Sat, Dec 16, 2006

Ken Connor | December 16, 2006

At some point during their careers, every elected official must decide whether their principles will shape their politics, or their politics will shape their principles.

Debra J. Saunders | December 16, 2006

If House Republicans had not had such a poor record on ethics, the public might have seen a righteous move to oust Foley instead of a cover-up that did not happen.

Debra England | December 16, 2006

The top ten charitable gift ideas (linked) below prove that you can be ruthlessly demanding as a strategic donor and still get the warm fuzzies when you decide to give.

Robert Novak | December 16, 2006

A prominent Republican pollster's national survey of Democratic voters shows support stalled for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton while Sen. Barack Obama has come from nowhere and now looks like her only serious contender for the 2008 presidential nomination.

Paul Weyrich | December 16, 2006

In my more than forty years in Washington, I have been involved in building more than one movement. There is a political mechanics involved that works pretty much the same way for any movement. Here, I want to share with you briefly how that mechanics of movement-building works.

Doug Giles | December 16, 2006

The lack of men in church is not at all difficult to see. Just pry yourself out of bed on any Sunday morning and go to church. Then, count the number of ladies in the pews and the number of men.

Fri, Dec 15, 2006

Rich Tucker | December 15, 2006

Across America this holiday season, families are gathering. Elder statesmen will entertain children with tales of how difficult life was in the old days.

David Limbaugh | December 15, 2006

I suppose certain puffed-up congressmen are feeling their oats since the election, but that’s no excuse for their unauthorized trips overseas to meet with leaders of foreign nations.

Burt Prelutsky | December 15, 2006

When it comes to giving gifts, there are only two kinds of people. There are those who not only know the perfect present, but know where to get it. Then there are those who would rather fight a bull than to have to go shopping.

Scott Garrett | December 15, 2006

Last week, I was sorely disappointed that the House of Representatives failed to pass the most commonsense of bills – the Defense Spending Report Card Act.

Rebecca Hagelin | December 15, 2006

It’s not unusual for us to host some high-profile guests at The Heritage Foundation. Congressmen, senators, cabinet secretaries and other officials pass through our halls almost daily, and it’s always an honor to welcome them. But we got a special treat recently when another kind of celebrity came to visit: Pat Boone.

Lt. Col. Scott Rutter | December 15, 2006

Training Iraqi soldiers requires more than just weapons and equipment. In our rush to change direction, let’s not overlook the fundamentals.

Lorie Byrd | December 15, 2006

Editor & Publisher magazine reported this week that former CNN news division chief Eason Jordan is set to launch IraqSloggers, a one-stop spot for news from Iraq on the Web.

Rich Galen | December 15, 2006

First, Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD). The first stories about his falling ill in his office hit the wires almost instantly, because he was stricken during a phone interview with reporters.

Mike Gallagher | December 15, 2006

I consider myself a solid, conservative Republican. Like many fellow Republicans, I was dismayed and disappointed with the Democrats' big showing in the midterm elections. I'm worried about the future of the country with people like Nancy Pelosi in leadership positions in Washington. But there is simply no excuse for politics when a man is fighting for his life.

Ed Feulner | December 15, 2006

We’ve just come through a congressional election, and before the new lawmakers have even taken office, some candidates are planning presidential runs in 2008.

Mike Adams | December 15, 2006

Johns Hopkins University President William Brody (410-516-8068; recently wrote a column in response to the public outcry over his university’s handling of the now-infamous Hopkins Halloween controversy. His column evidences both a profound ignorance of constitutional principles and a profane indifference towards intellectual honesty.

Mona Charen | December 15, 2006

Having scolded the Western world for its "inordinate fear of communism," Jimmy Carter is now, 30 years later, attempting to legitimize the shameful Zionism Equals Racism resolution passed and later repealed by the United Nations.

Oliver North | December 15, 2006

"We're here to win." That's how a U.S. Marine corporal put it when I asked him what he was doing in Iraq.

Charles Krauthammer | December 15, 2006

As a result of the Iraq Study Group, President Bush has been given one last chance to alter course on Iraq. This did not, however, come about the way James Baker intended.

