|2:15 PM, Dec 10, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
With the president on his way back from South Africa, it was left to Vice President Joe Biden to announce the administration's $100 million increase for "access to mental health services:"
1:02 PM, Dec 10, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Arnold Steinberg writes:
With the death of Nelson Mandela, the mythology continues that, under Ronald Reagan, the 1980s was the lost decade in dealing with South Africa. It’s the same old line — Reagan was insensitive to AIDS because he wasn’t gay. He was insensitive to racism because he wasn’t black. And he was not involved in policy, because he wasn’t very deep. All of that is just not true.
12:01 PM, Dec 10, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Weary of wading through the big muddy of Obamacare, the president has decided that it is time to change the subject. (They call that a “pivot,” in Washington, these days.) And as Amie Parnes at the Hill reports:
President Obama is once again turning to populism to reinvigorate what has been a lackluster second term.
11:05 AM, Dec 10, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Dan Rather is still at it. The story that brought him down was true, he claims, unlike the one that is the cause of Lara Logan’s difficulties. On CNN, Rather said:
10:02 AM, Dec 10, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Steve Hayes, with A.B. Stoddard and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:
9:12 AM, Dec 10, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
The White House has not even officially introduced the 2013 White House Holiday Card yet and already Monday night copies were listed for sale on eBay for as much as $200. The card is quite elaborate based on the standards of previous years.
7:02 AM, Dec 10, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama's speech at the Nelson Mandela memorial today in South Africa:
6:39 AM, Dec 10, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
At Nelson Mandela's memorial service today in Johannesburg, South Africa, President Obama shook hands with Raúl Castro:
"Castro, he's shaking hands with Raúl Castro," said an excited Christiane Amanpour.
"As Christiane points out, President Obama just shook hands with Raúl Castro from Cuba," Chris Cuomo explained.
6:09 PM, Dec 9, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama, who is aboard Air Force One on his way to a memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa, will sign a plastic gun ban "via autopen," an aide tells the Huffington Post.
"We expect the President to sign the reauthorization via autopen before the legislation expires at midnight," a White House aide is quoted as saying.
Hosted by Michael Graham5:15 PM, Dec 9, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with staff writer Jay Cost on his recent cover story, The Battle of 2014 on the political landscape for the 2014 elections.
4:34 PM, Dec 9, 2013 • By LEE SMITH
A new Pew Poll released today shows the American public does not support the White House’s interim deal over the Iranian nuclear program. Conducted by the Pew Research Center and USA TODAY two weeks after the November 24 agreement struck at Geneva between the P5+1 powers and Iran, the national survey finds that 43 percent disapprove of the agreement, 32 percent approve, while 25 percent do not have an opinion.
3:43 PM, Dec 9, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
In the East Room of the White House Sunday night, President Obama hosted the Kennedy Center Honors Reception to recognize five American artists: Martina Arroyo, Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana, Shirley MacLaine, and Billy Joel. The president gave a brief synopsis of each artist's career, including making light of the drug-induced hallucinations of Carlos Santana as he was introduced to the music world at the 1969 Woodstock music festival:
2:32 PM, Dec 9, 2013 • By MICHAEL ANTON
Anniversaries come thick and fast. But 500-year marks are still rare, reminders of a simpler time, a different world. We look back to Columbus and forward to the Reformation without understanding the epochal revolution in between that made our time, our world.
Amid the administration’s tangled web of paradoxes and inconsistencies one message rings clear.1:15 PM, Dec 9, 2013 • By LEE SMITH
The military option against the Iranian nuclear weapons program is still on the table: That’s the message President Obama wanted to leave listeners with Saturday at the annual Saban Forum, hosted by the Brookings Institution’s Saban Center for Middle East Policy.
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