Power Line
Power Line is an American
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Politics of the United States
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, providing news and commentary from a conservative
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 point-of-view. It was originally written by three lawyers who attended Dartmouth College
Dartmouth College
Dartmouth College is a private, Ivy League university in Hanover, New Hampshire, United States. The institution comprises a liberal arts college, Dartmouth Medical School, Thayer School of Engineering, and the Tuck School of Business, as well as 19 graduate programs in the arts and sciences...

 together: John H. Hinderaker
John H. Hinderaker
John H. Hinderaker is a conservative American lawyer and a blogger at the Power Line weblog, as well as a fellow at the Claremont Institute. He is a 1971 graduate of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, and received a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1974...

, Scott W. Johnson
Scott W. Johnson
Scott W. Johnson is an American lawyer, executive and a blogger at Power Line.- Legal and business career :Johnson was born in Fargo, North Dakota to a Jewish family...

, and Paul Mirengoff
Paul Mirengoff
Paul Mirengoff is an attorney and former blogger at the Power Line weblog.Mirengoff graduated from Dartmouth College in 1971, and from Stanford Law School in 1974. He is currently practicing law in Washington D.C. as a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. For several years, he worked for...

. On Jan 28, 2011 Paul Mirengoff posted on the blog that he was leaving it, thanking John, Scott and the readers for the opportunity of participating in the blog. When Mirengoff left the site, Hinderaker and Johnson recruited Steven Hayward
Steven Hayward
Steven Hayward is a Canadian novelist and short story writer.Born in Toronto, Hayward attended the University of Toronto and York University. His first book, Buddha Stevens and Other Stories, won the 2001 Upper Canada Writer’s Craft Award; prior to that, the individual stories that would eventually...

 to replace him. The site is published by the Malchow Group, founded by Joe Malchow, another Dartmouth College graduate. The site gained wide recognition for its role in covering the Killian documents
Killian documents
The Killian documents controversy involved six documents critical of President George W. Bush's service in the Air National Guard in 1972–73...

 scandal that eventually led to the departure of Dan Rather
Dan Rather
Daniel Irvin "Dan" Rather, Jr. is an American journalist and the former news anchor for the CBS Evening News. He is now managing editor and anchor of the television news magazine Dan Rather Reports on the cable channel HDNet. Rather was anchor of the CBS Evening News for 24 years, from March 9,...

 from the CBS Evening News
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. The blog was founded in late May 2002. Audience estimates suggest that the column has five million pageviews per month, making it one of the largest blogs.

In 2004, Power Line was named Time magazine's first-ever "Blog of the Year."
When AOL
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 added blogs to their news website in 2007, Power Line was one of the five blogs included.
A 2007 memo from the National Republican Senatorial Committee
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 described Power Line as one of the five best-read national conservative blogs.

The authors also write for newspapers and magazines, appear on radio and television. Hinderaker and Johnson are fellows of the Claremont Institute.

Political positions

Power Line's authors typically support the conservative agenda, especially the Iraq war and the War on Terrorism
War on Terrorism
The War on Terror is a term commonly applied to an international military campaign led by the United States and the United Kingdom with the support of other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as well as non-NATO countries...

. But they criticized former President George W. Bush
George W. Bush
George Walker Bush is an American politician who served as the 43rd President of the United States, from 2001 to 2009. Before that, he was the 46th Governor of Texas, having served from 1995 to 2000....

 for being insufficiently conservative on issues including immigration and affirmative action
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. The blog advocated the nomination and confirmation of judicially conservative judges during the Bush administration and regularly features analysis of court decisions. Power Line often vigorously criticizes Democrats
Democratic Party (United States)
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 and liberals for dishonesty, lack of morals, bad judgment and disloyalty to the United States. They occasionally attack Republicans for similar shortcomings, such as Senator John McCain for his position advocating the US should not "torture" suspected terrorists or "enemy combatants."(http://powerlineblog.com/archives/015358.php#015358),(http://powerlineblog.com/archives/014292.php).

The Power Line authors believe the media suffer from systemic liberal bias because too many reporters and editors are partisan liberals. They frequently question the integrity of organizations such as Associated Press
Associated Press
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, the BBC
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, Reuters
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, and the New York Times, and the Washington Post. Power Line authors have repeatedly advocated criminal prosecution of CIA leakers and media outlets that publish national security information. They also frequently criticize the Star Tribune
Star Tribune
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of Minneapolis, home to two of the Power Line authors.


Power Line gained widespread recognition for its 2004 reporting on the Killian documents
Killian documents
The Killian documents controversy involved six documents critical of President George W. Bush's service in the Air National Guard in 1972–73...

 controversy relating to a CBS report on George W. Bush's service in the Texas Air National Guard, starting with a post entitled "The Sixty-First Minute".
Conservatives (including Power Line, National Review Online and Little Green Footballs
Little Green Footballs
Little Green Footballs is an American political blog run by web designer Charles Johnson.Media observers in the United States long described the site as "right wing", but since 2007, the site's emphasis has changed, such that "LGF has become better known for the various fights it picks with many...

