Sat, Oct 06, 2012

Hugh Hewitt | October 06, 2012

By the time of Thursday night's debate between Vice President Biden and Congressman Ryan, the polls will reflect the early consequences of President Obama's disastrous debate performance from Wednesday night.

John C. Goodman | October 06, 2012

Personalized medicine is the future. It's where the science is going. It's where the technology is going. It's where doctors and patients will want to go. Yet, unfortunately for many of us, this is not where the Obama administration wants to go.

John Ransom | October 06, 2012

Yes, the same methodology that told us that Scott Walker would lose his recall bid; the same methodology that has Democrats showing up at the polls by a 7-11 point advantage in turnout and have Obama up 7 points on Romney. Yes, this same methodology has produced stunning job creation results, just in the nick of time. Math? No. A miracle.

Humberto Fontova | October 06, 2012

Forty five years ago this week, Ernesto "Che" Guevara got a major dose of his own medicine. Without trial he was declared a murderer, stood against a wall and shot. If the saying "What goes around comes around" ever fit, it's here.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | October 06, 2012

Our country made history in 2008 when we elected our first black president. The 2012 election is already historic as well, but for a much less promising reason. This year marks the first time in history that a major political party has put the redefinition of marriage into its national platform.

Ed Feulner | October 06, 2012

“Marriage is a wonderful institution,” H.L. Mencken once quipped, “but who would want to live in an institution?” Great line. But in the real world, the more we learn about marriage, the more we realize how vital it is.

Mike Shedlock | October 06, 2012

A closer look shows the entire drop in the unemployment rate can be attributed to a surprise rise of 582,000 in part-time workers. U-6 unemployment remained at 14.7%. U-6 includes part-time workers who want a full-time job.

Political Calculations | October 06, 2012

And this, in a nutshell, is what President Obama did to kill off the strong economic recovery President Obama inherited and replaced it with the weak jobs recovery that has dominated ever since.

Daniel J. Mitchell | October 06, 2012

This isn’t the first time that Americans have lagged some of their European counterparts. Back in 2010, I reported on a survey showing people in the U.S. were to the left of both the Germans and the French.

Chris Poindexter | October 06, 2012

Commodities were generally lower in the wake of the jobs report, with crude oil, copper, platinum and palladium all trading lower.

Jeff Crouere | October 06, 2012

In this environment, Hollywood liberals are powerful and virtually unchallenged in their industry. They have a clear goal between now and November 6, help re-elect Barack Obama. One way is to raise big money for the President. The other way is to produce two highly publicized movies that hype his role in the Bin Laden mission.

Steve Deace | October 06, 2012

He tried ignoring his base in the primary when it was rallying behind marriage in North Carolina and rallying behind Chick-fil-a when it was under attack, and that didn’t work. Then he tried just scaring people into voting against Obama, and that didn’t work.

Night Watch | October 06, 2012

One might be justified in thinking that two days of retaliatory shelling by the Turkish Army was more than fair retaliation for what appears to have been a single Syrian mortar shell. In a fair treatment, the Turks also might have gotten honorable mention in the condemnation statement by the UN for excessive use of force.

Bill Tatro | October 06, 2012

A serious mistake was then made and the mystery of Obama’s terrible debate performance was finally solved as the camera panned to the side of the crowd, from behind the President.

Stewart Scott | October 06, 2012

The mechanics of terrorism go far beyond target selection and the method of attack. This is especially true of aspiring transnational terrorists. Basic military skills may be helpful in waging terrorist attacks in areas where a militant group has access to men, weapons and targets -- such was the case with Ansar al-Sharia in Benghazi, Libya -- but an entirely different set of skills is required to operate in a hostile environment or at a distance.

Fri, Oct 05, 2012

Jack Kerwick | October 05, 2012

The first presidential debate of 2012 is now behind us. And Republican challenger Mitt Romney won it handily.No one challenges this verdict. Even President Obama’s most ardent supporters concede it by way of the truly laughable excuses to which they’ve resorted in accounting for the decisive drubbing that their candidate received.

Deborah Kay Corey | October 05, 2012

On October 28, 2012 Ukraine will hold their first democratic parliamentary elections since agreeing to new rules in November 2011, a significant achievement in reforming the electoral process.

Paul Greenberg | October 05, 2012

For as long as there have been presidential debates on television -- that is, since 1960 -- they have featured gotcha lines. Some years the debates have consisted of little more.

Rich Galen | October 05, 2012

The pundiferous universe was acting as if the laws of political physics had been repealed as it tried to make sense of Barack Obama's abysmal performance in his debate with Mitt Romney Wednesday night.

Ken Blackwell | October 05, 2012

You know that Gov. Romney won Wednesday night's rumble in the Rockies. That's because Al Gore was out quick blaming the president's lackluster performance on--what else?--climate change. And if you have any doubts who won, you have only to consult MSNBC's Amen Corner.

