Sat, Feb 02, 2013

John Hawkins | February 02, 2013

In a nation that already has more than 200 million guns, gun control does little other than make the work of rapists, robbers, murderers and nuts like Adam Lanza easier.

Kurt Schlichter | February 02, 2013

Is Gomer Pyle one of the Four Horseman of the Liberal Apocalypse?

John C. Goodman | February 02, 2013

The Republican Party is in danger of another big loss. This time, they could lose the House of Representatives, giving the Democrats control of both chambers as well as the White House.

John Ransom | February 02, 2013

Caution: This column quotes directly from a union thug so it contains a few naughty words.

Kathryn Lopez | February 02, 2013

On the morning of the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling, I felt a chill, and it wasn't the bitter cold. After Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral, some 500 or so New Yorkers walked through the streets of Midtown Manhattan, in front of God, man and Grand Central Station, praying for life, love and mercy.

Paul Greenberg | February 02, 2013

Washington continues to talk, but only talk, about the danger of Bashar al-Assad's increasingly desperate regime in Syria distributing its arsenal of high-tech or even nuclear weapons to terrorists throughout the Mideast.

Paul Driessen | February 02, 2013

Companies everywhere extol their sustainable development programs and goals. Sustainability drives UN programs like Agenda 21, EU and US green energy initiatives, and myriad manufacturing, agricultural, forestry and other efforts.

Night Watch | February 02, 2013

Syria's ambassador to Lebanon said that Syria had "the option and the capacity to surprise in retaliation," for the Israeli air attack on 30 January.

Charles Payne | February 02, 2013

There is a serious scramble in this country to keep hard-earned money. The media points out the nation reelected President Obama, but the majority of earners are voting in a different manner.

Dave Ramsey | February 02, 2013

A partnership is always a bad idea. There’s absolutely no upside for her, and if you feel there’s nothing you can do to keep her from making such a ridiculously bad mistake, then you guys are going to have issues in your marriage, too.

Jeff Crouere | February 02, 2013

Is a higher unemployment rate of 7.9 percent really good news? According to the Associated Press, it was an “upbeat” report.

Bill Tatro | February 02, 2013

Instead of complimenting one another, American and foreign laborers became competitors.

Mike Shedlock | February 02, 2013

The establishment survey reported a gain of 157,000 job this month. However, for the third consecutive month, the household survey is much weaker than the headline number.

Steve Deace | February 02, 2013

A friend of mine, Republican consultant Matt Mackowiak, tweeted on Tuesday night that if immigration reform goes through Congress this year "it will almost solely be due to" Florida Senator Marco Rubio. To which I replied: "you break it, you buy it."

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 02, 2013

I almost feel sorry for the Obama Administration’s spin doctors. Every month, they probably wait for the unemployment numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics with the same level of excitement that people on death row wait for their execution date.

Peter Schiff | February 02, 2013

for years the Swiss refused to join in the printing parade. As a result, investors around the world wisely decided to park their savings in the reliable Swiss franc. But, alas, good things end.

Fri, Feb 01, 2013

Ken Blackwell | February 01, 2013

Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be Secretary of Defense should be withdrawn now. He delivered what may be the worst performance at a confirmation hearing ever given. He was described as “confused,” “befuddled,” and “self contradicting.” One of Mr. Hagel’s own backers deplored the lack of “charisma” the nominee showed during the hearings.

Humberto Fontova | February 01, 2013

"Elian is now where he belongs." (Senator Chuck Hagel after Elian Gonzalez was shanghaied at U.S. gunpoint from his American family at Fidel Castro’s command and without a warrant.)

Armstrong Williams | February 01, 2013

Recently on Roland Martin's "Washington Watch" we discussed what must be President Obama's exclusive agenda to empower black America is his second term. The only advice I could share with Roland's national audience was that American Blacks must cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit independent of any president in the White house.

Michael Brown | February 01, 2013

Is it too much to ask that the focus of this Sunday be on football and not on “gay rights”?

Hugh Hewitt | February 01, 2013

The end of the first week of the debate over immigration reform proved that it is the roller derby of public policy debates for Republicans and Democrats alike.

Jonah Goldberg | February 01, 2013

The Republicans are doomed. Conservatism is over. President Obama is conducting a mop-up operation at this point. That's the basic consensus in places like New York City, Washington, D.C., and other citadels of blue America.

David Limbaugh | February 01, 2013

Many have rightly condemned MSNBC's serpentine editing of a video to make it appear that certain gun rights activists heckled the father of a 6-year-old victim of the Sandy Hook shooting massacre, but let's not pretend this was a one-off event.

John Ransom | February 01, 2013

Now that congress and the president have agreed to get the tax increase off the table that they didn’t dare pass while campaigning, clear the children from the room, because this economic forecast won’t be pretty.

