The Power Line Show, Ep. 92: “We Can Win This Thing”

Featured image I’ve finished a long review of three new books out about Reagan and two key moments in the Cold War, specifically the “war scare” during the Able Archer exercise in the fall of 1983 when, it was subsequently learned, the Soviet Union went on high alert and possibly (it still isn’t clear) contemplated a pre-emptive first strike of their own, and Reagan’s efforts, through the CIA, to undermine Communism in »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 91: The Deep End of the (Lord) Liverpool

Featured image This week the Power Line Show takes a break from the All-Kavanaugh-All-the-Time format of recent weeks, and sits down with historian William Anthony Hay, author of a brand new biography of Robert Banks Jenkinson. What? You’ve never heard of Robert Banks Jenkinson? You might recognize him better by his “stage name,” Lord Liverpool, Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1812-1827, during the windup of the Napoleonic wars and the War »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 90: Kavanaughed to Death

Featured image We came close to doing the Power Line equivalent of a Beatles reunion with this episode of the Power Line Show, as Scott, John, and I all managed to synchronize our WalMart watches and link up together like the old days. (Only Paul’s vacation in Greece right now prevented us from having the entire fab four in the house.) And what do you suppose we talked about? What else is »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 89: #Not Me Too!

Featured image With the Kavanaugh matter reaching a climax right now, I decided to move up the next episode of the Power Line podcast to this afternoon, and check in about the controversy with two of my favorite ladies, “Lucretia,” Power Line’s International Woman of Mystery, and Julie Kelly, frequent contributor to American Greatness, The Federalist, National Review, and other fine sites. (In fact, Rush Limbaugh gave a shout out to Julie’s »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 88: “Breaking Away” with Reagan, Trump, and the Midterms

Featured image Just in time for your Saturday afternoon walk or downloading for your Monday commute, the latest episode of our podcast, which is based on a talk I gave earlier this week at the California Club in Los Angeles to the Friends of Ronald Reagan. The great fun of the evening was sitting over dinner with actor Dennis Quaid, who has recently signed to star as the Gipper in an upcoming »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 87: She’s Ba-aaack! “Lucretia” on Cyber Security

Featured image Just in time for your morning commute, “Lucretia,” Power Line’s International Woman of Mystery (but think Stephanie Powers rather than Austin Powers) joins me again for the latest episode of the Power Line Show. Between the incessant controversy about Russia hacking our elections, and the recent recommendation of several U.S. science academies that we return to paper ballots, we thought it was high time to devote an episode to cyber-security issues. »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 86: This Week’s Election Tea Leaves

Featured image With two more weeks of primary election results to pick over, I decided to check in again with Henry Olsen to see how things look in this special abbreviated Labor Day Weekend edition. Florida increasingly appears to be the most interesting battleground state, with very competitive races for both governor and U.S. Senator. The governor’s race in particular looks like a head-up clash between the newly emboldened uber-progressive wing of »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 84: Vietnam Revisited, with Mac Owens

Featured image A very bright young fellow I know sent me an email recently about how he had been reading about the 1960s and the Vietnam War, and was puzzled as to why victory over North Vietnam wasn’t our object. Why this strange exercise in conceiving the war as some kind of exercise in “communicating” with the Communist regime by means of “graduated pressure”? I have my own answers to this good »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 84: Blue Wave or Red Tide?

Featured image Is the November election going to bring a (Democratic) blue wave or a (Republican) red tide? If you go by the polls, the answer is Yes. Pre-election polls seem more volatile than ever, and on any given day I can find a poll showing either Democrats or Republicans are doing great. For example, the polling director for CBS News, Anthony Salvanto, who along with everyone else got the 2016 presidential »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 83: The University We Need

Featured image This week’s edition of the Power Line Show is a couple days late getting posted up because I’m traveling a lot and behind on everything. As previously mentioned, over the weekend I traveled back to Grove City College in Pennsylvania—where I met some loyal Power Line readers!—to participate in a conference of the National Association of Scholars. (Do join NAS, by the way, even if you aren’t an academic. Their »

Power Line Show, Ep. 82: “Born American, But in the Wrong Place”—Remembering Peter Schramm

Featured image I’m still away on “vacation” at an undisclosed northwestern location for another day or two (I need to keep it vague to throw the bounty hunters off my track), and I wasn’t sure I’d be able to do a regular edition of the Power Line Show podcast with a guest conversation, so I decided to go back to the archive and dust off some unused audio from the long interview »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 81: The Next Iranian Revolution?

Featured image By the time this episode of the Power Line Show went live, I had scrammed from town on an old-fashioned American-style summer vacation, with the kids in a van, a total-dad roof stack/packing job, lots of fast food, lots of discoveries of local awesome eating joints, etc. Anyway, posts are going to be a bit intermittent this week because I’ll be driving too much. I don’t actually take real vacations »

Churchill for a Sunday Afternoon (or Monday. . .)

Featured image On my last swing through Washington several weeks back Bill Kristol invited me to sit for one of his “Conversations with Kristol” interviews on the subject of what can be learned about statesmanship from Winston Churchill. The topic is inspired partly because of the success of the Darkest Hour film, and also because of the leftist backlash the film generated, which I have commented upon here a few times now. »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 80: The 14th Amendment, Part 2

Featured image Episode 80 of the Power Line Show is now up and ready for listening. As promised, I return with our pseudonymous mystery guest, whom we are dubbing “Lucretia” for the time being, to continue our consideration of the 150th anniversary of the passage of the 14th Amendment. Having discussed the equal protection clause last week, we move on here to discuss the other three main clauses of Section 1 of »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 79: Revisiting the 14th Amendment

Featured image Did you know that this month marks the 150th anniversary of the enactment of the 14th Amendment? (Actually the date of final passage out of Congress was July 9, 1868.) I am surprised that with the confirmation hearings of Judge Kavanaugh hard upon us, there hasn’t been more notice of this anniversary in the mainstream media by all of the usual suspects, if for no other reason than as a »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 78: Here Comes Da Judge!

Featured image Some time in the early morning hours Monday I expect the name of President Trump’s nominee to succeed Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court will leak out, but I recorded interviews for a new episode of the Power Line Show several days ago whose content doesn’t depend on a specific nominee. First, I talk with our regular guest analyst Henry Olsen about both the results of the New York City »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 77: Bulldog Edition

Featured image Listen up, all you Yale alumni out there among our readers. This episode of the Power Line Show is especially for you, and it includes an action item—supporting James Kirchick‘s insurgent petition campaign to run for a spot as a trustee of Yale University. This episode features a new intro, bumper music, and transitions, and my two guests are Kirchick and fellow Yale alumnus Jeremy Carl of the Hoover Institution. »