Sat, Feb 06, 2010

Jillian Bandes | February 06, 2010

If Sarah Palin is the future of the conservative movement, then one thing can be certain: leadership isn't going to suffer from a lack of support.

Doug Giles | February 06, 2010

This week at the National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama waxed eloquent on the need for more “civility” in the national discourse, to which Rahm Emanuel replied, “That’s effing retarded.”

Ken Blackwell | February 06, 2010

The New York Times, the Washington Post, and the rest of all the right thinking (which is to say left doing) world, is in high dudgeon.

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann | February 06, 2010

As he professes to want to reduce the dangerous budget deficit, Obama brings to mind the hapless engineers at Toyota who find that their vehicles accelerate whether or not the driver wants them to.

Jillian Bandes | February 06, 2010

If you read any of the extensive coverage of the Tea Party Convention going on this weekend in Nashville, TN, be prepared for dramatic stories of rampant grassroots infighting. The real story is much different.

Paul Driessen | February 06, 2010

We are not weighing in on the climate debate. We are not opining on whether the world’s climate is changing, at what pace or due to what causes, Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Shapiro insisted on announcing the SEC’s new “interpretive guidance” on climate change.

Fri, Feb 05, 2010

Paul Kengor | February 05, 2010

Obama was so ecumenical that he never once mentioned “Jesus” or “Christ” or called himself a follower of Jesus Christ or a Christian. It wasn’t as if the president was pinched for text; this was a 2,000-word oration, with numerous figures mentioned.

Kathryn Lopez | February 05, 2010

Even with its centuries-old roots throughout the region, is Christianity history in the West?

Rich Tucker | February 05, 2010

On Super Bowl weekend, the last thing Vegas gamblers want to hear about is fixing. But the rest of us should consider what ails the National Football League, and think about ways to set it right.

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown | February 05, 2010

Barack Obama's hypocrisy is bubbling to the surface and his well built facade is crackling and crumbling.

Rich Galen | February 05, 2010

At 10:00 last night this was the official language from the National Weather Service winter storm warning: A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect from 10 AM Friday to 10 PM EST Saturday.

Katie Gage | February 05, 2010

While the conversation in Washington, D.C. often focuses on who’s up and down, the discussion in towns and cities across the country is about one thing, jobs.

Hugh Hewitt | February 05, 2010

Stung by his defeat in Massachusetts after a personal appearance on behalf of Martha Coakley and a long speech telling Massachusetts voters why they had to send her to Washington, President Obama seems intent on punishing the entire nation with speech after speech after speech.

Michelle Malkin | February 05, 2010

If only the federal government were as responsible with our money as Pepsi is with theirs. The soda giant has been in the Super Bowl ad business for more than two decades.

Brent Bozell | February 05, 2010

Two years ago, Time critic Richard Corliss wrote an article that clearly must have resonated at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Oscar telecast was sinking in the ratings, he wrote, because the nominees were largely unwatched by the masses.

Jonah Goldberg | February 05, 2010

It's Oscar time. Unfortunately -- or perhaps fortunately -- I haven't seen anywhere near all of the contenders. For that reason alone, I can't write an Oscar column.

David Limbaugh | February 05, 2010

President Barack Obama's delusional perspective on fiscal issues is only surpassed by his surreal approach to the war on terror, which he doesn't even consistently recognize as a war.

Mona Charen | February 05, 2010

Barack Obama assumed the presidency determined not just to promote certain policies but to tidy up our minds as well. Some things we'd been saving, like conservative ideas on national defense and such, would have to go.

Oliver North | February 05, 2010

No nation ever has had a better military than today's all-volunteer U.S. armed forces. Though I wouldn't trade anything for the young Americans I served with in Vietnam -- or afterward -- those presently wearing America's uniforms are the brightest, best-educated, best-trained and most combat-experienced military the world ever has seen.

Pat Buchanan | February 05, 2010

Republicans already counting the seats they will pick up this fall should keep in mind Obama has a big card yet to play.

