Sat, Dec 24, 2011

Amy Oliver | December 24, 2011

Finally, we’ve been able to quantify the pollution of some green technology sectors in a way that makes sense to the average American family sitting at their kitchen table.

Ken Blackwell | December 24, 2011

Well, that didn’t last. President Obama went out to Osawatomie, Kansas, to deliver what the White House told us in hushed tones was a major address. He proclaimed it “the defining issue of our time.” It’s more than that, it’s the “make or break moment for the middle class and for all those struggling to make it into the middle class.”

Rich Tucker | December 24, 2011

It’s an iron law of economics: You can’t get something for nothing. And yet politicians love to promise to hand out benefits, but are often reluctant to pay for them. So something’s got to give.

Ralph Benko | December 24, 2011

The last thing the incumbents in Congress will do is to change the rules in a way that might level the playing field between themselves and challengers, leading to an almost 100% reelection rate even though Congress, as a body, suffers from a pathetic 11% approval rating. Therefore, Lessig is proposing to call an Article V convention to end run the Congress. So is Olafson in his effort to take away Congress’s credit cards.

Brett McMahon | December 24, 2011

‘Tis the season for every media outlet, blog, or writer to put out a “Top List” of the year. Instead of the usual top hits or highlights of the year, it’s worth remembering why this was one of the roughest years for small business owners at the hands of our own government. Herein our own list of the Grinches that tried to replace holiday cheer with a goody bag of ill-considered, overly onerous rules and regulations and other assorted job killers this year.

Crista Huff | December 24, 2011

Lowes plans to accomplish this projected earnings growth largely through improvements in technology, ecommerce and merchandising.

David Sterman | December 24, 2011

Right now, bearish factors such the European crisis, still-high unemployment rates and a pervading sense that Washington can do no right are the key factors behind the market.

Marybeth Hicks | December 24, 2011

When I climbed into bed, the sheets felt like thin strips of refrigeration. I pulled the comforter up to my ears and shivered as I waited for my body to generate enough heat to turn my toes from blue to toasty.

Mark W. Hendrickson | December 24, 2011

Let’s have a happy debate: What are the five best Christmas movies of all time? Obviously, tastes differ and change over time. Here are my five favorites, the ones I am willing to watch every Christmas season, starting with number five and ending with my absolute favorite.

Jeff Carter | December 24, 2011

Mr. Wishy Washy has been a terrible leader. Love him or hate them, Reagan and Clinton knew how to lead. George W. Bush also lead as well. Obama, not so much.

Daniel J. Mitchell | December 24, 2011

A reckless federal judge has decided to let the IRS go on a fishing expedition of California real estate records because it is theoretically possible that some people haven’t reported information on their tax returns. Here are some details from a report at Forbes.

Political Calculations | December 24, 2011

The changes brought about by the Tax Reform Act of 1986 had two main effects. First, it incentivized home ownership by enhancing the tax benefits associated with owning property and having a mortgage. Second, in eliminating the favorable treatment of other debt interest, it made the home mortgage the primary channel by which people would choose to accumulate debt thanks to the interest on that debt being tax advantaged.

Mike Shedlock | December 24, 2011

Changes are coming. Many things we know and love will soon be gone, just as happened to the 8-track player, the buggy whip, and MS DOS. Unfortunately, we are also losing some things we cannot afford to.

Mark Baisley | December 24, 2011

If you are like Senator Rand and don’t think that it makes sense to have to flush twice to make up for a deliberately insufficient vortex, you can buy a Canadian-made 3.5 gallon toilet on the black market. Can you imagine having that crime on your rap sheet?

Lincoln Brown | December 24, 2011

The president of the Laborer’s International Union of North America, in reference to Keystone XL stated “The administration chose to support environmentalists over jobs…Job-killers win, American workers lose.”

Marita Noon | December 24, 2011

The Obama admiistration requires mining companies to pack in tools via; and the companies must certify that the mules are feed weed-free hay. Seriously.

Matt Mackowiak | December 24, 2011

It’s time to have a frank conversation about “the one,” and we are not talking about President Barack Obama.

Steve Deace | December 24, 2011

Should Ron Paul win the Iowa Caucuses, the media narrative is the Republican Party establishment will go scorched earth on the quirky libertarian Texas Congressman, just as they did Pat Buchanan back in the day.

Paul Tracy | December 24, 2011

Meanwhile, silver has been in one of the biggest bull markets of the decade. During a roller coaster period for the broader market, silver has seen gains in eight of the past 10 calendar years.

Fri, Dec 23, 2011

Michelle Malkin | December 23, 2011

They just don't know when to quit. Consumed with the singular task of re-electing Barack Obama, progressives across the country will use the holiday season to propagandize their conservative relatives and friends. White House elves are directing the re-education Christmas camp efforts.

Hugh Hewitt | December 23, 2011

That is the way it works and has to work. When you vote for a candidate, you vote for all of his or her positions. You accept the moral responsibility for the working out of their platform in practice.

Jeff Jacoby | December 23, 2011

If racial preferences in higher education were good for racial minorities in higher education, we surely would have seen the definitive evidence of it by now. Instead, a widening shelf of empirical research suggests that the opposite is true -- that affirmative action in academia is not advancing minority achievement but impeding it.

