Sat, Dec 26, 2009

Doug Giles | December 26, 2009

When one begins to go through the meat grinder of life, the first thing to evaporate like a pack of Camels at a crack house is joy.

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann | December 26, 2009

Parker Griffith's decision to step out of line and refuse to drink the Democratic Kool-Aid illustrates the Achilles' Heel of the Democratic regime in Washington.

Paul Driessen | December 26, 2009

Aside from ideologues, hydrocarbon haters, Gaia worshipers, profiteers and power-grabbing politicians, most of the sentient world now realizes that the hysteria over global warming disasters is based on dubious to fraudulent temperature data, analyses, models, reports and peer reviews.

Fri, Dec 25, 2009

Caroline Glick | December 25, 2009

Unbeknownst to most Israelis, this week marked a critical shift for the worse in the regional balance of power.

Hugh Hewitt | December 25, 2009

If you have an aging mom or dad, or an elderly relative of any sort under the roof, you've got a novel in your living room, and I hope you take some time to at least skim its table of contents today.

Michelle Malkin | December 25, 2009

I propose a new symbol for the Democrats. Out: donkey. In: a giant adult pacifier.

David Stokes | December 25, 2009

While much of the world rekindled almost forgotten traditions of faith and family, due to fresh-found freedom that Christmas of 1989, many Americans celebrated with televisions left on (volume muted), so as not to miss a story that was so compelling.

Mona Charen | December 25, 2009

Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo is in command of 22,000 American combat forces in northern Iraq. Unlike some high-ranking military men who demonstrate exemplary courage in the face of the enemy but collapse like paper umbrellas in the face of political pressure, Cucolo seemed ready for the political firefight he precipitated. At least at first.

Salena Zito | December 25, 2009

Three weeks ago, I felt certain that this year that wouldn't feel a lot like Christmas.

Oliver North | December 25, 2009

Scrooge came early on Christmas Eve this year -- and he looks strangely like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Pat Buchanan | December 25, 2009

"And this shall be a sign unto you: You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger.

Suzanne Fields | December 25, 2009

The transgression of a celebrity can be worth a thousand sermons. A lot of the gossip on the Internet and in the tabloids is cheap and irresponsible, but accurate dishing on the failures of the rich and famous usually has a bracing effect on society.

Michael Gerson | December 25, 2009

It asserts that every child, in every stable, deserves angel choirs and the tribute of kings.

Linda Chavez | December 25, 2009

If your friends and family are like mine, you've received at least one of those handy bookstore gift cards under the tree, so here are some ideas on how you might spend them.

Rich Tucker | December 25, 2009

Some time ago I found myself explaining the value of a flat tax to a liberal. It's tough for a liberal to grasp logic.

Ken Connor | December 25, 2009

Have you ever noticed how, when it comes to the rich and powerful, the most impressive people are those that eschew the many benefits of their position in favor of a modest, down to earth existence?

Charles Krauthammer | December 25, 2009

On Tuesday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rejected President Obama's latest feckless floating nuclear deadline. So ends 2009, the year of "engagement," of the extended hand, of the gratuitous apology

Thu, Dec 24, 2009

Michael Barone | December 24, 2009

Barack Obama has been saying that passage of the bill will mean that the health care issue will be settled once and for all.

Brent Bozell | December 24, 2009

Inside the studios of talk radio and cable news, the hot talk about a "war on Christmas" has cooled somewhat in 2009. But the controversies over Christmas, which seem as eternal as religion itself, continue on a number of different levels.

Larry Elder | December 24, 2009

Ask a liberal what he most dislikes about the "right"? "I resent the attempt to tell me how to live my life," he'll say. He'll mention abortion and say that the decision belongs to a woman and her doctor.

Michael Reagan | December 24, 2009

As families across our nation prepare to celebrate Christmas together, Democrats in the United States Senate and their ringleader, Harry Reid, have been deviously busy once again.

