Sat, Jun 09, 2007

Doug Giles | June 09, 2007

Have we, as a nation, become completely fascinated with stupid chicks—or what?!?

Jonah Goldberg | June 09, 2007

The British government recently unveiled plans for a massive crackdown on "excessive drinking," particularly among the middle class. It will include all of the familiar tactics of public health officials: dire new warnings on wine bottles, public awareness campaigns, scolding from men and women in lab coats.

Debra J. Saunders | June 09, 2007

Looks like Paris Hilton, 26, will not be sporting a new accessory -- an ankle bracelet with a monitoring device. Hilton is heading back to the Los Angeles County jail to serve the remainder of her 45-day sentence.

Diana West | June 09, 2007

As Tony Blair prepares to leave 10 Downing St., "Muhammad" is the second-most popular name in Britain.

Rich Tucker | June 09, 2007

NHL players have about two months off before camp opens in September. That’s when the longest season in professional sports begins, and we’ll again be blessed with a bunch of preseason NHL games, heretofore the most meaningless endeavors known to humankind. Until, that is, the 2008 presidential contest started. To paraphrase Churchill, never in political history have so many spent so much time on the campaign trail with so little to show for it.

Wayne Winegarden | June 09, 2007

In April of this year, the Wall Street Journal ran a front page story on Denmark titled “How Denmark Paved Way To Energy Independence”. The article claims that “Through a wide variety of government-driven initiatives, this small northern European country has overcome one thorny challenge of global warming: how to dramatically reduce energy consumption while maintaining a solid growth rate and low unemployment rate”.

Michael McBride | June 09, 2007

I would like to take a moment to compliment Spencer Ackerman on a particularly sane piece written about Iraq published online at the Washington Monthly. Although Spencer has left leaning credentials, he has written a balanced and tempered piece that gives excellent advice to the Democrat Presidential hopefuls.

Robert Novak | June 09, 2007

George W. Bush's 2004 campaign fund-raisers and contributors are being bombarded with appeals for money by Sen. John McCain's heavy-spending, money-short 2008 campaign.

David Strom | June 09, 2007

November 8th 2006 was a pretty depressing day to be a Republican, no matter where you lived.

Fri, Jun 08, 2007

When Nancy Pelosi was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives, she promised to change things — to enact serious, and long overdue, ethical reforms — to stop the growing trend of legislators and their families accepting gifts, trips, and jobs from lobbyists and corporations.

William F. Buckley | June 08, 2007

The talk about a pardon for Lewis Libby is food for thought. Partisans are grateful that there is time, even if not much time, to think, pending the appeals that are under way challenging the conviction at a technical level.

Janet M. LaRue | June 08, 2007

Until Barbara Walters or Diane Sawyer attends to Paris Hilton’s obsessive compulsive media attention disorder, or until her publicist appears at a press conference to explain her “medical condition,” we can only guess at the affliction that served to spring Paris’s privileged posterior from the Los Angeles County jail.

Betsy Hart | June 08, 2007

Here's my summer plan: Wait, back up. Four kids, three animals. (Did I mention I recently adopted a 2-year-old shepherd mix and two kittens? Yes, it's crazy. More on that later.) And me. Ten weeks. That's why I need a plan.

Michael Franc | June 08, 2007

After two weeks of debate on the comprehensive immigration reform bill, a growing number of Americans have cooled on this legislative endeavor. Pollster Scott Rasmussen reports that support for the “grand bargain” has slipped three points (to 23%) while opposition has ticked up to 50%. Other polls have found that the more Americans know about it, the less likely they are to support it

Bill Steigerwald | June 08, 2007

No one really expected the bipartisan compromise reform bill that President Bush, Ted Kennedy and their allies assembled in the Senate to fix immigration.

Matt Margolis & Mark Noonan | June 08, 2007

There is perhaps no better example of the fraudulent nature of the Democrats ethical posturing than that of Rep. William Jefferson, who after more than two years of being the target of a federal investigation was finally indicted on Monday. The 16-count indictment includes charges of racketeering, soliciting bribes, money laundering, obstruction of justice, corruption, and conspiracy. The scandal should have major repercussions for the entire Democratic Party, which largely ignored scandal during the 2006 campaign, then afterwards rewarded and protected Jefferson up to the day he was indicted.

Amanda Carpenter | June 08, 2007

Rather than enter a third week of work on the Senate immigration bill, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) pulled it from the schedule Thursday evening after members thrice voted to keep debating and amending the legislation.

