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

Feds Further Investigating Role of Bomber's Wife

12:11 PM, Apr 25, 2013
Law enforcement officials are carefully reexamining any possible role that Katherine Russell Tsarnaeva, the wife of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, played in the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, according to three federal officials with knowledge of the investigation. The intense scrutiny comes as a... Read more

Don’t Rule Out Anything

11:00 PM, Apr 20, 2013
“In this age of instant reporting and tweets and blogs, there's a temptation to latch on to any bit of information, sometimes to jump to conclusions,” said President Obama, in the late evening of April 19, after Dzokhar Tsarnaev was captured alive in Watertown, Mass. “But when a tragedy like... Read more

Obama's Budget to Contradict 'Consensus Among People Who Know the Economy Best'

09:30 AM, Apr 10, 2013
Mark Knoller from CBS News reports this morning that President Obama, in a statement in the Rose Garden, “will stress his budget’s top objective is to boost the economy and create jobs.” To do that, he’ll have to contradict what he previously described as “the consensus among people who know the... Read more

Spender in Chief

12:00 AM, Mar 18, 2013
On March 6, Barack Obama invited a dozen Republican senators to dine with him at the Jefferson Hotel in Washington. The group spent virtually all of their time discussing debt, deficits, and spending. Obama picked up the tab. The next day, he hosted House Budget chairman Paul Ryan, along with... Read more

Obama's PR Stunt

11:40 AM, Mar 13, 2013
There will be no grand bargain. Some eighteen hours before he was scheduled to meet with House Republicans on Capitol Hill Wednesday, ostensibly in search of a “grand bargain” that would reform entitlements and reverse the trajectory of US debt, Barack Obama declared three times that the U.S.... Read more

For Obama, It's All About 2014

06:10 AM, Mar 12, 2013
What’s the purpose of Barack Obama’s “charm offensive?” And who is the target? In a long analysis in the New York Times on Monday, John Harwood and Dick Stevenson argue that Obama’s outreach over the past week is being undertaken with the goal of securing something along the lines of the... Read more

Hayes Podcast: The Impact of Rand's Filibuster on Politics and Policy

04:23 PM, Mar 07, 2013
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, hosted by Michael Graham, with Stephen Hayes: This podcast can be downloaded here . Subscribe to THE WEEKLY STANDARD's iTunes podcast feed here . ADVERTISEMENT: Try free for 30 days, and get a free* audiobook! Click the link below to get... Read more

Governor Walker’s Play-by-Play

12:00 AM, Feb 25, 2013
    Madison, Wis. Sitting in front of an oversized HD television in the basement of the governor’s residence, a relaxed Scott Walker settles in to wait for Barack Obama to begin the first State of the Union address of his second term. The residence is otherwise empty.... Read more

Senators Push Brennan on Misleading Testimony

03:13 PM, Feb 14, 2013
John Brennan, President Obama’s nominee to run the Central Intelligence Agency, is getting renewed scrutiny for a highly questionable claim he made during his confirmation hearings last week . On Tuesday, two Republicans on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Marco Rubio and James... Read more

Rubio Previews SOTU Response: Says He'll Push Contrast on Policy, Tone

07:00 AM, Feb 12, 2013
From the earliest days of Marco Rubio’s plucky campaign for the U.S. Senate, his diehard supporters spoke of the day that their man would have an opportunity to challenge Barack Obama – his policies, his vision, his rhetoric. They were certain that Rubio was so gifted an orator and possessed... Read more

The Hagel Fiasco

12:00 AM, Feb 11, 2013
Finally John Warner let Chuck Hagel speak. Warner, having declared that he was discarding his prepared remarks in the interest of sincerity and brevity and then spoken for 15 minutes, turned to Hagel with a friendly warning: “You’re on your own.” Truer words, as they say. Hagel would... Read more

Hayes and Joscelyn Podcast: Secretary Clinton and Benghazi

03:35 PM, Jan 23, 2013
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Stephen F. Hayes and Thomas Joscelyn, hosted by Michael Graham: This podcast can be downloaded here . Subscribe to THE WEEKLY STANDARD's iTunes podcast feed here .  Read more

Obama's Impassioned Defense of Activist Government

06:30 AM, Jan 22, 2013
President Barack Obama used his second inaugural address Monday to offer an aggressive, unapologetic defense of activist government and to call for a new spirit of unity even as he seeks to move the country even further left. But in celebrating the power of the government to lead the nation... Read more

Obama Advisor: Hagel Will Bring ‘Huge Cuts’ to the Military

04:01 PM, Jan 08, 2013
In today’s New York Times , David Brooks argues persuasively that Chuck Hagel has been nominated to help Barack Obama dramatically cut defense spending. Chuck Hagel has been nominated to supervise the beginning of this generation-long process of defense cutbacks. If a Democratic... Read more

