Sat, Mar 20, 2010

Janice Shaw Crouse | March 20, 2010

What we’re seeing in Washington, D.C. is not “politics as usual” with the arm twisting and “horse trading” that is typical in getting a bill passed; instead, it is ideological warfare.

Doug Giles | March 20, 2010

What the heck is wrong with Hollywood’s elite?

Ken Blackwell | March 20, 2010

President Obama needs every vote he can get in the House of Representatives for health care this week. So it would not do to have some of his liberal friends on the Hill think there is a crisis in U.S.-Israeli relations right now.

If the House Democratic majority passes Obama's health care proposals, one of two things will happen by Election Day, 2010 -- and neither one will be healthy for the Democrats seeking re-election.

David Gratzer | March 20, 2010

Credit where credit is due: the latest White House argument for health reform is compelling. The administration has figured out how to sell a massive expansion of government as “fiscally conservative.”

Ben Lerner | March 20, 2010

Reality keeps intruding on Attorney General Eric Holder’s approach to terrorism.

Fri, Mar 19, 2010

Kathryn Lopez | March 19, 2010

Watching pro-life Democrat Rep. Bart Stupak these past few months, I can't help wishing that the late Pennsylvania governor Robert Casey could shake his hand.

David Davenport | March 19, 2010

It's been a rough few months for Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., and he should face more tough questioning when he reports for the Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on Tuesday.

Nathan Tabor | March 19, 2010

The more than $2.5 trillion-per-year American health care industry accounts for about one-sixth of the country's gross domestic product. Obama's repeatedly stated rationale for government intrusion into the private sector is that rising medical costs must be controlled because they risk destroying the entire U.S. economy.

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown | March 19, 2010

When pundits talk about leaders waltzing America into a future of European-style socialism, Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi get most of the attention. But their work wouldn't be successful without the devoted support of the Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid.

David Harsanyi | March 19, 2010

The Democratic Party believes so deeply in the will of the American people that it may courageously not vote on a bill that it couldn't pass.

Michael Gerson | March 19, 2010

Attorney General Eric Holder is controversial on the left for preserving much of the Bush administration's legal structure for conducting the war on terror.

Michelle Malkin | March 19, 2010

If you cannot trust government's numbers, you cannot trust government's words. This is the lesson of the House Democrats' desperate promotion of a phony-baloney Congressional Budget Office analysis of their latest health care takeover package.

Hugh Hewitt | March 19, 2010

The list of Democrats on the fence about Obamacare keeps moving around. Thus as the Sunday showdown approaches the need for direct contact with Members on or even near the fence is great.

Brent Bozell | March 19, 2010

For almost a decade, American news readers have been presented with a litany of complaints from Old Europe regarding how the barbaric United States has surrendered its moral authority by introducing torture into the minds of suspected terrorists during interrogations.

Jonah Goldberg | March 19, 2010

John Edwards, when he wasn't fixing his hair or cheating on his wife, liked to talk about "two Americas." In one America, things were pretty bad, somewhere between "The Grapes of Wrath" and Thunderdome.

David Limbaugh | March 19, 2010

I pray that President Barack Obama's interview with Fox News' Bret Baier is replayed repeatedly on Fox News Channel and circulated widely on the Internet for all to see.

Mona Charen | March 19, 2010

President Obama now has a year of foreign policy under his belt and in that time he has managed to snub the British prime minister, alienate the president of France, insult the nation of Honduras when it successfully defended its young democracy from a Chavez wannabe, and undercut the people of the Czech Republic.

Oliver North | March 19, 2010

This forward operating base, "20 miles from nowhere," may be the fastest-growing military installation in the world.

Pat Buchanan | March 19, 2010

When the Soviet Union disintegrated, most Americans likely had never heard of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan or Turkmenistan.

Suzanne Fields | March 19, 2010

Joe Biden was late for a very important date in Jerusalem. He had been invited to dinner with the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, but he was delayed by taking a long telephone call from Washington.

Paul Greenberg | March 19, 2010

Marion Berry, a long-time congressman from Arkansas, isn't running for re-election to Congress, which means the ballot in this state's First District won't seem quite legitimate this year without his name on it.

Frank Turek | March 19, 2010

Since they lack the votes to pass their health care bill, the Democrats are thinking of “deeming” Senate bill passed in the House without a vote.

