Sat, Aug 27, 2011

John Ransom | August 27, 2011

Jonathan Alter asked sincerely why everyone thinks Obama's such a bad president. I will answer with five reasons based on substance, although I could probably come up with twenty reasons easily.

Ed Feulner | August 27, 2011

We’re used to hearing bad news from the education front -- poor test scores, falling literacy, slipping standards. But the new academic year brings a welcome change: school-choice programs have expanded significantly in recent months. Indeed, The Wall Street Journal has already dubbed 2011 “The Year of School Choice.”

Mike Shedlock | August 27, 2011

Seriously, what can he do he has not already done? Given that $1.6 trillion in excess reserves did not do a damn thing to spur lending or job creation, what possible good can another $1 trillion do?

Bill Tatro | August 27, 2011

Thanks for finally fessin’ up. “Most of the economic policies that support robust economic growth in the long run are outside the province of a central bank.” That’s right, Ben.

Fri, Aug 26, 2011

Paul Driessen | August 26, 2011

Every American manufacturing company gets tax deductions that help it create jobs and strengthen our economy – whether it produces newspapers, furniture, cars or fuel. Eliminating those deductions would increase unemployment and further slow our nation’s desperately needed economic recovery.

Kathryn Lopez | August 26, 2011

Just like that, most of America can move on from any concern about the very existence of Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The former head of the International Monetary Fund is a free man, proclaiming his innocence. But what about our innocence? It still seems to be missing.

Ryan James Girdusky | August 26, 2011

Last week, the Obama administration announced it will halt deportations of illegal immigrants on a case-by-case basis depending on whether they held certain criteria. Such criteria included attending school, having a family and having primary care responsibility for a family member.

Paul Greenberg | August 26, 2011

Martin Luther King Jr., now has his Washington memorial just where it should be: on the National Mall. But that's about all that's good about it. Because everything else about it raises misgivings. The deepest misgivings.

Caroline Glick | August 26, 2011

American media superstar Glenn Beck's visit to Israel this week was a revealing and remarkable event. It revealed what it takes to be a friend of Israel. And it revealed the causes of Israel's difficulty in telling its enemies from its friends.

Donald Lambro | August 26, 2011

When a heckler at the Iowa State Fair told Mitt Romney that raising taxes on corporations was one way to solve America's fiscal and economic problems, the former governor shot back that "Corporations are people, my friend."

Diana West | August 26, 2011

Here are three things Americans need to know about the Libyan "rebels" that the U.S. government isn't telling us.

Humberto Fontova | August 26, 2011

According to Maxine Waters the Tea party “can go straight to hell”. But “VIVA FIDEL!” she chanted during the rapturous reception that greeted the Stalinist dictator’s visit to Harlem’s Riverside Church on Sept. 9, 2000. The overflow crowd packed the Church to suffocation and spilled from the doors onto the streets and sidewalks.

Rich Galen | August 26, 2011

Just went through a 5.9 earthquake. We who live along the Potomac River are on flood watch. The Libyans can't find Moammar Gaddhafi and, more important, don't have any idea how to run the country even if they do. And, Hurricane Irene is taking dead aim at the Eastern coast of the United States.

Hugh Hewitt | August 26, 2011

“I hope,” I told Stuart Varney on his excellent Fox Business Network program yesterday, “that President Obama watches the preparations for Hurricane Irene closely.”

Michael Brown | August 26, 2011

Many Americans have been shocked by reports about a recent pro-pedophilia conference in Baltimore in which psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, representing institutions like Harvard and Johns Hopkins, sought to present pedophilia in a sympathetic and even positive light. But why should this surprise us?

Michelle Malkin | August 26, 2011

Blunt. Brash. Bold. Politically incorrect. Unapologetically patriotic. Philadelphia cheese-steak king Joey Vento was all that and a side of freedom fries. The 71-year-old owner of Geno's Steaks died of a heart attack this week, but he reignited a national debate over radical multiculturalism that will burn for years to come.

Brent Bozell | August 26, 2011

The ratings-hungry producers/exploiters of "reality" TV are in an ongoing search for "edgy" people who are combustibly watchable and whose lust for fame overrides any sense of moral judgment. Then they act shocked when their "characters" self-destruct.

