Sat, Oct 27, 2012

Hugh Hewitt | October 27, 2012

If Peggy Noonan is correct, and the president’s performance in the first debate revealed him to be “[p]etulant, put upon, above it all, full of himself,” then the two weeks since have shown him to own what they call in the world of boxing, “a glass jaw.”

John C. Goodman | October 27, 2012

Barack Obama really does have a plan for the next four years. When he thought he was speaking off the record to the Des Moines Register the other day, he said he wanted to negotiate a "grand bargain" with the congressional Republicans. It would include spending reductions and tax increases to reduce forecasted federal deficits.

John Ransom | October 27, 2012

This time, the folks who brought us Occupy Wall Street won’t be in a drum circle, but in a circular firing squad facing their comrades, their righteous fingers loaded and looking for blame.

Wayne Allyn Root | October 27, 2012

The Presidential debates were Exhibit A for Obama's habit of "misplacing the truth" (ie lying). Obama told lots of hard-to-believe whoppers about his support of guns; his love of the oil, gas and coal industries; his unshakeable loyalty to Israel; and of course his response to the Libya Embassy attack. Boy can this guy misplace facts.

Caroline Glick | October 27, 2012

Monday's US presidential debate on foreign policy came and went. And we are none the wiser for it.

Kathryn Lopez | October 27, 2012

If we don't love the poor and do all we can to improve their lot, we're going to go to hell, the Catholic archbishop of Philadelphia, Charles J. Chaput, recently said. It's not pretty, but it is real.

Paul Driessen | October 27, 2012

Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have boosted shale gas production from zero a few years ago to 10% of all US energy supplies in 2012, observes energy analyst Daniel Yergin. Fracking has also increased US oil production 25% since 2008 – almost all on state and private lands, and in the face of more federal land and resource withdrawals, permitting delays and declining public land production.

Kyle Olson | October 27, 2012

Students who appear to be middle schoolers witnessed a teacher blowing up a condom like a balloon as a part of a sex ed lesson in a health class somewhere, quite possibly in Canada.

Peter Ferrara | October 27, 2012

Dorothy Rabinowitz, one of the best writers of our time, encapsulated the Obama Presidency perfectly in Monday's Wall Street Journal.

Tom Tancredo | October 27, 2012

In an off the record conversation with the Des Moines Register that made it on to the record, Barack Obama stated that, “Should I win a second term, a big reason I will win a second term is because the Republican nominee and the Republican Party have so alienated the fastest-growing demographic group in the country, the Latino community.”

Lincoln Brown | October 27, 2012

As many times as I have to flash my driver’s license each day, it kind of makes that whole argument against showing an ID to vote sound a little silly, doesn’t it?

David Almasi | October 27, 2012

Over at the Kennedy Center, they just gave the 2012 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to Ellen Degeneres.

Mike Shedlock | October 27, 2012

Here is a surprising fact: Illinois has more governmental taxing agencies than any other state including California, a grand total of nearly 7,000 taxing bodies.

Douglas MacKinnon | October 27, 2012

With many of the polls and much of the momentum trending for Mitt Romney, much of the mainstream media is in full-panic mode as they work overtime to tilt the "news" in favor of Barack Obama.

Daniel J. Mitchell | October 27, 2012

Paper money in the western world was a creation of the private sector and only became a vehicle for bad policy once it was monopolized by the state.

Steve Deace | October 27, 2012

The debates are over, and although most of my fellow pundits were quick to tell us before they started that historically they don’t impact the eventual outcome, this time they certainly have. This race hasn’t been the same since the first debate.

Brandon Gaylord | October 27, 2012

Nate Silver has pumped vast quantities of polls, surveys, and other data into his election model. Dick Morris has one theory and a gut feel for the race. The two election prognosticators could not be farther apart in their methodology or their projected outcomes. Silver predicts a close, but very likely victory for President Obama. Morris projects a win for Romney that exceeds Republicans’ wildest expectations.

Bob Beauprez | October 27, 2012

Osama bin Laden is dead and other al-Qaeda leaders have joined him. But, the assassination of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi is a brutal reminder that radical Islamic terror groups have not disappeared and certainly are not dormant.

Night Watch | October 27, 2012

No matter how the operations are presented to the public, the US will be doing much of the heavy lifting because no other nation in the world can. That is why the US has an Africa Command.

Larry Kudlow | October 27, 2012

The Fed also repeated its vow to keep interest rates near zero until mid-2015. According to former Fed Governor Kevin Warsh the move isn’t a show of strength – it’s something far more ominous.

Bill Tatro | October 27, 2012

Well…surprise, surprise. Everyone thought third-quarter GDP would print 1.8%, but somehow we achieved an even 2%. So, where’s the decimal point?

Jerry Bowyer | October 27, 2012

Mr. Romney, it’s not really your fault. You attended Harvard Business School in the early 1970s. This was a high water mark for Keynesian economics which ruled, virtually not only without challenge, but virtually without even the knowledge that there was any alternative.

Fri, Oct 26, 2012

Star Parker | October 26, 2012

In the midst of the third presidential debate in Florida, which was supposedly about foreign policy, President Barack Obama interjected a few words about American education.

Mark Davis | October 26, 2012

As Richard Mourdock’s Indiana Senate fate hinges on how voters absorb his views on rape, all conservatives have an opportunity for a look in the mirror. Just how pro-life do we want to be?

