What Will the Nixon-Reagan-Bush Republicans Do?

How unusual is this year's GOP presidential race?

11/27/15 07:14 PM

Kristol on Bloom on Plato

In his newsletter this week, the boss reported that "our friends over at  National Review   asked several contributors to write brief reflections for their 60th anniversary issue (by the way, congratulations!) about what book influenced us the most." The boss encourages everyone to take a look at the interesting symposium, featuring contributors like Elliott Abrams, Wilfred McClay, Garry Kasparov. And he reproduced his own answer to the question of what book may have influenced him the most. Here it is, for readers who may have missed that issue of National Review :

11/27/15 06:04 PM

Obama’s Intel Scandal

B arack Obama says he wants the truth. On November 21, the New York Times reported allegations that military intelligence officials provided the president with skewed assessments that minimized the threat from ISIS and overstated the success of U.S. efforts against the group. The Times story was an update of reporting from the Daily Beast earlier this fall.

12/07/15 12:00 AM

The Threat from ‘Minnesota Men’

I f you get your news from the headlines, you can be excused for thinking that “Minnesota men” pose a special risk of taking up the terrorist jihad at home and abroad. As the Wall Street Journal reported this past April, for example, “U.S. charges six Minnesota men with trying to join ISIS.” The “Minnesota men” featured in such headlines are almost invariably drawn from Minnesota’s swelling population of Somali Muslim immigrants.

12/07/15 12:00 AM

Killing the Golden Goose

U nder three different CEOs, Walmart has done all kinds of somersaults to appease left-wing critics. In 2005, Lee Scott set goals of “zero waste” and “100 percent” conversion to renewable energy. In 2009, Mike Duke, the next CEO, took on Obamacare—as an outspoken supporter of the unpopular health care bill. This was “a stunning metamorphosis,” the Wall Street Journal declared in a company profile.

11/30/15 12:00 AM

Today's Standard

Bernie Faltering?

08:13 PM, Nov 06, 2015
It has been a tough few weeks for Bernie Sanders.  Before the debate, his numbers were soaring, his crowds were growing, and there was a palpable and almost arrogant sense of confidence among his supporters and inside his organization where they talked magnanimously about considering... Read more

B&A Podcast: Whisker Rebellion, Man of the Cosmos, and It Can't Happen There

05:30 PM, Nov 07, 2015
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with literary editor Philip Terzian on the Books & Arts section from the November 2, 2015 issue .  Read more

Against Leviathan

02:24 PM, Nov 07, 2015
To the eye of Charles Murray, the situation is grim — grimmer than you realize. Our government is increasingly corrupt. The legal system is lawless. The regulatory agencies possess tyrannical levels of power.  Read more

Lots of Jobs, Except for the Young

05:00 AM, Nov 07, 2015
Lift-off. That’s the conclusion to which observers jumped when the government announced on Friday that the economy added 271,000 jobs in October. And that the August and September figures have been revised upward by 12,000. And that the unemployment rate fell to 5 percent. And that discouraged... Read more

Black Friday in the Age of the Internet

01:21 PM, Nov 28, 2015
On the surface, little seems to have changed as the opening bell rang for the retailers’ battle that is the holiday shopping season. On Thanksgiving day we carved some 46 million turkeys and downed 50 million pumpkin pies despite a shortage of pecans created by Chinese consumers who imported... Read more

The Coptic Pope goes to Jerusalem

05:16 PM, Nov 27, 2015
In a move that has sent shockwaves throughout Egypt, the Coptic Pope, Tawadros II, travelled to Jerusalem Thursday at the head of a distinguished delegation of bishops from the Coptic Church. The short flight from Cairo to Tel Aviv can be measured in minutes; the psychological distance... Read more

Kristol: Obama has Turned U.S. Into Spectator

08:45 PM, Nov 25, 2015
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on President Obama's vision: The U.S. as spectator.  Read more

Was the Head of Iran's IRGC Wounded in Syria?

08:06 PM, Nov 25, 2015
Sources in Beirut are confirming reports from various Middle East  media  outfits that Qassem Suleimani, the head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ expeditionary unit, was wounded in the fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo recently. Fighters from Hezbollah, according to... Read more

There Has Never, Ever Been Anyone Like Donald Trump

05:14 PM, Nov 25, 2015
I'm ready to concede that Donald Trump is the most anomalous figure I've seen in presidential politics.  Read more

Christie on Trump's 9/11 Cheering Claim: 'It Didn't Happen'

02:49 PM, Nov 25, 2015
New Jersey governor Chris Christie directly challenged an account from presidential rival Donald Trump that "thousands" of Muslims in the Garden State cheered on the day of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. "Thousands of people did not cheer in Jersey City on 9/11. It just didn’t... Read more

Antonin Scalia, Bogeyman of the Liberal Imagination

12:49 PM, Nov 25, 2015
Are you watching  Scream Queens ? Me neither. But I did catch a scene of the FOX slasher-comedy and was surprised to see that my father, Justice Antonin Scalia, made a cameo appearance. Sort of.  Read more

'Clock Boy' Files $15 Million Lawsuit

09:59 PM, Nov 24, 2015
Ahmed Mohamed, the 15 year-old Muslim kid who was invited to the White House after he was arrested for bringing a clock that he allegedly built to school, has filed a $15 million lawsuit : The son of Sudanese immigrants who lived in a Dallas suburb, the young robotics fan brought in a... Read more

Hillary: We Need a Wall

08:49 PM, Nov 24, 2015
While campaigning in New Hampshire recently, Hillary Clinton sounded a Donald Trumpian note on immigration.    Read more