|5:41 PM, Oct 22, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Speaking earlier today in Illinois, Vice President Joe Biden praised Governor Quinn -- and, more importantly, his mother. "I like guys because of their moms," said Biden.
"You know why I like Governor Quinn so much? His mother says I'm the best looking Irish man she knows," Biden said to laughter. "That's why I like his mom. I like guys because of their moms is the real reason."
Dan Malloy declares himself a "porcupine."
4:44 PM, Oct 22, 2014 • By WHITNEY BLAKE
With a grim two-word subject line "dire situation," Connecticut Democrats are sounding the alarm. The email pleads:
3:35 PM, Oct 22, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
During his visit to Washington this week, Israeli defense minister Moshe Ya'alon has spent part of his time criticizing Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority, warning about the dangers of a bad nuclear deal with Iran—and highlighting the problems with Turkey.
Hosted by Michael Graham.3:15 PM, Oct 22, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with staff writer Michael Warren on the 2014 elections.
2:06 PM, Oct 22, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The Chinese want a modern and formidable blue-water Navy. Hard to be a serious global player without one. Equally difficult, it seems, to create one. Especially the aviation component, where the United State has no equals and, in fact, no other nation even comes close.
12:31 PM, Oct 22, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The war in Afghanistan is nearing an end – the American part, at any rate – but there is no letup in the fighting and dying of Afghan soldiers. Time, quoting from a Wall Street Journal story, reports that:
10:42 AM, Oct 22, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Andrew Cuomo's book is a dud. The memoir, released last week, has sold 945 hardcover copies in its first week of sales, Amy Chozick of the New York Times reports.
"Andrew Cuomo's memoir sold 945 hardcovers in first week on shelves, according to BookScan. That's right, guys, 945 copies," writes Chozick on Twitter.
9:29 AM, Oct 22, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Healthcare.gov continues to prepare for open enrollment beginning on November 15, hoping to avoid a repeat of the disastrous launch in 2013. Apparently the preparations include extra "scheduled" maintenance. Wednesday morning, the site displayed a message reading, "The system isn’t available right now.
9:01 AM, Oct 22, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Entering the final fortnight of the Senate races, something of a pattern has started to develop. Republicans are leading in the Real Clear Politics average of recent polling in all states that were to the right of the national average in the 2012 election (which President Obama won by 4 points), with two exceptions: Kansas, which is tied; and North Carolina, where Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan is clinging to a 2-point lead but has less than 46 percent support. These right-of-center states in which the GOP is leading include six where seats are currently held by Democrats: Arkansas, Alaska, Louisiana, South Dakota, Montana, and West Virginia.
8:01 AM, Oct 22, 2014 • By JIM SWIFT
Washingtonians and visitors seeking to attend Veterans Day ceremonies or to pay their respects to the fallen at Arlington National Cemetery this year will need to allocate extra time in getting there.
7:31 AM, Oct 22, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz wouldn't "predict" a Democratic takover of the House:
"So is there a chance for Democrats to pickup the House of Representatives?" asked the MSNBC host interviewing her.
"You know, I think the best thing that I could predict is that we have an opportunity to pick up seats. Beyond that I wouldn't make any other predictions," said Wasserman Schultz.
8:08 PM, Oct 21, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Democratic Senate candidate Kay Hagan skipped tonight's debate in North Carolina. Here's video of the debate opening:
As the Republican research firm America Rising points out, Hagan's chair was left empty:
Hosted by Michael Graham.7:35 PM, Oct 21, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with staff writer Jay Cost on the state of the polls, two weeks out from the midterm elections.
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