Sat, Jun 27, 2009

Doug Giles | June 27, 2009

Obama said in his latest hem-hawing, foreign policy bloviating, what-the-hell-is-he-talkin’-about press conference that “we need to have a vigorous debate” regarding Iran’s current tyrannical Muslim-based governmental crushing of young people who desire a touch of freedom.

Brent Bozell | June 27, 2009

Twisted Hollywood and its twisted parade of tastemakers known as television critics are forever in search of another "black comedy," and if audiences don't embrace one, then they can always make another one.

Nick Nichols | June 27, 2009

Just when I thought that those in Congress responsible for the collapse of the housing market had diverted their attention to the destruction of other sectors of our free market economy (health care and energy), up pops Barney Frank and his trusty sidekick, Anthony Weiner.

John Andrews | June 27, 2009

We in Colorado do love this smallish state of ours, and folks probably have similar feelings in your state , whatever its size.

Fri, Jun 26, 2009

Jillian Bandes | June 26, 2009

Finding new sources of revenue is a top priority for the happy-go-spendy Congress. But one taxation option that could have caused U.S. companies to cut millions of jobs just got taken off the table – for now.

Kathryn Lopez | June 26, 2009

116. That's about how many prisoners in America's jails are raped every day, according to a new report.

Rich Tucker | June 26, 2009

In a political landscape littered by multi-billion dollar bailouts, massive protests in Iran and an attempted federal takeover of the health care system, one story recently passed with barely a ripple.

Michael Medved | June 26, 2009

The late Michael Jackson erased the same line—and blurred many other distinctions in the course of his extraordinary career.

Rich Galen | June 26, 2009

Ms. Fawcett was 62 when she died. Mr. Jackson was 50. In this day and age, both were too young.

Michelle Malkin | June 26, 2009

The Obama administration doesn't want to hear inconvenient truths about global warming. And they don't want you to hear them, either.

Jonah Goldberg | June 26, 2009

Huzzah! Thanks to a few pointed questions from the press corps at a White House news conference, the long Obama captivity of the media is at an end. The Hotline, an inside-the-Beltway tip sheet, proclaimed June 23 "The Day the Love Ended."

David Limbaugh | June 26, 2009

Here they go again -- our faithful representatives in Washington, that is. They're about to pass, without reading its 1,200-plus pages, an incredibly expensive and destructive cap and trade bill, which has little prayer of accomplishing what it sets out to accomplish but satisfies their urgent need to pay homage to their liberal ideology and secular humanist worldview.

Mona Charen | June 26, 2009

This seems to be the week for TMI -- too much information. South Carolina's Gov. Mark Sanford has told more, much more, than we needed to know about his mistress (how he met her, how their relationship ripened), his views on God's laws, on the Appalachian Trail, and on forgiveness.

Cal Thomas | June 26, 2009

The first thing that should be acknowledged about South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford's admission to an extramarital affair is that it could happen to any of us.

Oliver North | June 26, 2009

In January 2000, Jesse Helms, the legendary U.S. senator from North Carolina, succinctly summed up the meaning of these words for the United Nations Security Council by explaining that "nations derive their sovereignty -- their legitimacy -- from the consent of the governed."

Pat Buchanan | June 26, 2009

Americans should take a good, long look at the fiscal and social wreck of the Golden Land, because California is at a place to which all of America is heading.

Michael Gerson | June 26, 2009

In early 2005, the advance of freedom in the Middle East had an air of inevitability. Hundreds of thousands demonstrated in Beirut to demand an end to Syrian occupation.

Suzanne Fields | June 26, 2009

The righteous rage in the streets of Tehran is familiar to Berliners. They recall their own demonstrations that doomed the hated Berlin Wall two decades ago.

David Harsanyi | June 26, 2009

Did you know that about 300 million Americans went without food, water and shelter at some point last year?

Jillian Bandes | June 26, 2009

Thousands of union members rallied for Obamacare on Capitol Hill today in a massive display of union outreach that threatened to deliver more votes for a controversial “public plan” option.

Linda Chavez | June 26, 2009

The security forces may have temporarily crushed the resistance in Iran, but the revolution is far from over. Iranians by the hundreds of thousands -- young and old, men and women, students and workers -- have taken to the streets for the last two weeks in protest of a rigged election.

David A. Ridenour | June 26, 2009

Overly influenced by certain big-name green groups, misled by their own ideology and perhaps also a bit dazzled by the unlikely stardom of failed-politician-turned-climate-hero Al Gore, Democrats on Capitol Hill seem bent on self-destruction when it comes to climate change.

