Sat, May 04, 2013

John Hawkins | May 04, 2013

One of the biggest mistakes people make in politics is believing that if we can just "get the right people" in office, all of America's problems will disappear.

John C. Goodman | May 04, 2013

Within the White House, within the Democratic chambers in Congress and among the (overwhelmingly liberal) health policy community there was considerable anguish this week. The reason: a new study finds that (as far as physical health is concerned) there is no difference between being in Medicaid and being uninsured.

John Ransom | May 04, 2013

Just imagine super-liberals Sens. Ron Wyden (D-DeathState), or Chuck Shumer (D-EastCoast) teaming up with Waters to re-write Dodd-Frank to make it more liberal.

Caroline Glick | May 04, 2013

There are two main reasons that many leftists who are viscerally supportive of Israel have difficulty understanding and defending the Jewish state today. First, the storyline about Israel is deeply distorted.

Kathryn Lopez | May 04, 2013

"Our lives are at their best when centered not upon ourselves but upon babies!" Cardinal Timothy Dolan made this contention at a gathering hosted by the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, which brought together evangelicals and Catholics to celebrate religious liberty.

Paul Greenberg | May 04, 2013

Kermit Gosnell. If you don't recognize the name, that's understandable. His trial in Philadelphia -- on multiple counts of murder -- has been covered extensively by the local papers.

Mike Shedlock | May 04, 2013

Obamacare is behind the surge in part-time employment as corporations have been cutting hours worked and hiring more part-time workers to make up the difference. Part-time employment rose this month by a whopping 441,000 as private average weekly hours and income fell.

Michael Schaus | May 04, 2013

Obama blamed America for much of Mexico's drug violence. The impulse Obama has to blame America is only outmatched by the irony of his remarks. Remember Operation Fast and Furious?

Jeff Crouere | May 04, 2013

As an openly gay professional athlete, Collins will be given more opportunities in the NBA and will likely receive lucrative endorsement deals. His career as a personality will go into overdrive, even while his playing career winds down.

Bob Beauprez | May 04, 2013

Within hours after the attack on September 11, 2012 Obama pledged to "bring to justice those responsible." However, the Special Operator confirms that the U.S. has both the intelligence and the capability to fulfill the President's pledge, but no one will give the order to act.

Charles Payne | May 04, 2013

Much has been made this week about the so-called morning after pill that allows women to effectively abort within hours of sexual intercourse. There is the social argument that goes hand in hand with abortion, but there is another angle to this current story that is not only heartbreaking but has major economic implications.

Steve Deace | May 04, 2013

Last week’s column on getting the state out of marriage prompted some follow-up questions, which in this week’s piece I will attempt to answer.

Ransom Notes Radio | May 04, 2013

John Ransom spoke with Matt Kibbe, from Freedom Works, about “common core, and education. Someone also left Ransom an adoring voicemail laced with FCC censored words. (And. . . Ezra Klein is still an idiot. But he’s not the highlight this week.)

Crista Huff | May 04, 2013

LinkedIn announced downward revisions to its second quarter and full-year revenue estimates, disappointing Wall Street.

Phil Kerpen | May 04, 2013

“America’s global leadership in mobile, and the strategic bandwidth advantage so many have worked hard to create, is being threatened by the looming spectrum crunch,” recently departed Federal Communications (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski said.

Daniel J. Mitchell | May 04, 2013

National defense is one of the few legitimate functions of the federal government, but that doesn’t mean the military should get a blank check to spend unlimited amounts of money.

Hal Scherz | May 04, 2013

Said Baucus: “small businesses have no idea what to do; what to expect. They don’t know what affordability rules are. They don’t know when penalties may apply. They just don’t know. I see a huge train wreck coming.”

Fri, May 03, 2013

Larry Kudlow | May 03, 2013

The bad news is that the U.S. continues to fall further behind its own long-term trends for jobs and economic growth. And lately, hours worked -- a key labor measure -- have begun to fall.

Humberto Fontova | May 03, 2013

This week the FBI announced a $1 million reward for "information leading to the apprehension" of Joanne Chesimard also known as Assata Shakur who they named a "Most Wanted Terrorist." Chesimard is the first woman to make the FBI’s list.

Jedediah Bila | May 03, 2013

This week, the FDA ruled to allow girls fifteen and up to buy Plan B emergency contraception without a prescription. Plan B One-Step is a 1.5 mg levonorgestrel, a progestin-only pregnancy prevention pill advised to be taken orally as quickly as possible within 72 hours of unprotected sex.

Todd Starnes | May 03, 2013

A high-ranking Coast Guard official said at a National Day of Prayer event that religious liberty in the U.S. military is being threatened and that service members are being told to hide their faith in Christ, according to a taped remarks obtained by Fox News.

Todd Starnes | May 03, 2013

An Air Force spokesperson said personnel are not allowed to proselytize but are free to express their personal religious beliefs so long as it “does not make others uncomfortable.” But a critic pointed out an Air Force officer was told to remove a Bible that was on his desk.

