John Hawkins | September 28, 2013

We're a nation that was founded by principled revolutionaries who took on the super power of their day over almost insignificant taxes they felt Britain had no right to levy.

John C. Goodman | September 28, 2013

The ObamaCare health insurance exchanges are supposed to open for business next Tuesday.

John Ransom | September 28, 2013

We have perhaps given Obama and his Democrat allies too much credit. Perhaps the exercise in playacting and number smirching isn’t acting or accounting to fool the rest of us. But rather to fool themselves in the same way Miley Cyrus fools herself.

Kathryn Lopez | September 28, 2013

Who needs religious freedom? It's a necessary, if often unasked, question.

Paul Driessen | September 28, 2013

This fall marks the fortieth anniversary of the Arab oil embargo, a painful episode in American history that had a profound effect on both the economy and psyche of the United States.

Night Watch | September 28, 2013

The progression from rioting over economic grievances to political challenges follows the pattern of all the states that experienced the so-called Arab spring. Riots almost always follow the lifting of subsidies.

Mike Shedlock | September 28, 2013

Republicans had a wonderful chance right before the last presidential election to hold Obama to his pledge to make "tough choices". Instead, they wasted the opportunity with absurd bluffs on shutting down the government.

Jeff Crouere | September 28, 2013

While the dinosaurs in the media and the U.S. Senate raised objections to his noble crusade, the American people rejoiced that someone was finally standing up for them.

Crista Huff | September 28, 2013

We began recommending Nike stock on Ransom Notes Radio on March 11, when the price closed at $54.53. It’s up 35% since then.

Steve Deace | September 28, 2013

Ted Cruz’s marathon quasi-filibuster of Obamacare taught us several things about our gangster government – and its worse than we even thought it was.

Andy Obermueller | September 28, 2013

A monumental shift is about to take place... and it could mean big profits for smart investors. It all has to do with a little-known treaty signed decades ago. And while Barack Obama's White House wants to renew this treaty, Vladimir Putin and his cronies have stated that it's not going to happen.

Daniel J. Mitchell | September 28, 2013

This little girl is rather blunt about our political masters.

Bill Tatro | September 28, 2013

The Federal Reserve, by maintaining a zero interest-rate policy (ZIRP), continues to encourage us to go deeper into debt by going to the malls in order to buy, buy, buy.

Andrew Langer | September 28, 2013

One of the great benefits of free markets is that they are eminently adaptable, constantly changing to meet the forces of supply, demand, and price.

Fri, Sep 27, 2013

Larry Kudlow | September 27, 2013

Stopping this will be hard. But Senator Joe Manchin, Democrat from West Virginia, has given conservatives a ray of hope.

Caroline Glick | September 27, 2013

US President Barack Obama's rapidly changing positions on Syria have produced many odd spectacles.

Charlotte Hays | September 27, 2013

“Everybody I know is here!” exclaimed a delighted Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood.

Mark Davis | September 27, 2013

The governors of our largest states tend to be big players in national news through the years, but there is something about the office of Governor of Texas that has stayed front-of-mind for a generation.

Diana West | September 27, 2013

Will New Yorkers elect a new mayor who dedicated himself to the Sandinistas in the 1980s, honeymooned in Cuba in the 1990s (in violation of a U.S. travel ban), and participated in a New York City Council event honoring Zimbabwe's tyrannous Robert Mugabe in 2002?

Michelle Malkin | September 27, 2013

It's elementary. Public education bureaucrats do the darnedest, stupidest things.

Mark Davis | September 27, 2013

The governors of our largest states tend to be big players in national news through the years, but there is something about the office of Governor of Texas that has stayed front-of-mind for a generation.

Jonah Goldberg | September 27, 2013

"It's the law of the land." This is rapidly becoming the preferred shorthand argument for why criticism of Obamacare is just so, so wrong. It also serves as the lead sentence of a larger claim that all attempts to overturn the Affordable Care Act are really symptoms of a kind of extremist right-wing lunacy.

