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  • Waterboard Abdulmutallab!

    12/31/2009 1:46:38 PM PST · by yoe · 40 replies · 1,023+ views
    Power Line ^ | December 31, 2009 | John Hinderaker
    That's what voters say, according to today's (Rasmussen survey:)Fifty-eight percent (58%) of U.S. voters say waterboarding and other aggressive interrogation techniques should be used to gain information from the terrorist who attempted to bomb an airliner on Christmas Day. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 30% oppose the use of such techniques, and another 12% are not sure. There's this, too: Seventy-one percent (71%) of all voters think the attempt by the Nigerian Muslim to blow up the airliner as it landed in Detroit should be investigated by military authorities as a terrorist act. Only 22%...
  • A Republican Congress in 2010?

    08/14/2009 9:44:17 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 18 replies · 755+ views
    Powerline Blog ^ | 08/14/2009 | John Hinderaker
    Byron York says that Republicans are "thinking the unthinkable." They could retake the Congress next year: It's a possibility many Republicans speak of only in whispers and Democrats are just now beginning to face. After passionate and contentious fights over health care, the environment, and taxes, could Democrats lose big -- really big -- in next year's elections?
  • The Real Sarah Palin (Record in office has not been as conservative as she is personally)

    07/09/2009 8:13:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 148 replies · 2,379+ views
    Powerline ^ | 7/9/2009 | John Hindraker
    I haven't commented on Sarah Palin's resignation as Governor of Alaska since Friday afternoon, when I noted the story and said that her resignation "seems bizarre to me." Here are some additional thoughts on the subject. I am, to begin with, an admirer of Governor Palin--the real Sarah Palin, not the creature of myth. Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of the Palin phenomenon is that the mythical version, a caricature of Palin as arch-conservative, especially on the social issues, and populist almost to the point of know-nothingism, has been embraced by many of her supporters as avidly as by her...
  • A Miserable Failure (Obamanomics)

    07/02/2009 8:32:49 PM PDT · by pissant · 13 replies · 779+ views
    Powerline ^ | 7/2/09 | John Hinderaker
    That's the Obama administration's "stimulus" plan, which mainly stimulated Democratic constituencies with great gobs of pork. The web site Innocent Bystanders has done a service by plotting the actual unemployment rate against the Obama administration's prediction of what would happen with and without the "stimulus." Here is the latest, updated through June; click to enlarge: The administration's forecast provides a benchmark against which we can judge the success or failure of the $700 billion porkapalooza. The result is obvious: it was a failure. The best thing Congress could do is to cancel the rest of the program--the large majority that...
  • Walpin Speaks, Obama Administration Clams Up

    06/17/2009 10:16:08 PM PDT · by pissant · 80 replies · 2,099+ views
    Powerline ^ | 6/17/09 | John Hinderaker
    Fired Inspector General Gerald Walpin has responded aggressively to new claims by the Obama administration that he was fired from his job because he was "confused," and, perhaps, senile. Byron York records Walpin's response, which is, to say the least, coherent, much more than we can say for Obama's ever-shifting stories about why he fired an Inspector General who caused trouble for a prominent supporter of the administration. Byron himself notes that Walpin exhibits no sign of any "confusion:" The White House suggestion that Walpin, who is 77 years old, is somehow mentally not up to his job and cannot...
  • World's Worst Columnist? ( and the prize goes to.... )

    04/14/2009 4:24:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies · 923+ views
    Powerline ^ | 4/13/2009 | John Hindraker
    It's a tough competition, of course, but it's hard to imagine that any columnist in America could be more inept than Paul Krugman. I used to enjoy beating up on Krugman, but haven't read him for a long time--life is short. But today I happened to notice this column, which attacks the Republican Party and the tea party movement. I'd rebut Krugman's arguments, only he doesn't make any. Does he ever? Krugman doesn't argue, he just vents. This is what we used to call "mailing it in." If Krugman spent more than 20 minutes writing this column, I'd be shocked....
  • Watch Out For Those Crazy Right Wingers

    04/14/2009 2:00:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies · 2,492+ views
    PowerLine ^ | April 14, 2009 | John Hinderaker
    The Extremism and Radicalization Branch, Homeland Environment Threat Analysis Division of the Department of Homeland Security has released a report titled "Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment." You can read it here. Of course, there are crazies of all stripes, and it's possible that a small group of "right wingers" could pose a terrorist threat. In principle, there is nothing wrong with assessing such threats from whatever direction they may come. Still, this report is an odd document. It is almost entirely unmoored to any empirical reality and appears to be heavily influenced...
  • Who's Going to Lend the Money?

