Sat, May 18, 2013

John Hawkins | May 18, 2013

Ted Kennedy. Barney Frank. Rod Blagojevich. Eric Massa. Marion Barry. Dan Rostenkowski. Eliot Spitzer. John Murtha. Alcee Hastings. Anthony Weiner. James Traficant. Sandy Berger. Gerry Studds. Robert Byrd. Mel Reynolds. James McGreevey. Jesse Jackson, Jr. Robert Torricelli. Gary Condit. Bill Clinton. John Edwards. And those are JUST SOME OF THE ONES that got caught.

John Ransom | May 18, 2013

When asked about the recent Inspector General’s report on the IRS’s practice of targeting conservative groups, the president said: Hey! I just read about that!

Caroline Glick | May 18, 2013

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula has been sitting in a US federal prison in Texas since his photographed midnight arrest by half a dozen deputy sheriffs at his home in California for violating the terms of his parole.

Paul Driessen | May 18, 2013

Anti-pesticide activists falsely blame new pesticides for bee colony problems.

Larry Kudlow | May 18, 2013

There can be only one reason for the stalled-out approval process for conservative groups. The IRS was trying to put them out of business. Thus far, there’s not one wit of contradictory evidence

Bill Tatro | May 18, 2013

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc., recently stated that a 35% U.S. corporate tax rate is too high. But, according to President Obama, for American small businesses that have all their money right here in our country the tax rate is just right.

Night Watch | May 18, 2013

Many countries in Southeast Asia do not recognize the Chinese claims, so the vigor with which China enforces the claim directly influences regional relations and the likelihood of confrontations at sea.

Charles Payne | May 18, 2013

Well, did the market come to a bump in the road or the end of the road this week? It wasn't a dramatic selloff, except it was a selloff, and it happened at the exact time the market had been rallying.

Daniel J. Mitchell | May 18, 2013

I have to start this post with a big caveat. I’m not a fan of the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The international bureaucracy is infamous for using American tax dollars to promote a statist economic agenda.

Political Calculations | May 18, 2013

Which aspect of Rajoy's austerity program is most responsible for sinking Spain's fortunes? Was it the spending cuts? Or was it the tax rate hikes?

Crista Huff | May 18, 2013

A breach of contract lawsuit against Yahoo! Inc. and Yahoo! Mexico has been dismissed by an appellate court in Mexico, along with the $2.75 billion fine which was awarded to plaintiffs in 2012.

Mike Shedlock | May 18, 2013

Not only is the Hollande in praise of competitive currency debasement which mathematically cannot work if every country does it (not that it can work anyway without long-term consequences), he also wants to sell France government holdings "without ceding state control or influence over vital companies".

Bob Beauprez | May 18, 2013

By the time the AP published their report, the CIA had lifted national security concerns. Nonetheless, the CIA continued to lobby the AP to hold the story until the President got to thump his chest first.

Steve Deace | May 18, 2013

Stephanie Mikles is a trailblazer. Sure, in past eras far less enlightened and tolerant as this current gilded age, Mikles might be considered a menace to society—a creep even.

Ransom Notes Radio | May 18, 2013

Ken Boehm, Chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, joined the program to discuss the ongoing IRS scandal. It turns out the IRS was more-than-friendly with Obama’s half Brother (and his charity) while they were targeting conservative groups for audits.

Fri, May 17, 2013

Bob Burney | May 17, 2013

In the midst of scandal-riddled Washington, you may have missed this breaking news: The White House is haunted!

Rich Galen | May 17, 2013

Don't email me. It's Livingstone with an "e." And the guy who found Dr. David Livingstone in 1871 was Henry Stanley from the New York Herald.

Michelle Malkin | May 17, 2013

On Sept. 12, 2012, President Barack Obama vowed to "bring to justice" the perpetrators of the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya. On Oct. 26, 2012, Obama said his "biggest priority" was bringing the "folks" in Libya responsible for murdering four Americans to "justice." Tick, tock, tick, tock.

Brent Bozell | May 17, 2013

The annual network list of canceled primetime shows cannot be pleasing to the progressives who measure shows based on their cultural and political usefulness.

Jonah Goldberg | May 17, 2013

Of course the president deserves some of the blame. Yes, it's extremely unlikely he ordered the IRS to discriminate against tea party, pro-life or Jewish groups opposed to his agenda (though why anyone should take his word for it is beyond me).

David Limbaugh | May 17, 2013

So, we are to believe that it is just a coincidence that tea party groups oppose the Obama administration and for 27 months, beginning in March 2010, the Internal Revenue Service didn't approve even one tea party application for tax-exempt status?

Mona Charen | May 17, 2013

Speaking at Ohio State just a few days before abuse of power and dishonesty scandals swept over his administration, President Obama sang one of his trademark odes to the benevolence of government.