David Limbaugh | September 27, 2013

Perhaps Obama was onto something when, as a young author, he zeroed in on the term "audacity" to (subconsciously) telegraph his ambitious designs to fundamentally transform our beloved America.

Ken Blackwell | September 27, 2013

As a candidate in 2008, Sen. Barack Obama acknowledged that Ronald Reagan was a “transformative” president in a way that Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton were not. The Clintons—then pushing Hillary’s rival candidacy—were red-faced in rage.

Pat Buchanan | September 27, 2013

After his narrow defeat by Gerald Ford at the Kansas City convention in 1976, Ronald Reagan was seen as a has-been.

Linda Chavez | September 27, 2013

"The most morally crimped speech by a president in modern times." That description of President Obama's address to the United Nations this week came not from conservative critics but from the editorial page of The Washington Post.

Hugh Hewitt | September 27, 2013

Cries of anger and outrage from the Morning Joe panel early Wednesday suggested a horrible event had happened the big before.

Michael Barone | September 27, 2013

Events have failed to fulfill the prophecy. Preachers have suddenly been struck dumb by uncertainty. Believers are understandably nervous and some, under their breath, are abandoning the dogma.

Brent Bozell | September 27, 2013

Within days of being brutally murdered in Wyoming in 1998, Matthew Shepard became for the Left a Christ figure, a sacrificial savior of the gay-rights cause.

Jonah Goldberg | September 27, 2013

"It's the law of the land."

John Ransom | September 27, 2013

Trader Joe’s joins IBM, UPS, and the City of Chicago as the most high profile institutions that have shifted the cost of employee benefits to Uncle Same Ole, Same Ole.

Tony Katz | September 27, 2013

Democrats and their PR firm MSNBC are calling the Republicans extremists. Why? Because the majority-GOP House passed a continuing resolution that would keep government funded through the end of the year while defunding ObamaCare.

Mona Charen | September 27, 2013

The Republican Party has experienced a calamity -- the reelection of Barack Obama -- and some parts of the party are behaving like an animal in a trap, chewing off a foot in an effort to cope with it.

Suzanne Fields | September 27, 2013

After the massacre comes the rush to judgment. The blame game begins. Such things shouldn't happen among civilized people. Don't we have safeguards to prevent such tragedies? Can't we do something, as they say in the old westerns, to cut the killers off at the pass?

Terry Anderson | September 27, 2013

What drives economic growth? It’s arguably the most important question in all of economics. Once you start thinking about it, said Nobel laureate Robert Lucas, it’s hard to think about anything else.

Paul Greenberg | September 27, 2013

"You have to quit confusing a madness with a mission."

Donald Lambro | September 27, 2013

Somewhere in the contentious debate over defunding Obamacare, we seem to have lost sight of the much larger need to sharply reduce the size and cost of government from top to bottom.

Michael Brown | September 27, 2013

The cover of the December 16, 2008 issue of The Advocate, the flagship gay publication, proclaimed boldly that, “Gay is the New Black,” stating that this is “The Last Great Civil Rights Struggle.”

Michael Schaus | September 27, 2013

The rule by the EPA will effectively make it impossible to construct – and in some cases even maintain – coal fired power plants; with virtually no promised benefit to the environment, or the economy. . . And that's just according to the EPA analysis of the proposed rule.

Lincoln Brown | September 27, 2013

The Northern California Youth Football League' “Mercy Rule”: Simply put, the rule dictates that if a team wins by 35 points or more, that team is fined 200 dollars and the coach gets a one-week suspension.

Bill Gunderson | September 27, 2013

When I extrapolate these numbers, apply an appropriate multiple, and carry them out over the next five years, I get a valuation of $170 on the stock.

Roger Schlesinger | September 27, 2013

Tax returns and credit scores really haven't any bearing on the transaction. They always look good for employees whether they are at the top of the organization or somewhere near the bottom.

