Sat, May 26, 2012

John C. Goodman | May 26, 2012

Did you know the economy is going to fall back into another recession in the first half of next year? That’s the sad news coming from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), in a report released this week.

John Ransom | May 26, 2012

According to the official tally released today by the RNC, the number of Democrats slapping down Obama isn’t quite yet a score. It’s only 14. That will do for now. It’s early.

Mike Shedlock | May 26, 2012

Dallara's statements regarding ECB exposure to Greek liabilities rings true, so let's assume the trillion+ euro figure is correct.

Steve Deace | May 26, 2012

There are three primary languages used in contemporary American politics. The first – and sadly least spoken – is plain English, which is the language spoken by those of us that actually believe the original wording of the Constitution means exactly what it says.

Political Calculations | May 26, 2012

We find that Spain's financial crisis came about because it also increased its spending to keep pace with its bubble economy, which simply could not be sustained.

Charles Payne | May 26, 2012

The essential question around the world is how tough people are and how much they are willing to sacrifice and invest in blood, sweat, and tears.

David Sterman | May 26, 2012

Right now, the outcome is likely a toss-up. Plaintiffs scored some solid points in front of the Supreme Court justices a few months ago.

Night Watch | May 26, 2012

Mohamed el Baradei, politician and former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told the press that this week's elections are "the first ever in the Arab world I can recall," in which the outcome is not pre-determined.

Jeff Carter | May 26, 2012

If you take money out of your left pocket and put it in your right pocket, you’re no richer.

Chris Poindexter | May 26, 2012

So we end the week with Greece still in limbo, a slowdown in Asia that includes China and India, the top two gold buying nations in the world and the world’s governments still struggling with a mountain of debt.

Doug French | May 26, 2012

I decided to take EC 742 with Rothbard anyway and my life was changed forever. My eyes were opened. The lightbulb was turned on. I was struck by Rothbard's Austrian lightning.

Daniel J. Mitchell | May 26, 2012

The evidence is very persuasive that big government is associated with weaker economic performance.

Fri, May 25, 2012

Paul Driessen | May 25, 2012

EPA rules impair our energy, economy, jobs, health, welfare, justice and civil rights progress.

Kathryn Lopez | May 25, 2012

Confronted with a 'train wreck,' the new archbishop of Baltimore implores us to 'pray diligently as communities, as families and as individuals.'

Donald Lambro | May 25, 2012

WASHINGTON - President Obama isn't doing so good in some of his party primaries where a surprisingly large number of Democrats are giving him the thumbs down.

Michael Brown | May 25, 2012

I never expected to be on the same list with the leader of the New Black Panthers (Malik Zulu Shabbaz), a former Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (David Duke), a Jew-bashing White Supremacist (Don Black), and a Neo-Nazi (Morris Gullet), but thanks to the investigative genius of the Southern Poverty Law Center (the SPLC), I have made it into the big time.

Rich Galen | May 25, 2012

In another sign that all is not well in Obama-land, the campaign sent its manager, Jim Messina, up to Capitol Hill to reassure Senate Democrats "who," according to Politico.com "have grown increasingly nervous about the race."

Michelle Malkin | May 25, 2012

What's green and blue and grabby all over? President Obama's new pressure campaign for Congress to ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST).

John Hawkins | May 25, 2012

You even have to ask who you should vote for? What are you, some kind of racist?

Brent Bozell | May 25, 2012

In Ottawa, the nation's capital of Canada, the Museum of Science and Technology has decided to provide school children with answers in a scientific field where "reliable and comprehensive sources of information are rare or little-known." I don't know if you're familiar with it. That field is called "sex."

Jonah Goldberg | May 25, 2012

Jack Andraka, a 15-year-old kid from Maryland, just won the world's largest high school science competition by creating a new test for pancreatic cancer, one of the nastiest and most lethal forms of the disease.

David Limbaugh | May 25, 2012

Has President Obama's disrespectful attitude toward the United States Supreme Court caused a trickledown effect among the Democratic leadership in Congress, or was Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy's recent invective against Chief Justice John Roberts self-generated?

Mona Charen | May 25, 2012

If you were a child in the District of Columbia school system (51st in state rankings for academic achievement, first for school violence), you and your parents probably greeted the election of Barack Obama with great joy.

Scott Rasmussen | May 25, 2012

President Obama, new French President Francois Hollande and other political leaders have called for less "austerity" as a way to help the troubled economies on both sides of the Atlantic. That's the polite way of saying they want more government spending and larger deficits.

Oliver North | May 25, 2012

WASHINGTON -- As a crowd of high-school students offloaded from the tour bus for a visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial aka "The Wall," he yelled, "There are no good wars!" Hemmed in on the crowded sidewalk, I tried to ignore his rant and noted the bus had a Pennsylvania license.

Pat Buchanan | May 25, 2012

It was, they said, the crime of the century. An attempted coup d'etat by Richard Nixon, stopped by two intrepid young reporters from The Washington Post and their dashing and heroic editor.

Suzanne Fields | May 25, 2012

Hillary Clinton has gone through more reincarnations than Shirley MacLaine, who insists that when she was a Moorish girl in the ninth century, she had an affair with Charlemagne. Hillary has no such exotic tales in her past -- Bubba is exotic enough -- but she has gone through a number of roles for women who no longer stay home and bake cookies.

