Sun, Dec 02, 2012

Debra J. Saunders | December 02, 2012

On Nov. 16, 2010, an unlicensed driver named Roberto Galo took a left turn at Harrison and 16th streets and hit motorcyclist Drew Rosenberg.

Sat, Dec 01, 2012

Celia Bigelow | December 01, 2012

If you were involved in a desperately violent situation would you want to be armed and protected or left empty handed?

John Hawkins | December 01, 2012

1) Working hard, being self-reliant and taking responsibility for your own life are good for you and will make you much happier than having too much leisure time, being overly dependent and giving others responsibility for your life.

John Ransom | December 01, 2012

I’d want to be anonymous too if I were a Democrat. I’m surprised that Geithner didn’t just drop the budget at the door, ring the bell and run away.

Ken Blackwell | December 01, 2012

Liberal Washington Post editorial page commentator Ruth Marcus sees sexism in the Republican opposition to naming the current U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, as Hillary Clinton’s replacement as Secretary of State.

Rachel Alexander | December 01, 2012

Many Americans didn't bother to vote in the past presidential election, some out of apathy or a belief that the election would hardly affect them. They are in for a rude awakening now that Obama has won re-election.

John C. Goodman | December 01, 2012

The idea behind a grand bargain to get the federal budget deficit under control is a simple one. Republicans agree to tax increases and Democrats agree to spending cuts.

Kathryn Lopez | December 01, 2012

Have you heard about the holiday gift some American girls could be getting? Emergency contraception!

Paul Driessen | December 01, 2012

Climate alarmists are meeting in Doha, Qatar, to hammer out a new international treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol that expires this year. The US Environmental Protection Agency is poised to unleash its first wave of carbon dioxide regulations.

Ed Feulner | December 01, 2012

Some Americans believe in the founding principle that individuals are responsible for their own well-being and will voluntarily aid those in need.

Political Calculations | December 01, 2012

We have a very easy solution for this scenario, which enterprising politicians might use to both ride to the rescue of distressed student loan borrowers while avoiding the moral hazard issue of encouraging other borrowers to strategically default on their student loans.

Night Watch | December 01, 2012

On 29 November, the administration of Damascus' airport cancelled all incoming and outgoing flights because rebel groups had cut the road from the airport to Damascus, for the first time.

Daniel J. Mitchell | December 01, 2012

Some Democrats have openly admitted that their top political goal is suckering Republicans into a tax hike.

Mike Shedlock | December 01, 2012

Japan is a bug in search of a windshield. I highly doubt Japan can make it to 2022 or even 2017 before it runs into serious issues.

Charles Payne | December 01, 2012

In December 1881, police chief Virgil Earp was shot by assassins prompting his brother to seek authority to create what would become the most famous posse in American history.

Chris Poindexter | December 01, 2012

It wasn’t a great morning for commodities in general with crude oil also down while palladium, copper and platinum managed to stay positive.

Steve Deace | December 01, 2012

Somehow both the Left and the Republican Party establishment are allowed to each go through life tip-toeing through the raindrops, with each rarely compelled to defend their indefensibles.

Jeff Crouere | December 01, 2012

The correct response is not to become more like Democrats but to nominate a candidate with courage who will embrace the conservative principles outlined in the Republican platform.

Bill Tatro | December 01, 2012

Would you rather have your financial future based upon John Boehner and Harry Reid and their ability to avoid the “fiscal cliff” (“will they or won’t they?”) or should you base your future on Peyton Manning and Tom Brady being able to win another Super Bowl (“can they or can’t they?”)

Daniel J. Mitchell | December 01, 2012

It seems as though my prediction about the outcome was correct. Not that this makes me happy.

Fri, Nov 30, 2012

Brent Bozell | November 30, 2012

Angus T. Jones told the truth. In a religious video posted on YouTube, the former child actor who's the "half" man of the CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men" shocked the celebrity press by saying "I don't want to be on it. Please stop watching it. Please stop filling your head with filth."

Rich Galen | November 30, 2012

The good news about coming to the end of November is that we will soon embark on December meaning the clock will be clicking toward January by which time the Fiscal Cliff business will dealt with.

Michael Brown | November 30, 2012

On November 29th, 1947, the United Nations’ General Assembly voted to partition Palestine into a Jewish and an Arab state. The Jewish leadership accepted the plan; the Arab leadership rejected it. Sixty-five years later, on November 29th, 2012, Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, excoriated Israel, praised Islamic terrorists, and received the overwhelming approbation of the General Assembly, which voted 138 to 9 (with 41 abstentions) to recognize Palestine as a “non-member observer state.”

Michelle Malkin | November 30, 2012

If you thought President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder had given up on closing Guantanamo Bay and bringing jihadists to American soil, think again. Two troubling developments on the Gitmo front should have every American on edge.

Mark Davis | November 30, 2012

If I keep reading the advice of those who are saying we should give Barack Obama what he wants, let him take the American economy into the quicksand and make him own it, I am going to be tempted to agree.

