Sun, Jan 04, 2009

Kevin McCullough | January 04, 2009

Anyone who spends time reading message boards related to online news articles today can see things that are readily self evident.

Sat, Jan 03, 2009

Michael Barone | January 03, 2009

As we approach the change from a Republican to a Democratic administration, I have been thinking about the differences in the basic character of our two historic parties.

Mona Charen | January 03, 2009

Just for a lark, I decided to google "international condemnations of Hamas" this morning.

Paul Driessen | January 03, 2009

There is no such thing as “clean coal,” environmentalists insist. Burning coal to generate electricity emits soot particles that cause respiratory problems, lung cancer and heart disease, killing 24,000 Americans annually.

Allen Hunt | January 03, 2009

January 20, 2009 marks a big day. Not because it's the inauguration of President Obama. Rather, it is likely the day that Michael Vick will walk out of prison in Leavenworth and into a halfway house to serve the remainder of his sentence for dog-fighting and other charges.

Fri, Jan 02, 2009

Rich Tucker | January 02, 2009

Before we put the holidays behind us for another year, it’s time for one final resolution: Let’s vow that, in 2009, we won’t misuse our holiday icons.

W. Thomas Smith, Jr | January 02, 2009

Union Army Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman – the man responsible for laying much of my family’s homeland to waste in the final year of the American Civil War – once said, “War is all hell.”

Michelle Malkin | January 02, 2009

If you think the bad economy has "solved" America's immigration problems, welcome to your end-of-the-year reality check.

Caroline Glick | January 02, 2009

Since Tuesday it has become clear that the Olmert-Livni-Barak government has decided to end the war with Iran's Hamas proxy army in Gaza as quickly as possible. That is, the government has decided to lose the war.

Matt Mayer | January 02, 2009

It turns out President George W. Bush is smart. He reads a lot of books. He has averaged sixty-two books a year over the last three years.

John Hawkins | January 02, 2009

According to me

Mike Adams | January 02, 2009

he other night I saw another debate on the topic of gay marriage. The debate was between Robert Jeffress, an opponent, and Wayne Besen, an extremely gay activist.

Brent Bozell | January 02, 2009

The Hartford Courant recently reported on a somewhat shocking teenage contrast. Picture a band of boys calling themselves "Society in Ruins" playing thrash-metal music so loudly it would make your ears bleed.

Jonah Goldberg | January 02, 2009

If you're old enough to have been around in the 1980s, and possibly even if you aren't, you probably know the name Leon Klinghoffer.

Oliver North | January 02, 2009

When Robert Burns penned "Auld Lang Syne" in 1788 and set the poem to the melody of an old Scottish folk tune, he certainly didn't know that it would become the ballad for New Year's Eve celebrations around the globe.

Pat Buchanan | January 02, 2009

On the eve of the New Year, Gov. Rod Blagojevich, charged with conspiring to sell the Senate seat of Barack Obama, put the ball back squarely in the court of a Democratic Party that had disowned him.

Suzanne Fields | January 02, 2009

The old guy with a scythe steps aside for the new babe in a diaper, and our usual reflection for this time of year is one of unusual anticipation of what the babe and the new president will bring us.

Michael Gerson | January 02, 2009

There is no question -- none -- that Israel's attack on Hamas in Gaza is justified. No nation can tolerate a portion of its people living in the conditions of the London Blitz -- listening for sirens, sleeping in bomb shelters and separated from death only by the randomness of a Qassam missile's flight.

Linda Chavez | January 02, 2009

Much of the intelligentsia no doubt will be shocked to learn George W. Bush is an avid reader of serious books, but it simply confirms something I already suspected.

Paul Greenberg | January 02, 2009

Anyone looking for an example of the genius of American politics, and how Barack Obama exemplifies it, need go no further than the just-announced program for Inauguration Day.

Charles Krauthammer | January 02, 2009

Some geopolitical conflicts are morally complicated. The Israel-Gaza war is not. It possesses a moral clarity not only rare but excruciating.

Kathleen Parker | January 02, 2009

Let me be the first in the new year to declare that the mainstream media are dead. Now, can we please move on?

Burt Prelutsky | January 02, 2009

This is the time of year when the studios send DVDs of their movies to the members of the Screen Actors Guild, the Directors Guild and, in my case, the Writers Guild. It’s not altruism.

Thu, Jan 01, 2009

Larry Elder | January 01, 2009

Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh aired a song parody --set to the music of "Puff the Magic Dragon" -- called "Barack the Magic Negro."

