Sat, Feb 06, 2016

John C. Goodman | February 06, 2016

More than 400 years ago, the British adopted the Poor Law system, under which local communities were made responsible for the relief of poverty. For the next four centuries the Poor Laws were amended again and again, as the following argument went to and fro: Was the system providing necessary relief or was it in various ways interfering with the natural workings of the labor market by subsidizing idleness and encouraging indolence.

John Hawkins | February 06, 2016

When a nation is beset by problems too big or too difficult to solve, it tends to obsess over trivia.

Stephen Moore | February 06, 2016

With the first real votes being cast in the presidential race Monday, this is an opportune moment to do some last-minute comparison shopping on the candidates' tax reform plans.

Ken Blackwell | February 06, 2016

When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, was enacted, Americans were promised a healthcare system in which insurance companies would be held accountable and patients would have access to affordable care.

Calvin Beisner | February 06, 2016

How many calories do you consume each day? If you answered something like 2,000 or 3,000, youre kidding yourself. You consume about 60 to 90 times that many.

Paul Driessen | February 06, 2016

Americas abysmal 0.7% economic growth during the fourth quarter of 2015 meant the annual growth rate was an anemic 2.4% and average annual growth for the six-year Obama era a pathetic 2.2 percent.

Jeff Crouere | February 06, 2016

The results from Iowa were certainly interesting. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are virtually tied, giving both campaigns some momentum going into New Hampshire.

Fri, Feb 05, 2016

Humberto Fontova | February 05, 2016

Last night a Bernie Sanders declared North Korea our biggest foreign threat. Clearly North Korea is a very strange situation because it is such an isolated country run by a handful of dictators, or maybe just one, who seems to be somewhat paranoid. And, who had nuclear weapons.

Caroline Glick | February 05, 2016

On Wednesday the US media interrupted its saturation coverage of the presidential primaries to report on President Barack Obamas visit to a mosque in Maryland. The visit was Obamas first public one to a mosque in the US since entering the White House seven years ago.

Fr. Marcel Guarnizo | February 05, 2016

When analyzing the true worth of a potential investment it is critical that the numbers on the balance sheet justify the valuation being given to the investment.

Steve Sherman | February 05, 2016

Obamas pen is mightier than the sword. He wields it like a weapon, thats for sure

Jack Kerwick | February 05, 2016

What the 19th century can teach 21st century conservatives.

Jeff Jacoby | February 05, 2016

In the last Democratic debate before the New Hampshire primary, Hillary Clinton came up with her fourth explanation for the gluttonous speaking fees and campaign contributions that the financial sector and investment firms "Wall Street," in liberal shorthand have been showering on her for so long.

Michael Brown | February 05, 2016

It is unfortunate that the Ted Cruz campaign and Rep. Steve King sent out misleading and even erroneous information about Dr. Ben Carsons campaign plans, for which Cruz and King have apologized. But CNN is also to blame, and its self-righteous, overly-indignant condemnation of the Cruz campaign exposes its own hypocrisy.

Brent Bozell | February 05, 2016

Macklemore is the stage name of a white rapper from Seattle named Ben Haggerty. He and his publicists are currently trying to convince the hip-hop press and the music media to notice the greatness of his new nine-minute song "White Privilege II."

Michael Barone | February 05, 2016

Now that the results of last Monday's Iowa caucuses are in, speculation naturally turns to next Tuesday's New Hampshire primary.

Jonah Goldberg | February 05, 2016

That's the new hot attack on Sen. Marco Rubio. Ted Cruz leveled the epithet at Rubio just days before the Iowa caucuses, which is a little ironic since Cruz has been called the same thing in the past.

David Limbaugh | February 05, 2016

There is a misplaced fear -- shared, I'm sad to say, by many on the right -- that Christian conservatives are zealots, theocrats and all-around bogeymen.

Mona Charen | February 05, 2016

Dear Gov. Bush: There are many ways to express your love of country. One is to serve as president. In your case, that path seems closed. Since April, you spent the better part of $15 million in Iowa, yet you came sixth, winning just 2.8 percent of the vote and one delegate.

Michael Reagan | February 05, 2016

I don't know how the primaries will turn out in New Hampshire next week. But I was glad to see Republican voters in Iowa prick some of the air out of the Trump balloon Monday night and lift Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio to the top of the GOP heap.

Pat Buchanan | February 05, 2016

Donald Trump won more votes in the Iowa caucuses than any Republican candidate in history.

Suzanne Fields | February 05, 2016

Votes are stubborn little things. Votes have none of the sparkle and shine of campaign rhetoric. Votes don't soar; they sink in. Votes are precious to, and deeply felt by, the men and women who cast them, but the candidates stop catering to votes as soon as they're cast.

