Sat, Aug 04, 2012

John C. Goodman | August 04, 2012

The tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, has led to a lot of unfortunate misinformation about firearms. Let's try to add some facts to the justified emotion.

John Ransom | August 04, 2012

For decades, solar’s advocates have predicted that economies of scale, technological advances and pixie dust will soon kick in allowing the world to hold hands, sing songs and enjoy the “free,” and limitless power of the sun.

Humberto Fontova | August 04, 2012

In the movie Robert Redford production The Motorcycle Diaries Mexican-born actor Gael Garcia Bernal reveled in the role of Ernesto Guevara “I cannot remember when I didn't know about Che," he sighed during an interview in 2004. "Che has so much to do with your ideals as a young man. His mythification, Che the icon, is not three-dimensional. To have the T-shirt doesn’t mean much. With the film, we wanted to bring that character closer to ourselves."

Paul Driessen | August 04, 2012

If America had a “Spend Like a Drunken Sailor Award,” Navy Secretary Ray Mabus would win hands-down, for blowing $12 million on biofuel for Navy ships.

Townhall.com Staff | August 04, 2012

It seems that every day the effects of the culture of death on our society are more and more obvious, and more and more gruesome. Just take the continued funding of Planned Parenthood with taxpayer dollars.

Political Calculations | August 04, 2012

Using the math we worked out from that discovery, we found that we could often accurately forecast where stock prices would be.

Bill Tatro | August 04, 2012

On the face of the most recent BLS jobs report, a massive short covering, and a high-frequency trading rampage, the world is breathing a collective sigh of relief. Or maybe that's just hyperventilating.

Mike Shedlock | August 04, 2012

To put the $8 billion of direct investment in perspective, China has close to $1.75 trillion in US dollar reserves and $3.2 trillion worth of total reserves.

Marita Noon | August 04, 2012

This chapter looks at the Spanish company Abengoa that received more than $2.8 billion in loans and grants—making them the second largest recipient of the $16 billion doled out through the DOE 1705 loan guarantee program.

Dave Moenning | August 04, 2012

In the case of one uber-bear in particular, we were told that nothing short of a global recession would ensue if either of our two superhero bankers dared to disappoint the mighty markets.

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 04, 2012

If U.S. athletes earn income competing in the United Kingdom, it should be a matter for inland revenue, not the IRS.

Jeff Carter | August 04, 2012

Because of IRS tax rulings, there is still a remnant of the member structure left at many exchanges. You can still lease a seat and save money on fees. But management runs the place, not the members.

Night Watch | August 04, 2012

The sanctions are a form of economic warfare and collective pressure to build internal opposition to the nuclear program. Khamene'i's statement represents a call to convert to a wartime economy.

Chris Poindexter | August 04, 2012

In the U.S. we got another reminder of how the equities markets are a rigged game that favor a few big players at the top as details of the $440 million Knight trading loss emerge. Knight’s super-sophisticated electronic trading system went haywire and dumped nearly a half billion dollars in less than an hour.

Fri, Aug 03, 2012

Larry Kudlow | August 03, 2012

Team Obama will undoubtedly continue to tell us that jobs and the economy are getting better, but this mixed employment report takes the steam out of that argument.

Ed Feulner | August 03, 2012

Dan Cathy could have saved his company, Chick-Fil-A, a lot of trouble. All he had to do was keep his views about family to himself. Instead, he answered a question honestly. In a recent media interview, the company’s president and COO said what he believes and why he believes it. But his politically incorrect views are intolerable, judging from the anger of many on the left, including several big-city officials who are dead-set against his views.

Michelle Malkin | August 03, 2012

Rafalca is the name of Ann Romney’s show horse, which competed in Olympic dressage this week. Rafalca Derangement Syndrome is the name of a debilitating partisan disease, which is raging among snotty “progressives” posing as populists.

John Hawkins | August 03, 2012

If every American was a Christian conservative Tea Partier...

Brent Bozell | August 03, 2012

From our seats in front of the television, it certainly feels like the TV network programmers have all the power to entertain us. But the press gatherings of the Television Critics Association in Tinseltown suggest that others audaciously think they should be in the driver's seat, and they're not shy about saying so.

Jonah Goldberg | August 03, 2012

This is shaping up to be the second election in a row that's about someone who isn't on the ballot: George W. Bush. In 2008, Barack Obama won in no small part by turning the election into a referendum on President Bush and by claiming that a John McCain presidency would amount to a third Bush term. Since then, Obama's presidency has been one long run-on sentence of blaming his predecessor, only occasionally punctuated with complaints about Europe, ATMs, the GOP Congress, Fox News and tsunamis.

David Limbaugh | August 03, 2012

We must reject President Obama's death verdict on America's future. It is ailing under his policies, but it is not too late; it will recover.

Mona Charen | August 03, 2012

A young Chinese man is under arrest for a rampage killing in Liaoning province. The knife-wielding 17-year-old reportedly killed eight people, including two relatives of his estranged girlfriend, and wounded five others.

John Ransom | August 03, 2012

Here’s more of that famous Obama math for you junior progressive economists. Pay attention; this is what gave us a jobless recovery. Some day you too might want to grow up and create a jobless recovery for your country.

