Sun, Jan 06, 2013

Debra J. Saunders | January 06, 2013

During George W. Bush's presidency, it was a matter of liberal faith that the use of enhanced interrogation techniques on al-Qaida members "undermine our moral authority and do not make us safer," as Barack Obama once put it.

Sat, Jan 05, 2013

John Hanlon | January 05, 2013

Matt Damon’s latest film “Promised Land” arrived in theaters nationwide yesterday with a focus on the controversial issue of fracking. Written by Matt Damon (who won an Oscar for co-writing “Good Will Hunting”) and John Krasinski (“The Office),” the story focuses on a small community that is asked to debate the merits of the process when a large corporation arrives in town wanting to buy much of the local land.

John Hawkins | January 05, 2013

After defeating Richard Lugar, he should have been able to easily retain the GOP’s Senate seat in a state that Mitt Romney won by 10 points.

John C. Goodman | January 05, 2013

Here is the biggest problem with the news coverage of the Fiscal Cliff. The only message coming through was President Obama's message: that he was trying to save the middle class from a tax increase by raising taxes on the rich. On the Republican side, the message was…well…it was a muddled mess.

John Ransom | January 05, 2013

The fiscal cliff is over. And it turns out it was just a reality TV show that was devoid of reality. Taxes are going up on everyone. Make sure you check your paycheck, because you’re included too, not just the dirty, rotten rich.

Kathryn Lopez | January 05, 2013

There was a young man -- 23 at most -- quietly saying his morning prayers on Capitol Hill on the third day of 2013, and it seemed for a moment like a warm ray of light in the midst of a blistering cold spell.

Alan Sears | January 05, 2013

When a society’s laws recognizing marriage as the union of one man and one woman are changed to honor the unions of same-sex couples, it’s not just the law that changes—it’s also the society itself that changes. A top-down metamorphosis begins in which every aspect of public law changes to match the new definition of marriage.

Carl Horowitz | January 05, 2013

The accelerated transformation of the American economy and polity into a mandatory racially-based spoils system was a defining trait of President Barack Obama’s first term in office. Though perhaps understated, it is set to become an even more defining trait of his second.

Bill Tatro | January 05, 2013

For those who refer to the buy-and-hold approach as “investing,” the benefit is the freedom to have a life beyond the daily trading ritual of staring at a digital screen. Yet, the difficulty of buy-and-hold is not only in the “buy,” but also in the “hold.”

Chris Poindexter | January 05, 2013

I also don’t believe for a minute that the Fed is going remove the easy money punch bowl from Wall Street’s banquet table.

Charles Payne | January 05, 2013

Rep Jerrold Nadler has suggested the Federal Reserve be compelled to create a platinum coin valued at $1,000,000,000,000 and hand it over to Treasury.

Political Calculations | January 05, 2013

The bad news is that the withholding income tax rates issued by the IRS in its Notice 1036 appear to be based upon the income tax rates that applied before 2001 and 2003.

Mike Shedlock | January 05, 2013

The massive rise of those "not" in the labor force is primarily economic weakness, not demographics. Actually, older workers are returning to the work force because they cannot afford retirement.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 05, 2013

The key is to pick battles that are winnable. Here are three fights that they can win for the simple reason that nothing can happen without approval of the House of Representatives.

George Friedman | January 05, 2013

The question is whether the European Union will stabilize itself, stop its fragmentation and begin preparing for more integration and expansion.

Steve Deace | January 05, 2013

This time I should’ve been the one listening. But listening can be tough sometimes when you’re an analyst and a commentator, and people around the country – listeners, readers, media, candidates, causes, businesses, etc. – come to you to find out why things are happening and what may happen next.

Fri, Jan 04, 2013

Ashley Herzog | January 04, 2013

The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

Rich Galen | January 04, 2013

In the deep dark days of 1994, I was out of politics. I was actually running the Middle East for the company then known as EDS out of Dallas.

Ken Blackwell | January 04, 2013

Much of the Internet exploded in wrath over Pope Benedict XVI’s Christmas greetings to the Roman curia. Delivered in those historic halls painted by Renaissance artists, the Pope’s address was given to those tasked with administering the Vatican State and serving the Catholic faithful worldwide.

