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Republicans have distinct advantages in Senate races this year, including President Obama’s low job ratings, the number of vulnerable Democrats, and an unhappy national mood. But there’s another advantage: the generally high quality of their candidates. This...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Fred Barnes | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Rep. Bruce Braley, the Iowa Democrat running for the U.S. Senate, missed three quarters of committee hearings concerning oversight of the Veterans Affairs administration in 2011 and 2012, including one, the Des Moines Register reports, on the same day...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Michael Warren | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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The Obama administration announced Tuesday in a court filing that it would change the way it imposes its contraception and abortifacient mandate on religious non-profits, such as Christian schools like Wheaton College and charities like the Little Sisters...
From: Weekly Standard | By: John McCormack | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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A new poll from Marquette University shows Wisconsin governor Scott Walker locked in a tight race with Democrat Mary Burke, a former state Secretary of Commerce and member of the Madison school board. Among registered voters, Walker leads Burke 46 percent...
From: Weekly Standard | By: John McCormack | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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ISIS is well on its way to having a country of its own and, evidently, already has a military infrastructure set up to train recruits in skills needed to wage Jihad and secure the Caliphate. Bill Roggio reports in Long War Journal: The Islamic State...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Geoffrey Norman | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Can Robert McDonald, the former Procter & Gamble CEO tapped by President Obama to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, turn things around at the famously troubled department? McDonald’s boosters say his executive experience will be a boon to...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Pete Hegseth | Monday, July 21, 2014
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Joe Klein of Time defended Israel's military actions in Gaza on MSNBC's Morning Joe Thursday. Klein, a self-described critic of Israel's support of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, nonetheless argued that Western media needed to do a better job...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Michael Warren | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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The boss appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe Thursday and discussed the geopolitical fallout from the attack on the Malaysian airliner shot down by Russian-backed separatists over Ukrainian territory. "Is the West going to be serious about dealing with...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Michael Warren | Thursday, July 24, 2014
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As John T. Bennett of Defense News reports, perplexity is the theme in Washington today. Everyone, it seems, is waiting for Europe. From Nancy Pelosi who said that President Obama had "taken the lead on sanctions" in the hope that the Europeans would...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Geoffrey Norman | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with staff writer Jay Cost on the odds of a GOP takeover of the Senate. This podcast can be downloaded here. Subscribe to THE WEEKLY STANDARD's iTunes podcast feed here....
From: Weekly Standard | By: TWS Podcast | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Jonathan Martin reports for the New York Times that John Walsh, who is now running to keep the Montana Senate seat to which he was recently appointed, plagiarized a master's thesis in 2007: [O]ne of the highest-profile credentials of Mr. Walsh’s 33-year...
From: Weekly Standard | By: John McCormack | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Businessman and first-time candidate David Perdue pulled off what the Atlanta Journal-Constitution calls a "political shocker" by winning the Republican primary runoff for the U.S. Senate in Georgia Tuesday. Perdue defeated Republican congressman Jack...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Michael Warren | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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A wizened soul who worked in the bowels of the United States Treasury in the Eisenhower administration once explained to me all that is wrong with the U.S. tax code.   He opined that every so often politicians perceive—rightly or wrongly—a “problem”...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Ike Brannon | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Vladimir Putin does not seem inclined to talk nice and patch things up with the West. To the contrary, he is drawing lines. They may, or may not, be “red." He seems confident enough not to need the modifier. As Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports:...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Geoffrey Norman | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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Daniel Halper, THE WEEKLY STANDARD's online editor and author of Clinton, Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine, writes for Politico magazine: When I started to write Clinton, Inc: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine, I...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Michael Warren | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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The Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S. airlines from flying to Israel on Tuesday afternoon. Mike Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, issued the following statement Tuesday night: This evening I will be flying on El Al to Tel Aviv...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Michael Warren | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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The Islamists of ISIS are, as Maggie Fick and Isra' al-Rubei'i of Reuters report … crushing resistance across northern Iraq so successfully that its promise to march on Baghdad may no longer be unrealistic bravado. The have accomplished this not so...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Geoffrey Norman | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with frequent contributors Adam J. White and Jeffrey H. Anderson on the conflicting court rulings over the legality of the IRS's interpretation of Obamacare subsidies for those participating in the federal Obamacare exchange....
