Sat, Aug 25, 2007

Bill Sali | August 25, 2007

Some people say it is wrong for me to speak in defense of the importance of Christianity's role in our country's founding and it continuing significance to the life of our nation.

Doug Giles | August 25, 2007

I have nothing against friendly foreigners who want to get the heck out of their banana republic and get a legal life over here in the land of plenty. I feel your pain, hombres. Well, not really. Actually, I have no idea what kind of gruel you have to slog through while I live on a marina in Miami next to a world-class golf course.

Suzanne Fields | August 25, 2007

Everybody appreciates the geeks, who bear us the gifts of the technology only they understand. They know their math and science, heroes for our time. They usually won't knock you over with quotations from Shakespeare, or pause in mid-byte to drink deep from the waters of philosophy, art and music, but if the microchip is the food of love, the geek is the faithful lover.

Diana West | August 25, 2007

Q: What do Belgian Muslims calling for a ban on Easter eggs have to do with American parents hiring "parenting coaches" to put junior to bed?

Kathryn Lopez | August 25, 2007

If public opinion isn't on your side, hit your opponent below the belt. This seemed to be the game plan for some Louisiana Democrats, who recently used religion to try and derail Republican rising star Congressman Bobby Jindal's run for the governorship.

John Andrews | August 25, 2007

Even if you don't pay taxes or tuition to the University of Colorado, my state's pride and joy, CU's academic rigor or lack of it should concern you.

Robert Novak | August 25, 2007

Thompson has decided to be one of many at the Sept. 27 debate at Baltimore's Morgan State University.

Carl Horowitz | August 25, 2007

For most of this decade the Left has been riding a wave of popular discontent over highly-publicized corporate corruption, rarely wasting an opportunity to point out scandals at Enron, Tyco, WorldCom and other major companies. That more than once their officials have been carted away to federal prison confirms the progressives' conviction that capitalism desperately needs moral therapy

Herb London | August 25, 2007

While trade sanctions against China are being discussed on Capital Hill, the Chinese government has begun a concerted campaign of economic threats against the United States in a game called “Who will blink first?”

Caroline Glick | August 25, 2007

As the cliche goes, "A conservative is a liberal whose been mugged by reality." Like most cliches, this one exposes a larger truth.

Nathan Tabor | August 25, 2007

It's like Christmas for political pundits nationwide who are trying to make hay out of the Iowa Straw Poll results. Political observers may be dissecting the results until the first Presidential primaries roll around in 2008. Having studied the results, I come to a single conclusion: conservatism remains in style.

Michael McBride | August 25, 2007

Much has been made about President Bush's recent comments comparing the known fallout in SE Asia after our precipitous withdrawal from the Vietnam War – genocide in Cambodia, re-education camps and mass exodus from South Vietnam. And yet defeatists continue to use the Vietnam War as their case for comparison and the foundation for their call for immediate withdrawal.

Fri, Aug 24, 2007

William F. Buckley | August 24, 2007

Western Europe has a Muslim problem, and it is particularly acute in Great Britain, which is more intimately linked to constitutional traditions and procedures.

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann | August 24, 2007

Democrats are increasingly giving evidence that they seem to feel that they have already held their primaries and nominated the former first lady.

Rich Tucker | August 24, 2007

Not long ago, the end seemed nigh. Humanity had never had a weapon it didn’t use against itself, and the dawn of the atomic age meant civilization itself could be wiped out.

Dr. Matthew Ladner | August 24, 2007

Michael Lewis' book The Blind Side tells a fascinating story about poverty and education through the lens of football. Lewis focuses on two main stories.

Michael Gerson | August 24, 2007

One sexual predator, when interviewed by the FBI, described his experience with foreign child prostitutes this way: "It's like being a star. They want to try my food. They want to see what clothes I wear. They want to watch my television." Such "stars" are the global consumers of innocence, exercising a particularly brutal form of power over the poorest, most vulnerable children on Earth.

Michael Franc | August 24, 2007

Remember the endless end-of-session confrontations between President Reagan and the Democratic-controlled Congresses of the 1980s? Former Speaker Tip O’Neill and his allies would bundle the year’s spending bills into one gargantuan package, quietly add tax increases, multi-billion dollar expansions to Medicare and Medicaid, tinker with housing, education, environmental and energy policies, and then send the unread legislative mess to the White House in the dark of night, daring the president to sign it.

