Sat, Apr 26, 2014

John Hawkins | April 26, 2014

Liberals support cruel policies that decimate people's lives; yet they like to think of themselves as compassionate and kind. So, they judge programs based on the good intentions they claim to have had, not the actual results.

John C. Goodman | April 26, 2014

Have you ever wondered why ObamaCare is burdened with so much complexity? Here's the answer: Barack Obama. Obama? Yes, the president himself.

John Ransom | April 26, 2014

The wickedness has become so obvious, so entrenched and so brazen, that the state that used to take pride in their corruption, because it “worked” now understands the Faustian bargain they've made.

Humberto Fontova | April 26, 2014

For the last couple of decades hunters and fishermen have contributed over $1.5 billion per year towards Senator Gaylord Nelson’s (Earth Day “founder”) lofty goal. To date, hunters and fisherpersons have shelled out over $20 billion “on behalf of the environment.” A study by the National Shooting Sports Foundation found that for every taxpayer dollar invested in wildlife conservation, hunters and fishermen contribute nine.

Paul Greenberg | April 26, 2014

Amidst all the opinions out of the nation's highest court on Tuesday -- majority and minority, concurring in part and dissenting in part, or just too vague to classify -- was there any clear message? Yes. Definitely. But you had to peer through all the legal haze, an admix of angry rhetoric and discreet evasions, in order to divine where the Supreme Court of the United States is headed on the always simmering issue of race-based admissions to the country's colleges and universities. But it's finally headed in the right direction, however many zigs and zags the learned justices may have taken along the way.

Paul Greenberg | April 26, 2014

The curious need not wait till "The Grand Budapest Hotel" comes out as a DVD to watch a between-the-wars farce done in high mitteleuropäische style, complete with comic-opera uniforms, foreign intrigue, transparent guile and enough layers of nostalgia for an imagined past to reduce any plot to some unreal dimension where violence is only playacting and tragedy becomes broad comedy.

Paul Driessen | April 26, 2014

Can the rest of America afford its Alice in Wonderland energy policies for? (Can California?)

Steve Deace | April 26, 2014

The 5th of the 10 Commandments of Political Warfare says to reverse the premise of the Left’s argument and use it against them.

Jeff Crouere | April 26, 2014

After the release of the latest Landrieu campaign commercial, the critics are raving. What an incredible performance from a talented actress!

Chris Versace | April 26, 2014

One of the more profitable PowerTrends that subscribers to PowerTrend Profits have benefited from, and continue to benefit from, is The Rise and Fall of the Middle Class.

Mark Skousen | April 26, 2014

Basically, I contend that Gross Output (GO) is better than gross domestic product (GDP) in measuring the economy. GO is an attempt to measure spending at all stages of production. It corrects the fallacy fostered by GDP that consumer spending drives the economy.

Doug Fabian | April 26, 2014

After a seven-day run higher in the equity markets, stocks in the benchmark S&P 500 Index now have recovered a majority of the losses they sustained during the previous two weeks.

Night Watch | April 26, 2014

Russia's Defense Minister Shoygu said Russia had begun new military drills near the border with Ukraine in response to "Ukraine's military machine" and NATO exercises in Eastern Europe.

Charles Payne | April 26, 2014

It has been a longtime since popular music, or musicians were once described as "Ebullient." However, back in 1959, that is how the world viewed Mr. Dizzy Gillespie. As it turned out, 1959 was a pretty good year for the United States...one could say that it was an ebullient time.

Daniel J. Mitchell | April 26, 2014

Whenever I find clever political humor, I like to share with readers. And because I’m confident in the superiority of liberty over statism, I’m even amused when I find jokes that target my libertarian philosophy.

Mike Shedlock | April 26, 2014

Citing the tense geopolitical situation between Russia and Ukraine, the S&P Cut Russia Debt Rating to Step Above Junk and warned further downgrades may come.

Michael Schaus | April 26, 2014

Apparently, the FDA has no real clue about what, if any, health effects nicotine-water-vapor has on someone’s lungs… Which, according to the government, is why we need to start regulating the heck out of the industry.

Ransom Notes Radio | April 26, 2014

Obama’s having a hard time raising taxes right now… So I guess they’ve decided to just keep suing banks for more money. First JPMorgan Chase; now Bank of America is being sued for taking on those loan portfolios that the government made them put on the books… This makes perfect sense…

Bill Tatro | April 26, 2014

John Paulson worked with Goldman Sachs to create a fund that had failure written all over it. He knew that the mortgage pool was doomed since he had built it that way. Of course he bet billions against the unsuspecting who thought it would succeed.

Larry Provost | April 26, 2014

Iran, a nation that has major unfinished business with the United States, nominates a terrorist to come to the UN and the President used a bill passed unanimously by both houses of Congress to accuse Congress of usurping his constitutional power.

Jack Kerwick | April 26, 2014

It won’t surprise readers of this column to learn that the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCG) insists that unless “global warming” is addressed, the planet promises to suffer all manner of evil. Courtesy of “coastal flooding” and “storm surges,” “urban populations” especially are susceptible to “the risk of death, injury, and disrupted livelihoods [.]”

