Daniel Halper

Daniel Halper is online editor at The Weekly Standard and author of Clinton, Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine.

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SNL Mocks Ted Cruz's 5-Year-Old Daughter

9:42 AM, Feb 07, 2016
Saturday Night Live did not just take aim at Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz. The NBC comedy show also mocked his daughter, Catherine. Read more

Christie Takes it to Rubio: 'There It Is. The Memorized 25-Second Speech.'

9:15 PM, Feb 06, 2016

New Jersey governor Chris Christie went after Florida senator Marco Rubio in Saturday's Republican debate:

Transcript via the Christie campaign:

DAVID MUIR: I do want to ask Governor Christie, you said, fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. You heard Senator Rubio make the case that he has the experience. Your response?

CHRIS CHRISTIE: Sure. First, let's remember something. Every morning when a United States Senator wakes up, they think about what kind of speech can I give, or what kind of bill can I drop? Every morning, when I wake up, I think about, what kind of problem do I need to solve for the people who actually elected me? It's a different experience. It's a much different experience.

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Madeleine Albright: 'There's a Special Place in Hell for Women Who Don't Help Each Other'

3:02 PM, Feb 06, 2016

Former secretary of state Madeleine Albright said this in support of Hillary Clinton at a campaign rally in New Hampshire: "Just remember: there's a special place in hell for women who don't help each other.

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Angels in the Outfield: Glover Backs Bernie

2:42 PM, Feb 05, 2016

Actor Danny Glover is throwing his support behind Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

"Bernie Sanders' campaign has already accomplished what most observers -- including many of his supporters -- thought was impossible. Coming from 40 points behind in the polls when the campaign began, he achieved a virtual tie with Hillary Clinton in Iowa and enjoys a huge lead in the second Democratic contest in New Hampshire," Glover writes in his endorsement.

"There is now no denying that he is a serious contender. Although Clinton still leads in national polls, most of the people surveyed by those polls have so far given little attention to the fundamentally different policy goals between Democratic Party presidential

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Moderator Hugs Candidates After Dem Debate

8:27 AM, Feb 05, 2016

After last night's Democratic debate, Rachel Maddow, one of the debate moderators, hugged the candidates. First Bernie Sanders got pulled tight, then Hillary Clinton.

Watch here:

Longtime Fox News Channel host and senior political analyst Brit Hume noted on Twitter,

"Rachel Maddow embraces both Clinton and Sanders at end of debate. I don't think I've ever seen a moderator do that before."

Rachel Maddow embraces both Clinton and Sanders at end of debate. I don't think I've ever seen a moderator do that before.

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Hillary: Bernie Raised $5 Million More than I Did

8:28 PM, Feb 04, 2016

Hillary Clinton is admitting to supporters that her main Democratic rival, Bernie Sanders, outraised her by $5 million last month.

"We just learned that the Sanders campaign raised $5 million more than ours did in January, and they raised another $3 million in a single day after the Iowa caucus," Clinton writes to her supporters this evening.

"I'm proud of the campaign we're running -- I'm committed to standing with you to make life better for American families, and I'm ready to fight by your side to earn every vote, take on the Republicans, win the White House, and make history.

"But daniel, if we don't win this nomination, we'll never get the chance to do those things. So on this important night, show me you're

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Rich Lowry on Conservatism, Donald Trump, and the 2016 Race

9:26 AM, Feb 04, 2016

The latest Conversation With Bill Kristol, featuring National Review editor Rich Lowry:

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Hillary: I May Expand U.S. Military Involvement Abroad

10:48 PM, Feb 03, 2016

Hillary Clinton is a courageous hawk. And at Wednesday's CNN town hall the leading Democratic presidential candidate said she might in fact have to expand U.S. military involvement abroad.

"As senator and as secretary of state, you have a history of interventionist that is troubling to many Democratic voters, including myself," said Michael Thiele, a box office manager, to Clinton. "As a voter who is opposed to the United States being the world's policeman, can you assure me that as president you would not expand our military involvement abroad?"

"No, I can't, Michael," Clinton said.

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Obama: 'TV shows Should Have Some Muslim Characters That are Unrelated to National Security'

4:57 PM, Feb 03, 2016

President Obama took on the role of television critic in remarks today at the Islamic Society of Baltimore.

"Our television shows should have some Muslim characters that are unrelated to national security," the president said at the mosque, "because -- it's not that hard to do. There was a time when there were no black people on television. And you can tell good stories while still representing the reality of our communities."