Jonah Goldberg | August 26, 2011

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination now, at least in the national polls. Undoubtedly that's the main reason so many East Coast pundits and Beltway wags are making fun of him. He likes guns! He's from Texas! He talks funny! He's a -- gird yourself now -- Christian!

David Limbaugh | August 26, 2011

President Obama often tells us that his No. 1 focus is creating jobs, but his record makes you wonder what he might have done differently if his goal were to destroy jobs.

John Ransom | August 26, 2011

Obama rarely cares much for the approval of Congress. Once Congress stopped acting as a ways and means committee for him, the president started pursuing a policy of enacting legislation- or scuttling it-by regulatory action, nuisance lawsuits and abusing prosecutorial discretion.

Mona Charen | August 26, 2011

This was not a gaffe. This was a disgrace. In a speech at Sichuan University, Vice President Joe Biden said "Your policy has been one which I fully understand -- I'm not second-guessing -- of one child per family . . ."

Oliver North | August 26, 2011

For most of the year, irrational behavior is a natural state in our nation's capital. This is a place where potentates and politicians, lobbyists and legislators and the elite and the lowly routinely say and do completely irrational things.

Pat Buchanan | August 26, 2011

Chester Arthur was a most unlikely reformer. A crucial cog in the political machine of the Empire State's Sen. Roscoe Conkling, he was named by President Grant to the powerful and lucrative post of collector of customs for the Port of New York.

Suzanne Fields | August 26, 2011

Once upon a time, women complained that everything in the culture favored men, that it began when men and women were boys and girls. Boys got the advantage in kindergarten and kept it through high school and into their college years. Boys were more active than girls, and teachers called on them for recitation more often than girls.

Linda Chavez | August 26, 2011

As the president contemplates his options for creating jobs and stimulating the economy, here's one idea he should consider: Create a new immigration lottery that would let in up to a million newcomers -- on the condition that they immediately purchase a home with cash.

Kyle Olson | August 26, 2011

On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 earthquake mercilessly shook the country of Haiti, causing death and destruction of Biblical proportions. By the time the last aftershock was registered, approximately 85,000 Haitians were dead, and hundreds of thousands more were injured or left homeless.

Craig Steiner | August 26, 2011

Democrats inevitably accuse Republicans of promoting tax cuts that benefit primarily the rich, and the slogan "The rich got richer while the poor got poorer" is something that no election can go without. The same arguments are made election after election, so when someone recently made that accusation on a message board, I decided to investigate whether it is really true.

Jeff Carter | August 26, 2011

Then there are people like me. I would vote for any Republican over Obama. He is so toxic to the economy, the country and the future that anyone the Republicans nominate will be a step in the right direction. We aren’t staying home.

Mike Shedlock | August 26, 2011

Reader "Chris" is seeking advice on the state of the economy and the US housing market.

Peter Schiff | August 26, 2011

By any objective standard the portfolio would make any financial superstar green with jealousy. Fueled by his understanding of the inflationary policies unrelentingly pushed by his colleagues in Washington, Ron wisely loaded up on gold and gold mining stocks in the mid to late 1990s when those assets were regarded as the poor stepchildren of Wall Street.

Frank Turek | August 26, 2011

George Orwell said, “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” When you tell the truth about homosexuality today, you can be sure that the central tools of deceit—name-calling and bullying—will be unleashed.

Thu, Aug 25, 2011

Michael Gerson | August 25, 2011

Gen. Bosco Ntaganda is a familiar figure around town, dining at the Le Chalet restaurant, playing tennis on Sunday at the Hotel Caribou. "He lives right over there," a United Nations official told me over drinks. "We could visit him."

Paul Kengor | August 25, 2011

On August 21, Vice President Biden spoke at Sichuan University in Chengdu. He began with his usual smile, cheerfully thanking his “gracious” hosts. He noted that he brought along his daughter-in-law and granddaughter—two women who, if Chinese, would not be permitted to birth more than one child without severe fines or even forced sterilization. But Biden wasn’t going there.

Robert Knight | August 25, 2011

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend has done us a wonderful service with her Aug. 15 article in the Atlantic, “Is Rick Perry as Christian as He Thinks He Is?”