Joe Lhota | June 08, 2007

In the early nineties, New York City was said to be ungovernable, out of control, and crime ridden beyond reversal. Tourists no longer felt safe visiting the Big Apple, city residents were constantly looking over their shoulders, and leaders in government had let everyone down by not attacking the crime problem. In 1993, there were almost 2,000 murders, and each week more than 11,000 major crimes were committed.

John McCaslin | June 08, 2007

On the heels of singer Sheryl Crow advocating "only one square" of toilet paper per bathroom visit to help reduce global warming, former President Bill Clinton is encouraging homeowners to skip the tar and shingles and lay sod roofs.

Rich Galen | June 08, 2007

On Wednesday the Presidential political landscape may have changed forever as the campaigns of both Rudy Giuliani and John McCain announced they would not be participating in the highly anticipated straw poll sponsored by the Iowa Republican Party this August.

John Boehner | June 08, 2007

After repeatedly promising the “most honest” and “most open” Congress in history, Democratic leaders have moved to make the earmark process entirely secret.

John Hawkins | June 08, 2007

According to a poll by Rasmussen, 22% of all Americans and 35% of all Democrats believe that George Bush knew about the 9/11 attacks in advance.

Brent Bozell | June 08, 2007

The nation's leading champions of televised profanities celebrated a victory for the "First Amendment" when the Manhattan-based Second Circuit Court of Appeals rebuffed the FCC's attempt to fine Fox Entertainment for dropping F- and S-bombs on prime-time television by Cher and Paris Hilton's pal Nicole Richie, in front of millions of young children.

David Limbaugh | June 08, 2007

You've got to hand it to Democrats. They are bountiful in chutzpah and relentless in trying to expand their tent. With the second-class treatment they routinely mete out to Christian political activists you'd think they'd be more discreet about proselytizing Christians on the virtues of liberalism. Think again.

Mona Charen | June 08, 2007

Usually when I learn that someone is the parent of a child with diabetes, I feel an instant rapport. Even if the person is a stranger, I know so much about what his or her daily life is like: the constant monitoring, the shots, the worry

Oliver North | June 08, 2007

It was one of the largest payouts ever in the State Department's Rewards for Justice program: $10 million to a handful of brave Filipinos who had the fortitude to stand up to terror.

Pat Buchanan | June 08, 2007

The withdrawal of Rudy and McCain not only dims their luster, it puts pressure on Romney to run up the score on Aug. 11 and show intimidating strength.

Linda Chavez | June 08, 2007

Finally, some good news: A front-page story that not only brings hope on an important and contentious issue, but may even find Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals, religious believers and non-believers cheering with equal enthusiasm. Scientists in Japan and the United States have now found a way to reprogram skin cells back to an embryonic state.

Paul Greenberg | June 08, 2007

Dear Professor, It was wholly a pleasure to get your scholarly response to my casual reference to sociologists who talk about there being only six degrees of separation between all of us. In a small, wonderfully interconnected state like Arkansas, there may be only four degrees of separation - if that.

Rebecca Hagelin | June 08, 2007

Nobody ever said that being a parent is easy. But do politicians have to make it harder? Here I’ve been all these years, teaching my three children that you can’t get something for nothing. If you want something, you have to work for it. Now along comes the Senate to debate an immigration bill that would undermine that very principle.

Matt Barber | June 08, 2007

The Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and a host of other radical homosexual activist and leftist organizations are decrying President Bush’s Surgeon General Nominee, Dr. James Holsinger.

Charles Krauthammer | June 08, 2007

WASHINGTON -- In Britain, Canada and other civilized places, national elections are often called, run and concluded within six weeks. In America, election campaigns go on forever. It used to be one year, now it's two. No one planned this, but like other evolutionary artifacts (the Founders applied intelligent design to the general makeup of the U.S. government but never foresaw formal political parties, let alone the endless campaign), this crazy improvisation embodies a certain wisdom.

Kathleen Parker | June 08, 2007

In the world of gender politics, death is the latest measure of parity. Not only do women outlive men, but recent research shows that they're also being born more often than in the past. The allegedly stronger sex, it turns out, is really the weaker and more vulnerable -- from conception until death do us part.

Mike Gallagher | June 08, 2007

This creep makes Michael Moore look like a dignified elder statesman, and yet there seems to be no shortage of conservative radio and TV hosts who enjoy giving him a platform to spew his foul venom.

