Sat, May 19, 2007

Fred Thompson | May 19, 2007

I’d tell you what was in the legislation, but 24 hours after the politicians agreed the bill looked good, the Senate lawyers were still writing what may turn out to be a one thousand page document.

Brent Bozell | May 19, 2007

If you thought the radio airwaves would suddenly turn nicer in the wake of the Don Imus firing, think again.

Caroline Glick | May 19, 2007

Monday, The New York Times reported that in just a few weeks, Iran will be capable of building nuclear bombs. The Times report, which was largely substantiated by the Chairman of the International Atomic Energy Agency Muhammad el-Baradei, means that in just a matter of months, Israel is liable to find itself in danger of being wiped off the map.

Matt Barber | May 19, 2007

Java giant Starbucks finds itself entangled in yet another brewing controversy over its “The Way I See It” campaign. Starbucks has a history of placing liberal, pro-homosexual and anti-God statements submitted by customers, celebrities and other public figures on the side of its coffee cups for customers to contemplate while they wash down a muffin with a Frappe-Mocha-whatever.

Nick Nichols | May 19, 2007

Mr. Google was kind enough to send me a press release last week trumpeting the results of yet another public opinion survey on corporate social responsibility (CSR). According to the release, a huge percentage of Americans want Congress to ensure that companies address pressing social issues.

Phil Harris | May 19, 2007

Freedom from religion is a delusional fantasy shared by atheists, liberals, and the varied collection of First Amendment interpreters, who see in it a prescription for religious sterility. Membership in one of these camps is required; otherwise, any individual would recognize the absurdity of stretching and molding the words of the amendment, like so much silly putty.

Michael McBride | May 19, 2007 picked up on an Arab News story coming out of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) in Islamabad, Pakistan on Thursday that describes Islamaphobia as “the worst form of terrorism” and the OIC was asking for steps world wide to curb it.

Lindsay Boyd | May 19, 2007

It is hard to imagine a sacrifice more selfless than the ultimate sacrifice of an American soldier. Thousands upon thousands throughout American history have given their lives in the name of freedom, but how many of their names do you remember? How many times have you said “thank you” when you’ve seen a serviceman returning home from war? How many prayers have you said for the families of those who won’t be coming back? Not enough. None of us could do enough.

Robert Novak | May 19, 2007

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' stock on Capitol Hill dropped even lower among Republicans last week when he tried to make his second in command the fall guy for firing U.S. attorneys on the day that Paul McNulty announced his resignation as deputy attorney general.

Nathan Tabor | May 19, 2007

Today, the Christian faith suffered the loss of a tireless servant and powerful evangelist. Even as I mourn for the loss felt by Dr. Falwell’s loved ones, I remember and celebrate the life he lived; for Jerry Falwell was not a man of empty rhetoric and few deeds. His life embodied the truth found in James 2:26: “Faith without works is dead.”

Fri, May 18, 2007

Larry Kudlow | May 18, 2007

There’s a big hullabaloo in Washington about making America more “competitive.” Much of the hubbub centers around President Bush’s powerful Treasury man, Henry Paulson, who has been busy holding conferences and writing op-eds on the subject.

Rich Tucker | May 18, 2007

Well, thank heaven lawmakers are finally talking about doing something about soaring gas prices.

Rich Lowry | May 18, 2007

The U.S. has now constructed .286 percent of the 700 miles of fencing on the southern border provided for in 2006's Secure Fence Act. That is sufficient for a bipartisan group of senators to want to effectively declare this brief national experiment with immigration enforcement effectively over.

Mary Grabar | May 18, 2007

He is a man convinced that he is right and he is very angry that most of the world refuses to recognize it.

Both ex-Sen. Fred Thompson and former Speaker Newt Gingrich are reviewing their astrological charts to determine if the time is right for their presidential candidacies. These rites of introspection make it much harder for the conservative wing of the Republican Party to settle on a candidate.

Rebecca Hagelin | May 18, 2007

My husband and I have taught our three children that the people of the United States have a fundamental right to self-determination -- that our national sovereignty is critical if we are to remain a free people.

John Hawkins | May 18, 2007

The "stupid party" moniker has often been applied to the GOP, but seldom has it been more applicable than it is to today's Republican Party.

