Sat, Oct 20, 2012

Hugh Hewitt | October 20, 2012

The ongoing collapse of President Obama's campaign may lead to some extraordinary stunts during Monday's last debate, but no matter what he tries, it is very unlikely that the president can reverse the enormous momentum behind Mitt Romney's campaign.

John C. Goodman | October 20, 2012

Have you noticed that The New York Times editorial page is becoming increasingly strident, increasingly emotional and increasingly irrational?

John Ransom | October 20, 2012

It’s not surprising either that Obama’s version of fiscal responsibility would be touted by federally-subsidized puppets- and I’m not talking about Big Bird and company.

Paul Driessen | October 20, 2012

The duplicity and hypocrisy of environmental pressure groups seem to be matched only by their consummate skill at manipulating public opinion, amassing political power, securing taxpayer-funded government grants, and persuading people to send them money and invest in “ethical” stock funds.

Benjamin Bull | October 20, 2012

About five years ago, I had the privilege of making a presentation before the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, a European intergovernmental organization established to protect, among other things, international “human rights.” While there, a prominent European atheist group also did a presentation claiming that churches across the world are violating the rights of atheists by excluding them from church membership.

Kyle Olson | October 20, 2012

Each year, Minnesota government schools close for two days (just before the weekend, of course) so teachers’ union members can gather at a conference organized by their union.

Benjamin Bull | October 20, 2012

About five years ago, I had the privilege of making a presentation before the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, a European intergovernmental organization established to protect, among other things, international “human rights.” While there, a prominent European atheist group also did a presentation claiming that churches across the world are violating the rights of atheists by excluding them from church membership.

Larry Kudlow | October 20, 2012

Remember Harry Hopkins, Franklin Roosevelt's close aid? It was Hopkins who argued tax and tax, spend and spend, elect and elect. Sound familiar?

Chris Poindexter | October 20, 2012

Compared to the crash of 2007/2008 Black Monday is barely a blip, a minor anomaly that you have to look hard to even see on the chart.

Fritz Pfister | October 20, 2012

There is no recovery in housing any more than QE3 is creating jobs. It will take the thinning of the money supply to restore the value of the dollar, and it will take the thinning of the housing inventory to restore home values.

Night Watch | October 20, 2012

Accelerated delivery of F-16s is not a short term solution. In the long run, however, they will help make Iraq the shield of Shiite Islam and the buffer for Iran.

Bill Tatro | October 20, 2012

The patron saint of “buy and hold” and founder of The Vanguard Group, Bogle reminds folks that anyone who was scared out of their stock positions on Black Monday has certainly lived to regret it.

Steve Deace | October 20, 2012

During Tuesday’s second presidential debate, we held a live focus group with the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) on my nationally-syndicated radio program. After the debate was over, the business owners expressed disappointment in both candidates’ performance.

Marita Noon | October 20, 2012

President Obama, Vice President Biden and the campaign surrogates are on the stump and on television constantly—aided by a cooperative media, manufacturing things to get the electorate spun up about monsters-in-the-closet that don’t exist.

Shawn Mitchell | October 20, 2012

The roster of shame includes US ambassador Susan Rice, who pedaled the implausible tale on five Sunday news shows, Press Secretary Jay Carney, who doggedly held the line at White House briefings, and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, who, with President Obama appeared in a commercial funded by US tax dollars in Egypt and Libya condemning the internet film.

Bob Beauprez | October 20, 2012

An Associated Press report published today confirming revelations made last Sunday by Sen. Lindsay Graham raises further questions that demand answers from President Obama.

Celia Bigelow | October 20, 2012

As the left continues to advocate for further restrictions on the Second Amendment, others are using it to save their lives.

Jerry Bowyer | October 20, 2012

This was not Cato vs. Caesar, Adams vs. Jefferson, or even Lincoln vs. Douglas. This was incumbent alpha vs. challenge alpha in a chest thumping display of dyadic conflict designed to determine who will occupy the top position in a dominance hierarchy.

Fri, Oct 19, 2012

Humberto Fontova | October 19, 2012

“I said we’d refocus on the people who actually attacked us on 9/11—and today, al-Qaeda is on the run and Osama bin Laden is dead.” (U.S. President Barack Obama, October 11, 2012.)

Diana West | October 19, 2012

Honestly, did the buck really stop with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Benghazi-gate, or did the buck just stop?

Rich Galen | October 19, 2012

The Obama campaign has to make this a comparison between the individuals - Barack Obama and Mitt Romney - and it has spent somewhere near a half BILLION dollars demonizing Romney.

John Hawkins | October 19, 2012

"You’ve seen, as middle-income people in this country, incomes go down $4,300 a family, even as gasoline prices have gone up $2,000."

