Sat, May 14, 2011

Doug Giles | May 14, 2011

Since then I’ve kinda missed seeing old Bertha’s mug on TV.

John Ransom | May 14, 2011

Busy week for email and comments. We talk about the vital service zoos perform in the War on Terror; we straighten a few liberals out on illegal immigration; and we uncover the diabolical plot of mortgage brokers first started under Reagan.

John C. Goodman | May 14, 2011

A new government report says uninsured patients are generating $49 billion in unpaid hospital bills every year.

Kathryn Lopez | May 14, 2011

"I heard someone say yesterday that the last years had been completely wasted as far as he was concerned. I'm very glad that I have never yet had that feeling, even for a moment," Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote in April of 1944.

Kevin McCullough | May 14, 2011

President Obama's understanding of economic growth, and hence a full recovery of the economy, is lacking of insight, but most importantly, honesty. If he does not correct course he will be pummeled in 2012.

Kyle Olson | May 14, 2011

Last week, my organization praised the Indiana lawmakers for passing some of the nation’s most significant education reforms. In one of Education Action Group’s weekly newsletters, we said that Indiana’s new voucher program and its decision to lift the cap on charter schools will transform the state’s public education system, to the benefit of all Hoosier families and students.

George Friedman | May 14, 2011

Obfuscating on how intelligence was developed and on the specifics of how an operation was carried out is an essential part of covert operations. The precise process must be distorted to confuse opponents regarding how things actually played out.

Morgan Brittany | May 14, 2011

Like the June 30 end of QE2, Y2K crash warnings had a date certain, January 1, 2000

Fri, May 13, 2011

Rich Galen | May 13, 2011

On December 17, 2010 a young man, Mohamed Bouazizi, attempting to sell fruits and vegetables from a street stall in the city of Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia was hassled by the local police and set himself afire.

Michelle Malkin | May 13, 2011

If you listen to the passengers and crew who flew on American Airlines Flight 1561 last weekend, there's no doubt about what happened on their harrowing trip: A Yemeni man shrieking "Allahu akbar!" at the top of his lungs more than 30 times rushed the cockpit door twice intending to take down the plane and kill everyone on board.

Brent Bozell | May 13, 2011

The Obamas want credit for bringing American culture to the White House. When they decided to celebrate poetry at the White House on May 10, it was really not a surprise they would try to make it socially "relevant" by inviting a rap music "artist" to unload some rhymes.

Jonah Goldberg | May 13, 2011

After hearing the news that Osama bin Laden had been killed, who among us didn't joyfully shout, "Yes! This is a huge triumph for wind and solar energy!" Or, "Wahoo! Now we can get immigration reform passed!"

David Limbaugh | May 13, 2011

Can you imagine how insufferable President Obama would be about his record in office if he actually had abundant positive accomplishments? Have we ever seen a starker contrast between a politician's record and his self-assessment of it?

Mona Charen | May 13, 2011

One of William F. Buckley's later books was titled simply "Gratitude," which is, when you think about it, one of the cardinal conservative virtues.

Oliver North | May 13, 2011

Here at this sprawling Marine Corps base south of our nation's capital, nothing has changed since Osama bin Laden met his demise in Pakistan.

Pat Buchanan | May 13, 2011

"John Demjanjuk Guilty of Nazi Death Camp Murders," ran the headline on the BBC. The lede began: "A German court has found John Demjanjuk guilty of helping to murder more than 28,000 Jews at a Nazi death camp in Poland."

Suzanne Fields | May 13, 2011

The line between life and death is always a thin one, and never more, literally and symbolically, than in the tiny state of Israel, which celebrates its 63rd birthday this week.

John Ransom | May 13, 2011

The federal government has gone on an unprecedented spending spree since 2009, with the number of employees in the federal workforce going over over 2 million jobs.

Linda Chavez | May 13, 2011

President Obama invoked immigrant assimilation this week in a speech in El Paso, Texas, praising the notion embodied in the motto E pluribus unum: out of many, one. But it wasn't all that long ago when many liberals eschewed the idea of America as having one language, one culture, and one people.