Suzanne Fields | October 26, 2012

Reporters and pundits writing about politics and particularly presidential debates can't resist the metaphors of the ring. And why should they? The metaphors work.

Rich Galen | October 26, 2012

The answer to the question is: I'm here to be an official observer of the Ukrainian national elections on Sunday to select a new Parliament. I'll be back in the U.S. on Tuesday to unofficially observe our own elections.

Diana West | October 26, 2012

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column addressing the national scandal that investigation into the security failures and lies surrounding Benghazi-gate must also expose.

Michelle Malkin | October 26, 2012

Three days after the bloody 9/11 siege on our consulate in Benghazi, the Taliban waged an intricately coordinated, brutal attack on Camp Bastion in Afghanistan. The murderous jihadists released video exactly one month ago this week showing off their training exercises in preparation for the assault.

John Hawkins | October 26, 2012

20) I can tell you that if you were to elect President Obama, you know what you’re going to get. You’re going to get a repeat of the last four years. We just can’t afford four more years like the last four years. -- Mitt Romney

Brent Bozell | October 26, 2012

NBC's sitcom "The New Normal" isn't just trying to remake society for the Gay Left. It's trying to remake Christianity, which is to say, destroy it.

Jonah Goldberg | October 26, 2012

In the third and final debate, Barack Obama scored huge points with the media, college kids and die-hard liberals -- in other words, his base -- when he mocked Mitt Romney's concern about our historically small Navy.

David Limbaugh | October 26, 2012

OK, President Obama, if you and your defenders insist on denying that you've repeatedly apologized for America, then let's quit mincing words and acknowledge you've done worse than apologize. That works for me.

John Ransom | October 26, 2012

Back in March 2011, when Obama started lobbing missiles at Libya, liberals assured us that we were NOT at war.

Mona Charen | October 26, 2012

Let's stipulate that people, and particularly politicians, can get into trouble by attempting to speak for God. But that's not the moral of the story regarding Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock.

Tim Phillips | October 26, 2012

In less than two weeks, Americans will either elect a new President, or give Barack Obama four more years to continue carrying out his "transformation" of America.

Oliver North | October 26, 2012

WASHINGTON -- For better than a month, the Obama administration has been dodging and weaving over what actually transpired in Benghazi, Libya, on the night of Sept. 11-12.

Pat Buchanan | October 26, 2012

Early in Ronald Reagan's second term, Bill Rusher, the publisher of National Review, was interviewing the president in the Oval Office for a documentary on the conservative movement.

Fred Wszolek | October 26, 2012

Irony in politics is nothing new, but this may take the prize: Mary Kay Henry, the president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), keynoted last week the “Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week,” an anti-workplace intimidation symposium in the nation’s capital.

Linda Chavez | October 26, 2012

The final debate between President Obama and Gov. Romney won't likely change the course of the election with barely more than a week to go, but one sticking point in the debate -- U.S. policy toward Iran -- could well change hopes for peace in the world.

Paul Greenberg | October 26, 2012

He had to have run the worst, most disorganized and demoralizing, indeed chaotic presidential campaign in recent history. It was a perfect, agonizing reflection of the jumbled times.

Donald Lambro | October 26, 2012

WASHINGTON - The latest sign President Obama fears he's headed for defeat came this week when he said he'd seek a "grand bargain" with Republicans to reduce a $16 trillion debt.

Cliff May | October 26, 2012

Last week, Manssor Arbabsiar pleaded guilty to plotting what U.S. officials have termed “a significant attack in the United States.” Attorney General Eric Holder called the Iranian-born American’s admission “a reminder of the exceptional efforts of our law enforcement and intelligence agencies in protecting America against terrorist attacks.”

Kyle Olson | October 26, 2012

School officials in California’s Oxnard School District began scrambling when they realized one of their teachers, Stacie Halas, had a juicy side job: She was porn star “Tiffany Six,” known most notably for her role in “Big Sausage Pizza.”

Earl Tilford | October 26, 2012

Recently released State Department documents reveal that shortly after 4:00 p.m., September 11, 2012, intelligence officers at the department informed the White House of a terrorist attack on the Benghazi consulate. By 8:00 p.m., they had confirmed the death of Ambassador Chris Stephens and three other Americans. Furthermore, an al Qaeda-affiliate group in Benghazi had taken credit for the attack. By midnight it was morning in Libya and the attack was over. Is it conceivable that the State Department, with a first-rate intelligence operation intimately connected to the Central Intelligence Agency, did not know what happened in Benghazi? What role did election year politics play in the White House’s reaction? Perhaps a lot. And it’s not the first time.

Daniel J. Mitchell | October 26, 2012

Even leftists admit the President is engaging in gimmickry far beyond the smoke-and-mirrors chicanery that you normally find in Washington.

Bill Tatro | October 26, 2012

I’m wondering if we can postpone the presidential election for a few more weeks so that these extraordinary government proclamations can just keep on coming, it will make me feel so good!

Fritz Pfister | October 26, 2012

After spending nearly a billion dollars in an attempt to create a false image of the capitalist Romney, the money proved wasted when a competent, knowledgeable, and more presidential appearing Romney destroyed the false narrative during the debates.