Mark Davis | January 04, 2013

For the record, count me among the opponents of the fiscal cliff-averting measure that passed the House and Senate this week.

Brent Bozell | January 04, 2013

In August, Rupert Murdoch's FX picked up a Cold War series set in the 1980s titled "The Americans." Liberals might have braced themselves for the worst. It sounded like some kind of Chuck Norris-style "jingoistic" homage to freedom-loving intelligence agents. But this is Hollywood, so the show instead focuses on KGB spies who speak perfect English, working to destroy Reagan-era America, which is not altogether a bad thing to people in Hollywood.

Jonah Goldberg | January 04, 2013

By all accounts, President Obama won the fiscal cliff showdown. Why anyone would take much pride in this kind of "win" is beyond me. It's a bit like being the least filthy toddler in the mud pit.

David Limbaugh | January 04, 2013

I hate to break it to those deniers who believe that President Obama's tax-guzzling capacity has somehow been diminished by the fiscal cliff provision to fix "permanent" tax rates. You're dreaming.

Mona Charen | January 04, 2013

Following the fiscal cliff melodrama, Senator Richard Shelby appeared on television to declare that we are becoming European. "We're always wanting to spend and promise and spend and borrow but not cut. We've got to get real about this. We're headed down the road that Europe's already on."

John Ransom | January 04, 2013

The rest of us who have worked hard to create the most just, racially tolerant, freest and most mobile society ever, will have to do our part too, rather than just sucking off the hard work of the technocrats at the World Bank, the IMF, the United Nations, and the OECD-M-O-U-S-E.

Oliver North | January 04, 2013

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. -- It seemed like a good idea at the time. After Christmas, my wife, Betsy, and I planned to head south to this lovely barrier island in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Our plan included celebrating New Year's quietly with as many of our kids, their kids and our friends as possible and then returning to Virginia.

Pat Buchanan | January 04, 2013

At the Potsdam conference with Harry Truman and Josef Stalin, Winston Churchill learned that the voters of the nation he had led for five years through World War II had just voted to throw him out of office.

Suzanne Fields | January 04, 2013

The pagan god Janus has two faces, and that's a good thing. He can look to the future and reflect on the past, all at the same time. As ancient gods go, Janus is good at transitions. January, named for Janus, is not only a dreary month to get past as quickly as possible, but it's a time for useful reflection and resolve.

Diana West | January 04, 2013

Americans, Gallup tells us, admire Hillary Clinton more than any other woman in the world -- again. This latest accolade marks the 17th time Gallup has found Clinton to be the Most Admired Woman (MAW?) since she became first lady nearly 20 years ago. Only Eleanor Roosevelt (13 MAWs) comes close. Only Mother Teresa (1995 and 1996) and Laura Bush (2001) have interrupted Clinton's winning streak, and even then, Clinton came in second.

Linda Chavez | January 04, 2013

The shooting of 20 schoolchildren and six adults in Newtown, Conn., just before Christmas has reignited the debate about guns and violence in America. But the problem with trying to tackle a complex issue in reaction to a horrific event is that too often we end up making symbolic gestures -- and sometimes those gestures end up doing as much harm as good.

Donald Lambro | January 04, 2013

The newly elected Republican-led House was peacefully sworn into office Thursday as GOP leaders began planning for four years of divided government.

Larry Kudlow | January 04, 2013

A recession may have been averted, but you can’t tax your way into prosperity.

Crystal Wright | January 04, 2013

Republicans in Congress screwed up big time in voting for President Barack Obama’s tax hike on Americans. All in the name of letting Obama “have his way” in sticking it to the rich, the deal to avert the country’s cliff dive doesn’t do anything but stall the country’s fall for another two months.

Fritz Pfister | January 04, 2013

The key to Obama’s deception was class warfare. People are easily fooled by class envy. Convincing them the greedy 1% who have amassed all the wealth aren’t paying their fair share, while the victim goes without, is an easy sale especially with accomplices in the media.