Burt Prelutsky | June 08, 2007

Recently, I was on a panel addressing the Republican Jewish Coalition here in the San Fernando Valley. The others on the dais were screenwriter Roger Simon, comedian Evan Sayet and in the role of moderator, radio talk show host Mark Isler. We discussed a gamut of issues, including what we panelists would do if we were president.

Lorie Byrd | June 08, 2007

Observing recent events has landed me back in. I use the term to describe the fantasyland that I enter when watching most network news reports or when seeing things that don’t make much sense. One example I have given in the past is Al Gore preaching about conserving energy to decrease global warming, while flying around the world on private jets and traveling in gas guzzling limousines. Sometimes it is necessary to suspend disbelief in order to live in the alternate reality where such things make sense. I call this fantasy world Liberal La-La Land.

Michael Gerson | June 08, 2007

In Saudi Arabia or northern Sudan, conversion from Islam is considered apostasy, a crime punishable by death. In Turkey, a legal change of religion on your identity card merely requires a notarized letter, and several hundred Christian converts have made the switch.

Thu, Jun 07, 2007

Rich Lowry | June 07, 2007

Foiled terror plots often will seem ridiculous and unlikely, especially when they are pre-empted.

Fred Thompson | June 07, 2007

Kidnapping and hostage-taking have been the hallmark of the Iranian regime since it came into power. Unfortunately, it has never paid a serious price for the tactic.

Roger Schlesinger | June 07, 2007

This column is dedicated to practices that you, the borrower can't do even though it makes sense to you. This will give you a view of how the lenders think and about how far you can go.

Eric Peters | June 07, 2007

If the government decides to pass a law requiring that McDonalds sell only low-fat chicken breast wraps and diet soda, the result would be more business for Wendy's and Burger King -- and empty stores for McDonalds.

Amanda Carpenter | June 07, 2007

A vote to legalize illegal aliens who have defied court deportation orders was the first sign the Senate’s contentious immigration bill would survive a slew of “deal killer” votes Wednesday and meet the Thursday cloture deadline promised by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.). The bellwether amendment, sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn (R.-Tex.), sought to deny felons legal status, including those who defied a deportation order from a U.S. judge, those who used fraudulent documents to obtain work and sex offenders.

Fred Thompson | June 07, 2007

The sentencing of Scooter Libby was the last in a series of acts that has resulted in a shocking injustice – one created by and enabled by federal officials. As I’ve been saying for many months, this is a “he said-she said” case about political infighting that would have never been brought in any other prosecutor’s office in America.

John McCaslin | June 07, 2007

Republican presidential hopeful Rudolph W. Giuliani has lined up as his Washington fundraising co-chairmen Liz and Lou Cordia, the latter a longtime Republican political operative and former Reagan administration official. This evening at 7, the Cordias are hosting a fundraiser for the former New York mayor at the Hard Rock Cafe at 999 E Street NW. A $2,300 check made out to Mr. Giuliani will get you into a private reception and photo session with the candidate, or $1,000 is the cost for the general reception.

Hugh Hewitt | June 07, 2007

GOP voters don’t want any more deals, any more “grand compromises”, any more apologies for winning the past two presidential elections and for believing in victory in war.

James Bopp, Jr. | June 07, 2007

The Washington Post's May 26th editorial, Campaign Finance Flip, took presidential candidate Mitt Romney to task for calling for the repeal of McCain-Feingold, which Romney justified in a recent Townhall.com piece, The Fundamental Flaws in the McCain-Feingold Law. The editorial claims a "wrongheaded turnabout," denies that McCain-Feingold is a product of "Washington's back-scratching political class" that "imposes unprecedented restrictions on the political activities of everyday Americans" and disputes that it forces political spending into "secret corners," giving more power to "hidden special interests." The Washington Post is wrong on every count.

Victor Davis Hanson | June 07, 2007

Sixty-three years ago this week, we landed on the Normandy beaches. As on each anniversary of June 6, 1944, much has been written to commemorate the bravery and competence of the victorious Anglo-American forces.

Michael Reagan | June 07, 2007

Conservative Republicans have suddenly discovered that while they weren’t looking the Rockefeller wing of the GOP they thought they’d crushed in the Goldwater and Reagan revolutions is still very much alive and powerful

Ken Blackwell | June 07, 2007

For those who commit physical crimes against others based on race, religion, or sexual orientation I have no sympathy. But the notion that government can punish thoughts and opinions, even offensive ones, is frightening.

