Sat, Jan 29, 2011

David Stokes | January 29, 2011

Not everything that happened fifty years ago this month made international news or found its way into the history books.

Ken Blackwell | January 29, 2011

The Obama administration thinks that George W. Bush was too arrogant, that he liked to throw his weight around in international affairs. The way to win Nobel Peace Prizes was obviously to cut a more humble figure in the world. But can bowing and kowtowing be a foreign policy for the United States?

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann | January 29, 2011

When Obama started to speak about the need to improve education, upgrade our schools and attract quality teachers, an elephant appeared in the living rooms of most Americans who were watching.

David Harsanyi | January 29, 2011

One of the difficulties progressives face is trying to make centralized planning sound like a good idea. Even the president, with all his rhetorical genius and majestic vagueness, can struggle with the task.

Kathryn Lopez | January 29, 2011

Is the party of Lincoln the party of civil rights? Are Republican conservatives the new civil-rights leaders? These are far from the most frequently asked questions in American politics, but they're worth raising.

Paul Greenberg | January 29, 2011

When it comes to bureaucracies, corporate or public, it's not just jobs that can be delegated but any sense of responsibility. This isn't just a familiar pattern, it's standard operating procedure by now. When the head of the outfit is confronted by a scandal that can no longer be ignored, and the public has grown more outraged than usual, protocol demands that the top exec submit ... somebody else's resignation.

Gary Beckner | January 29, 2011

A new spate of documentaries and media coverage have all centered on the role teachers unions play in blocking necessary change and innovation in public schools.

Fri, Jan 28, 2011

Rich Tucker | January 28, 2011

Recently the social networking site MySpace announced it was firing some 500 people -- half of its staff. How can this be?

Caroline Glick | January 28, 2011

Today the Egyptian regime faces its gravest threat since Anwar Sadat's assassination 30 years ago. As protesters take to the street for the third day in a row demanding the overthrow of 82-year old President Hosni Mubarak, it is worth considering the possible alternatives to his regime.

Michelle Malkin | January 28, 2011

President Obama's storytellers recently launched a White House blog series called "Voices of Health Reform," where "readers can meet average Americans already benefiting from the health reform law."

David Spady | January 28, 2011

40-year-old Kelly Williams-Bolar lives in a housing project in Akron, Ohio. The local public school that her children were trapped in is one of the worst performing schools in the state.

Brent Bozell | January 28, 2011

If anyone doubts that our entertainment industry and our entertainment media are evangelists for a revolution of sexual immorality (or in their lingo, "progress"), he needs only to read the latest cover story in Entertainment Weekly magazine.

David Limbaugh | January 28, 2011

Obama's latest watchword, "investments," is not, as I originally assumed, simply a euphemism for government spending. It captures his entire economic philosophy.

Mona Charen | January 28, 2011

"This is our generation's Sputnik moment," declared President Obama in his State of the Union address. It was the first of several references -- some oblique, some direct -- to the Kennedy presidency.

Oliver North | January 28, 2011

What's most important right now is how the Obama administration handles the increasingly intense cries for greater freedom sweeping from Tunisia to Yemen -- threatening every authoritarian Muslim regime in that region save one: Iran's.

Pat Buchanan | January 28, 2011

Either Obama does not believe this country is careening toward a fiscal and financial crisis, or he refuses to pay the political price of imposing the sacrifices needed to lead the country back from the brink.

Suzanne Fields | January 28, 2011

Rep. Michele Bachmann, founder of the tea party caucus in the new Congress, gave more than a response to President Obama's State of the Union speech Tuesday night.

Linda Chavez | January 28, 2011

Conservatives should not sugarcoat our history any more than liberals sometimes denigrate it.

Matt Towery | January 28, 2011

With the celebration of Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday now in full swing, I find myself reflecting on the despair that so many of us felt at the midpoint of his first term in office.

Ed Feulner | January 28, 2011

Too many children are being robbed of a good education. And their parents, despite a desperate desire to change that situation, feel helpless. They’re stuck with whatever the local public school gives them.

Janice Shaw Crouse | January 28, 2011

President Obama’s State of the Union address was arguably his best opportunity since his mid-term “shellacking” to seriously address the debt and deficit issues that threaten America’s economic stability now and far into our grandchildren’s future.

Alex Cortes | January 28, 2011

For a brief moment at the close of last year we were regrettably back to discussing ObamaCare’s fictionary “death panels”, the phrase Governor Sarah Palin coined to describe Medicare reimbursement of voluntary, end-of-life counseling.