Cal Thomas | December 24, 2009

Apparently not content with his congressional majority that wishes to force Americans on a long march to health care disaster, President Obama has invoked the name of Jesus to broadcast his gospel of spreading the wealth around.

Debra J. Saunders | December 24, 2009

It was the year of the Octomom, the balloon boy and the White House party crashers.

Emmett Tyrrell | December 24, 2009

Jed Babbin, once deputy undersecretary of defense in the administration of George H.W. Bush and now the editor of the oldest conservative periodical in the land, is petitioning Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to dismiss charges against three SEALs.

Ross Mackenzie | December 24, 2009

As these random reflections are keyboarded in the pre-Christmas week, the woodland landscape lies shrouded in more than a foot of snow.

George Will | December 24, 2009

Late in life, the mother of the Rev. Thomas Reese, S.J., began attending mass at a Southern California church, the congregation of which soon became Spanish-speaking.

Hans A. von Spakovsky | December 24, 2009

This year, many Americans may not be able to have as bountiful a Christmas as they would like.

Patrick Basham | December 24, 2009

Based on St. Nick’s fondness for good food, drink, and the occasional smoke, the medical establishment’s lifestyle puritans have dammed Santa as a “public health pariah.”

Frank Turek | December 24, 2009

On November 22, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, I received an email from my friends Neil and Anna Mammen announcing the birth of their second daughter, Caroline Lois. Other than a cleft palate Caroline seemed fine, and the happy couple were thankful and rejoicing.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | December 24, 2009

Audacity and transparency are running rampant in Washington. Elected officials are transparent about their audacity.

Steve Chapman | December 24, 2009

Christmas is nigh, and Santa Claus is not the only person who will be flying to make his appointed rounds. This holiday season, according to the Air Transport Association (ATA), 41 million passengers will take trips by air.

Wed, Dec 23, 2009

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann | December 23, 2009

Obama's health care bill, the poisoned Kool-Aid making its way through the Senate, will not confer any of its supposed benefits on Americans until 2013. But they will find themselves chafing at its restrictions and paying its taxes immediately after the law takes effect. Then, they will see no gain, but plenty of pain, for the next three years.

Ann Coulter | December 23, 2009

Irritated at the bumps on the road to the Democrats' Thousand-Year Reich, liberals are now claiming that Republican Sen. Tom Coburn requested a prayer for the death of Sen. Bob Byrd during the health care debate last Saturday night.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | December 23, 2009

Start by looking at your own financial situation from both an income tax and estate planning perspective. Here are some things to think about.

Tony Blankley | December 23, 2009

Obama first thrilled and then disappointed and now enrages the left with his policies of (as they now see it): 1) giving the banks, health insurance companies, drug companies, for-profit hospitals and Washington lobbyists everything they want, 2) doing nothing for middle-class homeowners and 3) escalating the war in Afghanistan.

Michael Medved | December 23, 2009

During the festive holiday season, it’s become common to criticize the commercialization of Christmas.

Michelle Malkin | December 23, 2009

The Democrats are right. Sleazy bribes and pork payoffs didn't start with their government health care takeover bill. They've been doling out taxpayer-funded goodies for votes all year. Harry Reid's latest Cash for Cloture deals are the culmination of Washington's 2009 shopping spree at our expense.

John Stossel | December 23, 2009

Walter E. Williams | December 23, 2009

Detroit's (predominantly black) public schools are the worst in the nation and it takes some doing to be worse than Washington, D.C. Only 3 percent of Detroit's fourth-graders scored proficient on the most recent National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) test, sometimes called "The Nation's Report Card." Twenty-eight percent scored basic and 69 percent below basic.

Brent Bozell | December 23, 2009

The year 2009 might be classified as the year Barack Obama came down to Earth. The latest NBC-Wall Street Journal poll found that 47 percent approve of the job Obama is doing, and 46 percent disapprove. Those are not exactly Messiah numbers.

