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The Palm Beach Post reports that Florida Blue CEO Pat Geraghty is characterizing as “unfair” Marco Rubio’s argument that American taxpayers should not be forced to provide a bailout for health insurance companies that lose money under Obamacare. ...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Jeffrey H. Anderson | Friday, August 29, 2014
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The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior editor Lee Smith on the President's speech on his non-existent ISIS policy in the Middle East. This podcast can be downloaded here. Subscribe to THE WEEKLY STANDARD's iTunes podcast feed here....
From: Weekly Standard | By: TWS Podcast | Thursday, August 28, 2014
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Less than a week before President Obama and other NATO leaders gather in Wales for a two day summit, NATO is accusing Russia having "well over 1,000 troops" in Ukraine where Russian-backed separatists continue to skirmish with Ukrainian forces. This...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Jeryl Bier | Thursday, August 28, 2014
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President Barack Obama said last night at a Democratic fundraiser in Rhode Island that the terrorism from ISIS "doesn’t immediately threaten the homeland." The reason? The security measures taken by President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Daniel Halper | Saturday, August 30, 2014
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At a fundraiser last night in Newport, Rhode Island, President Obama played down the threat from the terrorist army ISIS. "We have to be vigilant," he told the group of donors, "but this doesn’t immediately threaten the homeland." Obama also claimed...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Daniel Halper | Saturday, August 30, 2014
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Free trade is a huge benefit if you are a Walmart shopper. All those microwave ovens, lamps, sneakers, and other stuff available for a relative pittance. It’s a tragedy if you are a domestic manufacturer or worker attempting to compete with cheap labor...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Irwin M. Stelzer | Saturday, August 30, 2014
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Continetti: Remilitarize the world police. The tide of non-interventionism is receding. Constitutional chutzpah. Abuse of students by teachers is America's silent crisis. Is control of the Senate up to—Kansas? The Villages, America's rowdiest retirement...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Michael Warren | Friday, August 29, 2014
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Even after yesterday’s promising first time claims and GDP numbers, the state of the economy – especially on the jobs, employment, wages side – remains uncertain and troubling as we enter the Labor Day weekend.  As Mark Gimein of Bloomberg reports:...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Geoffrey Norman | Friday, August 29, 2014
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John Kerry chose the third anniversary of U.S. citizen Amir Hekmati’s "detention on false espionage charges" during a visit with his family in Iran in 2011 to "respectfully" call on the government of Iran to release Hekmati and several other U.S. citizens...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Jeryl Bier | Friday, August 29, 2014
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New rule for investors: Don’t listen to stock tips from White House flacks. As Steven Dennis of Roll Call writes, then White House press secretary Jay Carney said at the March 18 daily dog and pony show, when asked about the effects of sanctions...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Geoffrey Norman | Friday, August 29, 2014
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President Obama is spending today attending three fundraiser (two in New York and one in Rhode Island). And the White House doesn't seem to care what others might think of the president's use of time.  For example, this exchange with Ed Henry and spokesman...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Daniel Halper | Friday, August 29, 2014
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Josh Earnest appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe Friday in damage-control mode after President Obama's "we don't have a strategy yet" remark during his press conference on Thursday. Almost immediately after the president made the comment in response...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Jeryl Bier | Friday, August 29, 2014
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White House spokesman Josh Earnest said today that President Obama "is determined as ever" to take executive action to deal with the issue of immigration: "You did hear from the president yesterday, where he reiterated his strong commitment to take action...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Daniel Halper | Friday, August 29, 2014
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Russia has "outright lied" to the United Nations about its actions in Ukraine, U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power charged during an emergency meeting Thursday of the Security Council. "At every step, Russia has come before this Council to say everything...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Geoffrey Norman | Friday, August 29, 2014
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New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne Shaheen is hitting her likely opponent for the U.S. Senate, Scott Brown, in a new TV ad over the Republican's ties to "Big Oil"—even while Shaheen invests in energy companies herself. The 30-second spot from Shaheen's...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Michael Warren | Friday, August 29, 2014
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President Obama told reporters today that "we don't have a strategy yet" for dealing with ISIS: "I don't want to put the cart before the horse," he said. "We don't have a strategy yet. I think what I've seen in some of the news reports suggests that...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Daniel Halper | Thursday, August 28, 2014
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The Washington Post reports that Democratic senator Mary Landrieu doesn't own a home in her state of Louisiana, instead listing her residence on federal election forms as either a mansion she owns in Washington, D.C. or her parents' home in New Orleans....
From: Weekly Standard | By: Michael Warren | Thursday, August 28, 2014
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Noemie Emery, writing at the Washington Examiner: The knock on conservatives is that they seem to want conflict, but that’s not exactly the case. What they really want is making themselves strong enough to deter it, or, failing that, so strong that...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Michael Warren | Thursday, August 28, 2014
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At the Washington Post, Christopher Ingraham demonstrates through one chart "why it feels like the recession never ended." Here's the chart, with part of Ingraham's explanation below: From the start of the recession in 2007 to today, the average price...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Michael Warren | Thursday, August 28, 2014
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THE WEEKLY STANDARD Books & Arts Podcast with Philip Terzian, on the September 1st Issue's Books and Arts section. This podcast can be downloaded here. Subscribe to THE WEEKLY STANDARD's iTunes podcast feed here....
From: Weekly Standard | By: TWS Podcast | Thursday, August 28, 2014
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The Republican Governors Association is running a new TV ad in Nebraska, attacking the Democratic candidate for governor, Chuck Hassebrook. The ad knocks Hassebrook for supporting Obamacare. Watch it below: Hassebrook is running to succeed retiring Republican...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Michael Warren | Thursday, August 28, 2014
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After news broke this morning of Russia furthering its invasion of Ukraine, the White House announced that President Obama will meet with the National Security Council later this afternoon in the Situation Room: Later in the afternoon, the President...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Daniel Halper | Thursday, August 28, 2014
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The VA has created a small public relations problem for itself.  Which, to say the least, is something it did not need.  As Tricia L. Nadolny of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, it seems that: The beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs depicted...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Geoffrey Norman | Thursday, August 28, 2014
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Jeanna Smialek and Shobhana Chandra of Bloomberg reports that: The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits were little changed last week as employers held on to staff in an improving economy. Claims decreased by 1,000 to 298,000 in the...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Geoffrey Norman | Thursday, August 28, 2014
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Kateryna Choursina, Volodymyr Verbyany and Bryan Bradley of Bloomberg are reporting that: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called an emergency security meeting to defend against what he called a Russian “invasion” after separatists gained...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Geoffrey Norman | Thursday, August 28, 2014
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