Sat, Jan 04, 2014

John Hawkins | January 04, 2014

After the last century, it shouldn't even be controversial to assert that the more a nation focuses on income inequality, the more it hurts the poor.

John C. Goodman | January 04, 2014

"Inequality is the defining challenge of our time," according to President Obama. It's certainly the topic of the day for Paul Krugman, Joe Stiglitz and a whole raft of liberal pundits.

Caroline Glick | January 04, 2014

The New York Times just delivered a mortal blow to the Obama administration and its Middle East policy. Call it fratricide. It was clearly unintentional. Indeed, is far from clear that the paper realizes what it has done.

Humberto Fontova | January 04, 2014

GLAAD needs a makeover. Their Queer Eye for Straight Guy Phil Robertson blew up in their face. Just ask A&E.

John Ransom | January 04, 2014

In the late 1970s Donald Rumsfeld took an ailing Illinois company from tough times to accolades by bringing offshore corporate money back home. And along the way, he gave me a job.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | January 04, 2014

My wife and I are like most Americans. We are sure to check our doors before leaving the house and turn the burglar alarm on. It just makes sense.

Hank Adler | January 04, 2014

?Conventional wisdom, the internet and his successful Sunday evening television show are feeding the fuel for a presidential run by Governor Huckabee in 2016. This could be a good thing, perhaps a very good thing.

Phil Kerpen | January 04, 2014

Just before Christmas, the Obama administration issued a blanket waiver for millions of Americans from the individual mandate requiring purchase of government-approved health insurance.

Night Watch | January 04, 2014

China eventually will base an aircraft carrier task group at Sanya to protect Chinese territorial waters and island claims in the South China Sea.

Peter Brookes | January 04, 2014

This week’s terrorist bombings in Russia allegedly perpetrated by Islamist militants from the Caucasus region should be of deep concern to us — and not just because of the Winter Olympic Games next month in Sochi.

Bill Tatro | January 04, 2014

I just love the title, “Ten Easy Ways to Make Money.” In fact, it made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. No, they weren’t my words, they were recently written by a columnist from another publication. Moreover, this “Ten Easy Ways” title hearkened me back to those wonderful days of the Roaring Twenties.

Bob Beauprez | January 04, 2014

A group of state Attorneys General have sent a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius slamming the Obama Administration for violating the Constitutional limits on the President's authority.

Roger Schlesinger | January 04, 2014

The goal of the modern progressive party is equality for all. Does that mean I will be as rich as Bill Gates is now, or does it mean that Bill Gates is heading for an awful drubbing, and will be as "rich" as I am, right now?

Fri, Jan 03, 2014

Larry Kudlow | January 03, 2014

Marijuana can be a gateway to harder drugs.

Diana West | January 03, 2014

The reporting on China's commemoration of the 120th birthday of Mao Zedong all seemed to come from the same angle. Festivities were "understated" (AP). Events were "scaled back" (Reuters).

Michelle Malkin | January 03, 2014

Is President Obama sleeping well on his Hawaiian holiday? I can think of many families of American soldiers who might not be enjoying the same bliss right now.

Dr. Ben Carson | January 03, 2014

By keeping large groups of Americans complacent and afraid of challenging authority, the position, wealth and status of those in power is secure.

Michael Barone | January 03, 2014

In 1793, the envoy Lord Macartney appeared before the Qianlong emperor in Beijing and asked for British trading rights in China. "Our ways have no resemblance to yours, and even were your envoy competent to acquire some rudiments of them, he could not transport them to your barbarous land," the long-reigning (1736-96) emperor replied in a letter to King George III.

Jonah Goldberg | January 03, 2014

On Jan. 1, the Centennial State (it hasn't yet changed its nickname to "The Rocky Mountain High State") became the first place in the country to legalize marijuana sales for recreational purposes. And Brandon Harris is stoked.