Scott Rasmussen | August 03, 2012

In my hometown, everyone is required to have a landline telephone so local officials can reach us with a reverse 911 call. It's a nice idea, but it doesn't work. In my family, we never use the landline. We talk on cellphones. Occasionally, telemarketers call. So do people looking for someone named "Danny," but we no longer answer. So, if a call came from our local government, we'd never hear their message. But when you're building a house and need to pass inspection, it's easier to put in the phone than fight city hall.

Ken Blackwell | August 03, 2012

As a longtime school choice advocate, I am always in favor of giving parents the tools they need to ensure their children receive a high quality education, which is necessary to compete in today’s global marketplace. And as a visiting professor of law at Liberty University and former associate professor at Xavier University, I know how a rigorous education is critical for students to be prepared to get the most value out of their time at college.

Oliver North | August 03, 2012

This week's revelation about the president's authorizing covert action in Syria should not have come as a surprise to anyone. On Wednesday, August 1, CNN carried a breathless report sourced to "U.S. officials" that our beloved Nobel Peace Prize recipient in the Oval Office "has signed a covert directive authorizing U.S. support for Syrian rebels battling President Bashar al-Assad."

Pat Buchanan | August 03, 2012

Two weeks ago, Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-A, an Atlanta company famous for its juicy chicken sandwiches, appeared on "The Ken Coleman Show" to air his biblical belief that those who champion same-sex marriage are risking divine retribution upon us all.

Suzanne Fields | August 03, 2012

Ethnic jokes are always dangerous. Gen. James Jones, as Barack Obama's national security adviser, famously regaled a friendly Jewish audience with a variation of a joke about the Hamas militant in Jerusalem who went into the shop of a Jewish merchant and asked to buy food.

Diana West | August 03, 2012

Two weeks ago, I wrote about the handful of House Republicans, led by Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, who sent letters in June to inspectors general at five government departments, asking them to investigate evidence of Muslim Brotherhood influence on U.S. government policymaking.

Linda Chavez | August 03, 2012

The president of the AFL-CIO is worried that President Obama is doing poorly among white, working class, male voters -- and he plans on putting 400,000 of his troops in the field in six key states to change the equation.

Paul Greenberg | August 03, 2012

It's definitely time, way past time, to update this annual list of heat-beaters. Feel free to clip and save, mix and match, and add your own. 1. Delete all unwanted e-mails without opening them. Especially if they're from types who are always a bit hot under the collar anyway. If you must open any, under no circumstances reply. Soon you'll be on their heated level. I heard from a satanist the other day -- no, actually he said he was a pagan -- and, you guessed it, he was hot as hell.

Donald Lambro | August 03, 2012

Anyone who follows the news, or who is unemployed, knows the lack of jobs in Barack Obama's economy and an exploding $15 trillion debt are two of the voters' top concerns this year, according to all the polls.

Steven Aden | August 03, 2012

To protect mothers as well as their preborn children, Arizona lawmakers passed H.B. 1036—a bill banning elective abortions after 20 weeks. Although the legislation was aptly titled “The Mother’s Health and Safety Act,” the ACLU and the Center for Reproductive Rights sued to block its implementation. But a federal judge just ruled for mothers, and as a result, the law will take effect in Arizona.

Peter Ferrara | August 03, 2012

Calculated Deception. That is the central theme of the Obama campaign. Calculated Deception is the term I use for Obama's rhetorical practice of trying to take advantage of what he calculates the average person does not know, and his party-controlled, so-called mainstream media won't report. And that can be seen over and over in the Obama campaign.

Kyle Olson | August 03, 2012

Union apologists fail to quantify their “fully funded education” demand.

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 03, 2012

Unveiled: The Obama Bible. Here’s a sampling.

Night Watch | August 03, 2012

In the past five years, China has come to dominate the discussion of ownership and the coastal states have no capability to challenge China, unless the US intervenes.

Jeff Carter | August 03, 2012

For the people that manage the money of the average investor, the way the market works today is hellish.

Dave Moenning | August 03, 2012

History has shown that whenever things get ugly - I mean really ugly - the Fed's cavalry has always mounted their white horses and come to the rescue with plans to stimulate the economy, which, of course, caused stock prices to improve.

Jerry Bowyer | August 03, 2012

Friedman argued that the Euro would not be economically successful because Europe lacked sufficient economic freedom.

Matt Mackowiak | August 03, 2012

Tea party insurgent Ted Cruz’s thrilling and improbable victory over Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst in Texas’s GOP Senate primary provides a model for future long-shot candidates to follow, though repeating what Cruz did will be difficult.

Fritz Pfister | August 03, 2012

Regrettably under the radical Democratic leadership of the Obama administration too much has happened and it hasn’t been great like their promises.

Chris Poindexter | August 03, 2012

The damage to gold prices was limited somewhat as the euro recovered against the dollar after the European Central Bank left interest rates at a token 0.75 percent.

Mike Shedlock | August 03, 2012

Why economists could not see this coming is a mystery. Manufacturing new orders have collapsed virtually everywhere, including the US. GDP, a lagging indicator, is 1.5% annualized, well below the stall speed of 2%.

Bill Tatro | August 03, 2012

Knowing full well that his prior statement was for jawboning purposes only, Emperor Draghi appeared in front of the world press with an empty closet.