Jonah Goldberg | November 30, 2012

It's at times like this I'm ashamed to admit I live inside the Beltway.

David Limbaugh | November 30, 2012

We can get back to discussing GOP minority constituent recruitment soon, but in the meantime, we have a fiscal cliff issue that beckons -- the real fiscal cliff (America's imminent financial collapse), not the government shutdown molehill everyone is agonizing over.

John Ransom | November 30, 2012

I’m tired of sanctimonious billionaires who lecture the rest us that we need to change the system that made them billionaires so that you and I can’t become billionaires- sanctimonious or otherwise.

Mona Charen | November 30, 2012

Republicans find themselves in the unenviable position of being forced to agree to raise taxes on those earning more than $200,000 (the actual cut off for those Mr. Obama refers to as "millionaires and billionaires"), or risk being blamed for a tax increase on all taxpaying Americans. They will probably agree, which means it's a politically unavoidable policy, not a good policy.

Tim Phillips | November 30, 2012

After the November 6th dust settled, it appeared very little had changed. The election appeared to maintain the status quo, with President Obama, Senate Democrats, and a conservative GOP House majority all holding their positions. Yet out in the states we saw a year of broad-based victories for economic freedom that demonstrate anew that all is not lost. In fact, we are winning with the American people in many respects.

Oliver North | November 30, 2012

One of the great upsides to a national book tour is the chance to break out of television's cocoon and interact directly with the American people. Don't get me wrong; I love what I do at Fox News. My "beat" is keeping company with soldiers, sailors, airmen, guardsmen, Marines, special operators and others who protect us from harm. Though I live with these American heroes for weeks at a time overseas, I rarely have the opportunity to look their loved ones in the eye without visiting our wounded at a military hospital. A book tour completely alters that dynamic.

Pat Buchanan | November 30, 2012

"When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another ..." So begins the Declaration of Independence of the 13 colonies from the king and country to which they had given allegiance since the settlers first came to Jamestown and Plymouth Rock.

Suzanne Fields | November 30, 2012

Every schoolchild with enough smarts and curiosity to get beyond the latest video game of "Call of Duty" ought to go see "Lincoln," the movie, and check out the references and his own attention span. It requires patience, but it shows through dramatic action how a self-taught rustic from the deep backwoods had the emotional and intellectual discipline to overcome poverty and grow up to be a president to rank among the greatest.

Linda Chavez | November 30, 2012

The old adage "be careful what you wish for" is an apt reminder in light of this week's news that the U.S. birthrate has dropped to its lowest level on record. For years, population hysterics have tried to convince Americans to aim not just for zero population growth in the U.S. but its complete reversal.

Diana West | November 30, 2012

It is neither "racist" nor "sexist"to question U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice's role in the Benghazi scandal. It is, however, almost entirely beside the point.

Paul Greenberg | November 30, 2012

Election, shmelection. When it comes to keeping the enterprise known as the United States of America solvent, aka avoiding the Fiscal Cliff, the country is right back where it was November 6, 2012.

Donald Lambro | November 30, 2012

It is clear by now that President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner are not going to work out a full blown deal on taxes, spending and entitlements by the end of this month. The task before them and Congress is so fraught with fiendishly complicated and politically-charged issues that the idea that a couple of people behind closed doors can come up with a broadly acceptable solution is laughable. In fact, I'm going to go out on a cliff on this one (no pun intended) and say that there will be no final disposition of these thorny issues, known as the "fiscal cliff", until next year.

Kyle Olson | November 30, 2012

The Michigan Education Association always portrays itself as the poor, pitiful victim. It was the victim when the legislature passed relatively mild education reforms. It was the victim when its ballot proposal to enshrine collective bargaining in the state constitution was soundly defeated by voters Nov. 6.

Steven Aden | November 30, 2012

What if we could sit and watch videos of our unborn children: videos of them at age 24 weeks or 30 weeks or 36 weeks? Videos of them sucking their thumbs (in real time) or yawning (in real time) or stretching or doing any number of other things (in real time)?

Jerry Bowyer | November 30, 2012

Maybe it’s time for us to consider the idea that the usually very rational Buffett is in this case not reasoning at all, but simply emoting. That by adopting the Buffett Rule as the new operating principle of American tax reform, we’re not tapping into the best that his higher brain functions have to offer, but instead taking his own private psycho-drama of paternal conflict and hard coding it into the law of the land.

Daniel J. Mitchell | November 30, 2012

Budget deals don’t work – I wrote about this issue back in 2010, but I think the most persuasive piece of evidence came from the New York Times, which inadvertently admitted that the only successful budget deal was the 1997 pact that cut taxes rather than raising them.

Mike Shedlock | November 30, 2012

Many people doubted Hollande would be foolish enough to carry out his job threats. They were wrong. In addition, Hollande massively hiked various taxes and also seeks a financial transaction tax.

