Reforming the Pentagon testing office. Jun 8, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 37 • By THOMAS DONNELLY
Buried deep in the House version of this year’s defense authorization is a brief provision that has great potential to improve and accelerate the way the armed services buy weapons—yes, an actual reform of Pentagon procurement. The irony is that this reform would mark a reversal of past “reforms” that helped make the current acquisition system such a mess.
Sanctions relief will only empower Iran. Jun 8, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 37 • By LEE SMITH
Even the Obama administration acknowledges that Iran is up to a lot of mischief in the Middle East. Tehran is engaged in a sectarian conflict from Lebanon to Syria and Iraq that has recently come to include Yemen as another active front. However, the White House continues to insist, against all evidence, that the clerical regime’s aggression won’t increase when it gets a huge cash infusion from sanctions relief and an immediate $30 to $50 billion bonus, when (or if) it signs the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, aka the nuclear deal.
What you want in a leader won’t show up on the résumé. Jun 8, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 37 • By JAY COST
Former Texas governor Rick Perry is gearing up for another presidential run and recently fired a shot across the bow of some of his competitors. In an interview with The Weekly Standard, Perry said that while he had “great respect” for senators Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul, they were not ready to be president:
The Republican candidates and foreign policy.Jun 8, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 37 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Republican candidates in the crowded and growing presidential field may each be trying to break out of the pack, but there’s one policy area where debate is scarce. In recent weeks, and particularly here at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, the GOP candidates and near-candidates have all sounded remarkably consistent on foreign policy, from the broad themes to the details.
Jun 8, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 37 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
From the beginning, patriots have understood the need, at times, to sound the alarm:
So through the night rode Paul Revere;
And so through the night went his cry of alarm
To every Middlesex village and farm,—
A cry of defiance, and not of fear,
A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door,
Jun 8, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 37 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
A little more than three hours after the State Department released 848 pages of Hillary Clinton’s emails, the Daily Beast had seen enough to render its judgment: “Sorry GOP. There’s No Smoking Gun In Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi Emails.” The subhead: “Conspiracy-minded conservatives, be warned: The trove of Clinton emails doesn’t prove much about her culpability for the infamous 9/11 anniversary attacks.”
He urged—and then forced—a conversation about religion and democracy Jun 8, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 37 • By ADAM J. WHITE
Had Jeremiah Wright’s antics not forced Barack Obama to expound famously on race in 2008, the most significant speech of his short Senate tenure would have been his 2006 remarks on religion and democracy. Appearing before Call to Renewal’s conference on “Building a Covenant for a New America,” Obama urged Christian activists and Democratic voters to reconsider the relationship between church and state. Mankind may have grappled with our dueling obligations to Caesar and
Can a nuclear deal change Iran?Jun 8, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 37 • By REUEL MARC GERECHT
Many supporters of an Iranian nuclear agreement believe that a deal could help to moderate, even democratize, Iranian society. Barack Obama’s constant allusions to the transformative potential of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action for U.S.-Iranian relations suggest that he believes an agreement, which would quickly release tens of billions of dollars to the Islamic Republic and reintegrate it into the global financial system, would improve the clerical regime’s behavior.
8:34 PM, May 28, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Days after the indictment of FIFA officials and just a day after the indictment of Dennis Hastert, the former speaker of the House, Attorney General Loretta Lynch is scheduled to mee with President Barack Obama. The meeting with take place in the Oval Office.
Via the president's public schedule.
"In the morning, the President and the Vice President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press," the schedule reads.
5:34 PM, May 28, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Former speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, a Republican, has been indicted. The indictment suggests Hastert was paying hush money to for "prior misconduct" to an unnamed person ("Individual A").
"During the 2010 meetings and subsequent discussions, defendant JOHN DENNIS HASTERT agreed to provide Individual A $3.5 million in order to compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct against Individual A," reads the indictment.
"Shortly thereafter, defendant began providing Individual A cash payments.
3:04 PM, May 28, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina says the United States is "not making progress" in its fight against ISIS. In a recent interview with THE WEEKLY STANDARD, Fiorina said President Obama "understates the significance of the situation" with the terrorist group that has taken over large swaths of land in Syria and Iraq.
"It's more than a tactical setback," she said of Ramadi, a critical town in Iraq's Anbar province that fell to ISIS forces last week. "It demonstrates that we're not making enough progress in degrading and defeating ISIS."
It Is 'All Completely Private'2:24 PM, May 28, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Florida press is knocking Hillary Clinton for hiding during her visit to the Sunshine State.
"South Florida's also getting a visit from presidential candidate Hillary Clinton today. She'll attend fundraisers in Coconut Grove and in Carol Gables as well. Tomorrow, off to Parkland for similar events. But you're not going to have a chance to see her because all these fundraisers, at least as we understand, they are all completely private," Miami's NBC affiliate reports.
Hosted by Michael Graham.1:10 PM, May 28, 2015 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer Stephen F. Hayes on the first round of Hillary's hand-picked emails released to the public, and how the media has responded.
12:52 PM, May 28, 2015 • By MICHAEL ASTRUE
Even before the launch of Obamacare, one of the few things that was clear about the program was that the Bush-appointed HHS inspector general, Daniel Levinson, placed self-preservation above his statutory duty to bring public attention to Obamacare’s waste, fraud and abuse.
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