Jonah Goldberg | December 23, 2009

On his own terms, President Obama is a failure.

Mike Adams | December 23, 2009

I always love it when I get email from the NRA. But this morning, I received an email from the NRA that was truly special. It warmed my heart and I’ve re-printed it in its entirety.

Michael Gerson | December 23, 2009

Sometimes there is a fine ethical line between legislative maneuvering and bribery. At other times, that line is crossed by a speeding, honking tractor-trailer, with outlines of shapely women on mud flaps bouncing as it rumbles past.

Terry Jeffrey | December 23, 2009

The Congressional Budget Office's analysis of the final Senate health care bill indicates it would slap a mandatory annual fee of about $15,000 on middle-class families that earn an annual income greater than 400 percent of the federal poverty level ($88,200 for a family of four) and are not provided with health insurance by their employer.

Ben Shapiro | December 23, 2009

Congressional Democrats, after all their faux wrangling, open bribery and bully tactics, are poised to reach agreement on a massive makeover of the American health system. This makeover will bankrupt the insurance companies, raise premiums, and eventually lead to the full nationalization of health care.

David Harsanyi | December 23, 2009

This week, Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa claimed passage of reform would mean our nation had crossed the "demarcation line" that would transform health care from a "privilege" to a "right." Which is absolutely true if your definition of a "right" happens to be "do it or else."

Austin Bay | December 23, 2009

The terrible pity of the Uganda-LRA war is that for almost four years international mediators, Christian religious groups and several African governments have encouraged and sponsored peace negotiations.

Jacob Sullum | December 23, 2009

Reid said the legislation "acknowledges, finally, that health care is a fundamental right -- a human right -- and not just a privilege for the most fortunate."

Tue, Dec 22, 2009

Larry Kudlow | December 22, 2009

What’s a yield curve and why is it so important? When the curve is wide and upward sloping, as it is today, it tells us that the economic future is good.

Matt Patterson | December 22, 2009

The more details that emerge from health care reform plans coalescing and colliding on Capitol Hill, the more one wonders how President Barack Obama could possibly justify supporting any of them - much less signing one into law.

Paul Greenberg | December 22, 2009

To many Americans, the Christmas season wouldn't be complete without at least a few scenes from "It's a Wonderful Life." The movie wasn't a box-office hit when it was released just after the Second World War, but it's acquired quite a following since -- and even some critical acclaim.

Marvin Olasky | December 22, 2009

In recent years many midtown corners sported folding tables holding up plastic jugs and solicitations to "feed the homeless."

Thomas Sowell | December 22, 2009

Science is one of the great achievements of the human mind and the biggest reason why we live not only longer but more vigorously in our old age, in addition to all the ways in which it provides us with things that make life easier and more enjoyable.

Guy Benson | December 22, 2009

Nearly one year ago, Eric Holder swore an oath to defend the Constitution in carrying out his duties as the nation’s 82nd Attorney General. As the top law enforcement officer in the land, his charge is to mete out a brand of justice that is both rooted in the rule of law and thoroughly scrubbed of political influence.

Chuck Norris | December 22, 2009

I'm willing to bet that President Barack Obama's Christmas address this week will shine with a religious significance that's about as bright as what was in his unusually short Thanksgiving proclamation, which gave a token reference to God via a quote from George Washington.

Mike Adams | December 22, 2009

When the data began to show that concealed weapons permits protect both men and women from violence she (your professor) had a decision to make.

David Limbaugh | December 22, 2009

At least common thieves don't destroy an entire health care system and socialize the American economy when they commit their felonies. Too bad we can't say the same for our illustrious Democratic senators who sold out the nation.

Mona Charen | December 22, 2009

The Democratic leaders of the House and Senate, in concert with the White House, have bullied, bribed, and rushed their members to vote on health care legislation so that the deed could be done before constituents -- who oppose it forcefully -- could confront their representatives face-to-face over the Christmas break.

