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

The Case of Lori Berenson

01:18 PM, Dec 01, 2015
News stories this week have brought attention back to the name Lori Berenson, and that was truly a blast from the past. Berenson was, twenty years ago, a young American radical who worked with Communist guerrillas first in El Salvador and then in Peru. She was convicted of treason in a... Read more

HAYES: Trump's Media Conspiracy Theory

01:04 PM, Dec 01, 2015
The WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with senior writer Stephen F. Hayes on Donald Trump and his conspiracy theory regarding the media and September 11. This podcast can be downloaded here. Subscribe to THE WEEKLY STANDARD's iTunes podcast feed here.  Read more

Obama In Paris: Mass Shootings Don't Happen In Other Countries

11:35 AM, Dec 01, 2015
On Tuesday, President Obama gave a press conference on a variety of issues, including climate change and the Planned Parenthood shooting. During the conference, he said mass shootings don't "happen in other countries." "I say this every time we've got one of these mass shootings. This just... Read more

Israel Invests in Desalinization; California Builds High-Speed Rail

11:39 AM, Dec 01, 2015
California is reeling from a drought, rather like the one suffered by Israel in 1998-2002. California, with an 840-mile coastline on the world's largest ocean, has a water shortage; Israel, with a mere 170-mile coast line, does not. Israel invests in desalinization; California is building a... Read more

New Hillary Ad: '44 Boys Is Too Many'

11:35 AM, Dec 01, 2015
The new Hillary for America ad features little kids reading notes to Hillary Clinton. "In this heartwarming video, see what a few little girl supporters wanted to tell Hillary Clinton. Their inspiring words remind us there is still much to do to break the highest hardest glass ceiling for... Read more

Hillary Office Sought Concussion Advice from NFL Commissioner

04:33 PM, Nov 30, 2015
In 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

Christie: Ted Cruz Made America Less Safe By Voting Against NSA

08:59 AM, Dec 01, 2015
Another candidate is getting into the Marco Rubio-Ted Cruz feud over the NSA metadata program. Chris Christie was asked about Ted Cruz's vote to abolish the program in an interview this morning on MSNBC. The MSNBC host asked, "Is Ted Cruz's position, and Rand Paul's position, on collecting... Read more

Female Genital Mutilation Reportedly Imposed by ISIS

07:46 AM, Dec 01, 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

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

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