Michael Gerson | February 05, 2010

Former community organizer Barack Obama once seemed to recognize the important role of community institutions. It was among his few credible claims to ideological outreach.

Suzanne Fields | February 05, 2010

The news of the death of J.D. Salinger recalled the famous Dorothy Parker quip on being told that Calvin Coolidge was dead: "How can they tell?"

David Harsanyi | February 05, 2010

White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is notoriously profane and uncouth.

Jillian Bandes | February 05, 2010

The convoluted, politicized and hugely expensive issue of the "doc fix" is back in the spotlight after falling by the wayside along with health reform.

Linda Chavez | February 05, 2010

Abstinence-only sex education has been a favorite target of the cultural elite, who argued it was naive at best and dangerous at worst.

Charles Krauthammer | February 05, 2010

"I am not an ideologue," protested President Obama at a gathering with Republican House members last week. Perhaps, but he does have a tenacious commitment to a set of political convictions.

Thu, Feb 04, 2010

Ross Mackenzie | February 04, 2010

Mr. President, we haven't talked in a while -- not since Massachusetts and the State of the Union. A lot has gone down.

Donald Lambro | February 04, 2010

If you want further evidence of how deep Democratic losses may be in the fall midterm elections, Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh's suddenly shaky bid for a third term is exhibit A.

Diana West | February 04, 2010

Should Fox News register with the State Department as a foreign agent -- an agent of Saudi Arabia?

Dan Kennedy | February 04, 2010

The President went to the House Republicans’ conference and proclaimed: “I am not an ideologue.” Just like Richard Nixon: “I am not a crook.” Or Bill Clinton: “I did not have sex with that woman.” Or any number of other politicians’ emphatic pronouncements of what they were not when in fact they were, or were not doing when, of course, they were doing.

Dan Gainor | February 04, 2010

Little boys love to play with trains. It doesn’t stop, even when they grow up and move to Washington. Now the Democrats and Barack Obama are playing with trains and $8 billion of our money to build themselves a nationwide train set just like the Europeans.

Sandy Rios | February 04, 2010

What happened in the Illinois Senate race doesn’t exactly mirror Massachusetts. But in one important way the races were the same: Both candidates ran to the right.

Nathan Tabor | February 04, 2010

The Obama Administration and both houses of the U.S. Congress are fast-tracking a number of programs designed to increase the size of what's commonly known as the “welfare state.” These programs are having a devastating impact on American charitable giving.

Cliff May | February 04, 2010

Washington's partisan divide is as wide as it's ever been. Democrats and Republicans bitterly disagree on fundamental points of principle and policy. So it should not go unremarked.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | February 04, 2010

On Monday, the Obama administration released it 2011 budget with an estimated $1.3 trillion deficit. Taxes equal 15 percent of the gross domestic product in 2011, and rise by a third to 20 percent of GDP in 2020.

Victor Davis Hanson | February 04, 2010

Thousands in Tokyo have been echoing Barack Obama's signature call for "change" -- but as in "Change! Japanese-U.S. relations."

Michael Barone | February 04, 2010

Quick, name the most distrusted occupations. Trial lawyers? Pretty skuzzy, as witness the disgraced John Edwards, kept from the vice presidency in 2004 by the electoral votes of Ohio.

Larry Elder | February 04, 2010

This week the watchdog of the Troubled Asset Relief Program, Neil Barofsky, submitted his quarterly review and testified before Congress. In England, former Prime Minister Tony Blair also testified -- for six hours under cross-examination -- at a widely anticipated inquiry into the Iraq War.

Cal Thomas | February 04, 2010

In the midst of the usual glut of Super Bowl commercials with messages about beer, cars and women with impossible bosoms, on Sunday there will be one 30-second message that has some people upset, even angry.

Debra J. Saunders | February 04, 2010

At first, it seemed like a bonehead move. On Monday morning, the campaign for Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner's bid for the governor's office sent out an e-mail announcing that the candidate would hold a news conference at its headquarters.

