Joe Biden considered resigning the vice presidency to help his dying son battle brain cancer. The revelation is buried in a New York Times story reporting that friends of the vice president are conflicted on whether he should challenge Clinton for the presidency.
Robert Conquest, a friend of this magazine, passed away Monday. The Telegraph's obituary is worth a read:
Robert Conquest, the writer on Soviet Russia who has died aged 98, was a polemicist and a serious, published poet; but above all he was an historian, one of the outstanding scholars of his time, whose books did as much as any other man’s to alter our view of the communist experience.
A new poll finds that Vermont socialist Bernie Sanders is in a statistical tie with Hillary Clinton in a newly released New Hampshire poll. The poll finds that Sanders "is currently the most popular Democratic candidate in the state."
Americans have long been skeptical of the liberal arts. Frequently this takes the form of a discussion of whether a degree in history or literature is “worth it” in a purely economic sense. Annual reports highlight the top-earning college majors, subtly encouraging students to forgo a class in literature or history in favor of something useful, like nursing or engineering.
Perhaps it’s a reflection of our innate American pragmatism.
According to Iranian-based media, Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif appeared on a panel today at Iran’s Strategic Council on Foreign Relations where he spoke about the nuclear agreement he negotiated with the P5+1 last month in Vienna. Zarif explained that the so-called snap-back sanctions mechanism was less effective than the Obama administration claims. “Our snap-back is easier than theirs,” is how one Iranian journalist tweeted Zarif’s talk, “because we can resume our work with nuts and bolts, but they should convince countries to resume sanctions.” Also, said Zarif, “doing business with foreigners is a guarantee to make them unable to use snap-back mechanism.”
Joe Biden, who is considering a run for president, posed today in front of reporters with Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Should Biden decide to run for president, he'd face Hillary Clinton, whom Power called a "monster" in the 2008 campaign.
Reporters captured the photo and shared it on Twitter:
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with staff writer Michael Warren on his story from the Voters First Forum in New Hampshire last night, and what we can expect Thursday night in Cleveland at the first debate.
The battle in Washington to stop Planned Parenthood from using public funds is heating up. Yesterday, even Democratic Senator Joe Manchin came out in favor of defunding the organization on the heels of undercover videos showing the organization selling fetal body parts, possibly in violation of the law.
Well, Planned Parenthood is fighting back by using a very deceptive talking point:
Here are hot tips to help (1) libertarian and conservative students, (2) idealistic liberal female students, and (3) idealistic liberal male students navigate the bizarre world of safe spaces, othering, microaggressions, trigger warnings, alarming victimization statistics, and all the other accoutrements of today’s gender studies without losing their cool.
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, signed this month by the six world powers with Iran lifts a UN arms embargo by 2020, sanctions against Iran’s ballistic missile program by 2023, most nuclear restrictions by 2025, and a cap on low-enriched uranium stockpile by 2030. Most sanctions will be lifted immediately, with some residual measures left until 2023.
Sometimes, those of us left in the common sense majority ask how things could go so wrong – how consensually accepted notions of justice could be scuttled so quickly—how respect for the rule of law could have fallen so low—that a major American city would find it acceptable to provide safe passage to an illegal alien who had been deported on five previous occasions.
Goffstown, N.H. It was a fast two hours Monday evening at St. Anselm College at the Voters First Forum, where 14 of the Republican candidates for president joined each other (except for 3 U.S. senators, who spoke remotely from Washington) to answer questions.