Sun, Aug 12, 2007

Robert Bluey | August 12, 2007

Democrat leaders in the House and Senate are invoking the threat of “Big Brother” in an attempt to undo the changes Congress made to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) before leaving for August recess

Sat, Aug 11, 2007

Doug Giles | August 11, 2007

Man, don’t cha love how mainstream media and their soft-brain disciples make Christians out to be fish-stickered, bug-eyed equals to incensed Islam?

Caroline Glick | August 11, 2007

Building and maintaining coalitions is one of the most difficult tasks of a nation at war. On the one hand, a state must ensure that its coalition partners share enough common goals and interests to ensure that their cooperation is effective. On the other hand, a state must constantly weigh the political and diplomatic benefits of maintaining its coalition against the price it must pay in terms of military effectiveness by delegating responsibility to others.

Debra J. Saunders | August 11, 2007

Newsweek's global-warming cover story purports to reveal the "well-coordinated, well-funded campaign by contrarian scientists, free-market think tanks and industry," which for the last two decades "has created a paralyzing fog of doubt around climate change."

Kathryn Lopez | August 11, 2007

During a recent Democratic debate, both Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama indicated that all female U.S. citizens should register for the Selective Service.

Larry Kudlow | August 11, 2007

The Wall Street brainiacs are panicked about sub-prime mortgages and the current stock-market correction. But Main Street investors -- with their plentiful incomes and longer-term stock market horizons -- may ultimately bail them out.

Robert Novak | August 11, 2007

Republicans returning to the House floor on Friday morning Aug. 3 after their walkout the night before were surprised to find as presiding officer the Democrat they call "King Corruption": Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania, master of earmarks and backroom deals.

Fri, Aug 10, 2007

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann | August 10, 2007

All along he has said that his game plan was to wait until the fall of 2007 and then jump into the presidential race. Now, it seems, his game plan may have made sense after all.

Lindsay Boyd | August 10, 2007

On August 8th, the Goldwater Institute filed suit against Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon for violation of this constitutionally protected right for free-market competition.

Michael Franc | August 10, 2007

Principled conservative lawmakers have been called many things as they doggedly pursue their quest for smaller government. In the House, liberals have resorted to using the “f” word -- “fringe” -- to describe small-government conservatives who have tried in vain to cut spending, eliminate frivolous earmarks, and reform failed welfare programs.

Matt Barber | August 10, 2007

Thursday night, MTV’s homosexual cable network, LOGO, and the homosexual “Human Rights Campaign” (HRC) hosted the first-ever presidential debate solely intended to promote the demonstrably high-risk homosexual and “transgender” (gender identity disorder) lifestyles.

Richard H. Collins | August 10, 2007

Hillary Clinton's strategy for winning the Democratic Presidential primary seems pretty clear at this point. In a time when Democrats are desperate to win the White House, and in the most favorable climate in a decade, she is promising them what they want: a candidate who can fight and win.

Michael Gerson | August 10, 2007

After four years of brutal raids, ethnic cleansing and systematic rape in Darfur, Sudan -- and nearly three years after the Bush administration declared this a genocide-- the U.N. Security Council has finally approved a credible peacekeeping force. For 2 million displaced people in the camps, this is a wisp of hope on the horizon. For the 200,000 dead, it comes too late.

Rich Tucker | August 10, 2007

If you talk constantly, as presidential candidates are virtually required to do, you’re bound to say something correct eventually. And recently, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., stumbled across a good point.

Roger Schlesinger | August 10, 2007

Although it appears to be nothing but doom and gloom for housing and the mortgage industry I believe we have some good things about to happen to turn it all around. The Federal Reserve has given the opinion they aren't interested in fixing the problem, so be it.

John Leo | August 10, 2007

If anyone ever starts a museum of horrible explanations, the one-liner by Newsweek's Evan Thomas about his magazine's dubious reporting on the Duke non-rape case — "The narrative was right but the facts were wrong" — is destined to become a popular exhibit, right up there with "we had to destroy the village to save it."

