Sun, Jul 15, 2007

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | July 15, 2007

Lady Bird was known as a gracious hostess and a loving wife. She found herself thrust suddenly into the role of first lady after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. “I feel as if I am suddenly on stage for a part I never rehearsed,” she said then.

Mary Grabar | July 15, 2007

As a twelve-year-old I had been petrified at the thought of attending Ben Franklin. My fears were borne out when I was locked into French class at the direction of the principal over the P.A. system. In the halls, stampeding students were breaking glass and beating up teachers.

Frank Pastore | July 15, 2007

Despite the wild popularity of their number one hit “Man Is Responsible for Global Warming,” I’m still not wowed by the music of Al Gore and his backup band, The Live Earth Hystericals. All their songs sound the same, and all their lyrics always reduce to the same one hook that’s also the title of their one hit song.

Ken Connor | July 15, 2007

I call them "meanies," those men and women who spend their days spreading vitriol on the internet. Nameless, faceless, they lurk in the shadows of many websites and blogs, waiting for any opportunity to tear those with whom they disagree to shreds.

Sat, Jul 14, 2007

Although Hillary Clinton claims to adamantly support tax “fairness,” she can't make up her mind about whether Wall Street barons should have to pay the same tax rate as the regu lar workers she loves and the corporations she loathes.

Jonah Goldberg | July 14, 2007

Zheng Xiaoyu was executed this week. The former head of China's food and drug administration lost his appeal to the Supreme People's Court, according to the Times of London, "in an unusually swift legal process clearly intended to warn other Communist Party officials that those found guilty of corruption will not be spared."

Rich Galen | July 14, 2007

The other day, Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff said he has "kind of a gut feeling that we are in a period of increased vulnerability."

John Andrews | July 14, 2007

It’s time for a new force in American politics. We don’t need another party, not yet anyway. But we need a responsibility movement to challenge both parties and reach beyond them. We’ll call it Element R and launch it today, right here on Townhall.com.

Robert Novak | July 14, 2007

Rep. Tom Davis, ranking Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is puzzled by the House Intelligence Committee's claim that Valerie Plame Wilson has been consistent in her sworn testimony. He is asking the Intelligence Committee for documents to back up their contention.

Kathryn Lopez | July 14, 2007

If the public cannot get a true view of the brutality and horror the enemy is capable of, then how can it be expected to reasonably assess our involvement?

Carl Horowitz | July 14, 2007

If prostitution is the world's oldest profession, then corporate diversity training has to rank as one of the nastiest as well as newest. And it's considerably less honest. At least with a prostitute, a customer usually knows what he's getting in advance. A diversity trainer, on the other hand, is full of surprises -- at least for unsuspecting white employees. And they're not very pleasant surprises at that.

Fri, Jul 13, 2007

Although Hillary Clinton claims to adamantly support tax “fairness,” she can't make up her mind about whether Wall Street barons should have to pay the same tax rate as the regular workers she loves and the corporations she loathes.

Victor Davis Hanson | July 13, 2007

On July 8, the New York Times ran an historic editorial entitled “The Road Home,” demanding an immediate American withdrawal from Iraq. It is rare that an editorial gets almost everything wrong, but “The Road Home” pulls it off. Consider, point by point, its confused—and immoral—defeatism.

Mitt Romney | July 13, 2007

Our nation faces a new generation of challenges that will significantly impact not just our national security, but also the core character of our society and the fabric of our American families.

Michael Gerson | July 13, 2007

British author G.K. Chesterton argued that every act of blasphemy is a kind of tribute to God, because it is based on belief. "If anyone doubts this," he wrote, "let him sit down seriously and try to think blasphemous thoughts about Thor."

John McCaslin | July 13, 2007

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky recalled an intriguing anecdote yesterday about Lady Bird Johnson, the widow of former President Lyndon B. Johnson who died Wednesday in Texas at age 94.

Amanda Carpenter | July 13, 2007

Veteran Washington reporter Robert Novak doesn’t regret publishing the name of an alleged covert CIA agent that led to the imprisonment of Lewis “Scooter” Libby.

Pat Buchanan | July 13, 2007

There is no better reporter-columnist and interviewer-commentator in this town. Like Billy Goodman of the old Red Sox of the 1940s, Novak can play any position and deliver a steady .300 batting average.