Burt Prelutsky | June 26, 2009

I often find myself thinking that if liberals didn’t have double standards, they wouldn’t have any standards at all.

Charles Krauthammer | June 26, 2009

Iran today is a revolution in search of its Yeltsin. Without leadership, demonstrators will take to the street only so many times to face tear gas, batons and bullets.

Ana Carcani Rold | June 26, 2009

If you have never seen a stoning (and chances are you haven’t), the award-winning film, “The Stoning of Soraya M.,” showing in Washington, D.C. and New York on June 26, will turn your stomach upside down.

Douglas MacKinnon | June 26, 2009

It’s official. Flies now have a longer life-expectancy than the political viability of most 2012 GOP presidential contenders. At least the male contenders.

Thu, Jun 25, 2009

Rich Tucker | June 25, 2009

In a political landscape littered by multi-billion dollar bailouts, massive protests in Iran and an attempted federal takeover of the health care system, one story recently passed with barely a ripple.

Rachel Marsden | June 25, 2009

Iranians have written to me this week to ask why the United Nations isn’t doing anything. I replied that it’s because George W. Bush isn’t around anymore to file the necessary paperwork.

Janice Shaw Crouse | June 25, 2009

No previous President has done a better job than President Obama in illustrating the validity of the old maxim that “Personnel is policy.”

Donald Lambro | June 25, 2009

President Obama's original plan to pay for his healthcare reforms was to limit charitable contributions and mortgage-interest payments that people can deduct from their taxable income.

Roger Schlesinger | June 25, 2009

If the government took over other industries, as it is trying to do with the health insurance industry, with an entity that will be run by the government without profit, how much money the government could save the people of this country?

Dan Gainor | June 25, 2009

With apologies to Janet Jackson, America’s rhythm nation is so 1989.

Scott Wheeler | June 25, 2009

When it comes to describing the unfortunate periodic reappearances of Jimmy Carter in the Middle East several characterizations come to mind but none more so than these two: a basket case of self-delusion or venal anti-Semitism masquerading as compassion. In either case, Carter is destined to continue his encouragement of the outlawed terrorist organization Hamas to pursue its murderous policies aimed primarily at civilians.

Diana West | June 25, 2009

Aside from a mass deployment of force against unarmed protestors (which, unfortunately, is not unlikely) what is the worst possible outcome in Iran?

Paul Greenberg | June 25, 2009

For some of the more demented among us, like me, there's nothing quite so engrossing as watching C-SPAN's complete, unexpurgated, dull moment after dull moment, replay of the day's hearing on the nomination of a Supreme Court justice.

Cliff May | June 25, 2009

A blatantly fraudulent election may have been the spark that ignited Iran's current rebellion but don't be misled: Iran has never had free and fair elections.

Sandy Rios | June 25, 2009

There is a pattern to President Barack Obama’s public policies. Generally they are the opposite of what makes sense, but delivered in an oh-so-smooth manner, we almost believe him—and 58 percent of the population still seems to.

Ken Blackwell | June 25, 2009

The liberal press may have been too deep in its collective salaam before Obama, their Expected One, to notice the critically important turn of phrase Obama employed in Cairo.

Michael Barone | June 25, 2009

There is a tendency for newly installed presidents, like adolescents suddenly liberated from adult supervision, to do the exact opposite of what their predecessors did.

Larry Elder | June 25, 2009

Last week's article on why 45 million Americans go without health care insurance touched a nerve and generated many questions and assertions.

Cal Thomas | June 25, 2009

There was a noticeable change in the climate during President Obama's Tuesday news conference that had nothing to do with the heat and humidity, the excuse given for moving the event indoors from the Rose Garden.

Matt Towery | June 25, 2009

I've always thought that "national horserace" polls in presidential elections are silly, even though my firm must conduct them, too.

Steve Chapman | June 25, 2009

A tyrannical government is by nature in a constant state of war with its own people. There are periods of truce, but none of real peace.

Emmett Tyrrell | June 25, 2009

The anti-government protests in Iran following the government's rigged elections are doubtless a little more than the "robust debate" among Iranians that President Barack Obama welcomed during the election.

George Will | June 25, 2009

The president's press secretary, Robert Gibbs, was asked about the report's contention that the political diversion of capital into green jobs has cost Spain jobs.

Ross Mackenzie | June 25, 2009

Brief comments on a variety of topics currently in the news....

Wed, Jun 24, 2009

Dan Kennedy | June 24, 2009

How much havoc can Obama wreak before our buyers’ remorse catches up with him?

Maggie Gallagher | June 24, 2009

America's most televised parents of multiples made it official: They are splitting up. Kate minus Jon makes nine.