Diana West | May 03, 2013

We have met the enemy and he is "self-radicalization." No, wait: We have met the enemy and he is the Internet. We have met the enemy and he is broadband video?

Rich Galen | May 03, 2013

In spite of a lot of talk and promises, President Obama is one pick away from filling out his Cabinet-level team for his second term.

Michelle Malkin | May 03, 2013

There's a stomach-turning segment of the American population that sees surviving Boston bomber suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as a romantic maverick. The New York Times mused about the accused jihadist's "Holden Caulfield-like adolescent alienation." Pop singer Amanda Palmer wrote a fan girl "Poem for Dzhokhar." An adoring "Free Jahar" movement thrives on social media.

Mark Davis | May 03, 2013

Welcome to a recurring feature when I simply can’t pick one issue to spread over one full column—a checklist of things we’ve learned in the past few days, whether uplifting or discouraging.

Brent Bozell | May 03, 2013

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III started tongues wagging when he posted this cryptic message on Twitter: "In a land of freedom we are held hostage by the tyranny of political correctness."

Linda Chavez | May 03, 2013

The sentencing of an American citizen to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea's infamous prison camps has escalated the cold war between the totalitarian regime and the United Status. Since assuming his role of head of state following his father's death, Kim Jong-un has repeatedly ratcheted up tensions between his nation and ours.

Jonah Goldberg | May 03, 2013

Is the American body politic suffering from an autoimmune disease?

David Limbaugh | May 03, 2013

I think the current controversy over immigration reform points to a larger issue in America today, which is that Americans are essentially split on the very idea of what America is and should be.

Mona Charen | May 03, 2013

The Obama administration is quite worried about stereotyping Muslims as violence-prone terrorists. They fear that any acknowledgment that some Muslims commit acts of terror because they are religiously motivated (however twisted the terrorists' interpretation of Islam may be) is to encourage a backlash of intolerance (at best) and violence (at worst) against Muslim Americans.

John Ransom | May 03, 2013

Under Democrats, cronies unfortunately have become victims of their good looks, immense fortunes and unlimited influence at the star-studded Obama White House. But fortunately that victim status has gone a long way toward helping the liberal base identify with these victimized insiders who can’t help that they are rich and beautiful. They were born that way for gosh sakes. They didn’t choose it.

Pat Buchanan | May 03, 2013

"This is called slave labor," said Pope Francis. The Holy Father was referring to the $40 a month paid to apparel workers at that eight-story garment factory in Bangladesh that collapsed on top of them, killing more than 400.

Suzanne Fields | May 03, 2013

A wit, surveying Washington's monuments, once diagnosed the nation's capital as suffering an "edifice complex." The city's vast array of monumental buildings, housing the three branches of government, honoring the founders and heroes of the republic, and housing extraordinary temples of fine art, science, technology and history, could give an overwhelmed visitor that impression.

Julie Borowski | May 03, 2013

Millions of first-time entrepreneurs strive to make a living by selling their products on the Internet. The low barriers of entry allow anyone to share their products worldwide with just a few clicks of the mouse. It’s quick and easy to buy and sell goods online—the way it should be.

Paul Greenberg | May 03, 2013

This week's news from Iraq isn't good, though when has it ever been? Well, maybe during those exceptional times when Washington was paying close attention and American troops were being given the support and leeway to do their job right.

Donald Lambro | May 03, 2013

The 2014 election battle for control of the Senate will affect just about everything it does this year and next, because it could take just a handful of upsets to put the Republicans back in charge.

John Browne | May 03, 2013

Today, we are witnessing an epic, international struggle between the natural forces of a deflationary recession pitted against the inflationary forces unleashed by the monetary expansionism by three of the world's most important central banks: the Fed, the Bank of Japan, and the ECB.

Fritz Pfister | May 03, 2013

The main store of wealth for the middle class who are the engine for the economy, is the value of their home. Artificially raising home prices to induce the ‘wealth effect’ to get consumers to spend, not save is the plan. It’s working, the savings rate is at a five year low.

Bill Tatro | May 03, 2013

Knowing the Roman coin was 100% silver, the only way to devalue the currency was to take a knife and shave, or “clip,” some silver off the edges of the coin.

Bob Beauprez | May 03, 2013

Thanks to the persistence of several Members of Congress, and family members of the fallen victims the search for the truth has continued. Many bloggers, investigative journalists, and particularly Fox News have kept the quest for answers alive, as well. A Line of Sight has written about the Benghazi scandal no less than three dozen times.

Crista Huff | May 03, 2013

In February, we told investors to avoid Facebook shares when the price was on a downturn. The recent correction appears to be ending. Investors should jump in here.

Peter Schiff | May 03, 2013

The real story behind Cyprus' deal has much more profound ramifications - and they are positive for gold.

Charlotte Hays | May 03, 2013

After the April 15 terrorist bombing in Boston, T-shirts bearing the slogan “Boston Strong—Wrong City to Mess With” began sprouting all over the city as a way of raising beleaguered spirits.