Jonah Goldberg | May 18, 2007

Without much notice and even less discussion, "civil war" has become the new abracadabra phrase for American foreign policy.

Mona Charen | May 18, 2007

The discussion of torture was -- aside from Mr. Paul's historical analysis -- the least edifying part of the debate. None of the candidates seemed to grapple with just how difficult a question this is.

Ken Blackwell | May 18, 2007

Recent news accounts of the bittersweet commencement exercises at Virginia Tech University refueled debate in my university neighborhood and reinvigorated our search for the real cause of the threat to our safety. The debate centered on the need to mandate gun-free zones on college campuses.

Oliver North | May 18, 2007

If Israelis want to celebrate a 60th birthday, they better not count on Washington. If it had been up to this crowd, the Jewish state would have been destroyed long ago.

Pat Buchanan | May 18, 2007

Hearing Rep. Ron Paul recite the reasons for Arab and Islamic resentment of the United States, including 10 years of bombing and sanctions that brought death to thousands of Iraqis after the Gulf War, Rudy Giuliani broke format and exploded:

Diana West | May 18, 2007

Consider the "surge." Even if our troops achieve the goal of "securing the population" by securing Baghdad, success still rides on subsequent Iraqi behavior.

Paul Greenberg | May 18, 2007

I was chagrined when I got word at home that there was going to be a protest that morning at the newspaper. A protest against our editorials. It was billed as a News Conference and Call to Action - and I wouldn't be on hand to meet and greet our visitors. Or even offer them a cup of coffee. Shucks. What kind of host am I?

Marjorie Dannenfelser | May 18, 2007

For years Rudy Giuliani tried to finesse his position on abortion with pro-life Republican voters. In order to disguise his support for so-called abortion rights, the former New York mayor professed to hate abortion.

Lorie Byrd | May 18, 2007

John Edwards has a Memorial Day message that is not earning high marks with many of the troops he claims to want to support. The Washington Post loved it, though. Enough, in fact, that they directly linked it from their website -- free of charge. (I am sure they will do the same for the GOP candidates with support the mission messages.)

Kathleen Parker | May 18, 2007

Jerry Falwell's prosaic death in his Liberty University office -- just another body, unresponsive and pulseless, on a random floor -- has elevated speaking ill of the dead to the level of sacrament.

Charles Krauthammer | May 18, 2007

There has hardly been an Arab peace plan in the past 40 years -- including the current Saudi version -- that does not demand a return to the status quo of June 4, 1967. Why is that date so sacred? Because it was the day before the outbreak of the Six Day War in which Israel scored one of the most stunning victories of the 20th century. The Arabs have spent four decades trying to undo its consequences.

Hugh Hewitt | May 18, 2007

The idea that a secret bill of huge importance and around which there is extraordinary public interest, and one not yet even fully drafted, could be introduced on Monday and through the Senate in less than two weeks is repugnant to the idea of representative democracy.

Mike Gallagher | May 18, 2007

am sitting here watching TV coverage of another shooting death of a police officer – this time, two sheriff’s deputies from Henderson County, Texas were killed by some creep – and I find myself getting angrier and angrier.

David Limbaugh | May 18, 2007

I was actually surprised to hear writer Christopher Hitchens' attitude toward Reverend Jerry Falwell's death, given the good sense this liberal has exhibited on the war issue.

Michael Gerson | May 18, 2007

More than that of any other world leader, Blair's foreign policy approach is a rigorous, logical argument. Like advancements in communications and the global economy, political challenges, Blair contends, have "immediate impact, an ability to cross frontiers."

Matt Towery | May 18, 2007

I think Dr. King would be proud of the way his family has conducted themselves over the years.

Burt Prelutsky | May 18, 2007

Is it possible, I asked myself, to have four legs, a tail, fleas and a soul?

Bill Steigerwald | May 18, 2007

How do voters choose their candidates? How do they process all the political information that they are bombarded with so they can make intelligent choices during elections like next week's primaries?

Thu, May 17, 2007

Fred Thompson | May 17, 2007

I had planned on talking a bit today about Venezuela. The president there doesn't like the way his media is covering him, so he's doing away with the free press.

