Sat, May 15, 2010

Doug Giles | May 15, 2010

This past week blood spurted from my eyes like a horny toad I caught back in the 7th grade.

Behind the scenes, the chances of a GOP takeover of the U.S. Senate increased in the past two weeks with key developments in pivotal states.

Paul Driessen | May 15, 2010

Kerry, Lieberman and other congressional climate alarmists have some ‘splaining to do

Nick Rizzuto | May 15, 2010

In the winter of 1847, The Communist League met in London to sketch out a platform for the international communist movement. Previously, the communist movement was made up of disparate factions of various national, ethnic, and even religious flavors.

Fri, May 14, 2010

Dan Kennedy | May 14, 2010

On the May 9 “Meet the Press,” host David Gregory had a disturbing discussion with Attorney General Eric Holder. What was so unsettling was the insistent use of law enforcement language rather than speaking of war on terrorism and terrorists; the refusal by Obama Administration and complicit mainstream media to acknowledge the fact that we are at war.

Paul Kengor | May 14, 2010

Well, it turns out the brain-trust in charge of deciding which symbols (and revolutions) to elevate in New York—the same brain-trust that offered up this crowning touch for Chairman Mao—are refusing to light up for … brace yourself, Mother Teresa.

Rich Tucker | May 14, 2010

Journalists frequently claim they’re impartial arbiters. They purport to “speak truth to power,” “afflict the comfortable” and a whole series of similar tired clichés. But the reality is that what you see depends on where you stand. And in journalism, that’s all too often on the left.

Kathryn Lopez | May 14, 2010

If you need a quick primer on the birds and the bees and how a culture has been misled, the actress once declared "Most Desired Woman" by Playboy can help you out.

Jillian Bandes | May 14, 2010

The Winsconsin gubernatorial election is a mixed bag. A mixed brown bag, that is.

Rich Galen | May 14, 2010

In World War II, when the world's political systems were collapsing, Operation Overlord was developed to invade Europe on June 6, 1944. The invasion at Normandy has since become known by the previously generic term of "D-Day."

Michael Reagan | May 14, 2010

In politics, incumbency usually provides a significant advantage to a candidate. Usually special interests and large-dollar donors flow to those who are currently in power and have control over government purse strings.

Michelle Malkin | May 14, 2010

Wouldn't it be grand if the Obama administration cared more about policing our borders than about policing our refrigerators? How about fixing our deportation system instead of fixing our junk-food diets?

Hugh Hewitt | May 14, 2010

Athens on the Pacific will vote on June 8, and in those returns will be clues to much of what is ahead for the nation as a whole.

Brent Bozell | May 14, 2010

The executives at Comedy Central (and their parent company, Viacom) regularly pledge allegiance to freedom of expression, but don't really believe it -- not when they ponder someone cracking their skulls at a Beverly Hills restaurant.

Jonah Goldberg | May 14, 2010

After Lyndon Johnson was elected to Congress in 1937, he got word that a liberal magazine, The New Republic, was going to profile him alongside other New Deal stalwarts.

David Limbaugh | May 14, 2010

We knew Obama was prevaricating when he told us his purpose to cram through Obamacare was to provide universal access to coverage and reduce costs, but how many people did he manage to fool? How many are still fooled?

Mona Charen | May 14, 2010

"The closest thing to immortality on this Earth," Ronald Reagan once said, "is a federal government program." We still have a Rural Electrification Administration for Heaven's sake (though it's been renamed) -- FDR's program to bring electrical power to rural areas.

Oliver North | May 14, 2010

The two presidents -- Hamid Karzai and Barack Obama -- were onstage together in the East Room of the White House for 40 minutes May 12. They each talked about how they had differed in the past and how committed they are to going forward together.

Pat Buchanan | May 14, 2010

If Kagan is confirmed, the Court will consist of three Jews and six Catholics (who represent not quite a fourth of the country), but not a single Protestant, though Protestants remain half the nation and our founding faith.

Suzanne Fields | May 14, 2010

The idea of good and evil, out of fashion for a while, is back. In the pop-culture game of what's "in" and what's "out," you could say that morality is "in," moral relativism is "out."

