Michael Warren


Michael Warren is a staff writer at The Weekly Standard. He is 2012 Robert Novak journalism fellow, and he has written for the Washington Times, National Review Online, City Journal, and the Washington Examiner. He has also appeared on CNN and C-SPAN.

Stories by Michael Warren


Cruz Says Drafting Women 'Doesn't Make Any Sense'

And Cruz called America's enemies, not its soldiers, "psychopaths."
3:06 PM, Feb 07, 2016

Ted Cruz came out against requiring 18-year-old women to register for the Selective Service and the possibility of being drafted into the military. At a campaign event here Sunday afternoon, Cruz responded to some of his rivals, like Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush, who said in Saturday's debate that women should have to register.

"It was striking that three different people on that stage came out in support of drafting women into combat in the military," Cruz said. "I didn't have an opportunity to respond to that particular question. But I have to admit as I was sitting there listening to that conversation, my reaction was, 'Are you guys nuts?'"

Cruz vowed not to change the current

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The Governors Strike Back

12:30 AM, Feb 07, 2016

Saturday was the night the governors struck back.

The biggest moment of the night came by way of New Jersey governor Chris Christie, attacking one of the high-flying senators post-Iowa, Marco Rubio. The Florida senator was asked directly about questions many of his gubernatorial rivals have made about his lack of experience and accomplishments. Rubio replied with a short list and then pivoted toward a critique of Barack Obama.

And let's dispel once and for all with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn't know what he's doing. He knows exactly what he's doing. Barack Obama is undertaking a systematic effort to change this country, to make America more like the rest of

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Kasich, Who Expanded Medicaid, Claims He 'Rejected Obamacare'

11:56 AM, Feb 06, 2016
In John Kasich’s final TV ad pitch to New Hampshire primary voters, the Ohio governor makes a dubious claim. "My record?" Kasich says. "I've cut taxes, balanced budgets, created jobs, rejected Obamacare without leaving anyone behind." Read more

Republicans on Hill, Campaign Trail Reject Obama Oil Tax

12:34 PM, Feb 05, 2016

The latest dead-on-arrival lame-duck proposal from the White House came Thursday. In a statement about its “21st Century Clean Transportation System" plan, the Obama administration said it would pay for new infrastructure spending with a "new fee paid by oil companies." Here's an excerpt:

So to meet our needs in the future, we have to make significant investments across all modes of transportation. And our transportation system is heavily dependent on oil. That is why we are proposing to fund these investments through a new $10 per barrel fee on oil paid by oil companies, which would be gradually phased in over five years.

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Democracy 101

The closer you look, the more inspiring Iowa's ­caucuses are.
Feb 15, 2016

What is a Republican caucus in Iowa really like? On February 1, I went to Ames to find out.

One hundred eighty-nine Republicans filed into the sanctuary at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, just a few blocks from the Iowa State campus, to consider each candidate a final time before casting their votes. Like those across the state, the caucus started promptly at 7:00 p.m.—well, maybe a minute or two after. Jeff Ortiz, co-chairman of the Story County GOP and chairman of the precinct's caucus, gave a little leeway to the last few voters signing in. Every caucusgoer must be registered as a Republican in Iowa, which a participant can do up until the caucus begins.

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Cruz Fighting For His Life in Iowa

1:57 AM, Jan 31, 2016
Is this how Cruz imagined he would be heading into the Iowa caucuses? Read more

Cruz on Controversial Mailer: 'I Will Apologize to Nobody'

"Anyone hoping to win the state of Iowa has to show the respect to the voters of this state."
8:55 PM, Jan 30, 2016
Ted Cruz said he will “apologize to nobody" for a campaign mailer he sent out to Iowa voters that was made to look like an official government document. The mailer contained a heading that read "Official Public Document" and was billed as a "Voting Violation" notice. The Cruz campaign sent the mailer to voters who had not voted or caucused and informed them they had "failing grades" and that attending Monday's caucus could "improve your score." Read more

For Rubio, There's Energy, Enthusiasm, and Muted Confidence

4:42 PM, Jan 30, 2016

The last time Marco Rubio made an appearance in Sioux City, in late October, he was in a distant third place in Iowa polls, behind Donald Trump and Ben Carson. Not much has changed since, not even the venue (a restaurant and banquet hall overlooking the Missouri River). Another social-conservative favorite, Ted Cruz, has replaced Carson. And with the Iowa caucuses just two days away, the crowd for Rubio is a little larger and more engaged than in the fall.

The Florida senator, clad in a gray Under Armor pullover, sounded a bit hoarse as he took the microphone Saturday morning. He began with a serious exhortation about the importance of the upcoming election.

