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BOLTON: Our Allies Are Shaking Their Heads Over Obama Foreign Policy

Hosted by Michael Graham
2:05 PM, Oct 06, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton on the Obama foreign policy, and how our allies are reacting to it.

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What Putin and Obama Have in Common

Hosted by Michael Graham.
2:45 PM, Oct 05, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior editor Lee Smith on what Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama have in common: they both want Iranian dominance in the Middle East.

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Pope

Oct 05, 2015

No, They Have No Sense of Decency

Oct 05, 2015

On a recent Saturday afternoon in Washington, several hundred children with cancer and their families filled Lafayette Square, across the street from the White House. They came from all over the country, and from Canada, to participate in a two-day program called CureFest for Childhood Cancer.

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What Next?

Oct 05, 2015

It's been two weeks since a majority of Congress sought to register its disapproval of the Iran deal but fell short of the votes necessary to break a filibuster or override a presidential veto, and most politicians and commentators have moved on.

It’s understandable to want a mental break after a long and hard-fought struggle. But the world hasn’t taken a break. The consequences of the deal are already reverberating. 

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Skewed Scorecard

Oct 05, 2015

In his weekly address on September 12, President Obama touted the Department of Education’s new “College Scorecard,” the latest, greatest tool to help high school students and their families make informed (dare we say educated?) decisions when picking a college. The website offers students a means of comparing schools—by graduation rates, cost of attendance after financial aid, and the average salaries earned by graduates.

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Hayes: In Syria, WH Fights Russian Reality With Obama Fantasy

Hosted by Michael Graham.
3:30 PM, Oct 01, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer Stephen F. Hayes on the Obama administration's Syria policy, and what Russia is doing there.

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Isolation at the U.N.

It’s also known as leadership.
Sep 28, 2015

In defending the Iran nuclear deal to Congress, President Obama and his staff argued repeatedly that rejection would leave America in dire isolation at the United Nations. Obama can now relax. Having used slash-and-burn executive tactics to roll right over a dissenting majority in Congress and a disapproving American public, he can look forward to celebrating this deal with those more likely to applaud it, when he speaks September 28 at the 70th annual General Assembly in New York.

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Putin in Syria

Sep 28, 2015

Even now with the Russians on the verge of combat operations in Syria, the White House still says it believes that they’re there to fight ISIS. John Kerry says that his Russian counterpart told him that the Russians are “only interested in fighting” the Islamic State. Other administration officials hold out hope for a grand U.S.-Russia coalition against ISIS. But that’s nonsense: Vladimir Putin landed troops in order to protect his investment in Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad.

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Obama’s Intel Scandal

Sep 28, 2015

Earlier this summer, we learned the Pentagon’s inspector general is investigating allegations that the intelligence on ISIS was manipulated. Analysts at U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida, formally complained to the IG that analysis contradicting the Obama administration’s narrative on ISIS was routinely challenged, rewritten, or disregarded. The administration was eager to sell the story that the campaign against ISIS was going well; much of the intelligence made clear it wasn’t. That intelligence was buried, and the happy talk continued.

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Ray Mabus Can’t Handle the Truth

The secretary of the Navy attacks his own Marines over women in combat.
Sep 28, 2015

Disputes between the political appointees who run the Pentagon and the military officers who serve there are not unheard of, but the nastiness and public nature of the fight over women in combat being waged between Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and the Marines who answer to him is unprecedented in recent memory.

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If You Are Insufficiently Aware of Depressing News, Please Consider...

Gleanings and observations.
8:36 AM, Sep 21, 2015

The opposition British Labour Party, now led by a leftist who favors Hamas, wants Britain to withdraw from NATO because its expansion has antagonized Vladimir Putin, give up its nuclear deterrent, and declare an arms embargo against Israel, has appointed as his shadow chancellor, one John McDonnell.

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The Putin Solution

What Russia is up to in Syria.
Sep 21, 2015

A photograph of a drowned 3-year-old boy washed up on a Turkish beach after his family failed to find refuge from the war in Syria seems to have finally gotten the world’s attention. The conflict has been an unfolding humanitarian catastrophe for more than four years. A quarter of a million are dead, and millions have been driven from their homes, either displaced within Syria or moved to flee abroad, where they take their chances on reaching shelter.

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Clinton Calls Trump Not Denouncing Statements About Obama's Religion 'Disturbing,' But Clinton Once Fed That Fire

2:21 PM, Sep 18, 2015

Hillary Clinton has attacked Donald Trump because he didn't rebuke an audience member who asserted President Obama is a Muslim, and not American. 

The Huffington Post reports:

"We have a problem in this country. It's called Muslims," the questioner said. "You know our current president is one. You know he's not even an American."

Trump interrupted the question, chuckling, and said, "We need this question. This is the first question."

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Seventy Years of U.S. Middle East Policy, Overturned

Obama cedes power to Putin.
2:50 PM, Sep 15, 2015

The White House seems to think that Vladimir Putin’s Syria policy is a blunder of the first order.

