What Will the Nixon-Reagan-Bush Republicans Do?

How unusual is this year's GOP presidential race?

11/27/15 02:14 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 01:04 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

Hillary Office Sought Concussion Advice from NFL Commissioner

04:33 PM, Nov 30, 2015
A newly released email between Hillary Clinton and Philippe Reines, Reines notes he sought NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's advice, with regard to Clinton's concussion. Reines later clarifies he didn't mean with regard to her health, but instead, with regard to rumors about her deteriorating... Read more

College Football Playoff: Oklahoma, the Big Ten Champ, and…?

09:00 AM, Nov 30, 2015
With the conference championship games all set for this coming weekend, we are now down to eight teams vying for four playoff spots. The Big 12 champion, Oklahoma (#3 in the Anderson & Hester Rankings), will all but certainly be one of those four teams. (The Big 12 has no conference... Read more

Female Genital Mutilation Reportedly Imposed by ISIS

02:51 PM, Nov 30, 2015
On October 11, the London Independent newspaper revived charges first made last year, by United Nations officials in Iraq, that the Islamic State (ISIS) has called for female genital mutilation (FGM) to be forced on women and girls living in the city of Mosul. ISIS seized Mosul in June 2014 and,... Read more

Mattis on Preparing for War

01:52 PM, Nov 30, 2015
Retired general James Mattis of the U.S. Marine Corps recently spoke with Military History about lessons learned from his 41-year career. Here's an excerpt: How did the Marine Corps prepare you for warfare? The Corps made very clear that I was responsible for my own learning, and that... Read more

Obama, Republicans Set for Climate Showdown

12:28 PM, Nov 30, 2015
Congressional Republicans plan to fight back this week against new regulations from the Obama administration's Environmental Protection Agency. The House of Representatives will take up measures against the rules as President Obama attends a global climate-change summit in Paris. The Wall... Read more

Obama Aligns Himself With China to Fight Climate Change

12:28 PM, Nov 30, 2015
President Obama is in Paris for a conference on climate change. Today he met with the leader of China, President Xi Jinping, and discussed the importance of the U.S.-China relationship in regards to fighting climate change. "As the two largest economies in the world and the two largest... Read more

Kristol: 'I Have Come to Loathe Donald Trump'

11:59 AM, Nov 29, 2015
Bill Kristol joined the roundtable on ABC's This Week  Sunday to discuss the 2016 election and Republican primary. Watch the video of the panel below:  Read more

The Paris Trap

09:00 AM, Nov 29, 2015
President Obama may be walking into a trap of his own side's devising as he departs for the latest climate action summit in Paris. If Republicans can suppress their innate ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, the summit’s outcome could hand the GOP an incredibly potent... Read more

New Hampshire Paper Endorses Christie

11:04 AM, Nov 29, 2015
The New Hampshire Union Leader  has endorsed Chris Christie for president. The state's largest daily newspaper, which has a conservative-leaning editorial board, published the endorsement Saturday. Here's an excerpt: Our choice is Gov. Chris Christie. As a U.S. attorney and then a... Read more

Obama Uses Planned Parenthood Shooting to Push Gun Control

09:13 AM, Nov 28, 2015
In a statement released this morning by the White House, President Obama used the shooting yesterday at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado to push gun control.   Read more