Mona Charen | February 01, 2013

In the days since the second Obama inauguration, I've been thinking about Kelly Clarkson and Beyonce. No, not the great lip-synching controversy, but the choice of popular entertainment for a solemn national rite.

Suzanne Fields | February 01, 2013

Hillary Clinton got an early Valentine from President Obama, leaving Joe Biden to celebrate Groundhog Day alone. Perhaps the Veep sees a shadow already (you can't blame him for looking over his shoulder), and he'll burrow underground.

Diana West | February 01, 2013

And so it came, the coup de grace. The final "barrier" to "opportunities" for women in combat is no more.

Donald Lambro | February 01, 2013

When millions of voters went to the polls in November to narrowly re-elect Barack Obama, the economy was rapidly shrinking toward recessionary levels.

Rich Galen | February 01, 2013

I subscribe to the general theory that a President - Republican or Democrat should be able to have the people running his Departments, Commissions and Agencies that he wants.

Rich Tucker | February 01, 2013

Some people say they do their best thinking while in the bathroom. But The Economist recently took that notion one step further, photo shopping Rodin’s The Thinker on top of a toilet and asking, “Will we ever invent anything this useful again?”

Ed Feulner | February 01, 2013

More than 200 organizations across the country are staging some 3,600 events to mark this year’s School Choice Week. But many grateful parents have reason to celebrate every week.

Stewart Scott | February 01, 2013

There will be repercussions for the partial intervention approach in Syria. Those consequences are becoming more apparent as the crisis drags on.

Jerry Bowyer | February 01, 2013

Have you ever noticed how many of the most prominent conservative voices in America sound more like liberals? I have, and I believe they are in class all their own: they have a special mission and fit a particular profile.

Fred Lucas | February 01, 2013

President Barack Obama is naming names in his second term when it comes to his un-preferred media, something he generally farmed out to White House staff and political surrogates during the first term.

Mike Shedlock | February 01, 2013

To compute "Real GDP" one has to adjust nominal GDP by a measure of inflation. Different measures of inflation provide different answers.

Morgan Brittany | February 01, 2013

Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. This is what the GOP is up against.

Charles Payne | February 01, 2013

Imagine a government that would actually tell citizens "you have no incentive to work because someone else pays your bills."

Daniel J. Mitchell | February 01, 2013

Fighting against statism in Washington is a lot like trying to swim upstream. It seems that everything (how to measure spending cuts, how to estimate tax revenue, etc) is rigged to make your job harder.

Night Watch | February 01, 2013

Israel has identified sophisctated weapons transfers to Hezbollah as a red line whose crossing would evoke a military response. Israel has just reminded its neighbors, allies and enemies that it will act when its red lines are crossed.

Michelle Malkin | February 01, 2013

Conservatives are always told they don't do enough to reach across the aisle. We're divisive, obstructionist and hostile to bipartisanship.

Brent Bozell | February 01, 2013

Robert Redford's Sundance Film Festival featured a documentary celebrating four "amazing" abortionists who evacuate wombs in the third trimester of pregnancy.

Oliver North | February 01, 2013

Until Jan. 30, I was working on a story about reaction here in Israel to the Obama administration's decision to provide advanced F-16 aircraft to Egypt.

Pat Buchanan | February 01, 2013

On Monday, Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Jeff Flake and Marco Rubio emerged with an offer of a Republican surrender to Barack Obama.

Linda Chavez | February 01, 2013

"Enforcement first" has become the mantra of conservatives opposed to comprehensive immigration. However, what opponents refuse to recognize is that illegal immigration is under better control today than at any point in the last half century.

Thu, Jan 31, 2013

Paul Greenberg | January 31, 2013

John Cardinal Newman once set down a list of seven rules for writing sermons. His rules apply not just to sermons but to rhetoric in general. Simple and direct as his rules were in the 19th century, naturally they have fallen into neglect in our era of flash and fizz.

Cliff May | January 31, 2013

This small, working-class Israeli city on the edge of the Negev Desert, home to refugees from Muslim lands, Ethiopia, Eastern Europe and elsewhere, is world-famous for one thing only: The missiles that have rained down on it for years, fired from Hamas-controlled Gaza just a mile away.

Paul Kengor | January 31, 2013

Vladimir Putin has sparked international outcry by banning adoptions of Russian children by American families. His action immediately halted the departure of hundreds of Russian orphans about to board planes to journey to a new life. It was a cruel move, widely condemned as “callous” and “vindictive.”

Phil Kerpen | January 31, 2013

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals emphatically smacked down the crazy idea that the president has the power to make recess appointments while the Senate is not in recess.