Fritz Pfister | September 27, 2013

The Case Schiller home price report came out this past week and was up over 12% again but this is not the good news as it appears.

Jerry Bowyer | September 27, 2013

Davos Man (it’s almost always man except for a few token women) has gone to a highly prestigious university, is extremely influential, and is extremely powerful. They do not think of themselves as part of the human race; they are above the human race. C.S. Lewis writes about them in The Abolition of Man.

Bill Tatro | September 27, 2013

As an economist and an historian, I seem to remember another notable time period when companies were booking deliveries as actual sales in order to inflate their profits and stock prices.

Crista Huff | September 27, 2013

The stock broke through long-term upside resistance around $105 in July, but no one has missed the opportunity to own Air Products shares before their next run-up.

Mike Shedlock | September 27, 2013

Economic idiots blanket the California and Illinois state legislatures and the results are easy to spot. Illinois and California are two of the most economically distressed states, with the worst improvements in the unemployment rate during the recovery.

Daniel J. Mitchell | September 27, 2013

I was surprised when I found out that Gene Simmons, the lead singer for Kiss, stated that, “Capitalism is the best thing that ever happened to human beings. The welfare state sounds wonderful but it doesn’t work.”

Thu, Sep 26, 2013

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | September 26, 2013

I don’t know about you, but I have learned not to listen to doomsday predictions. Most are founded on partial truths or assumptions.

Cliff May | September 26, 2013

In the long term, Russia's prospects look dim.

Scottie Hughes | September 26, 2013

On Tuesday, Senator Ted Cruz began a filibuster of the worst law passed by the worst President in American history. He vowed to “speak in support of defunding Obamacare until I am no longer able to stand.”

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | September 26, 2013

At times it can be discouraging: News out of Washington focuses on the negative, partisanship and gridlock. Our fiscal year begins Oct. 1. In theory, our government should have an annual budget approved before the new year begins. Instead, the legislative bodies are voting on bills that would approve spending for three months at current levels.

Victor Davis Hanson | September 26, 2013

The American middle class, like the American economy in general, is ailing. Labor-force participation has hit a 35-year low.

Larry Elder | September 26, 2013

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is worried.

John Ransom | September 26, 2013

Sens. Mitch McConnell and John McCain and the rest of the McClique up in DC have arranged a compromise. They were given a choice: Dishonor or dishonor.

Cal Thomas | September 26, 2013

President Obama's speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York was flawed, displaying a type of moral equivalency that does not exist for America's enemies.

Debra J. Saunders | September 26, 2013

When House Republicans voted to cut the food stamp program by $39 billion over the next decade, Democrats charged GOP cruelty. Strategist Donna Brazile wrote that the move was a "heartless act," not "an example of government tightening its belt or making tough choices."

Matt Towery | September 26, 2013

I laughed last week when I received the reaction from some readers to my statement that the tea party movement's influence was waning and that it was being replaced by a more (Ron-Rand) Paul-type populist effort.

Mytheos Holt | September 26, 2013

"You have the courage to tell the masses what no politician told them: you are inferior and all the improvements in your condition which you simply take for granted you owe to the efforts of men who are better than you."

Steve Chapman | September 26, 2013

For opponents of illegal immigration, there is good news: We have found an effective method to reduce the number of new arrivals, while encouraging foreigners already here without permission to go home.

Emmett Tyrrell | September 26, 2013

And so the government of the United States has put its foreign policy in the steady hands of President Vladimir Putin, and the KGB Americans from coast to coast are breathing a sigh of relief.

Bob Goldman | September 26, 2013

Let's be honest here, Haden is not describing you. When you walk into a room, it not only doesn't light up. It feels like the entire North American power grid has gone down.

Night Watch | September 26, 2013

It is typical of the Persians who consider themselves the superiors of any Westerners or Arabs by dint of longevity and history.