Charles Payne | May 03, 2013

When President Obama bragged about pulling the economy out of the ditch, I scratched my head and wondered if he would follow up that line of thinking admitting the economy came out of one ditch and slipped into another. The exodus from the jobs market and massive government spending to spike the last GDP into the November elections painted a false narrative.

Ransom Notes Radio | May 03, 2013

Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX) came on the program to discuss a vote in the House last week that got little media attention. . . It turns out, that Democrats voted against protecting the US from default! Also, Ransom explained Obama’s failures using liberal standards.

Mike Shedlock | May 03, 2013

The labor party and unions wrecked Australia. This was invisible for years because a housing boom and China-fueled commodity boom masked the untenable nature of wage and property bubble growth.

Robert Knight | May 03, 2013

Jefferson Davis County in southwest Mississippi has the distinction of being named after Confederate States of America President Jefferson Davis.

Night Watch | May 03, 2013

During the past 20 years every American sentenced to hard labor has been released after negotiations, usually payment of a fine and serving some time in prison. However, Kim Jong Un has made a point of not following the precedents of his grandfather and father and of moving North Korea in new directions.

Daniel J. Mitchell | May 03, 2013

I often argue that we need to preserve tax competition and tax havens in order to limit the greed of the political class. Without some sort of external constraint, they will over-tax and over-spend, creating the kind of downward economic spiral already happening in some European nations.

Thu, May 02, 2013

Todd Starnes | May 02, 2013

A North Carolina Eagle Scout who was expelled and arrested for accidentally leaving a shotgun in his pickup truck in the school parking lot has been offered a scholarship to attend Liberty University.

Todd Starnes | May 02, 2013

A Florida teenager with an “exemplary record” was arrested and expelled from school for what school officials say was a science experiment gone wrong.

Michael Reagan | May 02, 2013

With all due apologies to Jason Collins, or whoever actually wrote the words I borrowed from his Sports Illustrated cover story, this whole gay-sports thing is nuts and about to get nuttier.

Cliff May | May 02, 2013

The detention camp at Guantanamo Bay was established in 2002 to hold the most dangerous of those captured in what the Bush administration called the Global War on Terrorism. Controversy over the facility has simmered ever since.

James Allen | May 02, 2013

House Resolution 36 brought to the floor by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Cal) outlines the disparate impact that climate change has on women, which could even drive women to “transactional sex” (prostitution) for survival.

Oliver North | May 02, 2013

On April 30, 1789, at the Federal Hall in New York City, George Washington took the Oath of Office as the first President of the United States.

Hugh Hewitt | May 02, 2013

A border fence, "a fence from left to right, from east to west, except obviously the mountainous areas," as Charles Krauthammer put it, is essential to the effort to pass immigration reform.

Debra J. Saunders | May 02, 2013

After the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake shook loose a big chunk of the Bay Bridge, local politicians did not signal that they wanted to take decades to build a new eastern span, so commuters should get used to driving on a span expected to crumble in a big rumble. Instead, they made grandiose promises about a "world-class" structure. Then-Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown demanded a tony design; then-San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown stood up for Treasure Island interests. Steel prices soared.

David Harsanyi | May 02, 2013

One of the most seductive parts of President Barack Obama's political message (and the message of progressive Democrats in general) is sympathy for the poor and a willingness to talk about the disparities of capitalism -- about the rich being too rich and the poor being screwed. In some ways, it's the predominant message of the Obama era.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | May 02, 2013

Humans have long reached toward heaven. I don't know whether this desire represents an attempt to get away from the ground, an attempt to associate with God or an attempt to peer over the balcony and look at all the little people below. But the desire to go higher and higher has long shaped the skylines of our cities.

Victor Davis Hanson | May 02, 2013

Since antiquity, the Middle East has been the trading nexus of three continents -- Asia, Europe and Africa -- and a vibrant birthplace to three of the world's great religions.

Michael Barone | May 02, 2013

Blinking at the evidence that Syria has crossed what he called a "red line," Obama may be hoping to avoid getting bogged down in a military quagmire there. But weakness is provocative, and appeasement can lead to a wider war.

Larry Elder | May 02, 2013

Compared to the hell Jackie Robinson went through, Jason Collins is getting a ticker tape parade.

Mike Adams | May 02, 2013

Not all liberals are created equal. Some make an occasional stupid remark. Others have the capacity to make a lot of stupid remarks without reloading. An example of the latter is my boss, UNC Chancellor Thomas Ross.

John Ransom | May 02, 2013

The “I don’t know” claim is not just at odds with the know-it-all-ness of the administration either.  It’s at odds with what others are saying, others who seem to know what they are talking about.

Neil McCabe | May 02, 2013

procedural twist means the anti-gun rights agenda of President Barack Obama and the Democrats was not stopped when, April 17th, a series of amendments at the heart of the bill to ban so-called assault weapons was defeated.

Matt Towery | May 02, 2013

An ABC News-Washington Post survey shows that well over 70 percent of Americans want the surviving accused bomber of the Boston Marathon to be executed if found guilty in a court of law.

