Sat, Jun 29, 2013

Hugh Hewitt | June 29, 2013

For the politics of the immigration reform to be good, the substance of immigration reform must be great, not terribly flawed as it is in the Senate bill.

John Hawkins | June 29, 2013

Those who attack American culture and tradition should recall that historically, freedom and prosperity are the aberrations, not servitude and poverty.

John C. Goodman | June 29, 2013

The Supreme Court punted on the University of Texas affirmative action case the other day. But the issue won't seem to go away - except in California.

John Ransom | June 29, 2013

Instead Mr. Obama and his G8 posse of poseurs addressed the collapse of their carefully crafted, worldwide economy by saying: “Hey. Let’s tax the economy some more.”

Caroline Glick | June 29, 2013

After the September 11 attacks, the US pledged to wage a war of ideas in the Muslim world. And in Obama's foreign policy, we have such a war of ideas. The only problem is that all of his ideas are wrong.

Kathryn Lopez | June 29, 2013

The prayer vigil on a Saturday night was one of the opening acts of the Fortnight for Freedom, a two-week period of prayer, fasting, and education, led by Catholic bishops, but of importance to everyone no matter what their faith.

Kyle Olson | June 29, 2013

The Democratic Socialists of America is nothing more than a rabble-rousing group that wants to create dissention and attack the social and economic foundations that made America great.

Ed Feulner | June 29, 2013

Sure, the deficit picture has improved somewhat because of the fiscal cliff tax hikes and cuts in discretionary spending under the Budget Control Act. But a) our government is still carrying a huge load of debt, and b) this latest improvement certainly won’t last. In fact, absent real reform, it’s set to get much worse.

Daniel J. Mitchell | June 29, 2013

The late, great Margaret Thatcher famously said that “Socialist governments…always run out of other people’s money”. And “I love the smell of napalm in the morning” is an iconic line from Apocalypse Now. Thinking about the fiscal mess in Europe, I’m going to combine these two sentiments and state that, “I love it when statists run out of victims and start cannibalizing each other.”

Brian and Garrett Fahy | June 29, 2013

It has been said that the U.S. Senate is where good ideas go to die. In the context of immigration reform, the opposite is true: this week the Senate passed a bundle of mostly bad ideas, “comprehensive” immigration reform.

David Sterman | June 29, 2013

The question is whether the ongoing challenges in Europe, the incipient slump in China, Brazil and elsewhere, and the impact of our own weakness will lead to further weakness in the business sector.

Ransom Notes Radio | June 29, 2013

Ezra Klein might be an idiot. . . But at least he never made a fortune by selling politics disguised as science. Al Gore is at it again with outrageous claims based on . . . . err. . . “science.”

Crista Huff | June 29, 2013

Nike Inc. reported fourth quarter sales, earnings, and global futures which beat Wall Street estimates. Product innovation and sports events are driving top-line growth in most geographic regions.

Mike Shedlock | June 29, 2013

For starters there is scant evidence the treasury market is settling. Yield on the 10-year note is up to 2.517% today from 2.475% yesterday. The weekly action looks no different that similar consolidation action in the middle of May and the middle of June. After similar-looking consolidation periods, yields blasted higher each time.

Larry Kudlow | June 29, 2013

I'm not trying to paint a catastrophic picture. But I am suggesting that as the Fed tries to extricate itself from a balance-sheet-ballooning QE approach that I never favored, it won't find the process to be all that easy.

Charles Payne | June 29, 2013

This has been a great week for the merchants of hate that peddle politics of envy. Just look at the headlines:

Night Watch | June 29, 2013

Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan informed the National Assembly on Thursday that a four-member committee of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had been constituted to probe treason charges against former President Musharraf.

Steve Deace | June 29, 2013

If our elites really wanted to reform a broken system and save America, this is what they would do.

Bill Tatro | June 29, 2013

When asked why interest rates were rising so dramatically in the past few weeks, Bernanke inquisitively scratched his cheek, anxiously tightened his lips, surprisingly bowed his head, and responded, “Beats me, we’re all surprised.”

Fri, Jun 28, 2013

Humberto Fontova | June 28, 2013

The British government gives no indication that in the process of “promoting her father’s ideals” of glory Aleida Guevara presented the slightest offense to Britain’s “standards and values.”

Cal Thomas | June 28, 2013

Today's "that goes too far" easily becomes tomorrow's "right" with a morally vacuous media leading the charge and a morally exhausted people who are afraid to say "stop," for fear they'll be labeled "bigots."

