Sat, Aug 10, 2013

Ransom Notes Radio | August 10, 2013

Amity Shlaes, author of Coolidge, joined the program to talk about the tools necessary for real economic prosperity, and the mistakes of today’s White House.

John Hawkins | August 10, 2013

If the mainstream media were a college class, Republicans would be taking advanced calculus taught by a short tempered professor from South Korea with bad English, while Democrats would be taking remedial reading pass/fail.

John C. Goodman | August 10, 2013

Republicans are virtually unanimous about one thing: They want to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). But what would they replace it with?

John Ransom | August 10, 2013

the money that the government spent this time around didn’t go to value-creating activities like freeing occupied Europe. It’s more like it ensured the enslavement of Americans.

Caroline Glick | August 10, 2013

This week, after a three-and-a-half-year delay, US Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was finally placed on trial for massacring 13 and wounding 32 at Ft. Hood, Texas, on November 5, 2009

Kathryn Lopez | August 10, 2013

As we face decisive junctures as a culture and country and challenges about who we are as a people, it's good to have leaders paving the way, providing prayer and charity, leadership and partnership. What an example to follow.

Paul Greenberg | August 10, 2013

When is a coup not a coup? When it's "a complex and difficult issue." That was the unconvincing word from White House press secretary Jay Carney when he was asked about Egypt's latest coup

Political Calculations | August 10, 2013

It has been several months since we last featured an update of our statistical analysis of the trends in new jobless claims in the U.S., which is mostly by design on our part.

Crista Huff | August 10, 2013

The stock of smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd. is up today on rumors that the company is considering going private.

Bill Tatro | August 10, 2013

Several times in the past, both on the airwaves and in print, I have implied that the President of the United States is a fascist. Consequently, the repercussions on both sides of the argument have been volcanic.

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 10, 2013

I like tax havens for the simple reason that we need some ways of restraining the greed of the political class.

Charles Payne | August 10, 2013

We all known about the notion of getting a lump of coal in our Christmas stocking, but maybe this year coal could be the hottest thing to own when the holidays come around.

Mike Shedlock | August 10, 2013

The question on my mind today is "When will the Spanish banking system collapse?" Spain's exposure to Portuguese sovereign debt and unrealized losses on real estate loans are two reasons a collapse in inevitable.

Jeff Crouere | August 10, 2013

In the end, Nero was undone by his pettiness; his tyranny and his extravagance. This week, as his country is in the midst of a poor economy and his citizens are not allowed to visit the White House because of budget cuts, the President and his family will be taking another extravagant vacation at Martha’s Vineyard

Steve Deace | August 10, 2013

Because RINO isn’t harsh enough, and gutless doesn’t sting someone who’s already an acknowledged coward.

Fri, Aug 09, 2013

Rich Galen | August 09, 2013

With the stroke of a pen Putin put Russia at a level with the United States in the eyes of the rest of the world.

Michelle Malkin | August 09, 2013

Yuck. Is there a woman in his sights that pervy Democratic San Diego Mayor Bob Filner hasn't harassed, molested, insulted, propositioned, groped, headlocked or slobbered on while holding public office?

Mark Davis | August 09, 2013

I’m trying hard not to obsess about the 2016 presidential campaign. The election is more than three years away, the campaigns two years away from kicking off in earnest

Brent Bozell | August 09, 2013

The Washington Post is a legend in the minds of the Washington elite, so its financial decline has caused quiet panic. As NPR media reporter David Folkenflik put it, "You think of stories like the Pentagon Papers, Watergate, these are all stories where The Washington Post led the nation's understanding, the world's understanding of some major issues."

Michael Barone | August 09, 2013

What is the most intellectually dishonest profession around? My nomination: the admissions officers at highly selective colleges and universities.

John Ransom | August 09, 2013

“Hey honey,” says a man over coffee in Overland Park, Kansas while reading the paper. “Didn’t we pay that ‘Saving Detroit’ bill this month?”

Pat Buchanan | August 09, 2013

"There have been times when they slip back into Cold War thinking," said President Obama in his tutorial with Jay Leno.