Mike Shedlock | September 26, 2013

How many times can Republicans cry "wolf" on a government shutdown and have the call be believed? Of course mainstream media, especially the Washington Post is ready to go along with the hype, effectively creating a story where there is none.

Crista Huff | September 26, 2013

The stock is up 34% year-to-date.The chart is bullish, but with a PE twice as high as projected earnings growth rates, we encourage investors to be cautious and use stop-loss orders.

Roger Schlesinger | September 26, 2013

I am not the smartest man in the world but I guarantee you that I could go through the entire federal budget in a matter of months and create an annual budget with a surplus.

Political Calculations | September 26, 2013

How much would the U.S. federal government need spend per household to even come close to balancing the annual U.S. federal budget?

Jerry Newcombe | September 26, 2013

I’m not an economist, and I don’t play one on TV. But it seems to me that the so-called recovery is taking a long time. Or maybe, it isn’t a recovery after all.

Daniel J. Mitchell | September 26, 2013

I viscerally object to the notion that good people should pay bad people not to do bad things.

Gayle Trotter | September 26, 2013

While Gitmo houses 164 inmates who are eager to harm Americans, a group of left-leaning lawyers (colloquially dubbed the “terrorist bar”) is working earnestly on behalf of the Gitmo detainees. These groups include representatives of the American Bar Association, the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Human Rights First.

Wed, Sep 25, 2013

Ransom Notes Radio | September 25, 2013

Elizabeth Imus Zero joined us to talk about her best selling comedy-autobiography, Etiquette for Idiots. Zero's no idiot however. She's funny.

Ann Coulter | September 25, 2013

If I could briefly interrupt the Republican firing squad aiming at Ted Cruz, let's talk about something we all agree on. And by "we all," I mean a majority of the American people, the Teamsters, many Democrats and every single last Republican. Obamacare is an unmitigated disaster.

Rich Galen | September 25, 2013

Here in Our Nation's Capital it is difficult to catch your breath as the days tick by toward September 30 - the end of the 2013 Fiscal Year.

Bob Barr | September 25, 2013

On February 28, 1993, 76 agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) arrived at the Branch Davidian compound just outside Waco, Texas.

Michelle Malkin | September 25, 2013

Like an estimated 22 million other Americans, I am a self-employed small-business owner who buys health insurance for my family directly on the individual market. We have a high-deductible PPO plan that allows us to choose from a wide range of doctors. Or rather, we had such a plan.

John Stossel | September 25, 2013

Invent something and the first thing that goes through some people's minds -- especially politicians' minds -- is what might go wrong.

Walter E. Williams | September 25, 2013

Dishonesty, lying and cheating are not treated with the right amount of opprobrium in today's society.

Brent Bozell | September 25, 2013

Why are liberals in so much denial about liberal bias in the news? Why do they think they're bending over backward to be "objective" doing that which Republicans see as partisan activism?

Jonah Goldberg | September 25, 2013

Ted Cruz is no Joe McCarthy, as so many liberals bizarrely claim. But he might be the conservative Barack Obama.

John Ransom | September 25, 2013

Now, perhaps this is just crazy talk, but I wonder if the Clinton Global Cartel has ever explored the idea of tax increases to stop all these people from moving out of poverty.

Ben Shapiro | September 25, 2013

In September, the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors voted to secede from the State of California. "Many proposed laws are unconstitutional and deny us our God-given rights," said one attendee at the council meeting.

Terry Jeffrey | September 25, 2013

Under Obamacare, the administration will give tax dollars to insurance plans that pay for abortions -- the deliberate taking of innocent life.

Austin Bay | September 25, 2013

President Barack Obama declared in his 2013 inaugural speech that, "a decade of war is receding." However, al-Shabab's seizure of a Nairobi, Kenya shopping mall illustrates, in cold blood, that the terrorists' war on the civilized continues -- its savagery and political calculation undiminished.

Donald Lambro | September 25, 2013

It is alarmingly evident by now that Barack Obama's presidency is drifting as he clings to his party's ideological beliefs and narrowing base of support in a sea of troubles.