Ken Blackwell | June 28, 2013

If Judea and Samaria should ever be given up to the Arabs by any imposed Mideast peace settlement, Jerusalem and the Coastal Plain would be in jeopardy.

Rich Galen | June 28, 2013

The President is on a goodwill trip to Africa, while back here in our nation's capital it was one of the most important weeks in the history of the Republic.

Todd Starnes | June 28, 2013

The New Yorker marked the Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act with a cover painting of two beloved Sesame Street characters getting unusually affectionate.

Matt Towery | June 28, 2013

Delving into the merits of the central issues involved in all of the major decisions handed down by the Supreme Court on these matters will obscure a valuable silver lining for devotees of our constitutional framers.

Michelle Malkin | June 28, 2013

Forget Paula Deen. There are far more dangerous bigots and poisonous haters spoiling the American landscape.

Mark Davis | June 28, 2013

Here in Texas, the new heroine of pro-choice America is an interesting installation on the throne of radical pro-choice admiration.

Michael Barone | June 28, 2013

The decisions, which tend to restrain branches of government from interfering with each other, were the product of no single coalition. No justice voted with the majority in all four cases, but each voted with the majority in two or three. A thought-provoking session.

Jonah Goldberg | June 28, 2013

It's the abortion-rights extremists who boil down the vast range of issues and choices raised by the term "women's health" to a single issue: sexual reproduction, as if women were nothing more than breeders. And yet conservatives are the ones who're called sexists.

David Limbaugh | June 28, 2013

The totalitarian political left proves every day its relentless determination to complete President Obama's stated goal of fundamentally transforming this country. The political right can either wake up to this reality and unite in promoting a better vision or stand by and watch its children's future disintegrate.

Mona Charen | June 28, 2013

Many commentators on United States v. Windsor have offered the view that the decision was not far-reaching, that it didn't enshrine same-sex marriage as a constitutional right and that therefore the struggle continues. Don't believe it for a minute. Windsor is a stealth Roe.

John Ransom | June 28, 2013

In the wake of hacking attacks on financial, intelligence and defense assets here in the U.S. that have been consistently reported for over 15 years in the United States, it’s time to label China what it really is: a terrorist nation.

Pat Buchanan | June 28, 2013

What the Supreme Court did Tuesday, in letting the South out of the box, is to declare that, as this is not 1965, you cannot use abuses that date to 1965, but have long since disappeared, to justify indefinite federal discrimination against the American South.

Suzanne Fields | June 28, 2013

From the intersection of politics and culture, the scene of endless traffic jams, we see the sloppy self-righteousness of political celebrity writ large.

Fred J. Eckert | June 28, 2013

Little of anything that the Obama Administration has said or done regarding Benghazi makes sense.

Diana West | June 28, 2013

One point I always try to highlight when I talk about my new book, "American Betrayal," is the inspiration of the truth-tellers.

Linda Chavez | June 28, 2013

The Supreme Court waited until its last week in session to hand down three of its most controversial decisions: two involving race and a third involving gay marriage.

Donald Lambro | June 28, 2013

Forget everything you've been told by President Obama about the economy getting "stronger" or heard on the nightly news about the "solid" recovery.

Kyle Olson | June 28, 2013

Some might suggest that the Portland, Oregon, school district spends far too much for the services of a left-wing organization that promotes some pretty silly ideas about race relations.

Ransom Notes Radio | June 28, 2013

You didn’t think the Fed was serious when they said they might consider (at some undetermined time in the near – or distant – future) possibly tapering QE? Because. . . They weren’t. Also: Dan Epstein, with Cause of Action, joined the program to discuss the broken promise of government transparency.

Bob Beauprez | June 28, 2013

While the "hope" portion of the original campaign theme continues to be elusive, the evidence of what kind of "change" Barack Obama envisioned continues to mount.

Devon Herrick | June 28, 2013

The Obama administration, health care providers, and advocates for the poor have all been touting the supposed benefits of Medicaid expansion. What is missing from the proponents’ claims of huge windfalls is a thorough discussion of the costs, obstacles, alternatives, and potential pitfalls that make Medicaid expansion a bad deal for states.

Night Watch | June 28, 2013

The Syrian losses are tragic, but these numbers appear to be part of the propaganda campaign aimed at increasing western support for the opposition.

