EDITORIAL

Our Fearless Misleader

BY STEPHEN F. HAYES

Susan Rice and Jay Carney.

After more than two weeks of obfuscation and misdirection from the Obama administration, the American public is coming to understand what the U.S. intelligence community learned in the 48 hours immediately following the September 11 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Among the important new details:

* Top Pentagon officials declared the assault a terrorist attack on “Day One.” Doing so enabled them to expedite any response to the attack (Yahoo! News).

* ...

Doctor Obama

Euthanasia for Obama­care

BY JEFFREY H. ANDERSON

At a rally in Ohio last week, Mitt Romney said, “Obama-care is really Exhibit No. 1 of the president’s political philosophy, and that ...

ARTICLES

The Natural ­Versus the Phony

Can a politically gifted Republican survive in Democratic Massachusetts?

BY MICHAEL WARREN

Elizabeth Warren

Boston
Elizabeth Warren is opening a new campaign office in the Boston neighborhood of Roxbury. The 63-year-old Harvard law professor is wearing a pink jacket, white blouse, and black pants. After shaking hands with everyone around the parking lot, she chooses a low spot in the pavement in front of the office door to speak to the crowd. Warren is noticeably shorter than the local community leaders who introduce her. She clutches the microphone in her right hand and gestures with her left as she works through her stump speech.

“I don’t kid myself. I know it’s going to be a ...

Rob McKenna

They’re on a Losing Streak

But Washington state’s Republicans might get some ­satisfaction this year.

BY FRED BARNES

Bellevue, Wash.
The paradox of politics in Washington state ...

Obama Bobblehead

Overcoming Obamaddiction

Craig Karpel’s 12 steps to recovery.

BY GEOFFREY NORMAN

a Vietnamese coffee shop

Where the 1970s Are Ancient History

Young Vietnamese line up for American coffee, not exhibits on American ‘atrocities.’

BY MAX BOOT

MIT Algebra Exam

Our 19th-Century Curriculum

It’s time for more databases, fewer quadratic ­equations.

BY ANDY KESSLER

Going off to college or, like me, sending your child? Suckers! Why? Because after paying average private college tuition ...

FEATURES

The Real Debate

The 2012 election is about far more than our pocketbooks.

BY YUVAL LEVIN

Edmund Burke

Everybody knows that this election is supposed to be all about the economy. Employment, income, growth, and America’s credit rating are too low, while spending, borrowing, deficits, poverty, and gas prices are too high, and voters must decide whether President Obama is responsible for all of that or whether Mitt Romney could do better. Polls certainly suggest that these questions are highest on voters’ minds.

And yet, even as both parties acknowledge the centrality of the economy, both seem also to be powerfully drawn toward another, deeper kind of debate. That debate has mostly been evident when each party’s politicians have assumed ...

Tawhid Brigade fighters

The Battle for Aleppo

A report from the front lines of the Syrian civil war

BY JONATHAN SPYER

Aleppo, Syria

Another much-hyped Gnostic “gospel”

Jesus’ Ex-Wife

Another much-hyped Gnostic “gospel” fails to upend Christianity

BY CHARLOTTE ALLEN

Jesus had a wife! It’s the Gospel of Judas all over again. An exotic Gnostic document claimed to date from the fourth century,* written ...

Books & Arts

Witness to History

Claude Lanzmann’s journey to ‘Shoah.’

BY BENJAMIN BALINT

Claude Lanzmann (right) revisits Auschwitz, 1993

Sometimes, a perfectly realized masterwork so far exceeds its mortal creator that it seems something larger and more powerful is speaking through him. 

For all its virtuosity, little in the first three-quarters of Claude Lanz-mann’s memoir accounts for Shoah, his nine-and-a-half-hour testament to the extermination of Europe’s Jews, an overwhelming film Marcel Ophüls called “the greatest documentary about contemporary history ever made.” The bulk of The Patagonian Hare, published in France in 2009, narrates the transformation of a young man on the make into a jet-set Left Bank intellectual who pops up, Zelig-like, in an astonishing array of loosely connected ...

Joseph Kony, 2006

Out of Africa

The Dark Continent in the mind of white America.

BY LIAM JULIAN

Last March the social--networking thickets caught fire, sparked by an online video called Kony 2012. Its creator, founder of ...

Ben Sira fragment  from the Cairo geniza

Attic Treasure

A document dump for ten centuries of Jewish history

BY SUSANNE KLINGENSTEIN

When Alice fell through her Oxford rabbit hole in 1865, she landed in a world in which the hidden ...

John F. Kennedy at Santa Monica, 1962

Pathology of Power

Sally Bedell Smith and the many forms of monarchy.

BY NOEMIE EMERY

Sally Bedell Smith has a thing for kings. Or, not kings quite so much as powerful people who form courts around themselves as a ...

The Book of Mormon: The Musical

Innocence of Mormons

How two cultures respond to criticism.

BY JOHN PODHORETZ

In New York City, at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre on West 49th Street, Broadway audiences are spending $1.6 million per week to attend ...

CASUAL

There Goes the Neighborhood

Ethan Epstein, keepin' it real

BY ETHAN EPSTEIN

There goes the neighborhood

Getting into a taxi at the end of a recent night on the town, I gave the driver my address. “Are you sure?” he asked nervously. I had to sigh in familiar exasperation—I’d been through this rigmarole many times before. And I only moved to Trinidad in May!

That’s Trinidad the neighborhood, about two miles northeast of the U.S. Capitol. It’s the kind of place that’s often called “mixed” or “in transition.” It was once a thriving part of the nation’s capital—Washington’s first Sears opened there in 1929—and as recently as 1968 it was still middle class. But then came the riots that followed the assassination of Martin Luther King, and parts of H ...

SCRAPBOOK

The Vulgar Era

Madonna

The Scrapbook is decidedly not in the habit of waxing nostalgic about the golden age of civility in politics. Our position is clear: There never was one. It is true that Congressman X (R) may have shared a highball with Senator Y (D) at the Monocle in 1965, but the Democratic majority in Congress was so prohibitive in those days that GOP members had little choice but to cultivate their masters in any way they knew.

Which brings us to two recent high-profile endorsements for the president. It is no shock to learn that the vast majority of politically active celebrities are crazy for Barack Obama: Show biz is dominated by the left as decisively as ...

Obama's Palace Guard

Fact Checking the Fact Checkers (cont.)

In these pages last week, The Scrapbook noted that a second academic survey had been done suggesting that PolitiFact—the largest of the ...

Roger Simon

Simon Says

Roger Simon, the chief political columnist for Politico, began his column last week with an alarming report:

The Obamas on The View
ramirez cartoon

PARODY

The Weekly Standard Archives

Browse 18 Years of the Weekly Standard

Old covers