Sat, Jan 11, 2014

John Hawkins | January 11, 2014

Like Enron, Greece, and Donald Trump before us, America is about to go bankrupt.

John C. Goodman | January 11, 2014

On Thanksgiving eve, a Nicholas Kristof editorial instructed us on how to think about poverty in The New York Times. The main reason there is poverty, he tells us, is bad luck.

John Ransom | January 11, 2014

At this rate they'll have to change the state song from "Where the Columbines Grow" to "Where the Cannabis Grows." Or how about "Oh, Cannabis!" That would be great during hockey games.

John Hanlon | January 11, 2014

It’s hard not to appreciate the sacrifices our military—and their families— make after seeing this brutal and oftentimes realistic feature. The film’s impact might not be remembered as strongly ten years down the line but the immediacy of each man’s love for his brothers and their patriotic fervor for this country will be hard to forget.

Fred Wszolek | January 11, 2014

In the coming days, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of Noel Canning versus the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). This case arose when President Obama made several so-called recess appointments to the Board on January 4, 2012 when the Senate was not formally in recess.

Humberto Fontova | January 11, 2014

87 year old Fidel Castro appeared in public this week for the first time in six months and the mainstream media can hardly contain themselves. This appearance coincides with the 55 anniversary of Castro’s “revolution.”

Ed Feulner | January 11, 2014

Every American knows about the income tax. But how many are aware of the regulatory tax?

Kevin Williams | January 11, 2014

There are films that have great messages that must be seen in order for a necessary public discussion to be had. Unfortunately, most of these films have been made in the past and they were made by filmmakers and studios who were in it for the art AND the commerce.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 11, 2014

Washington is in the middle of another debate about redistributing money. But that’s hardly newsworthy. Politics, after all, is basically a never-ending racket in which insiders buy votes and accumulate power with other people’s money.

Charles Payne | January 11, 2014

Well, Chris Christie proved he can say, 'I'm sorry,' with the best of them. (It's clear the governor has come home with chocolates and flowers at least once in his married life.) Of course the question now isn't his performance, but what did he know, and when did he know it?

Fritz Pfister | January 11, 2014

Do these sales numbers indicate we have turned a corner in housing? Not in my opinion. We seem to be stuck in the perpetual headed in the right direction mode, made famous by the running in place Obama economy.

Bob Beauprez | January 11, 2014

There was more bad news; 347,000 people walked away, left the workforce entirely in a month when the total population increased by 178,000. The Labor Force Participation Rate (the measure of how many people have a job or are looking for one) fell back to just 62.8% matching a 35 year low.

Mike Shedlock | January 11, 2014

Clearly, this is yet another bad report, with people dropping out of the labor force like mad. Amusingly, USA Today reports that "Paul Ashworth of Capital Economics says severe winter was the main culprit behind the disappointing job gains."

Larry Provost | January 11, 2014

Sometimes heroes are not recognized when they should be. The case of COL (RET) Kathy Platoni, and her fellow survivors and victims of the Ft. Hood Terrorist Attack of November, 2009, is a sad example of this. The prevalence of political correctness is not helping in this situation.

Ransom Notes Radio | January 11, 2014

The abysmal jobs numbers certainly say something about the economic conditions of early 2014. The question is: Are Americans seeing an improvement in the economy, or are we just getting used to anemic growth?

Steve Deace | January 11, 2014

Rand Paul and the liberty movement needs to decide if they want power and mainstream acceptance or to transform America, because recent history shows they can’t do both.

Jeff Crouere | January 11, 2014

On January 8, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson made his famous call for a national “war on poverty.” Eventually, this “war” would total over $20 trillion in spending and include a myriad of both harmful and ill-advised government programs.

Fri, Jan 10, 2014

Todd Starnes | January 10, 2014

The Mainstream Media is hyperventilating over a traffic jam?

Diana West | January 10, 2014

Excuse me while I defend President Obama. To be sure, this doesn’t happen often, if ever. But this Robert Gates story, whipping through Washington like wildfire, feels like smoke in our eyes.

Ken Blackwell | January 10, 2014

The debates over Obamacare seem to be, like Ben Franklin’s death & taxes, the only certainties in our lives. This has clearly been the case since Inauguration Day, 2009. Yes, President Obama called for an immediate “stimulus” of nearly $1 Trillion to prime the pump, to create shovel-ready jobs. We never heard that phrase shovel ready before Mr. Obama employed it.

Michelle Malkin | January 10, 2014

What do George Soros, labor unions and money-grubbing former GOP Rep. Steven LaTourette all have in common? They're control freaks.

