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GOP Bashes 'Clinton-Obama Nuclear Deal With Iran'

8:44 AM, Jul 22, 2015

The Republican National Committee has come out against the Iran nuclear deal, which it labels as part of the "Clinton-Obama foreign policy." The RNC makes their case in a 33-second web video which will be released later today:

The ad uses audio from Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. At the end of the short spot, the screen text reads, "Clinton-Obama foreign policy: Bad deals, a nuclear Iran. Too dangerous for America."

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Trump GOP Candidacy Blows Up

Refuses to Rule Out Third Party Bid
2:05 PM, Jul 18, 2015

Ames, Iowa
Donald Trump confirmed two things during a stop in this central Iowa town Saturday: He has no class and he may well run as an independent when he does not win the Republican nomination.

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HAYES: Who Is Scott Walker?

Everything you need to know.
2:55 PM, Jul 13, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer Stephen F. Hayes on the entrance of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker into the crowded 2016 GOP primary field.

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Republicans to the Rescue

A rare partnership on free trade.
Jul 06, 2015

"It was like an out-of-body experience,” Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell says. He was talking about his congratulatory phone call from President Obama after Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) passed the Senate last week.

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Clear Sailing for Jones?

Jun 29, 2015

Walter Jones of North Carolina is among the House members that Republicans are most eager to defeat. But there’s a twist in his case. Jones is a Republican. His critics have their reasons—plenty of good ones, as it turns out. Jones, 72, was a strong backer of the Iraq war until he had a sudden change of heart after attending a local Marine’s funeral. He became the most dovish—and one of the most liberal—House Republicans and a fierce opponent of President Bush and Vice President Cheney.

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Republicans Consider Impeaching IRS Chief

7:30 AM, Jun 26, 2015

Republican Jim Jordan went on Fox News this morning to discuss the fact that Republicans in the House of Representatives are considering impeaching the head of the IRS, John Koskinen:

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You Down With GOP?

Millennials and Republicans.
11:07 AM, Jun 25, 2015

The Millennial Task Force, a group convened by the House Republican Policy Committee, held its first hearing this week to discuss one of the biggest challenges for the Republican party in the 2016 election: securing the millennial vote.

A recent survey conducted by the Harvard Institute of Politics yielded discouraging results for the GOP. Millennials – roughly, those between the ages of 18 and 31 – still consistently say that they would prefer a Democrat rather than a Republican win the presidency in 2016.

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The GOP, the Black Vote, and the Confederate Flag

Hosted by Michael Graham.
2:25 PM, Jun 22, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with staff writer Jay Cost on his piece "Fighting for the Black Vote" and the recent debate about the confederate flag.

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Where’s Paul Revere?

Jun 08, 2015

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,

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Hawks of a Feather

The Republican candidates and foreign policy.
Jun 08, 2015

Oklahoma City
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.

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Tom Cotton to Speak at Presidential Candidate Confab in Iowa This Weekend

7:10 AM, Jun 03, 2015

Tom Cotton is headed to Iowa. This weekend the freshman Republican senator from Arkansas will be a featured speaker at a Republican presidential candidate gathering in Boone, Iowa. 

The event is being called Joni's 1st Annual Roast and Ride, which is being organized by Joni Ernst, the freshman senator from Iowa.

"As you may have heard, I am throwing a big pig roast to kick off the summer on June 6th in Boone. We are calling it a 'Roast and Ride' and it’ll be a fun filled event for the entire family," Ernst writes in an invitation to supporters.

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Lindsey Graham Is Running for President

11:04 AM, Jun 01, 2015

Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is running for president of the United States. The New York Times reports:

Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina on Monday returned to the neighborhood where he was raised and announced that he is running for president, injecting a hawkish foreign policy voice into a crowded field of Republican contenders.

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GOP Attacks O'Malley

8:26 AM, May 29, 2015

The Republican National Committee has released a research book attacking Democrat Martin O'Malley. O'Malley is expected to jump in the presidential race tomorrow.

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RNC Goes Populist: Hits Hillary's Financial 'Hypocrisy'

7:36 AM, May 29, 2015

In a 41-second video that's set to be released later this morning, the Republican National Committee is using a populist message to hit Hillary Clinton for "hypocrisy."  

The video mainly features a snippet from a speech Clinton delivered on Wednesday, May 27, at the South Carolina Democratic Women's Council. "Because we're going to have to stand up to the people who want to keep the deck stacked in favor of those at the top. We're going to have to fight to make sure that the success of our country is shared across the economy," Clinton says in the RNC ad.

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Rubio, Walker Dominate TWS Broadmoor Summit Straw Poll

1:44 PM, May 18, 2015

Late last week, hundreds of dedicated WEEKLY STANDARD readers flocked to Colorado Springs to attend the magazine's yearly summit at the Broadmoor resort.

