Sat, Mar 09, 2013

Todd Starnes | March 09, 2013

A Michigan elementary school is defending its decision to confiscate a third-graders batch of homemade cupcakes because the birthday treats were decorated with plastic green Army soldiers.

John Hawkins | March 09, 2013

Poor, poor John McCain and Lindsey Graham. Here they were discussing new tax hikes and amnesty with Barack Obama over a sumptuous dinner and that rakish scamp Rand Paul made it impossible for them to enjoy the fine cuisine.

John C. Goodman | March 09, 2013

Firms are awash with cash, but they're not hiring. What's going on? One place to look for an explanation is the policies of the Obama administration.

John Ransom | March 09, 2013

No wonder consumer confidence is moving up. The government is lying about something, anything, and the people are buying it. So here’s to the margin of error, government economists and a smaller labor participation rate. Thanks to them we’ll tackle unemployment for twice as long, with half as many jobs. And no one will notice.

Wayne Allyn Root | March 09, 2013

It’s breathtaking how we are being lied to about unemployment specifically, and the economy in general. Just Friday we learned unemployment is down to 7.7% with the miraculous addition of over 200,000 jobs. The media was instantly celebrating great news. But is it actually great news?

Julie Borowski | March 09, 2013

In the spirit of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Senator Rand Paul delivered the filibuster speech that was trending worldwide on Twitter on Wednesday. He wanted a direct answer from the White House to this simple question: does the U.S. government have the authority to kill an American citizen with a drone on U.S. soil?

Kathryn Lopez | March 09, 2013

Recently, a group of women gathered to insist that expanded abortion access be a legislative priority in New York. Why they would feel the need to do so is a good question, one with disturbing overtones.

Ed Feulner | March 09, 2013

Dire predictions about the fate of certain government programs were hardly in short supply recently, as sequester-related budget cuts loomed. So it was hardly a surprise when Education Secretary Arne Duncan got in on the act.

Mike Shedlock | March 09, 2013

For the first time in four months the establishment survey was accompanied by a healthy +170,000 surge in the household survey. Let's dig deeper.

Night Watch | March 09, 2013

Night Watch takes a comprehensive look at North Korea’s continued escalation.

Joy Pullman | March 09, 2013

As soon as someone tells you something will save education, hide your children, hide your wife and check your back pocket.

Peter Schiff | March 09, 2013

Many analysts have characterized the February numbers as a "Goldilocks" report that is good enough to signal growth but not so good that it will encourage the Fed to dial down its stimulus. This is optimism in the extreme. Whenever anyone mentions Goldilocks, it's good to start looking for bears.

Bill Tatro | March 09, 2013

Brian Williams of NBC believes the jobs number, so why not me?

Charles Payne | March 09, 2013

Frankly, I'm shocked in general at how divisive the Dow hitting an all-time high has been this week. So many people are simply angry and ripping the move to shreds.

Charlie Kirk | March 09, 2013

Too often we hear politicians boasting about "cutting" spending and how they are "reducing" the federal deficit. During the recent sequestration debate, the vast majority of the media, Congress and President Obama all referred to the sequester as "cuts."

Janet M. LaRue | March 09, 2013

“Marriage, it doesn’t mean anything.” That’s what Barack Obama told wife Michelle while they were dating, according to her 2008 interview in The New Yorker. Marriage won’t mean anything if Obama has his way with the Supreme Court.

Steve Deace | March 09, 2013

Begin transmission…not sure how much longer I can keep this thing on…but it’s important you know what happened here…I kept a running diary of our final few days…it all started with the Sequester.

Crystal Wright | March 09, 2013

Imagine sitting at your local Starbucks restaurant or enjoying drinks at your favorite bar with friends and a drone blows half the place up because President Obama thinks he has the authority to conduct drone military strikes here at home on his own people. Senator Paul Rand Paul tried to put the brakes on President Obama’s “license to kill” obsession by filibustering John Brennan’s CIA nomination March 6, 2013.

Daniel J. Mitchell | March 09, 2013

Here are some very unpleasant details from Reuters about how the International Monetary Fund is working with other international bureaucracies to coerce Cyprus into raising taxes in order to provide a bailout.

Fri, Mar 08, 2013

Humberto Fontova | March 08, 2013

Events this week showed that in the pantheon of heroes for America’s liberal elite Hugo Chavez was a pathetic D-lister. The Venezuelan buffoon never amassed even a teeeeeenzy fraction of Fidel Castro’s U.S. celebrity, tycoon and politician fan-base.

