Author Archives: Scott Johnson

The Omar-Tlaib circus comes to town

Featured image Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib and friends have seized the moment to hold a press conference in the Minnesota State Capitol peddling the PLO/Hamas line on the state of Israel and its “occupation” of the West Bank. Their reference to the “Palestine” that exists only in the genocidal imagination of their allies says it all. While they decry the impingement of the freedom of West Bank Arabs in various »

CRB: With the Old Breed

Featured image The Claremont Review of Books is of course the flagship publication of the Claremont Institute. I find in every issue an education in the true understanding of politics, public policy, and statesmanship. It is my favorite magazine. Purchase an annual subscription here for $19.95 and get immediate online access to the whole thing. The Summer 2019 issue of the CRB has just been placed in the mail. The editors have »

Rewriting Tony Bennett

Featured image The Wall Street Journal has adapted Charles Kesler’s editorial in the forthcoming issue of the Claremont Review of Books — we’ll be getting to a few highlights ourselves next week — into the column “California’s biggest cities confront a ‘defecation crisis'” (subhead: “Lawmakers ban plastic straws as a far worse kind of waste covers the streets of San Francisco and L.A.”). Having turned one of the most beautiful cities in »

From Russia to racism

Featured image Someone at the New York Times recorded an employee “town hall” with editor Dean Baquet and turned it over to Slate. Ashley Feinberg has posted a “lightly edited and condensed” transcript of the 75 meeting here. Byron York distills the essence in the tweet below. Randall McMurphy, call your office. Did it sometimes seem like the New York Times' entire focus was Trump-Russia? Like it built its newsroom around one »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll remembers Khrushchev’s Communist vow: WE WILL BURY YOU. She writes: As a rather anxious, high-strung little girl living in Alexandria, Minnesota in the ’50s, I perceived the threat from the Communists in the Soviet Union to be very real and terrifying. Remember, this was an era in which small schoolchildren practiced drills for what to do in the event of a nuclear attack. (Answer: get under your desk, »

In a silent way

Featured image One of the most interesting threads left dangling in the curious case of Ilhan Omar is the one hanging from Wilecia Harris. Harris signed the 2009 marriage certificate for Omar’s marriage to Ahmed Elmi. With Harris’s signature the clock strikes 13 (or higher) in the Omar saga. As I noted in “Whence Wilecia?,” I posted the certificate and commented in it in part 3 and part 7 of my “mixed-up »

Rush to Ball of Collusion

Featured image I posted my comments on Andrew McCarthy’s new book — Ball of Collusion: he Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency — here on Power Line yesterday morning. I read an advance copy of the book in a few sittings last week. Although we all know the outline of the story and many of the details, I found the book to present a gripping narrative. I didn’t want »

The Fredo factor

Featured image THAT’S THE POINT with Brandon has posted the video of Chris Cuomo in meltdown mode below. According to Brandon, the clip was “sent in by a TTP fan” who “went to ask Chris Cuomo for a photo, mind you the man who asked him DID NOT know his real name and knows of him only through The RUSH LIMB[AU]GH SHOW and on that show Rush repeatedly calls him ‘FREDO’ so »

All the president’s men, Obama style

Featured image Today is the official publication date of my friend Andrew McCarthy’s Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency. Courtesy of Encounter Books I read an advance copy of the book last week and want to recommend it enthusiastically to Power Line readers. Even though I have closely followed the “collusion” story as it has come into public view since January 2017, I was reminded »

Warren’s Ferguson lie

Featured image NR intern Christopher Tremoglie draws attention to “Elizabeth Warren’s Ferguson lie” (tweet below) of this past Friday. Tremoglie recalls: “Michael Brown was not murdered. Michael Brown was shot by officer Darren Wilson in an act of self-defense. This is why the grand jury declined to indict Wilson for murder or manslaughter, and it was also the conclusion of the Obama administration’s Department of Justice.” Shamala Kamala actually got there 30 »

Grand strategy in WWII

Featured image The Hoover Institution’s Peter Robinson convened an all-star panel of historians to discuss something like the grand strategy of the allies in World War II. Included on the panel ore Stalin biographer Stephen Kotkin, Roosevelt expert David Kennedy, and Churchill biographer Andrew Roberts. This is an exhilarating discussion from beginning to end. Having now taken it in its entirety, I recommend it for the sheer pleasure of the thing — »

Joe Biden explains

Featured image I think Steve Hayward savored the prospect of the Democratic candidate for president being asked how many genders there are when he or she confronts President Trump in a 2020 debate. Say what you will about President Trump, I’m quite sure he has the correct answer to that question nailed. We got a look at Joe Biden’s first take on an answer to the question as posed by a Turning »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll takes a break from the news with MORE NUGGETS OF JOY. She writes: Who can measure the collective depression, grief, and anxiety when in the space of a couple of weeks, three psychotic losers murder and maim dozens of our fellow humans? And when the Democrat/Media Megaphone bellows with one loud coordinated voice, that – despite one of the losers being a Bernie/Warren and Fraud Squad fan – »

Time stops in Dallas

Featured image Rich Lowry draws our attention to the Twitter thread beginning with the Tweet below. “What an amazing moment,” Rich comments in the headline. I’m at the airport in Dallas, waiting for my flight home to DC from El Paso, and something incredible is happening. — Jackson Proskow (@JProskowGlobal) August 8, 2019 The thread concludes with the video of the news report below. It captures the moving moment at Dallas’s Love »

Madness: Twitter and beyond

Featured image Twitter temporarily suspended the campaign account of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for posting a video of the invitations to violence against him by Louisville Black Lives Matter leader Chanelle Helm. To be specific, the video captured Helm’s comments at what is euphemistically termed a “protest” outside Senator McConnell’s Louisville home on Monday night. Helm asserted that instead of falling and injuring his shoulder over the weekend, McConnell “should have »

Strzok strikes back

Featured image The FBI fired disgraced agent Peter Strzok last year for violating bureau policies. Yesterday he filed a complaint in District of Columbia federal district court seeking reinstatement, backpay, and damages. The AP covers Strzok’s lawsuit here, the New York Times here, the Wall Street Journal here. I have embedded the 27-page complaint below via Scribd. Strzok’s lawsuit asserts three claims. He alleges that (1) the FBI’s termination of his employment »

Paul Sperry: Mueller’s double deception

Featured image Help is on the way in our struggle to understand the “collusion” hoax that has roiled the Trump presidency from its first days. Next week Encounter Books publishes Andrew McCarthy’s Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency. Eric Felten and others at RealClear Investigations continue their efforts to penetrate the mysteries of the investigation conducted under the nominal authority of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. »