|8:43 AM, Jul 30, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
After contracting in the 1st quarter, 2nd quarter GDP grew by an unexpectedly robust 4.0 percent.
12:12 PM, Jul 29, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
If you like going out in the sun or, perhaps, must do so because of your work and you don’t want to get burned, there is good news. Of a sort.
11:38 AM, Jul 29, 2014 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
Ayatollah Seyed Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi has been incarcerated, mainly in Tehran’s ignominious Evin Prison, since 2006. He is accused of “combat against God” for his criticisms of the Iranian clerical dictatorship, and is serving an 11-year sentence. Now kept in the “special clerical ward,” he has suffered numerous ailments, has accused his jailers of torture, and is among the most famous Iranian prisoners of conscience.
10:33 AM, Jul 29, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The U.S. has been at war for 13 years and according to General Michael Flynn, outgoing head of the Defense Intelligence Agency:
Delaware responds.9:20 AM, Jul 29, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Vice President Joe Biden inadvertently may have produced the worst public service announcement for a state since Maryland's Governor William Donald Schaefer referred to the Eastern Shore of his state as the "[outhouse]" of Maryland.
8:06 AM, Jul 29, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Publicly, President Obama loves to demonize insurance companies. But behind the scenes, Big Government and Big Insurance maintain a cozy alliance that the Obama administration actively nourishes, often at taxpayer expense. Indeed, as emails recently obtained by the House Oversight Committee show, Big Government and Big Insurance have worked together to promote Obamacare. They’ve also worked together to make sure taxpayers will help bail out insurance companies who lose money selling insurance under Obamacare — that is, unless Republicans stop this from happening. Moreover, Obama senior advisor Valerie Jarrett is among the prominent White House officials who’ve been in the middle of this collaboration between insurers and the administration — between those driven by the profit motive and those driven by the power motive.
9:14 PM, Jul 28, 2014 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Our friends at the admirable Italian newspaper, il Foglio, have announced a rally in front of their headquarters in Rome Wednesday night. The rally has two goals: First, to support the right of Israel to defend itself -- something that will be a useful challenge and rebuke to the anti-Israel rallies elsewhere in Europe. And second, to increase awareness of the persecution of Christians in Iraq and beyond. As a friend involved in organizing the rally put it in his email, "both the threats to Israel and to the Christians come from the same radical ideology."
8:13 PM, Jul 28, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Thousands of illegal immigrants are streaming across America's southern border, but on Wednesday the chief of the Department of Homeland Security will be attending an educational event with schoolchildren in Washington, D.C.
In an email to reporters with the subject line reading, "SECRETARY JOHNSON TO PARTICIPATE IN A LET’S READ! LET’S MOVE! EVENT," the department announced that Jeh Johnson will be attending an event Wednesday morning at the library of Congress, along with other government officials, a chef, and a retired NFL player. Here's an excerpt from the email:
Hosted by Michael Graham.5:48 PM, Jul 28, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on President Obama's track record on the rule of law, Israel, Immigration, and more.
3:56 PM, Jul 28, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The economic numbers roll in ceaselessly and some are good. As with last week’s initial unemployment claims. But then there comes a number that makes it plain that it would be premature to break out the champagne and sing “Happy Days Are Here Again.”
A Parody.1:57 PM, Jul 28, 2014 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
The following is a transcript of a conversation in the Oval Office passed to me simultaneously by the German, French, and British intelligence services, along with copies of their governments' complaints about the immorality of American spying on its allies.
Rice: Mr. President, I have some bad news.
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