Michael Gerson | May 14, 2010

Has the Republican Party become, as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid recently charged, the "anti-immigrant party"?

David Harsanyi | May 14, 2010

Were you aware that Americans have a collective obligation to stop kicking challenges to the next generation and join the White House in supporting "sweeping" and "transformative" legislation? I thought so.

Linda Chavez | May 14, 2010

Most ethnic studies programs in public schools are at best a waste of taxpayer money, and at worst racially and ethnically divisive indoctrination. But the goal shouldn't be just getting rid of these programs, which a controversial new bill passed by the Arizona legislature attempts to do.

Humberto Fontova | May 14, 2010

A May Day march without Che Guevara posters and Mexican flags is like a fish with a bicycle. We observed the bemusing spectacle two weeks ago. Now it’s time to reflect.

Charles Krauthammer | May 14, 2010

It's not often that I agree with Attorney General Eric Holder. But, then again, it's not often that Holder publicly embraces an anti-terrorism measure I proposed 48 hours earlier.

Brian Walsh | May 14, 2010

To close out this first week of Race of the Day updates, I’m excited to tell you about the political landscape in New York’s 24th Congressional District. Voters here will see a rematch this November between Republican small-business owner Richard Hanna and Democrat incumbent Michael Arcuri.

Thu, May 13, 2010

Donald Lambro | May 13, 2010

If there's one thing the government produces in abundance, it's rules and regulations. And the U.S. Senate is about to dump a load of them on the financial industry.

Meredith Turney | May 13, 2010

In a worldwide recession, everyone feels the pain. But as the term “bailout” becomes increasingly ubiquitous, who should take responsibility for reckless government spending is also becoming a topic of serious discussion.

Diana West | May 13, 2010

The second attack on the World Trade Center is coming. It will stand 13 stories high, cost $100 million dollars and include a mosque. It will be located two blocks away from where our magnificent towers crashed and burned, easy wafting distance for the Islamic call to prayer.

Richard Land | May 13, 2010

The time has come for our nation to resolve the immigration crisis. It is imperative that we find an acceptable solution to the plight of the millions of undocumented immigrants living in our nation.

Ken Klukowski | May 13, 2010

A third instance of Elena Kagan opposing Americans’ Second Amendment right to own a gun has now become public, and is sure to become a major issue in her Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

Mike Gallagher | May 13, 2010

Nashville seems to be “the forgotten city.” The iconic home of country music, that uniquely American genre, has been devastated by floodwaters. Everywhere you turn, there is loss and damage and destruction. And yet to pick up a newspaper or turn on the evening news, you wouldn’t even know it.

Cliff May | May 13, 2010

We Americans are uncomfortable with such ideas as holy wars and religiously motivated mass murder. Raised to believe in equality, tolerance and diversity, we cannot imagine slaughtering fellow human beings so that adherents of the "true faith" might prevail over "enemies of God."

Michael Barone | May 13, 2010

Professor chooses professor. That's one headline you could write about Barack Obama's nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.

Victor Davis Hanson | May 13, 2010

Is using statistics on collective behavior a reasonable tool of law enforcement to anticipate the greater likelihood of a crime, or is it gratuitously stereotyping the innocent?

Larry Elder | May 13, 2010

No, country star Taylor Swift didn't say that about the president. Nor did any of the entertainers who performed on a telethon to raise money for victims of the historic floods ravaging parts of Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi. None accused the Obama administration of indifference or lack of attentiveness to these floods.

Cal Thomas | May 13, 2010

We are told by no less than President Obama and supporters of his nominee to the Supreme Court, Elena Kagan, that she "loves the law."

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | May 13, 2010

Last week, my 8-year-old son beat me in chess. He understands that a move by him leads to a move by me, and so on. He is thinking several moves ahead. His goal is to create a series of moves that inevitably leads to his declaring checkmate.

Michael Gerson | May 13, 2010

From the supporters of Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court, we have learned that as Harvard Law School's dean she provided free bagels and coffee to students, improved the gymnasium and added a multipurpose ice rink.

Matt Towery | May 13, 2010

No one has been more startled than this pollster that immigration has burst onto the scene as an issue more significant to most Americans than health care, financial bailouts and the economy.

