11:31 AM, Mar 13, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Pollsters call it the “rally effect.” In a crisis, people tend instinctively, if abstractly, to support their leaders. The signature example being that, when the Bay of Pigs invasion ended in failure, John F. Kennedy’s poll numbers went up.
So it is not surprising, perhaps, that Vladimir Putin is getting a boost from his strong-arming of the Ukraine. As Olga Razumovskaya of the Wall Street Journal reports:
“Russian President Vladimir Putin's approval rating has soared to a three-year high in the past month, a period that has included the winter Olympics in Sochi and the political crisis in Ukraine, Russian state pollster VTsIOM said Thursday. The Russian president's approval rating has gained 9.7 percentage points to reach 71.6% since mid-February, well above the average of above 60% over the past several years, the pollster said.”
'We have our blind spots and we have our dogmas and we've got our crazy folks.'7:17 AM, Mar 12, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama knows that his time is almost up. It's a point he's making to liberal Democratic donors to get them to donate generously in this year's mid-term election.
4:29 PM, Mar 11, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The White House pool reporter says that President Obama has gone shopping at Gap in New York City:
3:02 PM, Mar 11, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
NBC reporter Chuck Todd shouted a question to President Obama about whether he still has confidence in the CIA director. The president refused to answer the question.
Via the pool report:
7:34 AM, Mar 11, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama joined Zach Galifianakis's “Between Two Ferns”:
Galifianakis asks, "In 2013 you pardoned a turkey. What do you have planned for 2014?" Whether he sent Dennis Rodman to North Korea -- and what we should do about "Ikea"?
Obama taunts the actor by saying it's a "good thing" he can't run a third time for president, because it would be like doing a third Hangover movie.
It would send a message to Russia.4:15 PM, Mar 10, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
Who’s surprised that the Obama administration, evolved, urbane and forward-looking, is having a hard time dealing with Vladimir Putin’s unreconstructed Cold War mentality in Ukraine? “We’re hoping that Russia will not see this as sort of a continuation of the Cold War," John Kerry said last week. Even before the Russian invasion of Crimea, Obama was warning of the dangers of seeing the world in terms of Great Power conflict. “We’re no longer in a Cold War,” the president said at the U.N. General Assembly in September. “There’s no Great Game to be won.”
Obamacare is keeping health care costs down, by making it difficult to access exchanges.10:02 AM, Mar 10, 2014 • By IKE BRANNON
My wife woke up Saturday with a badly swollen knee. We had no idea what could have caused it—her hot yoga class puts her in poses that put stress on the knee but she didn't remember the knee hurting during her last session.
3:01 PM, Mar 7, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, with editor Bill Kristol on the Democrats' no good, very bad week:
'Medical insurance nightmare.'8:17 AM, Mar 7, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
A Utah man signed himself and his adult children up for a dental plan through Obamacare, but was unknowingly enrolled in a worthless child's plan:
Hosted by Michael Graham4:25 PM, Mar 6, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, with executive editor Fred Barnes on President Obama's Ukraine statement and why it's his job to stop Vladimir Putin.
Admits "prosecutorial discretion" on immigration has already stretched his "administrative capacity very far." 12:34 PM, Mar 6, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a joint town hall with Telemundo and Univision, President Obama made a pledge that his administration will not use Obamacare sign up data to deport illegal aliens:
"Will we hear from you a pledge, a personal promise, that the information provided in the registration process will not be used for deportation purposes in this country?"
"Absolutely," Obama said, putting his hand down for emphasis.
1:28 PM, Mar 5, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
When you spend in the trillions and run deficits in the (many) billions, then you look for the millions where you can find them.
8:04 AM, Mar 5, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on Wednesday to reduce the fine/“tax” for violating Obamacare’s individual mandate this year to $0. It will be interesting to see how Democrats in both the House and Senate react. President Obama has plainly violated the law—and the constitutional separation of powers—by unilaterally delaying the individual mandate for some people (those who liked their health plan but got a cancellation notice) and by unilaterally delaying the employer mandate.