Linda Chavez | May 25, 2012

The Wisconsin recall election of Republican Gov. Scott Walker is not going quite like the unions and the Democratic Party expected. Back in 2011, many pundits thought that the governor had overreached when he took on public employee unions, restricting -- though not eliminating -- collective bargaining rights.

Donald Lambro | May 25, 2012

President Obama's anti-capitalism attacks on Mitt Romney's long career as an investor who bankrolled businesses and created jobs isn't playing well in some Democratic circles.

Rebecca Hagelin | May 25, 2012

Culture Challenge of the Week: Poll-Driven ‘Principles’

Ed Feulner | May 25, 2012

Want the United States to gain legal access to the vast amount of oil and natural gas in the underwater Extended Continental Shelf? Get LOST.

Daniel J. Mitchell | May 25, 2012

The four different tables at least show more clearly which presidents presided over faster-growing government or slower-growing government. More importantly, the various tables provide a good idea of where most of the new spending was taking place.

Mike Shedlock | May 25, 2012

Outstanding business fell at the sharpest rate since July 2009, with declines recorded in both manufacturing and services. Employment also decreased at a faster pace in May, with the latest drop the sharpest for over two years.

Jeff Carter | May 25, 2012

Ironically, the US government, state and local governments follow the path of the Greek government behavior. They raise taxes but under the guise of Keynesian stimulus, don’t restrain themselves.

Lincoln Brown | May 25, 2012

LA will have four Environmental Compliance Inspectors who will traverse the city enforcing the ban, which will cost $418,075 just to implement.

Peter Schiff | May 25, 2012

The sovereign debt crisis that is now playing out in Europe will cross the Atlantic, and when it opens here the Real Crash may indeed finally begin.

Fritz Pfister | May 25, 2012

Jay Carney said: “Don’t buy into the Republican BS. The rate of spending is the slowest since Eisenhower was president, and the president has shown incredible fiscal restraint.”

Brian and Garrett Fahy | May 25, 2012

In Hawthorne, California, birthplace of the Beach Boys and just minutes south of Los Angeles International Airport, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is making the futuristic “final frontier” envisioned in movies like “Star Trek” a near-term reality.

Chris Poindexter | May 25, 2012

The European Central Bank and finance ministers are telling member states to start preparing for a Greek exit from the euro. The idea now is to prevent a domino effect from triggering more countries to leave.

Stewart Scott | May 25, 2012

The inspector was unaware that Ressam was an Islamist militant or that he was in operational mode. In fact, when Ressam lost his composure, she assumed he was smuggling drugs rather than explosives.

Bill Tatro | May 25, 2012

By the usage of securitization, leverage, and low interest rates, these banks have created a real estate debacle never seen before in history.

Edward White | May 25, 2012

The Operation Fast and Furious scandal is back in the news, as is Attorney General Eric Holder’s stonewalling of Congress’s valid investigation into the scandal, stonewalling that may cause him to be charged with criminal contempt.

Bob Beauprez | May 25, 2012

A mere 170,300 small businesses signed up for Obamacare credits in all of 2010 according to Investor's Business Daily – just barely 4% of the White House's estimate.

Thu, May 24, 2012

Diana West | May 24, 2012

Every time I see Dutch Party for Freedom leader Geert Wilders interact with America, I am struck anew by how deeply he confounds us. We aren't used to hearing the truth, particularly about Islam, expressed by a politician -- of all people! -- who not only says what he's found to be true, but also acts on it.

Alan Sears | May 24, 2012

In a country as great as the United States of America, where even in hard times we are surrounded by plenty, it’s easy to get comfortable. And in that lax condition, certain freedoms are taken for granted until they are overtly threatened.

Hugh Hewitt | May 24, 2012

What do New York Times' columnist David Brooks, Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen, and Thomas Nelson Publishing Chairman Michael Hyatt all have in common?

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | May 24, 2012

If you are lucky, you have people that you love in your life. If you're really lucky, you have people that inspire you, as well. I love my sister Kathy, but she also is an incredible inspiration to me -- and might be to you, once you hear her story.

Michael Barone | May 24, 2012

It's comfortable living in a cocoon -- associating only with those who share your views, reading journalism and watching news that only reinforces them, avoiding those on the other side of the cultural divide.

Victor Davis Hanson | May 24, 2012

Who could not despise the tottering Bashar al-Assad dictatorship in Syria? The Syrian strongman has killed some 10,000 protestors over the last year; thousands of Syrians are now refugees.

Larry Elder | May 24, 2012

In the 1967 comedy "A Guide for the Married Man," Joey Bishop's wife catches him in bed with another woman. As his wife stands at the bedroom door screaming at the sight, Bishop and the mistress calmly get up, make the bed and get dressed.

Judge Andrew Napolitano | May 24, 2012

What if Memorial Day reminds us of times when we had more freedom? What if freedom is dying right under our eyes? What if the memory of the past is more fulfilling than the reality of the present?

John Ransom | May 24, 2012

The purpose of an energy policy ought to be to make sure that the country enjoys stable and low priced energy supplies. For some reason this administration has broken with that tradition, and by its own admission, has pursued a policy to make sure that energy prices go up.

