Sat, Feb 11, 2012

Paul Greenberg | February 11, 2012

Congress finally did something right. Or rather it did nothing at all, which was just the right thing to do in these wasteful circumstances. It let the ethanol tax credit expire after 30 years.

Steven Aden | February 11, 2012

In the time leading up to the decision in Roe v. Wade, as well as the time right after, the argument was made that abortion would not become a post-conception contraceptive for mothers who simply decided they wanted a boy instead of a girl, or a child with brown eyes instead of blue ones, or a “normal” child instead of a handicapped one, and so forth.

Tom Tancredo | February 11, 2012

Conservatives are in danger of letting left wing groups define their own agenda. A slew of far left groups led by Al Sharpton, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the People for the American Way are attacking for CPAC for having a panel featuring immigration and financial journalist Peter Brimelow and Robert Vandervoort of Pro English.

John C. Goodman | February 11, 2012

Ask just about anybody in the business community what’s holding back economic recovery and they will tell you two things: new regulatory burdens and new regulatory uncertainty.

John Ransom | February 11, 2012

While a small convent, more or less, on Chicago’s west side won’t ever make much of a difference to Michelle and Barack Obama, who apparently resent Catholics, it should make a difference to all of us who think that freedom of religion is just as important as freedom from Obamacare.

Chris Poindexter | February 11, 2012

Now Greece has to vote on another austerity package this weekend, which is actually a vote on whether they want to stay in the European Union.

Night Watch | February 11, 2012

The collapse of the Iranian rial plus the refusal of banks and companies to deal with Iran are having serious impact. The price of everything in Iran is rising. The sanctions against Iranian banks that rely on the US dollar for international trade are proving to be devastating for everyday Iranians.

Mike Shedlock | February 11, 2012

In China, when you overly criticize government you are going to run into problems, such as your entire blog being blocked (or something much, much worse). My blog is blocked in China as well.

Mark Calabria | February 11, 2012

Out of the $25 billion settlement, guess how much goes to borrowers who “lost” their homes to foreclosure? $1.5 billion.

Jeff Carter | February 11, 2012

Here are three companies that I am invested in that are disruptive.

Crista Huff | February 11, 2012

The company is consistently profitable and on a multi-year uptrend with revenue and earnings (EPS) growth.

Charles Payne | February 11, 2012

People that haven't paid their mortgages in as much as two years are getting principle reductions if they bank with Bank of America, JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, Citibank or Ally and some that put no money down and couldn't even pay teaser rate mortgages are up for $2,000 checks.

Steve Deace | February 11, 2012

For many pro-family and pro-life leaders it’s now or never.

Tad DeHaven | February 11, 2012

I don’t see how it’s possible to argue that the U.S. Constitution gives Congress the authority to spend taxpayer money on such activities. Invoking the General Welfare Clause doesn’t pass the laugh test as the bike path obviously doesn’t benefit the rest of the country.

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 11, 2012

A growing number of establishment outfits are slowly but surely coming around to the same point of view that bigger government equals smaller economy.

David Sterman | February 11, 2012

I have found 10 companies with fresh recent buyback plans, all of which trade at least 20% from the 52-week high. In these instances, the companies are in a position to make their buyback dollars go a lot further. Take a look...

Larry Kudlow | February 11, 2012

While Mr. Bernanke was a good crisis manager, he seems to lack any conviction for a predictable rules-based policy that would create a reliable King Dollar.

Michael F. Cannon | February 11, 2012

ObamaCare’s contraceptive-coverage mandate demonstrates that government does a horrible job of picking only those types of “preventive” services for which first-dollar coverage will leave consumers better off.

Matt Patterson | February 11, 2012

President Obama is big on fairness. “Fair” or some variant thereof was mentioned eight times in his State of the Union speech, more than “health care” (twice), his signature legislative accomplishment, or “spending” (three times), the nation’s most pressing problem.

Paul Tracy | February 11, 2012

Simply put, these are the 10 stocks that we think you can buy today and basically hold for the rest of your life.

Bob Beauprez | February 11, 2012

Spurned by Obama's rejection, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper stated that if Canada's next door neighbor and close ally didn't want Canada's oil, then he'd pursue other markets to "diversify" the market for Canada's natural resources. It didn't take him long.

Fri, Feb 10, 2012

Rich Galen | February 10, 2012

In the 1965 film "The Agony and the Ecstasy" Michelangelo (played by Charlton Heston) is taking his sweet time painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Pope Julius II (played by Rex Harrison) loses his patience and asks, "When will you make an end?"

Humberto Fontova | February 10, 2012

This week the media was flush with stories on the 50th Anniversary of the U.S. “embargo” of Cuba. From the New York Times to USA Today, most are running AP and Reuters stories (from Havana) which begin and end with quotes from “academic experts” deploring the “embargo” as “failed,” “archaic,” “cruel,” “political pandering to Republican Cuban-Americans,” blah, blah.