Today's trip marked the first visit to mosque as president by Obama.

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Lindsey Graham: 'Jeb Is Toast' If Beaten Badly in New Hampshire

10:53 AM, Feb 03, 2016

If Jeb Bush badly loses in New Hampshire to Marco Rubio, the former Floriday governor "is toast." At least, that's what one high level Bush supporter, Lindsey Graham, said today in New Hampshire.

The New York Times reports:

With Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Donald J. Trump and Senator Marco Rubio of Florida each finishing more than 20 percentage points higher than Mr. Bush in the Iowa caucuses on Monday, the former Florida governor is facing growing pressure to either demonstrate his appeal to voters or leave the race.
Specifically, many Republicans — including some of his supporters and donors — said Tuesday that Mr. Bush must finish ahead of Mr. Rubio in the primary here on Tuesday to

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Hillary Giving 'All-Hands-on-Deck Effort' to Win New Hampshire

7:50 AM, Feb 03, 2016

Hillary Clinton is doing all she can to try to win New Hampshire. Including sending 150 staffers to the first in the nation primary story.

"This week, Hillary Clinton is dispatching at least 150 people from her campaign headquarters in Brooklyn Heights to New Hampshire for an all-hands-on-deck effort here in advance of the Democratic primary on Tuesday," Ruby Cramer of BuzzFeed reports.

"Staffers have already started making the five-hour drive north, a campaign official confirmed. The group, pulled from various departments inside the Clinton operation, is estimated to represent as much as half the staff that works out of 1 Pierrepont Plaza.

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Hillary Tells Supporters to 'Do More'

Claims victory in Iowa.
9:13 AM, Feb 02, 2016

Hillary Clinton says she won the Iowa caucus, though some are claiming the state too close to call. Nonetheless, Clinton is moving on to New Hampshire with a sharp message for her supporters: "dig deep and do more."

"We made history last night with our win in Iowa -- thank you for all you did to make that happen," Clinton writes in an email this morning to supporters.

"Winning is a good feeling, Daniel. But we can’t be complacent for a single moment. We know that Senator Sanders has a strong team and they made history last night, too. His supporters aren't on the sidelines, taking anything for granted, and we can't either.

"We are down in New Hampshire -- so this is the time for this team to dig deep and do

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Will Mook Be Fired?

Or demoted?
8:36 AM, Feb 02, 2016

With Hillary Clinton's dissapointing evening in last night's caucuses, there's already speculation that Clinton's campaign manager, Robbie Mook, will be fired or demoted.

The speculation is in today's New York Times. Reporter Amy Chozick writes,

"Even before Mrs. Clinton finished her brief remarks to her supporters late Monday night, discussions were underway among her outside advisers and donors about the need to bring in longtime Clinton aides and diminish the role of Robby Mook, her young data-driven campaign manager."

Chozick turned to the Clinton campaign for reaction:

Asked about such discussions, Nick Merrill, a spokesman for the campaign, grew irritated. "Are you serious?" he said

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Jeb Spends $2,884 Per Iowa Vote

12:22 AM, Feb 02, 2016

Florida governor Jeb Bush received 5,165 votes in Iowa. His vote total constitutes 2.8 percent of the Republican turnout, placing him in sixth place in the Iowa caucus.

Yet no candidate in either party spent more in the race than Bush.

According to MSNBC, Bush spent $14.9 million in Iowa, all coming from Bush's super PAC. (In fact, if one were to consider national ads and money from the campaign, the total would be significantly more.)

That means, the once Republican frontrunner spent $2,884 per Iowa vote.

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O'Malley Suspends Campaign

11:16 PM, Feb 01, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley has suspended his presidential campaign. David Hamrick, O'Malley's campaign manager, sent this memo to interested parties:

Memorandum RE: Tonight's Caucus Results & the O'Malley Campaign
To: Interested Parties
From: David Hamrick, O'Malley for President Campaign Manager
Date: February 1, 2016
Governor O'Malley ran a strong, bold, and honorable campaign in a very challenging year. Entering the race as an unknown, he always faced long odds—especially against a candidate as universally known as Secretary Clinton.

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Chelsea Featured at Final Clinton Iowa Push

8:20 AM, Feb 01, 2016

For Hillary Clinton's "final push" on the campaign trail she was joined by former first daughter Chelsea Clinton.

