Sun, May 06, 2007

Robert Bluey | May 06, 2007

When Democrats won control of Congress last November, Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi made a simple promise: “We pledge to make this the most honest, ethical and open Congress in history.”

Sat, May 05, 2007

Doug Giles | May 05, 2007

I’m certain the terrorists, both here and abroad, are having a good jihadic giggle over a smoldering hookah as they view our wilting will to war.

John McCain bounced back in the first Republican presidential debate and breathed new life into his faltering candidacy. His answers were strong: he faced the camera squarely, and scored big with his circa-2000 attacks on pork spending and special interests.

Roger Schlesinger | May 05, 2007

In my fifth or sixth attempt to unleash the unknown about the mortgage industry, attempting to make you a better borrower, I tested my loan officers and found some areas that they didn't have complete knowledge.

John Hanlon | May 05, 2007

In a presidential campaign where not all of the Democratic candidates in the competition believe that a War on Terrorism actually exists, the efforts of conservative organizations such as Townhall.com will be critical to the ongoing debate about how our nation can defeat the terrorists who threaten us throughout the world.

Michael McBride | May 05, 2007

Conventional wars are tests of nations. It is manpower versus manpower. Logistics versus logistics. Lethality versus lethality. Mobility versus mobility. And the nation with the most advantages across the spectrum usually wins. Typically, the one better at all of the combined elements of modern warfighting claims victory.

Robert Novak | May 05, 2007

The issue of international trade has produced a tense internal Democratic confrontation between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Charles Rangel, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Fred Thompson | May 05, 2007

So we meet again, and I'm honored, because I know we're here for the same reasons: Love of our country and concern for our future.

Jon Sanders | May 05, 2007

With the release of the Mathematica Policy Research study on select abstinence-only programs, and the resignation in disgrace of Deputy Secretary of State Randall L. Tobias, the comprehensive-ed movement is gearing up again. To put it lightly, the last two decades have been an increasingly difficult time for these educators and various affiliated profiteers from teenage sexuality.

Fri, May 04, 2007

Joe Scarborough | May 04, 2007

America is not purple. It is very red and it is very blue. For those of us who have been arguing that there is little difference between Republicans and Democrats, last night was a reminder of the stark differences that still divide our country.

Craig Steiner | May 04, 2007

In honor of the actual substance of Thursday's GOP debate at the Ronald Reagan library, nothing heavy here as far as observations are concerned. Just a few drive-by Muthings…

John McCaslin | May 04, 2007

In much the same way British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, posing as a fictional Kazakh journalist, filmed his way through an unsuspecting United States, Mike Shiley, 39, of Portland, Ore., made a fake ABC News press pass at Kinko's, rented a bulletproof vest, traveled to Iraq, embedded himself with a U.S. tank combat unit and won a civilian combat medal.

Rich Galen | May 04, 2007

First things first: The Debate Organizers - MSNBC, CNN, Fox, whomever - have to change the rules to limit the number of candidates on stage at any one time to something under the total number of polo players on the field (8) or a Lacrosse team (10).

Diana West | May 04, 2007

Marvelous, isn't it, that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice traveled to an Egyptian resort for a summit on stabilizing Iraq that was attended by, among other "neighbors" and interested parties, Iran and Syria. I mean, who better to discuss stabilizing Iraq than the very countries that are actually trying to de-stabilize it?

Dave Karle | May 04, 2007

It was easily 130 degrees at 11:00 a.m. and both the American and the Iraqi soldiers were hot and tired from the hard training. An Iraqi soldier kept falling behind during the training, so finally his Iraqi squad leader pulled him over to me and started explaining in Arabic that he was in pain from an injury and asked that he sit out during a portion of the training.

Burt Prelutsky | May 04, 2007

The other day, a friend of mine asked me why I thought those on the left hate guns so much. My initial reaction was to acknowledge that I have a tough time getting a handle on anything liberals say or think or do. It all seems wacky to me.

Brent Bozell | May 04, 2007

Def Jam records has a sorry history promoting vile gangsta-rap messages, but now Simmons is having serious second thoughts.

Victor Davis Hanson | May 04, 2007

To recap just some of what's been going on while we waste our time following spats between Rosie O'Donnell and Donald Trump:

Jonah Goldberg | May 04, 2007

You may have heard that Eli Lilly, the maker of Prozac, has just launched Reconcile, a chewable, beef-flavored antidepressant.