Charles Payne | June 28, 2013

The first leg of President Obama's trip to Africa begins in the nation of Senegal. The nation is 94% Muslim, its official language is French, and it is home to a statue larger than the Statue of Liberty. African Renaissance is a colossal copper statue that cost the nation more than $20.0 million plus a large swath of land paid to its North Korean builders.

Lincoln Brown | June 28, 2013

In order to divert attention from the NSA, IRS, a foreign policy that is DOA, dying union support, a health care policy that resembles a plate of dried spaghetti and a non-existent immigration policy, the old cowhand from Chicago reverted to an oldie but goodie on Tuesday: Saving the environment.

Shawn Mitchell | June 28, 2013

Evidence of the administration’s incompetence, policy fails, and dirty deeds is piling up as fast as the worthless national media can be dragged and shamed into grudgingly reporting it. But don’t fool yourself that liberals will be reflective, conciliatory, or interested in fence-mending.

Mike Shedlock | June 28, 2013

To be completely fair, problems in France (Spain, Greece, Italy, etc) cannot be pinned entirely on the euro. However, it is 100% certain the euro exacerbated existing problems, and in a major way. Instead of being a savior, the Euro has been more like an anchor to most of the economies in the eurozone.

Daniel J. Mitchell | June 28, 2013

If young people in Europe were a company, I would be telling you to sell the stock. Why? Well, because politicians want to help them.

Thu, Jun 27, 2013

Jedediah Bila | June 27, 2013

One of the best lines of advice I've ever gotten came from my aunt Rose in the third grade: "Stop complaining about what you don't like, and do what you can to change it." I took her advice that afternoon, had a much better school year because of it, and promised myself I'd never forget her words of wisdom.

Cliff May | June 27, 2013

The Hashemite Kingdom may be more resilient than people think.

Michael Brown | June 27, 2013

As gay activists celebrate the overturning of DOMA, my heart goes out to them, since I know this social experiment is ultimately doomed to failure.

Paul Kengor | June 27, 2013

With the Supreme Court giving a major boost to gay marriage, liberals face fewer impediments to their relentless push for fatherless (and motherless) families.

John Hanlon | June 27, 2013

“The more I study the war… the less I understand it,” director Ron Maxwell noted in a recent interview about his latest film, Copperhead. The noted filmmaker—who previously helmed Gettysburg (1993) and Gods and Generals (2003) — explores the battle from a unique viewpoint in his new drama.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | June 27, 2013

People are often applauded as heroes, as they should be, when they help others. But what happens when a well-intended action results in unanticipated harm?

Victor Davis Hanson | June 27, 2013

Like Rome, America apparently can coast for a long time on the fumes of its wonderful political heritage and economic dynamism -- even if both are little understood or appreciated by most who still benefit from them.

Larry Elder | June 27, 2013

If celebrity cook Paula Deen is out because of her decades-old private use of the "n" word, what about its public AND private use by MSNBC's Al Sharpton? What about HBO host Bill Maher's use of the "c" word?

John Ransom | June 27, 2013

Barack Obama had one of his most awesome reality TV events of the year last week when he fired central bank chairman Ben Bernanke on PBS with liberal mope and host Charlie Rose moderating.

Michael Reagan | June 27, 2013

Here's a newsflash, folks. It's 2013. Racism is not extinct and never will be as long as human beings walk the Earth. But despite President Obama's constant efforts to persuade his low-information constituencies otherwise, examples of overt or institutionalized racism are harder to find in America today than a rotary pay phone or a Studebaker.

Cal Thomas | June 27, 2013

If the Court sees at least one of its past decisions in need of updating in light of progress on civil rights, shouldn't the greatest civil right of all -- the right to life -- be re-visited?

Steve Chapman | June 27, 2013

Political advocates often yearn for simpler times and simpler causes. Conservative hawks, nostalgic for the clarity of World War II, see every aggressive nation as Nazi Germany.

Emmett Tyrrell | June 27, 2013

For four decades the American people have been perplexed by "affirmative action," "quotas" and all the circumlocutions that have accumulated around them.What has the Supreme Court trying been trying to tell us with these bewildering decisions?

Kyle Olson | June 27, 2013

Despite all of her nutty racially-charged rhetoric, when Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis speaks, people listen.