Scott Rasmussen | February 10, 2012

Every sports fan knows that close contests are often decided by mistakes rather than heroics. In this year's Super Bowl, Tom Brady threw just one interception, but Eli Manning didn't throw any. Manning's team won.

Jonah Goldberg | February 10, 2012

About a week ago, I wrote a column making a case for Mitt Romney as the GOP nominee. My argument was aimed at fellow conservatives who just can't get their minds -- or at least their hearts -- around a Romney candidacy. The details aren't important right now (and they're easy enough to look up with the interwebs these days).

Donald Lambro | February 10, 2012

WASHINGTON - Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum is the GOP's latest presidential "flavor of the month," propelled by his party's large bloc of evangelical and socially conservative voters.

Caroline Glick | February 10, 2012

On Monday afternoon, the Palestinians destroyed officially whatever was left of the concept of a peace process with Israel.

Ed Feulner | February 10, 2012

Imagine a job where you earn an above-average salary. Enjoy plenty of paid leave and enviable health benefits. Get to retire at age 56 with a generous pension. Sound good?

Michelle Malkin | February 10, 2012

If you aren't creeped out by the No Birth Control Left Behind rhetoric of the White House and Planned Parenthood, you aren't listening closely enough. The anesthetic of progressive benevolence always dulls the senses. Wake up.

Brent Bozell | February 10, 2012

Super Bowl XLVI was a good football game, marred once again by the bohemian elite at NBC.

David Limbaugh | February 10, 2012

As God's instrument, Moses parted the Red Sea. Well, it appears President Obama has a different idea. With a wave of his hand, he's going to reunite our bitterly divided political waters on the hottest of hot-button issues.

Mona Charen | February 10, 2012

Newt Gingrich knows the lingo. He makes conservative audiences roar with approval when he compares the efficiency of FedEx and MasterCard to the post office and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He never loses an opportunity to attack the press for its moral preening.

John Ransom | February 10, 2012

Why do we have a federal government that can so substantially ensure winners and losers in investments and our economy? Isn't a system like that prone to corruption? Don't we witness the effects of that corruption in legislation like Obamacare, or the cadillac benefits offered public employees?

Oliver North | February 10, 2012

"We don't need you, so shut up!" That's the message the Obama administration has sent loud and clear to America's Roman Catholics.

Pat Buchanan | February 10, 2012

Yes, Virginia, there is a religious war going on. It is for the soul of America. And traditional Christianity is besieged.

Suzanne Fields | February 10, 2012

Every campaign has a storyline, a theme -- one written by the candidate's spinners, another by the opposition's trimmers and one, usually the accurate one, hidden in plain sight.

Linda Chavez | February 10, 2012

Conventional wisdom suggests that the current refusal of the GOP base to accept Mitt Romney as the de facto presidential nominee will doom the party to failure in the fall.

Kyle Olson | February 10, 2012

Well, at least the kids weren’t singing – everybody now – “Mmm mmm mmm…Barack Hussein Obama.” But the latest example of Big Education fawning over Barack Obama isn’t much better.

David Sterman | February 10, 2012

A portfolio filled with turnaround candidates is a bad strategy. Even the best turnaround plans often go askew. Still, stocking your portfolio with one or two potential rebound candidates can help you beat the market averages.

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 10, 2012

The specific topic is a boondoggle project know as the White House Rural Council, but we also discuss a troubling U.N. scheme called Agenda 21.

Chris Poindexter | February 10, 2012

When it comes to Greece, the deal isn’t done until the riots are over.

Political Calculations | February 10, 2012

Can we use the odometers in the vehicles driven by millions of Americans to tell if the United States is experiencing an economic recession? This answer is...

Jerry Bowyer | February 10, 2012

Of course, God did not turn stones to bread, at least not in the Bible. The New Testament portrays God as pointedly refusing to turn stones into bread when tempted by Satan to do so.

Stewart Scott | February 10, 2012

In our effort to track Mexico's criminal cartels and to help our readers understand the dynamics that shape the violence in Mexico, Stratfor talks to a variety of people, including Mexican and U.S. government officials, journalists, business owners, taxi drivers and street vendors.

Night Watch | February 10, 2012

A candid eyewitness account of security conditions in Afghanistan by a US Army field grade officer who traveled the country for a year has caused a furor because his observations contradict more upbeat accounts from senior US and NATO commanders.

Bill Tatro | February 10, 2012

However, I’m far more concerned about the debt that was created in order to raise all that cash. Everyone forgets the hardy abundance of money was not created through sales, but through borrowing.

Charles Payne | February 10, 2012

In so many ways it feels like the country has put it on pause, just kind of waiting to be inspired, to be motivated to try harder.

Mike Shedlock | February 10, 2012

Non-Revolving credit rose $11.8 billion in December. However, $8.8 billion of that is growth in federal government loans (which just happens to be where student loans are parked).

Jeff Carter | February 10, 2012

The other thing many conservatives fail to realize is that the world has changed 180 degrees from when Reagan was in power. What was the greatest threat in 1980 to the US? If you answered communism and the Cold War you got it right. Reagan won the Cold War.

