Today's Standard

• June 26, 2017

Study: Seattle Minimum Wage Increase Reduced Low-Wage Income

Those who were supposed to be helped by the raise actually lost an average of $125 a month.
12:42 PM, Jun 26, 2017
It turns out the laws of supply and demand haven't changed. Read more

Prufrock: The Slow Death of the Electric Guitar, the Art of the Table, and San Francisco's Fires

9:30 AM, Jun 26, 2017
The best in books and arts from around the web, including: Civilizing markets, the charms of Patience Gray, a life of Margaret Wise Brown, and more. Read more

Free Speech for Zi

An amendment to the Canadian Human Rights Act regarding transgender pronoun use crosses the line into coerced speech.
6:30 AM, Jun 26, 2017
Bill C-16, which recently received Royal Assent and will soon become law in Canada, is the most recent bill to threaten free speech and to mandate that individuals adopt a social constructionist philosophy of gender. Those who refuse to use gender neutral pronouns such as “they” or “zi” and “zir,” or who oppose the notion that gender is subjectively determined, may find themselves facing the full force of federal law. Read more

Can We Agree on How to Disagree?

From the July 3/July 10, 2017, double issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
6:10 AM, Jun 26, 2017
In the aftermath of the attempted assassination of Rep. Steve Scalise and fellow Republican lawmakers, there has understandably been a debate about the tenor of our political discourse. Is it too nasty? Does heated rhetoric incite violence? Do we all need to tone down the hyperbole? Read more

The Downside of the Middle East 'Peace Process'

From the July 3/July 10, 2017, double issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
5:45 AM, Jun 26, 2017
Among Israelis and Palestin­ians, there’s little optimism about renewed American efforts to negotiate a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace deal. In Ramallah and Jerusalem, officials, journalists, and policy analysts have watched as industrious U.S. activity in the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations came to naught—and they expect the same outcome for the Trump administration. Read more

Trump Rallies Senate Support for Health Care

White House Watch: President Trump frets about Democratic obstruction.
5:30 AM, Jun 26, 2017
As the Senate prepares to debate the GOP health care bill this week, the Trump administration is working hard to pull together 50 Republican votes to pass it. Read more

Lowell Thomas, the Original 'Voice of America'

From the July 3/July 10, 2017, double issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
5:15 AM, Jun 26, 2017

In my time at Jesus College, Oxford (1956-58), I must have passed Eric Kennington’s evocative bust of T. E. Lawrence scores of times. It stood in the college lodge, on Turl Street, and portrayed a famous alumnus who had led an early life as an archaeologist before he became a British officer and legendary leader of the World War I “Arab revolt” against Turkish rule.

What I knew only dimly was that a much-traveled American journalist named Lowell Thomas—who had briefly taught elocution at Princeton—was often credited with the creation of the Lawrence legend, a legend sensationally magnified a generation later by David Lean’s magnificent film.

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Day of Birth, Day of Mourning

My daughter is going to die on the day of her birth—and that's if we're lucky.
1:00 PM, Jun 25, 2017
In the usual course of events, we would be enjoying the quirks and joys of pregnancy, along with the acid reflux. But like Louise Banks, we know what’s coming next. This creates agonizing social awkwardness. When people who Anj doesn’t know well look at her and say, “Oh you must be so excited! When are you due?!” how the blazes is she supposed to answer that? Read more

Scarborough Fare

From the July 3/July 10 double issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
7:30 AM, Jun 25, 2017
Joe Scarborough isn’t just a onetime congressman turned cable-TV talker, nor even just a handsome face. No, he is a rock ’n’ roller, a singer, a guitarist, and a (more than) prolific songwriter. He is—if the publicity hoo-ha accompanying his new extended-play recording is to be believed—“this year’s most surprising debut artist.” Read more

Empathetic Eye: The Art of George W. Bush

From the July 3/July 10 double issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
6:30 AM, Jun 25, 2017
George W. Bush has been painting for several years now, but has only recently become an artist. His first paintings, mostly of world leaders, were remarkably well received, even by an art establishment that had hardly been friendly to his administration. And yet, although those early paintings were earnest and well-intentioned, they were clearly the work of an amateur who, if he hadn’t been president, would not have received or deserved much attention. Read more

The Big Trial

From the July 3/July 10 double issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
6:00 AM, Jun 25, 2017
With its adversarial structure and set procedural rules, the trial can be a perfect dramatic vehicle, offering the strategy and suspense of a sports event alongside the seriousness of life and death. Read more

Mike Lee Thinks the Healthcare Bill Is a Joke

But he'll vote for It under one condition.
4:48 PM, Jun 24, 2017
The conservative Utah senator says the new healthcare bill is a "caricature" of what people expect from Republicans. But he might vote for it anyway. Read more

Confab: Dems in the Dumps

Hosted by Eric Felten.
4:25 PM, Jun 24, 2017
In this episode of THE WEEKLY STANDARD Confab, executive editor Fred Barnes tells host Eric Felten what to take away from the Democrats' special election defeats. Karlyn Bowman talks about what pollsters have and haven't learned from 2016's polling fiascos. Read more

Prufrock: Was Lincoln an Incorrigible Racist?

9:30 AM, Jun 24, 2017
The best in books and arts from around the web, including: The point of a museum of failure, caring for corpses, the slow death of Europe, and more. Read more

The Human Clock

From the July 3, 2017, issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
7:30 AM, Jun 24, 2017
Once upon a time, it didn’t matter if a clock tower in Spoleto kept time slightly differently than a tower in Assisi and far differently than one in Rome. Read more

Get to Know Section 232

A decades-old trade law allows the president to investigate whether imports threaten our national security.
7:00 AM, Jun 24, 2017
President Trump hates our trade deficit with Germany. Will he institute tariffs in an attempt to close it? Read more

Winston's Folly: Lessons Learned Gallipoli.

From the July 3, 2017, issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
6:30 AM, Jun 24, 2017
Nothing, even in the Second World War, affected Churchill so personally and profoundly badly as the Dardanelles—also known as the Gallipoli—disaster, which would have destroyed many a lesser man. Yet, instead, the catastrophe inserted much of the steel into the mettle of the man who, a quarter of a century later, was to lead Britain in the crises of 1940-41, was by then older and (largely because of the Dardanelles) wiser. Read more

Court Dismisses Charges Against Pro-Life Activists, For Now

David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt now face only 1 of original 15 felony charges in California related to undercover videos about fetal tissue procurement.
6:02 PM, Jun 23, 2017
Even in famously abortion-friendly California there is justice for abortion foes. Read more

Obama Official: 'We Would've Done More' Had We Known Kremlin Wanted to Help Trump

Former deputy secretary of state explains the administration's thought process on responding to Russian interference in the election.
4:12 PM, Jun 23, 2017
A former Obama State Department official suggested Friday that the administration would have “done more” about Russian election interference earlier if it had been clearer that one of the Kremlin's central objectives was to denigrate Hillary Clinton and help Donald Trump. Read more

Trump Delivers for Veterans

The president goes a long way toward reforming the VA.
3:39 PM, Jun 23, 2017
Following through on a campaign promise, President Donald Trump on Friday morning signed legislation aimed at reforming the famously dysfunctional Department of Veterans Affairs. Read more
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