William Wilson | August 24, 2007

Voter dissatisfaction with the United States Congress was already dropping like a rock prior to the revelation that Rep. Bob Filner (D-California) had been charged with assault and battery for allegedly shoving a female airline attendant when his luggage didn't come out fast enough.

Roger Schlesinger | August 24, 2007

I was just watching one of the financial shows on television and listening to a wealthy investor and one of the co-hosts talking I wanted to scream, but waking my wife wouldn't help. Each one considers the other one an expert in the field of finance as well as themself and yet I didn't hear one word of truth out of either during the period I was able to stomach the show.

Scott Garrett | August 24, 2007

For the survivors of the tragic bridge collapse in Minnesota and for the families and friends of those who perished when that bridge plunged 60 feet down into the Mississippi River, that day will not soon be forgotten. But, there are lessons to be learned and remembered for us all, particularly for Congress, if we are to avoid future tragedies like this one.

Tim Murphy | August 24, 2007

In April 2006, Massachusetts passed historic legislation aiming to increase dramatically the number of people covered by health insurance. While only in effect since July 2007, the early signs are encouraging.

Victor Davis Hanson | August 24, 2007

As another school year is set to get under way, it's worth pondering where this epidemic of ignorance came from.

John McCaslin | August 24, 2007

If there's anything amusing about the popular website “Catholics Against Rudy,” it's the fact that it was designed by Patrick Carver, “a staunch, pro-life Southern Baptist” -- albeit one who believes “in the cause.”

John Hawkins | August 24, 2007

The 2008 election season has been a bit short on dramatics so far. We've had lots of mostly dull debates, not a single candidate has been caught making out on a yacht with his mistress, and hordes of third rate candidates with no chance to ever get elected, are refusing to get off the stage -- until they've checked every couch in their campaign headquarters for enough change to keep them going for another week or two.

Brent Bozell | August 24, 2007

Take Darren Bousman, director of the forthcoming horror flick "Saw IV." He eagerly told that in his new movie, "there is a scene where I physically regurgitated in my mouth.

Jonah Goldberg | August 24, 2007

Readers keep asking me what I think about Michael Vick, the disgraced Atlanta Falcons quarterback who this week agreed to plead guilty to a number of charges relating to his aspiration to be the Don King of dogfighting.

Mike Adams | August 24, 2007

I’m a big supporter of Michael Vick. Not the old Michael Vick who used to play football. I’m talking about the new Michael Vick who’s getting railroaded by the man. You may think I’m being sarcastic but I’m not. Give me a few hundred more words to explain and I’ll make you a supporter of Michael Vick, too.

David Limbaugh | August 24, 2007

The Democrats' latest ploy of shifting the goal posts to dampen Gen. Petraeus's anticipated report of military successes in Iraq by emphasizing the slow progress on the political side makes it increasingly hard to deny they are working for defeat at all costs.

Mona Charen | August 24, 2007

There is no formal recognition or plaque for the events of August 9, 2001. On that day, a Palestinian Hamas member carrying a guitar case filled with explosives and nails detonated his bomb in the restaurant and killed 15 people, including seven children, and wounded more than 130.

Oliver North | August 24, 2007

This week in Kansas City, Mo., the commander in chief received something he's not getting a lot of lately: multiple standing ovations.

Lisa De Pasquale | August 24, 2007

In my column last week I asked whether those that support the global war on terrorism are hypocrites for not joining the military. Several comment posters thought so. They don’t seem to grasp the point that the reason we don’t want all supporters of the war in the military is because we want to win. Their goal is different – the humiliation of America just so they can say “We told you so.” We want the strongest, most intelligent military of the willing in order to ensure victory. As Congressman James Clyburn (D-SC) said, that’s “a real big problem” for Democrats.

Pat Buchanan | August 24, 2007

"After 34 years with LTV Steel, I was forced to retire because of a disability. Two years later, LTV filed bankruptcy. I lost a third of my pension, and my family lost their health care. Every day of my life, I sit at the kitchen table across from the woman who devoted 36 years of her life to my family, and I can't afford to pay for her health care. What's wrong with America, and what will you do to change it?"