Brent Bozell | December 15, 2006

In this calm, so far mild Washington winter, in the doldrums between the voting out and the swearing in, it's not exactly the season for table-pounding editorials about government officials who need to resign.

Pat Buchanan | December 15, 2006

Gov. Mitt Romney, leaving office, has just taken a modest step to protect the people of Massachusetts.

Diana West | December 15, 2006

Funny thing about the recent op-ed by Nawaf Obaid in The Washington Post outlining likely Saudi actions if the United States withdraws from Iraq: namely, that Saudis would both support Sunnis in Iraq (versus Shiites supported by Iran) and manipulate the oil market to "strangle" the Iranian economy.

Kathleen Parker | December 15, 2006

In a world of uncertainty and mayhem, the single constant about which we thought we could be reasonably confident has been that mothers would nurture their children.

Alan Reynolds | December 15, 2006

The growth and distribution of income is a topic that generates strong opinions based on weak facts.

Thu, Dec 14, 2006

Jon Sanders | December 14, 2006

Merry Christmas! I hope this letter finds you well. Congratulations on a successful first year as the president of the University of North Carolina system. Sometime I’ll have to ask you how this gig compares with your work as White House Chief of Staff under President Bill Clinton.

Rich Lowry | December 14, 2006

Listening to Lou Dobbs -- the CNN business anchor who has built his show around a straight-talking populism -- there is inevitably a moment when you nod your head and think, "Yeah, right on."

Roger Schlesinger | December 14, 2006

From the number of emails I get, I realize that people are really confused about interest only loans, pay option arms, and most of all negative amortization.

Gregory Koukl | December 14, 2006

Probably no concept has more currency in our politically-correct culture than the notion of tolerance. Unfortunately, one of America's noblest virtues has been so distorted it's become a vice.

Ross Mackenzie | December 14, 2006

So, in military lingo, a “situation report” (SITREP): Regarding Iraq, the past months have brought these developments. . .

Chuck Colson | December 14, 2006

Believe it or not, it's less than fourteen months until the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary. Thus, there's hardly a potluck dinner or a PTA meeting in either state that won't be graced by the presence of at least one would-be presidential candidate.

Thomas Sowell | December 14, 2006

To people who want to see judges impose their own views instead of applying the laws as written, "not clear" is a magic phrase like "open sesame," opening the floodgates to unbridled judicial power.

Hugh Hewitt | December 14, 2006

My guess, I told them, was that in the not so distant future senior elected offices --in the Congress, statehouses, and certainly the presidency-- would be very difficult to obtain for the young men of today who did not volunteered to come to the defense of their country after it had been attacked on 9/11.

Victor Davis Hanson | December 14, 2006

One of the many bizarre recommendations in the recently released report from the bipartisan Iraq Study Group is the call to talk with Iran. A formal dialogue with the present Iranian leadership is, for a number of reasons, as misguided as it is amoral.

Larry Elder | December 14, 2006

Because of the superior performance of Asian students on high school grades and pre-college aptitude tests, many colleges and universities, through unannounced policies, place these "minority students" at the back of the line.

Cal Thomas | December 14, 2006

Now comes a proposal for a different type of loyalty oath, which may help answer the question: how do we tell the difference between a peaceful Muslim and a non-peaceful Muslim who wants to kill us?

Suzanne Fields | December 14, 2006

How unfortunate that classroom time is rarely given to the history of a divided Germany before the Iron Curtain finally collapsed.

Matt Towery | December 14, 2006

Newt Gingrich this week spoke boldly on Iraq, which is the same way he spoke on just about everything when he was U.S. speaker of the House in the 1990s.

Linda Chavez | December 14, 2006

The Christmas trees are back up at Sea-Tac Airport in Seattle after they were taken down in response to a threatened lawsuit. But that doesn't mean the bah-humbug season is over yet.

Donald Lambro | December 14, 2006

Barack Obama's meteoric leap into contention for the Democratic presidential nomination represents the first major obstacle to Hillary Clinton's expected bid for nomination in 2008.

Marvin Olasky | December 14, 2006

"Hi, hon. I'm heading for prison." That's what Sam Brownback, Kansas senator and just-announced GOP presidential candidate, told his wife when she called him on his cell phone last Friday evening.

