Sat, May 25, 2013

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | May 25, 2013

Charles Dickens' novel called A Tale of Two Cities (1859) depicted the plight of French peasants' civil conflict with its aristocracy in the years leading up to the French Revolution. Despite their linguistic differences, Dickens showed many parallels with the social atmosphere of London and Paris during that time period.

John Hawkins | May 25, 2013

Do you think the Tasmanian tiger would have voted to end the existence of its species on earth? How about the Dodo? What about the Tyrannosaurus Rex?

John C. Goodman | May 25, 2013

I believe we are moving toward two different health systems. Which tier do you think you will be in?

Caroline Glick | May 25, 2013

The threats emanating from Syria have become downright frightening. For the past several days, Home Front Defense Minister Gilad Erdan has been warning repeatedly that it is certain that Israeli population centers will be hit by Syrian ballistic missiles.

John Ransom | May 25, 2013

Here's just another “untruth” that Emanuel and Obama knew about regarding their healthcare religion when they discovered it engraved on 2,900 stone tablets on a mountain outside of Chicago.

Linda Chavez | May 25, 2013

Lucky for Barack Obama, he's the president of the United States and not the CEO of a major corporation. If he were the latter, his board would be busy seeking a replacement about now.

Kathryn Lopez | May 25, 2013

"Beauty draws the human heart and can help ennoble or tear down," Ashley Crouch, an editor at a new magazine called Verily, tells me

Paul Greenberg | May 25, 2013

It's called deniability. By keeping a president out of the loop, his loyal aides can hope to insulate him against any accusation that he knew of the dirty tricks being played on his opponents. That doesn't make the tricks any cleaner, or that the chief executive is any less responsible for what is done by his administration.

Phyllis Schlafly | May 25, 2013

The bill created in secret by the Gang of Eight is an outrageous betrayal of American workers, both high-skilled and low-skilled. Claiming it is bipartisan, the drafters were Democrats and globalist Republicans.

Ed Feulner | May 25, 2013

Get ready for a little déjà vu from Washington. The federal government hit the debt ceiling, now set at a whopping $16.8 trillion. Yes, again. It’s like the Bill Murray movie “Groundhog Day” -- only this time, unfortunately, no one is laughing.

Steve Deace | May 25, 2013

The leadership of the Republican Party wants you to pay for a $6.3 trillion Democrat Party Voter Drive

Night Watch | May 25, 2013

The message was that North Korea should follow China's development model and stop making trouble.

George Friedman | May 25, 2013

It was not the paucity of cars that struck me; it was the almost complete absence of trucks. This was, after all, the road from the coast to the capital, not the only road but still a significant one.

Ransom Notes Radio | May 25, 2013

Nancy Pelosi blames IRS Scandal on Bush. The markets are confused by Ben Bernanke’s testimony; but they really shouldn’t be. Bill Tatro also joined the program to talk about some of the unexpected items that might wage war on this so-called “recovery.”

Fri, May 24, 2013

Pat Buchanan | May 24, 2013

After a British soldier wearing a Help for Heroes charity T-shirt was run over, stabbed and slashed with machetes and a meat cleaver, and beheaded, the Tory government advised its soldiers that it is probably best not to appear in uniform on the streets of their capital.

Brent Bozell | May 24, 2013

Usually movie makers strive to stay ahead of the cultural curve. It makes them "visionaries" who are "cutting edge" because they "push the envelope." Two years ago, "Occupy Wall Street" was the hot fad, stoking the usual left-wing outrage at bankers and the finance industry.

Diana West | May 24, 2013

Nearly 20 years after a Hasidic Jewish boy riding across the Brooklyn Bridge was killed by a Muslim fighting jihad, a British soldier was hacked to death and reportedly beheaded on the streets of London by Muslims fighting jihad.

Jeff Jacoby | May 24, 2013

Broadcasting from Boston the day after the Marathon bombing, a correspondent for the French-Canadian TV channel LCN explained why Americans shouldn't be surprised when such atrocities occurred. It's the price they have to pay for being a superpower, Richard Latendresse told his viewers.