Paul Kengor | March 08, 2013

Today,Ronald Reagan’s Evil Empire speech turns 30 years old. It stands as one of the most memorable orations of the last three decades. It coined a phrase, a tag, a label—one that utterly fit. If the shoe fits, wear it. Well, this jackboot fit the Soviet ogre’s foot.

Michael Brown | March 08, 2013

The news line on Drudge Report immediately got my attention: Girl Born Without Eyes or Nose. But when I clicked on the link, expecting to read about a just-born, severely handicapped baby, I found a very different story, a story about a courageous teenager with an amazing attitude to life. One simple quote from her said it all.

Mark Davis | March 08, 2013

In conversations with those opposed to the notion of drone attacks against U.S. citizens, on or away from American soil, I ask a question as a consistency test: Is your opposition based on a blanket principle that no President should have such power, or is it a spurred by a mistrust of the current administration?

David Limbaugh | March 08, 2013

The Republicans had better not squander the good will Sen. Rand Paul purchased for them in his filibuster over the Obama administration's potential use of armed drones to kill non-enemy combatants in America.

Mona Charen | March 08, 2013

Hugo Chavez clawed his way to total power the way other demagogues and thugs -- from Lenin to Peron to Castro to Correa -- have done, by promising to redistribute the nation's wealth (Lenin and Castro also used guns). Like them, Chavez maintained power by crippling the democratic institutions of his nation

John Ransom | March 08, 2013

So the Fed is printing money, which drives household wealth up, so that the government can raise taxes, so that families spend a little more and save a whole lot less, while wages go down and household debt starts to climb back up. Now all we need for this genius plan to work out is for housing prices and the stock market to continue to climb forever.

Todd Starnes | March 08, 2013

Gay rights activists are demanding Tim Tebow back out of a speaking engagement at Liberty University just two weeks after pressuring the New York Jets quarterback to cancel a speaking engagement at the First Baptist Church of Dallas.

Suzanne Fields | March 08, 2013

Everyone's looking for a quick fix in education -- President Obama most of all. "Let's make sure none of our children start out the race of life already a step behind," he says

Linda Chavez | March 08, 2013

Jeb Bush's recent backtracking on the question of whether we should grant legal residency but withhold citizenship to the 11 million illegal immigrants living in the country today is far less draconian than some advocates for legalization are claiming.

Diana West | March 08, 2013

Republican Rand Paul took to the floor of the U.S. Senate this week to filibuster John Brennan's nomination to become head of the CIA. "I will speak as long as it takes," the junior senator from Kentucky said, "until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our Constitution is important, that your rights to trial by jury are precious, that no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found to be guilty by a court."

Paul Greenberg | March 08, 2013

What? Do even Latin American caudillos die? Apparently, according to the latest and last medical bulletin on the health (or lack thereof) of Hugo Chavez, perpetually re-electable president of Venezuela.

Rich Galen | March 08, 2013

It didn't snow in DC on Wednesday so I spent the entire afternoon watching Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky) filibustering the nomination of John Brennan to be the director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Gabriella Hoffman | March 08, 2013

This week marked the 60th anniversary of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s death. On March 5, 1953, the Georgia-born tyrant’s nearly three-decade long reign of terror came to an end—providing momentary solace for all people living behind the Iron Curtain. “Uncle Joe” was no more.

Donald Lambro | March 08, 2013

President Obama has been pleading with House Republican leaders lately to raise government revenues by overhauling the tax code to erase loopholes and other income exemptions.

Kyle Olson | March 08, 2013

Communist Party USA Executive Vice Chair Jarvis Tyner joined in a conference call with Wisconsin activists last week to talk about the “struggle” against budget cutters in the state and national governments.

Fritz Pfister | March 08, 2013

Obama thinks Americans are so stupid they would believe the miniscule 2.4% decrease in the increased rate of spending would cause a recession.

Charles Payne | March 08, 2013

I've spend the last two days debating the legitimacy of the Dow reaching all-time highs, mostly with people that have been bears or out of the market.

Ransom Notes Radio | March 08, 2013

John Ransom spoke with Michael Cannon from the Cato Institute about Obamacare’s coercive efforts to take over the industry. The Market is also continuing its high trading, but not without some concern.

Mike Shedlock | March 08, 2013

Some people are in favor of theft and fraud as long as it's not deceitful. Financial Times columnist Martin Wolf is one of those people.

Nathan Slaughter | March 08, 2013

Silver may be trading well off its highs above $40 per ounce, but investment demand has never been stronger. That opening day marks the highest one-day tally in the history of the Silver Eagle program dating back to 1986.

Devon Herrick | March 08, 2013

As drug coverage has become more common, special interests (mainly pharmacy trade groups) are pressuring lawmakers to impose self-serving regulations on health insurance drug plans.