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Hillary: Iowa 'Obviously Exhausting, it Takes a Lot of Concentration'

7:44 AM, Feb 01, 2016

Hillary Clinton revealed this morning on ABC News that she finds campaigning in Iowa "exhausting" and that "it takes a lot of concentration."

Clinton made the remarks in response to a comment from ABC Robin Roberts about Clinton campaigning in all 99 Iowa counties. Clinton correct Roberts, saying in fact she hasn't visited all of Iowa, and said,

"I've covered a lot of ground and I sure have met many thousands of people, and have really learned so much. That's the best part of this. It's obviously exhausting, it takes a lot of concentration, but what keeps me going are the stories they tell me.

"There's something so intimate, at least in my experience, because I actually try to listen to people and hear what's on

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Cruz Bus Stuck in Mud, Towed

5:46 PM, Jan 31, 2016

The Ted Cruz campaign bus got stuck in Iowa mud and needed to be towed.

Time magazine's Phil Elliott caught a picture of the bus and noted,

"Paging the Department of Metaphor? Ted Cruz campaign bus stuck in mud, needs towed.

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Clinton Campaign Likens Hillary to George Washington

10:50 AM, Jan 30, 2016

Hillary Clinton might be the next George Washington. At least, that's what Clinton's campaign wants it supporters to believe.

Clinton's campaign is asserting that she's "the most qualified candidate maybe since General George Washington himself!!"

As surrogate James Carville write in an email to supporters on behalf of the campaign, "I read the other day that more of Bernie's supporters have donated to support his campaign than Hillary's.

"I don't mean to be cranky, but what in the hell is that all about?! We've got the best chance we've ever had to put a woman in the White House, and oh, by the way, she just happens to be the most qualified candidate maybe since General George Washington himself!!

"Chip in $1

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Clinton Campaign: Release the Classified Emails!

3:38 PM, Jan 29, 2016

Hillary Clinton wants classified information released to the public. In response to new reports on classified information in Clinton's emails, the campaign released this statement:

"We firmly oppose the complete blocking of the release of these emails. Since first providing her emails to the State Department more than one year ago, Hillary Clinton has urged that they be made available to the public. We feel no differently today.

"After a process that has been dominated by bureaucratic infighting that has too often played out in public view, the loudest and leakiest participants in this interagency dispute have now prevailed in blocking any release of these emails.

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WH: Clinton Won't Be Indicted 'Based On What We Know'

3:34 PM, Jan 29, 2016

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said today that "based on what we know" it does not look like Hillary Clinton will be indicted. Earnest made the remarks the White House podium.

A reporter asked, "Can you say with certainty and confidence that Secretary Clinton will not be indicted because of this email scandal?"

"That will be a decision made by the Department of Justice and prosecutors over there," said Earnest. "What I know that some officials over there have said is that she is not a target of the investigation. So that does not seem to be the direction that it's trending. But I'm certainly not going to weigh in on a decision or in that process in any way.

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Halperin: White House Buzzing About FBI Investigation of Hillary Clinton

9:19 AM, Jan 29, 2016

Bloomberg's Mark Halperin reported this morning on MSNBC that the White House is buzzing about the FBI's investigation of Hillary Clinton. Halperin also said that the FBI will likely interview Clinton.

Watch here:

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough reported, "[T]he Hillary Clinton investigation of the FBI is far more progressed and Mika and I have been hearing it from the top officials in the Obama administration for actually several months now and we can't go to a meeting in Washington where we don't hear that. I'm sure you're hearing the same thing. What is -- what are your -- all of our sources high up are ... telling us the same thing: that this investigation is far more advanced than we the public knows.

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Jeb to Leave Iowa Caucus Day, Not Hold Victory Party

8:16 AM, Jan 29, 2016

Jeb Bush will be in Iowa through the weekend. But on Monday, the day of the Iowa caucus, the former Florida governor will fly to New Hampshire to hold a town hall.

So as caucusgoers gather in Iowa, Bush will be in Manchester, New Hampshire, for a town hall. The event will take place at the Alpine Club.

There is no victory party for Bush scheduled for Monday evening.

The Bush campaign released the governor's schedule last night.

UPDATE: Republican candidates Chris Christie and John Kasich will also leave Iowa before Monday's caucus and head to New Hampshire.

Jeb Bush is at 3.4 percent in the RealClearPolitics average of Iowa polls.