Mark Davis | October 19, 2012

I confess a certain fascination with debate prep. What is it, exactly?

Brent Bozell | October 19, 2012

Just how badly did CNN's Candy Crowley destroy her first (and hopefully last) attempt as a presidential debate moderator?

Jonah Goldberg | October 19, 2012

It was arguably Ronald Reagan's favorite joke. In one version, two kids -- one an optimist, the other a pessimist -- rush downstairs on Christmas morning. The pessimistic kid gets a new bike and weeps that he'll probably break it soon.

David Limbaugh | October 19, 2012

I can only scratch the surface here, but the following are a few of the questions I would like to see President Obama answer in a debate.

Mona Charen | October 19, 2012

President Obama has declined to outline a second term agenda. He doesn't say what he would do about the fiscal cliff that looms in just a couple of months. He hasn't addressed the glaring challenge of an aging population and entitlement spending that is careening toward insolvency. (On the contrary, he has significantly hastened the emergency by piling on new entitlement spending.) He hasn't proposed policies to improve the economy. He promises nothing more on Iran than to maintain ineffective sanctions.

Ken Blackwell | October 19, 2012

As presidential debaters clash over the meaning of a Rose Garden general reference to “acts of terror,” and whether that phrase was applied to the murder of our ambassador to Libya and three of his colleagues, and with a debate moderator throwing a “life line” to one of the candidates, it’s interesting to note something else said in the secure environs of the White House complex the bright morning after that night of flame and death in Benghazi.

Suzanne Fields | October 19, 2012

There's a new woman voter out there. Empowered women are holding themselves to the same standard they hold men to, and it's showing up in the public opinion polls.

Julie Borowski | October 19, 2012

Mitt Romney certainly wasn’t the first choice to be the Republican presidential nominee for most limited government activists. Some have reluctantly warmed to Romney in recent months because they find him preferable to Obama. Other liberty lovers, particularly those within the Ron Paul-inspired Liberty Movement, refuse to throw their support behind Romney or Obama.

John Ransom | October 19, 2012

In President Obama, this Entitlement Generation has finally found their god, as he goes around the world and apologizes to others for the freedom we protect and prints more worthless paper and empty digits backed by no credit that we now call the dollar bill.

Linda Chavez | October 19, 2012

President Obama gave a vigorous defense during this week's presidential debate of his handling of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya -- but his answer could come back to haunt him. The natural instinct of most Americans is to rally round the president when they feel the country is under attack. But if they believe that the president has tried to mislead them, that support will dissipate quickly. Monday night's presidential debate could be that turning point.

Paul Greenberg | October 19, 2012

It was Clausewitz, the military strategist, who famously defined war as politics by other means. Politics in turn could be defined as history determined by other means. For each present political choice tends to come with its own view of the past. It would be hard to find a better example of that tendency than Tuesday night's presidential debate, which was not only a clash of candidates but of pasts.

Donald Lambro | October 19, 2012

The Obama campaign made a coldly calculated decision early this year to go after the women's vote by attacking Mitt Romney on his right-to-life position.

Kyle Olson | October 19, 2012

As EAGnews continues to gain prominence, our efforts are becoming more noticed by left-wing radicals and other wierdos who despise what we stand for. And those fine folks have not been shy about sharing their views of our organization and work, particularly on our Facebook page.

Marvin Folkertsma | October 19, 2012

Strange things can happen when you turn on TV without checking the listings first. Thus, my casual clicking on recently initially spawned charcoal scenes against a background of menacing music, deep, thumping rhythms that pounded into those caverns of imagination where echoes of fear and foreboding dwell. It seems that one of the principal characters was on a mission to foil the evil machinations of those in charge of a secret facility, one created for the purpose of treating incorrigibles from hurting themselves or others, mostly others.

Hal Scherz | October 19, 2012

There can be no better example illustrating the differences between a system which rewards hard work and personal responsibility versus one where all incentives are removed. Obamacare is emblematic of a system which destroys incentives to work and the reason why over 70% of physicians oppose it.

Bob Beauprez | October 19, 2012

History has proven time and again that lower tax rates are a proven stimulus for increased economic activity which produces more, not less, revenue for the US Treasury as the following chart demonstrates.

Phil Kerpen | October 19, 2012

In the Hofstra presidential debate, President Obama said: "when I took office, the price of gasoline was $1.80. Why is that? Because the economy was on the verge of collapse." Wrong. Prices collapsed because we signaled to the world that we were finally moving forward with developing America's massive offshore oil and gas resources - and they shot back up when Obama reimposed the offshore ban.

George Friedman | October 19, 2012

The jihadist threat will persist regardless of who is elected president, so understanding the actors involved is critical. But a true understanding of those actors requires taxonomical acuity. It seems worthwhile, then, to revisit Stratfor's definitions of al Qaeda and the wider jihadist movement.

