Category: Power Line Blog

Newsom persists

(Scott Johnson) An unfunny thing happened on the way to the recall election featuring California Governor Gavin Newsom. Newsom prevailed. With 65 percent of the vote in, Newsom has won 64.2 percent of the vote in favor of his retention. Newsom’s 64.2 percent is nearly a mirror image of Joe Biden’s 63.48 percent share of the California vote against Donald Trump in the 2020 election. Newsom and his allies turned the No

Gen. Milley: A Traitor, Or Not?

(John Hinderaker) Bob Woodward has written a new book, in which he makes the sensational allegation that Gen. Mark Milley conspired with counterparts in China against then-president Donald Trump. This is from today’s Washington Post: In the book’s account, Milley went so far as to pledge he would alert his counterpart in the event of a U.S. attack, stressing the rapport they’d established through a backchannel. “General Li, you and I have

A Day In the Life

(John Hinderaker) What is it like to live in Minneapolis these days? Gunshots in the afternoon: this is a ring video filmed in a normal Minneapolis neighborhood. The resident who forwarded the video to City Council members and other city officials wrote: Our area is under siege. Attached is a video of an incident that occurred on the *** block of *** Ave. South. This behavior happens daily. We’ve been begging for

Kavanaugh protesters violate federal law

(Paul Mirengoff) Dozens of protesters have carried through on their threat to demonstrate at the home of Justice Kavanaugh because of his vote in the case challenging Texas’ anti-abortion bill. Newsweek reports: Around 50 to 60 people gathered outside Kavanaugh’s home in Chevy Chase, holding placards demanding that he resign and protesting against the new restrictive abortion law. . . . The demonstration was largely peaceful and no arrests were made. .

DOJ tightens grip on local police departments

(Paul Mirengoff) Yesterday, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced new rules governing the federal monitors who impose their leftist views of policing on police forces trying to cope with skyrocketing criminality. These monitors exercise the authority of the federal government through consent decrees imposed on localities. Under Donald Trump, the Justice Department wisely stopped pursuing consent decrees. However, the Biden DOJ, under the leadership of BLM-supporting Vanita Gupta and racist Kristen Clarke, is

Blinken firing blanks

(Scott Johnson) Secretary of State Antony Blinken testified to the House Foreign Affairs Committee yesterday. He gave a 15-minute opening statement and responded in his fashion to questions posed by members. The State Department transcript and video of Blinken’s opening statement are posted here. The State Department video of the entire entire hearing is posted below. The hearing commences at about 45:00 of the video. The New York Times account of the

Charlottesville’s BLM mayor to step down after city has buyer’s remorse

(Paul Mirengoff) Nikuyah Walker is the mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia. She was elected to the city council in 2017 on a BLM-style platform and was selected by the council to be mayor in 2018 and 2020. Charlottesville knew what it was getting in Walker, and that’s what it got. She insisted that the city was racist, going so far as to tweet out a graphic poem that compared the “beautiful-ugly” college town

The Weird Monday in Pictures: I Can’t Even Edition

(Steven Hayward) I am resisting a daily picture gallery, even though I have the inventory for it. I don’t have the time for it, and in any case, I believe in the less-is-more theory, so I try to stay disciplined to just Saturday, with an occasional detour to charts and graphs. But then you see Biden on 9/11, posing with a bunch of MAGA kids in what has to be an amazing

Stay Home, Peons!

(John Hinderaker) The era of covid hysteria has been clarifying in some respects. We have learned that a great many “liberals” are in fact proto-fascists who derive an unseemly satisfaction from bossing the rest of us around through “emergency” decrees–a classic fascist tactic, especially when the alleged emergency is a respiratory virus with something like a 99.8% survival rate. On CNN, one Leana Wen baldly set out the Left’s agenda for the

Ha Ha!

(Steven Hayward) This is the kind of “well, duh!” headline that sends me to the bar early: Natural gas and electricity markets were already surging in Europe when a fresh catalyst emerged: The wind in the stormy North Sea stopped blowing. The sudden slowdown in wind-driven electricity production off the coast of the U.K. in recent weeks whipsawed through regional energy markets. Gas and coal-fired electricity plants were called in to make