Bannon: 'The Trump Presidency That We Fought For, and Won, Is Over.'

Peter Boyer, spoke with Steve Bannon early Friday afternoon. Bannon was candid and blunt: “The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over,” Bannon said. “We still have a huge movement, and we will make something of this Trump presidency. But that presidency is over. It’ll be something else. And there’ll be all kinds of fights, and there’ll be good days and bad days, but that presidency is over.”

08/18/17 6:18 PM

Ignore the Hype: Bannon Was Already Working From the Outside

The departure of Steve Bannon from the White House won’t have a big impact on the day-to-day operations of the West Wing. An economic nationalist who served as Donald Trump’s political id (as well as his chief strategist), Bannon was effectively sidelined back in April, after he was removed from the National Security Council and was accused of insulting Donald Trump’s adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Bannon’s planned in-house think tank, the Strategic Initiatives Group, never quite got off the ground. His policy portfolio was slim, down to two areas: trade and foreign policy—specifically the war in Afghanistan.

08/18/17 9:15 PM

Will Goldman Sachs Alum Gary Cohn Take Over the Fed Next Year?

Central Bank, est. 1913, seeks new Chair, to assume duties Feb. 5, 2018: Applicants will be considered even if they have graduate training in economics, although a doctorate might prove a deterrent to selection. Patience to sit through long staff meetings discussing arcane forecasting issues required. Ability to maintain cool while answering inane questions from congressional committees a necessity. Must remain unflappable when president withdraws support. Willingness to accept a salary of $201,700, below that of more than 100 of the employees he will supervise, essential.

That’s the ad President Trump would be placing in various financial publications if he were inclined to advertise the availability of Janet

08/19/17 7:15 AM

Barcelona Attack Shows How ISIS Has Gained a Foothold

It is far too early to draw any firm conclusions, but there is no doubt that the Islamic State has a significant number of followers in Europe who are willing to carry out its bidding.

08/18/17 10:58 AM

Prufrock: Cambridge Bows to Beijing, Monet's Gardens, and Meeting Robert Lowell

Reviews and News:

The man who keeps Monet’s gardens growing.

Cambridge University Press removes academic articles at the request of the Chinese government: “One of the world’s oldest and most respected publishing houses, Cambridge University Press, has bowed to pressure from Beijing and removed sensitive content on its site in China. The content is published in China Quarterly, an academic journal run by the press. In a letter made public on social media on Friday, the editor of the journal, Tim Pringle, said Cambridge University Press had informed him that the authorities had ordered it to censor more than 300 articles related to issues like the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, Tibet, Xinjiang, Hong Kong

08/19/17 9:30 AM

The Time a Free Black Man Challenged Thomas Jefferson

Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson had already heard the name Benjamin Banneker by the time the Maryland-born free black wrote to him on August 19, 1791. Banneker, a farmer and self-taught man of scientific pursuits, lived near the Quaker Ellicott brothers in what is now Ellicott City, just north of the nation’s capital.

Around the outset of the first Washington administration, Banneker set about to learn astronomy, with the help of books loaned from one of the Ellicott brothers’ children.

08/19/17 11:28 AM

Prufrock: Cambridge Bows to Beijing, Monet's Gardens, and Meeting Robert Lowell

Also: The late John Saunders, dark matter, the classic case for landing on the moon, and more.
Aug 19, 2017
Reviews and News: The man who keeps Monet’s gardens growing. Cambridge University Press removes academic articles at the request of the Chinese government: “One of the world’s oldest and most respected publishing houses, Cambridge University Press, has bowed to pressure from Beijing and removed sensitive content on its site in China. The content is published in China Quarterly, an academic journal run by the press. In a letter made public on social media on Friday, the editor of the journal, Tim Pringle, said Cambridge University Press had informed him that the authorities had ordered it to censor more than 300 articles related to issues like the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, Tibet, Xinjiang, Hong Kong  Read more

Will Goldman Sachs Alum Gary Cohn Take Over the Fed Next Year?