Antony Davies | November 30, 2012

In the two-hundred weekly polls that Rasmussen Reports has conducted over the past four years, 65 percent of Americans have said that the country is moving in the wrong direction. Not once in four years has a majority of Americans said that the country was moving in the right direction. Both parties are responsible for driving us to the edge of the fiscal cliff and Americans are now realizing that neither party knows what to do to fix our problems.

Fritz Pfister | November 30, 2012

Having attended the meeting with executives Wall Street Titan Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein said Obama’s fiscal cliff plan is credible, which the liberals over at the Businessinsider claims is a big deal.

Bill Tatro | November 30, 2012

In my world, the safety of my own pocket and a 45% return on investment greatly outperforms anything that Wall Street and Mr. Bernanke can suggest.

Bob Beauprez | November 30, 2012

While the Obama Administration is taking their victory lap around Gaza, objective observers will take note of the broader landscape that has befallen Israel over the last four years.

Chris Poindexter | November 30, 2012

Every stock you own has layers of derivatives attached to it that trade every day in a shadow market. You would think after our previous experience with derivatives that this giant casino would have been shut down but that is not the case.

David Sterman | November 30, 2012

As we roam towns and cities, or simply like to surf the Web from the comfort of our own bed, a wireless Internet connection has become a necessity -- especially when our employers want us to remain in constant contact.

Thu, Nov 29, 2012

Ken Blackwell | November 29, 2012

There’s an old story from the Jewish shetls of Eastern Europe. There was a singing contest among the animals. The Nightingale loses, despite her lovely singing voice. Looking down on the jury, she sees the grunting wild pigs. She weeps, not because she lost, she says. “But see who my judges are!”

Debra J. Saunders | November 29, 2012

As the "fiscal cliff" looms, editorial writers and Beltway commentators have turned their sights on their favorite enemy -- tax-foe Grover Norquist's no-new-taxes pledge signed by a weighty majority of GOP members of Congress. If Republicans had not been scared into signing the pledge, the pack laments, D.C. pols would compromise, and all would be well with the world.

Cliff May | November 29, 2012

Who won?

Hugh Hewitt | November 29, 2012

The only thing worse than losing in politics is quitting after a loss since the vast and great American sport of politics never stops, and increasingly doesn't even pause for the holidays.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | November 29, 2012

In a broader context of groups and leaders, Ericka Anderson, author of the new book "Leading So People Will Follow," describes great business leaders we are drawn to follow.

Victor Davis Hanson | November 29, 2012

Classical explanations of conventional wars run something like this: An aggressor state seeks political advantage through military force. It has a hunch that the threatened target will likely either make concessions to avoid losing a war, or, if war breaks out, the resulting political gains will be worth the military costs to achieve victory.

Michael Barone | November 29, 2012

In 1902, journalist Lincoln Steffens wrote a book called "The Shame of the Cities." At the time, Americans took pride in big cities, with their towering skyscrapers, productive factories and prominent cultural institutions.

Larry Elder | November 29, 2012

Once again, billionaire investor Warren Buffett urges his fellow high-on-the-hoggers to pay more in taxes. "Only in Grover Norquist's imagination," says Buffett, do taxes make much of a difference in how people invest. "So let's forget about the rich and ultra-rich going on strike and stuffing their ample funds under their mattresses if -- gasp -- capital gains rates and ordinary income rates are increased.

Mike Adams | November 29, 2012

Many of my friends and readers are disheartened by recent cultural and political trends. Many blame our universities and wonder whether we can ever restore sanity in our nation, given that the enemy seems to control the modern university. They see no chance to win in the war of ideas as long as they are forced to support the public university and, therefore, forced to fund a war against their own cherished values.

Cal Thomas | November 29, 2012

Congress returned to "work" this week (now there's a laugh) to complete its lame-duck session before taking another holiday. Spending other people's money is a taxing experience.

David Harsanyi | November 29, 2012

According to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, 73 percent of Democrats and 63 percent of independents -- and even 39 percent of Republicans -- now favor raising taxes on those making $250,000 or more a year. So give the people want they want.

Matt Towery | November 29, 2012

Republican U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., was on cruise control to win a 2014 bid for re-election until he made a comment on a station in Macon, Ga., that ignited a political firestorm. In essence, Chambliss hedged on a prior pledge never to raise taxes, stating that in light of the "fiscal cliff" the country is facing, his devotion to the nation was more important than a 20-year-old statement or pledge. That's when the fireworks started.

Kyle Olson | November 29, 2012

Like the rich folks in the famous television show with the similar name, employees of Buffalo Public Schools routinely spend a great deal of money on extravagant things like plastic surgery, airline travel, expensive hotels and limousines.

Steve Chapman | November 29, 2012

Some 200 retailers nationally opened their doors on Thanksgiving Day, and a lot of others did so at midnight. Shoes, jewelry, sporting goods, flat-screen TVs, fancy chocolate -- if you wanted it, you could buy it before the football games were finished.

Emmett Tyrrell | November 29, 2012

What is a Republican elected official? A Republican elected official is one who says, "I won't raise my constituents' taxes."