Donald Lambro | May 13, 2011

The debt limit battle is heating up, the second of three 2011 heavyweight budget fights whose outcome could have a major impact on the 2012 presidential election.

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown | May 13, 2011

It has been a busy week in presidential politics. With Barack Obama gaining only a minimal boost from the slaying of Osama Bin Laden, it is now obvious to Republicans considering a run that he is vulnerable.

Kyle Olson | May 13, 2011

The White House visitor logs reveal a lot of things. For example, there are a heckuva lot of people that like to bowl at the White House lanes. Also, Richard Trumka had an Oval Office meeting with the president on October 4th, two days after the unions’ “One Nation Working Together” event.

Bob Beauprez | May 13, 2011

If our leaders are going to have an honest discussion about energy, it's important to clear up a few rumors, misconceptions and outright falsehoods being perpetrated about the oil and gas industry.

Thu, May 12, 2011

Michael Gerson | May 12, 2011

Over the last five Sundays, more than 100 members of the Shouwang Church in Beijing have been detained to prevent them from meeting. It is a confrontation between state and conscience with broad implications for the future of China.

Caroline Glick | May 12, 2011

I have been meaning to write about the storm raging in New York following CUNY's board of trustees decision not to present an honorary degree to anti-Israel propagandist/faux artiste Tony Kushner but due to travels and other time killers, haven't had the opportunity.

Humberto Fontova | May 12, 2011

For inviting the rapper-“poet” named “Common,” to the White House, our First Lady is currently taking some heat. Common’s lyric, it appears, are a trifle “racy,” plus in his “poetry”, he hails Black-Panther/Cop-killer Joan “Assata Shakur” Chesimard.

Paul Greenberg | May 12, 2011

There's nothing like bitter experience to test glib theories. But presidents can be remarkably slow learners, such is the power of their more cherished -- and fixed -- ideas.

Diana West | May 12, 2011

When (if) future historians look back to early 21st-century America, they should examine two cultural controversies of May 2011 for a quick read on Establishment sensibilities.

Cliff May | May 12, 2011

Osama bin Laden sleeps with the fishes. His deputy, Khalid Sheikh Mohammad sleeps between clean sheets, eats three square meals a day and receives the same quality medical care as U.S. military officers.

Michael Barone | May 12, 2011

When you get into discussions about the Middle East with certain people, you start hearing that the great mistake was the partition of Palestine and the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. If that had somehow just not happened, you hear, everything would be all right.

Victor Davis Hanson | May 12, 2011

Osama bin Laden is dead. The Middle East is in chaos. And radical Islam is floundering.

Larry Elder | May 12, 2011

"When President Obama was faced with the opportunity to act upon this," said Deputy National Security Advisor John Brennan, "the President had to evaluate the strength of that information and then made what I believe was one of the most gutsiest (sic) calls of any president in recent memory."

Cal Thomas | May 12, 2011

Robert Woodson would probably wince if you called him a "community organizer." That's because for the last 30 years as president of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, he has not spent time organizing the poor around ineffective government programs and other addictions he has been helping them become self-sufficient.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | May 12, 2011

During the school year, our mornings are driven by routine, with the goal of getting the children fed and to school on time. It is our belief that full stomachs are a prerequisite for learning, so we take breakfast seriously around our home.

Debra J. Saunders | May 12, 2011

Activists have cause to be angry at the president's failure to push a path-to-legalization bill in his first year in office, as promised. But they don't make it easier to pass said legislation when they fight reasonable measures to bolster the rule of law.

John Ransom | May 12, 2011

It’s so much easier for the president just to give a speech about immigration reform, and keep a important voting demographic entirely subject to his whim, rather than go through the hassle of writing legislation that might actually be read by members of the public.

Matt Towery | May 12, 2011

Trust me, when it comes to the 2012 race for the Republican presidential nomination, I am going to be fair in assessing the candidates. Already I have polled for NewsMax, and my early polls placed former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich in fourth place among announced or potential candidates.

