Sat, Dec 13, 2008

Salena Zito | December 13, 2008

Americans have a stunning visual of what political “owesies” can be, thanks to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s bleep-filled pursuit of political paybacks.

Doug Giles | December 13, 2008

Could your daughter handle herself if she were attacked by some thug? Would she be able to leave a “Silence of the Lambs” boy incapacitated or, if necessary, kill him during an attack?

Michael Barone | December 13, 2008

I have not seen it recorded whether John F. Kennedy, after he was elected president in 1960, held conversations with Massachusetts Gov. Foster Furcolo as to who would be appointed to fill his seat in the Senate.

Oliver North | December 13, 2008

Forgive the ambiguity of the salutation; I didn't know whether to address this missive to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi or Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and "Dear Car Czar" just sounded so, well, tacky.

Paul Driessen | December 13, 2008

Today, our nation is in a recession. Millions are unemployed. The financial services, housing and stock market meltdown has hammered incomes, consumer spending, college and retirement savings, profits, tax revenues, remittances and foreign aid. Europe, Asia, Canada and Australia are also reeling, and Mumbai has again shown how terrorists can disrupt lives and economies.

Carl Horowitz | December 13, 2008

Back in the days when a presidential candidate hired someone to write a campaign theme song, the result usually was a silly, innocuous ditty whose significance was far more historical than artistic.

Fri, Dec 12, 2008

Rich Tucker | December 12, 2008

A president never knows when he’ll face a crisis, or whether he’ll be able to turn that crisis into an opportunity.

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann | December 12, 2008

An op-ed by Orde Kittrie in the Wall Street Journal highlights Iran's "economic Achilles' heel" -- its "extraordinary heavy dependence on imported gasoline."

Hugh Hewitt | December 12, 2008

I have asked five candidates for the RNC chairmanship how great they judge the tech gap between the GOP and the Dems.

Kathryn Lopez | December 12, 2008

In the hours after the news broke that Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich had been carted off for allegedly working to sell Barack Obama's Senate seat, I voiced my relief: At last, an old-fashioned political scandal.

Rich Galen | December 12, 2008

According to the Associated Press, "Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the GOP point man in the talks, said the two sides had been tantalizingly close to a deal, but the UAW's refusal to agree wage concessions by a specific date in 2009 kept them apart."

John McCaslin | December 12, 2008

It's been a dozen years since Vice President Al Gore embarked on his infamous fundraising trip to a Buddhist temple, after which Attorney General Janet Reno, despite calls for a probe from within her Justice Department, declined to appoint an independent counsel to investigate.

Michelle Malkin | December 12, 2008

Yet another Clintonite has been wheeled out of the political morgue to serve in the Obama administration. Carol Browner, a neon-green radical who headed the Environmental Protection Agency from 1993-2000, is widely rumored to be the president-elect's choice for "energy czar."

John Hawkins | December 12, 2008

Barack Obama and the Democratic Party seem to have fallen in love with the idea of "make work" jobs. In other words, they're going to take money from taxpayers and then use it to "create green jobs," work projects, and other marginally useful government programs.

Brent Bozell | December 12, 2008

We live in a crazy world, and the shamelessness never ends for Simpson: On the same day he was sentenced, Xtreme Entertainment Group (XEG) announced they would be selling a new comedy DVD starring Simpson called "Juiced!"

Jonah Goldberg | December 12, 2008

There are so many things to love about the Rod Blagojevich scandal it's hard to know where to begin.

David Limbaugh | December 12, 2008

If our government's economic experts really knew what they were doing, they wouldn't be frenetically experimenting with the people's money, treating billions like nickels.

Ken Blackwell | December 12, 2008

The Reagan Coalition has been key to Republican victories for a generation. And although the issue of judges and the Supreme Court has been thought of as an issue for social conservatives, recent developments should now make it a top priority for the other major GOP constituencies.

Pat Buchanan | December 12, 2008

On hearing U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald describe a plot by his governor to sell his Senate seat -- "conduct (that) would make Lincoln roll over in his grave" -- how did reform President Barack Obama respond?

Suzanne Fields | December 12, 2008

Nothing dramatizes the two-tier public-education system quite like the announcement by the First Couple that their daughters, 10 and 7, will attend Sidwell Friends, perhaps the elitist of the elite private schools in Washington, tuition $30,000 a year.

Michael Gerson | December 12, 2008

The HEAL Africa hospital has a feeling of newness rare for this part of Africa, mainly because its previous facility was destroyed by lava from Mount Nyiragongo in 2002.

