Sun, Apr 11, 2010

David Stokes | April 11, 2010

Maybe they’re on to something across the pond. It was announced the other day that the next national election in Great Britain will take place on May 6, and the stakes will be high. A 30-day campaign—can you imagine that?

Sat, Apr 10, 2010

W. Thomas Smith, Jr | April 10, 2010

We Americans far too-often take our staunchest allies for granted, forgetting that we are not the only ones who – over the past 200-plus years of our relatively short existence – have been the standard bearers of freedom and democracy throughout the world.

Doug Giles | April 10, 2010

Let me see if I have this right: Muslims can confess to shooting a man they thought was gay in the face with a BB gun and can plea out and get community service? Well isn’t that special?

Larry Kudlow | April 10, 2010

Sometimes you have to take out your political lenses and look at the actual statistics to get a true picture of the health of the American economy.

Ken Blackwell | April 10, 2010

Sen. Baucus and Gov. Dean perhaps unintentionally revealed the real reason for ObamaCare. It was not to bend the cost curve (price controls) or to provide access to health care for all (they already have it, cannot be denied care.)

If any nation wants to attack the United States with chemical, biological or electromagnetic pulse weapons, it need not fear nuclear retaliation as long as it has no nuclear weapons and abides by the Non-Proliferation Treaty, Obama has announced.

Jillian Bandes | April 10, 2010

The three themes of SRLC are: repeal the health care bill, remain The Party of No, and repair the Republican brand. Oh, and, win every election in sight.

Fri, Apr 09, 2010

Frank Gaffney | April 09, 2010

For the first time in its history, the United States is trying to wage and win a war without accurately identifying the enemy or its motivations for seeking to destroy us.

Ken Klukowski | April 09, 2010

The GOP’s decision about how to respond to Justice Stevens’ retirement will be profoundly important. It could even shape the remainder of Obama’s presidency.

Rich Tucker | April 09, 2010

Good news for the hundreds of millions of you out there who aren’t watching a show that the critics love: You’ll have at least another year to ignore “30 Rock.”

Jillian Bandes | April 09, 2010

Palin didn't hint at her 2012 plans in her keynote address to SRLC, but she did provide some meaty thoughts on energy policy, possibly her most important campaign issue if she does decide to run.

Kathryn Lopez | April 09, 2010

November, November, November is the song so many right-of-center voters, activists and politicians are singing. But the road to this year's mid-term elections is no cakewalk for anyone who voted against or opposed the highly unpopular socialization of health-care.

Dan Kennedy | April 09, 2010

Here’s a largely unreported story: Stuffed inside the health care reform bill is a measure summarily throwing private lending institutions out of the college loan business. That business is being taken over by the federal government, with purported savings of $68 billion by, quote, cutting out the middleman.

Cliff May | April 09, 2010

Could Barack Obama be the American president who makes history by settling the Palestinian/Israel conflict once and for all? He and his closest advisors seem to think so.

Rich Galen | April 09, 2010

Just when you thought it was safe to come out of the shark invested waters of big time finance comes word that America's car company - literally - GM, lost $4.3 billion 2009 covering the period from its emergence from bankruptcy in July through the end of the year.

Douglas MacKinnon | April 09, 2010

Watching Tiger -- and behind the scene, his enablers from IMG -- manipulate a mostly in-the-tank gathering of sports "reporters" at the Masters this Monday, reminded me of the Master of all Manipulation: President Obama.

Thomas Sowell | April 09, 2010

One of the most ominous developments of our time has been the multicultural dogma that all cultures are equal. It is one of the many unsubstantiated assertions that have become fashionable among self-congratulatory elites, with hard evidence being neither asked for nor offered.

Michelle Malkin | April 09, 2010

So much that you need to know about the Catholic Church's social policy problems can be summed up in one word: Chicago. On race, abortion, guns, immigration and "community organizing," Catholic Church officials in the Windy City have forged unholy alliances with radical left-wingers and enablers who undermine the faith -- and the faithful.

