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“Saves Lives? Do It.”

That’s the title of Debra Burlingame’s op-ed in this morning’s New York Post. Debra defends the NSA terrorist surveillance program, on which hearings are getting underway today in the Senate. She notes an NBC report that I didn’t know about: Missing in the debate over the program to eavesdrop on suspected terrorists without a warrant is the question of whether or not it works. A 2004 NBC report graphically illustrated »

“Saves Lives? Do It.”

That’s the title of Debra Burlingame’s op-ed in this morning’s New York Post. Debra defends the NSA terrorist surveillance program, on which hearings are getting underway today in the Senate. She notes an NBC report that I didn’t know about: Missing in the debate over the program to eavesdrop on suspected terrorists without a warrant is the question of whether or not it works. A 2004 NBC report graphically illustrated »

After last night

Featured image Herewith ten miscellaneous thoughts in the form of bullet points (focused almost entirely on candidates rather than issues) amounting to footnotes on the midterm elections. • I would like to hold myself accountable for my comments on yesterday’s races over the past several months. I hope to have informed readers with fact-based analysis rather than misled you with wishful thinking or hopes and fears. If you think I led you »

Query the Kavanaugh effect

Featured image Rep. Martha McSally’s run for retiring incumbent Jeff Flake’s Senate seat against Rep. Kyrsten Sinema is one of the races holding the key to the Republicans’ continued majority. Given the qualitative disparity between the candidates, the race has remained annoyingly difficult. Sinema has clung to a small lead. I put the race number 1 in “Save the Senate: On defense” (contribute to the McSally campaign here). Tom Bevan is the »

Will Democrats Give Up on the House?

Featured image Politico’s Morning Score speculated today that the Democrats may give up on the House of Representatives and focus their resources on trying to hold the Senate: THE BIG PICTURE-FORGET ABOUT THE HOUSE, SAVE THE SENATE: POLITICO’s Alex Isenstadt: “With only so much money to go around in an election year that is tilting the GOP’s way, Democrats need to concentrate resources on preserving the chamber they have now. Losing the »

The Week in Pictures: Blowout Impeachment Edition

Featured image House Speaker Nancy Pelosi finally got the chicken entrails that she needed to see, and has transmitted the yellowing and brittle articles of impeachment to the Senate, following which the stock market soared even higher, proving yet again that gridlock is the next best thing to constitutional government. Good times! Meanwhile, the Democrats hosted the world’s most boring presidential debate ever. See, this is what happens when you toss out »

Dem Blues: Curiouser and Curiouser

Featured image The newest Des Moines Register poll one month out from the Iowa caucuses is no doubt giving heartburn to the Democratic establishment, because it shows someone who is only occasionally a Democrat (usually on leap years) to be in the lead, with Buttigieg slipping and Biden stuck in neutral: But what is the Washington Post most concerned about? But, but—I though Elizabeth Warren was . . . what’s that? Oh. »

The Fall of the Wall, 30 Years Later

Featured image The fall of the Berlin Wall on this day 30 years ago was the most spectacular moment of the end of the Cold War, but in fact only represented the mid-point in the “last sad chapter” of this bizarre story, as Ronald Reagan once put it.  The occasion of remembering the last day of the Wall is a fitting time to recall the broader sweep of events that surrounded it. »

Looking ahead

Featured image The impeachment frenzy that has manifested this week among Democrats may have staying power. Now even trying to keep confidential presidential communications with foreign leaders away from prying eyes is to be seen as a high crime or misdemeanor. It bids to take a place in the articles of impeachment on which House Democrats can barely wait to vote. Personally, I hope they lead with it. Taking off from a »

A conservative plan to reduce shootings (and other homicides)

Featured image Recent mass shootings have prompted calls for new gun control legislation aimed primarily at rifles. However, most murders are not the product of mass shootings by people who want to make a statement, political or otherwise. They are committed on a small scale, with handguns, by ordinary criminals. At Conservative Review, Daniel Horowitz presents a seven-step plan to reduce homicides. I have distilled his seven steps to six, which are »

Democrats Punt on the Green New Deal

Featured image To say that it has been a tough week for the Democratic Party is an understatement. Yesterday Mitch McConnell obliged grandstanding Democrats by bringing the Green New Deal resolution up for a vote in the Senate. The Democrats regarded this as a dirty trick, evidently because they do not intend their policy proposals to be taken seriously. The Senate vote was 57-0 against the Green New Deal. Almost all Senate »

Democrats are increasingly out of line with public opinion on abortion

Featured image Blue state legislators and Democratic presidential candidates seem to be in a bidding war to determine who can be the most extreme when it comes to permitting abortions. Vermont has passed legislation that allows abortion at any point in a pregnancy, and several contenders for the presidency have shown by their Senate vote that they are fine with doing in babies who survive attempted abortions. But a new poll conducted »

Other Things to Watch Tuesday Night

Featured image While most of the attention during vote counting tomorrow night will be on the House and Senate races and what they mean for Trump, it is worth keeping your eye out for a lot of things on the state and local level. Washington state has another carbon tax initiative on the ballot, Initiative 1631, to fight global warming. It really amounts mostly to a new tax on gasoline (eventually rising »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll recalls FAMILY THEMES AND GUIDING PRINCIPLES. She writes: It’s been a tough week for us all and I felt it necessary to just step away from the vile, soul-sucking crap on the Internet. I offer this little non-political change of pace as a balm. I was emailing Becki, a great new friend I met a year ago, and she mentioned that the motor force of her family, the »

Josh Hawley for Senator

Featured image In the past three congressional election years, Power Line has presented a slate of six candidates for whom we tried to raise money. I’ve selected five of the six candidates, with the advice and consent of my colleagues, and John has rounded out the list with a Minnesota pick. This year, I did not make any picks, evidence, I think, of the much-discussed enthusiasm gap among conservatives. But now, following »

Thank you, Senator Collins

Featured image I don’t have anything to add to the praise that Seth Lipsky and Roger Simon have lavished on the scrupulous and lucid speech Senator Susan Collins delivered on the Senate floor yesterday afternoon in explanation of her vote in favor of the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court (video below, text here). The editors of National Review say “Thank you, Susan Collins.” In that spirit, I only want »

No, They Have No Decency—Confirmed

Featured image I was on the road all day yesterday (and again today) and missed all of the Kavanaugh hearing in real time. Scott and John have already offered up solid observations, especially about Senator Lindsey Graham’s finest moment. I’ll bet Rush Limbaugh lets him off the hook today from his usual label as “Lindsey Grahamnesty.” Some other time perhaps I’ll explain why I think Rachel Mitchell’s performance in the hearing was »