David Limbaugh | May 04, 2007

The political left, which holds itself as progressive, rational and fact-based, is becoming an enemy of academic inquiry, and a practitioner of thought control on a wide variety of issues.

Mona Charen | May 04, 2007

Speaking on the Senate floor in favor of the supplemental funding bill for the war in Iraq (and salmon fishers, timber counties, woodland firefighting efforts and other projects), Sen. Barbara Boxer implored the president to sign the legislation.

Oliver North | May 04, 2007

This week the State Department published its annual Country Reports on Terrorism. For those who want facts about the radical Islamic jihad being waged against the West, it's fascinating reading.

Pat Buchanan | May 04, 2007

If President Putin decide the Estonians need a lesson, and sends troops to teach it, the United States, under NATO, would have to treat Russian intervention in Estonia as an attack upon the United States, and declare war on behalf of Estonia.

Linda Chavez | May 04, 2007

Now that they have failed to override President Bush's veto of the Iraq war funding bill, maybe Democrats can quit posturing and get down to the hard business of legislating. Democrats knew when they passed legislation setting a timetable for withdrawal of U.S. troops that it would not become law. Now they must negotiate with the White House, a process that began within hours of the president's veto.

Rebecca Hagelin | May 04, 2007

We are torn by war and politics and government intrusion into virtually every aspect of our lives. We are plagued by terrorism and a level of fiscal irresponsibility that threatens to drown our children and future generations in debt. Our families are disintegrating all around us, while the pop culture bombards our sons and daughters with pornography and messages of violence and hopelessness.

Rich Tucker | May 04, 2007

Today, we’re in the midst of another long war, but it’s far less clear that we understand what we’re up against. One reason is that journalists no longer give us the information we need to understand what’s going on. In fact, whether or not they intended to, journalists have changed the meaning of the words we ought to be using to describe this conflict.

Douglas MacKinnon | May 04, 2007

It is a fair, logical, and timely question that must be answered by the media. Did the non-stop playing of the Virginia Tech killer’s twisted thoughts help to push a fragile mind in Houston to walk the same grisly path? Has the airing of that video set in motion other killers and imitators who may not carry out their copy-cat crimes for months or years?

Kathleen Parker | May 04, 2007

The absence of fairness and respectful dissension -- and the decline of civility wrought by our nation's unhinged narcissism -- now there's something worthy of outrage.

Charles Krauthammer | May 04, 2007

In his just-released book and in hawking it on television, Tenet presents himself as a pathetic victim and scapegoat of an administration that was hell-bent on going to war, slam dunk or not.

Lorie Byrd | May 04, 2007

The Democrats made the final payment this week. They are no longer just partially invested, but now they own defeat in Iraq, going on record with their votes in favor of retreat.

Fred Thompson | May 04, 2007

Sometimes, you read or hear something, and an image forms in your mind that just won't go away. For me, one of those images comes from the 2002 news stories about religious police in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, who beat young girls trying to escape a burning school. Because they weren’t wearing headscarves and black robes, 15 innocent girls were locked in a blazing building to burn while firemen watched helplessly.

John Hawkins | May 04, 2007

This week, I thought it might be a good idea to point out 10 more issues about which conservatives are right and liberals are wrong.

Mike Gallagher | May 04, 2007

This week, the headline was particularly galling. It had something to do with a study that suggested that white NBA referees call more fouls on black players than white ones.

Thu, May 03, 2007

Betsy Hart | May 03, 2007

Now that it's getting warm, look for church attendance to drop even more. That's the implication of an article in the current issue of the Baptist Press. Why? Because as Erin Roach reports, sports and other activities for families often trump church time for families, even for those who "regularly" attend church. The trend is most pronounced when it comes to church activities during the week. But as anyone who has driven past a busy soccer field on a Sunday morning knows, the trend affects the fullness of the pews on that day, too.

Cal Thomas | May 03, 2007

One of the major players in what came to be known as the “Religious Right” in the 1980s has shut its doors. The Center for Reclaiming America, based in Ft. Lauderdale, part of Dr. D. James Kennedy’s Coral Ridge Ministries, has decided to close. It will also shut its Washington, D.C., office known as the Center for Christian Statesmanship.