John Ransom | May 17, 2013

If anything has been shown through the he-said-she-said of finger pointing, scandal, incompetence, venality, hubris, vanity and error is that when government and politics gets involved you can expect the he-said-she-said of finger pointing, scandal, incompetence, venality, hubris, vanity and error.

Ken Blackwell | May 17, 2013

Former Education Sec. Bill Bennett said the most important thing about a school was its ethos. He meant the prevailing character of the school as an institution.

Pat Buchanan | May 17, 2013

"The American people are weary. They don't want boots on the ground. I don't want boots on the ground. The worst thing the United States could do right now is put boots on the ground in Syria."

Suzanne Fields | May 17, 2013

Psychiatry has always been the troubled child at the table of medical specialists. Psychiatric labels are based on deviations of "normal," which change with trends in moral and intellectual attitudes.

Linda Chavez | May 17, 2013

In my experience, many who plead most passionately for bipartisanship do so because they hope to persuade those on the other side of the aisle to cave in on their principles.

Diana West | May 17, 2013

Grief and politics don't mix. When raw, aching grief and the dirtiest kind of politics meet, a hot volcano of pain and outrage erupts that is unstoppable. But it is necessary. It is the only way things might ever be clean again.

Paul Greenberg | May 17, 2013

Our president is one cool customer, careful to stay a little distant from his Scandal of the Day, sidestepping any embarrassing questions rather than confronting them, analyzing his critics rather than answering them, looking down on the political circus even as he stars in it. And he does it all so smoothly.

Donald Lambro | May 17, 2013

Barack Obama's second term may be remembered more for his scandals than for anything else he's done thus far in his troubled presidency.

Donald Lambro | May 17, 2013

Barack Obama's second term may be remembered more for his scandals than for anything else he's done thus far in his troubled presidency.

Michael Brown | May 17, 2013

If the enemies of Planned Parenthood wanted to make them look bad, they could not done have a better job than the baby-killing corporation did with its new slogan and ad campaign.

Fritz Pfister | May 17, 2013

$17 trillion debt, annual deficits, higher taxes, Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, Green Economy, TARP, HAMP, HARP, Stimulus, QE, ZIRP, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have fixed the economy and housing right?

Charles Payne | May 17, 2013

IRS, the AP, Benghazi. . . This fresh batch of scandals that's popped up like springtime perennials could have enormous conclusions.

Robert Morrison | May 17, 2013

President Obama is suffering the not untypical reality of Second Term blues, or blahs. His administration is beset by scandals, foreign and domestic.

Night Watch | May 17, 2013

Just one month ago North Korean threatened to bring nuclear fire on Tokyo. Now it is using a long standing issue to prevent complete isolation and engage Japan in talks.

Daniel J. Mitchell | May 17, 2013

Let’s start with a look at the number of bureaucrats over time in Greece. You don’t need to read Greek to see that featherbedding exploded over the past 35-plus years.

Crista Huff | May 17, 2013

Google’s earnings are expected to grow 15-18% per year for the next three years. The PE is 19.9. Google has $48 billion in cash-on-hand.

Political Calculations | May 17, 2013

No matter what the tax rates have been, in postwar America tax revenues have remained at about 19.5% of GDP.

Jerry Bowyer | May 17, 2013

When one takes a step back and looks at the broad sweeps of economic and financial history, then speculations about whether this manager is in or out, or this company will beat or meet or miss expectations, or what will be in this month’s ISM or GDP revision all sort of fade away, and a bigger picture emerges.

Ransom Notes Radio | May 17, 2013

Good news is bad news, and bad news is good news. . . It’s getting kinda hard to keep track of it all. Also, Dan Epstein from Cause for Action joined John to talk about Obama’s most recent nominee for Labor Secretary.

Scott Carter | May 17, 2013

If the vanishing of an artificial supply of money crashed the markets and the economy once, what stretch of logic is it that has people believing it will not crash again?

Phil Kerpen | May 17, 2013

“We have a large government,” political consultant David Axelrod offered as a plea of ignorance to all of the scandals swirling around his boss. “Part of being president is there’s so much beneath you that you can’t know because the government is so vast.”

Mike Shedlock | May 17, 2013

I disagree with the entire concept of man-made "global warming" in the first place, but even if it exists, the odds that government will do something reasonable about it is close to zero.

Thu, May 16, 2013

Fred Lucas | May 16, 2013

President Bill Clinton, perhaps forgetting he had the most powerful platform in the world, became irate during one radio interview with KMOX in St. Louis in May 1994.

Cliff May | May 16, 2013

Inspire is a glossy, English-language, online magazine published by al-Qaeda. It was conceived by Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born cleric and al-Qaeda leader, who also contributed editorials.