Ann Coulter | June 24, 2009

On Iran, President Obama is worse than Hamlet. He's Colin Powell, waiting to see who wins before picking a side. Last week, massive protests roiled Iran in response to an apparently fraudulent presidential election, in which nutcase Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the winner within two hours of the polls closing.

Sandy Froman | June 24, 2009

Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Barack Obama’s first nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, has a narrow view of the Second Amendment that contradicts the Court’s landmark decision in District of Columbia v. Heller.

Lee Culpepper | June 24, 2009

When the repugnant and self-absorbed politician Senator Barbara Boxer (D-California) belittled an Army general for respectfully addressing her as Ma’am instead of Senator, I know I was not the only person who wished the General would have responded with a stingingly clever quip.

Janice Shaw Crouse | June 24, 2009

Lawyer and political organizer Terry O’Neill won the Presidency of the National Organization for Women (NOW) by a slim margin — a mere eight votes — by promising to “restore NOW’s revenue stream,” “reverse our membership losses,” and “revitalize our message.”

Michael Reagan | June 24, 2009

In conjunction with my Reagan Legacy Foundation, I recently marked the 22nd anniversary of my father's famous speech at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin by publicly announcing an agreement with the Mauer Museum to permanently house a wing dedicated to Ronald Reagan and his leading role in ending the Cold War and reuniting the German people.

Mario Diaz | June 24, 2009

We have all heard that where there is smoke, there is usually fire.

Meredith Turney | June 24, 2009

By now, the image of a young woman lying in a Tehran street, her life ebbing from her body, is indelibly etched in the collective conscience of the world. Twenty-six-year-old Neda Agha-Soltan has become a symbolic martyr for the millions of Iranians confronting an oppressive government. It’s fitting that an innocent young woman’s death should be the rallying figure for the movement against a government whose laws treat women as second-class citizens. It is the fairer sex that has historically suffered the most under unjust, repressive regimes and although Agha-Soltan’s murder has attracted worldwide publicity, her death is just the latest cruelty inflicted upon the women of Iran.

Laura Hollis | June 24, 2009

Just a couple of weeks ago, late-night comic David Letterman continued the media’s incomprehensible hatefest on Sarah Palin. (Incomprehensible at least in part because her ticket lost; for a losing VP candidate, she has remarkable and unprecedented staying power.) Part of his schtick that night included calling her a “slutty flight attendant.”

Rich Galen | June 24, 2009

After a week of golf and general dithering on Iran, President Barack Obama finally realized what most everyone else has known for the better part of a century.

Thomas Sowell | June 24, 2009

Even if the "stimulus" package doesn't seem to be doing much to stimulate the economy, it is certainly stimulating many potential recipients of government money to start lining up at the trough.

Michelle Malkin | June 24, 2009

If you believe the White House, there are 30 million Americans who support a government health care takeover.

Guy Benson | June 24, 2009

There’s never been a better time to be an enemy of the United States of America.

Walter E. Williams | June 24, 2009

Ward Connerly has a new article that should raise any decent American's level of disgust for what's routinely practiced at most of our universities.

Brent Bozell | June 24, 2009

The Public Broadcasting Service recently announced it will not allow new religious programming on their taxpayer-subsidized airwaves.

Jonah Goldberg | June 24, 2009

Here is the one immutable fact of Barack Obama's foreign policy agenda as it relates to Iran: It's over. The rule book he came in with is as irrelevant as a tourist guide to the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Mike Adams | June 24, 2009

Ideas have consequences. That is why it is sometimes difficult to understand how bad ideas can survive, and even thrive, in certain environments.

Tony Blankley | June 24, 2009

Last week, both David Broder, The Washington Post's venerable and authoritative political voice, and Chuck Todd, NBC's new important political voice, declared President Barack Obama's honeymoon over.

Michael Medved | June 24, 2009

In most quarters of our society there’s no shame in possessing money (or the flashy signifiers of wealth and comfort) but there is an odd unease over admitting the means by which those resources were acquired.

Michael Gerson | June 24, 2009

Animals are not equals. But, amazingly to me, they can sometimes be friends -- something I missed for far too long. Now people laugh at my Havanese and me.

Terry Jeffrey | June 24, 2009

What Harry Reid is proposing is an assault on American workers and the principle of free labor. It is as contrary to the American way of life as the federal government owning General Motors.

Austin Bay | June 24, 2009

Call this coming July Fourth Dependence Day -- the day marking prudent and responsible America's realization that we do indeed depend on the diplomatic power and technological capability of anti-missile defensive systems.

