Sat, Dec 28, 2013

Doug Giles | December 28, 2013

I hate New Year’s resolutions. The reason? Well, it’s not so much the well-meaning, lofty—yet ofttimes delusional—resolutions many of us spout off at midnight (wasted, of course) … it’s because of the lack of sober follow through once January 1st smacks us in the face. Yep, as Al Gore once famously said, amidst all our good intentions, “it’s hard for a zebra to change its spots.” More than likely most of us will revert back to the way we’ve always been.

Diana West | December 28, 2013

In the interest of tying up some loose ends, here are a few updates before the new year.

Brent Bozell | December 28, 2013

Let's assess the winners and losers in American culture for 2013. Our first obvious winner is "Duck Dynasty" and its Phil Robertson.

Ken Blackwell | December 28, 2013

Education is the great equalizer. Yet, while President Obama was talking earlier this month about how minority and underprivileged Americans need a “decent education,” his Department of Education (ED) was pushing more onerous regulations that would have the opposite effect.

Hank Adler | December 28, 2013

We, of course, face another debt limit battle early in 2014.

Caroline Glick | December 28, 2013

Until his arrest in October 2003, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the oligarch and oil executive, was the richest man in Russia. He might have still been the richest man in Russia today if he hadn’t started thinking about politics.

Mike Shedlock | December 28, 2013

The irony and hypocrisy in chancellor Angela Merkel's first parliamentary speech of her third term would be astounding were it not par for the "Everything for Germany" course of action.

Steve Deace | December 28, 2013

Predicting what will be the top 10 stories of 2014, including politics, pop culture, sports, and national security.

Michael Schaus | December 28, 2013

She is obviously, after all, not looking for an increase in income… She’s looking for more money for less work. And that attitude, more than corporate profits or the minimum wage law, is likely to blame for her diminutive pay.

Tad DeHaven | December 28, 2013

It’s my opinion that reporters often insufficiently examine how state and local politicians spend federal tax dollars. Heck, I’m even surprised when a reporter mentions that the money originated from Uncle Sam to begin with.

Charles Payne | December 28, 2013

All of those end-of-the-year lists are being complied, and they promise to be a serious challenge when determining what were the worst business and worst political blunders.

Night Watch | December 28, 2013

If the Brotherhood persists in continuing protests, as they announced today, they will make it easier for the police to identify, track and arrest the most courageous and foolhardy Brothers, which is what the police want.

Michael Tanner | December 28, 2013

As this session of the 113th Congress draws to a merciful close, much of the punditry has picked up on the refrain that this is the “most unproductive Congress in history.” Indeed, this Congress has passed just 28 bills, easily eclipsing the previous record for inactivity set by Congress in 2012.

Ransom Notes Radio | December 28, 2013

MSNBC had a truly bizarre discussion about Jesus, sexuality, and freedom of speech… And, apparently, Christians are all somewhat gay cannibals. Michael Schaus also spoke with Amity Shlaes about the conservative legacy of Calvin Coolidge. (Yeah, strange topics. But, c’mon: It’s an hour long show... On a Friday.)

Daniel J. Mitchell | December 28, 2013

The goal isn’t simply to repeal the President’s bad policy. That merely gets us back to where we were in 2009. We need to figure out how to restore market forces to healthcare, and that means undoing decades of misguided government intervention.

Fri, Dec 27, 2013

Michael Brown | December 27, 2013

In the aftermath of the allegedly “homophobic” comments made by Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson, the man known as “America’s most famous rabbi” has offered a dissenting opinion. Between the rabbi and the duck hunter, who got it right?

Hugh Hewitt | December 27, 2013

The Gang of 15 are enjoying what should be their last unscheduled weekend before Election Night 2016 - or their drop-out from the race.

Michael Schaus | December 27, 2013

Rep. Rhonda Fields, a Colorado legislator who lacks the capacity to digest the meaning of the word “criminal”, said that dozens of criminals would be walking around with guns if it wasn't for Colorado's new gun laws. Meanwhile, many law-abiding citizens likely committed a new crime this Christmas when they unwittingly circumvented the state’s “universal background” check by giving a gun as a gift to family or friends.