Paul Greenberg | August 25, 2011

It was a small victory, but in a great cause: freedom of speech. And any victory in such a cause should be noted. And celebrated.

Jay Sekulow | August 25, 2011

With the unveiling of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial in Washington this week, it's important to take a moment to understand the profound impact Dr. King has on the Christian conservative movement.

Jay Sekulow | August 25, 2011

Ten years after the horrific attacks of 9/11, the remains of those murdered that day are still being identified.

Cliff May | August 25, 2011

Nearly ten years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, many politicians, diplomats, journalists and academics remain reluctant even to name America’s enemies. To take but one example: John Brennan, head of the White House homeland security office, has argued that America is only “at war with al Qaeda” and its closest affiliates.

Michael Reagan | August 25, 2011

With approximately 135 different tribes within its borders, the hard lifting in Libya now begins. It is incumbent upon the United States to take a lead role in this vital area. No more of the Obama policy of leading from the rear -- the U.S. must lead, and must lead from the front.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | August 25, 2011

In some ways, our centuries-old nation is in a similar sort of adolescent phase -- awkward, unsure, given to conflicting actions and emotions.

Victor Davis Hanson | August 25, 2011

To newly inaugurated Barack Obama and his prime-the-pump technocrats, the logic seemed so simple. America's problem was a struggling economy. The solution was to spread around even more borrowed government money. The result would be a return to prosperity.

Michael Barone | August 25, 2011

Not long ago, I wrote about how the private sector outraces and laps government. While governments dither and dispute, the private sector discovers.

Larry Elder | August 25, 2011

"I'm not afraid of anybody. ... And as far as I'm concerned, the tea party can go straight to hell." -- Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.

John Ransom | August 25, 2011

Lacking little evidence that many of the natural disasters that were predicted by the global warming “model” that the high priests of their religion constructed years ago, one economist has come up with a new disaster, this one wholly civil.

Cal Thomas | August 25, 2011

After months of uprisings in Arab nations from Egypt to Yemen, we are now faced with one in Libya, which appears to have ousted Moammar Gadhafi. As with the other nations engaged in revolution, what follows is yet to be determined. So is a judgment on whether the replacements will be any better than their predecessors.

Debra J. Saunders | August 25, 2011

During one of the protests that shut down Bay Area Rapid Transit this month, an anonymous protester -- hiding behind a Guy Fawkes mask -- stood with a sign that read, "Mubarak Gaddafi BART."

Matt Towery | August 25, 2011

I've always considered former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to be an astute political observer. But when I hear him suggest the need to include "revenue" as part of the proposal by the ridiculous "Super Committee" of Congress to cut another $1.2 trillion of federal spending, I see white flags and images of Swiss cheese holes coming into view.

Steven Aden | August 25, 2011

In law and culture, as in all spheres of life, the “natural order” tends always to disorder. Culture, as the term implies, must be cultivated, because bad ideas drive out good ones like weeds in an unkempt garden.

Emmett Tyrrell | August 25, 2011

las, we lost a most desirable candidate for the White House this week, one that is not charismatic, did not write (or have someone else write) his memoir, has displayed no jump shot in public and did not leave important documents on his desk while gallivanting around the country in campaign mode and heading for vacation on Martha's Vineyard.

Kyle Olson | August 25, 2011

The CTU will remind you that the labor unions created America’s middle class. But don’t bother pointing out that the self-serving teachers unions are creating a generation of ignoramuses who are so poorly educated that they will never have a chance at a middle class lifestyle.

Steve Chapman | August 25, 2011

For a president blanketed in gloom, the rebel victory in Libya comes as a welcome ray of sunshine.

Bob Beauprez | August 25, 2011

But, the latest analysis by the Small Business Administration (SBA) calculates that compliance with federal regulation costs a staggering $1.75 trillion annually - and, that is a 2008 pre-Obama Administration estimate.

Craig Steiner | August 25, 2011

How do we know there's no money set aside for Social Security? Because, facing the possibility that the government couldn't borrow more money, President Obama threatened to not send out Social Security checks during the debt ceiling debate.

Mike Shedlock | August 25, 2011

Central bank and government actions around the globe increasingly prove that gold is the place to be.