Paul Greenberg | February 04, 2010

Some things still surprise. Even about politicians. Barney Frank, for example. He's just come out for disbanding Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Steve Chapman | February 04, 2010

This week, President Obama had the dubious pleasure of offering a budget with a deficit of more than a trillion dollars. He could have done something more politically attractive: unveil a plan to curb the runaway spending of the Bush years.

Emmett Tyrrell | February 04, 2010

Irving Kristol, the recently deceased godfather of neoconservatism, once said to me, "Fairness is not a liberal value." I thought about his asseveration while observing the liberals' colossal indignation over conservative activist James O'Keefe's entry under false pretenses into the district offices of Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La.

Marvin Olasky | February 04, 2010

Bold journalist Brit Hume took a lot of heat last month for saying, while commenting on the fall of Tiger Woods, that Buddhism does not "offer the kind of forgiveness and redemption that is offered by the Christian faith."

Howard Rich | February 04, 2010

Just days before Congressman Jim Clyburn had the “audacity” to admit what D.C. politicians were actually doing with our tax dollars, U.S. President Barack Obama had the cowardice to continue concealing government’s unprecedented generational larceny.

George Will | February 04, 2010

On Day One of his vow to take "meaningful steps to rein in our debt," Barack Obama asked Congress to freeze portions of discretionary domestic spending. This would follow an astonishing permanent expansion: Republicans on the House Budget Committee say appropriations bills Obama has signed, along with his stimulus spending, have increased discretionary domestic spending 84 percent.

Frank Turek | February 04, 2010

The central argument in favor of same-sex marriage or overturning “Don’t ask don’t tell” contains a fatal flaw. In fact, this is the flaw at the heart of the entire gay rights movement.

Wed, Feb 03, 2010

Maggie Gallagher | February 03, 2010

What about that new abstinence study? Well, it's just the gold standard for intervention research, a bright and shining pinnacle of research design that social science seldom ever reaches: random assignment.

Ann Coulter | February 03, 2010

In a "Special Report" on the president's question-and-answer session with Republicans last Friday, MSNBC's jock-sniffers Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow produced a museum-quality show.

Michael Reagan | February 03, 2010

This week, the State of Illinois concluded its primaries for its soon-to-be-open United States Senate Seat. This seat, President Obama's until he won the presidency, has gained infamy with former Illinois Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich's efforts to "sell" the seat to the highest bidder.

Jonah Goldberg | February 03, 2010

Every president is subject to forces beyond his control. If unemployment were at 5 percent, President Obama would be doing fine. If the Christmas bomber's pants had exploded successfully, Obama would be in far worse shape.

David Gratzer | February 03, 2010

After Massachusetts decidedly elected Scott Brown, there is a temptation for Republicans to hear the message they want to hear, rather than the message that Bay State voters actually sent.

Michelle Malkin | February 03, 2010

Behind every seemingly good deed in the Obama White House, there's a deep-pocketed, left-wing special interest. Take first lady Michelle Obama's crusade against childhood obesity. Who really benefits from the ostensible push for improved nutrition in the schools?

John Stossel | February 03, 2010

Many window-making companies struggle because of the recession's effect on home building. But one little window company, Serious Materials, is "booming," says Fortune. "On a roll," according to Inc. magazine, which put Serious' CEO on its cover, with a story titled: "How to Build a Great Company."

Walter E. Williams | February 03, 2010

John Coleman, founder of the Weather Channel, in an hour-long television documentary titled "Global Warming: The Other Side," presents evidence that our National Climatic Data Center has been manipulating weather data just as the now disgraced and under investigation British University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit.

Brent Bozell | February 03, 2010

In his book "The Courage to Be Catholic," author George Weigel surprised readers by insisting that the very secular and liberal Boston Globe and The New York Times had done the Lord's work in rooting out the story of child sexual abuse by priests in the Catholic Church.

