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Few people are happy with the limbo in which Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac currently dwell. The Treasury placed the two government-sponsored entities that buy and guarantee the bulk of all mortgages issued in the United States into a conservatorship in...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Ike Brannon | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Even before the Healthcare.gov website disaster unfolded in October 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) had been looking to the future. HHS announced in June of that year that Hewlett-Packard would be replacing Terremark, a Verizon...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Jeryl Bier | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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The Washington Nationals ended their regular season in spectacular fashion when 28-year-old ace Jordan Zimmerman pitched a no-hitter Sunday night. Even the final out wasn't without drama. Left fielder Stephen Souza made a miraculous diving catch on a...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Michael Warren | Monday, September 29, 2014
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President Obama has arrived in Chicago, where he'll spend the night before two public events in his hometown. The president did not travel with his family. He's now dining out with top adviser Valerie Jarrett and various friends, according to the White...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Daniel Halper | Thursday, October 2, 2014
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White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters today that, after the Ebola case in Dallas, the Obama administration reminded border law enforcment agencies of "protocol" to deal with people that appear to have symptoms of Ebola. Earnest also...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Daniel Halper | Thursday, October 2, 2014
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Mosaic re-publishes "Adam and I: A Story," by Irving Kristol. As the web magazine explains: "This week in Mosaic we are celebrating the release of our new ebook On Jews and Judaism, a collection of Irving Kristol’s essential writings on the Jews....
From: Weekly Standard | By: Daniel Halper | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Iowa Democrat Bruce Braley opposed funding any American military operations in Iraq this year—before he supported them. The three-term House member, who is running for Iowa's open Senate seat in one of the year's hottest races, touted his support for...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Michael Warren | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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The director of the Secret Service has resigned, according to a press release from DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson: Today Julia Pierson, the Director of the United States Secret Service, offered her resignation, and I accepted it. I salute her 30 years of...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Daniel Halper | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Fred Barnes, writing in the Wall Street Journal: In Kansas, Democrats persuaded their Senate candidate, Chad Taylor, to drop out of the race against incumbent Republican Pat Roberts. Mr. Taylor was running third in polls behind Mr. Roberts and independent...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Daniel Halper | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Visiting Canada for the first time as Department Homeland Security (DHS) chief, secretary Jeh Johnson addressed the Canadian American Business Council on Wednesday. His remarks focused on existential threats in the world today, particularly in relation...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Jeryl Bier | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with executive editor Fred Barnes on his WSJ op-ed on the desperate measures Harry Reid is using to keep 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, October 1, 2014
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A poll reported in the Washington Post on September 23 offers positive news for those troubled by the movement to legalize marijuana. It also does not auger well for those pushing more states to follow Colorado and Washington, where legalization is already...
From: Weekly Standard | By: John P. Walters | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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The Secret Service has been under fire for failing to stop an armed man from jumping the White House fence and running through the president's home, and some critics have begun asking if political correctness is partly to blame for the extent of the...
From: Weekly Standard | By: John McCormack | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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The headline on a Cameron Joseph piece in The Hill reads Pryor says he's working for 'smaller’ government That would be incumbent Senator Mark Pryor. A Democrat from the state of Arkansas.  Senator Pryor would, evidently, like for voters to believe...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Geoffrey Norman | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Coming in ahead of the unemployment figure for September, which will be released on Friday, and tomorrow’s weekly first-time-claims number, the ADP jobs report might be some sort of harbinger. In the case of today’s number, a happy one, as Paul Davidson...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Geoffrey Norman | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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In what might possibly be an attempt to relive the success of Hillary Clinton's "Russian reset," the State Department recently awarded a $22,116 contract for "Red Switch Equipment." Which sounds a lot like the device Clinton famously presented to Russian...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Jeryl Bier | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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A new poll finds that three-fifths of likely voters support the repeal of Obamacare.  A large plurality — 44 percent — wants to see Obamacare repealed replaced with a conservative alternative. A much smaller group —16 percent — wants to see...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Jeffrey H. Anderson | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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President Obama, addressing the ebola outbreak September 16, 2014 at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta: First and foremost, I want the American people to know that our experts, here at the CDC and across our government, agree...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Daniel Halper | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with frequent contributor Thomas Joscelyn discussing his recent piece on "Misunderstanding al Qaeda" and how its growth is becoming a threatening success. This podcast can be downloaded here. Subscribe to THE WEEKLY STANDARD's...
