Sat, May 13, 2006

Doug Giles | May 13, 2006

When the heck did Mahmoud morph into Mr. Rogers? Did I miss something?

Rich Tucker | May 13, 2006

Americans should be the happiest people in history. We've got a booming economy, with 4.8 percent growth in the first quarter. Unemployment is down to 4.7 percent even as the population grows. The Dow Jones is near a historic high. But we're not happy.

Robert Novak | May 13, 2006

Democratic insiders blame National Chairman Howard Dean for risking the party's chances in the 2006 elections by fulfilling campaign promises he made to state chairmen when he won the office after the 2004 election.

Fri, May 12, 2006

Brent Bozell | May 12, 2006

When Mel Gibson introduced "The Passion of the Christ" into the public conversation, Hollywood had a lot to say about it. Now Hollywood is offering its response with the upcoming release of "The DaVinci Code," inviting commentary not on that movie, but on Hollywood itself.

William F. Buckley | May 12, 2006

Only one in a thousand Americans brushes up against such foreign bodies as newspaper writers and editors.

Kathleen Parker | May 12, 2006

If you don't know what "parental alienation" is, you probably haven't had the pleasure of a divorce with children.

Chuck Colson | May 12, 2006

Never doubt the power of a mother's prayer. Read the story of how one mother's prayers for her wayward son literally changed the world.

Mike Gallagher | May 12, 2006

After having lived in the South and spending considerable time studying the Civil War, I have come to appreciate and respect the pride that Southerners have for their heritage.

Jonah Goldberg | May 12, 2006

The New York Times, always keeping a weather eye for new evidence that guns are dangerous, reported this week that men who handle guns get more stirred up than men who handle children's board games.

David Limbaugh | May 12, 2006

What is most noteworthy about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's rambling letter to President Bush is that certain people actually want to treat it as a good faith effort to open up a dialogue between our two nations and believe President Bush should jump at the opportunity.

Mona Charen | May 12, 2006

There are a great many Republicans who laugh when you suggest that Hillary Clinton is the likely Democratic nominee in 2008. Their incredulity only deepens if you intimate that she could win. They are so vehement in their detestation of all things Clinton that the idea seems almost kooky to them.

Oliver North | May 12, 2006

In a courtyard of the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia is a statue of Nathan Hale, the first American ever executed for spying.

Pat Buchanan | May 12, 2006

In the 27 years since the Iranian Revolution, the United States has launched air strikes on Libya, invaded Grenada, put Marines in Lebanon and run air strikes in the Bekaa Valley and Chouf Mountains in retaliation for the Beirut bombing.

Charles Krauthammer | May 12, 2006

I am no great fan of the death penalty. I oppose it in almost all cases, though not on principle. There are crimes -- high, monstrous and rare -- that warrant the ultimate sanction.

Rich Galen | May 12, 2006

Once again official Washington has its knickers in a twist over something the National Security Agency is doing to protect us from the people who are trying to kill us.

Thu, May 11, 2006

John McCaslin | May 11, 2006

Rest assured, White House telephone operators - two of whom spoke to The Beltway Beat - have heard it all.

Burt Prelutsky | May 11, 2006

Quite often when people are in a mood to insult world leaders, they'll accuse them of behaving like children. To which I say, I only wish it were so.

Chuck Colson | May 11, 2006

Under pressure from the European Union, Romania has banned all foreign adoptions. Meanwhile, some 80,000 Romanian orphans long to have moms and dads.

Lorie Byrd | May 11, 2006

Even though Democrats are now speaking publicly about it, I doubt that this all-investigations-all-the-time agenda will be the main focus of their campaign ads leading up to the November elections.

Thomas Sowell | May 11, 2006

Maybe some recent polls will put some backbone into Senate Republicans. But don't bet the rent money on it.

Larry Elder | May 11, 2006

Fifty-seven percent of people, according to a recent New York Times/CBS poll, think that Democrats do a better job at keeping gas prices down.

