PowerLine – Today’s Clinton Scandal
- A Dinner Invitation to Our Readers
- Today’s Clinton Scandal
- Coming Attractions
- (DHS) Magical Mystery Tour: Too much of nothing
- Mr. Rhodes regrets
|A Dinner Invitation to Our Readers
Posted: 12 May 2016 02:56 PM PDT
(John Hinderaker)If you live within driving distance of the Twin Cities, you should come: a week from Saturday, May 21, Center of the American Experiment will hold its 27th Annual Dinner. I have been master of ceremonies for the last 11 or so annual dinners, but my role will change this year as I became President of the Center in January. You can go here to read about my assuming leadership of the organization.
This year’s dinner will be a fun event, as always. Dana Perino will be the featured speaker, and we expect a crowd of around 900. We are changing the format a bit this year, and I will talk for a while, describing the Center’s programs and the remarkable impact we are having on Minnesota. To cite just one example, a great paper by the Center’s Peter Nelson on income migration, based on an IRS database, found that in 2014 Minnesota suffered a net outmigration of thousands of families, with a net combined income of nearly $1 billion. Almost all of this out-migration went to lower-tax states. Peter’s paper has ignited a debate over Minnesota’s high taxes, as liberals have desperately, and unsuccessfully, tried to find flaws in Peter’s analysis.
The Annual Dinner will be at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Minneapolis, 1001 South Marquette Avenue. The event begins with a cocktail reception at 5:30 and will end promptly at 9:00. Individual tickets are $200, but if you are a student we probably can comp you. For tickets, call Kristen Sheehan at (612) 325-3597 or Samantha Peterson at 612-584-4559. Hope to see you there!
|Today’s Clinton Scandal
Posted: 12 May 2016 02:47 PM PDT
(Steven Hayward)The Wall Street Journal has an article out in the last hour about the latest Clinton scandal:
Oh just stop right there. “[W]hich arranges donations to help solve the world’s problems” is the best bit of droll comedy writing I’ve seen in a long time in a straight new story. Who needs to be president when you can solve the world’s problems by “arranging donations”?
Anyway, it seems the Clintons arranged a $2 million commitment from the Clinton Foundation to benefit a private company run by friends of the Clintons, and it involves that problem-solving industry—clean energy!
And here is Ms. McMahon, who looks very much like the kind of problem solver that Bill Clinton especially likes to help out:
“Losses are common at startups” especially if they’re “green” energy startups. When are we going to start calling such projects by a more accurate name: red energy?
And if Hillary is elected president, my early bid says that the Clinton Foundation and its friends will see their “donations to solve the world’s problems” balloon to over $1 billion by the end of Madam President’s first year in office is over.
Posted: 12 May 2016 07:45 AM PDT
(Steven Hayward)Three-quarters of the Power Line team met in person last night at a disclosed location (John’s kitchen) in Apple Valley, Minnesota, which happens about as often as a Halley’s Comet flyby. (Paul is still in seclusion over in Eastern Europe hoping the whole Trump thing is just some kind of practical joke.) Here you can see the team hard at work in our makeshift newsroom, getting ready to have some incredible, amazing Trump steaks:
After a dinner where we naturally came up with multiple brilliant ideas (though that might have been the really fine red wine talking), we fired up the newsroom again to discover a massive Charter internet outage had taken down most of the midwest. So we did the only sensible thing at that point. We all went to bed.
We actually taped a rogue podcast (and shot some video!), which we hope to have up later today or tomorrow. And now that I’ve finished writing my long suffering book (not half as much long suffering as readers next spring—heh), I’ll get back to producing more custom video content for the site, and special reports for our VIP members.
|(DHS) Magical Mystery Tour: Too much of nothing
Posted: 12 May 2016 06:28 AM PDT
(Scott Johnson)In “Prosecutors say member of alleged ISIL recruit’s defense team preached jihad,” Star Tribune reporter Stephen Montemayor noted in passing that local imams and Muslim “community leaders” had received a “behind-the-scenes security tour” in February at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Montemayor mentioned the tour when he noted that Hassan Mohamud — “Sheikh Hassan” — had been “uninvited” from the tour.
What??? What tour?
That’s where Montemayor left matters, so I asked airport spokesman Patrick Hogan about it. Hogan gave me the courtesy of a prompt response, though he denied any knowledge of the tour. He also referred me to the Transportation Security Administration and to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. A TSA spokesman denied knowledge (wrongly, as it turned out). Several calls to CBP resulted in a bingo with midwest CBP spokesman Kristoffer Grogan in Michigan. Grogan called in response to my inquiries at the airport and emailed me the following explanation:
So I called the DHS Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the number provided by Grogan. DHS instructed me to email my inquiry to their public affairs address. I wrote with the subject “Request for information regarding security tour of MSP International Airport given to imams by CBP on February 18.” This was my request:
I received this ludicrously unilluminating response from DHS press secretary Marsha Catron:
She added an equally uninformative sentence for my “BACKGROUND use.” I wrote her back:
In response to my inquiry, Ms. Catron advised me of the department’s procedure for submitting a Freedom of Information Act Request. I submitted my request under FOIA. Why this should be necessary for the basic information sought is beyond me.
Yesterday I received the following response by email attachment:
The nine pages are mostly redacted. Two pages listing the tour participants and their nationality are blacked out completely. The only possibly applicable FOIA exemption is 6, although I don’t think it applies. There is no legitimate privacy interest supporting the names of the tour participants. The text of the invitation, however, is provided:
The situation at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has its comic elements, but this is comedy raised to the level of Kafkaesque performance art.
|Mr. Rhodes regrets
Posted: 12 May 2016 06:24 AM PDT
(Scott Johnson)In David Samuels’s valuable New York Times Magazine profile of Obama administration national security adviser Ben Rhodes, Rhodes presents with a mind that is said to have “melded” with that of President Obama. I think that Rhodes proves this to be untrue in one relevant respect.
Rhodes and Obama have rightly sized up their media interlocutors as young ignoramuses and/or valued tools disseminating the administration’s line. Samuels shows Rhodes crowing how he has used both the young ignoramuses and their more senior colleagues such as the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg. I think Goldberg falls into the category of valued tool.
The media have a hard time reporting on Samuels’s profile or Samuels’s profile or Rhodes’s reflections. As Lee Smith shows,. Rhodes has deeply wounded them. He has damaged their pride and self-love. He shouldn’t oughta have done it. He is an arrogant punk.
If there is a first rule of politics, it must be not to expose your friends as fools. Rhodes has violated the rule in an almost shocking manner. It serves neither him nor, more importantly, his master. It is a mistake of the kind that Obama himself would never make and you can be sure that Obama has let him know it in one way or another.