John Hawkins | October 05, 2012

While Barack Obama was playing golf and going on vacation, Mitt Romney was getting an education in the debate school of hard knocks from Professor Newt Gingrich. While Obama was being asked fluff questions by his supporters in the mainstream media, Mitt Romney was facing a hostile media that wanted to rip his head off his shoulders.

David Stokes | October 05, 2012

I will come to what I mean by the title of this column in a second—the connection between this year’s first presidential debate and the first ever such televised event more than five decades ago. But first, by all accounts, even those shared grudgingly, Mitt Romney left the University of Denver stage following the debate the other night as the clear winner. There was no knockout, but it was a lopsided decision on most scorecards.

Jonah Goldberg | October 05, 2012

If you've seen the "Shrek" movies or the spin-off cartoon starring the storybook cat voiced by Antonio Banderas, you know what I'm talking about. Whenever Puss in Boots really needs something from someone, he flashes these enormous kitten eyes that melt anyone in their path.

David Limbaugh | October 05, 2012

I am elated to report to you something you surely already know: Mitt Romney trounced President Obama in their first debate. The rout was so decisive that even the liberal media cannot spin it the other way.

Mona Charen | October 05, 2012

It's impossible to overstate the effect that Mitt Romney's performance in the first presidential debate has had on conservatives and Republicans. The past four years have been a torment as we've watched a committed left-wing activist grease the skids for America's decline into a socialist state. Our TV screens have featured images of violent protests in Greece, Italy and Spain as their socialist paper boats capsize.

John Ransom | October 05, 2012

Nothing displayed Barack Obama’s Achilles’ heel better than when the debate night's big whiner complained the next day that we don't know the "real" Mitt Romney. The man who can't explain his own Christianity without ifs, ands or buts has a lot nerve even if he is lacking in common sense.

Tim Phillips | October 05, 2012

After 44 straight months of unemployment over 8%, our President still believes a government which spends big and taxes more will create prosperity. His policies are out of sync with what we know works.

Suzanne Fields | October 05, 2012

. Who among the smug punditry would have predicted Mitt Romney's repeated knockdowns of Barack Obama in their first debate?

Diana West | October 05, 2012

I tweeted recently about shocking news in The Daily Caller that Attorney General Eric Holder, as a Columbia University student and leader of the Student Afro-American Society (SAS), participated in the armed takeover of a vacant campus ROTC office. The takeover lasted five days in the spring of 1970. The online news site added: "Department of Justice spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler has not responded to questions from The Daily Caller about whether Holder himself was armed -- and, if so, with what sort of weapon."

Paul Greenberg | October 05, 2012

The worst gaffe a politician can make, it's been said, is not the mistakes he makes on the campaign trail but when he tells the truth. The vice president of the United States, who's a kind of genius at embarrassing himself, did it again the other day when, almost in passing, he mentioned the hallmark of this president's stewardship of the American economy, "the middle class that has been buried these past four years."

Donald Lambro | October 05, 2012

Finally, for the first time in this election year, Barack Obama couldn't hide from the economy and the recession his policies have painfully prolonged.

Kyle Olson | October 05, 2012

Education turned into a key issue in Wednesday’s first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney.

Armstrong Williams | October 05, 2012

Romney's stated policies in business during the first presidential debate: champion the growth and development for the middle class. Until now, Romney's position was widely perceived as one of the biggest enemies to the middle class. One of his most powerful moments during the debate was the contrast he illustrated between the president’s decision to finance the five big banks, while allowing small banks to fail across America. Some credit should be given to the president, however, for his short-term policies to save the banks, and the wise business decision to make interest from the banks that were save through the bailout.

Mike Shedlock | October 05, 2012

Once again note that hyperinflation is essentially a political event. Weimar Germany was triggered by war reparations, Zimbabwe by confiscation of property accompanied by capital flight (including human capital), and Iran by US and European embargoes (a clear act of war).

Bob Beauprez | October 05, 2012

The debate probably didn't change the opinion of the hard core supporters in either camp. But, the opinion of those voters still trying to figure out which candidate to support – the "undecideds" – was the crucial part of the audience both candidates were trying to reach.

Fritz Pfister | October 05, 2012

Regardless the president’s claims, whatever his plan was and is, it hasn’t worked and it can’t work in a free enterprise system. Obama’s plan is better suited for a European socialist welfare state.

Daniel J. Mitchell | October 05, 2012

I was irked by Obama’s illiteracy on the matter of business deductions for corporate jets, oil companies, and firms that “ship jobs overseas.”

Gina Loudon | October 05, 2012

This weekend is “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” in churches across the country. Pastors in pulpits across the country will not only endorse candidates from the pulpit, but will also send the tapes of the services directly to the IRS.

Kenny Marchant | October 05, 2012

I can’t think of an issue that more perfectly captures the national debate than the one right now regarding the expiration of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts. At the end of this year, current tax rates will expire and taxes will go up if nothing is done.

Brett Harvey | October 05, 2012

Two Ohio court rulings make it more difficult for men to molest young girls and then use Planned Parenthood’s abortion services to cover their tracks.