Bob Beauprez | February 10, 2012

“Our democratic government is at risk when there are more Americans who are wedded to the federal government – either by subsistence or employment check – than federal taxpayers to pay for the rampant spending.”- Allen West

Thu, Feb 09, 2012

Maggie Gallagher | February 09, 2012

President Obama's attack on Catholic organizations has managed to do what the bishops have been unable to do, as Peggy Noonan points out: Unite the Catholic right and the Catholic left.

Cliff May | February 09, 2012

M. Zudi Jasser is a physician, a U.S. Navy veteran, an American patriot and a Muslim who does not hold with those who preach that Islam commands its followers to take part in a war against unbelievers.

Thomas Sowell | February 09, 2012

A funny thing happened to Mitt Romney on the way to his coronation as the inevitable Republican candidate for President of the United States. Minnesota, Michigan and Colorado happened.

Hugh Hewitt | February 09, 2012

The president and his team had thought they were dividing women from Republicans when in fact they were uniting Catholics of all political persuasions in a single front.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | February 09, 2012

The New York marathon is a wonderful event -- well planned, well laid out and with great crowds.

Victor Davis Hanson | February 09, 2012

On the campaign trail, presidential candidate Barack Obama once called for a "reset" policy with Iran.

Brent Bozell | February 09, 2012

The Obama administration is waging war on Christianity. Somehow, the networks haven't seen this as newsworthy.

Michael Barone | February 09, 2012

The Republican presidential candidates, except for Ron Paul, haven't been paying much attention to young voters in the primaries and caucuses so far. But any Republican nominee -- which is to say probably Mitt Romney, or maybe Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum -- had better be paying attention to them in the summer and fall.

Larry Elder | February 09, 2012

Oh, for crying out loud! Ethnic-based Cabinet appointees? Do we still need to go out and "seek" people of a certain color or religion to show "fairness and inclusion"? What about considering the best people possible -- isn't that the only appropriate answer to that question?

Judge Andrew Napolitano | February 09, 2012

When we were colonists and fought a war against the king and Parliament so that we could secede from the British Empire and be independent of it, we also fought for the value of personal freedom. That is the idea that in matters of personal choice, the government should play no role. The king only cared about the colonists' personal choices if he could control or tax them.

John Ransom | February 09, 2012

You wanna grow debt quickly? Obama's your guy. But on the economy? Turn to the much more reliable capitalists in Communist China. That’s at least the message from Canadian prime minister, Stephen Harper.

Cal Thomas | February 09, 2012

The Obama administration is touting the latest unemployment numbers released last week by the U.S. Department of Labor as proof its policies are working. But a closer look at the actual number of able-bodied people who are willing to work, but are not, reveals a different picture.

Emmett Tyrrell | February 09, 2012

As the tents were coming down at McPherson Square, the dead rats and mice being retrieved, the urine and feces and filthy bedding disposed of by District of Columbia employees dressed in hazardous-materials suits like their contemporaries at Fukushima, I thought of the left-wing press.

Steve Chapman | February 09, 2012

On April 1, 2001, a U.S. spy plane and a Chinese fighter collided over the South China Sea, forcing the Americans to make an emergency landing on Chinese soil. But the Chinese government said it would not release the crew until it got an apology.

David Sterman | February 09, 2012

A deeper look behind Coinstar's income statement, along with an unvarnished look at that Verizon deal, implies that the stock's run is almost done.

Night Watch | February 09, 2012

Pakistan is expected to permit NATO supply lines to open and permit truck convoys to drive to Afghanistan, possibly after the US makes a formal apology for the deaths of the 24 soldiers.

Mike Shedlock | February 09, 2012

The Bernanke Fed and the Greenspan Fed have both proven beyond a shadow of a doubt they do not know what they are doing, where the economy is headed, or anything else of relevance in setting monetary policy.

Jeff Carter | February 09, 2012

For investors, it means they ought to be less worried about the gender and color of the skin in the board room and more worried about how they interact with top management to make decisions that are in the best long term interests of the company.

Bob Goldman | February 09, 2012

The cubicles of the lovelorn in IT start blooming with heart-shaped balloons, a lovely sight until they are burst by the technicians' pointy, little heads.

Ralph Benko | February 09, 2012

243,000 new jobs? This is more than respectable. No unseemly disparagement by Republicans welcome, nor victory lap by Democrats. A pox on both their houses.

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 09, 2012

Please forgive all these questions. I’m trying to figure out why any organization – even a leftist bureaucracy such as the OECD – would send out a press release entitled, “Rising tax revenues: a key to economic development in Latin American countries.”

Political Calculations | February 09, 2012

This month-over-month change puts the overall level of the S&P 500's index value at the upper end of our forecast range for the month. Or would have done so, if we had not discontinued publicly offering our forecasts.

Charles Payne | February 09, 2012

The Fed has been printing money like crazy for a few years now and hardly any of it has reached Main Street. It's all gone to banks to shore up flaccid balance sheets and pay bloated bonuses.

