John McCormack

John McCormack is a senior writer at The Weekly Standard.

Stories by John McCormack

ISIS Manual Cites Edward Snowden

08:29 PM, Nov 19, 2015
The Hill reports :  The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) uses a 34-page manual to instruct its followers on how to stay invisible on the Internet. The Arabic  document  was translated and released this week by analysts at the Combating Terrorism Center, an... Read more

Syrian Refugee Bill Passes House by Veto-Proof Majority; Senate Democrats Vow to Block It

07:42 PM, Nov 19, 2015
On Thursday, the House voted 289-127 in favor of a bill that would require greater scrutiny of Syrians and Iraqis applying to become refugees in the United States. In a stunning rebuke to President Obama, 47 Democrats ignored the president's veto threat and joined 242 Republicans to pass the... Read more

Cotton Introduces Bill Postponing Termination of NSA Phone Records Collection Program

08:19 PM, Nov 17, 2015
Senator Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas, introduced a bill Tuesday that would delay the implementation of the USA Freedom Act, legislation passed in June that ends the  NSA's practice of storing U.S. phone records (the date, time, duration and numbers dialed--but not the content or... Read more

Rubio: U.S. Can't Take More Syrian Refugees

06:34 PM, Nov 15, 2015
Florida senator and GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio said on Sunday that the Paris terrorist attacks underscored why the United States can't admit more Syrian refugees. "We won't be able to take more refugees. It's not that we don't want to, it's that we can't. Because there's no way... Read more

Richard Clarke: ISIS 'Much Bigger Threat Than We Ever Faced with Al Qaeda'

05:39 PM, Nov 15, 2015
Former counterterrorism official Richard Clarke said Sunday that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a much greater threat to the United States than al Qaeda ever was.  "We've known for months that they have an external attack branch, and we knew that it was planning an... Read more

During Paris Attacks, Rand Paul Hits Marco Rubio for Backing More Defense Spending

07:14 PM, Nov 14, 2015
On Friday night as the Paris terrorist attacks were underway, Kentucky senator Rand Paul criticized Florida senator Marco Rubio for wanting to spend more money on national defense:  Deleted @RandPaul tweet from 7:10pm EST attacking @marcorubio for excessive defense spending cc:... Read more

Jeb Bush Indicates Super PAC Should Not Attack Rubio over Pro-Life Stance

09:18 PM, Nov 12, 2015
On Tuesday, the New York Times reported that Right to Rise, a super PAC set up by Jeb Bush, has produced but not yet aired a TV ad attacking Marco Rubio as unelectable because of his pro-life stance. Rubio said in an August debate that he "never advocated" for exceptions to abortion... Read more

Podcast: Post-Debate, Cruz and Rubio Continue Steady Rise

07:05 PM, Nov 11, 2015
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer John McCormack on the Fox Business Network debate last night, and the performances by Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz This podcast can be downloaded  here . Subscribe to THE WEEKLY STANDARD's  iTunes podcast feed here .  Read more

Marco Rubio and Rand Paul Tangle on Taxes and Defense

01:18 PM, Nov 11, 2015
Milwaukee The most surprising things about Tuesday night's debate were the fights that didn't happen. Donald Trump didn't attack his co-frontrunner Ben Carson, and Jeb Bush, who seemed intent on destroying Marco Rubio in the last debate, didn't say a word to his rival.  The biggest... Read more

Carson Beats Trump in GOP Debate

11:26 AM, Nov 11, 2015
Milwaukee Ben Carson came to Wisconsin ready to rumble with Donald Trump. Since Carson surged to a tie for first place with Trump in national and Iowa polls, the real estate mogul has been attacking the neurosurgeon in media interviews and on Twitter . And the Carson campaign thought Tuesday... Read more

Jeb Bush Super PAC Attacks Rubio as Unelectably Pro-Life

07:05 PM, Nov 10, 2015
The New York Times reports that the " cash-rich group aiding   Jeb Bush ’s White House run has filmed a provocative video casting his rival   Marco Rubio   as ultimately unelectable because of his hard-line stand against abortion."   According to  Times... Read more

O'Malley Backs Obama on Transgender Rights in Public Schools, While Clinton Stays Silent

04:52 PM, Nov 06, 2015
This week, the Department of Education ruled that public schools must grant transgender students unrestricted access to the bathrooms, locker rooms, and open shower facilities of their preference. Governor Martin O'Malley of Maryland, one of the three Democrats remaining in the 2016... Read more

Gallup: Trump Only Presidential Candidate Viewed Unfavorably by Majority of Americans

02:41 PM, Nov 05, 2015
According to a new poll released by Gallup on Thursday, Donald Trump is the most unpopular presidential candidate in either party: 56 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of Trump, while just 34 percent have a favorable view of him. [img nocaption float="center" width="640"... Read more

Obama Admin: High School Boys Who Think They're Girls Must Be Allowed Access to Girls' Shower Facilities

03:32 PM, Nov 03, 2015
CNN reports :  The U.S. Department of Education found a Chicago-area school district discriminated against a transgender student by failing to provide her full access to girls' locker rooms. "All students deserve the opportunity to participate equally in school programs and... Read more

The Bush Campaign's Cowardly New Attack on Rubio

02:12 PM, Oct 30, 2015
In 2012, Jeb Bush wanted Marco Rubio to be  one heartbeat away from the presidency , but Bush's campaign is now suggesting that there are troubling things in Rubio's past that would make him a "risky bet" as a presidential candidate.  On Thursday night, David Catanese of U.S. News... Read more

