Steve Hayward sits down with Jonathan Rauch of the Atlantic Monthly and Brookings Institution to discuss Jon’s latest ebook, Political Realism, and also the parlous state of free speech on college campuses. Jon offers the counter-intuitive thesis that decades of political reform have made our government worse! Then since Jon was visiting Steve at Berkeley, the conversation pivots to the problem of free speech on campus, which Jon reminding the left that free speech offers the greatest protection to minorities and unpopular causes, and if the left rubbishes free speech on campus they’ll regret it.More
In this episode of the Power Line Show, Steve Hayward converses with John Yoo about the early days of the Trump Administration, the immigration order, the Gorsuch nomination, and especially how the time is ripe for the obvious Broadway sequel to “Hamilton,” namely, a hip-hop ode to that great advocate of limiting executive power—James Madison. In this episode of the Power Line Show, Steve Hayward converses with John Yoo about the early days of the Trump Administration, the immigration order, the Gorsuch nomination, and especially how the time is ripe for the obvious Broadway sequel to “Hamilton,” namely, a hip-hop ode to that great advocate of limiting executive power—James Madison.More
With the election over, we can get back to important things. Like the Beach Boys. Except, like everything else, the left has politicized the Beach Boys too. In this episode of the Power Line Show, Steve Hayward talks with writer and native Californian Michael Anton about the Beach Boys, the decline of California into a center-left state, and even Machiavelli.More
Tonight, John, Scott and Steve got together to talk about the strangest political season of modern times. Questions abound: Does Trump still have a chance? Will tomorrow night’s debate matter? Will the Hillary Clinton scandals that have come out recently give Trump a shot in the campaign’s waning days? How about the Senate? Can the Republicans hold it? If Hillary wins and the Senate is 50/50, will control of the Senate depend on a special election in Virginia? What about the House? Is there a danger that the Democrats could retake the House as well as the Senate? And, finally, if Hillary wins following a virtually issues-free campaign, will she have a mandate to govern? Or will she be a lame duck from the day of her inauguration?
The episode winds up with an interview with Senator Ron Johnson, the man standing in the way of Russ Feingold’s return to the Senate. The interview should be more than enough to convince you to go here and contribute to Johnson’s campaign.More
This edition of the Power Line Show features Steve Hayward in conversation with Jeremy Carl of the Hoover Institution. Jeremy helps direct the Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy at Hoover, and write frequently on American politics for National Review Online and other publications. Jeremy explains his interest in the environment, as well as why and how we all missed the Trump wake up call.More
One of the surprises of the GOP primary campaign season was the strong support Donald Trump received from many—though not all—evangelical Christian voters. Maybe the so-called “religious right” isn’t as monolithic as the media supposes. In this edition of the Power Line Show, Steve Hayward interviews one of the most insightful observers of the religious right, Michael Cromartie of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. We talk about theology, journalism, and also sports, since Mike was once the mascot of the Philadelphia 76ers NBA team.More
This edition of the Power Line Show offers our quick reacts to the opening of the fractious Democratic National Convention, Scott’s bonding with Charlie Rangel at a Trump health spa in Florida (!!), and our interview with Yuval Levin, author of Our Fractured Republic.More
We caught up with Henry Olsen on the eve of the GOP convention in Cleveland to discuss the shape of the race right now, and the prospects for a return of ticket-splitting in down-ballot races if Trump loses. Also, one more victory lap for the fabulous Brexit vote, with a look at the surprising fallout in the British government under new PM Theresa MayMore
In this special edition of the Power Line Show, Steve Hayward talks with author Robert Bryce about the new world of global oil prices which has ended, probably forever, OPEC’s 40-year dominance. They also talk about the perverse subsidies for and output from “renewable” energy, and why nuclear power may be poised for a comeback.More
Tonight John, Paul, and Steve kicked around some of the major news stories of the day, including the terrorist attack in Orlando and the Democrats’ effort to change the subject to gun control. Also, Donald Trump’s train wreck of a campaign: can it get back on track? They were joined by Roger Simon, author of the just-released I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn’t Already. The conversation with Roger was lively, as always.More