Steve Chapman | May 02, 2013

With the Iraq war behind us and our departure from Afghanistan underway, the United States could be entering a well-earned respite from fighting. But even before peace can take hold, hawks are singing the old country song: "I've enjoyed as much of this as I can stand."

Emmett Tyrrell | May 02, 2013

It has happened again! Our gaffe-prone president has filed another blunder on his presidential record. At the dedication of George W. Bush's presidential library he invoked history with his usual mastery of detail. He placed President John F. Kennedy in Air Force One, "On the flight back from Russia, after negotiating with Nikita Khrushchev at the height of the Cold War."

Mike Shedlock | May 02, 2013

US Manufacturing as measured by the April 2013 Manufacturing ISM Report On Business® is treading water barely above contraction.

Daniel J. Mitchell | May 02, 2013

President Bush imposed a so-called stimulus plan in 2008 and President Obama imposed an even bigger “stimulus” in 2009. Based upon the economy’s performance over the past five-plus years, those plans didn’t work.

Political Calculations | May 02, 2013

The story begins on 24 February 2010, when the First Lady of the United States of America used her White House platform to introduce the little-understood concept of the newly-discovered "food deserts" of America to Americans as part of a media blitz.

Crista Huff | May 02, 2013

On March 28, we told investors to “Buy  MasterCard”.  The stock has been consistently rising, broke out on the upside again yesterday, and had a pullback today.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | May 02, 2013

For many young families, debt is a fact of life. But that doesn't mean it has to control your life.

Bob Goldman | May 02, 2013

Because you don't tweet. And you don't blog. In short, you simply don't fit in a new world of social media, which just happens to have the slightly anti-social effect of turning older workers into unemployed workers.

Ransom Notes Radio | May 02, 2013

How are our tax dollars really spent? . . . Not well. Romina Boccia, from the Heritage Foundation, discussed the US Budget and what that means for future generations. Also: Ransom Notes has launched an investigative committee to print up a birth certificate and get Romina on the ballot for President.

Night Watch | May 02, 2013

In a speech by Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Lebanese Hezbollah, it was confirmed that Hezbollah fighters are aiding government troops in Syria.

Charles Payne | May 02, 2013

Well, it's too late to warn politicians on either side of the aisle in America about believing their own lies. There's a perverse Adonis-like affliction that sees our political leaders fall head over heels for their own words.

Wed, May 01, 2013

Ann Coulter | May 01, 2013

You can tell the conservatives liberals fear most because they start being automatically referred to as "discredited."

Cal Thomas | May 01, 2013

The Democratic Party appears interested in "importing" new Democratic voters. Illegal immigrants know this, which leads many of them to believe that even if they break the law to get here, they have a "right" to become American citizens. I don't think so, do you?

Paul Kengor | May 01, 2013

Patti Davis, Ronald Reagan's daughter, recently speculated on where her father might stand on same-sex marriage. Politico published her thoughts under the headline, "Patti Davis says Reagan wouldn't have opposed gay marriage."

Todd Starnes | May 01, 2013

Cole Withrow was just a few weeks from graduating with honors at North Carolina’s Princeton High School. But on Monday, the Eagle Scout and active church member was expelled and arrested after he accidentally left a shotgun in his pickup truck.

Michael Brown | May 01, 2013

As expected, the media has crowned Jason Collins, the first openly gay NBA player, the new Jackie Robinson, and the Human Rights Campaign has called Collins a “hero for our own times.” His actions were deemed worthy of a personal phone call from President Obama, who told Collins that he “couldn’t be prouder.”

Rich Galen | May 01, 2013

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band lyrics notwithstanding, yesterday was the 20th anniversary of the birth of the World Wide Web.

Hugh Hewitt | May 01, 2013

Marco Rubio spent a half hour on the radio program with me yesterday, calling in to respond to the many criticisms (most bogus, some legit) launched at the first draft of immigration reform.

Thomas Sowell | May 01, 2013

While it is not possible to answer all the e-mails and letters from readers, many are thought-provoking, whether those thoughts are positive or negative.

Michelle Malkin | May 01, 2013

Do you remember what happened last year on 9/14? Where are the White House phone calls for the families who continue to grieve? What is being done to prevent another fatal attack like the one on 9/14? And why is the full truth being withheld from the American public?

John Stossel | May 01, 2013

Most Americans -- even those who are legislators -- know very little about the details of President Obama's Affordable Care Act, so-called Obamacare. Next year, when it goes into effect, we will learn the hard way.

Walter E. Williams | May 01, 2013

The liberal world vision and reality are often at variance, for example, with equal pay for equal work.

Brent Bozell | May 01, 2013

The Washington Post reported something surprising on April 29 -- a hidden-camera expose by pro-life advocates. On the front page of the Metro section, the Post reported how a veteran D.C. abortion doctor named Cesare Santangelo told a 24-week pregnant woman that in the unlikely event that an abortion resulted in a live birth, "we would not help it."

Jonah Goldberg | May 01, 2013

In the new sci-fi movie "Oblivion," Earth's most precious resource is Tom Cruise. But running a close second (spoiler alert) is water. Aliens want it. All of it.