Paul Driessen | December 27, 2013

Former Durham, NC district attorney Mike Nifong was disbarred for withholding evidence from the defense and lying to the court in the trumped-up Duke lacrosse team rape case. Ex-Boston crime lab technician Annie Dookhan was prosecuted for faking test results and contaminating drug samples, to get accused dealers convicted. In both cases, charges against their victims were dismissed or are under review.

Donald Lambro | December 27, 2013

Where is the high level sense of outrage? Where are the words of condemnation that are commensurate with the brutal, murderous actions against innocent civilians? They seem to be all but absent as Assad unleashes mass bombings that are just as deadly as his previous use of chemical weapons.

Linda Chavez | December 27, 2013

With days to go before recreational pot use becomes legal in Colorado, those of us who live in Boulder are wondering what will change. Marijuana use is already ubiquitous. Open up the free newspapers on campus at the University of Colorado, and ads for "medical" marijuana fill the pages. Funny how a "medicine" whose primary benefits are restricted to glaucoma, chemotherapy-induced nausea and peripheral neuropathy -- conditions far more likely to afflict the elderly -- is being marketed to college kids. But, come January 1, pot entrepreneurs will be able to push Purple Haze, Blue Rhino and Sour Diesel without the fig leaf.

Pat Buchanan | December 27, 2013

By their heroes shall you know them.

David Limbaugh | December 27, 2013

At Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, whom we Christians believe is the second person of the divine Trinity, who took on human form to experience our sufferings, die for us and make our salvation possible.

Mona Charen | December 27, 2013

The wheels began to come off Obamacare in 2011 when the administration announced that the "CLASS Act," a provision to provide long-term disability care, was, in the words of Kathleen Sebelius, "totally unsustainable," and would be discontinued.

Michael Barone | December 27, 2013

Christmastime is an occasion for families to come together. But the family is not what it used to be, as my former American Enterprise Institute colleague Nick Schulz argues in his short AEI book "Home Economics: The Consequences of Changing Family Structure."

John Ransom | December 27, 2013

Dateline: February, 2014- Obama firmly responds to higher insurance premiums caused by Obamacare with an executive order that postpones all illnesses until after the 2016 presidential election.

Mike Shedlock | December 27, 2013

A group of 51 school children in Texas spent the week before Christmas making Christmas cards for veterans. According to the VA, the kids made a mistake by saying "Merry Christmas".

Daniel J. Mitchell | December 27, 2013

It’s time to extinguish any lingering Christmas cheer. Today’s topic is over-bearing and tyrannical tax administration.

Charles Payne | December 27, 2013

Right now, it's safe to say the US economy is heating up, and while it is too early for superlatives like cookin with gas, momentum is pointing in the right direction. But, it's too soon to be cocky or to confuse a resilient economy with proof that economic policies are working.

Ransom Notes Radio | December 27, 2013

It’s hard to argue that we are still a nation of laws when one man (residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue) can unilaterally change the effect of duly passed legislation. Ilya Shapiro, with Cato, joined the program to discuss the many ways Obama is trying to shred the Constitution.

Night Watch | December 27, 2013

A report from a North Korean source to a Japanese news outlet says that Kim Jong Un did not expect his uncle to be shot immediately and is despondent because he is responsible for his uncle's death.

Jerry Bowyer | December 27, 2013

I sat down in front of a microphone and an open Skype line recently to engage in a wide ranging discussion with one of the most interesting thinkers in America today, Father Robert Sirico, founder of the Acton Institute.

Thu, Dec 26, 2013

Paul Greenberg | December 26, 2013

Seamus Peter O'Toole was an alcoholic and actor but, thankfully, not in that order. He would win worldwide recognition after he played the title role in David Lean's magnificent "Lawrence of Arabia," which was not only a grand spectacle but historically accurate in its broad outlines.

Kristan Hawkins | December 26, 2013

The New Year is a time of reflection and resolution. So many people get out their pens and paper, well maybe iPads and iPhones, and begin to reflect on the past year and how they can move forward for the better in the calendar year to come. But, some things are better left forgotten. This year, Planned Parenthood has a few things that they might not want to be so reflective about.