    03/25/2009 8:05:46 PM PDT · by Unam Sanctam · 20 replies · 796+ views
    Power Line ^ | 3/25/09 | John Hinderaker
    The Obama administration has embarked on a spree of borrowing that eclipses anything seen in world history. The Democratic Congress is nervous, but seems willing to go along. But this borrowing is not occurring in a vacuum; many other governments are also floating debt. So, who's going to lend the trillions of dollars that governments need to disguise the fact that their ideas are bankrupt? Maybe nobody. Yesterday, the British government offered its "gilt-edged bonds" for sale. For the first time in over a decade, the auction failed as not enough buyers appeared to cover the bonds that were offered:...
  • The Economy: Sound After All!

    03/15/2009 5:37:00 PM PDT · by yoe · 13 replies · 603+ views
    Power Line ^ | March 15, 2009 | John Hinderaker
    As we noted (here), Barack Obama has had to calibrate his position on the economy carefully to achieve a series of political goals. During the Presidential campaign, he said the economy was in dire straits and relentlessly ridiculed John McCain when McCain said the economy was "fundamentally sound." Once he took office, the situation became even graver, as Obama wanted to 1) make the sure the bar was set so low that anything that happens in the next four years will be seen as an improvement, and 2) justify a series of liberal initiatives that have nothing to do with...
  • House Republicans Hold Firm (On Stimulus spending. Finally, a party worth supporting)

    01/28/2009 7:36:53 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies · 1,764+ views
    Powerline ^ | Jan 28,2009 | John Hindraker
    Congratulations to the House Republicans: all 177 voted against the Democrats' pork-fest bill. Eleven Democrats joined the Republicans in rejecting Nancy Pelosi's fiscal insanity, which, the Congressional Budget Office confirmed yesterday, would actually cost $1.1 trillion. The Republicans put together their own stimulus package; they say that, using Christina Romer's methodology--she will be the Chairman of Obama's Council of Economic Advisers--their program will create 6.2 million jobs. Whether that's right or not, the Republicans' plan, unlike the Democrats', was actually geared to job creation. Here are a few highlights. The Republican proposal would: * Reduce the lowest individual tax rates...
  • Biggest Boondoggle in American History

    01/18/2009 5:28:00 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies · 789+ views
    Powerline ^ | Jan 18, 2009 | John Hindraker
    We are living in a historical moment that in some ways represents uncharted territory. In other respects, however, the current moment is a return to a simpler and clearer past, when the hallmark of conservatism was opposition to extravagant spending boondoggles proposed by liberals. For a variety of reasons the fiscal battle lines have been blurred in recent years, but these days we are back to the paradigm that held sway decades ago. Yesterday, Minority Leader John Boehner sent out an email on the House Democrats' ridiculous $825 billion "stimulus" bill. It is worth reproducing in its entirety: A Dozen...
  • Hand-Wringing Over Terrorism (Why the NYT can't call a terrorist a terrorist)

    12/14/2008 8:54:59 PM PST · by mojito · 11 replies · 1,614+ views
    Powerline ^ | 12/14/2008 | John Hinderaker
    In today's column, the New York Times' Public Editor, Clark Hoyt, examines the paper's use (or non-use) of the words "terrorist" and "terrorism." It's a revealing exercise: "WHEN 10 young men in an inflatable lifeboat came ashore in Mumbai last month and went on a rampage with machine guns and grenades, taking hostages, setting fires and murdering men, women and children, they were initially described in The Times by many labels." "They were "militants," "gunmen," "attackers" and "assailants." Their actions, which left bodies strewn in the city's largest train station, five-star hotels, a Jewish center, a cafe and a hospital...
  • Coleman v. Franken: Reconciling the Recount Numbers

    12/06/2008 9:39:08 AM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 33 replies · 2,092+ views
    Power Line ^ | December 6, 2008 | John Hinderaker
    As we noted last night, Minnesota's Senate recount is over, with just one precinct outstanding. That precinct is Minneapolis's Ward 3, Precinct 1, where election officials found that 133 more votes were recorded on a voting machine than there were ballots inside the machine. That discrepancy has triggered a hunt for the 133 "missing" ballots. Several journalists from other states have asked us about the discrepancy between the vote totals as reported by the Minnesota Secretary of State and by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Currently, the Secretary of State shows Norm Coleman leading by 687 votes with a single precinct...
  • No Landslide