Michelle Malkin | May 24, 2013

Gird your loins, America. President Obama intends to empty out Guantanamo Bay and send scores of suspected Muslim terror operatives back to their jihadist-coddling native countries.

Mark Davis | May 24, 2013

“By Allah, by the almighty Allah, we swear we will never stop fighting you.”

Jonah Goldberg | May 24, 2013

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

David Limbaugh | May 24, 2013

A sagacious Bible scholar told me how important it was for the Israelites to look back and remember what God had done for them in the past because it gave them the strength to persevere through difficult times.

Mona Charen | May 24, 2013

Mr. Obama -- greeted rapturously in 2008 as the "constitutional law professor" who would restore respect for our founding document -- has demonstrated a contempt for law unseen since Nixon.

Cal Thomas | May 24, 2013

Following the hacking death of a British soldier by two alleged Islamic extremists, Prime Minister David Cameron said, "There is nothing in Islam that justifies this truly dreadful act."

Suzanne Fields | May 24, 2013

Washington is a one-industry town. The nation's capital has wonderful art museums, concerts and theaters, but they're only supplements to the big story playing out on the front pages, always the government.

John Ransom | May 24, 2013

We’re going to subsidize everyone's welfare by reducing their hours, reducing their pay and increasing their taxes. Just chalk it up as the cost of Barack Obama's Fantasy Camp Presidency.

Rich Galen | May 24, 2013

The official portrait of the first Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security was unveiled yesterday at the Department headquarters on Nebraska Avenue, in Washington, DC.

Donald Lambro | May 24, 2013

WASHINGTON - Five months into his improvisational second term, a sluggish economy and severe jobless rate seem to have vanished from President Obama's agenda.

Bob Beauprez | May 24, 2013

Apple employs 600,000 people in the U.S. and is the largest corporate taxpayer in the country. Last year alone, the company paid $6 billion in taxes. This year they expect to pay $7 billion.

Michael Schaus | May 24, 2013

The recent scandals, combined with the Senate’s feigned outrage at Apple’s tax practices, underscores the fundamental issue with our current regulatory and legislative bodies. . . Something about it seems arbitrary and coercive.

Brian and Garrett Fahy | May 24, 2013

“Everything comes from the top.” This quote from an anonymous source in the IRS Determinations Unit explains why the IRS targeting of conservative groups did not likely originate with low level staffers at a remote IRS outpost. The truth is far different.

Roger Schlesinger | May 24, 2013

Then came Barney Frank and Chris Dodd, two politicians who never spent a day in the operations of a mortgage company, but nevertheless created thousands of pages about day to day banking operations as they felt it should exist.

Bill Tatro | May 24, 2013

Since last November and the advent of Abenomics, the Nikkei has appreciated approximately 85%. Even if that rapid rise was based solely upon solid fundamentals, it shouldn’t be questioned that the parabolic move was definitely due for a pullback.

Charlotte Hays | May 24, 2013

One would hope that Americans would recognize that we are on the edge of a precipice.

Fred Lucas | May 24, 2013

When Senate Republicans sent out their talking points to friendly media sources on the bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform proposal Hugh Hewitt read them on the air before calling them “four pages of crap.”

Daniel Pipes | May 24, 2013

At this moment of sequester and belt-tightening, the U.S. government has delivered a reading list on Islam.

Ransom Notes Radio | May 24, 2013

If Apple’s CEO Tim Cook did one thing, he illustrated the absurdity of our corporate tax code. Chris Edwards, from the Cato Institute, joined John Ransom to talk about the absurdity of corporate taxes and the Senate’s misguided hearing.

Night Watch | May 24, 2013

The concluding paragraph of the Chinese statement is a strong indicator that the conversation was probably "heated", not just "warm." The next round of appointments Choe makes or does not make will provide important insights as to the state of China's relations with North Korea.

Thu, May 23, 2013

Bob Kabel | May 23, 2013

As a lifelong Republican and a member of the Republican National Committee (RNC), I am deeply concerned about the GOP’s image with all demographic groups in the wake of a crushing defeat in the 2012 elections—but I’m especially concerned with millennials: they are the future of our Party—and our country—and unless the Republican Party can attract their votes, we stand to lose a generation of supporters.