Morgan Brittany | August 25, 2011

The market would love more pre-announced Fed bond purchases in part because it can buy the bonds ahead of the Fed.

Jeff Carter | August 25, 2011

I don’t doubt that the Democratic politicians love their state and city any less than anyone else. It’s just they have a funny way of demonstrating that love. Higher taxes and more regulation that increase costs to the citizens is more like abuse.

Bob Goldman | August 25, 2011

Your exceptional good looks, your massive ego, your emotional immaturity, your fantastic wardrobe of designer sweat suits -- they all make you perfect superstar material.

Wed, Aug 24, 2011

Ann Coulter | August 24, 2011

Evolution is the only subject that is discussed exclusively as a "Do you believe?" question with yes-or-no answers.

Paul Kengor | August 24, 2011

We have failed to heed the lessons of economic history, with terrible consequences for our economy and country. And the most crucial of those lessons, particularly since the start of LBJ’s Great Society, is this: deficits have been caused not by a lack of income-tax increases but by recession and, most of all, by excessive government spending.

Matt Barber | August 24, 2011

To the modern Democratic National Committee, the mainstream media and other “progressive” outfits such as the American Civil Liberties Union and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the words “patriot” and “patriotism” have become synonymous with “right-wing extremism.”

Jeff Jacoby | August 24, 2011

WARREN BUFFETT is the billionaire CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, a friend and political supporter of Barack Obama, and a well-known advocate of higher taxes on the rich. He is also a hypocrite, whose actions belie his words.

Michelle Malkin | August 24, 2011

Hey, you know what the beleaguered American economy could really use right now? More special-interest mandates imposed by the White House on employers and taxpayers.

John Stossel | August 24, 2011

We grow up learning that some things are just bad: child labor, ticket scalping, price gouging, kidney selling, blackmail, etc. But maybe they're not.

Walter E. Williams | August 24, 2011

What laws are we morally obligated to obey? Help with the answer can be found in "Economic Liberty and the Constitution," a 66-page pamphlet by Jacob G. Hornberger, founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation.

Brent Bozell | August 24, 2011

One of the greatest perversions of statism is the use of taxpayer money to push for ever more government spending and intervention.

Michael Medved | August 24, 2011

After President Obama's faltering, uncertain performance in the debt-ceiling crisis, and with polling showing self-described “conservatives” outnumbering “liberals” by crushing, consistent margins, Republicans ought to face the upcoming presidential race with eagerness and confidence.

Terry Jeffrey | August 24, 2011

Vice President Joe Biden's talent for using many words to say little or nothing -- or worse -- was never more conspicuously displayed than during his trip to China.

Ben Shapiro | August 24, 2011

There are a few key phrases that tell you precisely where someone stands on the political spectrum. If someone invokes "social justice," you can guarantee he or she voted for Obama, even though everyone on earth is presumably for justice in all of its forms.

David Harsanyi | August 24, 2011

So every now and then, liberals are treated to a big self-righteous laugh at the expense of some backwoods Christian conservative candidate who "ignores science" by doubting evolution or global warming -- or, gasp, both.

Austin Bay | August 24, 2011

Gun battles in Tripoli's suburbs signal the death throes of Muammar Gadhafi's dictatorship. Regime change is succeeding, albeit slowly and with needlessly protracted agony.

Paul Greenberg | August 24, 2011

Charles Mackay published his classic study "Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" in 1841, but it remains regularly relevant to the affairs of man.

Donald Lambro | August 24, 2011

The federal appeals court ruling that struck down the centerpiece of Obamacare has dealt a massive, possibly fatal, blow to the government-imposed health care system passed by a Democrat-controlled Congress over bitter public opposition.

Rich Tucker | August 24, 2011

Humans often assume that big changes happen so slowly we’ll have plenty of time to adjust to the new reality before we have to live in it. President Obama certainly seems to think this is true.

Jacob Sullum | August 24, 2011

Since the United States and its allies began taking sides in Libya's civil war five months ago, it has been clear that protecting noncombatants was a pretext for overthrowing Moammar Gadhafi.

Jeff Carter | August 24, 2011

99% of people’s eyes glaze over when you bring up regulation of the banks and trading. It doesn’t seem important. It’s not glamorous. But the way they are regulated sets the wheels in motion for favoritism in the marketplace.

