Sun, Mar 17, 2013

Debra J. Saunders | March 17, 2013

California Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, has introduced a bill to make it illegal for people to smoke in their own homes -- if they live in an apartment or a condo or a multifamily home. When last I wrote about Levine, he was pushing a statewide law to require grocers to charge for bags. Now he's after cigarettes -- but only the legal kind.

Sat, Mar 16, 2013

John C. Goodman | March 16, 2013

It's hard to believe almost any budget numbers coming out of Washington, D.C., these days. The reason? The Obama administration is cooking the books.

John Ransom | March 16, 2013

Lessons for America, sponsored by the vulture capitalist most responsible for Obamacare.

Kathryn Lopez | March 16, 2013

Rome -- "May God forgive you." That's Cardinal Timothy Dolan's translation of a joke that Pope Francis told the College of Cardinals a day after being elected the 267th pontiff.

Paul Greenberg | March 16, 2013

Habemus Papam! We have a pope! That was the word, or rather the words, from St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesday, and it wasn't just a worldwide church that had awaited the news, but the world itself. And the news was good, as in the Good News. For suddenly the air in Rome and far beyond seemed filled with a hope that was almost palpable.

Brett Harvey | March 16, 2013

Since the 1950s the Longview, Wash. City Council has opened its public meetings with prayer, as Congress has done for 239 years. But fear of a lawsuit from groups like the ALCU has caused the mayor to tell the local ministerial association that it is “not acceptable” for ministers who volunteer to give a Christian prayer that refers to Jesus.

Mike Shedlock | March 16, 2013

A company named Blueseed is a year away from offering entrepreneurs an inexpensive place, near Silicon Valley, in which to develop their products.

Daniel J. Mitchell | March 16, 2013

The anti-gun ideology in government schools has led to so many stupid incidents that all I can do is shake my head and be thankful my kids somehow were spared this nonsense.

Charles Payne | March 16, 2013

Yes, too big to fail only became more problematic as the bigger banks have only increased in size and risk to the general public. I think the government was more concerned with finding ways to siphon money from banks than anything else.

Steve Deace | March 16, 2013

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has launched a nationwide “Growth and Opportunity Project” reviewing eight key areas he believes must be examined in the wake of a disappointing 2012 campaign.

Phil Kerpen | March 16, 2013

The White House continues to inch closer to a carbon tax. In Obama’s first post-election press conference, he dodged the question.

Bill Tatro | March 16, 2013

What appears to be a fairly simple stock market transaction is once again converted into a very complex issue by the bought-and-paid-for-legislators.

Night Watch | March 16, 2013

It would be a grave mistake to conclude that there is fundamental disagreement about strategic priorities and goals, which are always reached collectively.

Fri, Mar 15, 2013

Larry Kudlow | March 15, 2013

Sometimes you have to search for it, or read it in the fine print. But I believe the political economy is getting better, not worse.

Humberto Fontova | March 15, 2013

When it came to thundering against the “Yankee imperialists!” Hugo Chavez sure talked a good one. But despite his bluster and monkeyshines he wasn’t crazy enough to lift a finger against his top customer, or even wish him (genuine) harm. It’s impolitic to reveal, but the U.S. is –by far--the biggest customer for Venezuelan oil. Hugo Chavez was our fourth largest oil supplier, behind only Canada, Mexico and Saudi Arabia.

Rich Galen | March 15, 2013

In an era when almost every mention of religion is in a negative connotation - one religion against another, one sect against another, religious influence on secular life, and so on - it was soothing, really, to see the amount of time at least the American cable networks devoted to the choosing of the leader of one.

Thomas Sowell | March 15, 2013

Among the many irrational ideas about racial and ethnic groups that have polarized societies over the centuries and around the world, few have been more irrational and counterproductive than the current dogmas of multiculturalism.

Michelle Malkin | March 15, 2013

Last week, I reported on the federal government's massive new student-tracking database, which was created as part of the nationalized Common Core standards scheme.

Brent Bozell | March 15, 2013

ABC News really knows how to cause a coffee spit-take. All you have to do is introduce George Stephanopoulos talking to President Obama and put these hyperbolic words on screen: "No Holds Barred."

Jonah Goldberg | March 15, 2013

While many have long seen America as the global bad boy, everybody likes Canada. If Uncle Sam tucks his pack of Marlboros under his T-shirt sleeve and plays by his own rules, the Canadian moose -- or whatever their Uncle Sam equivalent is -- always wears his blue blazer and school tie and does his chores without being asked. Canada is a global citizen, a good neighbor, a northern Puerto Rico with an EU sensibility that earns its gold stars from the United Nations every day.