David Sterman | August 03, 2012

You can also blame it on shrinking research departments in many financial institutions. The big firms have sought to reduce the number of companies they follow sharply, while a number of smaller financial firms have gone out of business altogether.

Thu, Aug 02, 2012

Cliff May | August 02, 2012

Call me a squish but I can’t be blasé about mass murder. The genocide carried out by the Communists in Cambodia in the 1970s, and the slaughters of Tutsis by Hutus in Rwanda in 1994, of Muslims by Serbs in Srebrenica in 1995, of Darfurians by Sudanese jihadis in recent years — these were shocking, appalling atrocities by any standard. They also were failures of American and European leadership, proof that the “international community” is a fiction and that the United Nations is useless.

Townhall.com Staff | August 02, 2012

Following a Rasmussen poll showing that only 14 percent of Americans think today’s children will be better off than their parents, Newt Gingrich went to the National Conservative Student Conference (NCSC) in Washington, D.C. Tuesday to appeal to the future generation.

Emmett Tyrrell | August 02, 2012

Milton Friedman, the great economist, was one of a handful of intellectuals whose work forms the foundation for the modern Conservative movement. He has been dead since 2006, but this week would be his centennial.

Hugh Hewitt | August 02, 2012

RealClearPolitics.com was begun in 2000 and in the 12 years that have followed, it has become the gold standard for aggregators of political stories, punditry and polling data.

Katie Pavlich | August 02, 2012

An initial look at an extensive report issued by Darrell Issa and Charles Grassley about Operation Fast and Furious reminds us of a few things and also brings us new information: It was suggested Attorney General Eric Holder announce Fast and Furious indictments, more evidence of a gun control motive and more.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | August 02, 2012

Our fascination with the Olympics goes beyond the near-perfect performances of the athletes. It also includes their stories. We watch and experience the trials and triumphs of people who fail, who get up and who triumph once again. Possibly through watching how Olympians perform under pressure, we can lean how to perform under pressure, as well.

Victor Davis Hanson | August 02, 2012

The presidential election is about 100 days away. President Obama and Mitt Romney are roughly even in the various polls, with Obama holding slight leads in the key swing states.

Michael Barone | August 02, 2012

"Answered prayers," Saint Teresa of Avila is supposed to have said, "cause more tears than those that go unanswered." Especially, I fear, the answered prayers of political scientists. These days, you hear academics and pundits bemoaning hyperpartisanship of our politics. It has never been worse, some say.

Larry Elder | August 02, 2012

Chick-fil-A President and COO Dan Cathy faces a consumer protest for expressing his opposition to same-sex marriage. Fair enough. Offended, the Democratic mayors of Boston, Chicago and San Francisco threatened to prevent the Georgia-based fast-food company from operating in their cities!

John Ransom | August 02, 2012

When Obama says “You didn’t build that,” it’s not so much a declaration as it is a manifesto. It's Obama's Little Red Phrase. Mao wrote a whole book to sum up his philosophy. Obama just needed a sound bite.

Michael Reagan | August 02, 2012

President Obama was supposed to be all about hope and change. But after almost four years he's squeezed the hope out of most of us. A new Rasmussen poll is the latest proof that the only hope of getting out of our economic ditch is to fire the hopeless guy in the White House who keeps digging it deeper.

Cal Thomas | August 02, 2012

The Obama re-election team must be in panic mode. The president is stuck in a virtual tie with Mitt Romney in some polls and behind him in others, so in desperation it has reached out to the Big Dog, Bill Clinton, for help.

Matt Towery | August 02, 2012

No one would believe it, but a combined effort by tea party activists and the NAACP helped defeat a proposed 1 percent sales tax for transportation on the 10 main counties that make up some 6 million people living in the Atlanta metropolitan area. And consider this: These two "Davids" had nothing but some printed signs and rallies to get out their message.

Michael Brown | August 02, 2012

Two months ago, I wrote, “As of today, it is legal in California to give hormone blockers to an 11 year-old boy in order to delay the onset of puberty, but it could soon be illegal for a 17 year-old with unwanted same-sex attractions to receive professional counseling, even with parental consent.” Now, California Senator Ted Lieu, has removed any doubt as to why he introduced Senate Bill 1172: “The attack on parental rights is exactly the whole point of the bill because we don’t want to let parents harm their children.”

Kyle Olson | August 02, 2012

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a compelling case for school choice Tuesday at The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice dinner honoring Milton Friedman’s 100th birthday. Friedman, who died in 2006, was universally known as one of the most influential economists of the 20th century.

Steve Chapman | August 02, 2012

If you see an economy burdened with the heavy hand of bureaucrats, suffocating controls and arbitrary delays, you can assume it will grow slowly or not at all. You can also expect that Republicans, with ample justification, will blame the government for stifling productive activity.

Charles Payne | August 02, 2012

Watching the opening of the Olympic Games in London, I felt at times like I was watching a Tim Burton movie. When I summed it all up the games seemed like a post mortem on what was once the greatest nation in the world.

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 02, 2012

You wouldn’t think this is a place where lawmakers ever have anything sensible to say about tax policy. But, lo and behold, one Councilman recognizes that there’s no Berlin Wall surrounding the County. As such, higher tax rates may not generated additional tax revenue if people vote with their feet.

