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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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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Hillary Goes All In for Iowa

8:12 PM, Jan 25, 2016

Hillary Clinton is committing herself to trying to win Iowa. The Midwest state, which Clinton lost in 2008 to Barack Obama and John Edwards, holds its caucus exactly a week from today.

Clinton, the leading Democrat announced tonight, will spend every single moment until the caucus in Iowa.

"Hillary Clinton will continue her series of Get Out the Caucus and organizing events across the Hawkeye State on January 29, 30, and 31. She will meet with supporters and lay out what is at stake in the February 1st caucus for Iowans in Des Moines, Dubuque, Ames, Carroll, Council Bluffs, and Sioux City. She will be joined by President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton for Get Out the Caucus events in Davenport, Cedar Rapids, and Des

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Hillary Speech Disrupted by Coughing Attack in Iowa

1:14 PM, Jan 25, 2016
The leading Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, was hit with a "coughing attack" midway through remarks today in Iowa. Read more

Clinton Surrogate Calls Bernie an 'Atheist'

Corrects herself and calls Bernie a 'socialist'
10:02 AM, Jan 24, 2016

A surrogate for Hillary Clinton, former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm, called Bernie Sanders an "atheist" this morning on ABC's This Week. Granholm soon corrected herself and called Sanders a "socialist."

Sanders and Clinton are neck-and-neck in the Democratic presidential contest in Iowa, where caucusing takes place next week.

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NYPD: 'We Will Arrest You' If On the Road

3:05 PM, Jan 23, 2016

Martial law has been decalred in New York City. This comes in response to this year's biggest snow storm.

The New York Police Department is threatening to arrest anyone on the road. They are calling it a "travel ban."

"After 2:30 p.m and you're on the road, we will arrest you @NYPDChiefofDept says," NYPD says.

"Stay off the road, @NYPDChiefofDept says. We don't want to have to arrest you."

After 2:30 p.m and you're on the road, we will arrest you @NYPDChiefofDept says— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) January 23, 2016

"We are asking people to make good common sense decisions. Use your head," @NYPDChiefofDept says.

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Chairman: Obama's Visa Waiver Accommodates Iran

9:26 PM, Jan 22, 2016

The chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs is blasting the Obama administration for its visa waiver program that accommodates Iran. In a statement released by his office today, Chairman Ed Royce reacts "to the Obama administration’s implementation of the recently passed Visa Waiver Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2016," as his office described.

"Today the United States starts implementing changes under to the Visa Waiver Program to better protect Americans. But instead of following the new bipartisan law that Congress passed in December, the Obama administration has gone out of its way to accommodate the Islamic Republic of Iran," Royce's statement today reads.

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Fmr Attorney General: 'Criminal Charge Is Justified' Against Hillary

8:02 AM, Jan 22, 2016

A former top Justice Department official now says that a "Criminal Charge Is Justified" in conjunction with classified information and her private email server. Michael Mukasey, former attorney general in the George W. Bush administration, writes in the Wall Street Journal: "Clinton's Emails: A Criminal Charge Is Justified. Hillary's explanations look increasingly contrived as evidence of malfeasance mounts day by day."

The simple proposition that everyone is equal before the law suggests that Mrs.

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New Trump Ad: Ted Cruz Is 'Pro-Amnesty'

7:07 AM, Jan 22, 2016

The latest ad from the leading presidential candidate, Donald Trump, accuses the next best candidate, Ted Cruz, of being "pro-amnesty." Cruz is also labeled "Pro Immigration" in the ad.

"Clear Difference" is the name of the ad.

Watch here:

The 60-second is meant to highlight "Trump Vs Cruz on Immigration," as screen text indicates.

"Trump Will End Illegal Immigration, Trump Will Secure Our Borders," the Trump ad claims.

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Hillary: Bernie Is 'Establishment,' Not Me

5:42 PM, Jan 21, 2016

Hillary Clinton told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that the 74-year-old socialist senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, is more entrenched in the Democratic establishment than she is. The two are vying to be this year's Democratic nominee for president of the United States.

"He's been in Congress--he's been elected to office a lot longer than I have," Clinton said when Blitzer asked whether she was the establishment. "I was in the Senate for eight wonderful years representing New York. He's been in the Congress for 25. And so I'll let your viewers make their own judgment.