David Harsanyi | January 31, 2013

So, U.S. consumer confidence unexpectedly plunged in January to its lowest level in more than a year. The U.S. economy unexpectedly posted a contraction in the fourth quarter of 2012 -- for the first time since the recession -- "defying" expectations that economic growth is in our future.

Tom Tancredo | January 31, 2013

In 2006 and 2007, Republicans promoting amnesty favored the cliché, “Immigrants do the jobs American’s won’t do.” It was a bad argument then, and with unemployment still hovering around or over 9%, for the last five years, no one even bothers with that anymore.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | January 31, 2013

The New York Times mobile app sent me a breaking news update Wednesday morning: "U.S. Economy Unexpectedly Contracted in Fourth Quarter." Based on high government third-quarter spending and government policies and politics occurring during the fourth quarter, the slowdown should come as no surprise.

Michael Barone | January 31, 2013

Yesterday, as Barack Obama called for a bipartisan immigration bill in Las Vegas and Sen. Marco Rubio called for one on Rush Limbaugh's program, the chances for passage look surprisingly good.

Victor Davis Hanson | January 31, 2013

War seems to come out of nowhere, like rust that suddenly pops up on iron after a storm. Throughout history, we have seen that war can sometimes be avoided or postponed, or its effects mitigated -- usually through a balance of power, alliances and deterrence rather than supranational collective agencies. But it never seems to go away entirely.

Larry Elder | January 31, 2013

Once upon a time, a group of people known as the "Democrats" expressed great fear of tyranny by government. This was a time long, long ago, when a man from a place called Texas, representing a people known as the Republicans, occupied the White House. Leaders of the Democrats feared tyranny by the Republicans and called the man from Texas racist, oppressive and tyrannical.

John Ransom | January 31, 2013

In fairness to Obama, there may be other areas where he really doesn’t care even more than I may have suspected; or I may have flat out missed his irritation with us for bringing up petty annoyances like, say jobs.

Michael Reagan | January 31, 2013

I'm getting tired of President Obama blaming Republicans for everything. This week it was immigration.

Cal Thomas | January 31, 2013

In the days of the late Mike Wallace, "60 Minutes" was known for hard-hitting, aggressive journalism that asked the questions viewers wanted answered and held the powerful accountable.

Debra J. Saunders | January 31, 2013

If you thought Republican presidential hopefuls were insane to refuse to raise their hands during a 2011 primary debate when asked whether they'd support a deficit reduction deal with $10 in spending cuts to $1 in tax increases, look at Washington today.

Matt Towery | January 31, 2013

Gomer Pyle, USMC, in his 80s, just got married to some guy from Hawaii; some player from Notre Dame had a dead virtual girlfriend who really wasn't alive; and the media are reporting that we've been out of the recession since March of 2009. Well as Gomer would have said, "Golly!"

Kyle Olson | January 31, 2013

The National Staff Organization – a group comprised of teachers union organizers, negotiators and lobbyists – recently published an article in which it complains about an apparent rise in “workplace bullying.”

Steve Chapman | January 31, 2013

To hear opponents tell it, you don't want to be standing along the U.S. border when an immigration reform bill becomes law. Millions of foreigners who were previously content in their native lands will hear about it, pack a bag and storm across the U.S. border, trampling anyone unlucky enough to be in the way.

Emmett Tyrrell | January 31, 2013

Where is that, you ask? Generally this column comes to you from Washington, D.C. or New York City. Occasionally it comes from London or Paris. Today it carries the dateline of a seaport in Guatemala, and if it were written a day ago or two days hence it would carry the dateline of Belize.

Charles Payne | January 31, 2013

The Nation is moving in a dangerous direction that allows people to legislate larger and larger portions of other people's incomes.

Mike Shedlock | January 31, 2013

From 1994 until 1999 there was little difference in the rate of change of rent vs. housing prices. That changed in 2000 with the dot.com crash and accelerated when Greenspan started cutting rates.

Larry Kudlow | January 31, 2013

Yesterday's report of a 0.1 percent GDP decline for the fourth quarter came as a surprise to most forecasters. But it actually masks considerable strength in the private economy.

Peter Schiff | January 31, 2013

Confidence seems to be confined solely to Wall Street and Washington. After hitting a five year high back in October of 2012, consumer confidence has plummeted in the last four months.

Night Watch | January 31, 2013

Westerners are leaving eastern Libya. Businessmen, diplomats, and representatives of humanitarian organizations are leaving, along with the technicians who work in the oil industry.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 31, 2013

For all intents and purposes the flat tax and sales tax are different sides of the same coin. The only real difference is the collection point.

