Sat, Jul 26, 2014

David Horowitz | July 26, 2014

It’s three and a half months to election time, and Republicans are spinning their wheels over whether they should appear moderate or loaded for bear, whether they should take the high road or the take-no-prisoners low road.

John Hawkins | July 26, 2014

Terrible ideas never really die on the Left; they just come back over and over again, like a gas station sandwich after a night of heavy drinking.

John C. Goodman | July 26, 2014

To understand why our recovery from the Great Recession is so sluggish and slow, economists are increasingly focusing on Barack Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment: the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as ObamaCare. Although generally thought of as a measure to insure the uninsured, health reform is affecting the entire labor market in negative ways.

John Ransom | July 26, 2014

Increasingly our government is proving indispensable to us by making things so complex that nothing works, from our economy to our tax code, without a great deal of forcing. That square peg indeed will go in that round hole…just as soon as the government rams it down our throats.

Paul Jacob | July 26, 2014

We’re on the verge of a revolution in mass transit, but city, local and state governments — who in theory are “supposed” to be on the advance guard of progress in this realm — are mostly behind the curve.

Paul Driessen | July 26, 2014

When it comes to attacking climate scientists, the alarmist Left has the market cornered.

Brian Birdnow | July 26, 2014

Last week, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the troubled bastion of mainstream liberal journalistic thought in the great American heartland published a short, but typically piquant editorial piece slamming Patrick J. Buchanan for his soon-to-be released memoir of the 1968 Presidential campaign entitled, “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create a New Majority.”

Daniel J. Mitchell | July 26, 2014

I’ve had some fun over the years by pointing out that Paul Krugman has butchered numbers when writing about fiscal policy in nations such as France, Estonia, Germany, and the United Kingdom. So I shouldn’t be surprised that he wants to catch me making an error. But I’m not sure his “gotcha” moment is very persuasive.

Larry Provost | July 26, 2014

The past few weeks, from France to Gaza, have seen many Islamic attacks. A record for the deadliest attack in Tunisia was also set last week.

Doug Fabian | July 26, 2014

We featured FXI, a general Chinese exchange-traded fund (ETF), a little more than a month ago, and that fund’s upward climb warrants us looking at other ETFs focused on that huge emerging market.

Joanne Moudy | July 26, 2014

When Senator Obama told adoring fans that when he became president in 2008 he would fundamentally transform America, he wasn’t kidding.

Mike Shedlock | July 26, 2014

President Obama was beating the drums on Thursday in Los Angeles regarding corporate tax deserters, companies that move headquarters or tax shields to another country in order to escape high US tax rates.

Chris Versace | July 26, 2014

As you sit back and sift through the data, you’ll also notice that even though the stock market is setting new highs, the S&P 500 is up only 7.5% year to date. Even if the stock market replicated that return in the back half of 2014, it would mean a total return of 14-15%.

Mark Skousen | July 26, 2014

Certainly, under Obama, the stock market has done well. In fact, when Democrats have been in the Oval Office, Wall Street tends to do better.

Steve Deace | July 26, 2014

The recent skirmish between the two likely 2016 Republican presidential candidates is but a preview of the fierce foreign policy debate to come.

Peter Schiff | July 26, 2014

While her tenure thus far may feel like a seamless extension of the Greenspan/Bernanke era, investors should understand how much further Yellen is likely to push the stimulus envelope into unexplored territory.

Ransom Notes Radio | July 26, 2014

In 1989 we managed to liberate Eastern Europe… And now, Kerry and Obama are basically handing it back over to the Russians. Guy Benson also joined the program to talk with John Ransom about the failure of Hillary’s ‘Reset’.

Political Calculations | July 26, 2014

The tiny community web site of the tiny town located on the northwest corner of Long Island, New York announced that a 13-year old Northport Middle School student had applied a principle found in trees that could improve the performance of solar panels...

Charles Payne | July 26, 2014

Currently our unfunded liabilities are at $47 trillion and by 2030, when the last baby boomers who head off to their golden years, the number could be up to $100 trillion.

Herb London | July 26, 2014

Against mounting evidence that Russian President Vladimir Putin supplied the SA11 missile system that shot Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 out of the skies, the world is drawing inevitable comparisons between the former KGB operative in Moscow and his counterpart, the ex-community organizer in the Oval Office in Washington.

Night Watch | July 26, 2014

The State Department spokesperson said the evidence derived from "human intelligence information," but declined to elaborate, saying it would compromise sources and methods of intelligence collection.

Fri, Jul 25, 2014

Paul Greenberg | July 25, 2014

Our president and his crew of Great Minds have managed to "reset" relations with Russia, all right -- all the way back to Cold War times.