Rumored to be Trump's choice to replace Janet Yellen, he might opt to return to Wall Street.
Aug 19, 2017
Central Bank, est. 1913, seeks new Chair, to assume duties Feb. 5, 2018: Applicants will be considered even if they have graduate training in economics, although a doctorate might prove a deterrent to selection. Patience to sit through long staff meetings discussing arcane forecasting issues required. Ability to maintain cool while answering inane questions from congressional committees a necessity. Must remain unflappable when president withdraws support. Willingness to accept a salary of $201,700, below that of more than 100 of the employees he will supervise, essential. That’s the ad President Trump would be placing in various financial publications if he were inclined to advertise the availability of Janet  Read more

The Coming Conservative Crack-Up?

Hosted by Eric Felten.
Aug 18, 2017
This week on the Kristol Clear podcast, editor at large Bill Kristol looks at the president's reaction to Charlottesville and asks whether the conservative movement will split irrevocably over Trump. This podcast can be downloaded here. Subscribe to THE WEEKLY STANDARD's iTunes podcast feed here.  Read more

Afternoon Links: Wal-Mart's Blimp Bases, International Home Runs, and the End of the Rat Show

"Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful animatronic bands"
Aug 18, 2017
Can you hear me now? Unfortunately, not too well if you're one of the diplomats previously stationed in Cuba, due to hearing loss resulting from a covert sonic device. At the Free Beacon, Adam Kredo and Susan Crabtree report that the U.S. government is hiding key details about these mystery attacks. Missouri state senator wishes for Trump's assassination. And Missouri's senior Democrats and Republicans joined together to call on Maria Chappelle-Nadal to resign. Who says bipartisanship is extinct? Maybe leave your dog indoors during the eclipse. Seriously. Your pets aren't even able to discern the concept of planets. It's not a moment you need to share with them, much less buy them eclipse glasses. Trump was right:  Read more

Can We Still Right Our Wrongs in Afghanistan?

In the Atlantic, Vance Serchuk argues that the our policies have failed because we've been trying to leave since we got there.
Aug 18, 2017
President Donald Trump is meeting with his national security team at Camp David today to consider a thorny question: What course should the United States pursue for the conflict in Afghanistan, its longest-running war? The White House is weighing whether to increase our military presence to increase support for the Afghan military (the generals’ recommendation) or to reduce or even remove completely conventional forces there.  Read more

Stephen King, Ikea, and Watch Talk

Show notes from Substandard episode 1.40.
Aug 18, 2017
End notes and digressions from the latest show: * I don’t really have much to say this week. If we’re going to call things by right names, 1.40 might be the worst episode we’ve done. (It’s a close call with the Michael Caine show.) I don’t really know what’s to blame, but it might just be the summer doldrums. Hollywood is so spent that this might be the first summer weekend in a decade without a movie opening on more than 1,000 screens. It’s like the movie industry has just given up. * And man, the movies that did come out this summer were not great. Super not great.  Read more

Prufrock: Blessed Pascal, Tom Stoppard's Soft Side, and Yeats Family Art

Also: The king of audiobooks, the great recorders of the Restoration, Jonas Mekas's "I Had Nowhere To Go", and more
Aug 18, 2017
Reviews and News: Pope Francis recently said he would request a study of Blaise Pascal’s cause for beatification. Should he be sainted? “Whatever else he may have been, he was certainly a genius.  Read more

White House Watch: Trump Now Campaigning Against Jeff Flake and the GOP Senate Majority

While the official journal of Trumpism abandons President Trump.
Aug 18, 2017
For the first time, Donald Trump has inserted himself into a 2018 Republican primary against an incumbent. The president tweeted Thursday morning that it was “great” to see Trump nemesis Jeff Flake of Arizona get a Republican challenger. “Great to see that Dr. Kelli Ward is running against Flake Jeff Flake, who is WEAK on borders, crime and a non-factor in Senate. He's toxic!” Trump said. We’re so used to Trump’s shots at Republicans he doesn’t like that the significance of this move is a bit lost. Flake may be the most vocal in his criticism of Trump, but he’s still a Republican senator well within the mainstream of his party and his conference on policy.  Read more

Afternoon Links: McLaughlin Group Returns, Everybody Hates Shkreli, and Uber Uses Charlottesville for PR Purposes

