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November 24, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1377068
(Steven Hayward)

Victor Davis Hanson puts his finger on the core meaning of Grubergate with his most recent column referring to the Gruber types as “Snobocrats.” It is worth recognizing that Gruberism isn’t just simple elitism, but has an overlay of snobbery about how much better are the Grubers ...


November 24, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1377067
(Paul Mirengoff)

Good news. Chuck Hagel is out as Secretary of Defense, or will be as soon as a successor is nominated and confirmed. Let’s hope that any effort by the Republican Senate to block the confirmation of Obama administration appointees will exempt the Secretary of ...


November 24, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1377011
(John Hinderaker)

Friday night we got the whole PL crew together for Episode 2 of the Power Line Show. We were joined by Senator-elect Tom Cotton and Bill Voegeli, author of The Pity Party. The president’s amnesty order and multiple email mysteries were the ...


November 24, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1377010
(Paul Mirengoff)

The deadline for reaching a deal with Iran over its nuclear program expires today without the parties having reached a negotiated agreement. The negotiating period will be extended until July 1 of next year.

This development is being reported as “no deal, but there ...


November 24, 2014, 10:18 am, 1376928
(Scott Johnson)

The rise of FOX News Channel to its place as a dominant source of news on television is easily one of the most consequential journalistic developments of the past 25 years. The Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik has written a timely column taking note noting and ...


November 24, 2014, 10:18 am, 1376927

Over at Equitable Growth: Conference on European Economic Integration (CEEI)

Re: Richard Koo http://www.oenb.at/dms/oenb/Publikationen/Volkswir
tschaft/CEEI/2014/koo_ppp/Koo_PPP.pdf

I am not sure that I can ask this question coherently. So if I do not, please feel free to just say "that was not coherent" and move ...


November 24, 2014, 4:18 am, 1376715

Conference on European Economic Integration (CEEI)

Nowotny: calls attention to the relative success of manufacturing- and cross-border heavy economies--the Visegrad Group--in doing relatively well, with a stress on "relatively"...

Chakrabarti: Remarkable divergence east of Germany: Poland vs. Croatia. Structural reform especially necessary ...


November 24, 2014, 2:18 am, 1376649
(Paul Mirengoff)

President Obama has decided to authorize an active combat role for the U.S. military in Afghanistan for another year. This is a reversal. In May, Obama said that the American military would have no combat role in Afghanistan next year, and that missions for the ...


November 23, 2014, 10:18 pm, 1376614
(Paul Mirengoff)

Yesterday, I wrote about the report on Benghazi issued by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. The report found essentially no fault on the part of the CIA or the military in its response the attack in Benghazi — findings that I consider sound.

The ...


November 23, 2014, 10:18 pm, 1376612

Another Monday, and still a shortage of high-quality DeLong Smackdowns on the Internet that I can justify bringing to your attention.

But I can't face reading another Kindle screen from chapter 11 of David Graber's Debt right now.

So I am going to ...


November 23, 2014, 10:18 pm, 1376613

I liked Matt Miller at lot when we worked on opposite sides of the White House during the early Clinton administration, but...

Matt Miller: Mr. Miller Doesn’t Go to Washington: "The reason I ...


November 23, 2014, 10:18 pm, 1376611

What is best in life?

What is best in life is to spend the 11 hours of a Northern Hemisphere polar winter's night one spends in the belly of an A340-300 in transit from SFX to ZRH (a) eating Swiss chocolate, and (b) reading ...


November 23, 2014, 10:18 pm, 1376610

History.com: U.S. B-29s Raid Tokyo:

On this day in 1944, 111 U.S. B-29 Superfortress bombers raid Tokyo for the first time since Capt. Jimmy Doolittle's raid in 1942. Their target: the Nakajima aircraft engine works.

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November 23, 2014, 8:18 pm, 1376598
(John Hinderaker)

Via the indispensable Watts Up With That? come two of the most interesting articles I have read in a very long time. The first is by two Google engineers who were charged with thinking creatively about how to replace fossil fuels with renewables. After four years, ...


November 23, 2014, 6:18 pm, 1376589
(John Hinderaker)

I didn’t cover the Miss World pageant last year because the organizers, fearing possible terrorism in Indonesia, canceled the swimsuit competition. This year the event returns to London, its original home. The finale will be on December 14, but the contestants have already arrived and the sports events ...


November 23, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1376526
(Steven Hayward)

Lost in the shuffle of Obama’s immigration diktat and his sham of a farce of a travesty of a climate agreement with China was his speech about climate change in Canberra, Australia, where Obama went out of his way to insult Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.  Apparently our ...


November 23, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1376525

This piece about Catalan #indyref crystallises everything I hate about what I call Euro-nationalism. It’s wonderful that they’re all so engaged:

Kilted men wearing saltire capes and foam fingers on both hands danced in the aisles as “The Red Hot Chilli Pipers” played a bagpipe version of Don’t Stop ...


November 23, 2014, 10:18 am, 1376477
(Scott Johnson)

Earlier this month The William F. Buckley, Jr. Program at Yale held a conference in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of James Burnham’s Suicide of the West, republished in a new edition by Encounter Books. The festivities included introductory remarks by Donald Kagan followed by ...


November 23, 2014, 10:18 am, 1376476

MY DAY by Eleanor Roosevelt, November 21, 1944:

CHICAGO, Monday—I have had a number of letters in the course of the last few days, some of them stating that I was wrong when I said in a recent column that the President did not promise, in the ...


November 23, 2014, 8:18 am, 1376449
(Scott Johnson)

We quoted comments from a specialist in immigration law in “When you’re strange.” I emailed him a follow-up question and he elaborated his comments through the day. I thought those of us trying to understand what Obama has wrought might be interested in taking a look ...