Bob Beauprez | January 31, 2013

The Washington Times cites an Iranian source that received the news of Hagel's nomination as "a message of peace from the Obama administration to the Islamic Republic of Iran"

Bob Goldman | January 31, 2013

No, I'm not talking about one of the measly vacation days your miserly company gives you, and I am certainly not talking about one of those endless "training days" where the HR department whisks you away to a secret bunker to brainstorm new rules for the safe and sensible use of paper clips.

Wed, Jan 30, 2013

Ann Coulter | January 30, 2013

Apart from finding out that Barack Obama did far worse in his re-election than nearly any other incumbent who won re-election, the only thing that perked me up after Nov. 6 was coming across a Time magazine published after the 2004 election, when George W. Bush won a second term.

Marybeth Hicks | January 30, 2013

Last week at a speaking engagement in Illinois, I asked my audience of parents to tell me about their kids.

Jerry Newcombe | January 30, 2013

A new study from Germany unveiled last week found that Facebook often triggers envy among many of its users. Envy especially over the social life and vacations and experiences of others.

Frank Gaffney | January 30, 2013

In the run-up to the Senate Armed Services Committee's hearing this Thursday on Chuck Hagel's fitness to become the next Secretary of Defense, its members have been treated to the spectacle of the nominee spinning at the RPM of a prima ballerina.

Paul Greenberg | January 30, 2013

Hillary Clinton kept her cool last week as she fielded questions from two congressional committees about the State Department's failure to protect our envoys at Benghazi. Until a senator from Wisconsin, Ron Johnson, pressed her on the subject.

Michael Moroney | January 30, 2013

The progressive movement has always portrayed itself as one of "choice." They’re pro-choice when it comes to abortion and believe women should have the choice of a wide array of birth control that someone else pays for. Unfortunately, they stop short when it comes to "school choice."

Rich Galen | January 30, 2013

In another example of his highly developed strategy of "leading from behind," President Barack Obama gave a speech in Las Vegas coming out in favor of Immigration Reform just a day after a group of Senators announced the outlines of a bipartisan plan for … Immigration Reform.

Bob Barr | January 30, 2013

The race to further the gun-control agenda in the wake of last month’s tragic shooting by a crazed gunman in Newtown, Connecticut is moving into high gear.

Thomas Sowell | January 30, 2013

If there is ever a contest for the law with the most grossly misleading title, the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 should be a prime candidate, because the last thing this Act protects is the welfare of Indian children.

Michelle Malkin | January 30, 2013

President Obama and the bipartisan Gang of Eight in Washington who want to create a "pathway to citizenship" for millions of illegal aliens have sent a message loud and clear to those who follow the rules: You're chumps!

John Stossel | January 30, 2013

Watching President Obama's inaugural, I was confused. It looked like a new king was being crowned. Thousands cheered, like subjects worshipping nobility. At a time when America faces unsustainable debt and terrible economic troubles, why such pomp?

Walter E. Williams | January 30, 2013

Earlier this year, President Barack Obama warned that Social Security checks will be delayed if Congress fails to increase the government's borrowing authority by raising the debt ceiling. However, there's an issue with this warning.

Brent Bozell | January 30, 2013

Did you see that hard-hitting report on "60 Minutes" Sunday, the one that charged that one of our nation's most famous leaders and role models is a shameless liar, a ruthless intimidator and even "incinerator" of enemies, a man who operates like the Mafia?

Jonah Goldberg | January 30, 2013

What if, during the presidential campaign, Mitt Romney had accused President Obama of wanting to let servicewomen serve in combat? After all, Obama had hinted as much in 2008. What would Obama's response have been?

Ken Blackwell | January 30, 2013

Hillary Clinton finally faced down her critics on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week. She fired back at Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) when he tried to get her to acknowledge that the entire story of an anti-Islamic video inflaming mobs who then murdered Amb. Chris Stevens and three other brave Americans in Libya had been, to put it charitably, wholly unsubstantiated. All along, Hillary had acted as if this was someone else’s issue. She was, after all, the Secretary of State who gets “1.43 million cables come into my office” a week. They’re all addressed to me, she petulantly shot back.

Michael Medved | January 30, 2013

The Great Gun Debate shows American political discourse at its irrational worst; with both left and right promoting panic and hysteria that distracts attention from the nation’s truly menacing problems. Instead of addressing crushing deficits, economic stagnation, political gridlock, and the erosion of middle-class security, politicians and pundits obsess over gun violence—one of the few challenges where the United States has made dramatic progress in recent years.

Lisa De Pasquale | January 30, 2013

I first met Derek Hunter when he was helping a friend at Smith College organize a campus lecture by Ann Coulter. I was scheduling many of Coulter’s campus lectures at the time and the opportunity to speak at the feminist-infested Smith College was too good to pass up

Terry Jeffrey | January 30, 2013

When I was a boy in the 1960s, my father had nine season tickets to the San Francisco 49ers, and on Sundays in the fall would often bring as many as seven of his 11 children to see the team play at Kezar Stadium.

