Sat, Apr 21, 2007

Doug Giles | April 21, 2007

Unfortunately, there was no concealed weapon in the possession of a concerned citizen to stop this satanic weed from taking root because guns are disallowed on campus.

Robert Novak | April 21, 2007

Prominent congressional Republicans are urging a reluctant White House to make sure President Bush's anticipated veto of the supplemental appropriations bill does not just protest the measure's deadlines for removing troops from Iraq but also assails its domestic spending provisions.

Jonah Goldberg | April 21, 2007

I'm sick over the Virginia Tech story. But I'm sickened of the Virginia Tech "story."

Pat Buchanan | April 21, 2007

Cho Seung Hui did not live the life he wanted. But on Monday, on the Blacksburg campus of Virginia Tech, Cho ended his life the way he wanted.

Diana West | April 21, 2007

Like a cultural earthquake, the Virginia Tech massacre violently jolted all news and events to a halt. Or, rather, all non-massacre news and events.

John Boehner | April 21, 2007

Earlier this year, top Democrats in both houses of Congress refused to attend a bipartisan briefing offered by General David Petraeus to discuss the challenges in Iraq. Next week they’ll have another chance when the General comes to Capitol Hill to brief lawmakers in the House and Senate on our progress in the Global War on Terror.

Wayne Winegarden | April 21, 2007

Closing our eyes to the costs of global warming regulations will not make these costs disappear. And yet, the debate on global warming is progressing as if these costs do not exist. For instance, many leaders of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) movement are calling for the United States to implement a carbon emissions cap on U.S. industries – or a "cap and trade" system. One example is the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP) – a coalition of environmental organizations and corporations including major corporate members such as GE, Alcoa, BP, Caterpillar, DuPont, Lehman Brothers, and PG&E.

Marjorie Dannenfelser | April 21, 2007

Women's groups are incensed –incensed! Patriarchal Supreme Court Justices are after our rights! If we don't have the right to puncture unborn children's skulls moments from birth, women cannot live freely. But what does the Supreme Court's shifting gears to uphold a national ban on the partial birth abortion procedure really bode for women? Is it really a slippery slope back to the bad old days? Most women leaders purporting to represent women have an opinion, believe you me.

Gary Kurpius | April 21, 2007

I strongly urge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to stop his defeatist rhetoric because of the negative impact it is having on the morale of American forces and their families.

Dean Barnett | April 21, 2007

Three short years ago before I started blogging, literally no one knew who I was outside of my family. And even my cousins would sometimes forget my name. And yet on Monday, I found myself part of “big media” covering the tragedy at Virginia Tech while sitting in for Hugh Hewitt on Hugh’s radio show.

Fri, Apr 20, 2007

For everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven -- even a time to declare one's presidential candidacy. And, for Fred Thompson, the time is now!

Rich Tucker | April 20, 2007

Some tragedies are impossible to comprehend. So when faced with news that a college student has senselessly gunned down 32 people, we immediately reach for the familiar.

Mary Katharine Ham | April 20, 2007

Townhall.com's Mary Katharine Ham sat down with presidential candidate Mitt Romney to talk about the campaign trail, the Virginia Tech tragedy, the war in Iraq, partial birth abortion, and more.

Michael Franc | April 20, 2007

"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert," Nobel economist Milton Friedman once quipped, "in five years there'd be a shortage of sand." Friedman's admonition is especially pertinent to the ongoing effort by Senate liberals to give federal bureaucrats a leading role in setting the price of drugs for seniors.

Lindsay Boyd | April 20, 2007

Following the Virginia Tech travesty, I reflected again on my experience at Grove City College and the severe contrasts I see between educations grounded in the teachings of Christ and the atmosphere this creates for a student body- as opposed to the secular educational system of public colleges and universities.

All the polling and analysis of the 2008 presidential primaries neatly bifurcate their consideration into partisan categories. In the Democratic primary, Clinton, Obama and Edwards face off, while in the Republican contest, the polls take measure of Giuliani, McCain, Romney and, depending on their assumptions, Gingrich and Fred Thompson.

Rebecca Hagelin | April 20, 2007

It's part of human nature to seek shelter -- to yearn for safe surroundings. Sure, we take precautions: We buckle our seatbelts. We lock our doors. But even then, we preserve our mental well being by refusing to dwell on the reasons we take those precautions in the first place. >"Schools should be places of safety and sanctuary in learning," President Bush said after the homicidal rampage that left more than 30 people dead at Virginia Tech. "When that sanctuary is violated, the impact is felt in every American classroom and every American community."