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Barnes: 'Hillary Is in Big Trouble'

10:31 AM, Jan 21, 2016

Fred Barnes, writing in the Wall Street Journal:

Presidential races are about the future and Hillary Clinton is stuck in the past. That pretty much explains why her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 has slumped.
Mrs. Clinton is not attuned to the political situation she faces. Her experience, family and fame aren't much help. This year, angry voters have turned increasingly to populist, antiestablishment and future-oriented candidates. As a status quo candidate, she doesn't fit the moment.
But her chief opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders, has captured it, just as Donald Trump has in the Republican presidential race. Mr. Sanders, 74, is a socialist from Vermont with a Brooklyn

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Hillary Knocks Bernie for Being Squishy on Iran

9:07 AM, Jan 21, 2016

Hillary Clinton is tougher on Iran than her Democratic rival, Bernie Sanders. And the former secretary of state believes that's an important distinction between the Democrats.

"[I]n some of the comments that Senator Sanders has been making, there is room for disagreement, even concern. Take his comments about Iran. I know something about this; I led the efforts to put together the coalition to impose very tough sanctions on Iran, which enabled us to get to the negotiating table to get the Iran agreement to put a lid on their nuclear weapons program," Clinton says in an interview with NPR.

"So, I'm immersed in what it will take for us, going forward, to manage this challenging relationship.

"Senator Sanders has said

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Obama Stuck in Bad Traffic Due to Inch of Snow

7:07 AM, Jan 21, 2016

A 15.7 mile road trip from Andrews Air Force Base to the White House took the president more than an hour last night as the Washington, D.C. area was hit with its first snow fall of the season. The total cumulation of snow last night was 1 inch.

For Obama and his presidential motorcade, the drive took one hour and fourteen minutes.

"Departing at 7:26 p.m., President Obama's motorcade made its way slowly from Joint Base Andrews to the White House through the snowy streets of suburban Maryland and Washington, D.C., stopping at most stoplights and easing its way through slow and crowded traffic, often employing sirens and flashing lights," the White House pool reporter said.

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Bernie Links Hillary With Cheney, George W. Bush in Iraq Ad

5:01 PM, Jan 20, 2016

Bernie Sanders is subtly bringing up Dick Cheney and George W. Bush in his latest ad. The ad is an anti-Iraq spot, highlighting his opposition to the war from the get go.

Hillary Clinton, along with Cheney and Bush, supported the war.

"As president, I will defend this nation, but I will do it responsibly. I voted against the war in Iraq, and that was the right vote," Sanders said in a subtle but clear dig at Hillary Clinton.

"We must never forget the lessons of that experience. ISIS must be destroyed, but we should not do it alone. We need an international coalition with Muslim boots on the ground fighting with our support. It's time to end the quagmire of perpetual warfare in the Middle East. As President, I will..

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Sessions: Visa Overstays 'Tantamount to an Open Border'

2:42 PM, Jan 20, 2016

Senator Jeff Session of Alabama blasted the findings of a new DHS report on visa overstays.

“This long-awaited report from the Department of Homeland Security demonstrates that we are in the midst of a national immigration crisis. The report examined only temporary visitors travelling as tourists or business workers, and only those entering at sea and air ports, and yet found that a shocking 527,127 individuals illegally overstayed past their mandatory date of departure. That's more than half a million overstays in one year for this one category of aliens. These figures do not include any foreign students or any other foreign worker programs such as the H-1B, the L-1, the H-2B and many, many more.

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Chelsea to Fundraise for Mom in London With Anna Wintour

8:16 AM, Jan 20, 2016

Chelsea Clinton will be in London February 23 for a fundraiser for her mother, Hillary Clinton. The former (and perhaps future) first daughter will be joined by fashion icon Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue.

The fundraiser will be at the home of Natalie Massenet, who is chair of the British Fashion Council.

An invitation of the vent was posted on Hillary Clinton's campaign website:

The cost to attend the event is $2,700, the maximum contribution allowed by an individual to a campaign under federal election law.

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Primetime MSNBC: Interview of Cigar-Smoking Puppet Dog

7:37 AM, Jan 20, 2016

This is MSNBC: a primetime interview of a puppet dog smoking a cigar. The exclusive was Lawrence O'Donnell's, who interviewed Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog. The puppet is a creation of comedians Conan O'Brien and Robert Smigel.

The MSNBC guest mocked Ted Cruz, his wife Heidi, Sarah Palin, and of course Donald Trump.

The puppet had attended a Cruz event earlier in the day and said it wanted to ask Cruz this question: "Ted, your wife works for Goldman Sachs, Ted.