Brent Bozell | April 09, 2010

Variety is a Hollywood trade publication, but it can be hard to figure out where the entertainment industry ends and the industry's journalistic apple-polishers begin.

Jonah Goldberg | April 09, 2010

By now you may have heard: America is on its way to becoming another European country.

David Limbaugh | April 09, 2010

I believe that one of the greatest obstacles facing opponents of the socialist agenda of Obama Democrats is this misguided insistence that we always have to give them the benefit of the doubt -- as if it were virtuous not to be vigilant in safeguarding our sacred liberties.

Mona Charen | April 09, 2010

In the latest installment of politically correct, not to say Orwellian, language emanating from the Obama administration, the term "rogue states" has been sidelined in favor of "outliers."

Oliver North | April 09, 2010

Much has been said and written this week about recent inflammatory comments made by President Hamid Karzai, head of the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan -- an entity widely abbreviated out here as "GIRoA."

Pat Buchanan | April 09, 2010

Slavery was indeed evil, but it existed in the Americas a century before the oldest of our founding fathers was even born. Five of our first seven presidents were slaveholders.

Michael Gerson | April 09, 2010

What is so wrong about Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell declaring April to be Confederate History Month? Can't we respect Robert E. Lee's high-minded sense of honor? The average Confederate soldier's outnumbered stubbornness?

Suzanne Fields | April 09, 2010

The challenge for conservatives is to find a way to balance tolerable levels of pain and risk. Market capitalism, Stelzer observes, must temper its "creative destruction" to be "less destructive, even if it means being less creative."

David Harsanyi | April 09, 2010

When I hear about the hapless celebrity who is fleeced by his unsavory accountant for millions, I marvel at how stupid some people can be -- until, of course, tax day rolls around and I realize my accountant, were he a less virtuous man, could do the same.

Humberto Fontova | April 09, 2010

Castro’s Stalinist regime just released pictures of 16-year-old Elian Gonzalez, resplendent in the uniform of a Communist Party youth. The timing of the photo-release may coincide with the 11th anniversary of Elian’s shanghaiing from the U.S., which hits on the 22nd of this month.

Linda Chavez | April 09, 2010

The world is about to get a lot more dangerous. For more than 60 years, the United States has been the pre-eminent nuclear power in the world, and the world has been safer as a result.

Charles Krauthammer | April 09, 2010

Nuclear doctrine consists of thinking the unthinkable. It involves making threats and promising retaliation that is cruel and destructive beyond imagining. But it has its purpose: to prevent war in the first place.

Thu, Apr 08, 2010

Jillian Bandes | April 08, 2010

Welcome to the schmoozy, boozy wonderland of the Southern Republican Leadership conference. When you hold a conference like this, in a location like this, things seem really, really great. People are thrilled to just be here.

Hugh Hewitt | April 08, 2010

Reputations will be ruined and brands deeply damaged once the Congressionally-mandated internet bulletin board becomes operational.

David Spady | April 08, 2010

Fairness is a paramount principle in American politics. We go to great lengths to ensure fairness at all levels of political campaigns.

Donald Lambro | April 08, 2010

Democrats went home for the spring recess hoping they had weathered the worst of the Republican attacks on Obamacare, only to get pounded in town halls by angry voters intent on turning up the heat from now until election day.

John Armor | April 08, 2010

The internet is safe for the moment from the clutches of federal regulators thanks to a court decision that may be a harbinger for legal challenges to ObamaCare.

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown | April 08, 2010

A recent analysis by Roger Simon of PJTV Media maintains that Obama is showing signs of mental illness. A wide variety of commentators have observed that Obama displays severe narcissism.

Diana West | April 08, 2010

A reader e-mailed me to comment on a column by David Ignatius, who recently accompanied the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, to a shura, or local council meeting, in Marja, Afghanistan.