David Harsanyi | December 12, 2008

Maybe the mythical America of linguistic purity is fading forever. Maybe it never existed in the first place. No matter what, it's not the end of the world.

Diana West | December 12, 2008

Roger Kimball may have tagged it first: The real news out of Chicago this week wasn't Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's arrest on cartoonishly lurid charges of corruption stemming from his alleged attempts to sell President-elect Barack Obama's now-vacant U.S. Senate seat.

Linda Chavez | December 12, 2008

A corruption scandal in President-elect Obama's backyard is the last thing this country needs. But like it or not, that's exactly what we have in the unfolding drama of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's arrest earlier this week for trying to sell Barack Obama's Senate seat.

Donald Lambro | December 12, 2008

A burst of bailouts that has led to increasing federal control and ownership of big businesses has set off alarm bells among free-market critics who fear that it's putting America on a slippery slope to a government-run economy.

Mike Gallagher | December 12, 2008

When governors are being arrested and the economy is in the tank, we tend to forget that this is a great nation made up of the greatest people in the world.

Burt Prelutsky | December 12, 2008

The other day, I read a letter to the editor in the L.A. Times written by an irate homosexual. Come to think of it, is there any other kind? In any case, he was quite upset over the fact that a great many people are blaming gays in general for the actions of what he regards as a few.

Charles Krauthammer | December 12, 2008

Barack Obama has garnered praise from center to right -- and has highly irritated the left -- with the centrism of his major appointments.

Kathleen Parker | December 12, 2008

In the latest blog scandal-ette, Jon Favreau, a Holy Cross valedictorian and 27-year-old wunderkind speechwriter for Barack Obama, was captured clutching the prospective secretary of state's, um, pectoral area, while a fellow reveler, wearing an "Obama Staff" T-shirt, nuzzles Clinton's ear and holds a beer bottle to her smiling lips.

Thu, Dec 11, 2008

Michael Reagan | December 11, 2008

t the moment it seems clear that Barack Obama has had no direct involvement in the growing scandal involving Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, but nothing can remove the stench of Chicago politics that engulfs Obama thanks to his appointments of the Chicago Three.

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown | December 11, 2008

The saga all started in October when Washington State gave a permit to a Wisconsin-based atheist group to display its sign alongside a Christian Nativity scene in the state's Capitol in Olympia.

Janice Shaw Crouse | December 11, 2008

On December 10, 2008, Congress passed historic anti-trafficking legislation. The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) passed both the House and the Senate within several hours.

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann | December 11, 2008

When Bill Clinton took office in January 1993, he was hearing the foot steps of Little Rock US Attorney Charles Banks, who was hot on his heels as he probed charges of corruption that swirled around the Watergate land deal.

Paul Edwards | December 11, 2008

The mainstream media’s covering for Barack Obama on his relationship with Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich is predictable, laughable and tragic.

Paul Weyrich | December 11, 2008

A good lady is about to leave Washington, D.C. after decades of public service. I refer to Senator Elizabeth Hanford Dole (R-NC), who was defeated in her bid for re-election in the 2008 election.

Ross Mackenzie | December 11, 2008

Brief comments, direct or implied, on items in the news....

John McCaslin | December 11, 2008

They couldn't have been too happy at Rosslyn's "Top of the Town," a conference and reception facility featuring a sweeping view across the Potomac River of Washington's landmarks and monuments, when the group that booked the lofty venue for Inauguration Day canceled at the "last minute" - and after Oprah Winfrey already had been turned away, no less.

Larry Elder | December 11, 2008

Normally, when off the clock, I avoid this kind of stuff. How different is it to, say, approach a physician in a social setting and say: "Doc, my knee hurts in the morning. What do you think it is?" But the guy seemed nice enough.

Mona Charen | December 11, 2008

The response of Kathryn Jean Lopez (National Review Online) to the arrest of Rod Blagojevich was priceless. "Finally, a political scandal you can talk to your children about.

Cal Thomas | December 11, 2008

For years I have received letters written as elegantly as ransom notes, advising me of certain worldwide conspiracies. Sometimes the writing instrument of choice has been a crayon.

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann | December 11, 2008

The economic stimulus plans unveiled by President-elect Obama over the weekend won't do much to help the economy. But they will vindicate all the dreams of liberal Democrats for higher government spending.

Debra J. Saunders | December 11, 2008

For eight years, Democrats have hurled all manner of criticism at President Bush. Some of the heat was well deserved, some was not.