Craig Shirley | May 16, 2013

Within those victimized (and now vindicated) Tea Party groups is rage but also a sense of satisfaction that they have been proven correct.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | May 16, 2013

My graduate course in crisis management was the 2012 Republican presidential primaries as a senior advisory and national media surrogate for Newt Gingrich. I survived. And I've got advice for Barack Obama.

Victor Davis Hanson | May 16, 2013

In Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, he ran to the left of Hillary Clinton as a moral reformer.

Michael Barone | May 16, 2013

What do the Benghazi cover-up and the IRS scandal have in common? They were both about winning elections, under false pretenses.

Larry Elder | May 16, 2013

Hearing rumors that the billionaire, libertarian Koch brothers might buy the Los Angeles Times, the L.A. City Council sprung into action.

Mike Adams | May 16, 2013

Many were shocked to learn that IRS agents actually targeted conservative advocacy groups for heightened scrutiny when making decisions concerning their tax exempt status.

John Ransom | May 16, 2013

Freedom of the press included the press freedom to obfuscate for and excuse Obama and Holder while the administration was suppressing those other parts of the First Amendment that apparently has nothing to do with the press at all: freedom of religion, freedom of speech, the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Michael Reagan | May 16, 2013

Do you think the Benghazi, IRS and AP stories might have been covered any differently if the president's name didn't start with "O" and his party didn't start with "D"?

Cal Thomas | May 16, 2013

It was the pictures and riveting testimony that convinced a Philadelphia jury that abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell was guilty of murdering three infants born alive following botched late-term abortions and also guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of Karnamaya Mongar, who overdosed on Demerol during an abortion at Gosnell's clinic.

Debra J. Saunders | May 16, 2013

As a journalist, I am not supposed to admit this, but: I sympathize with the Obama administration's frustration over national security leaks.

David Harsanyi | May 16, 2013

So, the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups (or, more precisely, groups displaying a bit too much gusto for limited government) was far more widespread than its initial apology would have led Americans to imagine.

Matt Towery | May 16, 2013

A liberal in 1962 and one today are likely two different animals. But the concept of those who feel their own sense of "manifest destiny" to be that of imposing their better judgment on everyone else remains a problem in 2013.

Paul Greenberg | May 16, 2013

"We're not going to have another Watergate in our lifetime. I'm sure."

Emmett Tyrrell | May 16, 2013

How odd! There I was, Saturday evening in the Windy City at a fundraising event for the Chicago Rowing Foundation, and who do I encounter but the mayor of Chicago, His Honor Rahm Emanuel?

Steve Chapman | May 16, 2013

When it comes to prosecutors' investigations of leaks, you can count on journalists to dispense with impartiality and scream bloody murder.

Michael Brown | May 16, 2013

Dennis Prager and others have done an excellent job of highlighting the genuinely anti-Semitic content of a recent Church of Scotland publication entitled “The Inheritance of Abraham? A Report on the ‘Promised Land,’” and has even called it “ugliest depiction of Jews since medieval times.”

Bill Tatro | May 16, 2013

After 4 ½ years in office, Barack Obama, the 44th U.S. President, has endured Operation Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the current IRS targeting scandal, and now the Associated Press phone hacking dilemma, all to hang his mantle on. These are what we know of so far.

Night Watch | May 16, 2013

The first visit by a foreign envoy reported in the press since the end of the period of high combat alert on 30 April suggests the North is open to some visitors who request access - even from Japan.

Charles Payne | May 16, 2013

The story of Detroit must be followed closely because of its economic and moral implications. The economic part is not just what's happening at this very moment but policies and ideas that brought the former Paris of the West to the point of state takeover.

Crista Huff | May 16, 2013

Citigroup has agreed to sell its Brazilian banking unit to Itau Unibanco, which will bring Citigroup a $300 million after-tax gain.

Daniel J. Mitchell | May 16, 2013

Here’s another entry for our UK vs US Government Stupidity Contest. Or perhaps it belongs in the great-moments-in-government-waste category.

Bob Goldman | May 16, 2013

I was shocked to see that some of the fusty, dusty relics are not blissfully sitting in their Barcaloungers, enjoying can after can of gourmet cat food. Apparently, their Barcaloungers have been repossessed, and they can't afford to buy cat food, so they're looking for tips on how to look for a job

Mike Shedlock | May 16, 2013

France slipped into its third recession in four years as Germany barely went into positive territory, underperforming general expectations.

Bob Beauprez | May 16, 2013

As the Obama Administration juggles multiple scandals – Benghazi, IRS, and now the AP – the pack of lies that the President told to sell ObamaCare will likely go virtually unnoticed.

Ransom Notes Radio | May 16, 2013

Why is it that no one ever talks about Doctors when discussing Obamacare? Dr. Hal Scherz joined the show to discuss the very serious impact Obamacare will have on Doctor-patient relationships.