Suzanne Fields | August 09, 2013

Every generation confronts its own obstacles. My parents eloped because they couldn't afford to get married, and they hid the nuptials from their families for a year.

Diana West | August 09, 2013

These are the men and women who refused to stay silent and thus enable the "betrayal" the book lays out -- engineered by a de facto Communist "occupation" of Washington by American traitors loyal to Stalin and, even more heartbreaking, largely covered up by successive U.S. administrations and elites.

Humberto Fontova | August 09, 2013

I can tell you from decades of and heart-breaking work from our center here in Key West that in the Florida straits every week is shark week

Matt Towery | August 09, 2013

When he sought political redemption and won the presidency in 1968, his campaign signs and banners bore an unusually "hip" theme for his party and that decade -- they declared, "Nixon's the One."

Linda Chavez | August 09, 2013

President Obama's decision to cancel his planned trip to Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin was the right thing to do in light of Russia's decision to grant asylum to Edward Snowden. But it also illustrates problems of the president's own making.

Paul Greenberg | August 09, 2013

Dear Ex-Marine...

Donald Lambro | August 09, 2013

Another weak jobs report came out last week, drawing yawns from Democrats, excuses from the White House, and shallow reporting from the media.

Ransom Notes Radio | August 09, 2013

Watch out. . . When Obama says he’s going to renew his focus on something, you can bet things are about to get worse.

Bob Beauprez | August 09, 2013

Some rules are needed to keep order in a society, promote fair dealing, safety, etc. But, regulation isn't free. The cost of compliance is added to everything that is grown, mined, manufactured, processed, sold, and consumed.

Night Watch | August 09, 2013

Egyptians, not foreign mediators, can and will solve this problem. Outside mediation is a distraction that buys time for both sides to justify their positions and to prepare for an inevitable confrontation.

David Sterman | August 09, 2013

Thanks to a dome of cool air that is enveloping much of the eastern United States, natural gas prices are back in freefall, falling roughly $1 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) since just the start of May to a recent $3.36 per Mcf.

Crista Huff | August 09, 2013

Membership warehouse retailer Costco reported July same-store-store sales up 4%, and total sales up 7%. Results were aided by higher prices at its gas stations, and harmed by foreign exchange rates.

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 09, 2013

Let’s conclude our series by looking at whether there’s something special about the scandals swirling around the White House.

Charles Payne | August 09, 2013

This time it's for real ... Obama 2.0 is what many thought 1.0 was, except this time there are no smokescreens, no evolving on issues, no revelations, and no compromise.

Mike Shedlock | August 09, 2013

It should be crystal clear this "game" cannot possibly continue forever. Yet, the doves on the Fed, notably Janet Yellen (who amazingly is even more dovish than Bernanke), act and talk as if it can.

Douglas MacKinnon | August 09, 2013

Message to Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus: You are right to complain about the upcoming "Canonize Hillary Clinton" media events on NBC and CNN. You are wrong to address your complaints to the heads of those networks.

David Limbaugh | August 09, 2013

Everyone, from Howard Dean to Max Baucus to Marco Rubio to John Boehner, knows this horrific law is a multiple independently targeted re-entry vehicle -- a nuclear ballistic missile with multiple warheads aimed at the American health care system, American liberties and America's fiscal integrity. Everyone knows this law cannot work, except to wreak havoc on everything and everyone it promises to improve.

Thu, Aug 08, 2013

Todd Starnes | August 08, 2013

The video is chilling. It shows three black teenagers savagely assaulting a white child on board a school bus and not one person tried to physically intervene.

Cliff May | August 08, 2013

I don’t dispute that shutting down diplomatic outposts for a few days was prudent. I do worry that, a dozen years after 9/11, America’s response to terrorism, applauded by Republicans and Democrats alike, is to turn out the lights and lock the doors.

Hugh Hewitt | August 08, 2013

CNN's Jake Tapper may be the most respect down-the-middle journalist in Washington right now. He has some thoughts on how Jeff bezos might save the failing Washington Post.

Brandon Howell | August 08, 2013

For Democrats in Georgia and across the country it feels like a good week, with a Public Policy Polling survey indicating Michelle Nunn, their likely standard bearer in next year’s Georgia Senate contest, is tied with two and leading the rest of a crowded Republican field.

