On the war against ISIS and droning American citizens, he's not entirely sure anymore.1:40 PM, Sep 13, 2014 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Rand Paul's views on war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria continue to evolve. Speaking to reporters on the campaign trail Friday afternoon, the Kentucky senator didn't rule out supporting the deployment of U.S. combat troops on the ground in Iraq.
The Ex-Im Bank and the trouble with the Republican party.Sep 22, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 02 • By JAY COST
Well, this was predictable. House Republicans last week acceded to an extension of the Export-Import Bank for at least the next nine months. The Export-Import Bank is far from the worst example of government-business cronyism. I just completed a history of American political corruption and actually had to leave Ex-Im on the cutting room floor. Its cronies are pikers compared with the corporate moguls that take advantage of tax preferences like the G.E. and Apple loopholes.
4:06 PM, Sep 15, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Last night’s contest between the Chicago Bears and the San Francisco 49ers, in that team’s brand new stadium, was hijacked by the zebras. More penalties than plays, it sometimes seemed. And the ratings were off a little but still good enough to beat the Miss America contest. But if a ratings slide were the worst news possible for the NFL, then the league would happily take that.
11:49 AM, Sep 15, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Washington Post editorial board was in favor of decriminalizing pot. But it is not in favor of legalizing it.
9:52 AM, Sep 15, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Regarding the economy, we have come to expect the unexpected which is, it sometimes seems, the only thing one can count on.
6:31 PM, Sep 14, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Hillary Clinton was confronted on the rope line after an event today in Iowa by immigration activists. Her response: “You know, I think we have to elect more Democrats.”
Clinton's response about electing more Democrats was in response to a question about whether she "stand[s] by the president's delay on immigration."
Clinton ignored follow-up questions.
Not ready for Hillary.10:19 AM, Sep 14, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Tom Harkin, the top Democrat in Iowa, tells ABC News that he has serious questions about where Hillary Clinton stands on the issues:
"But some Democrats still have their doubts," says ABC's Jonathan Karl. "Some progressives are a little uneasy with Hillary Clinton and is she going to be too hawkish on foreign policy, is she going to be too moderate on economic issues?"
Hosted by Michael Graham.1:16 PM, Sep 12, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on President Obama and the upcoming 2014 elections.
10:07 AM, Sep 12, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Hillary Clinton is widely considered, should she enter the 2016 presidential race, the Democratic front runner. But the former secretary of state is shrinking rather than building an already limited website presence.
9:04 AM, Sep 12, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Secretary of State John Kerry insists that we not call the thing by its proper name. The “thing” being U.S. military actions against ISIS (or ISIL, if you wish) and the name being “war.”
7:20 AM, Sep 12, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The administration continues to advance its arguments about the economy, with the president even tacking on to the end of his somber speech about new military action in the Middle East, a digression about how well things are going with jobs, manufacturing, and etc.
Holding the line against the Islamic State.Sep 22, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 02 • By JONATHAN SPYER
Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan
A war is being waged along a 900-mile front between two entities that today constitute de facto quasi-states stretching across the old border between Syria and Iraq. These are the Islamic State to the south and a contiguous area of Kurdish-controlled territory to the north. Recently, I traveled to the latter, in regions of northern Iraq and northeast Syria, like the town of Derik, where I spoke with a Kurdish soldier who had recently been in a firefight with IS forces in the neighboring village of Jeza’a.
They didn’t let the old game down.Sep 22, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 02 • By C. J. CIARAMELLA
“Good old rugby football. All over the
British Isles its exponents were in the van of those who went.”
Bishop of Bloemfontein
and former British Lion, 1921
Sharing carrier secrets is a bad idea. Sep 22, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 02 • By STEVE COHEN
The Obama administration very much wants a diplomatic success somewhere in the world. So when the president orders the head of the U.S. Navy to meet with his Chinese counterpart and find areas of cooperation, it is neither surprising nor inappropriate. But the possibility that the Chinese Navy will gain real insight into how our aircraft carriers operate is worrying our Pacific allies and could compromise our security.
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