Wed, May 15, 2013

Ann Coulter | May 15, 2013

How about Rubio explain the hidden rays of sunshine that will appear by applying "dynamic scoring" to his amnesty bill?

Susan Stamper Brown | May 15, 2013

Certain things are absolute. As Newton said, what goes up must come down. The wrinkles you see staring back at you in the mirror validate the second law of thermodynamics: eventually things fall apart.

Hugh Hewitt | May 15, 2013

On Tuesday night the report of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration on the great Tea Party purge was released.

Pete Sepp | May 15, 2013

Stop the money machine, we’d like to jump off please. That probably sums up what many taxpayers are hoping will be the result of yesterday’s Senate Banking Committee renomination hearing for Export-Import Bank President and CEO Fred Hochberg.

Michelle Malkin | May 15, 2013

It's always the "low-level" peon's fault, isn't it? When Democrats get caught red-handed abusing government powers and bullying their political enemies small and large, nobody at the top knows nuttin'.

John Stossel | May 15, 2013

Are you a real man (or woman)? Do you have "grit"? Compare yourself to the man on the $20 bill: Andrew Jackson, our seventh president.

Walter E. Williams | May 15, 2013

Brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who are accused of setting the bombs that exploded at the Boston Marathon, attended the University of Massachusetts. Maybe they hated our nation before college, but if you want lessons on hating America, college attendance might be a good start. Let's look at it.

Brent Bozell | May 15, 2013

The Obama scandals started piling up on top of each other in the last few days. The civil servants who testified on Benghazi were heartbreaking.

Jonah Goldberg | May 15, 2013

President Obama was asked about the metastasizing Benghazi scandal in a joint news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday.

Ashley Herzog | May 15, 2013

Several years ago, I was browsing the racks at Abercrombie & Fitch when a store employee approached me. “Hey, do you want to work here?” she asked, over the store’s notoriously loud (and obnoxious) music.

John Ransom | May 15, 2013

One of the earliest pieces of literature that contributes to the history of Social Security is Time Magazine’s Pie from The Sky, an account of a House Committee hearing called to deal with “reforming” Social Security. The hearing was held four years after passage of the Act and before even a single check was written to old age beneficiaries.

Bob Barr | May 15, 2013

As they say, “old habits die hard,” especially on Capitol Hill, where legislators are once again trying to sneak a dangerous new national identification database into law, under the public’s radar.

Todd Starnes | May 15, 2013

The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Obama Administration’s decision to deny asylum to a German homeschooling family.

Lisa Schiffren | May 15, 2013

The scandal surrounding the Obama Administration’s actions in Benghazi, Libya, last September 11, in which four Americans died at the hands of an al Qaeda mob– as the President and the Secretary of State declined to send any kind of military help – is finally getting the coverage it deserved from the start.

Terry Jeffrey | May 15, 2013

The Associated Press learned abruptly this week what the tea party and American Catholics learned many months ago. The Obama administration has no respect for freedom.

Ben Shapiro | May 15, 2013

This week saw the utter implosion of the Obama second term. First, a hearing for whistleblowers over the Benghazi terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2012, revealed that the White House had failed in their duty to provide security to Americans on the ground in Libya.

Austin Bay | May 15, 2013

In a column published on Sept. 18, 2012, I argued that verified tactical military details of the engagement, the iconic date itself, and subsequent, very explicit statements by Libyan government authorities, left no doubt that on 9-11-2012 the U.S. consulate in Benghazi suffered a planned attack by an organized anti-American militant Islamist militia.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | May 15, 2013

New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg has become an interesting urban social engineer.

Rich Galen | May 15, 2013

An important part of the ONE Campaign's effort to involve young men and women in Africa in helping to determine the next round of Millennium Development Goals for 2015 is a project called "You Choose."

Donald Lambro | May 15, 2013

The widening web of lies, deception and abuse of power in the IRS's outrageous targeting of conservative groups in the 2012 election cycle may be just the tip of the iceberg.

Rachel Marsden | May 15, 2013

Hardly a day goes by without America-bashers accusing the U.S. of "imperialism" or "interventionism." Meanwhile, China is largely exempt from that sort of criticism from the same crowd.

Mary Grabar | May 15, 2013

In 1969, hippies and the Vietnam War were abstractions to me, glimpses from photos in an occasional Life Magazine. I had not heard about the Weathermen.

Jacob Sullum | May 15, 2013

Last week, when the Colorado General Assembly passed groundbreaking legislation aimed at taxing and regulating marijuana, it also passed a bill redefining when cannabis consumers are considered too stoned to drive.

