Sun, Jan 01, 2012

Paul Jacob | January 01, 2012

Wish lists that require crimes to fill must be rejected.

Sat, Dec 31, 2011

Kevin Glass | December 31, 2011

2011 was an amazing year for Townhall's Tipsheet blog, and here are the most popular pieces we had!

Kevin Glass | December 31, 2011

2011 has been an amazing year at Townhall, and you, the readers, have been amazingly loyal. Here are the top ten most-read articles that were on Townhall over the past year.

Ken Blackwell | December 31, 2011

Eric Holder’s Department of Justice (DOJ) has launched an all-out war on voter-ID laws and other measures to safeguard to the electoral process. Although Holder’s actions are purportedly to prevent African-Americans from being disenfranchised, the reality is that they serve the crass political purpose of ensuring that Holder’s boss gets reelected next year.

Mark Calabria | December 31, 2011

So if you are frustrated that some of your friends seem to be getting all their (mis)information on the financial crisis from the likes of Paul Krugman, then point them towards this podcast.

Bob Beauprez | December 31, 2011

Reid is using his power as the Majority Leader of the Senate to deny nearly two dozen regulation relief bills already passed by the House to come to the floor of the Senate for a vote at a time when 26 million Americans are unemployed, under employed, or have given up even trying to find a job.

Tad DeHaven | December 31, 2011

Republicans who support the balanced budget amendment cannot cite it as evidence that they're serious about cutting spending unless they're prepared to detail what they would cut in order to bring the budget into balance.

Jeff Carter | December 31, 2011

Pawn shops are great places to learn about economics. The owner sizes up the good that the person wants to pawn, and gives them cash for it. Then tries to resell it at a profit. This is a different kind of “trading”.

Michael F. Cannon | December 31, 2011

During the initial debate over ObamaCare, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) famously said, "We have to pass [it] so you can find out what's in it" 6. One irreverent heir to Hippocrates quipped, "That's what I tell my patients when I ask them for a stool sample." The similarities scarcely end there.

Marita Noon | December 31, 2011

When you go to the table and bow your head to give thanks for the family, friends and food—don’t forget the energy that made it all possible.

Rachel Alexander | December 31, 2011

Over the past few years several organizations and leaders claiming to represent them have issued a series of faddish, publicity-seeking public statements pronouncing left-leaning positions on political issues.

Fri, Dec 30, 2011

Crista Huff | December 30, 2011

These are companies which have become intimately tied to American government; either run by our government or in bed with our government. And what do they call it when governments and corporations work hand in hand to control wealth and power, and pick winners and losers? They call that fascism.

Caroline Glick | December 30, 2011

In recent months, a curious argument has surfaced in favor of US President Barack Obama. His supporters argue that Obama's foreign policy has been a massive success.

Rich Galen | December 30, 2011

We know the Iowa Caucuses will be held next Tuesday. A week after that, New Hampshire will hold its primary. What's the difference?

Rebecca Hagelin | December 30, 2011

Who is this Jesus that was just celebrated the world over?

Donald Lambro | December 30, 2011

Voters go to the polls next month to begin choosing a candidate who can put America back to work and that means preventing Barack Obama from winning a second term.

Lincoln Brown | December 30, 2011

Boehner should have known that by standing his ground, the Republicans would get skewered for being heartless. And he had to have known that by caving, the Republicans would get skewered for being gutless. And wonder of wonders, both happened!

Kevin Glass | December 30, 2011

Do you call yourself a conservative but consider yourself to be centrist-curious? Looking for a little help on how your heresies from true conservatism fit in with the crop of mediocre GOP candidates? Well, fear no longer!

Brent Bozell | December 30, 2011

Profanity and pop music go hand in hand these days.

Jonah Goldberg | December 30, 2011

You'll recall that 2011 began with the oafish actor celebrating his own narcotic and sexual crapulence like a victorious gladiator working the crowds. He was egged on by a media with as much decency as the cons on the top tiers of the prison who chant "fresh fish" as the new inmates walk into general pop, their eyes stinging from delousing powder.

David Limbaugh | December 30, 2011

I think it's very difficult for any of us to be objective about any subject, especially something we care deeply about, but my objective observation is that liberals tend to be less aware of and less willing to admit their biases.