Mike Shedlock | August 24, 2011

First let's take a look at the Fed report, then another look at my previous articles on P/E expansion and contraction followed by a new chart that suggests another "lost decade" is in progress right now.

George Friedman | August 24, 2011

It is one thing to declare a Palestinian state; it is quite another thing to create one.

Gil Morales and Chris Kacher | August 24, 2011

We remain long term bullish on gold and long term bearish on the dollar. Money printing/quantitative easing could prop up stocks, but we could also be in for a period of stagflation.

Lincoln Brown | August 24, 2011

In this day and age, when someone in Nigeria can hack into your bank account, we have the ability to find solutions to the problem of endangered species. without hindering access to resources, without raising the cost of energy and without adding the American Worker to the Endangered List.

Bill Tatro | August 24, 2011

This Friday, Ben Bernanke will emerge from his Jackson Hole, and if he sees his shadow…..oops (sorry, that’s Punxsutawney Phil.)

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | August 24, 2011

Dear Carrie: I really need to upgrade my car, but I want to go about it in a way that doesn't jeopardize my finances. Any tips? --A Reader

Jack Bouroudjian | August 24, 2011

ICI also reported that in the first half of August, insiders were net buyers of $700 billion of their own stock.

Tue, Aug 23, 2011

Rachel Marsden | August 23, 2011

Habemus Papam. That's what the Vatican says when it elects a new pope. It also should be what delegates scream at the Republican convention when the party's presidential candidate is chosen, because not even papal candidates' personal lives are subjected to the kind of scrutiny reserved for GOP hopefuls.

Byron York | August 23, 2011

Republicans dodged a big bullet at the Ames, Iowa, straw poll. If just 77 of the 4,283 people who voted for Rep. Michele Bachmann had voted instead for Rep. Ron Paul, then Paul would have won the straw poll. In the end, Bachmann came out ahead with 28.55 percent of the vote to Paul's 27.65 percent. No other candidate was close.

Jay Sekulow | August 23, 2011

The problem with the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations is that the world has conceded to the Palestinians the exact result they desire, rather than requiring the result to emerge from bilateral negotiations with the Israelis.

Rich Galen | August 23, 2011

No one in the Obama Administration was hanging a "Mission Accomplished" sign in front of the White House yesterday as it became obvious that the Libyan rebels had all but taken complete control of the country.

Armstrong Williams | August 23, 2011

There are literally hundreds of impediments that prevent people from building wealth. Whether they are particularly complex (misreading the stock market) or extremely simple (miscalculating your budget), these impediments can literally keep you and your family from financial stability. Various people face various hurdles, but one thing is for sure: every living person will face obstacles along their wealth-building path.

Bob Beauprez | August 23, 2011

If Tea Partiers were really so vile, then why are arrests at a tea party gathering about as rare as hens teeth, yet when leftists come together, getting arrested is almost standard operating procedure?

Chuck Norris | August 23, 2011

President Barack Obama wants you to believe that America's Founding Fathers were in error when they gave citizens the right to bear arms.

John Hawkins | August 23, 2011

To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil.

David Limbaugh | August 23, 2011

President Obama's legacy is shaping up to be a recurring cycle of rhetorical failures chasing policy failures, an endless, stupefying effort to convince us of the wisdom of pursuing -- again and again -- policies that have already failed.

John Ransom | August 23, 2011

Say what you want but Palin’s career shows she knows how to divide 65 jobs into $134 million. That skill apparently is beyond the ken of the Hallowed-Halls-of-Harvard-and-Princeton crowd. But it certainly seems like a valuable skill for a president to have.

Mona Charen | August 23, 2011

The Tea Party shows no sign of obliging the media by fading away. Yet one after another, each of several promising prospects on the Republican bench -- Haley Barbour, Mitch Daniels, Chris Christie, Paul Ryan -- has begged off . . . or seemed to.

Cal Thomas | August 23, 2011

While the federal government continues to drown in a sea of debt, several states are reporting surpluses, thanks to policies Washington would do well to emulate.

Pat Buchanan | August 23, 2011

Is the Senate trying to reignite the Cold War? If so, it is going about it the right way.