Rich Lowry | May 03, 2007

Time, time, and more time. That’s what a senior Army officer in Iraq (speaking on background) pleaded for in a recent meeting with supporters of the war in Washington in the last week.

Ann Coulter | May 03, 2007

I just woke up from watching the Democrats' debate last Thursday, and I am rested and ready to report!

Roy Blunt | May 03, 2007

Fresh off a vote last week urging our abrupt surrender in Iraq, and just hours removed from coming up 62 votes short in an attempt to override the president's veto, Democrats will use the House floor this afternoon to slide through legislation conceived of, written by, and moved in consultation with a key segment of their special interest constituency.

John McCaslin | May 03, 2007

Given her immense exposure and responsibility of late, we made a point to grab the interview that best-selling author Ronald Kessler conducted with White House deputy press secretary Dana Perino.

Alan Sears | May 03, 2007

National Day Of Prayer Is An Event Even The ACLU Should Love

Cliff May | May 03, 2007

For their May/June issue, the editors of Foreign Policy magazine asked 21 “leading thinkers” to propose ideas to “save the world” -- or, failing that, to come up with “one solution that would make the world a better place.”

Craig Shirley | May 03, 2007

Aspirants to the mantle of Ronald Reagan will gather tonight at his presidential library to debate who among them is his most worthy heir. One person who won't be participating in the debate in Simi Valley is the incumbent President.

Matt Barber | May 03, 2007

The Associated Press is reporting the latest in a string of fraudulent high profile “hate crime” reports by homosexual activists who are evidently having trouble coming up with legitimate incidents of “hate crimes” against homosexuals to bolster their deceptive agenda. “No problem, we’ll just keep making them up,” apparently goes the mindset.

Larry Elder | May 03, 2007

I asked permission to write a column about his life. "Who knows the number of people you might touch. After all," I told him, "you've just inspired me."

Michael Reagan | May 03, 2007

If ever there was a revealing contrast between courage and wimpishness it is the behavior of the competing political parties in connection with the pre-primary debates now going on.

Ken Blackwell | May 03, 2007

Can it really be May 2007 and we’re already in the thick of a presidential campaign? Was that really a “debate” the other night among the eight Democratic hopefuls, 19 months before the 2008 election, and are 10 GOP candidates actually squaring off this week to declare themselves ready to run the nation?

Suzanne Fields | May 03, 2007

The threat today is not a dictatorship of politics, but one of religious theocracy, not of surveillance cameras or deathly state interrogations but of the imposition through intimidation of a perversion of religion. A novel called "2084" would confront this perversion of Islam, the rigid Sharia law where the distinction between church and state is not obliterated but sadistically internalized. Those most brutally victimized are women.

Debra J. Saunders | May 03, 2007

If you've turned on your TV or radio this week, you've heard the question: How could a man with James Mosqueda's criminal record possibly have been approved to haul 8,600 gallons of explosive gasoline?

Matt Towery | May 03, 2007

While the media continues to have "Obama Fever," I keep looking at poll after poll confirming Hillary Clinton as the clear leader in the Democratic race for the White House.

Donald Lambro | May 03, 2007

If a strong majority of Americans are opposed to the Iraq war, which no one disputes, then why are the voters evenly divided between the Republican and Democratic presidential front-runners?

Robert Novak | May 03, 2007

Opening in theaters Friday, a motion picture called "September Dawn" depicts a brutal American massacre that has been forgotten.

Fred Thompson | May 03, 2007

You might have read the stories about filmmaker Michael Moore taking ailing workers from Ground Zero in Manhattan to Cuba for free medical treatments. According to reports, he filmed the trip for a new movie that bashes America for not having government-provided health care.

William Rusher | May 03, 2007

Another spectacular violation of the principle of "donor's intent" is in the process of occurring at Tulane University, down in sleepy old New Orleans.

Alan Reynolds | May 03, 2007

George Tenet made patently ridiculous claims about WMD in Iraq, while serving as CIA director, and was eventually fired. Former Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz made patently ridiculous claims about WMD in Iraq and was promoted to president of the World Bank.

George Will | May 03, 2007

Tom Cole earned a Ph.D. in British history from the University of Oklahoma, intending to become a college professor, but he came to his senses and to a zest for politics and now, in just his third term in the House of Representatives, he is chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Marvin Olasky | May 03, 2007

Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me? Wrong. Sharp instruments break the bones of unborn children, but words can also hurt -- or help.