Ransom Notes Radio | June 27, 2013

Nick Loris with the Flat Earth Society (also known as the Heritage Foundation) came on the program to discuss President Obama’s most recent climate initiatives. Obviously a war on coal is exactly what this country needs. . . Nothing like some more job killing, expensive regulations (aimed at driving up the price of energy) to bring this anemic recovery to a screeching halt.

Charles Payne | June 27, 2013

In addition to taking shots at those of us in the Flat Earth Society, President Obama pointed out his intent to kill coal and to pay the expenses of poor nations around the world to keep up with his vision.

Bob Goldman | June 27, 2013

Management doesn't justify this corporate snoopathon by admitting it wants this information on their employees' lives, just to make sure the company is doing all it can to make those lives miserable.

Daniel J. Mitchell | June 27, 2013

I have one warning to my gay friends: you better look before you leap. The internal revenue code punishes two-earner couples who are married.

Michael Schaus | June 27, 2013

Despite the fact that I consider the prevailing majority of Facebook posts to be among the largest culprits of wasted broadband, I do hold a certain amount of awe for the internet. Ideas can be spread, information disseminated, and cute kitten pictures shared. While there is an amazing amount of debauchery and misinformation on the world-wide-interwebs, it still stands as a relatively unrestricted, lightly regulated and highly accessible wealth of opportunity.

Night Watch | June 27, 2013

Talks between the United States and Russia to set up a Syrian peace conference next month in Geneva produced no deal on Tuesday. Negotiators failed to agree on the timing and the participants.

Mike Shedlock | June 27, 2013

Most analysts are totally clueless about gold and gold markets. They cite jewelry, mining production, central bank sales, and all sorts of other irrelevant factors in their analysis.

Crista Huff | June 27, 2013

The American Medical Association is recommending banning the sale of energy drinks to people under age 18.

Wed, Jun 26, 2013

Ann Coulter | June 26, 2013

After the bad news on gay marriage out of the Supreme Court this week, here's some good news for conservatives: Demographics are on our side!

Ben Shapiro | June 26, 2013

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of the United States doubled down on the newly popular perspective that same-sex marriage opponents are motivated by hate and nastiness.

Peter Roff | June 26, 2013

The Air Force is already behind schedule on building the new Space Fence. They need to get started as soon as possible. We cannot wait until we see the full effect a space junk collision will have on our military, economy and way of life to determine that this is an incredibly important project.

Jeff Jacoby | June 26, 2013

It's an old refrain, erroneous but popular: Israel must make peace with the Palestinians — "peace" being defined as the creation of a 22nd Arab state — before high Arab birthrates turn the Jews into a minority in their own land.

Scottie Hughes | June 26, 2013

The ultimate goal is clear -- to neuter America’s military as an effective fighting machine and encourage the development of a global “peacekeeping” force.

Rich Galen | June 26, 2013

It's now official -- America is the France of the 21st century.

Michelle Malkin | June 26, 2013

Meet Ryan Patrick Winkler. He's a 37-year-old liberal Minnesota state legislator with a B.A. in history from Harvard University and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. He's also a coward, a bigot, a liar and a textbook example of plantation progressivism.

Walter E. Williams | June 26, 2013

This is the classic method of busybodies and tyrants; they start out with something trivial or small and then magnify and extend it. If these people are successful in banning the use of Indian names for football teams, you can bet the rent money that won't end their agenda.

Brent Bozell | June 26, 2013

A federal judge has finally selected a trial date for accused Fort Hood mass-murderer Nidal Malik Hasan -- July 9. We'll see if it actually happens. If you've forgotten that mass shooting, then the media had scored a point for President Obama. The Pentagon dismissed the terrorist attack as "workplace violence," the Obama media nodded in agreement and the massacre vanished from public memory.

Jonah Goldberg | June 26, 2013

While the GOP increasingly looks like the fight scene in the movie "Anchorman," the Democrats under New York Sen. Charles Schumer's leadership look like Snow White's dwarfs, whistling while they work.

Bob Barr | June 26, 2013

What strategic national security interests does the U.S. gain from fanning the flames of factional fighting by arming Syrian rebels?

Julie Borowski | June 26, 2013

Many Americans have probably read about oppressive governments in history books and thought, “Why didn’t the people stand up and stop this from happening?” In hindsight, it just seems so obvious that the people should have noticed and protested government overstepping its bounds.