Bob Goldman | August 02, 2012

Of course, you and I don't need a fancy research study to know there is absolutely no question about the actual link between sedentary behavior and employment.

George Friedman | August 02, 2012

To achieve anything substantial, the president must create a coalition of political interests to shape decision-making in other branches of the government. Yet at the same time -- and this is the main paradox of American political culture -- the presidency is seen as a decisive institution and the person holding that office is seen as being of overriding importance.

Mike Shedlock | August 02, 2012

An additional round of QE could ignite a further rally in equities (already in bubble land). However, one of these QE moves by the Fed will blow sky high, and with equities priced beyond perfection, the next round of QE may be the one.

Chris Poindexter | August 02, 2012

Commodities were split in light trading yesterday morning with palladium and crude oil joining gold moving slightly higher and platinum and copper joining silver to the downside.

Bill Tatro | August 02, 2012

With speed and daring, our hero could have announced the continuation of the zero interest rate policy (ZIRP), guaranteed to make the poor peasants withdraw their few remaining shekels from the money lenders and give them to the trade merchants in order to generate some semblance of a return on their money.

Demetrius Minor | August 02, 2012

Sadly, many liberals are missing a vital point here. Being against gay marriage does not insinuate that one is anti-gay.

David Sterman | August 02, 2012

The word "recession" is not yet making the rounds in circles, but we are moving closer to what economists call "stall speed."

Jeff Carter | August 02, 2012

Technological innovation isn’t a detriment to making a good market as long as there is good market structure for that innovation to play in. What we have today is an antique regulatory system, that allows an antique market structure to form around it.

Wed, Aug 01, 2012

Ann Coulter | August 01, 2012

Mitt Romney presents one enormous problem for Barack Obama's campaign: No divorce records. That's why the media are so hot to get their hands on Romney's tax records for the past 25 years. They need something to "pick through, distort and lie about" -- as the Republican candidate says.

Ben Shapiro | August 01, 2012

Let's say that you own a business. And let's say that as a person of faith, you decide to use the profits from that business to support, at least in some small part, traditional marriage. Now let's say that your political opponents find your position stunning and launch a boycott against your business.

Aaron Schock | August 01, 2012

President Obama announced he supports tax increases on everyone who makes $250,000 and up. He advocates increasing taxes to the same levels they were under former President Clinton, a position even Clinton himself doesn’t support.

Michael Medved | August 01, 2012

In a range of different realms, prominent people fell victim recently to their own controversial comments and associations, illustrating the application of political correctness at both its most appropriate and most oppressive.

Thomas Sowell | August 01, 2012

If Milton Friedman were alive today -- and there was never a time when he was more needed -- he would be one hundred years old. He was born on July 31, 1912. But Professor Friedman's death at age 94 deprived the nation of one of those rare thinkers who had both genius and common sense.

Michelle Malkin | August 01, 2012

It's come to this: In the name of protecting parents from their own lack of responsibility and common sense, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is waging all-out war on an innovative consumer product company in New York.

John Stossel | August 01, 2012

The Olympics have gone smoothly despite -- gasp! -- America's team wearing clothing made in China at the opening ceremony.

Walter E. Williams | August 01, 2012

Having been born in 1936 has allowed me to witness both societal progress and retrogression. High on the list of things made better in our society are the great gains in civil liberties and economic opportunities, especially for racial minorities and women. People who are now deemed poor have a level of material wealth that would have been a pipe dream to yesteryear's poor. But despite the fact that today's Americans have achieved an unprecedented level of prosperity, we have become spiritually and morally impoverished compared with our ancestors.

Brent Bozell | August 01, 2012

Mitt Romney might have thought it was eminently sensible in an NBC interview in London to repeat exactly what the TV networks had already reported on security at the London Olympics, namely, that there was room for concern.

Jonah Goldberg | August 01, 2012

What drives Barack Obama's "doubters and haters"?

John Ransom | August 01, 2012

Just as the stimulus spending allowed the president to pretend his plan was working, more or less, for a year, so has his reckless campaign spending allowed him to remain deluded that he might be in-it-to-win-it again.

Bob Barr | August 01, 2012

The failure of the United Nations last week to reach agreement on an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) despite years of preparation and an entire month of meetings during July, illustrates perhaps the only reason to keep this dysfunctional institution around: it is so utterly incompetent that it makes our governmental institutions look downright efficient by comparison.

Ken Blackwell | August 01, 2012

When the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) passed in Congress in 1996, the vote was bi-partisan and overwhelming. In the House, the tally was 342-67. Only the farthest left of Democrats and a handful of Republicans voted against it.

Terry Jeffrey | August 01, 2012

To find the heart of San Francisco, you need to head south of Market Street, not to the Castro District teeming with people who very publicly define themselves by the perverse acts in which they engage, but to the Mission District.

Austin Bay | August 01, 2012

Many Internet videos instantly attract several million viewers, but "Kony 2012" was an unusual web sensation: It tackled an underreported African conflict and had real international foreign policy impact.

Donald Lambro | August 01, 2012

WASHINGTON - Former governor Mitt Romney returns from his overseas trip this week to resume talking about a four-letter word that's been missing from Barack Obama's vocabulary: jobs. His mid-election trip abroad hit some bumps in the road but nothing of any consequence that's going to become an issue in a campaign year that is totally fixated on Obama's recession-teetering economy.

