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    08/13/2020 11:31:44 PM PDT · by upchuck · 15 replies
    Powerline ^ | Aug 12, 2020 | PAUL MIRENGOFF
    I’m happy to report that Paul Howard, Fulton County, Georgia’s district attorney, has gone down to crushing defeat in his primary race. Howard, who has been the DA for more than two decades, lost his runoff race with Fani Willis by more than 45 points. Readers will recall that Howard charged Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe with felony murder in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks. Brooks had fired a taser gun at Rolfe. Howard had recently declared a taser to be a deadly weapon under Georgia State law. Charging Rolfe with murder is indefensible. It’s doubtful whether Rolfe even...

    08/12/2020 4:25:12 PM PDT · by Liberty7732 · 15 replies
    Power Line ^ | 8/12/20
    This column by David Axelrod, Barack Obama’s chief strategist in 2008 and 2012, suggests that Joe Biden didn’t really want Kamala Harris to be his running mate. Axelrod doesn’t quite put it this way, but he does say that “others Biden considered may have fit more comfortably into partnership with him.” This is similar to my take last week. I agreed that Harris was probably the frontrunner for the nomination, but added that if Biden made his decision based on his true preference, he would probably select someone else — perhaps Susan Rice. Axelrod believes that Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan’s governor,...

    08/10/2020 5:53:30 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 42 replies
    Powerline ^ | August 10,2020 | BY JOHN HINDERAKER
    Rioting continues nightly in Portland. Criminals are arrested, immediately released, and return to the streets. It is hard to see how Portland has a viable future. Likewise with Seattle. A city that cannot maintain order will soon be vacated by normal people who are able to leave, leaving only criminals and those without the means to get away. Minneapolis, with its days of rioting followed by skyrocketing crime and parks turned into tent encampments, is not far behind. Panic is spreading among people who own houses and (worse) condominiums there. Then there is Chicago, where mass looting took place last...

    08/08/2020 2:41:07 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 257 replies
    Powerline ^ | August 8,2020 | BY PAUL MIRENGOFF
    President Trump says he will sign an Executive Order to ease the suffering of those harmed by the pandemic-related shutdowns and to stimulate the economy. Congress has failed to agree on a new package to accomplish these things. Trump’s Executive Order would include these four components: (1) a payroll tax holiday until the end of the year, (2) an extension of enhanced unemployment benefits until the end of the year, (3) an extension of the eviction moratorium for federal subsidized housing, and (4) a suspension of student loan payments until further notice. Questions surround the legality of accomplishing at least...

    08/05/2020 6:19:35 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 14 replies
    Powerline ^ | August 5,2020 | STEVEN HAYWARD
    Gallup has a new poll out today with the headline “Black Americans Want Police to Retain Local Presence.” This headline understates the findings a bit, as the summary says “most [blacks] (81%) want police to spend same amount of or more time in their area.” (The actual numbers are 61% same; 20 percent more time.) The Gallup report, part of its new initiative called the Gallup Center on Black Voices, goes out of its way to obscure the meaning of these findings, spending a lot of time dwelling on large gaps in the answers between white and black sentiments about...
  • Kim Gardner Wins Primary [And Other Wokes Won Too] [ed]

    08/05/2020 11:35:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Powerline ^ | August 5, 2020 | Paul Mirengoff
    Kim Gardner, the incompetent and corrupt Soros-funded St. Louis prosecutor, won the Democratic primary yesterday. She defeated Mary Pat Carl, 61-39. I believe that one day, rampant homicides and other serious crimes will cause voters in cities like St. Louis to toss out far left prosecutors like Gardner whose policies favor criminals. But that day has not arrived — certainly not in St. Louis. The good folks in that city will have to endure a huge amount of anguish as a result. Elsewhere in St. Louis, BLM activist and potential “squad” member Cori Bush defeated Rep. William Lacy Clay, the...
  • Burning Bibles In Portland

    08/01/2020 3:36:16 PM PDT · by yoe · 45 replies
    Powerline ^ | August 1, 2020 | John Hinderaker
    Totalitarians hate religion because in their view, there can be nothing higher than the state. American totalitarians particularly hate Christians and Jews. (video)
  • IT’S 3:00 A.M. (Joe Biden)