Humberto Fontova | July 25, 2014

Russian president Vladimir “Teflon” Putin is on a roll—or so we’re led to believe by the media. The Russian president combines the slick machismo of James Bond, the cojones of George Patton and the craftiness of Cardinal Richelieu.

Renee Ellmers | July 25, 2014

Just the other day when I was home in Dunn, a woman standing in the checkout line told me that she felt as though she had less money in her pocket.

Michael Schaus | July 25, 2014

Biden joked that he wished he had a Republican kid, so someone would be able to pay for his retirement… I’m glad to see Joe is starting to be honest about how Social Security really works.

Michelle Malkin | July 25, 2014

The White House pretended to champion American workers this week with gimmicky initiatives on federal job training and "workplace innovation." But far from the Beltway dog-and-pony show, a group of American workers ruthlessly shafted by the Obama administration was finally getting some real support -- and inching toward justice.

Mark Davis | July 25, 2014

There is no homework for a first book tour, no prep manuals, no mentoring. I’ve been hosting talk shows since Reagan’s first term and writing in various venues for nearly as long. But the exercise that has resulted in an actual book with my name on it has been an education of a wholly different type.

Erick Erickson | July 25, 2014

Dr. Russell D. Moore of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and Ronnie Floyd, the current president of the Southern Baptist Convention, have added some much needed moral clarity to the crisis at the border.

Brent Bozell | July 25, 2014

Anyone who thinks the cultural left is going to stop its political correctness with the Washington Redskins isn't reading USA Today.

Michael Barone | July 25, 2014

Words mean what they say. That's the basis for the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Halbig v. Burwell invalidating the Internal Revenue Service regulation approving subsidies for Obamacare consumers in states with federal health insurance exchanges.

Jonah Goldberg | July 25, 2014

As legend has it, Groucho Marx sent the Friars Club a telegram that read, "Please accept my resignation. I don't care to belong to any club that will have me as a member."

David Limbaugh | July 25, 2014

It's no wonder President Obama tries to lock his normally fawning liberal media out of his fundraisers. He says things he doesn't want even them to hear -- or report. Sometimes they complain, but their disgraceful loyalty never wanes.

Tony Katz | July 25, 2014

Apartheid in South Africa - the systematic, institutionalized racism that berated, belittled and exploited the black population - was horrific. It told black people that they are less than human. It insulted their very existence.

John Ransom | July 25, 2014

If there is one thing that I have learned in life it’s this: Be really careful when mentioning bad ideas to liberals. They embrace them. Lots of them.

Mona Charen | July 25, 2014

Hamas, with perhaps unwitting help from President Barack Obama, is achieving its war aim: to legitimize Islamic supremacism and Jew-hatred, and take it global. Jews are no longer safe in Europe or even in some places in the U.S.

Pat Buchanan | July 25, 2014

In 1933, the Holodomor was playing out in Ukraine.

Suzanne Fields | July 25, 2014

Social conservatives feel betrayed by the popular culture, and why not? If Hollywood depicts someone with a gun or a Bible, he's a figure of ridicule, entitled to say with Rodney Dangerfield: "I don't get no respect."

Fred Wszolek | July 25, 2014

?President Obama’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has showed itself once again to be a strident advocate for the interests of Big Labor bosses, ready to stand up for union interests even in the face of common sense. This week, the NLRB ruled that cosmetics workers at a Macy’s store in Saugus, Massachusetts, were allowed to form a collective bargaining unit for their department alone – what’s known as a “micro-union.” Of course, the three-to-one decision was split along strictly partisan lines. The three Democrats on the Board sided with the United Food & Commercial Workers Union (UFCW), representing the Macy’s workers, while one Republican dissented.

Linda Chavez | July 25, 2014

The good news at the U.S. border with Mexico is that the flood of children from Central America crossing illegally, now totaling nearly 60,000, has slowed. The bad news is that those whose aim it is to stop legal immigration reform are using the kids to fan fears and turn a humanitarian crisis into political blackmail for anyone even contemplating positive changes in current law.

Robert Charles | July 25, 2014

Please tell me we are not about to confront another Obama White House scandal.

Peter Morici | July 25, 2014

Poverty is as endemic today as it was when President Johnson inaugurated the War on Poverty, and Paul Ryan is offering sensible proposals to change things for the better.

Nicholas Vardy | July 25, 2014

The U.K.’s Sunday Times reported yesterday that Russian rebels on the ground were now claiming that it was a Ukrainian fighter that shot down the Malaysian airliner, which was already pre-loaded with dead bodies. The level of denial boggles the mind…

Charles Payne | July 25, 2014

Right now, for tax purposes, a few big corporations are shifting their residences out of the country to get out of paying taxes – even though they are keeping most of their business, inside the United States.