David Strom | May 03, 2007

One of the most persistent and wrongheaded notions held by many in the political and intellectual class is that nothing happens without someone planning and legislating it into existence.

Ross Mackenzie | May 03, 2007

With President Bush's veto of the Democrats' measure to tie funding of U.S. troops in Iraq to stipulated dates for their withdrawal, the Democrats continue outdoing themselves in the realm of shamelessness.

Hugh Hewitt | May 03, 2007

The MSM isn’t going to stop misreporting the war. The anti-war left isn’t going to stop proclaiming that all is lost. And the enemy isn’t going to silence their propaganda mills out of a sense of fair play towards our soldiers.

Bill Steigerwald | May 03, 2007

Mary Simon, 52, a free-lance writer in the horse industry, wrote the 2002 book “Racing Through the Century: The Story of Thoroughbred Racing in America.” She has attended many a Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville as a fan and as a journalist.

Wed, May 02, 2007

Rich Galen | May 02, 2007

An article in the Wall Street Journal last week points out what happens when public officials depend upon the continued bad behavior of Americans to fund their projects.

John Boehner | May 02, 2007

House Republicans will have no trouble sustaining the President's veto of a Democratic bill that shamefully ties critical troop funding to a series of arbitrary conditions and timelines, not to mention billions in unrelated spending.

John McCaslin | May 02, 2007

"The other day, I asked my barber, Clinton Truesdale, what extras he might throw in to justify charging a customer four bills for a trim: 'I'd go home and cook his family dinner. Ask him if there was anything else he needed me to do.' "

William F. Buckley | May 02, 2007

The political problem of the Bush administration is grave, possibly beyond the point of rescue. The opinion polls are savagely decisive on the Iraq question.

Maggie Gallagher | May 02, 2007

Peter Acworth, who used to tie himself up all alone in those lonely years before his worldly success helped him find girlfriends willing to do this for him, launched a bondage site partly for obvious reasons and partly as a shrewd business decision. With bondage, he told the Times, he knew what the customer wanted. If it feels good, market it!

Roger Schlesinger | May 02, 2007

Mortgage rates really have nothing to do with the Government , but the Government has a lot to do with mortgage rates.

Michelle Malkin | May 02, 2007

The New York Times is always ready and willing to serve as lead public relations staffers for the open-borders movement. On May Day, the day of mass illegal alien protests across the country, the paper saw fit to print a front-page sob story decrying rising illegal alien deportations.

John Stossel | May 02, 2007

I've been on the road lately, giving speeches at universities, think tanks, and community groups to let people know about the release of the paperback edition of "Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity".

Walter E. Williams | May 02, 2007

The March 23 Iranian capture of 15 British Royal Navy sailors should raise a number of questions.

Brent Bozell | May 02, 2007

A few years ago, the left pulled several muscles exerting itself with the strange theory that the Public Broadcasting Service was lurching dangerously to the right.

Tony Blankley | May 02, 2007

Whenever I refer to the threat of radical Islam, I am inundated with e-mails chastising me for unjustified alarmism. This week, even the esteemed and often accurate British Economist accused me, by name, of overestimating the threat and being alarmist on the topic.

Michael Medved | May 02, 2007

The first nationally televised Presidential debates for both Democrats and Republicans highlighted a revealing distinction between the field of candidates for each of the two parties.

Debra J. Saunders | May 02, 2007

Death penalty opponents will say anything, no matter how unbelievable, to stop an execution during the appeals process. There is no claim too bogus for some lawyers and activists -- and apparently no claim too bogus for some medical journals.

Terry Jeffrey | May 02, 2007

At a Pentagon press conference last week, Gen. David Petraeus, commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, explained the U.S. strategy there.

Ben Shapiro | May 02, 2007

On Monday evening at Tufts University, I attended a long, grueling show trial -- the kind of show trial that doubtless will be repeated at campuses across the United States.

Austin Bay | May 02, 2007

Fearing an American and Iraqi strategic victory (creating a democracy defending itself against terrorists), Zarqawi saw only one strategic option: exploit Iraq's Shia-Sunni religious divide by slaughtering Iraqi Shia civilians.