    11/05/2008 8:21:14 AM PST · by astyanax · 64 replies · 2,138+ views
    Power Line ^ | 5Nov08 | John Hinderaker
    Barack Obama's victory last night was no doubt historic, and the Democrats, as expected, extended their leads in the House and the Senate. But their victory was no landslide, despite what appeared to be overwhelming advantages. Obama won around 52 percent of the popular vote, defeating John McCain by between five and six points. That's nothing like the true landslides of the past: Reagan by ten points in 1980 and 18 in 1984; Nixon by 23 in 1972; or even Bush by eight in 1988. And yet, with hindsight, it is remarkable how much Obama had going for him. After...
  • Obama's Fraud Continues

    10/23/2008 10:57:08 PM PDT · by cookcounty · 26 replies · 1,076+ views
    Powerline Blog ^ | October 23, 2008 | John Hinderacker
    October 23, 2008 Posted by John at 9:22 PM We noted here and elsewhere the astonishing degree of fraud that has fueled Barack Obama's record fundraising. The ultimate instance of Obama-fraud was achieved by a reader of The Corner: So I went to the Obama website this afternoon and clicked on the "Donate" button. I used my real MasterCard number (but was not asked for the 3 digit security code). Used the following information and it was accepted... First name: Fake Last Name: Donor Address: 1 Dollar To Prove A Point City: Fraudulent State: AL Zip / Post: 33333 Email...
  • The Most Bizarre Journalistic Malpractice Yet (AP Claims Linking Ayers with Obama is Racist)

    10/05/2008 4:56:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies · 1,249+ views
    Powerline ^ | Oct 5, 2008 | John Hindraker
    <p>It's a contender, anyway: the Associated Press claims that Sarah Palin's criticism of Barack Obama's relationship with Bill Ayers was racist!</p> <p>By claiming that Democrat Barack Obama is "palling around with terrorists" and doesn't see the U.S. like other Americans, vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin targeted key goals for a faltering campaign. And though she may have scored a political hit each time, her attack was unsubstantiated and carried a racially tinged subtext that John McCain himself may come to regret. ...</p>
  • A Report From the House

    09/27/2008 11:05:42 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 25 replies · 1,054+ views
    Power line Blog ^ | September 27, 2008 | John Hinderaker
    A spokesman for House Republicans wrote this morning: Staff negotiations on the economic stability package lasted until about 2:30 this morning and will resume in about an hour.... It appears that some progress is being made on the inclusion of key Republican principles that include tax payer and home owner protections and adoption of some free market points in the final package. Mr. Blunt, as the Republican’s lead negotiator, [has] reemphasized that fact that Democrats are in charge, they are in the majority and if they want Republicans to help pass this package – as they’ve said – then there...
  • Time for Anger Management Therapy (Anti-Franken ad in MN)

    09/13/2008 12:13:06 AM PDT · by vwatto · 13 replies · 177+ views
    Powerline ^ | 9/12/2008 | John Hinderaker
    Norm Coleman's campaign has produced a new ad, "Angry Al." It highlights Al Franken's frequently hotheaded, profane and inappropriate conduct:
  • The Press: Mad As Hell, and Not Going to Take It Any More (cause their guy is losing)

    09/12/2008 1:04:24 PM PDT · by mojito · 56 replies · 214+ views
    PowerLine ^ | 9/12/2008 | John Hinderaker
    Howard Kurtz's column in the Washington Post is surprisingly blunt and surprisingly revealing. The mainstream media, Kurtz says, are mad. Their anger, though, is oddly unidirectional: "The media are getting mad. Whether it's the latest back-and-forth over attack ads, the silly lipstick flap or the continuing debate over Sarah and sexism, you can just feel the tension level rising several notches. Maybe it's a sense that this is crunch time, that the election is on the line, that the press is being manipulated (not that there's anything new about that)." There certainly isn't. Barack Obama has been manipulating the press...
  • Russia Threatens Nuclear Attack On Poland