Mike Adams | May 11, 2006

Recently, I got the following email from Brian - a Transgendered person (hereafter with a capital "T" to reflect the superior insight of people who have had sex changes) who I assume was once named Brianna:

Cal Thomas | May 11, 2006

The image of men in contemporary culture generally falls into one of five categories.

Suzanne Fields | May 11, 2006

"Mission: Impossible III" is a dumbed-down movie to reflect our times. Fireworks overpower plot and diminish character development, and in trying to humanize Tom Cruise by getting him a fiancee instead of merely a girlfriend, the moviemakers make him merely a robotic love comic hero.

Debra J. Saunders | May 11, 2006

California has spent some $50 million developing and administering the high school exit exam, as mandated by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Gray Davis.

Matt Towery | May 11, 2006

Not long ago, I challenged readers of this column to "debate me" according to a format. I had proposed the creation of a National Petroleum Regulatory Commission.

Marvin Olasky | May 11, 2006

What's the best Mother's Day present that legislators could give millions of moms? Flexibility.

Alan Reynolds | May 11, 2006

The fifth in a series of Washington Post editorials lauding the political reshuffling of income begins on the wrong foot. "The quest for ways to reduce inequality," the editors wrote, "begins with taxation. Unlike spending programs, redistribution through taxation is administratively simple."

Ross Mackenzie | May 11, 2006

Hanging out some recent quotes on the clothesline. . .

Michael Fumento | May 11, 2006

Since returning from my embed in the wild west Iraqi city of Ramadi at the end of April, I've gotten some wonderful e-mails from relatives of the troops, some of which I'd like to share.

Cam Edwards | May 11, 2006

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is seeking allies in his war on "illegal guns." The mayor recently held a summit for fellow mayors at Gracie Mansion in Manhattan, attracting the mayors of Dallas, Boston, Hartford, and several other major American cities.

Robert Novak | May 11, 2006

The surprise sacking and replacement of Porter Goss as CIA director obscured dissatisfaction with the official behind the change.

Eliot Peace | May 11, 2006

The incumbent congressman, Republican Charles Taylor, first won the 11th District seat in 1990, and has subsequently won reelection 8 times, by an average margin of 57%. Facing a primary opponent for the first time since 1990, Taylor cruised to an easy victory last week and will be the Republican nominee.

George Will | May 11, 2006

On April 28, on Don Imus' radio program, discussing the charge that the McCain-Feingold law abridges freedom of speech by regulating the quantity, content and timing of political speech, John McCain did not really reject the charge:

Bill Bennett | May 11, 2006

An excerpt from America: The Last Best Hope, Bill Bennett's next bestseller.

Wed, May 10, 2006

Ann Coulter | May 10, 2006

At some point in his scrolling list of excuses, Kennedy eventually claimed he was addicted to prescription drugs and checked himself into the newly opened Kennedy Wing of the Mayo Clinic.

Thomas Sowell | May 10, 2006

Amid all the hysteria among politicians and in the media over rising gasoline prices, and all the outraged indignation about oil company profits and their executives' high pay and lavish perks, has anybody bothered to even estimate how much effect any of this actually has on the price we pay at the pump?

Michelle Malkin | May 10, 2006

Who needs the government to tell us the status of homeland security? If you're not seeing five-alarm red over the perpetual chaos at DHS, you need to call the eye doctor.

John Stossel | May 10, 2006

For years, reporters have been alerting America to one scare after another. Chemicals, cell phones, SARS -- everything is going to kill us! You would think by now we'd be doing nothing but digging graves.

Walter E. Williams | May 10, 2006

George Orwell admonished, "Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious." That's what I want to do -- talk about the obvious, starting with the question: What human motivation leads to the most wonderful things getting done?