Paul Kengor | April 08, 2010

This spring 2010 marks some sordid anniversaries: 65 years since the discovery of the Nazi concentration camps that facilitated the slaughter of six million Jews and four million various others deemed “misfits” and “undesirables” by Hitler and his henchmen.

Nick Rizzuto | April 08, 2010

Since the protests began last year, opposition to the tea party movement has found itself befuddled as to what approach they should take in countering it. After a series of missteps, that opposition has landed on what seems all along to have been its inevitable conclusion: that the tea party movement is little more than a racist front, lashing out in fear of “diversity”.

Thomas Sowell | April 08, 2010

The blatant and undeniable fact that different racial, ethnic and other groups have had radically different economic and intellectual achievements for centuries, in countries around the world, has led to widely varying theories and widely varying political and other reactions.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | April 08, 2010

It's spring break week for my children, and this year we are joining others who are staycationing.

Michael Barone | April 08, 2010

Over the last two decades, the United States has intervened militarily in several countries to protect human rights. Now, writes historian Mark Mazower in World Affairs, "the concept of humanitarian intervention is dying if not dead." And a good thing, too, he concludes.

Victor Davis Hanson | April 08, 2010

President Obama, in the tradition of progressive Democratic leaders, believes government should ask the more economically fortunate citizens to be responsible for helping the less well off.

Larry Elder | April 08, 2010

Michael Steele and President Obama, as fellow blacks, ride in the same boat on troubled racist waters? Good grief.

Michael Reagan | April 08, 2010

Democrats in Washington haven't wanted to be terribly forthcoming as to how they intend to pay for the new health care entitlement program and other massive spending programs being passed. It seems our national debt ceiling is now raised every few months, and the federal deficit is higher than it’s ever been -- exponentially so.

Cal Thomas | April 08, 2010

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has blasted Western governments, which have long supported him, and accused them of interfering in Afghan affairs by pushing hard for reform amidst widespread corruption.

Debra J. Saunders | April 08, 2010

In 2002, after now California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner sold his startup business for $1 billion, he became a volunteer, then volunteer teacher, at San Jose's Mount Pleasant High School. So how does the system pay back Poizner? By going after his reputation.

Jillian Bandes | April 08, 2010

Betsey Markey had an interesting week. The freshman Democratic Congressman from Colorado reported a whopping $505,000 haul for the first quarter of her campaign, earning her a front-page profile on the Washington Post on Monday.

Matt Towery | April 08, 2010

With so many people unemployed and needing a job, I can't help but wonder: Why are so many employed friends and associates of mine not working this week? This brings to mind the French.

Steve Chapman | April 08, 2010

President Obama released a new policy on the use of nuclear weapons the other day. From some of the reactions, I expected that on every government building, the Stars and Stripes would be replaced with a white flag of surrender.

Emmett Tyrrell | April 08, 2010

The increasing static in the air between Kabul and the White House brings to mind other dicey episodes in American diplomacy. Even dealing with allies can be tricky.

Ross Mackenzie | April 08, 2010

Oh, to be Tiger Woods. Here's a guy with just about everything.

George Will | April 08, 2010

The times truly are out of joint when the most important IPO -- initial public offering -- of 2010 could come from what was American capitalism's iconic corporation for most of its 102 years.

Wed, Apr 07, 2010

Ben Shapiro | April 07, 2010

On April 6, 20-year-old Ty MacDowell led a march in Portland, Maine, designed to raise awareness of sexism. She did this by walking bare-breasted down the street with two dozen fellow women. MacDowell was shocked to learn that far from decreasing sexism, revealing her bosom drew hundreds of men with cameras. "I'm really upset by the men," she moped, "watching it like it's a parade."

Maggie Gallagher | April 07, 2010

Are there social costs to pornography? Libertarians rush to avoid the question by preemptively declaring that the law should not regulate pornography.

Paul Greenberg | April 07, 2010

Nuclear strategy can be as vague as it is dangerous. The good news is that the new Obama Doctrine turns out to be a lot vaguer than first, unreliable reports indicated.