David Limbaugh | March 15, 2013

How can anyone take President Obama seriously when he tells us our national debt is no big deal? Well, we have to take him seriously, because, unserious thinking or not, he has serious power, including the power to obstruct progress on reducing the debt.

Mona Charen | March 15, 2013

My favorite talk show host is John Batchelor, whose often expressed, playful worry is that he isn't being cynical enough. The wisest (or is it the most cynical?) among us recognize that a degree of caution is always advisable when dealing with fellow human beings, and that the world has never lacked for frauds, liars, and hypocrites.

John Ransom | March 15, 2013

Since it’s unrealistic to expect politicians to make meaningful cuts in government spending, we need to get back the $19 trillion in private GDP that politicians today are so happily squandering through myriad government schemes.

Pat Buchanan | March 15, 2013

"The Faith is Europe. And Europe is the Faith," wrote Hilaire Belloc after that bloodbath we call World War I. "Either Europe will return to the Faith or she will perish."

Suzanne Fields | March 15, 2013

Fifty years ago, Betty Friedan described the suburban woman as the unhappy housewife. She lacked challenging choices. Her abilities and identities were attached to her kitchen. She could whip up sour-cream-and-artichoke dips in a flash in an up-to-date kitchen with a refrigerator, range and blender in coordinated shades of peach, tan and aquamarine, but you could hear growing laments of discontent as the grrr in the purr became a growl.

Diana West | March 15, 2013

Back in 2008, candidate Barack Obama went off his teleprompter and added a couple of sentences to the text of a speech about expanding the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps.

Paul Greenberg | March 15, 2013

With sincere apologies to, and selective quotations from, Finley Peter Dunne, creator of the immortal Mister Dooley, the Irish barkeep and political sage who first noted that politics ain't beanbag.

Donald Lambro | March 15, 2013

President Obama and the Democrats still don't get it. They laid down their budget markers this week, seeking to impose nearly $1 trillion in new taxes on an economy that's still struggling to get back on its feet.

Kyle Olson | March 15, 2013

American Federation of Teachers President Rhonda “Randi” Weingarten’s arrest last week for blocking an entrance to a public meeting was seen as a bold move by those seeking to protect the status quo in education.

Daniel J. Mitchell | March 15, 2013

Let’s keep our fingers crossed that Gov. Jindal’s proposal gets a friendly reception from the state legislature.

Stewart Scott | March 15, 2013

Rampant unemployment will, eventually, give way to a political crisis as austerity measures galvanize radical political parties opposed to the status quo.

Mike Shedlock | March 15, 2013

Commenting on central bank foolishness is a full time job in and of itself. Factor in unions, Keynesian and Monetarist clowns, and I hardly get any sleep. Economic nonsense in France, Spain, and elsewhere in Europe sends the situation over the top.

Brett McMahon | March 15, 2013

Has there ever been a statement more clearly demonstrating the liberal and union sense of entitlement than “Governor Walker’s Coup D’Etat,” the headline of former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich's latest whine at Talking Points Memo?

Bill Tatro | March 15, 2013

Somehow, the implemented seasonal adjustment created a growth of $4.4 billion which was more than enough to allow for the pronouncement of a so-called 1.1% increase in retail sales for the month of February.

Jerry Bowyer | March 15, 2013

The age old answer to the question, “Is the Pope Catholic?” is, “Yes.” But the answer to the question, “Is the Pope capitalist?” is, “Probably not.”

Charles Payne | March 15, 2013

Could the Dow hit 18,500? It could happen, but fundamentals in America would have to get a whole lot better. In fact, the biggest threat to the rally is the American economy.

Lincoln Brown | March 15, 2013

Since the Wisconsin DPI also suggests getting a person of color to hold me accountable, I contacted some friends of mine at Project 21, an all-black conservative action network, to see if all of the above was a thinly veiled attempt to consolidate power or if I should genuinely hang my head in shame because of the color of my skin.

Night Watch | March 15, 2013

It seems that China's new President and the collective leadership might think the period of China's rise is over. They seem to perceive a new situation.

Thu, Mar 14, 2013

Cliff May | March 14, 2013

Perhaps because St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, I’ve found myself re-reading Edmund Burke and Conor Cruise O’Brien — and drinking Irish whiskey. I first became acquainted with these three sources of stimulation back in 1978. That was also my first brush with terrorism.