George Will | December 14, 2006

Because he is young, is just two years distant from a brief career as a state legislator and has negligible national security experience, an Obama presidential candidacy could have a porcelain brittleness.

Larry Kudlow | December 14, 2006

In a Washington minute, the Democratic senator from Illinois has the media saying, "Hillary Clinton who?" But every honeymoon must come to an end, and I can think of a few reasons why Wall Street might want these nuptials annulled fast.

Robert Novak | December 14, 2006

Some 30 invited corporate representatives and other lobbyists gathered at the Phoenix Park Hotel on Capitol Hill Tuesday morning to hear two senior mainstream Republican senators pitch the 2008 presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain.

William Rusher | December 14, 2006

Hitherto, I have refrained from wading into the argument over whether we need more troops in Iraq because I am not a military expert and felt obliged to defer to what President Bush has consistently said was the stated belief of the generals in charge that no more were needed.

Steve Chapman | December 14, 2006

The report of the Iraq Study Group was eagerly awaited by many Americans, but no one was more thrilled to get it than staunch supporters of the Iraq war.

Emmett Tyrrell | December 14, 2006

It was at Jeane Kirkpatrick's funeral this week that I finally heard of some good achieved by the United Nations amidst all its dithering and graft.

James J. Kilpatrick | December 14, 2006

In Bergman v. Kansas, the court had an opportunity to strike a blow, not only for the ordered equality of public schools, but also for their voluntary inequality.

Wed, Dec 13, 2006

Ann Coulter | December 13, 2006

It's true that no one anticipated that al-Qaida sympathizers would stream into Iraq to fight the Great Satan after Saddam fled to a spider hole, but that's because everyone expected al-Qaida to be fighting us here.

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann | December 13, 2006

At first incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) stumbled, trying to foist Pennsylvania congressman John Murtha (D-Pa.) on the Democratic Caucus as its majority leader and the formerly impeached federal judge Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) on the nation as chairman of the Intelligence Committee.

Rich Galen | December 13, 2006

Tom DeLay. Freddy Kruger. Recurring Nightmares.

Alan Sears | December 13, 2006

This Christmas, while most Americans are looking for presents under the tree, the American Civil Liberties Union will be following their own hallowed holiday tradition: looking for scapegoats, under the guise of preserving liberty.

Michael Medved | December 13, 2006

According to an early December CNN poll, big majorities of Americans view our society as still poisoned by the lingering toxin of racism.

Janice Shaw Crouse | December 13, 2006

What stands out in the old Popeye series are the "Popeye Moments." That's when Popeye has had all he can take. At that point Popeye says, "I've had all I can stand! I can't stands no more!"

Michael Fumento | December 13, 2006

I only heard Marine Major Megan McClung yell once, but it was righteous anger. It was at Camp Ramadi headquarters outside of the city proper and away from the hostilities.

Terry Jeffrey | December 13, 2006

How can Pelosi put someone this out of touch with the facts about al-Qaida in charge of congressional oversight of the U.S. intelligence community in the midst of a war with al-Qaida?

Michelle Malkin | December 13, 2006

What's the harm in allowing illegal aliens to have driver's licenses? After all, they're just all here innocently doing the jobs Americans won't do, right?

John Stossel | December 13, 2006

Discount retailers like Wal-Mart help low-income people tremendously. Would Sam Walton have done as much for the poor by giving all his money to charity? I don't think so.

Walter E. Williams | December 13, 2006

If enacted, the Fair Tax would eliminate: the federal individual income tax, alternative minimum tax, corporate and business taxes, capital gains tax, Social Security and Medicare taxes, and estate and gift taxes. These taxes would be replaced by a 23 percent sales tax on all goods and services sold at the retail level.

Brent Bozell | December 13, 2006

That great American ambassador and lovely lady Jeane Kirkpatrick has left us, but her passing also causes us to remember her strategic sense and moral clarity.

Tony Blankley | December 13, 2006

For rarely has a president stood more alone at a moment of high crisis than does our president now as he makes his crucial policy decisions on the Iraq War.