Fri, Apr 25, 2014

Larry Kudlow | April 25, 2014

His Keystone veto reminds firms he just doesn't care.

Scottie Hughes | April 25, 2014

A blockbuster news event happened earlier this week. One that ought to have caused outrage in all political quarters. One that ought to have made us question not only the Obama administration’s competence, but also their motives.

Michelle Malkin | April 25, 2014

The Obama administration doesn't have watchdogs. It has whitewash puppies. The president's Chicago bullies have defanged true advocates for integrity in government in D.C. from day one.

Erick Erickson | April 25, 2014

At the Washington Post a few days ago, reporter Aaron Blake noted that: "Black voters are hugely influential on the 2014 map. Six of the 16 states with the highest black populations are holding key Senate contests in 2014."

Brent Bozell | April 25, 2014

The accountants in Hollywood don't have to believe in heaven to notice the box office numbers on recent movies with religious themes. "Heaven Is for Real" opened in the days before Easter and grossed more than $22 million, coming in second for the weekend, just $3 million behind the latest "Captain America" blockbuster.

Jonah Goldberg | April 25, 2014

I think we all know what Barack Obama's foreign policy strategy coming into office was.

David Limbaugh | April 25, 2014

One of the many ironies surrounding President Obama is that for all his harping on income inequality -- his most recent obsession designed to stir Americans against one another -- his policies have exacerbated it.

Mona Charen | April 25, 2014

Sonia Sotomayor is a wonderful role model. Truly. Through hard work, brains and rare self-discipline at an early age, she was able to overcome poverty and family dysfunction to become what she is today.

John Ransom | April 25, 2014

Let's just say that the Obama administration is looking at the situation in Ukraine as kind of make up sex with Russia for the spats that they've had in the Middle East.

Scott Rasmussen | April 25, 2014

In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ended legal segregation in public schools with a unanimous 9-0 decision in Brown v. Board of Education.

Ken Blackwell | April 25, 2014

A critical vote may await the Senate upon its return next week. The Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee is scheduled to vote on a massive proposal to overhaul the nation’s mortgage finance market.

Pat Buchanan | April 25, 2014

"Mr. Obama is focused on isolating President Vladimir V. Putin's Russia by cutting off its economic and political ties to the outside world ... and effectively making it a pariah state."

Suzanne Fields | April 25, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin's calculating behavior, first in the Crimea and now in Ukraine, sends chills down the spine of the body politic. Once gaga over Barack Obama, their warmth has turned to frost.

Fred Wszolek | April 25, 2014

While it’s too early to tell exactly what will transpire at Northwestern, it’s clear that Big Labor bosses and their NLRB allies will not easily abandon this latest crusade – at least not as easily as they backed down from their fight to forcibly unionize Volkswagen workers at the Chattanooga, Tennessee plant. The prospect of wringing union dues from college athletes (read the universities themselves) all across the country is just too tantalizing for them to resist. And make no mistake: this is hardly a grassroots effort by campus idealists.

David Harsanyi | April 25, 2014

As I write this, Thomas Piketty's book "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" is No. 1 on Amazon.com. It's been deemed an "important book" by a bunch of smart people. Why not? It validates many of the preconceived notions progressives have about capitalism.

Linda Chavez | April 25, 2014

Justice Sonia Sotomayor this week took the unusual step of reading her dissent in a case involving state-sponsored affirmative action in Michigan.

Diana West | April 25, 2014

More than Benghazi skeletons should haunt Hillary Clinton's expected 2016 presidential bid. It now seems that the entire war in Libya -- where thousands died in a civil war in which no U.S. interest was at stake -- might well have been averted on her watch and, of course, that of President Obama's. How?

Donald Lambro | April 25, 2014

President Obama was eating sushi in Tokyo this week, as housing and unemployment data back home revealed continued weakness in the U.S. economy.

Donald Lambro | April 25, 2014

President Obama was eating sushi in Tokyo this week, as housing and unemployment data back home revealed continued weakness in the U.S. economy.

Brian and Garrett Fahy | April 25, 2014

In the wake of the imbroglio involving Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, who was forced out of the company he co-founded after his contribution to the Proposition 8 effort was sufficiently demonized by gay rights agitators.

Charlotte Hays | April 25, 2014

?Everything’s coming up Hillary. Her memoir, Hard Choices, for which she reportedly was paid a princely advance in neighborhood of $14 million, is due out early this summer.

Ransom Notes Radio | April 25, 2014

How many lies have we been told by Obama’s administration and campaign machine? It almost seems like this guy will say anything we want to hear… So long as he gets a little PR help from the mainstream media. Also, Professor Stringham joined the show to defend High Frequency Trading.

Night Watch | April 25, 2014

It means they have made the decision to intervene if the conditions for intervention are met, i.e., "Russian interests are attacked." The situation is heading towards Russian intervention, probably soon.

Fritz Pfister | April 25, 2014

Janet Yellen and the Federal Reserve may want to continue to keep interest rates low. In other words, what hasn’t worked to spur economic growth, job creation, and home sales, should be repeated. Groundhog Day.