Chris Poindexter | October 05, 2012

All the same gold is up $200 an ounce from August and that is going to be some powerful temptation for profit taking. If you bought in the $1,580 range in August, you’ve already beaten the margins on the spot price and are looking at tidy profit.

Gil Morales and Chris Kacher | October 05, 2012

Currently the market remains in a short-term correction that has taken the indexes down all of 2% from their recent price peaks

Night Watch | October 05, 2012

The protests are a product of economic hardship which the protestors blamed on the mismanagement and inept policies of President Ahmadi-Nejad and his government. They did not blame Western sanctions, curiously.

Michelle Malkin | October 05, 2012

Mitt Romney sure ruffled a lot of feathers over his proposal to eliminate taxpayer funding for government-sponsored TV. As soon as the GOP presidential candidate singled out PBS for cuts during the presidential debate in Denver, the hysterical squawking commenced.

Brent Bozell | October 05, 2012

Anyone in Hollywood who's dreamed of hosting the Oscars telecast never imagined that the qualifications would eventually include creating cartoon dogs that love "pukesicles" and cartoon babies that eat horse sperm for breakfast.

Oliver North | October 05, 2012

When our Fox News team left for Afghanistan last week, there was a palpable sense of imminent calamity in the air.

Pat Buchanan | October 05, 2012

Mitt Romney on Wednesday night turned in the finest debate performance of any candidate of either party in the 52 years since Richard Nixon faced John F. Kennedy, with the possible exception of Ronald Reagan's demolition of Jimmy Carter in 1980.

Linda Chavez | October 05, 2012

Who was that stiff, out-of-touch guy onstage in Denver at this week's presidential debate? He looked a lot like Barack Obama -- but how could that be?

Thu, Oct 04, 2012

Matt Towery | October 04, 2012

Mitt Romney, as was clear to all who watched the first presidential debate, channeled Ronald Reagan right down to the glistening hair and respectful smiling face that listened as his opponent tap-danced and stutter-stepped his way to a resounding thumping in the contest.

Cliff May | October 04, 2012

The funniest news item last week was also, if you think about it, the scariest: FARS, Iran’s official news agency, ran the headline: “Gallup Poll: Rural Whites Prefer Ahmadinejad to Obama.”

Frank Gaffney | October 04, 2012

Suddenly, the President's new clothes seem embarrassingly transparent. The contention relentlessly promoted by Team Obama, to the effect that the Commander-in-Chief's performance with respect to foreign policy and national security was simply unassailable, is being seen for what it is: an utter fraud.

Marybeth Hicks | October 04, 2012

A week ago, after I gave a speech to a parent group, a mother with a difficult issue approached me. It was something she didn’t want to discuss in front of her school community during the question-and-answer session.

Debra J. Saunders | October 04, 2012

There are a lot of differences between Obamacare and Romneycare, even though President Barack Obama said that the two plans were based on an "identical model" during the first presidential debate in Denver on Wednesday night.

Jeff Jacoby | October 04, 2012

Barack Obama hasn't been in a high-stakes, nationally televised presidential debate in nearly four years. Mitt Romney was in plenty of them over the past 18 months. Last night, it showed.

Larry Kudlow | October 04, 2012

Romney had to correct President Obama on a number of issues, including oil tax breaks, healthcare issues, job training programs in the federal government and even how Obamacare works. Romney’s knowledge base was broad and deep, much broader and deeper than President Obama showed tonight.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | October 04, 2012

In order to win next month, Republican nominee Mitt Romney will have to articulate the reason why the choice for him is right. The choice has to be about more than Mitt Romney, and really about more than President Barack Obama. The compelling choice should contrast the very different futures each man would seek to create. The ability to describe and contrast two potential visions of the future -- one under Obama and the other under Romney -- will likely prove key to who wins.

Michael Barone | October 04, 2012

Mitt Romney was 13 years old and Barack Obama had not been born when an energetic-looking John Kennedy, 43, and a tired-looking Richard Nixon, 47, walked into the WBBM-TV studio in Chicago for the first general election debate between presidential candidates.

Victor Davis Hanson | October 04, 2012

The American Left used to champion free expression. We were lectured -- correctly -- that the price of being repulsed by occasional crude talk and art was worth paying. Only that way could Americans ensure our daily right to criticize those with greater power and influence whom we found wrong and objectionable.

Larry Elder | October 04, 2012

What if President Obama were white? Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said last year, "If (former President) Bill Clinton had been in the White House and had failed to address this problem, we probably would be marching on the White House."

John Ransom | October 04, 2012

The head of Darth Union ( a.k.a. the American Federation of Teachers- AFT) was in town this week, coincidentally- ha!- while Obama, starring as Emperor Palpatine, was in town- also coincidentally- double ha!

Michael Reagan | October 04, 2012

As I write this column, I’m waiting impatiently for the first debate between Mitt Romney and President Obama.