Ben Shapiro | December 13, 2006

Gibson's comparison between Mayan and American civilization is deeply offensive.

Paul Greenberg | December 13, 2006

Imagine the progress Franklin D. Roosevelt might have made as commander-in-chief of American forces during the Second World War if only he could have had the benefit of advice from James Baker, Lee Hamilton and the other members of the Iraq Study Group.

Kathleen Parker | December 13, 2006

In multi-culti America, there's no worse offense than being a ``racist,'' and no word has suffered more abuse.

Michael Medved | December 13, 2006

Who are the bad guys in the Hanukah story? And who are the good guys? These are serious questions with serious consequences.

Austin Bay | December 13, 2006

Foreign policy, national security, military history and technology-related books published in 2006 jam this year's Christmas book column. Each volume uniquely addresses current issues and events.

Jacob Sullum | December 13, 2006

Remember the girl who received a five-day suspension for bringing Tylenol to school? If that punishment seems excessive, how about a 25-year prison sentence for having Tylenol at home?

Tue, Dec 12, 2006

Maggie Gallagher | December 12, 2006

Advent is a penitential season for us Catholics, and thus a good time to see Mel Gibson's "Apocalypto." "Apocalypto" in Greek means "new beginnings," an optimistic spin on the biblical apocalypse.

William F. Buckley | December 12, 2006

Reporters from Chile advise that two-thirds of the people celebrate the death of Gen. Augusto Pinochet.

Herman Cain | December 12, 2006

The current announced crop of 2008 Republican presidential contenders is about as inspiring as Saturday’s leftovers for Monday’s lunch.

Debra J. Saunders | December 12, 2006

Two British news reports could not have come at a better time for Fred Singer, a scientist and global-warming denier, who has incurred the wrath of global-warming guru and former Vice President Al Gore.

David Limbaugh | December 12, 2006

Upon further study, what strikes me most about the Iraq Study Group report (ISGR) is its profound naivete.

Thomas Sowell | December 12, 2006

The racial dogmas have changed since 1954 but they are still dogmas. And flesh-and-blood children are still being sacrificed on the altar to those dogmas.

Dennis Prager | December 12, 2006

Over the years I have offered many arguments for capital punishment for murder:

Phyllis Schlafly | December 12, 2006

Economists, academicians and financial consultants for years have been preaching that globalism is the wave of the future and that anyone who wants to survive in business must ride it or drown.

Bill Murchison | December 12, 2006

Wasn't it plain enough going in? You don't need a blue-ribbon commission stuffed and dressed with Beltway eminences to tell you how to win a war.

Pat Buchanan | December 12, 2006

"I believe this is a recipe that will lead to our defeat ... in Iraq," said John McCain. He has a point.

Lynn O'Shaughnessy | December 12, 2006

If you spend much time in bookstores, you'll appreciate that the nation is in no danger of running out of personal finance books. Most of these books are written by financial personalities with mediocre results. But crammed on the shelves along with these clunkers are some jewels.

Bruce Bartlett | December 12, 2006

For many years, those who consider themselves to be libertarians have been fairly reliable members of the Republican coalition.

Mon, Dec 11, 2006

Jack Kemp | December 11, 2006

Indeed Monday of this week was a memorial service at our Presbyterian church in which I was privileged to give a eulogy.

Rich Lowry | December 11, 2006

Jimmy Carter brings a Christian perspective to the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. Unfortunately, it is the same Christian perspective as a drunken Mel Gibson, obsessed with heaping blame on the Jews.

Cal Thomas | December 11, 2006

As we met in his office on the 65th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, he was reflective about the past and worried about the future.

Cal Thomas | December 11, 2006

Donald Rumsfeld, in his first interview since announcing in early November his resignation as secretary of defense, discussed his conduct of the Iraq War and other world defense issues with Cal Thomas

Ken Connor | December 11, 2006

In America, Halloween costumes are hardly put away before Christmas decorations start appearing in stores. Christmas songs begin playing on the radio in November. Halls are decked with boughs of holly shortly after Thanksgiving. Then, on December 26, it all goes away.

