Sun, Jun 19, 2011

Steve Chapman | June 19, 2011

Defense Secretary Gates went to Europe recently to announce that NATO may have a "dismal future" and that before long, American leaders "may not consider the return on America's investment in NATO worth the cost." Why does he make that sound like a bad thing?

Steve Chapman | June 19, 2011

Defense Secretary Gates went to Europe recently to announce that NATO may have a "dismal future" and that before long, American leaders "may not consider the return on America's investment in NATO worth the cost." Why does he make that sound like a bad thing?

Sat, Jun 18, 2011

Doug Giles | June 18, 2011

Y’know, we’d all love to think that we are angels, but if the truth be told, more than likely we wouldn’t want our lives or thoughts shown on YouTube for our grandmothers to see—unless, of course, you’re Snooki and don’t give a shizzle that everyone and their dog knows that you’re a pirate hooker.

Doug Giles | June 18, 2011

Y’know, we’d all love to think that we are angels, but if the truth be told, more than likely we wouldn’t want our lives or thoughts shown on YouTube for our grandmothers to see—unless, of course, you’re Snooki and don’t give a shizzle that everyone and their dog knows that you’re a pirate hooker.

John Ransom | June 18, 2011

According to the Wall Street Journal one economist says that the confidence numbers are a good predictor of the election results for incumbent presidents. By that measure Obama’s re-election is far from assured.

Fred Wszolek | June 18, 2011

As more Americans become familiar with the NLRB, the regulatory agency stocked with President Obama's appointees continues to deliberate over job-killing policies that reward Big Labor bosses and hurt workers.

Fred Wszolek | June 18, 2011

As more Americans become familiar with the NLRB, the regulatory agency stocked with President Obama's appointees continues to deliberate over job-killing policies that reward Big Labor bosses and hurt workers.

Marvin Olasky | June 18, 2011

After listening to sermons for the 35 years I've been a Christian, I agree with those who say the call to preach is the highest honor there is. It can also be the most frustrating.

Marvin Olasky | June 18, 2011

After listening to sermons for the 35 years I've been a Christian, I agree with those who say the call to preach is the highest honor there is. It can also be the most frustrating.

Carl Horowitz | June 18, 2011

One would be hard-pressed to deny that mandating equal outcomes among racial and sexual groups over time has become the official coin of the realm in this country. What is perhaps most remarkable is the absence of any real political opposition to this regime.

Fri, Jun 17, 2011

Kathryn Lopez | June 17, 2011

I've given birth to five babies, and I've taken 23 foster children into my home," Michele Bachmann explained from the stage of the first major Republican presidential primary debate of the 2012 season.

Kathryn Lopez | June 17, 2011

I've given birth to five babies, and I've taken 23 foster children into my home," Michele Bachmann explained from the stage of the first major Republican presidential primary debate of the 2012 season.

Caroline Glick | June 17, 2011

Every day, major stories come out of the Middle East. And behind each of these stories are major developments that deserve of our attention and, more often than not, our intense concern. Just this week, major stories have come out of Syria, the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, Yemen and Pakistan that are all deeply disconcerting.

Caroline Glick | June 17, 2011

Every day, major stories come out of the Middle East. And behind each of these stories are major developments that deserve of our attention and, more often than not, our intense concern. Just this week, major stories have come out of Syria, the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, Yemen and Pakistan that are all deeply disconcerting.

Kevin McCullough | June 17, 2011

Playing the blame game with Anthony Weiner this week became wildly popular. Once the Congressman refused to stick it out any longer, punditry tried to erect a whole series of straw man reasons, both for blame or justification, arguing that Weiner was treated with a double standard.

Kevin McCullough | June 17, 2011

Playing the blame game with Anthony Weiner this week became wildly popular. Once the Congressman refused to stick it out any longer, punditry tried to erect a whole series of straw man reasons, both for blame or justification, arguing that Weiner was treated with a double standard.

Paul Greenberg | June 17, 2011

Result: The economy grew dramatically through a succession of booms and busts, fits and starts, panics and peaks without anybody in the federal government planning it. You'd think it was a free country.

Paul Greenberg | June 17, 2011

Result: The economy grew dramatically through a succession of booms and busts, fits and starts, panics and peaks without anybody in the federal government planning it. You'd think it was a free country.

Humberto Fontova | June 17, 2011

This week Castro’s propaganda ministry published another portion of Che Guevara’s “diaries.” These passages, composed by Ernesto “Che” Guevara between 1956-58, are titled “Diary of a Combatant,” and were published antiseptically “unedited.”

Humberto Fontova | June 17, 2011

This week Castro’s propaganda ministry published another portion of Che Guevara’s “diaries.” These passages, composed by Ernesto “Che” Guevara between 1956-58, are titled “Diary of a Combatant,” and were published antiseptically “unedited.”

David Stokes | June 17, 2011

What all of this suggests is that there is no clear connection between personality style and actual governance. Charismatic leaders have at times been effective, especially during times of great crisis. But their great shining moments have often been tempered with brevity.

David Stokes | June 17, 2011

What all of this suggests is that there is no clear connection between personality style and actual governance. Charismatic leaders have at times been effective, especially during times of great crisis. But their great shining moments have often been tempered with brevity.

Rich Galen | June 17, 2011

I said shortly after this whole creepy episode broke that, if we knew all there was to know, I would have recommended Weiner see if he could ride out the storm. There was more and he couldn't.

Rich Galen | June 17, 2011

I said shortly after this whole creepy episode broke that, if we knew all there was to know, I would have recommended Weiner see if he could ride out the storm. There was more and he couldn't.

Michael Reagan | June 17, 2011

Liberals, wake up! Barack Obama is a disaster. He is dragging you and the nation down as he attempts to impose his Euro-Marxist agenda on the United States. Rep. Bachmann was right on when she told him, "You are a one-term president."