Ken Blackwell | December 22, 2009

Pollsters like to say their surveys are like a snapshot, limited to the time and the picture frame in which they are taken. What we are seeing in polling on the takeover of health care by the federal government is a consistent opposition by the American people. No major poll shows the people supporting the House or Senate bill.

Cal Thomas | December 22, 2009

There were two snow jobs in Washington over the weekend. One came from the sky as a record December snowfall blanketed the city.

Dennis Prager | December 22, 2009

As the passage of the bill that will start the process of nationalizing health care in America becomes almost inevitable, so, too, the process of undoing America's standing as The Last Best Hope of Earth will have begun.

Pat Buchanan | December 22, 2009

For Democrats like Harry Reid, who called them "evil-mongers," and Nancy Pelosi, who called them "un-American," the NBC News poll must have hit like a sucker punch at a Georgetown wine-and-cheese. The Tea Party movement, those folks rallying against spending last spring and Obamacare in the summer town halls, are viewed more favorably than the Democratic Party.

Debra J. Saunders | December 22, 2009

For years, global warming alarmists have pointed to every drought and heat wave as proof that global warming was a real environmental threat. They had few qualms about blurring the line between weather and climate to make a PR point. Perhaps, then, it was karma that brought a blizzard and freezing temperatures to the U.N. climate change Conference of Parties confab in Copenhagen (or COP-15 for short) last week.

Phyllis Schlafly | December 22, 2009

Do you think judges should have the power to decide what religion your children must belong to and which churches they may be prohibited from attending?

Ed Feulner | December 22, 2009

For many of us, the holiday season means gathering with friends and family and celebrating with food and drink. Too much food, in many cases.

Bill Murchison | December 22, 2009

Americans sick over Congress' "health care" outrage should be glad to sniff the generally unpolluted air of Christmas Eve in order, at last, to hear the angels sing. Because if anyone ever took a political vote-counter for one of the heavenly host, it had to be a long time ago: not in the eight or nine months we've been anguishing over plans to overhaul the way 300 million-plus Americans pay for their health care.

Rebecca Hagelin | December 22, 2009

As we celebrate Christmas this week I depart from the regular format of my column in order to share one of the most beautiful poems I have ever read.

Douglas MacKinnon | December 22, 2009

Recently, I sat down with a friend who has spent almost three decades working as an intelligence operative in the defense of our nation.

Carrie Lukas | December 22, 2009

Everyone knows our public schools aren't what they should be. The nation spends more than $500 billion per year on K-12 education.

Mon, Dec 21, 2009

Matt Barber | December 21, 2009

Are you as annoyed as I am by that nauseatingly amorphous phrase “Happy Holidays?” You may be interested to know that the mindset behind the term precedes America’s postmodern love affair with political correctness, tracing back to good ol’ fashioned Cold War Communism.

Mark Hillman | December 21, 2009

Most everyone on the center-right is dubious of big government, but when it comes to protecting the unborn or preserving the traditional definition of marriage, we are divided as to government's proper role.

Roger Schlesinger | December 21, 2009

As we reach the end of another year we realize that many things we had planned to do remain as they were when we added them to the list, and in some cases the time to accomplish this task has passed.

George Will | December 21, 2009

It was serendipitous to have almost simultaneous climaxes in Copenhagen and Congress. The former's accomplishment was indiscernible, the latter's was unsightly.

Katie Gage | December 21, 2009

West Virginia is a state known for its diverse landscape and vast resources, including forests for logging and mines for coal. Likewise, its citizens are known as tough and hard working.

Rich Galen | December 21, 2009

I was on a conference call the other day which included a senior Democratic consultant. The issue of whether a health care bill would become law came up and this consultant (whom I like and respect) said, "Yes. There will be a health care bill."

Byron York | December 21, 2009

To some observers, the Democrats' race to pass national health care seems irrational -- even suicidal. Don't party leaders understand how much the public opposes the bills currently on the table?