Charles Payne | April 25, 2014

Last year, when the stock market was on autopilot and bad news was dismissed for a variety of rationales, I wrote that there would come a time when good news would be equally dismissed, and stocks would tumble on good news.

Daniel J. Mitchell | April 25, 2014

If you think more government is the answer, you’ve asked a very silly question.

Mike Shedlock | April 25, 2014

With central bankers globally suppressing interest rates, the search for yield elsewhere is on. One of the places investors have turned is speculative junk bond offerings.

Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Todd Starnes | April 24, 2014

Brandon Jenkins was denied entry to a radiation therapy program at the Community College of Baltimore County because of his Christian faith and was advised to not wear his religion on his sleeve, a lawsuit filed in federal court alleges.

Daniel Doherty | April 24, 2014

DD: Your new book is called “God Less America: Real Stories From the Front Lines of the Attack on Traditional Values.” In a few sentences, can you summarize what it’s about, and why you decided to write it?

Nicole McCleskey | April 24, 2014

Every successful Republican woman politician today faces the inevitable question … is she the next Sarah Palin? It’s unfortunate that every Republican female leader is put to this same litmus test by the liberal media.

Todd Starnes | April 24, 2014

My dear friend Michelle Cox has written a novel that every parent in America needs to read.

Nick Connor | April 24, 2014

As the US government tightens its fiscal belt, it is important for policymakers to consider that cutting key programs can create ripple effects far beyond US borders. A prime example is the Tomahawk missile.

Thomas Sowell | April 24, 2014

Income inequality has long been one of the liberals' favorite issues. So there is nothing surprising about its being pushed hard this election year.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | April 24, 2014

This week marks the 44th anniversary of Earth Day. In years past, the day has been marked with great media fanfare and attention. This week, it marched by with little mention.

Victor Davis Hanson | April 24, 2014

Reid is back in the news for denigrating the peaceful supporters of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, a popular critic of the Bureau of Land Management policy, as "domestic terrorists."

Derek Hunter | April 24, 2014

The problem of Congress passing and presidents signing vague laws that leave much to interpretation from courts and bureaucrats is nothing new. The Americans with Disabilities Act, signed into law in 1990, has been used relentlessly to file frivolous lawsuits and extort untold millions from American businesses. But the ADA was written imprecisely, deliberately leaving the fleshing out of the intentions of Congress and the law to others. As bad as that is, we’ve entered a time when the clear wording of laws is subject to change not through the legislative process or the courts, but by temporary politicians’ personal thoughts or feelings on a given issue.

Larry Elder | April 24, 2014

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter has died. Sympathetic obituaries say things like "wrongfully convicted" or "exonerated." But the black middleweight-title-contending boxer was neither.

Judge Andrew Napolitano | April 24, 2014

When President Obama decided sometime during his first term that he wanted to be able to use unmanned aerial drones in foreign lands to kill people -- including Americans -- he instructed Attorney General Eric Holder to find a way to make it legal -- despite the absolute prohibition on governmental extra-judicial killing in federal and state laws and in the Constitution itself.

John Ransom | April 24, 2014

It would be shame if the wonder drugs we rely on to help the elderly, the sick and our children stopped working wonders because a parochial and partisan prejudice against profits by liberals was allowed to outweigh the greater good.

Michael Reagan | April 24, 2014

It was nice to be away from politics for a week. It was even nicer to be in the great city of Boston for six days to celebrate the running of the 118th Boston Marathon.

Cal Thomas | April 24, 2014

Honestly, unless you are a big government liberal, how many people think the federal government should have more power than it already exercises over its citizens?

Debra J. Saunders | April 24, 2014

According to experts cited by The New York Times, President Barack Obama's eventual decision on the Keystone XL pipeline -- last week, the administration once again postponed a decision -- "will have a marginal impact on global warming emissions."

Matt Towery | April 24, 2014

Polling numbers and political maneuverings are increasingly confirming what I first reported months ago. The tea party movement is no longer the large dominant force in the GOP that it was in 2010 or even 2012.

Paul Greenberg | April 24, 2014

With its talent for doing just the wrong thing, or at least avoiding the right one, the U.S. State Department has decided to follow the latest trend in American higher education -- over the nearest cliff.

Rebecca Hagelin | April 24, 2014

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s the hallmark question of childhood. We ask wide-eyed little kids, expecting answers like “pilot,” “astronaut” or “firefighter.” It’s not a bad question, but when it’s the only one we ask, kids end up believing their identity belongs to their occupation.

Steve Chapman | April 24, 2014

The question of racial preferences in university admissions has bedeviled the nation for decades. In 2003, the Supreme Court finally issued a verdict that gave something to either side of the debate.

Emmett Tyrrell | April 24, 2014

My telephone is not ringing off the hook. No intriguing or inquiring emails have arrived on my computer. Yet, on Friday, a document drop from the Clinton Library revealed that years ago, in the 1990s, I was at the very heart of the "vast right-wing conspiracy."

Kyle Olson | April 24, 2014

Some parents have had quite enough of the crazy, convoluted and sometimes error-filled Common Core math worksheets.