David Harsanyi | February 05, 2016

For eight years now, the president has reprimanded the American people for their attitudes about Islam. And Barack Obama's big speech to the Islamic Society of Baltimore -- granted, filled with many harmless platitudes -- was no different, leaving little room for any honest dialogue about ideology or faith. Many of the president's ideas about "tolerance," in fact, are antithetical to the American experience, not something to celebrate.

Linda Chavez | February 05, 2016

New Hampshire may well be the end of the campaign trail for more GOP hopefuls, as Iowa was for Rand Paul, Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee. All three ran largely positive campaigns and comported themselves with dignity and grace when they bowed out. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for some of those hanging on by a thread in New Hampshire. Chris Christie and Jeb Bush, in particular, have decided their best chance to stay in the race is to attack other candidates.

Donald Lambro | February 05, 2016

The legions of young voters who are flocking to Bernie Sanders' socialist banner is depressing.

Gabriella Hoffman | February 05, 2016

A small but important Second Amendment victory was handed to one aspiring cop in New Jersey last week.

Mary Grabar | February 05, 2016

The Bill Ayers-Dinesh DSouza showdown on February 3, at the University of Michigan was billed as a debate about American exceptionalism. It began with Bill Ayers giving his opening statement, Every human being is of incalculable worth.

Erick Erickson | February 05, 2016

I have, since last September, written several times that I think the 2016 campaign comes down to a race between Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. The loss in Iowa after leading in the ten polls preceding the caucuses has taken the wind out of Donald Trump's sails. He is refusing to invest in New Hampshire and will not buy expansive data to micro-target voters.

Joy Overbeck | February 05, 2016

Theres a reason why nearly zero Republican Senators are rushing to the microphones to endorse Ted Cruz. Compared to his bold attempts to topple the presidents middle-class-crushing, business-squashing, government-dependency-boosting, liberty-erasing imperialism, they look like the Lollipop Guild all obediently singing to Obamas tune. So they hate Ted Cruz.

Charlotte Hays | February 05, 2016

"To Muslim womens rights activists fighting for equal access to mosques as part of a broader campaign for reform from equal education for women and girls to freedom from so-called 'honor killings', the presidents visit to a mosque that practices such blatant inequity represents a step backwards."

Gretchen Hamel | February 05, 2016

In the midst of the election circus and pageantry, it seems once again fiscal policy issues have taken a backseat.

Thu, Feb 04, 2016

Timothy D. Terrell | February 04, 2016

Last August, an accident at a federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cleanup project at the long-abandoned Gold King mine in Silverton, Colorado, resulted in a gusher of heavy metal-laden water into the Animas River.

Rich Galen | February 04, 2016

As a cautionary note, let me remind you that my mathematics skills run all the way from suspect to non-existent. With that in mind, let's continue.

Jack Kerwick | February 04, 2016

Now that the Iowa caucuses are completed, I offer some thoughts.

Victor Davis Hanson | February 04, 2016

What do campus microaggressions, safe spaces, trigger warnings, speech codes and censorship have to do with higher learning?

Derek Hunter | February 04, 2016

The results are in, and Iowa has spoken.

Jonah Goldberg | February 04, 2016

Hillary Clinton's asterisk-heavy victory in Iowa might have been the narrowest of wins for her, but it was arguably the worst of all possible outcomes for the Democratic Party.

Judge Andrew Napolitano | February 04, 2016

This has not been a good week for Hillary Clinton. She prevailed over Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Iowa Democratic presidential caucuses by less than four tenths of one percent of all votes cast, after having led him in polls in Iowa at one time by 40 percentage points.

Ken Blackwell | February 04, 2016

Scott Walker, Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal, Mike Huckabee and now Rand Paul. All were considered to be serious candidates for the Republican nomination for president and all have dropped out.

Cal Thomas | February 04, 2016

Just as radar warns of approaching storms, so does the flood of migrants entering Europe warn us of a deluge yet to come, not only for Europeans, if they continue to allow unrestricted immigration, but for the United States.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | February 04, 2016

This week's much anticipated Iowa Caucus marked the start of the presidential nomination process for both the Democratic and Republican parties. It was quite an event.

Debra J. Saunders | February 04, 2016

Iowa was like a rainstorm that cleared away some of the nasty pollution clogging the air. Those last 10 polls that predicted Donald Trump would finish in first place? Wrong.