Matt Towery | December 11, 2008

That the governor of Illinois would attempt to sell a U.S. Senate seat didn't shock me. Across America, there is a growing sense of entitlement among more and more elected officials. Not all, of course, but too many.

Emmett Tyrrell | December 11, 2008

My agents report that President George W. Bush even now is contemplating memoirs.

Steve Chapman | December 11, 2008

Politics in Illinois, as in Louisiana, has always been more evocative of devils than angels. During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama's critics said he was a typical product of a seamy political culture.

George Will | December 11, 2008

With President U.S. Grant's long, narrow desk behind him, he works at Gen. John Pershing's spacious partners desk, and converses with guests at a round table used by Secretary of War Jefferson Davis.

Wed, Dec 10, 2008

Ann Coulter | December 10, 2008

What is the point of having a hand recount of ballots in the Minnesota Senate race if the Democratic secretary of state is going to use the election night totals in precincts where it will benefit Democrat Al Franken?

Bill Steigerwald | December 10, 2008

There's a beautiful thing President-elect Obama could do on his first day in office to prove he's serious about being an instrument of real change.

Thomas Sowell | December 10, 2008

O.J. Simpson has attracted less attention by being declared "guilty" in Nevada than he did by being declared "not guilty" in California. Yet his story is more than the tragedy of one man.

John McCaslin | December 10, 2008

We'll go ahead and consider the statement Rod Blagojevich sent to us last month as bogus.

David Harsanyi | December 10, 2008

A "car czar" is an imprecise title. It conjures up a romantic era of Russian tyrants and Faberge eggs. No, the control economy that Congress is slopping out these days is begging for a "car commissar," not a czar.

Maggie Gallagher | December 10, 2008

The Wall Street Journal reports that Washington politicians are close to a bailout for the Big 3 automakers in Detroit.

Rich Galen | December 10, 2008

Let's get this straight at the beginning. The way the soon-to-be-Governor-of-cell-block-E, Rod Blagojevich, pronounces his name is bluh-GOY-uh-vich. Say it together. bluh-GOY-uh-vich.

Robert M. Duncan | December 10, 2008

The 2008 election was certainly historic and unique as Republicans faced an extremely challenging – almost unprecedented – political environment.

Michelle Malkin | December 10, 2008

Howard Dean and Nancy Pelosi can stop clucking now. For the last three years, Democratic leaders cheered GOP ethics woes. Dean accused Republicans of making "their culture of corruption the norm."

John Stossel | December 10, 2008

President-elect Obama says don't worry about the federal budget deficit.

Walter E. Williams | December 10, 2008

Let's not allow Congress and members of the bailout parade panic us into allowing them to do things, as was done in the 1930s, that would convert a mild economic downturn into a true calamity.

Brent Bozell | December 10, 2008

The nation's economy is causing great anxiety, and no corner seems untouched by the blight of layoffs, or the fear of further stock-market erosion.

Jonah Goldberg | December 10, 2008

On Oct. 3, 1995, O.J. Simpson was acquitted of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ronald Goldman. But few people today still defend his innocence.

Tony Blankley | December 10, 2008

Last week, The Washington Post reported on President-elect Barack Obama's plan to convert his campaign's massive digital database of millions of supporters' contact and background data into a location that will permit him to use that data legally as a tool of persuasion for his governing effort.

Michael Medved | December 10, 2008

Why did 70% of California African-Americans vote against gay marriage on November 4th?

Terry Jeffrey | December 10, 2008

Bill Kristol, the often insightful, ever-influential editor of The Weekly Standard, used his column in The New York Times this week to offer some advice to conservatives who advocate small government: Cut it out.

Ben Shapiro | December 10, 2008

How many Americans does it take to screw in a light bulb? According to President-elect Barack Obama, 2.5 million. Obama has a new plan, he says, to save or create at least 2.5 million jobs.

Paul Greenberg | December 10, 2008

Would you buy a used auto company from any of the Big Three's execs who've been poormouthing before Congress? Their goal: to have Uncle Sucker -- that's you, Mr. and Ms. American Taxpayer -- save them from the results of their own poor management.

Donald Lambro | December 10, 2008

Barack Obama's massive infrastructure spending plan to jump-start the economy isn't being criticized just by conservative critics.

Jacob Sullum | December 10, 2008

In January 2007, Rep. David Price introduced a bill that would have applied American criminal law to all government contractors who commit felonies while working in areas where U.S. forces are operating.

