Sat, Feb 14, 2009

Doug Giles | February 14, 2009

I’ve got a great idea: Let’s kiss some terrorist butt! I’m talkin’ a big, slobbery wet one right on their back forty. We might as well, as we are about to muck up the rest of our country with a stimulus package that will stimulate only a liberal government’s lug nuts.

Brian Birdnow | February 14, 2009

Much has been written in recent weeks concerning the Obama Administration’s early struggles and stumbles, particularly in matters such as properly vetting prospective cabinet nominees, differentiating between campaigning and governing, and staying on message during a rambling press conference.

Jerry Bowyer | February 14, 2009

This week, I watched, with amazement, Larry Kudlow’s joust with Congressman Brad Sherman about accounting. Sherman was fresh from his Stalinist show trial of bank CEOs.

Michael Barone | February 14, 2009

"Not since the Great Depression." "Not since the 1930s." You hear those phrases a lot these days, and with some reason.

Paul Driessen | February 14, 2009

Sub-Saharan Africa remains one of Earth’s most impoverished regions. Over 90% of its people still lack electricity, running water, proper sanitation and decent housing.

Nick Nichols | February 14, 2009

On Valentine’s Day, I like to think positive thoughts. So, I would like to believe that even the dark cloud known as the “stimulus package” may have a silver lining.

Fri, Feb 13, 2009

Rachel Marsden | February 13, 2009

Where is Vice-President Joe Biden? In the Obama administration, he’s a political quadriplegic sending signals from underneath the HopenChange Party Bus.

Hugh Hewitt | February 13, 2009

President Obama's rocky start surprised left and right because both assumed that the new president's gift for rhetoric would be matched by a natural talent for coalition-building.

Amanda Carpenter | February 13, 2009

As Congress prepares to pass a $787 billion economic stimulus package, taxpayers in Minnesota are still short a U.S. Senator as the recount between GOP Sen. Norm Coleman and opponent Al Franken continues.

Rich Tucker | February 13, 2009

"We Are All Socialists now," declares the cover of Newsweek magazine. Well, speak for yourselves.

Paul Greenberg | February 13, 2009

Believe or disbelieve our new young president, trust or distrust him, agree or disagree with him, he is a remarkably persuasive advocate. As he demonstrated his first time up at a presidential press conference.

John McCaslin | February 13, 2009

The Free Flow of Information Act was reintroduced in Congress this week to allow reporters the privilege of shielding confidential sources in federal court.

Kathryn Lopez | February 13, 2009

It was the worst of times, it was the best of times. (This inversion of Dickens seems right for a conservative in February 2009.)

Michelle Malkin | February 13, 2009

N.Y. Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer took to the floor on Tuesday to sneer at public outrage over the trillion-dollar porkulus.

Jonah Goldberg | February 13, 2009

Every day the deficit is looking more and more like the Great Pit of Carkoon, which, as we all remember, was that giant hole with a ravenous monster inside it that ate Boba Fett in "Return of the Jedi." "In its belly," quoth C-3PO, "you will find a new definition of pain and suffering as you are slowly digested over a thousand years."

David Limbaugh | February 13, 2009

At the risk of beating a very live horse, the worst of all the horrible things about President Barack Obama's "stimulus" bill is that even if it worked to stimulate the economy beyond the president's wildest expectations, it would cause a further explosion of the national debt, which would become a worse "catastrophe" than the one this bill promises to alleviate.

Pat Buchanan | February 13, 2009

The day before Richard Holbrooke arrived in Kabul, eight suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the Justice and Education ministries, killing 26 and wounding 57.

Suzanne Fields | February 13, 2009

Barack Obama is beginning to sound just a wee bit frantic for a man who has been president of the United States for a little more than a fortnight.

Debra J. Saunders | February 13, 2009

By the time you read this column, there is no knowing what the size of Obama economic stimulus package will be.