Chip Pickering | April 20, 2007

On April 18, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the nationwide ban on partial birth abortions passed by Congress in 2003. The closely divided decision illustrates the importance of nominating the correct individuals to the Court, and the enduring legacy of a President when the Senate confirms those nominees.

Linda Chavez | April 20, 2007

Thirty-three people are dead; 32 of them innocents, gunned down by a young man who then killed himself. We want to know why. We want to understand how such a horrific thing could happen on a bucolic college campus. Could it have been prevented? Do we need better laws? Did university officials ignore the warning signs of a dangerous young man bent on destruction? Did police fail to protect students in the hours between the first shootings in the dorms and the massacre that ensued in the engineering building later that morning?

Rich Lowry | April 20, 2007

In early 21st-century America, what do you do when you encounter a severely mentally ill person? Anyone who lives in the city knows the answer to that question — you step around him on the sidewalk, you hope he doesn't hassle you, and maybe you give him some money if he's panhandling. The authorities at Virginia Tech did their own version of this urban shuffle in their handling of Cho Seung-Hui.

Mike Gallagher | April 20, 2007

Walking around the campus of Virginia Tech this week, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I had been there before. I knew I had never been to Blacksburg, Virginia. So why did I have that unmistakable feeling of familiarity?

John Hawkins | April 20, 2007

After we read about a serial killer or mass murderer, the first question people always ask is, "Why?" What set him off? Why did he kill all those innocent people? Unfortunately, no matter how many different ways you try to fill in the blanks, there's never going to be a satisfying answer.

Brent Bozell | April 20, 2007

Even in the midst of the horrific killings at Virginia Tech, some talk radio shows on networks like National Public Radio are still devoting hours to the botched jokes and ruined career of talk radio host Don Imus.

David Limbaugh | April 20, 2007

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dissenting opinion in Gonzales v. Carhart illustrates the moral depths and quagmires of irrationality to which the political and cultural left in this country have descended.

Oliver North | April 20, 2007

This week, while the masters of America's mainstream media were probing the carnage perpetrated by a deranged, lone gunman in Blacksburg, Va., Defense Secretary Robert Gates was in Israel, discounting the threat posed by an irrational government intent on acquiring nuclear weapons. Neither act makes any sense.

Paul Greenberg | April 20, 2007

April is the cruelest month, mixing memory and desire. Or so T. S. Eliot opined. How did he know, not being a Cubs fan? Perhaps that poet and expatriate forsook baseball altogether, like optimism and all else American, when he settled in London and became more English than the English. What a pity. With his talent for the elegiac, Thomas Stearns Eliot would have made a fine baseball writer instead of only a pretentious poet.

Paul Greenberg | April 20, 2007

For a baseball fan, it's been said, there's life and there's the off-season. Life returned to these parts Thursday evening when the Arkansas Travelers of the Texas League played their first game in their new little jewel of a minor league ballpark.

Phil Harris | April 20, 2007

Secular-minded folks, versed in the hymns of pure science, will ridicule the idea that an embryo, or a fetus might actually have thoughts of any kind, and I am not aware that any half-written diaries have been found in post-abortion medical waste. However, from a non-secular perspective, we really do not know what the soul is, or if the soul is aware before being attached to an earthly life.

Lorie Byrd | April 20, 2007

The phrase “the price of freedom” is often used when referring to the sacrifices of soldiers in battle to defend America’s freedoms. There is another price of freedom though. We paid it most recently in a very big way in Blacksburg, Virginia, but we have paid it many times previously, as well.

Burt Prelutsky | April 20, 2007

Frankly, I was shocked at his remark about the women on the Rutgers basketball team. It just struck me as so gratuitous, so completely off the wall. My immediate reaction was to wonder if he was drunk when he said it. But who, besides maybe Ted Kennedy, drinks at that hour of the morning? Then I wondered if he'd dropped a ton of money betting against the team. But who, besides maybe Ted Kennedy, bets on women's basketball?

Kathleen Parker | April 20, 2007

From the clamor following the Supreme Court's ruling to ban partial-birth abortion, one might assume that American women have been robbed of choice.

Chuck Colson | April 20, 2007

Less than seventy-two hours have passed since the shootings that killed thirty-two innocent people and injured another thirty at Virginia Tech. Americans can relate to what Virginia Tech President William Steger said immediately after the killings: "I'm really at a loss for words to explain or to understand the carnage that has visited our campus..."

Charles Krauthammer | April 20, 2007

What can be said about the Virginia Tech massacre? Very little. What should be said? Even less.