Cliff May | December 26, 2013

Just before Congress recessed for the holidays, 26 senators — 13 Democrats and 13 Republicans, led by Senators Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) and Mark Kirk (R., Ill.) — introduced the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2013. Its purpose: to ready new sanctions that would be triggered only if Iran’s rulers either fail to meet the obligations they have undertaken under a “Joint Plan of Action” or foot-drag on talks meant to lead to a “comprehensive agreement.”

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | December 26, 2013

The week between Christmas and New Years has always been one of my favorite times of the year. The hustle and bustle of Christmas is past, and the resolutions of the New Year have not yet kicked in, so the expectations and requirements are few.

Victor Davis Hanson | December 26, 2013

On almost every left-right issue that divides Democrats and Republicans -- as well as Republicans themselves -- there is a neglected populist constituency.

Derek Hunter | December 26, 2013

If there’s one thing at which conservatives and Republicans excel, it’s snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Republicans would control the Senate today were it not for poorly prepared candidates and badly run campaigns.

Cal Thomas | December 26, 2013

The outrage industry was in high dudgeon just before Christmas over remarks "Duck Dynasty" family patriarch, Phil Robertson, made to GQ magazine about homosexuality.

Emmett Tyrrell | December 26, 2013

In a recent and very good book, John L. Allen comes to the judgment that "Christians today indisputably are the most persecuted religious body on the planet," and he concludes that "the transcendent human rights concern of our time is this rarely noted persecution."

Mike Shedlock | December 26, 2013

?Traveling this holiday season? Whether yes or no, the TSA has 12 helpful hints about what you can and cannot carry on planes.

Daniel J. Mitchell | December 26, 2013

I must win the prize for being the biggest Christmas policy dork. I make this confession freely because there’s no other explanation for being very happy about this present from my girlfriend.

Ransom Notes Radio | December 26, 2013

Elbert Guillory, Louisiana State Senator and candidate for Lieutenant Governor, joined the program to discuss his challenges in running as an African American in a predominantly Democrat districts. Also, it’s coming up on Christmas… Are you planning on donating to charity?

Michael Schaus | December 26, 2013

Much like today, no-one wanted to go to New Jersey on December 26th, 1776. But, Washington and his men made the trek anyway, and ultimately emerged victorious in the Battle of Trenton. Now… If we could just remind DC what that whole skirmish in 1776 was all about…

Michael Tanner | December 26, 2013

Welfare advocates regularly urge Americans to look to the European welfare state as a model. At least in the case of the Netherlands, they might be on to something.

Wed, Dec 25, 2013

Bob Barr | December 25, 2013

According to the Chinese calendar, 2013 was the Year of the Snake. For Americans, however, the year just drawing to a close will be known as the Year of the Lie.

Jeff Jacoby | December 25, 2013

To the ancients, it was obvious that a mother would be proud to see her son return from the battlefield with the "gore-stained" armor of the man he has just killed.

Michelle Malkin | December 25, 2013

Consider this: Taylor Swift wasn't even born yet when the fight over the Mount Soledad cross began.

John Stossel | December 25, 2013

If you saw a fat man in a sleigh distributing presents this week, he was in violation of several government regulations.

Walter E. Williams | December 25, 2013

Politicians can be progressives, liberals, conservatives, Democrats or Republicans, and right-wingers. They just can't be dumb. The American people will never elect them to office. Let's look at it.

Brent Bozell | December 25, 2013

The New York Times published an unintentionally humorous headline on Dec. 23: "When '60 Minutes' Checks Its Journalistic Skepticism at the Door."

Jonah Goldberg | December 25, 2013

Normally at this time of year, the culture-war fight is over a guy with a white beard. That's true again this year.

John Ransom | December 25, 2013

You are hereby notified that there is an official embargo on your comments in the email and hate mail columns effective with this notice. You recent offerings have been so obtuse, so off-topic, so unintelligible that even Jay Carney, White House Press Jester, could only shrug when I asked him to translate.

Tim Phillips | December 25, 2013

Randy didn’t need Politifact to tell him that “if you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan” was the lie of the year. A Minnesotan senior citizen on a fixed income, he suffered two heart attacks earlier this year. Then he found out that Obamacare canceled his health insurance, a move that delayed the medical treatment that his life depended on.