Steve Chapman | May 12, 2011

Gas is going for more than $4 a gallon, gold is riding a boom, and the Federal Reserve is seemingly complacent about these developments. Among critics of Barack Obama and Ben Bernanke, the consensus is clear: Inflation is making a comeback.

Emmett Tyrrell | May 12, 2011

It seems to me that our government had vastly more intelligence on what was going on in Obama bin Laden's ghastly hideout before sending SEAL Team 6 in last week than they are telling us.

Ed Feulner | May 12, 2011

Want the business investment figure to climb? Follow Texas, not the NLRB.

Larry Kudlow | May 12, 2011

Quantitative easing is going to end next month when quantitative neutrality begins. It’s a significant change by the Fed. And on a de facto basis, it represents a relative tightening.

Wed, May 11, 2011

Ann Coulter | May 11, 2011

Obama has been making "gutsy calls" all over the place! In full campaign mode, he's been deploying his administrative agencies to do favors for his big contributors, to the detriment of ordinary Americans.

Phil Gingrey | May 11, 2011

It’s been over a week now since the U.S. located and took out our public enemy number one: Osama bin Laden. Thanks to the American intelligence officers and Navy SEALs’ successful execution of the operation to find the al Qaeda leader, our nation has finally concluded the ten-year manhunt for this vile terrorist.

Jeff Jacoby | May 11, 2011

When US Representative Steve King learned that Osama bin Laden had been killed by US troops in Pakistan, he couldn't resist a little crowing about the efficacy of torture.

Marybeth Hicks | May 11, 2011

You hardly could blame Prince Charles for the raspy voice with which he lectured the students of Georgetown University last week, what with his speech on sustainable food coming just five days after the multimillion-dollar wedding of his son, Prince William, to the charming commoner Kate Middleton.

Erika Johnsen | May 11, 2011

Boeing is not shutting down any of its plants in Washington State – in fact, Boeing has hired another 2,000 workers. But Obama's NLRB is still suing Boeing.

Michelle Malkin | May 11, 2011

The public relations campaign for President Obama's latest revival of "immigration reform" makes one thing crystal clear: This is not, and never has been, about homeland security.

John Stossel | May 11, 2011

The man who likely has done more than anyone to put the libertarian philosophy of freedom and small government on the political agenda probably will make another run for the presidency: U.S. Rep. Ron Paul.

Walter E. Williams | May 11, 2011

As if more proof were needed about the minimum wage's devastating effects, yet another study has reached the same conclusion.

Brent Bozell | May 11, 2011

As much as liberals complain about conservative "misinformation" and incivility, they never seem to find it on channels like MSNBC, and we know there are small bands of liberals that wander over there.

Jonah Goldberg | May 11, 2011

For a week people have been asking, "Why won't the president release Osama bin Laden's photo?" That's the wrong question. We should be asking, "Why was Barack Obama in such a hurry to tell us bin Laden was dead?"

Tony Blankley | May 11, 2011

There is a particular media conceit that, in the garb of purported impeccable disclosure, is in fact a license for news sources to market talking points.

Michael Medved | May 11, 2011

The most intriguing question raised by the first presidential debate in Greenville, S.C. involves the way Republicans will characterize the surprising showing of Herman Cain.

Frank J. Fleming | May 11, 2011

It's a tough time for President Obama. He's worked long and hard at cultivating a nuanced, thinking-man's presidency, and now he's getting praise for shooting a terrorist in the head? What a guttural, simplistic thing to receive acclaim for.

Terry Jeffrey | May 11, 2011

To President Barack Obama, securing the border is a laughing matter -- and a lying matter.

Ben Shapiro | May 11, 2011

In the horrifyingly gruesome Robert Rodriguez movie "Machete," a white senator (Robert De Niro) guffaws as his vigilante sidekick (Don Johnson) shoots a pregnant illegal immigrant to death.

David Harsanyi | May 11, 2011

Immigration reform, huh? Well, President Obama did recently consult with Eva Longoria on this formidable policy conundrum. As goes Longoria, so goes the nation.