Linda Chavez | February 13, 2009

Now that Congress is on the verge of passing a $790 billion stimulus bill we can all breathe a huge collective sigh of relief, right? Our homes will be safe from foreclosure, unemployed workers will soon be heading back to their jobs, and no one else will lose theirs?

Burt Prelutsky | February 13, 2009

Every American president will try and fail to bring peace to the Middle East. Obama is merely the latest to put it at the top of his to-do list.

Mike Gallagher | February 13, 2009

A few years ago, I was introduced to an international relief organization called “Food for the Poor.” I traveled to Jamaica to see in person what this wonderful agency does for the world’s poorest of the poor.

Charles Krauthammer | February 13, 2009

Iraq moved away from religious sectarianism toward more secular nationalism. "All the parties that had the words 'Islamic' or 'Arab' in their names lost," noted Middle East expert Amir Taheri. "By contrast, all those that had the words 'Iraq' or 'Iraqi' gained."

Brent Bozell | February 13, 2009

Daniel Bergner isn't the devil's advocate, but he is a pervert's apologist.

Oliver North | February 13, 2009

rom the day that Barack Obama wrested the presidential nomination from Hillary Rodham Clinton, his presidency became, according to those who were running his campaign, "inevitable."

Thu, Feb 12, 2009

Nathan Tabor | February 12, 2009

It's quite apparent that it is only during national election campaigns when you'll find politicians jockeying for recognition as devout Christians.

Donald Lambro | February 12, 2009

There are two fundamentally entrenched sides in the debate over the best way to get the American economy growing again.

Guy Benson | February 12, 2009

Throughout the Bush years, particularly in the wake of Iraq's liberation, liberals from coast to coast grew increasingly paranoid about patriotism.

Diana West | February 12, 2009

This isn't a story that just goes away on its own, particularly not when Paul Kanjorski is chairman of the Capital Markets Subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee.

Bill Steigerwald | February 12, 2009

Teresa Heinz Kerry, the Heinz ketchup heiress and Pittsburgh 's most generous left-wing philanthropist, is very hands-on when it comes to deciding who gets a slice of the $140 million in charity that three Heinz Endowments dispense every year.

Dan Gainor | February 12, 2009

Shares of Hope and Change, Inc. finally rose this past week on word the North American firm would spend more than $1 trillion to dig itself out of a prolonged economic downturn.

Dan Kennedy | February 12, 2009

I’ve long advocated a government imposed one- to two-generation moratorium on lawyers breeding. It would certainly have the support of the vast majority of Americans, but it would raise some thorny ethical and legal issues.

Allen Hunt | February 12, 2009

A long line. A flight attendant's predictions of turbulence. A connecting flight delay. The mystery of an opening in the room. Luck. The providence of God.

Brett Joshpe | February 12, 2009

Remember those quaint days of yesteryear when we, as Americans, were only concerned about terrorists flying planes into our buildings?

Michael Reagan | February 12, 2009

It is not true that grown men don't cry. I'm grown and I'm on the verge of tears. A Republic I have loved all my life is being is being murdered and the crime is an inside job.

John McCaslin | February 12, 2009

It was just over a year ago that conservative blogger Matt Margolis filed a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission surrounding questionable fundraising practices by then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Cliff May | February 12, 2009

The headline on CNN was "Cheney Attacks!" Correspondent Tom Foreman commented that "even in the bare- knuckle world of Washington these days, this was a remarkably sharp attack by the former vice president just weeks into President Obama's term."

Frank Pastore | February 12, 2009

Nadya Suleman, the mother of the octuplets, is being resoundingly criticized all over the country for basically having children she can’t afford.

Larry Elder | February 12, 2009

President Barack Obama this week conducted his first prime-time press conference. After blaming the "failed theories of the last eight years" for today's economic crisis, he pushed for massive, unprecedented government spending.

Michael Gerson | February 12, 2009

While a new administration is just getting started, history doesn't stop.