David Limbaugh | January 03, 2014

A number of news items from the past few days underscore the painful reality that liberals are wholly unrepentant about their exploitation of the race issue and have no intention of changing their ways.

Mona Charen | January 03, 2014

"We will restore science to its rightful place ... " So intoned a "dismissive and derisive" President Barack Obama in his first inaugural. It's been oft quoted in the five years since (frequently by me, I'll confess) for its arrogance and condescension, which has continuing relevance, but before turning to the left's latest departure from scientific rigor, I cannot resist a fuller quotation.

Ken Blackwell | January 03, 2014

It was a rare and welcome victory for religious freedom for our all-volunteer military. Congress approved—and President Obama the day after Christmas signed—the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Pat Buchanan | January 03, 2014

With twin suicide bombings in Volgograd, at a train station and on a trolley, 34 Russians are dead and scores are injured and hospitalized.

Suzanne Fields | January 03, 2014

The New Year explodes with dire prophesies for men and women and their mating patterns. If they're correct, or even close to it, the lot of men will not be a happy one -- nor will the women who love them (and want one of their own).

Linda Chavez | January 03, 2014

Does it make sense to allow someone who has broken our immigration laws to be admitted to the practice of law?

John Ransom | January 03, 2014

The great thing about the weather is that it happens every day and, as Mark Twain said, everyone talks about it, but nobody ever does anything about it. That’s because, as Twain’s deadpan implies, you can’t actually do much about the weather.

Paul Greenberg | January 03, 2014

Ordinary? 1927? It was anything but. If any year was grand and glorious in modern American history, and yet a portent of the tragedies and terrors to come, it was 1927.

Donald Lambro | January 03, 2014

One of Obamacare's worst mandates that threatens to undermine our religious freedoms has run into a small, determined band of Catholic nuns.

Cliff May | January 03, 2014

The members of the American Studies Association care deeply about historical truth, which is why they protested so strenuously when, over Christmas, Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas called Jesus “a Palestinian messenger.

Erick Erickson | January 03, 2014

Last October, President Obama in a White House speech, said, "Let me remind everybody that the Affordable Care Act is not just a website; it's much more." It is much more and far worse than most realized.

Night Watch | January 03, 2014

On 1 January Kim Jong Un delivered his second annual New Year's address. As usual it was a paean to North Korean advancement. It contained some guidance, but mostly it was an inconsistent and bland jumble of themes.

Charlotte Hays | January 03, 2014

If you liked your holidays, one reason may have been that President Obama was on the golf course and not behind the teleprompter. Like Pat Sajak—who famously tweeted that he never thought he’d find somebody else’s vacation so relaxing—I have loved every minute of President Obama’s Hawaiian idyll.

Jack Kerwick | January 03, 2014

“Thank you for your service.” Whenever these words are uttered, it is always—always—a soldier to whom they are directed.

Thu, Jan 02, 2014

Victor Davis Hanson | January 02, 2014

Lots of things that should have happened in 2013 did not. We were supposed to have long ago reached "peak oil" and an age of always-higher gas prices. Wind and solar power -- and a reduced lifestyle -- were our dismal future.

Derek Hunter | January 02, 2014

Conservatives are the party of hate. This must be true, right? I heard it on the News. NBC News makes this point on its 24-hour cable news network at least 15 times per hour, and NBC is a “respected news source …” right?

Larry Elder | January 02, 2014

Michael Steele, then-chair of the Republican National Committee, criticized Obama's stimulus plan as "a wish list from a lot of people who have been on the sidelines for years ... to get a little bling, bling."

Cal Thomas | January 02, 2014

In his State of the Union address on Jan. 8, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson declared a "war on poverty." Today, with roughly the same number of people below the poverty level as in 1964 and with many addicted to government "benefits," robbing them of a work ethic, it is clear that the poor have mostly lost the war.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | January 02, 2014

It's the beginning of a new year and a great chance to start over -- but how? Here are 10 ways to gain a fresh start in 2014.