Cal Thomas | May 24, 2012

Evidence of big media's bias against religion that doesn't advance the secular and liberal agenda of the Democratic Party is beyond dispute. Any faith attached to a conservative agenda is to be ridiculed, stereotyped and misrepresented. Islam is a notable exception. The media appear to bend over backward not to offend Muslims.

Ben Shapiro | May 24, 2012

Cory Booker is, by most accounts, a reasonable man. He went to Stanford and Oxford, as well as Yale Law School; now he's the mayor of Newark. He's also African-American.

Debra J. Saunders | May 24, 2012

When Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., lost the GOP primary to challenger Richard Mourdock this month, Beltway types saw the voters' verdict as a victory for the tea party and a defeat for the kind of Republican who could work across the aisle. I think Lugar, 80, lost because he is out of touch with Indiana.

Matt Towery | May 24, 2012

Yes, this column is based out of Florida, so it would seem that an opinion piece suggesting that Marco Rubio makes the most sense for vice president on the Republican side would normally appear to be "home cooking." But until recently, there have been plenty of reasons to believe that perhaps other names made more sense as a choice for Mitt Romney.

Steve Chapman | May 24, 2012

CHANGSHA, China -- On an island in the Xiang River stands a massive bust of the late Chinese ruler Mao Zedong as a young man, his long hair blowing gracefully in an imaginary wind. Good thing for him he's a safe distance from the Expo Central China. If he could see it, he would be tearing his hair out.

Kyle Olson | May 24, 2012

Over the past year, a lot of people have been talking about “the 1%” versus “the 99%.” But if you’re concerned about one class exploiting another for economic gain, that’s the wrong way to look at the problem.

Maggie Gallagher | May 24, 2012

President Obama is apparently tired of pretending he opposes gay marriage. Good.

George Friedman | May 24, 2012

To understand Australia, we must begin by noting that its isolation does not necessarily make it secure.

Daniel J. Mitchell | May 24, 2012

We’re talking about the foolish idea of having Germany (with a few other small nations chipping in) guaranteeing the debt of Europe’s collapsing welfare states.

Bill Tatro | May 24, 2012

The word “rogue” is being resurrected as the excuse for the predicament that Jamie Dimon and the folks at Morgan find themselves in.

Bob Beauprez | May 24, 2012

The challenges created by the large foreign Muslim population have been evident on many occasions including the Paris riots in 2005, 2007, 2009, and again in 2011. Lépante's chilling, ominous analysis of the election results suggests that it was just manifested again.

Chris Poindexter | May 24, 2012

The Greek contagion continues to weigh on the euro, giving strength to the dollar which knocks the legs out from under commodity prices. Besides gold and silver, copper, platinum, palladium, and crude oil are all lower.

Lincoln Brown | May 24, 2012

The news came out today that the administration imposed its 20 year ban on uranium mining on federal land in Arizona with no scientific basis to support the move.

Bob Goldman | May 24, 2012

had always thought that those entrepreneurial types never had time to curl up for a cozy read, unless they were reading the sales brochure for the Ferrari Superamerica

Mike Shedlock | May 24, 2012

I side with Kiesel on the idea that "housing beats a lot of asset classes." In relative terms it is certainly possible to envision housing declines of 10% and equity markets declining 33% or more.

Justin Hart | May 24, 2012

When Mitt Romney rules the world from the exact replica of the Oval Office hidden inside the Washington, D.C. Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Tidal Basin will turn into a giant baptismal font and the cry will go out: We are all Mormons now! I think I got your attention.

Marybeth Hicks | May 24, 2012

I have joked for years that MTV is destroying civilization as we know it. Then, the network gave us “Jersey Shore,” and proved my joke wasn’t funny, it was true.

David Sterman | May 24, 2012

It may seem counterintuitive to part with your most impressive stock picks right now, but you need to know two things. First, they may eventually succumb to the current weak stock market, and their likely higher-than-normal price-to-earnings (P/E) ratios means they could fall by a hefty amount.

Wed, May 23, 2012

Ann Coulter | May 23, 2012

It's been breaking news all over MSNBC, liberal blogs, newspapers and even The Wall Street Journal: "Federal spending under Obama at historic lows ... It's clear that Obama has been the most fiscally moderate president we've had in 60 years." There's even a chart!

Paul Greenberg | May 23, 2012

Sometimes turning points in presidential campaigns are scarcely noted at the time. Because they're events that didn't happen, a low road not taken, a tactic not employed, a decisive mistake not made. Like last week's non-event in Mitt Romney's presidential campaign.

Michael Reagan | May 23, 2012

We'll never know what Ronald Reagan would have done with WhiteHouse.gov, the official website of the White House. But I know my father wouldn't be abusing it the way Barack Obama is.

AWR Hawkins | May 23, 2012

In Vietnam, a family is distraught because their child was born alive, covered in blankets by the hospital, and left to die. In a twisted scenario where one bad decision led to even worse results, the parents had been convinced to abort their child after seeing ultra-sounds that showed troubling birth defects.

Jeff Jacoby | May 23, 2012

Needless to say, media descriptions of Israel today are rarely so admiring. When the spotlight turns to Israel now, it is typically harsh and unflattering. Though Israeli society remains robustly democratic and free, though its dictatorial and jihadist enemies still yearn to see it wiped out, international opinion treats the Jewish state as a pariah.