Mike Shedlock | November 29, 2012

Politicians gain far too much in campaign contributions from unions, from for-profit schools, and from banks wanting to make kids debt-slaves, to really address the problem.

Night Watch | November 29, 2012

Khan is a front-runner for the most anti-US scientist since World War II. He sold or traded his nuclear secrets only to countries that were enemies of the US during the time he was active.

Chris Poindexter | November 29, 2012

The perverse thing about investing these days is sometimes there’s no way to tell what triggers a major correction.

Paul Kengor | November 29, 2012

In a recent interview, Senator Marco Rubio, effectively the Republican front-runner for 2016, was asked, “How old do you think the Earth is?”

Political Calculations | November 29, 2012

To translate, the people in these majors are perhaps so disconnected from reality that they do not recognize that the reason their trades provide so little return on their educational investment is because they really do not require unique ability.

Steven Malanga | November 29, 2012

If you build it, they won’t come.

Bob Goldman | November 29, 2012

Until now, this column has focused on creative ways to avoid work. Today, we're going to look at creative ways to get work.

Daniel J. Mitchell | November 29, 2012

Taken from page 109 of a CBO report, it shows what will happen if the economy grows just a tiny bit less than the baseline projection.

Wed, Nov 28, 2012

John Ransom | November 28, 2012

We now know that the global-warming apocalypse, created by the fossil fuels that made possible things like indoor plumbing, modern medicine, sanitation and footwear not made from bark, will destroy the hallmarks of civilization like indoor plumbing, modern medicine, sanitation and footwear not made from bark. Or maybe not.

Ann Coulter | November 28, 2012

One bright spot of Barack Obama's re-election was knowing that unemployment rates were about to soar for the precise groups that voted for him -- young people, unskilled workers and single women with degrees in gender studies. But now the Democrats are sullying my silver lining by forcing Republicans to block an utterly pointless tax-raising scheme in order to blame the coming economic Armageddon on them.

Larry Kudlow | November 28, 2012

Mr. Obama never mentioned spending cuts. Never. Not once.

Jeff Jacoby | November 28, 2012

Neurologists are about to feel the sting of the Affordable Care Act. Beginning Jan. 1, Medicare will be paying them less for electrodiagnostic procedures used in identifying and treating a wide range of nerve and muscle disorders. Reimbursement rates for some tests will be slashed by more than 50 percent, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services estimates that payments to neurologists overall will shrink by 7 percent next year.

Frank Gaffney | November 28, 2012

During the so-called "Arab Spring," the Obama administration insisted that the United States risked being on the "wrong side of history" if it remained aligned with secular despots like Egypt's Hosni Mubarak. Recent events have made clear that there is a wrong side for freedom in the Mideast all right and, thanks to Team Obama's embrace of the Muslim Brotherhood, we're on it.

Ken Blackwell | November 28, 2012

Pete Wehner is a real gentleman. His reproofs are generally not caustic and are almost always intended to have his opponents listen to what Lincoln called “the better angels of our nature.” Thus, when he recently criticized Kirsten Powers, he provided a most useful sketch of the history of Arab-Israeli conflicts in recent times, at least since 1967. Wehner’s column should be required reading for anyone taking part in Mideast policy discussions.

Bob Barr | November 28, 2012

Despite the ponderous complexities of modern statutes and regulations (the text of the legislation that became “ObamaCare” was some 2400 pages long), some things actually are quite simple and straightforward. Take the Second Amendment to our Constitution. Despite decades-long efforts by gun-control advocates to twist its meaning into a vehicle with which to limit gun rights, the Amendment’s crystal clear operative language – “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed” – is the law of the land (thanks largely to the Supreme Court’s 2008 Heller decision).

Doug Giles | November 28, 2012

The atheists I grew up with in Texas were a tad bit pluckier than today’s lardy hagfish atheists who file lawsuits every winter when they see a child wrapped in swaddling clothes.

Thomas Sowell | November 28, 2012

If everyone in America had read Stephen Moore's new book, "Who's The Fairest of Them All?", Barack Obama would have lost the election in a landslide. The point here is not to say, "Where was Stephen Moore when we needed him?" A more apt question might be, "Where was the whole economics profession when we needed them?" Where were the media? For that matter, where were the Republicans?

Michelle Malkin | November 28, 2012

Welcome to the pretzel logic of liberal environmental protection: In order to "save" owls, the Obama administration is going to shoot them dead.

John Stossel | November 28, 2012

Insider trading leads the news again, casting a cloud over Steven Cohen's SAC Capital Advisors $14 billion hedge fund.

Walter E. Williams | November 28, 2012

For decades, it has been obvious that there are irreconcilable differences between Americans who want to control the lives of others and those who wish to be left alone. Which is the more peaceful solution: Americans using the brute force of government to beat liberty-minded people into submission or simply parting company? In a marriage, where vows are ignored and broken, divorce is the most peaceful solution. Similarly, our constitutional and human rights have been increasingly violated by a government instituted to protect them. Americans who support constitutional abrogation have no intention of mending their ways.