Todd Starnes | March 14, 2013

A lesbian bondage expert and a campus-wide condom scavenger hunt are among the activities planned for The University of Tennessee’s first-ever “Sex Week” – an event paid for in-part by student fees.

Hugh Hewitt | March 14, 2013

“Anyone who tells you they aren’t surprised is lying.” That is what then Congressman Chris Cox told me on the KCET television set on election night 1994 when the GOP, led by Newt Gingrich, seized the House majority.

Todd Starnes | March 14, 2013

God and guns go hand-in-hand according to a Chicago-area pastor who hosted a Second Amendment Sunday in his church – that included a cake decorated with an edible chocolate Glock emblazoned with the phrase, “Blessed Are the Peacemakers.”

Thomas Sowell | March 14, 2013

The desire of intellectuals for some grand theory that will explain complex patterns with some solitary and simple factor has produced many ideas that do not stand up under scrutiny, but which have nevertheless had widespread acceptance -- and sometimes catastrophic consequences -- in countries around the world.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | March 14, 2013

As a corporate budgeter, I learned decades ago that only a few people can look at an organization's money, corporation's money or someone else's money and spend it as if it were their own money -- i.e., very deliberately, based on the priorities and values of the organization.

Michael Barone | March 14, 2013

The College of Cardinals met in conclave on Tuesday to begin the process of electing a new pope. The cardinals have been getting plenty of advice from American journalists.

Victor Davis Hanson | March 14, 2013

Sometime in the new millennium, "global warming" evolved into "climate change." Amid growing controversies over the planet's past temperatures, Al Gore and other activists understood that human-induced "climate change" could better explain almost any weather extremity -- droughts or floods, too much heat or cold, hurricanes and tornadoes.

Larry Elder | March 14, 2013

Is Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg really complaining -- in 2013 -- that "only" 14 percent of executive officers are female, that women earn 77 cents compared to a dollar earned by men, and that women hurt their own advancement by failing to "lean in" and become more assertive?

Ashley Herzog | March 14, 2013

On Tuesday, Dr. Miriam Grossman had a message for the United Nations: Shame on you.

Michael Reagan | March 14, 2013

By the time you read this, the world’s billion-plus Roman Catholics may have a new pope. And when the black smoke of Tuesday’s indecisive first vote has turned to the white smoke of final decision, don’t be surprised if the cardinals have chosen… a Catholic pope.

Cal Thomas | March 14, 2013

Since the Motown sound went silent -- except on oldies stations -- and General Motors and Chrysler (but not Ford) required life support from Washington, there has been little to recommend Detroit, Mich., to visitors, much less its residents.

Debra J. Saunders | March 14, 2013

Pamela Geller, most famous for fighting what she called the "ground zero mosque" in New York, bought ads on the sides of 10 San Francisco buses that feature hateful quotes from Osama bin Laden, accused Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan and failed Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad -- under the headline "My Jihad."

Matt Towery | March 14, 2013

In choosing Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio to become its next pope, the Catholic Church offers those of us who are a part of its membership, and the rest of the world as well, the hope of a spiritual leader who can rekindle the common touch for which Pope John Paul II was so beloved -- and perhaps rid the Church of its reputation for loving the material of this world as much, if not more, than the spiritual.

Kyle Olson | March 14, 2013

I was deeply troubled when video surfaced last week of striking Strongsville, Ohio teachers heckling substitute teachers who were applying to be their temporary replacements

Steve Chapman | March 14, 2013

The first law of thermodynamics says that energy can't be created and can't be destroyed -- it can only be changed from one form into another. The same holds true of the puritanical impulse.

Emmett Tyrrell | March 14, 2013

When Senator Rand Paul took to the floor of the United States Senate the morning of March 6 he really -- as they say -- may have made a difference. It is a difference in our awareness of the issues facing the country.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | March 14, 2013

Protecting yourself financially isn't just about investing. It involves looking at all the pieces of your financial life to make sure they're working together for both the short and long term.

Charles Payne | March 14, 2013

It's kind of weird; part of me likes it when there is little confidence with respect to the stock market, especially when the experts are looking down their noses.

Night Watch | March 14, 2013

It is noteworthy that the Chinese do not accept or acknowledge that the Six Party Talks are defunct, despite North Korea's explicit statement that there will be no more nuclear talks of any kind.