Kathleen Parker | May 02, 2007

Of all the words spilled during the recent Democratic presidential debate, the most interesting were 27 of Hillary Clinton's in response to a question about the candidates' biggest mistakes.

Jacob Sullum | May 02, 2007

By prosecuting Hurwitz for drug trafficking because some of his patients abused or sold painkillers he prescribed, the Justice Department reminded physicians throughout the country that they are expected to be cops as well as doctors.

Tue, May 01, 2007

Chuck Colson | May 01, 2007

Last week the House Judiciary Committee, egged on by radical homosexual groups, passed what can only be called a Thought Crimes bill. It’s called the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act. But this bill is not about hate. It’s not even about crime. It’s about outlawing peaceful speech—speech that asserts that homosexual behavior is morally wrong.

Janice Shaw Crouse | May 01, 2007

It happens all the time –– when Congress begins drafting appropriations bills dealing with the funding of sex education, the left starts undermining abstinence programs.

Cal Thomas | May 01, 2007

For the sake of argument, let’s say former CIA Director George Tenet is right in his book and that Vice President Dick Cheney pushed too hard with questionable or inaccurate intelligence because of a predisposition to go to war in Iraq and topple Saddam Hussein. So what? We can’t go back and fix the mistakes of the past. Only two choices are available: victory or defeat.

Sandy Froman | May 01, 2007

There is a case moving towards the High Court that will likely give us such a precedent on your right to own a gun – a precedent that is either good or bad, depending on your point of view. That case is Parker v. District of Columbia.

Ashley Herzog | May 01, 2007

This country is now entering its fourth week of debate over whether the phrase “nappy headed hos” is acceptable speech in a public forum. But as the media focuses on the issue of free speech in broadcast, they overlook a venue where first amendment rights are regularly violated: academia.

Bruce Bartlett | May 01, 2007

As each day passes, it becomes increasingly clear that the Democrats will win the White House next year. It’s not quite 1932, but it’s getting close to a sure thing. All the energy is on their side, they are raising more money from more contributors, and there is little if any enthusiasm for any of the Republican candidates—even among Republicans.

William Perry Pendley | May 01, 2007

Last January, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6, the “CLEAN (Creating Long-term Energy Alternatives for the Nation) Energy Act of 2007,” which includes: the “Ending Subsidies for Big Oil Act of 2007,” the “Royalty Relief for American Consumers Act of 2007,” and an untitled section, under which revenues generated by Sections I and II will be spent on yet-to-be-determined “alternative” energy sources.

Thomas Sowell | May 01, 2007

Sometimes it seems as if everybody is trying to rip off his own little piece of America, until we are all torn apart.

David Limbaugh | May 01, 2007

The entire WMD issue has been a Democratic diversion from the get-go. It has allowed Democrats immeasurable cover for their irresponsible absence of policy on Iraq and has provided endless fodder for their libelous claims against the administration.

Ken Blackwell | May 01, 2007

The plight of the African continent has been at the forefront of international activism and concern for much of the past two decades. This period encompasses the nearly three years I spent on the frontline of public diplomacy as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission.

Dennis Prager | May 01, 2007

Even if the war was a major blunder and even if everything the Left charges -- including "Bush lied" -- were true, none of these contentions has any bearing on the question of what should be done now.

Pat Buchanan | May 01, 2007

In stories about him, we learn he had no friends, rarely spoke, and was a loner, isolated from classmates and roommates. Cho was the alien in Hokie Nation. And to vent his rage at those with whom he could not communicate, he decided to kill in cold blood dozens of us.

Bill Murchison | May 01, 2007

Obama. Thompson. Where'd they come from all of a sudden? What about Clinton? What about McCain?

Jack Kemp | May 01, 2007

As the Republican candidates all gather at the Reagan Library for their first debate of the presidential campaign, what follows is my advice on "what would Ronald Reagan do?"

Mon, Apr 30, 2007

Fred Thompson | April 30, 2007

It bothers Americans when we're told how unpopular we are with the rest of the world. For some of us, at least, it gets our back up -- and our natural tendency is to tell the French, for example, that we'd rather not hear from them until the day when they need us to bail them out again.