Cal Thomas | October 04, 2012

"You can't run from your mistakes. You have to confront them." -- Arnold Schwarzenegger Believe it or not, there was a time when people didn't go on TV to confess their sins. That was back when most understood what sin is, before everything became excusable, especially for celebrities and the politically powerful.

Ben Shapiro | October 04, 2012

A recent poll shows that 85 percent of middle-class Americans believe they're worse off now than they were 10 years ago. Yet shockingly, just 34 percent of those people blame Barack Obama.

Maggie Gallagher | October 04, 2012

In her new book, "The End of Men," Hanna Rosin says we are on the verge of matriarchy.

Kyle Olson | October 04, 2012

Sometimes private contractors see schools and their multi-million dollar budgets as great sources of potential revenue.

Peter Ferrara | October 04, 2012

DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz described the Medicare reforms proposed by GOP Vice-Presidential nominee and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) as "literally a death trap for seniors." White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that Ryan's reforms would "change Medicare as we know it."

Emmett Tyrrell | October 04, 2012

Autumn in New York -- that sound like the title of a song! In fact, it sounds like the first line of a song, and so it is. Autumn is a lovely time of year in many places, but for me my favorite place at this time of year is New York City.

Jerry Bowyer | October 04, 2012

The most important thing about whether the business will succeed is whether it is in a growing sector in a growing economy. Morons can make money in an environment like that.

David Sterman | October 04, 2012

I noted back in mid-August that these stocks looked ripe for deeper drops, and that prediction has surely happened. This whole industry is the epitome of "dead money," with a range of headwinds that will likely keep them in the investor doghouse for quite some time to come.

Chris Poindexter | October 04, 2012

When your money is moving it’s good for Wall Street, but not necessarily good for you. That observation is at the crux of my personal problem with equity investments and the U.S. economy in general.

Bob Goldman | October 04, 2012

Professor Wieth did a study on 428 students, and found that when it came to solving problems that required "novel thinking," the students' performance was best at non-peak times of the day, when they were tired.

Bob Beauprez | October 04, 2012

The fact is that America will need more energy in the years ahead, and despite gains from wind and solar, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects that 78 percent of the nation’s energy demand will be met by oil, natural gas and coal in 2035.

Daniel J. Mitchell | October 04, 2012

I’m slowly coming the conclusion that my friends on the left will never learn – in large part because they’re more interested in punishing success with class warfare tax policy than they are in collecting extra revenue for government.

Mike Shedlock | October 04, 2012

As expected, at least in this corner, the French economy has started to implode. Service sector business activity is dropping at fastest rate since October 2011.

Bill Tatro | October 04, 2012

Usually, riding that wave of antagonism is the candidate who says all the right things. For example, “When I’m President, I’ll create those jobs, I can do that.”

Night Watch | October 04, 2012

Ivanishvili, as a Georgian, will not be a compliant proxy for Russian, but he is not US educated and owes more to Russia than Saakashvilii did. President Putin welcomed the change

Wed, Oct 03, 2012

Ann Coulter | October 03, 2012

If one were trying to prove in court that MSNBC is crazily biased, you could do worse than submitting Rachel Maddow's Tuesday night show.

Phyllis Schlafly | October 03, 2012

The presidential debates start October 3 and extend to October 22. But who wins or scores in the debates will have no influence on tens of thousands of Americans who will have already cast their votes for president and are not permitted to change their minds.

Fred Wszolek | October 03, 2012

Under the Obama Administration, Big Labor has seized control of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) to drive its self-interested agenda – a truly unprecedented development in the history of the NLRB.

Rich Galen | October 03, 2012

With most of Official Washington on nitroglycerin tablets awaiting tonight's D*E*B*A*T*E between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in Denver, there are other things going on.

Michael Brown | October 03, 2012

The new documentary Hellbound? has reignited discussion about the perennial topic of hell as well as revealed some very bizarre perspectives.

Michael Medved | October 03, 2012

Both presidential candidates describe this election as the most important choice in a generation and insist that the outcome will fatefully shape the direction of government and society.

Katie Pavlich | October 03, 2012

The Department of Justice Inspector General report released three weeks ago about Fast and Furious vindicated only one group of people: Whistleblowers.

Thomas Sowell | October 03, 2012

One of the many false talking points of the Obama administration is that a rich man like Warren Buffett should not be paying a lower tax rate than his secretary. But anyone whose earnings come from capital gains usually pays a lower tax rate.

Michelle Malkin | October 03, 2012

On Wednesday night, left-leaning TV anchor Jim Lehrer of government-supported PBS will moderate the first 90-minute presidential debate in Denver. The forum will focus on domestic policy. Lehrer alone will determine the topics and questions for six 15-minute segments, and then he will control an "open discussion" for each segment.

John Stossel | October 03, 2012

"There are no jobs!" That is what people told me outside a government "jobs center" in New York City.

Walter E. Williams | October 03, 2012

Dr. Thomas Sowell's "'Trickle Down Theory' and 'Tax Cuts for the Rich'" has just been published by the Hoover Institution. Having read this short paper, the conclusion you must reach is that the term "trickle down theory" is simply a tool of charlatans and political hustlers.