Amanda Carpenter | August 10, 2007

Hillary Clinton admitted she criticized the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for his controversial statements about homosexuality only after coming under fire herself from a gay lobby group in a forum for gay rights Thursday evening.

John McCaslin | August 10, 2007

Stephen Herbits - the openly homosexual crusader and Washington insider who has served Republican presidents going back to Richard Nixon - is making waves again after throwing his support behind Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign.

Mike Gallagher | August 10, 2007

If anyone at the New York Times believes that the paper dropped the ball over the War on Terror, they are sure making up for it now.

Brent Bozell | August 10, 2007

This fall, just in time for a slate of new TV shows sure to insult the tastes of millions of viewers, watch for congressional action on a list of potential new television legislation circulating on Capitol Hill to address the public's outrage.

Larry Elder | August 10, 2007

"How long will it take," I thought, as I watched the coverage of the collapsed bridge outside of Minneapolis, "before someone blames President George W. Bush?" It turns out, not long.

Jonah Goldberg | August 10, 2007

Whether you call them terrorists, Mujahideen or a radical faction of Up With People, the simple fact is that what commonly goes by the label "Islamic terrorism" is not a merely a criminal enterprise. The profit motive didn't bring down the World Trade Center.

David Limbaugh | August 10, 2007

The 2008 election is shaping up to be one of the most important in decades. With every passing day we are seeing a greater contrast between the Democratic Party platform and the national interest.

Oliver North | August 10, 2007

For three years, politicians and pundits have been challenging the president's policy of spreading democracy around the world. Can't be done, particularly in the Middle East, they tell us.

Pat Buchanan | August 10, 2007

If you were looking for a truce in the immigration wars once the Bush-Kennedy amnesty went down to defeat, look again.

Debra J. Saunders | August 10, 2007

Last year, congressional Democrats bemoaned the GOP's "culture of corruption." Rightly so, after 12 years holding the reins, Republican leaders had been corrupted by power. They encouraged their membership to burn through billions of taxpayers' dollars by passing "earmarks" to fund local pet projects with federal dollars. They neutered the ethics committee and got way too cozy with now-convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. By November, two members -- Bob Ney of Ohio and Duke Cunningham of California -- had pleaded guilty, and American voters revolted by handing the leadership to Democrats.

Diana West | August 10, 2007

Remember when we heard that if only our leaders had known how to "connect the dots," the 9/11 attacks could have been prevented?

Linda Chavez | August 10, 2007

Hillary Clinton may be pulling away from the pack of Democratic contenders, but she's still playing it safe.

Matt Towery | August 10, 2007

In the past few weeks I've been in communication with two names, one known to most Americans, the other probably only remembered by media and political leaders. Both are part of the 2008 presidential drama. It remains to be seen if they will become full-fledged participants.

Paul Greenberg | August 10, 2007

You go up the broad steps of the classical temple that is the Museum of Fine Arts and push through the glass doors into the cool shadows that house the once turbulent past. In museums, its passions and preoccupations are stilled.

Donald Lambro | August 10, 2007

Worsening disapproval scores for the Democrats in Congress have spawned party-wide fears that voter alienation could give Republicans a chance to make a comeback in 2008.

Rebecca Hagelin | August 10, 2007

As we commit to seek help and make change in our own lives, we must not forget that one way to lift our spirits in the midst of our own real problems (or annoyances) is to focus on meeting the needs of others. One great human failure is turning away from the genuine suffering of so many people around the world -- people who actually have something to complain about, but whose cries of pain and misery go largely unheard by our vast population of self-centered whiners.

Charles Krauthammer | August 10, 2007

For a month, the veracity of The New Republic's Scott Thomas Beauchamp, the Army private who has been sending dispatches from the front in Iraq, has been in dispute. His latest "Baghdad Diarist" (July 13) recounted three incidents of American soldiers engaged in acts of unusual callousness. The stories were meant to shock. And they did.

