” Cash-strapped Cuba plans fresh austerity measures and will pressure the sluggish bureaucracy to tighten its belt and cut red tape to address weak growth, falling export earnings and rising debt. So “Cuba” is going to “pressure the sluggish bureaucracy” to deliver better results? Who is “Cuba,” other than the Communist apparatchiks–bureaucrats–who supposedly will be pressured? The economy has averaged »

Facebook Weighs Complaints from Left and Right

Featured image The anti-conservative bias exhibited by Silicon Valley’s tech giants and its impact on our cultural and political life is a huge topic that we have addressed many times. This post will just note a few recent developments. Tyler O’Neil reports on Facebook’s consideration of dueling bias claims: On Tuesday, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg announced a few results from the “civil rights” audit led by former ACLU lawyer Laura Murphy. That »