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Trump: Hillary Is 'Evil'

8:30 AM, Feb 09, 2016

Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton "evil" this morning in an interview with MSNBC. The comment came when the hosts asked Trump to name what word he associated with Clinton.

The hosts reminded Trump that Clinton was at his third wedding.

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Bill Clinton: 'Sometimes ... I Wish We Weren't Married'

8:09 AM, Feb 09, 2016

Bill Clinton, speaking to New Hampshire voters, said that he sometimes wishes he were not married to Hillary Clinton:

"Sometimes when I am on a stage like this, I wish that we weren't married, then I could say what I really think," Clinton said.

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Warm Yourself By the Fires of Envy and Schadenfreude

A look at the candidates' finances.
6:45 AM, Feb 09, 2016

Few things in life are more fascinating than other people’s money. As the New Hampshire phase of the presidential campaign draws to a close, those of us who are tired of comparing the details of Jeb Bush's plan for medical savings accounts with Bernie Sanders's plan to enroll everybody in Medicare (as if I didn't feel old enough already) have a better way to stay involved in the democratic process: nosing around the candidates' finances. John Kiernan, a reporter for, has chosen to immerse himself in financial disclosure statements, and who can blame him.

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Kasich Finds Himself -- and His Way

8:54 PM, Feb 08, 2016

John Kasich has discovered himself in New Hampshire.

“I have found great clarity in New Hampshire," he says, about ten minutes into a town hall in the state's heavily Democratic capital city. It's a fortuitous development. As luck would have it, Kasich has built his campaign around success in the state's first in the nation primary Tuesday. And Kasich wants to use this town hall to share his newfound wisdom with voters.

At times, he sounds less like a presidential candidate than a national therapist. "I think many of us just feel lonely," he says. "We don't know where to go. There's nobody around to celebrate some of our victories. And sometimes there's nobody around to

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Maraniss: Bill Clinton 'Frail,' 'No Gleam,' 'No Electricity'

8:35 PM, Feb 08, 2016

Longtime Bill Clinton observer David Maraniss saw the former president campaigning in New Hampshire and shared his thoughts on Twitter.

2) It was odd, when BC was introduced and stood on stage w/ Chelsea, he showed nothing on his face, mouth agape, eyes seemingly blank..— david maraniss (@davidmaraniss) February 9, 2016

1) For what it's worth, seeing Bill Clinton for the 1st time in quite a while at campaign rally in Manchester NH...— david maraniss (@davidmaraniss) February 9, 2016

Clinton is "frail," the biographer noted: "no affect at all, just frail, like he had to conserve every ounce of energy. No gleam in his eyes, no

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Trump: Tom Brady Didn't Endorse Me 'Because I Told Him Not to'

"I think he would do it if I asked him."
8:09 PM, Feb 08, 2016
One lightning rod hasn't endorsed another lightning rod because the second told the first one not to. Read more

John Kasich, Unscripted

The Ohio governor makes his final pitch in New Hampshire.
6:53 PM, Feb 08, 2016

“I'm not a scripted man," John Kasich said Monday afternoon. He's not joking. Kasich does not speak in prepared remarks or easy-to-follow bullet points. Instead, it's like a stream-of-consciousness disquisition on the country, philosophy, government, spirituality, and his own personal journey. He glides seamlessly from one idea to the next, rarely pausing or altering his tone. Without notice, his response to a question about the national debt may transform into a jeremiad about our overreliance on technology.

In his 105th town hall event in New Hampshire Monday, Kasich opened with an odd meta-commentary on his town hall events. "I'm trying to get the right pitch here," Kasich said.

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For GOP, It's a Case of Nomentum in New Hampshire

Signs point to a cluster competing for second place.
4:55 PM, Feb 08, 2016
We’ve seen Trumpmentum give way to Cruzmentum, heard rumors about the ascent of Marcomentum, and even seen Gilmentum try to force its way into the mix. But what if the story heading into the New Hampshire primary is nomentum? Read more

The New Jersey Circus

Chris Christie goes backdoor.
3:48 PM, Feb 08, 2016

Chris Christie has four events scheduled for today, which is good. Less good is that all of them are in tiny venues, the type of awareness-building, candidate-shopping size places most campaigns hope to do back in early January. This morning, for instance, Christie is booked into a coffee shop in a strip center. Maybe 80 people—counting voters, employees, and media—pack inside, before police close the doors. Another 20 or so stand outside as the snow begins. They hang around because campaign staff promise the locals that as soon as Christie arrives, he'll talk to them, take selfies with them, whatever they want.

But then a group of about a dozen protestors show up.