Aug 17, 2017
ISSUE 5! The American Original, the McLaughlin Group, is back. . . . Or is it? And while John McLaughlin has left the earth, a new pilot episode has just been released with our Washington Examiner colleague Tom Rogan as host. Rogan, a former panelist, considered McLaughlin a mentor . . . but didn't seem to take on the good Doctor's trademark style. Which is a good thing. It's impossible to replicate without being . . . John McLaughlin. Speaking of which, take a trip down memory lane with Andy Ferguson, who famously recounts his brief tenure working with McLaughlin. Nobody likes Martin Shkreli: The controversial investor and drug baron faces sentencing for securities and wire fraud.  Read more

The Premier Pro-Trump Intellectual Says He Regrets Voting For Him

Julius Krein, who gravitated toward Trump out of frustration with "stupidity and corruption of American politics," disavows his support for the president.
Aug 17, 2017
One of the leading public intellectuals who formulated and argued on behalf of a coherent ideology around Donald Trump now says he “sorely regrets” supporting the Republican president. Writing Thursday in the New York Times, Julius Krein says his optimism about Trump and Trumpism was “unfounded.” “I can’t stand by this disgraceful administration any longer, and I would urge anyone who once supported him as I did to stop defending the 45th president,” he writes. Krein is no run-of-the-mill Trump supporter. He was one of the earliest intellectuals to gravitate toward Trump.  Read more

Trump Goes After Graham and Flake on Twitter

The GOP senators have been critical of Trump's response to the violence in Charlottesville.
Aug 17, 2017
President Donald Trump’s response to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville has drawn repeated criticism from Republican lawmakers. On Thursday, the president fired back. Republican members of Congress have denounced Trump’s remarks twice: first on Saturday, when he did not pointedly denounce the KKK, neo-Nazis, and other far-right groups behind the rally, and again on Tuesday, when Trump blamed both white supremacists and counterprotesters for the violence, a remark widely denounced as false equivalence. Trump's first target was South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham, who had urged the president a day earlier to unite the nation.  Read more

The Best Worst First Pitch of All-Time Has a Great Story

Jordan Leandre: cancer survivor and unintentional intimidator.
Aug 17, 2017
Even Bob Gibson wasn’t this merciless. In what has to be a new best worst first pitch of all-time, 17-year-old Jordan Leandre plunked a photographer standing several feet behind and to the left of home plate before Wednesday’s game between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway. Leandre’s toss sailed high and to the right, so much that it briefly exited the broadcast screen’s view, before diving in a swoop reminiscent of Mike Cuellar’s screwball. It landed right in the lap of photog Tony Capobianco of the (Lawrence, Mass.) Eagle-Tribune, who came for a picture and all he got was this lousy rendition of “My Guitar Genitally Weeps.  Read more

The Underground Artists of World War I

A new exhibit shows off the work of artists sent to war and soldiers who turned to art.
Aug 17, 2017
When the U.S. entered World War I, the thousands of soldiers who headed to Europe were joined by combat artists attached to the American Expeditionary Force. In honor of the centennial, The National Air and Space Museum has created a new exhibit, Artist Soldiers, to remember their efforts, and the many forms of artistic expression inspired by that horrifying conflict. Before World War I, artists kept the battlefield at a safe distance, portraying important, heroic moments from a macro-perspective that included generals, but not individual soldiers. Think, George Washington Crossing the Delaware.” So it was a unique experiment when the AEF commissioned eight professional magazine illustrators as captains in the U.S.  Read more

The Substandard on The Dark Tower, Stephen King, and Box Office Blues

Aug 17, 2017
On this week’s episode, the Substandard discusses The Dark Tower, the best and worst Stephen King film adaptations—i.e., rankings!—and this summer’s box office doldrums. Sonny reveals himself as a Stephen King scholar. JVL thinks Tolstoy > Stephen King (he must be joking). Vic hated the deli slicer scene in Children of the Corn. Plus a trip to IKEA, a schnitzel recipe, and more horology—all on this week’s Substandard! The Substandard is sponsored by the Dollar Shave Club. Get their $5 starter box (a $15 value!) with free shipping by visiting dollarshaveclub.com/substandard. The Daily Standard podcast is sponsored by SimpliSafe. This summer, see what SimpliSafe can do for your home.  Read more