Erick Erickson | January 10, 2014

Conservatives nationwide are angry with Washington, D.C. Their anger goes beyond the partisan bickering at President Obama and the Democrats. Conservatives are angry with Washington in general and increasingly reserve most of their contempt for Republicans.

Dr. Ben Carson | January 10, 2014

Why do we in America, almost half a century after the death of Martin Luther King, still continue to make judgments based on the color of one's skin rather than the content of one's character? Those who seem most concerned about race are the so-called "progressives," some of whom claim that if we stop fanning the flames of racial injustice, we will return to the days when racial prejudice was acceptable.

Brent Bozell | January 10, 2014

Inside twisted Tinseltown, Martin Scorsese has marked a new career achievement. His latest film, "The Wolf of Wall Street," includes a mighty 506 uses of the F-bomb in its three-hour running time. That's almost three curse words a minute.

Michael Barone | January 10, 2014

As Barack Obama scrambles to eviscerate key sections of his own signature health care law, he and other Democrats are trying to shift voters' focus to another issue -- income inequality.

Jonah Goldberg | January 10, 2014

This week marks the 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty," and as the joke goes, "Poverty won." Five decades after a blizzard of programs began descending on the American people, the poverty rate remains essentially unchanged.

David Limbaugh | January 10, 2014

How can we ever expect America's younger generations to preserve America's greatness when the president of this nation keeps preaching damaging economic myths and misguided moral lessons?

Mona Charen | January 10, 2014

John F. Kennedy broke some sort of record for stating the obvious when he noted that "life isn't fair." More evidence for the unfairness of the nation's evaluations of presidents emerged in a recent Washington Post poll showing that, five years after he returned to Texas, George W. Bush is still blamed by 50 percent of Americans for the current state of the economy.

Pat Buchanan | January 10, 2014

In the wars she has fought, America has often allied with regimes that represented the antithesis of the cause for which we were fighting.

Suzanne Fields | January 10, 2014

The Renaissance Man is about to be bounced by Robot Man as the emblematic hero of our era. Data processing machines, computers and smartphones have become the primary means of communication, and the next generation of "educated persons" is likely to be as narrowly focused as flat-earthers before Galileo.

Linda Chavez | January 10, 2014

With much ballyhoo, the Obama administration announced this week that it will keep a close eye on school districts that discipline minority students at higher rates than whites.

Paul Greenberg | January 10, 2014

Kim Jong Un, aka Outstanding Leader, is still seeking to consolidate his hold on power in the horror state formally entitled the Democratic People's Republic of Korea -- a quadruple irony, for it is really none of the above.

Donald Lambro | January 10, 2014

In the sixth year of his presidency, with his job approval polls in a nose dive, Barack Obama has suddenly decided to do something about growing poverty. He chose to do it on the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson's "war on poverty" address that led to a massive expansion of the welfare state.

Kevin Freeman | January 10, 2014

Like the mythic warrior Achilles, America once seemed invincible. Our military is second to none and seems destined to remain that way. Based on estimated figures, U.S. military spending is greater than the total of the nearest ten competitors combined.

Rich Tucker | January 10, 2014

Shakespeare wrote that some men are born great, some achieve greatness and others have greatness thrust upon them. But what did he know? A more modern idea seems to hold that no man is great.

Charles Payne | January 10, 2014

Things are looking better, but we aren't a cocky bunch yet. In fact, the country is grudgingly coming around to the notion that it might survive, despite all the risk and all the unnecessary obstacles in the path of the recovery.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 10, 2014

Depending on my mood and time of day, any of number of options might be at the top of my list. But I also might say that I’m most upset about the way that the tax code facilitates a perverse form of legalized corruption in Washington.

Mike Shedlock | January 10, 2014

In general, hyperinflationists ignored the credit aspect even though credit dwarfs money supply. Those screaming that hyperinflation is at hand, have missed the boat and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Another equity bubble bust is around the corner, and that bust will be anything but inflationary.

Michael Schaus | January 10, 2014

Like a Mayan Priest that claims the sudden drought is the wrath of a god, climate alarmists claim the sudden cold is the result of your non-hybrid SUV. Sacrifice a few trillion dollars (rather than a virgin) and the angry climate gods will soon return normalcy to your seasonal weather schedule…

Marvin Olasky | January 10, 2014

WORLD's review of 2013 is not complete without a look at the year as depicted by the mainstream press. With the help of the Media Research Center let’s start in January, where “Newsweek” had on its Obama inauguration cover this headline: “The Second Coming."

Night Watch | January 10, 2014

On Wednesday, Syrian Islamist rebels seized control of a hospital used as a headquarters by forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the northern city of Aleppo.