Cal Thomas | June 07, 2007

The top three Democratic presidential candidates participated in a forum Monday on the connection between their religious faith and political positions. The unusual gathering, broadcast live by CNN, was co-hosted by Sojourners, a Christian social justice network.

Suzanne Fields | June 07, 2007

Bill Clinton boasted in his first campaign for president that voters could "buy one and get one free." He should have kept quiet about Hillary. A lot of Americans have never let either Bill or Hillary forget it. An unelected co-president was not what anyone bargained for (and neither did the founding fathers who wrote the Constitution). Now we have another opportunity to "buy one and get one free."

Debra J. Saunders | June 07, 2007

Last week, a lesbian filed suit against eHarmony.com because the online dating service does not fix up homosexual couples.

Matt Towery | June 07, 2007

While former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson has simply formed an exploratory campaign committee, the mere expectation that he will enter the field of GOP presidential candidates has vaulted him into second place in the polls focused on those Republican contenders.

Donald Lambro | June 07, 2007

A mere six months before the 2008 presidential race enters the starting gate, neither party can boast about its popularity with the voters. The Republican brand is weakened by an unpopular war in Iraq, and recent polls tell us that congressional Democrats are losing the support of liberals and independents who are unhappy over the Democrats' political impotence in a narrowly divided Congress.

Paul Kengor | June 07, 2007

On Monday, June 7, 1982, President Ronald Reagan arrived in Rome to meet with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican, a little over a year since both men survived near-fatal assassination attempts. The two shared not only a commonality of personal experiences but also of political interests—interests that each felt could change the boundaries of the world and the course of history.

William Rusher | June 07, 2007

The cynical coalition of partisan Democrats and greedy businessmen (the latter bringing along a significant number of Republicans, including President Bush) who are backing the immigration "reform" bill have run into a lot more serious opposition than they counted on. As a result, the bill contains some tough provisions that will be quietly repealed within a year or two after it has passed, and the American people have gone back to sleep.

Janice Shaw Crouse | June 07, 2007

The Beverly LaHaye Institute has just released data revealing another dimension of the problems facing children when their parents are not married. First, marriage rates have dramatically decreased –– from a high of 149 marriages per 1,000 unmarried women aged 15-44 in 1970 to a low of 70 marriages per 1,000 unmarried women in 2005.

George Will | June 07, 2007

Cory Booker, 38, has not read Roth's superb novel, which turns on the race riots that raged for six days and took 24 lives 40 years ago this summer. But Booker is bullish on Newark. Roth is a writer of social realism. Obdurate optimism is part of the job description of mayor of this battered city, which was a plaything of the mob before mobs burned it.

Jon Sanders | June 07, 2007

In his book No Excuses, Shrum alleges that John Edwards told him, apropos of homosexuals, "I'm not comfortable around those people." A question: How are Edwards' former colleagues at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have reacted to such remarks, if he were still at UNC? How are they reacting?

Robert Novak | June 07, 2007

The dynamic performance by John Edwards in last Sunday's Democratic presidential debate, assailing his competitors for the nomination, got high marks from political reporters, Republican politicians and left-wing activists.

Emmett Tyrrell | June 07, 2007

There are no vast reservoirs of oil left. Simple market forces are going to coax the United States toward oil alternatives. In the meantime, however, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Iran are going to be prospering from our oil purchases, and Russia may emerge as a superpower.

Larry Elder | June 07, 2007

First, the Feds pass a law mandating unpaid family and medical leave. Second, many states up the ante by passing laws requiring employers to pay employees to take such time off.

Steve Chapman | June 07, 2007

A couple of years ago, the graduation ceremony at Galesburg High School had come to resemble a circus, but without the calming influence of elephants.

Michael Gerson | June 07, 2007

Here in Turkey, the matter of headgear is taken seriously. An edict in 1925 forbade the wearing of the fez, causing millions of Turkish men to don bowlers, which were seen as more Western and secular. In 1982, the government of Turkey banned the wearing of headscarves by women in university classrooms -- a symbolic statement that Turkey would not be taking the route of the Iranian revolution across the border, which mandated the veil.

Marvin Olasky | June 07, 2007

Notice how often the state constitution writers link God and liberty.