John Ransom | May 01, 2013

The Klein post is an inside-the-beltway look at a Politico article that says lawmakers are trying to exempt themselves and their staff from the provisions of Obamacare, just as Obama has carved out exemptions for himself and for his staff.

Bob Barr | May 01, 2013

“Bullying” has become a hot topic – from federal studies highlighting its dangers, to TV shows and “special” news reports, we constantly are admonished not to bully one another, and to stop bullying in our schools.

Neal Boortz | May 01, 2013

Now my question: If you moved to Naples, or to Texas, or to a number of other low-tax regions not run by Democrats to improve your enjoyment of life, then can you please tell me just why in the hell you want to then turn around and put the very same species of politicians – liberal Democrats that chased you away from your old home – into office in your new home?

Terry Jeffrey | May 01, 2013

When Ambassador Chris Stevens was planning to visit Benghazi last September, the February 17 Martyrs Brigade, which the State Department had hired to help protect Americans there, delivered a message: They were no longer going to support the movement of U.S. personnel in the city -- including the movement of Stevens.

Ben Shapiro | May 01, 2013

On Monday, former Washington Wizards center Jason Collins revealed to the world that he is gay, prompting a complete media meltdown.

Austin Bay | May 01, 2013

On April 25, Spanish police, at the request of Holland's national prosecutor's office, arrested Dutch citizen Sven Olaf Kamphuis.

Donald Lambro | May 01, 2013

It's not premature now to say that President Obama's second-term agenda is adrift. That is, if he ever really had a well-thought-out agenda to begin with.

Michael Brown | May 01, 2013

As expected, the media has crowned Jason Collins, the first openly gay NBA player, the new Jackie Robinson, and the Human Rights Campaign has called Collins a “hero for our own times.” His actions were deemed worthy of a personal phone call from President Obama, who told Collins that he “couldn’t be prouder.”

Jacob Sullum | May 01, 2013

At a 2008 shareholders meeting, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos explained why he opposed requiring businesses like his to collect state and local taxes on their interstate sales. "We're not actually benefiting from any services that those states provide locally," Bezos said, "so it's not fair that we should be obligated to be their tax collection agent."

Susan Stamper Brown | May 01, 2013

President Obama's new "religious tolerance" consultant to the Pentagon, Mikey Weinstein, wants Christian military service members who openly talk about their faith in uniform to be charged with treason, which is a crime punishable by death according to military law.

Night Watch | May 01, 2013

What is apparent is that Kim Jong Un has put his country and population under significant stress and has little to show for it, whether measured in increased national readiness, increased personal loyalty or US recognition as a nuclear armed state. UN Sanctions remain in place. Kim refuses South Korean aid and international aid has dried up in a donation weary world. Kim still seems to need a victory.

Jerry Bowyer | May 01, 2013

Recently I was interviewing potential new writers for a financial newsletter, which I’ve been asked to help launch, and one of them (a professor of economics) told me that “the financial markets and the economy are two different beasts entirely.” Where do people get such ideas?

Ralph Benko | May 01, 2013

The gold price fell, dramatically, and now is bobbing about. Meanwhile, the prospects for implementing a 21st century gold standard continues to rise. Dramatically.

Ransom Notes Radio | May 01, 2013

Congressional Democrats, occasional political pundits and even (Gasp!) the media might be figuring out that Obamacare is – in fact – a monster. James Pethokoukis, with AEI, also joined the program to discuss GDP and what the economy can expect moving forward.

Daniel J. Mitchell | May 01, 2013

I’ve made the point before that the United States foolishly imposes the highest corporate tax rate of all developed nations. But that obviously means it is theoretically possible for there to be a nation in the developing world that has a higher corporate tax rates.

Catherine Glenn Foster | May 01, 2013

Some Vermont state lawmakers are pushing to pass S.77, a bill that legalizes “physician-assisted suicide” under the familiar guise of “choice.” Their bill is an attack on human life generally, and especially on elder adults and disabled individuals.

Crista Huff | May 01, 2013

Despite very slow projected earnings growth this year, the chart is bullish. We recommended a “trading buy” on Starwood shares on April 4, when the stock was at $61, and we still expect shares to retrace the previous high of $75 this year.

Ken Connor | May 01, 2013

You see, boys forget what their country means by just reading The Land of the Free in history books. Then they get to be men they forget even more. Liberty's too precious a thing to be buried in books…Men should hold it up in front of them every single day of their lives and say: I'm free to think and to speak.

Bob Beauprez | May 01, 2013

The Obama Administration's company line is that the Tsarnaev brothers were lone wolves, or "knock-off jihadis" (Biden's term), who perpetrated their madness for reasons unknown. That's beginning to sound about as credible as the Benghazi attack being a spontaneous response to a movie almost no one had seen.

George Friedman | May 01, 2013

The civil war in Syria, one of the few lasting legacies of the Arab Spring, has been under way for more than two years. There has been substantial outside intervention in the war. The Iranians in particular, and the Russians to a lesser extent, have supported the Alawites under Bashar al Assad.