Political Calculations | January 10, 2014

We know. It's a long list. But we're specifically looking at the seasonally-adjusted trend in the state's weekly number of initial unemployment insurance benefit claims, which are filed whenever people are laid off from their jobs.

Michael Tanner | January 10, 2014

Examples of the failures of government, large and small, are pretty easy to come by. Solyndra, the Iraq War, the response to Hurricane Katrina, Obamcare: Take your pick. But in terms of both wasted money and human suffering, it’s hard to find a more egregious government failure than the War on Poverty.

Thu, Jan 09, 2014

Todd Starnes | January 09, 2014

A California elementary school is facing a possible lawsuit after a teacher allegedly confiscated a six-year-old child’s Christmas candy canes and told him “Jesus is not allowed in school.”

Cliff May | January 09, 2014

If the attacks of 9/11 taught us anything, it’s that we must connect the dots. But before we can connect the dots, we must collect the dots. Those railing against the National Security Agency don’t seem to get that.

Rich Galen | January 09, 2014

The national press corps is quivering with excitement over New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's problems with a traffic problem.

Ken Blackwell | January 09, 2014

Like a frightened octopus, the left is exuding a vast cloud of ink, hoping to cover the failures of President Obama and then-Sec. of State Hillary Clinton.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | January 09, 2014

The discord between Democrats and Republicans regarding the three-month extension of unemployment benefits will be used by the Democrats for political fodder against the Republicans, if Republicans let them.

Victor Davis Hanson | January 09, 2014

In the 1920s, Japan began to translate its growing economic might -- after a prior 50-year crash course in Western capitalism and industrialization -- into formidable military power.

Derek Hunter | January 09, 2014

Hosting a daily talk radio show means I have to follow the news regularly. It’s my job. Luckily it’s also what I love doing and have been doing since high school. But lately it has seemed more like work because, to find news, you have to sift through a lot of garbage and uninformed opinions.

Larry Elder | January 09, 2014

CNN's Candy Crowley seems absolutely, positively astonished that Republicans could oppose raising the minimum wage and extending unemployment benefits.

Jonah Goldberg | January 09, 2014

Democrats are revving up for a huge national "conversation" on income inequality. This is in no small part because the Obama administration and congressional Democrats would rather talk about anything other than Obamacare.

John Ransom | January 09, 2014

When you define everything about skin color or gender or group, you can’t but help to someday get your wish. And then everything becomes about skin color, gender or group.

Cal Thomas | January 09, 2014

One mark of a good song is that it makes Billboard's top 10 list. An even greater indicator is its staying power; whether it is remembered decades after it was a hit. Perhaps the highest accolade is whether the artist influences other musicians.

Matt Towery | January 09, 2014

Within a matter of days, it has become cliche to make note of President Obama's new commitment to ending "income inequality" in America after returning from a vacation in Hawaii that costs taxpayers millions of dollars.

Hector Barreto | January 09, 2014

“If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your healthcare plan, you'll be able to keep your healthcare plan, period,” President Obama said during a speech to the American Medical Association in June 2009.

Betsy McCaughey | January 09, 2014

In 2014, 25 million to 30 million Americans who have employer-provided health insurance are likely to lose it thanks to Obamacare’s requirement that all plans cover what Washington deems “essential benefits.”

Paul Driessen | January 09, 2014

Will global warming alarmists ever set aside their hypotheses, hyperbole, models and ideologies long enough to acknowledge what is actually happening in the real world outside their windows? Will they at least do so before setting off on another risky, misguided adventure?

Steve Chapman | January 09, 2014

Since the death of communism in most of the places where it once prevailed, North Korea and Cuba function mainly as educational exhibits for an irrelevant and unsuccessful ideology. When it comes to the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, the city of Chicago fills a similar role.

Michael Brown | January 09, 2014

While the media continues to celebrate polyamory (the latest and most flexible variation of “family”) not everyone is happy with these new living arrangements, and some are now speaking up.

Emmett Tyrrell | January 09, 2014

I am afraid that fewer than one million out of the 4.3 million registered voters of New York City have settled upon the Big Apple a bad apple for mayor, the Hon. Bill de Blasio.

Rebecca Hagelin | January 09, 2014

A Colorado family experienced a frightening surprise last week when their toddler, for no apparent reason, became groggy and unable to walk. A trip to the local emergency room found the cause: the child had eaten a cookie from the ground outside the family’s apartment.

Jerry Bowyer | January 09, 2014

Men on Strike is pretty much what the title says it is: a book about how many men have decided not to participate in certain areas of life, most notably in school, family, and increasingly in work.