Brian Birdnow | May 23, 2013

Once upon time, during the bad old days of the George W. Bush presidency, media sophisticates took the administration to task for the supposedly “shifting rationales” that Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld & Co. employed to justify the March 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Simon Conway | May 23, 2013

The horrific scenes on a London street yesterday where Islamic terrorists butchered an unarmed soldier left me with more questions than answers. But maybe not the obvious ones.

Cliff May | May 23, 2013

‘Humans are great at self-delusion,” the polymathic philosopher Nassim Nicholas Taleb has observed. I’m confident he’d agree that the humans who populate the foreign-policy community are no exception.

Michael Brown | May 23, 2013

Gay activists love to point to the changes in public opinion regarding same-sex marriage, announcing triumphantly that this is a sign of moral and even spiritual advancement. In reality, it is part of a larger trend towards immorality, a sign of moral bankruptcy and spiritual apostasy.

Hugh Hewitt | May 23, 2013

Some of the journalists on the left have as their concern the salvaging of the Obama presidency before it enters into what would quickly become the longest second term in history, a prolonged drip, drip, drip of revelations and paralysis.

Victor Davis Hanson | May 23, 2013

Government is now so huge, powerful and callous that citizens risk becoming proverbial serfs without the freedoms guaranteed by the Founders.

Michael Barone | May 23, 2013

Would you like to have a "skinny" health insurance policy? Probably not. But if you're employed by a large company, you may get one, thanks to Obamacare.

Larry Elder | May 23, 2013

How does President Barack Obama, a man of such keen intelligence, with such promise to "change" America, find himself in so much serious trouble?

Michael Reagan | May 23, 2013

Yesterday I read an interesting article in Newsweek about the connection between tornadoes and climate change.

Cal Thomas | May 23, 2013

President Obama gave two commencement addresses in one to graduates of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga., last weekend. It would be easy for this conservative to critique the political and social elements of his speech. Instead, I choose to focus on the inspirational part.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | May 23, 2013

If you were to suddenly appear this weekend at the numerous barbecues or pool parties, without any knowledge of our nation's history, it might be hard to understand the real meaning of Memorial Day.

Debra J. Saunders | May 23, 2013

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom likes to be out front on issues. As San Francisco mayor, he approved same-sex marriages in City Hall even though they weren't legal. He pushed for a first-of-its-kind ban on city pharmacies selling cigarettes. Likewise, he signed the Special City's first-in-the-nation ban on groceries giving away plastic bags.

David Harsanyi | May 23, 2013

For all the complaining the left has done about those shadowy outside political groups subverting the democratic process, we recently learned that no one has the means to undercut freedom of expression quite like an enthusiastic government agency.

Matt Towery | May 23, 2013

In the world of White House politics and the politics of handling the White House press corps, the president's press secretary is the most visible target and often the first to fall when the media turns on an administration.

John Ransom | May 23, 2013

They don’t just make one mistake; they make a series of mistakes, they obfuscate, then lie, then lie about the lie… and then it’s time to cue up a two-week Obama vacation or for Hillary to bang her head accidentally and be unavailable for comment.

Paul Greenberg | May 23, 2013

The most vivid memories aren't those carved in stone but the ones etched in the mind. Memory deepens with the years, the way a river carves through rock, slowly creating canyons, revealing old layers, unveiling pain you'd kept decently covered before, bringing it all back. Sometimes the river cannot be contained and will overflow its banks.

Steve Chapman | May 23, 2013

In its new report on how to reduce drunk-driving deaths, the National Transportation Safety Board states its goal in the title: "Reaching Zero." The agency thinks it is irreproachable to try to ensure that no one ever dies in an alcohol-related accident.

Emmett Tyrrell | May 23, 2013

Where are we now in this morass of Obama administration scandals? We have the Associated Press imbroglio.

Marvin Olasky | May 23, 2013

Campus stalwart has spent decades helping students see beyond the shadowlands.

Ransom Notes Radio | May 23, 2013

Big corporations don’t care about the tax rate, but Politicians sure care. Why doesn’t someone explain to John McCain that HE is part of the tax problem in this country. . . Not Apple. John Ransom also spoke with Erika Holzer about her newest novel, Freedom Bridge. It is more relevant in today’s world than you would think.

