Let’s hear from the whistleblower

Featured image It seems ludicrous that in an open society, a president could be impeached and possibly removed through a process that begins with a report by a bureaucrat whose identity is never formally revealed and who is immune from examination. After all, the impeachment process is an attempt to override the decision of the electorate as to who shall be president. It should not be undertaken, and certainly not consummated, without »

Graduation rate for D.C. public schools drops 3.5 percent

Featured imageIn the post just below this one, John contends, all too plausibly, that the biggest threat to America’s future is our unbelievably bad public school system. Low graduation rates are not the biggest problem with our public schools, nor are they the most telling symptom of decline. They are, however, one symptom and a legitimate concern. In Washington, D.C., the graduation rate for the traditional public high schools dropped 3.5 »

The Biggest Threat to Our Future

Featured imageWe face a lot of threats, of course–asteroids, rogue nuclear nations, stateless terrorism, pandemics–but in my opinion, the biggest threat to America’s future is our unbelievably bad public school system. It is hard for those (like me) who went through the public schools decades ago to understand how much things have changed. Academic standards have collapsed; objective testing is out of fashion; corrupt left-wing unions have taken nearly complete control; »

Trump says he won’t campaign against Sessions

Featured imagePresident Trump said last week that he will not campaign against Jeff Sessions, who has entered the race for the Senate nomination in Alabama. Trump has never gotten over the fact that, as Attorney General, Sessions recused himself from the Justice Department’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election (the correct decision by Sessions, in my opinion). However, he has apparently decided not to work publicly to defeat »

None dare call it deceit, cont’d

Featured imageOn the FOX News Sunday gabfest this morning, Karl Rove made the salient point that I highlighted here, quoting Byron York. Rove put it this way (my transcription): I love, I love the fact that the Democrats are now decrying the president’s decision not to move aid, lethal aid, rapidly to Ukraine. After all, the previous administration, a Democratic administration, did nothing to send lethal aid to Ukraine — and »

Omar strikes again

Featured imageMinnesota Fifth District Rep. Ilhan Omar continues to disgrace Minneapolis’s Somali community, the Minnesota DFL Party, the Democratic Party, and the Congress of the United States with her animus against Jews. Omar’s fans need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows in this Omar tweet, but I think the rest of us get the gist. As she has explained previously — students of ancient history may recall her »

Elizabeth Warren Will Never Be President

Featured imageIn 2016, I was one of a small number of pundits who predicted that Donald Trump would win the presidential election. This was not because I fully appreciated Trump’s appeal to voters; rather, because I had been saying for years that Hillary Clinton would never be president. She was an appallingly bad candidate, which her party inexplicably failed to understand. I am now ready to say the same about Elizabeth »

The Fall of the Wall, 30 Years Later

Featured imageThe 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. »

The Week in Pictures: Epstein Meme Edition

Featured imageI hear the Centers for Disease Control is opening a case file on the sudden onset of Jeffery Epstein “suicide” memes, which appear to be spreading faster than the clap in a 19th century seaside whore house (which whorehouses should not be confused with either Congress, the Clinton Foundation, or Jeffrey Epstein’s private island, though this confusion is quite understandable). I don’t think this is going away any time soon. »

Trump’s Iran sanctions and the protests in Iraq and Lebanon are connected

Featured imageI have tried to provide some coverage of the mass anti-Iran protests in Iraq and the anti-Hezbollah protests in Lebanon. Taken together, they can plausibly be viewed as a “revolt against Iran.” Caroline Glick argues that the mass protests are the product of President Trump’s tough economic sanctions against Iran. She writes: The sanctions are one of the causes of the protests in both Lebanon and Iraq. Due to the »

None dare call it deceit

Featured imageByron York has a valuable column that in its own way exposes the malicious duplicity behind the Democrats’ current impeachment initiative. It appears under the headline “Testimony: How Trump helped Ukraine.” This is the opening: One notable and little-reported conclusion emerging from the House Democratic impeachment proceedings is a consensus among some foreign policy professionals that President Trump’s Ukraine policy has been an improvement over President Barack Obama’s. Ukraine was »

When Ted Turner was right

Featured imageCelebrating the twentieth anniversary of the Turner Classic Movies cable channel back in 2014, I noted that I was a little vague on how Ted Turner came to own the rights to nearly every worthwhile movie ever made. A reader wrote to offer a look back at the ancient history that provides the answer. I am posting this as a sort of postscript to “The Best Years of Our Lives.” »

The Ukraine Scandal Spreads

Featured imageI take it as a given that Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma paid the Biden family a $3 million bribe. That follows from the facts that 1) Hunter Biden doesn’t speak Ukrainian or have any experience in Ukrainian business, 2) Hunter Biden has no experience in the natural gas industry, 3) Burisma nevertheless paid Biden more than $83,000 a month (!) for three years to serve on its board of »

The Best Years of Our Lives

Featured imageWhen I walked into Spaulding Auditorium to see The Best Years of Our Lives as an undergrad, I had never even heard of the film. When I walked out three hours later, I couldn’t believe I had never heard of it. It is a great film with a lot of truth and a big heart in it. TCM is playing the film as part of its Veterans Day lineup on »

DOJ interprets “First Step” narrowly

Featured imageThe Washington Post reports that the Justice Department is limiting the impact of the First Step Act, the jail break legislation passed by Congress with President Trump’s support and signed into law by the president. The DOJ argues that when drug dealers apply for early release pursuant to First Step’s retroactive reduction in sentences based on the amount of crack they dealt, the test should be how much crack they »

11,000 Scientists? Just Kidding

Featured imageEarlier this week, the world’s news media reported breathlessly that 11,000 scientists had issued a report contending that the Earth faces a “climate emergency.” NBC News, to cite just one example, described a “study” produced by an “international consortium of more than 11,000 scientists.” This screen shot of a Google search illustrates the coverage: Actually, there was no study, there was just a press release. And it wasn’t 11,000 scientists, »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 153: They’re Both Wrong!, with John Tamny

Featured imageJust in time for your weekend reveries, John Tamny of Freedom Works and RealClearMarkets joins me to discuss his provocative new book, They’re Both Wrong: A Policy Guide for America’s Frustrated Independent Thinkers, just out this week from our friends at the American Institute for Economic Research. Tamny is one of the great imaginative and original contrarian thinkers of our time on matters of economics and policy, as readers of »