Jim Swift

Jim Swift is an assistant editor at The Weekly Standard. He previously worked for members of the House and Senate as a tax staffer. Swift holds a BSBA from Saint Louis University.

Stories by Jim Swift

Hot and Loathing

08:50 PM, Sep 09, 2015
As the 90 degree sun beat down on a thousand or two activists on the west front of the Capitol Wednesday, a carnival of varied speakers lined up to cheer up the faithful. Initially, there were supposed to be about 25 speakers. The real total was much closer to 50 . And, despite what the tea... Read more

A Long Shot No More?

01:29 PM, Sep 08, 2015
With the summer of Trump coming to a close, the fall might belong to Dr. Ben Carson. Earlier this year, we labeled Carson "the 2016 campaign’s most interesting long shot" -- but that long-shot is seeing a rise in the polls in Iowa, and nationally. In January, executive editor Fred Barnes... Read more

Rubio Rises in TWS Straw Poll

05:23 PM, Sep 07, 2015
In the boss's weekly newsletter ( sign up here !), released this morning, he revealed the results of the sixth non-scientific straw poll of TWS readers. Here are the results in an excerpt: The latest straw poll results are in--as you may have gathered if you happened... Read more

Mansfield on Tocqueville

12:11 PM, Sep 04, 2015
Writing in his weekly newsletter , the boss plugged the latest episode of Conversations with Bill Kristol .  Amy Kass was a great student and teacher of Alexis de Tocqueville, and would have appreciated the latest "Conversation" to be released by the Foundation for Constitutional... Read more

Roger Stone: 'Kristol Gets With the Program... It's #Yuge'

09:05 PM, Sep 03, 2015
On C-Span's Washington Journal this morning, former Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone plugged the boss's recent editorial on Donald Trump, ' Up from Trumpism ' and that the editorial was "#yuge" Yesterday, Stone tweeted out the same message: @BillKristol gets with the program !... Read more

Kristol Clear Straw Poll #6

08:45 PM, Sep 02, 2015
In this week's edition of the boss's email newsletter --  Kristol Clear  -- readers are asked to rank their top three picks for the GOP's 2016 presidential nominee. And, there's also special new Democratic field betting game, since Joe Biden is flirting with running. The boss writes:... Read more

The Most Important Meal of the Day!

07:15 PM, Aug 28, 2015
New Jersey's kids, like all kids, are our future. And in many places, it takes a village to raise those children, complete with teachers' unions. [img nocaption float="left" width="320" height="194" render=" "]25696[/img] Which is why New Jersey teacher Arnold Anderson, who has held a post as... Read more

Missouri College Student Accidentally Issued Veto Power Over Tax Increase

12:51 PM, Aug 27, 2015
"One American citizen will effectively choose the next President of the United States" Chris Matthews opines for viewers in the movie Swing Vote.   The little-seen movie, which comes with the tagline, "A nobody becomes the voice of everybody," is a story about Kevin Costner being able... Read more

Donald Trump and the 48 Laws of Power

03:30 PM, Aug 21, 2015
The 1998 best selling book, The 48 Laws of Power , is a Machiavellian Bible of sorts. Donald Trump, author of his own many books telling people how he thinks they can get ahead, is also a student of Machiavelli.  How does Trump's success comport with Robert Greene's 48 laws? Let's dive... Read more

Grassley Lists Trump as a Democrat, Forgets Cruz

06:32 PM, Aug 18, 2015
Chuck Grassley, the dean of the Iowa congressional delegation, recently sent out a fundraising letter/poll to Iowa voters. (He's running for his seventh six-year term in the Senate in 2016.) Craig Robinson at The Iowa Republican   writes : In the past few days, a Grassley... Read more

Hillary Rolls Eyes, Lectures #BlackLivesMatter Activists

02:59 PM, Aug 18, 2015
Hillary Clinton, who is routinely criticized for her lack of public availability, granted a private meeting on August 11 to activists from the group #BlackLivesMatter -- a movement across the country well-known for its controversial methods of generating publicity. This chapter, from Boston,... Read more

Gov. Daniels on Conversations With Bill Kristol

08:15 PM, Aug 17, 2015
Former Indiana governor Mitch Daniels was on Conversations With Bill Kristol recently, and the clips aired this weekend. Daniels talks with the boss about making government work, his private sector work, and his time as governor of Indiana. You can watch the first video below, and the... Read more

Feeling Sorry for the EPA

07:28 PM, Aug 11, 2015
These days, it's hard to feel sorry for the EPA, but a public hearing that aired on CSPAN Tuesday morning may spur some sympathy. The hearing was on carbon emissions standards for commercial airplanes. The hearing had many witnesses, including one Kate DeAngelis from Friends of the Earth. She... Read more

Give Us Your Money...