Ben Shapiro | January 30, 2013

President Obama is a uniquely gifted demagogue. An orator of unparalleled skill supported by a gushing media, Obama has yet to present a major policy proposal geared toward solving specific problems. But he has won elections. And he has done so by implying -- over and over and over again -- that his opponents are morally deficient.

Austin Bay | January 30, 2013

Egypt's Arab Spring revolution abounds with destructive ambitions and cruel ironies. But to label Egypt's revolution a failure, just two short years into a process involving drastic political change, is an act of extraordinary haste.

Donald Lambro | January 30, 2013

Ever since President Obama won re-election, the news media and their pundits want us to think the Republican Party is in steep decline. But nothing could be further from the truth. Obama won only 51.1 percent of the popular vote, hardly a strong vote of confidence in his presidency -- though he managed to turn out just enough voters in a handful of swing states to win 332 electoral votes.

Jacob Sullum | January 30, 2013

Last week, Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced a new, supposedly improved version of the federal "assault weapon" ban that expired in 2004. But like that earlier law, which the California Democrat also sponsored, Feinstein's bill prohibits the manufacture and sale of guns based on characteristics that have little or nothing to do with the danger they pose.

Doug Napier | January 30, 2013

In 2010, the Freedom From Religion Foundation and Americans United for Separation of Church and State pressured the Bulverde, Texas’ City Council to change their policies regarding prayers to open public meetings. Subsequently, the city council changed its policies to more clearly welcome invocations from all faiths.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | January 30, 2013

Working for yourself means a lot of freedom, but it also means a lot of responsibility. Many of those responsibilities are financial, so you're wise to consider them carefully before you start planning your going away party.

George Friedman | January 30, 2013

On the surface, threatening to test weapons does not appear particularly sensible. If the test fails, you look weak. If it succeeds, you look dangerous without actually having a deliverable weapon.

Ken Connor | January 30, 2013

"Theological courage calls the inner-man to ignore his buckling knees and take theologically driven stances that, while potentially controversial, are righteous in nature." So write Owen Strachen and Andrew Walker in a recent article discussing Hobby Lobby's stance against Obamacare's onerous trampling of religious liberty.

Bob Beauprez | January 30, 2013

President Obama’s inaugural address downplayed the clear and present dangers that confront us, played up the theoretical threat of climate change, and signaled that he intends to continue the profligate spending that led to the $16 trillion budget deficit at the conclusion of his first term.

John Browne | January 30, 2013

EU finance ministers approved a new "Financial Transactions Tax" (FTT) that has implications for market competitiveness around the world.

Brian and Garrett Fahy | January 30, 2013

The 2012 presidential campaign is over, but not for President Obama. The community organizer turned Senator turned president, who ran on hope and change in 2008 and its antipode character assassination in 2012, has no intention of putting politics behind him.

Charles Payne | January 30, 2013

Even with the notion of sequestration becoming a reality the stock market didn't crumble. Although, the pause did signal the need for a slight push.

Peter Schiff | January 30, 2013

In this mock animated interview produced by the Peter Schiff Show, the daily radio broadcast by noted author and economist Peter Schiff, Oprah gets Bernanke to confess to repeated attempts to push up economic statistics through direct and repeated injections of powerful monetary stimulants.

Mike Shedlock | January 30, 2013

China Averts $482 Billion in Local Bank Defaults via Massive Rollover Scheme; Extend-and-Pretend Chinese Style

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 30, 2013

I suspect the pinheads at the Indiana Department of Natural Resources are overpaid. So losing their pampered positions would be genuine punishment and it would send a message to the rest of the paper pushers not to harass innocent and good people.

Night Watch | January 30, 2013

It is important to note that the latest civil disobedience is taking place almost exclusively an urban phenomenon that appears to have little resonance outside the cities.

Ralph Benko | January 30, 2013

The House, under the leadership of Speaker John Boehner, has precipitated a postponement in the debt ceiling fight until May. This represents a strategic choice by Boehner to make the Sequester fight, not the debt ceiling fight, the next major engagement.

Tue, Jan 29, 2013

Susan Stamper Brown | January 29, 2013

At least Romney had binders. Binders full of qualified women to fill cabinet positions, that is. Democrats mercilessly pounded Romney for the binders comment he made during the 2012 presidential campaign, but I'll bet the Obama campaign now wishes Romney had passed the binders on to Obama since it seems he's having a hard time picking women to fill his second term cabinet positions.

Rachel Marsden | January 29, 2013

A bipartisan group of senators has just lit a soggy fuse under the immigration debate. The statement of principles tabled by four senators from each party is such an impotent byproduct of compromise that calling it bipartisan is redundant.