Terry Jeffrey | June 26, 2013

When President Obama explained his plan to save the planetary climate in a speech delivered at Georgetown University on Tuesday, he did not mention cattle, but he did state his desire "to make sure that we're not seeing methane emissions." Some of those, the government has made clear, are of bovine origin.

Fred J. Eckert | June 26, 2013

It’s always interesting to notice what the mainstream media emphasizes when reporting on a speech delivered by Barack Obama – and always even more interesting to notice what they choose not to bother questioning.

Austin Bay | June 26, 2013

During the 2012 Mexican presidential campaign, candidate Enrique Pena Nieto assured voters that if elected he would pursue a new and far less violent approach to reducing the threat to national order posed by Mexico's criminal cartels.

Paul Greenberg | June 26, 2013

For every action in American politics, there is not just an opposite and equal reaction but an opposite and more than equal over-reaction.

Donald Lambro | June 26, 2013

The hunt for fugitive Edward Snowden, wanted on espionage charges, has all the elements of a John le Carre spy novel.

Kyle Olson | June 26, 2013

It’s hard to see how supporting the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution could sentence one to an eternity in hell, but maybe in their ultimate wisdom, teachers union leaders know more than we do.

Jacob Sullum | June 26, 2013

The New York Times reports that George Zimmerman's murder trial, which began on Monday in Sanford, Fla., is "spotlighting Florida's Stand Your Ground law," even though "that law has not been invoked in this case."

Ken Connor | June 26, 2013

While the Left is quick to point out that it was the Enlightenment, not Christianity, that influenced the formation of our country and our constitution, our Founding Fathers did not for a moment suppose that the American experiment could succeed without the aid of religion.

Ralph Benko | June 26, 2013

NYU’s Nouriel Roubini is a very elite public intellectual. Together with Princeton’s Prof. Paul Krugman Prof. Roubini is one of the most acidly eloquent critics of gold.

Kristan Hawkins | June 26, 2013

Unfortunately, we live in a world where our President calls Sandra Fluke on the phone, but ignores the families of Benghazi.

Daniel J. Mitchell | June 26, 2013

I’ve never figured out why soccer is so popular in some parts of the world. What’s the point of watching people run up and down a field for 90 minutes when the result is usually a 0-0 tie?

Dan Epstein | June 26, 2013

Congress should also consider establishing an Office of Inspector General independent of and with oversight over the Board. Otherwise, the Supreme Court battle does little to deter the misconduct in which the Board can engage, scot-free.

Charles Payne | June 26, 2013

Monday, in a strange outburst Dallas Federal Reserve chief Richard Fisher calmed the market by calling on investors to stop acting like feral hogs.

Ransom Notes Radio | June 26, 2013

China is having credit problems, Europe is struggling with unemployment, and Central Bankers are just now starting to figure this out. . . Too bad they didn’t listen to Ransom Notes Radio. Mike Shedlock joins the program to discuss the impact of China’s trouble with credit.

Mike Shedlock | June 26, 2013

In theory the central bank could paper over this mess with massive amounts of liquidity, but in practice, such action will either further fuel China's immense structural problems, or more likely, the credit bubble in China has gotten as big as it is going to get, no matter what the Central bank does.

John Stossel | June 26, 2013

It's as if the government is still run by the Puritans who settled this land four centuries ago. If we banned every activity that had the potential to become addictive, we'd have to ban fatty foods, sex, alcohol and investing in the stock market. Life means risk.

Tue, Jun 25, 2013

Todd Starnes | June 25, 2013

A Louisiana lawman is livid over the federal government’s decision to cut off funds for two programs to help troubled young people -- all, he says, because he refused to sign a pledge to bar prayer or any mention of God at their meetings.

Tony Katz | June 25, 2013

As Animal House said it, "Fat, Drunk and Stupid is no way to go through life." Yet, on the "culture war," conservatives continue to act just like that -- with those who would rather invest in establishment instead of TV, film, music, art and literature, people ignorant that they're losing ground to Progressives every day.

Tim Phillips | June 25, 2013

This was a great victory for House fiscal conservatives and Americans as we stopped a trillion dollar monstrosity.

Alan Sears | June 25, 2013

Conscience, guided by history, taught the Founders that governments which chose one denomination over another were governments headed toward despotism. So they not only barred the government from choosing one over another but even from interfering with religion in practice.

Bill Murchison | June 25, 2013

The Waw-uh -- as some in my neck of the woods probably still call the Late Unpleasantness of 1861 to 1865 -- may be over officially, but we can depend on the federal government prolong it for as long as possible.