Victor Davis Hanson | July 13, 2007

Jimmy Carter - a self-proclaimed champion of human rights and nonviolence - has called the U.S.'s unwillingness to accept the 2006 Palestinian election of the terrorists of Hamas "criminal."

Brent Bozell | July 13, 2007

The condom makers at Trojan have come up with a new ad. It shows a bar full of human-sized pigs attempting to gain women's attention.

David Limbaugh | July 13, 2007

The Democrats' long-entrenched position, partisan interests and ideological inclinations militate against them changing their mind on Iraq, regardless of the facts on the ground.

Mona Charen | July 13, 2007

Is the Republican Party standing on the edge of a cliff? It's possible. Let's consider the bad news.

Oliver North | July 13, 2007

Here in Washington, more Republicans joined the "get out of Iraq" chorus as Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff described his "gut feeling" that a major terrorist event against us is in the offing.

Debra J. Saunders | July 13, 2007

During a teleconference from Iraq with reporters last week, Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, commander of coalition forces operating in the region south of Baghdad, explained, "Lynch's rules of war fighting." Rule 1 is, "Everything is timing, and the second rule is, everything takes longer than you think it's going to take."

Diana West | July 13, 2007

This is a how-to column: how to win in Iraq by changing course, dissing Democrats, ignoring the Iraq Study Group and altogether eradicating Al Qaeda in Iraq, Iran in Iraq, not to mention Iran in Iran.

Charles Krauthammer | July 13, 2007

Finally, after four terribly long years, we know what works. Or what can work. A year ago, a confidential Marine intelligence report declared Anbar province (which comprises about a third of Iraq's territory) lost to al-Qaeda. Now, in what the Times' John Burns calls an "astonishing success," the tribal sheiks have joined our side and committed large numbers of fighters that, in concert with American and Iraqi forces, have largely driven out al-Qaeda and turned its former stronghold of Ramadi into one of most secure cities in Iraq.

Kathleen Parker | July 13, 2007

My long-running conversation with Doug Marlette ended abruptly the morning of July 10 when the truck in which he was a passenger hydroplaned off a Mississippi highway into a tree.

Burt Prelutsky | July 13, 2007

Can’t anybody shut up Jimmy Carter once and for all? In his latest statement, he blamed America for fomenting trouble in Gaza by siding with the Fatah against Hamas. Now, quite frankly, I don’t see a world of difference between the two groups, but at least Fatah appears to be the lesser of the two evils. Few would deny that Hamas, along with Al Qaeda and Hezbollah, represents Islamic terrorism at its very worst.

John Hawkins | July 13, 2007

One of the common refrains from the supporters of the Senate amnesty plan was that the people who opposed the bill weren't offering any alternatives. However, nothing could be further from the truth.

Linda Chavez | July 13, 2007

World War II was a defining experience in my life. Although I was born two years after the war ended, I grew up hearing my father's stories of combat in the South Pacific. I still remember sitting in the backseat of our 1948 Ford staring at the half-moon scar on the back of my father's neck where a piece of shrapnel had become embedded. But there were other signs of his wartime experience as well, the way he'd jump out of his skin if a car backfired; his fear of flying, even though he'd spent countless hours as a tail gunner in the back of a B-17; his nightmares, reliving the time his plane was shot down over New Guinea.

Rich Tucker | July 13, 2007

Often, the most amazing thing you’ll see on television news or read in a newspaper isn’t the news itself. It’s the reporter’s reaction to the news.

Rebecca Hagelin | July 13, 2007

It’s one thing to assume, when you’re young, that you’ll get married and have a family “someday.” It’s another to actually do it. And when it doesn’t happen -- or, at least, not as soon as you’d like -- many people find it profoundly unsettling. They brood, worry and complain. They second-guess their decisions and wonder where they went “wrong.”

Chuck Colson | July 13, 2007

The lead in a recent Washington Post article paints a disturbing picture: “Children rank as the highest source of personal fulfillment for their parents but have dropped to one of the least-cited factors in a successful marriage, according to a national survey.”

Lorie Byrd | July 13, 2007

Over the past four years President Bush has failed to effectively communicate to the public the importance of succeeding in Iraq, and now some Republican senators are going wobbly in the face of low poll numbers. They appear prepared to deny our military even the few months they were told would be given before the September report on the progress of the counteroffensive. The President needs to use everything at his disposal to make the case to the American people that failure in Iraq is not an option. He needs to do it immediately.