Ransom Notes Radio | July 25, 2014

America is in the middle of an oil and gas renaissance… Despite President Obama’s best attempts to kill off the traditional energy sector. Parker Hallam, President of Crude Energy, joined the show to talk about how America’s businesses are moving forward with oil exploration.

Doug Fabian | July 25, 2014

One very important reason why I’ve come to really love ETFs, particularly during the past several years, is product innovation.

Larry Provost | July 25, 2014

A bill will be introduced in the House of Representatives, this afternoon, to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.

Mike Shedlock | July 25, 2014

The first half of 2014 sported record junk bond purchases by investors thirsty for yield, no matter how absurd the bond covenants or how risky the investment.

John Nantz | July 25, 2014

You’re either with Israel or you’re for the Islamo-Nazi. This unqualified statement is true simply because the nation of Israel is fighting for survival, battling against fanatical Islamists who are backed by Iran’s army of insurgency, Hamas. And, the stated purpose of Hamas and Iran is to accomplish the total destruction of the Jewish people and Israel as a nation. It doesn’t get more black and white than that. It's the very definition of anti-semitism.

Daniel J. Mitchell | July 25, 2014

The good news is that there are signs of progress, at least outside the United States. Denmark, for instance, has cut back on its welfare state. And now, even the United Kingdom has engaged in some serious welfare reform.

Night Watch | July 25, 2014

He said that Israeli forces might need to occupy parts of Gaza to ensure quiet. Strategic Affairs Minister Steinitz reinforced Erdan's comment. "If we need to, we will take over the whole Strip."

Thu, Jul 24, 2014

Matt Towery | July 24, 2014

As of late July, we see major conflicts that have flared up in Iraq, the Ukraine and in the ongoing escalating attack on Israel. New home sales remain mediocre.

Todd Starnes | July 24, 2014

The Obama Administration’s air embargo of Israel has ended.

Ken Blackwell | July 24, 2014

Kerry wants Israelis to stop trying to root out those who have sent more than 9,000 rockets into Israel. Canada’s National Post recently reported that the UNWRA—the world body’s refugee agency—closed down a school it was operating in Gaza after a cache of HAMAS rockets was discovered next door.

Rich Galen | July 24, 2014

During the Senate hearings into what had already become known as "Watergate," the leading Republican on the panel, Sen. Howard Baker of Tennessee asked of witnesses "What did the President know and when did he know it?"

Ed Klein | July 24, 2014

Wherever we look today—from the Fertile Crescent in the Middle East to the post-Cold War frontier in Ukraine to the South China Sea to our border with Mexico— our world appears to be falling apart.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman | July 24, 2014

In the Georgia Republican runoff this week, David Perdue won the right to represent Republicans in the general election this fall. His win has placed the final piece of the puzzle for the political landscape this season in Georgia. With less than four months until the fall election, not a minute can be wasted by either side.

Victor Davis Hanson | July 24, 2014

Nearly 70 years ago, on Aug. 1, 1944, Lieutenant General George S. Patton took command of the American Third Army in France. For the next 30 days they rolled straight toward the German border.

Derek Hunter | July 24, 2014

In the movie "Grosse Pointe Blank," one professional killer is protecting a target from another professional killer when he says the other hitman is either in love with the purported victim’s daughter “or he has a newfound respect for life.” It’s a comedy (and a good one), so the second hitman is in love the guy’s daughter. No newfound respect for life at all.

Larry Elder | July 24, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry is the latest to think the power of his personal diplomacy can bring "peace to the Middle East." But, once again, when one side publicly calls for the destruction of the other, what is there to discuss?

Judge Andrew Napolitano | July 24, 2014

What if you were allowed to vote only because it didn't make a difference? What if no matter how you voted the elites always got their way? What if the concept of one person/one vote was just a fiction created by the government to induce your compliance?

John Ransom | July 24, 2014

The fight against Obamacare is the Stamp Act, the Penny Tax on tea, the Powder Alarms of today. This is the same existential threat that faced our grandparents. And what happens tomorrow is largely up to you.

Cal Thomas | July 24, 2014

Gov. Rick Perry of Texas plans to order 1,000 National Guard troops to his state's border with Mexico in an effort to stem the tide of immigrants illegally entering from Central America, dispersing around the country once they've made it into Texas.

Debra J. Saunders | July 24, 2014

Why isn't Mexico doing more to deter unaccompanied minors from Central America from traversing Mexico to cross the U.S.-Mexico border? If this is a humanitarian crisis, then shouldn't Mexico be taking in its neighbors?

Autry J. Pruitt | July 24, 2014

The pro-Redskins arguments that take on the false hope that the name was meant to honor Native Americans are elementary and almost as offensive as the name itself.

