Today's Standard

• February 26, 2017

Confab: Gunfight at the Election Corral

Hosted by Eric Felten.
4:00 PM, Feb 25, 2017
In this episode of THE WEEKLY STANDARD Confab, Fred Barnes talks with host Eric Felten about whether the NRA's political organization and advertisements were what pushed Donald Trump over the top in November. Then Eric talks with Steven Hayward about the divide between conservatives who see the Constitution as the most important American document and those who champion, instead, the Declaration of Independence.

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Prufrock: Steven Bannon's View of History, Oxford Dictionaries' Ugly New Words, and the Russian Revolution from the Outside In

9:30 AM, Feb 25, 2017
The best in books and arts from around the web, including: Kate Havard reviews Kea Wilson's We Eat Our Own, Anthony Esolen on how to save culture, a classic essay from Stephen A. McKnight on Francis Bacon, and more. Read more

To Get High Growth, America Must Overcome Its Potential Labor Problem

6:00 AM, Feb 25, 2017
The American economy has taken the shape of an iceberg. The visible part glistens in the reflected sunlight of Donald Trump. Beneath the surface lurks a structure that might not long be capable of supporting the glistening tip. Read more

The House Tax Reform Plan Is Not a Fundraising Ploy

5:02 PM, Feb 24, 2017
Kudos to the Wall Street Journal's Holman Jenkins for proposing a new corollary to public choice theory: namely, that actions objected to by special interests are motivated by a desire to raise campaign money from special interests. Read more

Trump Aims to Put 'Regulation Industry Out of Business'

President touts efforts to boost energy production through regulatory action.
4:49 PM, Feb 24, 2017
Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday, President Donald Trump tied his loosening of energy restrictions with the greater goal of “[putting] the regulation industry… out of business." Read more

Housing Department Rule Expands Transgender Access to Shelters with Shared Sleeping, Bathing Facilities

4:07 PM, Feb 24, 2017
As the Trump administration rolled back President Obama's guidelines to public schools regarding transgender students' access to the bathroom of their choice, a new rule from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has taken effect to ensure that transgender individuals have full access to the agency's single-sex programs and shelters matching their gender identity, like those with "shared sleeping quarters or shared bathing facilities." Read more

The GOP Isn't The Party Of Trump...Yet

Hosted by Michael Graham.
2:58 PM, Feb 24, 2017
Bill Kristol talks about CPAC—or is it T-PAC—and the embrace of Trump by conservatives and the GOP. Is it his party now? Michael Graham rails against the rise of identity politics. And which one's better: Orwell's 1984 or Huxley's Brave New WorldRead more

NBC Defends Journalistic Practices By Citing ... Birtherism?

2:03 PM, Feb 24, 2017
I keep hammering this point home, but the media seem obdurately unwilling to come to terms with the fact they have little credibility with the American people, and Trump voters especially. Read more

It's Trump's Conservative Movement Now

Hosted by Michael Graham.
1:14 PM, Feb 24, 2017
The WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with senior writer Michael Warren on Donald Trump, CPAC, and the conservative movement. Read more

White Out

From the March 6, 2017, issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
11:15 AM, Feb 24, 2017
Who knew that in the age of America First, the greatest threat to Hispanic communities in the United States wasn’t marauding bands of ICE agents wielding mass deportation orders or the construction of a border wall? No, the scourge is Art. Read more

Substandard Show Notes--Episode 1.16

11:00 AM, Feb 24, 2017
Mel Gibson, Suicide Squad, and the ranking of the Oscars. Read more

Pants on Fireball

From the March 6, 2017, issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
10:00 AM, Feb 24, 2017
Is there nothing so louche that Trump supporters won't indulge in it? According to the Washington Post, apparently not. So low have we been brought, the Post suggests, that in Donald Trump's capital there is a fad for that odious cinnamon-flavored sugar gargle that masquerades as whiskey, "Fireball." Read more

Prufrock: A History of Hebrew, Evelyn Waugh's "Puckish Charisma," and a Ride through the Alps

9:30 AM, Feb 24, 2017
The best in books and arts from around the web, including: Burgess on Belli, the squishy science of microaggressions, Europe’s borderlands, and more. Read more

A Mere Blip in the Bathroom Wars?

"The Edu. Dept. doesn't decide what the law is"—now they tell us.
8:00 AM, Feb 24, 2017
The bathroom wars wage on. Repealing the Obama-era edict that hardened the conflict, as President Trump did Wednesday, changes little in practice. Read more

Drawing Boundaries

From the March 6, 2017, issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
7:04 AM, Feb 24, 2017
Political correctness holds too strong a grip on too much of American life these days. Religious citizens who politely and conscientiously object to working gay weddings may be crushed by the state and driven into bankruptcy. In academia, the very place where the life of the mind is supposed to flourish, critiques of Islam, feminism, or transgenderism may be treated as thought crimes to be stamped out. On many a college campus today, saying 2+2=4 is an act of rebellion. Read more

The Day CPAC Becomes TPAC

Trump's First 100 Days: Previewing two big speeches, plus figuring out the administration's Syria policy.
5:00 AM, Feb 24, 2017

Donald Trump will make his first address to the Conservative Political Action Conference as president of the United States Friday. It's not Trump's first time speaking at the conservative confab—that would be his 2011 appearance, where the Apprentice star said he would be deciding soon if he would run for president the next year. He didn't, but there were more than a few hints of what would become Candidate and then President Trump just a few years later.

"The United States has become a whipping post for the rest of the world," Trump said in that first address, after entering to the sound of the O'Jay's "For the Love of Money." "The world is treating us without respect. They are not treating us properly.

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Drawing Boundaries

From the March 6, 2017, issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
2:00 AM, Feb 24, 2017
Political correctness holds too strong a grip on too much of American life these days. Religious citizens who politely and conscientiously object to working gay weddings may be crushed by the state and driven into bankruptcy. In academia, the very place where the life of the mind is supposed to flourish, critiques of Islam, feminism, or transgenderism may be treated as thought crimes to be stamped out. On many a college campus today, saying 2+2=4 is an act of rebellion. Read more

There Are Actually People Trying to Cast a Spell on the President

Read all about it.
4:45 PM, Feb 23, 2017
According to a document circulating on the Internet (at least according to occult-scene novelist Michael M. Hughes), a bunch of witches have concocted a “spell to bind Donald Trump and all those who abet him". Read more

Cruz: Leaks that Led to Flynn Resignation Politically Motivated

3:09 PM, Feb 23, 2017
The leaks that led to the resignation of former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn were politically motivated, a top Republican senator said Thursday, joining a House Republican who has suggested the same. Read more

Iran Deal Designed to Enable Cheating, Cruz Says

2:06 PM, Feb 23, 2017
The Obama administration structured the Iran nuclear deal to cover up Iranian violations, which may make it impossible to rigorously enforce the landmark agreement as Trump administration officials have suggested, according to a top Republican senator. Read more
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