Sat, Jan 12, 2013

John Hawkins | January 12, 2013

1) Guns for making all those poor innocent criminals break the law.

John C. Goodman | January 12, 2013

Do you remember what the mainstream media mainly talked about as the country careened toward the fiscal cliff? Did they talk about the harmful economic effects of impending tax increases? Did they talk about which tax increases would be worse than others? Did they talk about the need to get rid of waste in government without causing economic harm?

Ken Blackwell | January 12, 2013

President Obama will take the oath of office later this month “on a stack of Bibles,” the Washington Post tells us. He will place his left hand on Bibles owned by Abraham Lincoln and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Well, that’s a relief. Interestingly, not included in the stack is the Koran, about which Mr. Obama spoke so glowingly in Egypt four years ago. (No Bibles openly displayed there.)

John Ransom | January 12, 2013

Just when I thought that the GOP’s own ineptitude was going to sink the party, the man-who-would-be-president proved once again that when it comes to being out of touch, you can’t get any better than the First Community Organizer.

Kathryn Lopez | January 12, 2013

When did "women's health" become reduced to just contraception and abortion? So much so, that all knees bend at the altar of Planned Parenthood, which works hard to ensure that this remains the case

Kyle Olson | January 12, 2013

At least the teachers of Occupy Oakland are finally being honest about their political agenda.

Ed Feulner | January 12, 2013

Nothing in life is certain but death and taxes, the saying goes. Unfortunately, the list doesn’t stop there. We can add one other inescapable component: regulations.

Jerry Bowyer | January 12, 2013

Douglas Gresham, C.S. Lewis’s stepson, once said to me something like this: “If a young woman unwisely bestows her affections and becomes pregnant, and Christians shame her, they’re causing future abortions.” I think that’s right.

Bob Beauprez | January 12, 2013

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta warned that the $500 billion of DoD cuts would be "disastrous" to national security, hoping to get the attention of Congress and the White House for a timely solution. Eight months later, the Pentagon is still waiting.

Night Watch | January 12, 2013

The situation in Afghanistan is not so rosy that anyone should be proud or thumping his or her chest or doing a victory lap.

Steve Deace | January 12, 2013

Following the defeat of 2012, it seems as if everyone – yours truly included – has an opinion about where the conservative movement goes from here. But right now presents an excellent opportunity to rally the Right again.

Phil Kerpen | January 12, 2013

An impartial rule of law is one of the pillars of a free society, so the curious resolution of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) probe into alleged anti-competitive practice by Google should be cause for concern even for those of us who are skeptical of antitrust law.

Fri, Jan 11, 2013

Larry Kudlow | January 11, 2013

The real problem is that Lew is a left-liberal Obama spear-carrier, whose very appointment signals a sharp confrontation with the Republican House.

Tim Phillips | January 11, 2013

As I watched Congressional Republican leaders stumble too often during the fiscal cliff negotiations, I was reminded that a wise mentor often said, "Sound policy is sound politics." This is a lesson Republicans should have learned by now. Instead they’re using flawed logic and telling themselves, “President Obama won the election with a mandate for higher taxes that the public currently supports. A strategic retreat now on tax hikes and cutting government spending will strengthen our political position and keep us relevant in the long run."

Diana West | January 11, 2013

Ever since Al Gore sold Current TV to Al Jazeera, the network founded and funded by the oil-rich emirate of Qatar, the former vice president has drawn continuous fire in conservative media.

Rich Galen | January 11, 2013

Earlier this week I was whining about having what I declared to be "the fluh" which was the flu without the fever.

Michelle Malkin | January 11, 2013

From New York to New Mexico and across the dependent plains, welfare recipients are getting sauced on the public dime. Drunk, besotted, bombed. But while politicians pay lip service to cutting government waste, fraud and abuse, they're doing very little in practice to stop the EBT party excesses. Where's the compassion for taxpayers?