Kathleen Parker | August 10, 2007

Chances are good that more Americans have heard of Pvt. Scott Thomas Beauchamp than Cpl. Zebulon "Zeb" Webberley.

Burt Prelutsky | August 10, 2007

Perhaps it’s all this warm weather, but I find myself bursting with notions. To begin with, I feel it’s high time that I stepped up to the plate and risked being called a few bad names by denying the myth of the essential Mexican. If you listen to such clodhoppers as George Bush and Ted Kennedy, you might actually get the idea that without a constant stream of Spanish-speaking illiterates, our economy would collapse like a punctured balloon. How is it, I wonder, that this nation managed to get along for the first 200 years of its existence?

John Hawkins | August 10, 2007

Last week-end, three chickenhawks were feted by a bunch of drooling, whooping extremists at a convention. What a disgrace! How dare these candidates, none of whom have served in the military, advocate that we continue fighting in a war where American troops are dying?

Rebecca Hagelin | August 10, 2007

Far too many of us (myself included) spend too much time stewing over things that aren’t even worth our energy or attention. And I find that so, well … annoying.

Lorie Byrd | August 10, 2007

Right now it might seem that the 2008 presidential election will be all about Iraq, but that might not be the case if the surge counteroffensive continues to produce results and voters see some troops returning home next year. If troops begin leaving Iraq and there has not been a terrorist attack on U.S. soil between now and November 2008, issues that have taken a backburner for the past seven years will start creeping back into the public consciousness and into the election.

Thu, Aug 09, 2007

Peter Wehner | August 09, 2007

Matt Drudge has posted this headline on his site: "Editor For SC Largest Paper: Edwards Is 'A Big Phony.'" That claim may qualify as the understatement of the political year.

Amanda Carpenter | August 09, 2007

Democrats running for their party’s nomination for President will openly discuss gay, lesbian and transgender issues in a forum sponsored by a gay rights group Thursday evening, which could hurt them in the polls of early swing states.

Tom Liddy | August 09, 2007

Barack Obama has been criticized for his failure to campaign beyond platitudes. The 46-year-old Illinois pol, who at age 45 already had two best-selling autobiographies, has raised more money for the Democratic Presidential primary campaign than Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Janice Shaw Crouse | August 09, 2007

A former university academic dean, I know of hard-nosed Calculus professors who started off their introductory class by saying to the students, "Look at the person to the right of you and the one to left of you." Then they continued, "One of you is going to fail this class."

Paul Driessen | August 09, 2007

Good companies earn money the old-fashioned way: working for it and serving the public.

Amanda Carpenter | August 09, 2007

Locking in Pennsylvania early on would be advantageous for the current Democratic and Republican presidential front-runners, say pollsters who study early swing states to make general election predictions.

Sandy Rios | August 09, 2007

"Please do us all a favor... get raped and then killed. You rancid, filthy ___." That's a direct quote from an e-mail I received after appearing on "The O'Reilly Factor." I was on the show objecting to the San Diego Padres celebration of "Gay Pride" on the same day they invited hundreds of children for a floppy hat giveaway.

Rich Galen | August 09, 2007

The Washington Nationals will go down in baseball history as being the team against which Barry Bonds hit his record-breaking 756th major league home run.

John McCaslin | August 09, 2007

Perhaps Newt Gingrich ought to toss his hat into the 2008 presidential ring after all.

Victor Davis Hanson | August 09, 2007

Critics of the U.S. troop "surge" in Iraq, called for by President George Bush in January, early on cited American losses and then announced the plan's failure. Supporters, on the other hand, have seen progress from new tactics (which, many argue, should have been adopted far earlier).

Cal Thomas | August 09, 2007

The last (but unfortunately not the final) "debate" among Republican presidential candidates aired Sunday at 10:30 a.m. EST in the apparent hope that no one would watch. Few did. But among those who watched, or who read the transcript, ideology once again seemed to take precedence over something the voters might consider of greater importance in next year's election.