Fred Wszolek | August 23, 2011

As recent economic news has demonstrated, the road to recovery for our nation will be long and precarious. With extended debate on measures to eliminate debt as foreign governments deal with solvency issues, the markets have been extremely volatile, all of which has greatly impacted our economy.

Debra J. Saunders | August 23, 2011

President Barack Obama is in a pickle. Immigration enforcement actually is working -- or at least it was working.

Phyllis Schlafly | August 23, 2011

The feminists are having another tantrum. The New York chapter of the National Organization for Women and the New York Civil Liberties Union are squealing about a 64-page decision in a workplace, class-action suit brought by their friends in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Paul Driessen | August 23, 2011

Put these guys on Comedy Central. Put ‘em in an asylum … a mandatory restitution program … jail perhaps … or a witness protection program, if they turn state’s evidence on other perpetrators. But keep them away from our money – and our energy, economic, healthcare and education policies.

Susan Stamper Brown | August 23, 2011

This morning, I double-checked to be sure the word “illegal” was still a word in the dictionary. As of this morning, it still means “criminal, felonious, illegitimate, illicit, lawless, unlawful, and wrongful.” However, it is quite obvious, that the longer Progressive Democrats have carte’ blanche to do what they want, the closer the word “illegal” gets to becoming extinct.

Bill Murchison | August 23, 2011

"The Tea Party can go straight to hell," said Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California the other day. Having taken aboard that helpful piece of counsel, we can now press ahead with the task of putting America back to work -- the task Ms. Waters's party leader, our president, says he will address after Labor Day.

Craig Steiner | August 23, 2011

Citizens that hear about the Clinton "surplus" but also know the national debt never went down may legitimately ask, "How can the national debt increase even when the government supposedly has a surplus?" This article will provide a detailed explanation of how Clinton claimed a surplus even when the government borrowed $18 billion more the same year.

Eleanor Vaughan | August 23, 2011

Americans know their nation is facing many disquieting problems: high unemployment, a government debt spiraling out of control, and a recently downgraded credit rating, to name but a few.

Dave Ramsey | August 23, 2011

When it comes to investing, diversification simply means spreading your money around. This helps reduce risk, because you’re not putting all of your money into one company.

Mike Shedlock | August 23, 2011

The question at hand is how much more will governments force down the throats of taxpayers (hoping to bail out the banks and the bondholders) before this mess cracks in pieces. The more politicians force down taxpayer throats, the bigger the eventual repercussions.

Jeff Carter | August 23, 2011

If you are a trader, I can see entering the market and playing momentum to make a few ticks. However, if you are the average Joe, keep your feet out of the water. The sharks will bite, and bite hard. You are going to pay up to get into this market, and you will sell down to get out.

Mon, Aug 22, 2011

Michael Gerson | August 22, 2011

Evangelicals, warned liberal theologian Albert Outler, "want a society ruled by those who know what the word of God is. The technical name for that is 'theocracy,' and their Napoleon, whether he likes it or not, is Jimmy Carter." When Carter turned out to be less than Napoleonic, George W. Bush was identified as "the first prince of the theocratic states of America."

Paul Greenberg | August 22, 2011

And so it begins. Well before the actual election year. The candidates report for their auditions like inmates volunteering for the asylum's talent show. Or maybe the prison rodeo would be a better comparison when you consider all the bucking and rearing involved in an American presidential campaign.

Marvin Olasky | August 22, 2011

Pastor John Piper and others have told the story of 19th-century evangelist D.L. Moody visiting Scotland and opening his talk at a local grade school by asking rhetorically, "What is prayer?" To his amazement, hundreds of children's hands went up.

Humberto Fontova | August 22, 2011

Castro’s embassy (euphemized as “Interest Section”) in Washington D.C. will soon open an in-house “invitation-only” nightclub named “Hemingway’s Bar.” The news comes courtesy of The Atlantic Magazine—the same Atlantic that a year ago smugly predicted Communism’s immediate end in Cuba.

Rebecca Hagelin | August 22, 2011

I'm penning this column from Australia where I was privileged to speak a few days ago at an event at Parliament House celebrating Australia's National Marriage Day. As in America, marriage in Australia is under attack by homosexual activists who seek to shoehorn their lifestyle choices into a shoe that will never fit: marriage.

