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Putin on the Fritz

Featured image Okay, so now we have Trump’s word for it that he got tripped up by an insufficient grasp of the use of double-negatives, but at least he didn’t say, “I did not have inappropriate syntax with that man, Mr. Putin.” It also puts me in the frame of mind of an old story I think attributed to the largely forgotten philosopher Morris Cohen, who in a lecture one day remarked »

Putin’s umbrella

Featured image Yesterday in Moscow, France defeated Croatia in the final match of the World Cup. The score was 4-2. After the match, Vladimir Putin joined French president Emmanuel Macron and Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on the field for the awards presentation. Just then, rain began pouring down. Someone brought an umbrella with which to protect Putin. He was unaffected by the downpour while Macron and Grabar-Ketarovic were quickly soaked. The Croatian »

Trump in Helsinki

Featured image I have been wanting for at least a couple of months to start a thread/series involving the whole Power Line team on “Ten [or 15, or 20] Ways to Think About Trump,” as this maddening, erratic, seemingly undisciplined, cantankerous, disruptive, sometimes brilliant, often embarrassing, and always unpredictable man rampages on the world stage, much of the time to good effect—at least so far. Too soon to tell, for example, whether »

The Democrats’ indefensible conspiracy theory on Kavanaugh nomination

Featured image Democrats are claiming that President Trump nominated Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court because he believes Kavanaugh will protect him from the Mueller investigation. Sen. Dick Durbin tweeted: [I]n light of the ongoing Russia investigation, is it a coincidence that President Trump picked a nominee who has expressed staunch opposition to criminal investigations of sitting Presidents? Also: And just in time, the President has found a Supreme Court nominee who »

Kavanaugh Time

Featured image Needless to say, the left is going to throw everything they have at Judge Brett Kavanaugh, but the incoherence and contradictions of the left during the first news cycle suggests it is going to be a rout, and that the left will only succeed in embarrassing themselves. From the reaction of the left, you’d think that the Supreme Court gets up every morning and simply decides what laws it wants »

The Liberal Crackup

Featured image Forget, for the moment, our long-running “Civil War on the Left” series. That civil war is essentially over, and the radical “progressive” left has won. Notice how fast the left and the media is rushing to embrace their shiny new object, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the young (and presumably wise) Latina who knocked off the incumbent number four-ranked Democratic House member Joseph Crowley (who, admittedly, I had never heard of before last »

The Week in Pictures: Scotus Smackdown Edition

Featured image Have liberals ever had a worse week than this (since November 8, 2016 that is)? Get ready for the mother of all freakouts by the left as the Senate moves to hold hearings and confirm a successor to Justice Kennedy. I predict that there will be several attempted disruptions and protests at the hearings of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Second, I predict that Democrats will demand over and over again »

Trump says it’s time to deny entry to illegal immigrants. Can he? [UPDATED]

Featured image Philip Rucker and Dave Weigel, two of the Washington Post’s most incorrigibly biased anti-Trumpers, lead off their latest editorial thinly disguised as a news report this way: President Trump on Sunday explicitly advocated for depriving undocumented immigrants of their due-process rights, arguing that people who cross the border into the United States illegally are invaders and must immediately be deported without trial or an appearance before a judge. Trump’s attack »

Charles Krauthammer, RIP

Featured image We knew today’s news was coming, but it is still a moment that stops you fast. We all had our say here when we heard from Charles two weeks ago, but one other specific recollection came back to me subsequently that is worth mentioning—namely, how very very funny he could be. He had a wry smile that you could only seldom catch on TV. In one small gathering in San »

Five Ways to Look at the IG Report

Featured image Concerning the Inspector General’s report about the FBI’s conduct of the Hillary email investigation, let’s take a step back from the details and offer a few observations on the wider scene. 1. We may have abolished monarchy in America way back in 1776, but it seems we haven’t quite rid ourselves of royal prerogative. Then-FBI director James Comey took it upon himself to decide not to apply consistent procedure in conducting »

The Week in Pictures: Aftermath Edition

Featured image Trump has effectively declared that the recently concluded summit with mini-Kim, the Mini-Me of Communist dictators (better known as “Little Rocket Man”), delivered “peace in our time,” which is what you’d expect from someone who embraces “America First” unironically or without any sense of historical awareness. Or maybe he’s just trolling everyone on every side of the scene? Never a dull moment with the Trump Show. Well, if the Nork »

Food Justice??

Featured image One of the central affectations of the modern left is the irrepressible practice of attaching a modifier to the noun “justice.” Apparently, seeking to achieve plain old ordinary justice is not enough, even though Plato should have taught us in The Republic that simple justice is difficult enough to attain without any special adjectives. But the left is all about “social justice” (is there such a thing as “anti-social justice”?), and, »

Donald Trump as “Goldenhair”?

Featured image Okay, this is pretty funny: someone has done a really good job of mashing up Donald Trump and James Bond—totally worth your three minutes. Though I have a hard time thinking I’d believe “Trump. . .  Donald Trump.” »

Making the Trans Run on Time

Featured image Back during the good old days of the Cold War, Robin Williams had a joke that ran: “I really want to see sex made an Olympic sport, just to see what the East Germans come up with.” Back in those days, it was widely understood that East German athletes not only used performance-enhancing drugs, but in a few cases it was speculated that some of East Germany’s “women” athletes were »

The Week in Pictures: Fearful Summitry Edition

Featured image William Blake wrote of “fearful symmetry,” but right now in Washington everyone is fretting about “fearful summitry,” as the Trump-Kim Summit (Kim Jong Un, not Kim Khardashian, but you can understand the confusion) is hard upon us. Sometimes I can’t tell whether Trump is deliberately trolling everyone with comments such as he made Thursday that he didn’t need to prepare much for the summit because it was more about attitude. »

Tuckered Out

Featured image I am off very early tomorrow morning—absurdly early—to catch a flight to Denver to make a brief appearance Saturday afternoon at the Western Conservative Summit, where I know a few Power Line readers will be in attendance. And I’m worn out after a long week that included a quick road trip down to Los Angeles to tape a quick segment for Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News about my Wall »

Chaos and Demagoguery in the Oval Office?

Featured image The constant refrain of Trump’s critics on the left and right is that he is a demagogue, and that he is shredding important democratic “norms.” Also, that his White House is a scene of complete and utter chaos. As it happens, I have come into possession of a forthcoming memoir, heretofore unseen by the public, by a close insider to Trump who has left the inner circle. It is sure »