Chris Poindexter | February 09, 2012

Equity markets were mostly positive with only the FTSE 100 as the lone loser down 0.01 percent. Stock futures for U.S. markets mirror the optimism and appear to be set to follow overseas markets higher.

Wed, Feb 08, 2012

Ann Coulter | February 08, 2012

Having given up on pillorying Mitt Romney for plundering his way to vast wealth -- because, unfortunately, it isn't true -- the NFM (Non-Fox Media) seem to have settled on denouncing him as a rich jerk.

Michael Reagan | February 08, 2012

It seems to me that what is missing in the top two contenders for the Republican presidential nomination is passion.

Paul Kengor | February 08, 2012

February 6 was the anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth. It comes at an appropriate time.

Tom Borelli | February 08, 2012

President Obama’s glaring ignorance of the economic consequences of his energy policy will doom a central theme in his State of the Union speech: his “Blueprint for an America Built to Last” plan to boost manufacturing jobs.

Michael Medved | February 08, 2012

As his formidable campaign marches inexorably toward the nomination, Mitt Romney should learn a vital lesson from the guy who beat him in his first race for public office: Senator Ted Kennedy.

Jeff Jacoby | February 08, 2012

During a visit to Cairo last week, US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was asked whether she would advise Egyptians drafting a constitution for the post-Mubarak era to look to other countries' basic charters as a model.

Susan Stamper Brown | February 08, 2012

During campaign appearances in 2008, Americans were swept off their feet (some quite literally if you take into account the swooning women) with the idea of "hope and change." In almost childlike faith, people grabbed on to the promise that then Senator Barack Obama was a different kind of politician who promised to be the proverbial tie binding us together in unity.

Rich Galen | February 08, 2012

There were election events last night in Missouri, Minnesota, and Colorado.

Michelle Malkin | February 08, 2012

The White House didn't blow a dog whistle for deep-pocketed liberal donors on Monday. No, the administration whipped out a supersized vuvuzela. Blaring message: Let loose the campaign finance-bundling hounds of super PAC war!

John Stossel | February 08, 2012

In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson called the pursuit of happiness an unalienable right. This was a radical idea. For most of history, most people didn't think much about pursuing happiness. They were too busy just trying to survive.

Walter E. Williams | February 08, 2012

Let's think about the kind of mess that we're in. Federal 2010 Medicare and Medicaid expenditures totaled $800 billion. The projected annual growth of both programs is about 7 percent. Social Security expenditures are more than $700 billion a year.

Byron York | February 08, 2012

Mitt Romney has based nearly his entire presidential campaign on his experience as a businessman. "I spent my career in the private sector," Romney told Fox News in late November. "I think that's what the country needs right now."

Jonah Goldberg | February 08, 2012

The governments in Russia and China very much want to uphold the principle that every now and then the state must crush people who want freedom. That is why they worked together to veto a fairly toothless United Nations resolution condemning the regime in Syria and calling for President Bashar Assad, the lipless murderer who runs the place, to step down.

Mike Adams | February 08, 2012

The more often liberals speak on the topic of same-sex marriage, the more illogical their arguments become.

John Ransom | February 08, 2012

It’s not the faith Obama and his secular friends object to. It’s the competition he has for position of messiah.

Debra J. Saunders | February 08, 2012

Two of three judges on a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel on Tuesday found Proposition 8 unconstitutional. Judge Stephen Reinhardt stipulated that the ruling skirted the larger issue of whether same-sex couples have a right to marry. That's a shame, because at least an equal-right-to-marry claim makes for a clean argument.

Ben Shapiro | February 08, 2012

According to The New York Times, the American Constitution is losing popularity with people around the world. "The Constitution," writes Adam Liptak, "has seen better days ... its influence is waning." Liptak points out that in 1987, over 160 of the 170 countries on Earth had cribbed from the Constitution -- but today, few countries do. Why? Liptak suggests, quoting Professor David Law of Washington University in St. Louis, that our Constitution is "Windows 3.1." It's difficult to amend, and it doesn't guarantee so-called "positive rights," such as healthcare, housing and education.

Terry Jeffrey | February 08, 2012

You can now divide Americans into two groups: Those who believe government rightfully has the power to force people to purchase goods and services they do not want and those who don't.

David Harsanyi | February 08, 2012

On Super Bowl Sunday, America was treated to the most expensive political commercial in history -- brought to you by Chrysler -- called "It's Halftime in America."

Austin Bay | February 08, 2012

In a Feb. 1 Wall Street Journal essay, the always eloquent and astute Fouad Ajami characterized Syria's bitter and bloody struggle as the Cold War's last battle.

Paul Greenberg | February 08, 2012

Those who run the Komen foundation, and make a mighty good thing of it, too, sound confused in the worst way: morally confused.

Donald Lambro | February 08, 2012

WASHINGTON - President Obama seized upon last week's improved jobs report as "more good news" on the economy, though the true unemployment rate never made the headlines.