Thu, Mar 18, 2010

Donald Lambro | March 18, 2010

The Democratic Congress passed an $18 billion jobs bill last week in the dubious belief that this will have a big impact in a $14 trillion economy that lost 36,000 jobs in February.

Diana West | March 18, 2010

Phew. We can breathe easier now that the Obama administration has taken a tough-as-scimitars line with Israel, whose existentially threatening architectural blueprints for new housing, the administration says, pose a dire threat to U.S. troops and interests.

Charles Krauthammer | March 18, 2010

Why did President Barack Obama choose to turn a gaffe into a crisis in U.S.-Israeli relations?

Michael Reagan | March 18, 2010

Anyone that knows my politics understands that I consider myself pro-life; however, as I have written often, I also recognize that millions of Americans feel differently than I do and that we must continue to respect each other as Americans even though we share this fundamental difference of opinion.

Jillian Bandes | March 18, 2010

As cost estimates for Obamacare are released, Democratic sales tactics have shifted from saving America to just saving America’s youth. That’s ironic, given that young people are the ones who stand to suffer most from the current legislation.

Carrie Lukas | March 18, 2010

State power hardly seems in its heyday. The federal government controls nearly a quarter of the country's GDP. Washington is on the brink of passing health care legislation that would reorder one-sixth of the U.S. economy and give bureaucrats vast new powers to regulate and micromanage American medicine.

Rich Tucker | March 18, 2010

Clearly, many House liberals realize their bill is overwhelmingly unpopular. So how did it get to this point? One man wants to credit (or blame) FOX News.

Marvin Olasky | March 18, 2010

This year's campaign for Congress looks to be the liveliest since 1994's "Contract with America" explosion. And, unless she has a last-minute change of heart and mind, Star Parker, president of the Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education, is announcing this month her candidacy to represent a poor, heavily Democratic, majority-black congressional district just east and south of Los Angeles.

Cliff May | March 18, 2010

Apparently, some things cannot be tolerated. For example, while Vice President Joe Biden was visiting Israel last week, Jerusalem's Regional Planning Council announced its approval of plans to construct apartments for 1,600 Israeli families in Israel's capital, Jerusalem.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | March 18, 2010

The last time I heard someone utter, "Don't worry -- no one will ever know," the response was, "What are you smoking, crack?"

Victor Davis Hanson | March 18, 2010

Candidate Barack Obama promised immigration activists, "I think it's time for a president who won't walk away from something as important as comprehensive reform when it becomes politically unpopular."

Michael Barone | March 18, 2010

The Democratic leadership's struggle to pass the Senate health care bill in the House looks like a great case study for political scientists.

Larry Elder | March 18, 2010

Americans resoundingly reject ObamaCare. What, then, accounts for the Democrats' determination? Democrats believe health care is a right. Start with that premise and everything else makes complete sense.

Ken Blackwell | March 18, 2010

A Washington Post editor thinks President Obama is unhappy in his job. “We’d slam him if he acted carefree,” Hiatt says, but Americans want their President to relish the challenge of the Oval Office. Indeed we do.

Cal Thomas | March 18, 2010

Despite Vice President Joe Biden's recent pledge of unswerving fidelity to Israel during his recent visit there, the rhetoric and pressure directed by the Obama administration against the only fully functioning democracy in the Middle East more accurately resembles the behavior of an enemy.

Debra J. Saunders | March 18, 2010

Another funny thing happened in what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised would be "the most ethical Congress in history." Monica Conyers, the wife of House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, pleaded guilty last year to a federal charge of conspiracy to commit bribery that prompted her to resign from the Detroit City Council last year. This month, she was sentenced to 37 months in prison.

Matt Towery | March 18, 2010

In early March, the head of the Tennessee and Greater Nashville hospitality associations sent an email to a dozen or so people that compared First Lady Michelle Obama to a chimpanzee. As word leaked of this offensive humor, pressure built and the man responsible was soon fired.

Steve Chapman | March 18, 2010

When I heard about the proposal to replace Ulysses S. Grant with Ronald Reagan on the $50 bill, I had two thoughts. The first: Grant is on the $50 bill? The second: Jimmy Carter is going to be furious. Not that there's anything wrong with that!

Emmett Tyrrell | March 18, 2010

Historians someday will piece together precisely what happened in Jerusalem last week when Vice President Joe Biden visited Israel to encourage renewed negotiations between the Israeli government and the Palestinians.