Linda Chavez | August 24, 2007

I had put off reading Cormac McCarthy's "All the Pretty Horses" for years, having picked it up when it first came out in paperback in 1993. But a Colorado vacation seemed a perfect time to take it up again. There's something satisfying about reading a book in sync with the locale where I happen to be.

Paul Greenberg | August 24, 2007

American Media, owner of Weekly World News, is shutting down the grocery-store tabloid that once exposed 12 U.S. senators as space aliens.

Rebecca Hagelin | August 24, 2007

Our little boy is now a tall, responsible young man facing life on his own. Yes, it’s what good parents everywhere dream of and want for their kids -- to become independent adults who fly from our arms into a world where they can make their own mark. But still, the tears come -- for me, mainly because I now know from painful personal experience that there is a certain brevity to childhood. Those wild and wonderful days have vanished forever.

Burt Prelutsky | August 24, 2007

Lately, there have been a lot of nasty rumors floating around about Rudy and Judith Giuliani. I’ve heard, for instance, that he’s been having an affair. I’ve also heard that she, wife number three, is a royal pain in the butt who goes berserk if anyone dares call her Judy.

Lorie Byrd | August 24, 2007

Recently pop singer Gwen Stefani made news by making what she referred to as a “major sacrifice” by performing her concert in Malaysia with shoulders, legs and belly completely covered. The reason for ditching her usual attire, which often consists of short skirts and midriff-revealing halter tops, was in reaction to protests from the 10,000-member National Union of Malaysian Muslim Students who said such clothing would clash with Islamic culture and values and provide a poor role model for Malaysian youth.

Charles Krauthammer | August 24, 2007

After months of surreality, the Iraq debate has quite abruptly acquired a relationship to reality.

Mike Gallagher | August 24, 2007

With the Iowa Straw Poll, there’s no political drama, no surprises, just a wonderful gathering of good-hearted Republicans who watch the candidate who spent the most money take the prize. But in Texas, it will be quite different.

Ed Feulner | August 24, 2007

Today’s modern technology would doubtless awe the people whose pioneering work made it possible. If Alexander Graham Bell flipped open a cell phone or Philo T. Farnsworth watched a high-def television, they’d be dumbfounded. Technology has taken their relatively crude inventions and made them immeasurably better.

Burt Prelutsky | August 24, 2007

It was bad enough seeing those folks at the game in San Francisco giving Barry Bonds a standing ovation, but I really could have done without George Bush calling to congratulate him. What sort of message does that send to the youth of America? The one I read into it is that the ends justify the means, and that lying, cheating and stealing, are all quite acceptable in the pursuit of glory and riches. Thank you, Mr. President, for making things just a little bit tougher for parents, teachers and society in general.

Chuck Colson | August 24, 2007

Since 1782, the Latin phrase E pluribus unum—“out of many, one”—has appeared on the Great Seal of the United States.

Thu, Aug 23, 2007

Rich Lowry | August 23, 2007

The new report from the CIA's inspector general about the spy agency's pre-9/11 failings could be titled, "What We Did During Our Holiday From History."

Sally C. Pipes | August 23, 2007

Health care reform is hot this election season and presidential hopefuls from both parties appear weekly with promises of reforms that will supposedly solve our system's problems with universal coverage at affordable costs.

Michael Reagan | August 23, 2007

Her name is Elvira Arellano and whatever else she may be, she’s a master propagandist who knows full well just which buttons to push to unleash a flood of liberal do-gooder tears.

Rich Galen | August 23, 2007

We’ve discussed this before, but polls taken in August are something less than determinative of a result in a caucus or primary in the next January or February.

Stuart Epperson | August 23, 2007

The First Amendment states: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

John McCaslin | August 23, 2007

The senator's "collaborations with right-wingers such as Senator Sam Brownback, Kansas Republican, and former Senator Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania Republican, grow in part from that connection," reveals the report, recalling regular meetings over one eight-year period beginning in 1993 "with a Christian 'cell' whose members included Susan Baker, wife of Bush consigliere James Baker; Joanne Kemp, wife of conservative icon Jack Kemp; Eileen Bakke, wife of Dennis Bakke, a leader in the anti-union Christian management movement; and Grace Nelson, the wife of Senator Bill Nelson, a conservative Florida Democrat."

