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September 27, 2016, 4:18 am, 1678775
(John Hinderaker)

For those who didn’t watch my live commentary on tonight’s debate–that would be most of you!–here are my thoughts.

1) The first half hour was great theater. The moderator left Trump and Clinton alone, like a referee who lets boxers fight it out. The candidates went back and ...

September 27, 2016, 4:18 am, 1678776
(Paul Mirengoff)

Well, that was fun — watching two candidates I can’t stand argue for 90-plus minutes and seeing the candidate I dislike more (Hillary Clinton) get the better of it.

Why do I think Clinton got the better of it? First, I thought she was more composed. Second, ...

September 27, 2016, 12:18 am, 1678742
(John Hinderaker)

This live stream is from the Pourhouse in Minneapolis. Commentary will begin a few minutes before the debate starts.

September 27, 2016, 12:18 am, 1678741

Click here for Power Line Live.

September 26, 2016, 8:18 pm, 1678720
(John Hinderaker)

The FBI released its definitive report on crime in 2015, so it’s now official: violent crime spiked upward in 2015.

* In 2015, an estimated 1,197,704 violent crimes occurred nationwide, an increase of 3.9 percent from the 2014 estimate.
* There were an estimated 372.6 violent crimes ...

September 26, 2016, 8:18 pm, 1678719
(Paul Mirengoff)

Donald Trump has added ten more names to the group people he says exemplify what he’s looking for in a Supreme Court Justice. Previously, he put out a list of eleven such possibilities. I discussed that group here.

The new list ...

September 26, 2016, 8:18 pm, 1678717
(Steven Hayward)

It’s come to this.

If you want to know just how crazy things are, consider that Hofstra University, host of tonight’s debate, has posted ...

September 26, 2016, 8:18 pm, 1678718
(John Hinderaker)

Tonight’s debate shapes up as an epic confrontation. It should be the most-watched debate in presidential history, with 100 million or more tuning in, and it could have a decisive impact on this year’s election. One fun way to follow the proceedings in the company of hundreds (maybe ...

September 26, 2016, 4:18 pm, 1678662
(John Hinderaker)

In recent days, it has begun to dawn on a lot of people that Donald Trump really may win the election. (I, of course, have been predicting it all along…) This is causing near-hysteria in some quarters, and louder demands by Democrats for journalists in general, and the ...

September 26, 2016, 4:18 pm, 1678661
(Steven Hayward)

I am preparing a full-scale, end-of-the-world beat down on the abomination of pumpkin spice for an upcoming Week in Pictures, but I can’t help but wonder whether I’ve been trumped (heh) by this recent “scholarly” article in the journal GeoHumanities:

The Perilous Whiteness of Pumpkins

Lisa Jordan Powell & ...