Mark Davis | January 11, 2013

Before examining the ridiculous controversy stemming from Monday night’s college football championship broadcast, let us stipulate that there are more urgent and scary ways to describe the current changes in America.

Jonah Goldberg | January 11, 2013

"As the president said, if your actions result in only saving one life, they're worth taking," Vice President Joe Biden declared on Wednesday as he previewed what his commission on gun violence might actually do.

David Limbaugh | January 11, 2013

Hey, folks, remember the good old days when candidate Barack Obama at least pretended to be bipartisan and conciliatory? Now it's as if he's on a mission to prove he was faking it.

Mona Charen | January 11, 2013

I suppose I'm a bad woman -- by today's standards that is. For some reason, I take absolutely no pride in the accomplishments of women per se. I am utterly uninspired by first women astronauts or Secretaries of State.

Ken Blackwell | January 11, 2013

President Obama’s choice of former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel for Sec. of Defense is a dangerous choice that telegraphs weakness toward Iran. In the Senate, Mr. Hagel compiled a worrisome record toward the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism.

Jeff Jacoby | January 11, 2013

I DON'T FALL IN LOVE with politicians – the last presidential candidate I voted for with ardor was Ronald Reagan in 1980 – and my heart doesn't break when those I support don't win. Nor am I a party loyalist.

Suzanne Fields | January 11, 2013

A poet laureate comes to Washington. Yawn. In the world capital of the sound and fury that often signifies not very much, the disciplined sentiments of a poet sound as alien as a tax cut for millionaires.

John Ransom | January 11, 2013

I wonder about the 12 million martyrs who remain unemployed. And the 3.6 million martyrs who are not in the labor force. And the 8 million martyrs who can only find part-time work. That’s almost 24 million martyrs, plus their families. Obama does not worry about it.

Donald Lambro | January 11, 2013

WASHINGTON - President Obama's decision to name Jacob Lew, his chief of staff and former budget director, to be his Treasury secretary sent a depressing signal that the economy and jobs won't be his highest priority in a second term.

Kyle Olson | January 11, 2013

Teach for America has been a breath of fresh air for public schools around the nation.

Crystal Wright | January 11, 2013

I get tired of writing about stupid racist comments made by people of so-called fame or political importance. One would think in this day and age, individuals would know better. But my sensibilities are particularly offended when the mainstream media doesn’t apply the same standard of fingering wagging to blacks when they utter racial obscenities, as members of the press do when whites do.

Night Watch | January 11, 2013

The Egyptian rich did not trust their wealth to the goodwill of the Mursi government. Foreign reserves were halved because of capital flight and the transfer of savings abroad.

Fritz Pfister | January 11, 2013

If Illinois portends the future of America, we are in more danger than a conservative appearing on MSNBC.

Brian and Garrett Fahy | January 11, 2013

Accomplished legislator. Effective, insightful administrator. Respected, bipartisan leader. Policy visionary. Nothing of the sort has been said of Chuck Hagel – or of President Obama’s other Cabinet nominees John Kerry (State) and Jack Lew (Treasury).

Nathan Slaughter | January 11, 2013

In the not too distant future, the wealth of some nations could be measured more by water than crude. Drought-ravaged regions around the world are wrestling over water rights, rationing and other such issues.

Brent Bozell | January 11, 2013

Television is getting a little unreal. First, the idea that Al Gore would sell out to Al-Jazeera sounded like an April Fools' joke.

Oliver North | January 11, 2013

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Pat Buchanan | January 11, 2013

"Chuck Hagel is out of the mainstream of thinking ... on most issues regarding foreign policy," says GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham. Neocon William Kristol concurs: Hagel is "out on the fringes."

Linda Chavez | January 11, 2013

Obamacare promised access to health care to millions of Americans who lacked it, with the president personally promising those who had health care that they liked that they wouldn't be forced to change.