Ed Feulner | December 10, 2008

Americans are about to get a civics lesson -- and not a moment too soon.

Kathleen Parker | December 10, 2008

In the bailout spirit of cutting costs and protecting resources, what say we just arrest the state of Illinois and sort out the details later?

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | December 10, 2008

Our country's appetite for change, as evidenced by the recent election, seems to extend to our health care system.

Austin Bay | December 10, 2008

History changes -- historians make sure it does. Historians re-evaluate the past in the light of new events. That's the past reinterpreted, or history renewed.

Tue, Dec 09, 2008

Lee Culpepper | December 09, 2008

Gregg Jackson | December 09, 2008

One favorite and generally accepted definition of insanity is to do something the same way over and over again expecting different results. And so it has been with the pro-life movement.

Hank Adler | December 09, 2008

Several big city mayors and a few governors have been and will be visiting Washington DC to try to get bailout help for their cities and states.

Roger Schlesinger | December 09, 2008

Stop me if you have heard this one. The President of the United States and all of the legislators decide to lessen the bad part of the business cycle.

Paul Weyrich | December 09, 2008

Have you ever heard of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA)? If not, you should have. It is among the factors responsible for the worst housing crisis in America since 1932.

John McCaslin | December 09, 2008

President and Mrs. Bush will welcome 60,000 guests into the White House this Christmas season, while hosting 25 receptions and seven dinners.

Bobby Schindler | December 09, 2008

On November 4 our nation elected a man who many fear is the most pro “culture of death” politician ever to run for president.

Thomas Sowell | December 09, 2008

Will the horrors unleashed by Islamic terrorists in Mumbai cause any second thoughts by those who are so anxious to start weakening the American security systems currently in place, including government interceptions of international phone calls and the holding of terrorists at Guantanamo?

Chuck Norris | December 09, 2008

There's no better feeling for American military personnel in faraway lands than the one they get when they receive letters from loved ones. But this is close competition.

Mike Adams | December 09, 2008

The anti-Christmas lunacy that has been sweeping the nation has made its latest stop in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

David Limbaugh | December 09, 2008

If there's one thing I've learned in my 55 years, it's that liberals are relentless and will win through sheer persistence if conservatives abandon the fight.

Mona Charen | December 09, 2008

This is not hardship; this is fear of hardship. Yes, there have been 1.9 million jobs lost since the start of the recession last year. And that's not good. But that still leaves 93.3 percent of us employed.

Cal Thomas | December 09, 2008

In the matter or Orenthal James Simpson, justice was a little late, but last Friday -- 13 years after justice was delayed in a Los Angeles double murder trial -- it refused to be denied in a Las Vegas courtroom.

Pat Buchanan | December 09, 2008

In a deepening recession, what does the reasonable man do?

Michael Gerson | December 09, 2008

The setting of this city is all contrast and drama -- nestled along a vast, placid lake but dominated by a volcano that steams by day and glows faint and red on a clear evening. A city living in the shadow of sudden violence.

Phyllis Schlafly | December 09, 2008

ed Kennedy and Barack Obama are planning that the new Democratic Congress' first order of business will be to extend the Massachusetts health-care mistake to all 50 states.

Bill Murchison | December 09, 2008

The market liked the prospect of an auto bailout. On Monday, General Motors stock soared 21 percent; Ford's jumped 24.3 percent. Up shot the market as a whole.

Douglas MacKinnon | December 09, 2008

Just because you can, does not mean you should. Look, as conservatives or Republicans, we truly do get the point that much of Hollywood despises us or the ideology they have convinced themselves we blindly follow.

Marvin Olasky | December 09, 2008

A financial crisis may make some very bad policies popular.

Neal Boortz | December 09, 2008

There’s a lot of talk in Washington about yet another so-called “stimulus” package.

Dennis Prager | December 09, 2008

Marc Shaiman, the Tony Award-winning composer of the film and stage musical “Hairspray,” has done the country a major, if inadvertent, service.

Mon, Dec 08, 2008

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | December 08, 2008

Last week I was forced to look at the car crisis head-on. The lease on my expensive, foreign luxury car had finally come to an end.

Mark Hillman | December 08, 2008

Today's Republican Party seeks to advance freedom through limited government, strong national security, personal responsibility and traditional family values.

John Andrews | December 08, 2008

What many call a concern for social issues, I call a passion for protection of the human person. With Democrats on a winning streak, some Republicans are asking why that passion is so strong in our party.