Night Watch | January 04, 2013

Pashtuns outnumber all other ethnic or sectarian groups. In fair elections, the Pashtuns will always win.

Mike Shedlock | January 04, 2013

Many businesses are shifting even more to part-time employment, and given there are no incentives anywhere to reduce healthcare costs, those costs will continue to rise, taking a bite of the checks of workers, and giving employers additional reasons to not hire in the first place.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 04, 2013

Laws are for the little people — and little people need lots of little laws, ensnaring them at every turn.

David Sterman | January 04, 2013

These three hotly-debated stocks have been in the headlines recently as bulls and bears duke it out.

Peter Schiff | January 04, 2013

It should be clear that the rate increases are just the opening crescendo in a symphony of tax hikes on the nation's entrepreneurial class.

Jerry Bowyer | January 04, 2013

"it’s going to be a five billion-person middle class. This will become the most powerful force in the world. Their demand for our goods and services will set off an economic boom…I believe that we’re heading for not just a sonic boom, but maybe a supersonic boom."

Phil Kerpen | January 04, 2013

The late night drama cast Senator Mitch McConnell and Vice President Joe Biden as heroes. They did what Obama and Boehner failed to do, come together on an agreement to limit the bite of the fiscal cliff's tax hikes.

Jeremy Tedesco | January 04, 2013

Alliance Defending Freedom recently settled a lawsuit brought on behalf of Julea Ward, a former graduate student at Eastern Michigan University who was expelled from her counseling program after refusing to violate her religious beliefs.

Thu, Jan 03, 2013

Michael Brown | January 03, 2013

As I prepare to spend a week teaching the book of Jeremiah to Chinese pastors in Hong Kong, I’ve been reflecting on the strengths and weaknesses of the Church in America. Regrettably, the list of negatives is longer than the list of positives.

Paul Kengor | January 03, 2013

It has been a couple of weeks since the death of Robert Bork, which occurred shortly before Christmas and didn’t really get the news coverage that Bork merited.

Terry Jeffrey | January 03, 2013

Looking back over the last four years, it is now obvious that the greatest symbolic moment of President Barack Obama' first term was the very first moment.

Cliff May | January 03, 2013

Robert D. Kaplan has long been among America’s most insightful analysts of global trends. I’d rather argue with him than agree with most others. Right now, I’m going to do a bit of both.

Robert Morrison | January 03, 2013

The United Kingdom has long been proud to host the Mother of Parliaments. Now, if Prime Minister David Cameron has his way, Britain will be home to the Progenitor of Parliaments. Britain’s Conservatives – the Tories – are deeply divided by the precipitous actions of their young, hip Prime Minister.

Rachel Alexander | January 03, 2013

Congressional Republicans caved in to the Democrats this week, surrendering their principles in order to pass a bill that merely delays the looming fiscal cliff by two months.

Ken Blackwell | January 03, 2013

Most of us would be honored to have our name become a verb. Especially those of us in public life. But that is not how Judge Robert H. Bork got into the dictionary. He was "borked" when President Reagan nominated him to the U.S. Supreme Court. No sooner had the announcement been made by the White House on July 1, 1987, than Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) raced to the Senate floor to denounce the distinguished judge and former Yale Law Professor.

Maggie Gallagher | January 03, 2013

A few days ago, going through some memorabilia of my mother's, I found the original promotional material for this syndicated column, launched in 1993. I was billed as "A New Conservative Voice for Young Women!"

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | January 03, 2013

It's the beginning of a new year and a great chance to start over -- but how? Here are 10 ways to gain a fresh start in 2013.

Michael Barone | January 03, 2013

Demographics buffs get a special Christmas present every year courtesy of the Census Bureau: its annual estimates of the populations of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Larry Elder | January 03, 2013

CNN's Piers Morgan writes that the pro-gun crowd's anger toward him stems from anti-British bias: "This gun debate is an ongoing war of verbal attrition in America -- and I'm just the latest target, the advantage to the gun lobbyists being that I'm British, a breed of human being who burned down the White House in 1814 and had to be forcefully deported en masse, as no American will ever be allowed to forget."