Reince Priebus | May 23, 2012

Instead of working to grow our economy, President Obama is waging an assault on free enterprise.

Rich Galen | May 23, 2012

There's a very useful idiom: "The wheels are coming off."

Thomas Sowell | May 23, 2012

Democrats have been having a field day with the cry of "tax cuts for the rich" -- for which Republicans seem to have no reply. This is especially surprising, because Democrats made the same arguments back in the 1920s, and the Republicans then not only had a reply, but one that eventually carried the day, when the top tax rate was brought down from 73 percent to 24 percent.

Michelle Malkin | May 23, 2012

The embattled chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission resigned this week. It's a victory for Republican oversight on Capitol Hill, women and sound science. But it's also a lesson in the futility of Bush-era bipartisanship. When you cut deals with bullies, it's a timeless and bitter recipe for more bullying.

John Stossel | May 23, 2012

Instinctively, we look for people's motives. We need to know whom we can trust and whom we can't. We're especially skeptical of business because we know business wants our money.

Walter E. Williams | May 23, 2012

Each year, roughly 7,000 blacks are murdered. Ninety-four percent of the time, the murderer is another black person. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, between 1976 and 2011, there were 279,384 black murder victims. Using the 94 percent figure means that 262,621 were murdered by other blacks.

John Hawkins | May 23, 2012

During his 2008 campaign, Barack Obama was like a mixture of the Teletubbies, a Hallmark card, and Morgan Freeman's portrayal of God in Bruce Almighty all mixed up in one big fruity glass.

Brent Bozell | May 23, 2012

You'd think the largest legal action in American history in defense of religious liberty would be a major news story. But ABC, CBS and NBC don't judge news events by their inherent importance as relates to the future of our freedoms. They deliver the news according to a simple formula: Does it or doesn't it advance the re-election of Barack Obama?

Jonah Goldberg | May 23, 2012

"This is not a distraction, this is what this campaign is going to be about," President Obama said Monday at the NATO summit. The "this" in question is Mitt Romney's tenure at Bain Capital and what it says about Romney's economic vision for the country.

John Ransom | May 23, 2012

If the administration’s radicalism were a tad more competent, a citizenry that’s given the government the liberty to curtail our own liberties might even allow the persecution of churches, as long as the right type of churches are persecuted.

Ken Blackwell | May 23, 2012

The owner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, I’ll Have Another, named the horse for a saying in the family about grandma’s cookies – a noble sentiment. But these days, it’s the government that can’t keep its hand out of the cookie jar.

Michael Medved | May 23, 2012

In looking ahead toward the November election, Republican strategists should take proactive steps to avoid a damaging, dangerous conclusion to the presidential race and to prevent the very real chance that Mitt Romney will win the Electoral College even while losing the popular vote badly to Barack Obama.

Terry Jeffrey | May 23, 2012

When President Barack Obama appeared at Notre Dame in 2009 to accept an honorary law degree and deliver the university's commencement address, he did not dodge the fact that he favored legalized abortion and that Notre Dame -- and the Catholic Church to which it belongs -- does not.

David Harsanyi | May 23, 2012

Are you sick and tired of these moralizing moralizers imposing their morality on the rest of us? I know I am.

Austin Bay | May 23, 2012

Greece wants two mulligans -- like a golfer demanding second chance, a do-over tee shot, times two.

Paul Greenberg | May 23, 2012

For lovers of freedom the world over and Americans in particular, there can be no doubt about what was the signal event of the week just past: the safe arrival in this land of the free of a champion of freedom.

Donald Lambro | May 23, 2012

President Obama's anti-capitalism attacks on Mitt Romney's long career as an investor who bankrolled businesses and created jobs isn't playing well in some Democratic circles.

Susan Stamper Brown | May 23, 2012

It could be said a narcissist’s best friend is the reflection he sees of himself in the mirror. No other relationship comes close -- unless the narcissist has the unique opportunity to meet another version of himself, which happened last week, during the recent Group of Eight (G-8) summit at Camp David.

Mary Grabar | May 23, 2012

It was while I was driving from Florida, where I gave a presentation on education to citizens, that I heard from talk show hosts about the abuse by North Carolina High School social studies teacher Tanya Dixon-Neely towards a student who dared to challenge her diatribe about Mitt Romney’s alleged “bullying” incident from 1965.

Peter Ferrara | May 23, 2012

This latest recession started in December, 2007. Since the Great Depression 75 years ago, recessions in America have lasted an average of 10 months, with the longest previously lasting 16 months, not counting this latest spooky downturn.

Jacob Sullum | May 23, 2012

In January, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that tracking a suspect's movements by attaching a GPS transmitter to his car counts as a "search" under the Fourth Amendment. But because the majority opinion emphasized the physical intrusion needed to surreptitiously install the transmitter, it did not resolve the constitutional implications of surveillance using cellphones, the tracking devices that Americans voluntarily carry in their pockets and purses.

Daniel J. Mitchell | May 23, 2012

If you’re not a libertarian after reading this post, I suggest you emigrate to Zimbabwe, or some other place where government has unchecked and arbitrary power to steal. You’ll feel right at home.