Wed, Jun 06, 2007

Remember how President Eisenhower let Khrushchev threaten to "bury" the United States without pointing out our huge lead in missiles? As a former general with an illustrious past, he had no worries about his credibility on military issues. But former 2nd Lt. John F. Kennedy had reason to worry that his bona fides as a military leader might be questioned, and he hastened to tell the world that the U.S. had a huge lead in missiles (after winning the election of 1960 campaigning on the "missile gap"). The price for JFK's insecurity was, ultimately, the Cuban Missile Crisis, as Khrushchev felt he had to close the gap Kennedy had publicized.

Ann Coulter | June 06, 2007

Republicans' defense of President Bush's immigration bill is more enraging than their defense of Harriet Miers. Back then, Bush's conservative base was accused of being sexist for opposing an unqualified woman's nomination to the highest court in the land.

Trent Lott | June 06, 2007

Candidates often need to use these debates to make the case that they can be presidential. Not John McCain.

Jonah Goldberg | June 06, 2007

Did you hear the real reason President Bush is so gung-ho to cram his immigration "amnesty" bill through Congress? It's the first step toward creating the North American Union, where the United States, Canada and Mexico become one giant country and the dollar is replaced by the Amero. Just ask Lou Dobbs and Pat Buchanan about it.

Bruce Bartlett | June 06, 2007

One of the things that bothers me about the immigration bill is the view held in the White House and Congress that “something” must be done; the option of doing nothing is not an option. It is my experience that when this idea takes hold, it is almost inevitable that something bad will result.

Jason Mattera | June 06, 2007

Bill Clinton is the master manipulator—redefining terms, obscuring facts, and equivocating words. Alex Koppelman, at Salon.com, rides on the impeached President’s coattails with his piece, "The liberals are speaking, the liberals are speaking," though he’s a slim shadow of Bill.

Amanda Carpenter | June 06, 2007

Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain (R.-Ariz.) defended the Senate immigration bill despite receiving harsh criticism from all nine of the GOP’s other candidates during the presidential debate in New Hampshire Monday. The current bill is a revamped version of the 2006 “McCain-Kennedy” immigration bill the Arizona senator wrote with the liberal Sen. Ted Kennedy (D.-Mass.).

John McCaslin | June 06, 2007

What 2008 presidential candidate isn't turning to the Internet for votes? It was big news recently when New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton turned to the popular video-sharing Web site YouTube to get nominations for her 2008 presidential campaign theme song.

Rich Galen | June 06, 2007

The USA Today/Gallup poll released yesterday morning showed - for the first time - that Barack Obama has pulled ahead of Hillary Clinton in a national survey.

Michelle Malkin | June 06, 2007

"What is your most lofty aspiration? Death for the sake of Allah!" That is the charming verse kindergarteners in a Hamas classroom chanted last week during their graduation ceremony. The girls dressed in butterfly costumes. The boys donned camouflage, black masks, green bandanas and toy semi-automatic rifles. The video aired by the Middle East Media Research Institute (www.memritv.org) features the children wielding swords and guns while mimicking paramilitary exercises.<

John Stossel | June 06, 2007

At a recent press conference Sen. John Kerry was upset as he snarled, "Oil companies in America are reporting record profits. Record profits."

Brent Bozell | June 06, 2007

The big question on political books is: Will they resonate? The media's promotional oxygen is a major factor in deciding precisely which books will score, and which won't. Woodward trumped Bernstein at every network. It pays to hit Republicans, and only Republicans.

Jonah Goldberg | June 06, 2007

Enough Emma Lazarus. For many of us, the definitive pro-immigration speech comes from Bill Murray in "Stripes": "We're all very different people. We're not Watusi, we're not Spartans, we're Americans. With a capital A.' And you know what that means? Do you? That means that our forefathers were kicked out of every decent country in the world. We are the wretched refuse. We're the underdog. We're mutts. ... But there's no animal that's more faithful, that's more loyal, more lovable than the mutt. Who saw Old Yeller'? ... I cried my eyes out."

Tony Blankley | June 06, 2007

The United States and the Europeans are again calling for Turkey to restrain itself. This time, that may not be enough. Just about the last thing we want to see is a Turkish/Kurd war to break out.

Michael Medved | June 06, 2007

Contemporary candidates may draw scornful fire for their embarrassing public flip-flops but Hillary Clinton’s outright contradictions on the Iraq War represent a far more shameful and serious problem.

Terry Jeffrey | June 06, 2007

As long as they do not overwhelm us with sheer numbers coming from any single country or foreign-language tradition, new immigrants who share our basic values can over time join us in our love for the particular things that define us as a nation.