Carol Platt Liebau | August 22, 2011

With the President’s own policies having exacerbated and prolonged the economic pain, Democrats from President Obama on down are once again refusing to let the crisis go to waste; they’re seeking to use the downturn as an opportunity to inculcate in struggling Americans a sense of class grievance.

Mike Adams | August 22, 2011

The most dangerous ideas in contemporary political discourse are easily identified. While they often take hours to explain they are usually introduced in a conversation beginning with these four words: “I think we should.”

Jeff Jacoby | August 22, 2011

To many liberals, Rick Perry's audacious pledge to make Washington, DC, as "inconsequential in your life as I can" is tantamount to a pledge to bring back the Dark Ages.

Michael Barone | August 22, 2011

One of the few issues on which opinion has moved left over the last few years is same-sex marriage.

Star Parker | August 22, 2011

Election of our nation's first black president is delivering an unexpected message to our black population. Blacks are discovering that what a man or woman does -- their actions -- is what matters, not the color of their skin.

John Ransom | August 22, 2011

Conservatives have a long-standing complaint that Facebook regularly buries or otherwise deletes posts that don’t jive with the progressive agenda. On Sunday ZDNet reported that Facebook removed a posting from the account of Arizona governor Jan Brewer that was critical of Obama’s new “backdoor” amnesty policy.

Katie Kieffer | August 22, 2011

If we are serious about creating jobs, then we should treat entrepreneurs like fish. Just as fish need a certain environment to live, entrepreneurs require a unique environment to take risks and create jobs.

Lurita Doan | August 22, 2011

Americans witnessed a brief, but illuminating, incident last week epitomizing President Obama’s contempt for free markets, small businesses and entrepreneurs. During a Q&A session in Iowa, a farmer expressed concern that Obama's tidal wave of new, bewildering regulations and economy-killing mandates disguised as needed oversight, would someday soon require him to spend more time with paperwork compliance than with farming.

Rachel Alexander | August 22, 2011

The Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) is in a contentious fight with the state of Arizona over its controversial Mexican-American Studies program. A state law went into effect in Arizona on January 1, 2011, banning the teaching of ethnic studies in K-12 schools. It was prompted by an investigation into TUSD’s ethnic studies curriculum by Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne when he was State Superintendent of Schools.

Bruce Bialosky | August 22, 2011

As the field of Republican Presidential candidates becomes clear, the media continues to incite controversy among them. This became obvious with the back and forth at the Iowa debate. For the most part, the candidates kept their focus throughout – the problem is Obama and come November 2012 he must be defeated.

Mike Needham | August 22, 2011

Later this week, Heritage Action will release our first legislative scorecard, which will show which Members of Congress are saying the right things AND doing the right things. Conversely, those who say one thing and do another will no longer be able to hide. This will be a revealing barometer of a lawmaker’s willingness to fight for principled conservative policies in Congress.

Craig Steiner | August 22, 2011

Time and time again, anyone reading the mainstream news or reading articles on the Internet will read the claim that President Clinton not only balanced the budget, but had a surplus. This is then used as an argument to further highlight the fiscal irresponsibility of the federal government under the Bush administration. Here are the facts.

Chris Poindexter | August 22, 2011

Last week, investors who hung on to equities through the roller coaster gyrations ended up taking a beating. Many small investors are pulling their money out the markets once and for all, a trend happening both here and abroad.

Marita Noon | August 22, 2011

Obama’s cap and trade campaign promise died. Ethanol is on the budget chopping block. Switching to wind and solar is not proving to be as easy as expected. Environmentalists admitted defeat. But, wait! They have organizations set up, offices with leases, and employees who needed to be paid. A new approach was needed.

Mike Shedlock | August 22, 2011

The Eurobond idea is finished. The EU and the market is going to have to deal with it, and the market has been viewing Eurobonds as a savior. I do not care for Eurobonds either, yet the odds of an EU breakup have just increased.

Jeff Carter | August 22, 2011

What we are witnessing is an argument over the freedom to choose versus entities making choices for us. It has definite parallels to the Civil War (slavery vs freedom) and the migration from Europe to the US (monarchy vs democracy).