Lincoln Brown | October 26, 2012

You also coughed up $600,000 to preserve the Temple of the Winged Lions in Petra, not to mention $100,000 to restore a 19th century railroad station in Paraguay. Then there was the $450,000 you sent to Cambodia to preserve the Temple of Phnom Bakheng.

George Friedman | October 26, 2012

We like to think that our politics have never been less civil than they are today. Given that Andrew Jackson's wife was accused of being a prostitute, Grover Cleveland was said to have illegitimate children and Lyndon Johnson faced the chant "Hey, hey, LBJ, how many kids did you kill today?" I will assert that the Obama-Romney campaign doesn't even register on the vilification scale.

Night Watch | October 26, 2012

The reports indicate that the leadership group around Kim Jong-un is not yet secure. That would help explain its exaggerated reaction to leaflet drops from South Korea and its bellicose criticism of routine Allied exercises.

Mike Shedlock | October 26, 2012

Ford (F), Dow Chemical (DOW), DuPont (DD), and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) all announced mass layoffs this past week.

Brian and Garrett Fahy | October 26, 2012

The final presidential debate on foreign policy muddled the differences between Mr. Romney and Mr. Obama on foreign policy, but foreign policy is second or third on most voters’ list of priorities. Therefore, the debate will likely not impede the Romney surge that preceded the debate.

Bob Beauprez | October 26, 2012

When the president proposed new taxes on gas and oil that would ultimately be borne by consumers and cost job losses, Romney correctly took him to task for wasting tens of billions of taxpayer dollars on expensive and unreliable energy sources, whose failed corporate leaders were Obama campaign donors.

Crystal Wright | October 26, 2012

President Obama is so wrapped up in being Obama, he can’t see that not having a plan for the next for years is a problem when you’re running for re-election. During the final debate on foreign policy, Obama oozed with revisionist history of his record and added a theatrical element to his delivery, glaring at hole through Romney.

Chris Poindexter | October 26, 2012

The euro finally found some footing against the dollar, although it’s hard to say how long that might last. The news is mixed from across the pond as the European recovery struggles to gain traction.

Thu, Oct 25, 2012

Frank Gaffney | October 25, 2012

President Obama's once-seemingly-unstoppable march towards reelection hit what he might call "bumps in the road" in Benghazi, Libya late on September 11, 2012.

Matt Towery | October 25, 2012

While this topic has been covered, it is now time to put real "meat on the bones" to explain why polling in this year's presidential contest, not just nationally but in many of the battleground states, may be off when compared to the actual results.

Maggie Gallagher | October 25, 2012

Dinesh D'Souza's documentary, “2016: Obama's America,” has grossed $33 million, making him one of the all-time best-selling documentary filmmakers. D'Souza stepped down from the presidency of King's College in Manhattan after admitting he got engaged to a woman before divorcing his wife of 20 years.

Armstrong Williams | October 25, 2012

During the debate, we went into some foreign territory. The election is going to be about the economy and the size of government, not foreign policy, but the task of a president—and, let’s not forget, a government—is most essentially to protect Americans. It is, at the most basic level, not as a manager or prophet or pop star, but as a commander-in-chief.

Katie Pavlich | October 25, 2012

Let’s take a look at the deadly and violent consequences that came as a result of the Obama administration blaming a video after the initial planned attacks in Benghazi and Cairo.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | October 25, 2012

Debates are high-pressure, high-risk events, and they often offer low rewards. A candidate's first goal is not to win the debate, but rather not to lose -- to do no harm to the campaign. A simple misstep can change the course of an election.

Michael Barone | October 25, 2012

Back in May, I wrote a column laying out possible scenarios for the 2012 campaign different from the conventional wisdom that it would be a long, hard slog through a fixed list of target states like the race in 2004.

Victor Davis Hanson | October 25, 2012

The president of the United States in the last debate chose to go on the attack against his challenger, Mitt Romney -- and once again largely failed to convince the American people that he was the more presidential alternative.

Larry Elder | October 25, 2012

"In what new ways," an "undecided voter" asked the presidential candidates during the second debate, "do you intend to rectify the inequalities in the workplace, specifically regarding females making only 72 percent of what their male counterparts earn?"

David Stokes | October 25, 2012

Though he doesn’t talk about it much these days, when Barack Obama was ramping up his campaign for the White House five years ago, there was a deliberate attempt to conjure up images of John F. Kennedy and Camelot mythology. JFK’s daughter Caroline and her uncle, Teddy, were early boosters and certainly helped put the then relatively unknown junior senator from Illinois into that political season’s starting lineup of presidential hopefuls.

John Ransom | October 25, 2012

Politicians just aren't normal people. They are like actors on steroids, always on stage. They subsume their entire personality to politics and become plastic. The higher you go in politics, the worse it becomes.

Michael Reagan | October 25, 2012

During Monday night’s debate nearly 60 million of us got a good look at why Barack Obama has not been able to accomplish anything in four years.

Cal Thomas | October 25, 2012

After watching the third presidential debate, are you clear on America's foreign policy? I thought not.

Debra J. Saunders | October 25, 2012

The League of Women Voters boasts that it presents "unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues." Phyllis Loya always assumed that meant the organization believed in presenting both sides of issues to its members, but recently she discovered she was wrong.