From: Weekly Standard | By: TWS Podcast | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling (PPP) has released a new poll of the North Carolina Senate race, featuring Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan squaring off against Republican state house speaker Thom Tillis, with ostensibly good news for the...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Jay Cost | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Earlier today, a panel of federal judges in the District of Columbia ruled 2-1 that the plain text of Obamacare requires states to set up their own health care exchanges in order for their residents to be eligible for Obamacare subsidies. Thus, the court...
From: Weekly Standard | By: John McCormack | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Daniel Halper sat down with Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Fox and Friends this morning to discuss his new book Clinton, Inc. "When you cover the Clintons, you have to make hard choices about which scandals and which mistresses to cover," Halper said. You can...
From: Weekly Standard | By: John McCormack | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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The tensions between Russia and the civilized world – especially Europe – are making for some tough economic decisions. Trade and finance give the U.S. and the E.U. leverage. But sanctions are not a one way street. Things do, however, seem fairly...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Geoffrey Norman | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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A federal court has ruled that the IRS illegally rewrote Obamacare to provide subsidies and impose tax penalties in states that did not establish their own health insurance exchanges. The Washington Post reports:  A federal appeals court panel in the...
From: Weekly Standard | By: John McCormack | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Yesterday, moments after Secretary of State John Kerry departed for the Middle East to attempt to broker a ceasefire in the Israel-Gaza war, the State Department issued a warning recommending that “U.S. citizens consider the deferral of non-essential...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Noah Pollak | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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There is a fairly robust debate about inflation going on these days. Is there too much? Not enough? Any at all? And just how much is too much? Can we hit the Goldilocks sweet spot? What does not appear to be debatable is that government is getting...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Geoffrey Norman | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Online editor Daniel Halper is out with a new book Tuesday titled Clinton, Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine. Halper joined Fox News's Megyn Kelly Monday night for an exclusive first interview about the book's revelations on the...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Michael Warren | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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On Monday morning, President Obama signed an executive order prohibiting organizations that receive federal contracts from making employment decisions on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. A group of religious leaders and Obama allies had...
From: Weekly Standard | By: John McCormack | Monday, July 21, 2014
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When nations start imposing sanctions and embargoes on each other, black markets and hoarding follow as light comes with dawn. Witness Cuban cigars, which never went away and became even more desirable, especially as a status item favored by international...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Geoffrey Norman | Monday, July 21, 2014
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The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer Stephen F. Hayes on Obama, Putin, Ukraine, Netanyahu, Hamas, and Israel. This podcast can be downloaded here. Subscribe to THE WEEKLY STANDARD's iTunes podcast feed here....
From: Weekly Standard | By: TWS Podcast | Monday, July 21, 2014
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So who you gonna trust, Joe Biden or Robert Gates? Tough one, right? Gates wrote in his memoir that Biden had managed to be wrong on just about every major foreign policy matter throughout his career. Now, Biden returns fire, as Justin Sink of The Hill reports,...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Geoffrey Norman | Monday, July 21, 2014
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President Barack Obama spoke on the White House lawn Monday morning about the downing of a Malaysian Airlines airplane flying over Ukraine last week by pro-Russian separatists there. The investigation following the attack, which killed 298 passengers...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Michael Warren | Monday, July 21, 2014
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Over at the New York Times, Nate Cohn throws cold water on the notion that 2014 is going to be a landmark year for the GOP:  The Republicans will have a good chance of picking up the Senate without an anti-Democratic wave. There are so many Democratic-held...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Mark Hemingway | Monday, July 21, 2014
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In her last video of the season, the Factual Feminist exposes the flimsy thinking behind a Verizon ad. Watch the video below: Be sure to watch the whole series here....
From: Weekly Standard | By: Claudia Anderson | Monday, July 21, 2014
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An Ohio-based trade association, the International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers (IAITAM), wants to know why the IRS’s IT Asset Managers have apparently “disappeared at a key juncture.” IAITAM administers internationally...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Jim Swift | Monday, July 21, 2014
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The Emergency Committee for Israel has just released a statement in response to President Obama's call for a cease-fire in Gaza. "Israel does not need a mediator. Israel needs an ally," reads the statement. "Pressuring Israel to agree to a cease-fire...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Michael Warren | Monday, July 21, 2014
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