Robert Knight | January 28, 2011

In the state where pagan natives once threw people off cliffs to placate the gods, the Hawaiian state Senate has voted to end the practice of opening its sessions with prayer.

Thu, Jan 27, 2011

Donald Lambro | January 27, 2011

Obama desperately pleaded with the country to once again think big things. But there were few real growth incentives in Obama's plan would open up opportunities for Americans to once again reach for the stars, and get there. That challenge awaits a new leader in 2012.

Paul Greenberg | January 27, 2011

"He shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient."

Ross Mackenzie | January 27, 2011

Didn't you think the president gave a marvelous State of the Union address? He was so, you know, civil. Americans may crave civility, but they crave honesty more.

Diana West | January 27, 2011

Huffington Post reports: "Senate Republicans stand behind President Barack Obama's strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., which will prevent the war from becoming a 'domestic political football' like the war in Iraq."

Caroline Glick | January 27, 2011

For Israelis, the American Left's assault on Sarah Palin and the conservative movement in the wake of Jared Loughlin's murderous attack in Tuscon, Arizona was disturbingly familiar.

Cliff May | January 27, 2011

Last week, Canada’s Free Thinking Film Society was scheduled to screen Iranium, a new documentary about the regime that has ruled Iran since 1979. But then the Iranian embassy complained

Hugh Hewitt | January 27, 2011

NBC and Politico.com want the ratings bump that will come from hosting the first debate among Republican presidential contenders.

Tammy Frisby | January 27, 2011

The bills for Social Security and Medicare are staggering. In 2009, the last year for which official government historical data is available, Social Security benefit payments totaled $678 billion.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | January 27, 2011

It's time for us to back up and align our fundamental values to ensure that we are talking about the same things. Then we can work toward real solutions.

Michael Barone | January 27, 2011

The weakest part of our political system, by a considerable margin, is the presidential nominating process. It tends to exclude from consideration those with the greatest experience in what is uniquely the president's responsibility, foreign policy and military strategy.

Victor Davis Hanson | January 27, 2011

American reality has been turned upside down in just 20 years.

Larry Elder | January 27, 2011

Now, post-MSNBC, the double-left will adore Olbermann more than ever. He becomes the "man who spoke truth to power and suffered its wrath."

Michael Reagan | January 27, 2011

President Obama's State of the Union address said more about the state of his approach to governing than it did with the present condition of this nation under his governance.

Cal Thomas | January 27, 2011

In his State of the Union address, President Obama at times sounded like he was channeling Ronald Reagan. But for all his eloquence, the president wrapped his liberal ideology in conservative sheep's clothing.

Debra J. Saunders | January 27, 2011

The problem with left-leaning elites trying to run the U.S. economy from the top down is simple: They think the answer to America's economic woes is to create more jobs that replicate managers just like them.

Humberto Fontova | January 27, 2011

Following in the footsteps of (among many other flower-children) Stephen Stills, Bonnie Raitt, Chrissie Hynde, Jimmy Buffet, and Carole King (who in 2002 serenaded Fidel Castro with a personal “You’ve Got a Friend”) guitar legend Jimmy Page made the pilgrimage to Fidel Castro’s fiefdom this week.

Rachel Marsden | January 27, 2011

The red carpet rollout at the White House for Chinese leader Hu Jintao, complete with celeb-studded gala, is reminiscent of that time Ronald Reagan threw a ball for Mikhail Gorbachev during the Cold War.

Steve Chapman | January 27, 2011

Spring is months away, but bipartisanship is blooming in Washington.

Emmett Tyrrell | January 27, 2011

Ah so, every day, in every way, it becomes ever clearer that Rahm Emanuel's campaign for mayor of Chicago and mine have striking similarities.

Wed, Jan 26, 2011

Ann Coulter | January 26, 2011

I missed the middle section of Obama's State of the Union address when I took a break to read "War and Peace," but I gather he never got around to what I was hoping he'd say, which is: "What was I thinking?"

Nicole Neily | January 26, 2011

Last night’s State of the Union was a soaring oratory, and one that was widely lauded. CBS News found that 91% of the public approved of the speech, findings that were closely echoed by CNN.

Michael Medved | January 26, 2011

Positioning yourself as the party of nastiness and polarization may play well with small elements of your base, but can hardly qualify as a winning political strategy.

Michelle Malkin | January 26, 2011

"We're going to have to out-educate other countries," President Obama urged this week. How? By out-spending them, of course! It's the same old quack cure for America's fat and failing government-run schools monopoly.