Chris Poindexter | October 19, 2012

Like any market trend there are many factors influencing the price of gold, including the Chinese economy which marked its seventh straight quarterly slowdown.

Night Watch | October 19, 2012

The Japanese naval force is one of the best in the world. Defense of the homeland is its primary mission. Thus, when seven Chinese naval forces passed through Okinawa prefecture's waters today, a Maritime Self-Defense Force aircraft tracked them, not a coast guard unit.

Michelle Malkin | October 19, 2012

Liberal celebrities want all of the adoration that social media engagement has to offer -- but none of the accountability that actual engagement requires.

Oliver North | October 19, 2012

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- "Don't either of them even know we're still fighting over here?" That question was posed by one of the U.S. Marines with whom we have been keeping company in southwestern Afghanistan.

Pat Buchanan | October 19, 2012

Usually, not always, the peace party wins.

Thu, Oct 18, 2012

David Stokes | October 18, 2012

Forty years ago, an incumbent president was cruising comfortably toward a massive November mandate and a second term. He did this while what was later referred to as a “cancer” was already eating away at his presidency—and eventual legacy.

Cliff May | October 18, 2012

Its ideology is not--and ideology matters.

Maggie Gallagher | October 18, 2012

Right after the second debate, Mitt Romney has finally decided to run an abortion ad: "Those ads saying Mitt Romney would ban all abortions and contraception seemed a bit extreme, so I looked into it," a female former Obama voter says. "Turns out, Romney doesn't oppose contraception at all. In fact, he thinks abortion should be an option in cases of rape, incest or to save a mother's life." Mitt Romney. He's our guy. He's much better than Obama, and I think he will win this race. But could he try any harder to prove he's no Ronald Reagan?

Michael Brown | October 18, 2012

In comments made before the presidential debate this past Tuesday, Chris Matthews claimed that Gov. Romney’s position on abortion was “almost like Sharia,” stating, “You’re saying to the country, we’re going to operate under a religious theory, under a religious belief.” In doing so, Matthews repeated the common leftwing libel that conservative moral principles with a basis in religious beliefs are equivalent to radical Islam.

Robert Knight | October 18, 2012

As Tuesday's presidential debate showed, the Obama administration’s pack of lies surrounding the murderous 9/11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi is an increasingly heavy albatross. The pattern of deception is so complete, obvious and shocking that if America had a real “mainstream” media, the election would be over.

Ben Shapiro | October 18, 2012

During the second presidential debate, moderator-turned-Obama-advocate Candy Crowley helped President Obama make the case for why he'd been a true leader on the murder of our ambassador and three other brave Americans in Benghazi, Libya.

Michael Barone | October 18, 2012

An interesting story from last winter: An email friend who lives in an affluent suburb far from Washington, a staunch Republican, was watching one of the Republican debates with his wife, a staunch Democrat.

Larry Elder | October 18, 2012

Within the first few minutes of the second presidential debate, Obama said "not true" more times than Lance Armstrong, Mark McGwire and Baghdad Bob -- combined.

Cal Thomas | October 18, 2012

In form, President Obama came back strongly in Tuesday's debate with Mitt Romney, but substantively he continues to lag behind the Republican candidate. That's because the president has a record to defend and it isn't a good one.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | October 18, 2012

President Barack Obama may believe he had beaten his GOP rival in Tuesday night's town hall debate, but his 90-minute performance could not make up for his lackluster job performance over the past four years.

Michael Medved | October 18, 2012

Forget about Barack Obama’s eagerly awaited emergence from his first debate coma: the biggest question about the second candidate confrontation centered on whether Mitt managed to maintain his undeniable momentum.

Jeff Jacoby | October 18, 2012

IF HIPPOCRATES, the "Father of Western Medicine" were alive today, would he favor Question 2, the Massachusetts ballot initiative to authorize doctor-prescribed suicide?

Matt Towery | October 18, 2012

Most political pundits know that presidential debates, particularly these absurd "town hall" debacles, are more about who makes a gaffe or has an "oops moment" than about who brings the better policy to the table.

John Ransom | October 18, 2012

Actual Fairness to be determined by the executive office under paragraph 5, subsection 2 of the U.S. Citizens Fairness Act also known as "ObamaFair."

Paul Driessen | October 18, 2012

Governor Mitt Romney strongly supports North American energy independence as the foundation of renewed US employment and prosperity. President Obama is waging war on fossil fuels, job creation, and efforts to end our economic recession and reduce dependence on Middle Eastern and Russian oil.