Phil Kerpen | March 08, 2013

Senate Democrats are finally beginning the process of writing a budget after four years of dereliction. They will almost certainly include some changes to Medicare, the largest driver of federal spending and debt.

Daniel J. Mitchell | March 08, 2013

Should the federal government make life more difficult for low-skilled workers? I hope everyone will emphatically say “NO!”

Lincoln Brown | March 08, 2013

The legislators in Washington figure that a $25 tax on bicycles that cost more than $500 should garner about a million bucks for roads.

Night Watch | March 08, 2013

Joint Chiefs of Staff spokesman Army Major General Kim Yong-hyun warned on 6 March, "If North Korea carries out provocations that threaten the lives and safety of South Koreans, our military will carry out strong and resolute retaliations."

Michelle Malkin | March 08, 2013

While many Americans worry about government drones in the sky spying on our private lives, Washington meddlers are already on the ground and in our schools gathering intimate data on children and families.

Brent Bozell | March 08, 2013

Sometimes it's hard to measure the distance between the supposedly established, respectable press and the seediest corners of hardcore pornography. On March 1, ABC's "Nightline" celebrated a porn star named "James Deen" (real name: Bryan Sevilla).

Oliver North | March 08, 2013

In my New York Times best-seller "Heroes Proved," the president of the United States orders the execution of an American citizen in the United States by using precision munitions fired from a remotely piloted aircraft, or RPA -- incorrectly referred to by our media as a drone.

Matt Towery | March 08, 2013

Being a native of Atlanta, I always resented media depictions and popular culture images of Georgia as a state where everyone wore overalls, had three teeth in their head, and liberally used terms like "ain't" and "gonna" in their daily vocabulary.

Thu, Mar 07, 2013

Cliff May | March 07, 2013

If you suffer a heart attack but your doctor thinks you've got a nasty case of indigestion, the medicine he prescribes probably won’t cure you. The same applies to policy-making and legislating: Misunderstand the problem, and you’re likely to come up with a useless — or damaging — response.

Hugh Hewitt | March 07, 2013

Here's what Rand Paul did with his LollaPaulooza yesterday: He engaged the country in a serious discussion of first principles. You may not agree with him, but he did it. The Constitution was actually discussed on the Senate floor for more than a dozen hours. Incredible.

Judge Andrew Napolitano | March 07, 2013

In all the noise caused by the Obama administration's direct assault on the right of every person to keep and bear arms, the essence of the issue has been drowned out.

Jerry Newcombe | March 07, 2013

Every once in a while, we hear a false charge. A charge that has significance during this Lenten season of 2013.

Todd Starnes | March 07, 2013

The mayor of a Washington town has directed pastors to stop invoking the name “Jesus Christ” in city council invocations.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | March 07, 2013

The recent political entanglements over the budget have focused more on political maneuverings and who is right about what statement, rather than what the policies mean to average, everyday Americans.

Michael Barone | March 07, 2013

The Dow set a new high on Tuesday, but the larger economy is a different story. What if today's sluggish economic growth turns out to be the new normal? That's the unsettling question asked by some of our most creative economic thinkers.

Victor Davis Hanson | March 07, 2013

California now works on the principle of the mordida, or "bite." Its government assumes that it can take something extra from residents for the privilege of living in their special state.

Larry Elder | March 07, 2013

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman traveled to communist North Korea, a trip financed by a documentary filmmaker. Rodman appeared neither officially nor unofficially as part of the U.S. government.

Jonah Goldberg | March 07, 2013

One thing nearly everybody agrees upon is that the "sequester" is a silly sideshow to the real challenge facing America: unsustainable spending on entitlements. Ironies abound.

Michael Reagan | March 07, 2013

Take President Obama and his Cabinet of Liars, please. We all know what dirty tricks they played to try and stop the sequester's automatic budget cuts from happening.

Cal Thomas | March 07, 2013

The Broadway musical "Annie" is enjoying another revival on Broadway. The show opened during the Carter administration when America was in need of some optimism. "The sun'll come out tomorrow," sang Annie, and with the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980, for a while, it did.

Debra J. Saunders | March 07, 2013

As a conservative with gay friends, nothing would make me happier than to watch Californians pass an initiative to legalize same-sex marriage -- preferably with protections for religious objectors. Polls suggest it would pass today. Then the issue would be settled, and Californians -- not a court in Washington -- would have determined their own marriage laws.