Jonah Goldberg | February 03, 2010

The president's defensiveness isn't surprising. He holds his self-definition as a pragmatist dear, and not just because it polls well.

Tony Blankley | February 03, 2010

A president knows he is going through a hard patch when even his strongest supporters write, "Mr. Obama is in danger of being perceived as someone whose rhetoric, however skillful, cannot always be trusted. He is creating a credibility gap for himself, and if it widens much more he won't be able to close it."

Michael Medved | February 03, 2010

Why do huge Wall Street bonuses provoke so much more public indignation than similarly gigantic lottery jackpots?

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann | February 03, 2010

President Obama was disingenuous when he said that the budget deficit he faced "when I walked in the door" of the White House was $1.3 trillion. He went on to say that he only increased it to $1.4 trillion in 2009 and was raising it to $1.6 trillion in 2010.

Michael Gerson | February 03, 2010

It means something in foreign policy circles when realists and idealists converge on a policy -- as they are beginning to do on Iran.

Ben Shapiro | February 03, 2010

There sure is something different about President Obama. Usually, the State of the Union address is a laundry list of proposals spiced with sycophantic applause and dipped in an admixture of boredom and bravado. It is rarely a statement of basic philosophy. Not for President Obama.

Austin Bay | February 03, 2010

In a recent propaganda rant, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed to deal "a telling blow against global arrogance" on Feb. 11, the day Tehran's malignant mullahs celebrate the 31st anniversary of their Ayatollah Khomeini-led Islamic revolution, which toppled Iran's Shah.

Paul Greenberg | February 03, 2010

It wasn't just that the whole national security system -- you know, the one the secretary of Homeland Security said had worked -- didn't.

Jacob Sullum | February 03, 2010

If you accept responsibility for something bad, aren't you accepting blame by definition? Not if you're Barack Obama, who has a talent for accepting responsibility while minimizing and deflecting it.

Brion McClanahan | February 03, 2010

While serving on the House Appropriations Committee, Nancy Pelosi used the mantra that, “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you get what you need.” She was being honest, particularly in regard to what she “needed” from the United States taxpayer.

Tue, Feb 02, 2010

Donald Lambro | February 02, 2010

This is the year of the angry voter, and one of the things they're angriest about is that the government's spending our money faster than we can make it, piling up mountains of debt that threaten to drive the U.S. economy into another financial crisis.

John Armor | February 02, 2010

Do the citizens of the states have a constitutional right to recall their Members of Congress before the end of their set terms, if they become satisfied that their Members are seriously harming the interests of the people who elected them?

Meredith Turney | February 02, 2010

Just when you thought environmental extremists couldn’t go any further, they surprise you with yet another ploy in their never-ending quest to turn back modernity. With the public push-back on the cap-and-trade scheme and creating man-made droughts to save a 2-inch fish, environmentalists have become craftier in their efforts.

Stephanie Hessler | February 02, 2010

While al Qaeda strives to increase its ability to attack the United States, the Obama administration is voluntarily relinquishing the tools Congress provided to fight terrorists. After September 11th, Congress granted the president special national security powers, including the right to detain and interrogate terrorists and to try them in military commissions. This marked a major policy change, with a switch in focus from punishing terrorist attacks to preventing them.

Paul Kengor | February 02, 2010

The Obama administration and Democratic Congress “rejected funding for school vouchers for poor children in Washington, DC, but supported funding for abortions for the mothers of those children.” The contrast is breathtaking, but true.

Dennis Prager | February 02, 2010

This past weekend, after President Obama addressed the annual retreat of Republican Members of the House, I, along with my Salem Radio colleague Hugh Hewitt, and John Fund of the Wall Street Journal, were also invited to address them.

Thomas Sowell | February 02, 2010

There was a recent flap because three different members of the Obama administration, on three different Sunday television talk shows, gave three widely differing estimates of how many jobs the president has created.

Chuck Norris | February 02, 2010

While the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts are preparing to go head-to-head in Super Bowl XLIV at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, U.S. justices and even our president are squaring off in arenas of jurisprudence from sea to shining sea.