Matt Towery | January 01, 2009

Hollywood tilts toward mega-action films with plenty of special effects but little in the way of special entertainment. That changes with the brilliant "Frost/Nixon."

Donald Lambro | January 01, 2009

As Barack Obama lobbies for his aid-to-the-states economic stimulus plan, governors are preparing to sharply raise taxes and fees that will hurt the low-to-middle-income families he wants to help.

Rich Tucker | January 01, 2009

As the economy spun out of control in the fall of 2008, many Americans wondered what was going on. In fact, they probably still do wonder exactly what happened.

Emmett Tyrrell | January 01, 2009

Does anyone know the name of the National Public Radio interviewer who was so disdainful of Israel's ambassador to the United States on the morning of Dec. 31?

Steve Chapman | January 01, 2009

Wall Street titan Bernard Madoff proved you can take an outstanding reputation and ruin it overnight. Now Roland Burris has demonstrated that even a mediocre reputation can be instantly destroyed.

Ross Mackenzie | January 01, 2009

The Associated Press ranked Barack Obama's political ride the top story of 2008. It wasn't. The top story had to be the implosion of the economy -- here and across the globe.

George Will | January 01, 2009

Health care, says the man most concerned with that 17 percent of America's economy, can be "a nation-ruining issue." As Michael Leavitt ends four years as secretary of health and human services, he offers this attention-arresting arithmetic.

William Perry Pendley | January 01, 2009

One minute, Suzanne was eating lunch with her mother and father. The next, the happy hubbub of the restaurant was silenced when a pickup truck crashed through the brick, mortar, and glass. How could that happen?

Wed, Dec 31, 2008

Michael Reagan | December 31, 2008

As he stands on the sidelines, seemingly oblivious to what's going on in the world, President-elect Barack Obama opts out of the game by proclaiming that there's only one president at a time.

Ann Coulter | December 31, 2008

Fresh off my triumph over Kwanzaa, I thought I'd mention a couple of other facts that some of us are forced to keep repeating because liberals refuse to learn.

Nathan Tabor | December 31, 2008

Also, make it a point this year to really commit yourself to your spouse and children. After God, they should be first in your life. On your deathbed, it’s the moments with them you’ll want to remember—not the time you spent at the office.

Paul Greenberg | December 31, 2008

Now I know her name. It was Florence Owens Thompson, who was a 32-year-old mother of seven in 1936, when she was moving from place to place, trying to find enough work to feed her kids in California's dusty fields.

Jim Campbell | December 31, 2008

Unbelievable. The only word to describe the efforts of California Attorney General Jerry Brown to muzzle the voice and votes of the more than seven million Californians who voted in favor of Proposition 8.

Dan Kennedy | December 31, 2008

A fellow is ballooning in New Mexico. He miscalculates the wind, somehow floats into a wind-stream that carries him so high he passes out from lack of oxygen, then deposits him out in the middle of the desert.

Cal Thomas | December 31, 2008

One of the chants to come from the Vietnam anti-war movement was the memorable “make love, not war.”

John McCaslin | December 31, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama's rise to power received more global news coverage than the Iraq war and several other leading news developments of the last decade combined.

Terry Jeffrey | December 31, 2008

While many ordinary Americans wondered last week what Santa Claus was going to leave for them under the Christmas tree, many American mayors were wondering how much money President-elect Barack Obama and a Democratic Congress will take from taxpayers to hand over to them.

David Harsanyi | December 31, 2008

Each year, on or around Jan. 1, a substantial number of reasonable Americans embark on the futile task of pledging to eliminate one toxic activity or another from their lives. Don't. You're already perfect.

Thomas Sowell | December 31, 2008

Whoever called politics "the art of the possible" must have had a strange idea of what is possible or a strange idea of politics, where the impossible is one of the biggest vote-getters.

Michelle Malkin | December 31, 2008

Nero fiddled while Rome burned. The UAW golfed. While carmakers soak up $17 billion in taxpayer bailout funds and demand more for their ailing industry, United Auto Workers bosses have wasted tens of millions of their workers' dues on gold-plated resorts and rotten investments.

John Stossel | December 31, 2008

If you Google "Caroline Kennedy Qualified," you'll come up with about 114,000 websites. Site after site asks, "Is Caroline Kennedy Qualified?" -- to hold Hillary Clinton's Senate seat, that is.