Marita Noon | March 14, 2013

The application to permit construction on the Keystone pipeline was filed in September 2008. Since then, four reports have been produced on the potential environmental impact of the pipeline—each coming in with essentially the same conclusion.

Mike Shedlock | March 14, 2013

The first major problem with inflation targeting is that increases in money supply and credit (the true measure of inflation) frequently appear in the form of asset bubbles, not consumer prices.

Daniel J. Mitchell | March 14, 2013

But I think we’re allowed an exception to that Schadenfreude rule when the “others” are greedy politicians pursuing spiteful policies. We want the political elite to suffer misfortune because of our desire to promote freedom and prosperity for ordinary people.

Bob Beauprez | March 14, 2013

Obama's contention stands in stark contrast to the words of Jay Carney, the President's spokesman who specifically announced last week that the White House did, in fact, make the decision to close the doors.

Bob Goldman | March 14, 2013

The villain in the piece? Your desk chair. You may have felt like you had joined an elite society when you were given a snazzy Aeron chair on which to rest your sorry butt, but what you didn't realize is that you were issued a deadly weapon.

Wed, Mar 13, 2013

Ann Coulter | March 13, 2013

Like the proverbial monkey typing for infinity and getting Shakespeare, Mayor Bloomberg's obsession with reforming New Yorkers' health has finally produced a brilliant ad campaign.

Todd Starnes | March 13, 2013

A youth baseball league in central Illinois is in desperate need of cash – so they’ve decided to auction off an AR-15 assault rifle

Marybeth Hicks | March 13, 2013

Mom-blogger Ursula Hennessey, writing last week at OnTheCulture.com, questioned the lax supervision provided by too many parents of teens.

Neal McCluskey | March 13, 2013

It seems easy: collect data, process data, publish data, and everyone becomes better informed and wiser. It’s seductive, and it was clear listening to President Barack Obama and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) that both are under data’s spell when it comes to budget-busting higher education. But the main college problem isn’t a shortage of useful information -- it’s massive federal student aid discouraging its use.

Rich Galen | March 13, 2013

On Monday, March 11, I was having lunch with one of my favorite people in Washington, Ruth Smith, whom I had hired as an intern right out of college back in the early 80s.

Bob Barr | March 13, 2013

Instead of wailing and gnashing of fiscal teeth, Congress and the President ought to be heaving a sigh of relief and heaping kudos on the former vice-presidential nominee, for doing what they collectively and separately have failed to accomplish.

Thomas Sowell | March 13, 2013

Once we recognize that large differences in achievement among races, nations and civilizations have been the rule, not the exception, throughout recorded history, there is at least some hope of rational thought -- and perhaps even some constructive efforts to help everyone advance.

Michelle Malkin | March 13, 2013

The Beltway is buzzing over President Obama's likely nomination of Thomas E. Perez as the next head of the U.S. Department of Labor. But when Americans find out whom Perez has lobbied for most aggressively over the course of his extremist leftwing social justice career, they'll be wondering which country Obama's pick really plans to serve.

John Stossel | March 13, 2013

Celebrities are now upset about fracking, the injection of chemicals into the ground to crack rocks to release oil and gas. With everyone saying they want alternatives to foreign oil, I'd think celebrities would love fracking.

Walter E. Williams | March 13, 2013

American education is in a sorry state of affairs, and there's enough blame for all participants to have their fair share. They include students who are hostile and alien to the education process, uninterested parents, teachers and administrators who either are incompetent or have been beaten down by the system, and politicians who've become handmaidens for teachers unions.

Brent Bozell | March 13, 2013

Our left-wing media's somber, mourning coverage of Venezuelan despot Hugo Chavez once again demonstrates the double standard journalists reserve for dictators.

Jonah Goldberg | March 13, 2013

While I agree with much of the substance of Paul's critics, I'm at a loss as to understand all the outrage over what most critics think was a waste of time.

John Ransom | March 13, 2013

"All is well," the public bankers at the central banks around the world are saying to the private bankers on the Wall Streets around the world, even as the central banks distribute their Get-Well-Soon cards disguised as dollars, pounds, francs, lire and renminbi.

Tim Phillips | March 13, 2013

Today, White House tours remain closed thanks to a petulant President who insists that somebody, anybody, feel some pain over the sequester cuts that trimmed a modest 2 cents on the dollar from the $3.6 trillion federal budget.

Michael Medved | March 13, 2013

I recently said goodbye to car I had enjoyed and cherished for several years, repeating an experience familiar to most of my fellow baby-boomers.