Stuart Epperson, Jr. | December 25, 2013

The night was dark. The times were desperate. An oppressive government was calling for a universal tax and a young teenage girl was well advanced in her “crisis” pregnancy.

Caroline Glick | December 25, 2013

Like his supporters, US Secretary of State John Kerry has apparently been asleep for the past 20 years.

Suzanne Fields | December 25, 2013

'Tis the season of the long holiday for toilers in the Groves of Academe.

Ben Shapiro | December 25, 2013

A&E's indefinite suspension of "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson over his comments regarding homosexuality, and the subsequent backlash, is an important cultural moment in American life.

Austin Bay | December 25, 2013

Personal privacy has all but dead and gone, and we're the worse for it, in my opinion.

Paul Greenberg | December 25, 2013

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

Donald Lambro | December 25, 2013

In Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, there is a heart-wrenching scene of the struggling Cratchit family's meager meal that included a small goose and a tiny plum pudding.

Jacob Sullum | December 25, 2013

A few weeks ago, as the New York City Council's health committee considered a ban on using electronic cigarettes in public, several fans of the battery-powered devices sat in the audience, demonstrating their operation.

Rob Schwarzwalder | December 25, 2013

Barring impeachment (and those of us old enough to remember Watergate should dread the prospect) or an unforeseen tragedy, Barack Obama will be president for more than three years longer.

Charles Payne | December 25, 2013

So, today is the deadline for enrolling in ObamaCare for those seeking healthcare coverage at the start of 2014? This is the third deadline and more than likely, it will be followed by additional deadlines for hardship and goodwill exceptions, among other categories yet to be named.

Ken Connor | December 25, 2013

In exhorting Christians as to how they should behave toward one another, the Apostle Paul pointed to the example of Christ himself.

Mark W. Hendrickson | December 25, 2013

The entire country pauses on Dec. 25, as Christians commemorate the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, known to Christians as God’s Christ and Savior, and known to many as The Prince of Peace.

Political Calculations | December 25, 2013

Back in 1823, Clement C. Moore published the classic Christmas poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, which convinced the world, once and for all time, that Saint Nicholas (perhaps now better known as "Santa Claus") traveled the world in a miniature sleigh pulled by eight tiny reindeer.

Mike Shedlock | December 25, 2013

Those looking for economically illiterate proposals can have a field day reading Ezra Klein's "Wonkblog" on the Washington Post.

Daniel J. Mitchell | December 25, 2013

Normal people aren’t thinking about public policy at this time of year, but I’m a libertarian who has decided to fight against big government in Washington, so I’m definitely not normal and I could be a masochist.

Robert Knight | December 25, 2013

We went recently to Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Virginia, which is staging Christmas Town, a spectacular display of lights, rides and holiday themes.

Night Watch | December 25, 2013

New information indicates that Kim Jong Un was thoroughly drunk when he ordered the execution of the aides of his uncle, Chang Sung-taek in November.

Tue, Dec 24, 2013

Ann Coulter | December 24, 2013

It is a fact that Kwanzaa was invented in 1966 by a black radical FBI stooge, Ron Karenga -- aka Dr. Maulana Karenga -- founder of United Slaves, a violent nationalist rival to the Black Panthers. He was also a dupe of the FBI.

Bill Murchison | December 24, 2013

What a great tool for promoting your religion -- a mid-winter feast where everybody eats copious amounts of food, receives interesting gifts and hears or hums constantly your theological message.

Scottie Hughes | December 24, 2013

Millions of Americans have voiced their support for Phil Robertson over the past week. Where the liberal left met his comments about homosexuality with indignation, social conservatives saw Robertson’s outspokenness as a basic affirmation of the Bible.

Erick Erickson | December 24, 2013

One of the most popular theories and commonly taught explanations for why Christmas is on Dec. 25th is because the early church placed Christian holidays at times of Roman celebration to co-opt the local pagan festivals.

Chuck Norris | December 24, 2013

Lee Strobel earned a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale Law School, became the award-winning legal editor of the Chicago Tribune and was a spiritual skeptic until 1981.

Michael Barone | December 24, 2013

Sometimes it seems like things are upside down.

