He's Still Alive!

It’s been one scary horror movie. But now, at last, the happy ending. The slasher is dead. The aliens have been defeated. The flesh-eating zombies have been disposed of once and for all. The vampires will never suck blood again. You exhale. You relax. You heave a sigh of relief. Big mistake! As even the most casual observer of cinematic conventions knows, this is the moment of maximum peril. The moment when, suddenly, the slasher's not really dead. The aliens aren't all gone. The zombies haven't been disposed of. The vampires are stirring. They're BACK!!!! Donald Trump lost Iowa. But he's far from politically dead and decisively defeated.

02/05/16 1:00 AM

An Awful Candidate

It was 11:30 p.m. on the night of the Iowa caucuses and Hillary Clinton had a decision to make. She was ahead of Bernie Sanders by less than 1 percent of the vote count and most of the precincts were in. But her lead was shrinking. If she waited much longer, her victory speech might turn into a concession. So instead of taking the risk, she chose a middle course: She went out before the cameras, even as Ted Cruz was giving his own valediction, to deliver a speech that was neither victorious nor conciliatory. It was ghastly. With her former president husband standing behind her slack-jawed—his mouth hung weirdly agape throughout her...

02/05/16 1:00 AM

Cruz Says Drafting Women 'Doesn't Make Any Sense'

Peterborough, N.H. Ted Cruz came out against requiring 18-year-old women to register for the Selective Service and the possibility of being drafted into the military. At a campaign event here Sunday afternoon, Cruz responded to some of his rivals, like Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush, who said in Saturday's debate that women should have to register. "It was striking that three different people on that stage came out in support of drafting women into combat in the military," Cruz said. "I didn't have an opportunity to respond to that particular question. But I have to admit as I was sitting there listening to that conversation, my reaction was,...

02/07/16 3:06 PM

The Bullish and Bearish Cases for Rubio

Londonderry, N.H. The morning after Marco Rubio’s bad debate, a crowd of perhaps 550 packed into a high school cafeteria to see the candidate in the flesh. Outside, the Democratic PAC American Bridge sent two guys dressed up as robots to capitalize on Rubio's failure last night. The crowd seems receptive, but not jubilant. It seems like it's split about equally between people who are supporting the candidate and people who are shopping. And Rubio opens by referring to his debate misstep. He doesn't make a joke out of it, though. He tries to make a larger point, doubling-down and unpacking what he was saying.

02/07/16 1:38 PM

Jeb Bush Changes His Mind About Abortion Attack on Rubio

When Bush said in November that he didn't "think anybody should be critical of someone who’s pro-life," perhaps he simply forgot to add the words "until the Iowa caucuses are over."

02/07/16 11:37 AM

Today's Standard


The Boys (and Girls) in the Bubble

Istanbul dispatch.
9:03 AM, Feb 08, 2016
The Kebab and Camel" might be the most important English-language website covering Turkey. It's run by two Turkish journalists, Beybin Somuk and Enes Calli, and an American academic, Adam McConnel, who teaches Turkish history and U.S.-Turkish relations at Sabanci University in Istanbul. The site is a like a critical aggregator that collects many of the recent English-language stories on Turkey, and details, with English- and Turkish-language sources, how they're getting the story wrong—and woe to those who keep flubbing it. Read more

NFL Encourages Reproduction With 'Super Bowl Babies Choir'

8:42 AM, Feb 08, 2016

The NFL ran an ad at last night's Super Bowl encouraging "Super Bowl Babies."

"Data suggests 9 months after a Super Bowl victory, winning cities see a rise in births," the ad text at the beginning of the 60-second spot read.

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Jeb: Trump a Loser

7:46 AM, Feb 08, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush called the frontrunner, Donald Trump, a "loser" this morning on MSNBC.

Bush made the comments in response to a request to say the single word he associates with the real estate mogul.

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Hillary Attacks PC Culture to Defend Albright: 'We're Getting Offended About Everything These Days'

7:34 AM, Feb 08, 2016

In an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton defended Madeleine Albright's claim that "There's a special place in hell for women who don't help women." The comment was widely seen as an attempt to pressure women to vote for Clinton:

CHUCK TODD: I want to ask you about a comment. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said a comment that I've heard her say before. But it sort of rang differently to a lot of people. She said, "There's a special place in hell for women who don't help women." The implication is that somehow, if you're a Democratic woman and you're not supporting you, what's wrong with you? Do you want the vote to be decided on gender lines?