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In Iowa, It's Cruz vs. Everybody

8:05 AM, Jan 30, 2016
In the final days before the caucuses here, the Ted Cruz campaign insists their only real opponent is Donald Trump. “It's a binary choice," said Steve King, the congressman from Iowa's northwest corner and the most prominent Cruz supporter in the state. "Either Donald Trump or Ted Cruz." Read more

Among the (Mostly) Committed for Cruz

Can Cruz seal the deal before time runs out?
1:19 AM, Jan 29, 2016
As the Fox News anchors signed off, the lights turned on, and the ballroom began opening up for a big after-debate party, I wanted to know one thing: Had Ronette Smith made up her mind? Read more

Rival Campaigns Slow to Pile-On Trump

7:19 PM, Jan 28, 2016

If several Donald Trump’s Republican rivals have any thoughts about the GOP frontrunner's decision to skip Thursday's debate in Iowa to hold a fundraiser for his charity foundation, they aren't speaking up about it.

Trump claims his event, which is being held just down the road from the Fox News-sponsored debate, will seek to raise money for veterans, though the website set up for the occasion actually directs donations to the Donald J. Trump Foundation. The foundation, a non-profit that has given just more than $10,000 to veterans' groups per year between 2009 and 2013. Trump's donation form promises that all the money collected in association with Thursday night's event will go to help veterans, but the specifics end

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Video: Hillary Using Chinese Exchange Students as Volunteers

5:54 PM, Jan 27, 2016
ABC News reporter Liz Kreutz took a tour of Hillary Clinton's Iowa campaign headquarters in Des Moines Wednesday. With camera in tow, Kreutz discovered a group of foreign exchange students from China working in a back room as volunteers for the campaign. Read more

Cruz Confident of Iowa Ground Game

10:47 AM, Jan 27, 2016

Donald Trump may have the media attention, the lead in the national and early-state polls, and increasingly the air of inevitability as the Iowa caucuses approach. But one thing he doesn’t have, says a top advisor for Ted Cruz, is the ability to get enough supporters to caucus on February 1, many for the very first time.

"Senator Cruz will have met personally more people in Iowa than have seen Donald Trump at his events combined," said Rick Tyler, the campaign's communications director, in an interview with THE WEEKLY STANDARD Tuesday. That personal connection with the state's regular GOP caucusgoers, he argues, is the key to winning Iowa's quirky presidential nominating contest.

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Kristol: Trump 'Chickening Out' of Fox News Debate

7:48 PM, Jan 26, 2016
Bill Kristol joined David Gergen and Katrina Pierson on CNN Tuesday night to react to Donald Trump's announcement he will not participate in Thursday's debate in Iowa. Host Erin Burnett suggested many Republican primary voters might look favorably on Trump's decision, which would show he is "calling the shots." The boss disagreed. Read more

Kasich's 'Shift Left' Strategy

Could moving left help him in New Hampshire?
2:06 PM, Jan 25, 2016
Some New Hampshire primary voters may be trying to decide between John Kasich and...Bernie Sanders? Read more

Poll: Jeb At One Percent in Iowa

8:29 AM, Jan 25, 2016

Jeb Bush has the support of just one percent of likely Republican caucusgoers in Iowa, according to a new poll from CBS News. The poll, released Sunday, found Bush with the same level of support as Carly Fiorina, Rick Santorum, and John Kasich. That puts Bush behind Chris Christie (2 percent), Rand Paul (3 percent), Ben Carson (5 percent), Marco Rubio (13 percent), Ted Cruz (34 percent), and Donald Trump (39 percent).

The poor numbers for Bush come nearly a month after Right to Rise, the super PAC supporting the former Florida governor, made a $25 million ad buy in both Iowa and New Hampshire that aimed to tell "Bush's story." Right to Rise also reportedly spent $1.4 million over two weeks in January to run negative ads on Iowa

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Calculating Castro

4:57 PM, Jan 22, 2016
Julián Castro is ostensibly still the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, a post he's held since 2014 after he resigned as mayor of San Antonio. But according to Politico, the Texas Democrat seems to have spent a lot of his 18 months in Washington getting ready for the next job: vice-presidential nominee. Read more

Cruzin' Through New Hampshire

Five Ted talks in one day.
Feb 01, 2016

Ted Cruz is running late. This is not a good start for the Texas senator, whose campaign has scheduled six events for him today all along New Hampshire’s eastern border. Cruz is in the middle of a five-day tour, rambling down the rural roads in a bus emblazoned with "Cruzin' to Victory" and "Trusted," with the last three letters—T-E-D—in red.