Austin Bay | May 11, 2011

The Arab Spring popular revolts caught al-Qaida by surprise. The revolts are not al-Qaida's operational handiwork, and they certainly do not fit the ideologically driven historical narrative spun by al-Qaida elites, such as the late Osama bin Laden.

John Ransom | May 11, 2011

Thanks to that three-eyed snake, the 111th Congress, the country has written checks that can’t be cashed by law. In order to remedy the problem, the GOP majority in the House will have to raise the debt ceiling.

Paul Greenberg | May 11, 2011

Why write a newspaper column when someone else has said it so much better and shorter?

Donald Lambro | May 11, 2011

Can President Obama be defeated in his bid for a second term? It depends, of course, on whom Republicans choose as their candidate, but it's clear that Obama is vulnerable on several major fronts.

Rich Galen | May 11, 2011

Newt Gingrich is scheduled to officially announce today that he is a candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination.

Jacob Sullum | May 11, 2011

Two weeks ago, Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire vetoed a bill that would have clarified the rules for supplying medical marijuana in her state.

David Williams | May 11, 2011

Congress has supposedly banned earmarks. However, since the ban, billions of dollars in pet projects were added in the fiscal year 2011 budget which was just finalized last month.

Tue, May 10, 2011

Michael Reagan | May 10, 2011

One of the shameful hallmarks of a dictatorship is the restriction of movement -- telling citizens or groups they cannot travel or relocate freely.

Robert Knight | May 10, 2011

A couple of years ago, I let my National Geographic subscription lapse because of the magazine’s relentless earth worship. But I missed the superb photos, crisp writing and mind boggling stats, so I started getting it again.

Ami Horowitz | May 10, 2011

The U.N. kept dismissing it as an unfounded rumor. It laughed it off as a figment of the paranoid imaginations of anti-U.N. conspiracy theorists. The U.N. itself said that it was “simply not a priority.”

Mario Diaz | May 10, 2011

The old adage that “no good deed goes unpunished” seems true in many areas of politics. And judicial nominations have certainly become one of those areas.

Armstrong Williams | May 10, 2011

Pretty soon Congress will face one of, if not the toughest votes of this legislative session – the decision on whether to raise our nation’s debt ceiling. It is perhaps the defining moment of nearly 87 new GOP freshmen, along with dozens others (including Democrats) who could lose their jobs come next November should they vote the wrong way.

Kyle Olson | May 10, 2011

“The National Education Association’s decision on Friday to begin the formal process of endorsing President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign may be the most vivid demonstration to date of the political benefits of the stimulus package passed by the president.”

John Hawkins | May 10, 2011

It has been heartwarming to see a few liberals actually thumping their chests about America in the wake of Osama Bin Laden's death via old age and a bullet to the face.

Thomas Sowell | May 10, 2011

One of the sad and dangerous signs of our times is how many people are enthralled by words, without bothering to look at the realities behind those words.

Chuck Norris | May 10, 2011

I was bullied once. I was about 10 years old. Unfortunately, many kids can't protect themselves like I once did. Even worse, so much bullying today has turned to torment.

David Limbaugh | May 10, 2011

The Washington Examiner reports that it's been 768 days since the Democratic-controlled Senate passed a budget. What's the big deal? It's not like the nation is facing financial difficulties or anything.

Mona Charen | May 10, 2011

The race to succeed chest-baring, Craigslist-dabbling Rep. Chris Lee in upstate New York has not received much national notice. Events in Abbottabad have crowded out other stories. But Democrats are excited by a Siena College poll suggesting the possibility of an upset in the May 24 election.

Dennis Prager | May 10, 2011

Two days after bin Laden was killed, Klitzman wrote an abhorrent opinion piece for the New York Times reflecting on his sister Karen's death on 9/11.

Pat Buchanan | May 10, 2011

Even if one believes that rejoicing at executions of murderers is unseemly for a Christian people, the demands of justice had been met.

Fred Wszolek | May 10, 2011

Defying efforts by both small and large businesses to create jobs and protect workers, whether union or non-union, President Obama’s labor board has undertaken an assault against non-union jobs created in right-to-work states.