Rich Galen | December 23, 2011

This is an edited version of the column from Christmas 2003 which was written from Tikrit and Baghdad. At the time, according to the Congressional Research Service, there were 130,600 U.S. troops in Iraq when this was written. This Christmas, most of them are home.

Brent Bozell | December 23, 2011

The depravity of our popular culture and our eagerness to shred traditional values manifests itself every day. Lady Gaga, the top-earning woman in the music business and deemed by ABCs Barbara Walters to be one of the "most fascinating people," has a new vocation in mind. She's announced she wants to become an ordained minister of the Universal Life Church so she can marry two gay male friends.

Jonah Goldberg | December 23, 2011

As a non-Christian with a deep affection for Christmastime, I've always felt a little left out around this time of year, but not in the way you might think. I've always felt a bit out of place with the venerable conservative tradition of denouncing the "war on Christmas."???

David Limbaugh | December 23, 2011

There seems to be a common line of demarcation separating two basic factions on the political right in the various skirmishes we have fought against Barack Obama, from their markedly different approaches to the budget battles to their differences in sizing up the GOP presidential candidates.

Mona Charen | December 23, 2011

This is the time of year to turn our thoughts to noble sentiments and inspiring stories. William Bennett, who has established something of a cottage industry in uplift, has a new book out that celebrates and explicates all that is bracing, wholesome, affecting and necessary about men and manliness.

John Ransom | December 23, 2011

The problems we have in the country are political, not economic. Solutions will come only when the Gordian Knot is cut politically. The GOP needs to look for a watershed. Voters will vote in 2012 for a Brand New Deal, with Obama and the Democrats playing the part of Herbert Hoover, if the GOP is wise enough to offer it.

Oliver North | December 23, 2011

Four years ago, this annual Christmas column was written from Baquba, Iraq, while our Fox News "War Stories" team was embedded with the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division and special operations units operating against the Iranian-supported Mahdi Army in the outskirts of Baghdad. A year earlier, the Christmas 2006 column was written in Ramadi, Iraq, while we were embedded with 1st Battalion, 6th Marines in what was then the bloodiest place on the planet.

Pat Buchanan | December 23, 2011

Returning from Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta dropped some jolting news.

Rachel Alexander | December 23, 2011

Either there has been a huge increase in discrimination by law enforcement during the Obama administration, or Obama is targeting law enforcement for politically motivated reasons. In the current era of heightened sensitivity to racism and police brutality, it makes no sense that abuses by law enforcement are increasing.

Suzanne Fields | December 23, 2011

This has been a busy week for the Grim Reaper, slashing out at friend and foe, winning each battle fought against clay-footed humans who earned obituaries on the front page inspired by love or hate or both. Words often have a life of their own, particularly in matters of life and death. Cosmic coincidences in man's fate bring to our attention very different men merely because they died within days of each other.

Linda Chavez | December 23, 2011

For more than a dozen years now, I've spent the days leading up to Christmas in search of a special gift. Not the kind you can buy at the mall or charge on your credit card but the gift of a traditional Midnight Mass. It goes back to my childhood, when I couldn't wait until I was old enough to attend Midnight Mass with my grandmother at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Denver.

Diana West | December 23, 2011

Ah, to be in Vienna at Yuletide. Streets sparkle with the lights of the Christkindlmarkts, the traditional markets that spring up for the season. Skaters circle the rink outside the picturesque Rathaus (City Hall). Merrymakers warm their hands on cups of gluhwein (mulled wine). What could possibly be missing?

Kathryn Lopez | December 23, 2011

An iPad, an Xbox, whatever our most desired shiny object under the Christmas tree happens to be is not as precious as the ability to celebrate Christmas freely and openly -- with Santa at Macy's or midnight Mass at St. Patrick's, as casually or as devoutly as we wish.

Donald Lambro | December 23, 2011

The Commerce Department's revised GDP report ?Thursday threw cold water on the fading hope that the economy is breaking out of its doldrums.

Peter Ferrara | December 23, 2011

I have kept the true story of the Heritage Foundation and the individual health insurance mandate under wraps for almost 20 years now, because up until now it has been too costly to tell it. But now it is too costly not to tell it.

Political Calculations | December 23, 2011

Let's say you're considering one of three options: taking early retirement at Age 62, retiring at the traditional Age 65, or really holding off on retiring until you've reached Age 70. Which choice might be better for you?

Crista Huff | December 23, 2011

Enfamil Newborn formula is a well-known mother's milk substitute. Non-breastfeeding infants consume formula relatively exclusively during their first few months of life. They are introduced to solid foods during their first year, but otherwise doctors generally recommend no other beverage aside from mother's milk, infant formula and water during the first year.

David Sterman | December 23, 2011

Here are three sectors that may be the focus of M&A dealings in 2012. If you can get in on any of these stocks before these deals transpire, you're likely to reap some nice gains.

Daniel J. Mitchell | December 23, 2011

I’ve posted some serious videos about the Second Amendment, but this video should win the marketing prize.