David Limbaugh | December 24, 2013

A&E's suspension of Phil Robertson for expressing his politically incorrect, Bible-based opinion on homosexual behavior has turned out to be a blessing in disguise and serves as an object lesson for Christian and other social conservatives, as well as other lovers of liberty.

John Ransom | December 24, 2013

The rich, white Liberals who control Chicago, and the black politicians who enable them, seem ill informed about the vast safety desert that they have created in fifty years of progressive rule.

Mona Charen | December 24, 2013

I wouldn't volunteer to be Phil Robertson's speechwriter. He chooses his words too carelessly. But with Christmas arriving, it's worth pausing a moment to consider two other faces of Christianity today.

Cal Thomas | December 24, 2013

Each year during the period of conspicuous consumption known as Christmas shopping, I try to think of a gift that will not be returned, exchanged or forgotten before next Christmas.

Dennis Prager | December 24, 2013

As a Jew, and a religious one at that, I want to wish my fellow Americans a Merry Christmas.

Pat Buchanan | December 24, 2013

Pope Francis' call for a truce notwithstanding, the culture war rages on in America.

Debra J. Saunders | December 24, 2013

The Department of Justice should get a new name -- like the Department That Can See No Evil, the Department of Dungeons or the Department of Cover-ups.

Rachel Marsden | December 24, 2013

By the looks of it, U.S. President Barack Obama may be close to joining the French in taking on the Chinese -- in Africa.

Rebecca Hagelin | December 24, 2013

What do Duck Dynasty and Christmas have in common?

Susan Stamper Brown | December 24, 2013

Driving around last week as I finished my last bit of Christmas shopping, it seemed like Duck Dynasty merchandise was everywhere. Who would have thought, in 2013 the hottest gift ideas would involve rednecks from Louisiana? What's more, I never would have believed anything the "Duck" family said would be a source of national controversy.

Bill Gunderson | December 24, 2013

Step One is the investor fresh from one of the big wire houses. The kind that runs big ads on TV. These portfolios are full of well known stocks that ran out of gas years ago. Maybe they are still good companies. But good stocks? No.

Laura Hollis | December 24, 2013

“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.’” -Luke 2:13-14

John Kass | December 24, 2013

For all the children who should be loved always, but especially on this wondrous night, with our arms around them and a long good-night kiss on the temple, a kiss more precious than anything wrapped in a box.

Peter Schiff | December 24, 2013

The press has framed Ben Bernanke's valedictory press conference last week in heroic terms. It's as if a veteran quarterback engineered a stunning come-from-behind drive in his final game, and graciously bowed out of the game with the ball sitting on the opponent's one-yard line.

Mike Shedlock | December 24, 2013

Blackstone Group LP, the world's largest private equity firm, became the largest owner of rental homes in the U.S. , acquiring 41,000 homes in the past two years.

Night Watch | December 24, 2013

The military-backed government continues to move on multiple fronts to establish a more stable civil order. The multiplication of charges against Mursi is aimed a suppressing the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood at all costs through legal actions.

Marvin Olasky | December 24, 2013

We may not have all the answers, but the truth of Christmas should undergird us.

Bill Tatro | December 24, 2013

Two thousand years ago, shepherds and wise men followed a star — a bright beacon of light that led them to a simple baby lying in a manger. Since that time, many have come forward to declare that they are the way, the path to a better life, the new light born to bring change.

Armstrong Williams | December 24, 2013

What explosive emotions have erupted when Megyn Kelly of Fox news declared that our Jesus and Santa were white men? Let me focus on Jesus, which will readily address the Santa nonsense.

Daniel J. Mitchell | December 24, 2013

Last year, while writing about the sleazy and self-serving behavior at the IRS, I came up with a Theorem that explains day-to-day behavior in Washington.

Charles Payne | December 24, 2013

With a little more than a week remaining in 2013, it feels like the nation dodged a worst-case scenario, and actually has a little wind in its sails. The question now is the level of confidence needed to build enough momentum.

Ralph Benko | December 24, 2013

If the central bank’s goal is to avoid sustained inflation or deflation, then the target should be to influence the supply of cash to the economy to equal the level of desired cash balances. To attain this, the central bank has to abandon hyperactive open market operations and activate the discount rate.