Thu, Jan 10, 2013

Michael Whatley | January 10, 2013

The election was more than a month ago and many in Washington and around the country are still scrambling to break out their divining rods and polish off their crystal balls. There are still many unanswered questions about the direction of President Obama’s next term, particularly how it will govern on energy policy. Will the President embrace the economic engine of energy production, or will he side with the climate change lobby and move to support a cap and trade program like the one California just put into place? Based on the campaign rhetoric of the last year, it’s hard to tell.

Cliff May | January 10, 2013

A few years back I was interviewed about some development in the Middle East by a reporter from Al Arabiya, the Saudi-owned television news channel. Afterwards, we sat for a while and talked journalism.

Frank Gaffney | January 10, 2013

Let's call it Al Goreera. That seems a fitting title for the new network that former Vice President Al Gore is launching with the jihadists' favorite television outlet: Al Jazeera. The effect will be to create vast new opportunities for our enemies to propagandize the American people, a key ingredient of their "civilization jihad" against our country.

David Harsanyi | January 10, 2013

If Republicans do happen to force a shutdown in Washington, it's very possible they'll be embracing a political loser while doing the rest of us an immense favor.

Emmett Tyrrell | January 10, 2013

I have one question about the way Majority Leader Harry Reid has been conducting the Senate. Has he committed a felony or a mere misdemeanor?

Michael Brown | January 10, 2013

Over the years, many people have asked me to pray for them concerning a myriad of problems and difficulties, but a request for prayer from a Christian living in mainland China was a first for me: His wife was pregnant with their second child, and with his country’s draconian one-child policy, having a second child would mean severe fines and penalties for many years to come. Would I please pray for him and for his wife?

Pat Buchanan | January 10, 2013

We are here tonight to celebrate the centennial of a statesman, a profile in courage and an extraordinary man we are all proud to have served: the 37th president of the United States, Richard Milhous Nixon.

Katie Pavlich | January 10, 2013

While the use of pistols in the home are helpful for self defense, they’re not the best weapon to use when it comes to protecting property. This is why people need an AR-15. When politicians and gun grabbers tell us we “don’t need” semi-automatic, "assault," or "military style" weapons, they don’t know what they’re talking about and have clearly never survived a riot or a hurricane.

Michael Barone | January 10, 2013

Barack Obama, we have been told by his admirers on the left and right, is an instinctive centrist, a moderate always ready to negotiate compromises, a politician deeply interested in the nuances of public policy.

Victor Davis Hanson | January 10, 2013

As a senator and presidential candidate, Barack Obama said that he detested budget deficits. In 2006, when the aggregate national debt was almost $8 trillion less than today, he blasted George W. Bush's chronic borrowing and refused to vote for upping the debt ceiling: "Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that 'the buck stops here.'"

Larry Elder | January 10, 2013

The New York Post headline read: "Could You Spend $500 on Food at This Bodega? A Welfare Recipient Claimed To!" A few days later, another headline: "Welfare Recipients Take Out Cash at Strip Clubs, Liquor Stores and X-Rated Shops." "They're on the dole -- and watching the pole," wrote the Post. "Welfare recipients took out cash at bars, liquor stores, X-rated video shops, hookah parlors and even strip clubs -- where they presumably spent their taxpayer money on lap dances rather than diapers."

Michael Reagan | January 10, 2013

We have junk food, junk mail and junk bonds. Now, thanks to our dysfunctional and devious Congress, we have junk laws like the “Taxpayer Relief Act.”

Cal Thomas | January 10, 2013

Biography isn't policy. President Obama's choice for secretary of defense, Chuck Hagel, former Nebraska Republican senator, has a resume most politicians can envy: a clean senatorial record, no ethical lapses and two purple hearts from a war many opposed and many more tried to avoid.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | January 10, 2013

My undergraduate studies took place at Presbyterian College, a liberal arts school of about 1,000 students in Clinton, S.C. The town was so small that you had to leave it to find a McDonald's or go to a movie.

Scottie Hughes | January 10, 2013

So how does the Tea Party survive? The Tea Party could just change their name, as it seemed to work for ACORN. But this would be portrayed as a sign of resignation and defeat.