Lynn O'Shaughnessy | April 30, 2007

Some experts advise people to save 10 percent of their paychecks, while even bigger naggers insist that older procrastinators need to set aside 15 percent or 20 percent or more. Others suggest that people save at least enough to capture a match in their 401(k) retirement plans. Unfortunately, all this advice is overly generic and hardly applies to everyone.

Rich Lowry | April 30, 2007

George Tenet is a man of passion. One of the things he is most passionate about is never seeing unflattering portrayals of himself in the press. Hence he managed to be the second-longest-serving CIA director in history, despite presiding over massive intelligence failures.

John Fund | April 30, 2007

Campaign finance laws are increasingly becoming a tool to suppress political speech, and the courts are finally waking up to the danger. Last week a unanimous Washington state Supreme Court struck down an outrageous interpretation of a law that had been used to classify the antitax comments of two Seattle talk-radio hosts as "campaign contributions" subject to regulation — that is, suppression — by local prosecutors and officials who disagreed.

Gregory Koukl | April 30, 2007

It’s not only the left that sounds the alarm when Christians “jeopardize the separation of church and state” by engaging in political action. Some Christians object, too. One evangelical leader offered this stern warning: “There should not be even a hint of anything political in our public discourse.”

Ken Connor | April 30, 2007

At best, this decision represents a small step forward in our long struggle to protect the lives of unborn children. While it is significant that this is a step forward, it would be excessively optimistic to imagine that the Carhart ruling has paved the way for the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

Mario Diaz | April 30, 2007

At the beginning of her dissent in the recent Partial Birth Abortion (PBA) case, Gonzalez v. Carhart, Justice Ginsburg, joined by Justices Stevens, Souter and Breyer, called the majority's decision "alarming." Though there is nothing legally alarming about this decision, Justice Ginsburg and other abortion advocates' feelings were deeply hurt by what they consider an intrusion on their rights.

Phil Harris | April 30, 2007

The analogy in my title may strike some as insensitive and/or offensive. Such a reaction is understandable; nevertheless, it describes Washington from my perspective with morbid precision. Some might compare my supposition to the oft-spewed claim by the loony-left, that President Bush is Adolph Hitler’s equal.

Phyllis Schlafly | April 30, 2007

Why do U.S. companies relocate their plants overseas, thereby abolishing U.S. jobs?

Frank Gaffney | April 30, 2007

Since 9/11, many of us have wondered: Where are the moderate Muslims? If they are out there, why are we not hearing more, and getting more help, from them in the fight against our common foe -- the totalitarian Islamists?

Kathryn Lopez | April 30, 2007

Boris Yeltsin's death on affected me in a way that was surely unique: He was my high-school crush.

Ed Feulner | April 30, 2007

Some jobs are harder than others -- selling snowshoes in Jamaica, for instance, or swimsuits in the Antarctic. Yet either of those jobs would be a snap compared to selling paper products to Congress.

Tom DeLay | April 30, 2007

Just because the House ethics committee has, in recent years, been dragged into the Democrat Party's cancerous strategy of criminalizing politics is no reason to make the situation even worse with an "outside panel."

Rich Galen | April 30, 2007

Again, from The New Republic piece, in March, Reid had to send a supplemental bill to the Senate floor which was much less restrictive than the House version "to keep centrist Democrats like Ben Nelson (D-Neb) on board."

Doug Wilson | April 30, 2007

Tax Freedom Day arrived two days later this year than last, and Americans aren’t happy about it. Fifty-eight percent of those surveyed in a Tax Foundation poll said that the amount of federal income tax they pay is too high. Respondents also expressed dissatisfaction with estate, gasoline, and property taxes, among others.

Roger Schlesinger | April 30, 2007

Headlines are blaring, foreclosures are sky rocketing and sub-prime problems are creeping into the prime lending area. So what! If you get past the headlines you realize that foreclosures are probably still below the historical average and the prime lending market is vibrant except for lenders who made deliberate moves to emphasi ze the option arm market.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | April 30, 2007

Last Tuesday, over 130 people gathered at the Capitol to voice their opposition to H.R. 1592, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007.

Michael Barone | April 30, 2007

The murders two weeks ago at Virginia Tech naturally set off a cry in the usual quarters -- The New York Times, the London-based Economist -- for stricter gun-control laws.