Debra J. Saunders | February 12, 2009

ran into a friend in Sacramento Tuesday -- one of the many disappointed Republicans who inhabit the capital -- who told me that he will never again vote for a candidate for governor who has not lost an election.

Ben Shapiro | February 12, 2009

President Obama says the stimulus package is designed to save the economy. He says the stimulus package contains no earmarks.

Matt Towery | February 12, 2009

Attacked and derided by the more "acceptable" GOP candidates, it was Ron Paul who warned that America was "going bankrupt" and that our infrastructure was decaying.

Emmett Tyrrell | February 12, 2009

The phenomenon of opulent Wall Street investment wizards contributing in large numbers to the Democratic Party, often to the left wing of the Democratic Party, struck me, until recent years, as perverse to the utmost.

Steve Chapman | February 12, 2009

The news about Alex Rodriguez's use of steroids is simultaneously distressing and encouraging. Distressing because we learned that yet another baseball star was cheating.

George Will | February 12, 2009

The president, convinced that the only thing America has to fear is an insufficiency of fear, has warned that "disaster" and "catastrophe" are the certain alternatives to swift passage of the stimulus legislation.

Ross Mackenzie | February 12, 2009

The past week has confirmed -- among many things -- this: that as John McCain warned repeatedly, Barack Obama consists of leftist essence pure.

Dinesh D'Souza | February 12, 2009

It was in 1859—exactly a century and a half ago—that Charles Darwin published his Origin of Species, perhaps the most controversial book of the past millennium.

Wed, Feb 11, 2009

Ann Coulter | February 11, 2009

It's bad enough when illiterate jurors issue damages awards in the billions of dollars because they don't grasp the difference between a million and a billion. Now it turns out the Democrats don't know the difference between a million and a trillion.

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann | February 11, 2009

Because of the concentrated efforts of millions of Republicans all over America, Susan Collins (Maine) was reelected to the Senate, surviving a challenge once thought to be serious.

John Shadegg | February 11, 2009

Every day Americans learn about another outrageous, irrelevant spending provision in Democrats’ so-called stimulus bill.

Carrie Lukas | February 11, 2009

President Obama has been selling the economic stimulus bill as “critical” for the economy.

Marybeth Hicks | February 11, 2009

I walk into the kitchen just in time to hear my 11-year-old daughter summarize for her father the destiny of anyone cast as a celebrity apprentice for Donald Trump: "It's the sign that you're just another clump of dried seaweed washed up on the beach of pop culture."

John McCaslin | February 11, 2009

Actually, the former acting attorney general and solicitor general, who was nominated to the Supreme Court by Ronald Reagan, is well-known for his quick, dry wit.

Rich Galen | February 11, 2009

While all of Washington, Wall Street and the Babbling Class are counting every semi-colon in the House and Senate versions of the so-called stimulus package, it is useful to remember that regular people often do extraordinary things.

Tony Marsh | February 11, 2009

Much has been made of the Republican Party’s lost way – perhaps too much. Most everyone agrees you can’t run as the party of fiscal restraint, personal liberty and family values, then govern as the party of big spending, intrusive government and cynical values without losing more than you win.

Dana Joel Gattuso | February 11, 2009

As the House and Senate hash out their differences in the stimulus package and President Obama further bemoans Republicans’ “usual political games,” he should note that his critics extend far beyond the GOP.

Laura Hollis | February 11, 2009

It is profoundly disturbing, therefore, to see Americans’ present-day responses to the current economic blip.

Thomas Sowell | February 11, 2009

One of the most important skills for political success is the ability to make confident assertions of absurdities or lies.

Michelle Malkin | February 11, 2009

President Obama is back in messianic campaign mode. It is unbecoming. When he's not snarling at conservative opponents of his endless spending programs, he's pandering to supporters as the nation's community organizer-in-chief.

John Stossel | February 11, 2009

How do you make a dreadfully bad piece of legislation -- the nearly $900-billion so-called "stimulus" bill -- worse? Simple -- add protectionism.

