Sat, Feb 25, 2012

John C. Goodman | February 25, 2012

We're not quite there yet. But there is a new website that is getting close.

John Ransom | February 25, 2012

Makes you wonder if the same bright federal lights who illegally sold guns to Mexican meth dealers are also in charge of energy policy (see Solyndra). It’s the only explanation that I can come up with for the willful blindness that allows the Obamanauts to not see that their energy policy, like their policy on gun-walking, won't end well.

Ken Blackwell | February 25, 2012

As the 2012 election season turns full throttle, the president and members of his administration are pointing to their only economic success story — the government’s investment in an ailing, failing auto industry and the subsequent revival of the nation’s manufacturing base.

Susan Stamper Brown | February 25, 2012

President and Mrs. Obama seem to be terrific parents and should be commended for the steps they have taken to improve the health and well-being of America's kids.

Floyd and Mary Beth Brown | February 25, 2012

In the Republican debate held on Washington's Birthday the candidates were asked to describe themselves in one word. Santorum chose the word courage. If fits after a week of dancing with the national news media over the issue of Satan. Does he exist? Santorum says yes. The media says no.

Frank Gaffney | February 25, 2012

Last week, President Obama feted Communist China’s Xi Jinping, the man who hopes to lead his country as it emerges as the world’s next superpower.

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 25, 2012

Nothing compares to the depth and substance of Professor George Selgin’s scholarly take-down of the Federal Reserve, but this video by a local libertarian has a very authentic feel.

Gina Loudon | February 25, 2012

Other states take notice: Unemployment has gone from 10%-6.9% in the former illegal immigrant hotbed of Marshall County, Alabama.

Chris Poindexter | February 25, 2012

Adding insult to injury are beef prices; another commodity that is going to cost more just in time for the summer grilling season. The bad news there is, because of the supply chain logistics, it’s going to be at least three years before there are more cattle in the pipeline. Beef prices are not going back down anytime soon.

Carl Horowitz | February 25, 2012

After some 500 days of negotiation, the deed was done. On Thursday, February 9, attorneys general representing nearly all 50 states announced that five major banks – Ally Financial, Bank of America, Citibank, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo – agreed to pay a combined $25 billion over three years in civil penalties and loan write-downs for having serviced mortgage foreclosure paperwork without proper review.

Bill Tatro | February 25, 2012

As my heart melted, my bias against Bob Hope fell like sand at high tide. Bob Hope didn’t need cue cards, he was a true professional.

Political Calculations | February 25, 2012

The worst however was last year's announced winner The King's Speech, which dropped like a rock after it won. Its only competition for losing money was the Best Picture winner announced in 2007, The Departed, the ceremony for which was also negatively reviewed.

Larry Kudlow | February 25, 2012

Larry Kudlow breaks down the the economic plans of Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney for the "Morning Joe."

Doug French | February 25, 2012

Ludwig von Mises explained that one government intervention leads to an endless succession of interventions to deal with the effects of the first and subsequent interventions. Ultimately, it comes down to two choices. "Either capitalism or socialism: there exists no middle way," Mises wrote.

Michael Tanner | February 25, 2012

The United States potentially owes more than Greece. Even under the most optimistic scenario, we owe more than such fiscal basket cases as Ireland, Italy, Portugal, and Spain

Night Watch | February 25, 2012

While few in the Western media have been paying attention, the daily death toll in Iraq is approaching that in Syria and sometimes exceeding it.

Steve Deace | February 25, 2012

At this point donors to the Ron Paul campaign should just go ahead and make out the check to Mitt Romney instead in order to cut out the middle man.

Mike Shedlock | February 25, 2012

The Fed is actively encouraging speculators and the Obama government is angling for another Mideast war over weapons of mass destruction that once again do not even exist.

Jeff Carter | February 25, 2012

Start ups always bet on the jockey. Great jockeys can change their ideas (iterate) and create a good business.

Charles Payne | February 25, 2012

Forty bucks is all it takes to buy Hispanic votes?

Ted Baehr | February 25, 2012

This Sunday, millions of Americans will watch the entertaining and glamorous Oscars ceremony. Increasingly, however, it seems Americans are more interested in what the stars are wearing rather than who the Academy crowns “the best.”

Fri, Feb 24, 2012

Donald Lambro | February 24, 2012

WASHINGTON -- A presidential candidate's campaign rhetoric can tell us a lot about what he truly believes, but some of Rick Santorum's language has pushed that to the edge.

Paul Greenberg | February 24, 2012

The list of those due to be executed is long and ominous. There were 179 names on it just here in Arkansas -- names like Carthage. Casscoe. Columbus, New Hope, Witts Springs....

Humberto Fontova | February 24, 2012

Sean Penn was Hugo Chavez' guest of honor (again) last week, serving as keynote speaker at graduation ceremonies for Venezuela's Salvador Allende Medical School.