Peter Ferrara | October 18, 2012

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported last Friday that 114,000 new jobs were created last month, according to its Establishment Survey of business payrolls that has been emphasized by the Obama Administration. That is pitifully weak, especially for what is supposed to be the fourth year of a recovery (the National Bureau of Economic Research scored the recession as officially over in June, 2009).

Emmett Tyrrell | October 18, 2012

I am grateful to George Washington University professor of Law, Jonathan Turley, for pointing out that a growing number of world leaders find the First Amendment's right of free speech to be an inconvenience.

Laura Hollis | October 18, 2012

What does “undecided” mean?

David Sterman | October 18, 2012

Though the number of gas rigs in service had been steadily falling, the remaining rigs that were still in use were pumping out much more natural gas than geologists had assumed.

Crystal Wright | October 18, 2012

Are we there yet? This was the question I asked myself 30 minutes into the second 90 minute presidential debate between Mitt Romney and President Obama. After getting shellacked badly in the first debate, Obama seemed to forget to take his happy pills the second time around and thought assuming the role of the angry, robot would make him the winner in the second debate. Well it didn’t!

Bill Tatro | October 18, 2012

The most recent presidential debate, however, became an exception that I have come to regret. Yes, I left the volume on and watched the theatrics in real time.

Chris Poindexter | October 18, 2012

It was a relief to see gold finally react to currency valuations as the precious metal had stubbornly refused to move higher despite gains by the euro against the dollar in previous trading days.

Wed, Oct 17, 2012

Jovita Carranza | October 17, 2012

Small businesses are the foundation of our nation's economy. They employ about half of all private-sector employees, and they create nearly two-thirds of all new jobs.

Ron Meyer | October 17, 2012

Obama Wants College Students to Work in Factories, Romney Misses Big Opportunity to Gain Youth Vote

Ann Coulter | October 17, 2012

The best question at the second presidential debate came from Michael Jones, an African-American who said: "Mr. President, I voted for you in 2008. What have you done or accomplished to earn my vote in 2012? I'm not that optimistic, as I was in 2008. Most things I need for everyday living are very expensive."

Casey Mattox | October 17, 2012

In Tuesday’s presidential debate and the latest issue of Glamour magazine, President Obama stumbled into accusing on of his campaign's largest benefactors- Planned Parenthood- of serially violating a federal women's health law designed to protect breast cancer patients by claiming that the abortion giant provides mammograms even though it has no license to do so.

Armstrong Williams | October 17, 2012

What everyone is going to talk about is how much more negative the president was in this debate than in the last. Whereas last time he seemed bored, or like he simply didn’t want to be there, this time he seemed barely able to restrain his anger at Governor Romney.

Marybeth Hicks | October 17, 2012

If it weren’t so obvious, it might be ironic. On Monday, a USA Today/Gallup poll among likely voters in the top 12 battleground states revealed a startling demographic shift: Women are moving toward Republican Mitt Romney, thanks in large measure to the candidates’ respective performances in the first presidential debate earlier this month in Denver.

Victor Davis Hanson | October 17, 2012

Almost everything we have been told about Libya over the last two years is untrue.

Bob Barr | October 17, 2012

"Three down and one to go. That's the scorecard for the American electorate evaluating the Republican and Democratic nominees for president and vice president, based on their performances in the total of four nationally televised debates.

Debra J. Saunders | October 17, 2012

My theory as to why President Barack Obama fell flat during the first debate: He looked at the crowd and the cameras and thought: "I've been saying this stuff for five years, and I don't believe myself anymore. I don't have a strong plan to jump-start the moribund economy. Come on, everyone knows that presidents aren't responsible for private-sector job creation. I don't really want to cut the deficit. This isn't fun anymore."

Rich Galen | October 17, 2012

Short answer: Obama rebounded strongly in this debate. Romney was prepared and did as well as he did in the first one, but Obama's performance was so much better than last time, he gets the win.

Michelle Malkin | October 17, 2012

The Hollywood Women for Obama Club wants you to vote with your "lady parts." I want the women of America to vote with their lady smarts.

John Stossel | October 17, 2012

We take free speech for granted in America, unlike elsewhere. The furor over that anti-Muslim video is the latest reminder of that. But freedom of speech is never safe, even here. Many colleges now impose "civility codes." Civility is nice, but enforcing a "civility rule" against offensive speech would put an end to lots of useful provocative speech.

Walter E. Williams | October 17, 2012

Here's a recent statement frequently suggested by leftist academics, think tank researchers and policymakers: "People were not just struggling because of their personal deficiencies. There were structural factors at play. People weren't poor because they made bad decisions. They were poor because our society creates poverty." Who made that statement and where it was made is not important at all, but its corrosive effects on the minds of black people, particularly black youths, are devastating.

