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A note to commenters (rated R)

Featured image As I have mentioned a time or two before, we seek to maintain a tone appropriate to civil discourse on this site. It is a tone that comes naturally to most of our readers and commenters, but I find it necessary to reiterate our guidelines. Scrolling through the comments on a daily basis, I am continually astounded by the liberties some commenters take. They seem to think they can turn »

Previews of Coming Attractions

Featured image Power Line readers in several localities have a chance to participate in some of my mischief in the coming weeks. First, next Wednesday, October 18, I am hosting Mark Lilla at UC Berkeley, in what promises to be a lively event. We decided to title his lecture “After Identity Politics (You Must Change Your Life).” Hoo-boy! If you’ve followed Lilla’s new book, The Once and Future Liberal, you will know »

For Jewish readers, happy new year

Featured image Jews all around the world celebrate the holiday of Rosh Hashanah beginning at sundown tonight. Of that much I am sure. Don’t hold me to the rest of this. Consider it an approximation. We observe the anniversary of the birth of the universe and greet the “head of the year” — the year being 5778 by our reckoning. We commence the Days of Awe during which we submit ourselves to »

A word from the Weekly Standard

Featured image We frequently link to Weekly Standard articles and editorials in our Picks and posts. Yesterday, for example, we had Dominic Green’s extremely interesting Weekly Standard column “Theresa May’s Indian summer” in our Picks. When readers wrote a few months ago to complain that their access to the linked articles was cut off after reaching a certain number, I raised the issue with the editors and sought to confirm the number. »

Restatement on comments

Featured image As I have mentioned a time or two before, we seek to maintain a tone appropriate to civil discourse on this site. It is a tone that comes naturally to most of our readers and commenters. I set forth our guidelines for comments, most recently, here. Posting comments on Power Line is a privilege, not a right. I review comments for abuse and vulgarity. Most of our commenters have no »

Jay Comeau, RIP [Updated]

Featured image It is with sadness that we pass along the news of the passing of Jay Comeau, one of Power Line’s most faithful and enthusiastic readers and commenters. If you want to know just how big a Power Line fan Jay was, just check out his Facebook banner: None of us ever met Jay in person (he lived in southwest Florida), and in fact we don’t even know what he looks »

Attn: Central Valley Readers! Party Thursday

Featured image For all Power Line readers in the greater Fresno area of California’s central valley—the part of the wacky state that voted for Trump—I’ll be speaking Thursday night at the College of the Sequoias at 7 pm in Ponderosa Hall, on the topic, “The Crisis in Higher Education: It’s Even Worse Than You Think.” The poster for the event appears below, but the press release from the College begins, “Visalia, CA, »

Make it with the author of “Making It”

Featured image In a nearby post John notes our coming VIP Live event via Google Hangout this coming Wednesday evening with Norman Podhoretz. We invited Mr. Podhoretz to join us to celebrate the republication of >Making It by New York Review Books in what is essentially a fiftieth anniversary edition as a NYRB Classic last week. Our get-together is scheduled to take place on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern), 7:00 p.m. (Central). »

New Special VIP Bonus Announcement

Featured image A lot of people asked months ago if any of my Berkeley classes would be live-streamed or video recorded, and alas the answer is no. First, I was assigned a lecture hall that doesn’t have video recording capability. But second, Berkeley’s entire online catalogue of classes has been taken down because it isn’t compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and it would be too expensive to make the online »

Return to Boulder

Featured image Paging all Boulder, Colorado, area Power Line readers: I’m coming back! Not for a whole year like last time—just next week, to participate in the University’s annual, and very gonzo, Conference on World Affairs. I’ll be on nine panels, plus doing a debate at the law school about why we should dump the Paris climate treaty. The ideological balance of the CWA tends to run about 25 to 1 liberals »

Today and Tomorrow at UC Berkeley (Updated)

Featured image Today is Milo day at UC Berkeley. Yup, Milo Yiannopoulos is speaking tonight for the College Republicans at a sold out event, and the professional left is planning a huge protest this afternoon in an attempt to shut Milo down. There is rain in the forecast, though, so we’ll see whether the left here is a fair-weather left. In any case, barricades are going up near Sproul Plaza, as the »

Attention Austin Readers

Featured image For Power Line readers in the Austin, Texas, area, I’ll be giving a lecture about Ronald Reagan at the University of Texas at Austin on Friday at lunch time (one hour into the Trump Administration!!), as a guest of the Clements Center for National Security at UT. It’s part of a three-day conference the Clements Center is hosting on “Ronald Reagan and the Transformation of Global Politics in the 1980s.” »

Notable & quotable: Backfire

Featured image Our own John Hinderaker is officially certified Notable & Quotable in today’s Wall Street Journal. The Journal’s eagle-eyed editors quote John’s Christmas Eve post: Conservatives have been pretty universally delighted by President-elect Donald Trump’s appointments so far. . . . Pundits like me who worried that Trump wasn’t far enough to the right are looking silly. But what happened? Trump has no track record as a conservative to speak of, »

Myron H. Bright, RIP

Featured image When I graduated from law school I went to work as a law clerk for Judge Myron Bright of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit for two years, from 1979-1981. Judge Bright died today in Fargo at the age of 97. He was a great man and an extraordinary judge. The Fargo Forum has just posted an obituary here. Many others will offer their individual memories »

A note to commenters (rated R)

Featured image As I have mentioned a time or two before, we seek to maintain a tone appropriate to civil discourse on this site. It is a tone that comes naturally to most of our readers and commenters, but I find it necessary to reiterate our guidelines. I review comments for abuse and vulgarity. Most of our commenters have no problem speaking in polite company. However, every day I now moderate comments »

News for DC Readers

Featured image For our DC area readers, I’ll be back in Washington Tuesday afternoon participating in a conference about the election and its aftermath at the National Press Club, sponsored by my host organization at Berkeley, the Institute of Governmental Studies. Here’s the link with the complete rundown of people on the panels, and the EventBrite link to RSVP if you want to attend this free event. I’m pretty sure there will »

Upcoming Events

Featured image Now here’s some news you can use depending on where you live: I’ve got three public events over the next two weeks that I’d be delighted to see local Power Line readers attend if you have the time and inclination. • First, for Bay Area residents, on Monday afternoon I’ll be part of an “Election Eve” panel discussion from 4 to 5 pm on campus at Berkeley, sponsored by my »