Brent Bozell | November 28, 2012

The conventional wisdom has emerged that in order to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff," politicians in Washington must agree to some method of tax increases ("revenue") -- which will be real, even if low taxes are not the cause of our ills -- alongside some kind of promise of spending restraint on entitlement programs, which is our problem, and which no one believes Washington will restrain.

Jonah Goldberg | November 28, 2012

What do you call a leader of a theocratic and cultish movement with a deep and clear disdain for democracy who suddenly assumes dictatorial powers? A "moderate," of course.

Michael Medved | November 28, 2012

In the debate on our fiscal crisis, one crucial question is never answered or even asked: if we’re supposed to go back to Clinton-era tax rates because they were good for America, why don’t we simultaneously return to that era’s spending rates?

Ben Shapiro | November 28, 2012

America is about to plunge over the so-called fiscal cliff -- and Americans are fighting mad about it. According to the latest polls, 77 percent of Americans believe that the fiscal cliff -- a combination of automatic tax increases and spending cuts set to kick in at the beginning of 2013 -- will hurt them personally.

Terry Jeffrey | November 28, 2012

Will House Speaker John Boehner give President Barack Obama the money he needs to implement a regulation that Boehner himself described as an unconstitutional attack on religious freedom that forces Catholics to cooperate in immoral acts?

Austin Bay | November 28, 2012

Catalonia, with the city of Barcelona as its Mediterranean hub, occupies modern Spain's northeastern corner.

Paul Greenberg | November 28, 2012

No doubt many an Egyptian misses Hosni Mubarak and the familiar tyranny they had grown accustomed to, the way some Russians still pine for Stalin's oppressive rule.

Donald Lambro | November 28, 2012

A big issue is missing in the debate over the "fiscal cliff" about how to get the Obama economy growing again, fueling capital investment, new jobs and higher incomes.

Rich Galen | November 28, 2012

Now that the biggest parlor game in the world "Who will be the next President" is over, the next parlor game that has us obsessing here in Our Nation's Capital is: Who is in and who is out in President Obama's second-term Cabinet and senior White House staff?

Susan Stamper Brown | November 28, 2012

So what do you get when you cross a community organizer-turned-president with union thugs? No one is really sure -- yet, but one thing is for sure, Congressional Democrats have every reason to be afraid.

Alan Sears | November 28, 2012

In the wake of the U.S. elections, the onslaught of war in the Middle East, and the seemingly endless attacks on the family both here and abroad, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. And if we’re not careful, it’s then easy to adopt of posture of indifference and give up the fight.

Jacob Sullum | November 28, 2012

In 1986, The American Banker defined email as "a trademark of CompuServe," Computerworld noted that sending a single message required a 10-minute phone call, and InfoWorld described "a pilot scheme that will allow users of one system to send messages to mailbox holders on another."

Kyle Olson | November 28, 2012

California-based educator Thea Blair has just the solution to school bullying: peer massages. Or more specifically, “massage of children by classmates on the upper body while clothed and with consent,” EAGnews.org reported.

Brian and Garrett Fahy | November 28, 2012

Yet unaddressed in the campaign (in a meaningful way) and lost in the election news stories is this fact: a weak White House presiding over a weak economy makes for a weak America, which makes for a happy China.

Robert Knight | November 28, 2012

From Republican Rep. Allen West’s improbable recount loss in South Florida, to reports of voting machine irregularities, to the hundreds of precincts in Ohio and Pennsylvania that reported a virtual 100 percent vote for Barack Obama and zero for Mitt Romney, something is clearly wrong.

Daniel J. Mitchell | November 28, 2012

I guess you have to be a reporter or an academic to be surprised by this common-sense observation.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | November 28, 2012

Once you have your husband's ear, always include him in major financial decisions.

Nathan Slaughter | November 28, 2012

The world has changed immeasurably, but prized real estate certainly hasn't gone out of style.

Ralph Benko | November 28, 2012

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, America – and the world around it - was rapidly descending into Economic Hell. It was a protracted, confused, process called “the ‘70s.”

Mike Shedlock | November 28, 2012

Fears have arisen that artificial general intelligence (AGI) machines will threaten mankind when "intelligence escapes the constraints of biology" and machines can design and create their own offspring.

Ken Connor | November 28, 2012

In the wake of President Obama's decisive reelection, the GOP is engaged in some serious soul-searching. Pundits on the Right and Left are cautioning Republicans that their party is facing extinction unless some major changes are made. They maintain it's evolve or die for the GOP. The question is, how much can an institution change without losing its identity? If "change" for the Republican Party means ceasing to stand for the conservative principles that have defined it since the time of Abraham Lincoln, is that what Republicans want? Is that what America needs?

Political Calculations | November 28, 2012

Through September 2012, we find the year-over-year growth rate of trade between the two nations is at near-zero levels of growth, indicating near recessionary conditions if we take this measure as an indication of the relative health of the economies of both nations.

