Sun, Dec 12, 2010

Jeff Jacoby | December 12, 2010

Liberals and Democrats have been melting down, blowing up, and freaking out over President Obama's agreement with Republican leaders to extend Bush-era tax rates for another two years.

Sat, Dec 11, 2010

Doug Giles | December 11, 2010

Herewith are my suggestions for what to get the man on your list who doesn’t mind being a man

Caroline Glick | December 11, 2010

Israelis can be excused for wondering why Brazil and Argentina unexpectedly announced they recognize an independent Palestinian state with its capital city in Israel's capital city.

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann | December 11, 2010

White House aides are anxious to portray the deal Obama cut with the Republicans over the extension of the George W. Bush tax cuts as a shrewd move to the center. It was nothing of the sort. It was surrender, pure and simple.

Paul Driessen | December 11, 2010

Should numbers pulled out of a hat be the basis for energy and economic policies?

Rich Tucker | December 11, 2010

Way back in 1995, a Republican congress and a Democratic president couldn’t agree on spending priorities.

Fri, Dec 10, 2010

Rich Galen | December 10, 2010

Nancy Pelosi's Democrat caucus in the House, while officially still in charge of the 111th Congress, have become the ugly kids in the back of the late bus as power brokers in Washington.

Jillian Bandes | December 10, 2010

A half-dozen staunchly conservative Members of Congress have been beating around the bush on the anti-earmark ban. They support the GOP’s current ban, but not permanently, and not enthusiastically.

Michelle Malkin | December 10, 2010

When jihad-bent American Muslims target American soldiers on American soil, why does America yawn?

Brent Bozell | December 10, 2010

Derrick Burts, 24, started working as a porn-film actor in June. By October, he'd contracted the HIV virus. The AP story on Burts contained a jaw-dropping sentence.

Jonah Goldberg | December 10, 2010

Most theories for why the president came unglued like a papier-mache doll in a steam bath during his press conference this week center on the fact that he can't stand having his liberal bona fides questioned.

David Limbaugh | December 10, 2010

There's a lot of noise today about promoting political squishiness to a virtue and endorsing the notion that compromise for its own sake is noble. I uncompromisingly dissent.

Mona Charen | December 10, 2010

A parade of political professionals, pundits, and scribblers (including me) has trouped to Indianapolis because the modest, humorous, and mild-mannered Daniels may well be the best chief executive in American government.

Mona Charen | December 10, 2010

Mitch Daniels was elected governor of Indiana in 2004. He was re-elected in 2008 (when Obama carried the state), winning more votes than any candidate in the state's history.

Oliver North | December 10, 2010

It's a tough time to be a member of the U.S. armed forces. Those serving in our all-volunteer military -- and their families -- are stretched and stressed by more than nine years of war.

Pat Buchanan | December 10, 2010

If the Pelosi-Reid liberals are in a hissy fit over the tax-cut deal negotiated by Barack Obama, they have only themselves to blame.

Suzanne Fields | December 10, 2010

There are villains aplenty in the WikiLeaks scandal, but nobody looks better for it than Hillary Clinton.

Michael Gerson | December 10, 2010

The Obama administration, elsewhere challenged by Iranian nuclear ambitions and North Korean brinksmanship, is on the verge of a major diplomatic achievement in Sudan.

Terry Jeffrey | December 10, 2010

Even though TSA has put these so-called Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) scanners through both laboratory and operational testing, Congress's own auditing agency says it "remains unclear" that they can actually do the primary job they are intended to do.

David Harsanyi | December 10, 2010

A new Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor poll -- accompanied by a piece charmingly titled "We're No. 2" -- reports that the attitudes of Americans are about what you'd expect.

Linda Chavez | December 10, 2010

The Dream Act is amnesty in the most meritorious sense. Many of those eligible to participate came as babes in arms or as young children.

Matt Towery | December 10, 2010

According to Bloomberg News, an overwhelming percentage of the people being called "the ultra rich" come nowhere near to earning $1 million dollars a year.

Janice Shaw Crouse | December 10, 2010

Despite the Democratic Party’s 2010 election “shellacking,” President Obama recently asserted that the election had nothing to do with ideology.