John Ransom | January 03, 2013

Now the election is over. Sweets are off the table; the congress is a lame duck even if still addicted to pork. And a deal has been FINALLY struck to “tackle our debt and deficits in a serious way.” Just wait; this ought to be really funny.

Michael Reagan | January 03, 2013

The latest horror movie from Washington -- “The Fiscal Cliff” -- finally came to an exciting end in the early hours of 2013.

Cal Thomas | January 03, 2013

Everything that everyone loathes about Washington was present in the "fiscal cliff" bill just passed by Congress. It is 153 pages long; most members probably hadn't read all of it before voting on it; it was delivered in the middle of the night; it was loaded with pork -- the mother's milk (to mix a metaphor) of politicians -- and while the country is already swamped with massive debt, it contains massive giveaways to satisfy interest groups and campaign contributors. Did I mention the bill raises taxes on top of the coming Obamacare taxes, but does nothing -- nothing -- to address the debt problem?

Debra J. Saunders | January 03, 2013

It tells you something about the news media that before the House vote Tuesday, talking heads were warning Americans that unless the GOP House voted for a bill to stall our going over the fiscal cliff, taxes would go up on 98 percent of Americans.

David Harsanyi | January 03, 2013

The worst part of the fiscal cliff deal isn't the specifics -- though they do stink. It's being reminded again how utterly detached Washington is from reality.

Austin Bay | January 03, 2013

In November 1979, two weeks after Iranian voters approved his Islamic revolutionary constitution, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini identified the U.S. as the source of Iranian misery. The angry old cleric also swore that American corruption not only polluted Muslim nations but tainted the entire planet.

Matt Towery | January 03, 2013

Oh, the carnage. President Barack Obama played his cards masterfully, as the Republican Party once again caved in one of his endless games of legislative chicken.

Paul Greenberg | January 03, 2013

It may be a distinction to become a verb, but not necessarily a welcome one. Look under Boycott, Captain Charles C. A land agent, he found himself shunned -- boycotted -- after he attempted to raise the rents of Irish tenant farmers who worked the fields of an absentee English lord. Or see Crapper, Thomas. He held at least three patents on improvements to the flush toilet, a useful and sanitary innovation that revolutionized plumbing systems worldwide.

Donald Lambro | January 03, 2013

Let's be clear what the "fiscal cliff" deal does and doesn't do. It permanently preserves the bulk of George W. Bush's tax cuts for most Americans, but it does not offer desperately needed new incentives to revive a weak economy and jobless labor market.

Emmett Tyrrell | January 03, 2013

I wonder, as we begin 2013 and look forward to four more years of this insufferable poseur in the White House, where Sandra Fluke might be. Miss Fluke is the lady who made birth control a matter of national security, in particular her own personal supply of pills and God knows what else.

Bob Goldman | January 03, 2013

Filling your head with a bunch of facts is a major waste of time and energy. Facts just slow you down. If Columbus had studied "the facts," he would have learned that the earth is flat, and he would never have set sail for America.

Political Calculations | January 03, 2013

U.S. markets have already adversely reacted to going over the so-called "fiscal cliff," following the outcome of the November 6, 2012 national election, which ensured that President Obama would remain in office and seek higher tax rates.

Bill Tatro | January 03, 2013

Men and women of principle stand on principle, no matter the impact or the outcome. Unfortunately, that type of person is certainly not present within much of the upper echelon of Republican leadership.

Dave Ramsey | January 03, 2013

According to the IRS, if you run a business for two years or more without making a profit, then it is not a business. You have to become profitable at some point. Otherwise, the IRS will declare your endeavor a hobby.

Mike Shedlock | January 03, 2013

Young Americans tweeted Obama and they got an invite to bow down to the person making them debt-slaves to union educators as well as debt-slaves to the ungrateful elderly.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 03, 2013

Compared to the income tax, the payroll tax does far less damage. And it’s not just because it collects less money. On a per-dollar-raised basis, the payroll tax is considerably less destructive than the income tax.