Allison Kasic | December 08, 2008

Gender equity is a common concern on college campuses. Schools often devote grand resources toward initiatives designed to root out sexism—whether it is through administrative offices, workshops for academic departments, or outside reviews and audits.

David Horowitz | December 08, 2008

The continuing efforts of a fringe group of conservatives to deny Obama his victory and to lay the basis for the claim that he is not a legitimate president is embarrassing and destructive.

Bill Steigerwald | December 08, 2008

Bill Sammon has been the deputy managing editor of the Fox News bureau in Washington only since August, but he's no rookie inside the Beltway.

William Rusher | December 08, 2008

The American left had every reason to think that, in Barack Obama, it had finally succeeded in putting one of its devout disciples in the Oval Office.

John McCaslin | December 08, 2008

That was Michael Reagan doing a perfect impersonation of his father, Ronald Reagan, while appearing at the Heritage Foundation to discuss reviving the Reagan agenda in America.

Rich Galen | December 08, 2008

Let's get this off the table right now: Senator Hillary Clinton will be confirmed as the 68th Secretary of State for the United States since Thomas Jefferson was appointed on March 22, 1790.

S. E. Cupp | December 08, 2008

Why aren't some of them acting like it? New York Giants' star wide receiver Plaxico Burress was recently charged with criminal possession of a firearm after he accidentally shot himself in the foot in a New York City nightclub.

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann | December 08, 2008

Why has Barack Obama appointed three of his defeated opponents to top jobs?

Jerry Agar | December 08, 2008

Don’t you hate it when the referee steals the game from your team? A crucial call on the goal line robs your team of a touchdown when you can clearly see that your hero was over the white line.

Miriam Grossman, M.D. | December 08, 2008

American girls have a new heartthrob: a tall, gorgeous vampire who is in the eleventh grade. He thirsts for the blood of Bella, his human girlfriend, but learns to “just say no.”

Burt Prelutsky | December 08, 2008

Isn't it odd how commonplace it is to have laws dictating a minimum age for drinking, driving and getting married, but not for selecting a career?

Terry Paulson | December 08, 2008

If there is one thing that Americans ought to unite on, it is our commitment to work to improve and sustain our great country.

Star Parker | December 08, 2008

Wonder why, in a survey reported by the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism, only 28 percent said they "believed all or most" of what they see on CNN?

Guy Benson | December 08, 2008

Last week's comfortable re-election victory for Sen. Saxby Chambliss comes as an early Christmas gift to Republicans still smarting from the comprehensive drubbing they suffered in November.

Mike Adams | December 08, 2008

The saddest part of the SFLA sting is not that it distracted Planned Parenthood from doing its job as Alan Colmes suggested.

Sun, Dec 07, 2008

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | December 07, 2008

It’s early December, which in our home means putting up the Christmas tree, white outdoor Christmas lights and pulling out our favorite holiday movies.

David Stokes | December 07, 2008

While conducting a recent radio interview with Robert Nedelkoff, who since 1997 has worked on behalf of the Richard Nixon Foundation at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland, a caller asked us if we were trying to “rehabilitate” the 37th President of the United States.

Debra J. Saunders | December 07, 2008

Some pro-legalization advocates argue that legalizing drugs will decrease use. I don't buy that.

Steve Chapman | December 07, 2008

If I wanted to see two teams racing back and forth throwing the ball and scoring incessantly from start to finish, I'd be watching the NBA.

Ken Connor | December 07, 2008

If actions speak louder than words, what do recent events at a New York state Walmart say about the state of American culture?

Richard Olivastro | December 07, 2008

It was early morning, Thursday, Dec. 4, 1941, when senior radio operator Ralph Briggs came on duty to his post at the U.S. Navy shortwave monitoring station in Maryland.

George Will | December 07, 2008

Reactionary liberalism, the ideology of many Democrats, holds that inconvenient rights, such as secret ballots in unionization elections, should be repealed; that existing failures, such as GM, should be preserved; and, with special perversity, that repealed mistakes, such as the "fairness doctrine," should be repeated.

Kevin McCullough | December 07, 2008

it also looks like I'll be bailing out three auto companies who haven't been competitive in perhaps a generation

Salena Zito | December 07, 2008

Is it pay-back time or about time?

Austin Hill | December 07, 2008

Has the “war on Christmas” returned?

Paul Jacob | December 07, 2008

Police and prosecutors across the land are becoming unhinged. It may be time to demand something new from our public servants: common sense.