Michael Reagan | June 17, 2011

Liberals, wake up! Barack Obama is a disaster. He is dragging you and the nation down as he attempts to impose his Euro-Marxist agenda on the United States. Rep. Bachmann was right on when she told him, "You are a one-term president."

John Ransom | June 17, 2011

Obama's general approval has slipped under 50 percent again after getting a bounce from the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces. The economic news got no better for Obama this week. Jobless claims came in better than the revised estimates on Thursday, but still show an economy struggling to create jobs.

Michelle Malkin | June 17, 2011

"There is life after Congress for Anthony Weiner," New York Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey grimly assured reporters on Thursday before his resignation announcement. But Weiner's life has been nothing but Congress.

Michelle Malkin | June 17, 2011

"There is life after Congress for Anthony Weiner," New York Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey grimly assured reporters on Thursday before his resignation announcement. But Weiner's life has been nothing but Congress.

Brent Bozell | June 17, 2011

Traditional organizations like the Boy Scouts of America have long been under siege by atheists and pro-gay lobbyists who insist they shouldn't have the freedom of association to maintain their God-fearing identity.

Brent Bozell | June 17, 2011

Traditional organizations like the Boy Scouts of America have long been under siege by atheists and pro-gay lobbyists who insist they shouldn't have the freedom of association to maintain their God-fearing identity.

Jonah Goldberg | June 17, 2011

"Shovel-ready was not as ... uh ... shovel-ready as we expected," Barack Obama joked the other day at a meeting of his Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

Jonah Goldberg | June 17, 2011

"Shovel-ready was not as ... uh ... shovel-ready as we expected," Barack Obama joked the other day at a meeting of his Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

David Limbaugh | June 17, 2011

If you compare the Carter malaise with the Obama debt doomsday machine, any GOP 2012 presidential candidate should sail to victory with greater facility than Ronald Reagan did in 1980. But will she or he

David Limbaugh | June 17, 2011

If you compare the Carter malaise with the Obama debt doomsday machine, any GOP 2012 presidential candidate should sail to victory with greater facility than Ronald Reagan did in 1980. But will she or he

Ken Blackwell | June 17, 2011

CNN contributor LZ Granderson got it right. He’s posted an online video taking issue with the San Francisco gay activists who want government to ban circumcision for little boys.

Ken Blackwell | June 17, 2011

CNN contributor LZ Granderson got it right. He’s posted an online video taking issue with the San Francisco gay activists who want government to ban circumcision for little boys.

Oliver North | June 17, 2011

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved an amendment to the fiscal year 2012 Defense Department appropriations bill, which would set up an independent, nonpartisan Afghanistan-Pakistan Study Group to provide recommendations for future U.S. military missions in the region.

Oliver North | June 17, 2011

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved an amendment to the fiscal year 2012 Defense Department appropriations bill, which would set up an independent, nonpartisan Afghanistan-Pakistan Study Group to provide recommendations for future U.S. military missions in the region.

Pat Buchanan | June 17, 2011

"The most successful alliance in history," it was called at the end of the Cold War in which NATO, for 40 years, deterred the Red Army from overrunning Berlin or crashing through West Germany to the Channel.

Pat Buchanan | June 17, 2011

"The most successful alliance in history," it was called at the end of the Cold War in which NATO, for 40 years, deterred the Red Army from overrunning Berlin or crashing through West Germany to the Channel.

Suzanne Fields | June 17, 2011

In the wake of the celebrated Weiner roast, Jewish jokes are in. The congressman's surname doesn't help. Some of our funniest comedians are Jews, in a long line stretching from the Borscht Belt through vaudeville to Hollywood.

Suzanne Fields | June 17, 2011

In the wake of the celebrated Weiner roast, Jewish jokes are in. The congressman's surname doesn't help. Some of our funniest comedians are Jews, in a long line stretching from the Borscht Belt through vaudeville to Hollywood.

Linda Chavez | June 17, 2011

Anthony Weiner's bizarre saga appears to be at an end. The seven-term congressman announced Thursday that he is resigning his congressional seat 10 days after admitting that he "sexted" at least a half-dozen women from his Twitter account and almost three weeks after the scandal broke.

Linda Chavez | June 17, 2011

Anthony Weiner's bizarre saga appears to be at an end. The seven-term congressman announced Thursday that he is resigning his congressional seat 10 days after admitting that he "sexted" at least a half-dozen women from his Twitter account and almost three weeks after the scandal broke.

Diana West | June 17, 2011

Once upon a time, the man who was given charge of all the secrets of the nation was then given charge of all of its soldiers and weapons. And none of the people's representatives seemed to give a fig that this same man, once upon another time, was very close to a minion of the nation's mortal enemy -- that the man even read the minion's praises into the Congressional Record and later spoke at his funeral.

Diana West | June 17, 2011

Once upon a time, the man who was given charge of all the secrets of the nation was then given charge of all of its soldiers and weapons. And none of the people's representatives seemed to give a fig that this same man, once upon another time, was very close to a minion of the nation's mortal enemy -- that the man even read the minion's praises into the Congressional Record and later spoke at his funeral.

Donald Lambro | June 17, 2011

In a recent interview, President Obama seemed to suggest his policies would have created more jobs if businesses had stopped finding ways to be more productive with fewer workers.

Donald Lambro | June 17, 2011

In a recent interview, President Obama seemed to suggest his policies would have created more jobs if businesses had stopped finding ways to be more productive with fewer workers.

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown | June 17, 2011

Reading Al Gore's comments on Mitt Romney we were reminded of all of the reason's we don't trust the man: "Good for Mitt Romney though we've long passed the point where weak lip-service is enough on the Climate Crisis. While other Republicans are running from the truth, he is sticking to his guns in the face of the anti-science wing of the Republican Party

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown | June 17, 2011

Reading Al Gore's comments on Mitt Romney we were reminded of all of the reason's we don't trust the man: "Good for Mitt Romney though we've long passed the point where weak lip-service is enough on the Climate Crisis. While other Republicans are running from the truth, he is sticking to his guns in the face of the anti-science wing of the Republican Party

Kyle Olson | June 17, 2011

But the lesson doesn’t end with forming the union. What’s next? Contract negotiations, of course! Yes, elementary kids are then taught the finer points of collective bargaining.