Matthew Bowman | February 24, 2012

President Obama's recent attacks on religious freedom through ObamaCare have far broader implications than the immediate crisis. The attacks not only strike at the very rights of conscience our Founding Fathers sought to protect via the First Amendment. The threat is also due to the underlying hostility to pregnancy and children that the president encoded into federal law.

Michelle Malkin | February 24, 2012

If you like how the Obama administration's multibillion-dollar "investments" in bankrupt solar companies have turned out, you'll love the latest federal loan program to nowhere. It's the Obamacare loyalty rewards program for progressives.

John Stossel | February 24, 2012

Want to open a business in America? It isn't easy.

John Hawkins | February 24, 2012

Even though I do like and respect Rick Santorum, I've already endorsed Newt Gingrich and don’t plan on changing over to Team Santorum.

Brent Bozell | February 24, 2012

Sarah Palin's top aides held a conference call to denounce the forthcoming HBO movie "Game Change," which like any ultraliberal media production, knocks Palin as a mentally imbalanced moron.

Jonah Goldberg | February 24, 2012

There's no disputing that Republicans are surly these days.

David Limbaugh | February 24, 2012

So we should all be grateful that President Obama is just now coming out for a corporate tax rate cut? But does anyone really believe he's had a supply-side epiphany?

Mona Charen | February 24, 2012

Wish I had a nickel for every conservative who confidently predicted that the Arizona debate would, of course, feature obnoxious questions about birth control and the devil aimed at Rick Santorum.

Scott Rasmussen | February 24, 2012

As a candidate in 2008, Barack Obama declared his support for green energy development. "For the sake of our economy, our security and the future of our planet," he said, "we must end the age of oil in our time."

Oliver North | February 24, 2012

There are few success stories here in this tortured country on the eastern coast of Africa. For nearly two decades, this drought-ravaged land and the long-suffering Somali people have been "off the radar" for most Americans.

Pat Buchanan | February 24, 2012

"I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs a repair, I'll fix it." Thus did Mitt Romney supposedly commit the gaffe of the month -- for we are not to speak of the poor without unctuous empathy.

Rachel Alexander | February 24, 2012

Everyone talks about reforming health insurance while ignoring a better alternative: healthcare risk pools. Powerful lobbyists for the healthcare insurance industry have convinced politicians to perpetuate the current system of health insurance, hoping that minor tweaks will solve the escalating crisis.

Suzanne Fields | February 24, 2012

If you're tired of watching the Republican debates, tune in Sunday night to the Academy Awards presentations. The night will show off beautiful eye candy for both men and women, diversion with glitz.

Ben Shapiro | February 24, 2012

In 2008, Rick Santorum spoke at Ave Maria University in Florida. There, he tackled the crucial issue of moral decline in America and did so in explicitly religious language. "Satan has his sights on the United States of America," he said. "Satan is attacking the great institutions of America, using those great vices of pride, vanity and sensuality as the root to attack all of the strong plants that has so deeply rooted in the American tradition.

Linda Chavez | February 24, 2012

Have we become so hypersensitive that a phrase in use for half a millennia must now be banished from the English lexicon? I'm speaking, of course, of the furor created last week when ESPN's mobile site ran a story headlined "A Chink in the Armor."

Diana West | February 24, 2012

We've come a long way since the days of the Global War on Terror. Frankly, the GWOT -- whatever that was supposed to mean (how do you fight against a tactic?) -- is so 10 years ago. "Terror," meanwhile, has morphed into "extremism," but that's only made things more unclear. We still don't know what it's all supposed to be about.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | February 24, 2012

The New York Times recently featured an innovative MBA program at George Washington University. Not only was the course of study designed to enhance the professional business skills of its participants, it hoped to teach personal business and economics to people vulnerable to personal financial failure.

Kyle Olson | February 24, 2012

The protesters wandering around in various locations throughout Chicago are little more than warm-bodied rentals who are able to clutch a sign bearing the name of someone – in this case, Chicago Public Schools CEO J.C. Brizard – they’ve never heard of.

Doug French | February 24, 2012

Just as Mises had predicted a coming depression during the heyday of the roaring '20s, Austrians like Mark Thornton saw danger lurking behind the boom, writing "Housing: Too Good to Be True" in June 2004.

Armstrong Williams | February 24, 2012

This just in: the Catholic Church is not a religious organization.

Bill Tatro | February 24, 2012

The ramifications of changing the rules are slowly starting to hit home as bondholders such as Bill Gross exhibit displeasure.

Jeff Carter | February 24, 2012

In the old days of face to face trading, none of the shenanigans the HFT guys pull would be tolerated.

Mike Shedlock | February 24, 2012

The one and only thing that might possibly spare Greece the agony of a completely worthless currency is Greece's small hoard of 111 tons of gold.