Michael Youssef | May 23, 2012

When President Obama recently completed his “evolution” on homosexual marriage, he ambushed not only some of his friends, but the majority of Americans who still hold to the truth of heterosexual marriage.

Vicki Alger | May 23, 2012

Americans want to honor the veterans and service members who sacrifice so much to defend our country. That’s why we have holidays like Memorial Day. Yet members of our military deserve more than speeches and parades. They deserve policies that reduce the price that they and their families have to pay for their service.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | May 23, 2012

Only 35 percent of retirees believe they have enough money to cover basic expenses. When it comes to having enough for medical and long-term care costs, the percentages dip even lower.

Chris Poindexter | May 23, 2012

Trying to time any commodity in the current market is like trying to catch the proverbial falling knife. You can either make small, regular purchases on the way down, like I recommend, or wait until prices recover off the bottom and lose a couple points at the margin.

Ken Connor | May 23, 2012

Most people are familiar with the old adage that says "the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world." Originally the refrain of a poem honoring motherhood, today this phrase is perhaps more applicable to the omnipresent hand of the modern nanny state. Think of the Obama campaign's cradle-to-grave welfare avatar "Julia" and you get an idea of just how pervasive the idea of government involvement in virtually every aspect of life has become.

Mike Shedlock | May 23, 2012

The knock on gold is that it does not pay interest. However, as Turk points out, the US dollar bears no interest either. Nor does the Australian dollar, the Loonie, the Euro, or any other currency.

Ralph Benko | May 23, 2012

All of his former rivals now unite behind the GOP’s presumptive nominee, Gov. Mitt Romney. Conservatives and most libertarians are joining together in opposition to the now softly (and, one hopes, temporarily) despotic Democratic Party. Herman Cain, in this process, may prove to be the one with the biggest impact on the presidential election, the contest to hold the House, gain the Senate majority, and the future direction of the GOP.

Jeff Carter | May 23, 2012

In many cases, I ask the company to simply apply to HPA to go through our screening process. In a lot of others, the entrepreneurs get something out of it and continue developing so they can get to a position that they are mature enough for screening.

Night Watch | May 23, 2012

An unidentified US general hastened to put the best face on the early withdrawal decision by insisting to the press that US forces would continue to fight the Taliban until the end of 2014. But Obama says no.

Bob Beauprez | May 23, 2012

Under a ruse of informing the public, the White House is using another $20 million of your money for his personal campaign purposes.

Craig Steiner | May 23, 2012

In the several short days since Facebook went public and its stock value tanked, people are asking themselves, "What went wrong?" One compelling explanation relates to some of Zuckerberg's comments in recent SEC filings.

David Sterman | May 23, 2012

Over time, we'll see periods of scarcity that ignite a powerful rally in prices. And it's crucial to keep identifying the commodity producers that will be perfectly positioned for the next boom.

Tue, May 22, 2012

Tom Tancredo | May 22, 2012

When there’s no good answer, people sometimes – actually often – try to obfuscate with false information. That surely was the case at the recent U.S. Court of Appeals hearing involving the terrorist designation of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK). I was present during the hearing and was stunned with how the Government handled this case.

Byron York | May 22, 2012

In the early days of the Obama administration, a lot of people, including some Republicans, weren't much bothered by the new president's tendency to blame his predecessor for the nation's problems. After all, Barack Obama did inherit a mess from George W. Bush. The voters were inclined to give Obama time to turn things around.

Michael Brown | May 22, 2012

Repeating what has been a rallying cry of gay activism for years, the cover of the December 16, 2008 issue of The Advocate announced, “Gay is the New Black: The Last Great Civil Rights Struggle.” Last week, on May 19th, headlines across the nation announced, “NAACP endorses gay marriage as ‘civil right.’” So, is gay the new black?

Rachel Marsden | May 22, 2012

Did you hear about the new bill that would allow the U.S. government's official overseas information agency to rebroadcast its content onto American TV and radio?

Robert Knight | May 22, 2012

The most encouraging news out of Kansas is that the state is taking the lead in cleaning up registration rolls so that people won’t vote in two states or after they’ve died, which is alarming news for Chicago and other cities where the dead vote early and often.

Thomas Sowell | May 22, 2012

The fact that so many successful politicians are such shameless liars is not only a reflection on them, it is also a reflection on us. When the people want the impossible, only liars can satisfy them, and only in the short run. The current outbreaks of riots in Europe show what happens when the truth catches up with both the politicians and the people in the long run.

Chuck Norris | May 22, 2012

WTHR, the NBC affiliate in Indianapolis, recently reported about how millions of illegal aliens are getting billions of dollars in U.S. tax refunds without having paid a dime in income taxes. The story instantly went viral because it's true. You won't believe what illegals are getting away with, and our government is enabling them.

David Limbaugh | May 22, 2012

I recently came across Nathaniel Hawthorne's haunting short story "Wakefield," and I couldn't help but notice similarities (and differences) between Wakefield and President Obama.

John Ransom | May 22, 2012

How come Dodd-Frank is silent on the stupidity of a president whose past investment management expertise consists mostly of ordering t-shirts for the marches he conducted in Chicago neighborhoods?