Charles Krauthammer | July 13, 2007

Finally, after four terribly long years, we know what works. Or what can work. A year ago, a confidential Marine intelligence report declared Anbar province (which comprises about a third of Iraq's territory) lost to al-Qaeda. Now, in what the Times' John Burns calls an "astonishing success," the tribal sheiks have joined our side and committed large numbers of fighters that, in concert with American and Iraqi forces, have largely driven out al-Qaeda and turned its former stronghold of Ramadi into one of most secure cities in Iraq.

Mike Gallagher | July 13, 2007

Watching a steady stream of Democrats like Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, and Chuck Schumer each take their turn delightedly pummeling President Bush over the war in Iraq today, I couldn’t help but think of fellow conservatives who are starting to give aid and comfort to these Democrat Party loyal oppositionists.

Thu, Jul 12, 2007

Rich Lowry | July 12, 2007

Michael Moore set out to make a movie attacking the American insurance industry and ended up attacking the American character. By the end of his movie "SiCKO," his plaint is less about American resistance to government-run health care than its overarching rejection of collectivism.

Michael Reagan | July 12, 2007

If anybody doubts America is engaged in a culture war and losing it they need only to take a look at the series of concerts promoting Al Gore’s global warming hoax last weekend. They would have learned that the war is being waged in the sewers.

John Boehner | July 12, 2007

The so-called College Cost Reduction Act, passed by House Democrats on Wednesday, won’t reduce college costs, but it will add billions more to the federal deficit by creating nine new costly entitlement programs.

John McCaslin | July 12, 2007

"The last time I checked, global warming didn't have one single thing to do with putting a bomb in Piccadilly Circus or trying to blow up the JFK airport," says Rep. Marsha Blackburn. "Global warming didn't bomb the USS Cole or take down the Twin Towers. Climate change can be studied, but it need not be done at the expense of human intelligence needed to help eliminate international terrorism. We need to adjust our priorities."

Hugh Hewitt | July 12, 2007

We are engaged in another great debate about in which there is almost no middle ground, because the parties are –by and large, with some rare exceptions—approaching the issue from wholly different points of view: the war.

Brent Bozell | July 12, 2007

The 2008 presidential campaign could be one of the most critical in recent history. As things now stand, it could also be one of the most tiresome.

Larry Elder | July 12, 2007

Nearly 50 million "Americans" lack health-care insurance. At least, director Michael Moore makes this claim in "Sicko," his new "documentary" about America's supposedly awful health-care system.

Cal Thomas | July 12, 2007

"All we are saying is give peace a chance," says John Lennon's anti-war protest song, but all Bush is saying is give Gen. David Petraeus a chance.

Suzanne Fields | July 12, 2007

Nothing about the recent terrorist plots gone awry in England and Scotland has surprised -- and saddened -- the public quite like the fact that the villains were doctors. Every society awards special value to those who promise to dedicate their lives to healing others. We think of them as doing God's work. Lawyers (like pundits) have rarely enjoyed such prestige.

Matt Towery | July 12, 2007

It's baffling to the point of disbelief: how the Bush White House conducts its affairs with near-complete ignorance of or contempt for fellow Republicans who must seek re-election next year -- to say nothing of those vying for the White House.

Paul Greenberg | July 12, 2007

There may be something new under the sun after all. For the first time ever, the Arab League will be sending a delegation to the sovereign state it has tried to crush time and again.

Donald Lambro | July 12, 2007

President Bush began a new political counteroffensive this week in response to the erosion of Republican support for the war in Iraq. His message: "I want to bring the troops home as much as you do."

George Will | July 12, 2007

Time was, Riley Webster Lugar, a Hoosier farmer, vociferously disapproved of the New Deal policy of killing baby pigs to control supply in the hope of raising prices. When his son Marvin ran the family farm, if a cashier giving him change included a Franklin Roosevelt dime, he would slap the offending coin on the counter and denounce the New Deal policy of supporting commodity prices by controlling supply -- by limiting the freedom to plant.

Robert Novak | July 12, 2007

Is it possible to revive John McCain's comatose presidential candidacy? Yes, say his loyalists, but only because he got rid of his professional campaign manager and his longtime political adviser.

Paul Weyrich | July 12, 2007

I met Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) at a forum. Congressman Blumenauer and I agreed upon the need of balanced transportation to the point that we ended up turning the forum into a love fest. There was not, as one politician put it years ago, a dime's worth of difference between us.