Herb London | May 17, 2007

Having just returned from a sojourn to Hawaii, I can testify that America is dripping in affluence. The luxury hotels where thousands are spent each day are filled to capacity. Occupants range from the very young to octogenarians, but all are there to luxuriate in the sun and sand without any apparent regard for the cost.

Betsy Hart | May 17, 2007

"Shrek the Third" opens this weekend, and my four kids and I can't wait. Of course, we didn't have to wait. We see him -- Shrek --all over the grocery store, for starters. The lovable, hugely overweight ogre has been turning up on everything from Sierra Mist soda to M&Ms to Fruit Loops cereal. I've had to listen to him burp constantly since he arrived as my children's McDonald's Happy Meal toy.

John Boehner | May 17, 2007

This week, House Republicans were united in backing down an attempt by Democrats to rewrite House rules to make it easier to raise taxes on middle-class families and increase government spending without having to vote and be held accountable. We stared them down, and we won.

Zev Chafets | May 17, 2007

In the main building of the Liberty University campus in Lynchburg, Va., there is a Jerry Falwell museum. The first exhibit you see when you walk through the door is devoted to Falwell's father. Carey Falwell was a nonbeliever, a successful entrepreneur, a hoodlum, bootlegger and gunman who shot his own brother dead two years before the end of Prohibition — not the kind of family skeleton usually put on public display by a university founder.

Fred Thompson | May 17, 2007

If for no other reason than that we want to avoid war whenever we can, universities should at least offer the option of studying it.

John McCaslin | May 17, 2007

It's almost time for Washington and Lee University's 100th-anniversary mock convention, which means it won't be long before we know who will win the 2008 presidential primaries.

Jon Sanders | May 17, 2007

"Why don't you go f--- yourself?" That was how House Democrat Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel reportedly responded to a Politico reporter's request – made "in the effort for openness and disclosure" – to sit in on a caucus debate over the language of a lobbying bill.

Victor Davis Hanson | May 17, 2007

What do leftist, mostly secular elites share with medieval sinners? They feel bad that the way they live sometimes doesn't quite match their professed dogma.

Larry Elder | May 17, 2007

A mind-blowing 35 percent of Democrats believe the president possessed prior knowledge of the 9/11 terror attacks that killed over 3,000 Americans. Another 26 percent of Democrats said that they are "not sure."

Cal Thomas | May 17, 2007

Reverend Jerry Falwell, who died in his office on Tuesday at the age 73, was a seminal figure in the rise of what liberals despairingly called the "Religious Right."

Suzanne Fields | May 17, 2007

The "debates" between the current crop of presidential wannabes bear little resemblance to the stirring intellectual drama of Lincoln and Douglas, but they accurately reflect our times. Short answers to trivial questions for short attention spans. There's little opportunity for eloquence in a sound bite and it's not likely that television audiences would stay tuned if there were.

Austin Bay | May 17, 2007

Despite four years of international posturing and kvetching, the Sudan national government's genocidal war in Darfur continues.

Donald Lambro | May 17, 2007

The unfolding story of the Republican presidential race has become a maddening maze of uncomfortable choices for the GOP's increasingly fractured conservative base.

Steve Chapman | May 17, 2007

The 1st Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of the press, takes the view that the people should dictate to the government, not the other way around. But no one told a group of 32 state attorneys general, who have taken it upon themselves to instruct the film industry on the appropriate content of movies.

William Rusher | May 17, 2007

As regular readers know, I seldom review books in these columns, preferring to leave that important job to professional reviewers. But every once in a while a book comes along that illuminates a major political problem so effectively that I cannot resist calling it to the attention of thoughtful readers. That is the case with Tom Bethell's "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Science," recently published by Regnery.

Robert Novak | May 17, 2007

As House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman, Waxman is tirelessly making life miserable for a confused administration during George W. Bush's last two years as president. Bringing down Rove ranks high on Grand Inquisitor Waxman's agenda.

Marvin Olasky | May 17, 2007

Realtor Brenda Phelps likes to point out the sights to those contemplating a move to this city: "There's Jerry's church. There's Jerry's mountain."

Emmett Tyrrell | May 17, 2007

According to the Gallup Poll, the Democratic Congress's approval rating has declined from 37 percent to 33 percent in mid-April, thence to 29 percent in mid-May.