George Will | March 18, 2010

Doubling down on dubious bets is characteristic of compulsive gamblers and federal education policy. The nation was essentially without such policy for grades K through 12, and better off for that, until 1965.

Howard Rich | March 18, 2010

“An ethical cloud hangs over the Capitol,” Pelosi said in 2005. “This culture of corruption must stop.” Yet now - just over a year into Obama’s first term (and over three years since the Democratic takeover of Congress), has that “culture of corruption” stopped?

Michael F. Cannon | March 18, 2010

Even President Obama himself has described his attempt to overhaul health care as “an ugly process.” Count on things getting even uglier when the final vote occurs this weekend.

J. T. Young | March 18, 2010

If current indicators are correct, Obama faces a steep uphill climb this November. The question then becomes, does the road within his own party stay so steep?

Wed, Mar 17, 2010

Ann Coulter | March 17, 2010

Liberals keep complaining that Republicans don't have a plan for reforming health care in America. I have a plan!

Maggie Gallagher | March 17, 2010

Seeing Rielle Hunter sprawled like an aging model on the pages of GQ raises once again the question: Should there be a legal right to commit adultery?

Robert Knight | March 17, 2010

Doing oneself in is illegal in the United States. But Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama are egging on the House to approve a “self-executing” rule that would kill the nation’s health care system by suffocating it under the big hand of government.

Rich Galen | March 17, 2010

Today, I want to share a few minutes with you of how I spent my day yesterday in Bossier City, Louisiana which, along with being the location of a bunch of casinos, is also the home of the U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command Headquarters at Barksdale Air Force Base.

Michael Medved | March 17, 2010

If President Obama really means to wreck the U.S. economy (as many influential conservatives stridently insist) then why didn’t he finish the job when he had the chance—in September, 2008? The argument for Obama’s ruinous intentions can’t account for his unequivocal endorsement of the Bush financial rescue plan just two months before the presidential election.

Michelle Malkin | March 17, 2010

At a joint press conference with Mexican President Felipe Calderon last year, President Obama vowed to make ending border violence a "top priority." How's that hope and change working out?

John Stossel | March 17, 2010

I like my hometown, but I must admit that New York has problems: high taxes, noise, traffic. Forbes magazine just ranked my city the 16th most miserable in America.

Walter E. Williams | March 17, 2010

Stephen Dinan's Washington Times article "Climate Scientist to Fight Back at Skeptics," tells of a forthcoming campaign that one global warmer said needs to be "an outlandishly aggressively partisan approach" to gut the credibility of skeptics.

Brent Bozell | March 17, 2010

Howell Raines lost his executive editor's job at The New York Times for promoting the career of Jayson Blair, a black drug addict and fantasist who invented entire stories describing the hills of West Virginia from a saloon down the street in New York.

Jonah Goldberg | March 17, 2010

If you read the Op-Ed pages these days, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the GOP and the conservative movement have been taken over by know-nothing mobs, anti-intellectual demagogues and pitchfork-wielding bigots.

Tony Blankley | March 17, 2010

The president and the Democratic congressional leadership are fighting furiously to pass, with no Republican votes, the ever-less-popular health bill.

To date, the only area in which we have found ourselves in agreement with President Obama was over his announced intention to enforce strict and elevated education standards and move toward paying teachers based on merit.

Michael Gerson | March 17, 2010

The final outcome of the health care reform debate is uncertain -- who can predict where a writhing eel will land? -- but we have learned a few things already.

Ben Shapiro | March 17, 2010

President Obama's health care plan is swirling the drain. Americans don't like it and that dislike has the Obama administration suggesting that polls don't actually mirror the will of the American people.

Terry Jeffrey | March 17, 2010

One of the dullest documents the federal government ever published includes information every American needs to know. It is the Congressional Budget Office's analysis of President Barack Obama's new fiscal 2011 budget proposal, and it predicts a massive escalation in government debt that could change our way of life forever.

David Harsanyi | March 17, 2010

Not long after President Barack Obama gave his conciliatory speeches to the Islamic world, he chose not to meddle in the sham election of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Jillian Bandes | March 17, 2010

The “Code Red” health care protest near the U.S. Capitol on beautiful Tuesday morning was a familiar and comfortable scene. Older gentlemen with signs and young women with children milled around and chanted responses to the speakers at the podium, who provided the latest round of reasons why Obamacare was bad for America.