Armstrong Williams | August 08, 2013

America’s public school system has largely become a disaster.

Reince Priebus | August 08, 2013

Democrats are desperate. Now that Obamacare isn’t just being argued in the abstract, it’s much harder to deny its flaws.

Larry Elder | August 08, 2013

How's the left-wing, ivory-tower, we-know-best elitist Obamanomics working for you? Here's the news.

Jonah Goldberg | August 08, 2013

The Affordable Care Act -- aka ObamaCare -- is off to a very rocky start, and according to the law's biggest defenders, the blame falls squarely at the feet of Republicans.

Mike Adams | August 08, 2013

After winning a huge legislative victory against the UNC system (see my last column), am now preparing for another legislative battle that should prove to be an uphill climb.

John Ransom | August 08, 2013

Ransom’s First Theorem of Electric Vehicle Dynamics: The popularity of an EV today is in reverse proportion to the number of miles you can drive on one full charge of electric.

Cal Thomas | August 08, 2013

The several hundred conservatives on the National Review's summer cruise, which I was asked to attend as a speaker, are united in what they don't like about the Obama administration and congressional Democrats, but divided on the best strategy for winning the Senate in 2014 and the White House in 2016.

Debra J. Saunders | August 08, 2013

The accused Fort Hood shooter, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, began his court-martial Tuesday admitting he's guilty. "The evidence will clearly show that I am the shooter," said Hasan, who faces 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder for those he wounded.

Steve Chapman | August 08, 2013

If you're an air traveler who feels the urge to pull your hair out every time you enter a security line at the airport, you may have considered taking Amtrak or even the bus instead. If so, you may want to scratch that idea. The Transportation Security Administration, you see, is showing up in train terminals. Perhaps you'd rather drive?

Emmett Tyrrell | August 08, 2013

This argument that one's "sexual problem" is a sickness rather than a vice is not new in American life. President Bill Clinton survived impeachment by relying on it. So perhaps we can understand why the fiend Castro should trot it out again.

David Williams | August 08, 2013

axpayers look to Congress to seize upon opportunities to stop federal agencies when they run amok. Congress had unique opportunity to reign in the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank), which has a litany of egregious practices, by not re-confirming Fred Hochberg as the agency’s chairman and president.

Phil Kerpen | August 08, 2013

Does Booker's record in Newark qualify him for promotion to the United States Senate? The facts say no.

Jerry Newcombe | August 08, 2013

Every man or woman who serves our country in the military, regardless of religious views or the lack thereof, deserves our respect.

Tom Purcell | August 08, 2013

Too many of our political leaders see government as the solution to our challenges. If only they paid more consideration to what some of our great minds had to say about government.

Ralph Benko | August 08, 2013

Ah August. Gideon’s Law is “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session.” This law still is at least as true as it originally was in 1866.

Roger Schlesinger | August 08, 2013

The mortgage industry is not your uncle Charlie’s, nor your fathers, because of the monumental changes that have occurred over the last decade or so.

Ransom Notes Radio | August 08, 2013

Chad Hovind, author of Godonomics, joined the program to discuss the direct relationship between Christianity, morality, and capitalism.

Crista Huff | August 08, 2013

Tesla Motors is expected to report revenues down about 31% and a net quarterly loss, after its first-ever quarterly profit earlier this year. Ironically, first quarter profits came from selling green-car credits to other automakers, and loan repayments, but not from selling profitable cars.

Jerry Bowyer | August 08, 2013

In addition to the many problems created unintentionally by the gigantic private foreign philanthropy industry, government to government aid can be even more harmful.

Jack Kerwick | August 08, 2013

In his latest book, Collision 2012, Dan Balz, a Washington Post writer, expresses his incredulity over “the inability” of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign to "humanize” its candidate.

Night Watch | August 08, 2013

Afghan Taliban leader, Mullah Muhammad Omar, urged the Taliban to continue to attack foreign forces in the name of all Afghans.