Bill Steigerwald | April 20, 2007

Conservative columnist and author R. Emmett Tyrrell has not really spent half his career reporting scandals about Bill and Hillary Clinton. It just seems that way.

Thu, Apr 19, 2007

Debra J. Saunders | April 19, 2007

Now the great American post-tragedy ritual: The news media search for formulas to prevent this sort of senseless massacre from ever happening again. No angle will be left unprobed.

Victor Davis Hanson | April 19, 2007

In the past week, Don Imus was fired, all charges against the Duke University lacrosse players were dropped, and almost everyone has offered a sermon about the racial and class issues involved in both cases. But we need look only to the Ancient Greeks for the best insight. The Greeks believed that insolence naturally leads to bullying, or hubris. This arrogance induces a mad behavior called ate . Finally, that recklessness earns well-earned destruction unleashed by the god Nemesis

Betsy Hart | April 19, 2007

Ah, for the unerring wisdom of a child ..."It's just the two of us," said one single-mom physician in Manhattan of her daughter, age 11. "That makes her more like a partner in some ways than a child."

Zev Chafets | April 19, 2007

Eight decades have done nothing to alter the essential character of England's Fourth Estate. That was demonstrated last week, at the convention of the National Union of British Journalists when, by 66 to 54, delegates of the 40,000-member group voted to impose a boycott on Israeli goods.

Jerry Bowyer | April 19, 2007

We know a lot more now than we did on Monday. And we know for sure that Cho Seung-Hui had a problem with America.

There has been a sudden and highly significant shift in the Democratic Presidential race: Hillary Clinton is rapidly losing her frontrunner position to Barack Obama as her negative ratings climb.

Michael McBride | April 19, 2007

Patrick Ruffini uncovered a gem a couple of days ago when he linked to Matt Sotller's Pollyanna romance novella where Matt announces to the world how much he loves to pay his taxes. And in true lib fashion, instead of espousing his love for taxes in isolation, he chooses to include a thrashing of "right-wingers" and presumably regular conservatives in the process, because they don't love paying their taxes quite so much.

Jon Sanders | April 19, 2007

Hours after the Virginia Tech massacre, Barack Obama spoke at a campaign stop in Milwaukee. Obama could have shown compassion unalloyed with politics, what one hopes to find in a leader when disaster strikes. But he didn't. In the grand tradition of leftist orators, Obama repackaged the awful news of the day to "reflect" on his own political themes.

John Boehner | April 19, 2007

This week Americans were shocked over the methodical murder of 32 Virginia Tech students and faculty at the hands of a suicidal lunatic. These brutal murders are a tragic reminder that life is a precious and fragile gift. But another development this week provides a ray of hope: the U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding the 2003 ban on partial-birth abortions.

Thomas Sowell | April 19, 2007

District Attorney Michael Nifong has apologized to the Duke University students he indicted for rape for "judgments that ultimately proved to be incorrect." Contrary to the fashionable phrase, "mistakes were made," there is no reason to believe that any mistake was made by District Attorney Nifong in this case, or that he misjudged anything other than miscalculating what he could get away with.

Larry Elder | April 19, 2007

The firing of the longtime host represents another example of hypocrisy, selective outrage and our society's obsession with the "pervasiveness" of anti-black racism.

Michael Reagan | April 19, 2007

Thirty-two fine young men and women are dead and that is a huge tragedy. It is also, however, a tragedy that the death toll could have been substantially lower if it were not for an absurd law that kept the students and faculty from exercising their Constitutional right to protect themselves and others by bearing arms on campus.

Cal Thomas | April 19, 2007

It wasn't my first thought on hearing of the massacre at Virginia Tech University. Initially, there was just shock and outrage, followed by the self-examination all of us do after a tragedy, as we ask ourselves if we might have done more to prevent such a senseless loss of life.

Suzanne Fields | April 19, 2007

We search for meaning in tragedy, particularly in the sudden deaths of our young, and a tragedy like that at Virginia Tech emphasizes the poverty of language and image as we grasp at solace and hints of understanding. Investigators look into security issues, psychological clues and missed opportunities for prevention, but that's only with hindsight.

Matt Towery | April 19, 2007

Six years after South Carolina officials removed the Confederate battle flag from atop the state capitol dome in Columbia, debate over the compromise that lowered the flag has been revived by a famous football coach.

Paul Greenberg | April 19, 2007

It was a record no one wanted to see surpassed: The death toll at a cafeteria in Killeen, Texas, where a gunman killed 23 innocent people in 1991. At last body count, the death toll at Virginia Tech stood at 33.