    07/14/2020 7:54:01 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 28 replies
    Power Line ^ | 7/13/2020 | John Hinderaker
    Remember the Hillary Clinton campaign ad that talked about when the phone rings at 3:00 a.m. in the White House? I looked it up and was reminded that it was part of her 2008 primary campaign against Barack Obama. Here it is: On Saturday, the White House released an ad on Twitter–but I’m not sure it is an official ad, since it doesn’t carry the “I’m Donald Trump…” at the end–that begins by copying the introduction to Hillary’s ad, and then takes on Joe Biden’s senescence point-blank: Click through for the video— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12,...

    07/02/2020 2:19:16 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 21 replies
    Powerline ^ | JULY 2, 2020 | JOHN HINDERAKER
    Paul wrote earlier about the Minneapolis Effect. For those of us living in Minnesota, the effect is very real. But the Minnesota right is fighting back. My organization, Center of the American Experiment, has sponsored a poll that finds, among other things, that 85% of Minnesotans support law enforcement. We will soon begin a campaign to mobilize support behind law enforcement, including 38 billboards, radio ads, a social media campaign, a live webinar featuring Heather Mac Donald that we will be announcing soon, and more.

    07/02/2020 11:11:04 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 5 replies
    Powerline ^ | JULY 2, 2020 | PAUL MIRENGOFF
    n Minneapolis, shootings have more than doubled this year compared to last. Nearly half of all those shootings have occurred since George Floyd’s death, according to a Minneapolis Star Tribune In Chicago, 18 people were killed and 47 wounded in drive- and walk-by shootings last weekend. In Baltimore, homicides are higher so far this year than in 2019, which had the highest homicide rate on record for that city. June’s killings, which eclipse those of June 2019, New York City’s homicide rate is at a five-year high; the number of shooting victims was up over 42 percent through June 21...
  • “What are we talking about?”

    06/24/2020 8:04:10 AM PDT · by yoe · 14 replies
    Powerline ^ | June 24, 2020 | Scott Johnson
    Barack Obama was the star attraction at Joe Biden’s virtual fundraiser yesterday. In financial terms, the event was ( highly successful). More than 175,000 people donated a total of $7.6 million, according to the Biden campaign. In the daily Wall Street Journal Washington bureau email this morning, Ken Thomas adds that a separate component of the event for high-dollar donors raised $3.4 million for an overall haul of $11 million for the event. The latter event was closed to the media. Trump campaign director of strategic communications Marc Lotter plucked a highlight from Biden’s remarks even though NPR reports in...

    06/19/2020 7:31:51 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 16 replies
    Powerline ^ | June 19,2020 | BY PAUL MIRENGOFF
    The Department of Justice has filed a Statement of Interest in the Idaho litigation. In announcing the decision to do so, Attorney General Barr said: Allowing biological males to compete in all-female sports is fundamentally unfair to female athletes. Under the Constitution, the Equal Protection Clause allows Idaho to recognize the physiological differences between the biological sexes in athletics. Because of these differences, the Fairness Act’s limiting of certain athletic teams to biological females provides equal protection. This limitation is based on the same exact interest that allows the creation of sex-specific athletic teams in the first place — namely,...

    06/16/2020 9:02:33 PM PDT · by lasereye · 57 replies
    Powerlineblog ^ | June 17, 2020 | Paul Mirengoff
    Today, Yoram Hozany, an Israeli philosopher, tweeted: I wonder: Has there ever been an ideological movement this incompetent? They only had one job to do: Distinguish conservative lawyers from liberal lawyers. They formulate lists of approved individuals and everyone murmurs that they’ve been vetted. Then all sorts of distinguished persons publicly pronounce in chorus that the candidate is brilliant and the nomination fine. What criteria are involved in all this? I understand his disgust. Democrats bat 1.000 when it comes to nominating reliable left-liberals to the Supreme Court. Republicans bat around .500 in nominating reliable conservatives. But it’s not as...