Cliff May | April 24, 2014

Last week, more than a hundred Nigerian students, girls between 15 and 18 years of age, were kidnapped by the al Qaeda-affiliated terrorists of Boko Haram. Most of the girls are still being held. That should be a big story, don’t you think?

Larry Provost | April 24, 2014

Apparently government bureaucracy counts as a “real job” as opposed to serving in the Armed Forces. You heard it correctly. Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler, who is running for Governor of Maryland, said that he had held a real job by being Attorney General of Maryland, as opposed to his opponent who had “only” served in Iraq and is also the currently serving Lt. Gov. of Maryland.

Akash Chougule | April 24, 2014

Once again, President Obama has felt the need to come out swinging in defense of his signature health care law. Countless times since the rollout, and again last week, he proclaimed that ObamaCare is working, called on Democrats to defend it, and chastised conservatives for their opposition that he believes is entirely political. But people should look beyond Obama’s rhetoric and consider reality – ObamaCare is bad medicine for America.

John Kass | April 24, 2014

Using skin color rather than merit to pick winners and losers is a policy that fosters cynicism. Such policies only serve the politicians, who hand out the spoils, using racial preference as governmental levers as they win power and treasure for themselves.

Jerry Newcombe | April 24, 2014

Recently, I interviewed Jim DeMint for my radio show to discuss his new book, Falling In Love With America Again. Some remarks he made on the show, especially about slavery, have been burning up the blogosphere. Many of the articles imply or state that Mr. DeMint, former US Senator (R-SC) and now head of The Heritage Foundation, doesn’t know his US history.

Ransom Notes Radio | April 24, 2014

Sure, Wall Street wants more of your money… So does the Government. Which one do you think is a bigger threat to the average American? It’s almost like the Government hates it when someone gets too successful. Also, Chris Versace joined the show to talk about the importance of having an “edge” in the market.

Nicholas Vardy | April 24, 2014

Almost a third of the way into the year, one thing is becoming clear: 2014 is not shaping up to be another monster year for the U.S. stock market.

Bill Tatro | April 24, 2014

So Bloomberg does a survey of 67 economists around the nation and they all come to the same conclusion. I’m not sure whether it was a direct oversight or simply that my questionnaire was lost in the mail.

Night Watch | April 24, 2014

The Russian leaders are not rushing to engage in economic warfare, but are using the crisis to build national pride, reinforce societal discipline and to move towards greater self-sufficiency within the Russian sphere of influence.

Charles Payne | April 24, 2014

This week, Bankrate.com published a poll on Main Street's appetite for investing (conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates), which revealed 73% of adults are no more inclined to invest in the stock market right now, than in the past.

Daniel J. Mitchell | April 24, 2014

So what’s the rationale for overpaid bureaucrats? Defenders of the status quo claim that high pay is necessary to attract skilled professionals. Needless to say, that’s not true.

Mike Shedlock | April 24, 2014

If the home sales decline was weather related, then why were sales up in the Northeast? I suggest the Fed managed to blow another housing bubble, especially in California and the West where sales are down the most.

Michael Schaus | April 24, 2014

America’s spy satellites, as it turns out, depend upon Russian provided technology to reach orbit. Giving Putin our business, simply to maintain the Boeing/ Lockheed Martin monopoly on military space missions, doesn’t exactly seem to fall in line with national security interests.

Wed, Apr 23, 2014

Ann Coulter | April 23, 2014

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is demanding a quick settlement of the lawsuit brought by the five men convicted of one of the most sickening crimes in the city's history: the attack on the Central Park jogger in 1989.

Charlie Kirk | April 23, 2014

At universities today, too many students are preoccupied with finding a perch from which they can call themselves afflicted with the malevolent intent of phantom “oppressors.” They seek to gin up conflict and create a permanent state of unrest by reminding themselves and the student body that all is not perfect in their life and that imperfection is the direct result of deliberate actions of others.

Peter Roff | April 23, 2014

Without secure borders America does not and cannot know who is coming in and who is leaving – which would be a significant additional step forward toward addressing the problems the comprehensive immigration proposal has been unable to resolve.

Bob Barr | April 23, 2014

One of the biggest land grabs in American history occurred in 1976, when President Jimmy Carter signed into a law the “Federal Land Policy and Management Act.” That stroke of the pen transferred hundreds of millions of acres of land, located primarily in the western states, into the control of the federal government.

Zachary Gappa | April 23, 2014

American education is in trouble—that much seems to be a given. Our public schools and colleges are getting poor results, our young people are drowning in debt, new graduates can't find jobs, and our overall rankings in the world are pretty dismal.

Thomas Sowell | April 23, 2014

Liberals can be disarming. In fact, they are for disarming anybody who can be disarmed, whether domestically or internationally.

Michelle Malkin | April 23, 2014

I've always thought entrenched left-wing journalists in Washington needed their heads examined. Much to my satisfaction, it appears the corporate media bosses of at least one Beltway anchor now agree.

John Stossel | April 23, 2014

Scarlett Johansson left nude photos of herself on her computer. A hacker grabbed them and sent them to gossip websites.