Donald Lambro | April 19, 2007

The unasked question about the $26 million Hillary Clinton collected in the first quarter is: Can she keep up that fund-raising pace? The answer: It's unlikely because a big chunk of the New York senator's contributions came from donors who gave the maximum $2,300 they are allowed by law to donate to one candidate in a single year. What most of the news stories did not report: She cannot go back to these donors again until next year.

Cliff May | April 19, 2007

Imagine that it's 2009 and a Democrat is in the White House. He (or she) determines that the U.S. mission in Iraq has failed irretrievably. What happens next? It is not too much of a stretch to say that Kenneth Pollack and Daniel Byman -- foreign policy analysts who served in the Clinton administration and strong candidates to serve in a future Democratic administration -- have proposed an answer in the form of an "analysis paper."

William Rusher | April 19, 2007

Charitable foundations play a large and important role in American life. Beginning well over a century ago with the creation of charitable foundations by several very wealthy men, they have enriched our national life in many ways.

George Will | April 19, 2007

Public policy often illustrates the law of unintended consequences. Society's complexity -- multiple variables with myriad connections -- often causes the consequences of a policy to be contrary to, and larger than, the intended ones. So, when assessing government actions, one should be receptive to counterintuitive ideas. One such is John McCardell's theory that a way to lower the incidence of illness, mayhem and death from alcohol abuse by young people is to lower the drinking age.

Alan Reynolds | April 19, 2007

wo French economists, Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez, can count on a flood of publicity every time they release a new estimate of the share of U.S. income supposedly received by the top 1 percent. Even veteran Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson approached their latest "astonishing" estimates as unquestionable scripture.

Janice Shaw Crouse | April 19, 2007

It's a cliché that other women are a woman's worst enemies. It's also a cliché that female bosses are more hard-nosed than male ones. Everybody also knows that women feel guilty whenever anything goes wrong; they tend to think problems are their fault. Now we have another book written by a woman for women telling us that we are making mistakes in our life choices and giving up too much. The basic message of a new book, The Feminine Mistake: Are We Giving Up Too Much?, by Leslie Bennetts, is that women need to be selfish by avoiding economic dependency and self-centered in recognizing that their worth is largely dependent upon their workforce identity.

Paul Weyrich | April 19, 2007

Most of the news this week has been so horrendous that I thought I'd write about something positive. There is one of those subjects being discussed again in Washington on which nearly everyone is in agreement. It is a consumer issue that is important to families and to the free-market economy. Most surprising is that is if a law were to be passed by Congress that would mandate this change of policy it would be welcomed by the left and the right and have bipartisan support.

Marvin Olasky | April 19, 2007

In 1999 Gingrich said that voters "have the right to know everything about a presidential candidate, everything, because they're going to be in an Oval Office with nuclear weapons, and you have the right to know in advance 'Who is this person?'" I agree. That means it's fine for reporters to ask about Gingrich and Giuliani's adultery, Romney's religion and the personal lives of Clinton, Obama, Edwards, McCain and others.

Robert Novak | April 19, 2007

The Senate's Democratic leaders have a political problem with earmarks. Ever since the infamous "Bridge to Nowhere" in Alaska captured the public's imagination last year, they have been on record against legislators stealthily slipping in their favorite spending projects. But most senators, from both parties, really want to keep earmarks.

Steve Chapman | April 19, 2007

It used to be that a shocking act of gun violence would invariably elicit a chorus of demands for tighter gun control laws. How things have changed.

Emmett Tyrrell | April 19, 2007

What The New York Times did to Hillary Rodham Clinton the other day was very naughty, and the Times did it ON THE FRONT PAGE.

Wed, Apr 18, 2007

ill Clinton defined the March 31 financial filings as the "first primary" as he exhorted donors to do their utmost to lift his wife to the winners' circle. Now the results are in - and Sen. Barack Obama is the victor by a wide margin.

Ann Coulter | April 18, 2007

From the attacks of 9/11 to Monday's school shooting, after every mass murder there is an overwhelming urge to "do something" to prevent a similar attack.

Ken Blackwell | April 18, 2007

How often does the Food and Drug Administration advise Americans to deliberately take an overdose? Apparently, only when the drug in question is something the good people at Planned Parenthood want to sell over the counter. That's the conclusion that comes to mind after reviewing the Food and Drug Administration's decision late last year to allow the "morning after pill" – also called Plan B – to be sold to people over age 18 in pharmacies without a prescription.

Jerry Bowyer | April 18, 2007

The Virginia Tech shooter died with the name Ismail Ax written in red ink on his arm. The mainstream press doesn't seem to have a clue as to what this might mean. To quote Indiana Jones, "Didn't any of you guys go to Sunday School?"