Paul Greenberg | March 07, 2013

There's a secret lurking behind all that weeping and wailing over those across-the-board cuts in federal spending now going into effect -- and beginning to filter through the economy:

Emmett Tyrrell | March 07, 2013

I do not know about you, but to me this sequestration imbroglio is getting interesting. Last week, I wrote of my surprise that a basic untruth was being repeated over and over again by the White House, to wit, that the Republicans were responsible for the monstrosity of sequestration.

Steve Chapman | March 07, 2013

Lars Hedegaard is a Danish journalist who has made his name denouncing Islam, which he describes as "a totalitarian system of thought" whose adherents "rape their own children." Last month, someone showed up at his door with a gun and fired a shot that missed him.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | March 07, 2013

In general, an organization must be what the IRS has designated as a qualified organization for your contribution to be tax deductible

Peter Schiff | March 07, 2013

Many have dubbed the last decade or so to be an era of easy money. As it turns out, that characterization may have been premature. Based on the new crop of central bankers who are primed to take control of the world's financial system, the age of truly easy money may be just getting started.

Mike Shedlock | March 07, 2013

I asked reader "AC" who is from Italy but now lives in France for some comments on "Grillonomics".

Charles Payne | March 07, 2013

Mostly, Americans need the confidence of a narcissist to change our current path. Self loathing and self pity have taken away our confidence, making us easy prey for in-fighting and handouts.

Michael Schaus | March 07, 2013

He has finally done it. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has finally conquered all the ills that have plagued New York City. At least, that’s the only reasonable explanation for his latest initiative.

David Sterman | March 07, 2013

Do commodities also have a place in your portfolio? After all, they seem to rise and fall with alacrity, and investors often only notice them after they've made sharp gains or plunges.

Bob Goldman | March 07, 2013

Cookies and ice cream may not be health foods, but after a grueling, frustrating, cosmically depressing day at work, the more sugary treats you can stuff down your pie hole, the better you will feel, especially when washed down with beer.

Paul Kengor | March 07, 2013

Say what you want of Hugo Chavez, of his tactics, of his beliefs, and (as many are doing) of perhaps where he might be right now, but this much is certain: he stuck to the faith.

Night Watch | March 07, 2013

A US-China draft resolution to tighten sanctions against North Korea for its 12 February nuclear detonation would impose some of the toughest sanctions ever ordered by the United Nations.

Marybeth Hicks | March 07, 2013

From this week’s email, a message from a dad whose ex-wife doesn’t share his concerns about the influence of the culture on their high schooler and preteens.

Daniel J. Mitchell | March 07, 2013

Government spending grew much slower under Reagan and Clinton than it has during the Bush-Obama years, yet I don’t think anybody would claim the economy in recent years has been more robust than it was in the 1980s and 1990s.

Catherine Glenn Foster | March 07, 2013

In 2012, nearly half of America’s states enacted laws designed to protect women and children from coerced, unsafe, and rushed abortions. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, however, has dug in his heels in blind obedience to an outdated doctrine and is pushing to expand abortion in his state.

Wed, Mar 06, 2013

Ann Coulter | March 06, 2013

Republicans don't control the U.S. Senate and they don't have the presidency. Instead of wasting time and energy in doomed efforts to defeat President Obama's Cabinet nominees or sucking up to illegal aliens, why not focus on issues where Republicans can be off-the-charts popular while forcing Democrats into taking stupid positions?

Bob Barr | March 06, 2013

Sequester cuts had barely gone into effect last week when the uber-liberal MoveOn.org started shrilly whining that conservative barbarians were destroying the country.

Rich Galen | March 06, 2013

President Barack Obama has shut the White House to visitors. A notice went out yesterday saying that due to the personnel reductions required by the sequester, there will be no public tours after Friday.

Michael Brown | March 06, 2013

The Bible is not only the world’s most widely distributed book (by the billions), it is also the world’s most widely banned book. That’s because it is not just an eclectic assortment of ancient religious traditions. Rather, it is the ultimate threat to the status quo of prideful, human kingdom building and the definitive collection of divinely inspired revolutionary writings.

Thomas Sowell | March 06, 2013

Most people are not even surprised any more when they hear about someone who came here from Korea or Vietnam with very little money, and very little knowledge of English, who nevertheless persevered and rose in American society.

Michelle Malkin | March 06, 2013

American college campuses are the most fertile grounds for fake hate. They're marinated in identity politics and packed with self-indulgent, tenured radicals suspended in the 1960s. In the name of enlightenment and tolerance, these institutions of higher learning breed a corrosive culture of left-wing self-victimization. Take my alma mater, Oberlin College. Please.

John Stossel | March 06, 2013

If you're reading this, you've survived the "sequester" cuts! That may surprise you, since President Obama likened the sequester to taking a "meat cleaver" to government.

