powerline-logo4@2xThe whole PL gang assembled this afternoon to tape Episode 13 of the Power Line Show.
They discuss Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the controversy that followed its passage. Law Professor John Yoo of Berkeley joined us for an extensive discussion of the legal issues relating to RFRA — and, trust me, the conversation is entertaining as well as informative. The crew then goes on to discuss the insanity surrounding Memories Pizza and the apparent demise of liberalism.

We talked about the announced deal (or outline of a deal) over Iran’s nuclear weapons program, and wrapped up with a little talk about the Final Four, including predictions from a couple of us, which we are posting just in time to be proved wrong.

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netanyahu victoryJohn, Paul, and Steve talk about Benjamin Netanyahu’s stunning win and the American Left’s reaction to it. Iran was also front and center, along with the latest on the budget front.

Then they’re joined by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) for a short but enlightening interview; Rubio explained his thinking behind the famous open letter to the mullahs, and elaborated on his interview with the Associated Press last night, in which he made headlines by saying that as president, he would feel free to walk away from a bad deal with Iran, even if our European partners want to stick with it. After all, as John Kerry keeps telling us, the proposed deal is non-binding.

The show concludes with a little talk about the 2016 presidential race: Who are the frontrunners on the GOP side, and whom does the current anxiety about international events favor?

The Power Line team gets down to business with the latest Democrat scandals: Hillary Clinton’s “clear cut” violation of State Department rules and the Justice Department’s criminal corruption charges against Senator Robert Menendez. 3kgV0RJE_400x400

The team expires several important questions. Did the White House know about ClintonEmail.com since August? What’s Clinton’s most ludicrous claim about her email? And is the Obama administration breaking the news of her email account to silence Hillary on the debate over a deal with Iran? Could this happen to a better former Secretary of State? What difference at this point does it make?

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William Bennett and Robert White join Power Line to discuss their new book, Going to Pot: Why the Rush to Legalize Marijuana is Harming America. BUnknownennett and White trace how marijuana has gone from the days of Reefer Madness to being legalized in four states, with more expected to follow. Their research-driven book has some disturbing information about how marijuana leads to abnormal brain development and they argue more Americans should be hesitant to jump on the legalization bandwagon. For more information about the book, visit their website.

Then the Power Line team looks at some of the events of the week, including President Obama’s summit on countering violence extremism. By failing to call ISIS an Islamic group, is the United States underestimating the threat the group poses?

It’s been 10 years since the Dan Rather scandal ruined the CBS newsman’s career (for a short while, at least). How much has changed over the past decade? WIlliams RatherDon’t let the answer ruin your weekend as the Power Line team discusses whether or not Brian Williams can salvage his career.

The Weekly Standard’s Jay Cost also joins Power Line to discuss his soon-to-be released book, A Republic No More: Big Government and the Rise of American Political Corruption. He argues that corruption depends upon the structure of government and that today’s institutions of government and, “The power of government has expanded so dramatically that it has overwhelmed the capacity of our governing institutions.”

PowerLine is back with frontline details of a decades-long war among conservatives. jefferson-adams-jpg-10001This isn’t a debate about same-sex marriage, drug legalization, or conservatives vs. libertarians, it’s the great battle between Harry Jaffa and Walter Berns. Their vibrant and vigorous debates about the Declaration and the Constitution are credited with revitalizing the right.

Steven F. Hayward provided a wonderful account of their lives, their contributions, and their nearly lifelong battle recently in the Wall Street Journal. As he described, it seems appropriate that these two big thinkers died within hours of each other, like Thomas Jefferson and John Adams did on July 4, 1826.

Claire Berlinski follows up her eye-witness report from Paris on yesterday’s Ricochet Podcast with the latest developments from a full day of breaking news in France.Unknown

Claire suggests it’s time for tough questions to be asked and that it’s unbelievable for France to be so unprepared these attacks after years of warnings. She also persuasively argues why this is just the beginning of a new kind of terror strike. The Power Line crew also opens up the important conversation about the need for a muslim reformation.

Power Line’s John Hinderacker and Steven Hayward follow up yesterday’s BREAKING NEWS Power Line show with analysis of the big interview with former CBS reporter Shayrl Atkisson. Then we find out that Speaker John Boehner’s job might not be as easy as some pundits would like you to think. Seriously, no matter what the guy does, he ticks off a significant percentage of Republicans. But then again, about the spending, Mr. Speaker…

Then the Power Line guys wonder what the heck happened to Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV). Was there a fight? What’s the other guy look like? But most important, what time did Reid visit the ER? There’s a big difference between 2:00 am on January 1 and 2:00 pm on January 1. Finding out when Reid went to the hospital will help determine if the “exercise accident” story is true, or if the former King of the Senate had some, errrr … “Nevada Problems.”

Power Line is back for an in-depth interview with former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson to discuss how she found out the Obama Administration was spying on her while she was investigating several scandals throughout the government. Attkisson also gives the show some breaking news about a new lawsuit she’s filing against the government over illegal wire taps. Stonewalled

Her book, Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington, outlines the scandals she was covering, as well as the many ways the government was spying on her, and how she became the target of PR warfare from organizations that are friendly with the Obama Administration, such as Media Matters. It’s a powerful book and an enlightening interview that will probably leave you even more concerned with the state of American mainstream media.

What does 2014 look like in the rear view mirror for Power Line? The Democrats had a bad year. Iran had a great year. And three-card monte is back on the streets of New York. The chronic liberal dilemma continues to plague our country, but at least 2014 is over.

Then the Power Line guys go on the record to predict what will happen politically and geopolitically in 2015. Here’s a pro tip from Hayward: Follow the hit pieces.

9781591846628_large_America_in_RetreatOn Episode 3 of Power Line, John, Paul, and Scott welcome Pulitzer Prize winning, Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens. They discuss his new book, America in Retreat, and how policy decisions are hurting the United States, while inviting greater chaos from bad actors.

The Power Line team also digs into the issues surrounding  the grand jury decisions not to prosecute police officers in Ferguson, MO and Staten Island, NY.

This episode wraps up with a conversation about illegal immigration and what the GOP should and shouldn’t do between now and swearing in of the next Congress.




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