Mona Charen | December 30, 2011

The Washington Post proclaimed in a recent headline another historic "first" for the United States -- the first female usher-in-chief at the White House. Stop the presses!

Oliver North | December 30, 2011

A year ago, this column questioned whether the 112th Congress -- with its new speaker of the House, John Boehner -- could "overcome the inane policies of its predecessors" and "mend Washington's free-spending ways." We all know how that turned out.

Pat Buchanan | December 30, 2011

"Events are in the saddle and ride mankind." In describing 2011, few cliches seem more appropriate.

Suzanne Fields | December 30, 2011

This is the week that pits the old fogies against the rising generations in determining "what's in" for 2012 and "what's out" for 2011. Fashion and political opinions have traditionally made for a showdown at Generation Gap, but now, as we move into a new year, there's a communication gap, too. It's as much about process as substance in how we see the future.

John Ransom | December 30, 2011

Let’s face it: Obama doesn’t have supporters, he has investors. He’s probably the first president of the United States who needs an investor relations department. But Rezko, Soros, Buffett, Kaiser, Immelt, Corzine, Abelow and the rest of the crew aren’t just investors, they’re also Obama’s known associates, capos in the ponzi scheme that now passes for progressive government.

Linda Chavez | December 30, 2011

Conservative columnist Ann Coulter has some advice for GOP presidential hopefuls: Hang tough on illegal immigration. Coulter sees illegal immigration as one of the two signature issues of the Republican presidential campaign (the other being repeal of Obamacare).

Kathryn Lopez | December 30, 2011

Americans are looking for a president who believes in them. Rick Santorum said on the first day of his campaign for the Republican nomination for president, and he's repeated it many times since

Jeff Carter | December 30, 2011

Protectionism and isolationism lead to war. All government programs treat you as if you are a random number variable in an endless chain. Bad fiscal policy, as the US has had, leads to desperation, which leads to class warfare. This is not about the have and have nots. It’s about making the pie larger.

Tim Gilmore | December 30, 2011

The U.S. has been the undisputed lawsuit capital of the world for some time. And while the courts play a central role in resolving disputes and maintaining a civil society, that function isn’t easy when they are packed with frivolous suits.

Bob Beauprez | December 30, 2011

Only 27 percent of physicians believe ObamaCare will reduce healthcare costs, and half of the doctors believe access to healthcare will decrease due to hospital closures resulting from the new law.

AWR Hawkins | December 30, 2011

As I sat with my extended family on Christmas, we discussed how beatable Barack Obama is. And as I listened to them run through the litany of reasons why this is so, I could only say again: “If the Republicans nominate a true conservative for president, Barack Obama is done.”

Matt Mackowiak | December 30, 2011

The intensity of the news cycle has produced more news coverage but less analysis of trends. Fortunately, the end of the calendar year provides both a calm period of time and the necessary reflective mood to enable one to take stock of what occurred over the past year.

Gary Shapiro | December 30, 2011

Americans agree – our federal government is not doing right by us. The Executive Branch seems out of control.

Thu, Dec 29, 2011

Michael Barone | December 29, 2011

If you want redistribution, you'd better first produce growth.

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown | December 29, 2011

The first of every year, we encourage you to look around, set some goals and live intentionally. As a family we meet together early in the year, devour some quality Chinese Food and set our goals for the year.

Crystal Wright | December 29, 2011

Newt Gingrich needs to stop his parade of excuses for failing to qualify to get his name on Virginia’s GOP presidential ballot. “I think it’s more like Lucille Ball at the chocolate factory. You’ve got to get it organized,” quipped Romney about Gingrich’s Virginia fiasco.

Fred Wszolek | December 29, 2011

While President Obama is taking a break in Hawaii, the conversation in Washington, D.C. has not stopped regarding his National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Diana West | December 29, 2011

'Tis the season for media list-mania, and (true confession) I always am mildly surprised upon viewing Top 10 story lists to find that I've forgotten some humdingers. Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011?

Cliff May | December 29, 2011

Late last week, the State Department announced a $10 million reward for information leading to the capture of Ezedin Abdel Aziz Khalil, A.K.A. Yasin al-Suri – Yasin the Syrian. Serious students of terrorism and counterterrorism saw this as big news for two reasons.