Ben Shapiro | June 06, 2007

It was John Edwards, outflanking Obama, who provided the most memorable moment of the evening, summing up nearly six years of liberal thought with a single paragraph.

Austin Bay | June 06, 2007

When Argentina invaded the Falklands Islands in April 1982 and ignited the Falklands War with Great Britain, many commentators saw the conflict as something of a quaint historical anomaly, a "throwback" campaign reminiscent of 19th century "petty scrapes" imperial Britain engaged in when the sun never set on its globe-circling empire. The war ended on June 14, 1982, making this month the 25th anniversary of its conclusion. Unfortunately, lingering historical land claims continue to figure in the calculations of contemporary despots.

Paul Greenberg | June 06, 2007

In addition to all the usual clear and increasingly present dangers to Israel's existence, there now looms Iran's steadily developing nuclear program. Iran's president, the incessant Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has made his policy toward Israel perfectly clear: Wipe it off the map.

Jacob Sullum | June 06, 2007

At this point it seems unlikely that Andrew Speaker, the Atlanta lawyer who has been widely reviled for traveling by air after being diagnosed with drug-resistant tuberculosis, infected anyone.

Matt Barber | June 06, 2007

No more ridiculous than a “discrimination” lawsuit recently filed by homosexual activists in the Los Angeles County Superior Court which seeks to force eHarmony.com, a popular online matchmaking service, to essentially change its menu by compelling it to cater to the hook-up hankerings of “gays” and lesbians. The lawsuit asserts that, because eHarmony offers services only to men seeking women and vice versa, the company is in violation of a California state law which bans discrimination based on “sexual orientation.”

Kathleen Parker | June 06, 2007

Hillary Clinton's remark during Sunday night's Democratic presidential debate that Iraq is ``George Bush's war'' may be interpreted as either brilliant strategy or desperate deflection.

Walter E. Williams | June 06, 2007

Dr. Thomas Sowell, a distinguished economist and longtime friend and colleague, recently wrote a series of columns under the title "A War of Words." He pointed out that liberals succeed in duping the public because they are so clever with words that they give the appearance of compassion. Liberals talk about the need for "affordable" housing and health care. They tarnish their enemies with terms such as "price-gouging" and "corporate greed." Uninformed and unthinking Americans fall easy prey to this demagoguery.

Tue, Jun 05, 2007

Kevin McCullough | June 05, 2007

Watching leading liberals openly discuss their faith is rather akin to thinking that porn stars are in some way serious thespians.

William F. Buckley | June 05, 2007

Robert Shrum has written a book in which he tells all, or at least leaves one hoping that what he has told is all there is to tell.

Roger Schlesinger | June 05, 2007

It has been almost a year now that I and every other columnist have been writing and you have been reading our work on Townhall.com. I feel that I have made some progress in getting borrowers to see the "big picture."

Rich Galen | June 05, 2007

There are some rules which are so important that even people who are in a different profession know them.

Tom DeLay | June 05, 2007

The idea that Bill Clinton would somehow, in some region of the country, in some portion of the electorate, hurt Hillary Rodham Clinton's run for the White House is patently absurd.

John McCaslin | June 05, 2007

Another blow for New Orleans, as yesterday's indictment of Democratic Rep. William J. Jefferson of Louisiana on charges of racketeering, soliciting bribes and money laundering means that the Crescent City will likely lose a strong ally while rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina

Mary Katharine Ham | June 05, 2007

I've always been skeptical of the idea that the Clinton machine could stomp its way to the Democratic nomination, crushing all comers underfoot like a stylishly pant-suited Godzilla. That is, until the juggernaut made me laugh. Now, I am concerned, indeed.

Thomas Sowell | June 05, 2007

The widespread and fervent use of the word "liberation" in a wide variety of contexts is one of the signs of the adolescent belief that only arbitrary rules and conventions stand in the way of doing whatever we want to do.

David Limbaugh | June 05, 2007

I watched parts of the Democratic presidential debate, then downloaded the transcript. Of all the column fodder it contained, I was particularly taken by two responses of John Edwards that, I believe, fairly represent the Democratic Party's wrongheaded foreign policy worldview.

Cal Thomas | June 05, 2007

Former senator and probable Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson brought Virginia Republicans to their feet last Saturday night in Richmond when he said the public no longer believes in politicians who promise to secure the U.S. border as part of a bipartisan immigration bill.

