|12:00 AM, Jul 24, 2014 • By FRED BARNES
Republicans have distinct advantages in Senate races this year, including President Obama’s low job ratings, the number of vulnerable Democrats, and an unhappy national mood. But there’s another advantage: the generally high quality of their candidates. This wasn’t the case in 2010 and 2012, when Republicans blew chances to capture the Senate.
6:45 PM, Jul 23, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
As John T. Bennett of Defense News reports, perplexity is the theme in Washington today. Everyone, it seems, is waiting for Europe. From Nancy Pelosi who said that President Obama had "taken the lead on sanctions" in the hope that the Europeans would "enthusiastically follow suit,” to General Barry McCaffrey who wonders “Where are the British? Where are the French? Where are the Germans?” And
Hosted by Michael Graham.5:20 PM, Jul 23, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with staff writer Jay Cost on the odds of a GOP takeover of the Senate.
4:00 PM, Jul 23, 2014 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Jonathan Martin reports for the New York Times that John Walsh, who is now running to keep the Montana Senate seat to which he was recently appointed, plagiarized a master's thesis in 2007:
3:31 PM, Jul 23, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Rep. Bruce Braley, the Iowa Democrat running for the U.S. Senate, missed three quarters of committee hearings concerning oversight of the Veterans Affairs administration in 2011 and 2012, including one, the Des Moines Register reports, on the same day Braley attended three fundraisers.
2:49 PM, Jul 23, 2014 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
A new poll from Marquette University shows Wisconsin governor Scott Walker locked in a tight race with Democrat Mary Burke, a former state Secretary of Commerce and member of the Madison school board. Among registered voters, Walker leads Burke 46 percent to 45 percent, with 8 percent undecided and 1 percent preferring another candidate. But among likely voters, Burke leads Walker 47 percent to 46 percent.
2:09 PM, Jul 23, 2014 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
The Obama administration announced Tuesday in a court filing that it would change the way it imposes its contraception and abortifacient mandate on religious non-profits, such as Christian schools like Wheaton College and charities like the Little Sisters of the Poor.
12:47 PM, Jul 23, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
ISIS is well on its way to having a country of its own and, evidently, already has a military infrastructure set up to train recruits in skills needed to wage Jihad and secure the Caliphate.
Bill Roggio reports in Long War Journal:
11:18 AM, Jul 23, 2014 • By IKE BRANNON
A wizened soul who worked in the bowels of the United States Treasury in the Eisenhower administration once explained to me all that is wrong with the U.S. tax code.
Will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in November.10:30 AM, Jul 23, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Businessman and first-time candidate David Perdue pulled off what the Atlanta Journal-Constitution calls a "political shocker" by winning the Republican primary runoff for the U.S. Senate in Georgia Tuesday. Perdue defeated Republican congressman Jack Kingston, who had the backing of much of the party establishment in Georgia, most of the Republican House delegation, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
10:01 AM, Jul 23, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Vladimir Putin does not seem inclined to talk nice and patch things up with the West. To the contrary, he is drawing lines. They may, or may not, be “red." He seems confident enough not to need the modifier.
As Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports:
9:06 PM, Jul 22, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S. airlines from flying to Israel on Tuesday afternoon. Mike Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, issued the following statement Tuesday night:
7:58 PM, Jul 22, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The Islamists of ISIS are, as Maggie Fick and Isra' al-Rubei'i of Reuters report
… crushing resistance across northern Iraq so successfully that its promise to march on Baghdad may no longer be unrealistic bravado.
The have accomplished this not so much through tactical brilliance as ruthlessness and brutality. For instance
Hosted by Michael Graham.3:55 PM, Jul 22, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with frequent contributors Adam J. White and Jeffrey H. Anderson on the conflicting court rulings over the legality of the IRS's interpretation of Obamacare subsidies for those participating in the federal Obamacare exchange.
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