Ben Shapiro | February 04, 2016

In Monday's Iowa caucus, Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, the man most hated by the Republican establishment, came from behind to nab front-runner Donald Trump. Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the supposed establishment favorite, came in just a point behind Trump. According to conventional wisdom, this should set up a battle royal among anti-establishment Cruz, anti-establishment Trump and establishment Rubio.

Matt Towery | February 04, 2016

Just last week, I suggested that South Carolina would be the ultimate battleground where the Republican establishment would either stop Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, or see its domination of the GOP come to an end.

Emmett Tyrrell | February 04, 2016

In the many decades I have had the pleasure of covering the Clintons, I have developed several themes about them that have, over the years, been validated by fact.

Steve Chapman | February 04, 2016

If you attend a Republican presidential event on the campaign trail, you may come to wonder if you made a wrong turn and ended up in church. If you are not a believer -- an evangelical Christian believer, that is -- you may feel ever so slightly unwelcome.

Bill Tatro | February 04, 2016

Simon and Garfunkel should have written

Robert Bunn | February 04, 2016

Sometimes a calamity is averted by the skin of our teeth, and one just was. Last December, Congress returned to the American citizen a degree of long term security that, by some inexplicable twist, it had taken away in 2014.

Laura Hollis | February 04, 2016

On the eve of the Super Bowl, I cannot help but compare presidential politics to professional sports. No, as the saying goes, politics "ain't beanbag." But surely there is some extent to which it can be -- and ought to be -- viewed as a team sport.

Devon Herrick | February 04, 2016

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was designed to force most Americans to buy something unaffordable so a few high-cost individuals can get coverage for less than they otherwise would. The inevitable result is that the Obamacare exchange has become a high-risk pool for people who are poorer or sicker than average.

Jerry Newcombe | February 04, 2016

It is amazing that people today want to treat anything from the Bible as if it's asbestos, to borrow a line from Christian attorney Jordan Lorence, if it somehow shows up in a public school. Historically, it was the push to teach the Bible that gave birth to education for the masses in the first place. This was the forerunner to the public school. How ironic.

Wed, Feb 03, 2016

Ann Coulter | February 03, 2016

Any politician who claims to care about the drug overdose deaths sweeping the nation, but does not demand that we build a wall, deport illegal aliens and end the anchor baby scam, is a liar.

Larry Elder | February 03, 2016

One of Donald Trump's talking points and biggest applause lines is how "they" -- Japan, China and Mexico -- are "beating us in trade" and are "taking our jobs." He proposes tariffs, for example, on Chinese goods in retaliation for that country's alleged "cheating."

Cliff May | February 03, 2016

Haute couture headscarves won't counter violent extremism.

Jeff Jacoby | February 03, 2016

Is Hillary Clinton qualified to be president? To hear some of her prominent supporters tell it, no candidate could be more qualified.

Michael Brown | February 03, 2016

In the aftermath of Donald Trumps second place finish to Ted Cruz in Iowa, his Twitter feed was surprisingly silent for fifteen hours, a near eternity for the very vocal, Twitter-friendly billionaire. When he did resume tweeting, he did it with typical aplomb, first with positive words about Iowa, and then with one tweet that generated a lot of attention and criticism.

Thomas Sowell | February 03, 2016

Senator Ted Cruz's upset victory against Donald Trump has robbed "The Donald" of his stock answer to any criticism from rivals-- that he is winning and his critics are losers.

Michelle Malkin | February 03, 2016

Latin America's Zika virus is the latest undocumented immigrant to hit our shores, but have no fear.

John Stossel | February 03, 2016

After the Iowa caucus results, it looks like Hillary Clinton vs. Marco Rubio in November!

Walter E. Williams | February 03, 2016

There is a letter titled "Isn't It Strange?" making the rounds in email boxes. It asks questions to which our fellow Americans should know the answers, save for those caught up in modernity.

Brent Bozell | February 03, 2016

The results in the Iowa caucuses are a rebuke to the notion that the national media have all the influence over America's voters.

Star Parker | February 03, 2016

Donald Trump is running a pretty successful presidential campaign saying that he wants to "Make America Great Again."

Jonah Goldberg | February 03, 2016

The campaigns will be eager to tell you the meaning of Ted Cruz's victory and the virtual tie between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in Iowa last night, but the larger significance of this election has been clear for months: The two major parties are paper tigers.

Bob Barr | February 03, 2016

When Punxsutawney Phil, Pennsylvanias famous winter-prognosticating groundhog, emerged from his stump yesterday and decided it was safe to stay outside, he must have first checked the results of Iowas caucuses.

Terry Jeffrey | February 03, 2016

In October, President Barack Obama said that the Trans-Pacific Partnership his administration had just finished negotiating "reflects America's values."