Charles Payne | February 24, 2012

Obama's corporate tax plan is a waste of time and serves more as a campaign document than something that moves the nation in the right direction. The big target here is that giant pot of corporate money sitting offshore.

Jerry Bowyer | February 24, 2012

In other words, although Anderson saw, as Keynesians did not, that interest rates are a function of economic growth, he also saw, as some modern supply siders do not, that interest rates are not identical to economic growth.

Political Calculations | February 24, 2012

If Iran's oil production were completely shut off from the world, and no other oil producers adjusted their supplies to compensate, the effect upon European oil prices would be to increase the cost of each barrel of Brent crude oil by by $17.39.

Fritz Pfister | February 24, 2012

Barack Obama believes he can dictate equal outcomes for a nation with over three hundred twenty million citizens. How? Government intervention into the private sector through central planning and wealth redistribution.

Night Watch | February 24, 2012

The leadership is concerned about an attack and has ordered prudent precautions.

Stewart Scott | February 24, 2012

Several developments last week served to demonstrate that while the perpetrators and tactics of terrorism (what Stratfor calls the "who" and the "how") may change in response to larger geopolitical cycles, such shifts will not signal the end of terrorism itself.

Bob Beauprez | February 24, 2012

Africa's legacy of hopelessness and despair has become so commonplace and extended that it is often referred to as the "lost" or "forgotten" continent. I've long been perplexed at the lack of progress and desperation that has befallen the millions of Africans.

Leah Barkoukis | February 24, 2012

While the writing and illustrations in Amelia Hamilton’s, “One Nation Under God: A Book for Little Patriots,” are catered towards children, the book’s message is anything but childish. Patriotic to its core, the book teaches children about the basic and essential elements of U.S. government and history in an engaging and delightful manner.

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 24, 2012

The former Massachusetts governor has come out of the closet as a Keynesian.

Thu, Feb 23, 2012

Larry Kudlow | February 23, 2012

All of the above: George W. Bush used to say it. John McCain ran on it in 2008. And you hear Republicans talk in similar terms all the time. “All of the above.”

Cliff May | February 23, 2012

The Bush administration waged what it called a Global War on Terrorism. Yet against Iran, the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism, no serious actions were ever taken.

Maggie Gallagher | February 23, 2012

President Obama, you do not speak for women. Stop claiming -- you and other Democrats -- that when you try to ram abortion-inducing drugs and contraception mandates down the throats of religious charities, schools and health care institutions, you are speaking for women.

Kathryn Lopez | February 23, 2012

"Where are the women?" This was the persistent -- but lazy and disingenuous -- cry after the House Oversight Committee began a hearing with an all-male panel over the Obama administration's health-care mandate that would force Catholic organizations to pay for health insurance that would provide contraception, sterilization and abortion procedures to non-Catholic employees.

Paul Kengor | February 23, 2012

The secular world today trembles and shudders at the sight of Rick Santorum speaking on good and evil at Ave Maria University in Florida in 2008.

AWR Hawkins | February 23, 2012

I well remember 1984, riding with my cousin to see “The Boss” on his "Born in the USA" tour in Lexington, KY. The arena was packed that night, and after playing for about two hours Springsteen looked out at the crowd and asked: “Do you guys need a break?” He then played for another hour.

Shannon Goessling | February 23, 2012

The world community stepped away from the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa two short months ago with promises that all nations will submit to the climate control supremacy of the UN – by 2020.

Matt Towery | February 23, 2012

We knew this was coming. In fact, in the first year of the Obama administration, I focused on this very issue. Now it has risen to the level of potential reality. The Obama administration is ready to launch its assault on corporate America in a manner that will extend its current attack on individuals and small businesses to the entire economy.

Fred Wszolek | February 23, 2012

In an era when Americans simply want the government to leave them alone and focus on getting the economy going so businesses can create jobs, the message seems completely lost on Big Labor’s agents at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Hugh Hewitt | February 23, 2012

Like most pundits, I dragged myself along through most of the death march of the 20+ debates. Last night's was an exception. After seeing excerpts of the first our of the debate through the last hour of my radio show, I was obliged to dash to another event and thus could only judge the result through the anlayses offered by others.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | February 23, 2012

Lent began this week on Feb. 22. It ends April 8 with the celebration of Easter. In the Christian tradition, the Lenten period is a time of fasting and prayer, preparation and reflection in anticipation of Easter, which commemorates the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Victor Davis Hanson | February 23, 2012

Jeremy Lin is the New York Knicks basketball sensation whose so far brief but amazing performance on the court has set the world on fire in a mere month.

Michael Barone | February 23, 2012

A candidate's strengths can also be his weaknesses. Take the case of Rick Santorum.

Larry Elder | February 23, 2012

What if actor Clint Eastwood gave an interview in which he explained why, in the 2008 presidential election, he voted for John McCain: "I voted for McCain because he was white."?