John Stossel | January 26, 2011

President Obama fulfilled his constitutional duty and gave his report on the state of the union last night. Here's mine: We're in deep trouble.

Walter E. Williams | January 26, 2011

National debt is over $14 trillion, the federal budget deficit is $1.4 trillion and, depending on whose estimates are used, the unfunded liability or indebtedness of the federal government is estimated to be between $60 and $100 trillion.

Brent Bozell | January 26, 2011

Once again, the "news" media yawned as tens of thousands of Americans clogged the streets of Washington on Jan. 24 for the annual "March for Life."

Tony Blankley | January 26, 2011

Last week, the president wrote in the Wall Street Journal an article titled "Toward a 21st-Century Regulatory System" in which he announced that he had issued an executive order to review all government regulations on a cost-benefit ratio basis.

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann | January 26, 2011

When state governments -- facing intractable budget problems -- come to the Republican House asking for more bailout money, most GOP congressmen are determined to speak with one voice and say "no."

Terry Jeffrey | January 26, 2011

Someone seeking to measure former Sen. Rick Santorum's leadership qualities compared to President Barack Obama's would do well to note that Santorum acknowledges the fundamental principle at the foundation of our republic and applies it with intellectual honesty and moral courage to the policy positions he takes, while President Obama does neither.

Ben Shapiro | January 26, 2011

For decades, liberals have used "big business" as a bugaboo. Leftists say corporations are mean, heartless and cruel -- and what's more, they're inherently capitalist and conservative.

David Harsanyi | January 26, 2011

Kermit Gosnell, a Philadelphia doctor, is accused of killing babies with scissors after botching late-term abortions -- among hundreds of other hideous acts.

Austin Bay | January 26, 2011

The Jan. 24 terrorist attack on Moscow's Domodedovo Airport left some three dozen dead and nearly 200 wounded. Russian investigators have yet to identify the perpetrators, but the attack is all too similar to prior strikes by Islamist militant organizations based in Russia's troubled Caucasus region.

Paul Greenberg | January 26, 2011

I see by the Letters column that I'm in trouble with readers again, but when am I not? Which is fair enough. More than fair, since I signed up for criticism when I became a newspaper columnist.

Rich Galen | January 26, 2011

It was a pretty good speech. In fact it was a very good speech.

Donald Lambro | January 26, 2011

Over the past two years, President Obama has blamed big banks, Wall Street, corporate executives, trade deals, tax cuts and deregulation for all the nation's ills, while presiding over $3.4 trillion in additional debt.

Jacob Sullum | January 26, 2011

"The challenge for the president," The New York Times reported before Tuesday's State of the Union address, "is to convince independents and centrists of his fiscal responsibility without further alienating his base."

Rebecca Hagelin | January 26, 2011

As the Director of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic , Abby Johnson oversaw the abortions of thousands of preborn babies. She poured her energy into counseling the mothers who faced difficult pregnancies, believing that abortion was often the right solution.

Marvin Olasky | January 26, 2011

In an article in The New Republic by Tiffany Stanley last month showed how skewed some liberal thinking is.

Marybeth Hicks | January 26, 2011

At long last, there’s a national best-selling book that offers practical and proven advice on many of the social ills that plague our nation.

Ken Klukowski | January 26, 2011

To make full use of Senator Lee’s extraordinary knowledge of the U.S. Constitution, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell should appoint Senator Lee to serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | January 26, 2011

Dear Carrie: I've been able to closely follow the markets in the past, but I am busy now. I've pared down speculative stocks, but I continue to carry some blue chips. Is it smart to switch all my stock investments to mutual funds at this point?

Tue, Jan 25, 2011

Larry Kudlow | January 25, 2011

In his State of the Union message tonight, President Obama is likely to call for some kind of corporate tax reform. But don’t look for him to be a budget-cutter.

Brad O'Leary | January 25, 2011

Brace yourself for the next big bailout: State government pensions.

Robert Knight | January 25, 2011

On any given day, scientists jolt us with new findings – and possibilities.

Armstrong Williams | January 25, 2011

We all know about the federal deficit, but one thing that has gone unnoticed that could sink the federal budget more than the banking meltdown of late ’08 is the state budget deficits stemming from overreaching state employee pension and benefits programs.

Janice Shaw Crouse | January 25, 2011

According to the White House, President Obama is planning to focus on “five pillars” during his 2011 State of the Union address — innovation, education, infrastructure, deficit reduction, and reforming government.