Kyle Olson | June 17, 2011

But the lesson doesn’t end with forming the union. What’s next? Contract negotiations, of course! Yes, elementary kids are then taught the finer points of collective bargaining.

Mike Shedlock | June 17, 2011

Logic would dictate that given the current sorry state of affairs in Greece that the IMF would not be willing to lend Greece more money. However, once must not attempt to apply logic to decisions made by the IMF, by ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet, or by Euro-Zone officials in general.

Cliff Ennico | June 17, 2011

His name is Keith Richards. Yep, him. The lead guitarist of the Rolling Stones, the world's most successful (and longest-lived) rock band. Most people don't think of Richards as an entrepreneur, but he deserves the title even though (let's face it) he's had a lot more fun building his empire than most entrepreneurs do.

Bill Tatro | June 17, 2011

Clinton’s action at that time has now given the current crop of Dems the ammo to point out that job growth in the 1990s was truly stunning. But it was the capital gains tax-cut, enacted by a Republican Congress and signed by Clinton that really unleashed the growth in the economy.

Greg Baylor | June 17, 2011

After months of deliberation, the University of Texas at San Antonio Career Center has agreed to post job announcements for a pro-life, Christian residential home for needy pregnant women.

Greg Baylor | June 17, 2011

After months of deliberation, the University of Texas at San Antonio Career Center has agreed to post job announcements for a pro-life, Christian residential home for needy pregnant women.

Hugh Hewitt | June 17, 2011

Four years ago the Fair Tax movement helped power Mike Huckabee to a win in the Iowa caucuses. The former Arkansas governor embraced the scheme and all of its absurd assumptions –the Constitution could be amended to repeal the 17thAmendment, senior citizens wouldn’t mind having many of their assets devalued overnight etc—and reaped the political benefits.

Thu, Jun 16, 2011

James Lankford | June 16, 2011

There must be something in the water coolers on the other side of the aisle. Earlier this year, at an Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing concerning reducing regulations, a Democrat colleague expressed his “concern” over reducing the regulation on business and stated boldly that increased regulation on businesses creates jobs in America.

Paul Greenberg | June 16, 2011

The triumph of the therapeutic, to use Philip Rieff's phrase, is near complete when the concepts of right and wrong are replaced by well and sick. In the Therapeutic Society, no one does wrong and needs to be disciplined.

Paul Greenberg | June 16, 2011

The triumph of the therapeutic, to use Philip Rieff's phrase, is near complete when the concepts of right and wrong are replaced by well and sick. In the Therapeutic Society, no one does wrong and needs to be disciplined.

Rich Tucker | June 16, 2011

American decline isn't inevitable, but it is certainly possible. As Steyn warns, "Without serious course correction, we will see the end of the Anglo-American era, and the eclipse of the powers that built the modern world."

Rich Tucker | June 16, 2011

American decline isn't inevitable, but it is certainly possible. As Steyn warns, "Without serious course correction, we will see the end of the Anglo-American era, and the eclipse of the powers that built the modern world."

Cliff May | June 16, 2011

"Muslims living in America face bias, discrimination and persecution. That is the mainstream media’s story and they’re sticking to it – despite the fact that there is no evidence to back it up. You might call it a faith-based narrative."

Cliff May | June 16, 2011

"Muslims living in America face bias, discrimination and persecution. That is the mainstream media’s story and they’re sticking to it – despite the fact that there is no evidence to back it up. You might call it a faith-based narrative."

Elisabeth Meinecke | June 16, 2011

At a House hearing on Muslim-American radicalization in prisons Wednesday, several Democrat members were anxious to focus on anything but the topic at hand, instead bringing up threats in prisons posed by "right-wing" radicals, gun possession, and gang members.

Michael Barone | June 16, 2011

"There were two clear winners in the Republican debate."

Michael Barone | June 16, 2011

"There were two clear winners in the Republican debate."

Victor Davis Hanson | June 16, 2011

Barack Obama is the most reactionary president in the recent history of the United States.

Victor Davis Hanson | June 16, 2011

Barack Obama is the most reactionary president in the recent history of the United States.

Larry Elder | June 16, 2011

On Jan. 21, 2009, President John McCain took office.

Larry Elder | June 16, 2011

On Jan. 21, 2009, President John McCain took office.

Mike Adams | June 16, 2011

Dr. Frank Turek was fired as a vendor for his political and religious views, even though those views were never mentioned or expressed during his work at Cisco.

John Ransom | June 16, 2011

The problem of course is that the 2 million advanced manufacturing job openings that Obama, Immelt and Chenault are talking about really don’t exist. Why doesn’t it surprise me that these guys would feel perfectly comfortable lying to the American people about job openings that don’t actually exist?

Cal Thomas | June 16, 2011

I bet you didn't know that federal law enforcement officers representing the Department of Education (DOE) can break down your front door if you are suspected of violating the law.

Cal Thomas | June 16, 2011

I bet you didn't know that federal law enforcement officers representing the Department of Education (DOE) can break down your front door if you are suspected of violating the law.

Debra J. Saunders | June 16, 2011

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., was a co-author of the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit Repeal Act. As she explained, the subsidy bestows $15 million per day on large oil companies for "no good reason" and drives up food prices. Yet Tuesday, Feinstein voted against her own amendment.

Debra J. Saunders | June 16, 2011

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., was a co-author of the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit Repeal Act. As she explained, the subsidy bestows $15 million per day on large oil companies for "no good reason" and drives up food prices. Yet Tuesday, Feinstein voted against her own amendment.

Ed Feulner | June 16, 2011

Let us toast the birthday of a man who has worked so hard to ensure that his own country experienced a rebirth of freedom: Václav Klaus.