Brandon Howell | September 25, 2013

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s “reemergence” into the media spotlight (did she ever really leave?) is coming in tandem with a return to political reality, however denied by Clintonworld it may be.

Kyle Olson | September 25, 2013

This week’s shocking story from Maryland shows the wheels are falling off the Common Core cart.

Jacob Sullum | September 25, 2013

In "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," Arthur Dent discovers that the plans for a highway project involving demolition of his house have been "on display" in the basement of a government building at "the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard.'" The Obama administration has a similar idea of what adequate notice means in the context of the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance activities.

Ken Connor | September 25, 2013

[R]ender therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's (Matthew 21, KJV).

Daniel Pipes | September 25, 2013

The lull in the chemical weapon crisis offers a chance to divert attention to the huge flow of refugees leaving Syria and rethink some misguided assumptions about their future.

Crista Huff | September 25, 2013

We would sell immediately and not bank on a $9 buyout.Short interest is high at about 35%. Shareholders should not mistake a brief upswing from short covering as a sign that the market likes this stock.

Ransom Notes Radio | September 25, 2013

Have you ever thought up alternate history like instead of the Titanic sinking that the iceberg surrendered to the "unsinkable" Titanic without a fight?

Ira Mehlman | September 25, 2013

If Americans have the impression that there is an alternate reality that exists within the confines of the Washington Beltway, the latest figures on illegal immigration will do nothing to change their minds.

Michael Schaus | September 25, 2013

With over $100 trillion in future unfunded liabilities, only a public servant that is comically divorced from reality would suggest that “there are no more cuts to make.” Especially when the nation prepares for the implementation of, yet another, multi-trillion-dollar government dependency program – Obamacare.

Robert Knight | September 25, 2013

It was 10 years ago that Hillary Clinton famously lamented the “politics of personal destruction.”

Bill Gunderson | September 25, 2013

Pandora is currently trading at about 98 times forward earnings with a 40% growth rate expected over the next five years. It has a PEG ratio of 2.44. This is a very rich PEG ratio.

Hal Scherz | September 25, 2013

When the government rationing of care commences as most critics of Obamacare expect to see, (as we already see in countries with socialized healthcare like Great Britain and Canada), expect that those with political connections will move to the top of the list.

Daniel J. Mitchell | September 25, 2013

You may be thinking, “so what, they have their bad laws and we have our good laws.” But it seems at least some Brits want to disarm not just their own citizens, but Americans as well.

Mike Shedlock | September 25, 2013

Income growth since 1968 is nearly all inflation. Closer scrutiny shows "real" income growth has been negative since the year 2000.

Political Calculations | September 25, 2013

Even with Trader Joe's promised extra check for $500, she would still find herself at least $240.48 in the hole compared to today, unless she accepts lesser health insurance coverage that requires her to pay a much larger percentage of her health care costs

Night Watch | September 25, 2013

The penalties for membership and agitation will be determined in subsequent court rulings. This ruling is explicit that criminal proceedings will follow.

Ralph Benko | September 25, 2013

The Centennial Monetary Commission calls for a bipartisan, bicameral, commission. It contemplates an empirical assessment of the outcomes of various monetary policies engaged by the Federal Reserve System. It is not an exercise in Fed bashing. It is an exercise in objective empiricism.

Tue, Sep 24, 2013

Rachel Marsden | September 24, 2013

You're probably thinking that there are better things to watch than the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly -- like maybe something featuring narcissistic birdbrains or pretentious toddlers.

Todd Starnes | September 24, 2013

A series of videos produced for the National Park Service shows American Muslim students blaming hatred against their faith on the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Michael Brown | September 24, 2013

Cardinal Timothy Dolan is certainly right when he says that Pope Francis “wants to shake us [Catholics] up.” But is he doing more harm than good?