Austin Bay | March 17, 2010

The media speculators have returned, pondering the likelihood of an attack by the U.S. or Israel on Iranian nuclear weapons sites. Every week, the Beltway spins forth another series of articles quoting anonymous State Department officials, a pontificating general or two, or a terse national security adviser.

Paul Greenberg | March 17, 2010

With deep apologies to, and selected quotations from, Finley Peter Dunne, creator of the immortal Mister Dooley, Irish barkeep and political commentator who first noted that politics ain't beanbag.

Jacob Sullum | March 17, 2010

A few weeks ago, I debated drug policy with Ron Brooks, president of the National Narcotics Officers Association, on John Stossel's Fox Business show. When Stossel asked him about the violence fostered by drug prohibition, Brooks replied, "Well, there certainly is some of that."

Marybeth Hicks | March 17, 2010

An Open Letter to My Four Children: I don't care what President Obama says, you may not remain on our health care policy until you are 26.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | March 17, 2010

Saving on behalf of your son is a great idea. And I'm sure a lot of other parents are trying to find their way through the maze of choices, so I thank you for the question.

Tue, Mar 16, 2010

John Armor | March 16, 2010

On Tuesday, the New Jersey Court of Appeals cleared the way for the recall of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) to proceed. New Jersey is one of nine states whose constitutions provide broad language with regard to recalling “all, every, any” elected official.

Donald Lambro | March 16, 2010

In a last-ditch scheme in defiance of the Constitution, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic accomplices plan to send the Senate health care bill to President Obama without a clean, up-or-down vote on its merits.

Bill Murchison | March 16, 2010

My goodness, it's just one favor after another the U.S. government wants to do for us. By week's end, the president and his minions hope to have bought, embarrassed or intimidated enough fellow Democrats into passing, at long last, health care "reform."

Larry Kudlow | March 16, 2010

Surprise, surprise. Sen. Chris Dodd’s financial-regulation proposal raises the possibility of substantial progress on the road to ending “too big to fail” (TBTF) and bailout nation for banks and other financial institutions.

Armstrong Williams | March 16, 2010

Heroes can and will emerge from the most unsuspecting places and make crucial decisions that can reverberate around the world. Rhode Island superintendent, Frances Gallo, boldly confronted the neglect of Central Falls High School students by pompous teachers and the Central Falls Teachers’ Union.

Janet Mefferd | March 16, 2010

In the high stakes game over the government takeover of Health Care, growing attention has been paid to what this legislation would mean for the cause of life.

Thomas Sowell | March 16, 2010

In a swindle that would make Bernie Madoff look like an amateur, Barack Obama has gotten a substantial segment of the population to believe that he can add millions of people to the government-insured rolls without increasing the already record-breaking federal deficit.

Chuck Norris | March 16, 2010

Texas has become ground zero for the latest battles in the textbook wars. While conservatives and progressives take their stands on the issue, I wonder: What would America's Founders think about this feud?

John Hawkins | March 16, 2010

Unfortunately, there are dangerous kooks, trigger-happy wackos, and lone gunmen out there. Bad people exist. Crazy people exist -- and every so often, one of them snaps and there's a resulting body count.

David Limbaugh | March 16, 2010

During the height of the Cold War, some feared the communists would take over the United States without firing a shot. Could it be that nearly a half-century later, we're on the verge of that becoming a reality?

Mona Charen | March 16, 2010

It's interesting that the Democrats are attempting to roll two of their highest priorities into one bill this month. Health care reform now includes a reconciliation package that would fold in student loan reform. And by reform, Democrats mean increasing direct lending to students by the federal government.

Cal Thomas | March 16, 2010

New Jersey's new Republican governor, Chris Christie, is creating a commission that will recommend what state government functions could be done better -- and cheaper -- by the private sector.

Dennis Prager | March 16, 2010

Among the things left and right, religious and secular, agree on is that one of the few real needs human beings have is to be needed.

Debra J. Saunders | March 16, 2010

As a candidate for president, Sen. Barack Obama rejected "the politics of fear." Well, he won. So now he's playing the fear card to the hilt.

Humberto Fontova | March 16, 2010

Unlike the old soldier Douglas MacArthur, the Old Media will not fade away gracefully. Instead they’ve chosen the Sunset Blvd route of Nora Desmond, minus the eccentric charm.

Phyllis Schlafly | March 16, 2010

"Don't Mess With Texas" is a popular slogan in our most prosperous state. By a 10-to-five margin, the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) just told liberals to stop "messing" with social studies textbooks.