Bob Beauprez | November 28, 2012

It appears, however, that whatever discussion is really happening is focused on how much additional "revenue" to extract from taxpayers' pockets instead of how strict of a diet to impose on the federal government.

Marvin Olasky | November 28, 2012

The second book of Kings in the Old Testament is a usefully depressing history on national decline. It starts with fire coming down from heaven to convince a king, and Elijah ascending to heaven via chariots of fire. It ends with the former king of Judah taken into captivity and dependent on the ruler of Babylon, who condescends to give him an allowance.

Chris Poindexter | November 28, 2012

We can expect recovery in the U.S. to remain slow and steady but equally uneven, which is why I’m scratching my head over why people seem so anxious to jump back into the real estate market.

Charles Payne | November 28, 2012

As pointed out by Buffett yesterday Washington isn’t even talking about cutting spending but maybe, at some point, down the road, slowing the rate of spending increases.

Tue, Nov 27, 2012

Rachel Marsden | November 27, 2012

Anyone who has seen the latest James Bond film, "Skyfall," would be hard-pressed to find any traditional espionage tradecraft. More actual spying would have meant less of Daniel Craig running around in a too-tight suit chasing bad guys. When the villain -- in this case a cyberterrorist played masterfully by Javier Bardem -- is able to turn around and say to Bond, "Why are you doing all this running around and wasting your energy?", anyone who knows anything about real spying is tempted to yell at the screen, "Because the script is garbage and there is no espionage written into this movie!" Bond's ineptitude when faced with technology is a brilliant, if unintentional, commentary on society's lack of readiness for spying's shift into that realm.

Byron York | November 27, 2012

After moments of panic in the immediate aftermath of Mitt Romney's defeat, some Republicans and conservatives are regaining their equilibrium on the issue of what the GOP should do about immigration and the Hispanic vote.

Thomas Sowell | November 27, 2012

What is so unusual in the academic world of today is that Professor Flynn's latest book, "Are We Getting Smarter?" is dedicated to Arthur Jensen, whose integrity he praises, even as he opposes his conclusions.

Chuck Norris | November 27, 2012

This holiday season, while we enjoy delicious food and visiting family and friends, let's take a moment to give thanks for our many blessings.

John Hawkins | November 27, 2012

Although studies show that we conservatives are usually happier and more optimistic than most about our personal lives, we also tend to be a bit more pessimistic than the average person about the country.

David Limbaugh | November 27, 2012

One of the largest elephants in the GOP's post-election room is the fate of Christian and other social conservatives. Party honchos can't just wish this problem away -- or, maybe they can.

Mona Charen | November 27, 2012

Post-election season is a time for healing, for putting aside the rancor of a long campaign and rediscovering what unites us. It has not been that way this year.

John Ransom | November 27, 2012

Yeah. I know. You all are used to my dazzling wit, cutting political acumen, and my stylish turns of phrase. But really, I know quite a bit about finance too, even if I use my superpowers only on occasion.

Cal Thomas | November 27, 2012

The diplomatic hosannas for Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi following his brokering of the recent ceasefire between Hamas and Israel were still being heard even as the former head of the Muslim Brotherhood started behaving like a pharaoh. Morsi "temporarily" seized new powers that, among other things, forbid judicial review of his policies.

Dennis Prager | November 27, 2012

If you want to understand why President Obama was re-elected despite a largely unsuccessful presidency and almost unprecedentedly high and continuous unemployment, just look at the Cuban-American vote.

Pat Buchanan | November 27, 2012

Today the GOP leadership is about to abandon their conviction to sign on to higher tax rates or revenues, while the economy is nearing stall speed.

Debra J. Saunders | November 27, 2012

President Obama likes to complain about gridlock in Washington and blame Republicans for keeping him from doing his job. As president, he has the unfettered executive power to pardon individuals convicted of federal crimes or commute their sentences.

Paul Greenberg | November 27, 2012

The investigations continue unabated as the accusations and defenses multiply in the aftermath of the murderous attack on our diplomats in Benghazi. But this much we know: American lives, including that of our ambassador to Libya, were lost. Chris Stevens was respected at home and loved in Libya, where he had become a symbol of America's good will and, more important, the ability of this country and the West in general to act in freedom's cause, not just talk about it.

Phyllis Schlafly | November 27, 2012

The Republican strategists who confidently predicted that their candidate, Mitt Romney, would win the 2012 election are already pontificating about what Republicans must do to win in 2016. After their disastrous defeat, strategy and policy mistakes and expensive super PAC advertising that failed to win votes, why should anybody take their advice again?

Kyle Olson | November 27, 2012

Students and teachers from Old Rochester Regional Junior High School have teamed up for many years to serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to senior citizens in the school cafeteria.

Bill Murchison | November 27, 2012

Enlightened opinion on secession is hostile -- as you'd certainly expect. Even a conservative Republican like Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal calls the clamor "silly."

Mike Shedlock | November 27, 2012

Cameron sits like a wimp on a fence unable to do what needs to be done, nor will he even put the matter to a vote.