Walter E. Williams | March 06, 2013

Let's work through an example. Suppose 100 yards of fence could be built using one of two techniques. You could hire three low-skilled workers for $15 each, or you could hire one high-skilled worker for $40. Either way, you get the same 100 yards of fence built. If you sought maximum profits, which production technique would you employ? I'm guessing that you'd hire one high-skilled worker and pay him $40 rather than hire three low-skilled workers for $15 each. Your labor costs would be $40 rather than $45.

Brent Bozell | March 06, 2013

Barack Obama's strategy going into the scheduled sequestration was to hit the panic button, over and over again, putting the very Obama-friendly media into a heavy rotation of disaster metaphors.

Jonah Goldberg | March 06, 2013

It turns out that Obamacare actually makes self-insurance less of a gamble because you can always throw workers on public exchanges without penalty.

John Ransom | March 06, 2013

Guys like Will Ferrell, the amateur liberals, are usually just gullible, unwitting bagmen for politicos who want the thin patina of credibility and thick cash that celebrities afford them. Obama, who's the very definition of professional liberal and politico, needs cash. Obama always needs cash.

Ken Blackwell | March 06, 2013

Just four years ago, candidate Barack Obama said he believed that marriage was between a man and a woman. "And God is in the mix." Who moved?

Michael Medved | March 06, 2013

As Barack Obama prepares for his trip to Israel on March 20th—his first as President—he might consider taking the opportunity to correct common distortions about the Jewish state that his administration has, on occasion, helped to promote

Terry Jeffrey | March 06, 2013

When the Obama administration finalized its regulation requiring health care plans to provide cost-free coverage for sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs, House Speaker John Boehner -- as this column noted last year -- was one of those who correctly argued that the regulation was an attack on religious freedom and that Congress must not let it stand.

Ben Shapiro | March 06, 2013

For years, conservatives have been split on whether President Barack Obama is incompetent or whether he is malicious.

Austin Bay | March 06, 2013

The vignette from 2002 speaks to bitter resentments expressed in Kenya's still unsettled election, and to the broader hope that digital technology can -- somehow -- circumvent the quiet oppression of corruption.

Donald Lambro | March 06, 2013

If anyone still thinks President Obama is serious about putting our fiscal house in order, Exhibits A and B prove he's been playing political games with this issue from the beginning.

Jacob Sullum | March 06, 2013

When President Obama endorsed gay marriage last year, he said the issue should be left to the states. Last week, he said it shouldn't.

Kyle Olson | March 06, 2013

As part of the national stampede of politically-correct moves in response to the Sandy Hook tragedy, the California teachers pension system very publicly divested from a hedge fund that owns the company that makes the so-called “assault rifle” AR-15.

Robert Knight | March 06, 2013

Comedian Bill Cosby apparently has implied that if you don’t support Barack Obama, you’re a racist. This comes as something of a shock since Mr. Cosby, over his long career, generally has avoided making political gaffes.

Mike Shedlock | March 06, 2013

The two biggest problem in Spain are government spending and lack of labor reforms, so the solution cannot possibly be higher taxes.

George Friedman | March 06, 2013

The global financial crisis of 2008 has slowly yielded to a global unemployment crisis. This unemployment crisis will, fairly quickly, give way to a political crisis. The crisis involves all three of the major pillars of the global system -- Europe, China and the United States.

Dave Ramsey | March 06, 2013

Car payments and the credit card debt are the same thing. They’re both debt payments, and you’re being charged interest on both of them.

Ralph Benko | March 06, 2013

Amity Shlaes, one of America’s most interesting and influential public intellectuals, has just published Coolidge, a biography of that laconic president.

Charles Payne | March 06, 2013

I travel through LaGuardia and JFK where delays are part of the daily program - but now we can blame them on sequestration and mean old Republicans. The blame game is the shame game. We are nearing the point where every inconvenience will have its genesis in GOP politics.

Ken Connor | March 06, 2013

Health care is about so much more than dollars and cents. In the end, we are talking about human life and the dignity accorded it by our society. If we believe, as our Declaration of Independence asserts, that all men possess inherent dignity as given to them by God, then we cannot embrace a system of health care that assigns life worth based on arbitrary criteria like age, size, location, cognitive ability or any other generic factor.

Daniel J. Mitchell | March 06, 2013

The Obama White House is making the Keynesian argument that a smaller burden of government spending somehow will translate into less growth and fewer jobs. They used this same discredited theory to justify the so-called stimulus; and all their predictions were wildly wrong.