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Obama’s Victory Is Iran’s Victory

Sep 14, 2015

Last week the White House puffed its feathers when Barbara Mikulski became the 34th Democratic senator to come out in favor of the nuclear deal with Iran. Mikulski’s support ensures enough votes in Obama’s pocket to sustain a presidential veto on a resolution of disapproval, but it’s still not clear why the administration is celebrating. A majority of senators and congressmen oppose Obama’s signature foreign policy initiative. So does most of the American public, by a two-to-one ratio according to a new poll released last week.

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Immiserating the Poor

More dubious achievements from the EPA.
Sep 14, 2015

‘It was $5, right?” I was at a convenience store in northern Missouri, filling up with gas, and the guy next to me was checking his gas budget with the lady in the passenger seat of his car. He was driving what might be the last K-car on the road. He noticed that I had overheard their conversation and turned to me and said: “I hate dollar and diming it, but if five bucks is all you have, that’s all you can spend.” 

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Bye Bye McKinley

A president who deserves to be remembered.
Sep 14, 2015

Mahomet made the people believe that he would call a hill to him, and from the top of it offer up his prayers, for the observers of his law. The people assembled; Mahomet called the hill to come to him, again and again; and when the hill stood still, he was never a whit abashed, but said, If the hill will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet will go to the hill.

—Francis Bacon, Essays, 1625

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‘Growing’ in Office

How Alaska’s governor went from Palin favorite to Obama pal.
Sep 14, 2015

Juneau, Alaska
Governor Bill Walker flew to Washington, D.C., to accompany President Obama aboard Air Force One on the president’s seven-hour flight to Anchorage. “I’m honored to be governor of Alaska at the time a sitting president comes to Alaska,” he told the Alaska Dispatch News. “You bet.”

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Of Course They’re Fed Up

The left blames economic woes on everything except its hero president.
Sep 14, 2015

Two weekends ago, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City held its annual monetary conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The left flew in hundreds of protesters donning green T-shirts that demanded “Higher Wages for America” and chanting, “We’re Fed Up.” The crowd was an assortment of college kids on their summer break, disgruntled middle-aged teachers, senior citizens, and blue-collar union members. Think Occupy Wall Street.

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Kristol: The Party of the Iran Deal

Hosted by Michael Graham
9:30 AM, Sep 11, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on the Iran deal, and his recent piece The Supporting Actors.

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No Love For Obama

3:28 PM, Sep 09, 2015

Hillary Clinton, speaking at the Brookings Institution Wednesday morning, took some hard jabs at the Obama admini

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Kristol: Hillary, Done In By Her Aides

Hosted by Michael Graham.
2:10 PM, Sep 08, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on Hillary Clinton's bad weekend and the Iran deal. 

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Obama’s Energy Debacle

And what the next president can do about it.
Aug 24, 2015

The late great comedian Milton Berle, when introduced to an enthusiastically applauding audience, would hold up his left hand in a modest gesture as if to say thank you but that’s enough, and with his right hand held at waist level encouraged the audience to even wilder applause. President Obama has just accomplished a similar feat. With one hand he has delivered his Clean Power Plan, designed to reduce the use of our own resources of fossil fuels.

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Keep Church and State Separate, Some of the Time

Gleanings and Observations.
6:30 AM, Aug 20, 2015

Liberals and progressives go to great lengths to keep church and state separate. Just try to have religious schools share in a voucher or other government program that provides relief to students trapped by the teachers’ unions into failing schools. No can do. It violates the separation of church and state.

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So Big O Is Just Like MJ?

1:04 PM, Aug 19, 2015

Former Obama hand Dan Pfeiffer does some player evaluations on the political scene and comes up with this regarding Hillary Clinton:

“She isn’t as natural a politician as Barack Obama or Bill Clinton, but that’s like saying Scottie Pippen isn’t as talented as Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson …

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Obama’s Nuclear Deal is the Most Likely Path to War

7:29 AM, Aug 19, 2015

How might the United States end up in a boots-on-the-ground shooting war with Iran? 

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Hotel for President Obama's Ethiopia Visit Cost $412K

1:37 PM, Aug 14, 2015

President Obama visited Kenya and Ethiopia during his recent trip to Africa, and the hotel bill for the president and his entourage totaled approximately $412,390.86 for the Ethiopia stay alone.

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Will the Obama White House Throw Hillary Under the Bus?

Hosted by Michael Graham.
12:55 PM, Aug 14, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on whether or not the Obama White House will throw Clinton under the bus.

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Blaming Israel First

Aug 10, 2015

In May, President Barack Obama donned a yarmulke and spoke in a Washington, D.C., synagogue. He reminded his audience that Jeffrey Goldberg, a member of the congregation, once called him the “first Jewish president.” He claimed to be flattered by the characterization. And perhaps he was—most Jews, after all, voted for him for president, and many Jews of Obama’s acquaintance have sometimes seemed to care more about the well-being of Planned Parenthood than about the survival of the state of Israel.

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