Gary Beckner | January 29, 2013

School choice is a hot topic in education today. Whether headlines point to students excelling in public charter schools or in innovative virtual schools, students and teachers are taking advantage of the options and flexibility provided by new school choice policies being introduced around the nation.

Hugh Hewitt | January 29, 2013

If you are going to debate immigration reform, be smart about immigration reform, especially about the positions of the opposite party's intellectuals.

Tom Tancredo | January 29, 2013

To hear the accounts about tough bipartisan negotiations from the Senate’s “Gang of 8” on immigration, one would think that Hatfields had just made peace with the McCoys. The truth is that all the Republicans on this gang have long been supporters of amnesty.

Armstrong Williams | January 29, 2013

Usually, I like to use this space to start a conversation about the political and social issues facing our country as a whole; I try to focus on issues that either explicitly or implicitly affect everyone.

Rebecca Hagelin | January 29, 2013

Most parents hope that their children will grow to adulthood and find and marry a good spouse. But it’s becoming increasingly difficult for young adults to date in ways that lay a solid foundation for a strong marriage.

Thomas Sowell | January 29, 2013

An old-time trial lawyer once said, "When your case is weak, shout louder!" Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shouted louder when asked about the Obama administration's story last fall that the September 11th attack on the U.S. ambassador's quarters in Benghazi was due to an anti-Islamic video that someone in the United States had put on the Internet, and thereby provoked a protest that escalated into violence.

Chuck Norris | January 29, 2013

Who isn't sickened by the moral decay and heinous acts of violence across our country? My heart and prayers continue to go out to victims everywhere. But do gun bans -- such as the one proposed this past week by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., which would outlaw 120 specific firearms -- curb violent crime?

John Hawkins | January 29, 2013

From Larry Elder to Thomas Sowell, here are some of the greatest quotes from black conservatives.

David Limbaugh | January 29, 2013

President Barack Obama is not just a radical leftist; he is obviously so ensconced in his ideology that he believes -- or wants you to believe -- that anyone who opposes him must have sinister motives.

Tony Katz | January 29, 2013

Living in California, it is difficult to find fault with other states. California has 12% of the US population, but over 30% of the nation's welfare recipients. California recently voted to increase the tax burden - actually, some non-tax paying Californians decided to raise taxes on other tax paying Californians - on both individuals and corporations. California is the land of job killing Cap And Trade. It is the land of corruption, so ingrained it's generational, political and moral graf.

Mona Charen | January 29, 2013

It isn't often that you get reading suggestions from a United States senator, but that's what happened this past weekend for those who attended the National Review Institute's summit meeting in Washington, D.C.

John Ransom | January 29, 2013

Under what were once the greatest capital markets in the history of the world, biotechnology has thrived despite the long odds, because the enormous profit potential has attracted quite a bit of capital over the last 25 years.

Cal Thomas | January 29, 2013

Some political commentators are dancing on what they believe to be the grave of the Republican Party, claiming that the only way the GOP can have a viable future is for them to behave like Democrats.

Dennis Prager | January 29, 2013

To understand leftism, the most dynamic religion of the last hundred years, you have to understand how the left thinks. The 2013 inaugural address of President Barack Obama provides one such opportunity.

Pat Buchanan | January 29, 2013

When, in the 1950s, Nikita Khrushchev said, "We will bury you," and, "Your children will live under communism," Eisenhower's America scoffed.

Debra J. Saunders | January 29, 2013

California state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson has introduced a bill to allow 15-year-olds to preregister to vote.

Paul Greenberg | January 29, 2013

Somewhere in our president's short inaugural address last week (it only seemed long), our newly re-elected chief executive paused to deliver a pious little sermon on the evils of name-calling -- and for good measure, the evils of delay, spectacle and absolutism, too.

Phyllis Schlafly | January 29, 2013

In a newsworthy act of political cowardice, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta ran through the Pentagon's exit door as he announced he is striking down the 1994 Combat Exclusion Law. His timing means his successor, presumably Chuck Hagel, will inherit the task of defending the order to assign women to front-line military combat.

Michael Brown | January 29, 2013

In 1995, feminist leader Naomi Wolf called for a pro-abortion movement “that acts with moral accountability and without euphemism,” noting that, “With the pro-choice rhetoric we use now, we incur three destructive consequences -- two ethical, one strategic: hardness of heart, lying and political failure.” That hardness of heart was fully manifest in the profane video produced by the Center for Reproductive Rights celebrating the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Bill Murchison | January 29, 2013

The problem with reality is that it can get so, well, real. As when it storms through the door, kicks over a chair or two and demands recognition, when the problem of immigration has done, as signified by eight senators, both Republicans and Democrats, this week.