Debra J. Saunders | January 10, 2013

"It is now time to return the control of our prison system to California," Gov. Jerry Brown declared at a news conference Tuesday morning.

Matt Towery | January 10, 2013

For my money, the single most talented voice in the modern history of talk radio is retiring later this month. Not "one of" the most talented -- the most talented.

John Ransom | January 10, 2013

Politicians who win state-wide elections in places like New Jersey and Massachusetts are the political equivalent of fishing lures. Yeah, they’re very pretty in the water, they wiggle a lot to attract attention, they flash and gleam, but once you bite, you’re hooked. By the time you try to protest they have you scaled and gutted.

Paul Greenberg | January 10, 2013

It was H.L. Mencken who said nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public. He didn't think to add that no politician ever lost an election by underestimating the gullibility of the American public.

Chris Poindexter | January 10, 2013

Being out of the headlines is actually good news for gold and silver. For decades the gold and silver trade was limited to big players, like central banks, and the retail gold and silver trade was a relatively small group of collectors and traders.

Night Watch | January 10, 2013

Chinese missions directly contributed to the landslide victory of the Liberal Democratic Party in the December elections and to rising nationalism in China and Japan.

Bill Tatro | January 10, 2013

Shareholders allege the rescue (takeover) was unfair to AIG. The American public is enraged in what appears to be the height of ingratitude after the government’s $182 billion bailout of AIG nearly five years ago.

Demian Brady | January 10, 2013

Congress and the President may have reached a deal on averting the “fiscal cliff,” but taxpayers shouldn’t even think about popping champagne corks. Though the negotiated package prevented most tax increases from taking effect, it did nothing to help resolve the overspending problem that is burying our nation in debt.

Bob Beauprez | January 10, 2013

If he's one of the most wanted men in the world right now, Abu Khattala doesn't seem all that concerned. He sat down with the New York Times and "spent two leisurely hours on Thursday evening at a crowded luxury hotel, sipping a strawberry frappe on a patio and scoffing at the threats coming from the American and Libyan governments."

Wed, Jan 09, 2013

Ann Coulter | January 09, 2013

In Sunday's New York Times, Elisabeth Rosenthal claimed, as the title of her article put it, "More Guns = More Killing." She based this on evidence that would never be permitted in any other context at the Times: (1) anecdotal observations; and (2) bald assertions of an activist, blandly repeated with absolutely no independent fact-checking by the Times.

Jeff Jacoby | January 09, 2013

"Civility" was a popular buzzword last year when then-Senator Scott Brown and his Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren signed a much-hyped "People's Pledge" to keep third-party advertising out of their rapidly escalating US Senate contest.

Mark W. Hendrickson | January 09, 2013

I recently indulged in some wistful, year-end nostalgia, but now that 2013 is underway, let’s turn our attention to a time more crucial to our well-being: the future in which we will live.

Marybeth Hicks | January 09, 2013

I bought a picture frame on Saturday. It’s just a simple, black, 5-by-7-inch frame with a plain white mat, suitable for the black and white photo my daughter took on Christmas Eve of our dog, Scotty, sitting at the feet of my dad (a supposed dog opponent).

Rich Galen | January 09, 2013

I was not surprised by the number of readers who emailed to wish me a speedy recovery from my very, very tough case of the fluh. I have the best readers since Gutenberg. Thank you each and every one.

Austin Bay | January 09, 2013

During last year's Mexican presidential campaign, then-candidate and now President Enrique Pena Nieto argued that Mexico needed a new, specially trained and heavily armed police force.

Terry Jeffrey | January 09, 2013

On the night of Sept. 11, 2012 -- before former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed by a terrorist mortar strike -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released a public statement linking the attack against the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, with an anti-Muslim video, which she referred to as "inflammatory material posted on the Internet."