Night Watch | March 06, 2013

The frequency and proximity of at-sea encounters have increased steadily with China's emergence as a "rising power" in the past seven years. A violent incident is almost unavoidable, through misadventure if not deliberation.

Ransom Notes Radio | March 06, 2013

Amazingly, most of us have gotten past day one of the sequester. But, what are you doing to help all those bureaucrats in DC maintain their average $90,000/year salary? John Ransom spoke about the DOW hitting new highs, and what that means for the economy, with George Jarkesy from the Wall Street Business Network.

Bill Tatro | March 06, 2013

The USSR was founded on central planning, a basic tenant of communism and we all see how successful that program was. And Ben Bernanke has enthusiastically embraced that exact principle.

Tue, Mar 05, 2013

Todd Starnes | March 05, 2013

The Romeike family fled their German homeland in 2008 seeking political asylum in the United States – where they hoped to home school their children. Instead, the Obama administration wants the evangelical Christian family deported.

Jack Kerwick | March 05, 2013

Schlicter offers an essentially two prong attack against academia. The first we can call “the tick argument.” Academia, he says, is like “a liberal tick” in that it divests society of its “blood” while producing nothing in return.

Rachel Marsden | March 05, 2013

Is there anything people can possibly do these days to disgust or unnerve themselves? Or is the only barrier to bad behavior massive societal shunning, the likes of which isn't noticed by those who are too engrossed with themselves to pay attention?

Craig Shirley | March 05, 2013

John McCain’s presidential campaign manager from four years ago, Steve Schmidt, has compared the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to the “Star Wars bar scene.”

Hugh Hewitt | March 05, 2013

How are American newspapers and networks covering the Conclave? Poorly, if at all.

Thomas Sowell | March 05, 2013

Back in my teaching days, many years ago, one of the things I liked to ask the class to consider was this: Imagine a government agency with only two tasks: (1) building statues of Benedict Arnold and (2) providing life-saving medications to children. If this agency's budget were cut, what would it do?

Chuck Norris | March 05, 2013

In the previous two columns, I highlighted the first seven of the top 10 reasons I wish George Washington were still alive: Washington was a role model for many, even as a youth. Washington epitomized courage. Washington wasn't afraid of public opinion or challenging the status quo. Washington was a man of integrity and character yet just as human as the rest of us.

John Hawkins | March 05, 2013

Sorry, but your Second Amendment rights no longer apply because liberals like Josh Marshall tinkle on themselves every time they come within fifty feet of a gun.

David Limbaugh | March 05, 2013

Is it possible that Obama's arrogance, personal pettiness, sanctimoniousness and egotism (for starters) could finally be his unraveling?

Mona Charen | March 05, 2013

There are two major parties in the United States: the party that wishes to govern and the party that wants only to campaign.

John Ransom | March 05, 2013

This is the same GOP that passed Sarbanes-Oxley, expanded Medicare, supported the Community Reinvestment Act, created the Department of Homeland Security, mismanaged the war in Iraq, and generally put us in the mess that the party occupies today.

Cal Thomas | March 05, 2013

It's a safe bet that most conservative Republicans would rush to support a political leader with the following record, especially in a traditionally Democratic state:

Dennis Prager | March 05, 2013

An Interview with Denmark's Salman Rushdie.

Debra J. Saunders | March 05, 2013

In the context of the 1980s and 1990s, when federal prosecutors went overboard trying to put minor drug traders away for hard time, the president's record is disappointing.

Paul Greenberg | March 05, 2013

The wire services routinely refer to Benedict XVI, now the pope emeritus, as the first pontiff to abdicate in 800 years. But few of the news stories go into just who this earlier pope was, and why he chose to end his papacy. Which is understandable. The big story of 1294 is scarcely breaking news today. But it's a pity more attention isn't paid to the abdication of Celestine V, now St. Celestine, aka Celestino. Because history can prove instructive.

Phyllis Schlafly | March 05, 2013

The real war against women is the announced plan of the Obama administration, using outgoing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta as the fall guy, to assign women for the first time in American history to fight our nation's enemies in military ground combat.

Bill Murchison | March 05, 2013

The Wizard of Washington, prior to unleashing his anti-sequester campaign, might have benefited from a sneak preview of the Disney saga.

Susan Stamper Brown | March 05, 2013

America's founding fathers were beholden to the odd notion that the best prevention against a tyrannical leader or mob rule was the simple yet effective system of checks and balances.

Daniel J. Mitchell | March 05, 2013

Ignoring the President’s hyperbole about the supposed catastrophic effects of a very modest reduction in the growth of the federal budget, Republicans have held firm. And the President has suffered a painful political and policy defeat.