Frank Gaffney | December 11, 2006

Mr. Baker’s pride of authorship is evident in his characteristically arrogant assertion that President Bush has no choice but to adopt every last one of the ISG’s 79 recommendations.

Henry Edmondson | December 11, 2006

One of the many useful and important studies issued in recent years by the Fordham Institute is Cheri Yeke's monograph, Mayhem in the Middle: How Middle School's Have Failed America and How to Make Them Work.

Mary Grabar | December 11, 2006

It’s about all the books and documents that follow—like the Constitution.

Ed Feulner | December 11, 2006

Each year, Dec. 7 marks a solemn occasion. In Hawaii, halfway across the Pacific, they honor the thousands of Americans killed 65 years ago at Pearl Harbor on what President Franklin Roosevelt correctly called “a day that will live in infamy.”

Rich Galen | December 11, 2006

Two reports were released last week: The Baker-Hamilton Commission report on how to save the world; and the report of the House Ethics Committee on the Mark Foley disaster.

Nathan Tabor | December 11, 2006

Decided that you want to become more active in the conservative movement? Well, here are some suggested web sites you may find helpful.

Michael Barone | December 11, 2006

As instruments of persuasion, the ISG report presents very little in the way of sticks and some very dangerous carrots.

Paul Greenberg | December 11, 2006

The special issue of The New Republic that arrived in the other day's mail was devoted to the choices confronting American policymakers in Iraq.

Paul Weyrich | December 11, 2006

Whether it involves providing backpacks filled with school supplies for kids in Macomb County, Michigan whose parents have low incomes to providing a married couple with a needed tank of gas so they could travel to their jobs, the Salvation Army is a continual provider of goods and services to many in need.

Robert Novak | December 11, 2006

The sterile, confused lame-duck session of the Republican-controlled 109th Congress ended with a quiet victory by reformers that staved off an estimated 10,000 earmarks.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | December 11, 2006

A day can make a world of difference in romance and matters of the heart. The first Tuesday of November 2006 showed that the same is true in politics and cultural trends.

Burt Prelutsky | December 11, 2006

I never thought I’d live to see the day that Christmas would become a dirty word.

Jennifer Roback Morse | December 11, 2006

The next six weeks present an opportunity for the Republican Rule of Law Caucus.

Armstrong Williams | December 11, 2006

On the eve of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit last week, President Bush urged NATO allies to do more to tackle the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan.

Mike Adams | December 11, 2006

Somewhere along the way I also started wondering how a guy who flunked English four years in a row in high school managed to trick people into paying him large amounts of money to make fun of feminists and ride in limousines driven by registered Democrats.

Star Parker | December 11, 2006

Now that Democrats are back in power the politics of fear and envy is back in vogue.

Carol Platt Liebau | December 11, 2006

According to the federal agency in charge of administering it, the goal behind the test’s revisions is to assess aspiring citizens’ knowledge of concepts, rather than their capacity to engage in rote memorization of facts.

Jeff Emanuel | December 11, 2006

This November, a Christian fraternity at the University of Georgia, Beta Upsilon Chi (BYX, which stands for “Brothers Under Christ”), was prevented from completing its required annual re-registration for student organization status.

Sun, Dec 10, 2006

Caroline Glick | December 10, 2006

When the history of our times is written, this week will be remembered as the week that Washington decided to let the Islamic Republic of Iran go nuclear.

Paul Driessen | December 10, 2006

We do not face looming climate chaos. We have time to respond rationally.

Debra J. Saunders | December 10, 2006

The latest trend from California could be non-marriage marriage -- thanks to a new bill sponsored by state Sen. Carole Migden to expand civil unions to heterosexual couples.

Paul Jacob | December 10, 2006

O, the ugliness wrought by 611 million bucks’ worth of poverty!

Kevin McCullough | December 10, 2006

This week as I read the news that Mary Cheney, the 37 year old daughter of the Vice-President, was pregnant, I had many such questions running through my head.

Steve Chapman | December 10, 2006

The city government -- which recently considered letting people officially designate themselves a sex different from the one indicated by their anatomy -- has decided it cannot stand by as citizens exercise their own choices about eating trans fat.