Charles Payne | January 03, 2013

At some point taxes in some shape or form would have to hit all working people to pay for the furious spending of this administration and its grand ambitions. We've reached that point.

George Friedman | January 03, 2013

The countries we are visiting on this trip (Turkey, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine and Poland) occupy the borderland between Islam, Catholicism and Orthodox Christianity.

Ira Mehlman | January 03, 2013

Now that President Obama and congressional Republicans have managed to talk themselves and the nation off the fiscal cliff, one of their top legislative priorities for 2013 will be to tackle the ever thorny issue of immigration reform.

Wed, Jan 02, 2013

Ann Coulter | January 02, 2013

I am bored with politics, refuse to pay attention to the news and am watching only True Crime TV shows and Turner Classic Movies these days. With the Democrats controlling the Senate and presidency, nothing good can possibly come out of Washington for at least another two years. So I thought I'd start the new year with something useful, like a short list of bad inventions.

Byron York | January 02, 2013

Many Republicans have accused Barack Obama of ignoring the economy. That's not true. The problem with Obama is not that he has ignored the economy, but that it was never his top priority in his first term as president, even as millions of Americans suffered the consequences of a devastating economic downturn.

Frank Gaffney | January 02, 2013

Did you have a Merry Christmas? If so, chances are you are not a Christian in the Middle East or many other parts of the world.

Phyllis Schlafly | January 02, 2013

The idea for massacring children in an elementary school or shooting up a mall filled with Christmas shoppers does not come from reading books, watching movies or listening to music. Does the incitement for such unspeakable acts come from hours of role-playing violent video games?

Kathryn Lopez | January 02, 2013

In essence, if you are Catholic in this country you no longer can own a company, Frank O'Brien explains.

Chuck Norris | January 02, 2013

When President Barack Obama was re-elected, the winds waned behind many patriots' ships' sails. My wife, Gena, and I felt that sock in the gut for our country and posterity, too. But instead of cowering in defeat, I believe we need to discard conventional (unsuccessful) strategies and advance in new directions.

Tony Katz | January 02, 2013

When a deal is bad beyond all pretext, the only thing left to do is spin. Democrats, including Senate lackeys and administration lummoxes, spin the Senate version of the Fiscal Crap Sandwich to mean absolute victory over Republicans who have "finally" raised revenue (read "taxes.") Republicans spin that they moved to give even more people a tax break in 2013. Both obscure the reality; President Obama sold out the middle class for the wealthy.

Chris Malagisi | January 02, 2013

At this point in time, most people are probably familiar with the 'Right to Work' drama that ensued last week in Michigan. Through a debate with a staunch pro-union friend of mine, it dawned on me that perhaps there were some people who might not actually understand what it means to be pro 'Right to Work.'

Brent Bozell | January 02, 2013

The D.C. police investigation of NBC hotshot David Gregory for waving around an empty ammo magazine on "Meet the Press" easily proves two things. First, D.C.'s "ammunition control" laws are ridiculous. But more importantly, once again, we find the arrogance of the national press knows no boundaries.

Jeff Jacoby | January 02, 2013

Eleven years ago, al-Qaeda terrorist Richard Reid tried to blow up American Airlines Flight 63 with a bomb hidden in his shoes. As a result, air travelers to this day must remove their shoes to pass through security at US airports.

Hugh Hewitt | January 02, 2013

President Obama won the first round of his second term, but thanks to Mitch McConnell the beating wasn’t as severe as it could have been.

Rich Galen | January 02, 2013

They haven't done anything to solve the debt crisis, but the new Congress - and the President on January 20 - will have a brand new road and a bunch of shiny new cans to kick down it.

Michelle Malkin | January 02, 2013

President Obama will kick off the new year the same way that he kicked off the old year: by demanding that the wealthy pay their "fair share" in taxes.

John Stossel | January 02, 2013

In the short time since President Obama was re-elected, government has issued hundreds of new regulations. The bureaucrats never stop. There are now more than 170,000 pages of federal regulations.

Walter E. Williams | January 02, 2013

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shootings, said: "The British are not coming. ... We don't need all these guns to kill people." Lewis' vision, shared by many, represents a gross ignorance of why the framers of the Constitution gave us the Second Amendment.