John Ransom | January 02, 2014

At the stroke of midnight, in different time zones, two dopes made history in 2014

Matt Towery | January 02, 2014

Could there be a group that looks more insular, elitist and out of touch than the U.S. Chamber of Commerce?

Betsy McCaughey | January 02, 2014

2013 was the year of Obamacare whoppers. But the nastiest truth about the health law is still to be exposed – the tightening hold the federal government will have over your doctor, even if you’re paying with private insurance. Obama said “you’re not going to have anybody getting in between you and your doctor in your decision making.” It was a lie from day one, just like the president’s other sales pitches.

Emmett Tyrrell | January 02, 2014

"What you're seeing is how a civilization commits suicide," observes Camille Paglia, the learned iconoclast and professor of humanities at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Ransom Notes Radio | January 02, 2014

Looking back on 2013, it was a weird collection of news. Michael Schaus ran through the top Ransom Notes stories, the top ten ways government is wasting money, and the number one reason to never root for the Baltimore Ravens… Ever…

Douglas MacKinnon | January 02, 2014

All the mainstream media love to trumpet the winning of the now sadly tainted and greatly devalued Pulitzer Prize, given almost exclusively to left-leaning journalists from a left-leaning committee.

Wed, Jan 01, 2014

Michelle Malkin | January 01, 2014

New Year's Day should be a time of fresh beginnings and forward motion. But for the family of 13-year-old Jahi McMath, the holiday season has been suspended in a cloud of unfathomable pain and suffering: A routine tonsillectomy gone wrong. A beautiful child declared "brain dead." Lawyers, TV cameras, tears.

John Stossel | January 01, 2014

My TV producers asked our Facebook audience to vote for a topic they'd most like to hear discussed on my year-end show. The overwhelming winner, for some reason: the education standards program Common Core.

Walter E. Williams | January 01, 2014

Here's a question that I've asked in the past that needs to be revisited. Unless one wishes to obfuscate, it has a simple yes or no answer.

Brent Bozell | January 01, 2014

I've not read the official obituaries because they are predictable. "Billionaire." "Reclusive." "GOP donor." "Swift Boat Vets." "Industrialist." "Controversial." "Dallas." And there you have it: the death of a sinister figure driven by greed, the puppeteer manipulating the political process, a 21st century J.R. Ewing. (Or is it Mr. Burns?) If this is what you've read, it's written by someone who didn't know Harold Clark Simmons.

Jonah Goldberg | January 01, 2014

The Beltway consensus seems to be that 2013 was a bad year for the same reason nearly every other recent year was bad: polarization and partisanship. Personally, I can think of plenty of more important things to worry about than partisanship. Democracy is about disagreements, and partisanship is often a sign of healthy disagreement.

Bob Barr | January 01, 2014

December 19th marked the 15th anniversary of the impeachment of then- President Bill Clinton by the House of Representatives.

Ben Shapiro | January 01, 2014

2013 was a year of revelations, a year of possible turning points. For nearly two decades, since Ronald Reagan left office, America moved steadily in the direction of the left, both culturally and politically.

Terry Jeffrey | January 01, 2014

As of today -- Jan. 1, 2014 -- a Democratic administration led by President Barack Obama will use a regulation permitted and funded by a Republican-majority House of Representatives to prohibit Americans from freely exercising not just Christianity, but virtue itself in the United States of America.

Austin Bay | January 01, 2014

U.N. and African mediators announced on Tuesday that South Sudan's president Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have agreed to a ceasefire.

Paul Greenberg | January 01, 2014

Season's Greetings! This New Year's column comes with my apologies to the shade of the late, not altogether great Drew Pearson, a newster of another century who used to broadcast his Predictions of Things to Come in appropriately melodramatic fashion ("85 percent accurate!") when he wasn't advertising Bromo-Seltzer and such.