Brent Bozell | October 17, 2012

Hillary Clinton declared while traveling in Peru -- weeks after the 9/11 attacks on our consulate in Benghazi -- that she was taking responsibility for the dreadful lack of security that cost the lives of our Ambassador to Libya and three others. But when a CBS reporter asked who'd given false information to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to broadcast nationally via five different Sunday TV interviews, Hillary's answer was classic Clintonian: You'll have to ask her.

Jonah Goldberg | October 17, 2012

Apparently, Paul Ryan and Joe Biden are both theocrats willing, nay eager, to use state power to impose their religious views on the rest of us.

Terry Jeffrey | October 17, 2012

The question is not whether America is afflicted with socialized medicine, it is whether the socialized medicine afflicting this country is curable or incurable. The inescapable diagnosis: If nothing is done, America dies.

Austin Bay | October 17, 2012

The Military Demarcation Line splitting the "truce village" of Panmunjom doesn't legally demarcate the political boundary between North Korea and South Korea. Instead, it splits a demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating two warring armies who have observed a tenuous ceasefire since 1953.

John Ransom | October 17, 2012

You’d have to hearken back to James Buchanan to graph the order of magnitude of the disaster Obama has left, not just for the United States, but for the world.

Paul Greenberg | October 17, 2012

Aleppo is burning. You can read about it day after day on the front pages, or on the websites of Syrians trying to organize support for their fight against the latest Assad. Caught between regulars and irregulars, thugs in uniform and out, Aleppo's inhabitants run for cover, or hunker down where they are and wait for the next air raid, the next suicide bombing, the next massacre. Or just the next bus out. Which could be blown to smithereens. By either side.

Donald Lambro | October 17, 2012

Would you vote for a president seeking re-election with annual economic growth stalled at a feeble 1.3 percent, unemployment and underemployment at 14.7 percent, and no plan to get America moving again?

Susan Stamper Brown | October 17, 2012

Watching the recent Obama/Romney debate brought to mind a YouTube video I saw of an old TV game show called "To Tell the Truth" where the emcee began by welcoming the audience "to our game of deliberate misrepresentation...."

Kyle Olson | October 17, 2012

I like Stephen Colbert. His brand of humor is very funny, and he reminds us how important it is to sometimes laugh at our politicians.

Jacob Sullum | October 17, 2012

Next week, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are scheduled to meet for their third and final presidential debate, this time focusing on foreign policy. Although he will be on the ballot in at least 48 states on Nov. 6, Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party's nominee, was not invited, lest an actual debate about foreign policy break out.

Robert E. Freer | October 17, 2012

In a free market, if a patient does not receive proper service from an insurance company or the doctor, the patient has other choices. In government-controlled medical and insurance industries, choice is removed. We have just one government enforcing a one-size-fits-all national standard. In effect, quality declines, choices decrease, costs increase, and the entire economy is saddled by astronomical and rapidly increasing debt.

Chris Poindexter | October 17, 2012

Gold prices have moved stubbornly lower, often in opposition to changes in currency valuations.

Phil Kerpen | October 17, 2012

The usual spin from both sides declaring victory in the vice presidential debate underscores just how stunning and unusual Romney's blowout win in the first presidential debate was. That win up-ended the race and catapulted Romney into the lead in most national polls. President Obama, in turn, has reacted by shifting his campaign's central theme from the implausible claim that Romney is an extreme conservative to an accusation that he's a flip-flopper. But it is Obama who has a head-spinning record of, on issue after issue, doing the opposite of what he promised on the campaign trail in 2008.

Ralph Benko | October 17, 2012

One of the latent issues of the 2012 presidential race is a referendum on the Bernanke Fed. If Romney is in, Bernanke is out.

Ken Connor | October 17, 2012

Unless you've been living under the rock for the past month or so, you've probably noticed that campaign season has kicked into overdrive. One of the critical voting blocks being targeted by Democrats are women.

Marita Noon | October 17, 2012

Through these two very different views on energy, that even women care about, one can view the election.

Bob Beauprez | October 17, 2012

During the interview, Vallely says Secretary of State Clinton needs to go, predicts an October surprise from Obama, and reveals some fascinating inside information about the hit on Osama bin Laden.

Night Watch | October 17, 2012

Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi confirmed that an unmanned aerial vehicle recently sent into Israeli airspace by Hezbollah had been developed by Iran, ISNA reported on 15 October.

Paul Tracy | October 17, 2012

Telecom is a "recession-proof" industry. Regardless of what's happening with the economy, people will still need cell phones and cable TV.

Tue, Oct 16, 2012

Benjamin Bull | October 16, 2012

Since Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in January 1973, more than 55 million babies have been aborted in America.