When the bus at last pulls up near the front window of Zeb's Country Store, a charming kitsch and candy shop in this ski-resort town, there's a mixture of excitement and relief among the voters and reporters waiting inside. That dissipates when the next person to walk in isn't Cruz but one of his chief advocates here, former

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Hillary Clinton's Millennial Problem

Attack ads work.
1:18 PM, Jan 18, 2016
Hillary Clinton may have a Millennial problem on her hands. Read more

At Debate, Rubio Shows Both Promise and Peril

12:55 AM, Jan 15, 2016
Rubio gave what he has in every debate this cycle: a solid, at times excellent, performance that showed both why he’s the best among the establishment-acceptable candidates and why he's struggled to break out so far in the campaign. Read more

Cruz Shifts on Snowden: 'Now Clear' He's a 'Traitor'

11:48 AM, Jan 14, 2016
Texas senator Ted Cruz now says Edward Snowden is a "traitor" who should be "tried for treason." Cruz told the New York Times in a statement his current view on the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked the details of a classified surveillance program. Read more

Christie Iowa Ad: 'Top Priority' to Protect American Lives

10:53 AM, Jan 14, 2016
Governor Chris Christie is out with a new 30-second TV ad in which he claims his "top priority" as president would be to "protect the lives of the people of the United States of America." The ad, which is running in TV markets across Iowa, features the New Jersey Republican speaking to the camera about national security policy. Read more

Iowa Poll: Bernie Within 2 of Hillary

Clinton 42, Sanders 40.
8:52 AM, Jan 14, 2016
The latest poll of likely Democratic caucusgoers in Iowa from the Des Moines Register and Bloomberg finds Hillary Clinton just two points ahead of Bernie Sanders. The survey of 503 likely participants in the February 1 caucuses found 42 percent support Clinton, the former secretary of state, while 40 percent support Sanders, the senator from Vermont and a self-proclaimed socialist. Read more

Iowa Poll: Cruz 25, Trump 22, Rubio 12, Carson 11

Cruz down but still ahead in the Hawkeye State.
7:39 AM, Jan 13, 2016
The latest poll of likely Republican Iowa caucusgoers from the Des Moines Register and Bloomberg finds Senator Ted Cruz in a smaller lead with 25 percent support to Donald Trump's 22 percent. Read more

Christie Says He Was 'Misquoted' On Planned Parenthood Donation

New Jersey gov says he never donated to the abortion provider.
4:08 PM, Jan 12, 2016

Chris Christie says he was misquoted more than 20 years ago as saying he had donated to Planned Parenthood. In an interview with CBS's John Dickerson that aired Sunday, Christie denied a claim made by presidential rival Marco Rubio that the New Jersey Republican had once donated to Planned Parenthood. But a 2012 biography of Christie highlighted a quotation from the future governor when he was running for Morris County freeholder in 1994.

"I support Planned Parenthood privately with my personal contribution and that should be the goal of any agency, to find private donations," Christie said, according to a 1994 report in the Newark Star-Ledger.

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Quinnipiac: Bernie Leads in Iowa

Sanders 49, Clinton 44.
12:39 PM, Jan 12, 2016
Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator, has a five-point lead over his rival Hillary Clinton among likely Democratic caucusgoers in Iowa. That's according to a new poll from Quinnipiac University, which found Sanders with 49 percent support to Clinton's 44 percent. Read more

Bernie Opens Up Big Lead in NH

Sanders 53, Clinton 39
11:22 AM, Jan 12, 2016
A new poll of likely Democratic primary voters in New Hampshire finds Vermont senator Bernie Sanders with a 14-point lead over Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state. Sanders, a self-proclaimed socialist, has 53 percent support according to the new poll from Monmouth University. Clinton, meanwhile, has just 39 percent support. Read more

The Consummate Pop Star

David Bowie, 1947-2016.
9:01 AM, Jan 12, 2016
In reality, the real Bowie wasn’t Ziggy Stardust or Aladdin Sane or the Thin White Duke—he was David Bowie, consummate pop musician and songwriter closer to the Bing Crosby mold than anyone might have realized. Read more

Is Hillary Boring Democrats in Iowa?

Clinton 48, Sanders 45.
10:52 AM, Jan 11, 2016
A new poll from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal Sunday gave a shocking assessment of the state of the Democratic caucuses in Iowa. Widely considered the frontrunner and a near-lock for the Democratic nomination, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton appears to be leading her main competition, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, by just three points in the Hawkeye State. Read more

Clinton Campaign: Hillary, Planned Parenthood Prez 'Badasses'

4:47 PM, Jan 10, 2016
The press secretary for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign called the former secretary of a state and the president of the nation's largest abortion provider "badasses." Read more