Thomas Sowell | January 25, 2011

Many of the people we honor today are people who are skilled in the rhetoric of grievances and promises of new "rights" at someone else's expense. But is that what is going to make a better America?

Chuck Norris | January 25, 2011

Under the radar this past week was President Barack Obama's executive order for a review of government regulations in hope of showing that bigger government isn't bad news for economic growth and business.

John Hawkins | January 25, 2011

People who don't follow politics tend to believe that conservatives and liberals are just flip sides of the same coin. In other words, conservatives are pro-life, pro-gun, and fiscally conservative while liberals are pro-choice, anti-gun, and want to tax and spend, but otherwise, there are no real differences.

Elisabeth Meinecke | January 25, 2011

As the process of approving judges begins again in the new Senate, the Obama administration may have missed a chance for bipartisan outreach at the process’ outset.

David Limbaugh | January 25, 2011

For those who argue that Obama deserves a second chance at proving he's not at war with American business and the free market, I ask what he has done to indicate he's changed his philosophy that drives that war.

Mona Charen | January 25, 2011

I began noticing the white coating, dull film, and simply unclean dishes a few weeks ago. Naturally, I suspected that other members of my clan were failing to place dishes on the racks of the dishwasher properly.

Cal Thomas | January 25, 2011

By now those holiday bills have arrived. Those who have charged too much have cut back on spending until the bills are paid. Some have gone on the spending wagon, cutting their plastic into tiny pieces.

Dennis Prager | January 25, 2011

Tuesday, when you see President Obama give his State of the Union address, you will see four things: the president entering the hall, the president ascending the rostrum to be greeted by the vice president and the speaker of the House, the president giving his speech and the reactions of members of the Congress and others in the hall.

Pat Buchanan | January 25, 2011

With his approval rating moving up to 50 percent and higher in some polls, the pundits are all agreed. President Obama has turned the corner. He is now the winter-book favorite in 2012.

Paul Greenberg | January 25, 2011

Any discussion of whether to end, mend, or generally fiddle with the filibuster might well begin by trying to understand what it is, and why such a practice developed in the U.S. Senate.

Phyllis Schlafly | January 25, 2011

The U.S. House did what its candidates had promised and the voters expected: The House passed 245 to 189 a repeal of ObamaCare, the centerpiece of socialism. Three Democrats joined every single Republican.

Bill Murchison | January 25, 2011

Where is this "center" nearly everyone in America wants to stand on, at least by the accounting of the commentators and political pros striving to figure out the next two years?

Rob Schwarzwalder | January 25, 2011

Recently, President Obama appointed GE chairman Jeffrey Immelt to chair the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

Ken Klukowski | January 25, 2011

The child porn allegations made against MTV for its “Skins” show must be investigated by the Obama Justice Department.

Ken Klukowski | January 25, 2011

The child porn allegations made against MTV for its "Skins" show must be investigated by the Obama Justice Department.

Brett McMahon | January 25, 2011

This week, the New York Times covered the increasingly alarming story of how states are buried under the debts of public employee pensions. For decades, these taxpayer-provided pensions have grown without restraint, and eventually someone is going to have to pay.

Tim Carney | January 25, 2011

Barack Obama rose to office promising to take on the "special interests." But there may be no "special interest" quite as special and quite as well connected as General Electric.

Romina Boccia | January 25, 2011

Most states have substantial shortfalls projected not just this year, but into the future, unless governors and legislators make fundamental changes to the budget. Public education, as the single largest category of all state and local government expenditures, has to be on the table for reductions.

Mon, Jan 24, 2011

Michael Gerson | January 24, 2011

The largest challenge President Obama faces is job-creation. But the largest issue over which the president and Congress have actual control is the deficit. So the first clear comparison between Obama and newly empowered Republicans will be a contest of credibility on the budget.

Byron York | January 24, 2011

Everyone knows House Republicans (along with three Democrats) voted on Jan. 19 to repeal Obamacare. But fewer people know what those same House Republicans -- this time, with more than a dozen Democrats -- did on Jan. 20.

Paul Kengor | January 24, 2011

Given the somber anniversary of Roe v. Wade—source of 40 million abortions since 1973—I thought I’d share an excellent but forgotten speech by President Ronald Reagan.