Suzanne Fields | August 09, 2007

History repeats itself, but rarely exactly. Examples of both cowardice and courage have lessons to teach, and so do comparisons with the past. The oft-drawn analogy between abrupt withdrawal from Iraq and Neville Chamberlain's appeasement of Hitler in 1938 is inexact, but irresistible. Chamberlain, like some of the loudest voices crying now for taking the last plane out of Baghdad, was regarded by his colleagues and the newspapers as "a hero for peace."

Austin Bay | August 09, 2007

According to major media, America's "surge in Iraq" is suddenly working.

Donald Lambro | August 09, 2007

Congress has recessed for the month of August and, as an 18th-century critic once said, our liberties and fortunes are safe for the time being.

William Rusher | August 09, 2007

When the American people rose up in wrath a couple of months ago and stopped dead in its tracks a bipartisan effort to ram a phony immigration "reform" bill through the Senate, I warned that our triumph was inspiring but very probably short-lived. It is extremely difficult to focus the attention of the people at large on any policy, however bad, that is wanted eagerly by an influential minority.

Paul Weyrich | August 09, 2007

In April of 1990 I visited Sverdlovsk, now Yekaterinburg, where the last Russian Tsar, Nicholas II, and his family were executed by the Communists. My colleagues and I created a school for Boris Yeltsin and his people, teaching them how to win elections. The director of the school requested that I return for a few weeks sometime during the year to teach his students how we govern. The director's intelligence was superb. He had learned that I liked trains and had arranged for me to ride trains throughout the Soviet Union. As I quickly imagined being arrested in a remote rural town, I declined.

Emmett Tyrrell | August 09, 2007

The infallible Washington Times reports that up for sale is one of the most famous scenes of infantilism in the 20th century: "Woodstock."

Ashley Herzog | August 09, 2007

Once upon a time – a time you probably don’t remember if you’re younger than 30 – American schools sought to teach children self-control, personal responsibility, and respect for others, especially adults. Students were corrected when they made mistakes and reprimanded when they slacked off or talked back.

Ken Blackwell | August 09, 2007

There’s another governor from Hope, Ark., seeking to become the president of America. He’s Mike Huckabee. And while many would think that his hometown is the only thing Mr. Huckabee has in common with President Clinton, they share one other thing as well: Mr. Huckabee knows how to appeal to both the party base and middle America at the same time.

Cliff May | August 09, 2007

Senator and presidential candidate Barack Obama wants to fight al-Qaeda in Pakistan – after accepting defeat at the hands of al-Qaeda in Iraq. His critics say that shows his inexperience. But he’s hardly alone.

Robert Novak | August 09, 2007

Marvin Olasky | August 09, 2007

Democratic presidential candidates in their Tuesday night debate were ragging, as usual, on "cool hand" George W. Bush's "failure to communicate," but I don't think they get why the president, an intelligent fellow, does a poor job of explaining his actions.

Wed, Aug 08, 2007

Michael Reagan | August 08, 2007

I got thinking about something my dad Ronald Reagan wrote about in his book "An American Life" about the importance of sometimes keeping secrets from Congress.

Ann Coulter | August 08, 2007

In their latest demonstration of how much they love the troops, liberals have produced yet another anti-war hoax.

Doug Wilson | August 08, 2007

Public diplomacy remains such a shadow in American foreign policy. As the threat of radical Islam grows by the day, we remain woefully unprepared to carry our message of freedom, equality and tolerance to the world. Into this void step the enemies of freedom, who seek to falsely define America as imperialistic, intolerant and morally bankrupt.

Jon Sanders | August 08, 2007

"Would it kill us greedy obese Mc[expletive]s gobbling everything in our path and [vulgarity] on Planet Earth to do SOMETHING about global warming??? [expletive] Repugna-cans and their [expletive] [vulgarity] oil-guzzling phony-crony [vugarity] won't be happy till the East Coast is under the Atlantic, Hawaii is gone, and F-5 tornadoes are devastating Alaska!!!"

