The Email Saga

For alumni of U.S. national-security departments and agencies, Hillary Clinton’s email saga is mind-numbing. The publicly available information makes clear she and her aides violated so many elementary security prohibitions that alumni are speechless. They wonder, had they done what she did, how quickly they would have lost their clearances and jobs and how extensive the criminal indictments against them would be. By contrast, many who have never served in government or dealt with classified information see the affair as opaque, even overblown. Certainly Clinton has worked hard to foster that impression.

02/05/16 1:00 AM

Kristol: What to Expect in New Hampshire

The WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with editor William Kristol on the week that was in New Hampshire, and what to expect in the upcoming primary.

02/05/16 2:24 PM

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

Sandernistas on the March

So now that the Democratic party is well and truly feeling the Bern, how should those of us who identify not as democratic socialists nor oligarchs nor oligarch-enablers feel about those lighter-shade-of-Mao “Bernie 2016" yard signs reddening up the landscape? The perhaps counterintuitive answer is .  .  . thrilled. Ecstatic, even. The Sandernistas on the march will be more fun to watch than a crossover season of Girls and The Walking Dead—if, that is, one could still stomach watching Lena Dunham now that she's thrown in her lot with that pantsuited Goldman Sachs subsidiary who portrays Hillary Clinton on various debate stages and social...

02/05/16 1:00 AM

The Real Shape of the Race

Des Moines, Iowa The shorthand understanding of the likely three-man race for the Republican nomination goes something like this. Donald Trump is the populist outside agitator, running on economic nationalism and against the entire political system. Ted Cruz is the antiestablishment crusader, running on sharp intellect, eager confrontation, and ideological purity. And Marco Rubio is the conventional candidate, running on optimism, easing our anxieties, and repairing old divisions. Cruz and Trump are often lumped together as “outsiders" or "antiestablishment," manifestations of the anger and frustration of the Republican base.

02/05/16 1:00 AM

Today's Standard


Carly Super PAC Mocks ABC for Debate Exclusion

ABC = 'Anyone 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 next 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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Trump Cancels Only N.H. Event Today, Offers Top Prize of $15 Buffalo Wild Wings Gift Card to Get Out the Vote

12:55 PM, Feb 05, 2016

Donald Trump canceled his only scheduled campaign event in New Hampshire on Friday because it is snowing in the Granite State. "Due to the weather and the airports being closed Mr. Trump is unable to attend today's Town Hall at the Londonderry Lions Club," the Trump campaign said in a press release. "This event will be rescheduled and additional details will follow. Mr. Trump will campaign in New Hampshire on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday." Huffington Post reporter Scott Conroy notes that other campaigns stayed on schedule despite the snow.

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Republicans on Hill, Campaign Trail Reject Obama Oil Tax

12:34 PM, Feb 05, 2016

The latest dead-on-arrival lame-duck proposal from the White House came Thursday. In a statement about its “21st Century Clean Transportation System" plan, the Obama administration said it would pay for new infrastructure spending with a "new fee paid by oil companies." Here's an excerpt:

So to meet our needs in the future, we have to make significant investments across all modes of transportation. And our transportation system is heavily dependent on oil. That is why we are proposing to fund these investments through a new $10 per barrel fee on oil paid by oil companies, which would be gradually phased in over five years.

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Art and the Ottomans

Istanbul dispatch.
11:00 AM, Feb 05, 2016
Last week, Italian officials covered a number of nude statues in order to spare the modesty of Iranian president Hassan Rouhani during his visit to Rome. The Italians got a fair amount of heat for their pre-emptive act of cultural appeasement—much of it from Italians, including the minister of culture, appalled at the willingness of their fellow countrymen to abandon their own glorious tradition—and perhaps rightfully so. Read more

A New Effort to Reassert Congress's Constitutional Powers

10:26 AM, Feb 05, 2016

The American Founders designed a federal government of separated powers: They authorized Congress to pass the laws, the president to execute them, and the Supreme Court (and "such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish") to apply them in judicial proceedings. But the lawmaking power is now, illegitimately, being shared. We currently have a president who feels free to grant unilateral executive amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants in plain defiance of federal immigration law, to decree myriad changes to Obamacare at his whim, even to rename mountains and to decide who is pictured on our currency.

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Christie Makes Another Donation to Planned Parenthood

Jeb Bush's super PAC chips in too.
9:50 AM, Feb 05, 2016

On Thursday, New Jersey governor Chris Christie attacked Florida senator Marco Rubio from the left on the issue of abortion.

"He's made it very clear that — on the issue of pro-life, Marco Rubio is not for an exception for rape, incest or life of the mother," Christie said on MSNBC's Morning Joe. "Now, you know, I think that's the kind of position that New Hampshire voters would be really concerned about."

"I am pro-life, but I believe that rape, incest and life of the mother, as Ronald Reagan did, should be exceptions to that rule," Christie added.

Christie made two claims that are flatly false. First, Rubio has always said that he supports an exception when the life of the mother is endangered.

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Marco Rubio: The Natural

8:43 AM, Feb 05, 2016

For all the hype surrounding him, a Marco Rubio rally is completely different from the mega-rallies of Trump and Sanders or even the smaller, yet richly-produced, Clinton affairs. Thursday’s rally, for instance, was held in a dingy banquet hall just off the U.S. 1 Bypass in Portsmouth. At eight o'clock in the morning about 150 people packed into the small room, which looked like most of the bare-bones, early campaign events you see every four years in New Hampshire. Except for one thing: the candidate.

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Moderator Hugs Candidates After Dem Debate

8:27 AM, Feb 05, 2016

After last night's Democratic debate, Rachel Maddow, one of the debate moderators, hugged the candidates. First Bernie Sanders got pulled tight, then Hillary Clinton.

Watch here:

Longtime Fox News Channel host and senior political analyst Brit Hume noted on Twitter,

"Rachel Maddow embraces both Clinton and Sanders at end of debate. I don't think I've ever seen a moderator do that before."

Rachel Maddow embraces both Clinton and Sanders at end of debate. I don't think I've ever seen a moderator do that before.

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Hillary Clinton: '100% Confident' Nothing Will Come of FBI Investigation

10:47 PM, Feb 04, 2016

During Thursday night's Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton was asked about her email scandal, electability, and other related issues.

Chuck Todd asked, "Are you 100% confident that nothing is going to come of this FBI investigation?"

Clinton replied, "I am 100% confident.

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Clinton, Sanders Crank the Volume Up to 100 in Debate

"If you've got something to say, say it -- directly."
10:29 PM, Feb 04, 2016
It's officially a hoarse race in the Democratic primary. Read more

Hillary Brings Goldman Sachs Lobbyist and Fundraiser to Dem Debate

10:10 PM, Feb 04, 2016

Hillary Clinton supporters attended the Democratic debate in full force.

Here is a picture one of her fundraisers, former governor Howard Dean and Steve Elmendorf—a Goldman Sachs lobbyist.

Yahoo's Michael Isikoff notes Elmendorf is a "key player" in her campaign. Elmendorf runs Subject Matter, "a go-to Democratic lobbying firm for corporate interests, raking more than $10 million in fees last year." Its clients include Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Verizon, and Monsanto.

This isn't an ideal image for Clinton, who has been fighting her ties to Wall Street. Just yesterday, Anderson Cooper asked Clinton, "did you have to be paid $675,000" for speeches to Goldman Sachs. She replied, "That's what they offered.

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