Terry Jeffrey | March 13, 2013

Not so long ago in this republic, most parents of school-age children would frequently visit grocery stores where they would use their own money to buy things like peanut butter and jelly, and bologna and cheese to make lunches for their kids to haul to school in brown paper bags.

Ben Shapiro | March 13, 2013

When Israel took action against Hamas in the Gaza Strip last year, the world media did its damndest to try to paint the Jewish state as a human rights violator. One of their chief cards in this effort was a photo of BBC video editor Jehad Misharawi holding his son Omar's body. Supposedly Omar had been killed in an Israeli missile strike.

Austin Bay | March 13, 2013

Call it North Korea's version of a '50s revival, though Pyongyang's 1950s retro is vicious Stalinist threat, not an evening of Chuck Berry and Elvis.

Donald Lambro | March 13, 2013

Despite the stock market's rapid ascent to record levels, economic analysts were warning that it doesn't reflect the economy's anemic fundamentals and that we may well be entering another bubble that's about to burst.

Jacob Sullum | March 13, 2013

Last month, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence gave John Brennan, the new CIA director, another opportunity to answer a question he had dodged at his confirmation hearing: "Could the administration carry out drone strikes inside the United States?" Brennan's written response: "This administration has not carried out drone strikes inside the United States and has no intention of doing so."

Daniel J. Mitchell | March 13, 2013

Sigh. Even when they’re sort of doing the right thing, Republicans are incapable of using the right argument.

Michael Schaus | March 13, 2013

The President Saved Detroit. Well. . . Maybe not Detroit (have you seen Detroit?) but he certainly saved the auto-industry. Right?

Charles Payne | March 13, 2013

There are certain people that catch your eye in day-to-day life for a variety of reasons. Last year, a guy named Sal was someone I noticed, although it would have been difficult not to.

George Friedman | March 13, 2013

On Jan. 29, I wrote a piece that described North Korea's strategy as a combination of ferocious, weak and crazy. In the weeks since then, three events have exemplified each facet of that strategy.

Ken Connor | March 13, 2013

The question, then, is not whether we should help "the least of these," it's how. When Republicans object to programs touted as beneficial to the poor, they must do a better job of explaining why. Too often, the Progressive approach to social justice fails to solve the problem, and in many cases only makes matters worse.

Mike Shedlock | March 13, 2013

Want a bailout? Need a bailout? Actually, it does not matter what your country wants or needs.

Night Watch | March 13, 2013

All government and party organizations and agricultural cooperatives have been placed on emergency mobilization status and the Red Worker-Peasant Militia and the Young Red Guards have been ordered to man their numerous posts.

Ralph Benko | March 13, 2013

The Denver Post, on February 15th, ran an Associated Press article entitled Homeland Security aims to buy 1.6b rounds of ammo, to far too little notice. It confirmed that the Department of Homeland Security has issued an open purchase order for 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition.

Tue, Mar 12, 2013

Mark W. Hendrickson | March 12, 2013

Last summer, Barack Obama riled a lot of entrepreneurs when he got carried away at a campaign event and told any American who had built up a successful enterprise, “you didn’t build that.”

Rachel Marsden | March 12, 2013

A chess piece has fallen in Latin America. The road to prosperity and peace for the citizens of many countries -- probably even yours -- runs through the recent death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and a counterintuitive deal between two nations.

Susan Stamper Brown | March 12, 2013

To understand the environmentalists' theology you must check common sense at the door. On the surface, wind turbines seem like a great alternative to fossil fuel. But the dirty little secret is fossil fuels are used to fill in during down times.

Thomas Sowell | March 12, 2013

There are so many fallacies about race that it would be hard to say which is the most ridiculous. However, one fallacy behind many other fallacies is the notion that there is something unusual about different races being unequally represented in various institutions, careers or at different income or achievement levels.

Rick Santorum | March 12, 2013

Republicans don't care. Or at least that's the perception of us. President Barack Obama's convincing re-election in November despite a climate of high unemployment, stagnant economic growth and waning American influence around the globe has caused a great deal of soul-searching for the Republican Party.

John Hawkins | March 12, 2013

One of the biggest problems that conservatives have in this country is that we're far too willing to support people who mock, despise and hate us.

David Limbaugh | March 12, 2013

There are three major factors that stand in the way of entitlement reform and the other responsible budgetary measures that must be taken to avert an eventual national financial catastrophe, and they have a common source.