Walter E. Williams | April 23, 2014

"President Obama Vows Zero Tolerance on Gender Wage Gap," read one headline. Another read, "Women Still Earned 77 Cents On Men's Dollar In 2012." It's presumed that big, greedy corporations are responsible for what is seen as wage injustice.

Joanne Moudy | April 23, 2014

The latest victory for religious freedom came last Thursday when Judge Robert E. Blackburn of the US District Court in Colorado, ruled in favor of Dr. James C. Dobson, and found that the Affordable Care Act and the regulations constitute a substantial burden on the exercise of religion of the plaintiffs.

Dr. Ben Carson | April 23, 2014

The Cliven Bundy case in Nevada provides many insights into the state of our nation with respect to the relationship between the people and the government.

Brent Bozell | April 23, 2014

Chelsea Clinton announced she's going to be a mother this year. That should elicit the same reaction reserved for the daughter of any former president: a polite "how nice." But this is a Clinton.

Mike Adams | April 23, 2014

Former UNC Dean Dan Plyler is like a lot of academics today. He forms strong opinions without taking the time to study an issue to determine whether his opinion is supported by evidence.

Jonah Goldberg | April 23, 2014

On Good Friday, President Obama made a bad call. The State Department announced that it would delay its decision on the Keystone XL pipeline until after the Nebraska Supreme Court rules in a case involving the route.

John Ransom | April 23, 2014

If it wasn't for expensive mismanagement, the Obama administration—and Democrats in Chicago-- would have no management at all.

Terry Jeffrey | April 23, 2014

Those who live in this nation's richest county and those who live its poorest have an important thing in common: a disproportionate dependence on government.

Ben Shapiro | April 23, 2014

This week, Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, whose standoff with the federal government over taxes and land-use rights has captivated the nation, announced, "I don't believe I owe one penny to the United States government. I don't have a contract with the United States government."

Austin Bay | April 23, 2014

Russia's "Crimean Precedent" -- the brazen military invasion and imperial political annexation of sovereign territory -- has shredded several key post-Cold War diplomatic agreements and treaties.

Rachel Marsden | April 23, 2014

The day after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met for Ukraine crisis de-escalation talks in Geneva with his Russian and European counterparts in an attempt to stabilize the country, Kerry's department released a statement that undermined America's own economic and national security -- again.

Donald Lambro | April 23, 2014

President Obama has been trying to look busy in recent weeks, giving speeches to rally his dispirited party as he voices new fears that Democrats will not turn out to vote in the midterm congressional elections in November. Apparently, many of them won't.

Jacob Sullum | April 23, 2014

If Michael Bloomberg is going to heaven, as he recently assured The New York Times, does that mean I am going to hell?

Ransom Notes Radio | April 23, 2014

America has pledged $50 million (yes… million… not billion) in aid to Ukraine. And now we know why the White House sent Joe Biden: There’s no-one better to deliver a joke than the current VP of the United States.

Dave Ramsey | April 23, 2014

Having a college fund set aside by your parents is really nice, if they can afford that kind of thing. But you can go to school by getting good grades, applying for scholarships, working your tail off and choosing a school you can afford. In short, college funding is not a necessity.

Night Watch | April 23, 2014

Afghanistan has been maneuvering to prepare for the post-NATO period which will include Taliban participation, directly or indirectly. After 13 years of fighting, it is striking how little the political landscape has changed.

Larry Provost | April 23, 2014

A recent NY Times editorial, authored by an academic student, says that Vietnam Veterans are behind white supremacist groups, ostensibly due to their military training. Such an editorial was a poorly disguised, and poorly researched, attempt at hiding a political agenda behind academia.

Charles Payne | April 23, 2014

The western world is being torn apart by (past) success and complacency, which is a deadly combination that has resulted in welfare societies being unable to denote the difference between tough love and real love.

Daniel J. Mitchell | April 23, 2014

About one year ago, I decided to create a “Moocher Hall of Fame” to highlight how certain people went above and beyond the call of indolence in their efforts to sponge off taxpayers.

Mike Shedlock | April 23, 2014

ECB president Mario Draghi has been making lots of noise recently about cutting interest rates because the euro is too strong and banks aren't lending enough.

Nick Sorrentino | April 23, 2014

For all the talk of Obamacare signing up 7 million people, it is rarely reported that over 80% of the people who signed up were dropped off of their former policies because of Obamacare. Many people haven’t paid their premiums yet either.

Robert Knight | April 23, 2014

Anyone worried about the rapidly growing power of the federal government under President Obama and the militarization of federal law enforcers had to take heart last week.

Tue, Apr 22, 2014

Hugh Hewitt | April 22, 2014

We have grown used to long presidential campaigns. Those begin the day after the "off-year" election ends, and we ought to expect "exploratory committees" and even formal declarations of a campaign for the presidency to pour forth in November and December of this year.

Harry R. Jackson, Jr. | April 22, 2014

Now that the ACA has been in effect for a few months, the unintended consequences of the law are becoming clearer. Initially, the obvious problem was that far more insurance plans were being canceled under the ACA’s regulations than were being selected in the exchanges. This seemed to defeat the ACA’s goal of expanding healthcare coverage. The higher premiums that younger healthier adults were being charged to subsidize the care of those who were older or who had preexisting health conditions also attracted a lot of attention. But not much has been made of the ACA’s effect on the segment of population it was supposed to help the most: the poor.