Ann Coulter | April 07, 2010

In an opinion that may have been written by Heidi Montag, a federal court of appeals recently threw out a jury verdict in favor of a father, Albert Snyder, who had sued protesters at his son Matthew's funeral for intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Mark W. Hendrickson | April 07, 2010

Many Christians over many years have been beguiled by the Religious Left’s use of the term “social justice.” This is because Christians rightly love justice and hate injustice. But “social justice”—or, at least, how it’s often used by liberal Christians—isn’t necessarily biblical justice.

Jonah Goldberg | April 07, 2010

Congratulations! This is your last week working for the man -- at least for this year. The Tax Foundation calculates that Tax Freedom Day for 2010 is April 9, which means that by Friday, Americans will have spent nearly 100 days working just to pay their taxes.

David Harsanyi | April 07, 2010

No offense, but the next time I hear Michelle Obama lecture me about feeding kids locally farmed kumquats, I'll be forced to pile my family into an SUV and hit the Burger King drive-through just to snap my psyche back into proper equilibrium.

Thomas Sowell | April 07, 2010

No dogma has caused more mischief-- and, in some countries, tragedies-- than the notion that there is something strange and wrong when some groups are "over-represented" or "under-represented" in some occupations or institutions.

Michelle Malkin | April 07, 2010

President Obama's politicized, profligate U.S. census drive is so desperate for positive press that it has now recruited former Bush senior adviser Karl Rove to do public service announcements.

John Stossel | April 07, 2010

I used to be a Kennedy-style "liberal." Then I wised up. Now I'm a libertarian. But what does that mean?

Walter E. Williams | April 07, 2010

"If one group of people prefers government control and management of people's lives and another prefers liberty and a desire to be left alone, should they be required to fight, antagonize one another, risk bloodshed and loss of life in order to impose their preferences or should they be able to peaceably part company and go their separate ways?"

Brent Bozell | April 07, 2010

Our secular liberal media elites are never more poisonously insincere than when they recommend that conservatives should move closer to liberals, for their own good.

Jonah Goldberg | April 07, 2010

I've seen "How to Train Your Dragon" twice. My daughter loves it (the lead dragon reminds us of her cat). And I think it's pretty great too. (Note: Some pretty obvious spoilers heading your way.)

Tony Blankley | April 07, 2010

Last summer, President Obama spent several months publicly anguishing over what he would or wouldn't do in Afghanistan. Finally, he agreed to ramp up troop levels but warned that he intended to start getting American troops out in 18 months.

Michael Medved | April 07, 2010

Contrasting attitudes toward the United States of America characterize the great divide in this country between right and left, but the similarly crucial distinction between mainstream conservatives and right wing hysterics reflects their radically different assessments of… Canada, of all places.

Michael Gerson | April 07, 2010

By any human standard, Pope Benedict XVI and the American Catholic Church are getting a bad rap in the current outbreak of outrage over clerical sexual abuse.

Stanley Greenberg and James Carville claim that the Republican Party has peaked too soon. Incredibly, Greenberg says, "When we look back on this, we're going to say Massachusetts is when 1994 happened."

Terry Jeffrey | April 07, 2010

Obama is a socialist. Merriam-Webster defines socialism as "any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or government ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods."

Austin Bay | April 07, 2010

The release of the Obama administration's Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) begins several weeks of U.S.-led arms control and nuclear weapons-related diplomacy.

Jacob Sullum | April 07, 2010

Under U.S. law, a legal resident who commits an "aggravated felony" is automatically deported. But a crime need not be aggravated or a felony to qualify.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | April 07, 2010

While you pay income taxes on regular distributions from an IRA, these charitable IRA distributions aren't considered part of your adjusted gross income, so you don't pay taxes on them.

William Wilson | April 07, 2010

There's something to be said about profiting off of the ill fortunes of others. In late January, the U.S. Treasury Department warned Congress that the U.S. was fast approaching the statutory limit on the national debt ceiling, then $12.394 trillion. They said, by the end of February, that limit would be reached.

