Trump Triumphant

Manchester, N.H. 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...

02/06/16 11:18 PM

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

Concord, N.H. 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...

02/06/16 4:33 PM

Jeb's Last Stand

Bedford, N.H. 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....

02/06/16 2:51 PM

Kasich, Who Expanded Medicaid, Claims He 'Rejected Obamacare'

In John Kasich’s final TV ad pitch to New Hampshire primary voters, the Ohio governor makes a dubious claim. "My record?" Kasich says. "I've cut taxes, balanced budgets, created jobs, rejected Obamacare without leaving anyone behind."

02/06/16 11:56 AM

Marco Rubio's Thoughtful Answer on Abortion

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.

02/07/16 12:07 AM

Today's Standard


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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Carly Super PAC Mocks ABC for Debate Exclusion

ABC = 'Anybody But Carly'
1:10 PM, Feb 06, 2016
Carly Fiorina's Super PAC is out with a funny new web ad today mocking ABC for excluding her from tonight's GOP debate in New Hampshire. Read more

Kasich, Who Expanded Medicaid, Claims He 'Rejected Obamacare'

11:56 AM, Feb 06, 2016
In John Kasich’s final TV ad pitch to New Hampshire primary voters, the Ohio governor makes a dubious claim. "My record?" Kasich says. "I've cut taxes, balanced budgets, created jobs, rejected Obamacare without leaving anyone behind." Read more

Hillary: Against 'Bad Things'

8:51 AM, Feb 06, 2016
Hillary Clinton's campaign has a new stump speech line. Not only does it fail to make sense, it even confuses the candidate. Read more

The Puzzle that is the U.S. Economy

12:01 AM, Feb 06, 2016
Investors and traders here were hoping that a spurt in job creation would dispel some of the gloom that has stock markets in turmoil, investors watching a decline in the value of their savings and pensions, and Federal Reserve Board chairwoman Janet Yellen and her monetary policy committee scrambling to back off an implied promise to raise interest rates four times this year. The latest jobs report provided a bit of cheer, but not enough to lift the weight of bad news from the shoulders of economy watchers. The economy added 151,000 non-farm jobs in January, the unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent, and average hourly earnings rose a non-trivial 0.5 percent, bringing earnings growth for 2015 to 2.5 percent, not bad in the absence of significant inflation, and showing signs of picking up as the labor market tightens. But add workers too discouraged to look for jobs and part-timers hoping for full-time work, and the so-called U-6 unemployment rate remains stuck at a tick below 10 percent. Chris Williamson, chief economist at Markit, a provider of financial information, summarizes the report as containing, "Signs of a slowdown in hiring, still-weak annual pay growth and disappointing survey data…". Read more

The Man Who Wasn’t There

John Kasich is the most reasonable No Labels candidate you've ever met.
5:01 PM, Feb 05, 2016

John Kasich walked into a small conference room at the Atkinson Country Club this morning and was greeted by a polite crowd of roughly forty people. Which is actually kind of impressive; the venue was tucked away in a nest of winding back roads and Granite Staters woke up to a snowstorm troublesome enough to cancel area schools. (It would have shut down Washington, D.C., for 48 hours.)

Kasich spoke for just eight minutes—half of which he spent bantering with a pair of kids who were ready to go sledding—and then took questions from a group of voters who seemed neither hostile, nor enthusiastic. There was no excitement. No real message, even. Except that Kasich is not like any of

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Trump: I'll Debate With Megyn Kelly as Moderator

Speculation put to rest.
4:52 PM, Feb 05, 2016
Donald Trump said Friday that he will participate in the next FOX News-sponsored debate, scheduled for March 3. Read more

Poll: Sanders Ties Hillary Nationally

And actually fares better against the GOP than she does.
4:07 PM, Feb 05, 2016
It's a tie ball game in the Democratic primary, according to a new national survey of voters. Read more

Angels in the Outfield: Glover Backs Bernie

2:42 PM, Feb 05, 2016

Actor Danny Glover is throwing his support behind Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

"Bernie Sanders' campaign has already accomplished what most observers -- including many of his supporters -- thought was impossible. Coming from 40 points behind in the polls when the campaign began, he achieved a virtual tie with Hillary Clinton in Iowa and enjoys a huge lead in the second Democratic contest in New Hampshire," Glover writes in his endorsement.

"There is now no denying that he is a serious contender. Although Clinton still leads in national polls, most of the people surveyed by those polls have so far given little attention to the fundamentally different policy goals between Democratic Party presidential

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Kristol: What to Expect in New Hampshire

Hosted by Michael Graham.
2:24 PM, Feb 05, 2016
The WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with editor William Kristol on the week that was in New Hampshire, and what to expect in the upcoming primary. Read more

Why Colin Powell's Emails Are Not Like Hillary's

1:37 PM, Feb 05, 2016

The Washington Post claims that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has “gained an apparent ally…in her fight to limit the political damage from her growing email controversy."

The supposed ally is another former secretary of state, Colin Powell. Why? Two of Powell's emails have been retroactively classified. (He doesn't think they should be.)

But there are obvious differences between Powell's receipt of two emails and Clinton's robust private email operation. Let's compare the facts as set forth in the Post's own piece.

First, "tens of thousands of emails…passed through the private server Clinton used while in office." Powell did not have a private server for his State Department emails.

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