Rich Galen | August 01, 2012

There is much gnashing of Punticratical teeth in Your Nation's Capital over how NBC is presenting the events that they paid about $1.1 billion to present.

Kyle Olson | August 01, 2012

Beef producers recently cried foul when the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced to its employees that it would be imposing a “Meatless Mondays” program in the department’s cafeterias. In an employee newsletter, the department ironically criticized beef and dairy production, two industries it’s supposed to be promoting.

Jacob Sullum | August 01, 2012

Palestinian leaders were understandably insulted when Mitt Romney, noting the huge gap in wealth between Israel and the West Bank during a speech in Jerusalem on Monday, declared, "Culture makes all the difference." Although culture plays an important role in economic development, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee overlooked another key variable: government.

Dave Ramsey | August 01, 2012

There’s hardly anyone on my team that works straight commission. The majority of my folks work on a small salary plus commission, or some kind of draw, until they get rolling.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | August 01, 2012

With close to 8 million unmarried-couple households in the U.S. today, according to the Census Bureau, there are a lot of people with this same concern.

Peter Schiff | August 01, 2012

The ACA makes it illegal for insurance providers to deny coverage to anyone for any reason. This allows healthy people to drop insurance until they actually need it without incurring any risk.

Night Watch | August 01, 2012

The Chinese delegation might be arranging a visit to Beijing by young Kim, as suggested in some South Korean analyses, but the Chinese certainly want to learn more about the political situation in North Korea.

Mark W. Hendrickson | August 01, 2012

In “Eco-Tyranny,” author Brian Sussman sounds a timely and important warning: The radical “greens” are not in retreat. With the defeat of cap-and-trade legislation in 2010 and the increasingly discredited alarmist theory of anthropogenic global warming, the greens may have lowered their public profile; however, with the full cooperation of the Obama administration, they are forging ahead with their illiberal agenda of gaining ever more control over the American economy and people.

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 01, 2012

Now we have a George Will column that will get you very angry. At least if you’re a good person.

Mike Shedlock | August 01, 2012

Every time gold declines the conspiracy clowns scream manipulation as if the price can never go down ever. Now they are singing playground chants.

Tad DeHaven | August 01, 2012

In sum, it’s a really bad idea. Unfortunately, policymakers in Washington have a soft spot for bad ideas.

Ken Connor | August 01, 2012

The results of a recent survey of parents of children with disabilities ran cross-grain to the mentality that characterizes our society’s culture of death. Published in the medical journal Pediatrics, the survey included parents of 272 children suffering from the extreme genetic conditions Trisomy 13 and Trisomy 18—conditions where a child is born with an extra 13 or 18 chromosome. Only about 21% of children born with one of these conditions live to five years old.

Tom Tancredo | August 01, 2012

In July of 2011, Obama spoke before the National Council of La Raza. Addressing the demands by Hispanic leaders that he simply grant an administrative amnesty, he said said “I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own.” La Raza’s audience broke out in applause and one audience member repeatedly yelled “Yes you can!”

Chris Poindexter | August 01, 2012

Precious metals were drifting along with currency as investors waited on the latest pearls of wisdom to fall from the Federal Reserve. Additional stimulus has already been priced into the market, so the only direction the Fed could push gold is lower if the market doesn’t like the Fed’s plan.

Jeff Carter | August 01, 2012

The things that are most screwed up in our society today are all heavily government regulated. Banking, farming, energy policy, and health care policy.

Ralph Benko | August 01, 2012

It would show far more integrity for liberals to point their fingers at the real culprit here and their own partner in crime: liberal Hollywood. The liberal call for gun control is not unlike Lady Macbeth muttering “Out, damned spot” in an attempt to expiate herself from complicity with murder.

Ann-Marie Murrell | August 01, 2012

Let’s see…War…take to the streets…fight back…battles won…are these perhaps some of the reasons why Homeland Security recently put in a last-minute purchase for $1.9 million worth of riot gear and supplies for the RNC?

Tue, Jul 31, 2012

Rachel Marsden | July 31, 2012

Mitt Romney and I are competing in a new Olympic event that involves proffering unvarnished criticism of the Olympics themselves. We're the Lochte and Phelps of this event -- appearing united when necessary and when it serves us both, and appearing divided when Mitt says something really stupid.

Wayne Allyn Root | July 31, 2012

Don’t Americans constantly complain because politicians lie? Barack Obama lies so much, his nose should be longer than Pinnochio. He says “the private sector is doing fine.” He says to business owners, “You didn’t build that.” He tells the middle class that “none of the tax increases are aimed at you.”

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | July 31, 2012

Earlier this month, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender and Bisexual (LGBT) activists reacted with predictable outrage to Chick-fil-A COO Dan Cathy’s admission that he believes in traditional marriage. Again, predictably, various organizations including the multimillion dollar Human Rights Campaign (HRC), organized a boycott of the popular chain of over 1,600 restaurants. Taking it a step further, Mayor Thomas M. Menino of Boston wrote the company a letter, pledging to abuse his political power to prevent their company from serving the people of Boston or providing jobs for Bostonians because of the mayor’s bigotry against traditional marriage.