Jerry Bowyer | May 15, 2013

If you pay attention to economic debates you know by now that a celebrity historian named Niall Ferguson made some off-hand comments at a financial conference in which he linked John Maynard Keynes’ homosexuality to some flaws in his economics.

Ken Connor | May 15, 2013

They say there are only two sure things in life: death and taxes. Try as we might, it's virtually impossible to escape the clutches of the Grim Reaper or the Tax Man. Both will get you eventually.

Political Calculations | May 15, 2013

We'd be happy to tell you what's going to happen next, but we don't like to repeat ourselves and we're not sure if we haven't already.

Daniel J. Mitchell | May 15, 2013

I like to think I’m a reasonably savvy observer of public opinion and international economics, but every so often I’m stunned by some bit of data.

Carrie Schwab Pomerantz | May 15, 2013

Saving is another money lesson kids can learn at a young age. I'd start now to help your daughter understand that she may have to wait to buy the things she wants.

Tony Perkins | May 15, 2013

Military officials appear to be in sandbag mode telling the media that the recent revelations about policies that would lead to the prosecution of military members for sharing their faith was all taken out of context.

Dave Ramsey | May 15, 2013

There’s no reason to take out loans for something like this. Anyone can make $10,000 a year delivering pizza while in school, and it would be a great life experience.

Charles Payne | May 15, 2013

Saying "runway modeling is not what I set out to do," Kate Upton actually wants it all! I think it's great for anyone to want it all and to admit it. It's really great to hear that, from someone that's in the public eye.

Bob Dane | May 15, 2013

Senate Bill 744 will grant legal work authorization to 57 million green card holders and non-immigrant guest workers over the next decade.

Michael Schaus | May 15, 2013

It may seem hard to believe, but when you tell children that results don’t matter, so long as they gave it a good effort. . . They grow up believing it. When you give every child a ribbon, they are denied any lesson in competition. And, believe it or not, competition is a very real part of succeeding.

Night Watch | May 15, 2013

Three new generals in a year is a highly unusual turnover and a strong indicator that the senior ranks of the armed forces are unsettled. What is certain is that the general most associated with aggressive confrontation has been replaced.

Bob Beauprez | May 15, 2013

Barack Obama dismisses the continuing criticism about the Benghazi cover-up as a "sideshow" that is politically motivated by the GOP. He claims that his administration has been completely truthful about the scandal that cost four American lives on September 11, 2012. There is nothing more to tell, or so he says.

Tom Purcell | May 15, 2013

I don't know who they are, but I've got to hand it to them. I'm too cynical to do what they do.

Mike Shedlock | May 15, 2013

In short, there are all kinds of things that can go wrong if the UK stays in, and there is little that can go wrong if the UK negotiates reasonable exit terms. And it is actually in everyone's interest to do just that.

Ransom Notes Radio | May 15, 2013

The fact that the IRS singled out conservative groups for audits is troubling enough. But the fact that government is big enough to get away with it for three years. . . That’s unacceptable. Michael Schaus, filling in for the absent John Ransom, explained why even Liberals should be afraid of larger government.

Tue, May 14, 2013

Katie Pavlich | May 14, 2013

Throughout Barack Obama's tenure as President of the United States and throughout every major scandal during that time period, nobody important in his administration has known anything important about anything...important.

Fred Lucas | May 14, 2013

The trial of post-birth abortionist Kermit Gosnell got a rare mention on the network news Monday after a Philadelphia jury found him guilty of murder.

Thomas Sowell | May 14, 2013

There can be honest differences of opinion on many subjects. But there can also be dishonest differences. Last week's testimony under oath about events in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 makes painfully clear that what the Obama administration told the American people about those events were lies out of whole cloth.

Rick Santorum | May 14, 2013

According to the Bible, we are all called to be saints. That is, we are all called to be with God in heaven. In fact, the designation of sainthood bestowed by the Roman Catholic Church is, at its core, simply a declaration that a person is in heaven.

Byron York | May 14, 2013

Are snowboard instructors key to American immigration policy? Well, they're important enough to be specifically included in the Senate bipartisan Gang of Eight immigration reform bill.

Chuck Norris | May 14, 2013

Last week, I cited my 92-year-old mother's wisdom from her autobiography, "Acts of Kindness: My Story."

John Hawkins | May 14, 2013

1) I think if the government is going to take a big chunk of the money that people earned to waste on programs that they’re going to get no benefit from, it should say "thank you" instead of complaining that those people are still not "paying their fair share."

David Limbaugh | May 14, 2013

In case you're hiding under a rock, you should know that an audit conducted by the inspector general for the Internal Revenue Service has found that IRS officials targeted for scrutiny certain groups critical of the administration.

Mona Charen | May 14, 2013

Two years ago, this column, along with others, raised an alarm about the Obama administration's decision radically to diminish the due process rights of those accused of sexual harassment on American campuses.