Rachel Marsden | January 01, 2014

Well, that was fast. In an early-September column about the Syrian conflict and the new world order, I wrote that Russia and the West could team up against the forces of radical Islam. It looks set to happen sooner than expected, given the current wave of Islamic terrorist attacks not far from the site of the upcoming Sochi Olympic Games.

Donald Lambro | January 01, 2014

If you struggled through the sluggish, job-challenged, stomach-churning Obama economy in the past five years, 2014 may not be a great deal better.

Jacob Sullum | January 01, 2014

We've all been there, perhaps as recently as Tuesday night. You have a few drinks, and the next thing you know, you're smoking crack.

Michael Schaus | January 01, 2014

Looking for advice on how to improve the NYPD’s ability to keep New Yorkers safe, incoming Mayor Bill de Blasio is turning to the experts in criminal activity. . . Ex-convicts. The “expert’s” message was pretty simple: “Get Soft on Crime.”

Bill Tatro | January 01, 2014

When I played college football as a defensive back (a long time ago), I was taught to always focus on the receiver that I was covering. Thus, frivolous actions by the quarterback, opponents in motion just prior to the play, legal or illegal shifts of offensive players, loud bands, screaming cheerleaders, and rowdy fans were all irrelevant.

Night Watch | January 01, 2014

An Egyptian court convicted 139 supporters of ousted President Mursi on charges ranging from rioting to sabotage and sentenced each to two-year prison terms.

Ken Connor | January 01, 2014

A recent feature on the politics page of The Christian Post discusses the issue of income inequality in America, and various Christian proposals for the best way to address it. Professor Ron Sider of Palmer Theological Seminary argues that the appropriate response to the "enormously centralized" economic and political power we see in America today is for the government to redistribute wealth via tax hikes on the rich and increased public investment in our poorest citizens.

Tue, Dec 31, 2013

Ann Coulter | December 31, 2013

Unable to comment on the "Duck Dynasty" controversy last week due to my hectic Kwanzaa schedule, I am able to sweep in at the end and comment on the commentary.

Charlie Kirk | December 31, 2013

A lot has been made recently of the "Pajama Boy" advertisements released by Obama's former campaign arm, “Organizing for Action”. Upon viewing the image I immediately mocked it and made fun of it. However, upon further reflection I soon realized that young people are quite literally living in a "pajama economy."

Caroline Glick | December 31, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive in Israel for his 14th visit this week. And to assure that his stay will be a happy one, Saturday night the government approved the release of 26 more Palestinian mass murderers from prison. This will please Kerry because today a core goal of US Middle East policy is to secure the release of Palestinian mass murderers from Israeli prisons.

John Hawkins | December 31, 2013

You've waited all year. Here it is: the top 10 conservatives of 2013.

Thomas Sowell | December 31, 2013

Front-page editorials, disguised as news stories, have become such familiar features of the New York Times that it should have been no surprise to discover in the December 28th issue a front-page story about a professor of finance at the University of Houston who has been a paid consultant to financial enterprises.

Thomas Sowell | December 31, 2013

Whenever we stand on the threshold of a new year, we are tempted to forget the hazards of prophecy, and try to see what may lie on the other side of this arbitrary division of time.

David Limbaugh | December 31, 2013

When it comes to health care, Republicans need to strike while the iron is hot, and it is white-hot now -- and will probably get worse -- because of the Obamacare disaster.

Mona Charen | December 31, 2013

2013 will be remembered as the year President Barack Obama's halo went askew. It deserves to be remembered for some other things.

Cal Thomas | December 31, 2013

In real life when you find yourself paying more and getting less, you usually search for another product or service. With the federal government, it isn't possible to take your business elsewhere unless you are prepared to give up your citizenship, as some have done.

Pat Buchanan | December 31, 2013

When President Richard Nixon arrived in Beijing in 1972, Chairman Mao Zedong -- with his Marxist revolution, Great Leap Forward and Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution -- had achieved an equality unrivaled anywhere. That is, until Pol Pot came along.