Janet M. LaRue | January 24, 2011

January 22nd was the 38th anniversary of the mother of all absurd Supreme Court rulings, Roe. v. Wade. Unsurprisingly, America’s most pro-abortion President even chose to celebrate Roe in a public statement while ignoring the atrocities uncovered in a Philadelphia abortion clinic a few days earlier.

Mario Diaz | January 24, 2011

Abortion is not legal. It can never be. No matter what the Supreme Court has said, the fact is that the right to life is inalienable.

Rich Galen | January 24, 2011

The President is scheduled to deliver the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives at 9 o'clock tomorrow night.

Guy Benson | January 24, 2011

Virginia Walden Ford's modest two-story home in northeast Washington, DC seems nondescript from the curb. Step through her front door, however, and you’ve entered the nerve center of DC Parents for School Choice, a grassroots organization whose current mission is to restore full federal funding to a popular and successful school vouchers program .

Michael Barone | January 24, 2011

As Shriver's death and Lieberman's retirement suggest, Kennedy's heritage is now national and historic, not contemporary and partisan.

Star Parker | January 24, 2011

Democrats who are calling the House's decisively passed repeal of Obamacare theater are hallucinating.

Lurita Doan | January 24, 2011

Lines are being drawn and the fight to reduce overly generous pay and benefits to government employees at the federal, state, and local level is underway.

Rachel Alexander | January 24, 2011

Last month’s passage of the updated nuclear-arms reduction treaty with Russia, known as the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or New START, represents a key concession by the Obama administration towards Russia.

Bruce Bialosky | January 24, 2011

I am still astonished that Democrats continue to pitch themselves as the party of the common man.

Mike Needham | January 24, 2011

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” For the past two years, that has been the motto of the Obama administration.

Carol Platt Liebau | January 24, 2011

Saturday marked the 38th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court decision establishing abortion as a constitutional right throughout the United States.

Kyle Olson | January 24, 2011

American Federation of Teachers’ President Randi Weingarten has been doing her best to make sure Big Labor has a say in education reform. She wants to drive the train.

Matt Barber | January 24, 2011

Guns don’t kill people, metaphors do. It’s true. Words have consequences. I tested it.

Frank Gaffney | January 24, 2011

In 1892, Rudyard Kipling wrote a poem about the paradigmatic British soldier, Tommy Atkins, and his paradigmatic treatment at the hands of an indolent democratic society that takes him for granted - until he is needed.

Larry Kudlow | January 24, 2011

Can GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt talk President Obama into a major corporate tax cut?

Sun, Jan 23, 2011

Jeff Jacoby | January 23, 2011

Skeptics can hardly be blamed for not rushing to acclaim Obama as the Great Deregulator.

Doug Giles | January 23, 2011

After Jerusalem fell in AD 70, the church, birthed by the Holy Spirit during Rome’s heyday, exploded with growth in Asia Minor — which happened to be Ground Zero for Caesar worship.

Salena Zito | January 23, 2011

John and his wife Elda (they declined to give their last names) had never ridden on a train before, nor had they ever visited Pennsylvania. They do not own a computer or an iPhone, an iPad or a television. Yet they knew exactly who William Penn was.

Austin Hill | January 23, 2011

In the face of being called “Nazis” (and claims that they are “killing Americans," Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives did what they promised to do during last year’s campaign season.

Debra J. Saunders | January 23, 2011

The governor of California is proposing steering $1.7 billion away from redevelopment agencies and into schools, counties and the state.

David Harsanyi | January 23, 2011

Have you heard that Hollywood is remaking the '80s classic -- yes, classic -- "Red Dawn"?

Steve Chapman | January 23, 2011

Several years ago, when my younger son was playing high school football, the players' dads would organize a team breakfast before Saturday home games. I remember one father in particular.

Katie Gage | January 23, 2011

In a democracy, the will of the voter is the ultimate mandate. Those elected to public office are the servants to the electorate, and by extension, this is true for the bureaucrats appointed and nominated by those same officials.

Ken Connor | January 23, 2011

The 50th anniversary of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's famous farewell address to the nation has prompted much discussion about the prescience of his message.

Tom Borelli | January 23, 2011

The recent White House personnel shifts signal the kickoff of President Obama’s 2012 re-election bid.

Paul Jacob | January 23, 2011

Sometimes the initiative process - or any means we use to check politicians or reform government - seems like nothing less than pushing a rock up a hill forever. But when "public servants" retaliate, how much worse can it get?

Kevin McCullough | January 23, 2011

The grand jury's indictment read as one of the most disgusting litanies of murder we've seen in all of western culture.