Rich Galen | April 18, 2007

What can you say about a madman grabbing two pistols and killing 32 people? Nothing. Words fail.

Herman Cain | April 18, 2007

Former Senator Fred Thompson's recent disclosure that he has a form of cancer called lymphoma has people wondering if he should still run for president. The answer is yes for at least three reasons: 1) His cancer is non aggressive and has been in remission for over two years; 2) He could be the next leader we need for this country; and 3) Cancer is not a death sentence.

Michelle Malkin | April 18, 2007

There's no polite way or time to say it: American colleges and universities have become coddle industries. Big Nanny administrators oversee speech codes, segregated dorms, politically correct academic departments and designated "safe spaces" to protect students selectively from hurtful (conservative) opinions -- while allowing mob rule for approved leftist positions (textbook case: Columbia University's anti-Minuteman Project protesters).

John Stossel | April 18, 2007

Spring is here, but you may have been too busy filling out tax forms to enjoy it. The unpaid job of gathering W-2 and 1099s, sorting through receipts, and tabulating deductions, credits, and exemptions takes a lot of time.

Walter E. Williams | April 18, 2007

So many Americans graduate high school and college having learned what to think as opposed to acquiring the tools of critical, independent thinking. Likewise, they have learned little about our nation's history. As such, they fall prey to the rhetoric of political charlatans and quacks.

Brent Bozell | April 18, 2007

Conservatives often ponder why more young conservatives don't go into journalism. Here's one easy reason:

Jonah Goldberg | April 18, 2007

Everything worth saying about the Don Imus thing - which isn't much - has been said already. We've now moved beyond Imus to the "national dialogue" phase of this familiar cycle. This is where we're supposed to tackle hard questions and deep truths about our society.

Mona Charen | April 18, 2007

When something so monstrous happens, you need time for shock, rage, even for numbness. A decent interval is required before you can or frankly should think about "healing."

Tony Blankley | April 18, 2007

The Imus affair was not about Don Imus; it was -- and more importantly, is -- about the motives of those who brought him down.

Michael Medved | April 18, 2007

Did you know that there were more people using mass transit during the ‘40’s and early ‘50’s than there are today? I most certainly did not. This is an astonishing revelation when you think about it.

Ben Shapiro | April 18, 2007

It's time for a quick quiz. Who are the heroes, villains and victims in the following scenarios?

Jacob Sullum | April 18, 2007

Last year Virginia legislators considered a bill that would have overridden policies at public universities that prohibit students and faculty members with concealed handgun permits from bringing their weapons onto campus.

Kathleen Parker | April 18, 2007

After more than a week of pandering, pontificating and supplicating in the wake of Don Imus' firing by CBS and MSNBC, we've shed little light on the gleaming nugget buried deep within the rubble of rhetoric. As is often the case, the truth was in front of our noses, captured in a single image: Imus and Al Sharpton facing off in Sharpton's radio studio the day the civil rights wrangler gelded the cowboy.

Megan Basham | April 18, 2007

Since the New York Times lit the fuse on the opt-out debate in 2003—reporting that a growing number of married, professional women are permanently or temporarily opting out of full-time jobs—feminist reaction has ranged from denial to condemnation to the predictable call for more government-funded daycare.

Terry Jeffrey | April 18, 2007

If there is one area where Sen. John McCain of Arizona can credibly claim to be more conservative than most Senate Republicans, it is on the issue of controlling spending.

Austin Bay | April 18, 2007

The Czech Republic's Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek supports an anti-ballistic missile (ABM) shield. Russian President Vladimir Putin, however, disdains it -- or, at least, that was his government's diplomatic stance a few news cycles ago.

Tue, Apr 17, 2007

William F. Buckley | April 17, 2007

There's a first-class political fight looming. The repercussions of it will be very broad. It will decide major questions of national strategy, critical allocations of authority and, almost certainly, the immediate fate of the existing political parties. In the circumstances, a great deal hangs on getting things right. A recent poll hints at deep divisions. Nine percent of Americans are unambiguous: They want us out of Iraq. They do not want to send another dollar there, and they want the troops home forthwith.

Maggie Gallagher | April 17, 2007

No one who hasn't been through it can tell the family, friends and victims how they should react, or what helps them cope. To mangle Frank Sinatra: I'm in favor of God or grief counseling or whatever else helps you get through the night. But for the rest of us, who sit helplessly on the sidelines watching another senseless massacre break out at a McDonald's, a post office, a Luby's cafeteria, a high school, or a Virginia university, I personally want to say: Enough with the healing process, the fingers of blame, and most of all enough with the senseless explanations of the mass murderer's psyche, background and motivations.