George Friedman | August 22, 2011

It is now more than six months since the beginning of the Arab Spring, and it is important to take stock of what has happened and what has not happened. The reasons for the widespread unrest go beyond the Arab world, although, obviously, the dynamics within that world are important in and of themselves.

Sun, Aug 21, 2011

Salena Zito | August 21, 2011

"God has been good to America, especially during difficult times. At the time of the Civil War, He gave us Abraham Lincoln. And at the time of Watergate, He gave us Gerald Ford – the right man at the right time who was able to put our nation back together again."

Derek Hunter | August 21, 2011

Pawlenty is out, Perry is in and Obama is...on vacation. This week was fun, and a mess. But aren’t they all? We learned President Obama is, after 2 1/2 years in office, ready to address his number 1 priority since taking office and release his Nixonian “secret plan” to deal with the jobs crisis...in September. Now THAT’S leadership! How’s that “hope and change” working out for you?

John Ransom | August 21, 2011

Boy the old liberals seem to have become awfully quiet recently. I guess that happens when your president’s approval rating dips to 35 percent in Pennsylvania. Maybe people still rely on coal in Pittsburgh.

Austin Hill | August 21, 2011

Now that Governor Rick Perry has catapulted to “front runner” status and is posing a credible threat to President Obama’s re-election, your entire state is under the microscope.

Doug Giles | August 21, 2011

I was going to title this column “How to Stay on the Government’s Tit Forever,” but I was afraid that Chris Matthews might call me a sexist on his show tomorrow during his nightly roast of Michele Bachmann because of the breast reference.

Kevin McCullough | August 21, 2011

One of the things that has always comforted me, being a conservative, is the raw, bare, confidence I have in knowing that the ideas we construct society around (from the conservative viewpoint) are without question based in freedom, dignity, and morality.

Ed Feulner | August 21, 2011

It’s been two years now since President Obama heralded a new era in U.S.-Russian relations -- a “reset,” as he put it. His plan was to “cooperate more effectively in areas of common interest.” He and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev were “committed to leaving behind the suspicion and the rivalry of the past.”

Steve Chapman | August 21, 2011

If the national fiscal crisis has accomplished nothing else, it has finally restored the good name of Ebenezer Scrooge. Frugal government, traditionally a contradiction in terms, has become a national ideal -- as well as a national necessity.

Mark Baisley | August 21, 2011

Perhaps the most attractive feature of migrating our automobiles to compressed natural gas would be transferring the investment of capital and jobs into the American economy, finally breaking our foreign oil dependence.

Bob Beauprez | August 21, 2011

The various courts and activist judges across America certainly give us plenty to fret about, but in just the last few weeks three separate federal courts rendered decisions to give conservatives plenty to cheer about and give the Obama Administration and the "progressive" left a bad case of heart burn.

David Ayers | August 21, 2011

Ever heard of a “two-minus-one pregnancy?” Chances are you have not, unless you have read the recent article by that title in the New York Times Magazine. This expression, which we may have to get used to, is one more “weasel term” in a long list of euphemisms invented by champions of “choice.”

Bill Tatro | August 21, 2011

To quote the infamous Howard Beale of Network fame “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.” Do the media, politicians, market analysts, and the general public always have to drink the Kool-Aid?

Larry Kudlow | August 21, 2011

Departing Council of Economic Advisers chairman Austan Goolsbee defends Obamanomics. I push back. But he's for pro-growth tax reform. I'm for it. So where's the President?

Jeff Carter | August 21, 2011

Instead of trying to use the government as a heavy club, why not use jujitsu and allow inertia to transform us economically? Obama has wielded the heavy club since taking control and has nothing to show for it. We are worse off.

Mike Shedlock | August 21, 2011

It was war that started the recovery, not the policies of Roosevelt. That statement may sound contrary to Austrian economics but it's not.

Ken Connor | August 21, 2011

In these difficult economic times, both sides of the political aisle are desperate to convince the American people that they are the party with the best plan for pulling America out of recession.

Michael Youssef | August 21, 2011

There was a time when Americans sought presidents who did not just claim to be Christians; they also looked for candidates who reflected Christ in their daily lives. This does not appear to be the case anymore.

Paul Jacob | August 21, 2011

Talk is cheap. Throwing money down a rathole? Expensive.