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July 23, 2016, 10:18 am, 1656436
(Steven Hayward)

Really, can there be any other plausible subject line for this week’s gallery? Trump proved Thursday night that he can go toe-to-toe with Bill Clinton at least for looonnng speeches. Is this what Trump state of the union addresses will be like if he is elected? Meanwhile, Hillary ...


July 23, 2016, 10:18 am, 1656435
(Scott Johnson)

Here’s a question with a binary “yes” or “no” answer: Does the election present a “binary choice” between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump? Hugh Hewitt argues that the answer is “yes.” Hugh’s right. Steve Hayers argues that the answer is “no.” Steve’s ...


July 23, 2016, 10:18 am, 1656434

The Times of Israel:

On July 22, 1946, a bomb demolished the southern wing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. This newsreel shows the aftermath of the explosion. “The hotel housed the British army headquarters, and the Palestine government offices, ...


July 23, 2016, 12:18 am, 1656400
(Paul Mirengoff)

As expected, Hillary Clinton has named Sen. Tim Kaine to be her running mate. I discussed what I think this means earlier today.

The mainstream media likes to portray Kaine as a “centrist” and a “bridge builder.” The reality is quite ...


July 23, 2016, 12:18 am, 1656399

David Kurtz: Whence The Anger?:

If there's one thing Tierney Sneed and Lauren Fox found while reporting for us in Cleveland that I probably don't factor in enough in assessing the Trump phenomenon it's the deep resentment and bitterness Republican Party ...


July 22, 2016, 8:18 pm, 1656380

Live from Gehenna, with the Republicans in Bed with the Short-Fingered Vulgarian: Needless to say: There is no picture of Ted Cruz's father and ...


July 22, 2016, 8:18 pm, 1656379

Live from the Republicans' Self-Made Gehenna: Clay Shirky: Trump Could Win:

Trump... wasn't on stage because he has unusual views. He was on stage because he has the usual ones, loudly.... So, believe this: Trump could win. We can help stop ...


July 22, 2016, 4:18 pm, 1656324
(Steven Hayward)

From the Republican convention:

Republican tariffs and immigration restrictions account largely for American wages being more than in any other country. Not only are our wages higher than in any other land, but American standards of living are far higher, hours of labor shorter and working conditions better than ...


July 22, 2016, 4:18 pm, 1656323
(Scott Johnson)

Donald Trump is giving an utterly bizarre if perectly characteristic statement. He is free associating as he highlights great moments from the primary season. He is trashing Ted Cruz. He is revisiting the source of the personal offense Cruz has taken. He disclaims a desire for Cruz’s endorsement. ...


July 22, 2016, 4:18 pm, 1656322
(Paul Mirengoff)

The political calendar gives us only three days between party conventions. Most of the buzz during this respite will concern Hillary Clinton’s choice of a running mate.

The word is that she will select Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia. The second choice is said to ...


July 22, 2016, 4:18 pm, 1656320
(Steven Hayward)

News is breaking in the last few minutes of a mass shooting in a shopping mall in Munich, Germany. Early reports say as many as 10 people were killed, though CNN right now is reporting only one fatality. No word yet on whether a telltale religious slogan ...


July 22, 2016, 4:18 pm, 1656321
(John Hinderaker)

If you are a Power Line VIP, you are invited to attend a live event on YouTube next Monday, July 25, at 4:30 Pacific, 5:30 Mountain, 6:30 Central, 7:30 Eastern. It will be the same format as our prior YouTube events: the PL gang will be on the ...


July 22, 2016, 12:18 pm, 1656233
(Scott Johnson)

Ammo Grrrll prefeaces A LEGACY OF LUDICROUS LIES with this note: “My second installment in the ‘Conversation on Race’ will appear next week. The Dallas memorial service was the same day I had to send in my column. I feel compelled to opine even though many others have ...


July 22, 2016, 10:18 am, 1656188

Must-Read: Danny Blanchflower: "UK Headed to Recession...":

clear now UK headed to recession unclear how deep question is how much the drop can be dissipated by action of BOE & Treasury who can't wait

— Danny Blanchflower (@D_Blanchflower) July 22, 2016


July 22, 2016, 10:18 am, 1656186

New Order: Bizarre Love Triangle:


July 22, 2016, 10:18 am, 1656187

Must-Read: Noah Smith: Trump Happened Because Conservatism Failed: "The Republican presidential candidate was usually a gray, bland figure, a stalwart conservative but not a fire-breathing one...

...who had worked his way up the ranks. Romney, McCain, Bush II, Dole, and Bush ...


July 22, 2016, 4:18 am, 1656108
(John Hinderaker)

We witnessed something extraordinary tonight. It started with Ivanka Trump, who proved to be a remarkable speaker, like her siblings only older and more polished. She did a terrific job. Is there a Senate seat we could put her up for? Like her father, Ivanka’s message was mixed: ...


July 22, 2016, 4:18 am, 1656107
(Paul Mirengoff)

Donald Trump pushed all the right buttons tonight. And pushed them, and pushed them, and pushed them.

His address was too long and too loud. It was a sledgehammer of a speech, in keeping with Trump’s sledgehammer of a campaign. It gave me a headache.

I don’t ...


July 22, 2016, 12:18 am, 1656061
(John Hinderaker)

American liberals trumpet a “wage gap” between men and women, notwithstanding reams of social science data demonstrating that men’s higher average earnings reflect life choices, not discrimination. White House salaries are published, so analysts have shown that Barack Obama’s own staff manifests the same “pay gap” that Obama ...


July 22, 2016, 12:18 am, 1656060
(John Hinderaker)

Power Line Live is now open for business, and people are congregating, waiting for the main events to begin. Join us, it will be an interesting evening! Just follow the ...