Sun, Jul 31, 2011

John Ransom | July 31, 2011

A big week for the unions, with racketeering charges coming for the SEIU. We heard from Illinios Roy, who I think is really just Transport Secretary Ray Lahood in disguise. Plus what week wouldn't be complete without someone comparing Republicans to Hitler?

Sat, Jul 30, 2011

John Ransom | July 30, 2011

According to the Journal effort by the administration to raise the current fuel standard just to “the 35.5 mpg target by 2016 will cost the industry more than $50 billion.” The administration didn’t provide the Journal with costs for the 2025 standard but expect it to cost a ton, jobs-wise and financially.

Mike Shedlock | July 30, 2011

Some people have attacked the credibility of the Forbes article. I knew in advance they would. They miss thr real point. The real point is about the silliness of cap-and-trade as a solution.

David Stokes | July 30, 2011

Many years ago, when I was finishing work on my graduate degree in political science in New York, I took a course on international affairs. The professor was a Muslim man from Beirut, Lebanon. One day for some reason he was talking about Pope John Paul II and he paused and looked over at me and asked: “What is the pope like personally?”

John C. Goodman | July 30, 2011

In every case, the reformers are pitted against the teacher unions. The issue is always the same: are schools essentially a jobs program, serving the interests of the people who work there? Or is their primary purpose to serve children?

Kathryn Lopez | July 30, 2011

With Louisiana's Signs of Hope Act, women can't get an abortion without a gentle reminder about options. In other words: actual choice. Written in the reality, too, that for some women, who are being coerced in one way or another, a sign may be a real liberation for a woman.

Paul Greenberg | July 30, 2011

But to a few of us simpler types, this little impasse in congressional halls demonstrates that the system is functioning, and not functioning, just as the writers of the Federalist Papers and the framers of the Constitution designed it.

Brian Birdnow | July 30, 2011

In news reports last week, the US Navy announced, with appropriate fanfare, that they will soon break one of the last remaining gender barriers in the American military establishment. They are training a cadre of 24 female officers for duty on combat submarines.

Carl Horowitz | July 30, 2011

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) could have written the book on how to get corporations to surrender. In fact, it has written the book.

Brett McMahon | July 30, 2011

It took an amazing amount of gall, guile, or both for a former Ted Kennedy political staffer to decry supposed Tea Party “terrorist tactics” in seeking to rein in the debt drowning our nation.

Jack Bouroudjian | July 30, 2011

I aim to be a good steward of information, folks, and right now, this market is worrying me. It’s trading scared, which means fear and panic have set in. That’s one of the reasons gold is flying—that’s a fear trade, pure and simple. These jokers in Washington have no idea what they’re dealing with here, and the market is reflecting that.

Ron Meyer | July 30, 2011

President Barack Obama, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, and many in the media continue to forward the absolute farce that the federal government will default on August 2 if we don't increase the debt ceiling.

Morgan Brittany | July 30, 2011

We don't think the August debt limit fight will improve the fiscal outlook, but there's still a chance that the debt limit will come up again in a few months offering an opportunity for pro-growth structural reforms including lowering the federal spending trend or selling federal assets.

Bob Beauprez | July 30, 2011

Yesterday, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a confirmation hearing for Rebecca Wodder, an enviromental rdical and the Obama nominee to be Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks for the Department of the Interior.

Fri, Jul 29, 2011

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown | July 29, 2011

The playbook of the Washington establishment is getting old. Whether it is the Boehner plan, the Boehner plan version 2.0, the Reid plan or the Obama non plan, it all is scripted from the same playbook they have used for years.

Marvin Olasky | July 29, 2011

Mattie Ross, the lead female character in last year's movie True Grit, is a 14-year-old in 1877 with determination so steely and speech so precise that some reviewers have complained. They claim that Mattie could not have existed, since the 14-year-old girls they know are flibbertigibbets. They're wrong: Some students I know are just like Mattie, capable of intense concentration rather than multitasking.

Caroline Glick | July 29, 2011

Whether or not one agrees with the ideological self-justifications of a terrorist, as a member of a liberal democratic society, one is expected to abhor his act of terrorism. Because by resorting to violence to achieve his aims, the terrorist is acting in a manner that fundamentally undermines the liberal democratic order.