Judge Andrew Napolitano | February 23, 2012

What if you are only allowed to vote because it doesn't make a difference? What if no matter how you vote, the elites get to have it their way?

John Ransom | February 23, 2012

Clearly the UN has the skill to put together a group of scientists who can report objectively on the science behind global warming; especially the part where the remedies include: 1) You footing the bill; and 2) They get your money.

Ken Blackwell | February 23, 2012

When serious publications start talking about a brokered convention for the GOP in Tampa next August, beware.

Michael Reagan | February 23, 2012

Another tremendously talented American who had riches and fame beyond most people's dreams has killed herself with drugs.

Cal Thomas | February 23, 2012

Pat Buchanan might have seen the end of the line coming at MSNBC when last month network president Phil Griffin commented on his latest book, "Suicide of a Superpower," by saying, "I don't think the ideas that (Buchanan) put forth are appropriate for the national dialogue, much less on MSNBC."

Debra J. Saunders | February 23, 2012

Environmentalists accuse skeptics of being anti-science and dishonest under the apparent belief that they are honest and analytical. They're filled with their integrity until they get frustrated. They say that they only want to debate, except the debate is over.

Steve Chapman | February 23, 2012

Catholic bishops, evangelical pastors and Republican presidential candidates have been decrying the Obama administration's war on religious liberty. Amid all the uproar, it's easy to overlook something equally important: the administration's many battles for religious liberty.

Emmett Tyrrell | February 23, 2012

There is another horripilation on the campaign trail. Someone has told a joke that has roused the virtue police.

Emmett Tyrrell | February 23, 2012

There is another horripilation on the campaign trail. Someone has told a joke that has roused the virtue police.

Mike Shedlock | February 23, 2012

If you start sending government more money, I guarantee you politicians will find thousands of ways to waste it.

Night Watch | February 23, 2012

On Sunday, a North Korean officer told the press that North Koreans would respond to any provocation with ``merciless retaliatory strikes.'' On Monday, the North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea issued a statement that indicated North Korea is prepared for a ``total war.''

David Sterman | February 23, 2012

It's time to add exposure to crude oil. If prices do indeed rise, then an oil producer is likely to see its stock rise by a significant amount,

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | February 23, 2012

Even positive changes such as a new house and a new baby are known to cause anxiety.

Marybeth Hicks | February 23, 2012

In 2007, while still a member of the U.S. Senate, Barack Obama said, “I am absolutely convinced that culture wars are just so ‘90s. Their days are growing dark.”

George Jarkesy | February 23, 2012

Despite this formidable multiple wave attack on coal, the industry that appears to be fighting for its survival in the United States, has a bright and profitable future.

Charles Payne | February 23, 2012

I bring up Bacon and the notion of contradictions and empiricism because this market has entered into a very confusing zone that challenges sensibilities and reasoning.

Political Calculations | February 23, 2012

Today, we're headed for the stratosphere of annual income earners to see just how long they can expect to stay on top after they become one of the Top 400 taxpayers in the United States.

Marita Noon | February 23, 2012

While polls show that taking action to fight climate change is off the radar of most Americans, the behavior of the theory’s advocates is even more telling. They are behaving like "cornered rats"—taking extreme actions to protect their turf.

Jeff Carter | February 23, 2012

For every one percent in the decrease of taxes, there is a corresponding 3% bump in GDP. Illinois ought to be cutting taxes to increase economic growth. Instead, they raised them.

Bob Goldman | February 23, 2012

If a recent research study from a team of Harvard researchers is correct, there's a very good chance that contemplating your accomplishments, or lack thereof, will leave you overcome with sadness and doubting your own self-worth

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 23, 2012

To paraphrase the Bible, the President giveth and the President taketh away.

Bob Beauprez | February 23, 2012

Like any good shill-for-hire, Gruber maintains that the almost $400,000 he collected in no way compromised his objectivity, and that he "firmly" believed in all his assertions about the cost saving benefits of ObamaCare.

Wed, Feb 22, 2012

Ann Coulter | February 22, 2012

As governor of one of the most liberal states in the union, Mitt Romney did something even Ronald Reagan didn't do as governor of California: He balanced the budget without raising taxes.

David Sterman | February 22, 2012

Short sellers are likely to retarget these names when they are done licking their bloody paws, but you have a chance to go short in these stocks before them.

Thomas Sowell | February 22, 2012

During a recent Fox News Channel debate about the Obama administration's tax policies, Democrat Bob Beckel raised the issue of "fairness."

Michelle Malkin | February 22, 2012

Rick Santorum is right. Pushing back against Democrats' attempts to frame him as a religious menace, the GOP presidential candidate forcefully turned the tables on the White House: "When it comes to the management of the Earth, they are the anti-science ones."

John Stossel | February 22, 2012

Imagine this family budget: Last year, you earned $24,700. But you spent $37,900, incurring $13,300 in debt, and you were already $153,500 in debt.