Kurt Schlichter | October 03, 2012

At the end of the day, I’ll support the conservative who makes a lousy gynecologist over the liberal who makes a lousy senator.

Brent Bozell | October 03, 2012

When President Obama came to the U.N. General Assembly on September 25, his arrogance was on full display. He skipped meeting any world leaders, but did find time to sit down and talk about his lover moves on ABC's "The View." Topics included how he's a "romantic husband," how he "tucks in" his wife at night and how his first kiss with Michelle is now memorialized by a monument in Chicago.

Jonah Goldberg | October 03, 2012

We're now entering the fourth week of the "CSI: Benghazi" hostage crisis. That's how long an FBI forensic team has been trying to gain access in Libya to what the State Department still calls a crime scene -- the Obama administration's preferred term for the location of the first assassination of a U.S. ambassador since 1979 and the first successful al-Qaeda-backed attack on U.S. soil since the 9/11 strikes. (Our embassies and consulates are sovereign U.S. territory.)

John Ransom | October 03, 2012

Boustany has broken his pledge to not to raise taxes, saying that he wants to retain “flexibility.” But what he really means is he wants to retain your money.

Bob Barr | October 03, 2012

Ever since the debacle that was the vote counting in Florida a dozen years ago, virtually every jurisdiction in the country has moved away from some form of manual voting machine to embrace the technology of electronic voting ("e-voting" for short).

Rachel Alexander | October 03, 2012

While national political campaigns and politicians are regularly featured in the news for their accomplishments on the right, one small state-based think tank is quietly grinding away victory after victory. The Goldwater Institute was already a leading state-based think tank when libertarian lawyer Clint Bolick came on board five years ago to launch a litigation division. Since then, Bolick has greatly expanded the reach of the right-leaning think tank, filing lawsuits against all levels of government to protect taxpayers and businesses from government overreach. Bolick's favorite line, which he says with a grin, is, “I get paid to sue government bureaucrats.”

Terry Jeffrey | October 03, 2012

When the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution, they made it clear that the only time the president would have the authority to use military force without prior authorization from Congress was when, as James Madison recorded in his notes from the Constitutional Convention, it was necessary to "repel sudden attacks."

Paul Greenberg | October 03, 2012

They set a table for the president of the United States in the presence of his country's enemies at this year's session of the UN General Assembly. But this time, instead of apologizing for American principles, Barack Obama stepped forward to defend them -- after weeks of pussyfooting around them.

Donald Lambro | October 03, 2012

Mitt Romney will come out with both guns blazing in Wednesday night's debate with Barack Obama. And his target will be the president's four-year failure to lead the U.S. economy back to robust health.

Susan Stamper Brown | October 03, 2012

Speaking at the National Press Club in late September, black pastor Bishop E. W. Jackson unapologetically said it was time for black Americans to take a stand for what is right and called for a mass exodus from the Democrat Party due to the "irreconcilable conflict" between what the Democrat Party represents and their faith in God.

Marvin Folkertsma | October 03, 2012

When Mitt Romney blurted out his now notorious 47-percent lament, liberal gaffe-o-meters went ballistic, acting as though he were an American Ebenezer Scrooge who had just shoved Tiny Tim Cratchit into a ditch and then burned down a crutch factory.

Jacob Sullum | October 03, 2012

Addressing the U.N. General Assembly last week, President Barack Obama tried to explain this strange attachment that Americans have to freedom of speech. He was handicapped by his attraction to a moral principle whose dangers the journalist Jonathan Rauch presciently highlighted in his 1993 book, "Kindly Inquisitors": "Thou shalt not hurt others with words."

Ken Connor | October 03, 2012

The passage of time and progress of society have brought many blessings – civil, cultural, and technological. Society today is freer, fairer, safer, and more comfortable. Unfortunately many of the blessings of progress come at a cost. The same technologies that make life healthier and more comfortable can also present us with previously unimagined ethical dilemmas.

Armstrong Williams | October 03, 2012

With the focus of the presidential race turning sharply toward foreign policy, the topic of Iran and competing visions for what to do about the rogue regime’s pursuit of nuclear weapons are likely to take center stage in the coming days.

Peter Schiff | October 03, 2012

It is seen as gospel in our current "through the looking glass" economic world that a weak currency is something to be desired and a strong currency is something to be disdained.

Marita Noon | October 03, 2012

O’Reilly has a big listening audience, and if you don’t understand oil, the global markets, and what it truly takes to be “energy independent”—which most people don’t have time to think about—O’Reilly makes sense.

Bill Tatro | October 03, 2012

I reread Bernanke’s Indiana economic speech in order to try and understand his convoluted Keynesian logic. I then reread it a few more times, and finally, I was able to grasp why grandma and grandpa are better off. So, please, allow me to enlighten you.