Amelia Chasse | October 16, 2012

If there’s one consistent strategy Barack Obama’s reelection campaign has pursued, it’s trying to mobilize women on his behalf with rallying cries of free birth control. His tactics have ranged from declaring a literal ‘war on women,’ to evangelizing Hollywood actresses like Scarlett Johansson to blanketing television with ads admonishing women to be ‘scared’ of Mitt Romney.

Ken Blackwell | October 16, 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has stepped forward to say she accepts responsibility for the fact that our consulate in Benghazi was refused enhanced security. This is another example of her willingness to take one for the team. But what does it mean? Will she "accept responsibility" by resigning her office?

Humberto Fontova | October 16, 2012

That Khrushchev swept the floor with Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis was a mainstream American view throughout much of the Cold War. Nixon and Goldwater, for instance, represented opposite poles of the Republican establishment of their time.

Rachel Marsden | October 16, 2012

The people of France have spoken on the subject of the U.S. presidential election. Naturally, you couldn't care less about what anyone else (let alone the French) thinks about you or your electoral choices, right?

Kevin Glass | October 16, 2012

Senator Tom Coburn released the Wastebook 2012 today detailing the 100 most egregious wastes of taxpayer money. It's emblematic of the waste found everywhere in the federal budget.

Rich Galen | October 16, 2012

The pressure tonight is all on Barack Obama. His abysmal performance two weeks ago completely changed the nature of the campaign and he has to get the train back on track tonight, or he can curl up in the caboose and get some rest for the next three weeks.

Frank Gaffney | October 16, 2012

Tuesday's rematch of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney is likely to be their first of two in which the incumbent's record as Commander-in-Chief is going to be a matter of direct debate. If last week's set-to between their running mates is any guide, there will be opportunities and perils for the challenger. It behooves Gov. Romney to maximize the former and minimize the latter if he wants decisively to defeat the President in these mass-audience settings, and in November.

Byron York | October 16, 2012

In the closing days of the 2004 presidential campaign, the New York Times and "60 Minutes" reported that U.S. forces had lost track of hundreds of tons of dangerous munitions in Iraq. The story quickly dominated media coverage, and Democratic candidate John Kerry decided to devote the final stretch of his campaign to slamming President George W. Bush over the issue.

Chuck Norris | October 16, 2012

Does voter fraud actually exist? If you ask members of the Obama administration, Democratic lawmakers or the left-leaning media, they often argue it's a myth concocted by Republicans to suppress Democratic turnout. Even U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has called voter fraud "a problem that does not really exist." But what you won't see in most of the nation's headlines is the series of explosive investigations by patriot James O'Keefe and his nonprofit, Project Veritas.

John Hawkins | October 16, 2012

25) Debate preparation, obviously.

Thomas Sowell | October 16, 2012

Random thoughts on the passing scene: Not since the days of slavery have there been so many people who feel entitled to what other people have produced as there are in the modern welfare state, whether in Western Europe or on this side of the Atlantic.

David Limbaugh | October 16, 2012

As he prepares for the second debate, Obama faces a major dilemma: how to be more aggressive without jeopardizing his alleged likability, the main thing he supposedly has going for him with voters

Mona Charen | October 16, 2012

President Obama presented himself to the nation in 2008 as something new -- a change agent who would bring fresh ideas to our national challenges and solve problems in a post-partisan, unifying fashion.

Cal Thomas | October 16, 2012

Had Vice President Joe Biden behaved toward Sarah Palin in their 2008 debate the way he behaved toward Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan in their debate last Thursday, he might have been denounced as a patronizing misogynist. In his debate with Ryan, the vice president was merely a jerk.

Dennis Prager | October 16, 2012

In the vice presidential debate, the two candidates, both Roman Catholics, were asked about their religious beliefs, how they impact the candidates' political positions and specifically about abortion.

Pat Buchanan | October 16, 2012

On Sept. 11, scores of men with automatic weapons and RPGs launched a night assault on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and set the building ablaze. Using mortars, they launched a collateral attack on a safe house, killing two more Americans, as other U.S. agents fled to the airport.

Scottie Hughes | October 16, 2012

The Obama campaign has targeted women as a key part of his election with the main issues being abortion rights, pay equity, and health coverage for contraception. Breaking it down, two out of three major issues for women are tied to reproductive rights.

Debra J. Saunders | October 16, 2012

Do Americans want to make Barack Obama a one-term president so that they can replace him with a one-term governor? My biggest beef with Mitt Romney is that he won his way into the statehouse in Boston in 2002 only to use it as a perch to run for the White House in 2008. He didn't run for re-election.

John Ransom | October 16, 2012

If you want to separate government and religion, don’t worry about the Christians. Start instead with the climate scientists.