Ashley Emans | August 08, 2007

On October 11, 2007 Dr. Jack Kevorkian will speak at the University of Florida. His resume includes at least 130 assisted suicides, several notable writings, and an eight year stint in prison.

Michael Gerson | August 08, 2007

It is a disturbing experience to watch your own brother, your flesh and blood, dabble in the occult, become consumed by ambition and then descend by stages into murder. And the last straw was when he ordered the slaughter of those children.

Mitch McConnell | August 08, 2007

Sometimes you really can have too much of a good thing. If you doubt that, look no further than the hijacking of a successful federal program by some in Congress.

Maggie Gallagher | August 08, 2007

"That's no first lady, that's my wife!" -- Badabump. -- It's open season apparently on the wives and children of GOP presidential candidates.

John McCaslin | August 08, 2007

This time, Jim Wrenn isn't trying to be funny when labeling "Lions for Lambs," the upcoming Robert Redford-directed movie starring Tom Cruise (he's now grown up enough to play the part of a U.S. senator) and Meryl Streep, as Hollywood's attempt to support a 2008 Democratic presidential ticket while at the same time influence public opinion on the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thomas Sowell | August 08, 2007

Amid all the hand-wringing and finger-pointing as housing markets collapse, mortgage foreclosures skyrocket, and financial markets panic, there is very little attention being paid to the fundamental economic and political decisions that led to this mess.

John Stossel | August 08, 2007

It's time to amend the Wisconsin football song so we can cheer on the Badger State's politicians as they move toward health-care socialism.

Brent Bozell | August 08, 2007

Here's one sign that Hillary Clinton is the Democratic presidential frontrunner. Reporters are tripping over themselves to convince us how likable and human she is -- strong and yet nurturing.

Jonah Goldberg | August 08, 2007

A horrendous national shortage gripped America in the 1970s. The forces of progress rallied the American people to, in a spirit of shared purpose, combat our collective need.

Terry Jeffrey | August 08, 2007

The same communist regime that killed democracy advocates in 1989 will host the Olympics in 2008.

Ben Shapiro | August 08, 2007

McClellan's notoriety in the Washington area led him to relocate to Santa Clarita, California, where he promptly began his activities anew.

Debra J. Saunders | August 08, 2007

Sacramento Republicans have accomplished the impossible. Assembly Republicans pushed for and won a $145 billion budget that would pare the state deficit to $700 million. Then, holdout Senate Republicans got Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to agree to use his line-item veto to cut the deficit to zero.

Paul Greenberg | August 08, 2007

BOSTON - Contrary to what they taught us in journalism school, let's mention the unimportant thing first: the score. It was the Boston Red Sox 8, Chicago White Sox 5 in the last game of their series here at Fenway Park.

Kathleen Parker | August 08, 2007

The curious case of a soldier/writer who penned dubious dispatches from Iraq about morally corrupt American soldiers continues apace.

Michael Medved | August 08, 2007

In a desperate effort to revive his floundering presidential campaign, Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo has returned to his unhinged and wildly irresponsible discussion of punitive bombing of Muslim holy sites in Saudi Arabia.

Michelle Malkin | August 08, 2007

Self-aggrandizing soldier recounts war atrocities. Media outlets disseminate soldier's tales uncritically. Military folks smell a rat and poke holes in tales too good (or rather, bad) to be true. Soldier's ideological sponsors blame the messengers for exposing anti-war fraud.

Walter E. Williams | August 08, 2007

Global warming has become a big-ticket item in the eyes of its supporters. At stake are research funds, jobs and the ability to control lives all over the globe. Most climatologists agree that over the last century, the Earth's average temperature has risen about one degree Celsius.

Mike Adams | August 08, 2007

I've written about a number of threats to the First Amendment in recent years. But few have riled me up as much as a recent letter written by attorney Joseph E. Sandler. Sandler was hired by CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations) after the organization learned that Robert Spencer was about to give a speech called "The Truth About CAIR" at the National Conservative Student Conference held by the Young America's Foundation (YAF).