Paul Greenberg | May 13, 2010

There'll always be an England, people used to say. Now the emphasis is on used to say. Because one report after another from that once sceptered isle is less than encouraging.

Steve Chapman | May 13, 2010

When the news broke about alleged safety defects in Toyota vehicles, official Washington was appalled. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood accused the company of being "safety deaf" and said "they have a very bad business model."

Emmett Tyrrell | May 13, 2010

A few days after the failed attempt of a Pakistani-born naturalized American citizen to blow Times Square sky high, I bravely made my way through the returning throng of tourists and street vendors to take a look.

Ross Mackenzie | May 13, 2010

In precisely the Europe for which Barack Obama and his cronies hunger here, America may be able to see glimpses of its future in 3-D.

Brian Walsh | May 13, 2010

Adam Kinzinger is the new voice that Illinois’s 11th Congressional District deserves in Washington, DC. Adam began his career in politics at the early age of 20 when he successfully challenged a 12-year Democrat incumbent for a seat on the McLean County Board.

Debra J. Saunders | May 13, 2010

Forget "advise and consent." When President Obama nominated U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, the Dems just wanted a good liberal who won't embarrass them during Senate confirmation hearings, while the Repubs started trying to figure out whether it's safe to try to Bork her.

Howard Rich | May 13, 2010

America’s Founding Fathers envisioned a limited government in which laws were fairly and evenly enforced and justice was blind. Yet as government’s lust for additional power and its appetite for new spending have both exploded in recent years, so too has Washington’s apparent willingness to play politics with prosecutions and government leaks.

Francisco Canseco | May 13, 2010

If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to be an American frontiersman, you’ve now got that opportunity in modern times. Just move to Hudspeth County along the Texas-Mexico border and follow Sheriff Arvin West’s advice, “Arm yourself.”

Wed, May 12, 2010

Maggie Gallagher | May 12, 2010

James Davison Hunter may be the smartest man in America.

Ann Coulter | May 12, 2010

Americans can thank the Supreme Court for the attempted car bombing of Times Square, as well as any future terrorist attacks that might be less "amateurish" and which our commander in chief will be unable to thwart unless the bomb fizzles.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | May 12, 2010

The nomination of Elena Kagan for Supreme Court should outrage evangelical Protestants. The reason is not simply her legal perspective, her lack of judicial experience, or her personal view of faith and religious liberties.

Dan Gainor | May 12, 2010

If a climate scientist falls in the forest, does anybody hear? Not if the old media have anything to do with it. Thankfully, in 2010, their hold on the news has started to weaken.

Rich Galen | May 12, 2010

Last night the Mollohan Hereditary Congressional seat was lost in a primary election to State Senator Mike Oliverio.

Michelle Malkin | May 12, 2010

Let me summarize first lady Michelle Obama's anti-obesity agenda: Shed as I say, not as I gain.

John Stossel | May 12, 2010

Some of us like to gamble. Americans bet a hundred million dollars every day, and that's just at legal places like Las Vegas and Indian reservations. Much more is bet illegally.

Walter E. Williams | May 12, 2010

Listening to America's liberals, who now prefer to call themselves progressives, one would think that free markets benefit the rich and harm the poor, but little can be further from the truth.

Brent Bozell | May 12, 2010

It's more than a little tiresome to contemplate that every current liberal Supreme Court justice was touted by the national media as a moderate or even a conservative when they were originally announced, from John Paul Stevens to Sonia Sotomayor.

Jonah Goldberg | May 12, 2010

Sen. Robert Bennett, an honorable and sincere politician, was brought down by the rank and file of the Utah Republican Party over the weekend. Bennett, visibly shaken by his loss, seemed as stunned as anybody that he didn't pass muster with his own party.

Mike Adams | May 12, 2010

As you are surfing the Internet this morning, I am in a car driving west somewhere between the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains. The particular column you are reading right now is the 639th I have written since I became a columnist for Townhall in September of 2003. It will also be my last.

Ken Blackwell | May 12, 2010

On October 31, 2008, Barack Obama proclaimed, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” In November 4, he won the presidency. Ever since that day, he’s been pursuing his vision of fundamentally transforming our country. He must be stopped.