Doug Napier | May 23, 2013

For years, Iowa law relied on a rather reasonable bit of biological reality: it takes a man and a woman to make a baby. From that fact, the state reasoned that for questions of paternity, the answer would involve someone commonly called a “father.” So when the state recorded births as a matter of public record, it (rather logically) looked for a man as the non-birth parent.

Bill Tatro | May 23, 2013

It would appear the underlings are all falling in line in order to protect the commander-in-chief. In fact, I’m quite sure that if Obama was asked about the Associated Press phone hacking situation, which has quietly slipped away from the front pages of the newspaper; he would definitely pull a Sergeant Schultz (“I know nothing.”)

Night Watch | May 23, 2013

This is another of the many annoyances with which the Chinese and South Koreans cope. In many of its external economic transactions, North Korea acts as a rogue and criminal enterprise.

Wed, May 22, 2013

Ann Coulter | May 22, 2013

At first I thought the IRS scandal was leaked to distract from the Benghazi scandal. But that didn't make sense because the IRS scandal is a more obvious abuse of power than the White House lying about the murder of four Americans in Libya.

Brent Bozell | May 22, 2013

As the Obama scandals surround the White House, some conservatives are suggesting that -- finally -- the media are "getting tough" on Obama. Don't count on it. All our modern experience suggests tough reporting on a Democratic president is more of a temporary sensation than an ongoing trend.

Rich Galen | May 22, 2013

If you are going to spend much time in Africa, you will be taking anti-malaria pills. A common medication has the brand name Malarone.

Hugh Hewitt | May 22, 2013

Carol Platt Liebau and Eliana Johnson aren't exactly Woodward and Bernstein --yet.

Bob Barr | May 22, 2013

If Richard Nixon were alive today, he would likely be fielding midnight phone calls from Barack Obama. Not since Richard Nixon was driven from office by the Watergate scandal four decades ago, has the American public been privy to such an unfolding spectacle of scandal and corruption in a presidential administration.

Thomas Sowell | May 22, 2013

This time of year, as college students return home for the summer, many parents may notice how many politically correct ideas they have acquired on campus. Some of those parents may wonder how they can undo some of the brainwashing that has become so common in what are supposed to be institutions of higher learning.

Michelle Malkin | May 22, 2013

Who is Judy Faulkner? Chances are, you don't know her -- but her politically connected, taxpayer-subsidized electronic medical records company may very well know you. Top Obama donor and billionaire Faulkner is founder and CEO of Epic Systems, which will soon store almost half of all Americans' health information.

John Stossel | May 22, 2013

My kids moved out! I have two empty rooms in my apartment. Maybe I can rent them? A tourist visiting New York City could have a different experience, and save hotel money. I'd make money. Wouldn't it be great?

Walter E. Williams | May 22, 2013

Dr. Henry Miller, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, and Gregory Conko, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, in their Forbes article "Rachel Carson's Deadly Fantasies" (9/5/2012), wrote that her 1962 book, Silent Spring, led to a world ban on DDT use.

Jonah Goldberg | May 22, 2013

Although there's still a great deal to be learned about the scandals and controversies swirling around the White House like so many ominous dorsal fins in the surf, the nature of President Obama's bind is becoming clear.

Michael Medved | May 22, 2013

As new revelations underscore the administration's epic incompetence in its handling of the Benghazi disaster and IRS abuses, some Republican voices in the House and Senate, along with pundits of every persuasion, have begun to speculate about "the I word" — impeachment.

Ben Shapiro | May 22, 2013

America has major problems.

Terry Jeffrey | May 22, 2013

I was sitting in a classroom in McCosh Hall at Princeton University one spring day in the late 1970s, when I learned something that helped me understand the artistic genius of Jerry Garcia.

Austin Bay | May 22, 2013

In 2011, China had a gross domestic product of $7.3 trillion dollars, second only to America's $15 trillion GDP output -- at least according to official data.

John Ransom | May 22, 2013

The Senate Mensheviks have raked Apple Computer over the coals on its practice of keeping tons and tons of money offshore. This is money that the Mensheviks sorely need, so they can squander it on things that won’t make life better for anyone outside of K Street.