Walter E. Williams | February 11, 2009

Stimulus package debate is over how much money should be spent, whether some should given to the National Endowment for the Arts, research sexually transmitted diseases or bail out Amtrak, our failing railroad system.

Brent Bozell | February 11, 2009

Some of President Obama's policies are not faring well in public opinion, but will anyone be told? On Feb. 2, a Gallup poll found that Obama's executive order "allowing U.S. funding for overseas family planning organizations that provide abortion" was decidedly unpopular.

Jonah Goldberg | February 11, 2009

I'm with the liberals on this one. They're fuming at the self-proclaimed "centrists" in the Senate who've taken it upon themselves to trim the stimulus bill at the edges.

Tony Blankley | February 11, 2009

President Barack Obama's first presidential news conference was performed feebly by the once-ferocious White House press corps and shrewdly -- if deceptively -- by the president.

Michael Medved | February 11, 2009

No one wants to stir up controversy regarding an annual gathering meant to unify religious believers, so it’s understandable that press and pundits largely ignored President Obama’s profoundly peculiar remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast on February 5th.

Michael Gerson | February 11, 2009

If Barack Obama's presidential campaign was smooth and deep like the rivers, his first few weeks in Washington have been turbulent and shallow like the rapids.

Terry Jeffrey | February 11, 2009

In Elkhart, Ind., on Monday, President Obama spoke as if America were approaching a doomsday that only a massive increase in government could avert.

David Harsanyi | February 11, 2009

Every time I imagine baseball with more bunts and 1-0 "pitching duels," my blood goes cold. If intolerable tedium interested me, I would have turned my attention to soccer or golf years ago.

Donald Lambro | February 11, 2009

President Barack Obama seems unwilling to acknowledge that reasonable and principled people oppose his stimulus bill because they believe another approach will yield significantly better results.

Jacob Sullum | February 11, 2009

I flashed back to the fall of 2001 upon reading the subhead over a New York Times story about Monday's presidential press conference: "He Says That Failing to Act Could Lead to Catastrophe."

Ed Feulner | February 11, 2009

In Washington, politicians like to seek common ground. So let’s begin by noting that many from both parties agreed with President Barack Obama’s recent warning.

Kathleen Parker | February 11, 2009

The first however-many days of Barack Obama's presidency have been a study in amateurism.

Larry Kudlow | February 11, 2009

The day after President Obama’s big news conference, and on the day Treasury-man Tim Geithner unveiled his Bank Bailout Nation TARP III Plan, stock markets plunged in a vote of no-confidence, with the Dow dropping nearly 400 points.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | February 11, 2009

While many people think of April 15 as the dreaded tax deadline, I like to look at it in a more positive light. I think of it as the retirement savings deadline.

Austin Bay | February 11, 2009

The war in Afghanistan now vexes Barack Obama and his administration.

Tue, Feb 10, 2009

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann | February 10, 2009

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is finding that her job description is dissolving under her feet, leaving her with only a vestige of the power she must have thought she acquired when she signed on to be President Obama's chief Cabinet officer.

Armstrong Williams | February 10, 2009

President Obama has an image problem. Granted, the sin that stained the Obama Brand was largely one of omission, not commission, but it’s something the president needs to quickly repair if the administration is to keep its momentum.

Paul Greenberg | February 10, 2009

The price of this new president's bailout plan for the whole American economy keeps changing (what's a few hundred billion between friends?) but the high-pressure sales job doesn't.

Amanda Carpenter | February 10, 2009

The same day President Obama appeared in Elkhart, Indiana to ramp up public support for his stimulus bill, nearly 300 people showed up at Indiana Rep. Mike Pence’s (R.) town hall to vent their opposition to the legislation.

Janice Shaw Crouse | February 10, 2009

Our new president has another big problem with one of his nominees. This one hasn’t made headlines yet, but if he is voted through this week by the Senate Judiciary Committee, you’ll hear plenty.

