Today's Standard

• July 26, 2017

House Passes Bipartisan Sanctions Bill

The bill that originally focused on Iran now includes measures against Russia and North Korea.
5:43 PM, Jul 25, 2017
The legislation—originally a Senate-based, Iran-focused package—has been mired in technical and partisan disputes for weeks. Trump administration officials have also voiced concerns about parts of the bill, including a congressional review clause that forces the president to obtain approval from Congress before altering Russia sanctions. Read more

Pence Breaks Tie to Advance Health Bill in Senate

McCain, Johnson, and protesters make for a dramatic scene in upper chamber.
4:48 PM, Jul 25, 2017
It was only a vote to open debate on Obamacare repeal, and Mitch McConnell insisted the bill was a vessel for amendments, but tensions ran high on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Read more

Kushner Meets With House Committee on 'Range of Issues'

Rep. Mike Conaway describes the president's son-in-law as 'straightforward' in his discussion with the group investigating Russian influence.
3:45 PM, Jul 25, 2017
The leaders of the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia probe emerged satisfied from a three-hour meeting with Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, but left open the possibility of further questioning. Read more

Does the Democrats' Better Way Run Through Berryville?

3:32 PM, Jul 25, 2017
On Monday, the congressional leaders of the Democratic party announced their 2018 campaign agenda, modestly titled “A Better Deal.” And it was no coincidence that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Senator Elizabeth Warren visited Berryville, Virginia for the big reveal. Read more

Gripe Sessions

Hosted by Eric Felten.
3:13 PM, Jul 25, 2017
Today on the Daily Standard podcast, senior writer Michael Warren discusses what happens if President Trump succeeds in shaming Attorney General Jeff Sessions out of office. Read more

GOP Senators Rally Around 'Beleaguered' Sessions

There are signs of growing distance between the president and his party in Congress.
2:55 PM, Jul 25, 2017
On Tuesday, multiple Republican senators spoke out in protest of Trump’s continued attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Read more

Senate Has More Work to Do Before Vote on Russia Sanctions

The upper chamber might run out of time to pass the legislation before the House recesses.
9:35 AM, Jul 25, 2017
The wide-ranging legislation began months ago as a Senate bill focused on Iran sanctions. Since then, it has faced a series of amendments, technical disputes, and partisan squabbles involving both parties and chambers. Trump administration officials have simultaneously raised concerns about portions of the bill, including a section that forces the president to obtain congressional approval before modifying Russia sanctions. Read more

Prufrock: The Return of the Sacred in Music, Ella Fitzgerald at 100, and What Congress Does Well

9:30 AM, Jul 25, 2017
The best in books and arts from around the web, including: Sven Birkerts on writing, Victorian women translating Greek, day in the life of a Hollywood dialect coach, and more. Read more

The Other Russia, Part II: The Coming Storm

Part 2 of an interview with Russian journalist, politician, and filmmaker Vladimir Kara-Murza.
8:28 AM, Jul 25, 2017
Vladimir Kara-Murza: "For now they can still send riot police and the national guard to beat people up and arrest them and jail them as they have been doing. But when this stream turns into a river, when this becomes hundreds of thousands across the country, there’s nothing they’ll be able to do." Read more

Olive Garden: Cheap in More Ways Than One

7:51 AM, Jul 25, 2017
One thing that everyone ought to be able to agree on about the Olive Garden and its 844 chain-Italian restaurants is that the food there is pretty cheap (“value-oriented” is the favored way of describing the cuisine). Another thing that almost everyone ought to be able to agree on is that is that Olive Garden’s parent corporation’s in-house legal department is also pretty cheap. Read more

Is Jeff Sessions Toast?

White House Watch: And if he is, who would want to be the next AG?
6:54 AM, Jul 25, 2017
Anthony Scaramucci tells CNN that the president and his AG “need to speak and determine what the future of the relationship looks like.” It’s unlikely to be a good relationship if Trump continues to publicly humiliate Sessions, as he did in a Monday morning tweet referring to his AG as “beleaguered.” Read more

Harvard Finds a Scapegoat

From the July 31, 2017, issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
5:30 AM, Jul 25, 2017
It looks like the finale for the final clubs. A Harvard faculty committee released a report last week recommending that all fraternities, sororities, and similarly “exclusionary” single-sex social organizations be phased out by the spring of 2022. The committee determined that it would not be enough for these organizations to go co-ed; the campus must be rid of them completely. Read more

Republicans Prepare to Take Next Step on Health Care Blindfolded

It's still unclear what legislation they'll try to rally round—if they can even get that far.
5:15 AM, Jul 25, 2017
Senate Republicans still don't have 50 votes to pass any piece of legislation dealing with Obamacare, but they may nevertheless vote to proceed to debate on health care legislation Tuesday with no apparent endgame in sight. Read more

Weight Watchers

From the July 31, 2017, issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
5:10 AM, Jul 25, 2017
Over 2,700 words would seem to be quite a superabundance of prose when you have but one point to make, especially when that point can be made in four words: Donald Trump is overweight. Read more

On This Date

Hosted by Eric Felten.
4:27 PM, Jul 24, 2017
Today on the Daily Standard podcast, RealClearPolitics Washington editor Carl Cannon comes by to talk about his new book "On This Date," a calendar of significant events in American history. Read more

Charlie Gard's Parents Announce 'It's Too Late' for Treatment

Chris Gard and Connie Yates withdraw their application to bring him to the United States for treatment.
2:45 PM, Jul 24, 2017
This announcement marks the end of a five-month legal battle between Charlie’s parents and Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), where the infant was being treated. Charlie suffers from a rare mitochondrial disease which renders him unable to breathe on his own. Read more

Planned Parenthood to Toddlers: 'Your Genitals Don't Make You a Boy or a Girl'

The organization's website goes all in on gender as a social construct.
1:31 PM, Jul 24, 2017
Planned Parenthood has long been known for its frank, scientific, and matter-of-fact advice on how parents should talk to their kids about their bodies and sex. But the organization's recently revamped website has scrapped biological explanations for male-female distinctions in favor of a non-binary view of sexuality and gender, even for the very young. Read more

Hail to the 'King and I'

Can the Rodgers and Hammerstein paean to Western values thrive in 2017?
11:35 AM, Jul 24, 2017
The King and I contains a number of what would today surely be described as Orientalist tropes. Mongkut is a polygamist, with dozens of children. He speaks English with a heavy accent, and drops his articles and confuses his verb tenses. And, crucially, the Welsh-born Miss Anna partially civilizes the man, by promoting what the show refers to as “Western” values. In other words, The King and I hits a whole lot of the boxes on 2017’s bingo card of social justice grievances. Read more

Prufrock: Surfing and Spirituality, Isaac Bashevis Singer's Religion, and Revisiting the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic

9:30 AM, Jul 24, 2017
The best in books and arts from around the web, including: Everyone loves Dunkirk, Salvador Dalí’s mustache, pursuing the beautiful soul, and more. Read more

The Other Russia: Poisonings, 'Accidents,' and Assassinations

Part 1 of an interview with Russian journalist, politician, and filmmaker Vladimir Kara-Murza.
8:40 AM, Jul 24, 2017
Vladimir Kara-Murza: "If you look at the past 17 years, there’s been an unusually high mortality rate among people who have crossed the Kremlin’s path: opposition activists, opposition leaders, independent journalists, anti-corruption investigators, and so on and so forth. It’s a mortality rate that defies any normal statistical model." Read more