David Harsanyi | October 25, 2012

Fear not; Barack Obama has an economic plan for America, and it's all in a glossy brochure, called "The New Economic Patriotism: A Plan for Jobs & Middle-Class Security" -- an antidote, we're told, to the vagueness of Mitt Romney's agenda.

Paul Greenberg | October 25, 2012

The last of this year's long slog of presidential debates Monday night was about foreign affairs -- that is, the state of the world and America's place in it. By the end, the essential question raised by the debate should have been clear: Which candidate is living in the real world we've all experienced the past four years? And which in a world of denial and excuse-making?

Emmett Tyrrell | October 25, 2012

This election is not turning out the way President Barack Obama had expected. Perhaps that is why he has looked so uncomfortable in his three debates with the suddenly debonair Governor Mitt Romney.

Kyle Olson | October 25, 2012

So much for finding favor with the hometown crowd.

Bob Beauprez | October 25, 2012

In the six weeks since the assassinations in Benghazi, more questions than answers have emerged.

Mike Shedlock | October 25, 2012

For monthly reporting, the BLS defines part-time as "those who worked 1 to 34 hours during the survey reference week". Interestingly, the Obamacare mandate says Anyone Who Works 30-Hour Week Is Now 'Full-Time'

David Sterman | October 25, 2012

For a number of companies, the outlook remains bright. More precisely, there are 37 stocks in the S&P 500 that are expected to boost sales and profits at least 10% in 2013.

Night Watch | October 25, 2012

The house of al-Thani has a much more progressive and tolerant vision for the future of the Arab states than does the house of al-Saud.

Chris Poindexter | October 25, 2012

I would be more concerned if gold and silver were taking a pounding apart from other commodities, but they’re pretty much in line with the rest of the market and at least loosely correlated with currency prices.

Daniel J. Mitchell | October 25, 2012

I’m mystified why the Aussies are so in the tank for Obama. I thought they were rather sensible, based on their good economic reforms.

Bob Goldman | October 25, 2012

There are times in life when rudeness rules. When a raise or a promotion or a job offer comes your way, don't immediately fall to your knees and start kissing the cuffs of the nearest HR professional.

Pete Hegseth | October 25, 2012

If you weren’t watching Monday night’s presidential campaign debate in Boca Raton, Fla., you missed at least one jaw-dropping assertion. In a discussion of the “sequestration” spending cuts slated to slash defense and other budget items starting in January, President Obama declared that the sequester “will not happen.”

Wed, Oct 24, 2012

Ann Coulter | October 24, 2012

New York can be a lonely and desolate city. My only date on this rainy Tuesday night is Chris Matthews -- the last liberal left who will still talk to me about race.

Larry Kudlow | October 24, 2012

There isn't a single true economic-growth incentive in this scant plan. There's no serious spending, deficit and debt reduction, and no attempt to solve the Social Security and health-entitlement problems, which are moving us toward bankruptcy.

Jeff Jacoby | October 24, 2012

"GOVERNMENT HAS BECOME so vast and impersonal," the presidential challenger asserted, "that its interests diverge more and more from the interests of ordinary citizens. For a generation and more, the government has sought to meet our needs by multiplying its bureaucracy. Washington has taken too much in taxes from Main Street, and Main Street has received too little in return. It is not necessary to centralize power in order to solve our problems."

Armstrong Williams | October 24, 2012

During Monday's debate, we went into some foreign territory. The election is going to be about the economy and the size of government, not foreign policy, but the task of a president—and, let’s not forget, a government—is most essentially to protect Americans. It is, at the most basic level, not as a manager or prophet or pop star, but as a commander-in-chief.

Ken Blackwell | October 24, 2012

Bing West’s column on National Review Online is hard reading. It is must reading for every American. We are more than a month into one of the worst foreign policy debacles in our history. Four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, were brutally murdered in the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. That consulate is American sovereign territory. It is as if the Libyans came across the border into San Antonio and killed American citizens on American soil.

Michelle Malkin | October 24, 2012

Talk about wearing your politics on your sleeve. An elitist clique of fashion designers has banded together to raise money for celebrity-in-chief Barack Obama and browbeat their customers into supporting him. Even worse, the Beautiful People who dress the Powerful People are putting increased pressure on conservatives to stay out of the business altogether.

John Stossel | October 24, 2012

On TV, my Fox colleague Bill O'Reilly says, "The recession was brought on largely by greedy Wall Street corporations." Give me a break.

Walter E. Williams | October 24, 2012

Jon Hubbard, a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, has a book, titled "Letters to the Editor: Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative." Among its statements for which Hubbard has been criticized and disavowed by the Republican Party is, "The institution of slavery that the black race has long believed to be an abomination upon its people may actually have been a blessing in disguise. The blacks who could endure those conditions and circumstances would someday be rewarded with citizenship in the greatest nation ever established upon the face of the Earth."

Brent Bozell | October 24, 2012

In the final debate, liberal CBS anchorman Bob Schieffer did it right. He moderated without asserting his own political opinions. Indeed, if this was all you had as a compass, you'd never know where he leaned. It was a welcome change from the Raddatz and Crowley libfests.

Jonah Goldberg | October 24, 2012

I suspect most voters watching Monday night's debate found it pretty boring. President Obama wanted to force Mitt Romney into saying something stupid. Romney didn't take the bait. So pretty much nothing changed the dynamics of the race.