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Jeb Bush: Overturn Citizens United

3:29 PM, Feb 08, 2016
Speaking at a country club in New Hampshire on Monday, Jeb Bush said he wants the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision to be overturned. Read more

Peyton's Last Ride?

2:46 PM, Feb 08, 2016
Well, Super Bowl 50 is in the books and the improbable has happened: Peyton Manning has still not officially retired. Forget about the game (pretty lousy), or the commercials (even worse), or the halftime show (about on par with this). The Peyton story is the only one that really matters coming off the Broncos's upset victory over Carolina last night. After losing his job midseason due to terrible play and injuries, Manning got back on the field and quarterbacked his team to a championship (with a major assist from one of the best defenses ever). The perfect ending to a great career. Read more

Hayes: In New Hampshire, Can Kasich Kill 'Em With Kindness?

Hosted by Michael Graham.
1:57 PM, Feb 08, 2016
The WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with senior writer Stephen F. Hayes on the New Hampshire primary. Read more

The Bernie Boom

1:23 PM, Feb 08, 2016
It only takes about five minutes at a Bernie Sanders rally to understand why a big chunk of the Democratic party has fallen in love with him. Read more

It's the Incentives, Stupid

How to get a better political establishment.
12:31 PM, Feb 08, 2016
The political "establishment" has become a kind of four-letter word, a catchall derogation of those who maintain the status quo in Washington. Alas, this phrase has come to confuse more than clarify. Read more

Report: Vets Charity Turns Down Trump Cash (Updated)

11:21 AM, Feb 08, 2016
Liberty House, a small NH-based charity for veterans, told Trump's campaign they couldn't accept a donation from his charity at a partisan rally. Read more

In New Hampshire, Cruz Looks Beyond

10:02 AM, Feb 08, 2016

When former state house speaker Bill O’Brien took to the stage Sunday afternoon to introduce Ted Cruz, he asked the crowd of at least 500 how many were from out of state. More than half of the room at the Peterborough town hall raised their hands.

This underscores the belief of political professionals and journalists: New Hampshire, the mantra goes, is not a "good state" for Cruz. The evangelical son of a pastor who ends each speech asking voters to "lift this country up in prayer", Cruz is trying to build on his win in Iowa last week with at least a respectable showing in the first Republican primary of the year. But it won't come easy.

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The Boys (and Girls) in the Bubble (Updated)

Istanbul dispatch.
9:03 AM, Feb 08, 2016
The Kebab and Camel" might be the most important English-language website covering Turkey. It's run by two Turkish journalists, Beybin Somuk and Enes Calli, and an American academic, Adam McConnel, who teaches Turkish history and U.S.-Turkish relations at Sabanci University in Istanbul. The site is a like a critical aggregator that collects many of the recent English-language stories on Turkey, and details, with English- and Turkish-language sources, how they're getting the story wrong—and woe to those who keep flubbing it. Read more

NFL Encourages Reproduction With 'Super Bowl Babies Choir'

8:42 AM, Feb 08, 2016

The NFL ran an ad at last night's Super Bowl encouraging "Super Bowl Babies."

"Data suggests 9 months after a Super Bowl victory, winning cities see a rise in births," the ad text at the beginning of the 60-second spot read.

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Jeb: Trump a Loser

7:46 AM, Feb 08, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush called the frontrunner, Donald Trump, a "loser" this morning on MSNBC.

Bush made the comments in response to a request to say the single word he associates with the real estate mogul.

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Hillary Attacks PC Culture to Defend Albright: 'We're Getting Offended About Everything These Days'

7:34 AM, Feb 08, 2016

In an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton defended Madeleine Albright's claim that "There's a special place in hell for women who don't help women." The comment was widely seen as an attempt to pressure women to vote for Clinton:

CHUCK TODD: I want to ask you about a comment. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said a comment that I've heard her say before. But it sort of rang differently to a lot of people. She said, "There's a special place in hell for women who don't help women." The implication is that somehow, if you're a Democratic woman and you're not supporting you, what's wrong with you? Do you want the vote to be decided on gender lines?


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PolitiFact Attacks Ted Cruz for Accurately Quoting CNN at Debate

4:47 PM, Feb 07, 2016

There was a bit of a dust-up between the Cruz and Carson campaigns in Iowa. On caucus night, Cruz's campaign sent out a message to supporters telling them that "CNN is reporting Ben Carson will stop campaigning after Iowa" and urging them to tell other caucusgoers this news, and it soon spread from there. This, of course, made it sound as if Ben Carson was dropping out. The Carson campaign was understandably peeved, and Cruz publicly apologized for his campaign soon after Iowa.

