More Joel Gehrke Articles

  • David Axelrod wants Rand Paul to stop using big words

    Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., needs to stop using big words that "most Americans" don't understand, suggests David Axelrod, President Obama's old campaign strategist.

  • Report: Pennsylvania Dem took bribe to oppose voter ID law, but never got charged

    Pennsylvania Democrats reportedly were caught on tape accepting cash bribes, including one lawmaker who was paid to vote against a state voter identification law, but Democratic Attorney General Kathleen Kane shut down the investigation. "Before Kane ended the investigation, sources familiar...

  • NRSC: 'Next stop, Senate majority'

    Republican voters have more enthusiasm for the next election than Democrats, but it's not quite as high as it was in the 2010 midterms, according to recent polling.

  • Obamacare rule would let insurance companies 'modify' plans to cut down on cancellation notices

    President Obama's team at the Department of Health and Human Services has a plan to prevent insurance companies from sending out politically toxic cancellation notices by making it easier for companies to modify existing plans without officially canceling them.

  • HHS requires insurance companies that cover spouses to recognize gay marriages

    Insurance companies that provide plans covering spouses must extend that coverage to couples in gay marriages, according to a new rule from the Health and Human Services Department. "In other words, insurance companies will not be permitted to discriminate against married same-sex couples when...

  • Millionaires lose unemployment benefits in new Senate deal

    Millionaires will no longer qualify for unemployment benefits under the bipartisan Senate deal unveiled Thursday afternoon, ending a subsidy that Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., attacked as a "reverse Robin Hood" provision designed to increase support for government programs. "Notwithstanding any...

  • Rand Paul on alleged CIA-Senate hacking: 'This cannot happen in a free country'

    Heads should roll at the CIA if Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., proves that intelligence officers hacked her staff's computers as part of a dispute over a committee report on waterboarding, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told reporters. "There's an incredible...

  • Colorado Obamacare enrollments dwarfed by cancellation notices as Senate race heats up

    Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., may face increasing headwinds from Obamacare as he tries to fend off a challenge from Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., given that low enrollments in his state are likely to drive up insurance premiums for his constituents, many of whom lost their previous plans because of...

  • Harry Reid takes money from companies under investigation for bribery law violations

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has received campaign contributions from people and political action committees linked to multiple companies suspected of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The FCPA "generally prohibits the payment of bribes to foreign officials to assist...

  • Harry Reid stands between ENFORCE the Law Act and Obama's veto pen

    Five Democrats joined House Republicans to pass a bill that would give Congress the power to sue if President Obama doesn't enforce the nation's laws as written. The ENFORCE the Law Act, which passed Wednesday by a 233-181 vote, is aimed at Obama's expansive use of executive powers to pick and...

  • Sarah Palin endorses T.W. Shannon in Oklahoma Senate race

    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin lent her Tea Party credibility to former Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon, endorsing his effort to replace retiring Sen. Tom Coburn as the next Republican senator from the state. "T.W.'s opponent has the backing of Beltway insiders, but T.W. has the passion...

  • Obama threatens vetoes of bills requiring him to follow the law

    President Obama is threatening to veto a law that would allow Congress to sue him in federal courts for arbitrarily changing or refusing to enforce federal laws because it "violates the separation of powers" by encroaching on his presidential authority. "[T]he power the bill purports to assign...

  • Oklahoma GOP Senate candidates won't commit to supporting Mitch McConnell

    Each of the three men running to replace retiring Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., refused to commit to supporting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to continue leading the Republican conference.

  • Ted Cruz: CIA hacking of Senate computers would be 'consistent with a pattern' of Obama disrespecting Congress

    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is keeping an open mind about Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein's accusation that the CIA hacked into her staff's computers, but he said the alleged behavior is "consistent with a pattern" of President Obama abusing executive power. Cruz wouldn't say...



From the Weekly Standard

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