Daniel Pipes | March 05, 2013

Chuck Hagel's notorious 2008 statement about the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the leading institution of the pro-Israel lobby, claimed that "the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here [in Congress]. I'm a United States senator. I'm not an Israeli senator."

Michael Schaus | March 05, 2013

Well, Mr. President, your wish has been granted. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Treasury will collect a record breaking amount in revenues this year. But, we're still set to have close to a trillion dollars in new debt.

Mike Shedlock | March 05, 2013

Some forecast increasing US sales based on pent-up auto demand from kids. I see the end of the line as the US is back in recession.

Bob Beauprez | March 05, 2013

While the President argues for ever more revenue, the fact is Americans are paying record amounts of taxes particularly in the wake of the fiscal cliff deal he muscled through on January 1, 2013.

Night Watch | March 05, 2013

The Italian elections, as a referendum against austerity, might have provided the impetus for a chain reaction of similar protests across Europe.

Marvin Olasky | March 05, 2013

Once more the hills are alive with the sound of musings. Maybe that’s because so many Republicans have fled the plains since the November drubbing and sought solace from political oracles: National Review recently had in its pages one of the greatest gatherings since Delphi.

Morgan Brittany | March 05, 2013

I guess we found some spare change in an old suit because John Kerry just gave $250 million to Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood this weekend.

Charles Payne | March 05, 2013

Of course it only makes sense to want to ease pain. But, there are times when we can't avoid pain and times when avoiding it results in greater pain down the line.

Mon, Mar 04, 2013

Benjamin Bull | March 04, 2013

Some sentences are made of words while others are made of jail time. And home-schooling families focused on the former kind of sentences are increasingly finding themselves under the threat of the latter—even in America.

Larry Kudlow | March 04, 2013

However you calculate the sequester spending cuts, and however uneven they may be, the reality is that the sequester at least moves the ball in the right direction. I maintain that by reducing the government spending share of GDP, the sequester is pro-growth.

Byron York | March 04, 2013

Nine months ago, Barack Obama likened his Republican opposition to an illness. If he could just defeat Mitt Romney, Obama said, then the illness might subside.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | March 04, 2013

From the very beginning, homosexual “marriage” activists have sought to hijack not only the moral authority of the Civil Rights Movement, but also the legal arguments which liberated minorities from centuries of legalized oppression and discrimination.

Armstrong Williams | March 04, 2013

New reports are released every single day in Washington, but one that could prove to be of life or death importance was unveiled this week by The Henry Jackson Society, a bipartisan think tank headquartered in London. Al-Qaeda in the United States: A Complete Analysis of Terrorism Offenses holds up a mirror to America and provides us with a clear but terrifying image.

Tony Katz | March 04, 2013

In California, gun hysteria has reached such fanatical heights that teachers now feel empowered to confiscate student property, disregard their privacy, question their mental state and threaten police action – in front of other students. All have happened to the son of actor and entrepreneur Joseph C. Phillips, at El Camino Real Charter High School in Woodland Hills, CA.

Kurt Schlichter | March 04, 2013

Conservatives should welcome the decline of academia as we know it. I, for one, will celebrate its death by engaging in the same activity that characterized my four years at what some call its pinnacle– drinking a lot of Coors Light.

Michael Barone | March 04, 2013

Do we have a president or a perpetual candidate? It's not an entirely unfair question.

Star Parker | March 04, 2013

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has become the eighth Republican governor to agree to expand Medicaid coverage in his state under the provisions of Obamacare.

Mike Adams | March 04, 2013

Hi Mike. Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is also Mike, although that may be about the extent of our commonalities. But that is okay. Our strength in in our diversity! Indeed, I am writing to offer a diverse perspective on an email you sent to numerous subordinates using your East Carolina University email address.

John Ransom | March 04, 2013

We allow people to protect themselves with guns but won’t do a thing about regulating and controlling the crazed, crack-addled asteroids?

Katie Kieffer | March 04, 2013

“What is CPAC 2013? There is an app in the iTunes store called CPAC 2013. You must know something about this event!”

Rachel Alexander | March 04, 2013

If you stopped watching network television awhile ago because it had gotten so bad, you made the correct decision. It has continued to get worse. A few years ago, network television became dominated by cheaply made reality TV shows and talent contests, sitcoms with hyperactive manic characters, and socially liberal themes.

Bruce Bialosky | March 04, 2013

Not being one to jump on the current topic du jour, we could not pass up this one. The Obama Administration picks a major fight with the most famous journalist in America -- and we are not speaking about Bill O’Reilly or Ron Burgundy. It is rarely a good thing for political leaders to jump into hand-to-hand combat with the press.