Humberto Fontova | July 29, 2011

“The terms scoundrel and traitor should precede every mention of Humberto Fontova!” raves the Castro regime’s captive (literally!) press. “Fontova’s books and columns are nothing but scandalous libels against our Revolution’s founders, Fidel and Che! Now he has another editorial outlet for his rants and libels against our leaders. Townhall has put him on their payroll of ranters against Obama, where he cuddles close to tacky and scummy blonds and brunettes.”

Rich Galen | July 29, 2011

The entire near solar system is begging and pleading for Washington to exercise a concept known as "bipartisanship." By "bipartisan" they mean, of course "non-partisan" as in "without regard to political party."

Hugh Hewitt | July 29, 2011

The atmosphere in the green room at the Sean Hannity Show was amped up. On ordinary days I will banter with Beckel and talk radio shop with Sean as we both tell Levin stories, a friend of both of ours for years.

Thomas Sowell | July 29, 2011

Many of us never thought that the Republicans would hold tough long enough to get President Obama and the Democrats to agree to a budget deal that does not include raising income tax rates. But they did -- and Speaker of the House John Boehner no doubt desires much of the credit for that.

Michelle Malkin | July 29, 2011

"Millionaires and billionaires," President Obama says derisively, must make more "sacrifices" and live by the same rules the rest of America lives by. But there are seven little words that will never appear on the White House teleprompter: "And that means you, too, George Soros."

Brent Bozell | July 29, 2011

They say the movie theaters make more money on popcorn, candy and soft drinks than they do on the movie tickets. If that's true, theater owners really ought to reconsider the previews they're airing. They can make you sick to your stomach.

Mike Adams | July 29, 2011

Yesterday, when I was arguing with a liberal he told me I was entirely too harsh in my assessment of today’s youth. He told me specifically that I needed to be aware of the fact that in 21st Century America one out of five boys gets bullied in school on a “regular basis.”

Jonah Goldberg | July 29, 2011

The worst thing about the 2008 primaries -- other than, you know, the result -- was the huge amount of time wasted on what amounted to a Republican "Spartacus" re-enactment. Instead of each nominee yelling, "I'm Spartacus," and, "No, I'm Spartacus," we got, "I'm Ronald Reagan!" "No, I'm the real Ronald Reagan here."

David Limbaugh | July 29, 2011

I hope that as we conservatives traverse these very difficult roads, we will always remember who the political enemy is. Our internecine fighting of late has given President Obama a bit of needed cover for his primary culpability in our nation's budget crisis.

John Ransom | July 29, 2011

One Wall Street source has told me that he believes that in the event of a debt ceiling deal not being agreed to by the president and Congress that the Federal Reserve will stand in as the buyer of record on maturing Treasuries, therefore taking care of principal payments. The Treasury Department would then presumably only have to pay interest on the debt.

Mona Charen | July 29, 2011

It is true, so true, as Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation, argues in the Washington Post, that the doyens of liberal media have been attempting to paint tea party members as the villains of the debt-ceiling confrontation.

Oliver North | July 29, 2011

Collectively, Washington has the attention span of a fruit fly. That's why all we have heard about lately are the consequences of failing to raise the federal debt limit -- action that has prompted no fewer than two dozen dueling news conferences, presidential addresses and Republican "responses" in the past 10 days.

Pat Buchanan | July 29, 2011

Thanks to Tea Party fanatics, we are told, America just lost an historic opportunity to deal with her national debt. Because of Tea Party intransigence and threats against their own leader John Boehner, the speaker had to reject Obama's "grand bargain," the "big deal" of $3 trillion in budget cuts for $1 trillion in "revenue enhancement."

Suzanne Fields | July 29, 2011

What would a world without tabloids look like? Not as much fun, for sure, if the tattletales and snoopers and others of irreverent ilk lost their voices on the printed page. Who would supply headlines such as, "Headless Body Found in Topless Bar" (New York Post), "Ford to City: Drop Dead" (New York Daily News), or perhaps the pithiest of them all, the show biz tab Variety on the stock-market crash that announced the Depression, "Wall Street Lays an Egg."

Linda Chavez | July 29, 2011

Once again, President Obama has proven himself lacking in the most fundamental attribute necessary to the office he occupies: leadership.

Matt Towery | July 29, 2011

About a year before he made his first run for the presidency, I had a chance to sit down and talk extensively with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. I found him more personable than much of the media had portrayed him.