John Ransom | October 24, 2012

Shut down the corporate welfare types at the local Chamber of Communists, tell the teachers union "no," kill that library tax that will go to subsidizing the checkout of thrilling educational videos like Desperate Housewives, Sex in the City and Dark Shadows.

Bob Barr | October 24, 2012

The manner in which talk of going to war with Iran is being bandied about this election cycle, might lead an observer to conclude such an act would have consequences no more serious than a family squabble over the Holiday dinner table. As Pat Buchanan noted in his column here at Townhall.com yesterday, some war advocates, such as David Rothkopf, suggest that a so-called “surgical strike” against Iranian nuclear facilities and its consequences, would last no longer than “a day or two at most” and would be without any “civilian casualties.”

Cal Thomas | October 24, 2012

There is a lot of evidence of moral decline in America. What do you think is the chief cause of it?

Debra J. Saunders | October 24, 2012

President Barack Obama won the final presidential debate because it was on foreign policy, and the president's foreign policy -- unlike his domestic spending -- is popular with the American people.

Terry Jeffrey | October 24, 2012

When a generation of young men at Princeton, Harvard and Yale invented American football in the decades after the Civil War, they must have envisioned that someday there would be a game like the one Princeton played Saturday against Harvard. This was football as it was meant to be.

Ben Shapiro | October 24, 2012

President Obama was on the ropes in the polls after the first presidential debate. After the second presidential debate, he hit the mat in the polls. And after the third presidential debate, he looks to be down for the count.

Austin Bay | October 24, 2012

Monday night's final 2012 presidential election debate included a brief but fierce naval battle. The candidates exchanged close-combat broadsides over the size of the U.S. Navy, then fired provocative salvos in the direction of two complex subjects, the capabilities of modern weapons and the deleterious effects of funding cuts required by sequestration on the defense budget, especially planned ship-building programs.

Donald Lambro | October 24, 2012

The third and final presidential debate Monday raised deeply troubling questions about President Obama's handling of foreign policy in the last four years -- especially on the question of keeping Americans safe in the midst of growing terrorism throughout the world, and resurgent jihadist attacks across the Middle East.

Mary Grabar | October 24, 2012

Sorry, fact checkers at Associated Press: you are wrong about Barack Obama’s claim that Mitt Romney’s accusation that Obama went on an “apology tour” was a “whopper” (of a lie). You sniffed, “Romney has repeatedly and wrongly accused the president of traveling the world early in his presidency and apologizing for U.S. behavior. Obama didn’t say ‘sorry’ in those travels.”

Susan Stamper Brown | October 24, 2012

Someone once said, history repeats itself because no one was listening the first time. All one needs to do is look at the ever-widening ideological divide and partisan bickering going on in America to understand Americans are slow learners. And, unless a Lincolnesque figure rises to the occasion, America is headed for another Civil War sans the bloodshed.

Michael Brown | October 24, 2012

A well-liked, Christian man in England had his salary reduced by 40% after posting a comment on his Facebook page in which he stated that the government should not force churches to perform same-sex “marriage” ceremonies. And a Christian couple running a bed and breakfast in their family home in England was fined almost $6,000 for hurting the feelings of a gay couple by refusing to rent a room to them. The headline to Amanda Platell’s report on the first of these two cases said it all: “The real hate crime is persecuting a decent man for his beliefs.”

Jacob Sullum | October 24, 2012

A year before Mitt Romney picked him as a running mate, Paul Ryan gave a speech in which he discussed the promise and peril of the Arab Spring. More generally, Ryan said, "American policy should be tempered by a healthy humility about the extent of our power to control events in other regions."

Chris Poindexter | October 24, 2012

The damage is not limited to commodities as European and Asian stock markets are also getting beat with the selling bat. There’s blood in the economic waters everywhere you look.

Nathan Slaughter | October 24, 2012

Once you burn a barrel of oil or a ton of coal, it's gone forever. Demand keeps going up, and supplies keep shrinking, leading to steady price increases for these expiring resources.

Marita Noon | October 24, 2012

Early in the debate, President Obama, once again, lauded his policies for decreasing America’s oil imports. This is hardly something to brag about. Gasoline consumption is down due to the overall bad economy.

Mike Shedlock | October 24, 2012

Whether or not China meets its full-year (revised lower) target is essentially irrelevant. What happens over the next few years is what matters. And on that score I think China bulls will be shocked how anemic Chinese growth will be.

Robert Knight | October 24, 2012

If you want to see what the New Normal looks like when the American Civil Liberties Union calls the shots, look no further than Cranston, Rhode Island. That city of 80,000, the third largest in the Ocean State, is at the epicenter of the ACLU’s War on the Normal.

Bill Tatro | October 24, 2012

Most financial markets have built-in the assumption that reason will prevail and, once again, we will witness a weeping John Boehner appear before the microphone with deal in hand.

Ken Connor | October 24, 2012

On October 10th, as part of Chicago's annual "Ideas Week," I participated in a debate on health care rationing hosted by "Intelligence Squared." Properly framed, the issue was whether the government should ration health care at the end of life. As actually framed, the proposition was: Ration end-of-life care.

Stewart Scott | October 24, 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.