Brent Bozell | May 17, 2007

Meet Colin Beavan, a man who touts himself as "No Impact Man," a walking Manhattan publicity stunt with a book deal and a documentary filmmaker to publicize his year of monastic self-denial.

Debra J. Saunders | May 17, 2007

The Concord Coalition argues that Washington needs "a fiscal wake-up call." But as long as the Un-Greatest Generation produces politicians who get elected to higher office by spending more than the government takes in, that call will never happen.

Terry Jeffrey | May 17, 2007

Twenty years ago, I took a course at Georgetown on strategic thinking in foreign policy. It was taught by professor Jeane Kirkpatrick.

Alan Reynolds | May 17, 2007

In a recent New York Times column, Paul Krugman frets that we are in a "New Gilded Age" because "every available measure of income concentration shows that we've gone back to levels of inequality not seen since the 1920s."

Armstrong Williams | May 17, 2007

Perhaps this is a sign of the times for two of this country’s most recognized and influential women of today. Or perhaps it is an omen, a sign of things to come. At least one woman - presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton - is sure hoping it’s the former

George Will | May 17, 2007

Democrats, seething at the injustice of gasoline prices, have sprung to the aid of embattled motorists.

Wed, May 16, 2007

Ann Coulter | May 16, 2007

No man in the last century better illustrated Jesus' warning that "All men will hate you because of me" than the Rev. Jerry Falwell, who left this world on Tuesday. Separately, no man better illustrates my warning that it doesn't pay to be nice to liberals.

Ed Feulner | May 16, 2007

Ever worry about the long arm of the IRS? You're not alone. Just ask Sen. Max Baucus, the Democratic chair of the Senate Finance Committee.

Armstrong Williams | May 16, 2007

I arrived in Washington, DC during the 80's and quickly found myself aligned with the conservative-Christian movement. Obviously this was a natural attraction given my strict moral striving upbringing and my Pentecostal faith.

Mike Adams | May 16, 2007

Dear "Conservative" Censor: I am writing in response to your recent request to help you “do something” about a new homosexual student group that has been formed at your local public high school.

Jerry Bowyer | May 16, 2007

Mr. Murdoch, the Bancroft family did a big favor for you last week. They refused to sell the Dow Jones Company to you for more than it's worth. Here's my advice: thank God, go home and then build the world's best business news organization from scratch.

John McCaslin | May 16, 2007

When State Department official John Herzberg brings up the late Jeane Kirkpatrick, President Reagan's ambassador to the United Nations, there are two reasons to listen.

Rich Galen | May 16, 2007

Shorthand: Giuliani helped himself. McCain performed well. Huckabee did well enough so that the big three is now the big three and a half. Giving Romney the kindest review, he came out where he started, but I suspect he may have hurt himself by appearing too pre-programmed in his answers.

Michael Medved | May 16, 2007

On occasion, an idiotic phrase will receive such ceaseless repetition in media conversation that we become numb to its essential stupidity and dishonesty.

Jonathan Garthwaite | May 16, 2007 and the Salem Radio Network are planning a nationally broadcast Republican presidential debate for this summer. In an exciting development this week, the Republican Party of Florida announced their support for the debate.

Fred Thompson | May 16, 2007

Just when you think you’ve seen just about everything; in this case I’m talking about that video of the Palestinian children's show featuring a costumed Mickey Mouse character.

Maggie Gallagher | May 16, 2007

May Catholic clergy refuse communion to politicians who publicly support abortion rights? Who gets the right to choose in that case?

David Strom | May 16, 2007

Charles G. Koch is the most important businessman you have never heard of.For that matter, Koch is likely to prove to be the most significant figure in American business in our lifetimes, and that is saying a lot.

Thomas Sowell | May 16, 2007

Radically different conclusions about a whole range of issues have been common for centuries.

Michelle Malkin | May 16, 2007

Here is a tale of two breeds of undercover journalists. One has been celebrated by the national media and journalism organizations. The other has been shunned. One has champions in Congress. The other is facing litigation.

John Stossel | May 16, 2007

The federal government keeps growing, as I pointed out last week, but the Bush administration has cut tax rates a few times since 2001. How can that be? The answer is simple: deficit spending.