Donald Lambro | July 29, 2011

The American economy, for some inexplicable reason, has been pushed to the sidelines in the fierce debate over a fiscal crisis that threatens to shut down much of the government.

Kyle Olson | July 29, 2011

This is one part of a running series entitled “Indoctrination Fridays,” a weekly review of leftist propaganda incorporated into public school curriculum, much of it geared towards elementary students. For more of the series, please visit PublicSchoolSpending.com.

Bill Tatro | July 29, 2011

Well, the Fed did do something, and they’ve been doing it ever since. From quantitative easing to artificial rates, from press conference briefings to outright market manipulation, the Fed has been anything but the defender of free market capitalism.

Larry Kudlow | July 29, 2011

How real is the US debt downgrade threat? What will come of us? Here now for an exclusive interview is David Beers. He's the global head of sovereign ratings at S&P, Standard & Poor's.

Tom Tancredo | July 29, 2011

While virtually all President Obama will talk about is the debt ceiling, he took a short break to give an address before the National Council of La Raza on Monday.

Mike Shedlock | July 29, 2011

Investors wasted no time in a vote of no confidence on the latest debt package supposed to save Europe. 10-year Spanish government bonds are back above 6% and yields on Italian government bonds are close behind.

Morgan Brittany | July 29, 2011

In the end, we expect a payments shutdown to force a debt limit increase, with no default and continued rapid growth in federal spending and debt. Here's a list of possible outcomes from worst to best and our view of the market reaction. In the first three cases, we think there would be a bond rating downgrade.

Thu, Jul 28, 2011

Michael Gerson | July 28, 2011

This week the fiscal crisis was momentarily interrupted for a public service announcement. The Pew Research Center issued a report showing that the racial disparity in net worth -- the wealth gap in America -- is growing.

Diana West | July 28, 2011

"I don't see how else to interpret the omission of highly relevant news, the projection of Muslim victimization, and the apparent elevation of a criminal lunatic's pseudo-thesis to a means to silence "politically incorrect" critiques of Islam."

Mark W. Hendrickson | July 28, 2011

Some have called August 2 “Financial D-Day.” That is the date, according to Treasury Secretary Geithner, by which either Congress raises the debt ceiling or some government disbursements will cease.

Steven Aden | July 28, 2011

On Friday, June 24, a federal court in Indiana struck down portions of a bold and innovative set of measures intended to strengthen the Hoosier State’s legal protections for its most vulnerable residents – children in the womb.

Cliff May | July 28, 2011

For years, Somali pirates have been hijacking ships off the coast of Somalia. For years, the United States and what we credulously call “the international community” have not been able to figure out what to do about it.

J.D. Thorpe | July 28, 2011

This is our moment to take a stand and attempt to change the unsustainable course we are on. Doing nothing or making negligible cuts will seal a Greece-like fate for our future. This is not intended to scare people through fear-mongering or demagoguery. It’s the simple reality of our situation.

Michael Brown | July 28, 2011

On the heels of the tragic massacre in Norway, the internet and media have been abuzz with warnings about the potential threat of “Christian extremists.” Typical is an article from domestic terrorism expert Daryl Johnson entitled, “Christian Extremism from Timothy McVeigh to Anders Breivik.”

Thomas Sowell | July 28, 2011

Barack Obama's political genius is his ability to say things that will sound good to people who have not followed the issues in any detail -- regardless of how obviously fraudulent what he says may be to those who have. Shameless effrontery can be a huge political asset, especially if uninformed voters outnumber those who are informed.

Michael Barone | July 28, 2011

Most presidents affect the standing of their political parties. Ronald Reagan advanced his party's standing among young voters. So did Bill Clinton. In his first term, George W. Bush helped Republicans equal Democrats in party identification in the 2004 exit poll -- the first time that happened since polling began.

Victor Davis Hanson | July 28, 2011

"In other words, under Obama, the government during the last three years has borrowed on average about $4 billion each day. That staggering sum is far in excess of the $1.6 billion per day during the eight-year tenure of George W. Bush, who until Obama's presidency had borrowed more than any peacetime president."

Larry Elder | July 28, 2011

To hear Democrats tell it, two things cripple the chance for a budget deal: the dastardly tea party, and the GOP's failure to understand that its beloved Ronald Reagan was actually militantly pro-tax.

John Ransom | July 28, 2011

The SEIU, which has strong ties to the Obama administration, has been accused of using ties to the federal government to harass companies such as Sodexo. The alleged methods include using regulatory or government action to pressure or embarrass the company or its employees. If true, how high does that knowledge in the Obama administration go?