Paul Greenberg | October 16, 2012

The old editor was finishing a late supper at the bar of a restaurant near the paper, filling up page after page of a little notebook with scribblings that would prove as incomprehensible in the cold light of morning as they were even then. Much like the One and Only Vice-Presidential Debate of 2012 he was making himself watch on the supersized screen, which seemed to grow smaller and smaller as the night wore on. Like the debaters themselves.

Phyllis Schlafly | October 16, 2012

As we approach a major national election, we hear warnings about many kinds of vote fraud and possible recounts that might delay confirmation of the victors. We also hear from deniers who insist that vote fraud is a figment of the imagination of Republicans. It isn't; vote fraud is real.

Bill Murchison | October 16, 2012

Let's cut Smilin' Joe Biden a little slack, which is no heavy lifting for his fan base in the media. Common civility? The vice president showed none whatsoever toward Paul Ryan.

Kyle Olson | October 16, 2012

It’s routine for teachers unions to deploy generous resources for their favorite political candidates. They give millions of dollars and provide thousands of volunteers for Democratic candidates across the nation every election cycle.

Matt Barber | October 16, 2012

Who says Republicans and Democrats can’t agree? Every four years, politicos and pundits, both left and right, come together in a harmonious hymn of hyperbole: “This is the most important election in history!” they sing.

Mary Grabar | October 16, 2012

Vice President Joe Biden, in his debate with Congressman Paul Ryan last Thursday, attempted one of many of the strategies liberals use when debating conservatives. The American public got a great display of advancements in cosmetic dentistry. The Vice President, however, failed to pull off the most popular of liberal debating techniques.

Paul Rondeau | October 16, 2012

The pro-abortion ranks were absolutely jubilant about the mega-gaff made by Congressman Todd Akin, the Republican senate hopeful that was comfortably beating one of their own, Senator Claire McCaskill, in the swing state of Missouri. Akin tangled his words so badly in answer to an abortion question about exceptions for rape that he invented a nonsensical phrase: legitimate rape.

Shawn Mitchell | October 16, 2012

Books will be written and college courses taught exploring this subject. Here are a few suggested starting points from a sound perspective--mine.

Marvin Olasky | October 16, 2012

One WORLD subscriber, Thomas Sandlin, describes himself as “just an old retiree living in the backwater small town of Liberty Hill, Texas.” But any community with Liberty in its name is not a backwater. Liberty is not a backwater concept. It’s the high-water mark for politics in America, where our Liberty Bell exhorts us, in the words of Leviticus 25:10, to “proclaim Liberty throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants thereof.”

Armstrong Williams | October 16, 2012

There were no protesters. I’ll say it again: there were no protestors.People tend to believe the first thing that they hear. If I tell you that the individual mandate is a penalty, and then I later tell you that it’s really a tax, you will doubt the second thing I say rather than the first, even though you’re hearing it from the same source.

Paul Kengor | October 16, 2012

Joe Biden’s antics against Paul Ryan have taken a few days to sink in, and should take longer still.

Bob Beauprez | October 16, 2012

One more thing we know is that Obama misses more than 60 percent of his daily intelligence briefings. Even if Biden showed up for the meetings, he'd likely be laughing and interrupting so much as to not hear what was said.

Chris Poindexter | October 16, 2012

Right now the rest of the globe, particularly emerging markets, are a tad unhappy with Chairman Bernanke because quantitative easing in the U.S. is causing cash inflows to their country and raising the relative strength of their currency against the dollar.

Daniel Pipes | October 16, 2012

Why does the Turkish government act so aggressively against the Assad regime of Syria?

Bill Tatro | October 16, 2012

Driving currencies to higher levels, creating runaway inflation, and promoting double-digit unemployment is not exactly the best way to “win friends and influence people,” and Mr. Carnegie would be the first to agree. But sushi is delicious

Night Watch | October 16, 2012

What some commentators like to call the Egyptian Revolution is not yet a revolution. Egypt has had a presidential election which elected a compromise candidate that no party preferred.

Mon, Oct 15, 2012

Jack Kerwick | October 15, 2012

Near the close of the Vice Presidential debate in Kentucky on Wednesday night, moderator Martha Raddatz asked Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan about the relationship between their faith and their politics.

Rich Galen | October 15, 2012

This campaign feels like it has been going on since 1873. It hasn't but it feels that way and we are now down to 22 days to go; three weeks from tomorrow.

Michael Barone | October 15, 2012

When a politician is in trouble, he usually falls back on what he knows best -- the world he saw around him when he entered into political awareness as a young adult.

Star Parker | October 15, 2012

With the first presidential debate and the only vice presidential debate behind us, it seems pretty clear that so-called “social issues” are not going to get much attention in this year’s presidential politics.