Ed Feulner | June 16, 2011

Let us toast the birthday of a man who has worked so hard to ensure that his own country experienced a rebirth of freedom: Václav Klaus.

Steve Chapman | June 16, 2011

Kicking off her recent bus tour, Sarah Palin attended a motorcycle rally and took a deep breath. "I love that smell of the emissions," she exulted.

Steve Chapman | June 16, 2011

Kicking off her recent bus tour, Sarah Palin attended a motorcycle rally and took a deep breath. "I love that smell of the emissions," she exulted.

Kyle Olson | June 16, 2011

The media and education establishment’s hair has been on fire over the thousands of layoffs that are occurring in American public schools.

Kyle Olson | June 16, 2011

The media and education establishment’s hair has been on fire over the thousands of layoffs that are occurring in American public schools.

Emmett Tyrrell | June 16, 2011

Now Bachmann has entered public life in a big way. She declared her candidacy for president Monday night at the Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire.

Emmett Tyrrell | June 16, 2011

Now Bachmann has entered public life in a big way. She declared her candidacy for president Monday night at the Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire.

Morgan Brittany | June 16, 2011

To get the private sector to invest and hire, it’s critical that Washington cut both spending and tax rates (broader base, lower rates). Unfortunately, Bernanke ducked on this issue, leaving the impression that the Fed, like CBO is bound by an economic model in which the GDP growth rate is unaffected by the size of government and taxes.

Mike Shedlock | June 16, 2011

Time's Up: The market has decided that time is up. The ECB's only choice in the matter now (assuming there is a choice at all), is whether a Greek default will be orderly or disorderly.

George Friedman | June 16, 2011

There is a constant sense of crisis in Turkey, as the worst fears of the secularists collide with the ambitions of the Islamists, who have sought to recognize Turkey’s Islamic culture and a degree of religious integration with the political structure.

Emmett Tyrrell | June 16, 2011

Bachmann has entered public life in a big way. She is a tea partyer and a social conservative. In the campaign, both areas need addressing.

Emmett Tyrrell | June 16, 2011

Bachmann has entered public life in a big way. She is a tea partyer and a social conservative. In the campaign, both areas need addressing.

Wed, Jun 15, 2011

Mona Charen | June 15, 2011

The Republicans candidates for president did a respectable job presenting themselves at the New Hampshire debate on Monday. But there was one person on stage most viewers must have wished they could vote out -- the moderator.

Mona Charen | June 15, 2011

The Republicans candidates for president did a respectable job presenting themselves at the New Hampshire debate on Monday. But there was one person on stage most viewers must have wished they could vote out -- the moderator.

Matt Towery | June 15, 2011

The recent CNN debate among the current candidates for the Republican nomination for president illustrated once more that political debates have become more about the moderators and reporters, and also about endless social media and technical gimmicks, than about the candidates themselves.

Matt Towery | June 15, 2011

The recent CNN debate among the current candidates for the Republican nomination for president illustrated once more that political debates have become more about the moderators and reporters, and also about endless social media and technical gimmicks, than about the candidates themselves.

Ann Coulter | June 15, 2011

I consider all Republican debates time-fillers until New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie jumps in, but Monday night's debate did crystallize for me why I dislike libertarians. (Except one, who is a friend of mine and not crazy.)

Ann Coulter | June 15, 2011

I consider all Republican debates time-fillers until New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie jumps in, but Monday night's debate did crystallize for me why I dislike libertarians. (Except one, who is a friend of mine and not crazy.)

Bob Dane | June 15, 2011

What was that they didn't say at the debate? In both the manner of questioning and responding, the immigration issue was not fully presented, and perhaps that’s why the nation is struggling to find meaningful solutions.

Bob Dane | June 15, 2011

What was that they didn't say at the debate? In both the manner of questioning and responding, the immigration issue was not fully presented, and perhaps that’s why the nation is struggling to find meaningful solutions.

Katie Pavlich | June 15, 2011

Damning new evidence from Capitol Hill shows that ATF Directors and Justice Department Officials knew about and encouraged the purposeful trafficking of thousands of weapons across the southern border, despite strong objections from ATF agents. Thousands of innocent lives were taken as the result, including those of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and ICE Agent Jamie Zapata.

Rachel Alexander | June 15, 2011

Now, Republicans worried about the way Obama is handling the intervention have aligned with far left Democrats to challenge Obama on continued U.S. military engagement in Libya

Rachel Alexander | June 15, 2011

Now, Republicans worried about the way Obama is handling the intervention have aligned with far left Democrats to challenge Obama on continued U.S. military engagement in Libya

Kyle Olson | June 15, 2011

Public school officials throughout Wisconsin can move ahead with plans to minimize the impact of pending cuts in state aid, now that the state Supreme Court has dismissed a lower court's restraining order preventing Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill from becoming law.

Kyle Olson | June 15, 2011

Public school officials throughout Wisconsin can move ahead with plans to minimize the impact of pending cuts in state aid, now that the state Supreme Court has dismissed a lower court's restraining order preventing Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill from becoming law.

Rich Galen | June 15, 2011

Even though I watch CNBC each and every morning, I have no idea whether or not a failure to raise the U.S. debt limit will be the second coming of the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

Rich Galen | June 15, 2011

Even though I watch CNBC each and every morning, I have no idea whether or not a failure to raise the U.S. debt limit will be the second coming of the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

Michelle Malkin | June 15, 2011

The same congressional panel that launched a preliminary inquiry into Weiner-gate this week has been diddling around with several other Democratic ethics scandals for years.

Michelle Malkin | June 15, 2011

The same congressional panel that launched a preliminary inquiry into Weiner-gate this week has been diddling around with several other Democratic ethics scandals for years.

John Stossel | June 15, 2011

America is falling deeper into debt. We're long past the point where drastic action is needed. We're near Greek levels of debt. What's going to happen?