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Hillary: I'm in Fight of My Life in Iowa, New Hampshire

7:30 AM, Jan 29, 2016

Hillary Clinton needs a dollar. Why? Because she's in the fight of her life to win Iowa, which will caucus on Monday, and New Hampshire.

Clinton made the pitch in an email this morning to supporters.

"If you're on my side before the Iowa caucus, there's one way you can show it right now: Chip in $1," Clinton's email reads.

"It's not about the money, Daniel. The truth is, we are in the fight of our life to win the Iowa caucuses on Monday and the New Hampshire primary the week after that.

"And once people start caucusing and voting, it's a full on sprint until we win the nomination.

"So more than any budget concerns or spending charts or polls that go up and down, what really matters is knowing that you're

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Luntz Focus Group Calls Rubio the Winner

11:28 PM, Jan 28, 2016

The Frank Luntz focus group, which aired on Fox News after tonight's debate, called Marco Rubio the winner of the Republican debate.

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Mook Sounds the Alarm: 'No Denying' Bernie's Support

9:05 PM, Jan 28, 2016

Robbie Mook, Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, is raising the alarm: Bernie Sanders is doing very well.

"Late last night, Bernie Sanders' campaign announced they'd raised $1.4 million from 50,000 donations in a single day. The day before, they announced that the Reddit community had contributed more than $1 million to his campaign," Mook writes in an urgent email to supporters.

"There's no denying this: His supporters are stepping up. They see a chance to win in Iowa and they're willing to go all in for their guy. Hillary can't do this if you're on the sidelines, Daniel. You need to step up and match them.

"If Donald Trump takes the Republican nomination, our party will lose more than the presidency. Years of

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New Ad: Trump Backs Amnesty

8:30 AM, Jan 28, 2016

A new ad from the Our Principles PAC accuses Donald Trump of backing amnesty. The ad says amnesty is "big money for himself" and suggests that conservatives cannot trust Trump.

Watch the 60-second spot:

"The latest TV and online advertisement from Our Principles PAC which begins airing this Friday, clearly exposes more inconsistencies of Donald Trump while raising serious questions Mr. Trump doesn't want to discuss in a campaign debate. This revealing ad shows Trump - in his own words -contradicting the major premise of his campaign: immigration. Trump blatantly talks about how the real path to citizenship in America is through an amnesty program," Our Principles PAC says in a statement announcing the release of the ad.

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Hillary Leaves Iowa for Investment Mogul Fundraiser

7:50 AM, Jan 28, 2016

Hillary Clinton left Iowa to attend a fundraiser last night with an investment mogul. The fundraiser took place in Philadelpia.

Jon Bon Jovi was exptected to serenade the crowd with an acoustic set.

“Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will visit Philadelphia on Jan. 27 for a fund-raiser hosted by a group that includes lawyer-turned-investment mogul Michael C. Forman and former State Rep. Michael Gerber (D., Mont.) at their $17 billion 'alternative investments' firm, Franklin Square Capital Partners.

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Iowa Poll: 'Trump Takes Caucus Lead'

1:19 PM, Jan 27, 2016

A new Iowa poll finds Donald Trump with a strong seven point lead, less than one week from caucus day. Ted Cruz is in second and Marco Rubio is in third, the poll finds.

"In a poll conducted largely before the announcement that he would not participate in the final debate prior to Iowa’s caucuses, Donald Trump leads Ted Cruz in the first contest of 2016. The latest Monmouth University Poll of likely Iowa Republican caucusgoers finds that turnout will be a significant factor in determining who emerges victorious," the poll from Monmouth University finds.

"Donald Trump earns 30% support and Ted Cruz has 23% support when likely caucusgoers are asked who they will caucus for on February 1st. Marco Rubio (16%) and Ben

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Obama to Host Sanders for Private White House Meeting

8:01 AM, Jan 27, 2016

Bernie Sanders has a private meeting today at the White House with President Barack Obama. The meeting, which is scheduled not to exceed 45 minutes, will take place in the Oval Office.

Here's how the White House is describing the meeting:

"[T]he President will meet with Senator Bernie Sanders. This meeting in the Oval Office is closed press."

The meeting comes as Sanders gains against Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. The two are neck and neck in Iowa, which caucuses next week on February 1.

But Sanders is beating Clinton pretty handily in New Hampshire, according to a slew of recent public opinion polls.

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