Cal Thomas | July 28, 2011

Texas Republican governor and potential presidential candidate Rick Perry will headline a "Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis" on Aug. 6 at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

Debra J. Saunders | July 28, 2011

Here is what I do not understand: President Barack Obama is acutely aware of what will happen if Congress fails to raise the government's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling. As he told the nation Monday, if Washington does not raise the debt ceiling by Aug. 2, rating agencies are expected to downgrade the government's AAA credit rating, and interest rates will rise for everyone.

Emmett Tyrrell | July 28, 2011

Think of Anders Behring Breivik, the man who bombed a government building in Norway before proceeding to coldbloodedly massacre scores of defenseless young people on a secluded island several miles away, as an Adolf Hitler of one.

Steve Chapman | July 28, 2011

In the 1980s, conservatives and feminists joined to fight a common nemesis: the spread of pornography. Unlike past campaigns to stamp out smut, this one was based not just on morality but also on public safety. They argued that hard-core erotica was intolerable because it promoted sexual violence against women.

Marita Noon | July 28, 2011

The President’s policies have come home to roost. The dismal employment numbers, the loss of businesses fleeing to other countries, and the high energy prices that hurt individual families and hamper the nation’s productivity have come to a head and rating agencies are telling us this isn’t working.

Bob Goldman | July 28, 2011

Really, I don't understand this brouhaha about unemployment. Sure, it's tough to lose a job. You have to say goodbye to all the dear work friends who stabbed you in the back so that you would be the person who got fired and not them.

Bill Tatro | July 28, 2011

Some of the more often used expressions are “at the end of the day,” “just a soft patch” (that’s Fed speak), or “it is what it is.” An ad nauseam phrase is most often employed politically though, when a politician has lost his political balance and is attempting to regain his footing with voters.

Larry Kudlow | July 28, 2011

CEOs are hoarding cash for their companies. The economy is barely growing. And folks are leaving the dollar for gold and foreign currencies. And with less than a week until the August 2 debt-limit deadline, Congress still dithers.

Wed, Jul 27, 2011

Caroline Glick | July 27, 2011

Shortly after Turkey's Islamist Prime Minister Recip Erdogan came to power in 2002, he began undermining Turkey's strategic alliance with Israel.

Ann Coulter | July 27, 2011

The New York Times wasted no time in jumping to conclusions about Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian who staged two deadly attacks in Oslo last weekend. This was a big departure from the Times'; conclusion-resisting coverage of the Fort Hood shooting suspect, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan.

George Landrith | July 27, 2011

Of the most important issues facing Americans today, the stalled economy and high unemployment rate rank at the top of the list.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | July 27, 2011

The debt ceiling is the amount of money that the U.S. Treasury has been authorized to borrow in order to pay the government's bills. Since it was introduced in 1917, the debt ceiling has been raised 102 times, 10 times during the last decade alone.

Crystal Wright | July 27, 2011

Thanks to proposed new “voluntary guidelines” on what food companies can market to children proposed by a government interagency working group comprised of four federal agencies, Americans could see the economy lose another 74,000 jobs.

Michael Reagan | July 27, 2011

"Had Norway not surrendered to the anti-self-defense nuts, and allowed Norwegians to protect themselves by legally carrying guns, the massacre might well have been prevented."

Rich Galen | July 27, 2011

To kick the can down the road or not to kick the can down the road. That is the cliché.

Mike Shedlock | July 27, 2011

Jefferson County should have declared bankruptcy three years ago. Instead they opted to stick it to taxpayers with a 10% fee hike. Now they get the bankruptcy too.

Michelle Malkin | July 27, 2011

Wu-hoo! Welcome to another freaky ethics fiasco brought to you by the D.C. den of dysfunctional Democrats. This one comes clothed in a Tigger costume, wrapped in blinders and bathed in the fetid Beltway odor of eau de Pass le Buck.

John Stossel | July 27, 2011

"It ain't so much the things we don't know that get us into trouble. It's the things we know that just ain't so." That famous line, attributed to many authors but apparently said by humorist Henry Wheeler Shaw (aka Josh Billings), applies to history as much as anything.

Walter E. Williams | July 27, 2011

The president's statements suggest that he sees labor-saving technological innovation as a contributor to today's high rate of unemployment. That's unmitigated nonsense. Let's see whether technological innovation causes unemployment.