William Rusher | July 12, 2007

With all due respect to my fellow election observers, I don't think nearly enough attention is being paid to the plans and potentialities of former Vice President Al Gore.

Marvin Olasky | July 12, 2007

Summertime in the city, when activities that would have seemed strange a generation ago (a gay pride parade) take on the appearance of normality, and the normal (eating hot dogs) is taken to amusing extremes.

Amanda Carpenter | July 12, 2007

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) wants the anti-war base to believe she’s calling up a bill to end the war in Iraq.

Steve Chapman | July 12, 2007

Though, al Qaeda may -- emphasize "may" -- still have the capacity to mount the occasional major operation, that doesn't mean terrorism should be treated as an omnipresent, existential threat.

Emmett Tyrrell | July 12, 2007

There seem to be two fundamental political issues here this summer: how much more tightly to entoil the United Kingdom with the European Union and how to defeat Islamist terror, much of it home grown.

Roger Schlesinger | July 12, 2007

This column is dedicated to a simple concept; we don't always stop to think before we act and the consequences can be disastrous. Or they can simply be bad.

Cliff May | July 12, 2007

Contrary to what you’ve read in the newspapers, we are not debating whether to “change course” in Iraq. We are debating whether to accept defeat in Iraq.

Wed, Jul 11, 2007

Ann Coulter | July 11, 2007

Twenty years ago, disbarred Duke prosecutor Mike Nifong would have been Time magazine's Man of the Year.

Are they traitors or prophets, these Republicans who have jumped ship and called for Bush to begin pulling out of Iraq — Sens. George Voinovich (Ohio), Richard Lugar (Ind.), John Warner (Va.), and Pete Domenici (N.M.)? More likely the latter. A look at the political map and the electoral calendar tells us that GOP Sens. Arlen Specter (Pa.), Norm Coleman (Minn.), Olympia Snowe (Maine), Susan Collins (Maine), Chuck Hagel (Neb.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Gordon Smith (Ore.) are probably not far behind them.

Herb London | July 11, 2007

Ben Franklin when asked to describe the goal of the Constitutional Convention said, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” The last five words are critical. For in the succeeding two hundred years the Republic has undergone shifts and dramatic changes.

Mitch McConnell | July 11, 2007

By reviving the Fairness Doctrine, Congress would be empowering the U.S. Congress to silence the constituents its members are elected to represent, all in the name of open debate.

Janice Shaw Crouse | July 11, 2007

During his swearing-in ceremony at the United States State Department this week, Ambassador Mark Lagon, the new head of the Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP), declared, “It is never negotiable to treat people as less than human, as property.” Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice expressed her commitment to anti-trafficking efforts and pledged support for Ambassador Lagon as he seeks to end the practice of treating people as less-than-human.

Nathan Tabor | July 11, 2007

Taxpayer unrest is certainly nothing new to this nation. After all, the New World was populated by people who came to resent the mega-tax policies of the British Empire.

Amanda Carpenter | July 11, 2007

Presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were absent from Washington when the Senate began working on the defense authorization bill. They were delivering anti-war speeches in Des Moines, Iowa instead.

Michael Gerson | July 11, 2007

Extending health insurance to uninsured children is perhaps the least controversial public policy goal in Washington. So it sets up a test: If progress is not possible on this issue, progress in our divided, embittered political system is no longer possible at all.

John McCaslin | July 11, 2007

Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of Multi-National Force-Iraq, as saying, "There is good prospect for progress in the months ahead." Meanwhile, Iraq's U.S. ambassador, Ryan Crocker, reports that "the level of violence is down in the two areas where the 'surge' is focused: Anbar and Baghdad."

Michael Medved | July 11, 2007

Christopher Hitchens has been abundantly blessed for attacking God. His outrageous and entertaining book, “god is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything” has become a major bestseller and earned its sardonic author more than a million dollars, according to a recent estimate by the Wall Street Journal.

Michelle Malkin | July 11, 2007

A young Air Force airman is fighting for his life in Camden, N.J. He was shot on Independence Day by a crazed gunman who reportedly had a beef with the military.

John Stossel | July 11, 2007

I interviewed Michael Moore recently for an upcoming "20/20" special on health care. It's refreshing to interview a leftist who proudly admits he's a leftist.

Walter E. Williams | July 11, 2007

President Bush and his pro-amnesty allies both in and out of Congress suffered a devastating defeat at the hands of the American people. Like any other public controversy, there are vested interests served on both sides of the amnesty issue, but I'd like to raise some ordinary non-rocket-science questions to the pro-amnesty crowd, many of whom are my libertarian friends.