Lisa A. Rickard | August 23, 2007

Last year, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America decided that a few among their ranks had brought disrepute to the trial lawyers' reputation. So they decided to take a stand against the bad actors in their ranks and call for reforms to reduce outrageous lawsuits.

John Boehner | August 23, 2007

There’s no better way to get a beat on what Americans are thinking than to get out of Washington, DC. I’m halfway through an 11 state swing in support of House Republicans that’s taking me to 18 different Congressional Districts throughout the Midwest. So far, the questions I’m hearing most are “who will secure the borders?” “Who has a plan to reduce gas prices and make us less dependent on foreign oil?” “Who will make health care more affordable?” And “who will defend America from the threat of terrorism?”

Kristen Fyfe | August 23, 2007

The network’s own survey shows that family and faith, not sex, are what make young Americans happy. Guess what’s on the nightly broadcast schedule.

Larry Elder | August 23, 2007

This raises an age-old question. If "The Guy" knows everything -- when to buy, when to sell -- why not simply park yourself in front of your computer and grow richer?

Cal Thomas | August 23, 2007

George Orwell, call your office. You can add to your list of opposites ("war is peace," "ignorance is strength" and "freedom is slavery") a new one. It is the emerging plan of congressional Democrats, joined by at least one Democratic presidential candidate: "losing is winning."

Debra J. Saunders | August 23, 2007

"Many Americans do not believe that the success of our students or of our schools can be measured by one test administered on one day, and I agree with them. This is not fair," Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., told the National Press Club last month.

Matt Towery | August 23, 2007

It's been a hoot reading and listening to pundits and armchair legal analysts speculate on the fate awaiting Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick on charges of illegal dogfighting.

Donald Lambro | August 23, 2007

Democrats face a potentially disastrous conundrum in the 2008 presidential nominating race: Sen. Hillary Clinton, the front-runner, is the most disliked candidate among her party's contenders.

William Rusher | August 23, 2007

In one sense, of course, there is no doubt about it: America is a superpower. In relative terms, the only superpower in the world. Our armed forces dominate the globe. And, in purely economic terms, our power is equally overwhelming.

Marvin Olasky | August 23, 2007

Last week, when Karl Christian Rove, born on Christmas in 1950, announced that he was ending his White House life, pundits eager to punch back had the best of all possible worlds: They could write the summing-up lines characteristic of an obituary without the constraints of courtesy to the deceased. The New York Times was typical in referring to Rove's "infamously bare-knuckled political tactics."

Paul Weyrich | August 23, 2007

I do not believe it necessary to amend the Constitution frequently but there are times when an amendment is justified. One such amendment should prohibit politicians from using the phrase "I'm going back to my home state to be with my family."

Robert Novak | August 23, 2007

WASHINGTON -- The unexpected, widely praised cut in the discount rate last Friday only momentarily removed pressure from the Federal Reserve. While the Bush administration and conservative economists deplore bailing out improvident investors, leaders of the mortgage finance industry consider it unthinkable that the central bank will not take decisive action.

George Will | August 23, 2007

Petraeus' report will be received in the context of his minimalist definition of the U.S. mission: "Buying time for Iraqis to reconcile."

Emmett Tyrrell | August 23, 2007

For longer than three decades now, thoughtful Americans have lived in wonder at the enduring spectacle of the environmentalist.

Cliff May | August 23, 2007

The first concept to grasp is that the global conflict now underway involves both a clash of arms and a clash of ideas. To succeed in this war will require effective combat on both fronts.

Wed, Aug 22, 2007

William F. Buckley | August 22, 2007

Did you know -- better, would you have guessed? -- that the top income-tax rate in India, which is the home of breast-fed socialism, is a mere 30 percent?

Janice Shaw Crouse | August 22, 2007

The long march of women seeking election to Congress seems to be waning; instead of pressing onward toward the House, many are establishing their own businesses, often launched from home.

Ann Coulter | August 22, 2007

Liberals know they're losing the demographic war. Christians have lots of children and adopt lots of children; liberals abort children and encourage the gay lifestyle in anyone with a flair for color.

Michael Gerson | August 22, 2007

The Bush administration correctly asserts that the entire Middle East, from royal palaces to terrorist camps, is watching the eventual outcome in Iraq to determine the state of American resolve. But the region is also taking a more immediate measure of America's commitment to its friends: our response to the Iraqi refugee crisis. And this, too, is a matter of national credibility and honor.