Tony Blankley | May 12, 2010

This country is divided into three parts concerning national politics. About a third think President Obama is moving in the right direction, with many of them impatient for the president to be bolder with his leftist agenda.

Michael Medved | May 12, 2010

Less than five years after George W. Bush wrecked his presidency through his limp response to a natural disaster in Louisiana, Barack Obama has escaped largely unscathed from his similarly feckless response to a man-made disaster in precisely the same part of the country.

hen the European Union voted to put up a $1 trillion fund to bail out indebted countries in the Eurozone, it implicitly rejected the alternative, which was to purchase the Greek debt outright, making it an obligation of the EU as a whole and no longer just a Greek affair.

Terry Jeffrey | May 12, 2010

When the first Congress passed the Bill of Rights, it left no ambiguity about whether future Congresses could enact laws prohibiting Americans from speaking. "Congress," says the First Amendment, "shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press."

Ben Shapiro | May 12, 2010

The media buys into President Obama's worldview -- a worldview which suggests that all crime springs from social circumstance. In order for President Obama to foist his socialist vision on the world, he must suggest that redistributionism solves social ills like crime and terrorism.

Austin Bay | May 12, 2010

In late March, an explosion in disputed waters off the Korean Peninsula sank the South Korean corvette Cheonan, killing 46 sailors. This week, investigators concluded a weapon, possibly a German-made torpedo, destroyed the ship.

Jacob Sullum | May 12, 2010

As solicitor general, of course, Kagan has an obligation to defend federal laws against constitutional challenges. But her pro-censorship positions went beyond the call of duty.

Russell Pearce | May 12, 2010

When neighboring Oakland's city council voted 7-0 to boycott Arizona last week, and President Pro Tem of the California State Senate Derrell Steinberg announced a campaign in the legislature to boycott us, it became clear: San Francisco is merely ahead of the California crazy curve.

Marybeth Hicks | May 12, 2010

You have to wonder what God thinks when scanning recent headlines.

Ryan Radia | May 12, 2010

Hypocrisy in politics is nothing new. But Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) set a new standard for it last week when he and three of his colleagues attacked social networking giant Facebook over its privacy practices.

Brian Walsh | May 12, 2010

For today’s Race of the Day – I’m excited to have the opportunity to shed light on one of the marquee races of this cycle - Allen West vs. Ron Klein in Florida's 22nd Congressional District.

Tue, May 11, 2010

Donald Lambro | May 11, 2010

The debt crisis in Europe that momentarily sent global stock markets into a nosedive was but a preview of what our government faces if we do not end our own spending binge.

Robert Morrison | May 11, 2010

John Boehner not only voted to protect unborn children, he spoke up for them at the Blair House healthcare summit amidst all the President’s men. John Boehner spoke out against ObamaCare saying it would force Americans to pay for the slaughter of innocents. Boehner the Bold.

Paul Kengor | May 11, 2010

Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, legal arm of the pro-life movement, calls Kagan “an ardent abortion supporter,” telling “Elena Kagan has strong ties to abortion-advocacy organizations and expressed admiration for activist judges who have worked to advance social policy rather to impartially interpret the law.”

Armstrong Williams | May 11, 2010

In 1987, former Wall Street Journal reporters Jeffrey H. Birnbaum and Alan S. Murray wrote a wonderful book detailing the complex machinations of passage of the Tax Reform Act of 1986 - what many believe to be the most important piece of tax legislation since the code was created in 1913.

Nathan Tabor | May 11, 2010

Arizona is the first state in the U.S. to make illegal immigration a crime -- and illegal aliens and their advocates aren't happy about it.

John Hawkins | May 11, 2010

Politics in America is a vicious, ugly bloodsport filled with lies, unpleasantness, and crudity. That's a big part of the reason why so many Americans desperately avoid discussing politics.

Thomas Sowell | May 11, 2010

Make no mistake about it, letting old people die is a lot cheaper than spending the kind of money required to keep them alive and well. If a government-run medical system is going to save any serious amount of money, it is almost certain to do so by sacrificing the elderly.