This episode of the Power Line podcast features an interview with Michael Walsh about his recent book The Devil’s Pleasure Palace: The Cult of Critical Theory and the Subversion of the West. Walsh explains how most of the nihilistic radicalism of our time derives from the “Frankfurt School,” the group of mid-20th century emigre philosophers whose eclectic post-Marxist thought can be found at the root of nearly everything wrong today. Overturn just about any radical thinker today and, to paraphrase the famous Bertrand Russell story, you’re likely to find that it’s “Frankfurters all the way down.”More
John Hinderaker, Steve Hayward, and Scott Johnson got together in person for this episode, which features Steve’s interview with Robert Kaufman, author of Dangerous Doctrine: How Obama’s Grand Strategy Weakened America, and Scott’s reporting direct from the courtroom of the trial of the three “Minnesota Men.”More
The show has been on hiatus while John toured Australia and the Caribbean. But he’s back now, and this afternoon John, Scott, and Steve recorded Episode 34 of the Power Line Show. Their guest was Pete Hegseth, an old friend from his days in the military and with Vets For Freedom. Pete’s new book is called In the Arena. He talked about his experiences as a soldier in Guantanamo Bay, Iraq and Afghanistan. Pete assesses Iraq as a tough war that was won, due to the surge, but then thrown away by the Obama administration. Afghanistan, he sees as a hopeless country and in that sense the wrong war. The conversation moved on to citizenship in a republic and the future of conservatism, two principal subjects of Pete’s book.
The remainder of the show was devoted to the current political scene. With Trump a near-inevitability, reactions ran from pessimistic to deeply pessimistic to let’s get out the popcorn. As Steve says, there’s got to be a morning after. And Scott says, yes, the morning after is when Hillary gets inaugurated.More
John, Paul, and Steve got together for Episode 33 of the Power Line Show. They were joined by Jason Riley, author of Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed. It is a terrific book, and Riley was an excellent guest. Among other things, they talked about the fact that blacks made more economic and educational progress prior to the civil rights era and the dawn of affirmative action than they did subsequently. It is truly unfortunate that this history, which can fairly be described as heroic, has been obscured for reasons of political opportunism.
John, Paul and Steve went on to discuss the two hottest issues in the news: the Supreme Court vacancy resulting from the death of Antonin Scalia, and the GOP presidential race. Will Mitch McConnell and Charles Grassley find the right strategy to prevent the Court from lurching decisively to the left? Will Donald Trump’s supporters ever wise up to the fact that he is a Republican In Name Only, and an ugly one at that? No doubt these will still be burning questions when we get to Episode 34.More
This afternoon Paul, Steve, and John got together for a guest-free edition of the Power Line Show. Topic number one was, of course, last night’s GOP debate in Iowa and the state of the races in both parties.
Steve and Paul ventured predictions on New Hampshire. They found time for a few more stories in the news, including the latest on Hillary’s home email server, possibly the worst IT decision in the history of the computer. The question, though, is whether anything short of indictment can derail the Clinton Express, given the Clintons’ already low reputation for honesty, transparency and so on. And, should Hillary unexpectedly be indicted, do the Democrats have a Plan B?More
John, Scott, and Steve got together for a new edition of Power Line. Paul was unable to join due to a dentist appointment, which raises the question: would you rather get a root canal, or watch tonight’s State of the Union speech? Topics include the epidemic of mass sexual assault in Europe, and the podcast winds up with a terrific interview with Senator Jeff Sessions, which covers tonight’s speech, the omnibus budget bill, the filibuster, and more. You won’t want to miss it!
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The whole Power Line crew assembled to discuss the issues of the day—specifically, the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, the crazed liberal responses thereto, and the attack’s public policy implications with respect to, most notably, immigration. And also, of course, the incident’s potential impact on the 2016 presidential race.
The remainder of the show was devoted to campus craziness in its various manifestations—hoax “hate crimes,” absurd demands by identity groups, craven administrators, ticked-off alumni, and so on.More
As the terror attacks in Paris unfolded, John, Scott and Steve hosted Episode 29 of the Power Line Show. The attacks threw both halves of the show into sharp relief. We started by interviewing Dan Polisar, author of in important article in titled “What Do Palestinians Want?”
