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Fred Barnes

Frederic W. Barnes is an American political commentator. He is the executive editor of the news publication The Weekly Standard and regularly appears ... More »Frederic W. Barnes is an American political commentator. He is the executive editor of the news publication The Weekly Standard and regularly appears on the Fox News Channel program Special Report with Bret Baier. He was previously co-host (with Mort Kondracke) of The Beltway Boys, which once regularly aired on the Fox News Channel. The son of an Air Force officer, Barnes graduated from St. Stephens School in Alexandria in 1960. He spent two years in the U.S. Army. He then attended the University of Virginia where he studied history. Barnes graduated from the University of Virginia and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. After spending several years as a journalist with The Charleston News and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina, he became a reporter for the Washington Star in 1979. Barnes covered the Supreme Court and the White House for the Star before moving to the Baltimore Sun. He was the national political correspondent at the Baltimore Sun. For ten years from 1985 to... [ Wikipedia ]

Fred Barnes: The Lucky House Republicans

Paul Ryan's credibility saved them after the shutdown. Now onto immigration reform. Republicans are like Auburn University's football team: They're lucky. Just as they were suffering from the ill-advised government shutdown, the ObamaCare website launched, elevating Republicans and diminishing ...

Krauthammer Analyzes Newton School Shooting

On Special Report, Bret Baier spoke with syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer, Fox News contributor Kirsten Powers and Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard about the tragedy that unfolded this morning in Newtown, Conn. Krauthammer pointed out that there will be three main things that ...

Weekly Standard: Why Obama's Ahead : NPR

Fred Barnes is executive editor of The Weekly Standard. President Obama is outside the ideological mainstream, viewed as very liberal by an electorate that's moderate or somewhat conservative. His domestic policies are unpopular, notably his health care law, economic stimulus, and ...

Weekly Standard: No Excuse For Obama's Record : NPR

Fred Barnes is executive editor of The Weekly Standard. President Obama has had four years to fix the economy, and it's not his fault he's failed so far. He's tried very hard, and he's made some headway. But the task is so great that no one, not even FDR or Bill Clinton, could have done ...

Weekly Standard: But Does Clinton Believe It? : NPR

Fred Barnes is the executive editor of The Weekly Standard. In his fondest dreams, President Obama couldn't have imagined getting any more from Bill Clinton than he did last night at the Democratic convention. Rather than pull Obama toward his centrist policies, Clinton embraced Obama's ...

Weekly Standard: Romney Aced It : NPR

Fred Barnes is the executive editor of The Weekly Standard. A few hours before Mitt Romney spoke to the Republican convention last night, his campaign did something clever. It's normal procedure before a major speech is to release excerpts so the evening TV news shows can preview the ...

Weekly Standard: Rating Romney's Foreign Trip : NPR

Fred Barnes is the executive editor of The Weekly Standard. Republican presidential candidate Matt Romney finishes his 8-day trip to the UK, Israel, and Poland with a speech in Warsaw today. It's been an up-and-down trip as Romney seeks to demonstrate his ability to function effectively ...

Weekly Standard: They PAC A Super Wallop : NPR

Fred Barnes is executive editor of The Weekly Standard. For three weeks in May, Republican superPACs took turns attacking Democratic senator Claire McCaskill in TV ads. Republicans hadn't held their primary — it's not until August 7 — but McCaskill wound up trailing all three of the GOP ...

Weekly Standard: Slow Learner : NPR

Fred Barnes is Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard. President Obama has been touted by friends and family as the smartest man ever to sit in the White House. Perhaps. Yet he surely is the slowest learner to gain the presidency and probably the most intellectually inflexible. Obama is ...

Weekly Standard: Obama's Phantom Tax Breaks : NPR

Fred Barnes is executive editor of The Weekly Standard. In his State of the Union speech in 2011, President Obama referred to "small business" five times and alluded to it seven more. Progress in America is measured, he said, "by the prospects of a small business owner who dreams of ...

Fred Barnes cuts campaign ad for Republican candidate

But Fred Barnes, the Weekly Standard editor and Fox News commentator, stars in a new ad for Alabama Republican congressional candidate Quin Hillyer. “Hi. I’m Fred Barnes,” the ad begins. “I watch Alabama closely. My son went to school there and my daughter married an Alabama boy.” ...

TYRRELL: Fables from Terry McAuliffe's gifted imagination

I thought of the Taranto Principle while reading Fred Barnes’ commentary the other day on the governor’s race in Virginia. Mr. Barnes says, “Negative campaigning is common in American elections, but Democrats in this year’s high-stakes race for governor of Virginia have taken ...

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Marco Rubio Will Make Up for Immigration with Abortion

With the potential 2016 presidential candidate in charge of guiding the measure through the Senate, it's guaranteed to get "enormous media attention and thus more national visibility for the issue of limiting late term abortions," The Weekly Standard's Fred Barnes writes. And it could ...

How’s the Rick Perry national political rehabilitation tour going?

Perry folks made sure that influential journalist Fred Barnes of the conservative Weekly Standard spent time with the governor. Barnes is an important reporter among conservatives. “Up close, Perry isn’t quite what I expected. He often notes he majored in animal science in ...

American Pundit Writing Assignment, Feb. 18-28: Obama’s agenda

For this segment, we’ve selected columns by Eleanor Clift ( “Obama’s appeal for gun vote is emotional high point of state-of-union speech,” published at thedailybeast.com ) and Fred Barnes ( “There he goes again,” published at theweeklystandard.com ), both of which deal with the State of ...

What high-profile Republican will pick Alabama’s next rep?

The Weekly Standard’s Fred Barnes cut a campaign ad for a candidate in this congressional race. Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan and former presidential candidate Rick Santorum have also made endorsements. The chief justice of Alabama’s supreme court — long known as the “Ten Commandments Judge” ...

Book Review: 'Wooden' by Seth Davis 'The Sons of Westwood' by John Matthew Smith

Though a modernizer, John Wooden coached basketball like a drill sergeant, emphasizing passing, quickness and conditioning. John Wooden often said that he would have been happy pursuing a career as a high-school English teacher. He was extraordinarily well read. He loved poetry and wrote dozens ...

Obamacare Stars As Villain In Alabama Special Election : It's All Politics : NPR

" Fred Barnes, the nationally known conservative political commentator, appears in a TV ad on Hillyer's behalf, saying that Hillyer "knows exactly how to topple Obamacare" and "can defend us from Obama's abuses. " They're not the only ones running ads emphasizing their ACA opposition. ...

Bill Moyers: WATCH: The Cowardly Lions of' 'Free Speech'

Here's what Fred Barnes wrote in The Weekly Standard about the Senate race in Missouri: For three weeks in May, Republican super-PACs took turns attacking Democratic senator Claire McCaskill in TV ads. Republicans hadn't held their primary -- it's not until August 7 -- but McCaskill ...

Richard Cohen: Republicans adrift on their way to nowhere

At Juneau, conservative notables including Fox News commentator Fred Barnes lunched with the governor, Sarah Palin -- and, as men often do on shore leave, swooned. Her remarkable qualities -- "how smart Palin was," according to Barnes -- and her considerable beauty left most of ...

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