    06/04/2020 7:34:49 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 48 replies
    Powerline ^ | June 4,2020 | BY JOHN HINDERAKER
    That is what officials in cities that have been devastated by rioters, looters and arsonists are saying to businesses whose investments in those cities have gone up in smoke. Steve touched on this earlier, but I want to amplify the point. The following are just three examples of many that we will see in the coming weeks. From Chicago: Mayor Lightfoot Pleads With Walmart, Other Retailers To Not Abandon Chicago. Mayor Lightfoot said she’s hopeful major retailers will reopen the Chicago stores that were looted or otherwise damaged during protests surrounding George Floyd’s killing by police in Minnesota. But, she’s...

    06/02/2020 8:22:33 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 12 replies
    Powerline ^ | June 2,2020 | BY SCOTT JOHNSON
    The current Star Tribune story on the incident dated this morning adds that the driver “remained jailed on suspicion of assault but had not been charged.” Those who assaulted the driver remain at large. They aren’t even being sought. At his press conference yesterday, Governor Walz declared the driver “stupid” for speeding and glorified the crowd that pummeled him for protecting him. One of the protesters can be heard on audio of the incident calling off the crowd that was pummeling the driver. Walz weaves fairy tales for dummies. It’s his modus operandi. One has to make it to the...

    05/19/2020 4:23:51 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 16 replies
    Powerline ^ | May 19,2020 | BY PAUL MIRENGOFF
    It seemed to me that the prospects aren’t good because Sullivan hasn’t yet ruled on the government’s motion to dismiss. I hope I’m wrong. The petition Powell filed on Gen. Flynn’s behalf does not mince words. Here are the key passages regarding dismissal of the case against Flynn: Petitioner, through no fault of his own, has been drawn into a Kafkaesque nightmare that is a cross between The Trial and In the Penal Colony. He has been subjected to deception, abuse, penury, obloquy, and humiliation. Having risked his life in service to his country, he has found himself the target...

    05/19/2020 12:22:27 PM PDT · by Renkluaf · 67 replies
    Powerline ^ | 5/19/20 | STEVEN HAYWARD
    Last week we noted that hiking is now considered tainted by historical racism. Hiking. On mountain trails. Well move over you racist hikers. Make room for racist . . . (checks notes) joggers! Because jogging is racist, too. “Jogging Has Always Excluded Black People,” Natalia Mehlman Petrzela tells us in the New York Times: Running has been a pastime marketed primarily to white people ever since “the jogging craze” was born in the lily-white Oregon track and field world of the late 1960s. Black people have not only been excluded from the sport — one survey by Running USA found...
  • To Mask or Not to Mask?

    05/17/2020 7:37:32 AM PDT · by redfog · 253 replies
    Powerline ^ | May 16, 2020 | John Hinderaker
    In the absence of any substantial scientific support, face mask wearing has become a largely political act. If you love authority, if you need to be told what to do–right or wrong!–you probably are wearing a mask. If you tend to be skeptical of authority (or if you remember that not long ago, the authorities were telling us not to wear masks), you likely aren’t. Like so many things in America these days, wearing face masks is more a marker than a practical action.

    05/13/2020 7:14:45 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 24 replies
    Powerline ^ | May 13,2020 | PAUL MIRENGOFF
    Before becoming a judge, Gleeson was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. In that capacity, he worked closely with Andrew Weissman, perhaps the most hardcore Trump hater on Robert Mueller’s defunct team of Trump haters. Sullivan plainly has it in for Michael Flynn. In addition, I gather, he wants to show William Barr who’s the boss. I believe the Constitution makes Barr the boss when it comes to deciding whom the United States will prosecute and for how long. The imperial Judge Sullivan can’t seem to accept this reality. It may fall to a...
  • Joe Biden Can’t Be President

    05/03/2020 8:32:00 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 70 replies ^ | MAY 3, 2020
    The latest evidence comes from his Morning Joe interview. While everyone focused on the Tara Reade issue, this sequence went mostly unnoticed. Biden claimed that 600,000 Americans had been killed by the coronavirus–off by a factor of ten. He repeated the claim twice before Joe Scarborough gently corrected him: Maybe Biden isn’t following the news these days. Maybe spending his entire adult life in Washington has dulled his mind to numbers. (Billion, trillion, who can tell the difference?) Whatever the cause, Biden’s oft-demonstrated mental vacancy disqualifies him from the presidency.