Night Watch | January 09, 2014

The government announced that it would not attack Fallujah for now in order to minimize civilian casualties. At least one source in Iraq, however, reported that government forces have low morale because they lack the supplies and equipment to mount an operation that has any prospect of success.

Kristan Hawkins | January 09, 2014

For 41 years, abortion has been legal in America.With two grossly uninformed decisions in 1973, Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, the Supreme Court laid down some of the most liberal abortion laws in the world, putting the United States on par with North Korea and China.

Michael Schaus | January 09, 2014

Lyndon B Johnson declared war on poverty 50 years ago. So, how’s our war progressing? Are we winning? Is anyone keeping a list of casualties?

Charles Payne | January 09, 2014

Of course nature, while unpredictable, is going to punish at times and provide idyllic backdrops at others. Humans are just as unpredictable as nature, and from time to time are completely self destructive. We can't help it.

Bob Goldman | January 09, 2014

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 09, 2014

The numbers in this chart, which are based on Census Bureau data and scholarly studies, show that the poverty rate was steadily falling in the United States – until the federal government decided to launch a so-called War on Poverty.

Jack Kerwick | January 09, 2014

Bob Grant, the one-time “king of conservative talk radio,” died this past New Year’s Eve at the age of 84.

Mike Shedlock | January 09, 2014

Falling inflation is actually a good thing, but no one on the Fed sees things that way. Nor do any of the Fed governors see the enormous bubbles in stocks and corporate bonds they have created.

Jerry Newcombe | January 09, 2014

At the start of the New Year, it’s often good to review our life’s direction and goals. One thing to consider is how much any of “the Seven Deadly Sins” (Pride, Greed, Envy, Anger, Lust, Gluttony, and Sloth) have a hold on our lives.

Wed, Jan 08, 2014

Ann Coulter | January 08, 2014

With Republicans tying themselves in knots over the Democrats' destructive, but superficially appealing, demand that unemployment benefits be extended to two and a half years, I return to my suggestion that Republicans stop playing defense and go on offense.

Hugh Hewitt | January 08, 2014

Thirteen years into a war we are not winning --read Eli Lake's latest on the return of al Qaeda to Fallujah-- comes the searing memoir of the second of four Secretaries of Defense who have been second to the president in the chain of command through the long and continuing stubble with radical Islam.

Bob Barr | January 08, 2014

In his ruling this week that struck down one of the last relics of Chicago’s long-standing gun ban, U.S. District Court Judge Edmond E. Chang made a startling observation.

Brian Birdnow | January 08, 2014

A generation ago in 1983, the well-known British popular music icon David Bowie perfectly captured the angst common to many liberals during the glow of the Reagan Age when he lightheartedly remarked in his hit song Modern Love”.

Michelle Malkin | January 08, 2014

The Common Core gold rush is on. Apple, Pearson, Google, Microsoft and Amplify are all cashing in on the federal standards/testing/textbook racket. But the EduTech boondoggle is no boon for students. It's more squandered tax dollars down the public school drain.

John Stossel | January 08, 2014

President Barack Obama says income inequality is "dangerous ... the defining challenge of our time." The pope is upset that capitalism causes inequality. Progressives, facing the failures of Obamacare, are eager to change the subject to America's "wealth gap."

Walter E. Williams | January 08, 2014

There's little debate among academic economists about the effect of minimum wages. University of California, Irvine economist David Neumark has examined more than 100 major academic studies on the minimum wage. He reports that 85 percent of the studies "find a negative employment effect on low-skilled workers."

Brent Bozell | January 08, 2014

Liberals are angry President Barack Obama won a second term, and yet, they didn't get the liberal agenda items they wanted passed in 2013, including gun control and amnesty for illegal aliens.

Jonah Goldberg | January 08, 2014

"In America," Oscar Wilde quipped, "the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience." And they often do it in the pages of Rolling Stone.

John Ransom | January 08, 2014

As late as November 1st, 2012 wearing his flight jacket as commander in chief Obama told a crowd on the campaign trail: “Thanks to sacrifice and service of our brave men and women in uniform, the war in Iraq is over, the war in Afghanistan is winding down, al Qaeda has been decimated, Osama bin Laden is dead.”

Tony Katz | January 08, 2014

MSNBC has mastered the art of the apology. From Alec Baldwin to Martin Bashir to the tearful apology of Melissa Harris-Perry toward the Romney family for her twisted mocking of interracial adoption (if not adoption in general;) apologizing for things said "on-the-air" has become the rule at the network of the organized vocal minority.