Michael Youssef | November 27, 2012

Someone once said that whenever the savages fight the civilized, the savages always win. The same can be said when professionals face off against amateurs: the professionals win hands down, leaving the amateurs with egg all over their faces.

Charles Payne | November 27, 2012

Considering the notion that people's emotions are more similar than intellect would explain a lot of things, including the General Petraeus scandal, elections outcomes, and action in the stock market.

Bill Tatro | November 27, 2012

John McCain, never one to miss a national interview, also chanted “long live the Arab Spring.” Back then, I said the Middle East was lost if Egypt was lost.

Daniel J. Mitchell | November 27, 2012

The Obama Administration seems inadequately committed to advancing and protecting American interests in keeping the internet open.

Dave Ramsey | November 27, 2012

You wouldn’t ask me if it’s okay to borrow money at a 35 percent interest rate to pay off your school loans, right? That would be ridiculous, and this is just as dumb.

Chris Poindexter | November 27, 2012

It appears gold is once again asserting itself against the fiat currencies of the world.

Political Calculations | November 27, 2012

Influential investors are pushing companies to boost their dividend payouts in December 2012 to beat the clock on the dividend tax increases that will take place in 2013.

Armstrong Williams | November 27, 2012

So many people graduate college with big dreams and aspirations about entering politics, but most of the time they leave it years after, distraught, disillusioned, and without much money to their name. This happens all the time in Washington DC but no one talks about it. Most people need a glimpse into the carnage after an election, where people on both sides lose their jobs and become anxious about the future.

Bartlett Cleland | November 27, 2012

The Obama administration is well-known for its heavy-handed regulatory overreach, and letting government decide winners and losers instead of the free market. No better example of the Obama administration’s contempt for free enterprise is at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which is currently considering how to proceed with its investigation into whether Google uses its position in Internet search to steer users to the company’s preferred services and away from those of its competitors. And while the agency ponders whether to bring a formal complaint against the company, there's a real danger that it may confuse aiding Google's competitors with serving consumers.

Mon, Nov 26, 2012

Michael Gerson | November 26, 2012

It is Steven Spielberg's singular achievement to have made a heroic movie about compromise and petty corruption. In "Lincoln," he pans away from a field of corpses 130 miles down the road in Petersburg and puts a tight frame on the Cabinet meetings, legislative debates and backroom confrontations where the final, decisive battles of the Civil War were fought. Combat determined the outcome of the War Between the States. Politics determined its meaning, culminating in passage of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.

Wayne Allyn Root | November 26, 2012

Can the GOP really be this stupid? It appears many in the GOP Congress are suddenly willing to raise taxes. What utter fools. As Forest Gump's mother (played by Sally Field) said, "Stupid is, as stupid does." And this is world-class stupid. If GOP politicians can't figure out any good arguments to oppose tax increases, I’ll give them a few.

Humberto Fontova | November 26, 2012

Furious at failing to start a worldwide nuclear war and incinerating millions of people 50 years ago last month, the bosom chum of “peace candidate” George Mc Govern tried again 50 years ago this month. In fact, the terror plot to incinerate and entomb thousands of New York holiday shoppers came 50 years ago last week.

Rich Galen | November 26, 2012

Much was made over the weekend about cracks in Grover Norquist's "No Tax Pledge" dam by Rep. Peter King and Senators Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA). Before we go on, we all know there IS such a thing as the "No Tax Pledge," but until last night as I was writing this, I had never actually read it.

Michael Brown | November 26, 2012

My open letter to my black Christian friends, written out of respect and solidarity, generated an extremely high number of email responses. They ranged from commendation to condemnation, with one email informing me that neither “you nor I are going to alter prophecy, these things are foretold, we have to pray now GOD will get us out of here before masses get destroyed!”

Michael Barone | November 26, 2012

In Washington, Americans have two-party government, with a Democratic president and Senate and a Republican House. We had it before November's election and will have it again for the next two years.

Star Parker | November 26, 2012

One significant development in the recent election was votes in four states approving same sex marriage initiatives. Until now, all previous state referenda to approve same sex marriage – 32 of them - failed.

Mike Adams | November 26, 2012

Of all the sloppy and confused decisions rendered by the Supreme Court in recent years, few compare with CLS v. Martinez (2010). The decision was more than just poorly reasoned. It was also based upon willful blindness toward factual misrepresentations by the defendants in the case.

John Ransom | November 26, 2012

You can pass Obamacare as a deficit measure and call it Constitutional. But Obamacare, like the tax on tea that saw a load of it dumped into Boston Harbor in 1773, is just plain dumb. And both also go against natural law. I won't comply.

Bruce Bialosky | November 26, 2012

Five years ago while driving my son Sam to The University of Kansas, we stopped to get gas off the I-70 in the western part of the state. There was a rather large market adjacent to the gas pumps which we entered to buy some drinks.

Dan Holler | November 26, 2012

It’s a common refrain from the victor: elections have consequences. The victor then goes on to claim a mandate to do A or Z. It’s par for the course. The real question is whether elections have consequences for the media. As it turns out, the answer appears to be yes.