Walter E. Williams | December 31, 2008

Many professors, mostly on the liberal side of the political spectrum, use their classrooms to proselytize students.

Brent Bozell | December 31, 2008

One sign the liberal news media live in a plastic Manhattan bubble is their undying ardor for the Kennedy Myth, best known by that public-relations construct "Camelot."

Jonah Goldberg | December 31, 2008

This time of year, newspapers and magazines swell with retrospectives on the year that was, predictions for the year to come, and cogitations on meaningless trends and contrived fads.

Ken Blackwell | December 31, 2008

Although President George W. Bush succeeded with some of his policies, the bailout of the Detroit Three is possibly his most significant mistake.

Tony Blankley | December 31, 2008

As President-elect Obama vacations with his family in Hawaii and publicly complains about the intrusiveness of the press pool and the intense scrutiny of his Secret Service team, I suspect about now Obama may be recalling George Bernard Shaw's heartless observation that...

Michael Gerson | December 31, 2008

No year that saw a 778-point single-day stock market drop, the price of oil fluctuate by more than $100 a barrel and the death of Irvine Robbins -- the inventor of Jamoca Almond Fudge ice cream -- can be called good.

Ben Shapiro | December 31, 2008

Last week, I went to see the new, critically acclaimed film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. This movie has been touted as one of the best of the year.

Jacob Sullum | December 31, 2008

Ohio recently became the sixth state to ban Salvia divinorum , a psychedelic member of the mint family native to Mexico, where it has been used for centuries as an aid to healing and divination.

Kathleen Parker | December 31, 2008

Summing up, let me just say that I reject, repudiate, renounce, denounce, dismiss and utterly regret 2008.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | December 31, 2008

Volatile financial markets. Housing prices on the decline. Unemployment rising. An uncertain -- at best! -- outlook for the economy. It's no wonder many Americans are feeling less well off and less optimistic about their financial futures.

Michael Medved | December 31, 2008

As the eventful, alarming year of 2008 lurches and sputters to its sour and exhausted conclusion the American people should take comfort in comparisons with last century's "annus horribilids" (year of horrors) 1968.

Tue, Dec 30, 2008

Kathryn Lopez | December 30, 2008

In a season that's all about a virgin birth, the Washington Post has decided to play Scrooge. Virginity pledges don't work, an article in that paper recently proclaimed, citing a study packed with the usual hyperbole.

Larry Kudlow | December 30, 2008

Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell is absolutely right to warn against Obama’s gigantic stimulus-spending package. McConnell says it “will be the largest spending bill in the history of our country at a time when our national debt is already the largest in history.”

John McCaslin | December 30, 2008

Three weeks to go until Inauguration Day, and organizers of the corresponding pomp and ceremony are keeping their fingers crossed that any frigid temperatures keep glued to the north.

Janice Shaw Crouse | December 30, 2008

Nearly 800 deaths in Maryland remain classified as “undetermined” — meaning that the medical examiner cannot identify a cause of death for the victim.

Thomas Sowell | December 30, 2008

"Outliers" are not politicians who lie even more than other politicians. It is a term used by statisticians to describe some data that are far away from the average-- data on seven-foot women or freezing temperatures in Los Angeles, for example.

Dennis Prager | December 30, 2008

Here are eight reasons for a woman not to allow not being in the mood for sex to determine whether she denies her husband sex.

Pat Buchanan | December 30, 2008

Unwilling to control its fighters, who fired scores of missiles into Israel at the end of their six-month ceasefire, Hamas gave Israel the provocation it needed to deliver a savage blow to the Palestinian enclave in Gaza.

Debra J. Saunders | December 30, 2008

If President Bush had been looking for a textbook case of a federal offender who should never win a presidential pardon, Isaac R. Toussie would fit the bill.

Matt Towery | December 30, 2008

In a column praising the choice of former Republican Congressman Ray LaHood as Barack Obama's choice to serve as Secretary of Transportation, longtime Washington Post political columnist David Broder had some pretty harsh, and in my view, inaccurate, things to say about the so-called "Republican Revolution" of 1994.

Donald Lambro | December 30, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama's risk-adverse, centrist-leaning Cabinet appointments suggest that there may be a lot less "change you can believe in" coming out of his administration.

Phyllis Schlafly | December 30, 2008

Unwilling to control its fighters, who fired scores of missiles into Israel at the end of their six-month ceasefire, Hamas gave Israel the provocation it needed to deliver a savage blow to the Palestinian enclave in Gaza.