Debra J. Saunders | April 17, 2007

Today, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger boasts that he is a world leader in the fight against global warming -- but his advocacy shouldn't keep him from flying in private jets or driving a Hummer.

Matt Lewis | April 17, 2007

How did the McCain’s campaign power through two horrible weeks of news without imploding?

Bill Bennett | April 17, 2007

The following is a transcript from the Bennett Morning's radio show this morning.

Bradley Smith | April 17, 2007

In his most recent Townhall column, Armstrong Williams has laid out a plan that he claims will "divorce" money from politics. In the process, Williams employs every tired canard of the campaign finance "reform" community.

David Strom | April 17, 2007

Every time a tax cut is proposed, liberals go apoplectic about the supposed injustice of it all. It's as if conservatives were suggesting sending out the Sheriff of Nottingham to shake down the peasants to subsidize the lavish lifestyles of the rich and famous. Well, I have news for you: it's the liberals who are shaking down the peasants, and their "socially just" policy of progressive income taxation is aimed squarely at middle-class people working their way up the economic ladder, not at the "rich" who supposedly pay the most under this system.

Janice Shaw Crouse | April 17, 2007

Jim Wallis has devoted his whole career to trying to force the round peg of leftist ideology into the square hole of biblical orthodoxy. When he wrote his "vision" designed to "transcend" the ideologies of the religious left and right, he ended up further polarizing instead of unifying the two evangelical movements. He rails against the "political language" of the right as well as the tendency of conservative evangelicals, in his opinion, to claim their use of scripture as authoritative. In so doing, Wallis hoists himself on his own petard.

Thomas Sowell | April 17, 2007

Just before the Attorney General of North Carolina appeared on television to announce his decision on the Duke University "rape" case, one of the many expert TV legal commentators said that Attorney General Roy Cooper would probably use the words "insufficient evidence" but not the word "innocent" in dismissing the case. As it turned out, the Attorney General did use the word "innocent," saying that he and his staff considered the accused students innocent. It was the only decent thing to do.

David Limbaugh | April 17, 2007

I've grown suspicious of the sanctimonious types -- in the media and elsewhere -- who slobber all over themselves in self-congratulation when they publicly condemn statements or actions as racist.

Cal Thomas | April 17, 2007

I have no idea whether Fred Thompson, former senator from Tennessee, will run for the Republican nomination for president, but he should.

Dennis Prager | April 17, 2007

It is foolish because one does not speak about healing the same day (or week or perhaps even month) that one is traumatized -- especially by evil. One must be allowed time for anger and grief.

Pat Buchanan | April 17, 2007

Barracks language edited out, Tommy Franks once referred to the Pentagon's No. 3, Doug Feith, as "the dumbest guy on the planet." It now appears Gen. Franks' honorific better applies to Feith's boss, the Pentagon No. 2, Paul Wolfowitz.

Paul Greenberg | April 17, 2007

Is it any wonder he would take refuge in sci-fi, and invent a whole constellation of alternative universes? Or that in one of them he would create the Church of God the Utterly Indifferent? Only by despising hope did he seem able to hold onto it. So it goes

Paul Greenberg | April 17, 2007

Ronald Reagan said it back in 1983: "Our federal tax system is, in short, utterly impossible, utterly unjust and completely counterproductive [it] reeks with injustice and is fundamentally un-American it has earned a rebellion and it's time we rebelled."

Bill Murchison | April 17, 2007

So here we are as usual this time of year, fuming and fretting and rummaging for choice epithets about income tax and the urgent, the unquestionable, the unimpeachable need for tax reform. We always talk this way in April. And it never comes to anything but talk.

Jack Kemp | April 17, 2007

I had a chill as I sensed the history of that church, the pew in which Lincoln worshipped and the opportunity to listen to a conversation about Lincoln by the dean of American historians, Franklin, and the dean of Howard University School of Law, Kurt Schmoke, both of whom are African-American.

Paul Weyrich | April 17, 2007

Conservatism survives and continues to evolve no matter who holds the majority in Congress or lives in the White House. Our essays and panel discussions on "The New Conservatism" have been honing the finer points of theory and practice for several years. However, if the current Congress gets its way over the next few months or if the President in the next term is a Democrat it will be nearly impossible for us to get the word out on radio anymore.

Bruce Bartlett | April 17, 2007

What was really interesting about my article, however, was the reaction to it. A University of Oregon economics professor named Mark Thoma posted a long commentary on it on his blog. I posted a response, which led to many other comments, including a couple from Paul Krugman, a Princeton economics professor and New York Times columnist.