Charles Payne | October 03, 2012

Looks like the only person getting a free pass is President Obama as Mitt Romney must explain his economic plan and Ben Bernanke felt compelled to defend his policies calling on Uncle Milton.

Mike Shedlock | October 03, 2012

The quarterly survey of CEO expectations looking six months out shows that while CEOs are still positive in regards to capital spending and sales, the recent plunge was the third largest plunge in expectations in history.

Ralph Benko | October 03, 2012

As noted in last week’s column about the rising recognition by authorities in Germany about the virtues of gold, the gold standard is receiving impressive new recognition internationally. The GOP plank calling for a commission to study “possible ways to set a fixed value for the dollar” — with an unmistakable nod to gold — is the most prominent element of the 2012 GOP platform still being heard to “reverberate around the world.” Meanwhile, it continues to gain impressive momentum in the United States.

Dave Moenning | October 03, 2012

If you are indeed looking to "get rich quick" (over the next 10 years), my advice is to find a system that (a) works well most of the time, (b) you can thoroughly understand and can live with during good times and bad, and then (b) stick with it - yes, even when the going gets tough.

Daniel J. Mitchell | October 03, 2012

Only Denmark has a bigger burden of government spending, but at least the Danes are astute enough to compensate with hyper-free market policies in other areas.

Chris Poindexter | October 03, 2012

Gold and silver being left out of the overall rally today point out that investors in bullion-priced physical metals may be hesitant to accumulate at these prices.

Tue, Oct 02, 2012

Tom Borelli | October 02, 2012

Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers sets a new standard for crony capitalism. While the vast majority of crony capitalists are pragmatic businessmen who pursue a partnership with President Obama for purely financial reasons, Rogers is a different breed.

Rachel Marsden | October 02, 2012

Mitt Romney's biggest problem in this race isn't that he's wealthy -- it's that he lacks the sort of passion that can only be forged by trial and tribulation. It's one thing to articulate the principles of free-market capitalism and limited government as the solution to the country's current woes, but they have little effect when they can't be strapped to an emotional rocket and delivered in surgical strikes straight through voters' hearts.

Bill Murchison | October 02, 2012

We seem to be in the midst of another one of our periodic battles over liberal bias in the media, as denoted in recent days by Paul Ryan and various other conservatives vexed with the tone of campaign coverage. "It goes without saying that there is definitely media bias," Ryan said on Fox News. "I think most people in the mainstream media are left of center and, therefore, they want a very left-of-center president versus a conservative president like Mitt Romney."

Byron York | October 02, 2012

As the candidates arrive in the Buckeye State for several days of critical campaigning, President Obama is enjoying more than just a lead in most polls. He's also enjoying Republican insiders slamming Mitt Romney for various faults, real and perceived, while potentially huge problems for the president -- the investigation into what happened at the Libyan consulate attack, a devastating blow suffered by U.S. forces in Afghanistan, and Obama's lack of a plan to deal with the coming entitlement crisis, to name just three -- go largely undiscussed in much of the press.

Thomas Sowell | October 02, 2012

Now that the National Football League has apparently learned that it can be costly to hire cheap officials, perhaps the rest of us should learn the same lesson when it comes to government officials, whose bad calls can do a lot more damage.

John Hawkins | October 02, 2012

With apologies to Jeff Foxworthy, you just might be a liberal if...

John Ransom | October 02, 2012

Formed by the Great Depression, hardened in the fires of the Second World War, when humanity as Eisenhower said, “hung on a cross of iron” their parents bequeathed to them an America that guaranteed or fought for freedom for literally billions of people in the last 70 years. And they squandered it.

Cal Thomas | October 02, 2012

Mitt Romney's main advantage in his first debate with President Obama on Wednesday may be that the president will be speaking without a teleprompter. His second advantage is the president's record and how he has failed to fulfill many of his promises.

Dennis Prager | October 02, 2012

For at least the last hundred years, the world's most dynamic religion has been neither Christianity nor Islam. It is leftism.

Pat Buchanan | October 02, 2012

Three days after Ambassador Chris Stevens was assassinated, Jay Carney told the White House press corps it had been the work of a flash mob inflamed by an insulting video about the Prophet Muhammad.

Debra J. Saunders | October 02, 2012

Arnold Schwarzenegger comes across a lot better in his memoirs, "Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story," than he did during a "60 Minutes" TV interview broadcast Sunday night.

Paul Greenberg | October 02, 2012

The best response to all that's strange, mysterious or just surprising may be a smile. But the news of late has reduced me to the one-word question and expletive favored by "Mad Men's" Don Draper whenever he's confronted by anything that doesn't make sense: What?!

Kyle Olson | October 02, 2012

Enrollment in online schools has increased twelvefold in Ohio since the first internet-based school was created in the state in 2000, The Gazette Medina reports.

Political Calculations | October 02, 2012

How does President Obama's contribution to the national debt compare to those of other modern Presidents?

Daniel J. Mitchell | October 02, 2012

For those who want to take comfort in some additional good public opinion data, here are some additional numbers from previous polls.