Mike Adams | January 02, 2013

Most of America's problems are cultural. Even our economic problems stem from the cultural rejection of personal responsibility and the acceptance of collective responsibility.

Bob Barr | January 02, 2013

Neither Congress nor the White House has proved itself capable of reaching a decision on how to begin trimming the $16.5 trillion national debt with which these two institutions have saddled the American taxpayers.

Ben Shapiro | January 02, 2013

Progressivism in America has always been a thuggish ideology. It rests on the notion that laws require no evidence to support their implementation, that intentions are all that matter and that those who oppose "change" of the sort progressives like are morally deficient.

Jacob Sullum | January 02, 2013

Chris Williams, a Montana medical marijuana grower, faces at least five years in federal prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 1. The penalty seems unduly severe, especially because his business openly supplied marijuana to patients who were allowed to use it under state law.

Ken Connor | January 02, 2013

This week, blogger Wesley J. Smith directed his readers' attention to an article on Salon.com written by Lillian B. Rubin. Eighty-eight years old and in failing health, Rubin speculates about our society's fear of death, the taboo surrounding elder suicide, and her own struggles with "ambivalence" about taking her own life.

Ralph Benko | January 02, 2013

As this column is being written America is preparing to head down the, theatrically styled, “Fiscal Cliff.” That “cliff” really is the chicken roost of 40 years of mostly disappointing — and more than a decade of catastrophic — economic growth. Lousy growth leads to a diminished tax base, capable of producing only anemic tax revenues.

Lincoln Brown | January 02, 2013

As liberals sink their fangs into Jefferson’s spirituality and then pick them clean with his Bible, they are woefully unmindful of a major driving force behind the First Amendment. Protecting the church from the state, not vice versa.

Mike Shedlock | January 02, 2013

The extension of the tax cuts will add almost $4 trillion to the deficit over 10 years according to CBO analysis of the American Taxpayer Relief Act.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 02, 2013

What’s especially depressing about these two defeats is that the supposedly right-wing parties deserve the blame.

Charles Payne | January 02, 2013

While Americans are being sold a pipedream instead of actually building pipelines the rest of the world continues to scramble for fossil fuels.

Political Calculations | January 02, 2013

The Social Security tax rate on personal income will return to 6.2% from its 2012 level of 4.2%, no matter what happens with the fiscal cliff situation.

Stewart Scott | January 02, 2013

The highly critical report and the subsequent personnel reassignments are not simply a low watermark for the State Department; rather, the events following the attack signify another phase in the diplomatic security funding cycle.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | January 02, 2013

The following checklist can act as a starting point for your thinking and open the door to family discussions on spending and saving, the attitudes you share and how to resolve differences of opinion.

Tue, Jan 01, 2013

John Ransom | January 01, 2013

The US Senate did what any government body would do when trying to control spending: They sped-up the pace of spending and raised taxes.

Thomas Sowell | January 01, 2013

The beginning of a new year is often a time to look forward and look back. The way the future looks, I prefer to look back -- and depend on my advanced age to spare me from having to deal with too much of the future.

John Hawkins | January 01, 2013

As a Christian, it can be difficult to reconcile all the evil that happens in the world with an all knowing, all powerful loving God who could stop it if He wants, but chooses not to do so.

David Limbaugh | January 01, 2013

NBC's David Gregory interviewed President Barack Obama on "Meet the Press" Sunday, and a conversation ensued that would have been more fitting for a show called "The President Meets One of His Many Mainstream Media Enablers."

John Ransom | January 01, 2013

How much easier and safer would have been this takedown of a punk in New York City if the clerk had been equipped with a hand gun rather than just a vodka bottle?

Mona Charen | January 01, 2013

Lyndon Johnson, step aside. Barack Obama is far more deserving than you ever were of the term "credibility gap."

Ken Blackwell | January 01, 2013

President Abraham Lincoln had been warned by Gen. George B. McClellan not to interfere with the institution of slavery. McClellan was a “War Democrat,” willing to fight to preserve the Union, but unwilling to do anything about the root cause of the rebellion that threatened the life of the nation.