Terry Paulson | December 31, 2013

?Our coins say it--"In God We Trust." But surveys indicate that fewer and fewer Americans actually put their trust in God. For many, God seems to get in the way. To some, God and his commandments are the creation of an archaic Judeo-Christian belief system that just impedes needed cultural transformation.

Debra J. Saunders | December 31, 2013

A funny thing happened during Australian climate change professor Chris Turney's venture to retrace a 1912 research expedition in Antarctica and gauge how climate change has affected the continent.

Christine Harbin Hanson | December 31, 2013

They say that they want to cut spending, but they also often refuse to take the tough votes to actually do so.

Rebecca Hagelin | December 31, 2013

Christianity is the most inclusive religion the world has ever known.

Susan Stamper Brown | December 31, 2013

Because things are not going well for liberals who have driven the Democrat Party out of the American mainstream, I thought it would be helpful to come up with a list of suggestions for them to consider in 2014.

Bill Murchison | December 31, 2013

And so with ukuleles and autoharps, and cheers and groans, Americans usher Obamacare onto the public stage, knowing -- with hope, with disgust, with fear, with acceptance -- that the thing is here to stay, in the way all government programs, once enacted, hang around like a deadbeat brother-in-law: chain-smoking, impossible to get rid of.

Michael Schaus | December 31, 2013

Of course Rangel’s a congressman… So we clearly can’t expect him to grasp American politics with any degree of adequacy. In addition to stumbling over a butchered sense of civics and constitutional law, the honorary* congressman (*I’m assuming no-one actually votes for this guy on purpose) took a couple of shots at the tea party.

Robert Knight | December 31, 2013

For the second time in a year and a half, the radical activists who want to force all Americans to embrace the values of Sodom and Gomorrah have reached too far and come back with burned fingers.

Ralph Benko | December 31, 2013

The United States Senate moves toward the confirmation of Janet Yellen, now posited for next January 6th, as chair of the Federal Reserve System. Let us in this moment of recess reflect on eerily similar observations by two of history’s most transformational figures: John Maynard Keynes and Nicolas Copernicus.

Tom Purcell | December 31, 2013

President Obama, despondent over his low poll numbers and the lack of trust many Americans have for him and his policies, did something drastic.

Mon, Dec 30, 2013

Byron York | December 30, 2013

As Democrats survey a troubled 2014 political landscape, it's easy to forget how optimistic they seemed less than a year ago.

Priya Abraham | December 30, 2013

Given our still-sputtering economy, Americans have grown used to their public schools facing tight budgets. This fiscal squeeze has drawn out a hidden crisis in public education: How do we keep our best teachers in the classroom?

Lee Culpepper | December 30, 2013

The Obama administration has finally pinned down the first attacker in the “knockout game,” and the mainstream media has finally referenced skin color in their headlines.

Rich Galen | December 30, 2013

I thought that the best thing - maybe the only good thing - about 2013 is that it is a prime number.

Kurt Schlichter | December 30, 2013

In 2014, let’s resolve to preserve some semblance of freedom in our culture and respond to the next blitzkriegs by the progressive fascists with an unequivocal “Go to hell.”

Star Parker | December 30, 2013

As 2013 comes to a close, it’s as good a time as any to do some national soul searching.

Cathy Reisenwitz | December 30, 2013

UK Prime Minister David Cameronrecently announced sentences of up to three years in prison for anyone possessing porn depicting simulated rape.

Katie Kieffer | December 30, 2013

Raise your champagne flûte and make a New Year’s toast to the entrepreneurs who made bubbly—once a drink of kings—available for mass imbibing.

Bruce Bialosky | December 30, 2013

A storm was created by a federal judge who ruled that the NSA is inappropriately collecting information on American citizens in violation of the fourth amendment.There has been immense reaction for and against his ruling.But no one seems to really point out the flaw in his ruling.