Brent Bozell | July 27, 2011

The latest polls show the people are not happy with President Obama's handling of budget matters, but Republicans look even worse. And yet, while the GOP delivers one idea after another.

Tony Blankley | July 27, 2011

How have we arrived at this place where the fate of our federal budget -- our economy, indeed our capacity to have a functioning federal government -- seems to depend on what two men (the speaker of the House and the president) may or may not be secretly talking about in an interior room in the White House?

Michael Medved | July 27, 2011

Thanks to California's newly-enacted "Gay History" law, William Rufus Devane King will finally receive the comprehensive classroom attention that previous generations of educators had so cruelly denied.

Ben Shapiro | July 27, 2011

Last week, a psychotic anti-multiculturalism, anti-immigrant, anti-Marxist named Anders Behring Breivik shot up a children's summer camp in Norway. This begs the question: when should an ideology be held responsible for murder undertaken by its adherents?

David Harsanyi | July 27, 2011

There is still a slim chance that this summer's debt ceiling debate won't end with demagoguery's winning the day. That's an unusual development, yes, and something to be thankful for, however fleeting the interruption.

Austin Bay | July 27, 2011

In April of this year, it was already apparent that the Libyan War of 2011 had become a curious war of military, economic and political attrition. That was cruel news then, and remains so today.

Paul Greenberg | July 27, 2011

Looking for a clear, concise, simple explanation of why it's important -- indeed, vital -- to hold the line against raising the federal debt limit unless federal spending is cut at least as much?

Donald Lambro | July 27, 2011

If Americans who tuned in to President Obama's televised address Monday night were hoping for a breakthrough in the budget crisis, they were sorely disappointed.

Jacob Sullum | July 27, 2011

Apparently there is also a drug exception to the 10th Amendment.

Bill Tatro | July 27, 2011

Like the NFL quarterbacks, the debt game is coming up against a deadline, much like a game clock. It would appear the game is close, and both are trying to stick to their original game plan. Reid, however, periodically brings in the big gun, the President, to run a play or two designed to confuse and disrupt Boehner’s strategy.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | July 27, 2011

Dear Carrie: My husband and I are both in our early 60s and plan to retire in a couple of years. Any tips on how to feel better about making this shift away from a reliable paycheck and starting to erode our savings?

David French | July 27, 2011

Nowhere is the civil/military divide greater than on the op-ed pages of American newspapers.

Dave Ramsey | July 27, 2011

If you had $65,000 as a steady income the house payment wouldn’t be a big deal. But you can’t count on a potential bonus, and from your guaranteed income, more than half your take-home pay will be wrapped up in a house payment.

Larry Kudlow | July 27, 2011

Regarding the Reid plan itself, it really looks like a Republican plan: A $2.7 trillion spending cut to raise the debt ceiling by something like $2.5 trillion, and no tax revenues. So, really, what’s so bad about the Reid plan? Increasingly, Wall Street gurus want one debt-ceiling increase, not two.

Tue, Jul 26, 2011

Jeff Stier | July 26, 2011

Vocal patient advocates are increasingly distorting public health priorities, research agendas, and even public policy. Media and policy makers, as sympathetic to the voices of patients and family members as the rest of us, are giving the advocates influence that outweighs their credentials.

Rachel Marsden | July 26, 2011

Hundreds of United Nations global warming scientists just met in France via Earth-destroying air travel, ironically at a time of unseasonably cool temperatures across France, to once again justify their funding.

Robert Knight | July 26, 2011

"As the debt ceiling deadline approaches, Republicans, and Democrats who want to save what’s left of our country, had better throw away the bottle of Old Profligacy, sober up, and take up the Tea Party mandate to cut back government and restore our constitutional republic."

Humberto Fontova | July 26, 2011

At last count 32 year-old Anders Breivik is accused of 76 murders—to which he both confesses and boasts.

Joseph Horton | July 26, 2011

The Supreme Court says that freedom of speech requires that 13-year-olds have that opportunity. In a 7-2 decision, the court struck down a California law barring the sale of graphically violent video games to people under 18.

Byron York | July 26, 2011

In the end, Obama might be doomed whatever he does. But as his campaign aides have pointed out, he's betting that voters will judge him on whether they feel he's taking the economy in the right direction, not whether he has reached any particular point.