Night Watch | January 29, 2013

This North Korean leadership justifies its missiles, nuclear and space programs as programs that any sovereign state has the right to build.

Mike Shedlock | January 29, 2013

The housing bubble in Australia has clearly burst. All that remains to be seen is how fast things collapse. Meanwhile, Australia's unions still cling to an already dead model, oblivious to the fact the boom is over.

Ken Hoagland | January 29, 2013

All those Americans who hoped that in victory a magnanimous President would move toward reconciliation of a divided people were bitterly disappointed by Barack Obama’s inaugural speech.

Charles Payne | January 29, 2013

We can't make success unattractive to the lazy and not-so-lazy alike. There are core problems that will eventually negate the global prosperity boom.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 29, 2013

In reality, the sequester merely means a reduction in the growth of federal spending. Even if we have the sequester, the burden of government spending will still be about $2 trillion higher in 10 years.

Bill Tatro | January 29, 2013

From technology and overseas outsourcing to lack of job skills and legacy costs, there are a multitude of reasons that are responsible for this continual increase in joblessness. However, perhaps becoming an even more dominant factor in the unemployment rate discussion these days, there is one motive that hasn’t received any attention — Wall Street.

David Sterman | January 29, 2013

Though investors were a bit spooked in late December in the face of the budget crisis (which temporarily spiked the VIX), the long-term volatility trend has been gliding lower. Simply put, investors know the typical risks that can derail the market, and they are expecting little drama in coming months.

Mon, Jan 28, 2013

Byron York | January 28, 2013

In coming months, Republicans will talk a lot about how to appeal to a wider range of voters. They could learn from someone who's actually doing the job.

Christopher Prandoni | January 28, 2013

Unions have come to subsist on taxpayers. Last week, the Labor Department published 2012 data showing that the unionization rate in America continues to decline in both the private and government sectors.

Casey Mattox | January 28, 2013

There is a 43-year-old woman, born in Texas, who should be dead right now. In fact, she should have never been born. Forty years ago, the Supreme Court decided that the Texas law that prevented Jane Roe from ending the life of her unborn daughter was unconstitutional. But by the time the Supreme Court issued its decision in 1973, she had already been born and adopted by a family—likely not knowing that all that ink spilled in Roe v. Wade was about her.

Tim Phillips | January 28, 2013

For generations, presidents have used their inaugural address to unite the nation in aspiring to new heights of achievement. But earlier this week President Obama chose to deliver a harshly ideological, aggressively partisan speech more appropriate for the campaign trail than the solemn occasion of our nation's 57th inaugural address. Rather than bring all Americans together with a celebration of common ground, his address read like a liberal laundry list with global warming at the top.

Rachel Alexander | January 28, 2013

Obama has figured out how to force his left wing agenda through even though he was reelected with a divided country. He cherry picks issues which divide the Republican Party. The Republican Party ends up fighting within itself, diverting the public's attention to its chaos rather than Obama's agenda.

Kevin McCullough | January 28, 2013

Leftist, liberal, and progressive men are ushering in the greatest pansi-fication and weakening of our nation in the modern era.

Scottie Hughes | January 28, 2013

Once America figures out this new path of raising daughters, what should we now teach the boys? A young man will now have to learn a whole new way of relating to girls.

Star Parker | January 28, 2013

Journalist Bill Moyers, who worked as an assistant to President Lyndon Johnson, shared memories in a column last year about how his old boss thought about our entitlement programs.

John Ransom | January 28, 2013

The only systemic breakdown here is the systemic breakdown of liberal ideology that thought of Obama as the “Great Liberator.” There’s a material difference between winning a Nobel Peace prize and being a true peacemaker.

Katie Kieffer | January 28, 2013

Who knew? My parents are cool. Homeschooling is becoming hipster.

Terry Paulson | January 28, 2013

Imagine a day President Obama enters Oprah Winfrey's public confessional.

Bruce Bialosky | January 28, 2013

After four months of playing hide and seek with the American people, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton honored the Congress with her presence long enough to duck and deceive the American people regarding the worst incident of terrorism against Americans since 9/11.

Rich Galen | January 28, 2013

We all know the term "The Bill of Rights" which are the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution although few of us (including me) could name them.

Matt Barber | January 28, 2013

First, on a personal note: Thank you, thank you and thank you, Mary Elizabeth Williams! What a glorious service you’ve done the pro-life cause. I know, that’s not what you intended. But that’s precisely what you’ve accomplished.

Dan Holler | January 28, 2013

“I plan to say some things that may challenge your assumptions,” warned Louisiana Governor and rumored 2016 contender Bobby Jindal. “You may not agree with all of it, but that’s ok, ours is a party that can handle real discussions.” Challenge accepted, Governor.