Ralph Benko | October 24, 2012

Are central bankers about to embrace the real world? The events at most central banking conclaves are a total, excruciating, bore. The recent gathering of the Federal Reserve’s tribes at Jackson Hole, however, produced an elegant, compelling, presentation by rising star central banker Andy Haldane. Finally, a youth in the banquet hall declaring that the Emperor has no clothes.

Daniel J. Mitchell | October 24, 2012

I never thought I’d be quoting Chuck Norris about Obama’s tax policy, but he has a nice rant that includes a collection of the President’s more offensive statements.

Tue, Oct 23, 2012

Bill Murchison | October 23, 2012

The paltriness of the Obama presidency comes vividly to mind as the debates wrap up

Rachel Marsden | October 23, 2012

There's a good chance that American voters will screw up the presidential election. "How could you say such a thing when in a democracy the people are, by definition, correct?" you ask.

Rich Galen | October 23, 2012

The foreign policy debate was not given much chance of being a game changer. No one really thought that a talk about the future of US-Myanmar relations was going to move the needle very much.

Thomas Sowell | October 23, 2012

It was a little much when President Barack Obama said that he was "offended" by the suggestion that his administration would try to deceive the public about what happened in Benghazi.

Scottie Hughes | October 23, 2012

Not only is the Boomer generation suffering because of their Marxist ideologies but they are suffering at the hands of their offspring.

Chuck Norris | October 23, 2012

Have you noticed how the Obama campaign has stepped up its class warfare rhetoric as we draw closer to Election Day? President Barack Obama constantly resorts to this tactic because he's simply unable to defend his own record in office, as 23 million Americans are out of work or underemployed and the economy remains in distress.

John Hawkins | October 23, 2012

There are twelve days left until the election and the few people who haven't made up their minds yet are independent voters.

Mike Adams | October 23, 2012

Despite their feigned interest in tolerance, college campuses are among the most punitive and stifling environments in the country. Students are routinely punished for "offenses" ranging from penning mild satire to holding the wrong opinions on important social and political issues. One book, Unlearning Liberty, by Greg Lukianoff, documents these abuses better than any other that has been written since I joined the campus culture wars over a decade ago. Greg is able to document these things well and for a simple reason: he has been the president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for the last seven years.

David Limbaugh | October 23, 2012

President Obama, I'd like to follow up on my most recent column and ask you a few more questions, please.

Mona Charen | October 23, 2012

In 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain was determined to keep peace between Great Britain and Germany. Dismayed by the carnage of World War I, Chamberlain (along with most of the opinion elite in England) sought peace with honor -- but in any case, peace.

John Ransom | October 23, 2012

Make no mistake though: The Holy Grail for Iran, if I can mix metaphors without offending the Prophet- ah, let’s offend him anyway, the old phony- is to develop a bomb that leaves fallout and makes Israel- or Manhattan- a smoking crater.

Cal Thomas | October 23, 2012

Former South Dakota Democratic Senator George McGovern, who died Sunday, had all manner of evil said about him because of his opposition to the Vietnam War. He was called unpatriotic, disloyal, an appeaser and an enabler of communism. Those were the printable slanders.

Michael Medved | October 23, 2012

Perhaps the most significant if unspoken argument for voters to settle on November sixth involves the bitter dispute over which candidate has lived the more virtuous, worthwhile, constructive life: Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?

Dennis Prager | October 23, 2012

Stephen Moore, of the Wall Street Journal's editorial board, reported Friday that the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from Arizona, Congressman Jeff Flake, has little support among some powerful big businessmen in Arizona.

Pat Buchanan | October 23, 2012

Smashing the enrichment facilities at Natanz and Fordow, writes Rothkopf, would mean "setting the Iranian nuclear program back many years, and doing so without civilian casualties."

Brian Darling | October 23, 2012

Anticipating victory in November’s elections, both parties are working up their legislative plans for 2013. Republicans, looking forward to regaining a Senate majority along with the White House, will have repeal of ObamaCare high on their list.

Phyllis Schlafly | October 23, 2012

Political pundits have been warning about an October surprise that could affect the outcome of the presidential election. But this year's October surprise may have been the 9/11 murder of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, along with three other Americans, and President Obama's deceitful, cowardly response.

Kyle Olson | October 23, 2012

Congressional Republicans are taking action against Michelle Obama’s school lunch menu, which was implemented by the USDA in August.

Shawn Mitchell | October 23, 2012

Mitchell's deep thoughts from Facebook for the week. "If only the president protected the ambassadors that serve America like he protects a tax-demanding bird that entertains children. More votes in the bird, I guess."

Frank Turek | October 23, 2012

When I hear Christians saying we ought not get involved in politics but just “preach the Gospel,” I show them this satellite picture of the Korean peninsula. Here we see a homogenous population of mostly Koreans separated by a well-fortified border. South Korea is full of freedom, food and productivity—it’s one of the most Christianized countries in the world. North Korea is a concentration camp. They have no freedom, no food, and very little Christianity.

Peter Schiff | October 23, 2012

While there were technical reasons that allowed the snowball to gather so much mass, it was major economic problems that started it rolling. Sound familiar?

Heidi Harris | October 23, 2012

Most religious conservatives don’t care who uses birth control, but the Sandra Fluke crowd thinks I should pay for hers. Let me get this straight: you want me “out of your bedroom”, but you want me to stock your nightstand?