Walter E. Williams | February 22, 2012

If one manages to graduate from high school without the rudiments of algebra, geometry and trigonometry, there are certain relatively high-paying careers probably off-limits for life -- such as careers in architecture, chemistry, computer programming, engineering, medicine and certain technical fields.

Byron York | February 22, 2012

"Rick Santorum was a sitting senator who, in re-election, lost by 19 points,"; Donald Trump, a Mitt Romney supporter, said recently. Then he goes out and says, 'Oh, OK, I just lost by the biggest margin in history, now I'm going to run for president.' Tell me, how does that work?

Brent Bozell | February 22, 2012

Bill Press has a new book out called "The Obama Hate Machine." To read the blurbs, you might wonder if Press thinks no one should be allowed to criticize the president. Here's Nancy Pelosi touting the book: "In a poisoned political climate, negative personal attacks on President Obama must have no place in our public discourse."

Jonah Goldberg | February 22, 2012

"If we could just take a little bit from each of them." I've lost track of how many people I have heard say some version of this in the last couple of months. The "each of them" refers to the final four combatants for the Republican nomination.

John Ransom | February 22, 2012

Germany's "Godfather of Green" writes book casting doubt on UN's climate science.

Ken Blackwell | February 22, 2012

My longtime friend Chris Matthews was at Ford’s Theater in Washington recently. He appeared to have maligned his own Catholic Church by saying that many of the new converts to Catholicism are motivated by anti-gay bigotry. But he went further, alleging that conservatives have a “Southern Strategy.”

Michael Medved | February 22, 2012

Recent history shows that none of the three Republican frontrunners—not Mitt Romney, not Rick Santorum, and certainly not Newt Gingrich—can possibly win the GOP nomination, let alone defeat Barack Obama in November.

Terry Jeffrey | February 22, 2012

When two schools meet in a basketball game, the winner is indisputable. One team outscores the other. The same is true in certain types of academic competition. When students take standardized national tests, students from some schools outscore students from others.

David Harsanyi | February 22, 2012

Gas prices are spiking. That's great news, right? We have to wean ourselves off the stuff. At least that's what we've been hearing for years. Oil is dirty. We import it from nations that hate our guts (like Canada!). And moreover, we're running out. Oil is "finite." Finite much in the way water is finite.

Austin Bay | February 22, 2012

Last month, Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper told the U.S. Senate that "Mexico"s government remains committed to fighting the country's drug cartels and enacting reforms aimed at strengthening the rule of law."

Paul Greenberg | February 22, 2012

It's really not fair or accurate to say this administration has declared war on religion. Its policy isn't that clear. If it has one. And if it does, that policy keeps changing, depending on who's exerting what pressures at the time.

Donald Lambro | February 22, 2012

An election-minded Congress defused the Social Security payroll tax cut issue last week, but a much more politically lethal time bomb is set to go off at the end of the year.

Jacob Sullum | February 22, 2012

A month ago, the Obama administration said religious organizations will have to pay for health insurance policies that cover contraception and sterilization, even if they consider those practices immoral.

Mary Grabar | February 22, 2012

In an age and time when I find most of my college students unfamiliar with the story of Adam and Eve or the origin of the phrase, “judge not lest ye be judged,” I enter discussions about religion with some caution. Almost universally my students do not believe that religious belief is necessary for morality, and seem to be offended by the very concept.

Brian Birdnow | February 22, 2012

Regular readers of Townhall may have noticed a column penned last week by this writer questioning the easy expectations of many observers that most liberal Catholics will abandon President Obama over the birth control mandates.

Ralph Benko | February 22, 2012

"The gold standard is a modern, digital, information-sharing, global operating standard. Moreover, it is a stable, networking, efficient, price transmission system in the form of a stable international monetary standard," says Lewis E. Lehrman.

Mike Shedlock | February 22, 2012

The sooner Greece exits the euro, the more likely Greece will be able to prevent still more capital flight. The smart money has already left.

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 22, 2012

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is squandering $15 million in a way that should drive taxpayers ballistic with rage.

John Browne | February 22, 2012

Current CPI is at 2.9 percent, the highest year-over-year increase since 2008 and more than twice the rate of the core.

George Friedman | February 22, 2012

This is the first installment of a new series on the national strategies of today's global power and other regional powers. This installment establishes a framework for understanding the current state of the world.

Dave Ramsey | February 22, 2012

Three houses? Do you buy a new house every time you move? You guys need to stop doing that.

Jack Bouroudjian | February 22, 2012

Well, Greece has turned into the boy crying wolf, or in the case of our Greek friends, crying Default!

Ziad Abdelnour | February 22, 2012

Albert Einstein once said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” We, the people of the United States of America, appear to have gone insane by allowing the Federal Reserve to bail out businesses here and abroad.