Austin Bay | February 03, 2016

North Korea's nuclear extortion drama, the repeated threat of nuclear attack followed by demands for food and financial aid, has exhausted South Korean and Japanese diplomatic patience.

Paul Greenberg | February 03, 2016

Once upon an all too familiar time, it was the Jews who were desperate to flee Europe a step ahead of Hitler, but first the authorities took the precaution of relieving them of all their property, some of it still the subject of court cases all over the world.

Mytheos Holt | February 03, 2016

In 1941, journalist Dorothy Parker suggested a gruesome parlor game you could play at your next dinner party, which she called Who Goes Nazi? As this game was supposed to be played before anyone knew what Hitler himself would go on to do, Parker clearly meant the born Nazi epithet as a standard political jab rather than the over-the-top insult it has become.

Mytheos Holt | February 03, 2016

Recently, alarming news for those advocating for a sensible health care policy arrived courtesy of Politico Pro: The pharmaceutical industry spent more than $50 million on lobbying last year alone. And, if you can believe this, thats an increase from 2014.

Donald Lambro | February 03, 2016

Former frontrunner Donald Trump came in second in Iowa for many reasons, but the biggest one is that he is widely disliked by most Americans.

Rachel Marsden | February 03, 2016

Despite living in an increasingly disenchanted world, we seem to be in the grips of a global epidemic of naivety. People are far too easily seduced by exalted words and fine sentiments, and the result is a lot of severely dysfunctional relationships.

Bill Murchison | February 03, 2016

What's going on in this country right now, as exemplified in our current politics and the results in Iowa?

Ed Feulner | February 03, 2016

When you think of the United States as being free, what comes to mind? The ability to speak your mind? To vote? To live and work where you please? Good answers, but theres another kind of liberty thats easily overlooked, although it affects nearly everything we do.

Jacob Sullum | February 03, 2016

Ted Cruz, who won the Republican caucus in Iowa on Monday, says he has always opposed legalizing the 11 million people who live in the U.S. without the government's permission. Donald Trump, who finished second in Iowa, has promised to deport them all, while Marco Rubio, who was a point behind Trump, has renounced the "path to citizenship" he used to support and wants to double the size of the U.S. Border Patrol, even as net migration from Mexico has dropped below zero.

Armstrong Williams | February 03, 2016

Something is definitely rotten in the state of Michigan. And its not just the lead-poisoned water coming from the corroded pipes undergirding Flints public water system. The rottenness goes to the very core of an attitude of managerial expediency unfettered by moral leadership.

John Kass | February 03, 2016

If Hillary Clinton fails to fulfill her destiny and retake the White House, she'll have to go on that lonely political walk of shame.

Ken Connor | February 03, 2016

On March 8, 2005, nearly eleven years ago, the Center for a Just Society published its first Ideas in Action column. The title was, "Fight for Terri Schiavo Comes to Capitol Hill," and the column was intended to inform the American public about the ongoing fight to save Terri's life after she was, without due process, sentenced to death by starvation and dehydration by the Florida court system.

Luke Hilgemann | February 03, 2016

In his first major speech since taking office, acting U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. addressed the National Action Networks Martin Luther King Jr. Day event.

Mike Fuljenz | February 03, 2016

Gold rose again last week to close January at $1,118 per ounce, up 5.3% in January. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones and S&P stock indexes were each down over 5%, averaging a 5.3% loss.

Tue, Feb 02, 2016

Jerry Rogers | February 02, 2016

Regardless of who wins the presidency this November and it could be a narcissist, a felon, or a socialist Congress must return to normal order.

Arthur Schaper | February 02, 2016

There is too much to rejoice about.

Rich Galen | February 02, 2016

Ted Cruz came in first and won. Donald Trump came in second and lost. Marco Rubio came in third but won.

John Hawkins | February 02, 2016

On 9/11, one of my roommates was a Turkish pilot. Not only was he sent home that day, he didnt work again for weeks. In one moment he was just a guy with a religion that most Americans had no strong opinions about. In the next, there were people who thought he was potentially dangerous because of what he believed.

Thomas Sowell | February 02, 2016

Random thoughts on the passing scene:

Michael Barone | February 02, 2016

Donald Trump was absent from Fox News' Republican debate Thursday night, presiding at his own event seven minutes' drive away featuring cameo appearances by the two previous Iowa Republican caucus winners exiled now to the undercard debate, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum. But the issue Trump raised to high-decibel level at his announcement last June was front and center at the main event: immigration.

