Stephen F. Hayes

Stephen F. Hayes is a senior writer at The Weekly Standard and author of two New York Times bestsellers: Cheney: The Untold Story of America's Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President and The Connection: How al Qaeda's Collaboration with Saddam Hussein Has Endangered America. He is a regular Fox All Stars panelist on Special Report with Bret Baier.

Before joining The Weekly Standard, Hayes was a senior writer for National Journal's Hotline. He also served for six years as Director of the Institute on Political Journalism at Georgetown University. His work has appeared in the New York Post, the Washington Times, Salon, National Review, and Reason. He has been a commentator on CNN, The McLaughlin Group, the Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNBC, and C-SPAN.

A graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and DePauw University, Hayes was born and raised in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

Stories by Stephen F. Hayes

Christie Slams Kerry on Paris Comments

11:47 PM, Nov 17, 2015
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie slammed Secretary of State John Kerry for remarks the top diplomat made  Tuesday  about the attacks in Paris and the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January. Kerry contrasted the Paris attacks, which he called “indiscriminate,” with the attacks on the... Read more

72 Hours of Trump

03:05 PM, Nov 13, 2015
If Donald Trump supporters haven’t abandoned him yet, there’s little reason to believe they’ll do so now. But it’s worth laying out a slice of what it is they’re defending, what it is they’re excusing, and what it is they’re encouraging. Let’s review the past 72 hours of crazy with Donald... Read more

Rubio Beats Phony Scandals and Comes Out Stronger

08:22 PM, Nov 09, 2015
At some point, the most obvious explanation is rope-a-dope.  Over the past three weeks, critics of Marco Rubio – his political rivals and some in the media – have worked themselves into something of a frenzy over Rubio’s use of a Republican party credit card nearly a decade ago.... Read more

Still Waiting for the Truth

10:55 AM, Oct 23, 2015
Twenty-five minutes before the start of Thursday’s hearing of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, Charles Woods stood alone behind the witness table, marveling at the chaos around him. A gaggle of still photographers was rehearsing their movements for the arrival of former... Read more

Hillary Told Chelsea Truth About Benghazi, But Not American People

06:38 PM, Oct 22, 2015
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton blamed an internet video for the Benghazi attacks in her conversations with family members of those killed despite having told a foreign leader two days earlier that the video played no role and having emailed daughter Chelsea that a terrorist group had carried... Read more

What to Expect at Hillary's Benghazi Hearing

07:55 PM, Oct 21, 2015
The Benghazi Select Committee holds an open hearing with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Thursday. Clinton has said she is willing to stay as long as there are questions. The much-anticipated hearing comes as Republicans and Democrats have traded accusations that each side is... Read more

Benghazi Committee: New Emails Show Clinton Promoted Blumenthal Interests in Libya

03:39 PM, Oct 08, 2015
The House Select Committee on Benghazi will be making public next week new documents that demonstrate Sidney Blumenthal was seeking business in Libya as he was advising then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on U.S. policy in the country.  According to a letter from Chairman Trey Gowdy to... Read more

Clinton Takes Tough Shot at Obama

10:46 PM, Sep 09, 2015
Deep in the transcript of the interview ABC’s David Muir conducted with Hillary Clinton yesterday comes an indirect but very tough shot at the man she worked for and hopes to replace. In the course of answering a question about her mother, Clinton described her mother’s difficult upbringing and... Read more

On National Security, Trump Strikes Out Again

05:21 PM, Sep 04, 2015
When Donald Trump botched a question Thursday about General Qassem Suleimani, head of Iran’s Quds Force, it wasn’t the first time. He did the same thing last month during the Fox News debate, but his answer was largely overlooked in the post-debate hysteria over Trump’s answers to... Read more

Trump Gives Hillary A Pass, Dings Walker and Jeb Instead

03:16 PM, Aug 11, 2015
In the days before the Fox News debate last week, Donald Trump said he wasn’t looking to attack any of his Republican rivals unless he was attacked. That’s changed, apparently. In an interview  Tuesday  morning on Fox & Friends , Trump twice went out of his way to criticize... Read more

Donald Trump Is Just an Everyday Politician

06:45 PM, Aug 10, 2015
Donald Trump says he wants to talk about issues. In a telephone interview on Meet the Press yesterday, Trump said he was looking forward to interviews where he could talk about policy. “I want to get back to the country,” he insisted. “We have such problems. We have unemployment that’s... Read more

The Trump Goes On

11:15 PM, Aug 08, 2015
It’s not over. And it’s likely to end badly. In an interview on CNN last night , Donald Trump suggested that Megyn Kelly’s tough questioning was inspired by her menstrual cycle. “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes,” Trump told CNN's Don Lemon on Friday night. “Blood coming... Read more

Rubio Wins the Main Event

05:49 AM, Aug 07, 2015
Cleveland  In the first Republican debate of the 2016 presidential campaign, frontrunner Donald Trump spoke for two minutes more than anyone else on stage, a fact that provided a distinct advantage for the other nine candidates on stage. Trump’s performance here tonight was part... Read more

Bush-Walker Dispute Catches Fire Over Iran Nuclear Deal

12:41 PM, Jul 20, 2015
Ames, Iowa A smoldering policy dispute over the Iran deal between two frontrunners for the Republican nomination caught fire over the weekend, as the campaigns of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker and former Florida governor Jeb Bush traded accusations of bad faith and the candidates... Read more