Jonah Goldberg | July 11, 2007

"If you want to save the planet, I want you to start jumping up and down. Come on, m------------!" Madonna railed from the stage at London's Live Earth concert Saturday. "If you want to save the planet, let me see you jump!"

David Limbaugh | July 11, 2007

Have you seen the latest reports and photographs of Al Qaeda's brutality and savagery in Iraq? In view of these, how can any reasonable person still maintain our own policies and actions are making them do it?

Tony Blankley | July 11, 2007

The Senate is emitting an embarrassing level of emotional policy twitching on the topic of Iraq.

Terry Jeffrey | July 11, 2007

The judge sided with the environmentalists, arguing that the human race is endangering the steelhead species of salmon by breeding too many of them.

Debra J. Saunders | July 11, 2007

When Congress passed the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986, it wrongly included language that meted out a mandatory minimum sentence of five years for dealing 5 grams of crack cocaine, yet the same five-year mandatory minimum sentence for dealing 100 times that amount, or 500 grams, of powder cocaine. Thus the bill codified a racially unjust divide. The U.S. Sentencing Commission found that in 2000 some 84.7 percent of federal crack offenders were black, while only 5.6 percent were white.

Austin Bay | July 11, 2007

China's global customers are learning cheap products can be quite expensive --and deadly.

Paul Greenberg | July 11, 2007

Reports of the death of common sense in American law may have been premature. It seems to be making a comeback.

Jacob Sullum | July 11, 2007

The president's sudden desire to correct unjust sentences is hard to credit, given how little interest he has shown in this area until now.

Kathleen Parker | July 11, 2007

Where there's a terrorist, there's a business opportunity. If you're new to that concept, no worries. There's still plenty of money to be made in the homeland security industry.

Paul Weyrich | July 11, 2007

Latin America is well-known for its volatile political history of caudillos, corruption, economic instability and popular uprisings. Since the late 1990s some stability has descended on the region but the authoritarian tendency has never disappeared entirely.

Douglas MacKinnon | July 11, 2007

It’s hard to imagine a firm run by a candidate for President of the United States, lobbying on behalf of a company controlled by the likes of Idi Amin, Pol Pot, Saddam Hussein, or other murderous thugs who have run their countries into the ground while causing untold human misery.

Mike Gallagher | July 11, 2007

One wouldn’t think that the state of Texas would have much trouble supporting gun owners who should be allowed to defend their family or themselves in their own homes, cars or places of business.

Kevin McCullough | July 11, 2007

I'm completely convinced that the head of the Human Rights Campaign and very important cultural icons like Melissa Etheridge can carve up as equally challenging questions as could Brit Hume, Chris Wallace, and Wendell Goler…right.

Rich Galen | July 11, 2007

The Presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain (R-Az) imploded yesterday when, according to the Politico.com's Jonathan Martin: "McCain fired his campaign manager [Terry Nelson], prompting his longtime chief strategist [John Weaver] to resign."

Tue, Jul 10, 2007

Matt Kibbe | July 10, 2007

This past weekend Gore played host to what Rolling Stone predicted would be “the biggest concert in history,” the multi-city Live Earth. In massive venues across the globe, fans saw top acts spanning the musical spectrum, from the newly reunited Police, to Madonna to Snoop Dogg. One inconvenient truth is that Live Earth was a bit of a flop from a PR perspective.

Thomas Sowell | July 10, 2007

Random thoughts on the passing scene:

Cal Thomas | July 10, 2007

The quality and depth of one's relationship with God should be personal and beyond the judgment of others, unless one is running for president and chooses to talk about it as part of a campaign plan to win the election.

Dennis Prager | July 10, 2007

In just the last few months, three books attacking belief in God and making a case for atheism have been national best sellers: "The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins; "God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything" by Christopher Hitchens; and "Letter to a Christian Nation" by Sam Harris. A fourth book, "Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon" by Daniel C. Dennett also sold very well.

Phyllis Schlafly | July 10, 2007

Contrary to continuing media propaganda, the 2006 election and the killing of the Senate "comprehensive" immigration bill do NOT prove that anti-amnesty is a loser for Republicans. The Democrats who won in 2006 campaigned with Republican-rhetoric messages calling for border security, and they kept their promises in the decisive cloture vote on June 28.