Bill Tatro | August 08, 2013

Of course, Obama will still attend the early September G-20 economic summit to be held in St. Petersburg, Russia — for sure, nobody passes up free caviar and cold vodka.

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 08, 2013

I suspect Obama doesn’t understand anything about economics, but it’s possible that he does understand, but simply doesn’t care.

Mike Shedlock | August 08, 2013

Inflationists and hyperinflationists have a watchful eye on the rise in treasury yields. Forget about it.

Charles Payne | August 08, 2013

When I hear President Obama talk about dismantling Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, I temper initial enthusiasm because it’s too good to be true.

Bob Goldman | August 08, 2013

I doubt we could have reality television if Honey Boo Boo decided to spend a month wine tasting in the Loire Valley

Wed, Aug 07, 2013

Ann Coulter | August 07, 2013

After attacking Bill O'Reilly's history last week, I'll defend his sociology this week. On Monday, MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell ridiculed Fox News' O'Reilly for saying that single motherhood is responsible for the the high black crime rate.

Ken Cuccinelli | August 07, 2013

Virginia is supposed to be the exception, not the rule.

Michael Brown | August 07, 2013

In the wake of a rising tide of pro-life sentiments and sensibilities in America, the utter bankruptcy of the pro-abortion position is being revealed, especially in its more militant forms.

Bob Barr | August 07, 2013

The D.C. City Council is pushing Wal-Mart to pay employees an uneconomic “living wage” as the price of doing business in the nation’s capital.

Michael Schaus | August 07, 2013

Another $5,000 dollars loped off the sale’s price of the Chevy Volt. And there are still far more fiducially responsible ways to invest hard earned dollars.

Michelle Malkin | August 07, 2013

Finally. Four years after Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan walked into the Soldier Readiness Processing Center at Fort Hood, Texas, and perpetrated the bloodiest massacre ever on an American military base, the self-confessed jihadist's court martial proceedings began this week. Have you forgotten?

John Stossel | August 07, 2013

Global average temperature has been flat for a decade. But frightening myths about global warming continue.

Scottie Hughes | August 07, 2013

Rand Paul has ideas. Chris Christie has gimmicks and a shtick that may win him views on YouTube, but ultimately one that is unsatisfying for millions of Americans tired of big-government Republicanism.

Walter E. Williams | August 07, 2013

What black politicians, parents, teachers and students have created is nothing less than a gross betrayal and squandering of the struggle paid in blood, sweat and tears by previous generations to make possible the educational opportunities that were denied to blacks for so long.

Brent Bozell | August 07, 2013

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is doing the right thing. He's making the national media's blatant partisan bias a prominent issue right out of the gate to Campaign 2016.

Jonah Goldberg | August 07, 2013

Rumors that the GOP is returning to its isolationist roots are wildly exaggerated. In fact, rumors that the GOP's roots were ever especially isolationist are exaggerated too.

Ken Blackwell | August 07, 2013

As news reports have been exposing new chinks in the armor of Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe on a nearly daily basis, talking heads on the left have been amping up their incendiary rhetoric in an attempt to cast Republican Ken Cuccinelli as a fire-breathing bogeyman.

Michael Medved | August 07, 2013

Republicans seek to follow Ronald Reagan’s example to recapture the presidency, but they’re confused about the way he actually won. Reagan didn’t win by mobilizing conservatives: in fact, the percentage of self-described “conservatives” in the electorate in 1980 was only 28 percent—the lowest in the last thirty years! Reagan won by carrying “moderates” and “independents”, overwhelming Carter in the latter group by 25 points!

Terry Jeffrey | August 07, 2013

In the past week, The New York Times Co. announced it was selling the Boston Globe to Boston Red Sox owner John W. Henry and Washington Post Chairman Donald Graham announced Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos was buying the paper that Graham's family has run for decades.

Austin Bay | August 07, 2013

Though bin Laden is dead, Al-Qaeda isn't.

Paul Greenberg | August 07, 2013

Dear Ex-Marine, It was wholly a pleasure to be told again that there is no such thing as an ex-Marine or former Marine -- because once a Marine, always a Marine. The same principle applies to judges, physicians and military officers. Semper Fi and all that -- always faithful.