    08/15/2008 11:45:44 AM PDT · by pissant · 46 replies · 311+ views
    Powerline ^ | 8/15/08 | John Hinderaker
    Much is happening today in Georgia and other states formerly under the thumb of Russia. President Saakashvili has signed a cease-fire agreement; Russian troops have nevertheless advanced within 35 miles of Tbilisi; President Bush denounced Russia for "bullying and intimidation" and said that "Moscow must honor its commitment to withdraw its invading forces from all Georgian territory," something Russia plainly has no intention of doing. Yesterday, in what may or may not have been a coincidence of timing, the U.S and Poland announced that after 18 months of negotiations, they have reached on an agreement whereby the U.S. will furnish...
  • John Hinderaker: Obama's Dishonest Op-Ed

    07/15/2008 3:38:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 93+ views
    Power Line ^ | July 14, 2008 | John Hinderaker
    In this morning's New York Times, Barack Obama published an op-ed on Iraq that presumably previews his "major speech" on the subject tomorrow. Even by Obama's standards, the piece is breathtakingly dishonest. Obama admits that he opposed the surge, and the attendant change in strategy and tactics, that have brought us close to victory. But he somehow manages to twist his being wrong about the surge--the major foreign policy issue that has arisen during his time in Congress--into vindication: But the same factors that led me to oppose the surge still hold true. The strain on our military has grown,...
  • Four Cheers for John Bolton

    05/18/2008 10:03:29 AM PDT · by TSchmereL · 13 replies · 77+ views
    Power Line ^ | May 17, 2008 | John Hinderaker
    With hindsight, the Democrats' filibustering of Bolton's nomination to the U.N. post--he served only via a recess appointment--was one of their most shameful acts. The fact that nonentities like Madeline Albright can slide through the Senate without opposition, while the appointment of John Bolton, who combines a towering intellect with unflagging devotion to his country's interests, is blocked on political grounds, illustrates as well as anything which party is "politicizing foreign policy," as Barack Obama likes to say.
  • Thoughts on Bear Stearns

    04/04/2008 11:01:19 AM PDT · by Nony · 12 replies · 78+ views
    Powerline Blog ^ | April 3, 2008 | John Hinderaker
    Bob Reich, whom I knew vaguely long ago, writes a demagogic column for the American Prospect about the Bear Stearns "bailout": Some of the dollars I'm sending to Washington are now being used to backstop Wall Street investment bankers, hedge fund and private equity managers, and anybody else associated with a borrower that's too big to fail. The reason they're too big to fail is they've borrowed so much from me and from you - from our pension funds and money-market funds - that if they went bust, our savings would disappear. *** The reason they've been able to borrow...
  • Defense Department Critic of Islam Sacked

    01/05/2008 8:58:54 AM PST · by yoe · 23 replies · 594+ views
    Power Line ^ | January 5, 2008 | John Hinderaker
    Scott noted ( here) Bill Gertz's report on the conflict inside the Defense Department between between Stephen Coughlin, a leading student of Islamic extremism, and Hasham Islam, an aide to Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon R. England who conducts Muslim outreach on behalf of DOD. Coughlin had pointed out, based in part on information that came to light in the Holy Land Foundation trial in Texas, that several of the groups participating in Mr. Islam's outreach program are front organizations for the pro-jihad Muslim Brotherhood. Gertz now (reports) that Islam won the bureaucratic battle: Coughlin has been fired from the U.S....
  • Bill Frist for President?

    08/30/2006 8:08:21 AM PDT · by yoe · 86 replies · 1,113+ views
    POWER LINE ^ | Auagust 30, 2006 | John Hinderaker
    I spent part of the day today with Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. He is, of course, a very impressive guy: a physician, a heart and lung transplant surgeon, an upstart politician, a hands-on doctor in places like Sudan and New Orleans, and one of the most powerful people in our government. Despite those obvious accomplishments and Frist's skills as a legislator, I've always felt that he lacks the executive persona necessary to be a strong Presidential candidate. Maybe. But I was impressed by the close-up contact I had today. Frist is deadly serious about the war on terror, the...
  • Dingell: What's Wrong With Hezbollah? (heads up - Democrat won't take sides)

    08/01/2006 6:38:05 AM PDT · by yoe · 40 replies · 1,243+ views
    Power Line ^ | July 31, 2006 | John Hinderaker
    Yesterday, Representative John Dingell of Michigan appeared on a Detroit television program along with Republican Candice Miller. They discussed the crisis in Lebanon; Dingell proclaimed himself neutral. "I don't take sides for or against Hezbollah; I don't take sides for or against Israel." Asked, "You're not against Hezbollah?" Dingell answers, "No..." Listen to it here on YouTube, or use our player below. If the Democrats win control of the House of Representatives, Dingell will be the Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He was one of the eight Democrats who did not vote in favor of the Congressional...
  • Dingell: What's Wrong With Hezbollah?

