Mark Hemingway

Mark Hemingway is a Senior Writer for The Weekly Standard. He has written for The Wall Street Journal,, Reason and numerous other publications. Prior to joining The Weekly Standard, he worked at The Washington Examiner, National Review, Market News International, and USA Today. He has appeared on C-Span's "Washington Journal", CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and National Public Radio's "All Things Considered'. He was the recipient of a Gold Award journalism fellowship from the Phillips Foundation in 2003 and was a Global Prosperity Initiative fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in 2003 and 2004. Originally from Bend, Oregon, he now lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife Mollie Ziegler Hemingway and two daughters.

Stories by Mark Hemingway

A Question for PolitiFact: Is Caitlyn Jenner a Woman?

03:45 PM, Jun 03, 2015
Weekly Standard contributor Adam White posed this question on Twitter yesterday, and maybe it seems a little out there at first blush, but it's worth pondering: Genuine question: How would @PolitiFact or @GlennKesslerWP go about "fact-checking" Bruce Jenner's claim to being a woman? cc... Read more

Senator: Use RICO Laws to Prosecute Global Warming Skeptics

12:45 PM, Jun 02, 2015
Writing in the Washington Post , Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democratic Senator from Rhode Island, offered a curious suggestion for dealing with global warming skeptics : In 2006, Judge Gladys Kessler of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia decided that the tobacco companies’... Read more

Washington Post Asks: Can You Oppose Palestinians and Still Be 'Modern and Hip'?

10:15 AM, Jun 01, 2015
Over the weekend, Lally Weymouth, a senior associate editor at  The Washington Post , interviewed Naftali Bennett , Israel's new education minister and a notable tech entrepreneur. Bennett wants to annex the part if the West Bank known as Area C and, in the words of the Post , "offer... Read more

Robert Putnam Makes Another Slanderous Comment—UPDATE: Putnam Apologizes

03:47 PM, May 18, 2015
Last week, I noted that Harvard's Robert Putnam had made a rather baffling and slanderous statement about American Christians . As an empirical matter, it was utterly indefensible and not the kind of untrue generalization you would expect a prominent social scientist to indulge in. So, that was... Read more

The Impending Chorus of 'But I'll Vote For Her Anyway'

02:20 PM, May 18, 2015
Over the weekend, Vox published an article headlined " Hillary Clinton personally took money from companies that sought to influence her ." Given Vox' s overwhelmingly liberal audience and the astounding lengths the publication's top editors will go to defend liberal politicians , the fact... Read more

Obama's Casual Slander of American Christians

02:10 PM, May 14, 2015
Earlier this week, Harvard professor Robert Putnam did a Q&A with Washington Post religion reporter Michelle Boorstein, headlined " Have faith groups been too absent in the fight on poverty? " Here is Putnam's answer to that question: The obvious fact is that over the last 30 years,... Read more

Obama's Sexism and the Democrats' Dead Dogma

10:12 AM, May 13, 2015
After Senate Democrats went back on their word and killed the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal , Elizabeth Warren was upheld as a progressive champion for orchestrating the legicide. While Republicans were miffed about the betrayal, the situation quickly devolved into an ugly... Read more

The Hero of Garland

01:30 PM, May 08, 2015
There's still a lot we don't know about what happened in Garland, Texas, earlier this week, including the name of the heroic police officer who averted certain disaster by outshooting two heavily armed terrorists. But blogger Bob Owens, who generally knows his stuff when it comes to firearms,... Read more

The New Tolerance: Christian Bakers Must Be Punished, Sex Predators Not So Much

11:56 AM, May 04, 2015
In the current issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD, I have an editorial on the plight of Aaron and Melissa Klein—two Oregonians who used to own a bakery in a Portland suburb, who were run out of business and recently assessed a $135,000 fine for politely declining to provide a cake for a gay wedding.... Read more

Hillary Clinton to Demand Transparency for Public Officials Not Named Hillary Clinton

09:06 AM, Apr 29, 2015
Later today, Hillary Clinton is expected to give a speech where she comes out in favor of police being required to wear body cameras . I'm not necessarily opposed to the idea, except to say that I doubt it will prove to be the panacea for reining in law enforcement abuses that many of its... Read more

'Face the Nation' Should Face-Up to Its Appalling and Unfair Question

02:20 PM, Apr 27, 2015
Over the weekend, the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins appeared on CBS's Face the Nation . Here's one of the questions that outgoing host Bob Schieffer asked him : SCHIEFFER: I'm going to start with probably the most vocal opponent of same-sex marriage and that is Tony Perkins. He is... Read more

Clinton Embroiled in Scandal Again, Newsweek Frets Over 'Enemies' Discrediting Her

11:14 AM, Apr 18, 2015
My colleague Jay Cost flags this Newsweek article , which is ostensibly about the scandalous revelation that one of the largest Clinton Foundation donor has trade ties to Iran. But here's the first paragraph: Enemies of Hillary Clinton waiting to discredit her bid for the White House are... Read more

The New York Times's Dumb Second Amendment Argument

03:11 PM, Apr 17, 2015
I understand that to many people who work at the New York Times,  guns are frightening animistic objects. But Andrew Rosenthal, the editorial page editor of the Times , just took the following swipe at Ted Cruz, under the headline " Ted Cruz’s Strange Gun Argument, " and it is his... Read more

The Associated Press's Embarrassing Marco Rubio 'Fact Check'

11:25 AM, Apr 16, 2015
Following Marco Rubio's announcement that he's running for president, the Associated Press decided to "fact check" some of the candidate's rhetoric. If you follow the news, you're probably aware that "fact checking" is more often than not a lame attempt to cloak partisan opinion behind a veil of... Read more

