Today's Standard

The Man Who Wasn’t There

John Kasich is the most reasonable No Labels candidate you've ever met.
5:01 PM, Feb 05, 2016

John Kasich walked into a small conference room at the Atkinson Country Club this morning and was greeted by a polite crowd of roughly forty people. Which is actually kind of impressive; the venue was tucked away in a nest of winding back roads and Granite Staters woke up to a snowstorm troublesome enough to cancel area schools. (It would have shut down Washington, D.C., for 48 hours.)

Kasich spoke for just eight minutes—half of which he spent bantering with a pair of kids who were ready to go sledding—and then took questions from a group of voters who seemed neither hostile, nor enthusiastic. There was no excitement. No real message, even. Except that Kasich is not like any of

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Trump: I'll Debate With Megyn Kelly as Moderator

Speculation put to rest.
4:52 PM, Feb 05, 2016
Donald Trump said Friday that he will participate in the next FOX News-sponsored debate, scheduled for March 3. Read more

Poll: Sanders Ties Hillary Nationally

And actually fares better against the GOP than she does.
4:07 PM, Feb 05, 2016
It's a tie ball game in the Democratic primary, according to a new national survey of voters. Read more

Angels in the Outfield: Glover Backs Bernie

2:42 PM, Feb 05, 2016

Actor Danny Glover is throwing his support behind Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

"Bernie Sanders' campaign has already accomplished what most observers -- including many of his supporters -- thought was impossible. Coming from 40 points behind in the polls when the campaign began, he achieved a virtual tie with Hillary Clinton in Iowa and enjoys a huge lead in the second Democratic contest in New Hampshire," Glover writes in his endorsement.

"There is now no denying that he is a serious contender. Although Clinton still leads in national polls, most of the people surveyed by those polls have so far given little attention to the fundamentally different policy goals between Democratic Party presidential

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Kristol: What to Expect in New Hampshire

Hosted by Michael Graham.
2:24 PM, Feb 05, 2016
The WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with editor William Kristol on the week that was in New Hampshire, and what to expect in the upcoming primary. Read more

Why Colin Powell's Emails Are Not Like Hillary's

1:37 PM, Feb 05, 2016

The Washington Post claims that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has “gained an apparent ally…in her fight to limit the political damage from her growing email controversy."

The supposed ally is another former secretary of state, Colin Powell. Why? Two of Powell's emails have been retroactively classified. (He doesn't think they should be.)

But there are obvious differences between Powell's receipt of two emails and Clinton's robust private email operation. Let's compare the facts as set forth in the Post's own piece.

First, "tens of thousands of emails…passed through the private server Clinton used while in office." Powell did not have a private server for his State Department emails.

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Trump Cancels Only N.H. Event Today, Offers Top Prize of $15 Buffalo Wild Wings Gift Card to Get Out the Vote

12:55 PM, Feb 05, 2016

Donald Trump canceled his only scheduled campaign event in New Hampshire on Friday because it is snowing in the Granite State. "Due to the weather and the airports being closed Mr. Trump is unable to attend today's Town Hall at the Londonderry Lions Club," the Trump campaign said in a press release. "This event will be rescheduled and additional details will follow. Mr. Trump will campaign in New Hampshire on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday." Huffington Post reporter Scott Conroy notes that other campaigns stayed on schedule despite the snow.

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Republicans on Hill, Campaign Trail Reject Obama Oil Tax

12:34 PM, Feb 05, 2016

The latest dead-on-arrival lame-duck proposal from the White House came Thursday. In a statement about its “21st Century Clean Transportation System" plan, the Obama administration said it would pay for new infrastructure spending with a "new fee paid by oil companies." Here's an excerpt:

So to meet our needs in the future, we have to make significant investments across all modes of transportation. And our transportation system is heavily dependent on oil. That is why we are proposing to fund these investments through a new $10 per barrel fee on oil paid by oil companies, which would be gradually phased in over five years.

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Art and the Ottomans

Istanbul dispatch.
11:00 AM, Feb 05, 2016
Last week, Italian officials covered a number of nude statues in order to spare the modesty of Iranian president Hassan Rouhani during his visit to Rome. The Italians got a fair amount of heat for their pre-emptive act of cultural appeasement—much of it from Italians, including the minister of culture, appalled at the willingness of their fellow countrymen to abandon their own glorious tradition—and perhaps rightfully so. Read more

A New Effort to Reassert Congress's Constitutional Powers

10:26 AM, Feb 05, 2016

The American Founders designed a federal government of separated powers: They authorized Congress to pass the laws, the president to execute them, and the Supreme Court (and "such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish") to apply them in judicial proceedings. But the lawmaking power is now, illegitimately, being shared. We currently have a president who feels free to grant unilateral executive amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants in plain defiance of federal immigration law, to decree myriad changes to Obamacare at his whim, even to rename mountains and to decide who is pictured on our currency.