John Hawkins | February 02, 2010

Liberals believe they can change human nature. Sure, human beings can be shaped and molded to a certain extent. Any parent who has spanked a child can tell you that.

Mike Adams | February 02, 2010

I’m having difficulty understanding why the last two parking spaces in the parking lot in front of the Cameron School of Business were taken up by a single car this morning.

David Limbaugh | February 02, 2010

Former Sen. Bob Kerrey famously said that Bill Clinton was "an unusually good liar. Unusually good." Well, then, President Barack Obama is an unusually bad liar. Unusually bad.

Mona Charen | February 02, 2010

The perennially optimistic strained to find evidence of a new centrism in President Obama's State of the Union address. Well, the Hyde Park liberal embraced nuclear power, they say. And he did seem to.

Cal Thomas | February 02, 2010

President Obama was right to converse with congressional Republicans last Friday in Baltimore. Cynics may label it as political theater, but I suspect the public appreciated the give-and-take.

Pat Buchanan | February 02, 2010

This weekend, thousands demonstrated in Tokyo against moving the Marine air station to Nago. Some demanded removal of all U.S. forces from Japan. After 65 years, they want us out.

Debra J. Saunders | February 02, 2010

Last week, an insurance industry report found that bans on using hand-held cell-phones while driving in California, New York, Washington, D.C. and Connecticut did not reduce the number of car crashes. To the contrary, crashes went up in Connecticut and New York, and slightly in California, after the bans took effect.

Humberto Fontova | February 02, 2010

Hugo Chavez’ inspirational debt to Ernesto “Che” Guevara is such that he titled his regime's socio-economic model, "Mision Che Guevara." Don't look for much of this in the MSM--but as I write Venezuela's youth are hitting the streets in the tens of thousands and with raised fists--AGAINST Castro/Che brand- socialism (having gotten a taste.)

Paul Greenberg | February 02, 2010

Here, presented as an annual public service, are 50 ways to stay warm during these wintry days -- and nights.

Phyllis Schlafly | February 02, 2010

Whether or not the groundhog sees his shadow on Feb. 2, there's no denying that January put into a deep freeze the claims of crisis by global warming alarmists. Frigid temperatures destroyed fruit and coral in Florida, and snow fell on Al Gore's palatial home in normally warmer Tennessee.

Bill Murchison | February 02, 2010

Anyone who sees health policy as a trackless jungle for policymakers should take a gander at education policy as mediated by the federal government.

Ed Feulner | February 02, 2010

Well, a good chunk of our tax money finances a steadily-growing government workforce. State and local governments spent $1.1 trillion on employee wages and benefits in 2008. That’s half of what those governments spent overall.

Rebecca Hagelin | February 02, 2010

The mass media is a-buzz over the Alan Guttmacher Institute's “news” on teen pregnancy. Guttmacher and those who advocate free sex for teenagers seem almost gleeful as they misuse the statistics in an effort to destroy abstinence education programs and promote their condom cure-all mantra.

Mon, Feb 01, 2010

Byron York | February 01, 2010

He's in his second year as president, and he has discovered that even with all the powers of office, he can't do everything he wants to do, such as remake America. Doing stuff is hard.

Frank Gaffney | February 01, 2010

A battle of enormous portent is about to begin on Capitol Hill. When the fight to fulfill President Obama's oft-repeated commitment to repeal what he misleadingly persists in calling "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) is over, one thing is certain.

Heather Higgins | February 01, 2010

The lessons of Massachusetts are not quite as obvious as they first appeared. The election holds a cautionary tale for both parties.

Rich Galen | February 01, 2010

Following his State of the Union speech, there were some muffled remarks that the President Obama had no "foreign policy section."

Michael Barone | February 01, 2010

Just whom are we trying to impress? That's a question that occurred to me when, on his second full day in the presidency, Barack Obama announced we would close the Guantanamo detainee facility within one year.