Katie Pavlich | July 26, 2011

"It’s alleged that over 2,000 guns were trafficked in this investigation. To put that in context, upon information and belief, the US Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment has approximately 2,500 rangers. That means that as a result of this investigation, the Sinaloa cartel may have received almost as many guns that are needed to arm the entire regiment."

Roger Chapin | July 26, 2011

Amid all the debate, confusion, obfuscation, lies and lack of candor about how to deal with our out-of-control federal budget crisis, one simple, rarely cited fact stands out from all the rest: Our federal government borrows and spends roughly 70% more money than it takes in!

Thomas Sowell | July 26, 2011

The big news, as far as the media are concerned, is the political game of debt-ceiling chicken that is being played by Democrats and Republicans in Washington. But, however much the media are focused on what is happening inside the Beltway, there is a whole country outside the Beltway

Chuck Norris | July 26, 2011

As the White House and Congress debate cuts in federal spending, millions of dollars are being funneled overseas to help build many Islamic mosques and structures.

John Hawkins | July 26, 2011

It's no secret that liberals and conservatives don't get along. But, if there's any one thing that we've learned from the liberal love of sensitivity classes and situation comedies, it's that once people get to know each other and learn about each other's beliefs and concerns, all legitimate differences melt away.

David Limbaugh | July 26, 2011

In the ongoing budget negotiations, it is becoming quite clear that President Obama, quite contrary to his posturing, is the major fly in the ointment.

John Ransom | July 26, 2011

First, there is the problem of the messenger. A messenger can undermine the message of the best message out there. Obama, for example, would have a hard time convincing voters that he’d like to pass a balanced budget amendment, but those darn Republicans just won’t let him. Pig s would have to fly first.

Mona Charen | July 26, 2011

As the fight continues over whether to raise taxes to ratify the additional $3.6 trillion President Obama and the Democrats have spent in just 27 months, you hear the same refrain from Democrats: We must raise taxes to the levels of the Clinton administration.

Cal Thomas | July 26, 2011

When parents send their children off to summer camp, they reasonably expect them to return refreshed and more attuned with the world than when they left home.

Dennis Prager | July 26, 2011

The citizens of San Francisco will be voting on a proposition that seeks to ban circumcision in that city. Though I am strongly opposed to the proposition, if it passes, some good may come of it.

Pat Buchanan | July 26, 2011

"Like a fire bell in the night," wrote Thomas Jefferson in 1820, "this momentous question ... awakened and filled me with terror. I considered it at once as the knell of the Union."

Debra J. Saunders | July 26, 2011

In 2007, Norwegian Justice Minister Knut Storberget proposed extending Norway's absolute maximum criminal sentence of 21 years to 30 years for genocide, crimes against humanity and terrorism. That proposal didn't go anywhere. The maximum criminal sentence in Norway is 21 years.

Paul Greenberg | July 26, 2011

Our species has a number of formal names in the scientific-sounding Latin. Perhaps the most ironic is Homo sapiens, man the thinker. Especially when you keep coming across thoughtless statements in the news.

Phyllis Schlafly | July 26, 2011

A national scandal hit the news when Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal released a 413-page report describing how hundreds of Atlanta public school teachers and principals had been cheating during the past 10 years on standardized tests in order to falsely report that their schools were doing a good job and the kids were improving.

Bill Murchison | July 26, 2011

It's not that this wonderful land of ours has never known political fracases. A war that took place midway through the 19th century comes to mind. There was also, years later, if memory serves, an upheaval known as the New Deal, during whose course all manner of head-butting took place.

Michael Youssef | July 26, 2011

Since his election to the Presidency of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama has been on a campaign to ingratiate himself to the Wahhabis, the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamic hardliners. In doing so he is magically transforming them, in his mind at least, into "moderates."

Lincoln Brown | July 26, 2011

Estonia happens to be in possession of oil shale. And while we have whittled away our time doing the environmental hokey pokey, dithering about where when how and why to develop resources all the while quaking in our boots over the fear that we would invoke the wrath of the Environmental Left, the country of Estonia got down to the business of making oil shale work.

Sabrina L. Schaeffer | July 26, 2011

Washington is in a stew about the debt ceiling. With massive spending cuts and significant tax increases on the table, special interests are frantically trying to protect their goodies, from targeted tax breaks to the vast array of spending programs. But why are traditional feminists pulling out the stops to prevent a long-overdue, fundamental reform of Social Security?