Matt Barber | November 26, 2012

At times, complicated issues are most clearly understood in simple terms. Speaking before the Knesset in 2006, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu captured, in two brief sentences, that which lies at the heart of the ongoing, centuries-old Arab-Israeli conflict: “The truth is that if Israel were to put down its arms, there would be no more Israel. If the Arabs were to put down their arms, there would be no more war.”

Morgan Brittany | November 26, 2012

I smile when I think of all the wonderful memories I have of my years on “Dallas” and I will say to Larry what he used to say to me at the end of the day…”See ya later Darlin’!”

Mark Baisley | November 26, 2012

It seems inconsistent to me that the courts would find one portion of a presidential letter to provide the basis of legal precedence and refute the subsequent paragraph. But so goes the mission-creep of the State.

John Andrews | November 26, 2012

Show me a sore loser, and I’ll show you a loser. This has rung in my ears since the election, as I listened to some fellow Republicans and conservatives weeping, whining, and caterwauling. Not to mention griping, blaming, and sulking. Enough already.

Shawn Mitchell | November 26, 2012

The pack’s position, stretched to its logical end, amounts to demanding that politicians reject belief in God’s divinity and supremacy.

Chris Poindexter | November 26, 2012

Don’t be surprised if traders come back from the holiday weekend, laden with debt from holiday purchases, and want to lock in some profits next week. In

Mike Shedlock | November 26, 2012

Spain takes a giant step towards a full-blown constitutional crisis as Catalans overwhelmingly elect candidates promising a break-up vote.

Daniel J. Mitchell | November 26, 2012

I’m perfectly willing to agree that people in Afghanistan and Angola are not part of a “happy planet,” but do they really expect people to believe that the United States is in the bottom category?

Sun, Nov 25, 2012

Jeff Jacoby | November 25, 2012

HANKSGIVING IS behind us. The fiscal "cliff" looms ahead. And in less than six weeks, Massachusetts will have a new senator. Let's try to link them all in a single column.

Leah Barkoukis | November 25, 2012

Problems in society are rarely solved by Washington bureaucrats yet they seem to have taken the adage, ‘if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again’ to heart. Accordingly, the government is addressing the nation’s growing obesity epidemic with a regulation: Section 4205, the menu labeling provision attached to ObamaCare meant to “aid consumers in selecting more healthful diets.”

Derek Hunter | November 25, 2012

Unions played an important role in American history. At the turn of the last century, a lot of workers encountered awful and dangerous conditions on the job. The workers banded together, demanded changes and got them.

John Ransom | November 25, 2012

The people who govern the modern Keynesian city-states that have evolved since World War II have the same educational background and went to the same schools. We have the most massive case of institutional rot and group think in history. 17th century kings of Europe looked enlightened by comparison.

Austin Hill | November 25, 2012

How do companies make millions of dollars with a really bad idea? They advise state governments on how to comply with federal Obamacare mandates, and then help the states build new websites.

Doug Giles | November 25, 2012

A Psalm of Obama (To be sung by children, K-12, every morning of their seven-day school week.)*

Rachel Alexander | November 25, 2012

It is puzzling that so many minorities voted for Barack Obama over Mitt Romney considering how disproportionately they have suffered economically during Obama's presidency.

J.D. Thorpe | November 25, 2012

This year’s presidential election was a history-altering event for America. The nation chose, for its future, a course in diametric opposition to the core principles on which it was founded.

Marita Noon | November 25, 2012

An exhaustive review of 350+ pages of leaked emails regarding the Obama administration’s handling of the various green-energy loan and grant programs makes several things very clear: they lied, engaged in favoritism, and rushed application approvals to suit the political agenda of the White House.

Mark Calabria | November 25, 2012

I suspect many Republicans, at least those not closely aligned with the real estate industry, are torn between wanting to immediately get rid of Fannie and Freddie and getting the taxpayers’ money back.

Tad DeHaven | November 25, 2012

Regardless of whether Congress passes “reform” legislation in the lame-duck or next year, it will end up just kicking the can down the road.

Michael F. Cannon | November 25, 2012

The only preposterous parts of this debate are the legal theories that the IRS and its defenders have offered to support the Obama administration’s unlawful attempt to create entitlements and impose taxes that Congress clearly and intentionally did not authorize.

Daniel J. Mitchell | November 25, 2012

International bureaucracies also have a nasty habit of operating in the shadows and using thuggish behavior to thwart critics.

Political Calculations | November 25, 2012

We see after peaking at 303 million birds in 1996, which coincided with the height of the low-fat diet craze, the number of turkeys produced each year fell off to range between 250 million and 275 million through 2008.

Mike Shedlock | November 25, 2012

The problem is the UK would be far better off by having a straight up or down vote on the EU by British citizens (which I am sure would be rejected), and sadly that outcome was avoided.

Paul Jacob | November 25, 2012

Presidential pardoning power gets used only in the most ridiculous -- and telling -- circumstances.