Charlottesville Fallout Shows That Many Americans Have Zero Desire to Understand Others

From Trump's defense of 'many fine people' at the rally to those who conflate the alt-left with D-Day heroes, Americans just don't get each other.
Aug 16, 2017
Evaluating the violence in Charlottesville and the reaction to it from public officials and commentators requires basic levels of reason and decency. To botch it reveals some terribly unflattering trait: It could be related to political or partisan obsession, ego, honest-to-goodness insensitivity, vacuity, or some other deficiency of the heart or mind. It should be easy for the people who occupy public office and the media, be it professional media or social media, to get this right. And yet. White nationalists are bad. Neo-Nazis are worse. The ones moved to violence are worse still. If you are curious about flirting with their worldview, a piece of advice: Don’t do that.  Read more

Afternoon Links: Social Justice Free Traders, The License Plate Game, and Eclipse Tips

Aug 16, 2017
Must free trade come with social justice? That's what Canada is saying, reason's Elizabeth Nolan Brown reports."[A]s we head into NAFTA renegotiations this week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his administration want to expand the rules to include sections on gender issues, climate change, and indigenous rights. Freeland said such changes would move NAFTA from a 'free trade' deal to a 'fair trade' one." Canada has long been a major trading ally with the U.S., and it almost seems that they're trolling Trump here to get him to back off renegotiation. Yes, Canada's more liberal in general than the U.S.—and we've had some trade issues.... mainly surrouding lumber—but they've typically been a really good trade  Read more

Freedom vs. License

Hosted by Eric Felten.
Aug 16, 2017
Today on the Daily Standard podcast, Law professor James Cooper talks with Eric Felten about the all together too many jobs that require government permission in the form of occupational licenses. The Daily Standard podcast is sponsored by TrackR. Find list items in seconds with TrackR technology. Go to TheTrackR.com and enter the promotion code STANDARD for 20% off any order. This podcast can be downloaded here. Subscribe to THE WEEKLY STANDARD's iTunes podcast feed here.  Read more

Pence Cuts Latin American Trip Short for National Security Council Meeting

The White House announced a meeting on South Asia for Friday at Camp David.
Aug 16, 2017
Vice President Mike Pence is returning from his Latin American trip to Washington on Thursday, a day earlier than planned. “We prepare to end our trip a little bit early tomorrow in Panama,” Pence told reporters Wednesday in Santiago, Chile. “I will return home tomorrow." Pence’s press secretary, Marc Lotter, tells me the vice president "will be joining the president on Friday at Camp David for national security meeting on South Asia." The White House first announced the Camp David meeting Wednesday morning. Lotter did not respond to my question as to whether President Trump requested that Pence return early. Earlier this week Pence traveled to Colombia and Argentina before arriving in Chile.  Read more

U.S. Takes Hard Stance During NAFTA Talks

Representatives from Canada and Mexico are in Washington with a goal to "make the agreement work better."
Aug 16, 2017
The representatives from Canada and Mexico who came to Washington on Wednesday to discuss the North American Free Trade Agreement were greeted by U.S. officials taking a hard line on negotiations. “We cannot ignore the huge trade deficits, the lost manufacturing jobs, the businesses that have closed or moved, because of incentives, intended or not, in the current agreement,” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said. “The U.S. government has certified that at least 700,000 Americans have lost their jobs due to changing trade flows resulting from NAFTA.” Lighthizer cautioned: “I want to be clear that [Trump] is not interested in a mere tweaking of a few provisions and a couple of updated  Read more

Hope Hicks Is the New (Interim) White House Communications Director

The former consultant for the Trump Organization fills the job left open by Mike Dubke and Anthony Scaramucci.
Aug 16, 2017
The White House named a new communications director Wednesday: longtime Trump aide Hope Hicks, whose tenure with Trump predates even his presidential campaign. “Hope Hicks will work with White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and all of the communications team and serve as the Interim White House Communications Director,” a White House official told pool reporters. “We will make an announcement on a permanent communications director at the appropriate time.” It’s anybody’s guess when that “appropriate time” will be, as the communications director position has become something of a running joke in the Trump campaign.  Read more
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