Ken Connor | February 22, 2012

During the presidential contest of 2008, Barack Obama inspired millions of followers with his trademark slogan "Yes we can!" Against the odds, the little known Senator from Illinois went on to defeat the 600 pound gorilla in the 2008 Democrat primary – Hillary Clinton – and to capture the White House as America's first African American president.

Charles Payne | February 22, 2012

Coming into this week, the big stories are Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks and gasoline prices; both have had a meteoric climb, one we cheer the other we sneer.

Christina Villegas | February 22, 2012

This Presidents’ Day, President Obama offered Americans a reminder of the threat modern executive power poses to individual liberty.

Jeff Carter | February 22, 2012

So, what would happen if the mainstream media treated Barack Obama the exact same way they treat Republicans? The questions might sound a little something like this.

Tue, Feb 21, 2012

Steven Aden | February 21, 2012

When many people think about Planned Parenthood, they think about death: especially the 330,000 deaths the nation’s largest abortion provider wrought via their scalpels, syringes, and vacuum devices last year.

Townhall.com Staff | February 21, 2012

Presidents Day celebrates America’s rich presidential history, yet the people we entrust to teach and write our history books—university professors—have a skewed view of our nation’s past leaders.

Laura Hollis | February 21, 2012

I rarely find myself disagreeing with Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute, but I think he's obscuring his own point in the column he wrote for the New York Post over the weekend.

Rachel Marsden | February 21, 2012

In less than two weeks, Russians go to the polls for a presidential election exercise. The overwhelmingly likely outcome: Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will dust off the old stationery from his first two terms as president.

Thomas Sowell | February 21, 2012

It is fascinating to see people accusing others of things that they themselves are doing, especially when their own sins are worse.

Chuck Norris | February 21, 2012

I stated a few weeks ago that I believe that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Sen. Rick Santorum have shown the greatest passion for highlighting and fighting against the war on religion (specifically Christianity).

John Hawkins | February 21, 2012

We should be aware that our world can change for the worse in a hurry and we should make sure we're taking steps to alleviate the danger.

Mike Adams | February 21, 2012

Over the course of the last few weeks, I have been preparing for an abortion debate at Marquette University. Now, it appears that I will be giving a speech on abortion instead of participating in a debate.

John Ransom | February 21, 2012

As a consequence of elitist criticism, Lincoln gave us this enduring gem, precisely balanced on the pen point of Shakespearean grace: “I have endured a great deal of ridicule without much malice; and have received a great deal of kindness, not quite free from ridicule. I am used to it."

Cal Thomas | February 21, 2012

Black History Month honors the achievements of African Americans throughout history and that is a good thing. Unfortunately, a reliance on family and faith, which allowed many African Americans to survive the horrors of Reconstruction, racial injustice and violent acts of discrimination, has become a casualty of the modern welfare state.

Dennis Prager | February 21, 2012

I'd like to offer a simple proposal that, if enacted, could generate a great deal of a most precious resource: moral clarity. It concerns the death penalty.

Pat Buchanan | February 21, 2012

The political beliefs of Barack Obama, said Rick Santorum last week, come out of "some phony theology. ... Not a theology based on the Bible, a different theology, but no less a theology."

Bill Murchison | February 21, 2012

Oh, have we got problems as a country and as a people -- not all of them connected with Iranian nuclear ambitions, the eurozone crisis and Mitt Romney's inner feelings about family dogs on the family station wagon roof.

Kyle Olson | February 21, 2012

The education establishment is pulling out all the stops to stifle the movement to expand the use of technology to modernize the way students learn.

Mike Shedlock | February 21, 2012

Consider disability fraud, people claiming disabilities they do not have such as mental illness. Prior to the great recession 33% of applicants claimed mental illness. The number is 43% now.

Political Calculations | February 21, 2012

We observe that investors are currently focused on the change in the growth rate of dividends per share for the third quarter of 2012 in terms of setting today's stock prices.

Chris Poindexter | February 21, 2012

Central banks in Europe have been printing cash at a dizzying pace as a hedge against what now appears to be the inevitable exit of Greece from the European Union.

George Friedman | February 21, 2012

Unlike the previously scheduled navy exercises in the Strait of Hormuz -- which Stratfor sources say have either been canceled or at the very least delayed -- these exercises appear to be largely defensive in nature and are taking place far from the Persian Gulf's critical oil artery.

Jeff Carter | February 21, 2012

When you curtail use of fossil fuels and nuclear energy, and curtail exploration and build out of the same, higher energy prices result.

Doug French | February 21, 2012

In recent years a number of investment gurus have touted China as the new financial powerhouse, while at the same time the country serves as punching bag for both sitting and would-be American politicians.

Heidi Harris | February 21, 2012

It’s time to wake up the rest of the people. You know, the ones who depend on ME to subsidize their transportation, their food, diapers, rent, birth control, and everything else I foolishly toil to provide for myself.