Mike Shedlock | May 01, 2013

Given the constant chatter from the Obama administration and from teachers' unions on the need to spend more for public education, let's address the question "Is the US spending enough on education?"

Charles Payne | May 01, 2013

It's so interesting to me that the economic debate in this country can exist without a debate on the surge in food stamps and associated government sponsored benefits like tax credits, cell phones and extended unemployment benefits. The elephant in the room seems to be the dishonest ability to talk about people becoming lazy and unmotivated.

Crystal Wright | May 01, 2013

NBA player Jason Collins is gay. Who cares? Why is this news? And more importantly why did President Obama call him to congratulate him? Like other famous gay Americans, Ellen DeGeneres and Anderson Cooper, to name a few, it seems Washington Wizards Jason Collins wanted to put himself in the “spotlight.”

Tue, Apr 30, 2013

Christopher Merola | April 30, 2013

In recent weeks, there has been a lot of talk in the media concerning the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  DOMA was passed in 1996 by large majorities in both houses of Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

Todd Starnes | April 30, 2013

Religious liberty groups have grave concerns after they learned the Pentagon is vetting its guide on religious tolerance with a group that compared Christian evangelism to “rape” and advocated that military personnel who proselytize should be court martialed.

Kyle Olson | April 30, 2013

California lawmakers don’t simply like labor unions. They love them. So much, in fact, that they recently eliminated Labor History Week from the state law books and replaced it with Labor History Month, with the first scheduled for this May.

Rachel Marsden | April 30, 2013

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, it's only natural to ask why some terrorists are only caught after they've inflicted carnage on innocent civilians. What went wrong?

Randall DeSoto | April 30, 2013

As the fateful date of Obamacare’s arrival in 2014 approaches, an in-progress review seems in order. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s main stated purpose was to make medical care more affordable and/or available to Americans, and the unstated reality is that it needs to do so in a sustainable fashion.

Hugh Hewitt | April 30, 2013

The effort to secure the borders and reform immigration law is about to enter a crucial month at the end of which the fate of the bill will almost certainly be known.

Michael Brown | April 30, 2013

I had a disturbing dream last night. I guess you could call it a homophobic nightmare. The fact is, wherever I turned in the dream, from McDonald’s to ESPN, charges of “homophobia” and “transphobia” were flying.

Thomas Sowell | April 30, 2013

Someone called politics "the art of the possible." But, in the era of the modern welfare state, politics is largely the art of the impossible.

Rick Santorum | April 30, 2013

A few weeks ago, we marked the 45th anniversary of King's death. Despite his call to action, more than four decades later, there is still a dividing line in America, and it's arguably deeper now than it was then.

Scottie Hughes | April 30, 2013

Ready for the next Solyndra? If you haven’t heard of GreenTech Automotive, that’s going to change. And fast.

Chuck Norris | April 30, 2013

In 1787, when delegates at the Constitutional Convention were divided and at an impasse regarding how to build our government and frame the U.S. Constitution, 81-year-old Benjamin Franklin appealed to the other delegates to pray for divine intervention to help them out of their darkness.

John Hawkins | April 30, 2013

As a conservative, picking out things you don't like about Barack Obama is kind of like pointing to the wettest part of the ocean.

Mike Adams | April 30, 2013

I used to be caring and compassionate and liberal. I supported gun control and the “right” of the government to seize a large chunk of my paycheck in order to plan my retirement for me. But, somewhere, somehow, along life's twisted way, I became a greedy capitalist pig. And, truth be known, it's affecting my entire neighborhood.

David Limbaugh | April 30, 2013

PinocchiObama is at it again, using his weekly address to the nation to spin tall tales, demonize and scapegoat Republicans, misidentify the nation's problems, and propose the exact wrong solutions.

Mona Charen | April 30, 2013

"Personal charm may be Obama's last best hope" headlined the Washington Post on Monday. That charm was on ample display at the annual vanity fest called the White House Correspondents Association dinner over the weekend.

John Ransom | April 30, 2013

I can’t wait until people with cross-border smuggling skills start to spread out from Colorado, distributing marijuana across the United States. With them, they’ll export proven liberal reform schemes like dope, domestic terrorism and voter fraud. Forward!

Neil McCabe | April 30, 2013

After being at the side of the legendary conservative leader Howard Phillips from more than three decades, a Washington-native talked about his boss and friend who died April 20th after a long illness.

Cal Thomas | April 30, 2013

Addressing a meeting of Planned Parenthood last Friday, President Obama accused pro-lifers of wanting to "turn back the clock to policies more suited to the 1950s than the 21st century."

Dennis Prager | April 30, 2013

It is well known that most college students engage at one time or another in what is known as a "hookup" -- an emotionless, commitment-less sexual encounter.

Pat Buchanan | April 30, 2013

"The worst mistake of my presidency," said Ronald Reagan of his decision to put Marines into the middle of Lebanon's civil war, where 241 died in a suicide bombing of their barracks.

Debra J. Saunders | April 30, 2013

The Pecksniffs of America had nothing but scorn for Congress' vote last week to stop furloughs of air traffic controllers, which were ostensibly mandated under the 2011 Budget Control Act.