John Ransom | May 14, 2013

Like DC "Mayor for Life", Marion Barry, Hillary and Obama have constituencies that will support them no matter how much crack cocaine, or how many prostitutes- figuratively or literally- turn up.

Cal Thomas | May 14, 2013

In his defense of President Obama, Press Secretary Jay Carney is beginning to sound a lot like Ronald Zeigler, Richard Nixon's spokesman. Carney only has to use the word "inoperative," as Ziegler did when incriminating evidence surfaced that proved his previous statements untrue.

Dennis Prager | May 14, 2013

Earlier this month, the Church of Scotland issued a report titled "The Inheritance of Abraham? A Report on the 'Promised Land.'" The essence of the report is that according to the Bible, Jews have no more attachment to the land of Israel than anyone else. Hence "promised land" is in quotation marks in the report's title -- because there is no promised land.

Pat Buchanan | May 14, 2013

Jason Richwine, the young conservative scholar who co-authored the Heritage Foundation report on the long-term costs of the amnesty bill backed by the "Gang of Eight," is gone from Heritage.

Debra J. Saunders | May 14, 2013

Last Sept. 11, a terrorist attack left four Americans dead at the Benghazi, Libya, diplomatic mission. The next day, a State Department official wrote in an email, "The group that conducted the attacks, Ansar al-Sharia, is affiliated with Islamic terrorists." Days later, however, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice went on Sunday talk shows and blamed an anti-Islam video for the violence, even though others in her own department knew better.

Paul Greenberg | May 14, 2013

Now we know. Or at least we know more than we did about what happened at Benghazi, and, even more telling, what happened afterward. And there's doubtless more to come. With each congressional hearing, with each appearance by another whistleblower, the picture becomes more complete.

Phyllis Schlafly | May 14, 2013

The national news media haven't discovered it, but the issue that is bringing out hundreds of citizens who never before attended political meetings is Common Core (CC). More precisely, it is the attempt of Barack Obama's Department of Education to force all states and schools to adopt specified national education standards for each grade level that will dictate what all kids learn and don't learn.

Bill Murchison | May 14, 2013

"Trust us" is the mantra of Big Government.

Kyle Olson | May 14, 2013

Just days after a terrorist bombing and subsequent manhunt gripped Boston and the rest of the nation, one would think city leaders would be hesitant to honor radicals seeking to overthrow the government and the capitalist economic system.

Ralph Benko | May 14, 2013

Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, is on the list of potential Democratic presidential candidates compiled by the extraordinarily astute Prez16.com.

Bill Tatro | May 14, 2013

I visually wandered through my biography collection of the Presidents of the United States in order to determine what I would read next. I was overdue to once again experience “time travel” and see, feel, and be part of our nation’s past through the eyes of its chief executive. In fact, I try to do that every few weeks.

Charles Payne | May 14, 2013

Now that the market has entered into the short squeeze phase, flatfooted bears will speak of its irrationality as further proof it's going to end up battered. In the meantime, we enter this week with the raging bears demurring: "Look Ma, still standing."

Daniel J. Mitchell | May 14, 2013

Are there any fact checkers at the New York Times? Since they’ve allowed some glaring mistakes by Paul Krugman, I guess the answer is no. But some mistakes are worse than others.

Political Calculations | May 14, 2013

Even if stock prices stay flat, this will be a big week for the S&P 500, because this is the week that three of the largest companies that compose the market-cap weighted index will be determining who owns their stock for the purpose of paying out dividends for 2013-Q2.

Crista Huff | May 14, 2013

Priceline.com reported earnings of $5.76 per share, embarrassing Wall Street’s $5.27 estimate, on a continued surge in international hotel bookings.

Robert Knight | May 14, 2013

You just knew press coverage of the congressional hearing on the Benghazi cover-ups last Wednesday would be nonexistent or squirrely, right?

Marvin Olasky | May 14, 2013

“Honor your father and mother.” The commandment is unambiguous, but we’ve seen notorious cases of dishonor in which kids get rich by slashing their celebrity parents’ reputations.

Tom Purcell | May 14, 2013

Students, faculty, family members and friends, it is my great honor to deliver your commencement speech today.

Bob Beauprez | May 14, 2013

A new language was introduced in Washington when President Obama began his first term in office. For a time, it flummoxed his observers, including many Republicans, who were caught off-balance by the combination of the President’s soaring rhetoric and his Chicago-style politics.

Mike Shedlock | May 14, 2013

It is a simple statement of fact that the more goods and services we receive for our money, the better off we all are. The cheaper, the better! Time and time again we forget free trade and lower prices are a benefit!

Ransom Notes Radio | May 14, 2013

Is the Marketplace Fairness Act really about fairness? John Ransom spoke with Betsy Laird, the Lead Lobbyist for the International Council of Shopping Centers, about the Internet Sales tax that passed the Senate. (Oh. . . And they didn’t really see eye to eye.)