Armstrong Williams | April 22, 2014

Comedy has many approaches and subjects: leaders, governments, things we don't understand. In the vein of the latter, I suppose it is understandable to pick on religions.

Todd Starnes | April 22, 2014

Hulk Hogan once said, “I fear no man, no beast or evil, brother.” And the wrestlers at South High School in Parkersburg, W.Va. fear no atheist.

Bill Murchison | April 22, 2014

A prime reason for subscribing to the New York Times -- a cultural misdeed for which I regularly beat my breast -- is that of tapping into the Times' tips concerning what real, bona fide Forward Thinkers are thinking at a given moment. Like now, when opinion leaders are lining up to assure us the return of Robin Hood economics is way overdue.

Michael Schaus | April 22, 2014

It’s beginning to look like President Obama has developed a chronic aversion to anything that might be mistaken for “leadership” in his second term. The Keystone XL pipeline was, again, delayed until after the election season.

Thomas Sowell | April 22, 2014

Liberals advocate many wonderful things. In fact, I suspect that most conservatives would prefer to live in the kind of world envisioned by liberals, rather than in the kind of world envisioned by conservatives.

Chuck Norris | April 22, 2014

These words of Thomas Jefferson's are etched under the dome of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington: "I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."

John Hawkins | April 22, 2014

Tell me why any American should respect the law?

Michael Barone | April 22, 2014

Have the Republicans become the white man's party? Are the depth and bitterness of Republicans' opposition to Barack Obama and his administration the product of racism?

David Limbaugh | April 22, 2014

Apart from gutting America's military, our standing in the world, our fiscal stability, the economy, the office of the presidency, conventional energy sources, the free market and religious liberty, Obama has little to boast about other than Obamacare, so let him go for it.

Mona Charen | April 22, 2014

Just because your opponent is hurling baseless or even ridiculous charges does not mean that you are free to disregard them. You may think it's absurd to argue that you are engaged in a "war on women." But contempt for the accusation is not enough.

John Ransom | April 22, 2014

The Obama administration has made a specialty out of cronyism, graft and corruption along the blueprints of Chicago. But the real danger to our Republic is not from Obama following the Chicago Way, it's if he follows the Illinois “combine.”

Tony Katz | April 22, 2014

Last week in Ukraine, leaflets were being disseminated saying Jews were required to register with the government or face being thrown out of the country and their possessions seized. More and more, they have been debunked as a hoax. Jews in America, and worldwide, should nonetheless take this seriously, and recognize that - when the time comes - if they don't fight back, they will die.

Cal Thomas | April 22, 2014

One of the reasons our political structure has become dysfunctional no matter which party is in power is that too many of us are living in the moment. The closest we get to history is the instant replay.

Dennis Prager | April 22, 2014

When Americans over the age of, let us say, 45, look at any of the iconic paintings of America's Founders -- the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the signing of the Constitution, George Washington crossing the Delaware, any of the individual portraits the Founders -- what do they see?

Pat Buchanan | April 22, 2014

With Vladimir Putin having bloodlessly annexed Crimea and hinting that his army might cross the border to protect the Russians of East Ukraine, Washington is abuzz with talk of dispatching U.S. troops to Eastern Europe.

Debra J. Saunders | April 22, 2014

When Barack Obama ran for the White House in 2008, federal inmates and their families believed that if he won, miracles would follow. They were convinced that the former law professor and critic of federal mandatory minimum sentences would be liberal with his unfettered constitutional power to free low-level and nonviolent offenders sentenced to decades, even life without parole, behind bars.

Phyllis Schlafly | April 22, 2014

"Imperial presidency" perfectly describes what the Obama administration has become, as it increasingly violates the limits on its power defined by the U.S. Constitution.

H. Leighton Steward | April 22, 2014

Earth Day this year is marked with dueling reports about what climate change means for the future of our planet. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) has declared that human activity is the cause of most of the temperature increases of recent decades, and warns that sea levels could conceivably rise by more than three feet by the end of the century if emissions continue at a runaway pace.

Kyle Olson | April 22, 2014

In Chicago, what’s happening in the community is not good. The city has been plagued in recent years with a frightening increase in shootings, including many incidents that involve school-aged children. Somehow Karen Lewis, the president of the Chicago Teachers Union, finds that funny.

Michael Brown | April 22, 2014

?In an unabashed display of unbridled bigotry, NY City Councilman Daniel Dromm has told multiplied hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers that they are not welcome in his city. That he made this announcement while denouncing bigotry makes his statement ironic to the point of ridiculous.

Ralph Benko | April 22, 2014

Problems caused by America’s broken immigration system are causing misery to America’s immigrant community (both legal residents and undocumented), and, for good measure, to the president, the GOP and American society.

Bill Tatro | April 22, 2014

I took the long Holiday weekend to do a scouting mission for a future column. What I was most interested in were the work habits of the so called minimum wage employee. I was also interested in how many of these employees carried their “smart” phone with them on the job.