John Stossel | June 15, 2011

America is falling deeper into debt. We're long past the point where drastic action is needed. We're near Greek levels of debt. What's going to happen?

Walter E. Williams | June 15, 2011

Most of our nation's problems are a direct result of our being immune, hostile or indifferent to several moral questions. Let's start out with the simple and move to the more complex. Or, stated another way, let's begin with questions that generate the least hostility, moving to those that generate the greatest.

Brent Bozell | June 15, 2011

When the folks at CBS shooed Katie Couric out the door, one could almost hear the harrumph with which Scott Pelley was reinstalling the Old Regime of Ed Murrow.

Brent Bozell | June 15, 2011

When the folks at CBS shooed Katie Couric out the door, one could almost hear the harrumph with which Scott Pelley was reinstalling the Old Regime of Ed Murrow.

Jonah Goldberg | June 15, 2011

I'd barely followed "A Gay Girl In Damascus" until last week, when Daily Beast columnist Peter Beinart posted something to Twitter: "This is really important -- this woman is a hero," with a link to a story about Amina Abdallah Arraf, a Syrian-American woman and the author of the blog "A Gay Girl In Damascus."

Jonah Goldberg | June 15, 2011

I'd barely followed "A Gay Girl In Damascus" until last week, when Daily Beast columnist Peter Beinart posted something to Twitter: "This is really important -- this woman is a hero," with a link to a story about Amina Abdallah Arraf, a Syrian-American woman and the author of the blog "A Gay Girl In Damascus."

Elisabeth Meinecke | June 15, 2011

When you talk in Facebook statistics, you're speaking the language of a young demographic.That's what the new nonprofit Generation Opportunity aims to do.

Elisabeth Meinecke | June 15, 2011

When you talk in Facebook statistics, you're speaking the language of a young demographic.That's what the new nonprofit Generation Opportunity aims to do.

John Ransom | June 15, 2011

For 2012, the subtext of the campaigns will likely be the intended consequences of legislation, like Dodd-Frank, that doesn’t even attempt to address the problems that they are supposed to ameliorate. That could benefit Michele Bachmann outsider bid to be president.

Tony Blankley | June 15, 2011

Last week, in a much-discussed, open, live, televised forum, Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase, asked Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke the $64 trillion question.

Tony Blankley | June 15, 2011

Last week, in a much-discussed, open, live, televised forum, Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase, asked Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke the $64 trillion question.

Michael Medved | June 15, 2011

The headline for the big GOP debate should read “ROMNEY SOLIDIFIES HIS STATUS AS FRONTRUNNER” but the appropriate sub-head may prove even more significant in the long run: “Bachmann Makes Energetic and Well-Received Debut.”

Ben Shapiro | June 15, 2011

President Obama loves the smell of humus in the morning. Smells like ... victory. At least, that seems to be the message resonating from this suddenly imperialistic White House.

Ben Shapiro | June 15, 2011

President Obama loves the smell of humus in the morning. Smells like ... victory. At least, that seems to be the message resonating from this suddenly imperialistic White House.

David Harsanyi | June 15, 2011

For a group that claims to be offended by the mere whiff of politics and religion's intermingling, the left sure does bring up Jesus quite a lot.

David Harsanyi | June 15, 2011

For a group that claims to be offended by the mere whiff of politics and religion's intermingling, the left sure does bring up Jesus quite a lot.

Austin Bay | June 15, 2011

Last Friday, in a tough-minded speech delivered in Brussels, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told NATO that money talks, and unless European members cover their fair share of alliance defense costs, America may walk.

Austin Bay | June 15, 2011

Last Friday, in a tough-minded speech delivered in Brussels, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told NATO that money talks, and unless European members cover their fair share of alliance defense costs, America may walk.

Paul Greenberg | June 15, 2011

It comes as no surprise to learn that Barack Obama's top economic adviser is resigning.

Paul Greenberg | June 15, 2011

It comes as no surprise to learn that Barack Obama's top economic adviser is resigning.

Rich Galen | June 15, 2011

One final note about the CNN Republican debate Monday night: Judging from the number of Leroy Jethro Gibbs slaps to the back of the head I've received, I am apparently the only person in the known universe who didn't think Michelle Bachmann stole the show.

Rich Galen | June 15, 2011

One final note about the CNN Republican debate Monday night: Judging from the number of Leroy Jethro Gibbs slaps to the back of the head I've received, I am apparently the only person in the known universe who didn't think Michelle Bachmann stole the show.

Donald Lambro | June 15, 2011

The leading contenders for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination showed their stuff in a nationally televised debate in New Hampshire Monday night, and they weren't the "weak field" some polls had suggested.

Donald Lambro | June 15, 2011

The leading contenders for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination showed their stuff in a nationally televised debate in New Hampshire Monday night, and they weren't the "weak field" some polls had suggested.

The Fed tends to be late to the game as it was late to lower rates in 2001, late to lower rates in 2007, and will probably be late to hike rates to contain inflation in 2012. Once unleashed, inflation tends to be hard to contain.

Marybeth Hicks | June 15, 2011

As it is, now that Mr. Weiner has used Twitter to indulge his icky sexual proclivities and yet refuses to resign from his congressional seat, we’re again confronted with the new American reality: You don’t have to suffer the consequences of your actions.

Bill Tatro | June 15, 2011

After the market crash of 1929, there became a technique known as the “no-business meeting.” This is a meeting that included men of stature and significance, who by the very nature of the meeting itself, gave comfort to people that something was being done, when in fact nothing was being done.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | June 15, 2011

Dear Carrie: If you're younger than 59 1/2, is it possible to withdraw money from your 401(k) without having to pay it back?

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | June 15, 2011

Dear Carrie: If you're younger than 59 1/2, is it possible to withdraw money from your 401(k) without having to pay it back?

Mike Shedlock | June 15, 2011

In spite of all the yapping about banks not lending to small businesses, only 8% of businesses report getting loans as a problem according to the National Federation of Independent Business. In contrast 25% say getting customers is the number one problem.