Bob Barr | January 09, 2013

Chicago is known for good steaks, expensive stores and beautiful architecture. Unfortunately, the Windy City also enjoys a reputation for corrupt politics, violent crime, and some of the strictest gun control laws anywhere in the country. To rational people, the inverse relationship between the last two is obvious. Unfortunately for residents of and visitors to Chicago, the city is governed by officials who operate not in the real world, but in a virtual “Bizarro World,” where up is down, black is white, and good guys are to be punished.

Michelle Malkin | January 09, 2013

Egypt's terror-coddling President Mohamed Morsi has repeated his arrogant demand that America free convicted 1993 World Trade Center mastermind Omar Abdel-Rahman. I'd like to report that President Obama repeated his unequivocal rejection of the Muslim Brotherhood leader's entreaties. But as of this writing, no such public statement or restatement yet exists.

John Stossel | January 09, 2013

The Obama administration now proposes to spend millions more on handouts, despite ample evidence of their perverse effects.

Walter E. Williams | January 09, 2013

Nearly two years ago, U.S. News & World Report came out with a story titled "Educators Implicated in Atlanta Cheating Scandal." It reported that "for 10 years, hundreds of Atlanta public school teachers and principals changed answers on state tests in one of the largest cheating scandals in U.S. history."

Kurt Schlichter | January 09, 2013

The current state of the GOP brings to mind the surviving Marines in Aliens, with no shortage of demoralized hacks lamenting their inability to resist by channeling Private Hudson: “Maybe you haven't been keeping up on current events but we just got our a**** kicked, pal!”

Brent Bozell | January 09, 2013

The liberal media have spent 12 years feeling sorry for Al Gore. The Man Who Should Have Won in 2000 has had megatons of positive publicity dumped on him, hailing him as the "Goracle." They cheered as leftists honored him with the Nobel Peace Prize and gave an Oscar to his filmed eco-sermon, "An Inconvenient Truth."

Jonah Goldberg | January 09, 2013

It's official. President Obama has named former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) as his nominee for secretary of defense. Hence, we may be in store for the worst defense secretary nomination fight since George H.W. Bush's failed appointment of Sen. John Tower (R-Texas) more than 20 years ago.

Ken Blackwell | January 09, 2013

A trend has taken shape in Washington, and it has put our country on a devastating path towards potential fiscal ruin. The trend is characterized by an unsustainable penchant for spending money we don’t have.

Ben Shapiro | January 09, 2013

This week's column is brought to you by the word "a--holes." It's one of the left's favorite words these days, fond as they are of shutting down the debate and casting their political opponents out like lepers.

John Ransom | January 09, 2013

These high-capacity bank accounts hold millions and billions of dollars, and, if in the wrong hands- see Bush, Geo. - have the potential of creating massive jobs, profits and mass prosperity. In short, a liberal genocide.

Paul Greenberg | January 09, 2013

It is quiet out here today. It often is at the old graveyard. A soft wind plays over the monuments. Not a cloud in the sky this cold but bright weekday. No one else appears.

Donald Lambro | January 09, 2013

WASHINGTON - President Obama's is putting together a new national security team at the Pentagon and the CIA that is said to be designed for an era of downsizing.

Jacob Sullum | January 09, 2013

Will Barack Obama go down in history as our least merciful president? With less than two weeks to go in his first term, this reputedly progressive and enlightened man has a strong shot at winning that dubious distinction.

Susan Stamper Brown | January 09, 2013

Ninety-six. That’s the number of 60-watt incandescent light bulbs I purchased last weekend after learning the other kind, the compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) environmentalists are so in love with, are hazardous to my health and to the environment. I would have preferred a higher wattage but discovered the 75-watt version was outlawed January 1st.

Ken Connor | January 09, 2013

It's that time of year again, time for fresh starts, optimism for the future, and New Year's resolutions. Unfortunately, there's nothing fresh, optimistic, or resolute coming out of our nation's capital these days. After a months' long game of political chicken, Congress managed to maneuver its way around the worst elements of the dreaded "fiscal cliff" at the 11th hour. What they failed miserably to demonstrate is an ability to address America's dire fiscal situation in a serious manner.