Bill Murchison | July 10, 2007

And so, according to polls, talk shows, blogs, water-cooler exchanges and scholarly examination of New Mexican bat entrails, the American people want Congress to reform health care.

Bruce Bartlett | July 10, 2007

The world has changed a lot since 1995, and I've decided that there are better ways for me to express myself.

Dinesh D'Souza | July 10, 2007

The far-left in America and Europe has an underlying craziness for which I am deeply thankful.

Mon, Jul 09, 2007

Rich Lowry | July 09, 2007

"America good! Al-Qaida bad!" -- A trader in the Qatana bazaar, Ramadi, Iraq In a microcosm, this is the reason why we are finally making progress against al-Qaida in Iraq. The protection afforded by American combat power has made it possible for Iraqis in Sunni areas to turn against the terror group.<

Bill Steigerwald | July 09, 2007

For most conservatives and Republicans, The Wall Street Journal long has been a trusted source of political and economic enlightenment. When it comes to immigration policy, however, many conservatives disagree fiercely with The Journal, which strongly supported the immigration reform bill that was killed in the Senate last month.

John McCaslin | July 09, 2007

"Congratulations on speaking for the Republican National Committee." Or so an angry former President Bill Clinton spouted after being questioned why the Clinton administration failed to stop Osama bin Laden before he reared his ugly head on September 11.

Amanda Carpenter | July 09, 2007

If Al Gore wore a high-collared black suit instead of a polo shirt and jeans to the Washington, D.C. Live Earth concert, he might have been mistaken for a preacher.

Rich Galen | July 09, 2007

Let's be fair about this: Live Earth was a tremendous success. Although exact figures are hard to find, some 10 million watched the webcast of some or all of the concerts and "hundreds of millions more" watched on television.

Kevin James | July 09, 2007

Members of the U.S. Senate seemed genuinely surprised that the American people so vehemently objected to the Senate Immigration Reform Bill. The reason was obvious – the Senate had no credibility whatsoever regarding the "enforcement" or "security" aspects of the bill.

Michael Barone | July 09, 2007

George W. Bush's meeting last week with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his forthcoming meeting with Chinese leader Hu Jin Tao are a reminder that Bush and his successors will continue to face the challenge of dealing with these two unfriendly and potentially dangerous powers. Much of the world has moved toward democracy and freedom, but China hasn't much and Russia seems headed in the opposite direction.

Suzanne Fields | July 09, 2007

Nothing galvanizes the public like the threat of terrorism. London escaped carnage for several reasons, beginning with the amateurish construction of the bombs, but the credit for averting tragedy goes first to an ambulance attendant who saw something suspicious and called police.

Debra J. Saunders | July 09, 2007

If Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger manages to get his universal health care package past the California Legislature, he will become a real action hero for the 4.8 million Californians who lack health care at any given moment, as well as insured residents who live in fear of losing both their jobs and their health plans.

Kathryn Lopez | July 09, 2007

We in the West face a grave threat from militant Islam, and an even graver threat from our propensity to ignore or redefine Islamic fascism. This is especially true when we adopt politically correct terms to refer to our enemy.

Paul Greenberg | July 09, 2007

Once upon a time in a faraway land known as the Fifties, political opinion on the television networks, all three of them, ran the gamut from left to center-left.

Robert Novak | July 09, 2007

National Security Adviser Stephen J. Hadley visited Capitol Hill just before Congress adjourned June 29 for the Fourth of July. Meetings with a half-dozen senior Republican senators were clearly intended to extinguish fires set by Sen. Richard Lugar's unexpected break from President Bush's Iraq policy. They failed.

Jennifer Roback Morse | July 09, 2007

We don’t give federal grants to tobacco companies to teach students “low-risk” forms of smoking on the grounds that “kids are going to smoke anyway.” We shouldn’t be giving federal grants to groups that sell contraception, to teach kids to use contraception.

Burt Prelutsky | July 09, 2007

If he were alive today, John Wayne would have just celebrated his hundredth birthday. Actually, if he hadn’t made the worst movie of his career, “The Conqueror,” he might well have made it to the century mark. In that movie, Wayne appeared as Genghis Khan, joining the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Paul Muni, Mickey Rooney, Louise Rainer, Agnes Moorehead, Walter Huston and Alec Guinness, on the list of movie greats who should have had second thoughts before agreeing to portray Asians.

Amanda Carpenter | July 09, 2007

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will renew his push to end the war in Iraq as his chamber begins work on the 2008 defense authorization bill Monday.