Brent Bozell | May 10, 2006

You may want to look fast, but the Democratic National Committee's website still has a "Republican Culture of Corruption" page, implying that by installing the Democrats back in the congressional majority, we'll have a virtual monastery of ethical restraint in Washington -- with leaders like Patrick Kennedy setting the example.

Jonah Goldberg | May 10, 2006

How is academic freedom like Catholicism? Well, if you are a left-wing academic, the answer is obvious: Both can be used like a club on people you don't like.

Mike Adams | May 10, 2006

Recently, I was doing a Q&A after a speech at the University of New Hampshire when, suddenly, a student flashed the race card out of nowhere.

Terry Jeffrey | May 10, 2006

It may have been serendipitous that soon after The Associated Press released a poll indicating President Bush's approval rating had dropped to 33 percent and 45 percent of self-described conservatives now disapprove of Bush's performance, the news leaked that Bush intended to nominate Gen. Michael Hayden to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Ben Shapiro | May 10, 2006

Capt. Riffe's unit was activated in October 2003. He arrived in Iraq on April 1, 2004.

Linda Chavez | May 10, 2006

President Bush's selection of Gen. Michael Hayden to replace CIA Director Porter Goss has stirred controversy even among Republicans, but the choice may be more savvy than politically risky.

Jacob Sullum | May 10, 2006

Now that Chelsea is all grown up and living on her own, Bill and Hillary Clinton have turned their attention to raising other people's children. The senator is determined to protect them from video games, while the former president is saving them from soda.

Kathleen Parker | May 10, 2006

When most of us hear the words "sex offender," we imagine a beast who kidnaps little girls from their bedrooms and rapes and murders them before dumping their bodies in a remote ravine.

Joel Mowbray | May 10, 2006

Ask even news-savvy Americans what they know about Saddam's plans to deploy suicide bombers against the West, and the most common response will be blank stares. Ditto for asking about how Saddam's thugs trained thousands of terrorists from around the Arab world, right up through 2002.

Rich Galen | May 10, 2006

Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), is the minority leader in the US House. As guest on "Meet the Press" this past Sunday, part of the discussion centered on what would happen if the Democrats were to take control of the House after November's elections.

Tue, May 09, 2006

Maggie Gallagher | May 09, 2006

Just in time for Mother's Day, The New York Times devoted the cover of last Sunday's Times Magazine to a frightening-sounding new expose: "The War on Contraception."

John McCaslin | May 09, 2006

The magazine James Carville's hairstylist says he can't wait to read every time he sits in her Old Town Alexandria chair to have his head shaved: Cosmopolitan.

Herman Cain | May 09, 2006

My ancestors were brought to this country in chains against their will, and sold and forced to work like common farm animals. They had to abide by the laws to stay alive.

William F. Buckley | May 09, 2006

What is happening to George W. Bush is that dissenters are moving from criticism of him to just plain hostility to him.

Burt Prelutsky | May 09, 2006

Back when Bill Clinton was leaving his mark on history by leaving his mark on Monica Lewinsky’s dress, one of the most aggravating aspects of the entire shabby episode was having our nation patronized by the European media. As usual, the snidest commentary came to us courtesy of the French.

Dennis Prager | May 09, 2006

To understand what Americans are fighting, it is necessary to first understand that we are not fighting a "War on Terror." We are no more fighting a "War on Terror" than we fought a "War on Kamikazes" in World War II.

Thomas Sowell | May 09, 2006

Whether Zacarias Moussaoui received the death penalty or life imprisonment was never a big issue for me. What was appalling, however, was the way the penalty phase of his trial was conducted.

David Limbaugh | May 09, 2006

Does anyone really believe President Bush wants to spy on innocent old ladies or any other group of innocent Americans? Does anyone -- besides the loony left and unwitting dupes they have convinced?

Cal Thomas | May 09, 2006

So, Moussaoui may have been right. He did win, in a sense, by again exposing America's soft moral underpinnings. Moussaoui deserved death. That he won't get it deprives him of justice.