Susan Stamper Brown | July 31, 2012

“A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” – The Second Amendment

Michael Brown | July 31, 2012

In recent days, the extreme intolerance, bigotry, and exclusivity of some gay activists and their straight allies has been on prominent display in their attacks against Chick-fil-A. What makes this all the more ironic, not to mention Orwellian, is that their campaign is being carried out in the name of tolerance, inclusion, and diversity.

Paul Greenberg | July 31, 2012

Yesterday the city fell. The siege had been going on for months. Three weeks ago the enemy breached the walls. A lone voice here and there, an occasional street preacher, tried to warn the people, but to no avail. Prophets may be honored but not in their own country. Life in the teeming city continued as always. People ate and slept, bought and sold, and quarreled as usual, blaming each other as the enemy's grip tightened.

John Hawkins | July 31, 2012

'You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means.'

Thomas Sowell | July 31, 2012

It was either Adolf Hitler or his propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, who said that the people will believe any lie, if it is big enough and told often enough, loud enough. Although the Nazis were defeated in World War II, this part of their philosophy survives triumphantly to this day among politicians, and nowhere more so than during election years.

Chuck Norris | July 31, 2012

President Barack Obama's recent business-related comments in Virginia ("If you've got a business -- you didn't build that; somebody else made that happen") sounded more communistic than capitalistic, especially because the "somebody" to whom Obama referred was in fact the U.S. government.

Mike Adams | July 31, 2012

My name is Mike Adams. I’m honored to have been elected mayor of Salem, Massachusetts at this seminal point in history as we struggle to eradicate intolerance and prejudice towards gays, bisexuals, lesbians, and transgendered persons.

David Limbaugh | July 31, 2012

I am pumped up about Mitt Romney's speech in Israel -- for both political reasons and policy ones -- and believe it may represent a turning point in the campaign.

Mona Charen | July 31, 2012

When Muhammad al-Rahim mentioned in an interview with a Muslim newspaper that he supported the traditional Muslim conception of marriage -- no more than four wives per man, "That's the Quranic way"-- he never expected the storm of criticism that erupted.

John Ransom | July 31, 2012

By the end of Obama’s first term, the country will have borrowed close to $5 trillion dollars, only to see that money return about 12 cents to the economy on every dollar borrowed- even if using the White House’s most hilarious gag-book estimates.

Cal Thomas | July 31, 2012

Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy is in hot water with the LGBT community because he committed the cardinal sin in an age of political correctness: Thou must not speak ill of anything gays, lesbians, bisexuals or transgenders wish to do.

Dennis Prager | July 31, 2012

One of the NCAA's punishments of Penn State was the vacating of all its football team's wins from 1998 through 2011.

Pat Buchanan | July 31, 2012

Has Mitt Romney given Israel a blank check for war?

Rachel Alexander | July 31, 2012

Regular middle class Americans everywhere have unjustly lost their homes to foreclosure. They ended up in homes they could not sell due to the Federal Reserve Board, not their own actions.

Debra J. Saunders | July 31, 2012

It doesn't matter who wins in November; Bill Clinton will end this year on top.

Phyllis Schlafly | July 31, 2012

Political conversation in the media is full of chatter about how to cut spending and debt, but it reminds us of the comment attributed to Mark Twain: "Everybody talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it."

Bill Murchison | July 31, 2012

Chick fil-A. Hmmm. Being no patron of fast food, I wasn't sure until fairly recently how one was supposed to pronounce the name.

Frank Gaffney | July 31, 2012

Anderson Cooper closed one of five segments of his weeknightly CNN show that he recently devoted to attacking principally Rep. Michele Bachmann with a genuflection towards an iconic newsman, Edward R. Murrow. He deployed against her the gauntlet Murrow threw down to Sen. Joseph McCarthy in March 1954: “The line between investigating and persecuting is a [very] fine one.” If anyone has stepped over that line, however, it is Cooper himself, rather than the Minnesota congresswoman.

Political Calculations | July 31, 2012

We wonder when the policy makers of 2009 and afterward first recognized that their policies weren't working the way they believed they would. And perhaps a better question is why didn't they adapt those policies once they did?

Bill Tatro | July 31, 2012

Considering our fictitious team has missed the playoffs for several years, seems to be aging, and has no real competitive future, I asked GM Draghi what we could do in order to turn things around.

Jeff Crouere | July 31, 2012

In the second quarter of 2012, CNN suffered a tremendous loss of viewers, down 35 percent from the previous year and a 42 percent drop in the key 25-54 demographic.

Armstrong Williams | July 31, 2012

Anyone who reads my columns can tell you that it is one of my mantras that politics should take up as little space in your life as possible. If it doesn’t, it’s only out of necessity occasioned by bad government, something we have in surplus.

Bob Beauprez | July 31, 2012

Instead of "doing fine" and a steady recovery from the effects of the recession, net job creation continues to fall backwards.

Mike Shedlock | July 31, 2012

With only 29% believeing the euro is a good thing, suggests that if the German constitutional court forced Merkel to put the euro to a referendum, that Germany would vote to leave the eurozone.

Charlotte Hays | July 31, 2012

President Obama’s self-revealing “You didn’t build that” speech in Roanoke, Va., is turning out to be the gift that keeps on giving. The speech was delivered July 13, and the New York Times last week dubbed it “the campaign story that will not go away.” There are several reasons why this story won’t—and must not—go away.

