5:01 PM, Oct 9, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Chelsea Clinton is officially getting into the game. The former first daughter has sent out a campaign fundraising pitch on behalf of her mother's presidential campaign.
"My mom is my hero. From helping cut the uninsured rate for children in half as First Lady to later becoming the first female senator from New York and then running for president, she's kept fighting for families -- while also being a great mom," reads the pitch.
"I hope my daughter grows up to be as proud of me as I am of my mom.
"That she's remained committed to making life better for women and children while being attacked by the other side for more than two decades is incredible and inspiring. I'm proud to stand with her in everything she does.
"Tuesday is the first debate of the Democratic primary, where my mom will continue talking about her plans and ideas to make life better for American families. Here’s one way to let her know you have her back before the big day: Chip in $1 or more to stand with her and become a Debate Donor.
"It's going to take a campaign as strong as my mom is to fight back against everything the other side is throwing at her, and to help us become the country we want to be. I can't tell you how much she'll appreciate your support at this critical moment.
"Donate $1 or more to become a Debate Donor before Tuesday."
9:43 PM, Oct 8, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama will be heading to Oregon tomorrow to visit Umpqua Community College, the site of a shooting rampage last week. But Obama's not heading home directly after meeting with families of the victims. Instead, the president will attend a series of West Coast fundraisers immediately after.
In fact, Obama has three fundraisers lined up for tomorrow. Two in Seattle and one in San Francisco. He'll spend tomorrow night in San Francisco.
8:51 AM, Oct 7, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sent an email to supporters about gun violence.
"Gun violence isn’t an inevitability -- it’s a virus and we must do whatever we can to stop it," the email reads.
"Our children should feel safe going to school. They should feel safe at the movie theater. And they should feel safe in places of worship.
The fraying of the national political consensus.Oct 12, 2015, Vol. 21, No. 05 • By JAY COST
The latest political happenings—the rise of Donald Trump, John Boehner’s surprise resignation as speaker of the House of Representatives, Hillary Clinton’s slide against the septuagenarian socialist Bernie Sanders—remind me of a verse from the old Rolling Stones song “Jigsaw Puzzle”:
Oh, there’s twenty-thousand grandmas.
Wave their hankies in the air.
All burning up their pensions
8:27 AM, Sep 26, 2015 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
On Monday, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, the Republican presidential front-runner on April Fools' Day, quit the contest. There had been no scandal which disgraced him, no momentous mistake which undermined him. It was simply that he once had support from Republican primary voters; he no longer did.
Ann Coulter, twit.Oct 5, 2015, Vol. 21, No. 04 • By P.J. O'ROURKE
Toward Ann Coulter I had always taken a “suffer little children to come unto me” attitude. Not that she ever came on to me or anything. It’s just that she’s a kid. She was born in 1961. I’ve got skinny Brooks Brothers neckties in the back of my closet older than that.
Ann Coulter grew up during the “I-was-conservative-after-conservatism-was-cool” era, helping found the Cornell Review in the early 1980s. She’s noisy and she gives me a headache. But kids are, and kids do. I have several.
The surprising 2016 race.Oct 5, 2015, Vol. 21, No. 04 • By FRED BARNES
Nearly everything that was expected to happen in the 2016 presidential race hasn’t, and many things that weren’t expected have. The rise of Donald Trump—even that he would run—was not predicted. Nor was the fall of Scott Walker or the weakness of Jeb Bush’s candidacy. Polls have proved to be unreliable indicators of where the Republican and Democratic campaigns are headed. Hillary Clinton’s coronation as Democratic nominee, we were told, was a sure thing. Now she’s sliding toward underdog status.
12:29 PM, Sep 23, 2015 • By SHOSHANA WEISSMANN
On Tuesday, the Washington Post published the cease and decist letter that Donald Trump's lawyer reportedly sent Club for Growth president David M. McIntosh, along with the promise of a multi-million dollar lawsuit if the group doesn't comply.
Where is the Republicans’ Goldilocks?Sep 28, 2015, Vol. 21, No. 03 • By JAY COST
Judging by the number of House and Senate seats, governorships, and state legislative seats it holds, the Republican party is stronger than at any point since the 1920s. Yet, going by the presidential nomination battle alone, the party is a mess. There are too many candidates, a few of whom are distracting the public with their self-aggrandizing shenanigans, spurred on by ratings-hungry cable-news networks.
Sep 28, 2015, Vol. 21, No. 03 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
How big a problem is it that the two leading Republican candidates for president aren’t actually qualified to be president?
“Oh, come on,” you’re inclined to respond. “It’s not that much of a problem. After all, Donald Trump and Ben Carson aren’t really the leading GOP presidential candidates, are they?”
A winning tax reform.
Sep 28, 2015, Vol. 21, No. 03 • By FRED BARNES
Some Republican presidential candidate was sure to come along with a credible tax reform plan to erase tax loopholes, preferences, and special breaks, broaden the tax base, and lower rates. Now Jeb Bush has done it. This marks a departure point in the GOP race.
2:18 PM, Sep 11, 2015 • By SHOSHANA WEISSMANN
Today, Jon Favreau, the former director of speechwriting for President Obama, tweeted that Vice President Joe Biden should run for president.
On September 11th, 2013, Donald Trump wanted to extend well wishes, even to "haters" and "losers."9:43 AM, Sep 11, 2015 • By SHOSHANA WEISSMANN
Update: Turns out Trump re-sent the tweet hours later in 2013, and has not yet deleted it.
This morning, Donald Trump deleted one of his most iconic tweets.
It was sent on September 11th, 2013—the day on which many are mourning the loss of loved ones, or recalling where they were on the day that changed American history.
On September 11th, 2013, Donald Trump wanted to extend well wishes, even to "haters" and "losers."
Why has Trump risen so far, so fast?Sep 21, 2015, Vol. 21, No. 02 • By JAY COST
The Donald Trump candidacy has inspired a hundred writers to pen a thousand think pieces about the meaning of it all. Is Trump’s surge the sign of a new breed of populism? Is it the Tea Party reborn? Is it the reemergence of the old Ross Perot-Pat Buchanan strand of protectionism? Does it signal a right-wing nativism similar to what is bubbling up in Europe?
Maybe what’s going on is simpler: The Trump surge is, primarily if not entirely, about Donald Trump.
What would James Burnham make of our ruling class?Sep 21, 2015, Vol. 21, No. 02 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
What is happening in the world? When one looks at recent news, one can’t help feeling a sense of bewilderment. A storied Olympian announces his new gender on the cover of Vanity Fair, the Supreme Court declares same-sex marriage a constitutional right, racial violence returns to St.