Thu, Dec 09, 2010

Donald Lambro | December 09, 2010

President Obama went before the White House press corps Tuesday, blaming the Republicans for boxing him into a very difficult position that forced him to cut a deal to extend the Bush tax cuts.

Paul Greenberg | December 09, 2010

News item, July 8, 2010: "The periodical shelves at Stanford University are nearly bare..."

Diana West | December 09, 2010

WikiLeaks is exposing the way our government conducts "business." It is not a pretty process. Sometimes Uncle Sam limps along like a powerless giant, as when secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton vainly plead with China to stop facilitating the military rise of Iran.

Hugh Hewitt | December 09, 2010

Some conservatives in Congress have stepped forward to blast the deal between Obama and congressional Republicans, and these critics' numbers will grow over the next few days.

Guy Benson | December 09, 2010

Longtime anti-earmarks crusader Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) has received the support of Speaker-in-waiting John Boehner to be named to the powerful House Appropriations Committee next year.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | December 09, 2010

Whose money is it anyway? The government's money or the people's money?

Michael Barone | December 09, 2010

Reality strikes. Barack Obama spurned the advice of columnists Paul Krugman and Katrina vanden Heuvel and agreed with Republicans to extend the current income tax rates -- the so-called Bush tax cuts -- for another two years.

Larry Elder | December 09, 2010

The WikiLeaks de facto declassification of privileged material makes it case closed: Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction -- and intended to restart his program once the heat was off.

Jonah Goldberg | December 09, 2010

The professed idea behind No Labels is that its members don't believe in labels, by which they mean things such as Republican and Democrat, liberal and conservative.

Michael Reagan | December 09, 2010

Poland's only hope of continuing to be free and safe is the United States of America, but it appears that Barack Obama is once again throwing our friends under the bus simply to make nice with Russia and Putin by pushing a new START treaty.

Ken Blackwell | December 09, 2010

Liberals (or Progressives, if you prefer) have been raging at President Obama for months.

Cal Thomas | December 09, 2010

The "grand bargain" agreed to by the White House to preserve the Bush-era tax rates, extend unemployment insurance for another year and reduce the payroll tax for 2011 doesn't get to the heart of the country's main financial problem: overspending.

Terry Jeffrey | December 09, 2010

Repeatedly over the past year the Government Accountability Office has told Congress it is unclear if the whole-body-image scanners the Transportation Security Administration is now deploying at airports across the country will detect the sort of underwear bomb that terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab used last Christmas.

Jillian Bandes | December 09, 2010

Netty Aranguren wants her ears surgically pinned back. That way, she'll feel more prepared to embark on the journey of marriage.

Emmett Tyrrell | December 09, 2010

The Great Denial continues. The liberals continue to labor under the assumption that nothing very bad happened in early November.

Steve Chapman | December 09, 2010

Every new year is supposed to be an occasion for new hope, but 2011 hasn't even begun and already there is cause for regret. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is planning to step down next year.

Marybeth Hicks | December 09, 2010

We’re infusing self-esteem, while in far away Finland, Australia and South Korea, they’re simply teaching math, science and reading to a eager population of knowledge-thirsty learners.

Ross Mackenzie | December 09, 2010

Bulleted comments on items currently in the news....

Robert Knight | December 09, 2010

The most essential public service people should be the last fired, instead of the first sacrificial lambs in politicians’ schemes to goose the public. But that didn't happen in Camden, New Jersey.

Wed, Dec 08, 2010

Ann Coulter | December 08, 2010

Who cares if the Pentagon's sexual harassment task force supports gays in the military? The combat units don't, and they're the ones who do the job.

Michael Medved | December 08, 2010

The raging controversy over an exhibition of “gay art” at the taxpayer-funded National Portrait Gallery raises an uncomfortable but unavoidable question: must all celebrations of homosexual history and identity feature disturbing and pornographic content?

Donald Lambro | December 08, 2010

President Obama¹s acceptance of a Republican plan to continue President George W. Bush¹s tax cuts for two more years, and a 2 percent payroll tax cut through 2011, is a complete capitulation to GOP demands that he change course.