Rachel Marsden | August 07, 2013

Major media outlets have featured him as representative of a new generation of "patriot hackers." He sent an old laptop to the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., where it's now on display.

Donald Lambro | August 07, 2013

Remember when President Obama was telling us in his 2012 re-election campaign that he had "decimated" al-Qaeda and they were "on the run"?

Jacob Sullum | August 07, 2013

Last month the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that police generally need a warrant to obtain information about the locations of cellphone users. Last week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit said just the opposite.

Charlie Kirk | August 07, 2013

The biggest problem when talking about issues, like minimum wage, is that the opposition gets painted as heartless and uncaring for the poor. If anything, those pushing for abolition actually care more than their supposedly more altruistic counterparts.

Ken Connor | August 07, 2013

A god of our creation is no god at all. He is simply a customized construct designed to make us feel better about ourselves.

Ransom Notes Radio | August 07, 2013

Could it be that Unions are beginning to like Republicans? Well – no. But they do hate Obamacare; and that’s a start. Shawn Mitchell joins the program to discuss the failure of President Barack Obama’s signature piece of legislation.

Crista Huff | August 07, 2013

General Motors announced today that it will cut the price on the 2014 Chevy Volt by $5000, in order to encourage sales of the electric hybrid. Federal tax credits bring the total purchase price down another $7500, to a final cost of $27,500.

Night Watch | August 07, 2013

Reuters reported that Islamist allies of Mohamed Mursi secretly are discussing a face-saving deal in which Mursi might be released from detention and allowed to officially 'resign' his position

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 07, 2013

I’ve argued that Obama’s not a socialist. I wasn’t trying to defend him. I was simply making the point that it’s technically more accurate to refer to him as a statist or a corporatist.

Charles Payne | August 07, 2013

Back in 1924, when the Detroit Art Museum opened, Detroit had grand ambitions that matched its grandeur as not just an American city but a global city known as Paris of the West.

Mike Shedlock | August 07, 2013

As amazing at it may seem, the US army will not suspend contracts with Al Qaeda-Tied Companies if the ties are based on classified information.

Daniel Pipes | August 07, 2013

"Lunacy." That's how Danny Danon describes Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's decision to hand over 104 killers to the Palestinian Authority as a "goodwill gesture."

Lincoln Brown | August 07, 2013

Again, I offer my back yard as an asylum to anyone in Colorado who still wishes to breathe free air. Bring your own tent, RV hookups not provided.

Tue, Aug 06, 2013

Tom Purcell | August 06, 2013

It wasn't so long ago that a fellow could get by without movie-star looks and a captivating personality - even a bald, chubby guy could win the affections of a nice lady, so long as he had a good heart and was a CPA.

Rebecca Hagelin | August 06, 2013

The missing “half” causes a great deal of anguish -- a loss our society is only now beginning to appreciate. It’s worth asking the question: Don’t all children have a right to know something about their fathers?

Ken Blackwell | August 06, 2013

We have the deepest concern for the survival of marriage itself. For in marriage, great nations are preserved. In marriage, children are nurtured and protected.

Rich Galen | August 06, 2013

If anyone is on the run, it is Barack Obama chased by his own foreign policy.

Hugh Hewitt | August 06, 2013

I spent much of last week's radio shows in conversations with proponents and opponents of the "Common Core."

Thomas Sowell | August 06, 2013

It is hard to read a newspaper, or watch a television newscast, without encountering someone who has come up with a new "solution" to society's "problems." Sometimes it seems as if there are more solutions than there are problems. On closer scrutiny, it turns out that many of today's problems are a result of yesterday's solutions.

Chuck Norris | August 06, 2013

A few weeks ago, a former president and many of his Secret Service agents made a significant sacrifice on behalf of another young American that went largely unnoticed by most of the nation. Did you catch it?

John Hawkins | August 06, 2013

The biggest problem with modern liberalism is that it has devolved into little more than childlike emotionalism applied to adult issues.

Michael Barone | August 06, 2013

Nothing is free in politics, but there is some question when you pay the price.