Night Watch | July 31, 2012

Open sources report little about the Brotherhood in Syria, which Hafez al Asad massacred during its 1982 uprising in Hama. The Brothers survived, obviously, and have a grudge match to play against the al Asads.

Daniel J. Mitchell | July 31, 2012

The left isn’t losing gracefully in education. In a move that would make George Wallace proud, they are threatening schools that will participate in the new program.

Charles Payne | July 31, 2012

Weill built Citigroup into a mega-bank that covered everything financial, from nuts to bolts.

Jeff Carter | July 31, 2012

The Democrats cannot win on the facts. They tried to bend the facts, but the data keeps exploding in their face. What’s left in their playbook? Character assassination.

Chris Poindexter | July 31, 2012

Commodities in general were taken lower by the surge in the dollar as platinum, palladium, crude oil and copper all joined gold and silver to the downside.

Mon, Jul 30, 2012

Byron York | July 30, 2012

Perhaps the biggest conservative worry about a second Obama administration is that after eight years of President Obama, more Americans will be dependent on government than ever before.

Lisa De Pasquale | July 30, 2012

I first met Mark Joseph in 2010 when he was in D.C. to preview his latest movie, Doonby. I happened to be having dinner with one of the stars of the movie, Robert Davi. When Joseph introduced himself I realized that another friend, Ann Coulter, had been singing his praises to me for several years. In fact, Coulter recently told me he is a “Christian warrior!”

Robert Knight | July 30, 2012

Each day brings new evidence of the Left’s hatred for Christians and other traditionalists, but the smear campaign against Christian-owned Chick-fil-A sets a new low.

Matt Barber | July 30, 2012

Forget about Bert and Ernie. I always thought Kermit the Frog was a little “light in the flippers,” if you know what I mean. Miss Piggy? Probably just cover (wink wink, nudge nudge, say no more). And how about that perennial bachelor, Fozzie Bear? Wocka Wocka, indeed.

Amelia Chasse | July 30, 2012

In case you haven’t heard, fellow women, we are at war. Barack Obama’s new ad tells us that “it’s a scary time to be a woman.” According to President Obama, we should vote to give him a second term on the sole ground that under a President Mitt Romney, we may not get free birth control.

Brian Darling | July 30, 2012

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”

Michael Barone | July 30, 2012

Does the 2012 campaign look a lot like the 2004 campaign? Many Democrats think so.

Star Parker | July 30, 2012

The current hate campaign being waged by homosexual activists against fast food chain Chick-fil-A, because of the firm’s Christian values, may well turn out to be a bridge too far. The effort may prove to be a setback for homosexual activism.

John Ransom | July 30, 2012

Union officials on the public dole stage-managed efforts at destroying reform measures, including school vouchers, charters schools, merit pay, fiscal transparency and open union negotiations.

Katie Kieffer | July 30, 2012

Where is a man who can save us? A man of virtue and action who can rebuild our economy and culture? We must find a true-to-life John Galt.

Ken Blackwell | July 30, 2012

The failure to charge Nidal Hasan with violation of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act is another instance of this president's failure to "take care that the laws be faithfully executed."

Lurita Doan | July 30, 2012

As the first American woman to enter earth orbit in space, Sally became a thing of legend. And she used her fame and her knowledge for good.

Terry Paulson | July 30, 2012

Reviving American values won't come by criticizing the media or railing at the intrusive nature of big government. It will come when parents once again take on the critical role of raising their children to be responsible citizens. Training children is time consuming and requires creative repetition and consistency in a world deluged with competing values.

Bruce Bialosky | July 30, 2012

Four more years. That is what President Obama seeks, and it is only the second time in our history that we are being asked to elect a president to a second term for a third straight time. At a time of relative instability, we are being asked to endorse stability in the executive branch. That alone is rare, but for a long time President Obama said nothing – not even platitudes – about what he might want to accomplish if reelected. But recently, he has provided us with some hints as to what his plans would be.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | July 30, 2012

A recent article in the Washington Post highlighted a particular segment of the nation’s struggling unemployed. That is in itself is not surprising. After all, black unemployment exceeds the unemployment level for handicapped people and many other challenged groups within our nation. The group that the Post profiled was people with Ph.D.s in the sciences.

Rich Galen | July 30, 2012

The Games of the XXX Olympics are under way and we know this is as big a deal as the Superbowl because of the Roman numerals.

Rebecca Hagelin | July 30, 2012

This Wednesday, August 1st, I will be eating chicken. More precisely, I will be enjoying a meal at Chick-Fil-A, savoring every bite in support of the free speech rights of a principled, and successful, American businessman, Dan Cathy.

Dan Holler | July 30, 2012

When it comes to farming, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are adopting Rahm Emanuel's infamous maxim: never let a good crisis go to waste.

Mark Calabria | July 30, 2012

The proponents of Glass-Steagall also ignore one of the basic rules of finance: diversification generally reduces risk.

Chris Poindexter | July 30, 2012

Whether this is truly the end of the summer doldrums in precious metals or merely a ride along with the irrational exuberance emanating from Europe remains to be seen.

Mike Shedlock | July 30, 2012

The next step needs to be huge clawbacks on promised benefits, preferably top down, so that those with the highest pension benefits bear the brunt of the hit.