John Ransom | March 12, 2013

If Obama’s folks can buy a tour of the White House for $500,000 then I think the First Amendment ought to extend to the Koch Brothers and me too.

Mona Charen | March 12, 2013

If there's one sure way to capture the attention of the usual suspects in the press, it's to highlight the problems of women with high-powered careers, as billionaire Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has done.

Cal Thomas | March 12, 2013

Given his track record on marital fidelity, former President Bill Clinton is not the person I would consult about "committed, loving relationships." Clinton used those words in a Washington Post op-ed last week, urging the Supreme Court to overturn the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defines marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman, which he signed into law.

Dennis Prager | March 12, 2013

Denver television station CBS4 reports that Colorado has seen a sharp spike in marijuana use among teenagers since Colorado voters passed Amendment 64 last November legalizing recreational use of the drug.

Pat Buchanan | March 12, 2013

To see these new Republicans standing by Rand Paul presented the image of a band of brothers standing up for principle. Rarely has this Republican Party looked better than it did on Wednesday.

Debra J. Saunders | March 12, 2013

The folks at the American Conservative Union did not get the memo about the GOP's painful election loss of 2012 -- so the group forgot that you win elections through addition, not subtraction.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | March 12, 2013

The question for our generation is: have we reached the limits of what changing the law can actually do to correct such inequalities?

Paul Greenberg | March 12, 2013

Our governor here in Arkansas now has vetoed not one but two anti-abortion bills that made it past the state legislature this session. One bill sought to protect the unborn starting at the 20th week of pregnancy. The other would go into effect after 12 weeks' gestation if a fetal heartbeat could be detected. Both are now law, passed over the governor's objections

Bill Murchison | March 12, 2013

Church-state separation never seems more a reality in America than when the media begin to appraise both the qualifications for a new pope and the challenges he -- whoever "he" turns out to be -- must face.

Kyle Olson | March 12, 2013

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction runs several programs that heavily emphasize racial issues in public schools, EAGnews.org has been finding.

Hal Scherz | March 12, 2013

Just a few months ago, the Obama administration had serious concerns regarding formation of state health insurance exchanges. This vital component of the ACA is necessary to move it forward, yet only 17 states agreed to build exchanges.

Daniel J. Mitchell | March 12, 2013

I despise the corrupt Washington game of obtaining unearned wealth thanks to the sleazy interaction of lobbyists, politicians, bureaucrats, and interest groups. So you can imagine my unfettered joy when reading about how this odious process is being curtailed by sequestration.

Mike Shedlock | March 12, 2013

Economist Nouriel Roubini is now actively proposing the ECB enter the global beggar-thy-neighbor currency wars as a solution to the eurozone crisis.

Dave Ramsey | March 12, 2013

The biggest problem most folks run into with wholesale clubs is overbuying. I mean, who needs nine gallons of mustard?

Night Watch | March 12, 2013

The North Korean media will continue to claim that the North is acting in reaction to the South Korean and US exercises that began in full on 11 March.

Robert Knight | March 12, 2013

In 1919, back when the United States was a constitutional republic, Congress passed a child labor law imposing a 10 percent excise tax on companies that violated it. A North Carolina furniture maker challenged the law and won.

Bill Tatro | March 12, 2013

The people who wish to live in their bubble acknowledge on face value the reported 236,000 jobs that were created.

Charles Payne | March 12, 2013

It's a backward system that goes against the laws of nature and even the would-be laws of fairness. It's what has caused this recovery to drag and confusion to linger. It's slowed the wheels of commerce driven by ambition and profit-motivation.

Mon, Mar 11, 2013

Byron York | March 11, 2013

The little secret of sequestration is that the Obama administration could fix much of the problem pretty quickly. But it doesn't want to.

Armstrong Williams | March 11, 2013

Most people always envy athletes for their fame and money, but really they should envy their work ethic. Now I know they have it great, they play a game for a living and make millions of dollars, but it takes a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to get there. Unlike many in society, they have to to earn their success based on their merits, they weren’t given anything.

Todd Starnes | March 11, 2013

The wife of an American pastor held captive in an Iranian prison for nearly a year tells me the Obama Administration has not done anything to help free her husband – and the law firm representing the family believes it’s because the pastor is a Christian who converted from Islam.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | March 11, 2013

From the early days of the Montgomery (Alabama) Improvement Association in which Dr. King became the first president in December 1955, to the March on Washington in August of 1963, the Civil Rights Movement went beyond giving blacks a chance to escape poverty.