Rebecca Hagelin | March 16, 2010

It happens so often now that I’m sorry to say I’m not surprised anymore: teenage boys dropping the “f-bomb” as a matter of every-day language; slouching around with no concern for others; and being just plain rude.

Ed Feulner | March 16, 2010

Wall Street had been rocked by a series of scandals. Investors had lost tens of billions. The national economy seemed at risk. Congress decided to act.

Meredith Turney | March 16, 2010

The California Fair Political Practices Commission released a report last week detailing the fifteen most influential special interest groups in the state. Over the course of the last ten years, these fifteen groups—consisting of unions, Indian tribes, and corporations—spent over $1 billion on lobbying, candidates, ballot measures, and other political activities.

Mon, Mar 15, 2010

Byron York | March 15, 2010

Marco Rubio laughs at the idea, heard from some pundits recently, that he's the "Republican Obama." For Rubio, the unlikely front-runner in the Florida Republican Senate primary race, the label is a measure of the unhappiness many people feel with their political choices at any given moment.

Frank Gaffney | March 15, 2010

At a time when President Obama insists that the most pressing threat facing America is the growing cost of health care, a recent speech in Britain's House of Lords by Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders is a salutary reminder of what is really endangering us all.

William Wilson | March 15, 2010

Politics and policy has become surreal. Webster’s defines the term as “bizarre or dreamlike”. No word better describes the current state of affairs.

Rich Galen | March 15, 2010

Today is the Ides of March. We remember all too well that Julius Caesar was warned of the dangers of this date (Julius Caesar, Act I; Scene 2 for those keeping score at home).

Michael Barone | March 15, 2010

The political commentariat doesn't know what to make of those thousands of Americans who have spontaneously thronged to tea parties and town hall meetings to oppose the big government programs of the Obama administration and Democratic congressional leaders.

Star Parker | March 15, 2010

When Barack Obama was sworn in as president, he chose the bible that Abraham Lincoln used on which to take the oath of office.

Mike Adams | March 15, 2010

The “voters back home” simply do not stand with the President on health care. We have responded to public opinion polls in ways that make this perfectly clear.

Terry Paulson | March 15, 2010

In an effort to be less than constructive, here are eight sure-fire ways for Democrats to further alienate and enrage the citizens they’re supposed to serve. Hit-or-miss approaches in 2009 haven’t gone far enough, but with these ten helpful strategies, the sky is the limit.

Allen Hunt | March 15, 2010

How did we land at a place in American public life where one's faith is either something to be avoided altogether or something to be wielded like a sword and shield?

Joseph C. Phillips | March 15, 2010

A little bit of wisdom that was shared with me not too long ago. “God gave us a Powerful gift – your mind. As you look around at any object, it began as an idea in some one’s mind. Any change of situation begins as a thought.” Indeed there is infinite power in an idea.

Bruce Bialosky | March 15, 2010

The itsy-bitsy spider climbed up the water spout and apparently bit the Speaker of the House. Ms. Pelosi had a delusional moment the other day, but she was clear on one thing. She never intended to listen to any Republican suggestions regarding the health care bill.

Sun, Mar 14, 2010

David Stokes | March 14, 2010

Conservatives don’t worship the past—or at least we shouldn’t—but we do see it as a valid reference point in decision-making about the future. Those who fashion themselves more “progressive” (actually a term with its own past) suggest we should go into the future experimentally and without the safety net of tried-and-true precedence.

Salena Zito | March 14, 2010

Pennsylvania’s congressional, U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races are without question the bellwether for this fall’s midterm elections.

Austin Hill | March 14, 2010

When I say “show some love,” I’m suggesting that the President would do well to demonstrate some respect and appreciation for the world’s entrepreneurs, wealth creators, and business operators.

Steve Chapman | March 14, 2010

Consider the economics of an organ transplant. Everyone involved gets something of value. The doctors and nurses are paid. The hospital receives money. The organ recipient gets something that will save her life.

Ken Connor | March 14, 2010

In Christopher Buckley’s 2007 novel Boomsday, a charismatic 20-something with a generational ax to grind and an ambitious politician pair up to campaign for government-sanctioned suicide of the “resource hogging” Baby Boomer generation.

Paul Jacob | March 14, 2010

As the nation prepares to go cold turkey over pork spending, Congress gets cold feet.