Terry Jeffrey | June 15, 2011

Americans, who live far from the Washington Beltway, may have never heard of Tysons Corner, Va. But something is happening there today that has already hit them in their pocketbooks and may ultimately strike deeply into their lives or the lives of their children.

Terry Jeffrey | June 15, 2011

Americans, who live far from the Washington Beltway, may have never heard of Tysons Corner, Va. But something is happening there today that has already hit them in their pocketbooks and may ultimately strike deeply into their lives or the lives of their children.

Tue, Jun 14, 2011

Erik Telford | June 14, 2011

The White House knows that new media activism poses a major threat to the deeply-flawed narratives that the administration depends on.

Erik Telford | June 14, 2011

The White House knows that new media activism poses a major threat to the deeply-flawed narratives that the administration depends on.

Michael Youssef | June 14, 2011

In part one of this series, I made clear, from the words of Jesus and the New Testament, that ministering to the poor and the needy among us is the work of Christian individuals and the church, not the secular government.

Michael Youssef | June 14, 2011

In part one of this series, I made clear, from the words of Jesus and the New Testament, that ministering to the poor and the needy among us is the work of Christian individuals and the church, not the secular government.

Bill Murchison | June 14, 2011

The New Hampshire debate among seven Republican presidential candidates was no landmark of popular entertainment or political science, but it did put the White House's resident magician on notice.

Bill Murchison | June 14, 2011

The New Hampshire debate among seven Republican presidential candidates was no landmark of popular entertainment or political science, but it did put the White House's resident magician on notice.

Hadley Heath | June 14, 2011

Several appeals courts are considering constitutional challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act this summer, and many of these challenges could be renamed Limits of the Commerce Clause v. Individual Mandate.

Hadley Heath | June 14, 2011

Several appeals courts are considering constitutional challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act this summer, and many of these challenges could be renamed Limits of the Commerce Clause v. Individual Mandate.

Armstrong Williams | June 14, 2011

"Edwards heralded himself as the messiah of the masses – ready to renew America and unite the two countries we had become. What poppy-cock."

Armstrong Williams | June 14, 2011

"Edwards heralded himself as the messiah of the masses – ready to renew America and unite the two countries we had become. What poppy-cock."

Rachel Marsden | June 14, 2011

Often a scandal can be waited out. Viewers will grow tired, ratings will drop, news directors will instruct their staff to move on to other topics.

Rachel Marsden | June 14, 2011

Often a scandal can be waited out. Viewers will grow tired, ratings will drop, news directors will instruct their staff to move on to other topics.

Caroline Glick | June 14, 2011

Just as Israelis are denied their right to an open, objective public discourse due to the radical Left’s predominance in the media, so American Jews are denied their right to disown J Street due to the radical leftist American Jews’ takeover of key US Jewish umbrella groups.

Caroline Glick | June 14, 2011

Just as Israelis are denied their right to an open, objective public discourse due to the radical Left’s predominance in the media, so American Jews are denied their right to disown J Street due to the radical leftist American Jews’ takeover of key US Jewish umbrella groups.

Robert Knight | June 14, 2011

Even with the demise of ACORN, a lot of people are worried about voter fraud in the upcoming 2012 presidential election.

Robert Knight | June 14, 2011

Even with the demise of ACORN, a lot of people are worried about voter fraud in the upcoming 2012 presidential election.

Rich Galen | June 14, 2011

First of all the candidates have to take back control of these debates. The sponsors' zeal to use the latest, greatest, hippest, most social media (I typed "socialist," realized that may have had a different meaning) is distracting at best.

Rich Galen | June 14, 2011

First of all the candidates have to take back control of these debates. The sponsors' zeal to use the latest, greatest, hippest, most social media (I typed "socialist," realized that may have had a different meaning) is distracting at best.

Katie Pavlich | June 14, 2011

Presidential administration officials have been held in contempt only 12 times since Watergate in the 1970s, but number 13 may be on its way due to Eric Holder's refusal to hand over requested documents on an illegal immigration program.

Katie Pavlich | June 14, 2011

Presidential administration officials have been held in contempt only 12 times since Watergate in the 1970s, but number 13 may be on its way due to Eric Holder's refusal to hand over requested documents on an illegal immigration program.

Thomas Sowell | June 14, 2011

The Republicans' confused assortment of announced presidential candidates-- as well as unannounced candidates and distant possibilities of candidates-- seems to be clarifying somewhat.

Thomas Sowell | June 14, 2011

The Republicans' confused assortment of announced presidential candidates-- as well as unannounced candidates and distant possibilities of candidates-- seems to be clarifying somewhat.

Byron York | June 14, 2011

With the 2012 Iowa caucuses just around the corner -- a scant eight months away -- it's time for the quadrennial season of Iowa bashing.

Byron York | June 14, 2011

With the 2012 Iowa caucuses just around the corner -- a scant eight months away -- it's time for the quadrennial season of Iowa bashing.

Chuck Norris | June 14, 2011

The art of jujitsu is to use an opponent's weight and strength to your advantage. I believe this is what the conservatives must do in the coming 2012 presidential election.

Chuck Norris | June 14, 2011

The art of jujitsu is to use an opponent's weight and strength to your advantage. I believe this is what the conservatives must do in the coming 2012 presidential election.

John Hawkins | June 14, 2011

Don't kid yourself: beating a seated President is NEVER a cakewalk. Knocking off Barack Hussein Obama won't be a snap.

John Hawkins | June 14, 2011

Don't kid yourself: beating a seated President is NEVER a cakewalk. Knocking off Barack Hussein Obama won't be a snap.

David Limbaugh | June 14, 2011

If I'd heard the following words, instead of reading them, I might have assumed they were being delivered by a President Obama impressionist on "Saturday Night Live."