Tony Blankley | August 08, 2007

The 2008 election is conventionally believed to be a change election. So far, there is some evidence to suggest that it will be -- although we won't, in fact, know until election night next November -- and perhaps not for many years thereafter.

Chuck Colson | August 08, 2007

A young coed named Heather paid a visit to her campus health clinic. She told the doctor she was suffering from depression. The doctor explored possible causes, but Heather could not come up with any reasons for her sadness. Oh, wait—there is one thing, she remembered. Since Thanksgiving, she said, “I’ve had a ‘friend with benefits.’” That is, a male friend that she is not in a relationship with, but has casual sex with.

Tue, Aug 07, 2007

Ed Feulner | August 07, 2007

SMUGGLERS CANYON, CALIF. -- This is the southwestern-most point of the continental United States. Several Mexican families swim in the Pacific Ocean on one side of the border fence, while a group of Americans walk the beach on the other side. I’ve come to see what our border agents face every day.

Jacob Sullum | August 07, 2007

When you talk to your mother on the phone, do you have a reasonable expectation of privacy? I thought I had privacy, but apparently I don’t -- at least not anymore -- because my mother lives in Jerusalem.

Betsy Hart | August 07, 2007

Why am I not surprised? Second hand obesity has now been documented. That according to a study just out in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine, and funded by the National Institute on Aging.

Amanda Carpenter | August 07, 2007

In a special session at the YearlyKos convention, Hillary Clinton praised left-wing bloggers and promised she would provide universal internet access, full benefits for same-sex couples and pre-kindergarten that caters to children who don’t speak English if elected President.

Fred Thompson | August 07, 2007

Economist Larry Kudlow calls today’s American economy, “the greatest story never told.” If you’re generally predisposed to not support tax cuts and economic growth, you’re probably satisfied that the U.S. economy isn’t bragged on more. But you’d also be out of step with Americans traditional optimism, and out of step with reality, too.

John Fund | August 07, 2007

Republicans faced a time for choosing last week, when Senate Democrats brought to the floor an ethics "reform" bill that may make it easier for Congress to dole out pork-barrel spending. In the words of GOP Sen. Tom Coburn, the bill "not only failed to drain the swamp, but gave the alligators new rights."

Scott Garrett | August 07, 2007

The U.S. House of Representatives last week approved a $160 billion entitlement explosion, a $53 billion tax hike, relaxed rules for illegal immigrant access to federal benefits, and a package of Medicare cuts. With this they are saddling our children with extraordinary debt, and are doing so without my vote.

John McCaslin | August 07, 2007

The fact that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will be today's luncheon speaker at the National Press Club caught our attention, given that the Fourth Estate's 2008 "presidential candidate luncheon series" kicked off only last week with Delaware senator and Democratic presidential candidate Joseph R. Biden Jr.

Thomas Sowell | August 07, 2007

It took a collapsing bridge in Minnesota to alert people across the country to the fact that many other bridges in many other places have been allowed to deteriorate without adequate maintenance.

David Limbaugh | August 07, 2007

For the longest time I have believed -- and continue to believe -- Republicans will not nominate a social liberal as their presidential candidate, but even more so that if they do, they will severely handicap themselves in the general election.

Cal Thomas | August 07, 2007

The grotesque amount of condescension from the elite media concerning the purchase of Dow Jones, which includes The Wall Street Journal, by "media mogul" Rupert Murdoch is astounding. You would think Hugo Chavez had just bought the newspaper with his oil money and announced an immediate tilt to the left. Come to think of it, the elites would not have found that as offensive, because America already has a national newspaper that mostly reflects Chavez's leftist views. It's called The New York Times.

Dennis Prager | August 07, 2007

If you want your children to be happy adults and even happy children -- and what parent does not? -- minimize the excitement in their lives. The more excitement, the less happy they are likely to be.

Pat Buchanan | August 07, 2007

There was a time when events like the collapse of that bridge over the Mississippi would have been taken in stride. But today, there has be someone to blame, someone to be held accountable, someone who could have prevented it, someone whose head must go on a pike.