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann | December 08, 2010

Republicans gnashed their teeth in frustration as the national tide of GOP resurgence washed up against the massive Democratic fortresses in Nevada, Washington state, Colorado and California.

Rich Galen | December 08, 2010

Let me be the first to point out that I wrote on December 1 in the MULLINGS titled: "It's NOT a Tax Cut".

Thomas Sowell | December 08, 2010

Walter E. Williams is my oldest and closest friend. But I didn't know that his autobiography had just been published until a talk show host told me last week.

Michelle Malkin | December 08, 2010

There is no such thing as a "free" government benefit. Ask small-business owners who are footing skyrocketing bills for bottomless jobless benefits.

John Stossel | December 08, 2010

Of the 6 billion people on Earth, 2 billion try to survive on a few dollars a day. Unlike people in the United States, Europe and Asian countries like Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, etc., they don't lift themselves out of poverty. Why not? What's the difference between them and us?

Walter E. Williams | December 08, 2010

Immorality in government lies at the heart of our nation's problems. Deficits, debt and runaway government are merely symptoms.

Brent Bozell | December 08, 2010

On Dec. 7, the notorious radical mastermind of WikiLeaks turned himself in on a sexual assault charge in London. But in the liberal media, the condemnations are few.

Mike Adams | December 08, 2010

The Associated Press recently ran an article that should firmly establish the UNC system as the most ridiculous system of hire (pun intended) education in the United States of America.

Jonah Goldberg | December 08, 2010

If North Koreans were pandas, would we have let them suffer so?

Tony Blankley | December 08, 2010

In the last week or two, an eccentric debate has been In 2011, should President Obama strive to be more like Harry Truman in 1947 or Bill Clinton in 1995?

Ben Shapiro | December 08, 2010

President Obama has a pattern when it comes to his political rhetoric. If he talks about foreign policy, he tells the truth; if he talks about domestic policy, he lies.

David Harsanyi | December 08, 2010

If we lived in a just world, liberals would still be singing (nondenominational) hosannas in honor of the extraordinary political sacrifice our president has made to further their cause.

Austin Bay | December 08, 2010

Julian Assange, the man behind the WikiLeaks dump of secret US State Department cables, has been frank about his reasons for releasing thousands of classified -and stolen -- documents.

Jacob Sullum | December 08, 2010

Before it began its work eight months ago, one of the main knocks against the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform was that it could do no more than recommend changes to Congress. In the end, it could not even do that.

Ed Feulner | December 08, 2010

For far too long, our elected officials have looked the other way, or applied quick, short-term fixes, when faced with our growing debt problem. But the debt reduction commission helped the conversation.

Mario Diaz | December 08, 2010

On Monday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit heard oral arguments in California’s Proposition 8 case. It was the latest chapter in this judicial farce that has become a tragedy for our legal system and our freedom.

William Wilson | December 08, 2010

The only credible way to seriously address the debt crisis is through spending cuts, not tax increases, says the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | December 08, 2010

This week, Carrie interviews Farnoosh Torabi, CBS MoneyWatch columnist and author of "Psych Yourself Rich: Get the Mindset and Discipline You Need to Build Your Financial Life."

Bay Buchanan | December 08, 2010

How many times have we heard the Democrats repeat the cliché “Do it for the children” as an excuse to forward the left wing agenda?

Jeff Jacoby | December 08, 2010

Is America Islamophobic?" When that provocative question appeared on the cover of Time in August, the accompanying story strained to suggest, on the basis of some anecdotal evidence, that the answer might be yes. The FBI's latest compendium of US hate-crimes data suggests far more plausibly that the answer is no.

Tue, Dec 07, 2010

Rebecca Hagelin | December 07, 2010

Children know instinctively that “hate” is a bad thing. And they understand that hating a classmate, teacher, or neighbor is nothing like “hating” the broccoli on the dinner plate.

Armstrong Williams | December 07, 2010

If there is one thing that we can count on from the immediate aftermath of an election, it is the annoying and unceasing bleating from the left about the intelligence of the electorate.