Cal Thomas | January 01, 2013

HONG KONG -- We read about famous people like French film star Gerard Depardieu, who moved to Belgium to avoid a 75 percent income tax on millionaires proposed by France's Socialist government (a measure rejected last week by a French council, though French leadership has vowed to resubmit a similar proposal).

Pat Buchanan | January 01, 2013

When Socialist President Francois Hollande took office, he swiftly made good on his pledge to raise the top tax rate on Frenchmen who earn a million euros a year -- to 75 percent.

Debra J. Saunders | January 01, 2013

Unlicensed drivers are nearly three times likelier than licensed drivers to cause a fatal crash in California. Indeed, unlicensed drivers are likelier to cause fatal crashes than drivers who have had their licenses suspended or revoked.

Paul Greenberg | January 01, 2013

Nobody resigns in disgrace any more. Disgrace may be just as common as ever -- such is the human condition -- but not resignations.

Rachel Marsden | January 01, 2013

Predicting events can be a dangerous game. That's because some people simply project wishful thinking, allowing their personal biases to obscure reality. We see it repeatedly during election season.

Bill Murchison | January 01, 2013

What's this? Joe Biden in weekend conversation with Mitch McConnell over how to step back from the fiscal cliff? Isn't Biden the man in charge of solving The Gun Problem? How does he have the time or energy -- not least the ideas -- to launch another rescue mission?

Armstrong Williams | January 01, 2013

Time Magazine has just named President Obama as their Person of the Year. This has been, of course, controversial, and for the usual reasons: much like with the President’s Nobel Peace Prize, one has to wonder what he actually did to deserve it. Surely getting re-elected is important, but beside the point; what matters is what you do in office, and I just don’t see much in the way of achievement by the president this year, in which he spent most of it either campaigning or doing nothing to avoid rocking the boat before the election.

Dave Ramsey | January 01, 2013

If I were in your situation, I’d write a check today and knock out that hospital bill. This definitely falls under the heading of “emergency” in my mind.

John Browne | January 01, 2013

Though a short-term fix may have been reached, the Entitlement Cliff still looms large and descending down this precipice could seal the fate of the U.S. dollar.

Bill Tatro | January 01, 2013

Our latest game show entertainment, the U.S. Congress, has a few similarities to Let’s Make a Deal. The players come from all over the United States; they’re using other people’s money, and if they lose, oh well.

Mike Shedlock | January 01, 2013

I recommend governmental actions on the basis of policy merit alone, not based on my stock market positioning.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 01, 2013

Let’s not delude ourselves. This deal is not good for the economy. It doesn’t do anything to cap the burden of government spending. It doesn’t reform entitlement programs.

Mon, Dec 31, 2012

Paul Greenberg | December 31, 2012

It is a time when so many virtues have dimmed -- to the point where they may be confused with their opposite. Leadership becomes the art of assigning responsibility for failure to others. (See the news out of Washington.)

John Ransom | December 31, 2012

I won some, a lost a few too. Okay more than a few. But some of the more outrageous predictions, like Barney Frank's wedding, panned out.

Michael Barone | December 31, 2012

There's a natural human impulse to help people who need a hand. In the political world, that often translates to an impulse to have government help people who need a hand. Who wants to argue with that?

Star Parker | December 31, 2012

What is the essence of freedom? Property and a gun.

Jeff Jacoby | December 31, 2012

WHEN IT COMES to foreign policy, John F. Kerry is no John F. Kennedy.

Katie Kieffer | December 31, 2012

Here are twelve comical but true resolutions that every liberal should make for 2013.

Terry Paulson | December 31, 2012

As a conservative columnist and author of "The Optimism Advantage," I've been asked to speak on "Keeping Conservative Hope Alive" in light of President Obama's election victory.

Bruce Bialosky | December 31, 2012

Indulging once again would appear to some a questionable act, especially after he had spent all that time running around and attempting to get a particular guy reelected who I wanted gone from politics in the best way.