Cal Thomas | February 02, 2016

In the beginning there was a combative media. Dating back to Colonial America, as Eric Burns has chronicled in his book, "Infamous Scribblers," politicians and journalists have mostly had a love (for Democrats)-hate (for Republicans) relationship. It is television and the advent of the celebrity culture -- from "TMZ" to "Entertainment Tonight," to now even broadcast news -- that has taken the process to new depths.

Pat Buchanan | February 02, 2016

Whoever wins the nominations, the most successful campaigns of 2016 provide us with a clear picture of where the center of gravity is today in both parties and, hence, where America is going.

Debra J. Saunders | February 02, 2016

For me, the big question isn't which team wins in that football thing this weekend. The real big question is whether local anarchists and malcontents will try to shut down any big-name bridges, freeways or otherwise jam up the Bay Area's Super Bowl festivities.

Paul Greenberg | February 02, 2016

With apologies to Midge Decter, Jeanne Kirkpatrick and Golda Meir, among others, whose ideas and even words have been used in today's column.

Susan Stamper Brown | February 02, 2016

How any female in America could support Donald Trump, the American version of former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, is beyond me.

Marvin Olasky | February 02, 2016

The earth on which we live is a spinning globe. Vast though it seems to us, it is a mere speck of matter in the greater vastness of space. Thats the beginning of H.G. Wells The Outline of History (1920), a history of the world that helped to move me toward atheism and socialism when I was a teenager.

Robert Knight | February 02, 2016

Holed up during the Blizzard of 2016, I was a grateful recipient of our DVD-collecting neighbors brand new copy of the Matt Damon film The Martian.

Mon, Feb 01, 2016

Phyllis Schlafly | February 01, 2016

On the eve of the Iowa caucuses, where the first ballots for the next president are cast, Senator Jeff Sessions, R., AL, who has not endorsed a candidate, gave a round of interviews declaring that 2016 "is the last chance for the American people to take back control of their government."

Todd Starnes | February 01, 2016

The Baby Jesus, Tom Turkey and Cupid are about to be given the heave-ho at a Minnesota elementary school to be more inclusive of their ethnically diverse student population.

Robert Holland | February 01, 2016

When grassroots parents discovered big-education elitists had kept them in the dark about the Common Core (CC) experiment being conducted on their children, they helped to shine a bright light on the gross deception perpetrated by some educators and government officials who desire to radically transform the way the nations children are educated.

Justin Haskins | February 01, 2016

Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law in 2010, millions of Americans have been forced to obtain a new, often inferior health insurance plan; health insurance premiums have risen dramatically, especially for young adults; and many health insurance companies operating in the Obamacare exchanges have lost millions of dollars.

Seton Motley | February 01, 2016

Government by ideological fantasy - at the expense of actual facts - is a terrible idea. So too is government of, by, and for the donors.

Ron Paul | February 01, 2016

Passage of Senator Mitch McConnells authorization for war against ISIS will not only lead to perpetual US wars across the globe, it will also endanger our civil and economic liberties.

Tom Purcell | February 01, 2016

The Girl Scout cookie season is upon us which means people with nothing better to do will criticize Girl Scout cookies. According to the International Business Times, one critic, a professor of medicine and public health at the University of Arizona, says it makes no sense for the Girl Scouts to sell something so unhealthy.

Larry Kelley | February 01, 2016

Before Obamas election in 2008, in the halls of American academia, among the deans of international studies, the concepts of soft power versus hard power had been well-established bipolar modes of operation by which America conducted its foreign policy.

Kurt Schlichter | February 01, 2016

Hillary Clinton is a felon many times over.

Mike Adams | February 01, 2016

Many who hold the pro-choice position subscribe to a postmodern worldview. They are not arguing that we can kill the unborn because a womans right to choose trumps the right to life of the unborn

Katie Kieffer | February 01, 2016

Inconsistency on healthcare and abortion helped Mitt Romney lose in 2012, especially among young voters. Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary voters: heres what you need to know to elect a winner.

Michael Brown | February 01, 2016

I dont like worthless, empty slogans, but I have a real problem when those worthless, empty slogans are used to justify a moral or theological position.

Arthur Schaper | February 01, 2016

I feel dj vu all over again, just like Yogi Berra. Once more time, I am defending my current top pick for President, explaining to readers and voters (hopefully, the same) that my candidate is not pro-amnesty, but pro-America, a consistently conservative candidate to secure the country and put the needs of American citizens first.

Rachel Alexander | February 01, 2016

Political correctness has invaded our culture so thoroughly there are essentially two tiers of justice in this country. If you are a white, progressive, privileged hippy Millennial, or a Black Lives Matter activist, law enforcement and the legal system will bend over backward to accommodate your protests and acts of civil disobedience.