Bob Goldman | December 23, 2011

Choosing a gift for the supervisor who has everything -- and knows nothing -- can put a damper of the whole holiday season. If you choose right, you could accelerate your rise up the corporate ladder. Choose wrong and you could accelerate your race to the unemployment office.

Jeff Carter | December 23, 2011

Suppose there wasn’t any angel financing for any firms anywhere. What would happen? Entrepreneurs would have ideas for companies and form them. But they would have to grow from internal cash flow, then wait until they had enough assets to go to a bank and ask for a loan.

Larry Kudlow | December 23, 2011

When you think of Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, terms like earnest, serious and important come to mind. So does the term old-fashioned. Ryan comes from an old-fashioned place, the blue-collar town of Janesville, Wis. He cherishes the old-fashioned values of a faithful family man. He even looks old-fashioned, with his white shirts and striped ties.

Jerry Bowyer | December 23, 2011

This dissolution of the relationship between economics and finance is a huge problem, because interest rates are the theoretical and practical foundation of all financial valuation.

Bob Beauprez | December 23, 2011

Adair went to work for the Boston Planned Parenthood clinic in 1997 believing the company line, but quickly learned the cold reality.

Mike Shedlock | December 23, 2011

That rates at 8 out of 10 with 2 home runs and possibly a couple doubles. For forecasting, that's a pretty good-to-great year.

Bill Tatro | December 23, 2011

Nothing has changed, the debts keep mounting, the unemployment keeps climbing, and the world is one step closer to the realities of the situation.

Thu, Dec 22, 2011

Humberto Fontova | December 22, 2011

Last week’s 60 Minutes featured another in its long line of joint CBS-Castro productions. This time Anderson Cooper and his production crew partnered with the Stalinist regime’s Centro de Investigaciones Marinas for a propaganda piece on the marvels of Cuban coral reef conservation.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | December 22, 2011

Christmas memories fill our Christmas tree. It stands in our living room, filled with white lights and ornaments. Our ornaments reflect the life of our family: varied and interesting, some old, some new, some precious and some common.

Victor Davis Hanson | December 22, 2011

Two terrible September days sum up the first decade of the new American millennium.

Michael Barone | December 22, 2011

Three weeks out from the New Hampshire primary, and voters in the Granite State don't seem to have settled firmly on one of the Republican presidential candidates.

Larry Elder | December 22, 2011

As "Person of the Year," Time magazine named "The Protester." The subhead read, "From the Arab Spring to Athens, From Occupy Wall Street to Moscow."

Judge Andrew Napolitano | December 22, 2011

If you've been watching cable television regularly, you've heard from many analysts who know Newt Gingrich personally. They either call him the smartest man in the room or they tell us Gingrich believes he's the smartest man in the room. Gingrich has always been a government ideas man, and whenever he says something odd, out of the ordinary or otherwise eyebrow raising or provocative, it's explained away as Newt being Newt. His ideas are, in fact, what get him in trouble.

John Ransom | December 22, 2011

The whack-job left remains skeptical of Obama largely because they have yet to see him confiscate your home, my home and all other homes with up-to-date mortgages. Remember: This is a group of people who think recycling is dropping “trou” in Zucotti Park.

Michael Reagan | December 22, 2011

For the past three years the United States Senate, under the leadership of Obama toady Harry Reid, has been an embarrassment for the United States. Now the so-called "Upper Body" has merely kicked the can down the road for two months on an extension of the payroll tax cut, and the House has rightly rejected the Senate's maneuver.

Cal Thomas | December 22, 2011

It may be wonderful for the majority, but for those whose fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers or children have died in Iraq and Afghanistan there is a void this Christmas, and Christmases to come, that can never be filled.

Debra J. Saunders | December 22, 2011

I first met Ron Paul in 1988 at the Beverly Hills home of Dr. Timothy Leary, the one-time "turn on, tune in, drop out" LSD guru. Leary talked to me about how he was going to have his head frozen cryogenically when he died -- it happened eight years later -- and why he was hosting a fundraiser for Paul. The event showed that there is such a thing as being so far to the right, or left, that you bond with the fringe left or fringe right.

Matt Towery | December 22, 2011

Yes, I know that "Marley and Me" was a hugely successful movie that came from a book. But as this Christmas approaches, seeing most of the Republican candidates for president desperately ripping each other apart with vicious and cruel statements, I am reminded again of Harry Truman's famous statement, "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog." That goes for all of politics, where most of the GOP contestants, other than Newt Gingrich, have handed Barack Obama all the early negative ads and press releases he could ever have fathomed.

Steve Chapman | December 22, 2011

In the time since the end of the Cold War, there have been many years in which advocates of freedom and democracy found endless reasons for gloom and few for hope. This was not one of those years.

Emmett Tyrrell | December 22, 2011

They are back! I speak of the episodic apologists, who have been a phenomenon of the Clinton Saga since its earliest days, back when the Clintons were flipping real estate and exchanging bad checks in Arkansas.

Matt Barber | December 22, 2011

Those bent on justifying the homosexual lifestyle often claim that there are umpteen million – or somewhere thereabouts – species of "gay" animals in the world.