Paul Greenberg | April 30, 2013

A cancer is eating away at a once Grand Old Party, and if the party doesn't wake up and take precautions, it may wind up only a shadow of its better self -- a hollowed-out refuge for haters and paranoids and the kind of ideological parasites that can reduce a major party to a minor one.

Phyllis Schlafly | April 30, 2013

The Boston Marathon Bombing, where three people were killed and 264 wounded, many with legs or feet blown off, continues to be a big media story, but we are still waiting for answers to many questions. How did our government miss so many clues that the Tsarnaev brothers were a deadly danger to Americans?

Bill Murchison | April 30, 2013

Naturally enough, the blowout at the Bush Presidential Center in Dallas last week was all about the Bush who gave the center its name -- George Walker Bush, aka "Bush 43," or, for convenience, Dubya.

Robert Knight | April 30, 2013

Now that an unusually cold spring is giving way to warmer weather and Earth Day is behind us, it’s a good time to revisit the campaign to turn us all into progressive environmentalists.

Dave Ramsey | April 30, 2013

I knew a guy in the real estate business years ago who was doing a lot of property deals under his own name. Occasionally, the title company would require his wife’s signature, and he would sign her name on the papers himself.

Tad DeHaven | April 30, 2013

Although I think both parties deserve equal blame (food stamps are an example), I give Rubio credit for not going along with the standard Republican delusion that Obama lit the torch of government dependency.

Marvin Olasky | April 30, 2013

We are now in the intermission of this year’s biggest judicial drama. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on same-sex marriage (SSM) in late March—Act One—and will rule by the end of June. Before the actors in their black robes come back on stage, I’d like to drink some orange juice and chatter about three items.

Bill Tatro | April 30, 2013

I’ve been waiting in the wings very patiently for the all the uproar to die down before I weighed in on the incredibly stupid 2010 comment made by former Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson in which he called me and my fellow senior citizens, “The greediest generation.”

Fritz Pfister | April 30, 2013

One would think inventory would be tight because homes should be selling as fast as they come to market. Not this time, because it’s different. You have to have a job to qualify for a home loan regardless the interest rate.

Ransom Notes Radio | April 30, 2013

Laura Gonzalez, with Fordham University, talked with John about the growing size of the underground economy in this over-regulated world of Obamanomics. It also turns out that some top level investors have miraculously made money where no one else would have.

Charles Payne | April 30, 2013

This year, the hottest stock market in the world is Japan's, which has been surging since the election of Abe. I've written about this before but there are messages from their grand experiment worth watching very closely.

Michael Schaus | April 30, 2013

The economic argument is over, and Paul Krugman has won. Because, nothing spells victory like 20-some-odd million people out of work, a declining workforce, record deficits, anemic economic growth, record dependency on government programs and a heightened sense of volatility in the broad economy.

Mike Shedlock | April 30, 2013

I simply do not see how any sort of stable coalition can form either with or without Merkel. The Green party has now ruled out a coalition with Merkel, SPD wants Merkel gone, and the math for a Merkel-led coalition is simply not there.

Daniel J. Mitchell | April 30, 2013

Some politicians want a 30 percent special tax on marijuana, which is on top of the regular taxes that would be imposed. That would be fine with me – if the proposal specified that the additional tax revenue was offset by a tax cut of equal size. But as I explained in my “starve-the-beast” post, higher taxes usually finance bigger government.

Crista Huff | April 30, 2013

Myriad patent lawsuits are not reaping the cash rewards that Google expected, and have also exposed Google to increased anti-trust scrutiny. The biggest benefit of the patent acquisitions thus far is that they aren’t owned by a competitor.

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Byron York | April 29, 2013

Members of the Senate's bipartisan Gang of Eight stress that under their new immigration plan, currently illegal immigrants will have to wait more than a decade before achieving citizenship.

Tim Phillips | April 29, 2013

With amazing speed the Senate and House passed a bill to stop air traffic controllers from being furloughed, after a week of travel delays felt around the country as a result of President Obama's sequester temper tantrum.

Rich Galen | April 29, 2013

I've done work for T. Boone Pickens and the Pickens Plan since 2008. I wanted to mention this at the top because we're going to be discussing natural gas.

Armstrong Williams | April 29, 2013

"Why do Blacks overwhelmingly support President Obama?" That was the question recently put to me by a white friend. My reply was simple and straightforward, but the in-depth answer is neither.

Kurt Schlichter | April 29, 2013

Marco Rubio, you need to run – but not in 2016. Run now. Today. Quickly.

Michael Barone | April 29, 2013

"What difference, at this point, does it make?" That was former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's angry response to a question about the State Department's account of the attack on the Benghazi consulate where Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were murdered on Sept. 11, 2012.

Star Parker | April 29, 2013

The trial of Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, facing the death penalty for the deaths of four infants and one woman in his clinic, is over. America has moved on.