Donald Lambro | June 24, 2009

Five months into his presidency, the biggest items on Barack Obama's agenda are in deep trouble, and support for his handling the economy and a ballooning budget deficit is plummeting.

Marybeth Hicks | June 24, 2009

Have you seen the television advertisement for the Subaru Impreza that asks the rhetorical marketing question, “What makes a Subaru a Subaru?"

John Stossel | June 24, 2009

We can debate endlessly whether the Constitution authorizes any president to "overhaul" the financial system. But I want to focus on a different matter.

Ben Shapiro | June 24, 2009

President Barack Obama's health care plan, we are told, will spend $1 trillion over the next 10 years. But since trillion is the new billion, Americans aren't supposed to worry about that.

David Harsanyi | June 24, 2009

Despite the extraordinary energy exerted in trying to delay the inevitable, the inconvenient fact is we all die.

Jacob Sullum | June 24, 2009

"Policy justifications do not create congressional authority."

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | June 24, 2009

Dear Carrie: Considering the state of the economy at this time, what is the best place -- for safety and growth -- to invest available cash? -- A Reade

Tue, Jun 23, 2009

If only President Obama were a third as tough on Iran and North Korea as he is on Republicans, he'd be making progress in containing the dire threats to our national security these rogue nations represent.

Jillian Bandes | June 23, 2009

My.barackobama.com, the website of the Democratic National Committee and campaign arm of President Barack Obama, features an advertisement advocating a protest of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who Obama nominated and vouched for less than 3 months ago.

Richard Olivastro | June 23, 2009

Derailing the ‘Health Care Express’ is essential if Americans are to ensure that health care will always be available to every citizen.

Paul Kengor | June 23, 2009

Last Wednesday evening, I witnessed a remarkable event, which is being misreported and misperceived—from the Drudge Report to the White House—in antagonistic ways I plainly didn’t see. I shouldn’t be surprised, since it involved George W. Bush.

Larry Kudlow | June 23, 2009

Why do we need President Obama’s big-bang health-care reform at all? What’s the real agenda here? If it’s really to cover the truly uninsured, a much cheaper, targeted, small-ball approach would do the trick.

Lorie Byrd | June 23, 2009

President Obama has spent much of the past six months talking about all the things he inherited from George Bush. Unfortunately there are a lot of things he did not inherit from Bush, among them how to be the leader of the free world.

Thomas Sowell | June 23, 2009

A Gallup poll last week showed that far more Americans describe themselves as "conservatives" than as "liberals." Yet Republicans have been clobbered by the Democrats in both the 2008 elections and the 2006 elections.

Chuck Norris | June 23, 2009

One of the most hideous ways the Internal Revenue Service usurps power and control over Americans is through its oppression over nonprofits, especially religious groups.

John Hawkins | June 23, 2009

Almost every program the Left supports to "help" the poor in this country is surreptitiously designed to de-motivate them and keep them dependent on the government.

Mike Adams | June 23, 2009

It’s getting close to time to start another semester. That means that it’s time to lay down the rules for all of my classes. I’m going to continue to use all the rules I’ve used before, which can be found in my syllabus.

David Limbaugh | June 23, 2009

American freedom lovers studying the reign of Obama have been in a constant state of anxiety over the administration's assault on capitalism and America's very solvency, its thuggish political style, its PR war against America's history, its radical social policies and its Carteresque foreign policy.

Mona Charen | June 23, 2009

It's become almost a parlor game to watch Obamaphiles spin the president's response to events in Iran.

Cal Thomas | June 23, 2009

Some people have certain presumptions -- for example, that government is better suited to handling problems than individuals or private entities.

Bill Murchison | June 23, 2009

While Congress labors and sweats over health care reform, let us turn to larger matters, pertaining to the ways we live together.

Rebecca Hagelin | June 23, 2009

Last week a U.S. Senator treated the world to a shocking display of rudeness toward a member of our armed services.

Ed Feulner | June 23, 2009

President Barack Obama recently introduced Kenneth Feinberg as America’s “compensation czar.”

Joel Mowbray | June 23, 2009

Following a surprising speech in which he uttered the words “Palestinian state” for the first time, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has strengthened his standing at home and abroad, far exceeding expectations from all quarters.

Marvin Olasky | June 23, 2009

For the non-Calvinists or anti-Calvinists among us who may worry that the current issue of WORLD has several articles about John Calvin, be not afraid: It happens only once every 500 years.

Pat Buchanan | June 23, 2009

Given its monopoly of guns, bet on the Iranian regime. But, in the long run, the ayatollahs have to see the handwriting on the wall.