Paul Greenberg | May 22, 2013

The jurisprudence of Her Honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, may be only mediocre at best, but her candor deserves the highest praise. Every few years she'll pull back the judicial curtain and tell the rest of us what she thinks is really going on at the court. And shock anybody who can still be shocked at the court's motivations.

Donald Lambro | May 22, 2013

It should be clear by now that the Obama White House has been engaged in another coverup that cries out for the enactment of a special prosecutor. The sooner the better.

Jacob Sullum | May 22, 2013

Ed Meese, Ronald Reagan's attorney general, spoke for many Republicans when he called President Obama's 2012 appointment of four federal officials without Senate approval "a breathtaking violation of the separation of powers." But according to a recent federal appeals court decision, abuses like Obama's have been a bipartisan practice in recent decades, with Republicans, including Meese's former boss, more sinning than sinned against.

Susan Stamper Brown | May 22, 2013

Progressivism thrives best when truth is suppressed, but suppressed truth is still truth. You can try to sink it, shred it, cover it and destroy it, but truth eventually rises to the surface. Truth floats. Always.

Bill Tatro | May 22, 2013

As the drama continues to unfold, it will be very interesting to observe who in the Obama administration knew what —and when they knew it, while all along Obama lived life on the 13th tee.

Michael Norton | May 22, 2013

Guilty as charged. That was a Philadelphia jury’s verdict against abortionist Kermit Gosnell for multiple murders of babies in his Pennsylvania abortion facility. The jury also convicted Gosnell of hundreds of lesser criminal offenses. To avoid the death penalty, Gosnell agreed to serve the rest of his life in prison. This sordid chapter in the battle for the life on the unborn child is now over.

Ransom Notes Radio | May 22, 2013

Political affiliations aside, everyone should be worried about the IRS scandal. John touched base with a tea-party activist, and talked about the impropriety on display at the IRS. Also: John McCain grilled the CEO of Apple over their tax “avoidance” practices. (Because the problem couldn’t possibly be the tax code, it is obviously Apple’s adherence to the law.)

Ralph Benko | May 22, 2013

Time Magazine recently featured Sen. Rand Paul as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He was not just on the list. Time placed Paul on its cover for the first, (though likely not for the last time). This may signal the emergence of the Libertarian Moment.

Douglas MacKinnon | May 22, 2013

There are at the moment a number of exaggerated, even breathless comparisons between President Obama's Benghazi/IRS/Associated Press controversies and President Nixon's Watergate scandal in 1973.

Ken Connor | May 22, 2013

What we're seeing today is a secular liberalism that wants to expand the prohibition of establishment to silence articulate religious voices and disenfranchise religiously motivated voters, and at the same time to narrow the scope of free exercise so that the new secular morality can reign over American society unimpeded.

Bob Beauprez | May 22, 2013

We're living in a time when freedom is again being assaulted. Not just by foreign threats, but by an increasingly tyrannical central government.

Robert Knight | May 22, 2013

Barack Obama says he is angry about the Internal Revenue Service singling out conservative and Tea Party groups for rough treatment, even though it may or may not have something to do with an anti-Muslim video.

Night Watch | May 22, 2013

Japanese government advisor Iijima had meetings with senior North Korean officials, including Kim Yong Nam. Kim is Chairman of the presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly and acts as the head of state for protocol purposes.

Tue, May 21, 2013

Crystal Wright | May 21, 2013

Wow, after five years of his loyal constituents supporting him and receiving nothing in return, it was nice to see President Obama address this year’s all black male Morehouse College graduates.

Rachel Marsden | May 21, 2013

If Fogle had spent sufficient time immersing himself in the Moscow culture, he would have learned that every guy you sit next to at the local bar is either affiliated in some way with the security services or knows someone who is. Until you're able to confidently ascertain the difference -- which Fogle clearly couldn't -- then you shouldn't be out trying to recruit anyone to spy for America, particularly as brazenly as Fogle did.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | May 21, 2013

For decades, African Americans have voted more reliably Democratic than any other ethnic or special interest group. President Obama himself received over 95% of the black vote in 2008 and 2012.