Meredith Turney | December 21, 2009

Under cover of darkness the most despicable of crimes are committed. Secrecy and opacity aid the deceitful in accomplishing the deeds they hope will never come to light—the light that demands accountability and justice.

Michael Barone | December 21, 2009

In the Bella Center on the south side of Copenhagen and in the Senate chamber on the north side of the Capitol, we're seeing what happens when liberal dreams collide with American public opinion.

Mike Adams | December 21, 2009

Neal Boortz is an old friend of mine. (By that I mean to say the friendship is old, not that Neal is old). When I was involved in my first serious free speech controversy in 2001, Boortz defended me daily on his radio show.

Star Parker | December 21, 2009

When, earlier this year, the new Obama administration set health care reform into motion, word was that they carefully studied the tactical failures of Hillarycare, with resolution to avoid the same mistakes.

Terry Paulson | December 21, 2009

As Christians, we don’t count down to Christmas. We count up to Christ’s coming and what it means for our lives—Emmanuel, God with us! He is coming. Love doesn’t come in presents under a tree, but in changed hearts and lives of service.

Joseph C. Phillips | December 21, 2009

My wife and I have big dreams for our children. We want nothing for them but health, happiness and success and we recognize that a good education can be a step towards realizing that goal.

Bruce Bialosky | December 21, 2009

We have read a lot this year about state and local budget shortfalls, much of which has been blamed on the recession. Governments have responded by issuing furloughs and, in some cases, cutting back days of operation.

Brian Domitrovic | December 21, 2009

President Obama is zeroing in on the culprit holding back employment growth. It just might be the banks.

Nick Rizzuto | December 21, 2009

While many people take for granted the fact that it is dangerous to use articles of faith as the basis for public policy, we often fail to realize that science too represents an extremely dodgy justification for law.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | December 21, 2009

Last Friday, two historic events occurred. A signing ceremony for DC’s same-sex marriage law and a blizzard

Roger Chapin | December 21, 2009

Never before in our history has an American president, deliberately and by design, risked our very survival to a maniacal enemy power sworn to remove America from the world.

Ken Blackwell | December 21, 2009

Let’s hope neo-Keynesian economics doesn’t push us backward.

Sun, Dec 20, 2009

Janice Shaw Crouse | December 20, 2009

Every time I write about marriage, I hear from readers who lament their sexless marriages.

Salena Zito | December 20, 2009

The best way to forecast the Republican primary for Florida’s U.S. Senate seat would be to quote Winston Churchill: "It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma."

David Stokes | December 20, 2009

As the first streaks of dawn quietly announced the arrival of morning on Sunday, November 16, 1969, a 35-year old preacher from Ohio named Harold Rawlings had already been awake for a while after a fitful night of what-could-barely-be-called sleep in a room at Washington, D.C.’s storied Mayflower Hotel.

Austin Hill | December 20, 2009

As if the global warming movement didn’t already appear sufficiently disingenuous and “hoaxy” before the U.N. gathering, the Dictator of Venezuela showed all the cards in Copenhagen.

Debra J. Saunders | December 20, 2009

Gavin Newsom is at it again. The San Francisco mayor's latest foray into annoying nanny statism is a proposal, reported in The Chronicle last week, to require the city's cell phone retailers to post the radiation levels of their products.

Steve Chapman | December 20, 2009

Barack Obama hoped to unify the nation, and he is making impressive progress toward that goal. Last week, he created common ground between Howard Dean and conservatives.

Ken Connor | December 20, 2009

The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is the slave of the lender.

George Will | December 20, 2009

Played with seemingly effortless perfection by the preternaturally smooth George Clooney, Bingham is the cool porcelain heart of the movie "Up in the Air."

Kevin McCullough | December 20, 2009

In the city of Chicago "politics" is done very differently than in much of the rest of the nation.

Paul Jacob | December 20, 2009

With a long enough lever, Archimedes could move the world. Is government that lever? Not likely.