Hugh Hewitt | December 29, 2011

Mike Allen and Evan Thomas have written a wildly interesting, very compact eBook that perhaps got lost in the run-up to Christmas. If you like politics, you will love The Right Fights Back.

Thomas Sowell | December 29, 2011

No one seems to be really happy with this year's field of Republican candidates for that party's presidential nomination -- except perhaps the Democrats.

Victor Davis Hanson | December 29, 2011

Yet the more things change in Europe, the more they stay the same.

Larry Elder | December 29, 2011

They're coming for your children! They're coming for the womenfolk! Then they're coming after you! Norman Lear, the famous television show producer, offered this hysterically paranoid assessment of the allegedly growing and presumably insidious power of "the right".

Judge Andrew Napolitano | December 29, 2011

Do you remember this summer's debt debate debacle? It ended with the supercommittee, which ended in failure, which resulted in no cuts in government spending. Do you remember the summer before that, when tea party protesters came out in full force against Obamacare and members of Congress who were contemplating supporting it?

Cal Thomas | December 29, 2011

Is there, or should there ever be, a point when a state is no longer penalized for its discriminatory past? Not according to the Department of Justice, which last Friday rejected a South Carolina law that would have required voters show a valid photo ID before casting their ballots.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | December 29, 2011

Last night, after traveling from Atlanta, my family and I arrived -- hungry and tired -- in Des Moines, Iowa. We are staying in the home of a friend who is out of town and decided to order pizza.

Jeff Jacoby | December 29, 2011

Of all the rituals that mark this season, none is more misguided than the complaints about how crass and mercenary the holidays have become.

Ben Shapiro | December 29, 2011

In North Carolina this week, a young man named Mostafa Kamel Hendi hit upon a plan to make ends meet in this rotten economy: He decided to knock over a local gold store. Tape shows this determined and enterprising flower of American youth strolling into the store, hoodie over his head, and then gesturing to the clerk, Derek Mothershead, to shove some money in a plastic bag.

Debra J. Saunders | December 29, 2011

"You don't normally end on a triumphant note. You enter in triumph, and you leave on tiptoe," quoth Jerry Brown at a Tuesday press conference to sum up the first year of his second stint as California governor.

Matt Towery | December 29, 2011

I have been polling Iowa presidential caucuses for several cycles now. Our InsiderAdvantage final poll never has failed to show the actual winner of an Iowa presidential caucus. This includes John Kerry's upset win in 2004 and Barack Obama's win in 2008, as well as Mike Huckabee's victory. Now that I've officially jinxed our poll for this year, let's examine why these candidates are actually playing into the hands of President Obama.

Emmett Tyrrell | December 29, 2011

The year 2011 has drawn to an end, and as I look back, I see several of my predictions that appear pretty sound. President Barack Obama is dead in the water and will be beaten in 2012. I have made that prediction over and again this year and I think it will be borne out.

Steve Chapman | December 29, 2011

"Death tugs at my ear and says, 'Live, I am coming.'" Were Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. alive today, he might ascribe that line not to death but to nuclear terrorism.

Matt Barber | December 29, 2011

After the most recent GOP presidential debate, reasonable people can disagree as to who came out on top. It was abundantly clear, however, who was smothered beneath the pile.

David Sterman | December 29, 2011

In some respects, a focus on the next few quarters may be obscuring a far larger set of trends that may or may not affect the market in 2012, but will surely dictate the trading action in 2013 and beyond.

Michael Tanner | December 29, 2011

Just a week out from the Iowa caucuses, both of the front-runners for the Republican nomination are strong advocates for a bigger, more activist government.

Jeff Carter | December 29, 2011

In 2011, I actively lost weight. It’s not easy and requires the patience of Job. One thing I learned, pay no attention to the FDA standards if you want to lose weight. The government standards are riddled with lobbying.

Armstrong Williams | December 29, 2011

Naturally I disagree with much of the opposition and my well-meaning colleagues on the left in regards to Keynes and his school of economics.

Robert Knight | December 29, 2011

I was thinking about writing a novel about what might happen if a man who hates America and wants to bring it down is somehow elected president. What would he do?

