Author Archives: Scott Johnson

We now know: Full of Schiff

Featured image In a February 2018 memo that earned him noting but opprobrium and abuse, Rep. Devin Nunes laid out the truth of the FISA abuse underlying the Obama administration’s surveillance of the Trump campaign. Rep. Adam Schiff disputed the Nunes memo with a competing memo of his own. Following the Department of Justice Inspector General report issued last week by Michael Horowitz, however, Schiff has been incapacitated from keeping up this »

A dirty cop speaks

Featured image James Comey appeared for a 15-minute interview by Chris Wallace on FOX News Sunday this morning. When it comes to the FISA warrants whose verification and alleged facts he swore to, Comey asserted, he doesn’t know anything. As Director of the FBI he wasn’t familiar with the details; as the director, he’s “not kept informed.” And he never oversaw investigation of the Trump campaign or of President Trump — just »

We now know

Featured image When the Soviet Union collapsed and its archives were opened, certain Cold War controversies became susceptible of definitive resolution. Cold War historian John Lewis Gaddis titled his 1997 book on the subject We Now Know. By the same token, publication of the Department of Justice Inspector General report on FISA abuse and related issues should similarly bring closure to the Russia hoax touted by the Democrats and their media adjunct »

CRB: Pride and prejudice at Harvard

Featured image This morning we conclude our celebration of the twentieth year of the second coming of the Claremont Review of Books. Its new (Fall) issue is in the mail. The magazine has moved to a sleek new site with a new URL (claremontreviewofbooks.com). The editors have made the new issue freely accessible for the next few days. This is the last of my previews. Each of the four pieces previewed here »

After Horowitz

Featured image Whatever the limitations of the Department of Justice Inspector General report on FISA abuse and related issues, it should bring some closure to the Russia hoax touted by the Democrats and their media adjunct over the past three years. If there is to be a reckoning with the deceit and dishonesty that have pervaded our public discourse on matters related to the hoax, however, we are on our own. The »

The peasants are revolting, cont’d

Featured image Well, yesterday was a big day in the Dems’ impeachment theater. The Star Tribune features it at the top of the center column on its home page this morning. As we approach 7:00 a.m. (Central), however, readers are pursuing other interests. I find the list of the most read and most emailed stories this morning (below) almost as funny as Steve’s week in pictures. Power Line readers will be glad »

CRB: The invention of Hispanics

Featured image We have been celebrating the twentieth year of publication of the second coming of the Claremont Review of Books with its new (Fall) issue. The magazine has moved to a new site with a new URL (claremontreviewofbooks.com). The editors have made the new issue freely accessible for the next few days. They hope to entice readers to become subscribers (subscribe here). I am, as usual, previewing a few reviews and »

A working-class revolt

Featured image The editors of Spiked (or spiked, or sp!ked) have distinguished themselves as intense advocates of Brexit in the populist vein. They convened to record a podcast in the immediate aftermath of yesterday’s earth-shattering electoral kaboom. Among the questions they address are how Labour will ever recover from this remarkable defeat, whether the Tories can really become a blue-collar party, and what happens now? Brendan O’Neill, Tom Slater and Fraser Myers »

The peasants are revolting, cont’d

Featured image The Star Tribune features two impeachment-related stories at the center of its home page this morning (with more posted under each of the two stories), but readers are turning their attention elsewhere. The Star Tribune’s most read and most emailed stories as of 8:45 a.m. (Central) this morning are listed below. My theory here is that laughter is the best medicine. »

Boris blasts off

Featured image Boris Johnson has won a smashing victory in the British parliamentary elections. As of this morning, the Tories have secured some 364 seats and, based on that number, a parliamentary majority of 78. The Tories picked up 47 seats in the election. The vile Jeremy Corbyn led the Labour Party to an ignominious defeat. Labour has come away with 203 seats. Two hundred three seats is 203 too many for »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll is available at the merchandise table: JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS: What You NEED Going Forward. She writes: I confess. Though it’s supposed to be bad manners, I love to eavesdrop. Since I often travel alone, it is not unusual to find myself in situations where I am just sitting there in a restaurant at my pathetic Table For One, pretending to study the menu. All around me »

CRB: Land of the free

Featured image The Claremont Review of Books has just published its new (Fall) issue. The magazine has moved to a new site with a new URL (claremontreviewofbooks.com). Celebrating its twentieth year of publication in its second life, the editors have made the new issue freely accessible for the next few days. They hope to entice readers to become subscribers (subscribe here). This week I am previewing a few reviews and essays from »

Only a pawn in their game

Featured image Carter Page served as a pretext for Obama’s FBI to surveil the Trump campaign. Having taken out four FISA warrants on him on the basis of the Democrats’ fraudulent Steele Dossier, the FBI found nothing on him. On the contrary, the FBI suppressed exculpatory evidence to maintain its surveillance on him and his associates. Page has been wronged in secret and in public over and over again by the FBI. »

Horowitz in review

Featured image Watching Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz testify yesterday before the Senate Judiciary Committee was a somewhat weird experience. Horowitz frankly identified the egregious government misconduct involved in the FBI’s surveillance of the Trump campaign, but couldn’t “connect the dots” or draw inescapable inferences from the facts he had found. It was all over his head and beyond his grasp. Committee Democrats sought to distract and downplay and suppress »

Labour’s unforgivable shame

Featured image Brits go to the polls today in their lost shot at Brexit. The brilliant Douglas Murray memorably sketches one of the other notable choices confronting voters in the Spectator column “Labour’s anti-Semitism shame must never be forgiven.” The transformation of the Labour Party looks like a harbinger of trends in the Democratic Party. Attention must paid. Murray writes: A huge amount has been written about Corbyn’s anti-Semitism and links to »

CRB: Breaking Bad (& more!)

Featured image The Claremont Review of Books has just published its new (Fall) issue. I reviewed the issue in galley to pick out four pieces to feature for Power Line readers, but have been authorized to let you in on a secret. The magazine has moved to a new site with a new URL (claremontreviewofbooks.com). Celebrating its twentieth year of publication in its second life, the editors have made the new issue »

FEC to Ilhan Omar, cont’d

Featured image The Washington Free Beacon’s Joe Schoffstall has a good story on the Federal Election Commission’s letter to Ilhan Omar regarding her unitemized small-dollar third-quarter contributions exceeding $800,000. I posted a copy of the letter yesterday here. I understand that the FEC letter to Omar’s campaign is routine and unaccusatory. I should have made that clear in my post. Schoffstall reports, however, that AOC’s campaign reported $1.1 million in unitemized small-dollar »