SEC.

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PolitiFact Attacks Ted Cruz for Accurately Quoting CNN at Debate

4:47 PM, Feb 07, 2016

There was a bit of a dust-up between the Cruz and Carson campaigns in Iowa. On caucus night, Cruz's campaign sent out a message to supporters telling them that "CNN is reporting Ben Carson will stop campaigning after Iowa" and urging them to tell other caucusgoers this news, and it soon spread from there. This, of course, made it sound as if Ben Carson was dropping out. The Carson campaign was understandably peeved, and Cruz publicly apologized for his campaign soon after Iowa.

At the debate Saturday, Cruz was again asked about the incident and he again apologized but also took the opportunity to explain what had happened.

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Cruz Says Drafting Women 'Doesn't Make Any Sense'

And Cruz called America's enemies, not its soldiers, "psychopaths."
3:06 PM, Feb 07, 2016

Ted Cruz came out against requiring 18-year-old women to register for the Selective Service and the possibility of being drafted into the military. At a campaign event here Sunday afternoon, Cruz responded to some of his rivals, like Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush, who said in Saturday's debate that women should have to register.

"It was striking that three different people on that stage came out in support of drafting women into combat in the military," Cruz said. "I didn't have an opportunity to respond to that particular question. But I have to admit as I was sitting there listening to that conversation, my reaction was, 'Are you guys nuts?'"

Cruz vowed not to change the current

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The Bullish and Bearish Cases for Rubio

1:38 PM, Feb 07, 2016

The morning after Marco Rubio’s bad debate, a crowd of perhaps 550 packed into a high school cafeteria to see the candidate in the flesh. Outside, the Democratic PAC American Bridge sent two guys dressed up as robots to capitalize on Rubio's failure last night.

The crowd seems receptive, but not jubilant. It seems like it's split about equally between people who are supporting the candidate and people who are shopping. And Rubio opens by referring to his debate misstep. He doesn't make a joke out of it, though. He tries to make a larger point, doubling-down and unpacking what he was saying.

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Kristol Podcast: Live from New Hampshire

Hosted by Michael Graham.
12:50 PM, Feb 07, 2016
The WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with editor William Kristol on Rubio's debate performance, Hillary's chances, and the mood in the Granite State. Read more

Jeb Bush Changes His Mind About Abortion Attack on Rubio

11:37 AM, Feb 07, 2016
When Bush said in November that he didn't "think anybody should be critical of someone who’s pro-life," perhaps he simply forgot to add the words "until the Iowa caucuses are over." Read more

SNL Mocks Ted Cruz's 5-Year-Old Daughter

9:42 AM, Feb 07, 2016
Saturday Night Live did not just take aim at Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz. The NBC comedy show also mocked his daughter, Catherine. Read more

Trump Won't Say If He'd Appoint Supreme Court Justices Who Disagree with Him on Eminent Domain

8:07 AM, Feb 07, 2016

The February 7 GOP presidential debate was a good one for Republican frontrunner Donald Trump. With three days until the New Hampshire primary, where Trump has a commanding lead in the polls, his rivals spent most of the night fighting each other.

The main story in the press coming out of the debate is that Marco Rubio, currently in second place in New Hampshire polls, had a disastrous night because he repeated the same criticism of Barack Obama four times. Rubio had thoughtful and substantive answers on topics like ISIS, religious liberty, and the right to life. But Chris Christie's mockery of Rubio's repetitive remarks about Obama was the highlight of the night in the

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The Governors Strike Back

12:30 AM, Feb 07, 2016

Saturday was the night the governors struck back.

The biggest moment of the night came by way of New Jersey governor Chris Christie, attacking one of the high-flying senators post-Iowa, Marco Rubio. The Florida senator was asked directly about questions many of his gubernatorial rivals have made about his lack of experience and accomplishments. Rubio replied with a short list and then pivoted toward a critique of Barack Obama.

And let's dispel once and for all with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn't know what he's doing. He knows exactly what he's doing. Barack Obama is undertaking a systematic effort to change this country, to make America more like the rest of

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Marco Rubio's Thoughtful Answer on Abortion

12:07 AM, Feb 07, 2016

During the GOP Debate, moderator Mary Katharine Ham asked Marco Rubio about social issues.