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Hill Sends Bubba to Vegas

6:54 AM, Jan 20, 2016

The Hillary Clinton campaign is sending former President Bill Clinton to Las Vegas. But he's not going there to have a good time. The former president is going to Vegas "to outline why Hillary Clinton is the best choice in 2016," the campaign announced.

"In January of 2017, a new president will walk into the Oval Office and President Clinton knows Hillary Clinton is that tireless fighter Americans need to get things done and protect the progress we’ve made. Hillary Clinton has spent her entire life taking on the toughest fights on behalf of families and children. She will keep American families safe and has a plan to create shared prosperity," the Clinton campaign said a statement.

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Hillary Camp Blames Sanders' Rise on 'Help' from Republicans

5:30 PM, Jan 19, 2016

Bernie Sanders is rising because of help from Republicans. At least, that's the arugment the Hillary Clinton campaign is making today.

"While Senator Sanders tries to make a case on electability based on meaningless polls, Republicans and their super PACs have made clear the candidate they're actually afraid to face," Hillary for America communications director Jennifer Palmieri says in a statement to the press.

"The Sanders argument falls apart when the GOP spokesman is trying to help him and the Republicans run ads trying to stop Hillary Clinton in the primary. Now he's taking his cues from them, using a Karl Rove attack to go after her.

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NFL Hires Bill Clinton Press Secretary Joe Lockhart

'Insulation for commissioner Roger Goodell'
3:02 PM, Jan 19, 2016

The National Football League has hired a former White House press secretary in the Bill Clinton administration. Joe Lockhart was named today the league's new executive vice president of communications.

NBC Sports calls the hire "insulation for commissioner Roger Goodell."

The league announced that Joe Lockhart was joining the league as executive vice president of communications, and Cynthia Hogan was promoted to executive vice president of public policy and government affairs. ...
Lockhart was White House press secretary and senior adviser to President Bill Clinton (that job gets capital letters) from 1998-2000.

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Larry Summers: 'Creeping Totalitarianism' on College Campus

8:32 AM, Jan 18, 2016

The latest Conversations With Bill Kristol features former Harvard president Larry Summers:

Speaking about the intellectual climate on campus, Summers says, "The main thing that’s happening [on campus] is what always happens, professors teach courses, students take courses, students aspire to graduate, they make friends, they plan their lives… That said, whether it's the President of Princeton negotiating with people as they took over his office over the names of schools at Princeton, whether it is attacks on very reasonable free speech having to do with adults' right to choose their own Halloween costumes at Yale, whether it's the administration using placemats in the dining hall to propagandize about what messages

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NBC Ends Debate 7 Minutes Early

10:59 PM, Jan 17, 2016

At 10:53 p.m. EST, NBC ended the Democratic presidential debate. The debate was scheduled to go until 11 p.m.

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Hillary: 'I Know How Much Money Influences Political Decision-Making'

10:39 PM, Jan 17, 2016

Hillary Clinton, the leading Democratic presidential candidate, said, "I know how much money influences political decision-making.

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Top Google Search: 'Will Hillary Clinton Get Prosecuted?'

8:57 PM, Jan 17, 2016

According to MSNBC and Google, voters have lots of questions about Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

For Clinton, the top question on Google is, "Will Hillary Clinton Get Prosecuted?" The next two questions are: "Will Hillary Clinton Win the Nomination?" and "What Did Hillary Do That Is Illegal?"

As for Sanders, the top questions are, "Why Is Bernie Sanders So Popular?" followed by, "Can Bernie Sanders Win?" and followed by, "How Old Is Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders?"

As for Martin O'Malley, voters wanted to know whether he's still running for president.

Top search for Bernie: Why is he so popular? Top search for Hillary: Will she be

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U.S. Sends $1.7 Billion to Iran

11:14 AM, Jan 17, 2016

John Kerry has announced that the U.S. has made a $1.7 billion payment directly to Iran. Here's the secretary of state's statement:

The United States and Iran today have settled a long outstanding claim at the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in the Hague.
This specific claim was in the amount of a $400 million Trust Fund used by Iran to purchase military equipment from the United States prior to the break in diplomatic ties. In 1981, with the reaching of the Algiers Accords and the creation of the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal, Iran filed a claim for these funds, tying them up in litigation at the Tribunal.
This is the latest of a series of important settlements reached over the past 35 years at the Hague

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