Mona Charen | May 22, 2012

A 5-year-old child with large dark eyes, full lips and a button nose stares out from the front page of the Washington Post Sunday edition. "Transgender at Five" declares the provocative headline. The child's hair is being cut in a close boy's cut by her father.

Cal Thomas | May 22, 2012

In the Aesop Fable "The Grasshopper and the Ant," there are moral, economic and political lessons for our time, or any other. As the story goes, the lazy grasshopper wiles away his summer days singing and hopping and having an all-around good time while industrious ants work and march and struggle to carry kernels of corn to their anthills, storing up for the winter to come.

Dennis Prager | May 22, 2012

One of them is material equality as the preeminent moral goal. Another is the villainy of corporations.

Wayne Allyn Root | May 22, 2012

Europe is on the verge of economic collapse. And, it matters to every American. If the EU breaks apart, your life and that of your children and grandchildren may never be the same.

Pat Buchanan | May 22, 2012

Three months ago, George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Fla., shot and killed Trayvon Martin.

Debra J. Saunders | May 22, 2012

Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, N.J., came across as a moderate, sensible Democrat when he said on "Meet the Press" Sunday that negative political ads are "nauseating to the American public. Enough is enough. Stop attacking private equity. Stop attacking Jeremiah Wright."

Phyllis Schlafly | May 22, 2012

The globalists and the lobbyists are lining up to promote another so-called free-trade agreement that gives favors to foreigners while discriminating against American products, jobs and consumers.

Brian Birdnow | May 22, 2012

Fred Eckert is a prototypical unsung hero of the conservative movement. Eckert paid his political dues in upstate New York in 1968, organizing local Republican support for the presidential candidacy of Richard Nixon, standing in opposition to the native New York liberal GOP hero, Nelson Rockefeller.

Bill Murchison | May 22, 2012

All the Facebook tabulation of recent days -- whatever it may have meant to Mark Zuckerberg and his brokers -- brought to certain others in the great extended American community a certain sense of relief.

Daniel J. Mitchell | May 22, 2012

I wasn’t surprised when GOPers buckled under pressure and accepted a deal that – at best – could be categorized as a kiss-your-sister compromise (and, as I noted elsewhere, our sister wasn’t Claudia Schiffer).

Dave Ramsey | May 22, 2012

I’m like anyone else. If I spend a lot of money, or do something big, and it doesn’t have an impact or people aren’t grateful, it hurts my feelings.

Christopher Prandoni | May 22, 2012

Obama will go down in history as the president who killed coal. Making no attempt to hide his disdain for one of America’s most abundant, efficient energy sources, then candidate Barack Obama said that, “if somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can — it’s just that it will bankrupt them.”

Jeff Carter | May 22, 2012

If you look at certain data points, capitalism can be merciless. Some people wind up out of work, some lose money. There is risk in capitalism. But, without risk there isn’t reward.

Armstrong Williams | May 22, 2012

As grateful as I am for Barack Obama’s profound, nonsensical meditations on the meaning of hope, I am even more grateful that the One has come to make the world fair, and to tell us what fairness really means.

Bill Tatro | May 22, 2012

I continually pestered my grandfather, a broker with 57 years of experience who was there for the big one in 1929, to steer me in the direction that would truly give me an edge over all my competitors.

Michael Prell | May 22, 2012

I worked as a writer for Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu on his victorious 2009 election, and I have a deep connection to the land, to the people, and to the politics of Israel. But none of my qualifications are required to recognize the three big lies on this week’s TIME cover: “King Bibi. He’s conquered Israel. But will Netanyahu now make peace—or war?” Three big lies in three lines – on the cover alone.

Doug French | May 22, 2012

Fourteen of the 15 most populous cities at the start of the decade either grew more slowly or lost population by the decade's end. And while the 50 largest metro areas collectively grew by 3.7 percent in the 1990s, that growth was more than halved to 1.3 percent from 2000 to 2010.

Chris Poindexter | May 22, 2012

Enjoy the calm while it lasts as events could easily conspire to bring a fresh round of volatility into trading as news comes that hedge funds and other big players are betting big against the euro in anticipation of Greece switching back to the drachma.

Mike Shedlock | May 22, 2012

The way to stop runs on the bank is easy enough: stop fractional reserve lending and other fraudulent lending practices.

Charles Payne | May 22, 2012

The Dow closed down Friday for the 12th time in 13 sessions, the first time that's happened since October 8, 1974

Political Calculations | May 22, 2012

On Friday, 18 May 2012, the state of order that had existed in the stock market since 4 August 2011 came to an end.

Mon, May 21, 2012

Michael Gerson | May 21, 2012

In a blowout presidential election, a few large issues dominate. In a tight election, a range of smaller concerns -- important to strategic constituencies in battleground states -- can end up being crucial.

Frank Gaffney | May 21, 2012

This week, the Obama administration will roll out its big guns in support of President Obama’s latest assault on American sovereignty and security interests: The UN Law of the Sea Treaty (better known as LOST). Of course, when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, they will appear to be talking about another accord altogether – one that strengthens our sovereignty and is deemed by the U.S. military to be essential to our security.