Bill Murchison | August 07, 2007

With Rupert Murdoch having won his war for control of The Wall Street Journal, we can begin to reflect on the Meaning of It All.

Mon, Aug 06, 2007

Bill Steigerwald | August 06, 2007

The sun is a furnace of nuclear fusion beyond human comprehension. Although just an ordinary star, it produces an incomprehensible 386 billion-billion megawatts of energy per second. It’s also real hot.

Austin Hill | August 06, 2007

In the days immediately after Jerry Falwell's death, I know where I was - - on radio talk shows throughout the United States and Canada as a “guest expert” from Townhall.com. My role in those venues was to explain in two to three minutes the impact that Falwell had on American public life (American politics in particular), and why it mattered.

Amanda Carpenter | August 06, 2007

The extreme left has grown into an organized, radical 21st century online force, more interested in raising taxes to fund universal broadband than donning hippy headbands.

Phyllis Schlafly | August 06, 2007

The cheering gallery for SPP is hysterically chanting that its goal is not a North American "union" modeled on the European Union - and that anyone who thinks otherwise must be peddling conspiracy fears. But SPP supporters candidly admit they want North American "integration," which might be a distinction without a difference.

Roger Schlesinger | August 06, 2007

The head of our mortgage bank suggested I write a column on the challenges that the mortgage industry is facing and I agreed. I had one concern: I need to find out myself!

Tom DeLay | August 06, 2007

Judicial nominations are one of those issues that, for their overarching importance, should be of much greater interest than they are.

John McCaslin | August 06, 2007

Democrats have apparently realized both the visibility and effect of the U.S. Senate's first-ever committee blog, started by the incoming Republican minority last December.

John Boehner | August 06, 2007

Seven months have passed since I handed the gavel to Nancy Pelosi, formally returning control of the House to Democrats for the first time in 12 years. In my remarks to the House that day, I offered a bit of advice to the members of the incoming majority.

Craig Steiner | August 06, 2007

The nation’s largest health insurer, UnitedHealth Group, wants to buy up Sierra Health Services in Nevada. The merger would give the new company a virtual monopoly over health insurance in the Silver State, reducing competition, which usually means increasing costs. Supporters, however, say the merger will actually reduce costs and improve service due to the efficiencies of scale the giant conglomerate will enjoy.

Mike Adams | August 06, 2007

Once again, I am forced to write a letter condemning the anti-black racism that has spread like wildfire across our campus during the reign of Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo.

Michael Barone | August 06, 2007

It's not often that an opinion article shakes up Washington and changes the way a major issue is viewed. But that happened last week, when The New York Times printed an opinion article by Brookings Institution analysts Michael O'Hanlon and Ken Pollack on the progress of the surge strategy in Iraq.

Suzanne Fields | August 06, 2007

We're forced, among other things, to listen to what wives and children (and maybe soon a husband) say and watch what they do. Families are sometimes assets, occasionally liabilities and often casualties.

Paul Greenberg | August 06, 2007

Knowing a little history is a great time-saver. One need only read the headline over a "news" story to realize it's an old story, and feel free to go on to the sports page.

Rich Galen | August 06, 2007

This weekend the Republican candidates for President got themselves up, shaved, dressed and ready for an ABC News debate from Des Moines, Iowa. The Democratic candidates attended a convention of left-wing Bloggers at the "Yearly Kos" convention in Chicago.

Donald Lambro | August 06, 2007

One of the conclusions of the post-9/11 investigation into the terrorist attacks was that U.S. intelligence agencies had failed to connect the dots about the unfolding plot against us.

Robert Novak | August 06, 2007

The 42 senators and 196 House members who have signed a no-tax-increase pledge received a stern warning last Wednesday from Grover Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform (ATR): If you vote for Amendment 2548 to the Democratic-sponsored expansion of SCHIP (State Children's Health Insurance Program), you will violate your solemn promise. However, Amendment 2548 is not the product of tax-and-spend liberals but of conservative lawmakers and policy experts.