Ben Shapiro | January 08, 2014

It took capitalism half a century to come back from the Great Depression. It's taken socialism half that time to come back from the collapse of the Soviet Union. In New York City, avowed socialist Mayor Bill de Blasio has declared that his goal is to take "dead aim at the Tale of Two Cities" -- the gap between rich and poor.

Terry Jeffrey | January 08, 2014

Fifty years ago today, in his State of the Union Address, President Lyndon Johnson declared an "unconditional war on poverty in America."

Austin Bay | January 08, 2014

Three years after the Jan. 14, 2011, fall of dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia continues to be Arab Spring's most promising revolution.

Paul Greenberg | January 08, 2014

It was wholly a pleasure to hear from you, for I learn most from my critics. Your criticism, aimed at my comparing this administration's policy toward Iran with the appeasement of an earlier era, was on target -- point by point

Rachel Marsden | January 08, 2014

At the London 2012 Olympics, various media outlets probed the notion of the Olympic athletes' village being a giant bed-hopping venue -- a phenomenon that not only disgusted my mother every time she heard it mentioned (which was often) but also puzzled me as a former international-level swimmer who spent every night before a race hunkered down doing visualization exercises.

Donald Lambro | January 08, 2014

President Obama and the Democrats desperately need a political issue to distract struggling, jobless Americans from their economic misery. And they think "income inequality" and raising the minimum wage is the answer to their problems.

Jacob Sullum | January 08, 2014

On Monday, less than a week after Colorado's state-licensed marijuana shops began serving recreational consumers, the anti-pot group Project SAM thanked three public figures who "have galvanized our movement."

Tom Purcell | January 08, 2014

Farewell, old friend. I am going to miss you. I speak of the incandescent bulb - the light of my life for all of my years. As of Jan. 1, you have been shut off.

Paul Kengor | January 08, 2014

I was walking by Stanwix Street and Penn Avenue last week when struck by our city’s “Unity Tree.” It’s a curious thing about the Unity Tree: it only comes out at Christmas time—yes, Christmas.

Ken Connor | January 08, 2014

Those concerned with the preservation of religious liberty in America are keeping a keen eye on the Supreme Court in 2014. The august body of jurists that comprise America's highest court will be reviewing some cases that speak to the very heart of our nation's political and civil heritage.

Deroy Murdock | January 08, 2014

“I’ve been doing this for 35 years. I don’t ever remember something this widespread, this far south,” veteran meteorologist Al Roker marveled on last evening’s NBC Nightly News. Roker called the polar vortex that is freezing America today “basically an Arctic hurricane.”

Charles Payne | January 08, 2014

The Consumer Electronics Show kicks off in Las Vegas today, and promises to be a spectacle. Products introduced this week will go on to be household names, and make life easier. From an investment point of view, opportunities will be revealed as well.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 08, 2014

One of my most widely read – but also most depressing – articles was from about two years ago and it exposed the fact that Washington, DC, is now the nation’s richest region. I explained that Washington is rich because of unearned wealth.

Ransom Notes Radio | January 08, 2014

The Federal Government just got another settlement from JP Morgan Chase… Is it completely unbelievable that some of the Fed’s investigations into JP Morgan is politically motivated? Also, Brent Littlefield, from Littlefield Consulting, joined the program to discuss government gridlock and partisanship.

Michael Schaus | January 08, 2014

It turns out that the heartless corporations, and not the big-government juggernaut of good intentions, are the ones actually doing good for Americans, their families, and their communities. Business, and not government, is the key to progress in America; a fact lost on occupy-protestors, anti-corporatists, and Obama-style-Democrats.

Night Watch | January 08, 2014

Kim Jong Un's aunt, the wife of Chang Sung-taek who was purged and executed last month, has either died of a heart attack or committed suicide, according to an unconfirmed press report.

Mike Shedlock | January 08, 2014

Some initial users loved it, some hated it or grew to hate it, and some were bored with it after the initial excitement wore off. Still other users complained that people were suspicious of them while wearing Google Glass.

Stephen DeMaura | January 08, 2014

Competition among airlines is growing fiercer each and every day. And typically competition is an excellent market force, as it drives prices down and oftentimes ensures that the most efficient airline succeeds. Unfortunately, this has not been the case as of late.

Tue, Jan 07, 2014

John Kass | January 07, 2014

Nice tan, Mr. Mayor! You came back from steamy and tropical Indonesia to a city frozen in ice and snow, where the side streets and alleys hadn't been plowed and where schoolkids were almost sent into the worst of the cold.

John Kass | January 07, 2014

What if you woke after a night of uneasy dreams to find a strange man standing in your bathtub?