Chris Edwards | December 29, 2011

Lawmakers should extend the wage freeze, but they should also reduce overly generous federal worker benefits. For example, lawmakers should repeal the defined-benefit pension plan received by federal workers because it comes on top of the 401(k)-style retirement plan that workers already receive.

Hadley Heath | December 29, 2011

The political dialogue these days is depressing. It's not just the bad news about our nation's continued debt crisis, joblessness and financial struggles, or ongoing uncertainty about the fate of the European Union, which may make our current woes worse. People are angry, and politicians are encouraging that resentment.

Marita Noon | December 29, 2011

The EPA is doing everything it can to raise the cost of energy, which, if left unabated, will continue the demise of American industry and the growth of the government sector—resulting in exploding trade deficits.

Wed, Dec 28, 2011

Ann Coulter | December 28, 2011

In the upcoming presidential election, two issues are more important than any others: repealing Obamacare and halting illegal immigration. If we fail at either one, the country will be changed permanently.

Rich Galen | December 28, 2011

We are now inside of a week until the waiting-with-baited-breath Iowa Caucuses.

Tony Katz | December 28, 2011

As reported by USA Today... all types of federal employees - from scientists to custodial staff - have had huge increases in pay over the past five years.

Susan Stamper Brown | December 28, 2011

Family is a lot like praline candy - extremely sweet with a few nuts.

Crystal Wright | December 28, 2011

I don’t care what the Wall Street Journal said or other so called political geniuses from the GOP establishment, House Republicans blew it this week when they caved into Senate Democrats two month payroll tax holiday scam.

Marvin Olasky | December 28, 2011

It's time once again to relish the worst mainstream journalism of the past 12 months. For the 24th year in a row I'm a judge for the Media Research Center awards, and this year the 98 finalists taught me a lot.

Jonah Goldberg | December 28, 2011

I've made a disturbing discovery: I am a member of the conservative "establishment." I feel like Michael Douglas at the end of "Falling Down": "I'm the bad guy?"

Caroline Glick | December 28, 2011

Many of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's supporters were stunned last week when IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz announced he was promoting Brig.-Gen. Nitzan Alon to major general and appointing him to serve as the next commander of the Central Command.

Jeff Jacoby | December 28, 2011

You don't need me to tell you that the chattering class is appalled by the partisan gridlock and political bickering that keeps Washington from dealing efficiently with the nation's problems.

Michael Brown | December 28, 2011

Most of us are familiar with the words of Jesus spoken in the Sermon on the Mount, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:43-44)

Brian and Garrett Fahy | December 28, 2011

It’s been a busy and momentous fortnight. As we celebrated Christmas and prepare for 2012, the world said a warm goodbye to Vaclav Havel, and a bitter good riddance to Kim Jong Il.

Paul Greenberg | December 28, 2011

A bright spot in Newt Gingrich's run for the presidency -- yes, there is one -- has been the revelation that he was paid $1.6 million by Freddie Mac. That's the broke, bailed-out, scandal-ridden, public-private, political-financial hybrid of a monster that the American taxpayer has just been asked to bail out still again.

Michelle Malkin | December 28, 2011

With 2011 drawing to a close, it is time to account. As an early-and-often chronicler of Chicago-on-the-Potomac, I am amazed at the stubborn and clingy persistence of President Barack Obama's snowblowers in the media. See no scandal, hear no scandal, speak no scandal.

John Stossel | December 28, 2011

As 2011 draws to a close, I wonder: Is freedom winning? Did America become freer this year? Less free? How about the rest of the world?

Walter E. Williams | December 28, 2011

National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Deborah Hersman has called for states to mandate a total ban on cellphone usage while driving. She has also encouraged electronics manufacturers -- via recommendations to the CTIA-The Wireless Association and the Consumer Electronics Association -- to develop features that "disable the functions of portable electronic devices within reach of the driver when a vehicle is in motion." That means she wants to be able to turn off your cellphone while you're driving.

Brent Bozell | December 28, 2011

For those Republican presidential candidates who eventually conclude there is no path to the nomination, there is consolation in the notion that they won't be the ones to face the brutal onslaught being prepared for the GOP king-of-the-mountain by team Obama and its army of "objective" media allies.

