Today's Standard


O'Malley Suspends Campaign

11:16 PM, Feb 01, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley has suspended his presidential campaign. David Hamrick, O'Malley's campaign manager, sent this memo to interested parties:

Memorandum RE: Tonight's Caucus Results & the O'Malley Campaign
To: Interested Parties
From: David Hamrick, O'Malley for President Campaign Manager
Date: February 1, 2016
Governor O'Malley ran a strong, bold, and honorable campaign in a very challenging year. Entering the race as an unknown, he always faced long odds—especially against a candidate as universally known as Secretary Clinton.

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The Iowa Wayback Machine

What to look for in a victory speech.
7:16 PM, Feb 01, 2016

To my mind, Barack Obama has always been wildly over-rated as a speaker. He has a great voice--really Saruman-caliber pipes. But his delivery is erratic and his material is rarely anywhere near as good as people think in the moment. His 2004 Purple America convention speech, for instance, might be the most over-praised political oratory in living memory. Except, perhaps, for his Jeremiah Wright race-relations, speech: a bundle of nothing that Obama's cheerleaders sold like it was the Gettysburg Address, Washington's farewell, and Reagan's Challenger speech rolled into one.

All of that said, Obama has given three blue-ribbon, four-star speeches that were really something.

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The Consequences of 'Voter Anger'

Trump, Sanders poised to take full advantage.
6:32 PM, Feb 01, 2016
Iowa and New Hampshire this year could be remembered as breaking points in presidential politics. Read more

Huckabee's Double Standard for Trump and Cruz

4:13 PM, Feb 01, 2016
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee declined on Monday to cast any judgment on Donald Trump's admission that he's never asked God for forgiveness. Read more

Mansfield on Politics

3:31 PM, Feb 01, 2016
This morning, in the boss's weekly newsletter Bill previewed his latest conversation with political scientist Harvey Mansfield. Read more

Three Big Unanswered Questions About Hillary Clinton's Emails

3:00 PM, Feb 01, 2016
At this point, it’s pretty clear that the scandal surrounding Hillary Clinton's emails isn't going away anytime soon. Read more

Trump University's Ongoing Legal Battle

2:21 PM, Feb 01, 2016

Donald Trump "University" is still at the center of an ongoing legal battle.

At AMI Newswire, Eddie Curran reports that, "[t]here are at least three active lawsuits against Trump and Trump University – one by the New York Attorney General's Office and two related California class actions."


Louis Piatt still regrets the day he signed up for Trump University. The Monroe, Iowa retiree says he was duped into squandering more than $11,000 on real estate seminars and workshops.
While Piatt lost money, Trump himself made millions. Trump University paid Donald J. Trump, the Republican presidential frontrunner, $5 million out of some $40 million received by the university from 2005 to 2010,

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Cruz National Co-Chair Accuses Trump of Buying Backing from Palin

Endorsement for sale?
1:05 PM, Feb 01, 2016
Congressman Steve King, national co-chairman for Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign, suggested that Sarah Palin was paid to support Donald Trump. Read more

Sanders Doubling Up Clinton in New Hampshire, Survey Says

Trump still dominant, too.
12:34 PM, Feb 01, 2016
It's a coin flip in the Iowa Democratic Caucus between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Not so much in New Hampshire. Read more

Liz Cheney Announces House Bid

Seeks father's old seat.
10:41 AM, Feb 01, 2016
Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney is once again dipping her toe into the political waters, having announced today a bid for Wyoming's sole seat in the House of Representatives. Read more

The Donald's Domain

Eminent domain, that is...
9:24 AM, Feb 01, 2016
Leading in to the Iowa caucuses, opponents of Donald Trump began to hit him for his support of eminent domain. Not just any kind of eminent domain (road, bridge, etc.) but for trying to take an old woman's house for a parking lot for his (now failed) casino. But there's more. Read more

Chelsea Featured at Final Clinton Iowa Push

8:20 AM, Feb 01, 2016

For Hillary Clinton's "final push" on the campaign trail she was joined by former first daughter Chelsea Clinton.

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Playing Politics with the Heroin Epidemic

8:18 AM, Feb 01, 2016
The Senate held a hearing last week on the addiction and overdose crisis caused by heroin, illicit trafficking of the extremely potent drug fentanyl, and prescription opiate diversion and misuse. The crisis was responsible for 29,467 American deaths in 2014 alone, and many more in 2015 for which there is no final, official total yet. Read more

Hillary: Iowa 'Obviously Exhausting, it Takes a Lot of Concentration'

7:44 AM, Feb 01, 2016

Hillary Clinton revealed this morning on ABC News that she finds campaigning in Iowa "exhausting" and that "it takes a lot of concentration."

Clinton made the remarks in response to a comment from ABC Robin Roberts about Clinton campaigning in all 99 Iowa counties. Clinton correct Roberts, saying in fact she hasn't visited all of Iowa, and said,

"I've covered a lot of ground and I sure have met many thousands of people, and have really learned so much. That's the best part of this. It's obviously exhausting, it takes a lot of concentration, but what keeps me going are the stories they tell me.

"There's something so intimate, at least in my experience, because I actually try to listen to people and hear what's on

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Yes, Trump Can Be Defeated

5:30 AM, Feb 01, 2016
Sound theory and solid data suggest Trump can be taken down. Read more

Visualizing What Cruz and Rubio Have to Do in Iowa

They need a Santorum-like charge to make it interesting.
6:48 PM, Jan 31, 2016
Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio need a last-minute charge to compete in Monday’s Iowa Republican Caucus. Read more

Bernie: Clinton Emails 'A Very Serious Issue'

6:09 PM, Jan 31, 2016

Bernie Sanders is now calling Hillary Clinton's email scandal "a very serious issue."

This is a change from what Sanders said in an October Democratic debate: "the American people are sick and tired" of hearing about her "damn emails."

On Sunday, Sanders said this:

"I think there is a legal process, right now, taking place, and what I have said—you know, and I get criticized, you know. 'Bernie, why don't you attack Hillary Clinton?' There is a legal process taking place. I do not want to politicize that issue. It is not my style.

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Cruz Bus Stuck in Mud, Towed

5:46 PM, Jan 31, 2016

The Ted Cruz campaign bus got stuck in Iowa mud and needed to be towed.

Time magazine's Phil Elliott caught a picture of the bus and noted,

"Paging the Department of Metaphor? Ted Cruz campaign bus stuck in mud, needs towed.

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Fly Me to the Booze

1:30 PM, Jan 31, 2016
As mentioned previously, Brown-Forman is selling Southern Comfort to the Sazerac Company for $543.5 million. This ought to free up the Tennessee liquor giant to focus on its flagship brands, namely, Woodford Reserve and Jack Daniel’s. Indeed, last October Brown-Forman unveiled the limited release of Jack Daniel's: Sinatra Century, perhaps the most lavish bottle ever produced by the distillery. Timed for the 100th anniversary of Frank Sinatra's birthday (December 12), the 100-proof whiskey retailed for the ring-a-ding price of $379. Read more

Why the Fourth Most Popular Candidate in Iowa Is in First Place

10:23 AM, Jan 31, 2016
In the final Des Moines Register/Bloomberg poll, Donald Trump leads the field at 28 percent with Ted Cruz in second place at 23 percent and Marco Rubio in third at 15 percent. Read more