Rich Galen | March 04, 2013

For the next 1,418 days the top issue on the mind of President Barack Obama and his ever-tightening inner circle will involve the six letters: L.E.G.A.C.Y.

Paul Driessen | March 04, 2013

In his first address as Secretary of State, John Kerry said we must safeguard “the most sacred trust” we owe to our children and grandchildren: “an environment not ravaged by rising seas, deadly superstorms, devastating droughts, and the other hallmarks of a dramatically changing climate.”

Dan Holler | March 04, 2013

If you’re reading this, it means you survived the sequester. Of course, as President Obama reminded us last Friday, “this is not going to be an apocalypse as some people have said.”

Matt Barber | March 04, 2013

“But Republican governors are folding like cheap lawn chairs,” you say. “And political eunuchs in the GOP establishment are bowing to Obama like he bows to foreign dictators. Any hope of repeal is long dead, and besides, Chief Justice John Roberts put the final nail in the judicial coffin last summer, didn’t he? Any chance of killing the Obamacare zombie is gone, right?”

Marita Noon | March 04, 2013

Though no speech transcript exists, the Santa Fe New Mexican covered Hansen’s presentation at the Institute, during which he predicted catastrophes, such as rising seas and species extinctions “if carbon-based fuels continue to be used at the same rate as today.”

Mike Shedlock | March 04, 2013

The main problem is saturation. I see endless miles of restaurants on strips nearby. Those restaurants include Steak & Shake, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Pizza Hut, Subway, China Express, Chili's, Chipotle, Panera, and other chains intermixed with some local eateries.

Mark Baisley | March 04, 2013

Jefferson made three references to “kings, nobles and priests” -- and none of them pretty -- in his letter from France to George Wythe that are appropriate for today.

Daniel J. Mitchell | March 04, 2013

Here are my favorite cartoons from various artists and you can answer the poll about which one you would rank highest.

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Derek Hunter | March 03, 2013

Welcome to Thunder Dome.

John Ransom | March 03, 2013

Come on, Mr. President: Either you did or didn’t approve what people did on your behalf. As one reporter asked White House Press Jester Jay Carney: “Another longtime, respected Washington journalist... talked about his own story about how he’s received many what he called 'vulgar and abusive' emails and phone calls from White House officials. I mean, have you ever heard of anything like that?” We’re waiting. Mr. Obama.

Austin Hill | March 03, 2013

It’s difficult to imagine that he was surprised by the outcome.

Doug Giles | March 03, 2013

According to CBS, St. Louis, Pastor Rodney Francis, of the Washington Tabernacle Baptist Church, wants to keep kiddos away from guns, so this summer his church is planning a “toy gun buy back” program.

Debra J. Saunders | March 03, 2013

There is a rule in Politics 2013 that's evident in the flap about a White House aide's maybe threatening or not threatening Washington Post veteran reporter Bob Woodward. The rule: The more superficial the brouhaha the bigger its impact.

Rich Tucker | March 03, 2013

It would be difficult to expand the food stamp program (officially the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) much further.

Kevin McCullough | March 03, 2013

This past week an episode of Sesame Street set off a firestorm of debate over whether a boy muppet named Telly should be ashamed that his muppet friends caught him playing with dolls.

Steve Chapman | March 03, 2013

America is a much freer place than it was a few decades ago, and one way you can tell is that changes once considered unthinkable now occur almost unnoticed. A case in point came when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill to legalize online gambling.

Political Calculations | March 03, 2013

A deadweight loss is said to occur whenever economic activity that might otherwise have occurred is prevented from occurring because of policies that interfere with the natural functioning of a market economy.

Bob Beauprez | March 03, 2013

Even from colonial days, every generation somehow managed to hand off an even greater life filled with opportunity to their children. By the time our upstart nation was barely fifty years old, Alexis de Tocqueville gushed with praise about America's unique advancement of "human greatness and freedom."

Tad DeHaven | March 03, 2013

Every federal dollar that a state politician can spend is a dollar that he or she doesn’t have to ask his or her voters to part with.

Daniel J. Mitchell | March 03, 2013

Biden has reached new levels on unintentional humor with his recent advice on home defense, all of which appears to be illegal according to fellow Bulldog Mary Katherine Ham.

Mike Shedlock | March 03, 2013

Given the world's central bankers are already in a currency war, a policy statement made by a deputy-governor of China's central bank should not come as a surprise.

Paul Jacob | March 03, 2013

Our public schools may be afflicted with politically correct propagandists. Luckily, most kids will learn, chiefly, to question authority.