Michael Medved | December 28, 2011

Yearend announcements of box office champions and film award nominees combine to illuminate dark, persistent mysteries about the motivations of moviemakers

Terry Jeffrey | December 28, 2011

When I managed Pat Buchanan's presidential campaign in 1996, I learned that some states conducted fair and honest caucuses and primaries and that some did not.

David Harsanyi | December 28, 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.

John Ransom | December 28, 2011

Think the “end” of the Iraq War as announced by Obama is the beginning of peace? Not so fast. In fact, it could be the beginning of bigger and worse war. “'Peace, peace,' they say, when there is no peace,” writes Jeremiah. Perhaps Jeremiah was thinking of Obama.

Austin Bay | December 28, 2011

Cultural adaptation is a perniciously slow process. It has been a decade since Bernard Lewis' classic "What Went Wrong?" appeared in the wake of al-Qaida's 9/11 massacres.

Jacob Sullum | December 28, 2011

In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network last March, shortly before he announced that he was running for the Republican presidential nomination, Newt Gingrich reflected on his sins, which include cheating on his first two wives with women he would later marry.

Tad DeHaven | December 28, 2011

The good news is that Jack Link’s is expanding the production facilities at its corporate home in Minong, Wisconsin. The bad news is the expansion is being “made possible” with a $365,000 federal grant.

Jeff Carter | December 28, 2011

2012 is going to start off pretty rocky. I have a lot of friends that are bearish the stock market. When you read the Stocktwits stream on slow days, there is plenty of room for snark. Bearish comments are much easier to be snarkier about than bullish ones.

Bill Tatro | December 28, 2011

On closer study, the Mayan calendar is actually predicting a major change in the world with a movement from greed, materialism, and self indulgence to a higher consciousness of giving rather than taking.

Paul Tracy | December 28, 2011

No wonder nearly half of the members of Congress are millionaires and their investments outperform the average investor's by an extra 6.8% each year. That's no small potatoes, either. It can add up to thousands -- even millions of dollars over time.

Crista Huff | December 28, 2011

It’s year-end, so that means it’s time to publish Goodfellow’s model portfolios for 2012. For Townhall readers we’ve included our model portfolio for Trading and Aggressive Growth.

David Sterman | December 28, 2011

The only area that should see widespread organic growth is in the energy sector, as a number of oil and gas drillers tap into new shale formations across the United States.

Tue, Dec 27, 2011

Frank Gaffney | December 27, 2011

Last week, Vice President Joe Biden offered the latest - and arguably the clearest - evidence of Team Obama's strategy for victory in what was once euphemistically known as the "War on Terror": Define down the enemy.

John Hawkins | December 27, 2011

Mitt Romney was a moderate governor in Massachusetts with an unimpressive record of governance, who left office with an approval rating in the thirties, and whose signature achievement was a Hurricane Katrina style disaster for the state. Since that's the case, it's fair to ask what a Republican who's not conservative and can't even carry his own state brings to the table for GOP primary voters.

Thomas Sowell | December 27, 2011

Random thoughts on the passing scene:

Byron York | December 27, 2011

All across Iowa, Republican candidates are trying to cram as much campaigning as possible into the days remaining before the Jan. 3 caucuses, all the while taking care not to get in the way of the voters' real lives during the holiday rush.

Chuck Norris | December 27, 2011

Last week, I documented more than a dozen ways in which, in just the past six months, the Obama administration is trampling on the religious liberties of America's finest military service members.

Cal Thomas | December 27, 2011

According to the Mayan "long count" calendar, the final day on Earth is less than a year away, on Dec. 21, 2012.???

Pat Buchanan | December 27, 2011

Half a century ago, American children were schooled in Aesop's fables. Among the more famous of these were "The Fox and the Grapes" and "The Tortoise and the Hare."

John Ransom | December 27, 2011

The problem for PETA isn’t that their proposal is outrageous, stupid, ridiculous, insulting and loony; no the problem for PETA is the same problem that the rest of us have with Illinois. It’s a state where graft makes everything “work,” and where 3 out 4 governors go to prison, because someone has to take the rap for all that graft.