Debra J. Saunders | June 23, 2009

Walpin's defenders believe Obama fired him because Walpin was a successful whistle-blower, who blew the whistle on the president's friends and pet causes.

Phyllis Schlafly | June 23, 2009

Barack Obama's high-speed train to socialism was knocked off track by a surprising source: the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

Mon, Jun 22, 2009

Paul Greenberg | June 22, 2009

Much like Imre Nagy, the leaders of the Silent Revolution in Iran have also been faithful servants of the regime. They, too, are proud nationalists, but not crazies. They seek only the simplest of rights.

Bill Steigerwald | June 22, 2009

I've hated Social Security since 1964, when I made $547 that summer as a rookie stock boy in the warehouse of a Pittsburgh restaurant chain.

Rich Galen | June 22, 2009

President Barack Obama wanted to "reset" America's foreign policy following eight years of President George W. Bush pushing against the bad guys.

Jillian Bandes | June 22, 2009

In Canada, where government provides health care for all of its citizens, the average wait time for life-threatening cancer treatment is seven weeks and the average wait time is nine hours for emergency visits.

Michael Tanner | June 22, 2009

Faced with rising opposition to a so-called "public option" in health care reform, some Democrats are floating the idea of establishing health insurance "co-operatives" as an alternative. Pro-market health reformers should not buy into the "co-op" option.

Michael Barone | June 22, 2009

We pundits like to analyze our presidents and so, as Barack Obama deals with difficult problems ranging from health care legislation to upheaval in Iran, let me offer my Three Rules of Obama.

Townhall.com Staff | June 22, 2009

Kim Jong Il may not be playing with a full deck, but his conception of the country’s national interest is well served by his defiance of “international opinion.”

Burt Prelutsky | June 22, 2009

A while back, I heard Obama bragging about his first few months in the White House. When he claimed he had done as much in that period as any president in history, my initial thought was that for the first time in his life he was being modest.

Bruce Bialosky | June 22, 2009

This past week’s actions in Iran have been a defining moment in Iran and the entire Middle East. Yet our current President decided to sit on the sidelines.

Mike Adams | June 22, 2009

It’s getting close to time to start another semester. That means that it’s time to lay down the rules for all of my classes.

Terry Paulson | June 22, 2009

Freedom is not the norm in human history; it is a precious aberration.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | June 22, 2009

For several years I (and others) have called the way in which immigrants both documented and undocumented – “the new slavery.”

Star Parker | June 22, 2009

The Democrats' health care initiative reminds me of the joke about the Boy Scout fighting on a street corner with an old lady.

Sun, Jun 21, 2009

Laura Hollis | June 21, 2009

On Fathers' Day, we typically celebrate the men who gave us life, loved us, raised us, cared for us, instructed us. In that spirit, I wanted to honor the men whose vision, passion and courage gave us our country

Allen Hunt | June 21, 2009

The absence of a specific request for forgiveness leaves the wound open.

David Stokes | June 21, 2009

The founding fathers and framers of the constitution were very concerned about vesting too much energy in the American chief executive.

Debra J. Saunders | June 21, 2009

"We certainly recognize that Chevron does not make a sympathetic victim here," company spokesman Kent Robertson told me over the telephone. No lie.

Steve Chapman | June 21, 2009

What motivates advocates of stricter tobacco regulation is the unassailable assurance that they are not only completely right but that their opponents are a) wrong and b) evil.

George Will | June 21, 2009

To dissect today's health care debate, the crux of which concerns a "public option," use the mind's equivalent of a surgeon's scalpel, Occam's razor, a principle of intellectual parsimony.

Paul Kengor | June 21, 2009

All of them: those troops, their parents, and passersby who happen upon that wall; they all have a Father to lead them, to be with them, who they can hold on to and look up to, as they enter the valley.

Salena Zito | June 21, 2009

The upside to Gerald Walpin’s firing as inspector general for the federal agency that oversees AmeriCorps is that he could appear in one of those “Organizing for America” ads that highlight Americans who have lost their jobs along with their health care.

Kevin McCullough | June 21, 2009

I would welcome the opportunity to introduce President Obama to two men who greatly impacted my life.

Janice Shaw Crouse | June 21, 2009

Fathers' Day: Research indicates that before the age of 12, 90 percent of a girl’s self-esteem is shaped by her relationship with her father.

Austin Hill | June 21, 2009

Quick - - what do you know about the country of Kenya?

Paul Jacob | June 21, 2009

California has political problems. According to one prominent Democrat, it's democracy that's got to go.

Ken Connor | June 21, 2009

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.