Walter E. Williams | May 16, 2007

Last week, Japan pledged $100 million in grants to fight global climate change. The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the world's major leader in the struggle against climate change. The World Conservation Union has recently recognized the work of women from all over the world fighting against climate change. We might want to ask whether it's too late to worry about fighting climate change. Let's look at it.

Jonah Goldberg | May 16, 2007

Most fair-minded readers will no doubt take me at my word when I say that a majority of Democrats in this country are out of their gourds.

Tony Blankley | May 16, 2007

In the full flush of his flushness, the mayor of Gotham has announced that he probably will run as an Independent for president of the United States -- and is prepared to spend $1 billion on the project.

Michael Reagan | May 16, 2007

While giving him credit (or in their secularist eyes, mostly the blame) for the rebirth of Christian political activism, most of the media commentary about the late Jerry Falwell centered around his so-called “controversial” remarks.

Pat Buchanan | May 16, 2007

A federal program, Ronald Reagan used to say, is the closest thing to eternal life here on earth. Even the Gipper conceded he failed to get control of the federal behemoth.

Ben Shapiro | May 16, 2007

The Democratic Party, we are led to believe, is the party of live-and-let-live, you-do-your-thing-I'll-do-mine, let-a-thousand-flowers-bloom morality. Part and parcel of the Democratic commitment to tolerance, we are told, is their commitment to religious and political diversity.

Jacob Sullum | May 16, 2007

In 2004 a few dozen members of Congress asked the Federal Communications Commission whether the government could define and regulate "excessively violent programming that is harmful to children" without violating the First Amendment.

Fred Thompson | May 16, 2007

One area of study that's almost disappeared from universities today is military history -- the history of warfare.

Michael Gerson | May 16, 2007

An epoch-dividing event recently took place in the religion that brought us B.C. and A.D. Too bad hardly anyone noticed.

Kathleen Parker | May 16, 2007

In a new twist in American race relations, a federal court has ruled that a white teacher in a predominantly African-American school was subjected to a racially hostile workplace.

Tue, May 15, 2007

Joe Scarborough | May 15, 2007

During the Democratic presidential debate Sunday night, Hillary Clinton uttered the unthinkable, unthinkable because so many political hacks and party operatives simply do not think when it comes to matters of war and peace.

Paul Weyrich | May 15, 2007

As regular readers of this Commentary know, thanks to the late Dr. Robert Krieble, I had the great opportunity to train thousands of people all over the Soviet Union in how to participate in the political process. I did this before the fall of the Berlin Wall but while there still was a Soviet Union although after the fall of the Soviet Empire.

Paul Greenberg | May 15, 2007

It was wholly a pleasure to hear from a fellow editorial writer over there in beautiful North Carolina. Thanks for letting me know that a letter to the editor we published here at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette was being cited all over the Internet. I'd gathered as much from the flood of e-mails wondering if that letter was for real.

Fred Thompson | May 15, 2007

Considering the times we live in, do we really want to continue to try to chip away at the traditional powers of the president?

John McCaslin | May 15, 2007

Cliff Stoddard, counsel for the Senate permanent subcommittee on investigations, was intrigued to learn this week that top executives of the four major record companies are unwilling to crack down on explicit music lyrics, particularly by rap artists.

Tom DeLay | May 15, 2007

If a minute in politics is an eternity, what does that make 18 months? Of course President Bush can recover his popularity.

Cal Thomas | May 15, 2007

Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani picked the Friday before Mother's Day to tell students at Houston Baptist University that while he "hates" abortion and finds it "morally wrong," one must leave the ultimate decision to a pregnant woman.

Thomas Sowell | May 15, 2007

That people on the political left have a certain set of opinions, just as people do in other parts of the ideological spectrum, is not surprising.

Michael Barone | May 15, 2007

Voters under 30 were the age group least likely to support Bush in 2000 or 2004. They were the age group least likely to support Republicans when they had a good year in 2002 and when they had a bad year in 2006.

David Limbaugh | May 15, 2007

Any time I write something about Hillary Clinton I hear catcalls from the left accusing me, alternatively, of obsessing over her or unfairly attacking her.

Dennis Prager | May 15, 2007

America has "lost" the war in Iraq primarily because most people believe it has. And most people believe it has because the news media have said so.