Mike Shedlock | January 28, 2013

Cameron has promised to hold a referendum on a UK exit only if he wins reelection, and even then only after he renegotiates the EU treaty.

Chris Edwards | January 28, 2013

If you aren’t convinced yet that there is too much government bureaucracy in America, then this article is well worth reading. Here are some highlights.

Tad DeHaven | January 28, 2013

Alas, the “draconian” spending cuts invariably turn out to be not-so-draconian after all. In fact, it’s often the case that reporters are talking about smaller spending increases rather than real spending cuts.

Political Calculations | January 28, 2013

Investors had better hope that the Fed's latest QE efforts start affecting asset prices soon, because the alternative future points in time for where investors might next choose to focus their attention in setting stock prices aren't as pretty.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 28, 2013

It’s not that economists are totally useless. It’s just that they don’t do a very good job when they venture into the filed of macroeconomics. And they look especially foolish when they try to engage in forecasting.

David Sterman | January 28, 2013

Chinese stocks surged in the last decade, but dropped sharply by the end of the decade and have been in a trading range ever since. Looking ahead, the share price moves are likely to be less dramatic than a decade ago, simply because the Chinese economy is now much larger and poised for a phase of solid, but not sizzling growth.

Michael Barone | January 28, 2013

These days, our political parties are defined by their presidents. Their policies and their programs tend to become their respective parties' orthodoxies.

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Derek Hunter | January 27, 2013

You have to give progressives credit. They’re nothing if not thorough. When an opportunity to limit the Second Amendment presented itself in the Sandy Hook massacre, regardless how tasteless it was to exploit that opportunity, they went full bore toward their goal.

John Ransom | January 27, 2013

"I've been hearing from my Republican friends for some time it is a moral imperative to tackle our debt and deficits in a serious way," Mr. Obama said. "What I've said to them is, let's go." Oh, wait. Nevermind

Austin Hill | January 27, 2013

It’s not just an out-of-control IRS or EPA. And it’s not merely the punitive demands and restraints of the new federal healthcare law.

Doug Giles | January 27, 2013

Last Thursday Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and other U.S. military leaders lifted the ban on women serving in combat positions. I, for one, think this is a great idea and have a few modest proposals, if the brass inside the beltway is open to suggestions, on how they should deploy the dames (and whom they should deploy).

Michael Brown | January 27, 2013

There are many people today who despise conservative religious beliefs, but they are quick to say, “We don’t want to restrict your religious freedoms in any way. Just keep your beliefs in the church.” What they fail to realize is that the church is not a closet, and it is our private beliefs that fuel our public acts. Shouldn’t it be this way?

Steve Chapman | January 27, 2013

Pollution is not the only detectable thing in the Chinese air lately. This month, after the government interfered with an editorial in a national newspaper based in Guangzhou, protesters mounted some of the boldest demonstrations since the 1989 Tiananmen Square movement -- while for several days, police stood by and let them.

Political Calculations | January 27, 2013

Our chart reveals what that distribution looked like for 2012, as indicated by the curves showing the major income percentiles.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 27, 2013

Ordinary Americans have a lot more common sense than the buffoons in the media. They know that you get less crime when you increase the expected cost of criminal behavior.

Mark Baisley | January 27, 2013

The Democrats have been given a two year window to rush every utopian ideal through its army of despotic bureaucrats.

Tad DeHaven | January 27, 2013

In addition to not being free, federal subsidization of state spending makes it harder for taxpayers to understand and appreciate where their money is going and how it’s being spent.

Mike Shedlock | January 27, 2013

A child would see the answer was preposterous, but not a trained economist, politician, or brainwashed academic.

Marita Noon | January 27, 2013

The report concludes that wind’s true cost is about 15.1 cents per kilowatt hour for natural-gas fired back-up and 19.2 cents for coal-fired back up—or one-and-a-half to two times the cost of new-construction coal- or gas-fueled electricity.

Shawn Mitchell | January 27, 2013

Such a perfect eruption of concentrated, seductively appealing dishonesty had to have been crafted by the father of high-wire lies, the master distracter himself, the Big Bill.

Chris Edwards | January 27, 2013

Once certain products or types of infrastructure take off, politicians want to get in on the action by subsidizing and regulating them. In turn, those interventions have usually led to distortions, scandals, and cost inflation.

Paul Jacob | January 27, 2013

Politicians can say 'no' to spending only when the proposal is meant as a joke - and don't count on that being a consistent principle. Politicians have every intention to continue to spend, spend, spend.

Debra J. Saunders | January 27, 2013

Gov. Jerry Brown gives great speeches with unusual quotes that never let the listener forget he is a former seminarian.