Dennis Prager | June 05, 2007

Every day I see at least one car, usually more than one, sporting a bumper sticker that reads, "Buck Fush."

Pat Buchanan | June 05, 2007

By 1988, Ronald Reagan, who had famously branded the Soviet Union "an evil empire," was striding through Red Square arm-in-arm with Mikhail Gorbachev. Russians were pounding both men on the back.

Debra J. Saunders | June 05, 2007

"I think it's particularly important to point out this is George Bush's war. He is responsible for this war. He started the war," Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., proclaimed during the CNN Democratic debate Sunday night.

Phyllis Schlafly | June 05, 2007

As the details of the Senate immigration bill unfold, it is becoming apparent that the globalists' plan for the economic integration of North America is not just a figment of the imagination of conspiracy theorists, or an "urban legend" as one newspaper called it, or even a pipe dream of far-out world federalists.

Bill Murchison | June 05, 2007

There comes a time when you don't want even to parody words such as the Democratic candidates swapped with each other, because the effect is so soul-sapping.

Jack Kemp | June 05, 2007

We've only met a few times, but we went to the same college, Occidental in Los Angeles. I graduated 50 years ago and went into the NFL, while decades later you ended up graduating from Columbia and Harvard and practicing law in Illinois.

Lynn O'Shaughnessy | June 05, 2007

Fifty years ago, millions of Americans were petrified at the prospect of being surpassed by the Communist Darth Vader when the Soviets launched Sputnik into the abyss. In the same year, passions were inflamed when nine black teenagers started attending a formerly all-white high school in Little Rock, Ark. During this turbulent time, pension fund managers and other investment professionals on Wall Street and around the country were grappling with a far more prosaic predicament.

Amanda Carpenter | June 05, 2007

A group of former Border Patrol Agents convened on Monday to warn U.S. senators that the current immigration bill would compromise national security if signed into law.

Mon, Jun 04, 2007

Amanda Carpenter | June 04, 2007

Clinton: “I think that we have failed them in our churches, our schools and our government,” she said. “And I certainly think the free market has failed. We’ve all failed.”

Fred Thompson | June 04, 2007

I was glad to hear that Morgenstern was rewarded by his employer, Circuit City, for his part in preventing the attack on Fort Dix.

Rich Lowry | June 04, 2007

Supporters of a lax immigration policy love to hurl the charge of "Know-Nothingism" against their critics. But, oddly enough, it is the Senate immigration bill that duplicates a key element of the 19th-century Know-Nothing platform. Those long-ago nativists wanted to make immigrants wait 21 years to become citizens. The Senate bill effectively creates a comparable waiting period.

Glenn Reynolds | June 04, 2007

In the foreseeable future, Robb concludes, we may even see a situation where an individual can declare war on the world—and win.

John Fund | June 04, 2007

He lacks the compelling story of Rudy Giuliani during 9/11. He isn't a war hero with a 24-year record in Congress like John McCain. He doesn't have the M.B.A. smoothness and business success of Mitt Romney. But what Fred Thompson demonstrated to an enthusiastic Virginia Republican Party dinner Saturday is that he has gravitas, a presence and the ability to make people comfortable. Most importantly, many at the dinner saw him as a conservative who doesn't alienate or cause angst with any element of the GOP coalition.

Paul Weyrich | June 04, 2007

Ever since Ronald Reagan passed away, when even liberals seemed to appreciate him and his role in history, there has been a demand among rank-and-file conservatives that we find another Ronald Reagan. It goes back to the time when George H. W. Bush broke his pledge, “Read my lips: No new taxes.” It was more of a wish than a demand and confined more toward the politically conscious. What was a wish had become a demand since even liberal commentators found it in their hearts to say kind things about Reagan upon his death, leaving it to the far-left ideologues to trash him.

Dinesh D'Souza | June 04, 2007

The advantage of natural diversity is that it achieves its goal without sacrificing merit. The disadvantage of socially-engineered diversity is twofold:

Kathryn Lopez | June 04, 2007

It's not 1979, and we're not watching it every night on television. But Iran has taken hostages again. Does anyone care? The sounds of near silence out of Washington suggest, "not as much as we should."

Amanda Carpenter | June 04, 2007

All the Democratic presidential candidates disagree with President Bush's Iraq policy, but they stood united in their criticism against Sen. Hillary Clinton (D.-N.Y) during the Sunday debate at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire.