Katie Kieffer | October 15, 2012

Dagny Taggart is not just the entrepreneurial heroine of Ayn Rand’s magnum opus novel, Atlas Shrugged. She is the inspiration of real women everywhere who are taking up her shield and fighting her battle for freedom using the weapons of entrepreneurship, education and free speech.

Ken Blackwell | October 15, 2012

During last week's vice presidential debate, the candidates clashed over whose team would be better able to impose "crippling" sanctions on Iran. The problem of sanctions is an old one.

Lisa De Pasquale | October 15, 2012

Over two years ago I was inspired to start this column after talking with Andrew Breitbart about the importance of conservatives engaging in the pop culture discussion. However, the most important lesson I learned from Breitbart was that conservatives should not be afraid to confront the Left.

Bruce Bialosky | October 15, 2012

A couple weeks ago, this column analyzed the inflation rate reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and concluded that you should rely on your common sense when the government reports questionable statistics.

Dan Holler | October 15, 2012

While the pundits may dismiss Vice President Joe Biden’s pained expressions and hyperbolic claims as just “Joe being Joe,” there is ample reason for voters of all stripes to be concerned with claims last week.

Chris Poindexter | October 15, 2012

Retiring debt has been fashionable in America since 2008 and it’s starting to show.

Mark Baisley | October 15, 2012

An inevitable gunfight has been building between the Chicago Democratic machine and the Arkansas Democratic royalty for weeks now.

Michael F. Cannon | October 15, 2012

Every cabinet official (probably) wants to see the president reelected, and no president relishes dismissing a cabinet official. But in this case, there’s an additional incentive for Sebelius to campaign for her boss and for Obama not to fire her.

Morgan Brittany | October 15, 2012

From Donald Trump to Steve Wynn, the alarms are being sounded. They are laying out what the future will look like if we continue down this destructive, irresponsible path. None of them are sugar-coating it, they are being honest with their employees and associates letting them know that if something doesn’t change there will be consequences.

Chris Edwards | October 15, 2012

In sum, I’m seeing a lot from both parties about “strengthening” spending, “protecting” big government, and “championing” some groups of Americans over others. What about voters who want their leaders to strengthen individual rights, protect equality under the law, and champion the United States Constitution?

Sun, Oct 14, 2012

Jeff Jacoby | October 14, 2012

I REGRET that it was only upon reading his obituary this month that I first learned of Nguyen Chi Thien. He was a courageous Vietnamese dissident who had spent nearly 30 years in prison for his opposition to communist repression, cruelty, and lies.

Doug Giles | October 14, 2012

“When a wise man has a controversy with a foolish man, the foolish man either rages or laughs, and there is no rest.” —Proverbs 29:9

Derek Hunter | October 14, 2012

It’s like we’re in a time warp back to the 1970’s. Not the muscle cars and wild times of Studio 54, just the bad parts – turmoil in the Middle East, high unemployment, food and gas prices through the roof and an occupant of the White House with no clue how to deal with any of it.

Salena Zito | October 14, 2012

LAIRD, Colo. – This small Great Plains town is the terminus of a journey across the Rocky Mountain State on U.S. 34, greeting travelers from Nebraska and bidding farewell to Coloradoans.

Austin Hill | October 14, 2012

If elected, Mitt Romney vows to “end” it. If re-elected, Barack Obama says he’s “open to amending” it. But regardless of who wins the presidency next month, conscientious voters need to know this: Obamacare is already costing taxpayers lots of money, and within the next few months it will cost millions of dollars more.

Debra J. Saunders | October 14, 2012

Over the next few days, news media and Republicans will share video snippets of Thursday night's vice presidential debate. Voters will get an extra helping of Vice President Joe Biden chuckling, interrupting, laughing, mugging, smirking and otherwise behaving completely inappropriately.

John Ransom | October 14, 2012

Why, he's going to Obama World of course. It's a magical land where Democrats outnumber everyone else by double digits at the polls. And that's not even counting dead people.

Kyle Olson | October 14, 2012

The nation’s largest teachers union has published an article supporting the new federal school lunch regulations championed by First Lady Michelle Obama, despite the fact that students across the nation have complained about the food and not getting enough to eat.

Marita Noon | October 14, 2012

Candidate Obama promised in 2008 that he would jumpstart the economy with an influx of 5 million "green jobs."

Paul Tracy | October 14, 2012

I'm not saying you should have a portfolio of just two or three holdings. But at the same time, I'm not at all concerned with having a portfolio of dozens of holdings that represent every sector of the market.

Stewart Scott | October 14, 2012

While geopolitical changes may cause a shift in the actors who employ terrorism as a tactic, terrorism will continue to be used no matter what the next geopolitical cycle brings.

Paul Jacob | October 14, 2012

Racism. Discrimination. They are still with us. Most obviously amongst progressives, like Barack Obama.