Mon, Dec 23, 2013

Michael Gerson | December 23, 2013

'Tis the season for creche display controversies and public school decoration debates and First Amendment argumentation, when all the ideologues get a little extra outrage or victimization in their stockings.

Byron York | December 23, 2013

2014 will be the year Republicans are forced to deal with the Obamacare Trap, helpfully set for them by the Democratic authors of the Affordable Care Act.

Rachel Alexander | December 23, 2013

With Duck Dynasty in the news over remarks made by one of its cast members, some conservatives are questioning the very existence of reality TV shows

Rich Galen | December 23, 2013

I’ve been trying to ignore the whole Phil Robertson – Duck Dynasty thing.

Matt Barber | December 23, 2013

As widely reported, Phil Robertson, the patriarch in A&E’s breakaway hit “Duck Dynasty,” recently ran a-fowl of homosexual pressure groups, ruffling “progressive” feathers throughout concentrated pockets of deep blue America. He remains suspended “indefinitely” for candidly summarizing, in a recent interview with GQ Magazine, the millennia-long “Love the sinner, hate the sin” biblical stance on homosexual practice.

Kurt Schlichter | December 23, 2013

Political predictions are tricky, but if you just assume that Democrats will expand government and their own power at the expense of yours, you’re already batting .800.

Star Parker | December 23, 2013

Phil Robertson, star of A&E hit reality show Duck Dynasty, has been suspended from the show because of “anti-gay” remarks he made in an interview with GQ Magazine.

David Stokes | December 23, 2013

At the risk of having at least some of what I am about to share misunderstood, I venture a few thoughts on the current Phil Robertson-Duck Dynasty -A&E story.

Matthew Needham | December 23, 2013

Last Thursday, Republican Representative Paul Ryan and Democratic Senator Patty Murray struck a federal budget deal for the next two years. They have presented the agreement as a bipartisan, deficit-cutting solution to the nation’s fiscal problems.

John Ransom | December 23, 2013

Isn’t this the line that the liberal oligarchy uses when conservatives question global warming, Paul Krugman, Obamacare or gay marriage? "Who made you an expert?"

Katie Kieffer | December 23, 2013

Looking to celebrate Christmas in a ‘Happy Holidays’ America? You’re in luck. America has an opulence of her very own Christmas traditions that are both fun and spiritually fulfilling.

Wayne Allyn Root | December 23, 2013

Something amazing is happening in America. An awakening. More people showed support for Phil Robertson (the star of “Duck Dynasty”) in 24 hours than signed up for Obamacare in its first few months.

Scott Erickson | December 23, 2013

If one were to believe the laudatory tones coming from within the Obama administration following the late-November conclusion of negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program, it would not be unreasonable to conclude that the vast array of threats facing the United States had diminished slightly.

Mark Baisley | December 23, 2013

While he is credited for the construction of significant monuments, including the Wailing Wall, Herod also built a reputation as a cruel madman.

Michael Schaus | December 23, 2013

If we have learned anything about Bloomberg during his time as dictator (um… er… “Mayor”) of New York, it’s that he feels justified in imposing his personal life-style choices on others. And he’s been largely successful. After all, who’s going to organize a “smoker’s pride parade,” or a “super-sized-soda sit-in”?

Shawn Mitchell | December 23, 2013

When it comes to Brooks representing conservative views at the New York Times and on the News Hour, I propose we trade David for Arthur.

Daniel J. Mitchell | December 23, 2013

Public sectors used to consume only about 10 percent of economic output during the 1800s when nations became rich, but now the burden of government spending averages more than 40 percent of GDP.

Krista Kafer | December 23, 2013

Merry holiday music plays in the doctor's office when a man hears the cancer has returned. It strikes a discordant note. At a crowded Christmas party, a widow reaches to hold a hand that is no longer there and feels more alone than ever. At times, it is hard to reconcile the cheer of the season and the hardships of life.

Mike Shedlock | December 23, 2013

On December 19, Target disclosed that hackers gained access to as many as 40 million credit and debit cards used by customers of Target during the height of the holiday shopping season, in one of the biggest data breaches in history.

Political Calculations | December 23, 2013

Sean Parnell, who helped us with the development of our "Obamacare: Should You Pay the Premium or the Tax?" tool, has been working on how to get effective and affordable health insurance coverage without dealing with Obamacare.