George Friedman | January 09, 2013

The United States faces a potentially significant but longer-term geopolitical problem deriving from economic trends. The threat to the United States is the persistent decline in the middle class' standard of living, a problem that is reshaping the social order that has been in place since World War II.

Ralph Benko | January 09, 2013

Washington, quietly, is re-orientating. To be sure it still is sorting out what caused the financial crisis, the Great Recession, and the disorders that have ensued (from the application of bad medicine like bailouts and stimulus). But there’s just occurred a dramatic changing of the guard in the GOP and in the leadership of its intelligentsia.

Chris Poindexter | January 09, 2013

Commodities in general were higher in early trading with platinum, palladium, crude oil and copper all posting gains.

Tue, Jan 08, 2013

Brett McMahon | January 08, 2013

For any number of reasons, not the least of which is the inability for news outlets to focus on more than one simultaneous crisis, as public attention turned to the Fiscal Cliff telenovela, many are missing another serious economic threat: the small business spending cliff.

Rachel Marsden | January 08, 2013

It's very likely that kids will find this column to be, like, totally stupid, and will conclude that they can write one sooooo much better. They will declare this on their Twitter feed, sandwiched between the hundreds of photos of themselves making that pursed-lips "duck face," then wait for the "friends" they've never met in person to tell them how hot they look.

Hugh Hewitt | January 08, 2013

Republicans are 1-4 against President Obama, having lost two elections and two big showdowns with him. The only time the GOP won a round was after the blowout of 2010, and that win was limited in time –a two year extension of the Bush era tax rates.

Michael Medved | January 08, 2013

As Washington staggers into a new year, one side of the political spectrum polarizes and paralyzes all ongoing debates due to its irrational reliance on a higher power.

John Hawkins | January 08, 2013

Our Congress passes bills that run into the thousands of pages; then we're surprised that the bills are full of loopholes, set asides for lobbyists and toxic clauses no one seemed to know about.

Thomas Sowell | January 08, 2013

Many years ago, as a young man, I read a very interesting book about the rise of the Communists to power in China. In the last chapter, the author tried to explain why and how this had happened.

Chuck Norris | January 08, 2013

George Washington warned us in his Farewell Address about a time in America's future when we might be tempted to discard the pillars of civility: "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them."

Ashley Herzog | January 08, 2013

Guns can’t and shouldn’t be used for self-defense? Tell that to these women and countless others who never make the news.

David Limbaugh | January 08, 2013

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell tells us the tax issue is behind us and that we can now move on to spending. Really? What makes him think the GOP will succeed this time when it couldn't last time?

Mona Charen | January 08, 2013

Just a few days after Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, the New York Times' Paul Krugman crowed triumphantly about the federal government's response to the disaster.

Cal Thomas | January 08, 2013

As the son of a woman, the husband of a woman and the father of daughters and granddaughters, I celebrate the record number of females who are now United States senators. However, I do see some differences in the way these and other women are treated, depending on their party, policies and beliefs.

Dennis Prager | January 08, 2013

On the last day of 2012, Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen inadvertently clarified two huge matters regarding the left.

Pat Buchanan | January 08, 2013

Eight days after the massacre of 20 first-graders at Sandy Hook Elementary, where each child was shot with a Bushmaster .223, The Nation's Gun Show, the biggest east of the Mississippi, opened.

Debra J. Saunders | January 08, 2013

Though Obama lauded Hagel for representing "the bipartisan tradition we need more of in Washington," I think that what the president really meant is that Hagel is his favorite kind of Republican, the self-loathing kind.

Paul Greenberg | January 08, 2013

"What is there to say?" That's the question editorial writers all over the country were asking themselves after what happened at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. It's no longer necessary to specify where Newtown is, or just what happened there. It has become one of those places that has become indelible in the nation's memory. Unfortunately.

