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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 »

Restatement on comments (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. As new commenters have joined the conversation, a restatement of ground rules may be appropriate. We not only strive to maintain an appropriate tone, we seek to elevate the tone. It is a tone that comes naturally to most of our readers and commenters. I review comments for »

A personal note on Pritikin

Featured image I’m leaving the Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa in Miami in the next hour. I’ve been here for a week and am sorry to leave. It has been an eye-opening experience. I won’t bore you with the details. I will only say this. If you have high blood pressure, or high blood sugar, or high cholesterol, I think the Pritikin diet can help you. Several people here for high blood »

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. 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 by commenters who are routinely vulgar. Some commenters appear »

A Dinner Invitation to Our Readers

Featured image If you live within driving distance of the Twin Cities, you should come: a week from Saturday, May 21, Center of the American Experiment will hold its 27th Annual Dinner. I have been master of ceremonies for the last 11 or so annual dinners, but my role will change this year as I became President of the Center in January. You can go here to read about my assuming leadership »

Coming Attractions

Featured image Three-quarters of the Power Line team met in person last night at a disclosed location (John’s kitchen) in Apple Valley, Minnesota, which happens about as often as a Halley’s Comet flyby. (Paul is still in seclusion over in Eastern Europe hoping the whole Trump thing is just some kind of practical joke.) Here you can see the team hard at work in our makeshift newsroom, getting ready to have some »