Trump GOP Candidacy Blows Up

07:05 PM, Jul 18, 2015
Ames, Iowa Donald Trump confirmed two things during a stop in this central Iowa town Saturday: He has no class and he may well run as an independent when he does not win the Republican nomination. There had been considerable public evidence of both long before his appearance here... Read more

Walker's Agenda: 'Reform, Growth, Safety'

01:46 AM, Jul 14, 2015
Waukesha Wisconsin governor Scott Walker entered the Republican presidential race Monday in a forward-looking announcement speech that touched upon conservative principles that have guided his work in the state.  Walker stood in front of a flag-themed wood backdrop with a simple... Read more

Eager Scott Walker Ready for Presidential Race

10:10 AM, Jul 13, 2015
Milwaukee Scott Walker isn’t big on self-reflection. He spent much of Sunday on a this-is-your-life tour of southeastern Wisconsin with an ABC News production team and World News Tonight anchor David Muir. Late in the afternoon, he signed the biennial budget for the state of... Read more

Walker Readies Himself as the Candidate of the Mainstream Conservative Movement

04:01 AM, Jul 10, 2015
When Scott Walker formalizes his presidential run Monday with a long-anticipated announcement, he will have at his side a seasoned veteran of Republican politics and an architect of the modern conservative movement. THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned that Walker is expected to name Michael Grebe as... Read more

Times Hit Piece Ignores Scott Walker's Success

05:46 PM, Jun 08, 2015
Fresh off its widely-mocked exclusive on the traffic citations given Marco and Jeannette Rubio – fewer than one per year, combined – the New York Times has an in-depth look at Scott Walker and the wealthy conservatives who backed him throughout his rise to national prominence. It’s a classic... Read more

Rubio Uses Bill Clinton Trick to Highlight 23-Year Age Gap With Hillary

12:07 PM, May 28, 2015
Is Marco Rubio trolling Hillary Clinton?    No question.   In a tweet Wednesday afternoon, Rubio's campaign asked supporters to wish the senator—who turns 44 today—a happy birthday. The tweet featured a graphic of an American flag, emblazoned with "44" instead of the... Read more

State Dept. Makes Curious Redaction in Hillary Email

12:18 AM, May 23, 2015
Among the emails released by the State Department today was one sent by Hillary Clinton to Jake Sullivan on April 8, 2011. Clinton was forwarding a private intelligence report that Sidney Blumenthal had sent her with the subject line: "UK game playing; new rebel strategists; Egypt moves in."... Read more

Over 1 Million Bin Laden Documents Remain Unreleased

03:49 PM, May 20, 2015
The U.S. government released Wednesday morning an additional 86 documents from the vast collection of documents captured during the 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The new disclosures bring the total number of documents released to 120 – a tiny fraction of the... Read more

The Worst Day of Hillary Clinton's Campaign

12:04 PM, May 19, 2015
Hillary Clinton had a very bad day.   In fact, she’s had a series of bad days since she announced her presidential bid April 12. But Monday was the worst of them. In a bombshell report, the New York Times reported that Clinton, as secretary of state, used her private email... Read more

Walker Shines in New Hampshire

12:19 PM, Apr 19, 2015
Nashua, N.H. Scott Walker was feeling it. He’d been speaking for a little more than ten minutes, telling stories about his battles in Wisconsin to a crowd of Republicans nodding their heads in enthusiastic agreement. Then, in the middle of an extended passage on the United States’ role in... Read more

Rubio Thinks About Tomorrow

07:30 AM, Apr 14, 2015
Miami Florida senator Marco Rubio announced his campaign for the presidency Monday in a stirring speech at Freedom Tower in downtown Miami, just miles away from his childhood home. The well-choreographed announcement showcased Rubio’s gifts as an orator and gave his audience glimpses of the... Read more

Why Dionne Is Wrong

08:36 PM, Mar 16, 2015
The Washington Post ’s E.J. Dionne doesn’t like the Iran open letter released by 47 Republican senators last week. And his column today makes clear that he really doesn’t like my support of that open letter. Let me say at the outset: I like E.J. Dionne. He spoke to my class on political... Read more

Longtime Federal Worker: Hillary's Use of Email 'Imperial'

04:41 PM, Mar 13, 2015
We received this email from a 40-year veteran of the federal workforce, who raises serious questions about Hillary Clinton and her emails: Since this story broke I have been wondering why "Conversion" has not entered the discussion. In my 40 years in government service, 20 as a senior... Read more

A Contrived Controversy and an Emboldened Iran

07:00 PM, Mar 12, 2015
F inally, a debate about Iran. Last week, 47 Republican senators released a public letter addressed to the leaders of the Iranian regime. The letter made what might have seemed a self-evident point: If the Obama administration reaches a deal with Iran, Congress will not be bound by parts of... Read more

NBC News Whitewashes History on Iran Diplomacy

04:11 PM, Mar 09, 2015
In a tweet this morning, NBC News senior political editor Mark Murray writes: “ With GOP Senators’ Iran Move, Politics Goes Beyond the Water’s Edge.” 47 Republican Senators sent to the Supreme Leader of Iran reminding him that Congress is not bound by deals that Congress does not approve.... Read more

Rand Paul Questions Motives of Republican Hawks, But Not Obama's

12:28 PM, Feb 21, 2015
Rand Paul chided Rudy Giuliani for comments the former New York City mayor made about Barack Obama's love for his country. In a television interview with local Louisville station WAVE, Paul said, “it's one thing to disagree on policy” but “it’s a mistake to question people’s motives.” It's... Read more