Burt Prelutsky | August 06, 2007

I grew up in a home in which Franklin Roosevelt was regarded as a saint. Is it any wonder that it took me so many years before I finally saw the light? As a rule, I don’t approve of people who lay their own shortcomings at the feet of their parents, but when I realize that for no other reason than the way I was raised that I actually voted for Jimmy Carter, it’s awfully tempting to blame my folks.

Carol Platt Liebau | August 06, 2007

Like the old cliche about fire goes, infertility treatments, too, can constitute one of mankind’s greatest blessings – or one of its most pernicious curses.

La Shawn Barber | August 06, 2007

In a recent article, The Economist called blacks and Hispanics “natural allies.” Citing Barack Obama’s “brothers in the fight for equality” reference to the two groups, the writer conceded that with blacks and Hispanics, there’s no such thing.

Star Parker | August 06, 2007

I believe that reasonable people look at facts and draw rational conclusions. It's why I am mystified at the open and passionate embrace today by the Democratic Party of plain old unadulterated liberalism.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | August 06, 2007

This fall, Congress will evaluate and potentially reauthorize the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001. This will be tantamount to grading education. It is important for all Americans to remember that comprehensive reform is necessary to restore our international educational edge.

Sun, Aug 05, 2007

Jonathan Garthwaite | August 05, 2007

Here's what Townhall.com readers were talking about during the week that was -- July 29-Aug 5, 2007

Debra J. Saunders | August 05, 2007

Thursday in Iowa, GOP presidential hopeful and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said he wants to strip government officials convicted for corruption of their pensions. He noted his disappointment with ethically lapsed Republicans, in particular: "I expect more of people in my own party. We speak about high ethical standards, and we should be an example of those high ethical standards."

Kevin McCullough | August 05, 2007

With all the horror stories hitting the headlines about online fears, crimes, predators, and even rape leading to murder one thing has become very clear: Parents need to understand their children's lives more than ever.

Salena Zito | August 05, 2007

Because the Bush administration picked a vice president who ended up having no presidential aspirations, we are left with decisions that have "taken (the) spirit out of the heart of the country; we do not have that feeling of being the 'shining city on the hill,'" Keating says.

Paul Jacob | August 05, 2007

This side of treason, reform never looked better.

Mary Grabar | August 05, 2007

Much clucking behind television anchor desks follows the airing of popular internet footage of girl fights. After repeated displays of adolescent girls slapping each other, pulling hair, and ripping off clothes, news anchors wonder out loud about the reasons for their popularity among YouTube and other internet viewers.

Ken Connor | August 05, 2007

Is this the new credo of American business? One wonders after listening to the whining of some in the business community who insist that they can't compete in the marketplace unless they can avail themselves of the cheap labor of illegal aliens. Then there are the prohibited "protection payments" paid by Chiquita Banana to Columbian drug lords to ensure that business runs smoothly in the Southern hemisphere. And, of course, there are bribes paid to some of Capitol Hill's finest to ensure that the payors thereof are recipients of the government's largesse, thereby improving their "market share" of your tax dollars.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | August 05, 2007

There was a distinct contrast between the trainers’ physical fitness and that of the spectators. The trainers, wearing wetsuits, are in great shape, running from side to side of the large tank during the show, diving and swimming in the tank and running up the stairs. In comparison, the people who filled the stands appeared to be a representative sample of America, where two-thirds of the population is overweight or obese.

Paul Edwards | August 05, 2007

In life, Tammy Faye Bakker was made a laughing-stock by the mainstream media. Her overly mascara-ed face, her ditzy monologues, and her twangy, southern-style hymn singing were held up by the media as the prototypical evangelical: uneducated, backwoods—and living in la-la land.

Robert Bluey | August 05, 2007

Sen. Dick Durbin embarked on a new experiment in legislating when he turned to the blogosphere in an effort to develop a national broadband strategy to bring high-speed Internet access to more Americans.