Armstrong Williams | June 25, 2013

We should not waste our blood or treasure playing kingmaker to those that revile us.

Michael Brown | June 25, 2013

It was Dietrich Bonhoeffer who said, “The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world it leaves to its children.” What kind of world are we leaving to our children? What kind of world are we creating for them?

Rachel Marsden | June 25, 2013

I'm sure the Russians are making Snowden comfortable during this little stopover, offering our reluctant hero a shoulder on which to cry and spill out all the secrets in his little heart.

Thomas Sowell | June 25, 2013

Edmund Burke said, "There is no safety for honest men, but by believing all possible evil of evil men." Evil men do not always snarl. Some smile charmingly. Those are the most dangerous.

Rick Santorum | June 25, 2013

Several months ago, I agreed to write this weekly column and to use it not just to express my views, but to express the views we shared with the many thousands of Americans we met on the campaign trail last year.

Byron York | June 25, 2013

There was a striking moment in the Senate Judiciary Committee's debate on the Gang of Eight's comprehensive immigration reform bill when Republican Jeff Sessions and Democrat Charles Schumer argued over the number of immigrants who would be allowed into the country under the new legislation.

Chuck Norris | June 25, 2013

Being about a week away from Independence Day, I was doing a little reflecting upon the history surrounding the Declaration of Independence. And I thought it would be of equal interest to many of my readers to look at some often-overlooked aspects of the declaration's production and legacy.

John Hawkins | June 25, 2013

If you want to know what's wrong with the Republican Party wrapped up in one pretty package, like the head in the box at the end of Seven, all you have to do is look at the latest amnesty disaster that was created by a gang of Republican idiots in the Senate.

Michael Barone | June 25, 2013

Often one of the two major parties is in disarray. Today, unusually, both of them are.

David Limbaugh | June 25, 2013

Liberals are always talking about fairness, but how fair would this bill be to the 4 1/2 million immigrants who are trying diligently to play by the rules?

Mona Charen | June 25, 2013

Immigration needs reform, but there is no rush. This bill is a tangle of controls, mandates, bureaucratic empowerment and internal contradictions.

Cal Thomas | June 25, 2013

Instead of more navel-gazing, Republicans must seize the future rather than hold on to the past.

Dennis Prager | June 25, 2013

When I was in high school, I went without lunch for a month in order to pay for my first stereo system.

Pat Buchanan | June 25, 2013

This decision to put women in combat represents a capitulation of the military brass, a surrender to the spirit of our age, the Pentagon's salute to feminist ideology.

Debra J. Saunders | June 25, 2013

National Journal's Ron Fournier wrote a strong column about why he doesn't care whether National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden is a hero or a traitor. To Fournier, that's "the wrong question. The Snowden narrative matters mostly to White House officials trying to deflect attention from government overreach and deception, and to media executives in search of an easy storyline to serve a celebrity-obsessed audience."

Paul Greenberg | June 25, 2013

Even a president of the United States, especially a president of the United States, needs a trip to some fantasy island of his choice when things at home get hard to take, and what he really wants to do is change the subject.

Phyllis Schlafly | June 25, 2013

Under the media's radar, Obama has been aggressively promoting one of his fiscally extravagant projects announced in his 2013 State of the Union Address: the plan for the federal government to take over the care of preschool children.

Kyle Olson | June 25, 2013

Public school apologists gathered at the state capitol last week to once again complain about education reform and Republican legislators.It’s a broken record that has fallen on increasingly deaf ears among citizens who are tired of the teachers union whining and making excuses.

Marvin Olasky | June 25, 2013

Journalism 1 and 2 at Newton (Mass.) High School in the late 1960s: the only journalism courses I ever took, and just behind typing in the eighth grade as the most valuable I ever had. The journalism teacher, Jacqueline Wollan, was a smart and willowy 26-year-old. All the guys were in love with her, and she taught us the six lovely questions reporters ask: Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?

Michael Schaus | June 25, 2013

One of the greatest threats of a growing government is the opportunity for abuse, corruption and general disregard for individual liberty. And while the IRS is reeling from their own experiment in Big-Brother-meets-Jimmy-Hoffa style of governance, the New York State Attorney General is anxious to follow suit.

Chris Edwards | June 25, 2013

It’s a good thing that the farm bill failed to pass the House, but it is disturbing that about three-quarters of Republicans voted in favor of this massive spending bill.