Rich Galen | December 31, 2012

As of Eight PM Eastern Time last night the Senate had adjourned without having a Fiscal-Cliff-Avoiding bill to vote on.

Dan Holler | December 31, 2012

Matt Damon, the actor who once gave $2,000 to Dennis Kucinich, is giving up on politics. He told Playboy, “It’s easier now more than ever in my life to feel the fix is in, the game is rigged and no matter how hard you work to change things, it just doesn’t matter.”

Mark Baisley | December 31, 2012

I never had the honor of meeting Judge Bork. But his book, The Tempting of America, has become a regular reference artifact for me personally.

Morgan Brittany | December 31, 2012

No one other than financial gurus and geeks are talking about the impending rise in the estate tax. Is no one paying attention to this blatant theft of savings and assets that have already been taxed once?

Shawn Mitchell | December 31, 2012

Our topic today is how George Bush destroyed America.

Bob Beauprez | December 31, 2012

Increasing the capital gains and dividend tax rate as Obama has championed would hammer the GDP by 2.15% - essentially erasing the average growth rate for the last three years.

Sun, Dec 30, 2012

Derek Hunter | December 30, 2012

It’s that time again – time to make resolutions we won’t keep, spend two weeks writing the wrong date on checks and to look back on the year we’re leaving.

John Ransom | December 30, 2012

More and more law-abiding Americans say that they have constitutional objections to the healthcare and liberty land grab by the Obama administration. Coming next? It could be guns!

Austin Hill | December 30, 2012

The Rose Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl, the BCS National Championship – and in a few weeks, the Super Bowl – are all coming soon to a television near you.

Doug Giles | December 30, 2012

Senator Dianne Feinstein is queuing up come January 2013 to retable—yet again—an Assault Weapons Ban (AWB) in order to “severely mitigate the possibilities of another Sandy Hook atrocity.” Great idea, Dianne, as the first AWB that Clinton signed into law worked wonders in schools from 1994-2004.

Debra J. Saunders | December 30, 2012

The outlook wasn't brilliant for the GOP this year:

The economy had tanked; hope and change had morphed to fear.

The strong and swift refused to join the presidential race.

Kyle Olson | December 30, 2012

When American Federation of Teachers President Rhonda “Randi” Weingarten proposed a “bar exam” of sorts for teacher prospects, it was hailed as a step forward in improving teacher quality, EAGnews.org reported.

Steve Chapman | December 30, 2012

The American medical system has the latest technology, the greatest variety of new drugs and unparalleled resources. But anyone who thinks we're getting something great for our dollars inevitably encounters a two-word rebuke: infant mortality.

Bill Steigerwald | December 30, 2012

Long after the old farms and new forests of New England disappeared in my rearview mirror, I was still scrawling those words in the reporter's notebook on my knee. Big, empty, rich and unchanged - that's a pretty boring scouting report for the America I "discovered" along the Steinbeck Highway.

Bob Beauprez | December 30, 2012

The pox on Bush and the Republican majorities is that while revenues soared following implementation of the 2003 tax cuts, spending did as well.

Mike Shedlock | December 30, 2012

The latest Gallup poll taken December 19, 2012, shows Congress Approval Remains at 18% During Fiscal Cliff Debate, yet Obama gave them a raise, along with one for Joe Biden.

Daniel J. Mitchell | December 30, 2012

In some ways, it would be fun to be a leftist. I’m not talking about using corrupt connections to obtain unearned wealth. Instead, I’m talking about what it must be like to engage in reckless demagoguery and personal smears.

Marita Noon | December 30, 2012

California’s legalization of prescription pot lead to an economic boom in Humboldt County. However, as a local report states: “Eventually, the inevitable happened. Supply outpaced demand. There were more people growing pot than smoking it."

Paul Jacob | December 30, 2012

Deep in the dark recesses of the Congressional Record and the U.S. Code, a bomb is waiting to go off.

Debra J. Saunders | December 30, 2012

With humble apologies to Ernest Lawrence Thayer, who wrote "Casey at the Bat," which was published in The San Francisco Examiner in 1888.