Thomas Sowell | December 07, 2010

Let's face it, politics is largely the art of deception, and political rhetoric is largely the art of misstating issues. A classic example is the current debate over whether to give money to the unemployed by extending how long unemployment benefits will be provided, or instead to give "tax cuts to the rich."

Chuck Norris | December 07, 2010

Last week, I detailed seven occasions in the past few months at which President Barack Obama omitted the words "by their Creator" from direct quotes of the Declaration of Independence.

John Hawkins | December 07, 2010

There are a lot great conservative Americans and almost everyone reading this column could quickly and easily run off many of their names.

David Limbaugh | December 07, 2010

Have you noticed among the Obama-supporting elite a desperate agony upon realizing that he is not quite the messiah he made himself out to be and as which they willingly embraced him?

Mona Charen | December 07, 2010

It was pleasant -- and frankly a little shocking -- to see The Washington Post editorialize over the weekend about the new film "Fair Game," which purports to be the true story of Joseph Wilson and Valerie Plame.

Ken Blackwell | December 07, 2010

In the past two years, this one Montana Senate seat would have made THE difference in stopping Obama, Reid, and Pelosi from passing Obamacare, Cash for Clunkers, and other programs.

Cal Thomas | December 07, 2010

People who take polls for a living will tell you that depending on the methodology, the sample, how a question is asked and the understanding of the ones being polled, the outcome can pretty much be predetermined.

Dennis Prager | December 07, 2010

The nominees to receive the most prestigious awards in the music industry, the Grammy Awards, were just announced. Among the five nominees for Record of the Year is a song titled "F--- You," with the F-word, of course, spelled out and pronounced.

Pat Buchanan | December 07, 2010

What in the name of Gilbert Stuart is going on at the National Portrait Gallery?

Michael Gerson | December 07, 2010

When I was a Senate staffer more than a decade ago, Republicans hit on a tactic to advance school choice.

Phyllis Schlafly | December 07, 2010

One of the greatest risks of the current lame-duck Congress is the possibility of Senate confirmation of President Obama's radical appointments to federal courts, boards and agencies.

Bill Murchison | December 07, 2010

The motive behind the proposed repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy is, hmmm ... what, exactly?

Barb Werner | December 07, 2010

I didn't start a business because I wanted to get rich. When I started my garden and home accessories shop 16 years ago, I was following my passion. But today, it's getting harder and harder to make it as a small business owner.

J.D. Thorpe | December 07, 2010

Like drugs, the slogan “just say no” works great with Keynesian and socialist economic policies.

Paul Kengor | December 07, 2010

For Obama, this is a clear compromise with Republicans, one that liberals in his own party will not like, and, in fact, are condemning.

Mon, Dec 06, 2010

Frank Gaffney | December 06, 2010

Even for a man known for his arrogance, Barack Obama's treatment of the Senate in connection with the New START Treaty is astounding.  His demand that Senators approve this defective accord during the few days remaining in the lame-duck session amounts to contempt of Congress.  It must not be tolerated, let alone rewarded.

Caroline Glick | December 06, 2010

Imagine if 100 million Americans participated in the Tea Party movement. And then imagine that the movement had no impact on American politics.

Adam Hasner | December 06, 2010

The dangers lurking in the alphabet soup of our federal government's regulatory agencies (EPA, OSHA, NLRB, and FCC to name just a few) could spell trouble for our nation’s economy.

Paul Driessen | December 06, 2010

It’s become a predictable annual rite. Several weeks prior to each global warming gabfest, breathless news stories, editorials, op-eds and pontifications begin hitting the airwaves and print pages, reaching a crescendo as the conference opens. So it was with Copenhagen; so it is with Cancun.

Douglas MacKinnon | December 06, 2010

For those of us who believe in traditional values, the rule-of-law, secure borders, smaller government, and lower taxes, it’s become slim pickings when it comes to the entertainment, news, education, and information spaces.

Rich Galen | December 06, 2010

Julian Assange is the creep behind, and the face of, Wikileaks. Assange is not a digital Robin Hood. He is a hacker, a thug, and an accused rapist.