Star Parker | February 01, 2010

Why are pro-abortion groups so up in arms about the Tim Tebow ad that CBS will run during the Super Bowl?

Mike Adams | February 01, 2010

I’m glad I don’t teach at Temple University in Philadelphia, where students now have to pay an unconstitutional after-the-fact security fee levied by the university. This fee was for hosting none other than 'controversial' politician Geert Wilders.

Terry Paulson | February 01, 2010

Speeches don’t cut spending. Growing government spending and entitlement handouts will never create a vibrant economy. Get ready for a long road to economic recovery. Thankfully, America was built on individual responsibility.

Joseph C. Phillips | February 01, 2010

I thought of Diogenes as I read portions of the president’s speech from Cleveland, Ohio. The New York Times reports that the president used the word fight or some version of it more than 20 times.

Jillian Bandes | February 01, 2010

A few weeks ago, if you said “The GOP could take back the Senate majority in 2010” you would’ve been laughed out of the room. Now it's something to take a little more seriously.

Matt Barber | February 01, 2010

Fire-breathing feminists, liberal-media automatons and other "progressive" pro-aborts are anything if not predictable.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | February 01, 2010

Last week I had the privilege of participating in a referendum request hearing at the Board of Elections in Washington, DC.

Bruce Bialosky | February 01, 2010

Anyone with my political convictions was likely very frustrated after the 2008 presidential elections.

Virgil Goode | February 01, 2010

At the very end of his State of the Union address, President Obama said, “we should continue the work of fixing our broken immigration system -– to secure our borders and enforce our laws, and ensure that everyone who plays by the rules can contribute to our economy and enrich our nation.”

Sun, Jan 31, 2010

Kevin McCullough | January 31, 2010

President Obama is utterly out of touch with real people. And his worthless policy priorities demonstrate that better than any opposing strategist could ever devise.

David Stokes | January 31, 2010

Nearly 65 years after his famous grandfather was first asked to run as a Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representative from that state’s 12th district, 30-year old Christopher Cox has put his hat in the ring for the seat in New York’s first district on Long Island.

Salena Zito | January 31, 2010

Fair or not, voters have distaste and distrust this year for any candidate running under the “progressive” banner that was so wildly popular just last year.

Austin Hill | January 31, 2010

I suspect that there are also many Americans who have had private, personal experiences with the many new ways that our government has intervened into the private economy, and what was purported to be an offer of “help” turned out to be a “cure” that was more painful than the ailment.

Doug Giles | January 31, 2010

Because Hannah Giles (the femme fatale of the ACORN sting) is my daughter, as soon as the news of her ACORN companion James O’Keefe’s arrest in the Big Easy hit the fan, our phone lines lit up like a Christmas Tree with inquiries from friends and family, talk show hosts, bloggers and the Associated Press wanting to know what the heck was going on.

Debra J. Saunders | January 31, 2010

When CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson dug into the latest House expenses filing for the climate confab, she found that the cost for a hotel room for the congressional delegation of 15 Democratic and six Republican members of Congress and 38 staffers was $2,200 per person per day -- more than most Americans spend on their monthly mortgages.

Steve Chapman | January 31, 2010

For the past year, Republicans have been criticizing Barack Obama for out of control spending. So they must be pleased that they have forced him, in his State of the Union address, to concede the point by proposing a freeze on outlays of the kind Republicans generally don’t like.

Ken Connor | January 31, 2010

With the election of Mr. Brown, the voters of Massachusetts signaled a repudiation of President Obama's Chicago style, big-government, spendthrift ways.

Paul Jacob | January 31, 2010

The brilliant idea of the Republican who would take Arnold Scwarzenegger's place is to strip Californians' of their control over their own government.

Nathan Tabor | January 31, 2010

If someone asks me to briefly describe the philosophical difference between the liberal-left Democrats and the conservative Republicans, I simply point out that the Dems believe in the politics of envy while the GOP believes in the politics of true hope.