9:15 AM, Nov 24, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll of Iowa Republicans shows Texas senator Ted Cruz moving into a close second to Donald Trump in the race for the presidential nomination. The Quinnipiac poll of 600 likely GOP caucusgoers found 25 support Trump while 23 percent support Cruz.
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who led Trump in some Iowa polls last month, has fallen to third place with 18 percent. Rounding out the field is Florida senator Marco Rubio with 13 percent, while the remaining candidates poll at just 5 percent or less.
The Quinnipiac poll is the second this week to show Cruz moving in behind Trump among Iowa Republicans, and the Texas senator appears to be on the rise in the Hawkeye State. According to Quinnipiac, Cruz has a large lead among self-described Tea Party voters with 42 percent to Trump's 23 percent. He also leads among white evangelicals—a core group of support for Carson—with 27 percent to Carson's 24 percent. A plurality of those who call themselves very conservative support Cruz at 38 percent, and he even edges out Carson with Republican women 26 percent to 23 percent.
In addition to his rise in the polls, the Cruz campaign has touted its superior organization skills in the state, including a network of pastors and home-schooling parents.
6:32 AM, Nov 13, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Why is it so hard to figure out what Ted Cruz actually believes should be done about illegal immigration? When the Texas senator, through the help of radio host Laura Ingraham, zeroed in on Marco Rubio's involvement drafting and supporting the Gang of 8's comprehensive immigration reform plan in the Senate, he brought up for discussion his rival's single biggest weakness in the Republican presidential primary.
12:49 PM, Nov 10, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The super PAC supporting former Florida governor Jeb Bush for president told the New York Times that it plans on using its resources to hit Florida senator Marco Rubio over his pro-life record as well as missed votes in the Senate.
An unusually promising senator’s unusual debut.Nov 16, 2015, Vol. 21, No. 10 • By FRED BARNES
After Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) delivered his maiden speech on the Senate floor last week, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sent a text of his address to every Republican senator. This was unusual. McConnell rarely does anything quite like this.
"This is not a call for less fighting. This is a call for more meaningful fighting."3:06 PM, Nov 4, 2015 • By SHOSHANA WEISSMANN
Senator Ben Sasse spoke on the Senate floor for the first time yesterday.
"Thank you, Mr. President. I rise to speak from the floor for the first time today. I have never been in politics before, and intentionally waited to speak," the Nebraska senator, who was elected last year, began.
He explained why he waited a year to speak.
9:45 AM, Nov 3, 2015 • By FRED BARNES
A tradition in the Senate required a newly elected member to wait a year or more before addressing his colleagues on the Senate floor. But that practice has been absent from the Senate for decades—until today.
The unhappy lessons of the Thompson campaign.
5:09 PM, Nov 2, 2015 • By ANDREW FERGUSON
This article originally appeared in the February 4, 2008 issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD and is being published today in memory of Fred Thompson who passed away Sunday.
10:24 PM, Oct 24, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a speech tonight in Des Moines, Bernie Sanders will hit Hillary Clinton for rewriting history on gay rights, according to the remarks as prepared for delivery.
11:52 AM, Oct 24, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The problems just keep stacking up for Louisiana Republican David Vitter as he battles to stay alive in what's become a contentious race for governor. The two-term U.S. senator has been dogged by new allegations surrounding his use of prostitutes in New Orleans and Washington, D.C.
But don’t destroy itNov 2, 2015, Vol. 21, No. 08 • By JAY COST and RANDY E. BARNETT
We hear endlessly these days from the left and the right that our political system is “broken.” The left’s principal complaint is that it is too hard to pass their desired legislation. Liberals pine for a parliamentary system, where the majority party in the legislature controls public policy. Our Founders, however, devised a novel structure of checks and balances that makes enacting legislation difficult. If that constitutional design is functioning as intended, it can hardly be said to be “broken.”
The Arkansas Republican is calling for a criminal investigation.2:54 PM, Oct 5, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Arkansas senator Tom Cotton will place a hold on three ambassador nominations until the Obama administration agrees to investigate and discipline officials within the Secret Service over a leak of private personnel information about a sitting congressman.
Cotton plans to deliver a speech from the Senate floor Monday afternoon decrying the Secret Service and its director, Joe Clancy, after several officials accessed the information for Jason Chaffetz, the Republican congressman from Utah and chairman of the House oversight committee, which oversees the Secret Service.
3:37 PM, Oct 1, 2015 • By SHOSHANA WEISSMANN
Senator Elizabeth Warren is leading a charge against against the thinkers on the left, apparently. As Politico reports:
News broke at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday that the liberal Massachusetts firebrand was blasting Brookings Institution scholar Robert Litan because a mutual-fund company paid for his research criticizing an Obama administration proposal to regulate the industry. By 9:30 a.m., Litan — an economist and former adviser to President Bill Clinton — was out.
3:59 PM, Sep 24, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Something has gotten into Ted Cruz. The Republican senator is known as a conservative firebrand willing to take on his own party, but in a Thursday meeting with reporters in his Capitol Hill office, Cruz was sounding almost ecumenical. Maybe it was the presence of Pope Francis.