Suzanne Fields | April 30, 2007

This is the season of celebration in Israel, commemorating survival first of all. There's remembrance of the Holocaust, remembrance of those who died fighting for independence and remembrance of those who have fallen since in defense of the nation's right to exist. Remembrance was bittersweet the other night in the great ballroom of Washington's Shoreham Hotel, transformed for the night into "Jerusalem Hall," but a flourish of trumpets as well. Fifty-nine years of survival as a nation in the cauldron of the Middle East is no small feat.

Paul Greenberg | April 30, 2007

When the news came that the stock market had broken 13,000 Wednesday afternoon, I thought I heard the strangest sound in the background: quiet sobbing.

Donald Lambro | April 30, 2007

Hillary Clinton's negatives keep climbing, raising new questions about her electability and improving the prospects of her chief rivals for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.

Robert Novak | April 30, 2007

Sen. Chuck Hagel returned from his fifth visit to Iraq to join Senate Democrats last Thursday as one of two Republicans voting to begin withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

Armstrong Williams | April 30, 2007

After the massacre at Virginia Tech last week I spent several days thinking about what makes a person turn into such a monster.

Star Parker | April 30, 2007

The first debate of the 2008 presidential campaign was an unimpressive affair.

Jennifer Roback Morse | April 30, 2007

She is at it again. Linda Hirshman keeps turning up like a bad penny. Her friends at the New York Times have given her more space to spread her poisonous message that the intelligent woman’s place is at the office.

Mike Adams | April 30, 2007

Just when I thought everything was going so well in the Baptist Church, another church came along and swept me away.

Dinesh D'Souza | April 30, 2007

Conservatives don’t expect favorable reviews in the New York Times. But they have a right to expect a minimally-accurate account of what they are trying to say.

Burt Prelutsky | April 30, 2007

My wife insists I’m weird. This isn’t a recent development, but she is more convinced than ever all because I told her I preferred standard-size bath towels. For no other reason than that she happens to like over-sized towels, she regards me as a certifiable oddball.

La Shawn Barber | April 30, 2007

Last week, the House Committee on the Judiciary passed a bill that would expand the federal definition of so-called hate crime to add homosexuals and people confused about their gender to the list of protected classes.

Carol Platt Liebau | April 30, 2007

Perhaps there was one piece of good news that emerged from reports about Rosie O’Donnell’s crass and vulgar presentation at last Monday’s Matrix Awards luncheon:

Bill Steigerwald | April 30, 2007

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who was born and raised as a Muslim in Somalia and is now the New York Times best-selling author of “Infidel” (Free Press), is an outspoken defender of women's rights in Islamic societies.

Sun, Apr 29, 2007

Kevin McCullough | April 29, 2007

Another story hit the headlines this week but did not get the graphic portrayal of the Baldwin case on cable, radio, and gossip pages on the internet. It was a small story about a split between actresses Lindsay Lohan and Keira Knightley.

Jonathan Garthwaite | April 29, 2007

What Townhall.com readers were talking about during the week that was -- April 22-28

Austin Hill | April 29, 2007

Remember back a long, long time ago when people fretted over how Bill’s foibles might impact Hillary’s fortunes?

Debra J. Saunders | April 29, 2007

It ought to concern the voting public that the Democrats apparently don't have enough confidence in their stand on Iraq to speak plainly about it.

George Will | April 29, 2007

Seventy-five years ago, America's southern plains were learning otherwise. Today, amid warnings of environmental apocalypse, it is well to recall the real thing. It is a story about the unintended consequences of technological progress and of government policies. Above all, it is an epic of human endurance.

Steve Chapman | April 29, 2007

Equal Pay Day, observed this year on April 24, is named for something that, we are told, doesn't exist -- equal pay for men and women.

Salena Zito | April 29, 2007

During the lead-up to the 2004 Iowa Caucus, John Edwards was fond of saying that three tickets would be punched out of the state and he wanted to be one of those tickets.

Robert Bluey | April 29, 2007

Longtime congressional staffers Michael Brady and Michael Giuliani are fed up with reporters who cover Congress. Frustrated by their failure to investigate stories and tired of the liberal bias, Brady and Giuliani have vowed to make it right -- by becoming investigative journalists themselves.

Paul Jacob | April 29, 2007

Two events sparked renewed hope this week that Americans might again freely criticize their government. It would be ever so nice were the First Amendment to come back into full force.