Bill Murchison | December 30, 2008

So in a matter of days it's bye-bye, Bush. Then it's bye-bye, gradually, to the cottage industry dedicated to ridiculing, castigating, smearing and trashing the 43rd president of the United States, who couldn't have pleased this surly gang save by expiring in office (even if his expiry would have vaulted Dick Cheney to the White House).

Chuck Norris | December 30, 2008

According to a new USA Today/Gallup Poll, Obama is the man Americans admire most.

David Limbaugh | December 30, 2008

If Vice President-elect Joe Biden were slightly less enamored with his own voice he might not confuse himself so often on issues that matter so much, such as his views of presidential and vice presidential authority.

Mon, Dec 29, 2008

Diana West | December 29, 2008

With alarm over the effortless and near-total socialization of the U.S. economy, and with worry over concessions in the Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq, a reader writes: "It is hard to feel joyful during the holiday season while our country and Constitution are in such peril."

Dan Gainor | December 29, 2008

Christmastime is the time of giving. So we can thank Bernie Madoff for giving Americans some special gifts this holiday season.

Christopher Merola | December 29, 2008

In my last article with Townhall, I wrote about the misuse of the phrase, “separation of church and state.” The origin of that phrase’s misuse begins with a horribly decided Supreme Court case in 1947.

Bill Steigerwald | December 29, 2008

The crash of the economy and the rise of Barack Obama were the big stories of the last year, and both were hot topics in interviews with pundits, authors, think tank experts and newsmakers.

Rich Galen | December 29, 2008

This is a FLASH TRANSCRIPT of a fake press conference with Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg. It might not be accurate in every respect.

John McCaslin | December 29, 2008

Adhering to tradition, more than one Inside the Beltway reader has already submitted New Year's resolutions for our commander-in-chief to adhere to in 2009.

William Rusher | December 29, 2008

America is now entering upon an era of government by the Democratic Party. Barack Obama will be our president for at least the next four years, possibly eight.

Burt Prelutsky | December 29, 2008

I will take this opportunity to share a number of time-honored witticisms which should at least warrant a grin, if not necessarily a guffaw.

Hugh Hewitt | December 29, 2008

As a journalist disposed topositions of the (incoming) loyal opposition, I have a long list ofresolves for 2009.

Star Parker | December 29, 2008

What does Caroline Kennedy have in common with black America? If your answer is not much, I'd tend to agree with you.

Terry Paulson | December 29, 2008

Politically, Obama has the power, the media support and the precedence to make radical changes in America.

Karin Agness | December 29, 2008

Feminists were devastated by Senator Barack Obama’s final Cabinet selections. Although Obama has not reversed any of his policy positions, he has committed a major crime in their eyes.

Mike Adams | December 29, 2008

A few weeks ago I reported on an incident at UNC-Wilmington involving the punishment of a fraternity for the brief display of a banner, which included a small representation of a Confederate Flag.

Sun, Dec 28, 2008

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown | December 28, 2008

On December 23, when all of us were busy wrapping gifts and preparing for Christmas, the Obama team issued a report exonerating everyone on his team of any wrongdoing in the scandal to sell Obama's Senate seat to the highest bidder.

David Stokes | December 28, 2008

The recent furor over President-Elect Barack Obama’s selection of California mega-church pastor Rick Warren to pray at the January 20th inauguration yields a few clues about what evangelicals can expect during the next four years.

George Will | December 28, 2008

Today, there is more Johnsonian confidence in government's competence than at any time since Johnson's policies shattered such confidence. The resurgence of confidence began under today's Texan president.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | December 28, 2008

Many people are glad that 2008 is ending. It’s been a long year of campaigns and financial crisis.

Kevin McCullough | December 28, 2008

I've given up on the rule of law. It seems not to matter to the "enlightened" judiciary of the modern liberal world, so why should it matter to me?

Salena Zito | December 28, 2008

Two key Pennsylvania races -- for a U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Arlen Specter, for an open seat for governor now held by Democrat Ed Rendell -- are up for grabs in 2010, although the jockeying already has begun.

Paul Jacob | December 28, 2008

The poverty of the ruling class is measured by its riches.

Austin Hill | December 28, 2008

Viewing the United States through the eyes of a foreign national is one thing. And viewing the United States through the eyes of foreign media professionals is another thing.

Steve Chapman | December 28, 2008

Once upon a time, Americans had the idea that stock markets traveled on an escalator that went only one direction: up.