Nathan Slaughter | December 22, 2011

Billionaires such as Warren Buffett are some of the smartest investors on the planet (Berkshire Hathaway's (NYSE: BRK-B) 20% average annual gain in book value since 1965 attests to that).

Daniel J. Mitchell | December 22, 2011

Well, according to data from the OECD, government got bigger, the tax burden rose, and there was more red ink once annual budget limits were agreed to.

Crista Huff | December 22, 2011

Paychex is turning into a growth story. Earnings per share (EPS) from the last five years bounced around between $1.32 and $1.56 — solidly profitable, but lacking consistent growth.

Political Calculations | December 22, 2011

Figuring out how much it costs you to own an ETF is a little more involved than looking at the fund's Operating Expense Ratio.

Armstrong Williams | December 22, 2011

It’s that time of year. Time to take stock of 2011, and prepare to ring in a much-welcomed 2012.

George Friedman | December 22, 2011

It seemed appropriate, now that the war is over, to hear from those at STRATFOR who fought in the war and survived.

Mike Shedlock | December 22, 2011

In regards to how long the bottom will play out, I think a decade. And once recovery starts, it won't be a mad dash to new highs

Bob Beauprez | December 22, 2011

Holder says he’s a convenient two-fer for Obama critics. People identify him with the President because “you know, the fact that we’re both African American.” He also says those people who take exception with him or with Obama are part of the “more extreme segment” of America.

AWR Hawkins | December 22, 2011

In between his purchases of gold bullion and road flares, his attempts to put one more gallon of water in his cellar, and the addition of twenty more cans of green beans for dooms day, Glenn Beck has recently taken time to criticize and perhaps even undercut the GOP.

Wed, Dec 21, 2011

Ann Coulter | December 21, 2011

Every few years, heinous Democratic policies -- abortion, gay marriage, affirmative action, Hillarycare, Obamacare, to name a few -- compel previously uninvolved Americans to leap into politics.

Ben Shapiro | December 21, 2011

In the Meredith Wilson musical "The Music Man," a small Iowan town faces the sinister wiles of a big city con man, Harold Hill. In introducing themselves, they sing, "We could stand touchin' noses / For a week at a time / And never see eye-to-eye. But what the heck, you're welcome, / Join us at the picnic. You can eat your fill / Of all the food you bring yourself."

Benjamin Bull | December 21, 2011

What they objected to was the fact that Domenic’s parents were home-schooling him. Not that home-schooling was illegal in Sweden … authorities just didn’t like it.

Karen Lugo | December 21, 2011

Muslim activists are calling Lowe’s decision to pull sponsorship of the TLC television series “All-American Muslim” ads bigotry. Butterball angered many Americans when customer service agents confirmed that all Thanksgiving turkeys had been slaughtered according to halal methods. What is an American corporation to do in response to America’s competing cultural conflicts? Does America have a culture to which companies should be expected to conform?

Paul Greenberg | December 21, 2011

Power is no sure guide to greatness. Or even survival. Quite the contrary. Tyrants can be powerful, yet the powerless can make them tremble.

Michelle Malkin | December 21, 2011

The road to gastric hell is paved with first lady Michelle Obama's Nanny State intentions. Don't take my word for it. School kids in Los Angeles have blown the whistle on the east wing chef-in-chief's healthy lunch diktats. Get your Pepto Bismol ready. The taste of government waste is indigestion-inducing.

John Stossel | December 21, 2011

President Obama says his health care "reform" will be good for business. Business has learned the truth.

Walter E. Williams | December 21, 2011

Republicans and Democrats, liberals as well as conservatives, have bought into anti-Chinese trade demagoguery. Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested that tariffs against China are a "key part of our 'Make It in America' agenda."

Brent Bozell | December 21, 2011

In 2008, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics. At that time, it wasn't hard to imagine the Swedes were rewarding Krugman for eight years of blasting George W. Bush. In other words, the Nobel Prize truly matched its namesake: Alfred Nobel invented dynamite. Krugman regularly throws rhetorical dynamite at anything that stands in the way of his radical worldview.

Jonah Goldberg | December 21, 2011

So now it's Ron Paul's turn. The diminutive Texas libertarian is poised in the latest polls to win the Iowa caucuses.

John Ransom | December 21, 2011

That’s an evolutionary development in our form of government; and the Tea Party can trace its evolution in some sense right back to the Republican Revolution of 1994, led by Newt Gingrich, who tapped into public feelings of government overreach and reckless spending by Clin-trons Version 1.0, all-socialist, all-the-time.

Michael Medved | December 21, 2011

With many (if not most) GOP voters harboring a “none-of-the-above” attitude toward the current crop of presidential contenders, insiders and activists have begun developing dreams of deliverance via deadlock and dark horses.

Terry Jeffrey | December 21, 2011

Under this administration and this Congress -- which includes the Republican-controlled House of Representatives led by Speaker John Boehner -- the right of Catholics to freely exercise their religion is treated with less deference than the presumed right of stockyard owners to fill the skies with effluvia.

Austin Bay | December 21, 2011

For the second time in two decades, North Korea's hereditary communist state confronts dynastic change -- and the civilized world, wary of the chronically belligerent realm's nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, draws a guarded breath.