) referred to the controversy as "Rathergate". The blogs and their readers contributed research in assessing the authenticity of the documents, presenting evidence of forgery. After a Free Republic
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 contributor pointed out that the alleged documents used a proportional font, Power Line helped advance the story, triggering coverage by mainstream media outlets. Dan Rather apologized and resigned from the CBS
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 chair. Power Line became identified with the Pajamahadeen
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 when criticized by a former CBS News
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Schiavo memo

Power Line speculated that the Schiavo memo
Schiavo memo
During the Terri Schiavo controversy in March 2005, a talking points memo on the controversy was written by Brian Darling, the legal counsel to Republican Senator Mel Martinez of Florida...

 was most likely forged by Democrats as a political dirty trick. When the memo turned out to be written by a Republican aide, Brian Darling
Brian Darling
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, Power Line acknowledged the revelation, but continued to criticize the mainstream media for depicting the memo as "a product of the party's leadership or had an official status."

President Carter

Power Line frequently criticizes former US President Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter
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. They have called him a "nut"
and said in a post about his actions regarding the Iraqi election in January 2005
Iraqi legislative election, January 2005
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 that he is "on the other side".

Hinderaker later wrote
that Carter "started aligning himself with America's enemies", citing the possibility that Carter asked the Soviet Union to expand Jewish emigration to help him in the 1980 Presidential election, and added
In more recent years, Carter has never met an anti-American dictator he didn't like.... [H]e used the occasion of being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to attack the current American government.... Jimmy Carter is a disgrace. We've said so before, and we'll continue saying so as long as he merits the criticism. If you want to learn more, read Steven Hayward
Steven Hayward
Steven Hayward is a Canadian novelist and short story writer.Born in Toronto, Hayward attended the University of Toronto and York University. His first book, Buddha Stevens and Other Stories, won the 2001 Upper Canada Writer’s Craft Award; prior to that, the individual stories that would eventually...

's book The Real Jimmy Carter.

Judicial nominations

The bloggers often comment on nominations of federal judges, especially to the Supreme Court
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. Mirengoff has suggested that "Republican Senators should feel free to vote against Sotomayor
Sonia Sotomayor
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. Half of the Senate Democrats voted against Roberts and a strong majority voted against Alito... for no other reason than their desire not to have another 'conservative' on the Supreme Court.... Thus, non-liberal Senators have every right to vote against her for that reason."

Other coverage

Coverage and commentary by Hinderaker, Johnson, and Mirengoff, all alumni of Dartmouth College
Dartmouth College
Dartmouth College is a private, Ivy League university in Hanover, New Hampshire, United States. The institution comprises a liberal arts college, Dartmouth Medical School, Thayer School of Engineering, and the Tuck School of Business, as well as 19 graduate programs in the arts and sciences...

, was instrumental in the 2005 election of "insurgent" candidates Peter Robinson
Peter Robinson (speechwriter)
Peter Mark Robinson is an American author, research fellow, television host and former speechwriter for then-Vice President George H.W. Bush and President Ronald Reagan. He is currently the host of Uncommon Knowledge, an interview show by Stanford's Hoover Institution. He is also a research fellow...

 and Todd Zywicki
Todd Zywicki
Todd J. Zywicki is George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law, teaching in the areas of bankruptcy and contracts, where he has taught since 1998. He taught previously at the Mississippi College School of Law, where he held a faculty position from...

 to the Board of Trustees.

The blog also covers some lighter material. Johnson regularly posts historical articles about jazz and other musicians, Mirengoff reported on European soccer teams and Hinderaker covers beauty pageants.
Hinderaker also hosts a weekly radio show as part of the Northern Alliance Radio Network
Northern Alliance Radio Network
The Northern Alliance Radio Network is an American radio talk show, the first in the world hosted entirely by bloggers. The show airs in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul on AM1280 The Patriot.The program is hosted by six bloggers:...

 in Minnesota
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 (Johnson left the show in February 2005, but is an occasional guest).

See also

  • Jim Geraghty
    Jim Geraghty
    Jim Geraghty is a conservative blogger and regular contributor to National Review Online and National Review. In addition to writing columns for National Review, Geraghty also blogs for National Review Online and is a former reporter for States News Service.During the 2004 US Presidential election,...

  • Hugh Hewitt
    Hugh Hewitt
    Hugh Hewitt is an American radio talk show host with the Salem Radio Network, lawyer, academic, and author. An outspoken Republican, evangelical Christian, he comments on society, politics, and media bias in the United States. Hewitt is also a law professor at Chapman University School of Law.-...

  • Michelle Malkin
    Michelle Malkin
    Michelle Malkin is an American conservative blogger, political commentator, and author. Her weekly syndicated column appears in a number of newspapers and websites. She is a Fox News Channel contributor and has been a guest on MSNBC, C-SPAN, and national radio programs...

  • Ed Morrissey
    Ed Morrissey
    Ed Morrissey is an American conservative blogger, columnist, motivational speaker, and talk show host.He goes by the nickname Captain Ed and he currently lives in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota....

  • No Left Turns
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