Phyllis Schlafly | December 27, 2011

After spirited discussions from Nov. 28 to Dec. 11 (including two days of overtime that ended only in the wee hours), the United Nations Climate Change conference in Durban, South Africa, failed to achieve its two main goals: producing a new treaty to replace the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which limited greenhouse gas emissions and agreeing on a global tax scheme to finance a Green Climate Fund.

Donald Lambro | December 27, 2011

WASHINGTON -- Iowa voters are having a hard time making up their minds, although it appears they've boiled down their top choices to three candidates.

Michael F. Cannon | December 27, 2011

In the process, this award degrades political discourse by implicitly launching—an encouraging others to launch—ad hominem assaults on people who hold legitimate differences of opinion. PolitiFact should find a better way to attract readers.

Bill Tatro | December 27, 2011

I know this letter is rather late, however, I thought if this were sent earlier, it would get lost amongst all the requests for iPads, HDTVs, and Legos.

Bob Beauprez | December 27, 2011

The Washington Post review of the Solyndra scandal concluded that the Obama Administration was continually concerned about political “optics” and re-election consequences rather than good government policy.

Tad DeHaven | December 27, 2011

Worthy or not, very little of what the federal government spends money on comports with the Founders’ vision of a national government that was to be strictly limited in its scope. That the money is often poorly spent is proof that their intentions were wise.

Jeff Carter | December 27, 2011

The larger investment in community college education is not really an investment in education at all. It’s a carefully planned attack against for profit colleges veiled in the “invest more in human capital” vein.

Mon, Dec 26, 2011

Michael Barone | December 26, 2011

The world usually turns out to work differently from what American presidents expected when they were campaigning.

Star Parker | December 26, 2011

Several new polls come as a jolt as they reflect the dismal state of mind of the American people.

Mike Adams | December 26, 2011

Dear PETA: I have a neighbor who is being extremely rough with his Golden Retriever. He kicks the dog with the side of his foot whenever she is in his way. The dog weighs about 80 pounds and is not likely to be seriously harmed by the kicking. However, the dog is pregnant. Is this animal abuse? Would you recommend reporting this to the police?

Lurita Doan | December 26, 2011

Christmas is a time when many Americans reflect on the many blessings enjoyed by each of us in this great nation. Churches and synagogues are full as Americans, of all faiths, take time to pause and consider the meaning of our lives and our responsibilities to others. What a pity that our President does not participate in these simple acts of faith! Our nation would be better if he did.

Bruce Bialosky | December 26, 2011

There are three universal facts about dining in foreign countries today: First, no matter how small the town, there is at least one Chinese restaurant. Second, every menu that isn’t Chinese has a pasta dish on it. And third, you will always be served by someone from a country other than the one you’re in.

John Ransom | December 26, 2011

Sure, limiting the list to the nine worst mistakes of the Obama administration in a year that saw so many of them was a tough proposition. But in the spirit of Christmas, I decided to be merciful and not pile on. Plus, you know, I have company coming over.

Dan Holler | December 26, 2011

Last week, as Americans celebrated Hanukkah and prepared for Christmas, President Obama was engaged in a bitter blame game. Just hours after House Republicans voted to commence negotiations with the Senate over differing payroll tax measures, the White House sent out a scathing email. “This is not a game,” they said.

Michael F. Cannon | December 26, 2011

The Michigan House’s action is consistent with what everyone from the American Legislative Exchange Council to the Heritage Foundation to the Cato Institute has recommended that states do: refuse to create an Exchange and send the money back to Washington.

Chris Poindexter | December 26, 2011

This was the year millions of Americans watched the stock market recover only to discover that their 401(k) plans were still stuck between 10 and 15 percent in the hole. That was a development that rubbed in what many already suspected; the stock market is a game rigged in favor of the big players at the expense of the many.

Bob Beauprez | December 26, 2011

The chart below demonstrates both the depth of the current recession and the extremely slow recovery as a percentage of jobs lost and then recreated. Obviously, this is the worst recession in the past 70 years, it is already far and away the slowest to recover in terms of job creation.