Polisar reviewed years’ worth of public opinion polling of Palestinians. He found several common themes; a common denominator is a lack of contact with reality. As twisted as Palestinian culture is, what we saw in Paris tonight reflects an even more virulent version of the same ideology.More
The Manhattan Institute’s Heather Mac Donald joins John and Steve to discuss her poltically incorrect (and therefore quite thought provoking) new piece in City Journal titled, “The Decriminalization Delusion.” Heather describes the “phantom bias” that the press and academics are trying to root out, because, as she notes in her article,
“At the state and city levels, hardly a single criminal-justice practice exists that is not under fire for oppressing blacks. Traffic monitoring, antitheft statutes, drug patrols, public-order policing, trespass arrests, pedestrian stops, bail, warrant enforcement, fines for absconding from court, parole revocations, probation oversight, sentences for repeat felony offenders—all have been criticized as part of a de facto system for locking away black men and destroying black communities.”
This morning Paul, Scott, and John got together for Episode 28 of the Power Line Show. They were joined by law professor David Bernstein to talk about his new book Lawless: The Obama Administration’s Unprecedented Assault on the Constitution and the Rule of Law.
This is a can’t-miss conversation and a must-read book. For the rest of the show, the PL crew talked about Hillary Clinton’s committee appearance yesterday: How did she do? What did we learn that we didn’t already know? How is her testimony being spun? What will the fallout be, down the road? And is there any chance that she will be indicted? It is a lively, fast-paced show.More
Today, John, Paul and Scott got together for Episode 27 of the Power Line Show. They were joined by former federal prosecutor Bill Otis, and discussed the criminal justice “reform” bill that is being rushed through the Senate.
If you have wondered whether it is really a good idea to let a lot of convicted felons out of federal prisons on the ground that their drug dealing was “non-violent,” this conversation will answer that question. The rest of the hour was taken up with the big news story of the day, the GOP House’s effort to come up with a speaker. Once again, I plaintively posed the question: where in the Constitution does it say that the Senate minority gets to dictate federal spending?More
The entire Power Line gang gathered for the latest episode of the Power Line Show. They talked about Rathergate and the absurd new movie mis-titled Truth, which just opened in Toronto. Harry MacDougald, the famous “Buckhead” of the Rathergate story, joined the group and related his part in one of the biggest journalism stories of modern times.
From Rathergate, the gang moved on to Iran and the tortured history of Corker-Cardin, which was abandoned today in the House and filibustered in the Senate. Paul offered his thoughts on the legal ramifications of the fizzling out of Corker-Cardin. And finally, a story that combines Iran and media scandal: the New York Times’s “Jew tracker,” which deserves to live in infamy. It was a spirited session, to say the least!More
Today John, Paul, and Steve got together for Episode 24 of Power Line. They’re joined by Eliana Johnson, Washington Editor for the National Review. They kicked around the latest news and Washington gossip about the presidential race on both sides of the aisle.
The remainder of the podcast was spent talking about the Vester Flanagan murders and related topics such as, the political misuse of mass murder; the futility of more gun control regulations; the historic decline in violent crime, and whether that decline is now being arrested as a result of liberal urban policies; and whether a more effective mental health system could be of benefit, if such a thing is possible. Altogether, it is a lively hour of controversy and commentary.More
Join John, Paul, and Steve for Episode 23 of Power Line. In this episode they are joined by Kristen Soltis Anderson, of Echelon Insights and author of The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America (And How Republicans Can Keep Up).
It was a wide-ranging interview with one of America’s most interesting young conservatives. The interview was followed by a spirited discussion of two of the day’s most important news stories. The first: is Hillary Clinton’s campaign imploding? And if so, what options do the Democrats have? The second: what is going on with the Chinese devaluation? Is it time to sell?More
The entire crew — Scott, Paul, Steve and John — assembled for this episode of Power Line. They kicked around the issues of the day, including the pros and cons of Donald Trump, Cecil the lion, the seemingly bipartisan criminal justice “reform” movement, and the Planned Parenthood videos. The discussion was lively, to say the least.More