Thomas Sowell | September 24, 2013

This has been the worst time, politically, for President Barack Obama since he took office. Recent polls reveal that public confidence in both his domestic and foreign policies has been falling, amid revelations about their defects and dangers.

Scottie Hughes | September 24, 2013

It’s not often that I agree with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but she was right for more reasons than she probably realized when she said last year that the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade went “too far, too fast.”

Chuck Norris | September 24, 2013

The other day, I was thinking about leaders, in everything from the White House to my own house to countries such as Syria to companies such as Apple.

Michael Barone | September 24, 2013

America has gone back to isolationism, many commentators are saying. Not just the dovish Democrats, but also Republicans who were so hawkish a decade ago are turning away from the world.

Mona Charen | September 24, 2013

You can tell who the keepers of American culture are by, among other things, the anniversaries they mark.

John Ransom | September 24, 2013

As the Fed has pointed out, the labor market isn’t as robust as the underlying numbers would suggest. And the labor market is being adversely affected by Obamacare.

Cal Thomas | September 24, 2013

President Obama pledged to end partisanship, but instead has exacerbated it.

Dennis Prager | September 24, 2013

With this weekend's massacre by Muslim terrorists at a mall in Nairobi, Kenya, and Muslim terrorists killing about 80 Christians at a Christian church in Pakistan, most people wonder what, if anything in addition to a continuing war on terror, can be done to minimize the scourge of Islamic terror.

Pat Buchanan | September 24, 2013

In the fall of 1956, Nikita Khrushchev threatened to rain rockets down on London for the British invasion of Suez and sent his tanks into Budapest to drown the Hungarian Revolution in blood.

Debra J. Saunders | September 24, 2013

Liz Cheney, political pundit and daughter of a former vice president, might have trouble unseating three-term GOP Sen. Mike Enzi in the Wyoming primary next year.

Paul Greenberg | September 24, 2013

How sum up the shambles -- as far as the eye can see -- that remain of American foreign policy after the past few weeks of zigs and zags, of appeals to high principle followed abruptly, even in the same presidential speech, by a headlong abandonment of it?

Bill Murchison | September 24, 2013

Those very, very, very loose cannons, known as Muslim jihadists, have been shooting off around the world -- massacring Christians in Pakistan, Africans in Nairobi and all kinds of Syrians, and in the process, reminding serious Westerners (we still have a few) of the need for clear leadership amid clear and present dangers.

Crista Huff | September 24, 2013

One of the most respected hacking groups in the world has apparently successfully hacked Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner, causing embarrassment to Apple.

Phil Kerpen | September 24, 2013

Nothing clarifies the mind of politicians like a fear of defeat at the ballot box.

Tom Purcell | September 24, 2013

"Duck Dynasty," as you surely are aware, is an A&E reality show that presents the Robertson clan, the long-bearded owners and operators of Duck Commander in West Monroe, La. Duck Commander hand-makes duck calls.

Bill Tatro | September 24, 2013

Despite the removal of millions of people from the labor participation pool by the BLS, the targeted unemployment rate could take much longer to achieve than the Fed first realized.

Mark Calabria | September 24, 2013

Sadly, most of what's past for financial reform has been useless or outright harmful. The hours put into financial reform should not be our measure of success, but rather the effectiveness of those reforms and their actual relationship to the causes of the financial crisis.

Chris Edwards | September 24, 2013

The following two charts show that spending and debt are already at remarkably high levels for peacetime, and CBO projections to 2050 show the situation getting much worse.

Mike Shedlock | September 24, 2013

Heaven forbid that any baby steps towards normalization reduce "excess liquidity" causing interest rates to rise, either in the US or Eurozone.

Armstrong Williams | September 24, 2013

I can tell you several things that did not cause the Navy Yard Shootings last week: AR-15s, video games, and partisanship. On the flip side, I can tell you what contributed to the massacre: mental instability, poor security, and a failure of the vaunted clearance system and NSA.