Phyllis Schlafly | January 08, 2013

A top priority of Democrats nationwide is to try to expand early voting even beyond the more than 40-plus million votes that were cast on days other than Election Day in 2012 or by mail. The present system balkanizes and deprives our nation of the unifying value of one nation on Election Day.

Bill Murchison | January 08, 2013

Forty-odd (exceedingly odd, I might add) years ago, who would have envisioned a national war against drugs?

Kyle Olson | January 08, 2013

The Chicago Teachers Union is not just about looking out for its members’ interests. The union wants to fundamentally change America, too.

Chris Poindexter | January 08, 2013

It was a sea of red ink for industrial commodities across the board with gold and silver being joined lower by crude oil, platinum, palladium and copper.

Armstrong Williams | January 08, 2013

If you are a conservative you probably did not like the fiscal cliff deal that just passed, but the mainstream media overlooked a few important things that help many people and the economy.

Night Watch | January 08, 2013

This doctrinal shift represents the first time Pakistan Army planners have recognized that tribal uprisings in support of a fundamentalist Islamic theology pose a real and present danger to the constitutional order in Pakistan.

Bob Beauprez | January 08, 2013

Instead of "protecting the middle class" as the campaign blather promised, Obama insisted on a 2 percent increase in the payroll tax as part of the final legislation. That will mean significantly higher tax bills for every working family regardless of income level.

Robert Knight | January 08, 2013

Well, the Republicans caved and Barack Obama celebrated in Hawaii while planning his next step in creating an irreversible welfare state. Taxes will rise, spending will soar, and the media will cheer on Mr. Obama as he presses for even more as the debt ceiling deadline approaches.

Marita Noon | January 08, 2013

In Virginia, Governor Bob McDonnell declared that he was going to make Virginia the Energy Capital of the East Coast—after all Virginia is blessed with abundant resources such as coal, offshore oil and one of the largest uranium deposits in the world. His plans have been thwarted by the federal government.

Daniel Pipes | January 08, 2013

As Americans seek to find an alternative to the stark and unappetizing choice of accepting Iran's rabid leadership having nuclear weapons or pre-emptively bombing its nuclear facilities, one analyst offers a credible third path. Interestingly, it's inspired by a long-ago policy toward a different foe – the Reagan administration's ways of handling the Soviet Union – yet this unlikely model offers a useful prototype.

Bill Tatro | January 08, 2013

Someone should inform Helicopter Ben that the beauty of Alan Greenspan was due to Alan’s propensity to never be put in a corner, since you never really knew what he said.

Mon, Jan 07, 2013

Byron York | January 07, 2013

During the "fiscal cliff" battle, I asked several Republican lawmakers why they didn't push harder for spending cuts in exchange for their historic concession to vote for higher taxes.

Michael Barone | January 07, 2013

Over the next year, we will probably see much controversy over the implementation of Obamacare. Health insurance is something that almost every adult has some acquaintance with, and there seem to be glitches aplenty in the legislation, much delay in issuing regulations and some possible changes resulting from litigation.

Mike Adams | January 07, 2013

Dear CRM 495 Students:Welcome back! It's hard to believe that Christmas break is over and that it's time to start a new semester. It's almost as hard as believing that one of your professors is actually sending you an email using the word "Christmas." But even the liberals agree that I am no ordinary professor. Please allow me to explain.

Star Parker | January 07, 2013

Here’s two ways to think about the “fiscal cliff” deal that just took place in Washington.

Katie Kieffer | January 07, 2013

There are a few good men. And by “a few,” I mean five.

Bruce Bialosky | January 07, 2013

Watching the reaction of some union members you would have thought a mass murder had occurred in the state of Michigan. But what simply happened was a law was changed that exists in 23 others states and may soon be enacted in others. Right-to-work laws makes sense and it is as clear as the sky on a cloudless summer day.

John Ransom | January 07, 2013

To those who are quick to criticize the Tea Party trend inside the GOP as unrefined and often perhaps extreme, I would remind them that just like in the case of Ulysses S Grant, the whiskey we drink more often leads to victory than defeat. And really, you can’t say that much about your other generals.