Mon, Apr 16, 2007

Tom DeLay | April 16, 2007

The Democrats' overstepping of their electoral mandate began on election night, when they misinterpreted the election as a broad affirmation of liberalism instead of a protest against the lack of progress in Iraq.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | April 16, 2007

Don Imus is gone! Like a gladiator kneeling in the coliseum before a foe that just defeated him, Imus experienced the terror of waiting for the thumbs up or thumbs down decision of the crowd.

Douglas MacKinnon | April 16, 2007

There are a number of lasting lessons to take away from the Don Imus controversy.

Phil Harris | April 16, 2007

I am writing this prior to having any clue about the perpetrator, or his motives in the Virginia Tech shooting horror, but for some odd reason I feel compelled to say something. Can we adequately express our condolences to the loved ones of those killed and wounded? The short answer is that we cannot.

Rich Lowry | April 16, 2007

In "A Beautiful Mind," her bestselling biography of mathematician John Nash, Sylvia Nasar describes the process whereby he went mad. He spun coincidences and unrelated incidents into a pattern utterly detached from reality. Nash's example suggests that if Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is at risk of losing his job in the flap over the firings of U.S. attorneys, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer might be at risk of losing his mind.

John Fund | April 16, 2007

Maybe. Just maybe, the Don Imus firestorm will finally provide some clarity as to how our culture treats black women.

Phyllis Schlafly | April 16, 2007

On the first day that H-1B visas became available, corporations snapped up all that are allowed. Our government received 150,000 applications for the 85,000 slots set aside to bring in foreign skilled workers.

Austin Hill | April 16, 2007

As Congress and the White House continue to spar over Iraq war policy, a dramatic policy reversal has transpired here on the domestic front.

Zev Chafets | April 16, 2007

Yesterday, by decree of Major League Baseball, was Jackie Robinson Day. A player on each big league team was designated to wear Robinson's uniform number, 42. The Dodgers, Robinson's club in its Brooklyn incarnation, intend to go one better; every player will wear the hallowed number. Jackie Robinson Day is an exercise in racial public relations. Baseball desperately wants to repair its connection to the black community, whose younger generation seems to regard the national pastime as only slightly more relevant than curling.

Frank Gaffney | April 16, 2007

It was so, well, Soviet. This weekend's news clips showed Russian goon squads charging courageous opponents of an authoritarian Kremlin, truncheons flailing, roughing up the dissenters and arresting their leaders. One of those detained on Saturday was Garry Kasparov, the long-time World Chess Champion and a world-class champion of freedom.

Congressman Jim McCrery | April 16, 2007

The differences between America's two major political parties are never clearer than they are on Tax Day. As the deadline passes for completing the complicated forms required to turn over your hard-earned money to the federal government, it is worth examining those differences, and what they mean for our nation's future.

Rich Galen | April 16, 2007

Here's what I think about Global Warming: In my experience, any time every "expert" has agreed on anything, that anything later turns out not just to be wrong, but 180°wrong.

Ashley Herzog | April 16, 2007

So where do the Duke University lacrosse players go to get their time, money and reputations back? More than a year after an African-American stripper accused three white team members of gang-raping her at a party, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper apologized to the defendants last Wednesday, declaring them "innocent" and victims of "a tragic rush to accuse."

Kathryn Lopez | April 16, 2007

Mitt Romney -- a successful businessman, savior of the Salt Lake Olympics and former Republican governor of a Northeastern state -- may not be the most obvious Republican choice for commander in chief.

Michael Barone | April 16, 2007

The motives of the "overreaching" prosecutor, as Cooper called him, are obvious: Prosecuting three white men on charges brought by a black accuser helped him win black votes he needed in an election. The motives of those who rushed to believe the charges -- and continued to believe them 366 days after DNA testing implicated none of the players -- are something else.

Suzanne Fields | April 16, 2007

Don Imus is the anti-hero for our sordid times, the white shadow who reveals everything about the culture. Elvis Presley took black music and made it white, and that was shocking in the '50s, but his raw talent excused a lot. Rock 'n' roll developed as a fusion of black and white rhythms.

Debra J. Saunders | April 16, 2007

Last week, every GOP state senator and assemblyman, except for Sacramento Assemblyman Roger Niello, signed the Americans for Tax Reform's no-tax-increase pledge. As GOP operative Jon Fleischman wrote on flashreport.org, "enough state legislators have signed the ATR Taxpayer Protection Pledge to guarantee that there is not the required two-thirds vote in either the state Senate or the state Assembly to pass a tax increase."