David Limbaugh | June 14, 2011

If I'd heard the following words, instead of reading them, I might have assumed they were being delivered by a President Obama impressionist on "Saturday Night Live."

John Ransom | June 14, 2011

Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness headed by GE's CEO will recommend more of the top-down central planning where Big Business, Big Labor and Big Government connive to divide up the jobs pie at the expense of the rest of us, the little guys.

Mona Charen | June 14, 2011

Joblessness haunts the Obama administration. The stimulus was the most spectacular flop of recent history. Yet the president, as he demonstrated in North Carolina Monday, knows no other way.

Mona Charen | June 14, 2011

Joblessness haunts the Obama administration. The stimulus was the most spectacular flop of recent history. Yet the president, as he demonstrated in North Carolina Monday, knows no other way.

Dennis Prager | June 14, 2011

To their credit, most Democratic Party leaders have (finally) called for New York Rep. Anthony Weiner's resignation. But among liberal commentators and millions of other Americans, there is a great deal of flawed thinking about whether Weiner should resign.

Dennis Prager | June 14, 2011

To their credit, most Democratic Party leaders have (finally) called for New York Rep. Anthony Weiner's resignation. But among liberal commentators and millions of other Americans, there is a great deal of flawed thinking about whether Weiner should resign.

Pat Buchanan | June 14, 2011

Is there any redeeming social value to the tawdry tale of Anthony Weiner?

Pat Buchanan | June 14, 2011

Is there any redeeming social value to the tawdry tale of Anthony Weiner?

Debra J. Saunders | June 14, 2011

When he ran for governor, Democrat Jerry Brown made a promise to voters -- "no new taxes without voter approval." That pledge was what you would call a gimmick.

Debra J. Saunders | June 14, 2011

When he ran for governor, Democrat Jerry Brown made a promise to voters -- "no new taxes without voter approval." That pledge was what you would call a gimmick.

Frank Gaffney | June 14, 2011

If Robert Gates is as serious as he seems to be regarding the future of the U.S. military, he has one last opportunity to prove it.

Frank Gaffney | June 14, 2011

If Robert Gates is as serious as he seems to be regarding the future of the U.S. military, he has one last opportunity to prove it.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | June 14, 2011

My wife worries that this will be just another burden on our daughter, who is a pretty responsible kid. What do you think?

Dave Ramsey | June 14, 2011

Now, college is a great idea, but should everyone go to college? Of course not. Some people just aren’t cut out for college, and some kids don’t need four years at a university to find the training they need to do what they want to do in life.

Mike Shedlock | June 14, 2011

In a Bloomberg video David Rosenberg, chief economist at Gluskin Sheff & Associates, says there is a 99 precent chance of another recession by 2012. Rosenberg also talks about the outlook for the U.S. economy.

Phyllis Schlafly | June 14, 2011

With Father's Day coming up, we should ponder the sad plight of the 20 million American children who are growing up without their fathers in the home.

Phyllis Schlafly | June 14, 2011

With Father's Day coming up, we should ponder the sad plight of the 20 million American children who are growing up without their fathers in the home.

Mon, Jun 13, 2011

Michael Gerson | June 13, 2011

It was probably not the intention of liberal investigative journalists to expose Sarah Palin as a figure far more sympathetic than her public image. Twenty-four thousand pages of email voyeurism reveal a politician who has successfully hidden her virtues behind closed blinds.

Michael Gerson | June 13, 2011

It was probably not the intention of liberal investigative journalists to expose Sarah Palin as a figure far more sympathetic than her public image. Twenty-four thousand pages of email voyeurism reveal a politician who has successfully hidden her virtues behind closed blinds.

Zachary Gappa | June 13, 2011

Americans hate "flip-floppers." Accusations of "flip-flopping" (switching positions on political issues) have tanked many political careers. One of the more recent examples was John Kerry, who famously said, "I actually did vote for the $87 billion [Iraq war funding bill] before I voted against it."

Paul Greenberg | June 13, 2011

If the news from Syria isn't about another massacre, it's about preparations for one.

Paul Greenberg | June 13, 2011

If the news from Syria isn't about another massacre, it's about preparations for one.

Rich Galen | June 13, 2011

The State of Alaska dumped 13,000 emails - about 24,000 pages - generated during the brief period of Sarah Palin's gubernatorial career.

Frank Gaffney | June 13, 2011

Yet, in one of the first tests of the authenticity of that commitment, the Republicans appear poised to pull a "Pelosi." They don't seem to appreciate that they too can be subjected to the wrath of the voters if they engage in similar behavior.

Douglas MacKinnon | June 13, 2011

That loud crash you just heard off in the distance was the New York Times finally hitting the bottom of the barrel with an embarrassing but expected thump.

Douglas MacKinnon | June 13, 2011

That loud crash you just heard off in the distance was the New York Times finally hitting the bottom of the barrel with an embarrassing but expected thump.

Salena Zito | June 13, 2011

A roadside diner in a small town is quintessentially charming. Its sparkling steel, a reminder of our one-time manufacturing greatness, seems to reflect America’s spirit.

Salena Zito | June 13, 2011

A roadside diner in a small town is quintessentially charming. Its sparkling steel, a reminder of our one-time manufacturing greatness, seems to reflect America’s spirit.

Michael Barone | June 13, 2011

Exit Newt Gingrich. Well, not quite yet, officially. On his Facebook page, Gingrich says he will endure "the rigors of campaigning for public office" and "will carry the message of American renewal to every part of this great land, whatever it takes."

Michael Barone | June 13, 2011

Exit Newt Gingrich. Well, not quite yet, officially. On his Facebook page, Gingrich says he will endure "the rigors of campaigning for public office" and "will carry the message of American renewal to every part of this great land, whatever it takes."

Jeff Jacoby | June 13, 2011

SO NOW it's the video game industry that wants to be bribed to do business in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Jeff Jacoby | June 13, 2011

SO NOW it's the video game industry that wants to be bribed to do business in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Star Parker | June 13, 2011

There's perhaps irony in that the very week that Weinergate hit the press, a federal appeals court in Atlanta heard arguments on the constitutionality of the biggest federal government power grab in our nation’s history – Obamacare.