Dan Epstein | May 14, 2013

The U.S. government should not be in the business of choosing winners and losers based on special interests. Unfortunately, government agencies often lack the oversight necessary to prevent agency officials from making choices that are free from corruption.

Charlie Kirk | May 14, 2013

Last week Senator Warren proposed a bill to allow student loan interest rates to stay at artificially low levels of 3.4%, preventing them from doubling on July 1st of this year. This new bill has been met with much enthusiasm amongst the hard progressive left.

Mon, May 13, 2013

Tim Phillips | May 13, 2013

In states across the country, governors and state legislators are being pushed by the Obama Administration and special interest groups to expand Medicaid. Ironically, a federal government running massive deficits is enticing these governors and state legislators with the promise of 'free money.'

Tony Katz | May 13, 2013

The only way I know we still live in a relatively free nation is that, at times, the truth does come out. The IRS announced that, yes, it did give extra scrutiny to tax returns that included the name "tea party" or "patriot" as part of their exempt applications.

Scottie Hughes | May 13, 2013

“Being on President Nixon’s enemies list was the highest single honor I've ever received,” the actor Paul Newman once remarked. America’s 37th president had a fascination, some might say an unhealthy obsession, with the perceived enemies of his administration.

Kurt Schlichter | May 13, 2013

Despite suffering the most humiliating rejection of his presidency, President Obama and the liberal establishment are determined to revive their failed gun control scheme.

Michael Barone | May 13, 2013

What were Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton thinking? Why did they keep pitching the line that the 9/11/12 Benghazi attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans started as a spontaneous protest against an anti-Muslim video?

Star Parker | May 13, 2013

Put me down as happy to see former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford coming back to Washington. He handily defeated Elizabeth Colbert Busch in Tuesday's special election for a House seat he himself once held.

John Ransom | May 13, 2013

His life and presidency can only be understood by recognizing this Obama idée fixe goes beyond merely his ideology and merges into that of his personality. Because only when one realizes that he personally identifies with his ideology in the same way that he identifies himself as a father or husband, can one finally understand how tightly he clings to it.

Katie Kieffer | May 13, 2013

What happened to the bulldogs in the media? When it came to covering the Benghazi terrorist attack, the media sounded like a pack of Chihuahuas.

Rachel Alexander | May 13, 2013

Obama has gotten a relatively free pass as president, no doubt due to the intrigue of being the first black president. Congressional investigations into his administration go nowhere.

Rich Galen | May 13, 2013

People who travel overseas with any regularity know how difficult it is to keep up with news from the U.S. CNN International runs Anderson Cooper and other domestic programs, but the news inserts are for, as the name suggests, and international audience - not for travelling Americans.

Matt Barber | May 13, 2013

When NBA basketball player Jason Collins recently announced to the world that he’s sexually attracted to other men, Michelle Obama tweeted, “So proud of you, Jason Collins! This is a huge step forward for our country. We’ve got your back!” Jason even got a personal call from the president.

Dan Holler | May 13, 2013

Flying just beneath the public’s radar is a pitched battle over Obamacare’s implementation.

Shawn Mitchell | May 13, 2013

Not too long ago, trashing George Bush was a Hillary-approved form of patriotic dissent. Back in the day, progressives and Move On types competed proudly and exuberantly to vocalize their Bush hate, all to the national media’s approving, saturation coverage.

Morgan Brittany | May 13, 2013

Why is it always such a shock when news emerges that the government is doing something underhanded and illegal? The allegations that the IRS was targeting conservative groups for extra scrutiny have now expanded to the uncovering of the fact that they were also singling out Jewish groups that were pro-Israel.

Mike Shedlock | May 13, 2013

Eurozone imbalances continue to grow even as German exports slump. Why? German imports slumped even more, and the German current account surplus grew.

Political Calculations | May 13, 2013

U.S. teens have not been included in the economic recovery. From the total employment peak in November 2007, nearly one and a half million jobs held by teens disappeared by October 2009. That number of lost jobs for teens has since increased to 1,607,000

Daniel J. Mitchell | May 13, 2013

I’ve been peppered with all sorts of questions about immigration this week. Many of them deal with the Heritage Foundation study, including the “dynamic scoring” issue and Jason Richwine’s resignation.

Chris Edwards | May 13, 2013

Conservative and libertarian scholars are clashing over the findings and political implications of the new Heritage Foundation immigration study. The study, however, also provides a very useful exploration into how massive the American welfare state has become.

Tad DeHaven | May 13, 2013

Last week I discussed the tendency for policymakers to treat the Pentagon like a giant jobs program. It was prompted by an article from the Associated Press on members of Congress shoving unwanted upgraded Abrams tanks down taxpayers’ throats because retooling tanks sustains jobs back in the district.