    07/31/2006 4:09:43 PM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 72 replies · 2,208+ views
    Powerline ^ | July 31, 2006 | John Hindraker
    Yesterday, Representative John Dingell of Michigan appeared on a Detroit television program along with Republican Candice Miller. They discussed the crisis in Lebanon; Dingell proclaimed himself neutral. "I don't take sides for or against Hezbollah; I don't take sides for or against Israel." Asked, "You're not against Hezbollah?" Dingell answers, "No..." Listen to it here on YouTube, or use our player below. If the Democrats win control of the House of Representatives, Dingell will be the Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He was one of the eight Democrats who did not vote in favor of the Congressional...
  • Yawn (AP agenda driven fake poll alert!)

    07/14/2006 10:02:44 PM PDT · by Jameison · 10 replies · 936+ views
    Powerlineblog ^ | 7/14/2006 | John Hinderaker
    The Associated Press trumpets the latest AP/Ipsos poll, with the headline: "Most Americans Plan to Vote for Democrats:" Republicans are in jeopardy of losing their grip on Congress in November. With less than four months to the midterm elections, the latest Associated Press-Ipsos poll found that Americans by an almost 3-to-1 margin hold the GOP-controlled Congress in low regard and profess a desire to see Democrats wrest control after a dozen years of Republican rule. This is a howler, of course: the poll respondents wanted Democrats to win by 51% to 40%, not "almost 3-to-1." In any event, the AP...
  • Wishful Thinking

    05/28/2006 2:59:43 PM PDT · by Jameison · 8 replies · 400+ views
    http://powerlineblog.com/archives/014218.php | 5/27/2006 | John Hinderaker
    The media would love to help the Democrats with their "culture of corruption" campaign theme; unfortunately, the facts aren't cooperating very well. Which didn't stop CBS News from doing its best, in this story about the Justice Department standing firm on the documents seized from Congressman William Jefferson: Top law enforcement officials at the Justice Department and the FBI indicated to their counterparts at the White House that they could not, and were unwilling to, return documents to the Louisiana Republican which were seized as part of a bribery investigation.
  • Marches coast to coast [powerful, unsettling, thought-provoking document by John @ Powerline]

    04/12/2006 5:54:59 AM PDT · by conservativecorner · 17 replies · 1,608+ views
    Powerline ^ | April 12, 2006 | Scott Johnson
    At Power Line News Video, you can find the video (with photographs) of the "marches of the illegals" around the country on Monday. Assembled and edited by Joe Malchow and John, it is a powerful, unsettling, thought-provoking document. John comments on the video here. Please check it out. [See Below For John's Comments: Yesterday's Demonstrations, From Coast to Coast As an exercise in citizen journalism, we put out a call to readers to attend yesterday's demonstrations in support of illegal immigration, film them, and send us the resulting video. We didn't know what to expect, but the results were gratifying....
  • Thanks, New York Times (NSA national security leak)

    02/04/2006 5:34:30 PM PST · by frankjr · 17 replies · 809+ views
    Power Line ^ | 2/4/06 | John Hinderaker
    Iyman Faris, the only terrorist who has been named publicly in connection with the NSA terrorist surveillance program, has moved to set aside his conviction for conspiring to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge on the ground that he was "illegally" spied upon by NSA. Faris's cause is being taken up by the American Civil Liberties Union: In many ways, Faris is not an ideal plaintiff for attorneys who hope to focus their case on whether the president abused his authority by spying on innocent Americans. Faris’ guilt is widely acknowledged, despite his recent claims of innocence. Among the evidence against him,...
  • Renewing the Patriot Act

    01/26/2006 6:29:37 AM PST · by yoe · 1 replies · 284+ views
    Power Line ^ | January 26, 2006 | John H. Hinderaker
    With the partisan furor over the National Security Agency dominating headlines, the debate over renewal of the Patriot Act has been pushed off the front pages. In this morning's (New York Post), New York Congressman Vito Fossella offers a good summary of why extension of the act is so important. Among other things, he identifies two terrorist plots that have been uncovered using the act's tools: Bin Laden's impotence is due not to a lack of trying, but rather to new and enhanced U.S. security measures. Since 9/11, U.S. officials and forces have disrupted 150 terrorist threats and cells, incapacitated...
  • Foiled Again [President Bush Does A Smack Down On The Liberal MSM At News Conference...AGAIN!]