Armstrong Williams | July 26, 2011

Amid the crying of foul and media hype surrounding Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World Scandal a fundamental fact seems to have been lost. That is, before Rupert Murdoch came along and almost single-handedly saved it, the newspaper industry as we know it was dying an ignominious death.

Mike Shedlock | July 26, 2011

Over the weekend several people asked what was in the various plans and how much would really be cut. Unfortunately details are scant and the plans keep changing. However, anything short of the "grand bargain" has no real substance. It is debatable if the "grand bargain" has substance.

Gina Loudon | July 26, 2011

Good debt gives the borrower the potential to create more money. Bad debt gives the borrower something he can’t afford but wants anyway. And ugly is is a government invention.

Jay Sekulow | July 26, 2011

What's interesting is that while the President is no longer directly involved in the negotiations to solve our nations' budget crisis, he continues to issue threats and engage in a campaign of fear and intimidation - trying to scare Americans - refusing to guarantee that Social Security checks, military paychecks, and crucial entitlements will go out if a deal isn't reached.

Mon, Jul 25, 2011

Heidi Harris | July 25, 2011

I don’t know how Debbie Wasserman Schultz was raised, but I had a younger brother that I was not allowed to hit. Of course I did anyway, on more than one occasion, so I was reprimanded and warned that “one day he’ll be bigger than you”.

Caroline Glick | July 25, 2011

The past month has been a difficult one for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for the Palestinians (UNRWA). First Palestinians in Hamas-controlled Gaza held mass protests against the agency's attempt to change its name to the United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees.

Fred Wszolek | July 25, 2011

For those who may have written off Big Labor’s agenda after they failed to push the Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act (EFCA) through Congress last year, they may want to take a careful look at the actions being undertaken by President Obama’s Administration and they’ll quickly find that the job-killing movement is alive and well.

Frank Gaffney | July 25, 2011

"The tide is turning in Europe and elsewhere towards freedom, free markets and conservative values. To paraphrase an old folk song, we can’t let a psychopathic deviant – who professes admiration for such principles and their adherents, yet utterly betrays them – to turn us around."

Rich Tucker | July 25, 2011

In the self-declared “Little City” where I live, a sign went up recently. It says that Falls Church plans to build one of those radar signs to alert drivers if they’re going too fast.

Michael Brown | July 25, 2011

The details of the tragic massacre in Norway are shocking beyond words. At least 92 fatalities. Scores of young people gunned down in cold blood. Others seriously injured or missing. Body parts still to be recovered in the bombed out buildings. A nation traumatized and in mourning.

John C. Goodman | July 25, 2011

Apparently he is. And it’s not just me saying it. From across the political spectrum, there has been widespread condemnation of the way the White House is using Social Security checks as a weapon in President Obama’s budget battles with the congressional Republicans.

Rich Galen | July 25, 2011

We need a new way of keeping score when it comes to government spending.

Armstrong Williams | July 25, 2011

If you’ve been living in the United States during the past three months and you’re not aware of this “debt crisis” everyone inside the Beltway is talking about, then you’re living under a rock.

Jeff Jacoby | July 25, 2011

"Could Michele Bachmann become the next US president? I have no idea. But this much I do know: She wouldn't be the first one to live with migraine headaches."

Michael Barone | July 25, 2011

Those who consider themselves constitutional conservatives should take care to consider not only the powers that the Constitution confers on the different branches of government and reserves to the states and the people, but also the schedule that the Constitution sets up for sharp changes and reversals of public policy.

Star Parker | July 25, 2011

Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), also Democratic National Committee chair, suggested that the nasty email she got from Congressman Allen West (R-FL), responding to her attack on him in the House, resulted from him being “under pressure.”

John Ransom | July 25, 2011

Median sales prices of homes are going up in the DC metro area. Year over year prices are up 7.3 percent for June.Meanwhile, in the rest of the country, people are buying homes at the slowest rate in 14 years.

Katie Kieffer | July 25, 2011

When arch rivals like the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers go head-to-head, anything is fair game. Except cheating. Winning is the end-goal, but neither team will knowingly jeopardize its NFL standing.

Lurita Doan | July 25, 2011

President Obama continues to push the notion that he wants a "balanced approach" to budget cuts, but it is becoming increasingly clear that the only spending cuts he is willing to contemplate are cuts in defense spending.