John McCaslin | June 04, 2007

"I need to be inspired," Democratic Rep. James P. Moran of Virginia replied when we asked him whom he endorses for president in 2008.

Jonathan Garthwaite | June 04, 2007

Politics, liberals and immigration were hot topics last week. See what else Townhall.com readers were talking about during the week that was -- May 27 - June 3, 2007

Michael Barone | June 04, 2007

Joseph Biden wants the United States to intervene with military force to stop the genocide that he and George W. Bush say is going on in Darfur.

Donald Lambro | June 04, 2007

WASHINGTON - Sen. Hillary Clinton outlined an economic agenda for the country last week that was filled with the old 1930s-style, trickle-down, anti-capitalism rhetoric that is at the center of her party's leftist orthodoxy. It's impossible to see how her prescriptions could foster new venture capital, increased investment, broader global markets and wealth creation that are the building blocks for a strong economy.

Robert Novak | June 04, 2007

This is a cautionary tale of Washington, where well-motivated people find themselves sinking into a political cesspool -- especially at the end of an eight-year administration.

Mike Adams | June 04, 2007

Recently, a bright, young, conservative woman told me I had gone too far in my criticism of feminism.

La Shawn Barber | June 04, 2007

Allowing prosecutors to seek the death penalty for child rapists seems to be gaining ground.

Star Parker | June 04, 2007

A wave of new books about Hillary Clinton casts tinder into the ongoing flames of discomfort with the New York Senator and Democratic presidential candidate.

Burt Prelutsky | June 04, 2007

Those of us on the right side of the political spectrum are so very aware of media bias that we are always shocked when our friends and associates on the left fail to recognize or acknowledge it. Recently, I had an exchange with an L.A. Times editor who insisted that his newspaper set the absolute standard for honest and objective reporting.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | June 04, 2007

I continue to be amazed at the partisan, ideological strife that is boiling on the Hill. It seems that we are experiencing a civil war of ideas.

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Debra J. Saunders | June 03, 2007

If you want Americans to approve of an immigration compromise, show some respect. We, too, care about America's soul -- we value the important legacy of immigrants to America, but nonetheless fear what rewarding illegal immigration might do to this country.

Austin Hill | June 03, 2007

Hillary Rodham Clinton has been doing that thing she does so well - - maligning rich people. During a major campaign address delivered in Manchester New Hampshire, Mrs. Clinton explained her intent to eliminate the so-called “tax cuts for the wealthy,” and introduced new ways for government to spend American’s money.

Mary Grabar | June 03, 2007

He had a book opened on his lap, but it was too late: The middle-aged man seemed to be possessed by Wolf Blitzer, who in turn has been channeling Walter Cronkite.

Frank Pastore | June 03, 2007

The first Christians were charged with blasphemy because they refused to confess “Caesar is Lord.” For this crime against the state, they were crucified, lit on fire, and served as human torches to light the evening parties in Caesar’s gardens.

George Will | June 03, 2007

Accepting the 1988 Democratic nomination, Gov. Michael Dukakis, a carrier of Massachusetts' political culture, allowed his fervent hope to be the father of his surmise when he said, ``this election is not about ideology. It's about competence.'' His meaning was opaque -- how would he decide what to competently achieve? But perhaps today's events -- from Iraq to Katrina to the irrationality of immigration policy -- have put Americans into Mencken's frame of mind as they shop for a president. Which could explain why two among the parties' front-runners are who they are.

Robert Bluey | June 03, 2007

For the past two weeks, talkers’ phone lines have been jammed with angry calls from frustrated listeners. They’re hot as blazes about the immigration bill, and their anger has emboldened grassroots conservatives to criticize President Bush like never before.

Ken Connor | June 03, 2007

Many Americans—and especially those who see themselves as conservative—identify "rugged individualism" as a quintessential American characteristic.

Kevin McCullough | June 03, 2007

When is it ever allowable to observe a person's behavior and then draw conclusions about it, particularly as to whether such behavior is rational, moral, healthy etc?

Paul Jacob | June 03, 2007

Define heroism and inspirational politics in one image: a lone man in a city square facing off a tank.

Salena Zito | June 03, 2007

Perhaps Bill Richardson, governor of New Mexico and Democrat presidential candidate, and his handlers misunderstood: Candor, not cluelessness, is the new political-speak.

Steve Chapman | June 03, 2007

It would be nice if we could lay down lines on a map and expect people to stay on one side or the other. But when forces bigger than geography are at work, the decrees of nations often prove useless.