Alan Sears | May 21, 2012

In America, nearly one in three pregnancies end in abortion, which means there are “over 1.21 million abortions carried out every year in the United States.” (Planned Parenthood carried out more than 320,000 in 2010 alone.) At rates this high, if abortion were a disease, doctors would label it a pandemic. If it were a war, historians would call it genocide. And if proponents of death like Planned Parenthood were honest, they would call it what it really is—a post-conception contraceptive that kills a preborn child.

Rich Galen | May 21, 2012

President Barack Obama was in Chicago hosting the NATO conference over the weekend trying to negotiate, literally, a pathway through the twin Stan thickets - Paki and Afghani.

Fred Wszolek | May 21, 2012

For just over a year now and since the failure of the Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act (EFCA) to receive a vote in the 111th Congress, union bosses have been desperate to obtain the “payback” they believe is owed to them. Big Labor is beside itself that its membership numbers continue to dwindle despite giving half a billion dollars in campaign contributions to President Obama and Congressional Democrats.

Michael Barone | May 21, 2012

In the run-up to this weekend's G-8 summit at Camp David, journalists have unfavorably compared European "austerity" with Barack Obama's economic policies.

Star Parker | May 21, 2012

Perhaps history will show that the first black president’s biggest contribution to black America was forcing this community to come to terms with its own identity and priorities.

Mike Adams | May 21, 2012

A lot of cultural commentators are confused these days. They believe that people’s views on same sex marriage are solely a reflection of their religious beliefs. Nothing could be further from the truth. Actually, some things could be further from the truth – like saying that Al Sharpton has integrity or that Dan Savage has class. But you get the point. The same sex marriage debate is about politics.

Katie Kieffer | May 21, 2012

Never trust politicians to negotiate with jocks; the jocks will win millions of taxpayer dollars and embarrass fans by losing games.

Lisa De Pasquale | May 21, 2012

During the 2008 election, then-Senator Barack Obama made a campaign stop in Ohio. While shaking hands and talking to residents, one man stepped forward and asked him about his tax policy for small businesses. Sen. Obama’s response included the telling phrase "when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody."

Lurita Doan | May 21, 2012

Barack Obama claims to be pro-growth. So does Greece, Spain, and almost everyone else. Why? Because admitting preference for the alternative—crushing, heavy-handed government interference that kills initiative and destroys wealth—is not attractive to any citizen of any country.

Terry Paulson | May 21, 2012

If you want to know what is wrong with the cost of education in America, look to some of the politicians you elected. We've been sold that cheap student loans are the answer to making education affordable. Nothing can be further from the truth.

Bruce Bialosky | May 21, 2012

Every so often, an article crosses your desk that makes you feel like you’ve been hit between the eyes with a sledgehammer. Even if you have a solid understanding of the topic, and you notice that the facts at hand match your previous suspicions, somehow you still have to keep a grip on yourself because it is so staggering.

Kathryn Lopez | May 21, 2012

On his initial road to the White House, President Obama sold himself as "change we can believe in." A day after Mother's Day this year, he ran with that terminology in a commencement speech at Barnard, an all-women's college in New York. That he spoke at Barnard and not his neighboring alma mater of Columbia was, of course, by design. For the "change" at heart of his reelection campaign relies heavily on claiming that a war is being waged on women by those who oppose his radical, menacing health-care legislation.

Brian Darling | May 21, 2012

Are gun voters being taken for granted? Republicans control the House and self-styled pro-gun Democrats abound in the Senate. So why has neither chamber addressed any of the major gun rights issues awaiting resolution?

Paul Driessen | May 21, 2012

Good for Wal-Mart! Despite intense pressure by anti-biotechnology activists, the retailing giant didn’t cave in to demands that it “reject” Monsanto’s genetically engineered (GE) sweet corn.

Michael F. Cannon | May 21, 2012

Even if you support Obamacare, there’s no point in creating an exchange today when the Supreme Court could strike down the entire law as soon as next month. Illinois Democrats have put their exchange bill on hold until after the court issues its ruling, expected in late June.

Tripp Baird | May 21, 2012

“By the way, Harry Reid crushed the Democratic budget chairman, a good man, a fiscal hawk. And there are good, fiscal hawks – Kent Conrad – there are Democrats acting so responsibly.” In Washington – a land of mythical accounting and empty rhetoric – such a claim seems perfectly reasonable. In the real world – outside of Washington political circles and the New York media circus – it is absurd.

Chris Poindexter | May 21, 2012

With the amount of uncertainty in the markets, it’s my opinion the price rally is going to hold and in hindsight the prices in May will turn out to be an excellent buying opportunity.

Chris Edwards | May 21, 2012

The comments by Harvard University’s Lawrence Summers, arguably the most important economist on the Democratic side for the last two decades, last week at Brookings exemplify this attitude. Summers discussed four priorities for tax reform.

Charles Payne | May 21, 2012

It's a dangerous thing, envy, as it can lead to any kind of destruction from relationships to sparking wars.

George Jarkesy | May 21, 2012

On March 28th in a letter written and signed by forty-nine prominent Apollo era Astronauts, Engineers, and Scientists (including two men who walked on the moon); these men expressed their view that NASA has become a politicized agency and have signed a letter to protest NASA’s involvement in the global warming controversy.