Paul Weyrich | August 22, 2007

A regular reader of this Commentary asked me to explain why Representative Paul has continued to have a following which exceeds that of some of the front-running candidates in the Ames Iowa Straw Poll.

Jon Sanders | August 22, 2007

John Edwards, fresh from admitting he didn't know Cuba's healthcare system was government-run, was featured in an Aug. 19 interview by Liz Halloran in U.S. News & World Report. Among other questions, Halloran asked Edwards if his campaign had moved from an emotional appeal to a "more cerebral, issues-oriented approach."

John McCaslin | August 22, 2007

Given the recent high-profile execution-style gang murders of three college students in Newark, with one of the suspects being an illegal immigrant twice arrested in the United States on felony charges of raping a young girl and weapons violations, there's no better time for immigration-reform-minded presidential candidates to go on the offensive.

David Strom | August 22, 2007

It was just over two weeks ago that Minnesota experienced what many politicians here declared was one of the greatest tragedies the State had ever seen—the collapse of the I-35W bridge in the heart of Minneapolis.

Michelle Malkin | August 22, 2007

Everything you hate about the culture of Washington is symbolized in two recent altercations involving two obnoxious Beltway buttinskis, one Democrat and one Republican.

John Stossel | August 22, 2007

The New York Times recently declared "the disturbing truth ... that ... the United States is a laggard not a leader in providing good medical care."

Walter E. Williams | August 22, 2007

Last year, among the nation's 10 largest cities, Philadelphia had the highest murder rate with 406 victims. This year could easily top last year's with 240 murders so far.

Jonah Goldberg | August 22, 2007

"Web 2.0" is a nothing but a buzz phrase designed to make money for people who use phrases like "Web 2.0."

Tony Blankley | August 22, 2007

Every political season gives birth to one or two instant clichs. Outside of politics a phrase often takes generations to be spoiled as an effective term by long familiarity, or to become dull and meaningless by overuse.

Michael Medved | August 22, 2007

Who says politicians can’t move swiftly and decisively to block an imminent threat to public decency?

Terry Jeffrey | August 22, 2007

As odd is it might seem, the next to last day of 2003 may someday be seen as a fateful moment for the traditional family.

Ben Shapiro | August 22, 2007

Michelle Obama's statements made her the second Democratic candidate's wife to act as attack dog during this election cycle.

Ken Blackwell | August 22, 2007

Democrats are now playing with fire when it comes to Iraq. The Iraq War may have helped the Democrats win Congress in 2006, but now developments both in Iraq and here at home are putting the Democrats -- and especially Hillary Clinton -- in a position where they might try to redefine "victory" and "defeat" to help their political fortunes at the expense of our national interest, to our nation's shame.

Brent Bozell | August 22, 2007

CNN executive David Bohrman insisted that conservatives will get their Internet video questions in for the proposed GOP debate, but conservatives are understandably wary.

Austin Bay | August 22, 2007

For decades, states in America's hurricane belt have run hurricane response exercises, so the Debbie exercise isn't a direct result of Katrina's disaster.

Jacob Sullum | August 22, 2007

People who knew Jose Padilla before he was sent to a Navy brig in 2002 say he emerged a different man after three and a half years of isolation and interrogation.

Tue, Aug 21, 2007

Jerry Bowyer | August 21, 2007

"Harry Potter books are really, really cool. I really like them; they're just so neat." So, says, Susan Bowyer (age 44) as she sits next to me reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. It's a long train ride, but she doesn't mind, because she's searching for buried treasure. As we glide along the trails towards Pittsburgh, she periodically looks up from her book to make an observation.

Rich Lowry | August 21, 2007

Francois de La Rochefoucauld had a point when he said, in his frequently quoted formulation, that hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue. In the case of John Edwards, however, hypocrisy is simply a way of life.

Caroline Glick | August 21, 2007

Education Minister Yuli Tamir has been much in the news. Two weeks ago she went on a well-publicized visit to authoritarian Singapore to learn the secret of its school system's success.

Jim Talent | August 21, 2007

Each candidate in the 2008 Presidential race will undoubtedly offer a health care plan. Those plans will include initiatives ranging from a single payer system, to employer mandates, to tax incentives for the purchase of private health insurance. But only one candidate has actually done something, waded into the issue and emerged with a successful plan that does not resort to one-size-fits-all, government run "Hillary Care."