Hugh Hewitt | January 07, 2014

Monday night's great game found a great ending to an otherwise lousy book --the Bowl Championship Series ("BCS").

Thomas Sowell | January 07, 2014

New York's new mayor, Bill de Blasio, in his inaugural speech, denounced people "on the far right" who "continue to preach the virtue of trickle-down economics." According to Mayor de Blasio, "They believe that the way to move forward is to give more to the most fortunate, and that somehow the benefits will work their way down to everyone else."

Chuck Norris | January 07, 2014

PolitiFact has crowned the promoter in chief's sound bite for Obamacare the "Lie of the Year" for 2013: "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it."

John Hawkins | January 07, 2014

Honorable Mentions: Bob Beckel, Joe Biden, Bill de Blasio, Michael Bloomberg, Barbara Boxer, Cher, Bob Costas, Al Gore, Alan Grayson, Chris Hayes, John Kerry, Paul Krugman, Ezra Klein, Sheila Jackson Lee, Bill Maher, Mike Malloy, Meghan McCain, Michael Moore, Michelle Obama, Dan Savage, Ed Schultz, Chuck Schumer, Andrew Sullivan, Joan Walsh, Elizabeth Warren, Anthony Weiner

Michael Barone | January 07, 2014

It is widely accepted that Hispanics will become a larger share of the American electorate in the years to come. This is a matter of simple arithmetic.

Mike Adams | January 07, 2014

The campus liberals are up in arms about the recent changes to North Carolina’s concealed carry laws. High on their list of objections is a new provision that allows concealed weapons permit holders to keep their guns locked in their car trunks when parked on public university property.

David Limbaugh | January 07, 2014

It's no mystery what the left intends to make its next life-or-death issue: income inequality. Liberals are all popping off about it. It's everywhere, from Obama's speeches to liberal think tanks to liberal reporters.

John Ransom | January 07, 2014

In Mark Twain’s classic "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court," Hank Morgan, who calls himself the Yankee of the Yankees, uses science to create the illusion of magic. Today, global warmists use magic to create the illusion of science.

Mona Charen | January 07, 2014

The Washington Post's Ezra Klein has found what he thinks is a bright spot amid the gloomy Obamacare news. When you hear what he's enthusiastic about, you'll perhaps understand why I wonder if there is any common ground at all between liberals and conservatives.

Cal Thomas | January 07, 2014

French President Francois Hollande has been confronted by the glaring light of reality -- sort of. On New Year's Day, as his massive tax increases began taking effect, Hollande, a member of the Socialist Party, admitted that taxes in France have become "too heavy, much too heavy."

Dennis Prager | January 07, 2014

Last week the International Business Times reported: "In their annual End of Year poll, researchers for WIN and Gallup International surveyed more than 66,000 people across 65 nations and found that 24 percent of all respondents answered that the United States 'is the greatest threat to peace in the world today.'

Pat Buchanan | January 07, 2014

Smoking Marlboros is now forbidden in Irish bars in New York City. But buying, selling, and smoking marijuana is legal in Colorado.

Fred Wszolek | January 07, 2014

Richard Griffin, the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), will soon be issuing a memorandum that presumably will announce how he intends to enforce a Board decision that threatens to balkanize the workplace, increase disputes and dramatically force employers’ labor relations costs to rise.

Susan Stamper Brown | January 07, 2014

Have you ever wondered why you vote the way you vote? It seems it is a little more complex and a little less comical than some would like to make it.

Bill Murchison | January 07, 2014

With the 50th anniversary of the war on poverty at hand, the New York Times undertook a guided tour of the vast and murky battlefield, offering a surprising -- for the Times -- admission.

Robert Knight | January 07, 2014

It’s difficult to keep up with all the lies we’re being told by our government. The good news is that falsehoods don’t have the legs they once had.

Night Watch | January 07, 2014

The security situation has again devolved into civil war, at least on a limited basis. More than 10,000 people were killed last year. Several hundred have been killed in Anbar Province since 1 January.

Dave Ramsey | January 07, 2014

I hate to break this to you, but overspending is not an emergency. If you budget a set amount in one category and you go over that amount, you’ve got to have something you reduce or cut out completely to stay within your budget for the month.

Charles Payne | January 07, 2014

The misguided movement for the so-called living wage as a reward for not running the good race threatens to upend an economic system.

Jack Kerwick | January 07, 2014

On Friday, January 3, radio talk show host Mike Gallagher charged NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden with being a “traitor” while accusing those of his conservative minded listeners who disagreed with thinking like leftists.