Bruce Bialosky | December 06, 2010

Many well-meaning people argue that the estate tax, commonly called the "death tax" by its detractors, is necessary. Their first reason is "fairness," which they can't really explain because everyone has their own opinion of what is "fair."

Byron York | December 06, 2010

What's wrong with Democrats? Sure, they got their butts kicked on Nov. 2, but they still control the Senate and the White House, and they remain in charge of the vast bureaucracy of the executive branch. So why do they seem so lost?

Mike Adams | December 06, 2010

Let me get something straight right now. I do not work for the University of North Carolina. I work for the North Carolina taxpayers.

Star Parker | December 06, 2010

The Bowles Simpson deficit cutting commission is more Washington theater. Another show with an impressive cast designed to give the appearance of being serious.

Elisabeth Meinecke | December 06, 2010

Despite the Federal Reserve’s announcement last month of a new round of quantitative easing to help unemployment, the national unemployment rate increased to 9.8 percent in November.

Terry Paulson | December 06, 2010

Five Live Oak High School students’ First Amendment rights were challenged this year when they were asked to leave school because they donned American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo, an offense one official called “incendiary.” Other students could wear or wave the Mexican flag and any number of other potentially offensive messages, but wearing the American flag in America is just too “incendiary.” To their credit, the Morgan Hill Unified School District did not concur with the suspensions, but the “offended” still got their way.

Lurita Doan | December 06, 2010

Many within the White House seem fearful about the intentions of Darrell Issa. As the incoming Chairman of the House Committee for Oversight and Government Reform, Issa will have full power to open investigations into government operations and questionable programs. Media expert, Howard Kurtz, knows full well the power Issa will wield, and his article in the Daily Beast asks the question that is on the minds of many Democrats: Will Darrell Issa “go too far” as the incoming Chairman of the Committee of Oversight? A superb question, for the nation was given a clear example of excessive, mean-spirited, oftentimes petty use of oversight powers by Henry Waxman.

Sun, Dec 05, 2010

David Stokes | December 05, 2010

Most American conservatives find little in the various political ideas advanced a hundred years ago by Theodore Roosevelt worth salvaging, much less translating into present day policy.  His agenda back then reads like a script worthy of a whole series of Glenn Beck programs.  He was the poster-child for progressivism.

Salena Zito | December 05, 2010

Alan Simpson, the former Republican U.S. Senator from Wyoming who co-chairs President Obama’s deficit-reduction commission, was asked by a reporter the other day if he was going home to Wyoming.

Austin Hill | December 05, 2010

First, let me make this clear: I’m a native Californian, and I grew up thinking that California was pretty much the center of the universe.

Debra J. Saunders | December 05, 2010

On Tuesday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates released a long-awaited Pentagon working-group report on the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy enacted under President Bill Clinton. Most troops, the review found, would not object to a repeal.

Steve Chapman | December 05, 2010

I used to be a homophobe. I didn't dislike gays a little; I disliked them a lot. Growing up in Texas, I didn't know anyone who admitted to being gay, and I found the whole idea sick and repulsive.

Ken Connor | December 05, 2010

There's been much controversy in recent weeks over the issue of full body scans and pat-downs at airport security checkpoints across America. Individuals from all points on the political and ideological spectrum are angry and speaking out against practices that they assert violate civil liberties and undermine human dignity.

Ryan Lees | December 05, 2010

It is common to have ‘non-mainstream types’ populate the U.S. House of Representatives after electoral landslides. With two-year terms, House offices are vulnerable to tempestuous voters; voters are more willing to test different views in a shorter term, and a Representative has less potential to do harm in a chamber of 435 peers. What is far less common is when an outlier is elected to the Senate.

Kevin McCullough | December 05, 2010

How did Republicans at least temporarily halt a runaway train to insure that every American who pays taxes does not see an increase?

Jeff Jacoby | December 05, 2010

I'm not a regular reader of The New York Review of Books, but I wasn't going to miss newly-retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens's essay on capital punishment in the latest issue.