Chuck Norris | May 11, 2010

I believe the political stars are aligning right now for the opening of a new front in the battle against our gun rights, via the election and work of an anti-gun president, the disarmament passions of the Washington elite and the United Nations, the appointments of gun prohibitionists in the White House and Supreme Court, and the funding of an anti-Second Amendment movement by billionaire progressives, such as George Soros.

David Limbaugh | May 11, 2010

President Barack Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, Elena Kagan, once wrote that Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court judicial nominees should explore a "nominee's set of constitutional views and commitments." By all means, let's accommodate her and begin exploring.

Mona Charen | May 11, 2010

At the age of 7 or 8, I was a liberal. As I grew, I came to understand a) that it was not possible to put the nuclear genie back in the bottle, and b) that the way to safety lay not in arms control but in strength prudently pursued.

Cal Thomas | May 11, 2010

There is no ultimate security in this world and no guarantee of protection from anything, including disease and death. That ultimate security comes from somewhere else.

Dennis Prager | May 11, 2010

While it cannot be proven, there is little reason to doubt that many on the Left are disappointed that the Times Square bomber didn't turn out to be the "white male" he was originally identified as.

Pat Buchanan | May 11, 2010

Why did these men attempt the mass murder of Americans who did no harm to them? What impelled them to seek martyrdom amid a pile of American corpses?

Debra J. Saunders | May 11, 2010

Over the weekend, a Utah GOP convention failed to nominate Sen. Bob Bennett in his third re-election bid to Congress. When a party rejects its own incumbent in a primary that's huge.

Phyllis Schlafly | May 11, 2010

Barack Obama has thumbed his nose at veterans and many other Americans by trying to replace Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens with the liberal Elena Kagan. She is mainly noteworthy for excluding military recruiters from Harvard Law School.

Ed Feulner | May 11, 2010

Last December, my family saw the revival of “White Christmas” at the Marquis Theater on Broadway. The play reminds us of a time when Americans could easily identify their enemies. Back then, veterans poured home knowing they’d completely vanquished their Axis foes and kept our country safe.

Robert Knight | May 11, 2010

President Obama went back to the radical bullpen for his second Supreme Court nominee. Solicitor General Elena Kagan, former dean of Harvard Law School, is a legal activist who tried to boot recruiters off Harvard’s campus because of the military’s homosexuality policy.

Brian Walsh | May 11, 2010

If you’re looking for a sign that Republicans’ message of fiscal responsibility and government accountability will win this November and Democrats will struggle to defend their reckless agenda, look no further than Obama's home district in Hawaii.

Carrie Lukas | May 11, 2010

Parents want their teenagers engaged in positive extracurricular activities. If your kids are playing sports, acting in the school play, writing for a newspaper, or participating in student government, they are less likely to be drinking, smoking, and otherwise getting in trouble. Good parents cultivate their children's interests.

Herb London | May 11, 2010

To cite a cliché, the more things change the more they remain the same. This applies to many areas of life, but arguably it is the essence of educational reform.

Mon, May 10, 2010

Michael Barone | May 10, 2010

We Americans may have declared our independence from Britain in 1776, but there are still similar rhythms in British and American politics.

Bill Murchison | May 10, 2010

She's more likely than not to win confirmation to the Supreme Court. Thus, the really big question about Elena Kagan is blunter: How and when does the United States as a whole get out from under the sway of an alien enterprise such as her university, Harvard?

Byron York | May 10, 2010

Even as the Obama administration plans to challenge and undermine Arizona's new immigration law, the White House still wants state residents to know that it feels their pain.

Ken Klukowski | May 10, 2010

President Obama needs a Supreme Court that will realize his far-left vision for America. He's taken advantage of Elena Kagan's thin paper trail to refer to her as a moderate. But make no mistake: she is a liberal who will help Obama uphold his agenda.

Mike Gallagher | May 10, 2010

Several students at a high school in California wore tee-shirts with American flags on them during Cinco de Mayo day and a vice-principal ordered them to turn the shirts inside out, remove them or make the walk of shame to the principal’s office.