Stewart Scott | December 26, 2011

With the US military now gone from Iraq, the task of countering Iranian power falls to diplomatic, foreign-aid and intelligence functions conducted by a host of U.S. agencies stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and consulates in Basra, Kirkuk and Arbil.

Chris Edwards | December 26, 2011

Any stimulus from UI benefits will be counteracted by the anti-stimulus of the higher taxes needed to pay for them. Many states have been raising their UI taxes on businesses in order to replenish their unemployment funds, and these tax increases are surely harming job creation.

Jeff Carter | December 26, 2011

2012 is going to be a monster year in more ways than one. It’s an election year, and no matter which side of the aisle you are on it’s going to be bloody.

Paul Tracy | December 26, 2011

At the time, I thought shares look poised to rebound to the $230 to $260 range, where analysts suggested the stock would ultimately reside. I was a bit shy of the mark -- shares eventually made a move to $550.

Mark Calabria | December 26, 2011

In other words, almost everyone who had anything to do with the financial crisis is not affected by the new agency. It's as if Congress sold exemptions to the highest bidders.

Sun, Dec 25, 2011

Derek Hunter | December 25, 2011

It’s Christmas, and in the spirit of the season I’m inclined to avoid writing a column with my usual snarky tone. But what topic to choose? What will I be able to write 700-800 words about without mocking? Frankly, I’m not really sure.

Austin Hill | December 25, 2011

“Inequality.” It almost sounds like a curse word, doesn’t it?

Debra J. Saunders | December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukah. My gift is a take on "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas," a humble effort to localize the classic tune to the beat of San Francisco's unique politics.

John Ransom | December 25, 2011

Dear Santa, Would you please add some of the following people to the naughty list? The naughty ones want to regulate frankincense under Cap and Tax, mryyh as a drug under the FDA and gold under the Federal Reserve Bank. Oh, and if you give the naughty ones a lump of PBR coal to help fuel their Chevy Volts that would be really hilarious.

Paul Greenberg | December 25, 2011

He didn't even know where he was. By now, he was doing good to remember who he was. It was getting colder and darker out here every minute. The piney woods had looked just like home in the fading light of day. Now they were only a darkness looming at the side of the road. He could hear the trees sway and crackle in the wind but he could no longer see them -- and there was nothing cozy about them. They rose over him like a threat. Was he going to have to spend the night here? And then what would she think?

Cliff May | December 25, 2011

The region we now call the Middle East is an elaborate mosaic. Among its peoples are the Arabs, denizens of the desert who became great conquerors and colonists. The Persians possessed a mighty empire in antiquity -- and will again if Iran’s current rulers have their way.

Steve Chapman | December 25, 2011

The 1950s are often recalled as a golden age in American life -- stable families, rising incomes, wholesome TV shows and low crime rates. Doesn't sound like 2011, does it? When it comes to crime, though, there is a striking similarity: We are, believe it or not, in a new golden age.

Paul Tracy | December 25, 2011

At last count, 57 members of Congress -- 20 Democrats and 37 Republicans -- owned shares of this company.

Jeff Carter | December 25, 2011

"It’s no coincidence that trust in government is at an all-time low now that the size of government is at an all-time high." — Paul Ryan

David Sterman | December 25, 2011

In the table below, you'll note a group of fairly low-yielding stocks. But if all of them took their payout ratio up to 50%, then you'd be looking at much more impressive dividend yields.

Crista Huff | December 25, 2011

And right away I turned to the right and headed down the road to Target. I needed some of that joy. The lady at the Target service desk told me that Target doesn’t do layaway, but suggested I go to Wal-Mart or Kmart.

Ralph Benko | December 25, 2011

Memo to the GOP presidential hopefuls: It is more fun to be rich. Just get with it. End of memo.

Mark Baisley | December 25, 2011

Learning and appreciating new vocabulary words is an avocation of mine. Having the right word at hand is like having the right tool for the job. Creative terminology makes for inspired speech.

Bob Beauprez | December 25, 2011

Elena Kagan's adulation paid off. She became Obama's Solicitor General, the President's counsel, on her way to the pinnacle for any lawyer, a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Larry Kudlow | December 25, 2011

The former Utah Governor and former ambassador to China likened the Newsmax-sponsored presidential debate to a reality show, and said he would not be participating.