Tad DeHaven | June 25, 2013

I imagine most citizens would be surprised at how much of the money their state government spends originates in Washington.

Bill Tatro | June 25, 2013

Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC recently raised their year-end target on the S&P 500 from 1575—1625 to 1650—1700, an approximate 5% increase. In addition, the mainstream media has just boldly proclaimed, “Retirement savers: it’s not too late for stocks.”

Daniel J. Mitchell | June 25, 2013

The IRS is worthy of scorn. It is a bloated bureaucracy that routinely violates the rights of taxpayers. But even I didn’t think it was possible for a collection of bureaucrats to display the blithering incompetence necessary to send $46 million of handouts to nearly 24,000 fake returns filed from a single address.

Mike Shedlock | June 25, 2013

A one percentage point rise in rates affects affordability by 10-11%. With mortgage rates up 1 3/8 to 1 3/4 points, that equates to a rise in monthly payments (or a drop in affordability) by as much as 17%.

Roger Schlesinger | June 25, 2013

Subprime loans were less than 10% of all mortgage loans, and the liar loans were probably around 1 to 2% of all mortgage loans. Neither the subprime, nor the subprime liar loans caused the financial crisis of 2008-present. What they did do is allow people without traditional sources of income, or great credit or large reserves a chance to get a property and work their way out of their deficiencies.

Charles Payne | June 25, 2013

This week the biggest news out of Washington will be President Obama's updated battle against global warming. It's not enough to win the counterfactual war that the administration saved America from a Great Depression, but how about saving the entire planet from Armageddon!

Robert Knight | June 25, 2013

Given the sheer volume of bizarre cultural shifts just in the last few weeks, it’s time for another “if I were the devil” column.

Mon, Jun 24, 2013

Jack Kerwick | June 24, 2013

“War is hell.” Daniel Somers and his family didn’t need Sherman to tell them this. Somers was a distinguished Iraq War veteran who killed himself on June 10.

Kevin Theriot | June 24, 2013

In May, the Obama administration reached an agreement with the University of Montana after the Department of Justice investigated it for improperly handling “sexual harassment” cases. Yet it appears the measures put forward in the agreement may make matters worse instead of better.

Nita Ghei | June 24, 2013

It is becoming increasingly apparent that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is going to make health care unaffordable to a shockingly large number of poor people—many of them single and childless.

Phil Kerpen | June 24, 2013

Stories about the declining state of American infrastructure are everywhere -- road and bridges, airports, railways, water and sewer systems. There's never enough money, and we're always being forced as taxpayers to pay more. But there is one type of infrastructure that has had a remarkable boom: broadband Internet.

Rebecca Hagelin | June 24, 2013

We can’t forget the truth: Hope comes from God. And hope which will not be disappointed is rooted in deep faith in our Creator, not the platitudes of an ordinary man – not even the president.

Rachel Alexander | June 24, 2013

A whistleblower has exposed the National Security Administration’s warrantless spying on millions of ordinary Americans, and conservatives are divided in their reactions. Dick Cheney and Michele Bachmann are calling former NSA contractor Edward Snowden a traitor. This may be the only time I ever disagree with them.

Todd Starnes | June 24, 2013

A member of the U.S. Army Band who said he was reprimanded for having anti-Obama bumper stickers on his personal car, serving Chick-fil-A sandwiches at a party and reading books written by conservative authors like Sean Hannity was found guilty of three Article 15 charges.

Rich Galen | June 24, 2013

The summits that President Obama attended with Xi and Putin do not appear to have had the hoped-for results: Better relations between the countries involved.

Star Parker | June 24, 2013

When the majority of the American people see the grave moral problem of late-term abortion, shouldn’t they hear from their President? Shouldn't he defend the legality of this moral outrage?

John Ransom | June 24, 2013

Given the proclivities of the administration to impale themselves on the sharp edge of many of their policies, it’s no wonder they have no time for the economy, jobs, the war in Afghanistan, the immigration reform, budgets, national security briefings and all the other effluvia of governing. What with vacations and stopping the whistle blowers, time is short.

Katie Kieffer | June 24, 2013

If you see just one movie this summer, make it Copperhead.

Matt Barber | June 24, 2013

“I became convinced that noncooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Dan Holler | June 24, 2013

As evidence by last week’s rush to embrace a phony border security amendment, too many in the Republican Establishment are fixated on immigration reform as merely a quick fix political strategy.

