In the coming weeks, President Obama may announce his support for—or at least his non-objection to—a U.N. Security Council resolution defining the terms of a Palestinian state. This would represent an unprecedented break with Israel and mark the culmination of the Obama administration’s six years of confrontation with and animosity toward the Jewish state.
There’s a small group of potential Republican presidential candidates you don’t hear much about, though they speak at events along with better-known candidates. They don’t have exploratory committees or campaign staffs. They’re one-man bands. But what they do have are impressive records. This group includes John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, ex-Virginia governor Jim Gilmore—and Robert Ehrlich, the former governor
Senator Rand Paul has entered the presidential sweepstakes as a Tea Party favorite and limited-government constitutionalist—i.e., one who believes Congress should not pass legislation unless it has the constitutional authority to do so.
The Republican National Committee will release a web video later today that frames the Clintons as out of touch with everyday Americans. Another theme of the Republican ad is that the Clintons are willing to say just about anything, regardless of the facts.
The ad highlights remarks made recently by former President Bill Clinton.
Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO and new Republican presidential candidate, appeared on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers Tuesday to talk about her candidacy. Host Seth Meyers brought up the fact that Fiorina had failed to purchase the internet domain carlyfiorina.org before launching her campaign this week. Someone else purchased the domain instead, publishing on the site a short message about Fiorina's layoffs at HP and representing all 30,000 of them with a frowning face emoticon.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) isn't just about hard hats and safer machinery anymore. The federal government agency charged with regulating workplace conditions has formed an "alliance" with a "national social justice advocacy organization for transgender people" primarily to promote gender-appropriate restroom access.
Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas and a 2008 Republican candidate for president, announced Tuesday he is running for the GOP nomination again in 2016. At an event in his hometown of Hope, Arkansas, Huckabee hit on populist and social conservative themes, repeatedly entreating voters to join him on a "journey from hope to higher ground."
Bill Clinton is blaming the Clinton Foundation's accountants for not disclosing the acceptance of foreign donations on tax documents filed with the I.R.S. The former president made the comments in an interview with NBC:
"There was no attempt to hide them," Clinton said. "The guy that filled out the forms made an error. It's not like we didn't tell everybody who gave us the money. The guy put it on the wrong form."
In the current issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD, I have an editorial on the plight of Aaron and Melissa Klein—two Oregonians who used to own a bakery in a Portland suburb, who were run out of business and recently assessed a $135,000 fine for politely declining to provide a cake for a gay wedding. For background, please do read the whole thing. However, there's a pretty alarming lesson here about the selective nature of progressive tolerance that the editorial only touches on.
If you went only by the media, you'd think that Rand Paul was a legitimate contender to win the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Time magazine put him on its cover, calling him "The Most Interesting Man in Politics." Politico magazine said --literally--the same thing. Top Obama aides agree. In fact, huge swaths of the media concur that Sen. Paul is "interesting."
Former neurosurgen Ben Carson says he's "in" the presidential race. Carson announced his run in a TV interview Sunday evening, with a more formal announcement Monday in Detroit, his hometown. Here's Carson announcing the run on Twitter:
Whatever one makes of either one of them, the similarities between Sarah Palin and Carly Fiorina (who’s just announced she’s running for president) stop more or less at the chromosomal level. Fiorina is an accomplished (if controversial) businesswoman; Palin, a half-term governor and television star. Fiorina is a graduate of Stanford (with a degree in philosophy and medieval history) and MIT (with a master’s in management); Palin received a degree in, alas, journalism.
The first person to appear in Carly Fiorina's video announcing she is officially running for president is Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. The 60-second launch video begins with the former first lady and secretary of state's own announcement from last month playing on a TV, before Fiorina uses a remote to turn it off. The former Hewlett-Packard chief then addresses the camera.