    01/03/2006 7:12:33 AM PST · by conservativecorner · 32 replies · 3,415+ views
    Powerline ^ | Jan. 2, 2006 | John Hinderaker
    Near the end of President Bush's press conference yesterday, a reporter asked this question: Q. In 2004, when you were doing an event about the Patriot Act, in your remarks you had said that any wiretapping required a court order, and that nothing had changed. Given that we now know you had prior approval for this NSA program, were you in any way misleading? The reporter may have been reading left-wing web sites, many of which are buzzing about this latest "Bush lied!" claim. President Bush began his answer as follows: I was talking about roving wire taps, I believe,...
  • The Predictable Distinction Between Us and Them

    01/03/2006 9:28:53 AM PST · by conservativecorner · 8 replies · 841+ views
    Powerline ^ | Jan. 3, 2006 | John Hinderaker
    ABC's Note reports on NY Times reporter Jim Risen's appearance on the Today show: On NBC's "Today" show this morning, New York Times scribe Jim Risen told Katie Couric that he hopes he will not have to reveal his sources to a grand jury and declared his story to be the exact opposite of the Plame case. Risen claims his sources revealed information for the best possible reasons and he went on to declare those sources "patriots." This was highly predictable, of course, but the important thing is that the Plame question is being asked. The force of the Plame...
  • Ignorance or Bias? Take Your Pick (Dems Lie. Alito did not support "domestic spying")

    12/24/2005 3:08:48 AM PST · by frankjr · 4 replies · 406+ views
    Power Line ^ | 12/23/05 | John Hinderaker
    The Associated Press breathlessly reports that Judge Sam Alito advocated warrantless wiretaps when he was in the Reagan Justice Department: "Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito defended the right of government officials to order domestic wiretaps for national security when he worked at the Reagan Justice Department, an echo of President Bush's rationale for spying on U.S. residents in the war on terror. Then an assistant to the solicitor general, Alito wrote a 1984 memo that provided insights on his views of government powers and legal recourse -- seen now through the prism of Bush's actions -- as well as clues...
  • On the Legality of the NSA Electronic Intercept Program (Long article, many case citations)

    12/22/2005 5:57:20 PM PST · by frankjr · 15 replies · 684+ views
    Power Line ^ | 12/22/05 | John Hinderaker
    It has been widely suggested that the NSA electronic intercept program that has been carried out by the Bush administration for the last three years is, or may be, illegal. The New York Times and other media outlets have implied, without saying outright, that the program is unconstitutional or otherwise improper. The Democrats have picked the ball up and run with it; the Democratic National Committee sent out an email yesterday that characterized the program as "illegal surveillance" constituting an "explosive scandal." In fact, though, if one reviews the controlling legal authorities, it is hard to see what the fuss...
  • A Colloquy With the Times (Powerline corresponds with NYT on NSA story)

    12/21/2005 5:41:19 PM PST · by frankjr · 26 replies · 1,289+ views
    Power Line ^ | 12/21/05 | John Hinderaker
    Reporter Eric Lichtblau of the New York Times responded to the email I sent earlier today; we had the following exchange. Me to Lichtblau: Mr. Lichtblau, in your reporting in the Times you appear to have tried to create the impression that the NSA's overseas intercept program is, or may be, illegal. I believe that position is foreclosed by all applicable federal court precedents. I assume, for example, that you are aware of the November 2002 decision of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, in Sealed Case No. 02-001, where the court said: "The Truong court [United...
  • The Times Continues Its Attack...[The anti-American Rag Continues To Undermine Our Security]

    12/21/2005 5:59:17 AM PST · by conservativecorner · 9 replies · 589+ views
    Powerline ^ | Dec. 21, 2005 | John Hinderaker
    ...on the Bush administration over the NSA intercept program, in two articles in today's paper. The first, which I linked to last night, is "Cheney Defends Eavesdropping Without Warrants". The second is evidently an effort to shore up the Times' claim that the NSA program is illegal; the paper's reporters went back to its anonymous leakers and asked them about President Bush's explanation that the program involves only international communications. The result is the unintentionally humorous "Spying Program Snared U.S. Calls". This is the best the Times can come up with: A surveillance program approved by President Bush to conduct...
  • The Legality of the NSA's Intercept Program