At the debate Saturday, Cruz was again asked about the incident and he again apologized but also took the opportunity to explain what had happened.

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Cruz Says Drafting Women 'Doesn't Make Any Sense'

And Cruz called America's enemies, not its soldiers, "psychopaths."
3:06 PM, Feb 07, 2016

Ted Cruz came out against requiring 18-year-old women to register for the Selective Service and the possibility of being drafted into the military. At a campaign event here Sunday afternoon, Cruz responded to some of his rivals, like Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush, who said in Saturday's debate that women should have to register.

"It was striking that three different people on that stage came out in support of drafting women into combat in the military," Cruz said. "I didn't have an opportunity to respond to that particular question. But I have to admit as I was sitting there listening to that conversation, my reaction was, 'Are you guys nuts?'"

Cruz vowed not to change the current

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The Bullish and Bearish Cases for Rubio

1:38 PM, Feb 07, 2016

The morning after Marco Rubio’s bad debate, a crowd of perhaps 550 packed into a high school cafeteria to see the candidate in the flesh. Outside, the Democratic PAC American Bridge sent two guys dressed up as robots to capitalize on Rubio's failure last night.

The crowd seems receptive, but not jubilant. It seems like it's split about equally between people who are supporting the candidate and people who are shopping. And Rubio opens by referring to his debate misstep. He doesn't make a joke out of it, though. He tries to make a larger point, doubling-down and unpacking what he was saying.

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Kristol Podcast: Live from New Hampshire

Hosted by Michael Graham.
12:50 PM, Feb 07, 2016
The WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with editor William Kristol on Rubio's debate performance, Hillary's chances, and the mood in the Granite State. Read more

Jeb Bush Changes His Mind About Abortion Attack on Rubio

11:37 AM, Feb 07, 2016
When Bush said in November that he didn't "think anybody should be critical of someone who’s pro-life," perhaps he simply forgot to add the words "until the Iowa caucuses are over." Read more

SNL Mocks Ted Cruz's 5-Year-Old Daughter

9:42 AM, Feb 07, 2016
Saturday Night Live did not just take aim at Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz. The NBC comedy show also mocked his daughter, Catherine. Read more

Trump Won't Say If He'd Appoint Supreme Court Justices Who Disagree with Him on Eminent Domain

8:07 AM, Feb 07, 2016

The February 7 GOP presidential debate was a good one for Republican frontrunner Donald Trump. With three days until the New Hampshire primary, where Trump has a commanding lead in the polls, his rivals spent most of the night fighting each other.

The main story in the press coming out of the debate is that Marco Rubio, currently in second place in New Hampshire polls, had a disastrous night because he repeated the same criticism of Barack Obama four times. Rubio had thoughtful and substantive answers on topics like ISIS, religious liberty, and the right to life. But Chris Christie's mockery of Rubio's repetitive remarks about Obama was the highlight of the night in the

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The Governors Strike Back

12:30 AM, Feb 07, 2016

Saturday was the night the governors struck back.

The biggest moment of the night came by way of New Jersey governor Chris Christie, attacking one of the high-flying senators post-Iowa, Marco Rubio. The Florida senator was asked directly about questions many of his gubernatorial rivals have made about his lack of experience and accomplishments. Rubio replied with a short list and then pivoted toward a critique of Barack Obama.

And let's dispel once and for all with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn't know what he's doing. He knows exactly what he's doing. Barack Obama is undertaking a systematic effort to change this country, to make America more like the rest of

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Marco Rubio's Thoughtful Answer on Abortion

12:07 AM, Feb 07, 2016

During the GOP Debate, moderator Mary Katharine Ham asked Marco Rubio about social issues.

"Senator Rubio, one of the lazier pieces of political conventional wisdom is that so-called social issues are hurting Republicans with young people. But on the two most prominent social issues, polling with millennials moves in different directions. On one hand, it is clear, young people across the political spectrum increasingly favor same-sex marriage. However, young voters have not moved to the left on abortion. In fact, large numbers of them favor at least some modest restrictions that conservatives have supported.

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Kristol Clear #99

12:00 AM, Feb 07, 2016
New Hampshire I write this from the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, New Hampshire. It's pretty much the place to see and be seen in the days just before the primary, so of course ABC, as a big network news organization, has a block of rooms here, and I'm in one, having done debate coverage on Saturday night and This Week on Sunday morning (you can watch the roundtable here [LINK]). You'll be reassured to know that The Weekly Standard, being a frugal operation, has our crack reporters like John McCormack and Jonathan Last and Mike Warren staying at various airport motels and the like--and they're enjoying it just fine. Read more