Fred Thompson | August 21, 2007

When I was working in television, I spent quite a bit of time in New York City. There are lots of things about the place I like, but New York gun laws don’t fall in that category.

Katie Favazza | August 21, 2007

One new study suggests there’s no need to fuss—that America’s happy, family-focused youth could usher in a renewed commitment to conservative values. Other research states outright that “the era of conservative values…is coming to a close.” Which is it?

Thomas Sowell | August 21, 2007

It is not just in Iraq that the political left has an investment in failure. Domestically as well as internationally, the left has long had a vested interest in poverty and social malaise.

David Limbaugh | August 21, 2007

Those decriers of "hate" on the left just can't imbibe enough hatred for Karl Rove to quench their "tolerant" and "compassionate" appetites.

Cal Thomas | August 21, 2007

Britain's New Labour, despite criticism from Prime Minister Gordon Brown of a government that has grown too fast and costs too much, has been quietly planning a vast expansion of government.

Dennis Prager | August 21, 2007

At Patton Middle School in McMinnville, Oregon, students created something called "slap butt day." On one such day in February 2007, according to The Oregonian (July 22, 2007): "Two boys tore down the hall of Patton Middle School after lunch, swatting the bottoms of girls as they ran -- what some kids later said was a common form of greeting. But bottom-slapping is against policy in McMinnville Public Schools. So a teacher's aide sent the gawky seventh-graders to the office, where the vice principal and a police officer stationed at the school soon interrogated them."

Pat Buchanan | August 21, 2007

The execution-style murder of three African-American college students in Newark, N.J., forced to kneel and shot in the head -- allegedly by an illegal alien from Peru who was out on bail for the serial rape of a 5-year-old -- has the makings of a Willie Horton issue in 2008.

Debra J. Saunders | August 21, 2007

Elvira Arellano's story starts out with the most understandable (if expedient and wrong-headed) rationale for breaking American immigration law. Poor and Mexican, she figured that she could make a better life for herself if she crossed the border illegally and found work.

Bill Murchison | August 21, 2007

We always get back to the same place, don't we, whenever something goes wrong -- the place known as How Can the Government Help?

Bill Steigerwald | August 21, 2007

Reacting to the way the free market was misrepresented and disrespected in the best-seller "Freakonomics" -- as a place where trickery, deceit and predatory behavior rules -- economist John Lott has given us "Freedomnomics: Why the Free Market Works and Other Half-Baked Theories Don't."

Douglas MacKinnon | August 21, 2007

It can credibly be argued that the presidential election of 2008 is the most important in the history of our Republic. Why? Because if we get this one wrong, Islamic terrorists will almost certainly strike into the heart of America. That is their stated goal. That is why they are paying so much attention to this election.

Mon, Aug 20, 2007

Paul Greenberg | August 20, 2007

Brother Erasmus might never have found the Lost Gospel had it not been for the pilgrim with girded loins who'd approached him in the wilderness. The monk was well into his fast in honor of the blessed St. Lysenko when his peace was disturbed.

Phyllis Schlafly | August 20, 2007

Some critics complain that the issue of education has been conspicuously absent from presidential television debates. But Democratic presidential candidates did sound off with their pro-federal government, pro-spending policies at the annual convention of the National Education Association, and the nation's largest teachers union liked what they heard.

Richard H. Collins | August 20, 2007

It was bound to happen. Sooner or later Hillary Clinton’s past was going to catch up with her. Her time in the White House wasn’t exactly characterized by peace and tranquility and she has been known to step on a few toes now and again.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | August 20, 2007

Two weeks ago Alphonso Jackson and Margaret Spellings sat with a group of civic leaders from around the country at the civil rights museum in Memphis Tennessee. The museum was built on the site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

John McCaslin | August 20, 2007

"It's going to be all Cheney all of the time." Or so one Republican insider replied when asked by Inside the Beltway over the weekend who the Democrats will have left to beat up in the Bush White House now that Karl Rove has announced he is stepping down later this month as the president's deputy chief of staff.

Rich Galen | August 20, 2007

The sub-prime mortgage mess which a few months ago we were assured would cause no more than a ripple in the economy because so many of the potentially bad loans had been securitized and the risk was spread and … what's the official financial term for "blah, blah, blah?"

