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  • Oregon to investigate the burning of aborted babies for electricity

    Earlier this week, news broke of an energy plant in Marion County, Ore., receiving aborted babies from British Columbia to burn for electricity.

  • Cliven Bundy's pro-slavery, racist comments sour supporters

    Cliven Bundy's pro-slavery, racist comments have soured a lot of the conservative supporters who regarded his fight with the Bureau of Land Management as a good opportunity to question the federal government's control over vast swaths of federal land. “I want to tell you one more thing I...

  • Another state gives up on running its own Obamacare exchange

    Oregon's "top information-technology official" is giving up on the state running its own Obamacare insurance exchange, as Maryland has already done. "Alex Pettit, the state's top information-technology official, will recommend that Oregon move to the federal health insurance exchange,...

  • Bob Dole is a corporate lobbyist --- that seems relevant

    Bob Dole, the former Republican presidential nominee and Senate floor leader, gets a glowing 2,000 words in the Washington Post this week, as he makes peace with old rivals, tours his old state, and bashes the conservatives in his party. One word that never appears among those 2000 words:...

  • Israel suspends peace talks with Palestinian Authority after Hamas deal

    Secretary of State John Kerry recently blamed the Israelis for the lack of progress in peace talks with the Palestinian Authority, but Israel ended the negotiations after Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas agreed to form a government with a terrorist organization determined to destroy the Jewish...

  • Industrial policy and Team U.S.A. rhetoric at Export-Import Bank conference

    U.S. Government and Business are a team, competing against other countries in the Export Olympics. That's one theme of the day at the Export-Import Bank annual conference. Ex-Im subsidizes U.S. exports, and the agency's charter expires this fall -- setting the stage for a contentious...

  • U.S. taxpayers subsidizing state-owned companies through Export-Import Bank

    Should the U.S. government be propping up state-owned enterprises overseas? Should the U.S. business lobby be lobbying for this dynamic?

  • Asia trip will fail on trade because Obama hasn't lifted a finger to get Democrats to allow trade agreement

    President Obama's trip to Asia is one important respect was bound to be a failure before he took off from Andrews Air Force Base for Tokyo: he wasn't going to get approval of a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. That's not because the special trade representative is incompetent; he...

  • Obama to reject Keystone XL pipeline, claims Rolling Stone author

    After five years of delays, reviews and excuses, President Obama has apparently “all but decided to deny the permit for the [Keystone XL] pipeline,” according to Rolling Stone author Jeff Goodell. Goodell claimed that Obama's decision really is about politics, despite claims from the...

  • More deaths from bad care at Veterans Affairs health facilities

    CNN's report late Wednesday that at least 40 veterans died waiting for care at Department of Veterans Affairs facilities in Phoenix is the latest in a way-too-long string of reports of how that agency continues to fail those who have fought for the nation.

  • Egyptian doctor facing trial over female genital mutilation death

    In a first for Egypt, a doctor will be tried for performing female genital mutilation surgery on a girl who then died of complications.

  • Philip Klein and Michael Barone discuss: Will demographics doom the GOP?

    According to the conventional wisdom, Republican voters are too old and too white for the party to compete in an increasingly diverse American electorate. Does this mean that demographics will doom the GOP?

  • State Department gets second chance to list Hillary Clinton accomplishments; it doesn't go well

    On Tuesday, State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki appeared flustered when she was asked a question concerning one of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's main legacies at Foggy Bottom. It was something called the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review and it was created by...

  • Air Force changed testing program to resolve cheaters' concerns

    Air Force officials changed the scoring system for the certification tests administered to the strategic missile force to address the concerns of service members caught in a recent cheating scandal who felt pressured to receive a perfect score. "We have made the monthly tests that the crew...

  • Top Air Force general doesn't know if F-22 successor will even fly

    Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh doesn't know if the successor to the F-22 Raptor, the Air Force's fifth generation fighter, will fly. "I don't even know that it's an airplane," Welsh told reporters Wednesday morning. "I wouldn't try and characterize it or describe it. I have no idea...



From the Weekly Standard

  • Why the New York Times Poll Is Bogus

    The Arkansas Senate race has been close in virtually every serious poll. The Republican challenger, Tom Cotton, probably had a small lead a month or so ago; after a massive negative assault on him...

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  • Hustle Is Overrated

    The Bryce Harper-Mike Trout showdown is underway and the outcome is, well, inconclusive. In round one Monday night, the Nationals leftfielder walked and went hitless in three at bats while the...

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  • Kennedy’s Question

    We often think of the Constitution as a two-part document: first the original 1787 text, which primarily establishes the government’s structure; and then the amendments, which primarily set...

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