Obama, Hagel, and Iran

12:00 AM, Jan 08, 2013
What should the United States do about Iran?   This has been among the most important and urgent questions on U.S. national security over the past four years. Barack Obama began his presidency with a series of conciliatory gestures, nearly all of which were rejected (or mocked) by the... Read more

Bake Sale for the Pentagon

01:12 PM, Dec 09, 2012
From a left-wing bumper sticker seeking to make its point with an absurdity: "It'll be a great day when the schools have all the money they need and the Pentagon has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber." From Mike Allen's Playbook on December 9, 2012: DoD COOKIE BAKE-OFF – From a... Read more

Petraeus’s Sudden Resignation

05:40 PM, Nov 09, 2012
A few thoughts on the resignation of David Petraeus as CIA director: Few American leaders had a stronger reputation for integrity and honor, so the reason he cited for his departure – an extramarital affair – comes as a shock to the nation and to those who know him best. Petraeus will go... Read more

Papers Blast Obama Over Benghazi

01:01 PM, Nov 03, 2012
The lead editorials in the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal today offer stinging critiques of the Obama administration’s handling of Benghazi. The Post notes that what happened in Benghazi “increasingly looks like a major security failure” and argues, “sooner or... Read more

Romney Plays It Safe, Misses Opportunities

08:15 AM, Oct 23, 2012
Boca Raton, Fla. Mitt Romney made no major mistakes in his final head-to-head debate with Barack Obama here Monday night, and he presented himself as a plausible commander in chief to the millions of voters watching across the country. So Romney achieved his two main objectives coming into... Read more

W.H. Tries to Write Al Qaeda Out of Libya Story

11:22 AM, Oct 20, 2012
The Obama administration appears to be mounting yet another version of its campaign to push back on claims that it misled on the intelligence related to the attacks in Benghazi on 9/11/12. But the new offensive by the administration, which contradicts many of its earlier claims and simply... Read more

Attacks 'Grew Spontaneously Out of a Video Protest'

04:50 PM, Oct 17, 2012
Dave Weigel at Slate corrects me on an entry in my long Benghazi rhetoric timeline today . He quotes from my piece: On September 18, one week after the attack, David Letterman asked Obama whether the attack was an act of war. The president once again invoked the video produced... Read more

Obama Misleads on the Libya Scandal

07:10 AM, Oct 17, 2012
Hempstead, N.Y.   The second 2012 presidential debate featured a sharper Barack Obama, a series of tough exchanges, and one memorable back-and-forth on Libya. And just as Joe Biden’s answers on Libya in the vice presidential debate drove several days of news, the discussion of... Read more

Biden Throws Intelligence Community Under the Bus

11:50 PM, Oct 11, 2012
Danville, Kentucky Among the many charges and countercharges at the vice presidential debate here Thursday, two points from Vice President Joe Biden stand out. First, Biden blamed the intelligence community for the administration’s confusing public explanations of the 9/11 anniversary... Read more

Barack Obama: Liberal

11:28 PM, Oct 08, 2012
The Pew poll  on the presidential race released Monday has many interesting findings that will be scrutinized, challenged and assessed with less than one month left in the campaign. The survey, taken after last Wednesday’s debate (good for Romney) and mostly after Friday’s jobs... Read more

Romney Goes Bold, Aggressive

11:29 PM, Oct 03, 2012
If Mitt Romney campaigns over the next month in the bold, aggressive manner he debated Wednesday night, he will be the next president. In a thoroughly dominating performance, Romney bested Barack Obama in both tone and substance. Romney was plainly well prepared and made his points with a... Read more

Obama Administration's Libya Spin Unravels

10:14 AM, Sep 27, 2012
At the Washington Post this morning , Glenn Kessler posts a collection of the Obama administration’s evolving statements on Libya and some important reporting of facts surrounding the attacks. “This has been a difficult week for the State Department and for our country. We’ve seen the... Read more

Obama’s Late Night Budget Bluster

04:30 PM, Sep 19, 2012
In an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman, President Barack Obama suggested that most of the country’s debt was accumulated under George W. Bush, pretended that he has offered a solution to these problems, said that he does not know the total U.S. national debt, and claimed that... Read more

The Meaning of the Romney Tape

04:20 PM, Sep 18, 2012
A few random thoughts (and some reporting) on Mitt Romney and the video. First, what Mitt Romney was getting at – as opposed to what he actually said – is undeniably true as a broad observation: too many Americans are dependent, or partially dependent, on an expansive government.  It's... Read more

Spinning Terror, Again

10:45 PM, Sep 16, 2012
The Obama administration continued to claim Sunday that the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, were not planned or coordinated but spontaneous responses to news of an anti-Islam video that happened to take place on the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. It’s a highly... Read more

Wait, Who's Political?

11:35 PM, Sep 12, 2012
Mitt Romney is being accused of crass political opportunism for speaking up about the attacks on U.S. interests in Egypt and Libya on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11. And not just by his political opponents. By Wednesday evening Reuters , in a straight news piece, reported that Romney’s... Read more