Rebecca Hagelin | May 21, 2013

Who knew that I would be a victim of the oppressive attacks of the IRS on people of conservative values and Christian faith. But I have, and it is a personal stinging reminder of how terribly close we are to losing all of our freedoms. Like many readers of my column, I have been watching accelerated attacks against Constitutional government, free speech, free markets, freedom of religion - you name it, we have lost much over the last few years.

John Hawkins | May 21, 2013

One of the most disturbing things about the IRS targeting Obama's political enemies for persecution is that many liberals seem to be perfectly fine with illegitimately using the power of government to hurt their political enemies.

Thomas Sowell | May 21, 2013

An all too familiar scene was enacted on the campus of Swarthmore College during a meeting on May 4th to discuss demands by student activists for the college to divest itself of its investments in companies that dealt in fossil fuels.

Rick Santorum | May 21, 2013

Last week, the Obama White House finally was exposed to Americans on both the left and right as the abusive and arrogant administration that it is. Throughout this presidency, we've seen examples of the constant abuse of power and living above the law. The executive orders on gun control, the assault on religious liberty through Obamacare and the refusal to enforce immigration laws to gain political favor are just a few among many. And last week, three more egregious offenses came to light that concern all freedom-loving Americans.

Chuck Norris | May 21, 2013

America has the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) and the UCP (ultimate clutch players). One is mixed martial artists, and the other is quarterbacks of the NFL. They all are athletic warriors who are extremely determined to win.

Mona Charen | May 21, 2013

Count me as irritable on the subject, but President Obama's imperious habit of suggesting that American diplomats work for him is offensive to democratic sensibilities.

Cal Thomas | May 21, 2013

Given last week's revelation that the IRS targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, it's worth recalling President Obama's Ohio State University commencement address. The president decried "voices" warning "that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner."

Dennis Prager | May 21, 2013

How would you react if a pro-death penalty president travelled across the country with parents of murdered children -- on behalf of capital punishment?

Pat Buchanan | May 21, 2013

No, this is not Watergate or Iran-Contra. Nor is it like the sex scandal that got Bill Clinton impeached.

Debra J. Saunders | May 21, 2013

Last week, Attorney General Eric Holder gave Washington a preview of how the last few months of the Obama administration are going to look, and they're going to be ugly.

John Ransom | May 21, 2013

Here’s Klein’s argument boiled down to the bones: We didn’t intend to cheat; we’re just so stupid that it had the same effect as cheating.

Phyllis Schlafly | May 21, 2013

The Gang of Eight immigration bill can be summed up as amnesty now, border closing never.

Bill Murchison | May 21, 2013

So sad, so affecting -- the cases of various newborns whose lives a Philadelphia jury found Dr. Kermit Gosnell to have taken through quick, deft application of scissors. The district attorney called Gosnell "a monster."

Michael Schaus | May 21, 2013

Imagine that: A government tax collection agency asked a bunch of citizens about their conversations with God. I guess we can chalk this up to the IRS’s complete disregard for Constitutional limitations, but does it strike anyone else as mildly anti-American?

Bill Tatro | May 21, 2013

The familiar saying used to be, “I can afford it, but I don’t want it.” Conversely, now it’s “I want it, but I can’t afford it.”

Roger Schlesinger | May 21, 2013

The quantitative easing that has been going on under the direction of Ben Bernanke and the Federal Reserve seems to have been with us almost half a life time, but it hasn't. It arrived after the beginning of the financial crisis, and was supposed to be a panacea, but it hasn't demonstrated to be the “do-all” solution to our financial problems.

Crista Huff | May 21, 2013

The acquisition leaves Yahoo! with another $4 billion cash-on-hand. Yahoo’s earnings were previously expected to grow 20% this year. Expect upward revisions to future earnings estimates.

Fred Lucas | May 21, 2013

During the Obama years, talk radio played a vital role in the formation of the Tea Party movement. They railed against a Democratic health care bill that eventually passed.

Ransom Notes Radio | May 21, 2013

Believe it or not, there are some people in Congress that can’t even wrap their mind around the power of the IRS. (And we wonder why there might be some abuse of power?) John Ransom talked with Bill Tatro about the recent White House scandals, and the coercive power of tax policy.