Daniel J. Mitchell | September 24, 2013

So while England’s big-government approach puts people on waiting lines and causes needless deaths, America’s big-government approach causes third-party payer which cripples the free market and leads to high prices and inefficiency.

Political Calculations | September 24, 2013

Individual stock prices, like Apple's, are really volatile over time, as there is often a lot of speculation (or noise) affecting them in addition to the more fundamental driver of their dividends.

Mon, Sep 23, 2013

John Hawkins | September 23, 2013

Defunding Obamacare is a great idea and I'm not just saying that because I was the first one to promote the concept in March of 2010.

David Limbaugh | September 23, 2013

"They tell us, sir, that we are weak, unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be next week or the next year?"

Mytheos Holt | September 23, 2013

In the recent Hammer Horror film The Woman in Black, lawyer Arthur Kipps (played by erstwhile Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe) undertakes the project of sorting through the possessions of a deceased woman at her late home, Eel Marsh House.

Janet M. LaRue | September 23, 2013

Texas doesn’t have an ObamaCare Exchange—we have the Alamo. Sen. Ted Cruz is our contemporary William B. Travis, commandant of the Alamo and defender of liberty.

Rich Galen | September 23, 2013

Here we go again. Like the Voice o' Doom during the trailer for an upcoming horror movie we are being told again and again that we are facing the end of the political, fiscal, and monetary world if we get into a government shutdown situation next week.

Dan Holler | September 23, 2013

Although the Senate has not begun debate on the House-passed year-end funding bill that permanently defunds Obamacare (H.J.Res.59), some pundits and politicians are going to great lengths to confuse the public, muddle the message and protect Obamacare funding.

Kurt Schlichter | September 23, 2013

I have to admit that the Congressional GOP’s Obamacare defunding strategy has me a little nervous – mostly because it just might work. When the GOP does something clever, I start looking for the other three horsemen of the apocalypse.

Star Parker | September 23, 2013

Forty-six percent say the media is too liberal and just 13 percent think it's too conservative.

John Ransom | September 23, 2013

Civil disobedience today isn’t just a right given to us by our Creator, but a duty for those who wish to re-establish a government of laws, not men.

Katie Kieffer | September 23, 2013

For the first time in five years, the conventional media prefers Russian President Vladimir Putin over U.S. President Barack Obama. Has Vladimir sent American journalists cases of Russian vodka? Or are they fed up with Barack?

Lisa De Pasquale | September 23, 2013

After several years of interviewing politicians, writers, entertainers and activists, I’ve learned that there are people who are only smart or funny in person and people who are only smart or funny in print.

Terry Paulson | September 23, 2013

A leader's job is to keep hope alive. But as more and more Americans slip into prolonged unemployment and struggle to sustain their own confidence, hope is giving way to lower expectations.

Rachel Alexander | September 23, 2013

The left is in a frenzy over the American agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto and other agribusinesses that tinker with crop genetics.

Paul Greenberg | September 23, 2013

Dear Job Applicant,...

Matt Barber | September 23, 2013

“I do not want to drive across a bridge designed by an engineer who believed the numbers in structural stress models are relative truths.”

Morgan Brittany | September 23, 2013

There has been a shift within the last few months within the GOP as well as the Democrat parties. Both know that the American people do not like Obamacare. Every day they see what is coming at them, and they are voicing their concerns to Congress.

Mike Shedlock | September 23, 2013

"What would a future without fractional-reserve banking look like?"

Daniel J. Mitchell | September 23, 2013

Recipients are being charged for a hamburger, they’re getting a hamburger, but taxpayers (the ones who make up the funding gap) are being charged for a steak.

Political Calculations | September 23, 2013

Anticipating the upward market move that would accompany such a policy adjustment, could select investors have been buying up stocks at comparatively low prices in advance of the announcement, driving up stock prices in such a way that they were really communicating that the Fed would keep the status quo with its QE program?

Tad DeHaven | September 23, 2013

I would like to believe that, having been badly burned in recent years, the Gallup poll reflects a growing recognition by the public that there is no Wizard of Oz residing in Washington.