Paul Greenberg | July 24, 2014

"Goin' Home." It keeps going around and around in my head as we drive around my old home town -- the slow, sweet musical theme Dvorak used for the largo in his New World symphony.

Steve Chapman | July 24, 2014

In 1952, Sen. Patrick McCarran of Nevada took the Senate floor to warn of the dangers posed by foreigners. The immigration system, he said, is a stream that flows into our society, and "if that stream is polluted our institutions and our way of life becomes infected." He was not the last person to see those migrating here as a terrifying source of contamination.

Emmett Tyrrell | July 24, 2014

It did not take all that long, when you think about it, for America's Nobel Prize-winning statesman to bring the world to a boil.

Bob Goldman | July 24, 2014

Is everything copasetic at your job? Are you feeling happy, content and secure? If so, I have some advice for you -- DON'T!

Peter Morici | July 24, 2014

Testifying before Congress last week, Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen cherry-picked data on inflation by noting prices are up, on a year-over-year basis, less than the Federal Reserve's target of 2 percent.

David Williams | July 24, 2014

You can’t help but hand it to them – rooftop solar companies have quite cleverly found their way onto the government’s gravy train.

Matt Mackowiak | July 24, 2014

Over the past three weeks, one Republican has gained more national attention than any other: Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX).

Night Watch | July 24, 2014

Hamas' terms for a truce include ending the Israeli operations; ending the naval blockade; releasing Hamas prisoners and opening the Rafah crossing into the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt.

Christopher Prandoni | July 24, 2014

When president Obama announced last week that he would be imposing of a new round of sanctions on Russia, he made sure to stress that the package was designed to inflict “maximum” damage on Russia, “while limiting any spillover effects on American companies.”

Daniel J. Mitchell | July 24, 2014

Hong Kong is supposed to be Nirvana for libertarians. It holds the top spot in the Economic Freedom of the World rankings. It has an optional flat tax. It has a private retirement system. And based on IMF data, government spending “only” consumes 18.4 percent of GDP.

Political Calculations | July 24, 2014

In the chart, we see that North Dakota is currently the leader among all states, surging considerably in 2013. We also see that the state has consistently ranked high by this measure from 1999 through the present.

Marvin Olasky | July 24, 2014

?Messing up the works in enemy-occupied territory.

Ransom Notes Radio | July 24, 2014

Well… The future of Obamacare is almost as confusing as the concept of bitcoins. John talks about the conflicting rulings on Federal Subsidies – and the Bitcoin Girl joined the show to clear up a few myths about digital currency.

Tom Purcell | July 24, 2014

I long for the sounds of summer I knew as a kid.

Ilya Shapiro | July 24, 2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled Tuesday morning in Halbig v. Burwell that the government isn’t Humpty Dumpty and so statutory text doesn’t mean whatever the government says it means.

Charles Payne | July 24, 2014

How to curb the reemergence of the old Soviet bear can be described as the greatest gut-check that the western nations have faced in a long time.

Wed, Jul 23, 2014

Calvin Beisner | July 23, 2014

The problem is in thinking that science is “the basis for knowledge.” It isn’t. It never has been. It never can be.

Todd Starnes | July 23, 2014

Bob Eschliman is a Christian. He’s also a veteran news editor. And when he decided to write a column on his personal blog objecting to a gay-friendly version of the Bible, Bob was unceremoniously marched out of the Newton Daily News and shoved out the front door.

Jeff Jacoby | July 23, 2014

The corporate inversions just keep on coming, and the White House and its allies are calling them unpatriotic. But it's a funny sort of "patriotism" that insists American businesses put the Treasury's insatiable appetite for revenue ahead of the best interests of their customers, shareholders, and employees.

John Kass | July 23, 2014

This could be a terrifying tale right out of the Book of Meat Science Fiction, only this one isn't fiction.

Cliff May | July 23, 2014

The terrorist army formerly known as ISIS has conquered about a third of Syria and much of western Iraq. What are these jihadists going to do next?

Michelle Malkin | July 23, 2014

Philip Gara LaMarche is a secretive political operative who funnels billions of dollars from undisclosed donors to nonprofits and astroturf groups. But you won't hear unhinged Harry Reid railing Queegishly about him on the Senate floor. Why?

John Stossel | July 23, 2014

I want the police to be better armed than the bad guys, but what exactly does that mean today?

Walter E. Williams | July 23, 2014

There are some areas of black life in which excellence can be found without the slightest hint of racial preferences. Young blacks dominate basketball, football and some track-and-field events despite the fact that there has been a history of gross racial discrimination in those activities. Blacks are also prominent in several areas of the entertainment industry. Those observations mean that racial discrimination alone is not an insurmountable barrier to success.