Paul Greenberg | December 21, 2011

You can never tell when one of them might approach you. Sometimes you see them coming from afar off. Or they can suddenly materialize at your side. "Got a match?" "Sir, I'm stranded here and just need a few more dollars to get a bus to...." "Could you help a...."

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Rich Galen | December 21, 2011

Allow me a day of what, bragging? Whining? Maybe both. Today I turn 65.

Donald Lambro | December 21, 2011

Once again, Congress is playing high-stakes poker with a precarious economy and the lives of struggling Americans who live paycheck to paycheck. That is, if they're lucky enough to have a job.

Rachel Marsden | December 21, 2011

In a victory for common sense, America's top trading partner has become the first country to bail on the Kyoto Protocol before the nearly $7 billion in noncompliance costs comes due next year. Thus ends a pointless and pricey exercise in martyrdom.

Kyle Olson | December 21, 2011

It’s so reassuring to have the intellectual elites in our nation’s teachers unions, like Sandy Hughes of Tennessee, looking out for us rubes.

Townhall.com Staff | December 21, 2011

I looked through the scope of the sniper rifle, scan¬ ning down the road of the tiny Iraqi town. Fifty yards away, a woman opened the door of a small house and stepped outside with her child.

Jacob Sullum | December 21, 2011

Reporters routinely describe Ron Paul's foreign policy views as "isolationist" because he opposes the promiscuous use of military force. This is like calling him a recluse because he tries to avoid fistfights.

Ken Connor | December 21, 2011

Humility is not a virtue readily found in America today – especially on the field of play. A football player makes a touchdown, a forward slam dunks the ball, or a designated hitter rockets a grand slam out of the park, and it's all about high-stepping, chest-bumping, trash-talking and other over-the-top behaviors intended to send the message, "I am the greatest."

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | December 21, 2011

I'm 64 and about to retire in the next year or so. I have enough in my retirement fund to pay for all my essentials and some extras, but I'm not wealthy.

Daniel J. Mitchell | December 21, 2011

Sounds absurd, but there’s been an increase in the demand for butter and high import taxes have created a huge incentive for black market butter sales.

Jeff Carter | December 21, 2011

2010 was a watershed election not because of the Republican domination. It was the specific kind of Republican domination. For once, they weren’t elected over social issues. They were elected on fiscal conservatism.

Michael Prell | December 21, 2011

“It’s not fair” is one of the first things we say as children and one of the last things we say before we leave this world. In between, we call it: growing up.

Ralph Benko | December 21, 2011

The world dollar standard’s death certificate arrives in the mail this week. The Bank of England — “the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street” — one of the most staid, cautious, and dignified entities in the world of monetary policy — signals that the fiduciary currency standard ushered in on August 15, 1971 is, empirically measured, far inferior to the (dilute form of the) gold standard erected at Bretton Woods.

Bill Tatro | December 21, 2011

Understanding both the math and the actual housing sector situation itself dictates these dramatic stock market responses are, in fact, merely dead cat bounces.

Political Calculations | December 21, 2011

That question comes up because of a recent story from the United Kingdom, where Woodley baker Rachel Brown was forced to make 102,000 cupcakes to satisfy a torrent of customers who took advantage of the discount she had offered via Groupon, losing $20,000 in the process.

Peter Schiff | December 21, 2011

Commodity booms and busts oftentimes last far beyond the time frame normally associated with a typical business cycle. IMF analysis of historical price movements in commodities filters out less significant short term movements to search for "trough to peak" and "peak to trough" cycles. They found that between 1862 and 1999, long booms were followed by large slumps, resulting in cycles of several decades.

Matt Mackowiak | December 21, 2011

The 2012 Republican presidential primary campaign has been the most volatile and least predictable campaign in my lifetime. In spite of this, I see several potential scenarios in the early states, all subject to change at any moment.

Mike Shedlock | December 21, 2011

On Monday, I had the pleasure of doing a live video for Capital Account with Lauren Lyster.

Tue, Dec 20, 2011

Caroline Glick | December 20, 2011

For decades New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman balanced his substantively anti-Israel positions with repeated protestations of love for Israel. His balancing act ended last week when he employed traditional anti-Semitic slurs to dismiss the authenticity of substantive American support for Israel.

Steven Aden | December 20, 2011

Last week, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overrode the Food and Drug Administration and limited the over-the-counter availability of Plan B, the abortifacient sometimes called the “morning after” pill, to girls 17 and older who can prove their age.

Thomas Sowell | December 20, 2011

If Newt Gingrich were being nominated for sainthood, many of us would vote very differently from the way we would vote if he were being nominated for a political office.

Chuck Norris | December 20, 2011

Anyone who knows me knows that for my whole life, I've been a huge supporter of our U.S. military personnel, whom I congratulate about their victory in Iraq. But when our president and officials in the U.S. Department of Defense exchange a war abroad for a religious war at home, can't we see that something else is seriously awry in this administration?

John Hawkins | December 20, 2011

Ron Paul is doing surprisingly well this year in some of the early primary state polls. There's a simple reason for that: Most people in the conservative media have concluded he can't win the nomination, they don't want to get yelled at by his supporters, and so they've laid off of him while most of the other candidates have had to face ferocious criticism.