Helpful Reminder from the Attorney General: Federal Employees Shouldn't Solicit Prostitutes

02:57 PM, Apr 10, 2015
Attorney General Eric Holder, the nation's top law enforcement officer, just issued the following memo . That this memo was deemed necessary inadvertantly reveals a great deal about the state of the Federal workforce: The Department of Justice is measured by the conduct of those who work on... Read more

For and Against Coercion

02:50 PM, Apr 14, 2015
There are debates worth having, and then there are debates. One of the most dispiriting aspects of our current age is that very often you have to get one side of the debate up to a baseline of logic before any positive exchange of ideas can begin. Recent weeks have provided a rather dramatic... Read more

George Polk Journalism Awards Undermine Free Speech

09:59 AM, Apr 13, 2015
On Friday, I wrote a short blog post about cartoonist Garry Trudeau, who in the process of receiving a George Polk journalism award, said the murdered cartoonists at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo "wandered into the realm of hate speech" and that "free speech...... becomes its own... Read more

Garry Trudeau Calls Charlie Hebdo 'Hate Speech'

03:49 PM, Apr 10, 2015
Today, Doonesbury's Garry Trudeau became the first cartoonist to ever receieve a George Polk Award. During the festivities*, he remarked that the cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo -- the satirical Parisian magazine that was recently the site of a terror attack -- "wandered into the realm of hate... Read more

George Polk Journalism Awards Undermine Free Speech

04:31 PM, Apr 12, 2015
On Friday, I wrote a short blog post about cartoonist Gary Trudeau, who in the process of receiving a George Polk journalism award, said the murdered cartoonists at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo "wandered into the realm of hate speech" and that "free speech...... becomes its own... Read more

George Polk Journalism Awards Make a Spirited Attack on Free Speech

02:30 PM, Apr 12, 2015
On Friday, I wrote a short blog post about cartoonist Gary Trudeau, who in the process of receiving a George Polk journalism award, said the murdered cartoonists at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo "wandered into the realm of hate speech" and that "free speech...... becomes its own... Read more

Let Voters Decide Whether Rand Paul Can Win

09:29 AM, Apr 09, 2015
Rand Paul announced his candidacy for president this week, and the libertarian Republican was immediately greeted by a chorus of doomsayers. NBC News went with the headline, " Why Rand Paul Probably Can't Win Republican Nomination ." Dick Morris says, " Rand Paul can’t win ." The New York... Read more

Meet the Men Behind Hillary Clinton's Private 'Spy Network'

10:01 AM, Mar 30, 2015
Two big Clinton stories landed last week. The first is that Hillary Clinton destroyed the electronic copies of her State Department emails on her private server  after  the State Department subpoenaed her emails. The second is that Hillary Clinton had an aide running a " secret spy... Read more

The Worst Defense of Obama's Foreign Policy Ever

02:03 PM, Mar 27, 2015
I don't think very much of and its journalistic standards. I've made the case against them before in detail, but the evidence of their general lack of professionalism is still piling up . Vox has a daily email newsletter written by Matthew Yglesias, and today's missive contains the... Read more

Obama Poised to Veto GOP Bill Overriding Labor Board Rule

01:00 PM, Mar 20, 2015
On Thursday, the House voted to override a rule from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), implemented last year, that allows unions to hold elections to organize a workforce in as little as eight days. (The average length of time for a workplace election is 38 days.) Crucially, the NLRB... Read more

Clinton Foundation Takes $2 Million From Chinese Company Suspected of Helping North Korea

11:37 AM, Mar 16, 2015
CBS News reports on another troubling foreign donation to the Clinton Foundation:  One donor - Rilin Enterprises - pledged $2 million in 2013 to the Clinton Foundation's endowment. The company is a privately-held Chinese construction and trade conglomerate and run by billionaire Wang... Read more

Behold! The Most Ridiculous 'Fact Check' Ever

08:01 AM, Mar 11, 2015
Yesterday, Senator Ted Cruz said the following: “On tax reform, we, right now, have more words in the IRS code than there are in the Bible — not a one of them as good.” Now it seems like an indisputable and relatively harmless thing for a Republican politician to have said, as the tax code is... Read more

Three's a Trend? Petraeus's Troubles and the Obama Admin's Iran Deal

02:14 PM, Mar 09, 2015
My colleague Lee Smith has noted that both Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bob Menendez  both suddenly found themselves in trouble  just as the Obama administration was enduring heightened public scrutiny over their attempt to forge an agreement with Iran, and both may well have been voices... Read more

Podcast: The Clintons' Old Tricks Aren't Playing as Well as They Used to

04:45 PM, Mar 06, 2015
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer Mark Hemingway on his recent editorial " Hillary's Email Trickery ." This podcast can be downloaded here . Subscribe to THE WEEKLY STANDARD's iTunes podcast feed here . ADVERTISEMENT This podcast is brought to you by The Great... Read more

Clinton State Department Ousted Ambassador Using Private Email

11:06 AM, Mar 05, 2015
In 2012, U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Scott Gration abruptly stepped down from his post. According to a Foreign Policy report by Josh Rogin (now a reporter for Bloomberg), Gration was the subject of a withering evaluation from the State Department: The impending release of a highly critical... Read more

Hillary's Benghazi Problem Is Back

04:30 PM, Mar 03, 2015
Monday night, it was revealed that Hillary Clinton used a personal email account the entire time she served as secretary of state. Not only does conducting official business with a private account violate federal law, it raises a host of concerns ranging from whether or not her communications... Read more