Rich Galen | March 11, 2013

Although it hasn't made much news, what with the world missing a Pope, the Senate missing an on-the-floor bathroom, Venezuela missing a President, and President Hamid Karzai missing a press conference with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel; but President Barack Obama has missed the deadline for producing a budget document for the United States.

Rachel Alexander | March 11, 2013

Republicans are losing elections in part because they are losing key demographic groups. Some of those groups, like Hispanics, are growing, making them impossible to ignore. 37 percent of the country is nonwhite. Hispanics comprise 16 percent of the population, accounting for half the population growth within the past decade. 51 percent of children born in California are Hispanic, and 46 percent of the population in New Mexico is Hispanic.

Michael Brown | March 11, 2013

Dear Mr. Clinton, with all respect to the office of the president which you held for 8 years, I must say that it is not just ironic that you are now asking the Supreme Court to overturn the legislation you signed into law 17 years ago. It is downright tragic.

Lisa De Pasquale | March 11, 2013

Reihan Salam seems to be everywhere. He’s the lead contributor of the “The Agenda” blog on National Review and policy advisor at e21, a think tank that promotes economic policies for the 21st century. He’s a frequent contributor to CNN and Vice.com. He’s also a columnist for Reuters and The Daily. I think he may have more jobs than I do.

Kurt Schlichter | March 11, 2013

We always knew that Obama has a glass jaw, that he can’t take a punch. But it’s a little surprising that he’s started staggering around the ring so soon after November.

Michael Barone | March 11, 2013

They're flailing. That's the impression I get from watching Barack Obama and his White House over the past week.

Star Parker | March 11, 2013

In April of 2007, a mentally disturbed student showed up at the campus of his school, Virginia Tech, brandishing two semi-automatic pistols, and murdered 32 students, teachers and school employees and wounded 17 others. Then he took his own life.

Mike Adams | March 11, 2013

Totalitarianism is brewing in the heartland. An Indiana inmate is now serving two years for voicing his online opinions against a judge who took away his child-custody rights during a divorce case. I know the custody case pretty well having written about it in 2009. But I'm convinced that the free speech case that is brewing in its aftermath heaps an even greater injustice upon an existing one. And I'm convinced it is showing the darker side of a dangerous man who needs to be stopped.

John Ransom | March 11, 2013

Here’s something that slipped through the cracks thanks to the fake drama that was going on during the fake fiscal crisis coming from our fake government in Washington, DC: Another fake green company boondoggle has resulted in federal dollars being spent on …nothing.

Katie Kieffer | March 11, 2013

Three brilliant black leaders are tuning out Obama and the black community needs to tune into these leaders.

Terry Paulson | March 11, 2013

Do you think the federal government has a spending problem? In private negotiations, President Obama reportedly told Boehner, "We don't have a spending problem." When Boehner countered that "we have a very serious spending problem," Obama eventually replied to Boehner, "I'm getting tired of hearing you say that."

Bruce Bialosky | March 11, 2013

The battle rages on about whether this country wants to further restrict the availability of guns, the types of guns and the ammunition to be used in those guns. On one side is what is referred to as the Gun Nuts with the point being taken by the NRA.

Dan Holler | March 11, 2013

Although America’s future will be shaped by the ongoing Washington budget battles, there are dozens of issues simmering just below the surface. Because freedom either advances or recedes with each vote, those issues deserve scrutiny as well.

Matt Barber | March 11, 2013

The name “Abraham Lincoln” enjoys a boundless shelf life. The 16th president of the United States is more popular today than ever. The blockbuster movie “Lincoln” recently took home two Oscars, with Daniel Day-Lewis earning the “Best Actor” nod for his masterful portrayal of the Civil War president.

Mike Shedlock | March 11, 2013

France's budget deficit is currently 3.7% of GDP. Recall that budget deficits exceeding 3% is over treaty limits. With Hollande at the Helm, any rational-thinking person understands the odds Hollande reduces the French budget deficit to zero by 2017 is roughly 0%.

Tad DeHaven | March 11, 2013

Saturday Night Live’s mocking of the administration’s sky-is-falling posture is a hopeful indication that the anti-spending cuts politicians might have overplayed their hand.

Daniel J. Mitchell | March 11, 2013

My former grad school colleague, Steve Horwitz, makes the key argument that it is shoddy to compare changes over time for income quintiles without also measuring income mobility.

