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(Scott Johnson) Is the pathetic performance of the Democrats’ media adjunct in the synthetic Trump/Russia collusion scandal just a case of the usual cheerleading? In a provocative column at the Federalist, Lee Smith looks at the roles played by Franklin Foer (Slate), Anne Applebaum (Washington …

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Schiff trashes law enforcement

(Scott Johnson) The Democrats’ media adjunct amplified a key Democratic talking point over the past two weeks. According to the Democrats and their media friends, one is not to criticize the bad actions of anyone in the FBI or other such agencies. If you do, …

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Thoughts from the ammo line

(Scott Johnson) Ammo Grrrll has searched her archives and now discloses those filed under EMAIL TO SELF: To: Ammogrrrll From: Ammogrrrll Cc: Mr. AG In re: Missing Key Lime Pie It has come to my attention that the remainder of the Key Lime Pie (nearly …

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Tribe Trips Again

(Steven Hayward) My normal mode in the wake of a mass shooting is to say nothing. There’s not much point in assailing the usual fixed positions of liberals on gun control. But Laurence Tribe, having already beclowned himself once this week, decided to double down …

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Newsweek No Longer Fit for Fishwrap

(Steven Hayward) It really hasn’t been worth the trouble of taking notice of the ongoing collapse of Newsweek over the last several months, but this week Newsweek has moved from collapse mode to sluicing down the sewer pipe at a rapid clip. To wit: MUELLER …

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Senate may be perilously close to passing liberal amnesty legislation

(Paul Mirengoff) Until today, there were two main immigration reform proposals in the Senate. The first: a proposal by Sen. Grassley, and supported by the White House, to grant amnesty to nearly two million “Dreamers” while (a) allocating $25 billion for a wall and other …

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Ask Us Anything, Baby

(Joe Malchow) Power Line readers who are members of our exclusive circle of VIPs will be well aware that, from time to time, we conduct live video broadcasts via a private YouTube link. Broadcasting from our homes in, variously, Washington, D.C., Minneapolis, and central and …

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Adventures in administrative law

(Scott Johnson) I wrote about the problem of the administrative state in “A new old regime,” my review of Philip Hamburger’s audaciously great book Is Administrative Law Unlawful? (Plot spoiler: the answer is yes.) Even with a lot of help from my friends at the …

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Poll: GOP and Trump are no longer below water

(Paul Mirengoff) There’s more good polling news for Republicans today — the best yet in this cycle. A Politico/Morning Consult poll finds that the GOP has pulled, in effect, level with the Dems in the generic congressional poll. 39 percent of registered voters say they …

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Liberals Double Down on Dumb

(Steven Hayward) Paul and I have already commented on the invincible ignorance of Sen. Brian Schatz’s comment that invoking “Anglo-American heritage” is racist, and it really does seem as though Sen. Schatz was jumping to someone’s talking points memo about what right-thinking people on the …

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