Brett Joshpe | February 10, 2009

Barack Obama and his new Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner are handing Republicans a golden opportunity to pin down the new administration early in its term.

John McCaslin | February 10, 2009

Back in 2004, before fuel prices skyrocketed and the country spiraled into economic crisis, the Air Force estimated it cost $56,800 per hour to operate Air Force One.

Thomas Sowell | February 10, 2009

Letters from parents often complain of a sense of futility in trying to argue with their own children, who have been fed a steady diet of the politically correct vision of the world, from elementary school to the university.

Chuck Norris | February 10, 2009

arack Obama promised during his campaign to "clean up both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue" with "the most sweeping ethics reform in history."

John Hawkins | February 10, 2009

It's very debatable whether stimulus bills work at all.

David Limbaugh | February 10, 2009

President Barack Obama has done more in the first three weeks of his presidency to validate the suspicions of his critics than I thought possible.

Mona Charen | February 10, 2009

Vice President Joseph Biden delivered the Obama administration's first major foreign policy address last week at the Munich Security Conference.

Cal Thomas | February 10, 2009

The so-called "stimulus plan" cooked up mostly by House Democrats is, in reality, a plan to stimulate government and make it an even greater presence (and burden) in our lives.

Dennis Prager | February 10, 2009

For those of us, Christians and non-Christians, who count themselves as friends of Catholics and their church, these have been a bad few weeks.

Pat Buchanan | February 10, 2009

"The Return of Economic Nationalism," wails the alarmed cover of The Economist. And understandably so.

Phyllis Schlafly | February 10, 2009

President Barack Obama has indeed made history. His selections for his Cabinet and other top government offices make a mockery of his much publicized campaign promises to give us "the most sweeping ethics reform in history" and to "close the revolving door" to lobbyists.

Bill Murchison | February 10, 2009

It's beat-up-on-the-rich time in America: a cheap alternative to paying a veterinarian's bill for the dog you just kicked violently upon checking your 401(k) statement.

Dan Abbett | February 10, 2009

The key to a Republican resurgence will not lie in a campaign slogan, rhetorical message or demographic pandering: It will require strategy and tactics.

Lorie Byrd | February 10, 2009

Three months ago Barack Obama was elected on a promise of hope and change. After less than a month in office his message has turned to one of gloom and doom.

Rebecca Hagelin | February 10, 2009

16-year-old Rianna wants to go to a party on Friday night. Her mom has no idea where she is going, with whom Rianna will be, or what they will be doing. Mom won't take the time and effort to find out - she never does. Tell me....is that parental love in practice?

Debra J. Saunders | February 10, 2009

Back in May 2000, Harry Markopolos, a Massachusetts fraud investigator, provided detailed evidence to the Securities and Exchange Commission that financier Bernard Madoff was a fraud.

Mon, Feb 09, 2009

William Rusher | February 09, 2009

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.

Bobby Schindler | February 09, 2009

On Friday, February 6, the Italian government passed a temporary decree law drafted to prohibit the removal of food and hydration from vulnerable patients that, in particular, would prevent Eluana Englaro from being dehydrated to death.

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann | February 09, 2009

If we force an "across-the-board debt reduction" that makes them move out of their overpriced homes, trade in their luxury cars, transfer to state colleges - and, if necessary, escape from under their credit-card debt via bankruptcy, we can eliminate the "overhang" and let them and our nation get on with their lives.

Bill Steigerwald | February 09, 2009

Despite the incessant hysteria about how mankind's irresponsible use of fossil fuels has put our whole planet in imminent peril, few Americans seem to be sitting up late at night fretting over any global-warming apocalypse.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | February 09, 2009

I am disappointed with the current political wrangling over the economic stimulus package. It seems that the whole world wants change - except for Washington politicians.

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison | February 09, 2009

Some in Congress are rallying around a "solution" that sounds alarmingly familiar: spend more than we have ever spent before. Literally. And the nearly $900 billion stimulus measure that the House passed and the Senate will consider has many deficiencies.