Debra J. Saunders | May 10, 2011

At the end of his "60 Minutes" interview, President Obama said of Osama bin Laden's death, "Justice was done."

Humberto Fontova | May 10, 2011

“The assassination of an unarmed human being while surrounded by his own relatives is something abhorrent. Assassinating him and sending him to the depths of the sea shows fear and insecurity, (and) turns him into a much more dangerous figure.” Fidel Castro, May 5th.

John Ransom | May 10, 2011

As Jimmy Carter manipulated the teleprompter in the background, Obama put on his best professorial airs and spit out his trademarked clipped delivery in a room full of State department staffers and diplomats who applauded tepidly when the “applause light” went on.

Phyllis Schlafly | May 10, 2011

The first debate of the 2012 presidential race, with personalized, provocative questions planned by Fox News, was good political entertainment, but somehow it didn't get around to tackling two of the biggest issues.

Rebecca Hagelin | May 10, 2011

A recent New York Times article highlights the decline of family togetherness. Many families now spend most of their leisure time plugged in—to separate channels, websites, or play lists,

Bill Murchison | May 10, 2011

All but six states (including Texas) have fallen into bed with an effort to shape a core curriculum "robust and relevant to the real world."

Hadley Heath | May 10, 2011

Congress may be focused on raising the debt limit, but Americans know the real issue is government's out-of-control spending. Increasing the legal limit for how much the government can borrow isn't even a band-aid for our fiscal problems. Some may argue that it's necessary to keep the markets functioning, but they won't function for long if the government keeps spending trillions more than it takes in.

Mon, May 09, 2011

Byron York | May 09, 2011

Barack Obama believes he can leverage some of his killing-bin-Laden popularity into new power on Capitol Hill. If so, he can forget about "unity."

Larry Kudlow | May 09, 2011

In plain English, John Boehner is making this suggestion: Let’s say there’s a $2 trillion debt-limit increase proposed by the administration.

Michael Gerson | May 09, 2011

Before last week's South Carolina Republican debate, Ron Paul supporters complained that their candidate was not getting the first-tier attention his polling and fundraising should bring.

Michael Whalen | May 09, 2011

Can you imagine a day in our country when the average household is rich? I can. In fact, if the proper pro-growth policies are pursued our kids and grandkids can actually be what is today considered rich. Let’s do the math.

Roger Chapin | May 09, 2011

As Iran ever more boldly seeks to both fan the flames and exploit the winds of change sweeping the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan and our other so-called “allies” in the region feel increasingly threatened by its unrelenting efforts to establish a radical Islamic Caliphate from the Indian to the Atlantic oceans and beyond.

Paul Greenberg | May 09, 2011

For once I find myself firmly, indignantly and thoroughly on the side of political correctness.

Frank Gaffney | May 09, 2011

Surprisingly, on net, last week was not a good one for the Free World. Despite the signal accomplishment of liquidating Osama bin Laden, Western civilization suffered serious reverses on several fronts.

Sandeep Rao | May 09, 2011

Europeans have long extolled centralized planning and tolerated large government bureaucracies. But when it comes to approving medical devices, Europe has taken a decidedly decentralized approach — to the great benefit of patients and health care workers. It is an example the United States would do well to follow.

Rich Galen | May 09, 2011

If the Obama Administration isn't - as they put it - "spiking the football," I'd love to know what they would be doing if they really wanted the President to strut across the global landscape.

Matt Barber | May 09, 2011

Obamacare is like turnip greens: bitter and hard to swallow, but Mommy made you choke them down anyway. The difference is that turnip greens are constitutional (though perhaps they shouldn’t be). They’re also likely to extend your life rather than cut it short.

Michael Barone | May 09, 2011

Some years ago, the columnist and editor Michael Kinsley sponsored a contest to come up with the most boring headline. The winner was, "Worthwhile Canadian Initiative."

Mike Adams | May 09, 2011

Over the course of the last two weeks I have had conversations with two men who claim to be conservative but who also steadfastly defend a woman’s right to choose abortion. In both cases, the self-proclaimed conservative asserted that the government has no right to tell a woman what to do with “her” body.