Mike Shedlock | April 22, 2014

Those who think a collapsing currency is a sure-fire way to increase exports need to rethink their beliefs.

Daniel J. Mitchell | April 22, 2014

I’m in favor of free markets. That means I’m sometimes on the same side as big business, but it also means that I’m often very critical of big business.

Charles Payne | April 22, 2014

Nevertheless, it has gotten to the point where modern-day artisans, like a short-order cook in a busy restaurant, are actually looked down upon, while some high-frequency trader running computer algorithms making tens of millions is looked up to, (although with less respect now compared to a month ago).

Ransom Notes Radio | April 22, 2014

Remember when things like creating jobs and expanding America’s capacity for energy production were considered “no-brainers”? Well, Obama’s delayed the Keystone XL again… Charles Payne, from Fox Business, also joined the show to talk about perseverance of American exceptionalism.

Peter Morici | April 22, 2014

With 8 million Americans enrolled in health insurance through federal and state exchanges, President Obama has declared the Affordable Care Act a success. That’s disingenuous and big changes are needed to make the law work well.

Tom Purcell | April 22, 2014

Get this: The U.S. Supreme Court is about to decide whether false accusations and mudslinging during political campaigns are illegal.

Lee Culpepper | April 22, 2014

After being forced to subdue an 18-year-old classroom drug dealer with a hostility towards authority and an apathy for education, Santa Monica High School science teacher and wrestling coach, Mark Black, immediately found himself under attack from a second teenager inside his inner-city classroom. As if enduring multiple attacks were not enough for the day, Black then found himself abandoned by his politically correct superintendent.

Phil Kerpen | April 22, 2014

Quite simply, from pharmaceuticals to motion pictures to software, India is stealing our stuff. India ranks dead last among major economies in protection of intellectual property rights, according to a comprehensive analysis by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. And despite lots of talk and visits from Secretary of State John Kerry and Vice President Joe Biden last year, India's respect for property rights has only continued to deteriorate.

Mon, Apr 21, 2014

Byron York | April 21, 2014

When it comes to the politics of Obamacare, there's really only one question that matters: How many Americans are benefiting from the new health care system, and how many are hurting? Problem is, we know more about the first part of the question than the second.

Hank Adler | April 21, 2014

What are the chances that Bernardine Dohrn, the wife of Bill Ayres, and a principal signatory on the Weather Underground's "Declaration of a State of War" in May 1970 could be appointed as a judge in a Federal Court?

Maria Semykoz | April 21, 2014

>In an attempt to explain bad social behavior, such as stealing and cheating, behavioral economist Dan Ariely a Fudge Factor theory. The theory basically suggests most people lie, cheat and do other anti-social things only as much as these actions are not extreme enough to undermine their self-image as a “good person.”

Michael Schaus | April 21, 2014

The marijuana smoke was so thick in Denver on Sunday, that most Christians took Communion because of a case of “the munchies”. And, heck, that was just a contact high.

Rick Santorum | April 21, 2014

From its beginning, the Common Core State Standards initiative has flown under the radar. Its funding, its implementation, and the substance of the standards it proposes have received little public attention, but all of them are questionable.

Kurt Schlichter | April 21, 2014

Honest liberals are having their Andrew Breitbart moment. Andrew started out as a liberal, except he was the kind of liberal that’s exceedingly rare today. He was a liberal who actually believed in the things liberals say they believe in, like free expression and personal autonomy.

Star Parker | April 21, 2014

In January of 2013 T.W. Shannon established two milestones. He became the first black speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. And, at the age of 34, he became Oklahoma’s youngest House speaker in history.

Mike Adams | April 21, 2014

American culture is in trouble. It is impossible to watch television for long without concluding that we are all living in one big reality TV show that is defining deviancy one embarrassing episode at a time.

John Ransom | April 21, 2014

Apparently the performing puppets that they have at City Hall, at police headquarters and crawling all over Streets and Sanitation haven't done enough yet to ruin Chicago's reputation. So now the city has to bring in outsiders. Pretend outsiders, that is.

Katie Kieffer | April 21, 2014

Female, feisty and unemployed? Fear not! Obama will need to hire IRS Girls Gone Wild to replace Lois Lerner.

Terry Paulson | April 21, 2014

Since President Johnson launched the war on poverty, government has spent trillions, poverty remains, and more and more Americans are increasingly dependent on government support.

Rachel Alexander | April 21, 2014

It has been three and a half years since I first covered the case of a Washington State prosecutor targeting Kitsap Rifle & Revolver Club (KRRC) Executive Officer Marcus Carter. Unbelievably, Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney Russ Hauge, a Democrat, has still not stopped his witch hunt.

Rich Galen | April 21, 2014

During his press conference last week, President Barack Obama was asked by Politico's Edward Isaac-Dovere whether he would advise Democrats to run on the success of the Affordable Care Act.

Matt Barber | April 21, 2014

They were always deadly serious about criminalizing Christianity and killing free speech, but now the American left has stopped pretending otherwise. In a recent column titled, “Why Are They Called ‘Homofascists’? Here’s Why,” I wrote that “progressive,” “Christian-hating fascists” – but I repeat myself – are “hell-bent on criminalizing Christianity and pushing to the fringes anyone who publicly acknowledges natural human sexuality and the age-old, immutable institution of legitimate marriage as created by God.”