Kyle Olson | February 08, 2012

Fresh on the heels of an exclusive report detailing a 7-day Caribbean cruise that National Education Association staffers are currently enjoying, Education Action Group has learned that dozens of teachers unions around the country are running out of money.

Townhall.com Staff | February 08, 2012

What’s sauce for the goose should be sauce for the gander. But at Vanderbilt University, the sauce distribution doesn’t follow that pattern. The university administration would never conform itself to the rule it now imposes on the religious student groups on campus.

Jacob Sullum | February 08, 2012

Thirty-five years ago, New York's legislature decriminalized marijuana possession. Numbers released last week show the New York Police Department continues to flagrantly flout that policy, wasting resources on a pointless, unjust and illegal crusade against pot smokers.

Political Calculations | February 08, 2012

You know, it *still* hasn't occurred to the Incredibly Incurious Journalist Jonathan Chait that perhaps, just perhaps, questions about our work should be directed to us, as he has *still* made no apparent effort to contact us with any such questions.

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 08, 2012

Regardless of what policy makers decide, responsible and prudent people should own guns, even if it means breaking the law.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | February 08, 2012

The differences alone aren't necessarily a problem, but how you deal with those differences is important to make sure they don't become one.

Mike Shedlock | February 08, 2012

Greece bailout talks were postponed on Friday to Saturday, then Saturday to Sunday, then Sunday to Monday, then Monday to Tuesday.

Dave Ramsey | February 08, 2012

These same-as-cash contracts are a bear trap. They’re designed to mess you over big time. You can try to dispute it, but I’ve got a feeling you’ll lose and have to pay about $1,200 in stupid tax on this one.

Night Watch | February 08, 2012

International news descriptions of a worsening crisis receive no offsetting coverage of testimony.

Bill Tatro | February 08, 2012

No matter which way you look at it, these are the only explanations for those who have decided to bid adieu to the working world.

Jeff Carter | February 08, 2012

One of the latest trends in financing for start ups is crowd funding. Various websites are trying to tap into the social media craze by establishing a social funding network for a start up company.

Brian and Garrett Fahy | February 08, 2012

Emperors in medieval Christendom often disregarded Papal edicts because the Pope lacked the armies to enforce them. Times have changed.

Charles Payne | February 08, 2012

It's a blessing to have a job these days, but we shouldn't have to leave it up solely to divine intervention.

David Sterman | February 08, 2012

After watching the S&P 500 run from 1,160 in late November to 1,280 in mid-January, I grew nervous about what Europe will look like AFTER the debt/currency crisis is addressed.

George Friedman | February 08, 2012

Talks, as distinct from negotiations, in which specific terms are hammered out, have gone on for some time now. Several previous attempts have ended in failure, including one instance when the supposed representative proved to be a fraud.

Chris Poindexter | February 08, 2012

As I sit here and try to think of a time when we weren’t talking about Greece, it seems to me it’s just a convenient excuse for taking profits.

Tue, Feb 07, 2012

Caroline Glick | February 07, 2012

The Obama administration is absolutely furious at Russia and China. The two UN Security Council permanent members' move on Saturday to veto a resolution on Syria utterly infuriated US President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and UN Ambassador Susan Rice. And they want us all to know just how piping mad they really are.

Paul Driessen | February 07, 2012

President Obama “is focused like a laser on putting people back to work,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) assured us last fall – echoing repeated statements by President Obama and Administration officials who “can’t wait” for Congress or others to take action and create jobs.

Michael Brown | February 07, 2012

Mike Adams recently reported on the landmark ruling of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in the Julea Ward case, noting that the decision eloquently defended “fundamental religious freedom against a full-frontal assault from the LGBT community.” In the court’s own words, “Tolerance is a two-way street. Otherwise, the rule mandates orthodoxy, not anti-discrimination.”

Frank Gaffney | February 07, 2012

On February 5th, President Obama provided his own Super Sunday show. In some respects, it was almost as bizarre as Madonna's performance at half time.

Mark W. Hendrickson | February 07, 2012

Chances are, you’ve heard economics referred to as “the dismal science.” That unflattering description is glib and catchy; it is also 100 percent wrong.

Humberto Fontova | February 07, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI will visit Cuba in March. Two of Italy’s top newspapers are reporting that Fidel Castro will avail himself of the visit to confess his sins and be accepted back into The Catholic Church, which excommunicated him in 1962.

Crystal Wright | February 07, 2012

If Romney was left to run only on his conservative credentials, voters would probably begin to see him as the emperor in The Emperor’s New Clothes, someone in desperate need of a personality and an authentic conservative mantle.

Rachel Marsden | February 07, 2012

Mitt Romney appears to have all the foreign-policy savvy of someone who once visited Euro Disney, and it's freaking me out. Not to say that President Obama is any more knowledgeable on that front, but at least he seems aware of his limitations, outsourcing foreign leadership to the French, the Brits, Hillary Clinton and private contractors.