Rebecca Hagelin | May 09, 2006

It may seem like the height of sophistication to think that we can (or should) load our children with facts and figures and then leave it up to them to decide what's right and wrong. In fact, it's a moral abdication of our duties as parents.

Jennifer Roback Morse | May 09, 2006

When you have a reputation as a defender of marriage, you've got to deal with the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. This week, I got an e-mail that was definitely, well, Not Good.

Pat Buchanan | May 09, 2006

If we don't want these people in our backyard, what are we doing in theirs? If we don't stop behaving like the British Empire, we will end up like the British Empire.

Bruce Bartlett | May 09, 2006

One of the main criticisms I have heard is that Republicans in Congress deserve much of the blame for out-of-control federal spending and other sins that I pin on him.

Mon, May 08, 2006

Michael Barone | May 08, 2006

We have become accustomed in the six years of the George W. Bush presidency to seeing issues split the parties and the nation down the middle, with almost all Republicans on one side and almost all Democrats on the other.

Diana West | May 08, 2006

"Backlash" is one of those words with an iffy reputation, connoting an angry or even unreasoned reaction to a benign or just plain immutable reality.

Mona Charen | May 08, 2006

"United 93" surprised me. I was expecting a large dose of sentimentality, of sugary vignettes from the passengers' lives, along with a musically enhanced final battle scene. The actual film is so much better than that.

Phyllis Schlafly | May 08, 2006

The elimination of the Electoral College would overnight make irrelevant the votes of Americans in about 25 states because candidates would zero in on piling up votes in large-population states.

Rick Santorum | May 08, 2006

In nations like China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia, state-sponsored religious persecution often infects other areas of civil society and stifles other personal freedoms. The case of Hao Wu in China demonstrates this reality.

Mike Adams | May 08, 2006

Over my last 13 years as a college professor, I've heard some pretty wild conspiracy theories attempting to blame various social ills on white people. After hearing a particularly strange one about Hurricane Katrina - from a 20-year old white girl, no less – I decided to publish my Top Ten.

Star Parker | May 08, 2006

As the Republican Party flails around trying to regain its bearings, party operatives should take a close look at Ken Blackwell, who just won the Republican primary in the governor's race in Ohio.

Suzanne Fields | May 08, 2006

Angela Merkel arrived in Washington last week as the brightest star in the European firmament, twinkling with an intensity far greater than that of the twinklers from France, Italy or Spain.

Robert Novak | May 08, 2006

Sen. Charles Grassley last Tuesday cavalierly rejected a summons to meet in the Oval Office with George W. Bush about tax legislation.

Armstrong Williams | May 08, 2006

Relations between Bolivia and the United States are at a breaking point. Bolivia, a South American republic with roughly nine million people is led by socialist President Evo Morales.

John Leo | May 08, 2006

One of the bloggers suggests that 2006 may be the year of the Lou Dobbs voter. The blogger, the Influence Peddler, is no fan. He considers Dobbs a demagogue, but he wonders whether voters are ready for a Dobbsian program of opposing illegal immigration, "throwing the bums out of Washington" and staying wary of international trade.

Rich Galen | May 08, 2006

I am not immune to the polls. I read them. I talk to the pollsters. I see the look on their faces as they describe the electoral terrors which are impending a mere six months distant.

Sun, May 07, 2006

Debra J. Saunders | May 07, 2006

As if you needed more proof that the U.S. Senate is completely out of control, the Senate voted last week to pass a $109-billion emergency spending bill for the war in Iraq, Katrina relief and to fight avian flu -- despite President Bush's pledge to veto a bill that spends more than $94.5 billion.

Paul Jacob | May 07, 2006

They have this theory called "peak oil," which sociologists call a "self-fulfilling prophecy." I call it a scam.

George Will | May 07, 2006

After an astonishing 56 months without a second terrorist attack, this nation perhaps has become dangerously immune to astonishment.