Phyllis Schlafly | May 15, 2007

The vast production of food in the United States is one of the greatest achievements of American free enterprise society of a superior system of patents that encourages the invention of fantastically efficient farm machinery.

Bill Murchison | May 15, 2007

I wouldn't advise anyone's coming down too hard on the voters of Farmers Branch, Texas, who last weekend approved, two to one, a measure that bans the leasing of apartments to illegal immigrants.

Bruce Bartlett | May 15, 2007

It now seems almost certain that Paul Wolfowitz will leave the presidency of the World Bank. It’s only a matter of negotiating the terms of his resignation.

Lynn O'Shaughnessy | May 15, 2007

In writing about college strategies for many publications, I've had a chance to talk to some of the nation's college experts.

Mon, May 14, 2007

John Fund | May 14, 2007

A recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows 6 in 10 Americans think the Democratic Congress "hasn't brought much change." Eager to change this impression, the Democrats are frantically trying to pass legislation before Memorial Day. First on the agenda is a bill restricting lobbying, which is heading for the House floor with lightning speed. The House Judiciary Committee is expected to pass it tomorrow, sending it to the full House for a final vote next Tuesday or Wednesday.

Fred Thompson | May 14, 2007

We have always held our federal judiciary in high esteem, even at a time when most of our institutions are under assault. However, if judges continue to act like politicians they will get the respect currently given to politicians.

Pat Toomey | May 14, 2007

Today, the Club for Growth released its fourth presidential white paper on former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s economic record.

Ted Olson | May 14, 2007

A powerful case can be made that the most important and lasting decision a president can make is the selection of a Supreme Court justice.

Lisa De Pasquale | May 14, 2007

In her new book Bamboozled: How Americans Are Being Exploited By the Lies of the Liberal Agenda Angela McGlowan is brutally honest about the problems faced by the black community, as well as their relation with both conservatives and liberals.

Steve Chapman | May 14, 2007

In more than one presidential election, I've walked into the polling booth, looked at the names on the ballot, crumpled to my knees in anguish, sobbed inconsolably and cried to the heavens, "Are those the only choices?" Okay, maybe I don't go through all the theatrics, and probably you don't, either, but we both know the feeling.

Frank Gaffney | May 14, 2007

Any minute now, President Bush is going to make a fateful mistake. He will announce that his administration will make a concerted effort to secure the prompt ratification of a deeply flawed multilateral accord universally known by its acronym – LOST, as in the Law of the Sea Treaty.

John McCaslin | May 14, 2007

"The media, in general, is thought about as highly as Congress, lawyers, used car salesmen, liars, thieves and con men, with very few exceptions."

Rich Lowry | May 14, 2007

For once, the media aren't so thrilled by a "first." Usually being the first African-American, woman, Latino or anything else to run for a major office gives a campaign a frisson of excitement in the press. Such pioneering campaigns are said to hold important lessons about the tolerance of the American public.

Taggart Romney | May 14, 2007

I have to admit that when I first heard about the program, I was skeptical. Twenty-four thousand new supporters in 24 hours?

William F. Buckley | May 14, 2007

Mitt Romney is hardly entitled to the Republican nomination just because he has confessed his doubts on the subject of abortion. But moral history is likely to bow its head to remark this sign of life of the moral conscience.

Suzanne Fields | May 14, 2007

A professor of government, even a professor from Harvard, who comes to Washington to lecture on the "nature of politics" is asking for it. After all, Washingtonians think they invented politics. So when he arrives, dropping names like Aristotle and Plato, suggesting that we might learn more from great philosophical literature than from the front page, C-SPAN or the shout-and-insult cable-TV shows, we have to admire his willingness to shoot from the lip in a town where the practitioners of politics are more accustomed to shooting from the hip.

Kathryn Lopez | May 14, 2007

Supposed leaders -- such as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid -- declare that the war is lost. Thus, we have a video from Al Qaeda's No. 2 nut, Ayman al-Zawahiri, rejoicing.

Donald Lambro | May 14, 2007

Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings delivered a call to arms here last week to combat America's "silent epidemic," a high-school dropout rate that has reached crisis proportions. We have long known about the problem, but the numbers are still just as shocking as ever -- more so now because of new data showing that the real dropout rates have been masked by varying definitions of what constitutes a dropout.