Donald Lambro | April 16, 2007

The Democrats who say they're in no rush to approve emergency funding for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, may be digging themselves into a hole in the global war on terrorism.

Jennifer Roback Morse | April 16, 2007

In March, I had two major speaking engagements, which together showed me the real condition of the women's movement. At the University of Virginia, I debated the state of Women's Studies programs. In Harrisburg, PA, I presented The Smart Sex Workshop to a statewide network of crisis pregnancy center counselors. These contrasting audiences revealed this surprising truth. The self-styled women's advocates housed in Women's Studies are now the Establishment. The new underground, counter-cultural radicals, the really committed advocates for women, are the women of the Pro-Life movement.

Burt Prelutsky | April 16, 2007

Ever since I read that line, I have regarded my own brain as an attic. Considered as such, it makes sense that young people would have a relatively easy time remembering things. It's like when people first move into a house. In the beginning, the attic starts out as clean and well-organized as the den or the kitchen. But as time passes, people start stowing stuff on top of other stuff. So it is, I believe, with our brains. The reason old folks have trouble recalling words and names is because they're buried under piles of other words and names.

Armstrong Williams | April 16, 2007

It was over a hundred years ago that Ohio political boss and Senator Mark Hanna spoke about the relationship between politics and money. So there's no use longing for the "good old days" when it comes to political fundraising – because there weren't any. Let's not be naïve here, the fact is that politics has always been infested by money. And that's a major problem - money and politics just do not mix, and it is time for their divorce.

Robert Novak | April 16, 2007

On Saturday, April 7, ending a seven-day visit to Israel, I finally got an interview I had sought for a year. I sat down in a Palestinian National Authority office in Ramallah with a leader of Hamas, the extremist organization that won last year's elections. He pushed a two-state Israeli-Palestinian solution and deplored suicide bombers. But officials in Washington seemingly do not want to hear Hamas calling for peace.

Star Parker | April 16, 2007

It was a good day for college athletes, white and black, more well-to-do and less well-to-do, male and female.

Dinesh D'Souza | April 16, 2007

The traditional Muslims were right: I"ve noticed that the Middle Eastern media is treating the Imus story--and how our little scandals travel worldwide!--with a certain degree of relish. And I think I know why.

Carol Platt Liebau | April 16, 2007

What we should be communicating to the young of all genders and all races is that, as vile and wrong as Imus’ statement may have been, it has no power other than what they choose to give it.

La Shawn Barber | April 16, 2007

As every “Law & Order” episode ends with a twist, so has the Duke “rape” case.

Doug Wilson | April 16, 2007

Estimates about the number of madrassas in Pakistan vary, but we can safely assume that at least 20,000 and perhaps as many as 45,000 currently operate in the country.

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Salena Zito | April 15, 2007

As the political world recovers from the shock and awe of Barack Obama's impressive single-donor campaign contributions, a very important story slipped under the radar: The Republican brand is in trouble.

Paul Jacob | April 15, 2007

Things go better with sugar. The real thing . . . not some subsidized, mad scientist's chemical additive.

Jonathan Garthwaite | April 15, 2007

What were Townhall.com readers reading this week? One word -- Imus! Six out of the top ten articles this week were about Imus, Sharpton, and the media's double-standard on civility.

Mary Grabar | April 15, 2007

In my neighborhood, in DeKalb County, Georgia, where last month an extra one percent sales tax was quietly extended through a referendum only its advocates seemed to know about, I see able-bodied teenage boys waddling in pants with crotches down to their knees, throwing potato chip bags to the ground. The Ph.D.'s who insist that these youth are disadvantaged and write nonsense about such things as "post-traumatic slave syndrome," cannot, despite their abilities to take a far-removed obscure occurrence and weave an entire school of thought around it, make the simple observation that the droopy drawers restrict mobility nearly as much as the slave shackles of old.

George Will | April 15, 2007

Like many New Yorkers leaving home for work on April 15, 1947, he wore a suit, tie and camel-hair overcoat as he headed for the subway. To his wife he said, ``Just in case you have trouble picking me out, I'll be wearing number 42.''

Frank Pastore | April 15, 2007

I'll vote for Romney if he wins the Republican nomination. And I will continue to contend for the historic Christian faith with the sharply-dressed Mormon missionaries who come to my door.

Ken Connor | April 15, 2007

Last year at this time President Bush attempted to persuade Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, but his efforts ultimately failed.

Kevin McCullough | April 15, 2007

For years the modern feminists have attempted to completely obliterate the need for men in society.