Lurita Doan | May 10, 2010

President Obama said lots of nice things during Public Service Recognition week, and the press was full of predictable odes to federal workers. What a pity. Obama could have used the opportunity to discuss the urgent need to rein in public spending, the explosive growth in government, and the dangers of following the same path that has led Greece to economic ruin. But, he didn’t. Telling unpleasant truths to key constituencies is not one of President Obama’s strengths.

Ken Connor | May 10, 2010

One of the most compelling arguments made by the Federalists in support of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution was that a strong central government was necessary to provide for a robust and common defense of the security and liberty of American citizens.

Rich Galen | May 10, 2010

The United Kingdom is going through election turmoil which is vaguely reminiscent of the Florida recount here in the US in 2004.

Armstrong Williams | May 10, 2010

Utah Sen. Robert Bennett's failure on Saturday to secure his party's nomination to fill another term reveals many truisms beginning to form during this election cycle. Some are accurate, but others are more a reflection of the sitting senator and his own failings than some political juggernaut movement bending conservative candidates to its every whim.

Star Parker | May 10, 2010

Look at what is going on in Greece and you’ll understand what is driving the grass roots uprising taking place across our country.

Terry Paulson | May 10, 2010

Whether it’s Toyota or Goldman Sachs/US, Congress loves to publicly feast on executives’ failures to address problems with a rapid-fire stream of questions.

Joseph C. Phillips | May 10, 2010

Last week, Americans of all nationalities celebrated Cinco de Mayo; some, like me, acknowledged the day by partaking of margaritas and carne asada.

Jillian Bandes | May 10, 2010

Virginia’s fifth district was home to one of the hottest Congressional races of the year last cycle, and this year promises to be another scorcher.

Brian Walsh | May 10, 2010

In the upcoming early election this 2010 season, one thing is clear – Republicans are close in the traditionally Democrat-dominated PA-12, and Nancy Pelosi and her liberal allies are running scared.

Allen Hunt | May 10, 2010

In Barack Obama, we are witnessing the second coming, not of Christ, but of Neville Chamberlain himself, the embodiment of appeasement.

Bruce Bialosky | May 10, 2010

Any Republican Presidential nominee who does not choose Congressman Paul Ryan as his Vice-President has made a serious mistake for his/her candidacy and has deprived the country of a great opportunity.

Sun, May 09, 2010

David Stokes | May 09, 2010

Whatever his obvious faults and flaws, it is somewhat understandable that Richard Nixon would ruminate about how Jack Kennedy got away with a lot during his assassination-shortened presidency. And there is no doubt that the 37th President of the United States saw all of the “Camelot” hype as mythology born of cynical public relations.

Salena Zito | May 09, 2010

The new normal for Democrats is losing 30 to 40 U.S. House seats in November.

Debra J. Saunders | May 09, 2010

Critics of Arizona's tough new immigration law, which makes illegal immigration a state crime, have called supporters of the bill "racist," "mean-spirited" and "un-American."

Steve Chapman | May 09, 2010

Last week, a 17-year-old knucklehead exposed his idiocy to the world by venturing onto the field at a Philadelphia Phillies game and running around waving a towel. When a pursuing policeman got weary of the chase, he pulled out his Taser and shot the kid.

George Will | May 09, 2010

When asked whether nationalism is putting down roots in Afghanistan's tribalized society, Gen. David Petraeus is judicious: "I don't know that I could say that."

Kevin McCullough | May 09, 2010

When 200 hispanic students skipped school last week and marched through downtown Morgan Hill, California chanting "Si se puede" intermixed with "We want respect," none were banned from school attendance on their return.

Paul Jacob | May 09, 2010

Shady dealings, handshake deals, millions in pork. And, to back it all, the official subversion of the very idea of a democratic republic.

Janice Shaw Crouse | May 09, 2010

Mother’s Day is often associated with the Biblical verse that is called the “first commandment with a promise.” The Fifth Commandment requires Christians to honor their father and mother “so that you may live long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.” [Exodus 20:12]. Florists tell us that more flowers are sent on Mother’s Day than at any time during the year. Most people love their mother, even those whose mother is undeserving of that love. And, most mothers love their children, though there are plenty of instances where mothers are hurtful and even abusive.