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‘Asking for a Friend’ review: Help Wanted

Q: <i>I am obsessed with advice columns and I cannot tell you why. This is not very respectable, is it? But why are they so compelling?</i><p><b>A:</b> Gentle reader, …

University of Chicago

Review of Martha Nussbaum’s ‘The Monarchy of Fear’: Fear Factor

Most of you reading this piece have not yet reached the age of 70, as I did earlier this year (though some of you will have passed that milestone …

‘The Man Who Walked Backward’ review: The Retropedestrian

Not long after the Crash of ’29, when such zaniness as goldfish-swallowing and flagpole-sitting could still distract a desperate nation, 35-year-old …

Santa Monica

Emmy Noether’s Beautiful Theorem

This year is the centennial of Noether’s theorem, which is often called the most beautiful result in mathematical physics. Developed by Amalie Emmy …

Review of ‘A Simple Favor’: Momma Drama

A new movie called <i>A Simple Favor</i> is a funny, twisty, surprising blend of mystery and light social satire. It’s never believable, not even for a …

A Simple Favor

Blasey Ford's Female Classmate, Her Last Alleged Witness, Denies Ever Attending Party With Kavanaugh

Christine Blasey Ford has claimed that four other people attended a small gathering at which she was allegedly assaulted. Three of those people, PJ …

Brett Kavanaugh

White House: Ford’s Lawyers Have Not Reached Agreement on Hearing

Christine Blasey Ford’s lawyers issued a statement Saturday afternoon saying that Ford “accepts” the Judiciary committee’s request to testify next …

The White House

Elton John in Washington: Bernie Taupin's Lyrics Were On Display

Elton John is the first phase of a very, very long goodbye. His “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour—his last, supposedly—will take him to five …

Donald Trump faces off against the Fed over inflation, interest rates, and tariffs

“ You only find out who is swimming naked when the tide goes out,” Warren Buffett warned almost a decade ago. Lots of swimmers who have been happily …

Interest Rates

Beto Male

Robert Francis O’Rourke is running against Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. You may know the challenger better by the name Beto O’Rourke. The Scrapbook is …

Middle School

Rosenstein Disputes NYT Claim That He Wanted to Record Trump

The <i>New York Times</i> published Friday afternoon what reads like a bombshell: “The deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, suggested last year that …

Donald Trump

How the Democrats Could Have Handled the Allegations Against Kavanaugh

Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court hearing opened as a two-ring circus: On the dais Senate Democrats repeatedly interrupted and attempted to …

Senate Judiciary Committee

Brett Kavanaugh and the Truth

Today on the Daily Standard Podcast, <i>Politico</i>'s Alex Isenstadt joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss the latest developments in the Kavanaugh nomination …

Brett Kavanaugh

Nothing More Than Feelings

Rarely have we witnessed so many people pretend a controversy was about one thing when it was so obviously about another. Since September 16, when …

U.S. Supreme Court

Prufrock: The Meaning of ‘My Struggle,’ Britain’s Secret War on Napoleon, and Why Ian Buruma Resigned

T <b>he kids are not alright:</b> I reported yesterday that Ian Buruma is out at the <i>New York Review of Books</i>. It was not immediately clear if he had been …

George Eliot

President Trump Goes After Christine Blasey Ford

After nearly a week of unexpected restraint, President Trump finally went after the woman who has accused his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh …

Donald Trump

Brett Kavanaugh: What Happens if Trump Withdraws the Nomination Over the Christine Ford Allegations

Brett Kavanaugh versus Christine Blasey Ford is a classic rashomon: As things stand now, it is not possible for anyone outside of the principals to …

Brett Kavanaugh

More FBI Text Messages

FBI

Red Ink Flood

Trump Tries Something Surprising: Self-Control

Eyebrows were raised in Washington when President Trump responded to an allegation of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. …

Self Control

Jackpots and Crackpots

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, aka the richest guy alive, recently announced plans to donate $2 billion to create a network of preschools. “The child will be …

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Category 5 Irrationality

On Tuesday, September 11, as Hurricane Florence lumbered through the Atlantic toward the Carolinas, we received a text from a Weekly Standard …

Donald Trump

How Political Organizations Are Using Telemarketing to Astroturf Congress

Every day on Capitol Hill, the phones ring inside legislators’ offices. Young staffers answer, and there’s usually a constituent on the other end …

Social Media

Why Did Eric Swalwell Go After Susan Collins?

On Thursday morning, California representative Eric Swalwell mocked Sen. Susan Collins for noting during a radio interview that her office had …

Jake Tapper

Have Christine Blasey Ford's Allegations Against Brett Kavanaugh Affected His Polling?

Brett Kavanaugh has now been the biggest story in American politics for more than two weeks. His contentious Supreme Court nomination hearings were …

Brett Kavanaugh

The Decline of Dinesh

Today on the Daily Standard Podcast, managing editor Christine Rosen and reporter Alice B. Lloyd join host Charlie Sykes to discuss Alice's recent …

Los Angeles

Prufrock: Ian Buruma Out at NYRB, the Death of the Celebrity Profile, and the Future of Ecumenism

Ian Buruma is no longer the editor of the <i>New York Review of Books</i> after he published an essay by Jian Ghomeshi, who was accused (but acquitted) of …

Los Angeles

Fact Check: Is Coca-Cola Considering Cannabis-Infused Beverage?

Coke would have a monopoly in soft-drink conspiracies if it weren’t for the odd fascination your average internet peruser has with Mountain Dew and …

Fact Checking

The Substandard on The Predator and Captain Marvel

On this latest episode, the Substandard discusses <i>The Predator</i> and how on earth it ever got the green light. JVL makes the case for Chav King Arthur. …

Captain Marvel

Why Do We Still Believe in Polygraphs?

Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, passed a polygraph test before she came forward with her claim that he’d sexually assaulted her. …

Lie Detection