Dr. Ben Carson | July 23, 2014

When I was a small child, one of the most dramatic and effective business boycotts in the history of America occurred. This, of course, was the Montgomery bus boycott. By refusing to ride the bus, blacks who were being discriminated against were able to terminate many discriminatory practices not only in Alabama, but throughout the South. The white-owned businesses were clearly being unfair, and the public transportation system was no better. The actions taken were appropriate and in many cases heroic.

Brent Bozell | July 23, 2014

Hillary Clinton's $35 doorstop of a memoir is a flop.

Mike Adams | July 23, 2014

Sometimes people approach me and say that they are personally pro-life but pro-choice as a matter of public policy. In other words, they oppose abortion because they believe it is murder but wouldn't want to force their view on others who might disagree.

John Ransom | July 23, 2014

The United States is using narrow sanctions against Russian billionaires—private persons presumably-- some of whom Obama supposes supports Russia’s war in Ukraine. And the policy isn’t just bizarre; it’s Obama.

Bob Barr | July 23, 2014

Judge Susan Dlott may not be a household name among conservatives; but the federal judge’s decision last week allowing a lawsuit against the IRS to move forward might make her one.

Terry Jeffrey | July 23, 2014

The Supreme Court may soon need to decide whether the federal government can be considered a "state" in our federal republic in the same sense that Iowa, Wyoming and Wisconsin are states.

Ben Shapiro | July 23, 2014

On Monday, four days after Vladimir Putin's minions in Ukraine shot down a passenger airliner carrying 298 people, including an American citizen, President Barack Obama emerged from the White House to issue a statement. After fulminating for several minutes about the nastiness of the Russian government, Obama approached the predictable climax: threats of action. Except that there were none.

Austin Bay | July 23, 2014

Ultimate responsibility for the massacre of the 298 people aboard Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 begins and ends in the Kremlin office of Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Paul Greenberg | July 23, 2014

Washington and Lee University is removing the Confederate flags from the place they occupied in the chapel, where one of its namesakes lies buried. A group of law students at the university objected to the flags' being displayed there, and so they had to be moved.

Rachel Marsden | July 23, 2014

Here we go again with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry leveraging a tragedy to make another "strong case" based on limited evidence. We have already seen this in the case of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and chemical weapons. Now it's Russian President Vladimir Putin's turn for the global smear treatment.

Jacob Sullum | July 23, 2014

As thousands of children fleeing violence in Central America seek refuge in the United States, some commentators are blaming American drug users.

Daniel J. Mitchell | July 23, 2014

In some sense, there’s nothing remotely funny about the IRS’s targeting of Tea Party organizations. It is disgusting that a powerful arm of the government became a corrupt vehicle for illegal partisan politics.

Robert Knight | July 23, 2014

?Attention, illegal immigrant children, gang members and drug smugglers who are still pouring over the border into Texas:

Travis Weber | July 23, 2014

How does same-sex marriage affect my life? Why can’t we live and let live?

Night Watch | July 23, 2014

The Soviets and the Chinese always denied they had a "bolt out of the blue" doctrine because it implied they would be the first to use nuclear weapons in a war. North Korea needs to know that their choice of words carry grave consequences.

Charles Payne | July 23, 2014

I know it is perverse that the greatest fear on Wall Street is not geopolitical events or corporate earnings but instead it is the idea of Main Street getting a bigger paycheck.

Peter Morici | July 23, 2014

The downing of Malaysia Flight 17 casts new light on just how inept and decadent the United States and Europe have become.

Ken Connor | July 23, 2014

In short, the same group that requires private citizens to retain financial records for up to seven years under penalty of law is saying that they are unable to produce two years' worth of electronic correspondence relating directly to an active legal investigation, and furthermore that even if backup tapes of Ms. Lerner's emails did exist at one point, they most likely have been erased since the IRS only retains email records for six months.

Ransom Notes Radio | July 23, 2014

The courts have found another illegal aspect of Obamacare. (Of course, our Commander in Chief has declared war on the judicial branch by refusing to acknowledge their ruling.) Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, joined the show to discuss the latest blow to Obamacare’s survival

Crystal Wright | July 23, 2014

?There’s nothing in the United States Constitution stating Americans have the right not to pay their bills. In fact, the Declaration of Independence, which gave birth to our nation, notes the only unalienable rights we have are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Yet thousands of Detroit residents think they have the right not to pay their water bills and demand their water remain on.

Tom Borelli | July 23, 2014

Unsurprisingly, money is behind the Democrats trying to save the Export-Import Bank by any means necessary. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which is funded by the bank’s beneficiaries such as General Electric, Boeing and Caterpillar, is in overdrive trying to save the corporate handouts.