Mike Adams | December 20, 2011

Hamline University is not a liberal arts college as it claims to be. It is an illiberal arts college that has just disgraced itself in the national court of public opinion. Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer was hired to teach at the school but then abruptly canned by those who did not want even a single high-profile conservative faculty member.

David Limbaugh | December 20, 2011

President Obama led us to believe that he would be a post-racial president who would bring the races together, but it's gotten to where you can't criticize this most leftist administration in American history without someone accusing you of racism.

John Ransom | December 20, 2011

The man, who more than anyone else, has brought Eric Holder to heel, can likely make a big name for himself as chairman of the oversight committee in the age of the socialist payoff to business and investors; even if Issa is, you know, a raaaaaacist.

Cal Thomas | December 20, 2011

Perhaps not since Madalyn Murray O'Hair and Carl Sagan has there been such an "evangelical" atheist as Christopher Hitchens, the writer and social commentator who died last week after a long and public battle with esophageal cancer.

Dennis Prager | December 20, 2011

After a lifetime of studying the left, I have concluded that leftism is a form of moral poison. It causes otherwise decent and kind people who take it into their systems to say and/or do cruel and sometimes evil things.

Pat Buchanan | December 20, 2011

This was the year when what Catholic apologist Hilaire Belloc predicted in 1938 would be the "second period of Islamic power" became manifest to all mankind.

Michael Gerson | December 20, 2011

As the heroes of the Cold War walk off into the mist -- Ronald Reagan, then John Paul II, now Vaclav Havel -- each departure makes their world more distant and foreign. But it is too early for forgetfulness, which would also be ingratitude.

Debra J. Saunders | December 20, 2011

Other countries limit the number of children a sperm donor may father -- in the United Kingdom, the limit is 10 -- but not in the United States, where fertility is big business.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | December 20, 2011

It is a tragedy when people become so blinded by ideology that they waste their life savings or lose their jobs. When the blinded individuals hold power over federal spending, however, they waste other people’s money and lose other people’s jobs.

Phyllis Schlafly | December 20, 2011

This month, communist China is celebrating its 10th anniversary of joining the World Trade Organization. The subtitle ought to be China's 10th anniversary of cheating the United States.

Bill Murchison | December 20, 2011

The death of the world's leading self-styled atheist (may his soul rest in peace) occasions reflection about his, shall we say, firm convictions regarding the truth of religion -- any religion.

Susan Stamper Brown | December 20, 2011

Surrounded by the protection of barbed wire fences and cement barricades, the United States Forces - Iraq flag was furled for the last time during an unpretentious ceremony in Baghdad, Iraq on December 15, 2011. It has been a long nine years.

Bob Beauprez | December 20, 2011

Some foreign policy experts worry that the North Korean military may reject the youthful Eun, and spark an internal power struggle.

Gil Morales and Chris Kacher | December 20, 2011

We see potential for another type of sell-off or at least continued choppy consolidation for the first part of the year. As we approach summer the market should begin to discount the coming 2012 election, which we believe could provide a rationale for a bottom to all of this correcting and consolidating and a new bull phase to begin.

Mike Shedlock | December 20, 2011

Today the UK put a nail in the coffin of more money to the IMF and Sweden may do so as well.

Chris W. Cox | December 20, 2011

In all of my years fighting on behalf of the National Rifle Association to defend the Second Amendment, I never thought I would see a White House so vehemently opposed to gun ownership that it would be willing to arm violent criminals and endanger American lives in pursuit of a gun control agenda.

Lincoln Brown | December 20, 2011

Under the motto Love, Rescue, Heal, Rapha House rescues these girls and gives them counseling, healthcare, an education and job training.

Jerry Bowyer | December 20, 2011

In short, growth rates set real interest rates. The productive entrepreneur is the source of yields who must compete with other entrepreneurs for my investment money and who can only pay for the use of my money in the long run out of his or her ability to grow faster than the economy as a whole.

Robert Knight | December 20, 2011

In a speech Tuesday at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum in Austin, Texas, Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. warned that recent state reforms, such as requiring photo IDs, might repress the minority vote. He said the Justice Department was reviewing photo ID laws just enacted in Texas and South Carolina, and early voting procedures in Florida.

Janet M. LaRue | December 20, 2011

The Obama administration, predictably, is not calling a “truce on social issues,” as Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) suggested that the next president should do.

Dave Ramsey | December 20, 2011

If you haven’t yet apologized for messing up, I think it’s something you should do very soon.

Political Calculations | December 20, 2011

To really find out, we ran a two-year long experiment, from April 2009 through April 2011, to see if we could forecast the average value of stock prices for a month at the end of the previous month. Here were our final results.

Jeff Carter | December 20, 2011

The trading floor in New York is not at all like the trading floor in Chicago. In New York, it was much more genteel. Chicago was noisier, and after you got done with your day you might as well have been in a rugby scrum. But it was exhilarating.

Mark W. Hendrickson | December 20, 2011

Barry Bonds’ Dec. 16 sentencing for obstruction of justice is an anticlimactic addendum to a sterling, though marred, baseball career.