Mon, May 20, 2013

Byron York | May 20, 2013

There will be an event on Capitol Hill this week that will tell us a lot about the future of comprehensive immigration reform.

Andrew Marcus | May 20, 2013

That the Tea Party has been under attack is not exactly news to Tea Partiers, though we are grateful that the rest of the country has finally taken notice.

Rachel Alexander | May 20, 2013

With three full-blown scandals currently surrounding the Obama administration, there are too many “-gates” to name just one. There is the cover-up of the fatal Benghazi terrorist attack, the IRS targeting conservatives, and the Justice Department spying on members of the press.

Humberto Fontova | May 20, 2013

Protecting U.S. diplomats from terrorists on foreign soil is one thing. Protecting terror-sponsoring diplomats on U.S. soil quite another. Our State Department is currently under heavy fire for failing at the former.

Susan Combs | May 20, 2013

As tax collector for the nation’s second-largest state, I know it’s a necessary function — from the fire station to the space station, nothing government does is possible without taxes.

Armstrong Williams | May 20, 2013

Scandals are nothing new in Washington. Just about every president has faced an accusation of misconduct, whether moral or criminal. It should be no surprise that the Obama Administration would find itself in the midst of one, well actually 3 at present.

Tony Katz | May 20, 2013

Why do Conservatives insist on getting in their own way? They couldn’t have asked for a better week, one White House scandal following another like so many tumbling dominos.

Kathryn Lopez | May 20, 2013

The health of not just our citizens but our national soul demands that we do a better job, that we work hard to foster and nourish life, both in the womb and outside of it.

Kurt Schlichter | May 20, 2013

Some establishment types are shaking their heads as they warn conservatives that we must not politicize the Administration’s Benghazi bungling, its Obamacare shakedowns, its AP records grab or its IRS abuses.

Michael Barone | May 20, 2013

Chilling effect. That's the term lawyers and judges use to describe the result of government actions that deter people from exercising their right of free speech.

Star Parker | May 20, 2013

With the convictions in the case against abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell – three counts of murdering live babies and one count of involuntary manslaughter – abortion is back in the national discussion.

Mike Adams | May 20, 2013

My University, UNC-Wilmington, needs to change its name to The University of No Competition Whatsoever. We could still use the UNCW logo but our full name would more accurately reflect our educational priorities.

Katie Kieffer | May 20, 2013

American comedians are making a pile of cash with clean humor centered on guns, God and family.

Terry Paulson | May 20, 2013

Over the years, even when I haven't voted for a given President, I've always come to trust that, though they were committed to different priorities and policies, they still had America's best interests at heart. I no longer think you do.

John Ransom | May 20, 2013

I don’t believe in the Trilateral and Bilderberg conspiracies. But I do believe that our world leadership suffers from a severe case of intellectual, political and corporate inbreeding that’s led them to dangerous defects in their vision for which there is no cure but cultural, financial and social death.

Rich Galen | May 20, 2013

Having been back in the western world for about six hours, I am immersed in the growing triumvirate of scandals that are threatening to engulf President Barack Obama's second term.

Dan Holler | May 20, 2013

Controversies threaten President Obama's second-term agenda. As the IRS, Benghazi, and AP scandals engulf an administration long predicated on expanding government power, lawmakers in Washington are using the opportunity to push forward legislation along similarly misguided philosophical lines.

Matt Barber | May 20, 2013

Under President Obama, “justice” is anything but blind. Neither is it deaf. In fact, based on recent revelations, it appears to be watching your every move and listening to your every word.

Michael Tanner | May 20, 2013

Young people are unlikely to respond to Republicans as long as the party resembles a cross between their curmudgeonly grandfather and the preacher from Footloose.

Mark Baisley | May 20, 2013

The Democratic Party, and especially the outgoing Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, must be wondering if their confident stride over the past four years didn’t just gallop them right past a forbidden threshold.

Morgan Brittany | May 20, 2013

The IRS succeeded in shutting down the opposition and they were all high-fived and handsomely rewarded.