Michael F. Cannon | July 30, 2012

Mike Leavitt is a Republican, a former Utah governor, a former Secretary of Health and Human Services under President George W. Bush, and now owns a firm called Leavitt Partners, which makes money by helping states implement ObamaCare’s health insurance “exchanges.”

Michael Tanner | July 30, 2012

Fans of the "reform" cheered this week's news reports suggesting that ObamaCare will be less expensive than originally feared. But those news reports were wrong.

Morgan Brittany | July 30, 2012

Bloomberg's basically telling the police to blackmail the citizens of this country until they give up their right to bear arms.

Jeff Carter | July 30, 2012

Droughts were at the top of their list when creating this type of seed. The fact is, fresh water is a precious resource in the world, and the less we need for crops mean the more we can have for animals and people.

Shawn Mitchell | July 30, 2012

He promises you free stuff…then just puts it on your overcharged US credit card!!

Political Calculations | July 30, 2012

Italy is burdened by the policies of its past. In the 1980s, the nation began running up a truly phenomenal national debt in a short period of time, peaking at over 120% of the country's GDP in 1994, before falling back to be below 105% of GDP in 2007.

Tad DeHaven | July 30, 2012

Of course the scenario doesn’t make any sense, but as a Cato essay on federal employment and training programs notes, federal policymakers are fixated on “doing something.”

Daniel J. Mitchell | July 30, 2012

The United States imposes very harsh tax burdens on capital formation, largely thanks to multiple layers of tax on income that is saved and invested.

Sun, Jul 29, 2012

Derek Hunter | July 29, 2012

Political pundits often refer to the time we’re in now – a few weeks out from an election – as the “silly season.”

John Ransom | July 29, 2012

When Obama says “You didn’t build that,” it’s not so much a declaration as it is a manifesto. It's Obama's Little Red Phrase. Mao wrote a whole book to sum up his philosophy. Obama just needed a sound bite.

Austin Hill | July 29, 2012

Why is it okay to be a successful athlete, but not a successful business owner?

Doug Giles | July 29, 2012

On Monday, July 23rd’s Talking Points, O’Reilly made some outrageous and erroneous statements about guns and gun purchases. They were so misleading that I was wondering if Michael Moore was moonlighting as a writer for The Factor.

Debra J. Saunders | July 29, 2012

California's death penalty has been in limbo since 2006, when a federal judge stayed the execution of Michael Morales, who was sentenced to death for the brutal 1981 murder and rape of 17-year-old Terri Winchell.

Paul Jacob | July 29, 2012

Gay marriage, the Muppets, and a fast-food chicken franchise: what do they have to do with each other? Nope, it’s not about Bert and Ernie’s eating habits.

Rich Tucker | July 29, 2012

Fans of 1970s Saturday morning TV may remember the “Laff-A-Lympics,” a cartoon spoof featuring goofy characters competing in strange events. With the actual Olympics starting this week, Americans will have the chance to witness many sporting events that we haven’t paid much attention to since, well, 2008.

Steve Chapman | July 29, 2012

The United States is the most secure nation in the history of the world. We have a military with no peer, a nuclear arsenal capable of incinerating any enemy, vast oceans that separate us from rivals and many countries that want to be our allies. But some Americans insist on feeling relentless dangers that demand an ever-ready trigger finger.

Steven Aden | July 29, 2012

The Left, by its very nature, is ideologically driven. Ideology has a tendency to crowd out reason for the sake of vision.

David Sterman | July 29, 2012

It's still worthwhile to consider price targets when they are far above current trading levels. Even if the targets are imprecise, it's clear analysts are calling attention to what they believe is a sharply undervalued stock.

Daniel J. Mitchell | July 29, 2012

I suspect most journalists (and far too many people who get their news from these clowns) genuinely think an “assault weapon” is akin to a machine gun.

Mark Baisley | July 29, 2012

While the tens of thousands of dollars needed for Romney’s trip were primarily funded by his own campaign, outgoing president Barack Obama, in awkward cooperation with the incoming president, smartly relied on the American People to pick up the enormous tab required for Michelle’s traveling entourage.

Mike Shedlock | July 29, 2012

Boomer demographics and postponement of marriage on account of student debt and poor finances are two of the key reasons that I long-ago stated the housing recovery would be slow for a decade.

Political Calculations | July 29, 2012

Generally speaking, with the exception of the period of World War 2, we find that the federal government used to be pretty well contained when it came to imposing new rules and regulations on the American people.

Marita Noon | July 29, 2012

The EPA has had to retreat in these three widely-publicized cases: Wyoming/Encana, Texas/Range Resources, and now, Pennsylvania/Cabot Oil and Gas.

Tad DeHaven | July 29, 2012

According to multiple news reports, tens of thousands of Americans have fallen for a scam that’s being dubbed the “Obama utility bill scam.”

Night Watch | July 29, 2012

This is the first public notice of any plan to build more bases.

Phil Kerpen | July 29, 2012

Can a piece of legislation be a "farm bill" if nearly 80 percent of its spending goes to food stamps? According the United States Congress - yes.

Michael F. Cannon | July 29, 2012

I hope Medicaid does save lives. That program spends nearly half a trillion dollars per year. It damn well better save lives.