Thomas Sowell | February 07, 2012

Governor Mitt Romney's statement about not worrying about the poor has been treated as a gaffe in much of the media, and those in the Republican establishment who have been rushing toward endorsing his coronation as the GOP's nominee for president -- with 90 percent of the delegates still not yet chosen -- have been trying to sweep his statement under the rug.

Chuck Norris | February 07, 2012

As a six-time undefeated middleweight world karate champion, I have a pretty good idea what makes a warrior. And there's presently one particular presidential candidate in the political ring who wears those gloves better than the others.

John Hawkins | February 07, 2012

There are a lot of things NOT to like about liberals, but you have to give them some credit. These are people who are badly, dangerously, and devastatingly wrong on almost every issue of consequence and yet, year after year, they hang in there at a rough parity with conservatives. So, they may do a lot wrong, but there are things we can learn from the Left.

David Limbaugh | February 07, 2012

President Obama told NBC's Matt Lauer in an interview Sunday, "I deserve a second term." Well, let's see.

John Ransom | February 07, 2012

A great visual experience, filmed in two entirely different cities than the subject city, with a wonderful narration by Eastwood about policies that he doesn’t agree with pushing a message about a car company and the city of Detroit that isn’t true in any factual or even literary sense. See? That’s proof that it has to be an Obama campaign commercial.

Mona Charen | February 07, 2012

Planned Parenthood would appear to have won this latest skirmish in the abortion wars. The Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation having first decided to withdraw future grants to the world's largest abortion provider, quickly retreated under a barrage of accusations, complaints and threats.

Cal Thomas | February 07, 2012

For 60 years the National Prayer Breakfast has been a nonpolitical event where speakers put aside their earthly biases and focus on a Higher Authority.

Pat Buchanan | February 07, 2012

Appearing alongside CIA Director David Petraeus before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence last week, James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, said of Iran: "We don't believe they've actually made the decision to go ahead with a nuclear weapon."

Debra J. Saunders | February 07, 2012

Losing candidates usually congratulate the winner -- first by telephone and then in front of their supporters. Not Newt Gingrich. When he loses, Gingrich doesn't even bother to pretend to be a good sport.

Phyllis Schlafly | February 07, 2012

The reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Feb. 2 on a straight party-line vote. That proves again that the feminists control the Democratic Party, and it's also a refreshing indication that Republicans are no longer intimidated by feminist demands.

Kyle Olson | February 07, 2012

Imagine your organization is facing attacks from all sides. Imagine it’s losing members and revenue. What to do? What else to do but go down drinking?

Bill Murchison | February 07, 2012

Go the website PlannedParenthood.org. You know, Planned Parenthood, around whose rippling banner enlightened opinion rallied last week when news broke that Susan G. Komen for the Cure would, in the near future, cease granting it money. PP -- just a big-hearted service organization for women, fighting breast cancer and other female afflictions with might and main.

David Sterman | February 07, 2012

Well, a return to the glory days of 2008, when natural gas briefly touched $13 per thousand cubic feet (MCF) seems nigh on impossible. It's simply hard to envision a scenario where natural gas is once again scarce -- at least in terms of any reasonable investing time horizon.

George Friedman | February 07, 2012

Relations between the United States and Russia are incredibly tense as both countries prepare for their respective presidential elections in 2012. The campaign season has presented both sides opportunities to escalate tensions, but it is unclear how far each side will go.

Armstrong Williams | February 07, 2012

“I call it the Madman Theory, Bob. I want the North Vietnamese to believe I've reached the point where I might do anything to stop the war. We'll just slip the word to them that, ‘for God's sake, you know Nixon is obsessed about Communism. We can't restrain him when he's angry—and he has his hand on the nuclear button’ and Ho Chi Minh himself will be in Paris in two days begging for peace.”

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 07, 2012

We’ll start with a look at his use of humor while President.

Charles Payne | February 07, 2012

The labor participation rate was crashing and sitting at 63.9% on Reagan's inauguration day and at the end of two terms it was 66.5%.

Bob Beauprez | February 07, 2012

Even coming from one of the most entrenched liberals on the United States Supreme Court it was a shocker. During an interview aired last week on Egyptian television, Ruth Bader Ginsberg advised the Egyptian's against using the U.S. Constitution as guidance for their new effort at democratic self-governance.

Carrie Lukas | February 07, 2012

Government involvement, in just about any area of life, causes conflict. It's all but inescapable.

George Jarkesy | February 07, 2012

The root of our problems lies with a system where no one is specifically to blame, and because the culprit cannot be cornered and dealt with, the machine gets bigger.

John Browne | February 07, 2012

Few investors have forgotten the carnage of 2008 and 2009, when a panic of epic proportions came about with little warning from the experts. Then, as now, most professional economists and analysts predicted clear sailing for months and years ahead.

Mike Shedlock | February 07, 2012

The point remains: People are dropping out of the labor force at an astounding, almost unbelievable rate, holding the unemployment rate artificially low.

