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Pfeiffer: President's State of the Union Plan Will 'Absolutely Not' Pass

12:40 PM, Jan 18, 2015

The White House knows President Obama's plan, which he'll lay out this week in the State of the Union Address, is unrealistic. Dan Pfeiffer, a top White House adviser, said so earlier today on CBS:

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Mike Lee’s Plan for a Congress That Works for Main Street

10:31 AM, Nov 13, 2014

As Republican euphoria over the November 4 election begins to subside and more practical considerations emerge, a looming question is whether the various factions within the Republican party will be able to work together.  One recent but little-noted change in Senate leadership may have increased the likelihood of success:  On September 16, Republican senators elected Senator Mike Lee of Utah as the new chairman of the Senate Steering Committee, the Senate’s conservative caucus.  Replacing Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Lee will be given the reins of an organization that

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Speak for Middle America

Sep 29, 2014

Pundits throw out all sorts of numbers to explain the Republican defeat in the 2012 presidential election. So here’s our number: $65,000. That is a rough estimate of the household income of the average 2012 voter. Republicans lost because Mitt Romney did not do well enough with this voter or those near him on the income scale. 

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Kristol Podcast: Turning Iraq & Syria into Yemen & Somalia Is Not a Win

Hosted by Michael Graham.
9:35 PM, Sep 10, 2014

The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on President Obama's speech on his administration's strategy to take on ISIS.

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2017 Project's Alternative to Obamacare Gets a Boost

10:21 AM, Sep 08, 2014

2017 Project executive director Jeffrey Anderson issued a memorandum this morning reporting that the nonpartisan Center for Health & Economy has "scored" the group’s alternative to Obamacare. THE WEEKLY STANDARD readers are familiar with the broad case for the alternative (see

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U.S. Intelligence Determining Culpability in Malaysian Airlines Shootdown

6:05 AM, Jul 18, 2014

The world continues to ask questions about who is responsible for the July 17 downing of Malaysia Airlines (MH) flight 017 as it was crossing the airspace over the border between Russia and the eastern region of Ukraine near the city of Donetsk. The aircraft, a U.S.-made Boeing 777, was by all accounts and data intercepts available so far, brought down by a Russian-made Buk (SA-11 Gadfly/SA-17 Grizzly) self-propelled surface-to-air-missile (SAM) battery located close to the Russian border.

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More, Less … Whatever

8:43 AM, Nov 18, 2013

The big topic of discussion on the Sunday shows was, of course, Obamacare.  And the big challenge for supporters of the president, and his signature program, was to parse the language of “If you like your plan …” so as to make it mean something other than what millions reasonably assumed it meant.

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The Upton Bill Is No Small Matter

5:52 PM, Nov 13, 2013

The full reality of what Obamacare will mean for average Americans is only now becoming clear as the crisis over cancelled insurance plans in the individual market has steadily unfolded in recent days.

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House to Take Up 'Keep Your Health Plan Act'

6:27 AM, Oct 29, 2013

Last night, Fred Upton, the Republican chairman of the of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, introduced the "Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013." The goal is simple: To allow people who like their health care plans to keep them for the next year under Obamacare.

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New Topic on What If My Plan is Not Offered in 2014?

1:05 PM, Oct 01, 2013

On the very day the Obamacare insurance marketplaces opened for business, a new topic appeared on the website:

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HHS Admits: You Might Not Be Able to Keep Your Doctor Under Obamacare

Flashback: "If you've got a doctor that you like, you will be able to keep your doctor," Obama said.
8:12 AM, Jul 19, 2013

As Obamacare was being pushed through Congress in 2010, the Obama administration and its allies were unequivocal in two claims: If you like your doctor and you like your current health care plan, you can keep them both.

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McConnell, on Geithner's Presentation of Obama's Plan: 'A Serious Blow to His Credibility'

"He ought to be embarrassed."
9:39 AM, Nov 30, 2012

The top Republican in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, revealed to THE WEEKLY STANDARD that he “burst into laughter” when Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner outlined President Barack Obama's fiscal cliff plan yesterday. McConnell believes the plan is "completely unserious."

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Senator: Obama's 'Plan' a 'Fabrication'

6:31 PM, Nov 29, 2012

Senator Jeff Sessions, the ranking member on the Senate Budget Committee, responds to reports of Barack Obama's fiscal cliff "plan" by calling it a "fabrication."

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Special Report Panel on 2012 Closing Arguments

6:39 AM, Oct 24, 2012

Steve Hayes, with A.B. Stoddard and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:

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What the Ryan Pick Says About Romney

10:06 AM, Aug 11, 2012

Mitt Romney, the cautious candidate, wary of being specific, and counting on the bad economy to defeat President Obama – forget all that! The Romney who picked Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate is an entirely different person. He’s prepared to take the fight to Obama on the biggest bundle of issues – spending, debt, the deficit, taxes, entitlements, and the reversing of America’s accelerating decline under Obama. Specifics? There will be plenty.

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What the Fox Poll Shows

10:55 AM, Jul 08, 2012

I've gotten several inquiries about the poll numbers I cited this morning on Fox News Sunday.

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Romney Needs a Bold Plan

10:13 AM, Jan 12, 2012

Fred Barnes, writing in the Wall Street Journal:


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Obamacare Repeal Should Be Part of Any Deficit Plan

10:00 AM, Sep 20, 2011

The latest Rasmussen poll of likely voters shows that, by a margin of 20 percentage points (56 to 36 percent), Americans support the repeal of Obamacare. This marks the first time since the spring of 2010, shortly after Obamacare’s passage, that 3-straight Rasmussen polls have shown at least 20-point margins in favor of repeal.

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White House's Carney on President's Debt Ceiling Plan: 'You Need it Written Down?'

In 2009, the president derided Republicans as unserious for not having a budget. So why won't the president release a debt plan now?
1:35 PM, Jul 26, 2011

The White House briefing room is often known as the place where news goes to die. Reporters try hard to get the press secretary to “make news” – or say something useable for their television/radio/print/web stories of the day. They often fail, in part because the job of the press secretary, in many respects, is to avoid doing exactly what the reporters in the room are trying to get him to do – make news. Every once in a while, though, there is an exchange in the White House briefing room that provides clarity on a major issue of the day.

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Let’s Talk Education Reform

A GOP candidate’s speech.
Jul 18, 2011

The Republican presidential field is beginning to take shape, and candidates and maybe-candidates are figuring out where they stand and what to say. Sooner or later, they will need to say something about education. May we suggest a few talking points?


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