Tue, Apr 06, 2010

Donald Lambro | April 06, 2010

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is in trouble again, and at a time when the GOP is riding higher in the polls and poised to make major gains in governorships and Congress in November.

Matt Barber | April 06, 2010

Progressives” are like pig farmers. In an effort to bury opposing viewpoints they sling pejorative slop, labeling as “bigot,” “hater,” “wingnut” or “racist” those with whom they disagree.

Armstrong Williams | April 06, 2010

It was eerily awkward to hear President Obama’s promise at the State of the Union address earlier this year to eliminate all capital gains taxes on investment in small business – and then see virtually no reporting of this commitment.

Chuck Norris | April 06, 2010

Who really are the men and women who are going to keep the action arena alive and well? Who are the people who make action scenes so spectacular?

John Hawkins | April 06, 2010

At this point, I would go Buckley one better: I'd rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 254 people we could pull out of a minimum security prison rather than the Democrats who are currently in Congress.

David Limbaugh | April 06, 2010

Until I read the transcript of President Barack Obama's rambling, incoherent 2,600-word answer to a simple question from "Doris" at an appearance in Charlotte, N.C., about how we can afford Obamacare when we are already overtaxed, I dismissed as absurd the notion that he's a Manchurian candidate -- a plant. I still do, but after reading his response, I seriously almost have to question his competence.

Mona Charen | April 06, 2010

How to put this politely? Michael Steele is a man of considerable talent -- it's just that he conspicuously lacks those required for his present position.

Cal Thomas | April 06, 2010

Should Republicans succeed in their attempt to get the new health care legislation overturned on constitutional grounds, what then? No one wants to see the current chaos of selective health insurance and rising treatment costs continue.

Dennis Prager | April 06, 2010

When a town in Iowa seeks to rename Good Friday "Spring Holiday," you know America has problems.

Pat Buchanan | April 06, 2010

If there was any doubt that hatred of and hostility toward the Catholic Church persists, it was removed by the mob that has arisen howling "Resign!" at Pope Benedict XVI.

Debra J. Saunders | April 06, 2010

In June, comedian Bill Maher complained of President Obama, "You don't have to be on television every minute of every day -- you're the president, not a rerun of 'Law & Order.'"

Humberto Fontova | April 06, 2010

President Obama just opened some U.S. offshore areas for offshore oil drilling. But don’t hold your breath for a 2010 “Offshore Drilling Rush!” by the oil companies like the 1893 “Oklahoma Land Rush” by the Sooners.

Phyllis Schlafly | April 06, 2010

Suggestions that the United States call a new constitutional convention, as allowed in the Constitution's Article V, have popped up in some state legislatures and even on a page in The Wall Street Journal.

Ed Feulner | April 06, 2010

I’ve traveled to Jerusalem and Moscow many times. It was never hard to tell when I was visiting an American ally and when I was visiting an American adversary.

Rebecca Hagelin | April 06, 2010

“The Marketing of Evil” is the title of one of the most important books of our day. When David Kupelian wrote it several years ago he caused many to understand that the breakdown of the family, the toxic culture, the slow chipping away at the moral fabric of our nation do not happen by accident.

Mon, Apr 05, 2010

Paul Greenberg | April 05, 2010

There were some big doings in the nation's capital the other celebratory day. A new health-care bill had been passed at last. Whatever its official title, its unofficial one in the headlines was Landmark Health Care Bill. A festive signing was held in the White House with souvenir pens all around.

Byron York | April 05, 2010

It hasn't attracted much notice, but recently some prominent advocates of Obamacare have spoken more frankly than ever before about why they supported a national healthcare makeover.

