Fred Barnes

Executive Editor
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Doing Better with Hispanic Voters

It’s an achievable goal for the GOP.

Sep 7, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 48 • By FRED BARNES



Pryor: Hey, Bill, let’s capture my defeat.

Fakery of a High Order

The Democrats’ strategy.

Oct 20, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 06

Ed Gillespie

Beware the Tortoise

Ed Gillespie plans to come from behind.

Oct 13, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 05

AP / Al Behrman

Go Big or Go Home

The case for GOP boldness.

Sep 29, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 03

Mark Pryor and Barack Obama survey the  wreckage of Arkansas’s Democratic party.

From Blue to Red Overnight

The fall of the Arkansas Democrats.

Sep 22, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 02

Tom Cotton, Mark Pryor

Democrats Take the Low Road

Going all-negative, all the time against Tom Cotton.

Sep 8, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 48

Bartleby, the President

Bartleby, the President

When it comes to dealing with Congress, he would prefer not to.

Sep 1, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 47

To his left—and rightly so

The Democrats’ Goldwater

Elizabeth Warren leads the party’s leftward march.

Aug 18, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 46

Thomas Fluharty

Last Refuge of a Scoundrel

Obama’s ‘economic patriotism.’

Aug 11, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 45


Jeremiah Denton, 1924-2014

Fred Barnes on an unforgettable hero.

Aug 4, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 44

Gary Locke

Rick Perry, Version 2.0

After a disastrous 2012, he’s alive and kicking. But will voters give him a second chance?

Jul 28, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 43

Gary Locke

Stubbornness as Governance

A president incapable of pivoting.

Jul 21, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 42

Gary Locke

From the Bottom Up

The California GOP rebuilding project.

Jul 14, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 41


Key Chairman Blames Obama's Lack of Enforcement for Killing Immigration Reform

With the flood of immigrants, Obama's lack of enforcement has “come home to roost.”

11:45 AM, Jun 26, 2014

Kevin McCarthy

Meet the New Boss

The Cantor succession.

Jun 23, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 39


He’s Always Right

The monopartisan president.

Jun 16, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 38

Gary Locke

A Performance Review

The president needs a lot of improvement.

Jun 2, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 36


Fred Barnes is executive editor of The Weekly Standard, which he cofounded in 1995. From 1985 to 1995, he was senior editor and White House correspondent for the New Republic. He covered the Supreme Court and the White House for the Washington Star before moving to the Baltimore Sun in 1979. He served as the national political correspondent for the Sun and wrote the "Presswatch" media column for the American Spectator.

Barnes appears regularly on the Fox News Channel. From 1988 to 1998 he was a regular panelist on the McLaughlin Group. He has also appeared on Nightline, Meet the Press, Face the Nation, and the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

Barnes graduated from the University of Virginia and was a Neiman Fellow at Harvard University.

(Member: Washington Speakers Bureau)

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