Burt Prelutsky | May 14, 2007

Many years ago, there was a popular radio quiz show called “20 Questions.” The challenge faced by the panelists was to come up with the identity of a person, place or object. All they were told in advance was whether that something was animal, vegetable or mineral.

Star Parker | May 14, 2007

The $64,000 political question is what, if anything, will energize the Republican Party?

Carol Platt Liebau | May 14, 2007

Remarkably, in the course of an interview for “60 Minutes,” Mike Wallace actually had the nerve to ask presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney whether he and his wife had engaged in premarital sex.

Dinesh D'Souza | May 14, 2007

Faced with the specter of Islamic radicalism and the terrorism it has spawned, many in the West have come to the conclusion that Islam needs a Reformation.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | May 14, 2007

Based on a movement that challenged United States policy in Central America in the 1980s, several religious congregations in New York and other cities announced a campaign last Wednesday to provide sanctuary to illegal immigrants who face deportation.

Robert Novak | May 14, 2007

On Monday morning May 13, 1957, I entered the Washington bureau of the Associated Press in the old Evening Star building on Pennsylvania Avenue, a 26-year-old reporter transferred from Indianapolis where I had reported on the Indiana legislature for the AP.

Doug Wilson | May 14, 2007

When Ed Feulner and I set out to write Getting America Right in 2005, we did so because we thought America—and the conservative movement that has done so much for her—had strayed off course.

The aborted terror plot to kill American soldiers at Fort Dix in New Jersey reminds us all of the imminent threat of attack in today’s dangerous world. It will remind Republican primary voters that terrorism, and our response to it, is still the issue of the day.

Salena Zito | May 13, 2007

Twenty-nine. That is how many times the word "Reagan," as in Ronald Reagan, was evoked descriptively or in homage during the first debate among Republican presidential candidates.

Jonathan Garthwaite | May 13, 2007

Here's what readers were talking about during the week that was -- May 6-12, 2007

Doug Giles | May 13, 2007

Paul (not the lead singer of the Beatles, but the apostle Paul) states that God has made Himself known, via creation, to all men. According to the apostle, God’s revealed Himself not just to Christians and to Jews, but to every one everywhere (see Romans 1:18-21).

Austin Hill | May 13, 2007

There has been a bit of a "political earthquake" in France. And apparently at least a few certain individuals in the U.S. felt it (more about those “certain individuals” in a moment).

Mary Grabar | May 13, 2007

Why does The New York Times believe they are in a position to tell the winner of a presidential election that he has to “prove” himself, as they did with this headline on Monday, “Sarkozy Wins the Chance to Prove His Critics Wrong”?

Armstrong Williams | May 13, 2007

Growing up in Marion County, South Carolina in the 1960’s, I could not at the time appreciate the incredible wonders of my Mother. She never thought she would marry in life and in her 30s was living at home with her Father, Armstrong Howard.

Nathan Tabor | May 13, 2007

Let me say at the outset that I'm a firm believer in the capitalist system. There is nothing indecent about earning a profit if the work you're doing is honest and you're not engaging in any immoral means in order to accomplish it.

George Will | May 13, 2007

Hate crime laws -- 45 states already have them; Congress does not mind being duplicative -- mandate enhanced punishments for crimes committed because of thoughts that government especially disapproves. That is, crimes committed because of, not merely accompanied by, those thoughts. Mind-reading juries are required to distinguish causation from correlation.

Robert Bluey | May 13, 2007

It’s no secret that Rep. Jack Murtha loves his pork-barrel projects. The burly Pennsylvania Democrat has for years played the role of broker for his own party and the GOP to get deals done in exchange for lucrative earmarks.

Kevin McCullough | May 13, 2007

Mayor Rudy Giuliani intended to use the chance to address students and faculty at Houston Baptist University on Friday to boost his image and clarify his position - particularly on abortion. He failed on every level.

Frank Pastore | May 13, 2007

After hearing so many of our politicians try to deftly finesse and coyly nuance themselves into so many murky, equivocal shades of grey, wasn’t it great to hear a man of principle and conviction speak last week with clarity on a moral issue of great importance to so many people?

Paul Jacob | May 13, 2007

Our homes may be bright, but the future looks a bit darker. Why? Well, some dim bulbs want to outlaw the light bulb.