Shawn Mitchell | May 20, 2013

How, exactly, does a free people overthrow an abusive bureaucracy that, as David Axelrod asserts, is too vast for even the president to be aware of, let alone control?

Michael F. Cannon | May 20, 2013

These results are consistent with the Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll, which has always reported a higher level of support for the law than other polls, yet whose latest results show support for Obamacare slipping to just 35 percent of adults.

Sun, May 19, 2013

Gabriella Hoffman | May 19, 2013

"America is a nation of immigrants, built by immigrants and we need to honor that heritage by fixing our broken immigration system, while upholding the rule of law and championing legal immigration," said Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) in a statement last week when offering an amendment to the Schumer-Rubio immigration bill.

Austin Hill | May 19, 2013

“Is this still America?” Congressman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) asked rhetorically last Friday, as he and other members of the House Ways and Means Committee questioned IRS officials about the agency’s “targeting” scandal.

Doug Giles | May 19, 2013

Grab some popcorn, folks. Pull up a chair. Get yourself a 6 pack. No … a 12pack and join with me and other liberty-minded folks as we watch the Left finally sink their comedic and inquisitive teeth into the rotted flesh of the Hope &Crap Machine that we’ve been caterwauling about for the last five, seems like twenty, years.

Derek Hunter | May 19, 2013

Once upon a time, Democrats were concerned with infringements on civil liberties, when the president abusing power was someone they opposed and when the deaths of Americans bothered them.

Debra J. Saunders | May 19, 2013

Gov. Jerry Brown recently stepped in it when a reporter asked him about the Bay Bridge. In March, 32 of 96 key rods in the under-construction eastern span cracked after they were tightened.

Bruce Bialosky | May 19, 2013

There is so much to say about what happened in Benghazi and the aftermath that one almost does not know where to begin. It was certainly refreshing to watch the news conference the other day with the entire White House Press Corp all over Jay Carney for misleading them regarding the matter.

John Ransom | May 19, 2013

I don’t actually make up these conspiracy theories myself. I have help from other members of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy (VRWC), including the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and CBSNews.

Paul Greenberg | May 19, 2013

As it goes with these things, every day there is another drip. Which becomes a trickle, then a stream, and soon enough a flood. Maybe even a whole monsoon season. Scandals tend to multiply. It's not that some folks suddenly go bad, as an old boy once told me, it's that they're suddenly found out.

Kevin McCullough | May 19, 2013

Last week the executive branch of our nation's government seemed recklessly ignorant of nearly everything related to their job. For a group of highly educated, highly accomplished, highly perched folks who seem to regularly look down on regular Americans they seemed extraordinarily ignorant of things they should at least have basic knowledge of.

Michael Youssef | May 19, 2013

Politicians accuse each other of failure, which is to be expected. Each side has their “narrative,” and the truth often loses out (although I am thankful for the honest and courageous ones who do speak the truth).

James Allen | May 19, 2013

This week has revealed without a doubt that the Obama administration have three political scandals that the masters of spin cannot ignore.

Scott Carter | May 19, 2013

The only way to make good is to buy the physical gold. And that feat is only getting harder and harder to accomplish as more and more gold is being bought by Central Banks, Governments and average investors.

Night Watch | May 19, 2013

The effect of these deliveries is to deter a UN resolution approving creation of a no-fly zone in Syria, as occurred in Libya which evolved into a NATO air combat campaign with limited ground intervention.

Marita Noon | May 19, 2013

It may be too early to tell whether the three scandals will “define and destroy” Barack Obama’s presidency—but they do reveal a propensity to massage the message and reward their friends while destroying their enemies. And, there are more than the trifecta of troubles that make this point, there’s a six-pack of scandals.

Chris Edwards | May 19, 2013

Past IRS abuses have stemmed from foul play by both politicians and bureaucrats. As for the bureaucrats, investigations during the 1990s revealed how IRS enforcement had run amok, with abusive tactics being used against small businesses and other taxpayers.

Paul Jacob | May 19, 2013

Proponents of gun control are clearly showing their biases, and ignorant of the research on the subject of gun violence. But it's precisely when this is so clear that it's appropriate to take a step back and acknowledge our own biases, too.