Jonathan Garthwaite | August 20, 2007

Here's what readers were talking about during the week that was -- August 12-18, 2007

Michael Barone | August 20, 2007

The resignation of Karl Rove ends the tenure of a man who has occupied a unique place in American history.

Suzanne Fields | August 20, 2007

So many books and surveys, so little time, and many are still wrestling with Freud's simple question, "What do women want?" The books and surveys are so loaded with contradictory opinions that no sociologist's "cohort" is likely to come up with a definitive answer.

Paul Greenberg | August 20, 2007

Today is my father's yahrzeit, the anniversary of his death. It's the custom to light a candle and say the kaddish. The prayer takes me back to the summer of 1980. The cancer my father would never acknowledge was shrinking him away - just as the record-setting drought that summer was shrinking away the trees, the crops, the grass. Š It all seemed to fit together.

Robert Novak | August 20, 2007

The Bush administration is the silent matchmaker for an unlikely political marriage of bitter opponents: President Musharraf and former Prime Minister Bhutto.

Burt Prelutsky | August 20, 2007

I spend an inordinate amount of time trying to make sense of the world. Which is probably all the proof anyone needs to prove that I’m certifiably loony. Even though I know that one of the most obvious symptoms of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over again in the foolish belief that the end result will be different this time, I can’t help myself.

Star Parker | August 20, 2007

It's said that in life, timing is everything. And it could be that former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson's entry into the 2008 presidential race, expected in early September, will prove to be timed perfectly.

Mike Adams | August 20, 2007

Almost every year at UNCW, I see a feminist professor or administrator (sometimes both) handing out condoms to students in the hopes that they will engage in “protected” sexual intercourse.

Sun, Aug 19, 2007

Salena Zito | August 19, 2007

Whose yardstick do you use to measure the impact of Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s second-place showing in the Iowa Straw Poll?

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | August 19, 2007

The ancient Romans coined the phrase “dog days” based on the period of time that the brightest star (Sirius, the Dog Star) rose and set in conjunction with the sun. The Romans believed that Sirius radiated heat to the Earth, causing the hottest part of the year as it traveled with the sun.

Austin Hill | August 19, 2007

Did you hear the big, new developments with our government’s efforts to curb illegal immigration?

George Will | August 19, 2007

On a recent night here, as on most summer nights for 37 years, Bruce Froemming went to work. He performed for about three hours in front of a large, attentive and opinionated audience. His job involves about 290 snap judgments, any of which might infuriate thousands of people. He has done his job well if no one notices him doing it. His goal is anonymous perfection.

Ken Connor | August 19, 2007

Abraham Lincoln once famously observed, "The philosophy of the school room in one generation is the philosophy of government in the next." The truth of Lincoln's observation is, no doubt, at the core of the apprehensions that New Yorkers have expressed about the Khalil Gibran International Academy scheduled to open next month in Brooklyn. Adding to their apprehensions is the fact that KGIA is just three blocks from a mosque which has a history of employing radical imams and which was frequented by one of the terrorists implicated in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

Frank Pastore | August 19, 2007

The ELCA and other pro-gay denominations have been ordaining gays for decades. That’s nothing new. What’s new is that now staff can openly have lovers while on the job and there will be no disciplinary action for violating the celibacy requirement.

Robert Bluey | August 19, 2007

Halfway around the world from Iraq, an important battle is taking place in America. This fight involves no IEDs or M4 rifles. It’s a war of words that has sparked heated discussions at both dinner tables and in the halls of Congress.

Steve Chapman | August 19, 2007

The Iowa State Fair has many things you can't find just anywhere, including a life-size butter sculpture of Harry Potter, a 1,203-pound hog, and an endless supply of deep-fried Twinkies. It also has an unlikely looking straw man, which Rudy Giuliani is pounding to smithereens.

Paul Jacob | August 19, 2007

Missouri's Supreme Court isn't voted on by citizens. Or their legislators. They are picked in private, away from prying eyes. And the stork has nothing to do with it.

Kevin McCullough | August 19, 2007

This week, in her own words, for an ABC News story that was to be written in support of a more tolerant view towards college campus bisexual liberality, radical gay activist Roberta Sklar conceded the entire debate of the radical homosexual activist agenda.