Daniel J. Mitchell | May 21, 2012

Every so often, we see stories about absurd waste, such as the $423,000 study to find out that men don’t like to wear condoms, the Pentagon spending $900 on a $7 control switch, or a $100,000 library grant to a city without a library.

Political Calculations | May 21, 2012

The difference between the upward trajectory for stock prices in the late 1920s and the downward one in the early 1930s is most likely the expectations that investors had for inflation.

Doug French | May 21, 2012

While Mark Zuckerberg says he doesn't like to vote, since hiring Sheryl Sandberg, who served in the Clinton administration, Facebook's DC presence has increased, and President Obama himself stopped by the FB office.

Tad DeHaven | May 21, 2012

The post-stimulus decrease in Washington’s generosity to the states has state and local officials – and the special interests that ultimately benefit from the Beltway-to-State money laundering operation.

Bob Beauprez | May 21, 2012

Three years later, it is more like Hopeless Change that millions of young Americans face. In exchange for that 2:1 vote of confidence they gave Obama in 2008, the 18-29 year-olds are feeling the brunt of the economic stagnation – often by twice the degree of all other age groups.

Sun, May 20, 2012

Jeff Jacoby | May 20, 2012

News Flash: The next president of the United States, like the last 29, will be a Republican or a Democrat.

Paul Jacob | May 20, 2012

Innovation doesn't need to start at the top. With competition, it's the upstarts who lead the way. And when it comes to money, we sure need a new start.

Derek Hunter | May 20, 2012

I forced myself to watch Bill Maher this Friday as I was trying to chart out this column. Thankfully I hadn’t just eaten.

John Ransom | May 20, 2012

Oh, here we go: The great liberal in going to break out the Bible for us and explain to us the Gospel According to Barack.

Salena Zito | May 20, 2012

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see a sitting vice president,” added Matthew, also a Democrat. He, too, said he will vote for Romney.

Austin Hill | May 20, 2012

Some courageous American leaders are trying to prevent another California budget disaster.

Caroline Glick | May 20, 2012

Two weeks ago, US Congressman Joe Walsh published an op-ed in the The Washington Times in which he called for the US and Israel to abandon the two-state solution.

Doug Giles | May 20, 2012

Who the heck was Obama getting to hawk his books back in the ‘90s when he was doing coke and weed and hanging out with Marxists? Whoever it was, it is now causing quite a bit of consternation for BHO’s camp because they put on his bio that he was born in Kenya. This publication, apparently, even confused Michelle about Barack’s country of origin, as this video points out.

Debra J. Saunders | May 20, 2012

The Federal Trade Commission announced Wednesday that Skechers USA Inc. will pay $40 million to settle charges that the shoe company made "unfounded claims" about its Shape-ups.

Humberto Fontova | May 20, 2012

A top apparatchik of the only regime in the Western Hemisphere to herd thousands of men and boys into forced labor camps at Soviet-bayonet point for the crime of fluttering their eyelashes, flapping their hands and talking with a lisp was just granted a U.S. visa to lecture Americans on “Gay Rights.”

Steve Chapman | May 20, 2012

BEIJING -- A rising Asian power with an unstoppable export machine, rapidly growing wealth and a sense that our time is past and its time has come: China in 2012? Yes -- but also Japan in the 1980s.

Gary McCaleb | May 20, 2012

When President Obama prepared to repeal the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy in July 2011, defenders of marriage and religious freedom warned that the repeal would open Pandora’s Box.

Susan Carleson | May 20, 2012

Just in case anyone needs any more surprises – liberal hypocrisy has again been unearthed in – of all places – Washington D.C.!

Mike Shedlock | May 20, 2012

In response to Tax Collection Violence in Italy: Mail Bombs in Rome, Police Clashes in Naples, Molotov Cocktails in Livorno I received an email from Frank who lives in Canada but owns property in Italy.

Night Watch | May 20, 2012

The data indicates that the death of bin Laden appears to have had little to no impact on the fighting in Afghanistan.

Marita Noon | May 20, 2012

Last year, on June 16, the massive Monument Fire and the subsequent monsoon rains destroyed the pipelines that bring the water to Tombstone and boulders the size of Volkswagens blocked access to the springs.

Daniel J. Mitchell | May 20, 2012

But even though I think there is a value in having bad examples (whether cities or countries), it is tragic to see a beautiful state destroyed by reckless politicians and their big-government schemes.

Bob Beauprez | May 20, 2012

At a time when more than 20 million Americans are out of work or underemployed and the U.S. economy is stuck in neutral, Barack Obama has paradoxically ramped up regulation rather than provide relief.

Charles Payne | May 20, 2012

The article discusses an MIT study of data from a microfinance program in West Bengal. The BRAC program made loans to locals stuck in deep poverty.

Jeff Carter | May 20, 2012

As they are drawing that first beer, do they reflect and say something like, “We really marched great today.” Or, “You know, you really carried that sign well today.” “Nice paint job on that sign.”

Political Calculations | May 20, 2012

We're not kidding when we say that Greece's government really turned the screws on its people with its VAT in 2011. That 4% increase in the rate of taxation should have increased its revenue from the tax by more than 21%. But it didn't.

Chris Edwards | May 20, 2012

Unlike the GSA scandal, it included no photos of bureaucrats in bathtubs, so you probably won’t see it on the cable news.