David Limbaugh | August 06, 2013

In President Obama's world, "fairness" seems to be of overarching concern. Too bad "fairness" means what he says it does rather than what Webster's specifies.

Mona Charen | August 06, 2013

The invitation fraudulently to sign up for health exchange subsidies issued by the Obama administration this summer is not just evidence of the unworkability of Obamacare, it's one more step toward undermining the character traits that made America exceptional.

Cal Thomas | August 06, 2013

Anne Frank's life was a candle in the midst of great darkness. Her flame should burn forever.

Dennis Prager | August 06, 2013

It is important to try to understand the magnitude of the sadism and other forms of cruelty and suffering inflicted by Ariel Castro.

Wayne Allyn Root | August 06, 2013

Detroit is certainly the future of America under Obama. It’s the exact same policies. We are experiencing Groundhog Day- doing the same stupid things, and expecting a different result.

Pat Buchanan | August 06, 2013

The threat comes from Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, AQAP, the most lethal branch of the terrorist organization.

Fred Wszolek | August 06, 2013

For most in the business community, the new Board looks like the previous Obama Labor Boards.

Debra J. Saunders | August 06, 2013

Republicans basically have two choices when it comes to how to deal with the dysfunction and big-spending ways that define Washington.

Phyllis Schlafly | August 06, 2013

Redefining the First Amendment is a core aim of Barack Obama's plan to "fundamentally transform the United States."

Rich Tucker | August 06, 2013

Our future depends on young people. Government should get out of the way and give them the ability to build that future.

Bill Murchison | August 06, 2013

The creeping insanity of the 21st century United States gets its latest affirmation in the news that Congress doesn't have to live under the laws it writes even when it claims the opposite.

Kyle Olson | August 06, 2013

When Los Angeles school lunch bureaucrats realized their new menu of sushi and broccoli and beef with brown rice was roundly rejected by students last year, their attitude was try, try again.

Steven Aden | August 06, 2013

In the last few days, one skirmish among dozens in the coast-to-coast legal abortion war came to an end in Indiana when the state and Planned Parenthood reached an agreement that formalizes a series of rulings by federal courts over the last two years.

Michael Norton | August 06, 2013

After investigating Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast over allegations that it charged Medicaid for services which were not rendered and which were medically unnecessary, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office announced a $1.4 million fine for the abortionists.

Marvin Olasky | August 06, 2013

Because nothing works when we brush aside the biblical ones.

Robert Knight | August 06, 2013

In many towns in Colorado, cowboy culture thrives alongside the New Age, which has crept in under cover of respect for Native Americans’ religion. Politically, they are miles apart.

Ransom Notes Radio | August 06, 2013

Why do we keep trying the same old failed attempts at government-induced economic recovery? Has it ever worked? Ransom also discusses some of the economic news that looks good; until you recognize it is actually bad news being reported as good news. Got it? Good. (Or bad?)

Crista Huff | August 06, 2013

We urged readers to buy News Corp. shares repeatedly this year. The stocks have been trading separately for five weeks now, and investors have made 27% profit since our first recommendation in February.

Peter Brookes | August 06, 2013

After Russia decided to give metadata mega-leaker Edward Snowden political asylum late last week, you can only imagine President Obama’s musings about the wisdom of his administration’s “reset” policy with Russia.

Political Calculations | August 06, 2013

A little something we like to call The Bernanke Noise Event intervened in that forecast for the future, throwing the market off track for a whole month, the recovery from which was then drug out a little longer by a poorly considered trial balloon put out by the White House.

Bill Tatro | August 06, 2013

I love magic. That’s why I marvel at the prestidigitation currently being practiced by Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, and of course let’s not exclude Morgan Stanley.

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 06, 2013

Over the years, I’ve shared lots of political humor from the late-night talk shows. Much of this humor is left leaning, but I can appreciate good jokes even if they’re at my expense.

Charles Payne | August 06, 2013

In the aftermath of the jobs report that should have been renamed the "no" jobs report, there are several aspects that are problematic. If we think the youth are the future, then why are they getting the short end of the stick?