Ralph Benko | January 07, 2014

“Bipartisanship” makes this writer uneasy. It often represents Washington code signifying collusion by Republicans and Democrats to stick it to the taxpayers and citizens. So in this celebratory season gridlock is something to celebrate.

Peter Schiff | January 07, 2014

Most economic observers are predicting that 2014 will be the year in which the United States finally shrugs off the persistent malaise of the Great Recession. As we embark on this sunny new chapter, we may ask what wisdom the five-year trauma has delivered.

Ransom Notes Radio | January 07, 2014

Can President Obama campaign AND govern? Because it’s beginning to look like he can’t do either one right now. Katie Pavlich, from Townhall, joined the program to discuss the President’s most recent PR campaign for Obamacare.

Bill Tatro | January 07, 2014

You just gotta love the math that regularly emanates from the federal government. Specifically, it’s the participation rate that’s utilized in order to calculate the unemployment numbers.

Mike Shedlock | January 07, 2014

In general, traders scream "manipulation" every time trades go against them. Perhaps some of them are. But traders never complain when trades spike heavily in their favor.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 07, 2014

Some things in life are very dependable. Every year, for instance, the swallows return to Capistrano. And you can also count on Dan Mitchell to wax poetic about the looming collapse of French statism.

Mon, Jan 06, 2014

Kurt Schlichter | January 06, 2014

Have you ever been pigeon-holed at a party by a liberal? I recommend avoiding it at all costs, but if it happens, go with it. You’ll get an education in what our opponents actually think as he rails, whines and complains about the terrible, inhuman monster that lurks on the fringes of American society.

Star Parker | January 06, 2014

Now we have the latest in the long and growing list of unpleasant “surprises” about the Affordable Care Act. It turns out that expansion of coverage of Medicaid for low income Americans increases rather than decreases visits to hospital emergency rooms.

Mike Adams | January 06, 2014

My friend Bob Sacamano has long been convinced that the Second Coming of Jesus will take place somewhere in New Jersey. He was kind of confused when I wrote him on Christmas Eve saying that Jesus had returned to the Woodlands, Texas.

John Ransom | January 06, 2014

2013 has been a bad year in the global warming modeling business. Real-time data refuses to confirm the dire predictions global warming models have given us that the use of fossil fuels are warming the world at the catastrophic rate, so the bureaucrats have been forced to use some alternative fuel of their own: B.S.

Katie Kieffer | January 06, 2014

Prediction: 2014 will be an amazing year for you and me. To borrow a line from Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson, I predict 2014 will be: “Happy, Happy, Happy.”

Mobin Koohestani | January 06, 2014

With financial markets enjoying record highs at the end of 2013, more Americans are considering investing as a means of obtaining additional income. Young people, however, seem to have been ahead of the trend.

Rachel Alexander | January 06, 2014

Lately, Americans can’t go more than a few minutes all day without seeing advertisements. These aren’t your ads of the 1950s.

Rich Galen | January 06, 2014

Add this to your Outlook right now: Election day is November 4, 2014 - the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. 302 days from today.

Terrence Moore | January 06, 2014

Is despising the Constitution and the men who made it one of the new “standards” in the Common Core State Standards that prevail over the curriculum and testing of public schools in forty-five states in the nation?

Matt Barber | January 06, 2014

For those of us so very blessed to have raised our personal white flag in mankind’s inherently fruitless struggle against the Creator, there can be no joy in watching God-deniers continue to labor under the grandest of all deceptions. Regardless of how nasty they may be as individuals, there can be only sadness, genuine pity and prayer.

Cortney O'Brien | January 06, 2014

In most areas of the country, a minor can only have an abortion with her parents’ consent. Yet, of the 38 states that have parental notification laws, 37 offer these young women an alternative route to have the procedure without mom and dad.

Shawn Mitchell | January 06, 2014

Obama has debased and coarsened his presidency--and national politics--to match the Chicago street fighting of the community organizer he was.

Mike Shedlock | January 06, 2014

At least under Hussein, religious freedom existed. It doesn't now. Chaldean Catholics are targeted and killed simply because they are Catholic.

Mark Baisley | January 06, 2014

The real purpose for such a memorial would be to put all would-be leaders of social engineering on notice that, sagacious or fallacious, they will be remembered for advancing their false ideology.

Morgan Brittany | January 06, 2014

When we woke up on January 1, 2014, most of us probably broke some kind of law. It has become obvious that no matter what we do in our daily lives, we are violating some government imposed statute or regulation that we had no idea even existed.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 06, 2014

OECD bureaucrats get tax-free salaries, which nicely insulates them from having to deal with the negative consequences of the policies they advocate for folks in the private sector.