From: Weekly Standard | By: TWS Podcast | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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The Factual Feminist warns that a “little army of junior assistant deans and harassment apparatchiks are quietly repealing the free speech protections of the First Amendment.”...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Claudia Anderson | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Mario Trujillo of The Hill reports that: Attorney General Eric Holder will leave the administration with a 26-percent favorable rating …  Mr. Holder may feel misunderstood and unappreciated but he can console himself with the thought that his approval...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Geoffrey Norman | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Republican Elbert Guillory, a state senator in Louisiana, has released a new web video through his Free At Last PAC that criticizes Democratic senator Mary Landrieu's record. "Since 1996, black unemployment has doubled and the poverty rate for blacks...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Michael Warren | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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President Obama will be taking the prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the White House announced. UPDATED In the afternoon, the President will visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial on the National Mall...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Daniel Halper | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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The editors at the San Francisco Chronicle have endorsed Republican Pete Peterson for secretary of state in California. Here's an excerpt from the endorsement: The conventional wisdom in modern politics is that Democrats will do almost anything to...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Michael Warren | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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This is the conclusion, as Pedro Nicolaci Da Costa of the Wall Street Journal  reports, reached by: Josh Bivens ... economist at the Economic Policy Institute, a liberal think tank in Washington. [Unemployment] has remained unusually elevated during this...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Geoffrey Norman | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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President Obama was counting strokes on the golf course at Fort Belvoir in northern Virginia last Saturday, but the day before a $91,318.76 contract was awarded to count something quite different at Fort Belvoir: bats. The Virginia Department of...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Jeryl Bier | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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In recent days, Republicans appear to have opened up leads in several key Senate battles, including Alaska,Colorado, and Iowa. Add those to their already established edges in Arkansas, Louisiana, Montana, South Dakota, and West Virginia -- and...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Jay Cost | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Rick Perry met with Henry Kissinger to talk foreign policy, the Texas governor announced on Twitter.  "It was an honor to speak with Dr. Kissinger today and hear his thoughts on America’s foreign policy challenges," wrote Perry. It was an honor to...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Daniel Halper | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Arizona Republicans are in a tough fight to keep the governor's mansion. Their candidate, state treasurer Doug Ducey, is effectively tied with Democrat Fred DuVal. Since voters in the state generally lean toward the GOP, DuVal has cast himself as a moderate...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Michael Warren | Monday, September 29, 2014
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In this week's newsletter, the boss looks at the 2014 midterm election: In last week's editorial, I wrote: The danger over the next six weeks is that Republican strategists and donors will play it safe and fail to take advantage of the opportunities...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Daniel Halper | Monday, September 29, 2014
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There is likely much gnashing of teeth in the intelligence community today in the wake of Obama’s interview with 60 Minutes last night. He laid the blame for the rise of the Islamic State at the feet of the intelligence community. “Our head of the...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Lee Smith | Monday, September 29, 2014
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The Chamber of Commerce is releasing a new ad Tuesday featuring NASCAR racing legend and North Carolina native Richard Petty endorsing Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis. "In racing and in life, there's always a leader, someone who  knows how to...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Michael Warren | Monday, September 29, 2014
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The latest episode of Conversations with Bill Kristol, featuring Gen. Jack Keane: "I must say that this conversation is one my favorites. It focuses on the Gen. Keane's role in helping persuade President Bush to change strategies in the Iraq War via...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Daniel Halper | Monday, September 29, 2014
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The Wall Street Journal editorializes:  President Obama sucked up most of the media oxygen at the United Nations last week with his call for collective action against the Islamic State and other jihadists. But if anyone made real news from the General...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Daniel Halper | Monday, September 29, 2014
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Problems at the VA were largely – but not entirely – in the realm of scheduling.  No one argued in favor the current system, which had veterans waiting in line for medical attention for months and even years. Even if the supervisors who cooked the...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Geoffrey Norman | Monday, September 29, 2014
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Democrat Bruce Braley says those who want to know his commitment to our nation's veterans need only look at the website of his Senate campaign. "If people want to know my true record on standing up for veterans, they can go to my website and look at...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Michael Warren | Monday, September 29, 2014
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"Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is an American Hero," reads the headline in the New Republic. But despite talking to an "American Hero," Jeffrey Rosen, the magazine's legal affairs editor, still wants to know whether the Supreme Court justice will hang up her robe....
From: Weekly Standard | By: Daniel Halper | Monday, September 29, 2014
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From Reuters: U.S. intelligence agencies underestimated Islamic State activity inside Syria, which has become "ground zero" for jihadists worldwide, President Barack Obama said in a CBS television interview broadcast on Sunday.  Conversely, the...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Geoffrey Norman | Monday, September 29, 2014
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Top White House adviser Valerie Jarrett was given a cameo role in the latest episode of CBS's The Good Wife. The airing of the episode comes after a busy week for President Obama -- which included bombing the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a series...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Daniel Halper | Monday, September 29, 2014
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