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Christie Makes Another Donation to Planned Parenthood

Jeb Bush's super PAC chips in too.
9:50 AM, Feb 05, 2016

On Thursday, New Jersey governor Chris Christie attacked Florida senator Marco Rubio from the left on the issue of abortion.

"He's made it very clear that — on the issue of pro-life, Marco Rubio is not for an exception for rape, incest or life of the mother," Christie said on MSNBC's Morning Joe. "Now, you know, I think that's the kind of position that New Hampshire voters would be really concerned about."

"I am pro-life, but I believe that rape, incest and life of the mother, as Ronald Reagan did, should be exceptions to that rule," Christie added.

Christie made two claims that are flatly false. First, Rubio has always said that he supports an exception when the life of the mother is endangered.

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Marco Rubio: The Natural

8:43 AM, Feb 05, 2016

For all the hype surrounding him, a Marco Rubio rally is completely different from the mega-rallies of Trump and Sanders or even the smaller, yet richly-produced, Clinton affairs. Thursday’s rally, for instance, was held in a dingy banquet hall just off the U.S. 1 Bypass in Portsmouth. At eight o'clock in the morning about 150 people packed into the small room, which looked like most of the bare-bones, early campaign events you see every four years in New Hampshire. Except for one thing: the candidate.

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Moderator Hugs Candidates After Dem Debate

8:27 AM, Feb 05, 2016

After last night's Democratic debate, Rachel Maddow, one of the debate moderators, hugged the candidates. First Bernie Sanders got pulled tight, then Hillary Clinton.

Watch here:

Longtime Fox News Channel host and senior political analyst Brit Hume noted on Twitter,

"Rachel Maddow embraces both Clinton and Sanders at end of debate. I don't think I've ever seen a moderator do that before."

Rachel Maddow embraces both Clinton and Sanders at end of debate. I don't think I've ever seen a moderator do that before.

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Hillary Clinton: '100% Confident' Nothing Will Come of FBI Investigation

10:47 PM, Feb 04, 2016

During Thursday night's Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton was asked about her email scandal, electability, and other related issues.

Chuck Todd asked, "Are you 100% confident that nothing is going to come of this FBI investigation?"

Clinton replied, "I am 100% confident.

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Clinton, Sanders Crank the Volume Up to 100 in Debate

"If you've got something to say, say it -- directly."
10:29 PM, Feb 04, 2016
It's officially a hoarse race in the Democratic primary. Read more

Hillary Brings Goldman Sachs Lobbyist and Fundraiser to Dem Debate

10:10 PM, Feb 04, 2016

Hillary Clinton supporters attended the Democratic debate in full force.

Here is a picture one of her fundraisers, former governor Howard Dean and Steve Elmendorf—a Goldman Sachs lobbyist.

Yahoo's Michael Isikoff notes Elmendorf is a "key player" in her campaign. Elmendorf runs Subject Matter, "a go-to Democratic lobbying firm for corporate interests, raking more than $10 million in fees last year." Its clients include Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Verizon, and Monsanto.

This isn't an ideal image for Clinton, who has been fighting her ties to Wall Street. Just yesterday, Anderson Cooper asked Clinton, "did you have to be paid $675,000" for speeches to Goldman Sachs. She replied, "That's what they offered.

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Gloves Off In Dem Debate: Clinton Tells Bernie to End His 'Artful Smear'

9:46 PM, Feb 04, 2016

During Thursday night's Democratic debate, Bernie Sanders called Hillary Clinton establishment, and Clinton railed against Sanders' attacks on her.

Clinton said, "I think it's time to end the very artful smear that you and your campaign have been carrying out in recent weeks. And let's talk about the issues."

The audience replied with a mix of cheers and boos.

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Hillary: Bernie Raised $5 Million More than I Did

8:28 PM, Feb 04, 2016

Hillary Clinton is admitting to supporters that her main Democratic rival, Bernie Sanders, outraised her by $5 million last month.

"We just learned that the Sanders campaign raised $5 million more than ours did in January, and they raised another $3 million in a single day after the Iowa caucus," Clinton writes to her supporters this evening.

"I'm proud of the campaign we're running -- I'm committed to standing with you to make life better for American families, and I'm ready to fight by your side to earn every vote, take on the Republicans, win the White House, and make history.

"But daniel, if we don't win this nomination, we'll never get the chance to do those things. So on this important night, show me you're

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Congressmen Pay A Visit to the Iranian Interest Section

5:00 PM, Feb 04, 2016
Three congressmen have a simple goal—they want to travel to Tehran. Read more

Trump Glances at Reality

4:29 PM, Feb 04, 2016
According to the fire marshal I talked to, about 450 people were packed into Exeter’s charming, historic—and very tiny—town hall this morning to see the Trump show. To judge by the crowd's reactions, they weren't disappointed. They laughed, they cheered, they shouted. What they didn't seem to notice was a brief, five-second sequence, in which their candidate admitted that he might not be the Republican nominee. Read more