Morgan Brittany | June 24, 2013

This begs the question; why would certain IRS employees get more hefty bonuses when they have proven themselves to be nothing but incompetent?

Bob Beauprez | June 24, 2013

The so-called Hoeven-Corker amendment specifically gives the Secretary of Homeland Security the sole discretion to waive the provisions to build hundreds of miles of new fencing and the installation of technological equipment to aid in securing the border.

Mike Shedlock | June 24, 2013

With speculators borrowing millions to day trade on 300% leverage utilizing an "endless" supply of margin, and some utility stocks swing 7% every day ... inquiring minds may be asking "what can possibly go wrong with that?"

Daniel J. Mitchell | June 24, 2013

I understand that Snowden presumably wants to go someplace where he can’t be snatched by American officials, but he will cross the line and unambiguously become a traitor in my eyes if he gives sensitive material to unfriendly foreign governments.

Political Calculations | June 24, 2013

Does the Fed care about Wall Street's professional investors? The Fed secretly believes that they're a bunch of pansies.

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Austin Hill | June 23, 2013

The headlines were telling, but the caption on the protester’s sign said it all: Brazil Woke Up.

Paul Jacob | June 23, 2013

Millions of people, around the world, are taking to the streets. But will they protest the real culprit, identify the real sources of their misery?

Derek Hunter | June 23, 2013

A 33-year-old man died this week in a fiery car crash in the early morning hours in Los Angeles. A tragedy, as it is when anyone dies before their time. But this man's name was Michael Hastings, and his death set off a week of media praise and adulation about his all-too-short life that is telling in more ways than anything the subject of it ever exposed.

John Ransom | June 23, 2013

Liberals get to write off other taxes they pay, like state taxes, when they do their federal tax return. Is that THEIR subsidy that they now owe me? Maybe the next GOP president will put the NSA-IRS-M-O-U-S-E on THEM.

Doug Giles | June 23, 2013

I wish the craven evangelical ministers would grow some cojones like “The Priests for Life” obviously have and start rebuking politicians who claim union with Christ while proposing and supporting legislation that’s spawned in the abyss.

Debra J. Saunders | June 23, 2013

For most of the first half of my life, I lived in or near Boston. Usually, I am proud of my hometown, its history, its universities and its spirit. After the Boston Marathon bombings, Beantown united under the phrase "Boston Strong."

Bruce Bialosky | June 23, 2013

When Barack Obama won reelection I was a little down. Oh, of course you could assume the obvious reason was because of four more years of a totally unqualified leftist running our country. But I did not want to spend four more years just writing columns bashing the indefensible.

Steve Chapman | June 23, 2013

If a person in government says the sun will come up tomorrow, it's sensible to believe that person -- but not until the first rays seep over the horizon. Skepticism is even more justified when the government has been caught hiding something from the public and needs to excuse the secrecy.

Rich Tucker | June 23, 2013

The auto industry, of course, is a prime example of what happens when the government intervenes.

Political Calculations | June 23, 2013

Certain doom isn't imminent, it's just lurking around the corner.

James Allen | June 23, 2013

1. Borders: Let’s be honest, wars can be settled through diplomatic rational discussion. Foreign policy is just based on fear, and we all know neo-cons use that fear to get elected. If we just leave people alone, all the money saved on immigration reform and border security could subsidize more time off work to protest, and then Tibet can finally be free.

Night Watch | June 23, 2013

The conditions are emerging for serious violent clashes in the major Egyptian cities in nine days.

Marita Noon | June 23, 2013

The White House Office of Management and Budget raised the cost of a metric ton of carbon from the current $23.80 to $38.00 in 2015—which gives the administration “justification to be more aggressive than they otherwise would be,” explained Jeff Holmstead, air quality chief at the Environmental Protection Agency under President George W. Bush.

Mike Shedlock | June 23, 2013

It's tough to find a job everywhere: in the US, in China, in Europe, and in India. Think education is the answer? I don't.

Daniel J. Mitchell | June 23, 2013

With frightening legislation such as Obamacare, tax hikes, and Dodd-Frank, no wonder about two out of three people have a very or somewhat negative view of Washington.

Mark Baisley | June 23, 2013

"I figured that you would exchange the fruit of your labor for the assurance of a splendid speech. Every village seems to have a fat woodsman. I roam the earth, finding my meals sitting on a throne.”