Star Parker | May 09, 2011

As Americans celebrate Mother’s Day 2011, I doubt many will be thinking about any connection between their Mom and budget negotiations in Washington. But there is a connection.

Terry Paulson | May 09, 2011

Osama Bin Laden is dead, but we mustn’t lose sight of our major focus in the Middle East—stopping the advance and attacks from radical Islam and supporting our critical allies. Instability remains.

Lurita Doan | May 09, 2011

It's déjà vu all over again. Democrats in congress have re-introduced a small business –jobs bill that has no hope of helping small business.

Bruce Bialosky | May 09, 2011

Vacationing at the same time each year has been both wonderful and harrowing. During our annual post tax-season holiday, coincidentally, several national tragedies have occurred.

John Ransom | May 09, 2011

As Congress starts to wrangle with the debt ceiling issue, they might be well advised to regard Greece as the Cradle of Debt-ocracy with the U.S. as its favored son.

John Ransom | May 09, 2011

The row that’s going on publicly in the media between the U.S. and Pakistan is being staged by the Pakistanis largely to cover up the fact that the Pakistani government turned on bin Laden. The fight is being staged by us to help cover up the fact that they knew that we knew that they knew bin Laden was there for some time.

Mike Needham | May 09, 2011

Unless you’ve been living in Abbottabad, you’ve probably noticed the price of gasoline is rising almost as fast as our national debt. How our government spends our money and how we decide to power our economy are two of the most pressing challenges facing our country.

Michelle Singletary | May 09, 2011

In her latest book, Roth provides an intimate look at how she found her way to a healthy relationship with money by using the skills she honed battling her compulsive eating.

Sun, May 08, 2011

David Spady | May 08, 2011

Public outrage over lavish government employee compensation and pensions is becoming more heated as new revelations about excesses seem to crop up every week. The latest: Newport Beach, California, where some lifeguards have compensation packages that exceed $200,000.

Doug Giles | May 08, 2011

Christians should rejoice because bin Laden was decidedly evil.

John C. Goodman | May 08, 2011

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has proposed a Medicare reform plan that is being contrasted with the approach adopted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), what some people call ObamaCare.

Salena Zito | May 08, 2011

With the 2012 election approaching, you wouldn’t expect to hear one of Washington’s savviest Democratic strategists praise Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., for his budget plan on Medicare. “Any time you hand your opponent a club, knowing full well he is going to beat you over the head with it for 18 long months, that is courageous,” the strategist says.

Austin Hill | May 08, 2011

Unemployment is rising, the federal government is broke, and so are many of the states. Now more than ever America needs its various governments to exercise restraint, and to scale-back on spending.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | May 08, 2011

My father, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, has been in politics as long as I can remember.

Debra J. Saunders | May 08, 2011

How small is the California prison population likely to become if Gov. Jerry Brown has his way? In three years, California's prison population would be 20 percent smaller.

John Ransom | May 08, 2011

Today's Tweets tackle Herman Cain, abortion, the last thing that went through Osama's mind, and the divine right of rocks and trees.

John Ransom | May 08, 2011

I go on record as one who believes that Seal Team Six dispatched Osama bin Laden with a shot to the head and chest in Pakistan. But I do understand the suspicions of people less trusting than I.

Steve Chapman | May 08, 2011

An old joke: "Why do elephants paint their toenails red?" I don't know. "So they can hide in the tomato patch." There are no elephants in the tomato patch. "See? It works." That's the sort of logic deployed by defenders of the Bush administration's torture program.

Ken Connor | May 08, 2011

We finally got him. Almost a decade after the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001, justice has been meted out to the mastermind of Islamic terror, Osama bin Laden.

Michael Youssef | May 08, 2011

When the euphoria dies down and the feeling that vengeance for September 11, 2001 has been exacted, America and its allies will realize what a few have already: Usama bin Laden has won.

Paul Jacob | May 08, 2011

Partisans of Leviathan know how to keep the people in line.