Michael Schaus | July 23, 2014

Nearly 10 million new jobs were created in the past 5 years…But, before you slap an Obama ‘16 sticker on your car (are those stickers available yet?), you may want a little bit of context for this stunning validation of Keynesian economics.

Mike Shedlock | July 23, 2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit invalidated a major provision of Obamacare. However, just a few hours later, the Richmond Appeals Court ruled 3-0 the opposite way, citing pizza in its explanation.

Bill Tatro | July 23, 2014

Of course, many will say that the world has always been a difficult and dangerous place and headlines like these are sometimes easy to be found. It seems however that most recently the struggle has been to keep these happenings from becoming headlines.

Tue, Jul 22, 2014

Mark Nuckols | July 22, 2014

Vladimir Putin is hoping to get away with murder. Last week a civilian airliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine by a sophisticated anti-aircraft missile system, and 298 innocent people died as a result. Simple logic and all the early evidence to point to Russia as the guilty party, but Putin smugly believes that he will get off scot-free. And he has good reasons to think so.

Todd Starnes | July 22, 2014

The Transportation Security Administration is strongly denying accusations that it has been allowing illegal immigrants to board American jetliners without proper identification.

Ken Blackwell | July 22, 2014

Beau Bergdahl has been returned to “active duty.” Apparently, that means a desk job while the Army considers what should be done with this young enlisted soldier. Bergdahl was held for five years by the Taliban since walking away from his post one night in 2009.

Michael Brown | July 22, 2014

Dear Mr. President, I write to you today as a concerned citizen of our great nation, standing as a witness against your historic actions on the morning of July 21, 2014, actions which I hope you will one day repudiate with deep remorse and regret.

Thomas Sowell | July 22, 2014

In a recent confrontation between protesters against the illegal flood of unaccompanied children into the United States and counter-protests by some Hispanic group, one man from the latter group said angrily, "We are as good as you are!"

Ron Paul | July 22, 2014

Just days after the tragic crash of a Malaysian Airlines flight over eastern Ukraine, Western politicians and media joined together to gain the maximum propaganda value from the disaster. It had to be Russia; it had to be Putin, they said.

Chuck Norris | July 22, 2014

Where are the presidents today who are visionary leaders and spur on American exceptionalism, excellence and the entrepreneurial spirit? Where are the leaders who call us to dream again -- to rise above the levels of maintenance and mediocrity? Where have American innovation and exploration gone?

Michael Barone | July 22, 2014

"Why do you think President Obama's job rating is falling, even though the economy is recovering?" the interviewer asked. It's a fair question, even though the economy declined 2.9 percent in the first quarter, even though most jobs created in June were part-time, and even though labor force participation remains low.

David Limbaugh | July 22, 2014

Efforts to proclaim moral equivalence are not always misguided; sometimes each side is equally at fault or close enough. But these efforts are misguided and unhelpful -- and often harmful.

Mona Charen | July 22, 2014

The bodies of 298 passengers and crew of Malaysia Air Flight 17, 80 of them children, lie unburied in a Ukrainian field while Vladimir Putin's men fire their weapons into the air to keep international investigators from approaching the site.

John Ransom | July 22, 2014

It does no good to condemn Putin as a liar, when lying is about the only policy prescription that Obama has for anything. And the press props him up.

Cal Thomas | July 22, 2014

The anti-Semitic "tradition" of blaming Jews for the world's problems mostly took a temporary back seat in light of the indiscriminate rocket attacks on Israel by the terrorist group Hamas.

Dennis Prager | July 22, 2014

When I was a graduate student at Columbia University's Russian Institute, there was a great debate: Was the communist Soviet Union an organic Russian development or was it largely a cancer imposed on it?

Pat Buchanan | July 22, 2014

The downing of the Malaysian airliner that took the lives of 298 men, women and children was not deliberate terrorism. No one wanted to massacre those women and children.

Debra J. Saunders | July 22, 2014

Who will be the GOP nominee in 2016? I don't know, but I have a pretty good idea who the running mate will be: Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. Unless Paul is the nominee.

Paul Greenberg | July 22, 2014

?Despite their reluctance, the Israelis are back in Gaza -- for the third time in a decade, and for who knows how many times to come. It's become almost a regularly scheduled round trip by now. Their reluctance is understandable; Gaza has been a trap since the old days. Specifically, the Old Testament days. ("The Philistines are upon thee, Samson!" --Judges 16:20.)

Phyllis Schlafly | July 22, 2014

The shocking announcement that Microsoft is cutting 18,000 jobs is still sinking in. Most of those employees do not have a realistic chance of obtaining as good a job as the one they are losing.

Bill Murchison | July 22, 2014

So, then, what are we supposed to think when the governor of Texas dispatches National Guardsmen to the state border with Mexico in order to deflect the onrush of illegal border-crossers? What are we supposed to do?