Charles Payne | October 02, 2012

Bo Xilai was expelled from the Communist Party in China last week amid a bevy of scandals that included theft, abuse of power, sexual improprieties and murder. Bo's wife, Gu Kailai was recently convicted of murdering British businessman, Neil Heywood.

Marvin Olasky | October 02, 2012

Say you’re driving along on Friday morning, Aug. 31, and hear good ol’ National Public Radio telling us what’s what. Host Jeremy Hobson tells us that a Mitt Romney ad about welfare “has been called false by independent fact-checkers.” He then says correspondent Chris Farrell will “join us now for a little history lesson.”

Chris Poindexter | October 02, 2012

Last week we we’re stuck in a zone where the underlying technicals are still bullish, but the daily fundamentals, like currency valuations, were neutral.

Laura Hollis | October 02, 2012

One of the things which makes the media’s bias in favor of President Obama so influential is the natural human tendency to want to belong, and the fear being out of the mainstream.

Robert Knight | October 02, 2012

During World War II, American soldiers in the Pacific listened to Radio Tokyo and other English-language programs on Japanese-run stations.

Armstrong Williams | October 02, 2012

It’s astounding how quickly things can change over four years.

Mike Shedlock | October 02, 2012

Mathematically speaking, I fail to see how the eurozone can stay intact

Casey Mattox | October 02, 2012

A court has recently stopped Illinois from enforcing a rule that denied freedom of conscience to pharmacists. This is a cause for celebration and an excellent legal win. But as the left reacts hysterically to the supposed lack of access to Plan B that will result, one pharmacist’s story perfectly demonstrates the fundamental flaw at the core of any effort to deny freedom of conscience: compelled violations of conscience won’t expand access, they’ll reduce it.

Daniel Pipes | October 02, 2012

As Muslim crowds dissipate and American diplomatic missions return to normal activities, here are three final thoughts on the riots that began this Sept. 11 and killed about thirty:

Dave Ramsey | October 02, 2012

I think your main goal is to study hard and be 100 percent certain you’re graduating on time with no money issues.

Shawn Mitchell | October 02, 2012

Voters who are undecided by now likely won’t be wowed by such talk. These folks aren’t sure what they think, but they want results. If I were talking to an unpolitical friend, I’d make points like these

Lincoln Brown | October 02, 2012

What’s your price?” A question the filmmakers, Mr. Damon and the rest of the tea cup poodles in Hollywood might want to contemplate.

David Limbaugh | October 02, 2012

Mitt Romney must use the debates to spotlight President Obama's disastrous record -- with no mercy.

Mona Charen | October 02, 2012

"Bush Lied, People Died" they chanted. When the intelligence about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq -- information that was believed by the intelligence agencies of our major allies; that was described by the Clinton-appointed head of the CIA as a "slam dunk"; and that was agreed to by heads of state and leaders of the Democratic and Republican parties -- turned out to be badly mistaken, George W. Bush was branded a liar.

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Rich Galen | October 01, 2012

The first B*I*G* D*E*B*A*T*E takes place in Denver on Wednesday night.

Michael Barone | October 01, 2012

As a recovering pollster (I worked for Democratic pollster Peter Hart from 1974 to 1981), let me weigh in on the controversy over whether the polls are accurate. Many conservatives are claiming that multiple polls have overly Democratic samples, and some charge that media pollsters are trying to discourage Republican voters.

Star Parker | October 01, 2012

Baseball player Yogi Berra once said “you can see a lot just by looking.”

John Ransom | October 01, 2012

Apparently America citizens are the right kind of victims for liberals. Imagine how great it would be fro them if the embassy contained bankers and CEOs? Or imagine if it contained priests who have the temerity to speak about morality in the public square.

Katie Kieffer | October 01, 2012

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When Washington gives you lemons, make lemonade and don’t forget the rum.

Lisa De Pasquale | October 01, 2012

The election is just five weeks away. In addition to the possibility of picking up the White House, Republicans are also hoping to pick up an important congressional seat in North Carolina.

Lurita Doan | October 01, 2012

Democrats have run a number on Republicans. They have skillfully captured certain words in the American lexicon and redefined them, applying Democrat-themed meanings for the specific purpose of cowing Republicans into silence and submission.

Bruce Bialosky | October 01, 2012

The federal government – actually, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) – just announced that the inflation rate for the year ending July 2012 was 1.4% Most of us had to rub our eyes in disbelief when we saw this number; have these people not entered a supermarket recently? How could they possibly release such a figure with prices skyrocketing all over? Which brings us to Ed Butowsky, who has had enough of what he believes are misleading numbers and has decided to do something about it.

Dan Holler | October 01, 2012

Driving through the battleground of Virginia on my way south provided a moment of clarity not usually found when surrounded by the Washington Establishment. It is abundantly clear that for all the handwringing about the state of the presidential race, the fate of our nation is far from being decided.

Matt Barber | October 01, 2012

A French proverb declares: “What is hard to endure is sweet to recall.” I seldom agree with the French, but, as a former professional boxer, I know this to be true.