Mike Shedlock | August 06, 2013

Last month the government pushed the start of the employer mandate from January 2014 to January 2015. But the anticipation of the penalty, even though delayed a year, will probably continue to influence the interim decisions of private employers.

Dave Ramsey | August 06, 2013

Lots of insurance companies offer these policies because cancer is such a scary thing. It’s a hot-button topic, and many people have lost friends and relatives to cancer.

Lincoln Brown | August 06, 2013

Part two of my interview last week with Senator Mike Lee on his efforts to de-fund Obamacare. I think we all knew there are some crooked folks on The Hill. But what Lee had to say tells me some of these people could give a pretzel a run for its money.

Michael Schaus | August 06, 2013

When laws get to the point that they attempt to regulate against natural instinct, common sense is not long for this world. The Executive Director of Mayor Bloomberg’s antigun juggernaut, Mark Glaze, suggested that victims of potentially lethal attacks should use their words – not their legal firearm – to protect their life.

Mon, Aug 05, 2013

Byron York | August 05, 2013

A coalition of wealthy and determined liberal groups is preparing to strike back at GOP efforts to stop the president's health care scheme.

Michael Schaus | August 05, 2013

One. That’s how many people showed up for a pro-Obamacare event in Centerville, Virginia. And let’s face it: People didn’t miss the event because they were working.

Kurt Schlichter | August 05, 2013

You can drive through residential neighborhoods and never see a single child out playing. We should worry about what this means for the future.

Star Parker | August 05, 2013

In a poll done by Gallup earlier this year, the biggest complaint lodged against the Republican Party was “inability to compromise.” When I read the daily headlines, I see this theme continue.

John Ransom | August 05, 2013

Congress and the White House would then have to get together and pass a law, or perhaps a 101 of them. Cover your eyes. This is where it gets gory.

Katie Kieffer | August 05, 2013

Your guns are in danger. Obama has stopped defending the Second Amendment. He did not get his gun control agenda passed in the Senate.

Rachel Alexander | August 05, 2013

Nineteen firefighters died fighting a forest fire in Arizona earlier this summer. Curiously, almost no one is talking about why it happened, only that it was a tragedy.

Matt Barber | August 05, 2013

Father God, Son and Holy Spirit, Maker of heaven and earth, You are the First Cause of these United States of America. You are the Author of all that is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy.

Dan Holler | August 05, 2013

Speaking “on the condition of anonymity,” a Republican lawmaker told one Capitol Hill newspaper last week that conservatives pushing to stop the implementation of Obamacare had “no plan B.”

Mark Baisley | August 05, 2013

By far the most preposterous assertion in the Democratic Party’s statement is that they have led the fight for civil rights for 200 years. If they had any sense of candor, their website would show their history of leading a War on Black Americans.

Morgan Brittany | August 05, 2013

When they finally got around to “finding out what was in the bill”, Capitol Hill started wringing their hands and hyperventilating.

Shawn Mitchell | August 05, 2013

It’s critical we keep lobbing the softball set-ups so our guy can blame everything bad in the world on Republicans. But still, to look honest, we probably have to throw the occasional fast ball, don’t you think?

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 05, 2013

I’m not sure what part of this excerpt gets me more upset, the fact that some snitch informed on the shelter for having a baby deer, or the fact that the government is so wasteful that bureaucrats went through the cost of arranging aerial surveillance. On a baby deer? And then killed it?

Mike Shedlock | August 05, 2013

In 2012, 36% of the nation’s young adults ages 18 to 31 the so-called Millennial generation—were living in their parents’ home, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.

Political Calculations | August 05, 2013

The average rate at which median new home sale prices in the United States has been escalating is over 17% faster than the average rate at which median new home sale prices rose during the initial inflation phase of the first U.S. housing bubble.

Tad DeHaven | August 05, 2013

If there is going to be a “bargain,” it will involve sequestration. Sequestration, which largely affects discretionary spending, is increasingly frustrating spenders on both sides of the aisle.

Michael F. Cannon | August 05, 2013

Based on the White House’s past lawlessness and corruption in the service of Obamacare, I’m willing to venture the following prediction:

Michael Tanner | August 05, 2013

On January 8, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered a State of the Union address to Congress in which he declared an “unconditional war on poverty in America.” At the time, the poverty rate in America was around 19 percent and falling rapidly.