Doug Fabian | July 22, 2014

Six of the 10 most populated countries in the world are in Asia, and the continent holds more than half of the world’s population. The second- and third-largest economies in the world, as measured by Gross Domestic Product (GDP), also are in Asia.

Michael Schaus | July 22, 2014

What is the progressive solution to companies avoiding the highest corporate tax rate in the world, by moving their assets outside of the US? Well… impose new taxes, I guess. And if that seems a little silly, that’s because it is.

Nicholas Vardy | July 22, 2014

’ve written before about how a boom in emerging market stocks is not a question of “if” but “when.” Catch a boom in an emerging market — India is a solid candidate for 2014 — and you can easily double or triple the returns you get from just sticking with mainstream U.S. stocks.

Charles Payne | July 22, 2014

Much noise has been made about the growing student loan bubble and what kind of impact it will have on the economy when it goes “boom.” It is a reasonable question, but if you are thinking this is just like the housing bubble, or the tech/Internet- stock market bubble, you are wrong.

Mark Skousen | July 22, 2014

I saw a sign from the so-called Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that read “Eight Most Common Reasons for Security Delays.” It warned against putting liquids in carry-ons, failing to take off shoes, etc. They forgot to list the #1 reason for delays: the TSA itself.

Phil Kerpen | July 22, 2014

?Liberal megadonor Tom Steyer, failing to raise any significant outside money for his global warming Super PAC, turned to one of his San Francisco neighbors for a million dollar check. It was Herb Sandler, the subprime mortgage lender at the heart of the housing crisis, and like Steyer a huge hypocrite.

Ransom Notes Radio | July 22, 2014

Sanctions against a handful of Putin’s rich friends won’t end the violence in Ukraine. Besides, the sanctions aren’t really the sort of thing a freedom-loving nation should impose. (Actually… That might explain why Obama’s so darn excited about them.)

Ralph Benko | July 22, 2014

Princeton, according to Bloomberg News, acknowledged Krugman’s departure with an extraordinarily tepid comment by a spokesperson. “He’s been a valued member of our faculty and we appreciate his 14 years at Princeton.”

Chris Versace | July 22, 2014

That’s the biggest difference between a photo and a movie — one is a snapshot of a moment in time, while the other is a story that unfolds over time. If you were a buy-and-forget-it investor, your style would resemble something like a photograph.

Jack Kerwick | July 22, 2014

Of course, D’ Souza contends that while America is not unique in practicing the most egregious form of oppression—slavery—it is unique in that it waged a “civil war.”

Tom Purcell | July 22, 2014

"I say it's high time we update the wording of the presidential oath of office, which is specified in Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution."

Daniel J. Mitchell | July 22, 2014

When you’re trying to convince politicians to give up power and money, it takes a lot repetition. So, to paraphrase what Ronald Reagan said to Jimmy Carter, here we go again.

Mon, Jul 21, 2014

Patrick Michaels | July 21, 2014

The legacy of Franklin Roosevelt is harming American science.

Todd Starnes | July 21, 2014

President Obama signed an executive order Monday barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity – ignoring the pleas of Christian and other faith leaders to include an exemption for religious organizations.

Mallory Carr | July 21, 2014

The poor will be impacted disproportionally as fewer and fewer are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit. Obamacare will also pile on tax hikes on the nation’s wealthiest citizens.

George Mano | July 21, 2014

That was in January 1967. In other times, with a different America, they might have quit, or, at least, taken a long break. But, Americans at that time, many with fresh memories of World War II, were a hardier people and they did not quit or take a break.

Michael Schaus | July 21, 2014

How long, do you suppose, until all 3D printers are mandated to be sold with software that prohibits the machine from printing an operational firearm?

Kurt Schlichter | July 21, 2014

Liberals never met a civil right they didn't dislike. As with everything about liberal ideology, liberals’ great concern for civil rights is a scam, a lie, a fraud designed to sucker in the weak-minded and disguise their goosesteppy inclinations.

Mike Adams | July 21, 2014

Professor Breanne Fahs is a revolutionary. She teaches Women's and Gender Studies at Arizona State University. Recently, she decided to give extra credit to her female students for "defying social norms" by refusing to shave their armpits.

Star Parker | July 21, 2014

At least three states – North Carolina, Louisiana, and Arkansas – are red states with vulnerable Democrat Senators up for re-election that have large black populations.

Cathy Reisenwitz | July 21, 2014

Detroit, Michigan hosted a meetup for particularly whiny and net-savvy liberals got together to whine about how the Democratic Party isn’t in touch with the people. And it’s within the belly of this discontent beast that we can see the key to defeating Hillary at the ballot box.