Bob Beauprez | February 21, 2012

American clergy, including Catholic bishops, have largely avoided public feuds with government officials, particularly Presidents – but, Chaput is going right at President Obama and his administration.

Chris Edwards | February 21, 2012

Supporters of President Obama’s soak-the-rich tax strategy don’t seem to be concerned about the negative consequences for the economy.

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 21, 2012

America’s fiscal problem is too much spending. Debt and deficits are simply symptoms of that underlying problem of excessive government.

George Jarkesy | February 21, 2012

With the recent publicity about the “Occupy Movement” and their highlighting the income disparity between the 99% and the 1%, I thought investors might be interested in learning a companies doing very well selling to the 1%.

Mon, Feb 20, 2012

Paul Greenberg | February 20, 2012

It should be coming soon to a campaign stop near you. Watch for it: Still another high-budget, low-content production by the same masterful hand that gave you shows like "Stimuless" and "Solyndra."

Hugh Hewitt | February 20, 2012

It is the season for silly predictions about the presidential campaign, and the most absurd of all is that the GOP is headed towards the emergence of a new candidate or a “brokered convention.”

Michael Barone | February 20, 2012

Many Republican House members, and the bloggers and tea partiers who cheered their victory in gaining a majority in November 2010, seem to be seething with discontent and eager for confrontation.

Mike Adams | February 20, 2012

I appreciated your article on abortion (whether you'd abort Hitler). I read on your page on Facebook that you've gotten hate mails after the article, I know you always get lambasted by the intolerant left.

Star Parker | February 20, 2012

A succession of high profile left wing decisions and initiatives of recent weeks drive home the extent to which the left is changing the face of America.

John Ransom | February 20, 2012

Ideals that have made this country great are dying by inches as Obama consolidates more and more power over matters that used to be private concerns guaranteed under the Constitution. And he’s doing it by offering “free” financing for everything.

Katie Kieffer | February 20, 2012

America is showing her age. She had fun spending Sugar Daddy China’s cash; now she’s broke, tired and weak. Sadly, there’s no quick fix—no fancy wrinkle cream—that can erase decades of fiscal abuse from America’s face. To revive her youthful foundation in constitutional freedom America must take dramatic steps. It’s time for America to go under the knife; it’s time to call Dr. Babyface.

Caroline Glick | February 20, 2012

For me, the message is clear enough, as a Jew, a Jewish mother and a person who clings to my freedom, guns and religion, my job is to do everything I can to ensure that Israel remains strong and gets stronger so that today's corrupted elites can't touch us.

Lurita Doan | February 20, 2012

President Obama, it would seem, has crossed into new territory and his Administration, unhappy with the constitutional constraints on Executive authority to direct spending, is now openly violating the Constitution.

Bruce Bialosky | February 20, 2012

Republicans believe that they were hoodwinked by the Democrats in the new redistricting process in California – principally because the Republicans played by the rules specified in the initiative. What they obviously didn’t understand was that the process itself – specifically, how the commission’s members were selected – undermined the Republicans from the outset.

Phyllis Schlafly | February 20, 2012

Welcome to the real ObamaCare, whereby a handful of leftists in Washington, D.C., impose the views of their big-money donors on more than 300 million Americans. If the Obama mandate for contraception remains intact, then liberals will next demand that Americans pay for other objectionable items that are not really medical care.

Dan Holler | February 20, 2012

On the heels of last week’s payroll tax deal, Washington pundits began asking whether the Party of No was dead. As is often the case, the professional pundits have it all wrong. The Party of No is alive and well.

Doug French | February 20, 2012

Bipartisan support was summoned to declare China a currency manipulator, triggering retaliatory tariffs on Chinese imports in hopes that China would allow the renminbi to rise against the dollar.

Mike Shedlock | February 20, 2012

Spain and Ireland have economies in shambles over housing bubbles popped long ago. Damage continues to mount.

George Friedman | February 20, 2012

Without a strong regional force in Dagestan, Russia has been using the Chechen Brigades -- a very risky strategy, given the historical tensions between Chechnya and Dagestan.

Political Calculations | February 20, 2012

Having coded the math, let's reassure you that the result isn't processed through any sort of normal probability distribution. It is, at best, an approximation.

Chris Poindexter | February 20, 2012

It makes me nervous to see the return of hedge fund managers like John Paulson to the gold market as nothing good comes from them being here.

Michael Tanner | February 20, 2012

If workers who retired in 2011 had been allowed to invest the employee half of the Social Security payroll tax over their working lifetime, they would retire with more income than if they relied on Social Security.

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 20, 2012

In my years of fighting this battle, I’ve has some strange experiences, most notably in 2008 when the OECD threatened to have me thrown in a Mexican jail for the supposed crime of standing in a public area of a hotel and advising representatives of low-tax jurisdictions on how best to resist fiscal imperialism.