Paul Ryan Elected Speaker of the House

02:48 PM, Oct 29, 2015
Congressman Paul Ryan became the fifty-fourth speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday morning. The 45-year-old Wisconsinite received 236 votes, while 75-year-old Democrat Nancy Pelosi of California received 184. Daniel Webster, a Republican backed by members of the Tea Party,... Read more

Trump Trails Carson by Double Digits in Two New Iowa Polls

05:59 PM, Oct 26, 2015
Two new polls released on Monday show Ben Carson up big over Donald Trump in Iowa: A Monmouth poll shows Carson ahead of Trump 32 percent to 18 percent (with Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio tied for third place at 10 percent each), while a Loras College poll shows Carson leading Trump 31 percent to... Read more

Paul Ryan: 'I Am Ready and Eager To Be Our Speaker'

10:49 PM, Oct 22, 2015
In a "dear colleague" letter, Congressman Paul Ryan announced Thursday night that he's "ready and eager" to be speaker of the House of Representatives. You can read the full letter here: Dear Colleague: Over the past few days, I’ve been thinking a lot about our country, and it’s... Read more

New Poll Shows Trump Losing Iowa; Trump Responds by Suggesting Iowans Are Dumb

04:29 PM, Oct 22, 2015
A new Quinnipiac poll shows Ben Carson leading Donald Trump 28 percent to 20 percent, with Marco Rubio in third place at 13 percent and Ted Cruz in fourth at 10 percent. This is the first poll in four months that shows Trump losing Iowa, according to RealClearPolitics .   Donald Trump... Read more

Paul Ryan Doesn't Want to Eliminate the 'Motion to Vacate the Chair'

04:01 PM, Oct 21, 2015
One of the biggest objections  among members of the House Freedom Caucus to Paul Ryan's conditions to serve as speaker is Ryan's reported desire to get rid of the "motion to vacate the chair." Under current House rules, any single member of the House may force a vote to oust the... Read more

'Supermajority' of Freedom Caucus Backs Ryan for Speaker, But Doesn't Issue Formal Endorsement

12:45 AM, Oct 22, 2015
Congressman Raul Labrador of Idaho emerged from a meeting of the House Freedom Caucus tonight to announce that a supermajority of the caucus supports Paul Ryan as speaker of the House. " We tried to reach a consensus but we were not able to reach the 80 percent threshold" needed to issue a... Read more

Paul Ryan Is Willing to Serve as Speaker Under These Conditions

12:54 AM, Oct 21, 2015
At a House GOP caucus meeting, Congressman Paul Ryan said he will run and serve as House speaker if he can be a unity candidate. What does that mean? Ryan's spokesman Brendan Buck writes in an email that Ryan will need " the endorsement of all the conference’s major caucuses" by Friday. Ryan... Read more

Democratic Congressman Calls for Release of Study on Women in Marine Corps Combat Units

04:02 PM, Oct 13, 2015
A recent study found that integrating women into Marine Corps combat units had a negative effect on unit cohesion and performance . President Obama's secretary of the Navy quickly dismissed the study by attacking the integrity of the Marines who participated in it, but the full study was... Read more

Rubio Hits Trump on Eminent Domain

02:50 PM, Oct 07, 2015
Manchester, N.H. Florida senator Marco Rubio responded   Wednesday   morning to Donald Trump's comment that the use of eminent domain for private projects is a "wonderful thing." "He's wrong," Rubio told THE WEEKLY STANDARD following a campaign event at a tech... Read more

Jeb Bush Flip Flops on Rubio's Readiness

10:28 PM, Oct 01, 2015
On Thursday morning, Jeb Bush said that Marco Rubio doesn't have the "leadership skills" to fix things and likened Rubio to Barack Obama: Does @JebBush think that @marcorubio has the leadership skills to fix things? He says,'No.' — Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe)... Read more

How Not to Make Planned Parenthood Squirm

01:00 PM, Sep 30, 2015
At the beginning of a five-hour committee hearing on Tuesday with Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards as the sole witness, Chairman Jason Chaffetz made a surprising announcement. The Utah congressman and oversight committee chairman said he wouldn't focus on the undercover investigation... Read more

Cotton Opposes Continuing Resolution Over Military Funding

07:38 PM, Sep 24, 2015
Senator Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, issued the following statement following his vote Thursday against a short-term continuing resolution to fund the government:  "I could not support this continuing resolution because it badly underfunds our military, providing even less... Read more

North Dakota's Senator Heitkamp Won't Explain Flip-Flop on Late-Term Abortion

05:48 PM, Sep 23, 2015
When running for Senate in 2012, Democrat Heidi Heitkamp portrayed herself as something of a moderate on the issue of abortion, saying:  "I do not support public funding of abortions, and  believe that late term abortions should be illegal except when necessary to save the life of the... Read more

North Dakota's Senator Heitkamp Won't Explain Flip-Flop on Late-Term Abortion

05:39 PM, Sep 23, 2015
When running for Senate in 2012, Democrat Heidi Heitkamp portrayed herself as something of a moderate on the issue of abortion, saying:  "I do not support public funding of abortions, and believe that late term abortions should be illegal except when necessary to save the life of the... Read more

Senate Dems Filibuster Bill to Protect Premature Infants from Late-Term Abortion

04:40 PM, Sep 22, 2015
Senate Democrats blocked House-passed legislation on Tuesday that would prohibit almost all abortions after the fifth month of pregnancy, a point when  human infants can  feel pain  and  survive if born prematurely . The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act received... Read more