Terry Savage | December 20, 2011

It's time for the bosses -- us -- to speak up and force them to do the job that we're paying them to do. Here's how to make your voice heard, no matter what your take on the issues.

Bill Tatro | December 20, 2011

We’ll hear how difficult 2011 was, and of course, without a crystal ball, they’re not sure exactly what will happen in 2012, but the strategists do know for certain, it’s now time to…buy stocks.

Charlotte Hays | December 20, 2011

As a former Time magazine “Person of the Year” myself (2006—look it up), I was intrigued by the editors’ choice of my latest successor: As you may have heard by now, POY for 2011 is “The Protestor,” an amalgam of Occupy Wall Street and people being gunned down in the Middle East.

Mon, Dec 19, 2011

Crystal Wright | December 19, 2011

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest GOP candidate of the them all? This seems to be the daily battle being fought in the news media. By the looks of things, I’d say Gingrich is the fairest in the land.

Paul Kengor | December 19, 2011

Vaclav Havel is dead. Among other forces and powers, he is among the seven individuals most responsible for peacefully ending the Cold War; the great liberators who brought freedom and democracy. They are Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II, Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin, Margaret Thatcher, Lech Walesa, and Havel.

Steven Aden | December 19, 2011

Christmas is a holiday which marks the birth of Christ, and one on which people celebrate rich traditions that have come to be tied to the season. However, one thing’s for certain: none of those traditions involve Planned Parenthood’s newly released talking points for defending baby killing during your Christmas dinner—an idea even more repugnant than the group’s usual propaganda.

Rich Galen | December 19, 2011

I understand that national polls traditionally haven't meant much, because voters in California and Missouri are not going to their local fire stations and high school cafeterias two weeks from tomorrow to vote in the Iowa caucuses.

Frank Gaffney | December 19, 2011

One of the most popular attractions in Washington, D.C. is a building that graces Pennsylvania Avenue with an exterior engraved with the First Amendment to the Constitution and its guarantee of, among other liberties, freedom of speech. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would have been well advised to hold her three-day meeting last week with the some of the most determined enemies of free expression – increasingly doing business as the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) – at the Newseum, rather a few blocks away in Foggy Bottom.

Michael Brown | December 19, 2011

About this time every year a campaign is launched to “keep Christ in Christmas,” as Christians protest against the “Happy Holidays” mantra that removes any mention of Christmas or against the ban on nativity scenes in schools and government buildings or against the “Xmas” abbreviation that removes any mention of “Christ.” But was “Christ” ever in “Christmas”?

Jeff Jacoby | December 19, 2011

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor expected colleges and universities to begin phasing out race-conscious admissions policies. They haven't.

Frank Turek | December 19, 2011

I am greatly saddened that Christopher Hitchens is gone. There is no one with whom I disagreed more who I admired so much.

Michael Whatley | December 19, 2011

Last month the Obama Administration announced it would delay a decision on whether to permit the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline – a 1,700 mile long proposed pipeline that will connect the Alberta oil sands and Bakken crude oil reserves to Gulf Coast refineries – until after the 2012 election.

Ken Blackwell | December 19, 2011

Iowans are not giving up on social issues. These remain strong “bridge” issues that bring minority voters together with social conservatives whenever questions like abortion funding or overturning true marriage are put on the ballot.

Byron York | December 19, 2011

Despite having to prepare for a debate far across the state on Dec. 15, four Republican presidential candidates -- Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum -- came here to Des Moines the night before for the premiere of a movie.

Michael Barone | December 19, 2011

It's highly unusual in a presidential debate for two Republican candidates -- the two leading in current national polls -- to heap praise on a liberal Democratic senator.

Star Parker | December 19, 2011

With the news about our withdrawal from Iraq, our troops, and the importance of national acknowledgement of their service and sacrifice, were already on my mind when I arrived for a meeting in the office of Congressman Allen West (R-FL).

Mike Adams | December 19, 2011

Author’s Note: The present column was inspired by Jim Nelson Black, author of Free-fall of the American University.

Mona Charen | December 19, 2011

President Obama spoke at the annual meeting of the Union for Reform Judaism last week, and he gave the attendees that ol' time religion -- liberalism. Not surprisingly, since Reform Judaism is, in Richard Brookhiser's timeless phrase, "the Democratic Party with holidays" -- it was well-received.

John Ransom | December 19, 2011

Ok, yeah: The Denver Post reported that the police in Denver did end up seizing a stockpile of urine and feces that protestors intended to use as weapons of mass, um …obstruction? Presumably by now the Occupiers have completed courses in advanced urine and feces deployment.

Katie Kieffer | December 19, 2011

Everyone wants a piece of 24-year-old Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. Most people settle for a high-five or an autograph. Others ask him to surrender his values, like the young women who beg him for fan photos and then start stripping off their shirts—sending Tebow darting away.

Lurita Doan | December 19, 2011

If Americans listen to Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, and once thing is clear--he is a man who is extraordinarily ignorant of basic economics, how jobs are created, and he abhors the free market.

Terry Paulson | December 19, 2011

Conservatives must be taking the wrong approach in getting the attention of American voters when comedians find that half of the people they interview on the street can't even name one Republican presidential candidate.