Bruce Bialosky | July 25, 2011

In 1972, Congresswoman Patsy Mink authored an amendment to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The amendment, which was passed and signed into law, states that "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance..."

Mike Needham | July 25, 2011

The outcome of the 2010 elections signaled that our nation's founding principles still resonate with Americans of all stripes. The current struggle over whether and how to raise our nation's debt ceiling is another battle in the long war over what sort of country we leave our children and grandchildren.

Mike Shedlock | July 25, 2011

A US housing bubble was brewing for years. Even after it popped in summer of 2005, many did not recognize that fact for 18 months as the chain reaction mentality "it's different here" spread to every city that had not yet burst.

Lincoln Brown | July 25, 2011

Thank God! Were it not for the good graces of the Depratment of the Interior, the people in my part of the country would be consigned to real jobs with benefits! But lo! Here he comes descending on a cloud, Ken Salazar offering Americans in the West a chance to wait tables, tune skis, shine shoes and clean hotel rooms!

Jay Sekulow | July 25, 2011

In May, I told you about an important brief we filed at a federal appeals court urging that our federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of ObamaCare go forward.

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Chris Poindexter | July 24, 2011

Corrections from profit-taking are equally plausible, but that didn’t take hold when prices surged last week. There were minor down-side corrections, almost certainly attributed to profit-taking, but prices recovered each time.

John Andrews | July 24, 2011

The conscience our self-government has long lacked is awake again at last.

Derek Hunter | July 24, 2011

To say MSNBC is a left-wing propaganda outfit is to say the sun rises in the east. It qualifies as a “duh” statement. But that wasn’t always the case, nor were the embarrassing ratings.

John Ransom | July 24, 2011

In this week’s Email, Hate Mail and Comments column Odin the Intellectual asks: “Does this racist twit ever write anything serious?” although it’s not immediately clear that he’s not talking about himself; Henry says that we have to use a better message; and Lilly? Well, Lilly is just her usual self.

Salena Zito | July 24, 2011

Remarkably, the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club still stands on what once was the shore of Cambria County’s Lake Conemaugh.

Austin Hill | July 24, 2011

A note to business men and women who call themselves Democrats: you really can’t have it both ways.

Doug Giles | July 24, 2011

The lesson is clear, little children: If you wanna be a vile vandal but don’t want to be harangued by the media and would like to skate when you should be fined or imprisoned, you might want to consider homosexuality.

Debra J. Saunders | July 24, 2011

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's bid to win the GOP presidential nomination hasn't exactly been catching on fire. Earlier this month, The New York Times ran a story about his candidacy under the headline "Will Republican Race's First In Be the First Out?"

Steve Chapman | July 24, 2011

When you pick up a glossy, multi-page color brochure at a presidential campaign event, you expect to see a candidate's image on the front. The ones stacked on a table inside the Sports Page Grill, where Tim Pawlenty is appearing this morning, do feature that sort of photo. But it's not of Pawlenty. It's of Barack Obama.

Michael Youssef | July 24, 2011

For a long time, I have resisted using the terms “liberal” or “conservative” when it comes to both theology and politics. My experience has proven that those who identify themselves as theological liberals tend to also identify themselves as politically liberal and vice versa.

Mark Baisley | July 24, 2011

I am reminded of that low moment in my life every time that I hear about a conservative who leaves the GOP in protest or calls for the formation of a third political party. I appeal to conservatives who are disappointed in Republican leadership to get even more involved with the GOP and to recruit your like-minded friends to join you in the struggle.

Ken Connor | July 24, 2011

Senator Coburn has crafted a proposal that addresses spending in virtually every segment of government, from defense to entitlements, and targets tax deductions that have benefitted special interests on both sides of the aisle for far too long.

Edith Lank | July 24, 2011

The bad news is that each owner is legally responsible for the entire tax bill. The good news is that in a tax foreclosure, action is usually taken against the property, and not personally against the landowner(s). If you don't pay, your relationship with your cousins might take a hit, but I don't think your credit record would.

Mike Shedlock | July 24, 2011

What cannot be paid won't. Taxpayers have had enough. Central Falls is a small and troubled city, but this same scene is going to eventually hit Pittsburgh, Oakland, Houston, Detroit, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and most likely every major city in the country.

Paul Jacob | July 24, 2011

They hold the fate of the Republic in their hands. And they aren't showing their hands.