Political Calculations | January 06, 2014

In addition to discussing different options for obtaining effective health insurance coverage and avoiding tax penalties, which at this writing, will still negatively affect the millions of Americans for whom President Obama has not yet waived the penalties, Parnell also describes how to get the most for the money you do have to spend on health care services.

Michael Schaus | January 06, 2014

Let’s face it. Gun control is good business. Not only for the Bloomberg sycophants who prey off of the fearful (unarmed) masses, but for dealers, manufacturers, and purveyors of firearm accessories. And while gun stock prices have gone up (see… guns are an investment, not an “obsession”) America has actually become safer.

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Jeff Jacoby | January 05, 2014

Evidence that misery doesn't love company is common at pro-life gatherings, where women holding poignant signs — "I Regret My Abortion" — urge others not to make a mistake that haunts them.

Derek Hunter | January 05, 2014

Personal responsibility has gone the way of the Dodo. It’s dead. Apologies are no longer unequivocal, they are qualified. People aren’t “sorry,” they’re “sorry if anyone was offended.”

John Ransom | January 05, 2014

In order for Washington DC's median household income to equal the rest of the nation, the folks in our nation's capital would have to forfeit 152 days of pay on a 365 day calendar to catch up. That would put them back to work on June 1st, 2014.

Doug Giles | January 05, 2014

Being the gracious, humble and successful man that I am, I thought I’d leave a bread trail for other writers who’d like to wade into the cultural quagmire via their laptop.

Debra J. Saunders | January 05, 2014

Former CIA Director James Woolsey has pronounced that the proper punishment for National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden would be for him to be "hanged by his neck until he is dead."

Bruce Bialosky | January 05, 2014

Now that Obamacare has actually been unleashed on the unsuspecting American public, there is mass speculation about whether it will succeed as a program. Each political side presents its arguments with many former supporters caught in the middle.

Paul Jacob | January 05, 2014

“The New Year starts us off with another huge victory,” announced an email to supporters from Jon Caldara, president of Colorado’s Independence Institute. “I’m not going to jail!” Adding, “Well . . . at least I’m not going to jail for voting.” Or, more specifically, for voter fraud.

Kathryn Lopez | January 05, 2014

Mark Ruffalo is a mainstay of the contemporary "rom-com" genre of movies. He's also one of NARAL Pro-Choice America's favorite actors, due to his his abortion activism.

Kevin McCullough | January 05, 2014

So what do a bunch of Colorado nuns, an illegal immigrant lawyer, and the rest of America all have in common?

Steve Chapman | January 05, 2014

In modern America, sex is increasingly where it should be: outside the reach of government. Anti-sodomy statutes have been tossed by the Supreme Court. Contraception is widely accessible. Anyone with a computer can gorge on pornography without fear of prosecution.

Daniel J. Mitchell | January 05, 2014

If folks on the left really cared about minorities, they would be among the biggest advocates of genuine reform.

Nick Sorrentino | January 05, 2014

This is a Constitutional issue. This is a general privacy issue. But it’s also a crony capitalism issue.

Ira Mehlman | January 05, 2014

“Follow the money.” It’s still the surest way to trace the roots of a political disaster: Watergate, the S&L crisis, the mortgage meltdown, Obamacare, and just about every other avoidable mess that has shaken this nation over the past half century.

Marita Noon | January 05, 2014

Nearly four years after the failed attempt to gives us back our light bulb, the attitude about government intrusion, thanks in large part to Obamacare, is much more negative.

Michael Tanner | January 05, 2014

This year mark’s the 50th anniversary of Democrats’ declaration of a War on Poverty. Ironically, it seems as if President Obama and congressional Democrats have decided to mark the occasion by declaring a war on the poor.

Mike Shedlock | January 05, 2014

One thing we learned from the financial crisis in the US, and continued bank problems in Europe is the biggest portion of the mess is continually hidden

Michael Youssef | January 05, 2014

Listening to most of the pundits and tea-leaf readers, you might think that 2014 will follow a doomsday scenario. I don’t know who is right and who is wrong, but I am looking forward to experiencing the coming year through the eyes of eternity.

Michael Schaus | January 05, 2014

It’s nice to see that despite being on vacation in Hawaii, the President can still carve out some time – between rounds of golf and snorkeling – to insult his political opponents. After all, nothing encourages bi-partisanship in the New Year like a little name calling and mudslinging.

Political Calculations | January 05, 2014

The second U.S. housing bubble, which first began inflating after July 2012, has resumed inflating after stalling out in the months from July 2013 through September 2013.