Rich Galen | January 07, 2013

I am good about getting my shots. At my advanced age I was supposed to get a pneumonia shot and a shingles shot, so I got them.

Dan Holler | January 07, 2013

South Carolina’s James Clyburn, the third ranking Democrat in the House, appeared overwhelmed with joy. He proclaimed: “So here we are on New Year’s night, with the clock running out on the very existence of this Congress, finally considering bipartisan legislation to provide middle class tax cuts, require the wealthiest to, once again, pay their fair share so we can grow the economy, create jobs and protect the most vulnerable in our society."

Chris Poindexter | January 07, 2013

To be fair it was a tough week on commodities pretty much across the board, but gold did get rocked around more on a percentage basis.

Morgan Brittany | January 07, 2013

Remember when he said this? “I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan no family making under $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains, not any of your taxes.” Really.

Shawn Mitchell | January 07, 2013

In the morning, do you ever open 7 articles in different tabs you want to get around to reading? And when you don't quite, and leave them up, and come home later, do you then read those articles? Or do you open 4 or 5 more tabs...until your computer slows and sometimes freezes?

Marita Noon | January 07, 2013

I have to agree with the idea that abundant American energy has the potential to be a game changer. I’ve written on that, too. But I still question that Obama will release the imprisoned resources.

Mark Baisley | January 07, 2013

There emerges a new nobility, a special caste of liberal who holds status as an elected official, Hollywood superstar or business tycoon. Examples include conflicted American characters such as Warren Buffett, Rosie O’Donnell, and Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin.

Sun, Jan 06, 2013

Doug Giles | January 06, 2013

Don’t you love how the Left and their step-n-fetch media mavens are trying to make law-abiding gun owners the bad guys? You don’t? Yeah, me neither.

Derek Hunter | January 06, 2013

Sometimes there is so much stupid going on in the world that you have to just stop and take stock of it all.

Austin Hill | January 06, 2013

Half of recent college graduates can’t find employment. Those who find a job often settle for something less than a “college level job.”

John Ransom | January 06, 2013

Well I’m sure surprised that a LIBERAL like you wouldn’t be concerned with the “fairness” of raising taxes on someone who isn’t you. Glad to hear you won’t be affected, therefore it’s unimportant. I’m surprised the Democrats haven’t nominated you for Congress yet.

Kevin McCullough | January 06, 2013

A disturbing bit of news came out of the President's decision to sign our newest defense bill into law.

Steve Chapman | January 06, 2013

When it comes to serious, lasting budget constraints, our leaders in Washington have the escape talents of Houdini.

Rich Tucker | January 06, 2013

It’s easy to pity Kremlinologists. These are people who spent years, even decades, studying the Soviet Union. Their job was to explain why that country did the things it did, even though those actions so often seemed counterproductive. Suddenly, though, the USSR dissolved and the Kremlinologists were out of work.

Night Watch | January 06, 2013

The most interesting feature of the NDC statement is that it communicates a threatening tone that is precisely opposite that conveyed by Kim a day later.

Michael Youssef | January 06, 2013

Some in the media have popularized the term “culture war,” giving the impression that the war being waged against Christianity is the same thing as a war against everything that is traditional. But in 2013, let’s change the term. Let’s call it what it is: “A war against Christ.”

Carl Horowitz | January 06, 2013

The executive branch isn’t the only arena in which the Obama affirmative action crusade will be felt over the next four years. The legislative branch, too, offers manifold opportunities for mischief.

Stewart Scott | January 06, 2013

As we analyze the Mexican cartels, we recognize that to understand their actions and the interactions between them, we need to acknowledge that at their core they are businesses and not politically motivated militant organizations.

Paul Jacob | January 06, 2013

Social Security will now take more of your money. What does that mean for the program? It's a little less unstable, but a lot less of a safety net.

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.