Julie Gunlock | April 05, 2010

President Obama touted the health care bill as a jobs creator and a vehicle for economic growth.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | April 05, 2010

Ten days ago, Colbert King of the Washington Post wrote an incendiary op-ed about the Tea Party movement. Entitled “In the faces of Tea Party shouters, images of hate and history,” the piece was incredibly skewed. The article’s condescending tone called the protesters “racists.”

Frank Gaffney | April 05, 2010

Back in February, Vice President Joseph Biden declared: "I am very optimistic about Iraq. I mean, this could be one of the great achievements of this administration." Even for a politician much given to strategic ineptitude compounded by foot-in-mouth disease, that was a doozy.

Rich Galen | April 05, 2010

A couple of weeks ago that ubiquitous kudzu of the Internet, Google, proclaimed it was leaving China because of the Chinese government's interference with, and censorship of, Chinese users of Google's search products.

J. T. Young | April 05, 2010

To paraphrase Thomas Paine, “these are the times that try conservatives’ souls.” Paine thus began The American Crisis, now enactment of the health care bill appears to herald a Conservative Crisis.

Michael Barone | April 05, 2010

The Pew Research Center's poll of the millennial generation, which voted 66 percent to 32 percent for Obama in 2008, found that they identify with Democrats over Republicans by only a 54 to 40 percent margin this year.

Star Parker | April 05, 2010

Democrats have passed government health care with no Republican votes. Their leadership threatened and bribed their own members to eek out a majority.

Mike Adams | April 05, 2010

This week, April 5th through 8th, my university is doing something really neat. A bunch of organizations – including the NAACP, PRIDE, and the Black Student Union – are sponsoring a “Breaking Down Hate” week.

Joseph C. Phillips | April 05, 2010

Perhaps it was unfair to expect that the election of Barack Obama would “bend the curve” on hundreds of years of racial attitudes and the politics that developed around those attitudes.

Carol Platt Liebau | April 05, 2010

Barack Obama’s romp to victory in the 2008 presidential election was halted – if only momentarily – when he told a middle-class plumber in Ohio that “I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody."

Bill Murchison | April 05, 2010

Something from last month's frenzy over Obamacare remains to be noted: not so much the tactical stuff as the ideological underpinning of the whole venture.

Carrie Lukas | April 05, 2010

Few adults may know it, but kids across the country are about to celebrate a holiday: Earth Day, which is April 22. Schools will take a break from normal instruction to discuss the importance of preserving the environment.

Brian Birdnow | April 05, 2010

The Democratic victory in the protracted health care debate has brought the expected rejoicing from the liberals in government, the universities, and in the prestige media.

Bruce Bialosky | April 05, 2010

This is not health care reform; it is a full-employment act for CPAs.

Sun, Apr 04, 2010

Salena Zito | April 04, 2010

If you are a member of the Obama administration, a congressional staffer or another elected Democrat working here, the outlook for the 2010 midterm elections appeared grand in the days following the health-care vote.

Austin Hill | April 04, 2010

He reiterated what was once a central theme of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, and what has been a central tenet of our government since Mr. Obama became President.

Debra J. Saunders | April 04, 2010

This story starts in December 2008. Facing a $42 billion budget shortfall, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger issued an executive order to create two furlough days per month for the state's 238,000 employees.

Steve Chapman | April 04, 2010

When Republicans and Democrats agree on a factual matter, it is for one of two reasons. Sometimes it's because a certain fact is true. And sometimes it's because both sides hope to gain from promoting an obvious fiction.

Ken Connor | April 04, 2010

In recent weeks, some local governments and activist groups around the country have made headlines for attempting to remove Good Friday from municipal calendars in favor of the more ambiguous and inoffensive “Spring Holiday."

George Will | April 04, 2010

Just as the common law derives from ancient precedents -- judges' decisions -- rather than statutes, baseball's codes are the game's distilled mores.

Kevin McCullough | April 04, 2010

President Obama believes that there is little difference in the faiths that people hold.

Paul Jacob | April 04, 2010

Politicians love to whitewash over their fiscal irresponsibility. But soon, their true color will be obvious to all.