Bruce Bialosky | December 19, 2011

There was our President stating once again that he had a plan to fix the housing crisis that is stalling our economy and harming his reelection chances. When he was done making his proposal, it occurred to me that after 35 years of my working in the real estate market this man really had no more idea of how to resolve the problem than the average homeowner.

Nathan Slaughter | December 19, 2011

It's important to me that my readers know that I'm in their corner. It's also one of the reasons why Energy & Income uses "real money" portfolios.

Jeff Carter | December 19, 2011

I generally don’t watch the morning shows. But, this one pitted hard lefties Barney Frank and Robert Reich against Paul Ryan and George Will.

Daniel J. Mitchell | December 19, 2011

I’ve written a couple of serious posts about the European fiscal crisis, including an explanation of how the problem could be solved and one about the importance of gun ownership in case the pessimists are right and civil society collapses.

Tad DeHaven | December 19, 2011

Why would Republican governor Mitch “Red Menace” Daniels want to help the Obama administration score public relations points with Hoosiers? One reason is Daniels’s favorite corporate welfare apparatus, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, also handed out money from state taxpayers.

David Sterman | December 19, 2011

I now develop far fewer mistaken assumptions about the stocks and industries I analyze. With this in mind, here are five things I learned in 2011 that will (presumably) make me wiser in the years to come...

Chris Poindexter | December 19, 2011

The reason for the sudden popularity of the dollar is that the euro keeps losing ground as it becomes apparent that the Europeans are not going to be able to craft any deal that’s going to keep the union together as it exists today and investors are fleeing for the exits.

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Austin Hill | December 18, 2011

What was the leader of the United States Senate thinking?

Derek Hunter | December 18, 2011

There are a few people you read on the web, hear on the radio or see on TV and think, “I’d really like to meet that person.” When I moved to DC in 2001, I had a mental short list of those people, and Christopher Hitchens was right at the top.

Doug Giles | December 18, 2011

The atheists I grew up with in Texas were a tad bit pluckier than today’s lardy hagfish atheists who file lawsuits every winter when they see a child wrapped in swaddling clothes.

Mark Baisley | December 18, 2011

Thomas Jefferson described writing the first draft of the Declaration of Independence as streaming thought from quill to papyrus in a single sitting. Not all of his original prose survived the committee edits leading up to the Fourth of July signing. Some of his wording was shamefully omitted; some much improved.

Daniel J. Mitchell | December 18, 2011

The bureaucrats earlier this month organized a fancy three-day conference in India to promote the agenda of class warfare and redistribution on your dime.

Marita Noon | December 18, 2011

The EU, unlike the US, has limited resources—leaving them to depend on nuclear power, natural gas from Russia, and oil imported from the North Sea and Middle East.

Jeff Carter | December 18, 2011

Please try and disabuse yourself of some horrible logic and psychological constructs. World War Two did not bring the US out of the Great Depression. Saying that ignores the opportunity costs of war, and turns a blind eye to the decimation of human capital that took place from 1939-1945.

John Ransom | December 18, 2011

Your argument, I suppose, depends, like the outcome of Bill Clinton’s dates do, on the definition of the word “consensus.”

Salena Zito | December 18, 2011

The Brooklyn Bridge opened in 1883 at the height of America’s most turbulent political era. Built with steel, adorned with electricity, this marvel of the future was rooted in our past – a pivotal moment in the Revolutionary War.

Debra J. Saunders | December 18, 2011

"No call, no text, no update, is worth a human life," National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Deborah Hersman said in a statement explaining her panel's recommendation in favor of a complete ban on the use of personal electronic devices in cars.

Rich Tucker | December 18, 2011

Back in 2006, a World War II flying ace briefly made headlines once again. Students at the University of Washington decided to shoot down the idea of a statue to honor Gregory “Pappy” Boyington, the Marine aviator who earned the Medal of Honor by destroying 26 Japanese planes.

Steve Chapman | December 18, 2011

Back when Ronald Reagan was president, conservatives relished skewering liberals who, in approaching international affairs, "always blame America first." A generation later, with Barack Obama in the White House, they are proving they can indict the U.S.A. with the best of them.

Stewart Scott | December 18, 2011

But apparently they are also exploring ways to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al Assad, a longtime ally of Iran whose position is in danger due to the current unrest in the country. In fact, a U.S. State Department official recently characterized the al Assad regime as a “dead man walking.”

Kelvin Kemm | December 18, 2011

British Lord Christopher Monckton parachuting into Durban, South Africa, to challenge UN climate crisis claims, brought numerous journalists and onlookers to the beaches where he landed.

Michael Youssef | December 18, 2011

Dear Mr. Obama, From the time you declared your candidacy for president of the United States and announced under your breath that you are a Christian, many true, Bible-believing Christians immediately had doubts about your muffled profession of faith.

Mike Shedlock | December 18, 2011

China is prepared for that outflow with massive reserves, but the US is not prepared for the Yuan to stop or even slow appreciating. Devastating trade wars are likely.

Paul Jacob | December 18, 2011

As with street hustlers, so with Congress: The longer the show goes on, the more money you'll lose.