Horace Cooper | February 09, 2009

The tactics and legal skirting that Anna Nicole Smith’s legal team have employed could dramatically change how all families – billionaires to working class -- build and share wealth.

Jonah Goldberg | February 09, 2009

Barack Obama and his supporters have been relentlessly comparing the new president to Franklin Roosevelt.

Jon Sanders | February 09, 2009

In Hialeah, Florida, in 2006, a woman walked into an abortion clinic, and the doctor lost the patient. That is, the baby was born. Only then was it deposited in the biohazard bag, where it eventually died.

John McCaslin | February 09, 2009

Patrick Beckerdite, senior property manager for the Southridge Mall in Des Moines, Iowa, was one of several Inside the Beltway readers reacting to our item about Senate Democrats holding a "retreat" Wednesday in high-end conference space at the Newseum - just three blocks from the U.S. Capitol - rather than huddling in any number of congressional meeting or hearing rooms.

Rich Galen | February 09, 2009

Article 1 of the Constitution of the United States has to do with the Legislative Branch. Article II is about the Executive Branch; Article III is about the Judicial Branch. There are seven Articles in all, but you'll have to look those up if you want to know what they are.

Burt Prelutsky | February 09, 2009

Once upon a time there was a blacklist in Hollywood. Liberals still refer to it as McCarthyism, but they can’t even get that right.

Star Parker | February 09, 2009

The legacy of American socialism is our blighted inner cities, dysfunctional inner city schools, and broken black families.

Janet M. LaRue | February 09, 2009

It's been a taxing two weeks for President Obama and his nominees. And there's another nominee with bigger disqualifiers than unpaid taxes.

John Andrews | February 09, 2009

How flattering for a commentator when the President of the United States echoes your stuff. Provided he doesn't then make a mockery of it. On Jan. 20, Mr. Obama and I seemed to agree it’s time responsible America made a comeback. Three weeks in: what a joke.

Bruce Bialosky | February 09, 2009

It was very nice to see President Obama taking responsibility for Tom Daschle's mistakes. What he really needs is to send some people packing before his entire administration becomes corrupt.

Carol Platt Liebau | February 09, 2009

Never before has so much been squandered for so many by so few.

Mike Adams | February 09, 2009

I hope you all had a good weekend and welcome back to our criminal law class.

Ken Blackwell | February 09, 2009

Gun owners had better beware, and should be urging their senators to ask these nominees tough questions on the Second Amendment.

Sun, Feb 08, 2009

Debra J. Saunders | February 08, 2009

This is not going to be a column that dumps on the misguided and clearly troubled Nadya Suleman -- the 33-year-old unemployed single Whittier mother of six who gave birth to octuplets last month.

Steve Chapman | February 08, 2009

Some countries exist for no apparent reason, but not Afghanistan. Its function in the world has long been clear: to show great powers the limits of their power.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | February 08, 2009

Part of what got us into the current financial crises is our ability to suspend common sense and think that if the experts say it makes sense – then it must.

David Stokes | February 08, 2009

During a recent interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, President Obama indicated that his administration is in fact moving away from the of the phrase “war on terror.”

George Will | February 08, 2009

This Thursday, the 200th anniversary of the births of Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln.

Austin Hill | February 08, 2009

The bad news is that it’s as ugly as many of us expected it would be.

Kevin McCullough | February 08, 2009

In one rookie mistake after another, his decisions have shaken even the majority of his supporters.

Doug Giles | February 08, 2009

The Obama Hangover is the pain a moderate Obama backer is now feeling after having been promised the moon and realizing they have instead . . . been mooned.

Ken Connor | February 08, 2009

Old age ain't for sissies—especially if you happen to be living in one of America's 15,000 nursing homes.

Paul Jacob | February 08, 2009

Recalls are as American as apple pie and parades on the Fourth of July.

Salena Zito | February 08, 2009

How does President Obama live up to the hype/hope that so embodied him as a candidate?