Jeff Carter | February 07, 2012

Ron Paul wouldn’t exist without the actions of the Fed, and the economic falsehoods he peddles wouldn’t get any traction without them either.

Chris Poindexter | February 07, 2012

Equities futures on U.S. markets swooned on the news from the other side of the Atlantic as well, threatening to start the week lower.

Political Calculations | February 07, 2012

We thought we would ask the question: "How well are teens really doing in the U.S. economy?"

Mon, Feb 06, 2012

Paul Greenberg | February 06, 2012

A presidential campaign is the health of economic illiteracy. Every four years, ignorance comes into its quadrennial own. There are voters to mobilize, resentments to stoke, dull gray truths to be replaced by shiny new shibboleths, and the gullible 99 percent to be fired up against the evil 1 percent.

Ken Blackwell | February 06, 2012

“Whoever says later may find later is too late,” says Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak. His words drove Western policymakers into a tizzy.

Byron York | February 06, 2012

The Romney campaign has been hitting Newt Gingrich hard over the 1990s ethics case that resulted in the former speaker being reprimanded and paying a $300,000 penalty.

Rich Galen | February 06, 2012

The Nevada GOP couldn't get the votes counted. By halftime of the Superbowl CNN.com was reporting that a full day after the caucuses only 83 percent of the precincts had been recorded.

Rebecca Hagelin | February 06, 2012

Culture Challenge of the Week: Adoption, an Invisible Option

Jeff Jacoby | February 06, 2012

"46 STATES TO GO."

Steve Deace | February 06, 2012

Like Newt Gingrich in South Carolina two weeks ago, Mitt Romney got the double-digit victory in Florida he needed with his back against the wall. And just like South Carolina did, Florida has also taught us some lessons going forward.

Rachel Alexander | February 06, 2012

Western civilization has gradually progressed away from barbaric practices. By the 20th century, most developed nations stopped torturing people and executing them in cruel ways. In the US, only humane ways of execution are permitted for executing the most notorious criminals.

Diana West | February 06, 2012

Even after all these years, journalist-socialite Sally Quinn still embodies a Washington way of thinking – a heart-of-Georgetown, A-list set of salon-tested assumptions “everyone” knows that provides attitudes for any occasion.

Steve Chapman | February 06, 2012

Newt Gingrich has an exquisitely sensitive moral antenna, and Mitt Romney's remark suggesting indifference to the poor sent it quivering. "I am fed up with politicians in either party dividing Americans against each other," he said. Yes, he did. Then he fell on the floor and laughed till he cried.

Michael Barone | February 06, 2012

It's unusual when a reporter sympathetic to a politician writes a story that makes his subject look bad. But Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker has now done this twice.

Star Parker | February 06, 2012

Here’s free advice for Mitt Romney. Before bringing up the poor again, read my book “Uncle Sam’s Plantation.”

Mike Adams | February 06, 2012

On January 27, 2012, the 6th Circuit issued a landmark opinion in Ward v. Wilbanks. It is the biggest federal court victory for campus First Amendment rights since my own victory before the 4th Circuit last April.

John Ransom | February 06, 2012

The GOP has a point, say finance journalists, but their over-estimation of unemployment by seven-tenths of one percent is somehow more dishonest than the administration’s undercounting of unemployment by three full points. You have to go to journalism school to be that intellectually bankrupt? Yes, you do.

Katie Kieffer | February 06, 2012

I predict that President Obama runs for reelection on his foreign policy record. He told us as much when he bookended his State of the Union address with his foreign policy “wins.” Unlike his economic record (non-existent), Obama has brag-worthy talking points on foreign policy.

Lurita Doan | February 06, 2012

Americans seem to have become accustomed to the casual use of the “F” word, with celebrities tracking, proudly, the number of times they “drop the “f” bomb” in public. The frequent use of the “f” word has coarsened our public discourse. But, many of our most emblematic American values, the very characteristics that shape our national character and contribute to American exceptionalism, have been given a bad rep by liberals because they, too, are “F” words.

Bruce Bialosky | February 06, 2012

For over thirty years, I have represented citizens in matters with the Internal Revenue Service. Most Americans have an irrational fear of the IRS. Whether they pay very little in taxes or great amounts, they shudder with dread whenever they open a letter from the agency.

Dan Holler | February 06, 2012

Congress will take center stage for the next couple of weeks as the spotlight recedes from the presidential primary process. The opening act is a tragedy about a party drifting away from its small government roots.

Edwin Meese III | February 06, 2012

As the years pass, Ronald Reagan’s stature grows. All sorts of people now quote him to support their agendas.

Lincoln Brown | February 06, 2012

These voters, armed with a name on a 3 X 5 card taken from the obituaries or some other source arrive at the polls, give their assigned name and cast their ballots.

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 06, 2012

The big problem is that higher education consumes a huge amount of resources and provides inadequate value.

Charles Payne | February 06, 2012

We are in the age of mediocrity, which can be rationalized for the stock market and even be good enough to win elections, but it's not good enough to win the day.