John Ransom | December 30, 2013

Look for Hillary to ride in to the mid-terms on her white horse proposing some final solution for Obamacare (pun intended) that Mitch McConnell, John McCain and John Boehner will gush over publicly in order to poke the eye of Tea Party conservatives.

Ed Feulner | December 30, 2013

Think it’s too late for a Christmas gift idea? Not for the one I have in mind. It’s something you can give right now to anyone you like.

Matt Barber | December 30, 2013

In clear violation of op-ed protocol, this week I’m suspending prose and having a little good, clean, limericky fun at liberals’ expense because – well, because they just make it so darn easy. (Warning: Some are bad and others worse. Side effects may include groaning, nausea, vomiting and involuntary eye-rolling.)

Bob Beauprez | December 30, 2013

If you ran your household like the federal government, here's what it would look like.

Ransom Notes Radio | December 30, 2013

Ezra Klein is an idiot… But Barbara Walters might have him beat

Rachel Alexander | December 30, 2013

Women used to be faced with a dilemma: forgo a career to stay at home and raise children, or sacrifice the upbringing of your children in order to pursue a career. Since the 1960’s, feminists and conservatives have sparred over this choice. Feminists criticized mothers who stayed at home, claiming women could instead “have it all;” pursue a career while putting their kids in daycare. Conservatives criticized women who put their career first, correctly observing that a parent in the home raising the children is better for the children. This debate was known as the “mommy wars.”

Sun, Dec 29, 2013

Jeff Jacoby | December 29, 2013

New Year's Day marks the 55th anniversary of Cuba's communist revolution. It is the oldest — indeed the only — full-blown dictatorship in the Western Hemisphere.

Derek Hunter | December 29, 2013

This year, like all that preceded it, was packed with some incredibly stupid things. As we shake off 2013 and welcome our government master into the medical examination room (except those who can’t afford Obamacare, can’t get the website to work or lost the plans they liked), let’s take a look back at just some of the idiocy that affected our world in 2013.

Debra J. Saunders | December 29, 2013

I saw the vast majority of three generations destroyed by madness, cursing unethical betrayed...

John Ransom | December 29, 2013

If John Kerry's military service and subsequent anti-war activities weren’t staged, then he manufactured a reasonably good facsimile of the young man on the make politically.

Paul Jacob | December 29, 2013

Maybe, just maybe, we should make it easier, rather than more difficult, for Walmart to create jobs.

Paul Greenberg | December 29, 2013

If there were a single guide to all the policies foreign and domestic of our present administration, it would be: "Complicate, complicate, complicate!"

Kevin McCullough | December 29, 2013

At the end of a second week of--what can only be described as--an abysmal public relations failure, Arts & Entertainment Television revealed something very intriguing to the watching world. Their foolish action in the (non-)issue of Phil Robertson, exposed three rather profound lessons that voters and candidates would be very advised to pay attention to.

Chris Edwards | December 29, 2013

Other than providing generous pay and fat pensions, many federal agencies are not great places to work, according to federal employees themselves on a new survey.

Night Watch | December 29, 2013

The significance of today's statement is that it betrays Iran's intention to resume enrichment after the six month temporary suspension agreement expires.

Bob Beauprez | December 29, 2013

Revelations published in the Tehran Times set off a new round of concern from even leading Democrats on Capitol Hill and increased pressure for tougher sanctions on the Iranian regime.

Mark Baisley | December 29, 2013

mountebank | 'mounti?baNGk | noun-- a person who deceives others, esp. in order to trick them out of their money; a charlatan; a person who sold patent medicines in public places.

Marita Noon | December 29, 2013

Oil-and-gas drilling didn’t cause the flaming faucet phenomenon. Quite the contrary. The presence of gas near the surface brought about the “don’t smoke in the shower” adage. While the water is harmless to consume, a gas build up in the house could cause an explosion.