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

Step Up on Immigration

Sep 07, 2015

More than a few Republican graybeards are panicking about how the rise of Donald Trump is pulling at the seams of the GOP’s big tent. However, the Republican establishment itself has played a big role in creating this particular Frankenstein’s monster.

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WaPo Poll: Majority of Women Have Unfavorable Opinion of Hillary Clinton

12:35 PM, Sep 02, 2015

The Washington Post has a poll out this today that finds Hillary Clinton's numbers are down in the wake of her email scandal. The poll undercuts one of the main arguments for her candidacy -- electing the first woman president would excite female voters. While Hillary Clinton has a negative approval rating among 53 percent of voters, the poll doesn't show a huge gender gap on that figure.

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New Planned Parenthood Video: Sometimes Intact Fetuses 'Just Fell Out'

10:01 AM, Sep 01, 2015

The Center for Medical Progress is out with another horrifying video exposing Planned Parenthood's practice of harvesting the organs from aborted fetuses for money. One of the people that appears in this latest video is Cate Dyer, the CEO of StemExpress, whose sister was the health policy advisor for Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner until very recently.

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Politico & NYT Fail to Mention Report Exonerating Planned Parenthood Produced By Democratic Opposition Research Firm

11:22 AM, Aug 27, 2015

If you want a good idea of how much water the media is willing to carry for Planned Parenthood, go ahead and check out this Politico story. It seems Planned Parenthood commissioned a "forensic report" to analyze the undercover videos that have got the organization in trouble for harvesting and selling fetal organs, and leaked it to Politico.

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NYT's Nick Kristof Speaks Out of Both Sides of His Mouth on Gun Control

10:01 AM, Aug 27, 2015

At the New York Times, Nick Kristof has written a column in favor gun control in the wake of Wednesday's terrible shooting of a local news personality and camera man near Roanoke, Virginia. It's a drearily predictable column in that it reiterates a number of pat talking points about gun control that are easily refuted. Kristof writes:

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PolitiFact Claims Treaty that's Been Defunct for 80 Years is the Reason We Have a Small Navy

6:16 AM, Aug 26, 2015

For several years now, PolitiFact has been waging war on anyone who points out that America has the smallest Navy it's had in nearly a century. Mitt Romney pointed out this fact in a presidential debate in 2012 and PolitiFact rated his statement "pants on fire" even though the number of ships in the U.S. Navy dropped below 300 in 2003 and the last time the U.S. Navy had fewer than 300 ships was 1916.

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Lois Lerner Had Not One, But Two, Personal Email Accounts Used to Conduct IRS Business

1:49 PM, Aug 25, 2015

The Washington Times reports:

IRS lawyer Geoffrey J. Klimas told the court that as the agency was putting together a set of documents to turn over to Judicial Watch, it realized Ms. Lerner had used yet another email account, in addition to her official one and another personal one already known to the agency.

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Slate's Woeful Ignorance On Display in Shaming Man for Wearing a Conservative T-Shirt

10:21 AM, Aug 25, 2015

Over at Slate, there's an article headlined "Washington Man Wearing Anti-Government T-Shirt Thanks Firefighters for Saving His Home." The article is based on a news photo of a man in Washington state who's wearing a T-shirt from the conservative grassroots group FreedomWorks that says "Lower Taxes + Less Government = More Freedom," shaking hands with firefighters.

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Sen. Chuck Schumer: We Can't Trust European Inspectors to Enforce Iran Deal

2:05 PM, Aug 12, 2015

The New York Post reports that Senator Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has expanded on his rationale for opposing the White House's Iran Deal:

In his most extensive comments since announcing his opposition to the agreement last week, Schumer questioned whether the inspections could be effective, and laid out a litany of reasons why he thinks the deal won’t hold.

“There are parts to bomb making that don’t involve nuclear isotopes. Even if you find nuclear isotopes [through inspections], you don’t know exactly what they are doing,” he said.

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New Planned Parenthood Video: Fetal Organs Harvested Without Consent

11:20 AM, Aug 12, 2015

The Center for Medical Progress has released another video highlighting the questionable and possibly illegal conduct of Planned Parenthood. This time, Holly O’Donnell, a former procurement technician for medical research firm StemExpress, reports that Planned Parenthood would take fetal organs without consent. “There were times they would just take what the wanted,” said O’Donnell. “And these mothers don’t know. And there’s no way they would know.”

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Ohio Judges Can't Choose Not to Marry Couples

3:29 PM, Aug 11, 2015

In Ohio, the State Judicial Conduct Board has ruled that judges can't decline to marry only same-sex couples because of their personal religious beliefs. But the Judicial Conduct Board's ruling went much further than that:

In addition, judges who stop performing all marriages to avoid marrying same-sex couples may be interpreted as biased and could be disqualified from any case where sexual orientation is an issue, according to an opinion by the Ohio Supreme Court's Board of Professional Conduct issued Friday and made public Monday. ...

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Another Democratic Presidential Candidate?

Popular Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig toying with a run.
1:25 PM, Aug 11, 2015

Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig is considering a run for president, according to Politico:

He aims to crowdsource enough money on the Internet to “mount a credible campaign” in the Democratic primary, the website says.

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Why Isn't Obama's Justice Dept. Investigating Rahm Emanuel's Secret Detention Facility?

11:07 AM, Aug 07, 2015

For the last year or so, the issue of whether or not cops have been too eager to punish -- and even kill -- African Americans has dominated the news. Yet, one very big story relating to cops and racial tension has been completely swept under the rug.