    12/20/2005 3:18:55 PM PST · by frankjr · 36 replies · 1,026+ views
    Power Line ^ | 12/20/05 | John Hinderaker
    I've been working on and off on the legal issues surrounding the NSA's interception of communications directed to al Qaeda members overseas, some of which originated in the United States. I haven't had time yet to write up a full analysis of the case law. For now, let me just say that the question does not appear to be close. Under all existing authorities, the NSA program, as we understand the facts, was legal. For now, let me simply quote the November 2002 decision of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, in Sealed Case No. 02-001: "The...
  • Stampede - Is the GOP in disarray or has the party finally gotten its momentum back?

    11/14/2005 6:28:11 AM PST · by veronica · 17 replies · 1,004+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 11-14-05 | John Hinderaker
    ALMOST EXACTLY one year ago, President Bush was reelected with more votes than had ever been cast for a presidential candidate, breaking Ronald Reagan's 1984 record. Not only did Bush sweep to victory by a three million vote margin, the Republicans increased their majorities in both the House and the Senate, the first time this trifecta had been accomplished since the Lyndon Johnson landslide of 1964. Since that triumphant moment, the conventional wisdom is that nothing has gone right for the Republicans. But what, exactly, has happened to cause such a reversal in the party's fortunes? Has the economy collapsed?...
  • Online Freedom of Speech Fails in House

    11/02/2005 6:44:50 PM PST · by tsmith130 · 58 replies · 1,012+ views
    Powerline ^ | 11/02/2005 | John Hinderaker
    Apparently the Online Freedom of Speech Act failed to pass in the House of Representatives tonight. I infer this from a statement we got a few minutes ago from Minnesota Congressman Mark Kennedy, a leading proponent of free speech, including free speech on the web. Mark writes: I'm horribly disappointed that this important measure failed to pass. This bill was designed to protect the free speech rights of Americans whose only alleged crime is wanting to use the Internet to express their opinions. I disagree with the mainstream media elites who seem to think that an unregulated media is dangerous,...
  • Christian Republicans

    10/28/2005 6:30:59 AM PDT · by jla · 5 replies · 540+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | Oct 28, 2005 | Patrick Hynes
                Christian Republicans By Patrick Hynes Published 10/28/2005 12:09:18 AM The modern Democratic Party traces its roots back to the Washington administration-era machinations of Thomas Jefferson and his protege James Madison. These two were almost unique among the Founding Fathers in their hostility to the cozy relationship religion and politics shared throughout America history beginning in its early days as a British outpost. The Republican Party, on the other hand, formed in part out of the revivalist spirit of the Second Great Awakening. America's two dominant political parties have undoubtedly morphed over the years, but Democrat and Republican...
  • The Long Game: Voting against Harriet Miers might come back to haunt Republican senators.

    10/24/2005 9:28:23 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 54 replies · 1,150+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 10/24/5 | John Hinderaker
    President Bush's nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court has divided the conservative movement. Initially, most conservatives, but not quite all, expressed disappointment with the nomination. Since then, paths have diverged. Some conservatives, having gone on record as wishing that Bush had chosen someone else, have now migrated back into the fold, pronounced Miers a qualified candidate, and defended her nomination as the president's prerogative. Other conservatives have continued to ratchet up their attacks on Miers. Nearly every day produces yet another instance of Miers's alleged incompetence, inexperience, or suspected liberal sympathies. Some of the criticisms of Miers are...
  • Not as dumb as it sounded

    10/21/2005 9:20:51 AM PDT · by nosofar · 45 replies · 1,442+ views
    Powerline ^ | 10/21/2005 | John Hinderaker
    Several pundits whom we respect, including Patterico and Michelle Malkin, were apoplectic today over one aspect of the questionnaire Harriet Miers filled out for the Senate Judiciary Committee. This was the offending paragraph; it was part of Miers's recounting of her experience with Constitutional issues: While I was an at-large member of the Dallas City Council, I dealt with issues that involved constitutional questions. For instance, when addressing a lawsuit under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, the council had to be sure to comply with the proportional representation requirement of the Equal Protection Clause. The second sentence has...
  • Who's Cracking Up? (Powerline sets Newsweak's Fineman straight)