Mike Shedlock | October 01, 2012

Hollande has followed through on all of his economically destructive ideas including massive tax hikes, lowering retirement age, and pressuring companies to not lay off workers.

Charles Payne | October 01, 2012

Because of lingering high unemployment, sagging wages, and states opting out of Medicaid, there will be 30 million people without healthcare insurance with six million having to pay the penalty, up from two million the last time the CBO combed through the numbers.

Chris Poindexter | October 01, 2012

I’ve seen several stories this week pronouncing the impending end of the U.S. dollar. Don’t get caught up in that nonsense. There are many good reasons to keep a percentage of your wealth in precious metals without wasting time with unfounded speculation.

Daniel J. Mitchell | October 01, 2012

If someone asked me about the taxpayer cost of maintaining England’s royal family compared to the equivalent numbers for President Obama and his family, I would have guessed the royal family was more expensive. I would have been wrong.

Tad DeHaven | October 01, 2012

Anyone who has ever spent more than a month working for the chief executive of a governmental unit knows that the king’s high servants earn their keep by making sure to maximize the political benefits of taxpayer handouts.

Political Calculations | October 01, 2012

Taking the change in dividends over time as a good measure of the health of the U.S. economy, 2013 thus far appears to be destined for spectacularly lackluster growth, as dividends would seem to be set to stall out during the year, losing the momentum they've sustained since mid-2010.

Paul Tracy | October 01, 2012

As global credit conditions deteriorated, Canadian banks were less vulnerable to mounting bad loans and problem debts.

Michael F. Cannon | October 01, 2012

The oped is just nutty, and emblematic of the lack of intellectual rigor among the Church of Universal Coverage members residing in both left-wing and right-wing think tanks.

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Derek Hunter | September 30, 2012

With the debates starting Wednesday and the conventions in the rear-view mirror, campaign season is upon us. Those of you who live in a swing state are going to see more of President Obama and Mitt Romney on their televisions in the next month than they see in their mirrors during their morning shave. Oh, the joy you people are in for.

John Ransom | September 30, 2012

As a government program, the Volt will have to fit somewhere between Social Security and the US Post Office. That said, the Volt would make an excellent, all-electric, US Postal stamp, collectors' edition. As a car though, it sucks.

Ken Blackwell | September 30, 2012

It is beyond reason. The inmates clearly have control of the asylum. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's rant before the UN General Assembly in New York this week would better have been delivered in Stockholm. The famous Stockholm Syndrome was named for the way some hostages began to identify with their terrorist captors. It was offered as a psychological disorder.

Austin Hill | September 30, 2012

Barack Obama is beating Mitt Romney. Wait- Romney and Obama are tied in Pennsylvania. And how about all those bungled calls from the NFL fill-in refs?

Doug Giles | September 30, 2012

I’ve got to admit … I’m a wee bit concerned about the upcoming presidential debates. My fear is that Mitt, for whatever reason, will take the McCain fetal position before Obama and not come out swinging for the fence.

Rich Tucker | September 30, 2012

Quick, hang up that cell phone: You may be breaking the law. Well, not the law, exactly, but a regulatory agency’s view of what lawmakers might have meant. And that agency has power to issue its decisions as if they were laws. But wait, the agency has decided cell phones are okay after all, so never mind.

Kevin McCullough | September 30, 2012

Dr. Susan Rice should resign her post as the U.N. Ambassador of the United States.

Larry Kudlow | September 30, 2012

The growth message has to be crystal clear for the debate next Wednesday night.

Political Calculations | September 30, 2012

Since the beginning of the long-anticipated new round, QE 3.0, 30 year mortgage rates have fallen to 3.49%, an all-time low.

Mike Shedlock | September 30, 2012

the European recession is strengthening and a US recession is underway (just not recognized yet in my opinion). Thus it would be logical to assume China's export-driven economy is going to take another hit.

Daniel J. Mitchell | September 30, 2012

Hhere’s the most worrisome part of their proposal. They want the U.N. to be in charge of collecting the taxes, sort of a permanent international bureaucracy entitlement.

Marita Noon | September 30, 2012

President Obama is not going to “cede.” He will not admit failure; he’ll do more. We can expect more failure— à la Solyndra, which is only the most well-known green energy, stimulus fund failure. Here's the long lisy of failures so far.

Mark Baisley | September 30, 2012

Our clock is ticking and the choices are to either marry Mr. Good Enough or continue living with that irresponsible Barack Obama who has depleted our bank account, mortgaged our children’s future, and left the Oval Office smelling of cigarette butts.

David Sterman | September 30, 2012

Gun sales have been above historical trends ever since President Obama took office. Supporters of the Second Amendment to the Constitution have suggested that the Obama administration would make it much more difficult to acquire guns, so they loaded up on firearms in advance of any tighter measures.

Paul Jacob | September 30, 2012

Getting things right is hard. Especially in politics. We all know this. So what are the consequences for policy?