Morgan Brittany | April 21, 2014

It seems that the Obama administration and the Democrats like Harry Reid are hell-bent on persecuting, harassing and demonizing American citizens while foreign dictators, aggressors and terrorists get little, if any pushback. Why is that?

Daniel J. Mitchell | April 21, 2014

Take a look at this impressive graphic. We’re #1 in some bad ways, but it seems we’re also #1 in a very good way.

Mike Shedlock | April 21, 2014

If extreme sanctions are put on Russia, then Russia will cut off all gas to Europe and likely default on all foreign denominated bonds.

Political Calculations | April 21, 2014

According to preliminary data published by the U.S. Census Bureau, the trailing twelve month average of median sale prices for new homes fell in February 2014 after peaking a month earlier.

Michael F. Cannon | April 21, 2014

Federal courts may soon rule that President Obama induced the majority of those enrollees to enroll by offering them taxpayer dollars he has no legal authority to spend

Chris Edwards | April 21, 2014

The problem is not just that programs such as Medicare keep growing, but also that Congress keeps adding new programs.

Ryan Bomberger | April 21, 2014

Sometimes we achieve clarity when we put an ideology into a different context. Our news media superficially celebrates those who fight for “equality” while denying it to millions through the violence of abortion.

Andrew Langer | April 21, 2014

Free trade works, and our efforts to promote US interests abroad should be based on this precept. We should be using what remaining power we have to promote a system in which no country uses cronyism to a competitive advantage—and that we, as a nation, will not unilaterally disarm when it comes to trade until they do.

Sun, Apr 20, 2014

Joanne Moudy | April 20, 2014

Over two thousand years ago, a humble man rose from oblivion and changed the world – forever.

Derek Hunter | April 20, 2014

On Aug. 28, 1964, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke the immortal words, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Amen.

John Ransom | April 20, 2014

I hereby reserve the right of my country to kick the crap out of petty little tyrants like Vladimir Putin regardless of the state of America's ignorance about other countries. I'm glad Americans are often ignorant about other countries. Other countries suck.

Doug Giles | April 20, 2014

Rancher Cliven Bundy looks like he could still be in a heap of trouble for having thoroughly ticked off Fedzilla and the Keebler elf himself, Harry Reid.

Debra J. Saunders | April 20, 2014

In the "Star Trek" movies, San Francisco serves as headquarters of Starfleet Command. This cracks me up to no end, as I cannot imagine the Board of Supervisors approving construction of Starfleet Academy or the oddly shaped high-rises you see in the background.

Bruce Bialosky | April 20, 2014

Six years ago, then-candidate Obama was encased in sophisticated artwork that conveyed his campaign message of “Hope and Change.” Leading up to the 2014 elections he may have not abandoned change, but he certainly has abandoned hope as his guiding principle to help maintain the U.S. Senate in the hands of The Undertaker and his fellow Democrats.

Paul Jacob | April 20, 2014

Those sworn to represent us in government often represent themselves, instead. And sometimes these same self-actualizing politicians find that our constitutional rights merely get in the way of their political desires.

Steve Chapman | April 20, 2014

Criminals are generally despised, and cops are not universally beloved. But one participant in the criminal justice system has no enemies: victims of crime. They're the Sara Lee of American politics. Everybody doesn't like someone, but nobody doesn't like victims.

Kevin McCullough | April 20, 2014

Headlines reported it: South Korean ferry with 300 school children aboard--sunk. Missing children likely drowned inside the ferry. The captain has been arrested, and he is attempting to justify the rationale he used in telling the people not to abandon ship. Every parent around the world that ever sent their baby off on a school field trip identified with the emotional distraught the parents of those children are feeling.

Mark W. Hendrickson | April 20, 2014

At Eastertime, Christians rejoice and give praise for the resurrection of mankind’s Savior.

Michael Youssef | April 20, 2014

Much of the world will be celebrating Easter this week. Unfortunately, in the West, secular humanism has relegated the Christian Easter to mere “Easter bunnies” and “Easter eggs.”

Mike Shedlock | April 20, 2014

Now the legislature wants to waste $100 million for a Barack Obama Library.

Daniel J. Mitchell | April 20, 2014

What happens if there are fewer people who want to watch female sports? Should there be a requirement to build bleachers that are mostly empty?

Political Calculations | April 20, 2014

Early reports indicate that very little has changed for the employment prospects of the long-term unemployed, at least through the first month of their no longer having unemployment benefits, but what has changed would seem to have changed for the better.

Mark Skousen | April 20, 2014

TSA hopes that the experience will encourage more travelers to sign up to become “trusted” travelers.

Nick Sorrentino | April 20, 2014

To challenge the monster is to challenge the way of life of many who have long ago made peace with (in some cases) or cozied up with (all too often) the beast.

Hunter Lewis | April 20, 2014

What all these Keynesian ideas have in common is the belief that a crash caused by too much bad debt can be cured by more debt.