Armstrong Williams | July 09, 2007

The Supreme Court got it right last week when they ruled against school districts assigning classes by race in Louisville, Kentucky and Seattle, Washington.

Star Parker | July 09, 2007

Watching the recent PBS-hosted Democratic presidential debate at Howard University, I was impressed with the uniformity of the messages communicated to the mostly black audience.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | July 09, 2007

One of the most disappointing aspects of the first few months of the Democratic Party’s majority in the legislative branch of the government is their unhealthy fear of the conservative movement.

Carol Platt Liebau | July 09, 2007

In fact, we pay the Islamic world every courtesy except the one that really matters: Too often, we simply refuse to take its most threatening leaders seriously.

La Shawn Barber | July 09, 2007

It’s time for state and local governments across the country to focus on individuals and businesses that hire illegal aliens.

Mike Adams | July 09, 2007

Dear Angry White Heterosexual Male Student: I am in receipt of your recent email complaining about UNC-Wilmington’s hiring of a new Athletic Director (AD) by the name of Kelly Landers Mehrtens. I thank you for your summary of her qualifications, which are briefly recapitulated below:

Sun, Jul 08, 2007

Matt Barber | July 08, 2007

Through the hyperbolic and repetitive use of such concocted expressions as “marriage equality” and “gay rights,” the left has dishonestly but effectively framed the debate over homosexual behaviors.

Salena Zito | July 08, 2007

In a word, Barack Obama’s second-quarter fundraising numbers are shattering. There never has been anything like it. For a guy who was in the Illinois Senate three years ago not only to be in the top tier of his party's fundraising but to have raised the most of any candidate in a quarter is mind-boggling.

Austin Hill | July 08, 2007

I’m always intrigued about the things that really grab Americans’ attention. When people are willing to arrive early and wait in line for hours or days, just to be the “first” to observe this or that, well - - that’s an “attention grabber” - - and it says something about people’s preferences and tastes.

Debra J. Saunders | July 08, 2007

A gasoline-filled device in a car bomb fails to go off. Authorities investigating another bombing incident find that after a first bomb exploded, a second bomb was timed to go off when first responders arrived. A recent event in the United Kingdom? Yes, but also in California.

George Will | July 08, 2007

Some mornings during the autumn of 1933, when the unemployment rate was 22 percent, the president, before getting into his wheelchair, sat in bed, surrounded by economic advisers, setting the price of gold. One morning he said he might raise it 21 cents: "It's a lucky number because it's three times seven." His treasury secretary wrote that if anybody knew how gold was priced "they would be frightened."

Robert Bluey | July 08, 2007

President Bush made no friends in liberal quarters when he told Congress to hold the line on spending or confront his veto pen. Now, with the top slot in Bush’s budget office newly vacant, congressional big spenders are threatening payback.

Kevin McCullough | July 08, 2007

On week after eight Muslim doctors were taken into custody for plotting three car bomb attacks in the U.K. only a week ago, and following the discovery of a plot in which forty-five Muslim doctors intend to penetrate America's borders and do the same thing - the reigning champion on Jeopardy this very weekend - is a Muslim doctor.

Paul Jacob | July 08, 2007

When it comes to symbolic speech, we've got freedom up the Constitutional. But for effective, practical political speech, we must bow to our rulers.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | July 08, 2007

After hearing Nicolas Sarkozy, the recently elected French president, lauded for his courageous campaign theme, “The French will have to work harder,” I read his book “Testimony: France in the Twenty-first Century.” I am amazed that the French people elected him, and am looking forward to seeing how his administration progresses.

Russell Shubin | July 08, 2007

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, along with a number of leading Democratic senators, including Kerry, Feinstein and Durbin—have rallied for what ought to be alarming for anyone who values the First Amendment, regardless of where you stand politically. Their push for government regulation of speech is one of the most illustrative battles in recent days, because it sheds such a bright light on how the Democratic Party responds to the voicing of ideas they do not like in our country's increasingly lively interchange through media.

Ken Connor | July 08, 2007

Though the bombs failed to detonate, this week's attacks in London have exploded persistent myths about Islamic terrorism. These myths—perpetuated by the politically correct, the unreasonably optimistic, and the willfully ignorant—have crippled the West's ability to adequately confront the Islamic threat. Unless the West finally wakes up and faces reality, our chance for long-term survival is questionable.