    10/12/2005 6:14:33 PM PDT · by frankjr · 32 replies · 1,649+ views
    Powerline ^ | 10/12/05 | John Hinderaker
    Liberals everywhere are convinced that their hour is at hand. The latest voice of left-wing triumphalism is Newsweek's Howard Fineman, who announced "The Conservative Crack-up" today: The “movement” – that began 50 years ago with the founding of Bill Buckley’s National Review; that had its coming of age in the Reagan Years; that reached its zenith with Bush’s victory in 2000 — is falling apart at the seams. Fineman's theory is that one by one, the "constituent parts" of the conservative coalition are "going their own way," which is to say, turning their backs on the Bush administration. He goes...
  • Good News From Iraq

    09/13/2005 7:19:06 PM PDT · by Lando Lincoln · 8 replies · 976+ views
    Powerline ^ | 13 September 2005 | John Hinderaker
    The excellent Gateway Pundit has updates on the successful--in fact, utterly one-sided--Tal Afar battle, as well as President Talabani's visit to the White House today. President Talabani said: In the name of Iraqi people, I say to you, Mr. President, and to the glorious American people, thank you, thank you. Thank you, because you liberated us from the worst kind of dictatorship. Our people suffered too much from this worst kind of dictatorship... Thank you, and thanks to the United States, there are now 15 million Muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq liberated by your courageous leadership and decision to liberate...
  • Business Week Publishes Democratic Party Hit-Piece As News

    09/12/2005 10:40:06 PM PDT · by Masada · 13 replies · 1,033+ views
    Power Line Blog ^ | 9/12/05 | John Hinderaker
    Today's example of MSM bias: this Business Week article by Leo Hindery, Jr., titled "Tragedy and Telecom." The article is subtitled, "How the Bush Administration's antiregulation stance contributed to the post-Katrina communications collapse -- and what should be done now." Mr. Hindery's indictment of the Bush administration is the latest effort to blame the President for just about everything associated with Hurricane Katrina. Its reasoning is so fragmentary, however, that Hindery never does explain why "the Bush administration's antiregulation stance" had anything to do with the hurricane or its aftermath. That doesn't stop Hindery from dropping the usual snide comments....
  • Happy Anniversary, Guys

    09/09/2005 6:01:19 AM PDT · by AliVeritas · 21 replies · 961+ views
    Powerline ^ | September 09, 2005 | John Hinderaker
    Today is September 9, the first anniversary of "Rathergate." It was at 7:51 on the morning of Sept. 9, 2004, that Scott hit the "save" button on the original version of "The Sixty-First Minute", which discussed the 60 Minutes program on President Bush's National Guard service that had aired the previous evening, along with the DNC's advertising campaign on the same subject that was beginning on the morning of Sept. 9. At the end of his post--now the most famous post in the young history of the blogosphere--Scott included a quote and a link to a Free Republic post by...
  • Preparing for World War III (Replacing Rehquist First)

    09/08/2005 1:27:04 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 32 replies · 1,204+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 8, 2005 | John Hinderaker
    Replacing Rehnquist before O'Connor makes matters tougher on the Bush administration and guarantees a showdown with liberal interest groups.A FEW MONTHS AGO, most observers expected Chief Justice William Rehnquist's failing health to trigger President Bush's first Supreme Court nomination. But Rehnquist hung on, to the surprise of many, and it was Sandra Day O'Connor whose resignation brought about the first vacancy on the Court since 1994. If that seems like a long time, it is: never before in American history have so many years elapsed between vacancies on the Supreme Court. President Bush nominated Judge John Roberts to replace O'Connor,...
  • Krugmania, Continued (NYT Paul taken to shed)

    09/06/2005 1:16:20 PM PDT · by frankjr · 64 replies · 2,321+ views
    power line ^ | 9/6/05 | John Hinderaker
    The New York Times is in full hysteria mode, trying to turn the human tragedy associated with Hurricane Katrina into political fodder for the Democrats. Paul Krugman is one cog in the Times' wheel; on cue, he chimed in with a strident denunciation of the Bush administration's response to the hurricane. It was, of course terrible; Krugman begins: Each day since Katrina brings more evidence of the lethal ineptitude of federal officials. I'm not letting state and local officials off the hook, but federal officials had access to resources that could have made all the difference, but were never mobilized....