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Rand Paul Mixes It Up Over National Security in Tonight's Debate

10:20 PM, Aug 06, 2015

Tonight's debate was full of fireworks. And somewhat surprisingly, Donald Trump was arguably not the most confrontational candidate on stage. Senator Rand Paul provided some of the more memorable moments of the night by challenging the other candidates on stage. Here is a transcript of Paul's dust-up over national security with Governor Christie. Judge for yourself who got the better of the argument:

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The Early Debate: A Breakout Moment for Fiorina?

5:21 PM, Aug 06, 2015

It's too soon to make any solid predictions about which candidates will benefit from the early debate featuring the GOP candidates who didn't make the cut for the primetime debate later tonight. But based on some instant reactions, it appears that Carly Fiorina has been turning heads of viewers:

Carly Fiorina's crushing it so far, based on Google search traffic.

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Obama Admits His Iran Deal Will Fund Terror Attacks

1:36 PM, Aug 05, 2015

From Agency France-Presse:

President Barack Obama acknowledged Wednesday that Iran might use cash coming its way under sanctions relief to fund "terrorist organizations" but argued this is preferable to allowing it to develop nuclear arms.

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PolitiFact and Planned Parenthood: Erroneous Fact Checks All the Way Down

12:35 PM, Aug 05, 2015

Planned Parenthood now finds itself being heavily criticized after being caught on tape brokering fetal body parts. Fortunately for them, they have no shortage of allies in the media, including PolitiFact.

Fox Business reporter Sandra Smith recently said on air "Almost 95 percent of all (Planned Parenthood) pregnancy services were abortions." On Tuesday, PunditFact, a division of PolitiFact, rated it false.

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Media Calls Planned Parenthood Videos 'Highly Edited' But Won't Explain Why Editing is Bad

4:50 PM, Aug 04, 2015

A few weeks ago, the Center For Medical Progress started releasing undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood selling parts of aborted fetuses.

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USA Today Refuses to Use Planned Parenthood's Deceptive Abortion Stat

1:05 PM, Aug 04, 2015

The battle in Washington to stop Planned Parenthood from using public funds is heating up. Yesterday, even Democratic Senator Joe Manchin came out in favor of defunding the organization on the heels of undercover videos showing the organization selling fetal body parts, possibly in violation of the law.

Well, Planned Parenthood is fighting back by using a very deceptive talking point:

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After Two Weeks, New York Times Still Hasn't Corrected Major Error in Planned Parenthood Story UPDATE

12:04 PM, Aug 04, 2015

On July 20, The New York Times published a story about the recent spate of undercover videos that show Planned Parenthood affiliates unethically and possibly illegally brokering fetal parts to medical researchers. The story, headlined "Planned Parenthood Tells Congress More Videos of Clinics Might Surface," ended with this paragraph:

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New York Times Uses Debunked Reporting to Defend Hillary Clinton

1:14 PM, Aug 03, 2015

The New York Times recently reported -- wrongly, as it turns out -- that Hillary Clinton was the subject of a "criminal" investigation for conducting official State Department business on her private email system.

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Complaint Filed Against Colorado Planned Parenthood for Covering Up Rape

9:20 PM, Jul 29, 2015

Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood recently gained notoriety when the Center for Medical Progress released a video of people at the abortion clinic picking through a dish of aborted baby parts in order to sell them.

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As Mayor Johnson's Scandals Grow, Was Obama Admin Wrong to Fire Inspector General?

4:05 PM, Jul 28, 2015

Despite little national coverage, scandals surrounding former NBA star and Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson have been intensifying over past few months. Monday's report at Deadspin is a good place to start -- things have gotten so bad that Johnson's allies are accusing a local paper that's done a lot of damning reporting on Johnson of racism.

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Congressmen Call for Impeachment of IRS Head

1:19 PM, Jul 28, 2015

In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal this morning, Representatives Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, call for the impeachment of IRS head Jim Koskinen. The congressmen accuse Koskinen of a host of serious transgressions including destruction of evidence, hiding the fact that evidence had been destroyed from Congress, and lying to Congress:

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Polls Are a Bad Way to Evaluate Iran Deal

2:55 PM, Jul 22, 2015

On Tuesday, the Washington Post's Greg Sargent penned a piece headlined, "What the GOP presidential candidates could say about the Iran deal, but won’t." While there's perhaps some food for thought in the column, this paragraph stopped me cold:

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Free to Shut Up

The collision of religious liberty and gay rights in Oregon
Jul 20, 2015

"They have good days and bad days, but I will tell you they are resolute,” attorney Herb Grey says of his clients, Aaron and Melissa Klein, two bakers from Portland who are facing a $135,000 fine from the state of Oregon for refusing to bake a cake for a lesbian commitment ceremony in January 2013. “They know that today it’s them, but that there’s nothing they can do to escape from it, and they’re willing to stand up, knowing what the potential implications are for other people.” 

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WaPo Gets Planned Parenthood Abortion Organ Harvesting Story Wrong

10:42 PM, Jul 14, 2015

The Washington Post appears to be struggling a bit to cover today's blockbuster story about the undercover video of Planned Parenthood harvesting and selling organs from aborted fetuses. First, they changed the headline to something that's far more friendly to Planned Parenthood without noting the change.

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Oregon Issues Gag Order for Bakers Who Refused to Make Gay Wedding Cake

11:36 PM, Jul 02, 2015

In April, an administrative judge with the Oregon Department of Labor ordered Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of the now shuttered bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa, to pay a fine of $135,000 for refusing to bake a cake for a lesbian couple's wedding. While there's a case the couple violated the state's public accommodation laws, there's little doubt that the fine was excessive and the reasoning for it specious.

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Justice Kagan in 2009: 'There Is No Federal Constitutional Right to Same-Sex Marriage'

2:14 PM, Jun 29, 2015

Over at the blog Legal Insurrection, law professor William Jacobson reminds us of this answer Elena Kagan gave to Senator John Cornyn in her confirmation hearings to be Solicitor General in 2009:

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