Michael F. Cannon | May 13, 2013

In 2011, members of Congress began criticizing a proposed IRS rule implementing ObamaCare’s health insurance tax credits. The same man that defended the IRS's ability to tax, borrow and spend without explicit legislative approval, has also denied any bias toward conservative groups.

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Jeff Jacoby | May 12, 2013

IN THE CLAMOR over immigration, the demand for more border security has been unrelenting.

Derek Hunter | May 12, 2013

Elizabeth Taylor reportedly said, “You find out who your real friends are when you're involved in a scandal.” Of course, she was in Hollywood, perhaps the only place where loyalty means less than it does in Washington, D.C.

John Ransom | May 12, 2013

The argument seems to be that since we regulate something, we ought to regulate everything. "Because I said so" seems to be the argument most liberals are making right now.

Neil McCabe | May 12, 2013

Ten California teachers are suing to break one of the strongest iron triangles in American politics, where the taxpayers pay the teachers; the teachers’ union supports candidates and referenda, and that leads eventually to the teachers getting better pay, benefits and working conditions.

Austin Hill | May 12, 2013

Indiana’s new Governor Mike Pence has signed in to law a bill that will “pause’’ the state’s involvement in the nationwide Common Core education agenda. That fact that this is happening in Indiana has some very specific political significance, while the fact that it is happening at all has broad ramifications.

Doug Giles | May 12, 2013

Hillary better thank her god, The Father of Lies, that she’s not a conservative like Sarah Palin, because if she were a conservative, after last week’s blistering testimony against her by the Benghazi whistle blowers, all news outlets, far and wide, would be yelling “off with conservative Hillary’s head”.

Bruce Bialosky | May 12, 2013

As you get off the airplane you can smell it. It is in the air. It surrounds you. It is freedom. That is what we felt landing in Seoul after five days in Beijing. Our goal was to find out what Korea was all about.

Rich Tucker | May 12, 2013

Imagine your car is low on gas. On one side of the street is a station selling fuel for $3.85. Directly across the road is one selling for $3.35. Where are you going to buy gas?

Steve Chapman | May 12, 2013

If rain is pouring and you don't want to get wet, you have a few choices. You can stay inside. You can put on a raincoat, grab an umbrella and brave the torrent. Or you can step outside and demand that it stop.

Political Calculations | May 12, 2013

Over the past several weeks, we've identified three potential wild cards that could affect stock prices in a positive way in the margin of our favorite chart. In just the last week, we've seen evidence that all three of these wild card factors may be coming into play.

Daniel J. Mitchell | May 12, 2013

I’ve written many times about how investors, entrepreneurs, small business owners and other successful people migrate from high-tax states to low-tax states. Well, the same thing happens internationally, as France’s greedy politicians are now learning.

Night Watch | May 12, 2013

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said in an interview in Warsaw that Russia is filling already existing contracts and has the right to sell to the Asad government, still the only legitimate government in Syria.

James Allen | May 12, 2013

On the surface, stories like the Keystone pipeline being compared to presidential decisions to end slavery immediately appear to violate our American common sense.

Michael Schaus | May 12, 2013

In an ode to the Julia mindset of American Lefties everywhere, the Obama Administration sent out a Mother's Day Tweet mentioning free birth control. Because nothing screams “Happy Mother’s Day” like a box of contraceptives.

Peter Schiff | May 12, 2013

When the data says one thing and the symptoms continuously say another, it makes sense to question the reliability of the instruments.Although our government-supplied data suggests we are experiencing low inflation and modest economic growth, the economy shows symptoms of low growth, rising prices, and diminishing purchasing power.

Marita Noon | May 12, 2013

Polls repeatedly show most Americans believe that reducing the budget deficit should be a top priority, yet policy gets in the way of democracy and prevents practical solutions.

Michael Youssef | May 12, 2013

In Jeffrey Toobin’s recent article in The New Yorker, Wedding Bells, he resorted to name-calling to malign pro-marriage advocates, an all-too common tactic among the gay lobby.

Mike Shedlock | May 12, 2013

It should be obvious, to anyone reading this, that Spain is in an economic depression as well as bankrupt. It is equally obviously that eurozone imbalances and a flawed treaty are to blame.

Mark Baisley | May 12, 2013

Four Americans died, several others were injured, a crucial CIA watch post was abandoned, and Susan Rice and Hillary Clinton have risked their political futures. But Obama did get re-elected, so I guess the investment paid off as planned.

Paul Jacob | May 12, 2013

It's a tale of Nixonian reactionaries using government to suppress their political adversaries to establish a fascistic state. Er, no. It's a tale of Obamanian "progressives" doing the exact same thing.