Night Watch | March 11, 2013

Over the weekend an al Qaida spokesman in Pakistan stated in a video obituary for a fallen Kashmiri militant that after Afghanistan is retaken, Indian Kashmir is the next target.

Shawn Mitchell | March 11, 2013

To an astonishing degree since he arrived on the national stage, the national story has been whatever Obama wants it to be, and decidedly not what he doesn’t. If others journalists follow Woodward’s lead, Obama will have to operate in an environment where the major media covers him, instead of fondly echoing him.

Michael F. Cannon | March 11, 2013

Yes, ObamaCare will eliminate some 800,000 jobs.

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John Hanlon | March 10, 2013

It’s no surprise that many Hollywood actors and actresses are on the left side of the aisle. But what is a surprise -- and a nice one at that -- is to see some of them stand by their ideology even when many liberals on Capitol Hill will not.

Todd Starnes | March 10, 2013

A group of Kansas teenagers says the Obama Administration has ruined their spring break trip to Washington, D.C. after their tour of the White House was canceled – a victim of the Sequester.

Derek Hunter | March 10, 2013

Circular firing squads are about as helpful as they sound, yet they are something at which some Republicans excel. I do my best to avoid engaging in them. To paraphrase President Reagan, my 80 percent friend is not my 20 percent enemy. But sometimes my 80 percent friends do something 100 percent stupid, and pretending they didn’t could cause more damage than calling them out on it.

John Ransom | March 10, 2013

It’s not your fault. You screwed up; you’re a liberal. You’re probably a product of public education, Catholic guilt, or protestant gilt. I played a trick on you and you fell for it. Like most liberals you have a problem with both math and common sense. You really think that the government needs the money more than people who need to save for retirement.

Austin Hill | March 10, 2013

What happens when a local police department and a state child protective services agency overreact and abuse their authority?

Doug Giles | March 10, 2013

Last week on Hannity a “Democratic Strategist” named Zerlina Maxwell told Sean and his audience that guns are not the proper deterrent to dissuade rapists, but rather “teaching men not to rape is the key”. When I heard that chunk of stupidity I blew apple juice out of my nostrils -- and I haven’t had any apple juice in the last eight years.

Debra J. Saunders | March 10, 2013

"Barack Obama of 2007 would be right down here with me arguing against this drone strike program if he were in the Senate," Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., declared in the course of his 13-hour Senate "talking filibuster," which delayed a confirmation vote for now-CIA chief John Brennan.

Rich Tucker | March 10, 2013

Forgettable leaders deserve their anonymity. True leaders, on the other hand, can stand the test of time. Consider Hillary Clinton.

Steve Chapman | March 10, 2013

A famous book on negotiation is called "Getting to Yes." Sometimes, though, the better achievement is arriving at "no." That's what Eric Holder and Rand Paul did the other day.

Marita Noon | March 10, 2013

Washington only talks about two choices when the cost of running the government exceeds the revenues: raising taxes and cutting spending. Taxes were raised as a part of the fiscal cliff deal. Sequester fills out the other half of the equation by cutting spending.

Jerry Bowyer | March 10, 2013

Mauldin’s material is well promoted and widely read (or at least widely circulated), and from time to time people ask me what I think of his opinion of some matter or another.

Michael Youssef | March 10, 2013

Not only is The New York Times editorial page known for often being thin on facts, it is known for its cheerleading of the Obama administration—especially the administration’s shortsightedness regarding the Middle East.

Jay W. Richards | March 10, 2013

The federal government now borrows and spends with such reckless abandon that it is careening toward a global economic catastrophe. If Christians can’t muster the courage to speak out against what Rep. Paul Ryan has called “the most predictable debt crisis in history,” we won’t deserve to be taken seriously after the collapse.

Mark Baisley | March 10, 2013

The unacknowledged rift between established and emerging Republican Senatorial leaders was first revealed by the separate events Wednesday evening.

Daniel J. Mitchell | March 10, 2013

Here’s the real kicker: The supposed adults who run the school - and are in charge of educating children- decided that an artfully chewed pastry was “an inappropriate gesture.”

Mike Shedlock | March 10, 2013

According to the household survey (on which the unemployment rate is based) the economy added a healthy 170,000 jobs. However, a whopping 446,000 of those jobs were part-time jobs. Simply put, the economy shed 276,000 full-time jobs.

Paul Jacob | March 10, 2013

The masters of the drone strike got struck last week - by an unwanted question.