Bob Beauprez | October 23, 2012

On September 12, the morning after Ambassador Stevens' murder, in a recorded interview for 60 Minutes, the President referred to attacks like what happened in Benghazi as "bumps in the road.

Armstrong Williams | October 23, 2012

How many of you have awaken the morning after both presidential debates and could actually articulate how President Obama would solve our problems?

Daniel J. Mitchell | October 23, 2012

The more important question is whether most federal bureaucrats should even have jobs. I’m mostly concerned about the fact that we have useless bureaucracies such as the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Joseph Infranco | October 23, 2012

Is Billy Graham getting political?

Paul Kengor | October 23, 2012

As a biographer of Ronald Reagan, I’m constantly asked to compare today’s fiscal/economic situation to what Reagan faced in the 1980s. Today’s record debt/deficits remind of the 1980s, though today’s are far worse, with the deficit at least six times as high—and debt-to-GDP and deficit-to-GDP ratios two and three times (respectively) higher. The current economy is the worst since the early 1980s, with a prolonged non-recovering “recovery” older still. By 1984, the Reagan recovery was not just in bloom but exploding, with dramatically improved unemployment and economic growth six times higher than the current anemic rate, awarding Reagan millions of Democratic votes as he swept 49 of 50 states in his re-election.

Mike Shedlock | October 23, 2012

Let's step back a second and look at the three primary things the Fed wants to accomplish.

Chris Poindexter | October 23, 2012

Monday’s price move may not be anything but short covering and is coincidental with the euro finally finding footing against the dollar. Unless big news comes out of the FOMC meeting this week, it seems more likely gold and silver will be stuck in a range.

Mon, Oct 22, 2012

Byron York | October 22, 2012

President Obama's stump speech Thursday at Veterans Memorial Park in Manchester, N.H., was much like the speeches he's given across battleground states in the last few weeks.

Lisa De Pasquale | October 22, 2012

This week the final Presidential debate will focus on foreign policy. Conservatives have many great leaders on this front, including Richard Grenell. I was fortunate to meet him at the Republican National Convention in Tampa this year. Having followed his career and TV appearances, I jumped at the opportunity to interview him.

Rich Galen | October 22, 2012

Tonight's debate will center on foreign policy. The problem with foreign policy is that as President you just need so many of them. It's a big world. There are 193 members of the United Nations and 192 of them are not named The United States of America.

Michael Brown | October 22, 2012

According to CNN writer John Blake, President Obama is “a religious pioneer” who, in the opinion of some scholars and pastors, is “also expanding the definition of who can be a Christian by challenging the religious right’s domination of the national stage.”

Kurt Schlichter | October 22, 2012

As the Golden State continues to transition into Greece-on-the-Pacific, this election year should have been an opportunity for its citizens to try to stop the madness. But it hasn’t worked out that way. Instead, this year Californians have embraced the model of Kevin Bacon in Animal House, figuratively assuming the position and repeating “Thank you, sir, may I have another?”

Michael Barone | October 22, 2012

If Barack Obama is defeated, the irresistible comparison will be with Jimmy Carter.

Star Parker | October 22, 2012

A new poll from Wenzel Strategies shows Rep. Todd Akin leading incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill in the race for the Senate seat in Missouri.

John Ransom | October 22, 2012

His foreign policy is unique in the history of the American presidency in that it almost completely ignores American self-interest. It can only be described as the first anti-American foreign policy crafted by an American president.

Katie Kieffer | October 22, 2012

I’m reading the Constitution and I do not see a “Grope or Scan” clause. The TSA is unconstitutional. Let’s eliminate the TSA.

Tim Phillips | October 22, 2012

To hear President Obama talk you’d think the last four years demonstrate that the country is headed in the right direction. According to the President, life in America is pretty rosy and only getting better. Unfortunately, for many families that just isn’t true.

Terry Paulson | October 22, 2012

After seeing the first two debates and awaiting the final one tonight, never has the choice for the American voter been clearer--the contrast is highlighted in bold colors. The future of America is in your hands.

Bruce Bialosky | October 22, 2012

If you recognize the name Shel Talmy, you’re a true rock ‘n’ roll aficionado. He was the original producer of The Who and The Kinks. Producing just one of these legendary bands would in itself make him legendary – two makes him monumental.

Matt Barber | October 22, 2012

Did you vote for Barack Obama in 2008? A lot of people did – obviously.

Dan Holler | October 22, 2012

Remember the old saying “you are what you eat?” Well, in President Obama’s America, you are what the federal government says you are.

Chris Edwards | October 22, 2012

Irrigation water in the Western states is heavily subsidized and–unlike most commodities–is not easily traded in open markets. The result is a great deal of waste, economic inefficiency, and negative environmental consequences.

Michael F. Cannon | October 22, 2012

I might note that these are the only comments anyone has unearthed from ObamaCare’s legislative history that bear directly on the question of whether Congress intended to authorize tax credits in federal Exchanges.

Morgan Brittany | October 22, 2012

The scenario I am imagining is that it is around 1:00am on April 15th, 1912 and after hitting an iceberg, the “Titanic” is going down. This is where America is right now. It has hit the iceberg, but it hasn’t yet sunk.

Chris Poindexter | October 22, 2012

Right now it’s difficult to separate trends in gold and silver prices from the general declines in the global economy and equity markets.