"Senator Rubio, one of the lazier pieces of political conventional wisdom is that so-called social issues are hurting Republicans with young people. But on the two most prominent social issues, polling with millennials moves in different directions. On one hand, it is clear, young people across the political spectrum increasingly favor same-sex marriage. However, young voters have not moved to the left on abortion. In fact, large numbers of them favor at least some modest restrictions that conservatives have supported.

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Trump Triumphant

A strong night for the governors, but a good night for the frontrunner.
11:18 PM, Feb 06, 2016

The big media story from the debate will be Marco Rubio’s confrontation with Chris Christie. But the larger picture might be about how well Donald Trump did.

Trump was relatively reserved. He wasn't bombastic. Or erratic. He was—by Trumpian standards—presidential? Okay, let's not get crazy. Trump wasn't able to stay in check for the full three hours—he couldn't help himself from lashing out at Cruz in his closing statement. And where candidates often lash out at the media when they get in trouble in a debate, Trump attacked the audience. The move was classic pro-wrestling—like Vince McMahon baiting the crowd. And it was so crazy that it kind of worked.

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Google Trends Deletes Tweet: 'Will Jeb Bush Drop Out?'

9:35 PM, Feb 06, 2016

Google Trends regularly tweets out trending questions about candidates and data prior to and during presidential debates.

Before the debate, Google Trends tweeted the top trends for all candidates on the GOP debate stafe, but deleted the one about Jeb Bush. Here is the deleted tweet:

The top question: "Will Jeb Bush drop out?"

The Google Trends website showed the same data.

It is unclear why the tweet was deleted.

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Christie Takes it to Rubio: 'There It Is. The Memorized 25-Second Speech.'

9:15 PM, Feb 06, 2016

New Jersey governor Chris Christie went after Florida senator Marco Rubio in Saturday's Republican debate:

Transcript via the Christie campaign:

DAVID MUIR: I do want to ask Governor Christie, you said, fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. You heard Senator Rubio make the case that he has the experience. Your response?

CHRIS CHRISTIE: Sure. First, let's remember something. Every morning when a United States Senator wakes up, they think about what kind of speech can I give, or what kind of bill can I drop? Every morning, when I wake up, I think about, what kind of problem do I need to solve for the people who actually elected me? It's a different experience. It's a much different experience.

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Ben Carson Takes Forever To Come To GOP Debate Stage, Kasich Forgotten

8:27 PM, Feb 06, 2016

At the beginning of Saturday night's Republican presidential debate, the moderators called Ben Carson's name, but for some reason he didn't come out onto the GOP debate stage. He stayed back for a few minutes, and eventually came out. Then the moderators seemed to forget about John Kasich.

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Albright at Clinton Rally: 'Special Place in Hell for Women Who Don't Help Each Other'

4:33 PM, Feb 06, 2016

At a rally before a few hundred people on Saturday, former secretary of state Madeleine Albright suggested that women who vote for Bernie Sanders are buying a one-way ticket to “a special place in Hell."

"There are some that are out there that don't understand the importance of why young women have to support Hillary Clinton," Albright said as she stood next to Hillary Clinton inside the gymnasium of Rundlett Middle School. "The story is not over. They are going to want to push us back. Appointments to the Supreme Court make all the difference."

"We tell our story about how we climbed the ladder, and a lot of you younger women don't think you have to—it's been done. It's not

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Madeleine Albright: 'There's a Special Place in Hell for Women Who Don't Help Each Other'

3:02 PM, Feb 06, 2016

Former secretary of state Madeleine Albright said this in support of Hillary Clinton at a campaign rally in New Hampshire: "Just remember: there's a special place in hell for women who don't help each other.

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Jeb's Last Stand

2:51 PM, Feb 06, 2016

People want to like Jeb Bush. At least 700 folks packed into McKelvie Middle School this morning—most of them there a good 45 minutes before the candidate was expected to arrive. It was a real crowd, with another 200 or so overflowing outside the school. And that's not counting the hundred or so reporters on hand hoping to rubberneck at what has been a not great week for the candidate.

What they get is vintage Bush, in just about every respect.

Lindsey Graham comes out first, followed by Tom Ridge—who embarrassingly says "let's talk about electing George Bush president!" before catching himself. Ridge introduces George P. Bush, who most observers expect to battle Tagg Romney

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