Star Parker | June 13, 2011

There's perhaps irony in that the very week that Weinergate hit the press, a federal appeals court in Atlanta heard arguments on the constitutionality of the biggest federal government power grab in our nation’s history – Obamacare.

John Ransom | June 13, 2011

After axing his top economic advisor last week, word from the White House is that Obama is considering a method of stimulus that would have been an anathema two years ago, but has been long favored by conservatives: Cutting corporate payroll taxes.

Katie Kieffer | June 13, 2011

If Steve Jobs’ name were Lindsay Lohan and he were looking for work starring as the wife of John Gotti Jr. in a mobster film, confrontation with the law would be the best thing that ever happened to Apple.

Lurita Doan | June 13, 2011

This mass exodus of Team Obama’s economic advisors is a stunning vote of no confidence in the President’s economic policies.

Bruce Bialosky | June 13, 2011

As we pulled into the center, we were confronted with Turkish reality. We were subjected to a security inspection comparable to an embassy – and totally unlike the casual environment at American malls.

Bruce Bialosky | June 13, 2011

As we pulled into the center, we were confronted with Turkish reality. We were subjected to a security inspection comparable to an embassy – and totally unlike the casual environment at American malls.

Mike Needham | June 13, 2011

Achieving the American Dream becomes increasingly difficult when that dream is dependent upon bureaucrats and lawmakers in Washington who may or may not have your best interests at heart.

Mike Needham | June 13, 2011

Achieving the American Dream becomes increasingly difficult when that dream is dependent upon bureaucrats and lawmakers in Washington who may or may not have your best interests at heart.

Bob Beauprez | June 13, 2011

Nowhere is the strike zone more generous than in politics where slander and character assassination is expected. However, the new chairman of the Democratic National Committee is getting pounded for creating a new low standard.

Mike Shedlock | June 13, 2011

The next major move in yields is up. If the Fed does try QE3, the bond market could revolt.

Carol Platt Liebau | June 13, 2011

The Republican presidential debate marks the beginning of the real campaign season

Sun, Jun 12, 2011

Derek Hunter | June 12, 2011

Since my column last Sunday Congressman Anthony Weiner has confessed that he’s the one how sent the infamous “junk shot,” and an even more...”infamous” one has come to light since. There’s no point in going into the mia culpa, the pregnancy or any of the details that have been so ably covered by others, however there is one part of the scandal Id’ like to point out - the clean up.

John Ransom | June 12, 2011

There is lots of Sarah-hate this week to wade through, plus we tackle Austan Goolsbee- and who doesn’t want to do that? -Paul Revere, investment and tax theory explained for liberals (we’ll use very simple arguments with gratuitous references to green jobs just to keep them interested), plus we’ll give out a gold star for the comment of the week.

Austin Hill | June 12, 2011

Have you noticed that economic data seems to almost always be reported as a surprise these days? As bad news emerges, it’s being portrayed as though nobody could have possibly seen it coming!

Austin Hill | June 12, 2011

Have you noticed that economic data seems to almost always be reported as a surprise these days? As bad news emerges, it’s being portrayed as though nobody could have possibly seen it coming!

John C. Goodman | June 12, 2011

With all of the heated rhetoric coming from Washington these days you would think there is a huge difference in the way Republicans and Democrats want to reform Medicare.

Debra J. Saunders | June 12, 2011

"If we cannot destroy the drug menace in America, then it will surely in time destroy us," President Richard Nixon told Congress in a special message on June 17, 1971, which generally is credited as the day the "war on drugs" began.

Debra J. Saunders | June 12, 2011

"If we cannot destroy the drug menace in America, then it will surely in time destroy us," President Richard Nixon told Congress in a special message on June 17, 1971, which generally is credited as the day the "war on drugs" began.

Steve Chapman | June 12, 2011

When historians sit down decades from now to address the events of the early 21st century, they will have no trouble explaining why Americans elected Barack Obama president. They elected him out of a firm conviction that the United States was not involved in enough wars.

Steve Chapman | June 12, 2011

When historians sit down decades from now to address the events of the early 21st century, they will have no trouble explaining why Americans elected Barack Obama president. They elected him out of a firm conviction that the United States was not involved in enough wars.

Kyle Olson | June 12, 2011

It's not every day you will see a governmental body, in this case a school board, create competition for itself. But that's precisely what the Douglas County, Colorado school board did.

Kyle Olson | June 12, 2011

It's not every day you will see a governmental body, in this case a school board, create competition for itself. But that's precisely what the Douglas County, Colorado school board did.

Ken Connor | June 12, 2011

"The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation."

Ken Connor | June 12, 2011

"The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation."

Michael Youssef | June 12, 2011

The headline of the full-page ad asks, "What Would Jesus Cut?—A budget is a moral document." The text continues, "Our faith tells us that the moral test of a society is how it treats the poor."

Michael Youssef | June 12, 2011

The headline of the full-page ad asks, "What Would Jesus Cut?—A budget is a moral document." The text continues, "Our faith tells us that the moral test of a society is how it treats the poor."

Mike Shedlock | June 12, 2011

California may be issuing IOUs because it can't come up with a plan Republicans and Democrats agree on. The stumbling block is tax hikes favor by unions.

Mark Baisley | June 12, 2011

While everyone who has advanced beyond dial telephones has heard of Facebook, I think that most would be surprised to discover the ant farm of connectivity that is active in social media about you.

Bob Beauprez | June 12, 2011

A study found that among businesses with a "high awareness" of what ObamaCare is all about, more than half are planning to drop health care insurance benefits for their workers. That spells death to private insurance and life to nationalized healthcare just as conservatives predicted.

Paul Jacob | June 12, 2011

A modern American politician's sex scandal reaches its inevitable political end.