John Ransom | April 29, 2013

“No lesson seems to be so deeply inculcated by experience of life” Lord Salisbury told us “as that you should never trust experts. If you believe doctors, nothing is wholesome; if you believe theologians, nothing is innocent; if you believe soldiers, nothing is safe.”

Katie Kieffer | April 29, 2013

Liberals don’t want honest Americans like you to have guns. Liberals just want to arm foreign rebels in crapshoot attempts to “end global violence.”

Bruce Bialosky | April 29, 2013

If you are a regular reader of this column, you know, unfortunately, there is a consistent theme that derives from the Left’s constant attempt to develop new rationale to extract money for the ever-expanding cost of government. President Obama dropped his latest stink bomb on hard working Americans with the release of his delinquent budget.

Dan Holler | April 29, 2013

It doesn’t matter whether you’re on the far left, far right or somewhere in the middle, there is absolutely no denying the rise of the tea party has altered America’s political landscape. And the elite media is making clear, in no uncertain terms, they despise this type of change.

Shawn Mitchell | April 29, 2013

The aggressive impulse stems from my own political drama, which, though I’d guess isn’t rare, has nothing to do with the film or the maker’s intended message.

Michael F. Cannon | April 29, 2013

The president’s budget shows that the brave state legislators who have been fighting the Medicaid expansion in states like Ohio and Florida were right all along — and it makes expansion supporters, like Governors Rick Scott (R., Fla.) and John Kasich (R., Ohio), look rather silly.

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Steve Chapman | April 28, 2013

Once in a while, a government agency adopts a policy that is logical, hardheaded, based on experience and unswayed by cheap sentiment. This may be surprising enough to make you reconsider your view of bureaucrats. But not to worry: It usually doesn't last.

Derek Hunter | April 28, 2013

To call the Tsarnaev family a “piece of work” is an insult to work.

John Ransom | April 28, 2013

Liberal? Then you don’t even understand what fairness means. Or math. Or gravity. Or reality. Or even eyeballs, apparently.

Doug Giles | April 28, 2013

Since the Boston terrorist attack on 4/15/13 we’ve been learning a whole lot about the two Muslim morons who blew up little children and severely injured hundreds of innocent onlookers and merry marathon runners.

Debra J. Saunders | April 28, 2013

Hours after the Boston Marathon bombings but before authorities identified suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, President Barack Obama purposefully addressed the nation. "We will find out who did this. We'll find out why they did this," the president pledged.

Matt Barber | April 28, 2013

What’s the big deal? I mean, why are we surprised that an abortionist and his staff would, behind the walls of an always-lethal abortion clinic, commit one of the most horrific serial killings in American history? What did you think abortionists do, heal people?

Kevin McCullough | April 28, 2013

President Obama continues to break barriers in his historical Presidency.

Political Calculations | April 28, 2013

It normally takes anywhere from two to four minutes for the market to respond to news it wasn't expecting, and the response in the automatic selloff reaction certainly fits within that typical window of time. That stands in contrast to how the noise event began however, as stock prices responded almost instantly to the false news report, which almost gives the impression that traders were expecting the news.

Marita Noon | April 28, 2013

Unlike many of the other stories, no one from the Fisker organization itself served on Obama’s (now-disbanded) Jobs Council, nor is there an obvious connection such as a former DOE staffer sitting on the board. But, surprise, there are political connections nonetheless.

Daniel J. Mitchell | April 28, 2013

Jimmy Kimmel: "Public Policy Polling asked a group of 1,200 registered voters, and 13 percent said they believe Obama is the Antichrist and another 13 percent were not sure. I feel if he were the Antichrist, he would be getting more legislation passed."

Stephen DeMaura | April 28, 2013

Republicans in Ohio last week took an important step toward broad tax reform when the state House of Representatives approved an across-the-board reduction in the personal income tax.

Mark Baisley | April 28, 2013

America’s path to restoring freedom is to remember the laws of nature and of nature’s God. The Founding Fathers gave us the outline in the succinct and eloquent words of the Bill of Rights. They also gave us countless quotes of caution.

Night Watch | April 28, 2013

The new US sanctions legislation pending in Congress may provide the spark for the next North Korean escalation step.

Charles Boustany | April 28, 2013

As we work to reign in wasteful spending and improve retirement security, our nation cannot afford to overlook Medicaid’s long-term care (LTC) financing crisis.

Michael Youssef | April 28, 2013

When it comes to the persecution of Christians, President Obama appears to have a tin ear. The question is: why?

Mark W. Hendrickson | April 28, 2013

Sunday, April 28, marks the 255th anniversary of President James Monroe’s birth in 1758.

Mike Shedlock | April 28, 2013

The most redeeming feature of capitalism is failure, but the Fed has a moral hazard policy of "too big to fail" that promotes massive risk-taking.

Bob Beauprez | April 28, 2013

At the same time that Obama was trying to limit or deny the rights of citizens, the government was loading up – literally – in an unprecedented way, including 174,000 hollow-point bullets for the Social Security Administration.

Paul Jacob | April 28, 2013

Our politicians don't just spew hot air. They emit a pure and noble gas - which they control by price regulation, and store underground.