Sun, Dec 22, 2013

Jeff Jacoby | December 22, 2013

The federal court decision this month that struck down most of Utah's anti-polygamy law as unconstitutional is a fresh reminder that slippery-slope arguments, so frequently ridiculed, deserve more respect than they get.

Doug Giles | December 22, 2013

Let me see if I have this right. According to the Thought Police, Duck Dynasty’s patriarch Phil Robertson is a bigot because he said what the majority of the planet believes namely, that men prefer a woman’s yoo-hoo instead of a man’s Chattahoochee canal?

Derek Hunter | December 22, 2013

I’m not a fan of Duck Dynasty. There, I said it. I know that’s not something a conservative is supposed to say because we’re all stereotypes in the eyes of progressives, but I had to unburden myself of that.

Derek Khanna | December 22, 2013

Recently, Wikileaks published a portion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Treaty. The leaked chapter was on intellectual property, and it demonstrates how the US Trade Representative must fix this portion of this massive treaty before it is signed to protect the free market from cronyism, and to ensure that we are not locked into imprudent policies.

Paul Jacob | December 22, 2013

Charity is on your mind. So be mindful of it: some forms of charity work better than others . . . and much better than government "entitlements."

Austin Hill | December 22, 2013

You’ve got to hand it to President Obama’s partisans among the pundits: they won’t be deterred, no matter how bad the President’s policies prove to be.

Kevin McCullough | December 22, 2013

This week A&E television made one of the dumbest business moves in the history of broadcast media.

John Ransom | December 22, 2013

If you had all the information to make a decision, being a liberal, you’d likely come to the wrong conclusion anyway. But here’s the information for everyone else.

Caroline Glick | December 22, 2013

In the 1960s, the American Left embraced the anti-Vietnam War movement as its cri de coeur. In the 1970s, the Left’s foreign policy focus shifted to calling for unilateral nuclear disarmament by the US and its Western allies.

Debra J. Saunders | December 22, 2013

President Obama commuted the sentences of eight crack-cocaine offenders Thursday, including that of Clarence Aaron, who was serving a sentence of life without parole for a first-time nonviolent drug conviction when he was 23.

Bruce Bialosky | December 22, 2013

On Friday morning, the day after Thanksgiving, while others are busy rushing around trying to get bargains on sweaters and toys, I take out my ever-burgeoning collection of Christmas music to be listened to over the ensuing few weeks.

Steve Chapman | December 22, 2013

The course of freedom and democracy in the world is an evolutionary process, though sometimes it proceeds in the wrong direction. Wines have good years and bad years. If 2013 were a wine, you'd use it to kill weeds.

Mike Shedlock | December 22, 2013

Even though household formation by millennials is at a record low percentage, home sales are at modest levels thanks to investor all-cash buying.

David Williams | December 22, 2013

After being accused by Republicans and Democrats alike of corporate cronyism and ruining American businesses, the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) is seeking to soften its image and has recently named Charles J. “C.J.” Hall as its executive vice president and chief risk officer. Unfortunately, the newly appointed risk officer will do little to ameliorate Congressional concerns as the Bank has many institutional problems that need to be immediately addressed.

John Bennett | December 22, 2013

Charlie Brown [yelling]: Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about!?

Marita Noon | December 22, 2013

I, then, explained what I call the Obama Doctrine—his primary mode of operation: “Reward your friends, punish your opposition.”

Night Watch | December 22, 2013

The Pyongyang government continues to insist that conditions are normal. In one sense, the roundup of relatives of an executed traitor is normal. If they are not executed themselves, they will remain in prison work camps until they die or the regime changes.

Douglas MacKinnon | December 22, 2013

For those who believe in traditional values, Christmas, and the holiday season in general for all those of faith, represent a very special and even sacred time of reflection, gratitude and hope.

Political Calculations | December 22, 2013

Ready for another bizarre parallel with the Obamacare fiasco? Let's check in with the people with the greatest incentive to sign up for benefits.

Ransom Notes Radio | December 22, 2013

Obama’s brother has written a book – and he took a couple shots at the President’s uncanny ability to lie.