What Will the Nixon-Reagan-Bush Republicans Do?

How unusual is this year's GOP presidential race?

11/27/15 07:14 PM

Kristol on Bloom on Plato

In his newsletter this week, the boss reported that "our friends over at  National Review   asked several contributors to write brief reflections for their 60th anniversary issue (by the way, congratulations!) about what book influenced us the most." The boss encourages everyone to take a look at the interesting symposium, featuring contributors like Elliott Abrams, Wilfred McClay, Garry Kasparov. And he reproduced his own answer to the question of what book may have influenced him the most. Here it is, for readers who may have missed that issue of National Review :

11/27/15 06:04 PM

Obama’s Intel Scandal

B arack Obama says he wants the truth. On November 21, the New York Times reported allegations that military intelligence officials provided the president with skewed assessments that minimized the threat from ISIS and overstated the success of U.S. efforts against the group. The Times story was an update of reporting from the Daily Beast earlier this fall.

12/07/15 12:00 AM

The Threat from ‘Minnesota Men’

I f you get your news from the headlines, you can be excused for thinking that “Minnesota men” pose a special risk of taking up the terrorist jihad at home and abroad. As the Wall Street Journal reported this past April, for example, “U.S. charges six Minnesota men with trying to join ISIS.” The “Minnesota men” featured in such headlines are almost invariably drawn from Minnesota’s swelling population of Somali Muslim immigrants.

12/07/15 12:00 AM

Killing the Golden Goose

U nder three different CEOs, Walmart has done all kinds of somersaults to appease left-wing critics. In 2005, Lee Scott set goals of “zero waste” and “100 percent” conversion to renewable energy. In 2009, Mike Duke, the next CEO, took on Obamacare—as an outspoken supporter of the unpopular health care bill. This was “a stunning metamorphosis,” the Wall Street Journal declared in a company profile.

11/30/15 12:00 AM

Today's Standard

College Football Playoff: Oklahoma, the Big Ten Champ, and…?

03:25 AM, Nov 30, 2015
With the conference championship games all set for this coming weekend, we are now down to eight teams vying for four playoff spots. The Big 12 champion, Oklahoma (#3 in the Anderson & Hester Rankings), will all but certainly be one of those four teams. (The Big 12 has no conference... Read more

Kristol: 'I Have Come to Loathe Donald Trump'

04:59 PM, Nov 29, 2015
Bill Kristol joined the roundtable on ABC's This Week  Sunday to discuss the 2016 election and Republican primary. Watch the video of the panel below:  Read more

New Hampshire Paper Endorses Christie

04:04 PM, Nov 29, 2015
The New Hampshire Union Leader  has endorsed Chris Christie for president. The state's largest daily newspaper, which has a conservative-leaning editorial board, published the endorsement Saturday. Here's an excerpt: Our choice is Gov. Chris Christie. As a U.S. attorney and then a... Read more

The Paris Trap

02:00 PM, Nov 29, 2015
President Obama may be walking into a trap of his own side's devising as he departs for the latest climate action summit in Paris. If Republicans can suppress their innate ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, the summit’s outcome could hand the GOP an incredibly potent... Read more

Obama Uses Planned Parenthood Shooting to Push Gun Control

02:13 PM, Nov 28, 2015
In a statement released this morning by the White House, President Obama used the shooting yesterday at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado to push gun control.   Read more

Black Friday in the Age of the Internet

01:21 PM, Nov 28, 2015
On the surface, little seems to have changed as the opening bell rang for the retailers’ battle that is the holiday shopping season. On Thanksgiving day we carved some 46 million turkeys and downed 50 million pumpkin pies despite a shortage of pecans created by Chinese consumers who imported... Read more

The Coptic Pope goes to Jerusalem

05:16 PM, Nov 27, 2015
In a move that has sent shockwaves throughout Egypt, the Coptic Pope, Tawadros II, travelled to Jerusalem Thursday at the head of a distinguished delegation of bishops from the Coptic Church. The short flight from Cairo to Tel Aviv can be measured in minutes; the psychological distance... Read more

Kristol: Obama has Turned U.S. Into Spectator

08:45 PM, Nov 25, 2015
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on President Obama's vision: The U.S. as spectator.  Read more

Was the Head of Iran's IRGC Wounded in Syria?

08:06 PM, Nov 25, 2015
Sources in Beirut are confirming reports from various Middle East  media  outfits that Qassem Suleimani, the head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ expeditionary unit, was wounded in the fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo recently. Fighters from Hezbollah, according to... Read more

There Has Never, Ever Been Anyone Like Donald Trump

05:14 PM, Nov 25, 2015
I'm ready to concede that Donald Trump is the most anomalous figure I've seen in presidential politics.  Read more

Christie on Trump's 9/11 Cheering Claim: 'It Didn't Happen'

02:49 PM, Nov 25, 2015
New Jersey governor Chris Christie directly challenged an account from presidential rival Donald Trump that "thousands" of Muslims in the Garden State cheered on the day of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. "Thousands of people did not cheer in Jersey City on 9/11. It just didn’t... Read more

Antonin Scalia, Bogeyman of the Liberal Imagination

12:49 PM, Nov 25, 2015
Are you watching  Scream Queens ? Me neither. But I did catch a scene of the FOX slasher-comedy and was surprised to see that my father, Justice Antonin Scalia, made a cameo appearance. Sort of.  Read more

'Clock Boy' Files $15 Million Lawsuit

09:59 PM, Nov 24, 2015
Ahmed Mohamed, the 15 year-old Muslim kid who was invited to the White House after he was arrested for bringing a clock that he allegedly built to school, has filed a $15 million lawsuit : The son of Sudanese immigrants who lived in a Dallas suburb, the young robotics fan brought in a... Read more