Mark Baisley | February 06, 2012

In two years’ time, this conservative school board has reduced spending by over $40 million, replaced the superintendent, crafted a merit pay plan, and implemented a voucher program (challenged in court by the ACLU).

Jeff Carter | February 06, 2012

I have sat in on classes taught by professors at U of C and I find myself learning something in every one I ever sat in. I take some nugget, some kernel of knowledge out that I didn’t know before.

Bob Beauprez | February 06, 2012

Another key indicator that doesn’t get the attention of the jobs number or the unemployment rate shows that all is definitely not well.

Mike Shedlock | February 06, 2012

On multiple occasions at the end of the week we were informed Greece "had" to reach agreement over the weekend or Greece would default.

Amy Oliver | February 06, 2012

Obama is oblivious to his own hypocrisy and frighteningly disconnected from the consequences of his policies. The Chinese probably love him for it.

Chris Poindexter | February 06, 2012

The factors facing gold this week are going to be the headwind of a strengthening U.S. economy and dollar, balanced out by a new round of concern surrounding Greece.

George Friedman | February 06, 2012

The real issue is not whether Putin can handle the struggles, but how long it takes him to sort through them and how much damage his image will sustain in the meantime.

Michael Tanner | February 06, 2012

Michael Tanner, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, evaluates the fiscal state of the Union.

Chris Edwards | February 06, 2012

Chris Edwards is the director of tax policy studies at Cato and editor of www.DownsizingGovernment.org.He is a top expert on federal and state tax and budget issues

Sun, Feb 05, 2012

Derek Hunter | February 05, 2012

Would any concerned parent willingly send their children to an average public school in this country if there was an option available?

John Ransom | February 05, 2012

The Christian church somehow survived for 2,000 years without the federal government “subsidizing” them. You may want to respect an organization that has that kind of staying power as a little more important than a flash-in-the pan like Obama. If Obama is still your Messiah in 2,000 years, I will of course apologize to you.

Salena Zito | February 05, 2012

When Mitt Romney stood on a stage here last Tuesday night and declared, “A competitive primary does not divide us, it prepares us – and we will win,” his words touched on something even he may not have realized.

Doug Giles | February 05, 2012

This past Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast, Obama said that his Christian faith crafts his domestic policies—particularly his desire to rob from the rich and give to the poor.

Debra J. Saunders | February 05, 2012

It says something about the brazen attitude of American politicians that Congress enacted a measure to create a program that was impossible to implement -- and named it the CLASS Act. CLASS stands for Community Living Assistance Services and Support, a program that was supposed to offer voluntary long-term care insurance to workers who are 18 or older; its initials are about the only classy angle to the scheme.

Ed Feulner | February 05, 2012

“Freedom isn’t free.” We usually hear this on occasions such as Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day. It’s meant to remind us of the brave American troops who put their lives on the line daily to protect our liberty and preserve our security.

Charles Payne | February 05, 2012

Mitt Romney and President Obama should be concerned about the very poor because they stopped believing in the greatness of America.

Night Watch | February 05, 2012

Iran's retaliation for sanctions will be unconventional. The hostility of its leaders to Israel looks implacable.

Bob Beauprez | February 05, 2012

Flooding an uncertain, limited, nascent market with a plethora of manufacturers did not seem to bother the Obama Administration or cross anyone’s mind at the DOE.

Chris Edwards | February 05, 2012

Federal workers get laid off and fired at much lower rates than private-sector workers. That benefit has value, and thus federal pay rates should be set somewhat lower than for otherwise comparable jobs in the private sector.

Paul Tracy | February 05, 2012

It's been one of the guiding principles for my $100,000 portfolio in my Top 10 Stocks advisory, my selections for the 10 Best Stocks to Hold Forever, and my Top 10 Stocks for 2012.

Michael Youssef | February 05, 2012

Many of us who are biblical scholars have watched Mr. Obama’s use, or should I say abuse, of the Bible with dismay.

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 05, 2012

The most important thing to understand is that leftists want global taxation. To get the ball rolling, they’ll take any tax for any purpose. They simply want to get the camel’s nose under the tent.

George Friedman | February 05, 2012

In recent years, more extreme breeds of nationalists have re-emerged -- some who long for more traditional Russian values instead of the balance of policies Putin recently implemented.

Marita Noon | February 05, 2012

The wind energy industry has reason for concern. America's appetite for subsidies has waned. Congress is looking for any way it can to make cuts and the twenty-year old Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind energy is in prime position for a cut.

Jeff Carter | February 05, 2012

I am talking people under the age of 30, the more I am hearing that they are using Facebook($FB) less and less.

Lincoln Brown | February 05, 2012

Only in California. And probably in the rest of the nation, soon, unfortunately.

Mike Shedlock | February 05, 2012

Every day for weeks we have heard a "deal is close". Moreover, on multiple occasions at the end of the week we were informed Greece "had" to reach agreement over the weekend or Greece would default. Let's hope this time someone really means it.

Paul Jacob | February 05, 2012

An overlooked factor in the next election.