Mark Calabria | October 22, 2012

The most recent LPS data, covering to the end of August 2012, shows that for the first time, over half of foreclosures are for borrowers that were previously in foreclosure.

Bob Beauprez | October 22, 2012

Frank Gaffney, President of the Center for Security Policy and former Asst. Secretary of Defense for Ronald Reagan, said the appointment of al-Marayati is "a terrible idea…and, it's not an isolated incident."

Political Calculations | October 22, 2012

As we saw with CCH's Standard Federal Tax Reporter and the U.S. tax code, the growth of the complexity of the laws and regulations affecting Medicare can be measured by the number of pages this particular book requires each year.

Daniel J. Mitchell | October 22, 2012

Here’s the story from the local newspaper. Since I openly admitted my role in the “attack” and mentioned the danger of government intervention, I like to think that this is evidence that I was genetically libertarian and precociously self-aware.

Mike Shedlock | October 22, 2012

There is nothing like inside information, provided you are on the inside. But heaven forbid should you be on the outside and act on a tip as did Martha Stewart.

Sun, Oct 21, 2012

Jeff Jacoby | October 21, 2012

You're a passionate and committed liberal. Four years ago, enthralled by Barack Obama's biography and inspired by his oratory, you voted for him with pride. You embraced his promise of hope and change. You were deeply moved by the racial progress he symbolized.

Derek Hunter | October 21, 2012

Progressives are not having a good week. After a debate “victory” for President Obama, which amounted to simply being caffeinated because the bar was set so low after the first debate, his Libya lies are still haunting him. Yes, moderator Candy Crowley saved his bacon in the moment, but she ended up costing him by forcing a reluctant media to continue to cover the story. He may have won the night, but he lost the week because of it.

John Ransom | October 21, 2012

Unions are exempt from anti-extortion laws? Who do they think they are? Congress?

Ken Blackwell | October 21, 2012

After nearly a month of cringing and getting lost in their own contradictions, the Obama administration is finally clinging to an elliptical mention by the president of “acts of terror” that he claims won’t deter us from doing whatever we are supposed to do in the Mideast. What was it we were supposed to be doing over there?

Austin Hill | October 21, 2012

After five years of service from President Nicolas Sarkozy who sought to reduce government controls of the economy and to stimulate private enterprise, French voters tossed him aside last May in favor of a presidential candidate who was nominated jointly by both the French Socialist Party, and France’s “Radical Left Party.”

Doug Giles | October 21, 2012

This past Friday the State Department released internal docs showing that Chris Stevens, U.S. Ambassador to hell’s corridor in Libya, begged Obama’s boys in D.C. to ramp up security in Benghazi. And, as we all know now, he got nothing from the State Department but was allowed to be tortured and murdered by “democracy seekers” from the “Religion of Peace” in the “liberated” nation of Libya.

Debra J. Saunders | October 21, 2012

When he ran for governor of California in 2010, Jerry Brown traded on cryptic pledges -- most notably, "no new taxes without voter approval" -- that, like pronouncements by the oracle at Delphi, could mean whatever listeners wanted to hear.

Kevin McCullough | October 21, 2012

Through the writing of three best-selling books, more than a 1000 op-ed columns, and more broadcast show prep than I care to think about, I bet I have used the word optimal less than a dozen times. The reason being that it's just an odd word.

Kyle Olson | October 21, 2012

The Eagle Point Education Association has filed suit against the district’s school board, claiming the board chilled its “free speech” rights because it banned picketing on school property during a May teachers strike.

Rich Tucker | October 21, 2012

Recent laws, including Obamacare and Dodd-Frank, are not laws in the traditional sense.

Marita Noon | October 21, 2012

The supposed “science” behind global warming—which morphed into climate change, paved the way for politics above economics.

Michael Youssef | October 21, 2012

I am currently on an around-the-globe trip, going from the West Coast, to Down Under, Singapore, London, and then home again. From the vantage point of this journey, the one striking and overwhelming image I get is of two runaway trains moving in opposite directions. And yet, in some strange way, they are about to cause a global collision. Let me explain.

Mike Shedlock | October 21, 2012

On October 9, I asked Is Obamacare Responsible for the Surge in Part-Time Jobs? Clearly my readers believe that, and judging from Yahhoo!Finance, many others do as well. More importantly, anecdotal evidence suggests that business owners are indeed reacting that way as well.

Mark Baisley | October 21, 2012

If you are the President of the United States, and the audience is a group of earnest students at Moscow University of International Relations, the opportunity is presented for delivering a marble-worthy quote that could favorably advance the course of human history. I well remember this moment in 1998; the most epic swing and a miss since mighty Casey struck out in Mudville.

Political Calculations | October 21, 2012

For the preceding 208 years, going back to 1789, the average rate of increase of regulations in the U.S. was just 4,013 per year.

Bob Beauprez | October 21, 2012

When faced with an economy already in a deep recession, Barack Obama inexplicably implemented policies that would cause energy costs to "necessarily skyrocket."

Daniel J. Mitchell | October 21, 2012

Regardless of how much I grouse about the damage government causes in the United States, I can say with considerable confidence that the government-run system in the United Kingdom has even larger problems.

Paul Jacob | October 21, 2012

The folks who say they are for diversity often aren't for diversity of political opinion. Take the case of a designated campus Diversity officer suspended for signing her name to a referendum petition.