Sun, Aug 04, 2013

Derek Hunter | August 04, 2013

It’s been nearly a year since the election, and there is still a lot of soul-searching among conservatives and Republicans. Columnists and consultants are waxing philosophical about why Barack Obama beat Mitt Romney and how to win in 2016.

John Ransom | August 04, 2013

Why do liberals think that the patina of moral superiority entitles them to act inferior in every other way? That question and more are answered in this week's Comrade column, "Ransom Notes: Email/Hate Mail" edition.

Austin Hill | August 04, 2013

President Barack Obama told his fellow Democrats in Congress last week that “you’re on the right side of history” with respect to his policy ideas. So why aren’t congressional Democrats standing on Obama’s “side” as it pertains to Obamacare?

Doug Giles | August 04, 2013

Did you hear about the seventeen-year-old Queens resident, Natasha Martinez, who was stabbed eleven times last week by a black male wearing a white hoodie?

Debra J. Saunders | August 04, 2013

Before you join Jay Leno and Susan Sarandon and sign an open letter to Gov. Jerry Brown to protest "solitary confinement" in California prisons' security housing units, there are a few things you should know.

Bruce Bialosky | August 04, 2013

The White House publicity machine has tried to turn the national conversation from the topics of the day to attempt to make our President relevant again. Obama, who has gained the new nickname Griffin (as in H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man), has all but disappeared since his failed attempt to change the national gun laws in the beginning of this year.

Steve Chapman | August 04, 2013

It would be silly to make Caroline Kennedy the White House science adviser: She's not a scientist. It would be silly to name her fire commissioner of New York City: She has no background in public safety.

Marita Noon | August 04, 2013

On July 10, Iraq war veteran and coal miner Jimmy Rose captured the national spotlight and became an overnight sensation on America’s Got Talent with his heartfelt song “Coal Keeps the Lights On.”

Fritz Pfister | August 04, 2013

Have no fear Bernanke is here! Again!

Daniel J. Mitchell | August 04, 2013

Simply stated, if profligate politicians think that we are “captive customers,” they are much more likely to impose (even) higher tax rates (as we’ve seen in the past couple of years in Europe). But if they think that we have escape options, they’ll probably exercise some self control.

Mike Shedlock | August 04, 2013

The data can and will be used against you, in many imaginable ways, and in some ways you may not have remotely conceived

Political Calculations | August 04, 2013

Perhaps the most surprising revision in the data applies for the first quarter of 2011, when GDP appears to have contracted, as the data had previously indicated slightly positive growth.

Michael Tanner | August 04, 2013

Asked if Republicans had the courage to fight for defunding, Rand Paul replied gloomily, “Honestly? Probably not.”

Michael F. Cannon | August 04, 2013

The CBO expects the Obama administration’s unilateral rewriting of federal law (my words, not CBO’s) will increase federal spending by $3 billion in 2014 and reduce federal revenues by a net $9 billion, thereby increasing the federal debt by $12 billion.

Mark Calabria | August 04, 2013

Since 2010, the number of minimum wage workers has declined by over 800,000. Given the increase in minimum wage in 2009 and the relatively weak labor market, I think it’s a safe bet that most of these workers left the labor force rather than received a big raise.

Michael Youssef | August 04, 2013

Do Americans at large even know what forgiveness means anymore? Or is their thinking so muddled that they confuse forgiveness with acquiescence and approval?

Paul Jacob | August 04, 2013

Your right to self-defense ends where the left's political agenda begins.

Michael Schaus | August 04, 2013

While trying to sell the idea of a transaction tax on all stocks, bonds and derivatives, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said “The bottom line is [government] is not broke, there’s plenty of money; it’s just that the government doesn’t have it."

Roger Schlesinger | August 04, 2013

A friend of mine had a phrase that he said to me early in my years that stuck with me for decades: "Whether you are rich or poor, it's nice to have money". I have to say my friend had it right. Wealth certainly is a main ingredient of a life well spent, but how do you get wealth?