There, the boss conducted a straw poll for the event's attendees. Here's a summary of the results from today's Kristol Clear newsletter (which you can sign up for here):

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Jindal Announces Presidential Exploratory Committee

11:11 AM, May 18, 2015

Bobby Jindal is forming a 2016 presidential exploratory committee. The Louisiana governor made the announcement in a press release from advisor Timmy Teepell.

"Today, Governor Bobby Jindal formed an exploratory committee to assist him in deciding whether to seek the Republican Party nomination for President," reads the press release.

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The Late Great Market

Capitalism unmoored from the codes of behavior assumed by Adam Smith cannot survive
May 11, 2015

The American system of market-based capitalism is in trouble. And the reasons are not the ones commonly cited. The trouble is not that the financial system came close to collapse in the fall of 2008: We have experienced panics before, and the ability of the political and regulatory authorities to cope proves that the financial system is resilient and capable of being coaxed back from the brink of disaster.

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Hayes Podcast: The 'Big Three' for the GOP Are...

Hosted by Michael Graham.
3:05 PM, May 06, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer Stephen F. Hayes on who he thinks the "Big Three" GOP Presidential nominees are.

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GOP Ad: Clintons Out of Touch With Everyday Americans

And willing to say just about anything.
6:15 AM, May 06, 2015

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.

Watch the 30-second spot here:

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It's Official: Carly Fiorina Says 'Yes, I Am Running for President'

6:22 AM, May 04, 2015

Carly Fiorina announce on Good Morning America that, indeed, she is running for president of the United States:

"Yes, I am running for president," the Republican told ABC.

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The Coming GOP Divide

Get ready for an intra-party debate on entitlement reform.
May 04, 2015

Nashua, N.H.

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Hayes Podcast: Will Entitlement Reform Be GOP's 2016 'Vulture Capital' Moment?

Hosted by Michael Graham.
2:15 PM, Apr 28, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer Steve Hayes on his recent story "The Coming GOP Divide."

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McConnell Votes to Confirm Loretta Lynch

1:03 PM, Apr 23, 2015

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has voted to confirm Loretta Lynch to be the next attorney general. 

Jennifer Bendery of the Huffington Post reports:

Mitch McConnell just voted to confirm Loretta Lynch.

— jennifer bendery (@jbendery) April 23, 2015  Read more

Kristol Clear 2016 Straw Poll Round Three

2:45 PM, Apr 20, 2015

Today, writing in his weekly "Kristol Clear" newsletter, the boss sent around an updated straw poll to gauge who readers think, at this point, should be the 2016 GOP nominee.

He writes:

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Barnes Podcast: Breaking Down the 2016 GOP Field

Hosted by Michael Graham.
12:35 PM, Apr 20, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with executive editor Fred Barnes on his recent trip to New Hampshire, and his views on the 2016 GOP field of presidential candidate.

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Impressive Republican Field Readies to Take on Hillary

11:00 PM, Apr 19, 2015

Nashua, N.H.
Here are three propositions about the 2016 presidential race after a weekend in which 18 Republican candidates spoke to a crowd of party activists in New Hampshire and Hillary Clinton returned home after treading water and avoiding the press in Iowa.

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GOP: Stop Hillary

7:10 AM, Apr 10, 2015

The Republican National Committee is kicking off a paid online ad campaign just ahead of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign announcement. Clinton is expected to make the much anticipated move as early as this weekend.

The ad campaign features this ad, called "Stop Hillary," and is meant to target independent and swing voters:

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Fix the GOP, Don’t Abandon It

A message to Glenn Beck.
6:01 AM, Mar 26, 2015

Last week, to much fanfare, Glenn Beck declared that he was leaving the Republican party and becoming an independent. During a Tuesday night appearance on the O’Reilly Factor, Beck explained his decision thusly:

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Could a President Cruz Work With Congress?

6:01 AM, Mar 25, 2015

Charles Krauthammer articulated a major hurdle that Ted Cruz will face as he runs for the presidency:

First term Senators, we already tried a first-term Senator. … Cruz talks about you have to walk the walk rather than just talk the talk. You have to have done something but that's not his record in the Senate. He's a good rhetorician, but when Walker says I ran the state, I took on the unions, I took on liberals and I won I think it is going to be a strong argument.

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The Party of the Furrowed Brow

Mar 23, 2015

If you’re an establishment Republican, ripples of doubt are intruding on your normal placid contentment.

A special House committee to investigate Benghazi? Gee, is the public still interested in that? Isn’t it time to move on? And isn’t the chairman, Trey Gowdy, close to .  .  . shudder .  .  . the Tea Party?

An invitation to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress? Isn’t he kind of a polarizing figure? Couldn’t he lose his own election next week? Then how will we look? And wasn’t the protocol of the invite sort of mismanaged?

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