John Ransom | July 21, 2014

If Shamiya Adams were a blonde-haired, blue eyed 6th grader from Lincoln Park the National Guard would be called out to fix the problem. But she’s black, so she’s disposable. As a conservative, I’m not OK with this.

Katie Kieffer | July 21, 2014

Fracking in the state of Colorado during the year 2012 created 111,000 jobs whereas Barack Obama’s entire economy has only generated 110,000 jobs for Millennials since 2007.

Ken Blackwell | July 21, 2014

Does the Body Politic also have mechanisms within our ancient Constitution designed to cure our partisan illnesses? Is it possible that the Founding Fathers anticipated the current seemingly intractable clash of political ambition and gave us a way out?

Wayne Allyn Root | July 21, 2014

The illegal immigrant situation at our southern border is more than just a national crisis. It’s part of the greatest conspiracy in world history—a purposeful attempt to create catastrophe, overwhelm the system, and force the American people to make a dreadfully wrong decision under duress.

Rachel Alexander | July 21, 2014

You’ve seen the ads, luring you to a website if you support Col. Allen West or another conservative running for office. They’re flashy and loud and all over the Internet. But where is the money going?

Rich Galen | July 21, 2014

The Gaza Strip is a land mass bordered by Israel on the north and east, the Mediterranean Sea on the west, and Egypt on the south. It has a land mass of 360 square miles which is about twice the size of Washington, DC.

Michael Brown | July 21, 2014

In light of the murderous actions and intentions of Hamas, what would you like Israel to do?

Matt Barber | July 21, 2014

From behind a smoking sniper rifle high atop his ivory tower peers the secular-”progressive.” He surveys his many victims, strewn across the American landscape below and mockingly sneers, “War on Christianity? What war on Christianity?”

Jeff Crouere | July 21, 2014

Clearly, Eric Holder has also placed his relationship with Barack Obama ahead of his responsibility to the American people.

Political Calculations | July 21, 2014

As a case study of how important that aspect of leadership is and how much it is missed when it is lacking, let's consider a day in 2014 when the news of the death of 295 people aboard a Malaysian Airlines 777 commercial airliner became known around 11:30 AM EDT and how U.S. President Barack Obama handled it.

Shawn Mitchell | July 21, 2014

The two most hated national identities in the world are Hitler's Germany, and the tiny, beleaguered state the international community birthed in 1948 to harbor the survivors and refugees from Hitler's campaign.

Tom Purcell | July 21, 2014

Boy, our political debate is getting crasser by the moment.

Sun, Jul 20, 2014

Herb London | July 20, 2014

The old story about the deadly scorpion and the frog has been adapted to the current situation in the Middle East.

Derek Hunter | July 20, 2014

Growing up, I was – as I assume you were – inundated with lists of “the benefits of citizenship.” The list was long and capped, naturally, by the fact the United States was the best, strongest, freest nation on the planet.

John Ransom | July 20, 2014

Hand Guns are the New Segregation

Ken Blackwell | July 20, 2014

It may have been the most effective political ad in history. President Reagan ‘s 1984 “Prepared for Peace” ad was a 30-second spot featuring a bear. It put the essential question to the American voters and let them decide who was right.

Doug Giles | July 20, 2014

Have you ever looked at all the schlock we’re currently mired in thanks to BHO’s “fundamental transformation” of America and thought, or actually said, “Screw it. I’m done. I officially don’t give a crap anymore.” I have.

Debra J. Saunders | July 20, 2014

It doesn't bother Carney that death row inmates' lawyers have created that preposterous sentence -- remote possibility of death -- by slowing the wheels of justice with dubious time-sucking appeals. If appellate attorneys think delays are too painful for their clients, maybe they should curb their appeals.

Bruce Bialosky | July 20, 2014

Obama has a clear path to reestablishing his position as a respected leader. This moment calls for the leadership of the United States. And it can be done without causing a broader war with Russia. There has to be a clear show of resolve.

Paul Jacob | July 20, 2014

Wage war on everything? Expect casualties everywhere. And refugees from all over the place.

Kevin McCullough | July 20, 2014

The Mayor of Salem, Massachusetts, Kimberly Driscoll, is actively attempting to destroy Gordon College.

Steve Chapman | July 20, 2014

Living in a city that had 82 shootings over the Fourth of July weekend, Chicagoans could be forgiven for envying the residents of Indianapolis.

Political Calculations | July 20, 2014

This is how the U.S. Federal Reserve can lend more money to the U.S. federal government than the U.S. government appears to have borrowed, even as the Fed is reducing the amount it lends to the government!

Andrew Follett | July 20, 2014

Pessimism has taken hold of the environmental movement and created an air of apocalyptic panic. Opinion leaders tell us that climate change will bring humanity to extinction.