Bob Beauprez | February 20, 2012

History is more likely to record Obama’s folly as the largest waste of money in the history of the world with the least to show for it – a total failure.

Mark Calabria | February 20, 2012

Who has the most influence over housing supply? Local governments. A recent article in the January 2012 issue of the Journal of Urban Economics provides empirical evidence ”that more restrictive residential land use regulations and geographic land constraints are linked to larger booms and busts in housing prices."

Jeff Carter | February 20, 2012

This gives you a pretty good taste of what it was like to fly into the heat of a battle, drop your load and go home.

Sun, Feb 19, 2012

Derek Hunter | February 19, 2012

I’ve been contacted by many readers asking why I use the word “progressive” instead of “liberal.” I figured I’d write a little bit about why this week.

John Ransom | February 19, 2012

We're living in a world-wide Confederacy of Technocrats. One great conservative warned us about this: “If you believe doctors, nothing is wholesome: if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent: if you believe the soldiers, nothing is safe.” And if you believe in socialized anything, nothing is cheap.

Salena Zito | February 19, 2012

WASHINGTON – The politics behind who governs here dabbles in the absurd so often that absurdity is practically normal. So it is not ridiculous to consider that the next presidential election could end in an electoral tie.

Ken Blackwell | February 19, 2012

Why bring up Rev. Wright now? It’s so 2008, they will say. But now is when it counts.

Austin Hill | February 19, 2012

I’m askin’ that the script be flipped…”

Doug Giles | February 19, 2012

During a 2002 ABC interview Whitney Houston told an inquiring Diane Sawyer that “crack is wack.” She was correct: Crack is wack, and in the final analysis, abusing it (and many, many other drugs and alcohol) whacked Whitney.

Debra J. Saunders | February 19, 2012

Occupy Oakland activists have filed a lawsuit against the city and are seeking damages. The American Civil Liberties Union-backed suit argues that protesters are engaged in "peaceful expressive activity" and that Oakland police have used "excessive force" that has inflicted "mental stress" on activists. The lawsuit also complains that police have not warned activists sufficiently before dispersal orders.

Kevin McCullough | February 19, 2012

Just after the South Carolina primary, Newt Gingrich--or his minions--put considerable public pressure upon Rick Santorum to stand down, to get out, to leave the race.

Steve Chapman | February 19, 2012

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping came to the United States last week, and that set alarm bells clanging. Among those who sorely miss the Cold War, China serves as an endless source of fear and loathing.

Michael Tanner | February 19, 2012

This issue never had anything whatsoever to do with women’s health. There is nothing that prevents any woman who wants contraceptives from purchasing them. No one is threatening to take that right away, and no one should.

Michael Youssef | February 19, 2012

Newsweek has been at the vanguard of the liberal mainstream media. Often these media outlets compete to see who is more anti-Christian. Through the years, many of them have led with sensational [yet historically questionable] headlines regarding Christ and Christianity. These headlines range from the denial of the resurrection of Jesus to the denial of the virgin birth, all the way to the denial of Jesus’ existence.

Paul Kengor | February 19, 2012

Last Friday, President Obama responded to Catholic bishops’ concerns over his controversial mandate compelling Catholic institutions to provide contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing pharmaceuticals.

Michael F. Cannon | February 19, 2012

Even though the contraceptives mandate exempts parish priests and the Church hierarchy, it still violates Catholics' religious liberty in at least four ways.

Marita Noon | February 19, 2012

The abundant and affordable fuels: oil and gas, are being singled out for punishment as if they are “undesirable.” The increased costs will be added to the growing gas prices, which punish the consumer and hurt our sputtering economic recovery.

Jeff Carter | February 19, 2012

Debt-schmet. Hey, let’s talk about something else, like contraception.

Mark Baisley | February 19, 2012

“What does it mean to be politically left, right, liberal or conservative?”

Mike Shedlock | February 19, 2012

Damn the consequences, central banks everywhere inevitably respond to slowdowns with two actions: print money and loosen lending standards. That holds true for the US, China, Europe, and Japan.

George Friedman | February 19, 2012

To deter an attack, Iran must enhance the perception that it possesses the strength to attempt to close the Strait of Hormuz.

Bob Beauprez | February 19, 2012

Conventional energy can make all the strides it dares undertake – at significant cost and allegedly at environmental groups’ behest - but it will never satisfy its environmentalist critics. Their goal is nothing, no energy. And Obama will give it to them.

Mark Calabria | February 19, 2012

Sadly local governments manage, on regular basis, to give the federal government some real competition in terms of just plain dumb.

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 19, 2012

Citing Keynesian theory and weak economics numbers, he warned about “the austerity doctrine that has dominated elite policy discussion” and says that the British government made a mistake when it decided to “slash spending.”

Paul Jacob | February 19, 2012

The modal story of our time is a story about too much government.