04:01 PM, Aug 14, 2015
Roll Call 's Simone Pathé reported on Thursday that, "[a] new campaign finance reform political action committee expects to be among the top five outside groups to assist campaigns this cycle." The group, called End Citizens United PAC, tells Roll Call that "it’s on track to... Read more

O'Malley: Triple the Number of Debates

08:25 PM, Aug 13, 2015
On MSNBC's Morning Joe program this morning, Democratic presidential hopeful Martin O'Malley told Mika Brzezinski he'd like to see the number of Democratic debates tripled before votes are cast in the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire. Certainly, there must be a happy medium... Read more

Plastics to the Rescue

12:00 PM, Aug 12, 2015
Los Angeles County, like nearly all of California, is suffering from a drought. California is also a state known for its edgy environmental regulations, as it bans the commercial use of California-made WD-40, for instance. Los Angeles County follows in this tradition, in that it  adopted an... Read more

Little Lien on the Prairie

10:11 PM, Aug 11, 2015
The Detroit Free Press is reporting : Actress Melissa Gilbert, the “Little House on the Prairie” star who this week announced her candidacy for a Michigan congressional seat next year, expects to pay off more than $470,000 in federal and state tax liens by 2024, her campaign told the Free... Read more

Fiorina Great in First Debate

10:55 PM, Aug 06, 2015
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with assistant editor Jim Swift on the first FOX GOP debate in Cleveland: who did well, who needed to do well, and who didn't do well. This podcast can be downloaded here . Subscribe to THE WEEKLY STANDARD's iTunes podcast feed here . ADVERTISEMENT... Read more

DNC Hosts Cleveland Spin Room at Anti-Israel Hotel

04:03 PM, Aug 06, 2015
Cleveland As the clock ticks down to tonight's set of debates in Cleveland, the Democrats have set up their spin shop to try and sway the press. The venue they chose, the Radisson Hotel Cleveland-Gateway , may sound like an ordinary hotel, but beneath the surface lies an awkward controversy... Read more

Trump, Walker Lead Fifth Kristol Clear Straw Poll

03:36 PM, Aug 05, 2015
Over the past few months, the boss has conducted an unscientific straw poll to ask newsletter subscribers ( subscribe for free !) and TWS blog readers their top three choices for the 2016 GOP nominee. On Monday, the results of the fifth such poll went out to newsletter subscribers.... Read more

Trump: 'I Was a Very, Very Establishment Person Prior to Wanting to Run'

01:33 PM, Aug 03, 2015
On Fox & Friends this morning, Donald Trump asked viewers not to forget that: "I was a very, very establishment person prior to wanting to run.” The claim, demonstrably true as he praised and donated money to Democratic and Republican politicians, comes on heels of a successful PR... Read more

Trump: The Documentary

07:33 PM, Aug 01, 2015
A September 1989, feature in New York magazine by Edwin Diamond, titled “Trump vs. Stern: The Unmaking of a Documentary” closed with this line: "A close associate of Stern's says, 'Trump may be tough, but so is Leonard. He's living a good life now, and he doesn't need this. But... Read more

Trump: The Game

08:38 PM, Jul 30, 2015
[img nocaption float="right" width="150" height="342" render=" "]25458[/img]Over the decades, Donald Trump has been involved in a handful of businesses ventures -- some lucrative (game shows). Others, like steak sold at the Sharper Image , have been more of a flop. Now that The Donald is... Read more

New Poll: Facts Sway Voters on Iran Deal

06:05 PM, Jul 29, 2015
Secure America Now, a group opposed to President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, released a new poll this morning. One main conclusion that Democratic pollster and former Carter advisor Pat Caddell drew was that "the more Americans learn about key details within the Iran agreement, the less... Read more

Anti-Nuke Group Touts Celebs Supporting Iran Deal

07:46 PM, Jul 28, 2015
Global Zero, a group dedicated to the total eliminiation of nuclear weapons worldwide, has a new video out in support of President Obama's Iran nuclear deal. The video stars Hollywood celebrities Jack Black ( iCarly, Prop 8: the Musical, School of Rock ), Morgan Freeman ( Shawshank Redemption,... Read more

Hillary: You Have to Elect Me to Find Out What I Think of Keystone

03:53 PM, Jul 28, 2015
Former House speaker Nancy Pelosi was widely derided for saying Congress had to pass Obamacare "so that you can find out what is in it." Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a town hall today in New Hampshire used the same logic when asked about the Keystone XL pipeline, which would... Read more

Kristol Clear Straw Poll #5

02:34 PM, Jul 28, 2015
In this week's edition of the boss's email newsletter --  Kristol Clear  -- readers are asked to rank their top three picks for the GOP's 2016 presidential nominee. The boss writes: It's time for our fifth GOP presidential preference poll. Our most recent one occurred a month and... Read more

DNC Chair Can't Commit to Iran Deal

06:02 PM, Jul 27, 2015
Asked directly by CNN's Wolf Blitzer whether she would vote to support President Obama's Iran deal, Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz demurred, saying: "I am in the middle of really reviewing it and looking at all of the moving parts to the Iran deal. I've had many... Read more

Hillary: 'I Love the Bike Racks Here'

04:34 PM, Jul 27, 2015
At a campaign event in Des Moines, Hillary dropped an awkward line -- similar to Mitt Romney's remark about the height of trees in Michigan -- to show how well she associates with voters.  The line? "I love the bike racks here." It's not known whether Clinton is an avid... Read more

Issa: IRS Targeting 'Still Happening'

03:26 PM, Jul 24, 2015
This morning on America's Newsroom with Bill Hemmer on FOX News Channel, California Republican congressman Darrell Issa alleged that the IRS hasn't changed its procedures and is still targeting conservative groups. HEMMER:  "Can you say today whether or not the targeting is still... Read more