Michael Tanner | September 23, 2013

Capitalism threatened the old social order. And it still does so today. Race, religion, gender, and sexual orientation are irrelevant, enabling individuals to rise above social attitudes and historical discrimination.

Sun, Sep 22, 2013

John Ransom | September 22, 2013

Does anyone find a state-sponsored cartoon with the lyrics "Long Live Oregonians" ironic as assisted suicide in Oregon hit an all-time high in 2012? The scary thing is that this could get even get MORE Orwellian. Thanks Obamacare.

Paul Jacob | September 22, 2013

How not to do foreign policy? How it is now done, in Washington, DC.

Derek Hunter | September 22, 2013

If there’s one thing liberals/progressives can’t handle it is being held to their own standards. They support higher taxes but shelter their wealth in trusts and tax havens, which already is earned and no longer taxable as income, so they can avoid the death tax.

Ken Blackwell | September 22, 2013

In Washington, D.C., one of our most stately buildings is undergoing an extensive renovation. The Free Public Library, Northeast Branch is probably the library closest to Capitol Hill.

Austin Hill | September 22, 2013

The jobs report looks good. The jobs report wasn’t as bad as anticipated. There are fewer people working, but that’s okay - the unemployment rate still dropped last month.

Doug Giles | September 22, 2013

Is anyone else ticked that we’ve all been forced to know the now-dead-and-in-hell piece of shiitake named Aaron Alexis? However livid we may be, I’m sure it can’t compare to the rage the family members and friends of the ones he mowed down must feel.

Bruce Bialosky | September 22, 2013

As a regular reader of this column, you are acutely aware of the crisis in college education and particularly the soaring costs.

Paul Driessen | September 22, 2013

My daughter had just learned she would have to endure still more chemotherapy for her leukemia. A tear welled up in her eye. But she quickly stopped herself, and her steely resolve returned.

Steve Chapman | September 22, 2013

If and when the U.S. attack on Syria takes place, it will be different in some ways from any previous intervention. But it will have one thing in common with every war the United States has fought in the past 50 years: B-52s will be available for the fight.

Michael Youssef | September 22, 2013

It has been said a million times (and now a million and one) that those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

Deroy Murdock | September 22, 2013

Israel routinely gets crucified by its enemies, not least for the behavior of the Israeli military. The Jewish state’s reckless soldiers eagerly spill Arab blood, as if for sport. Or so the story goes.

Marita Noon | September 22, 2013

In the war on coal, the war on energy, the war on jobs, the war on the economy—there’ve been no pin-pricks. It is a full on assault.

Night Watch | September 22, 2013

The Islamist militant groups have been trying to establish control of the border towns for a year, but today they finally had some success, at least for a while.

Mike Shedlock | September 22, 2013

The highest costs are over $60,000 per year. And that is just tuition and books, not just room and board.

Political Calculations | September 22, 2013

If the checking we've done with other sources is any indication, our tool turns out to be surprisingly accurate. And although it's not designed to do this particular math, we've validated the "loss-of-subsidy" effect on the out-of-pocket cost of health insurance for making one penny more than ObamaCare's subsidy eligibility level that CNBC described.

Daniel J. Mitchell | September 22, 2013

Politicians will then direct doctors and others to collect information that the government shouldn’t possess.

Heidi Harris | September 22, 2013

What would the IBAP say about the money I spend on Rimadyl, or the GALLONS of Nature’s Miracle I clean my carpet with, or special food I give her? She’s 100 years old, in dog years. She’s lived a good life, and I have other dogs, so why bother?

Ransom Notes Radio | September 22, 2013

Harry Reid was the 'Ezra Klein is an Idiot' award winner this week when he regaled the Senate with a fascinating story (yawn) about how he likes to relax by grocery shopping. He even knows what $4.00 or $4.50 will buy at the Ritz Carlton gift shop!