Commentary

Daniel Mitchell | November 26, 2014 | 2:05 PM
I generally focus on the profligate habits and abusive tactics of the federal government in Washington, but that doesn’t mean other levels of government are well behaved.
Daren Bakst | November 26, 2014 | 1:38 PM
Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration made its final menu labeling rule available and it’s even worse than expected.
James Phillips | November 26, 2014 | 12:08 PM
The Obama administration was forced to punt once again at the talks on Iran’s nuclear program when the Iranians refused to budge on their maximal demands on uranium enrichment and sanctions relief.
Hans Bader | November 26, 2014 | 11:23 AM
President Obama’s decision last week to offer temporary legal status to five million illegal aliens has been assailed as a violation of the rule of law, which is not surprising given that he himself once admitted it would be illegal for him to do, and the legality of what he just did was once questioned by his Justice Department’s own Office of Legal Counsel. (Even newspapers sympathetic to an amnesty have expressed concern about the legality and propriety of his action yesterday, including the staunchly pro-immigration Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, which supports amnesty legislation, and is so liberal that it has not endorsed a Republican for President since 1952).
Hans Bader | November 26, 2014 | 10:50 AM
Liberal reporters like separation of church and state, except when it’s violated by their fellow progressives. Then, they lose interest in the concept. A recent Washington Post story cheerily reported on churches getting exemptions from a state-mandated stormwater fee (Maryland’s “rain tax”) in exchange for taking “green” positions, in the progressive bastion of Prince George’s County, Maryland. The story did so without even mentioning the serious issues that raises under the Establishment Clause and the First Amendment.
Charlie Daniels | November 26, 2014 | 10:20 AM
For well over two centuries the United States of America has existed, in tact, through wars, depressions, civil uprisings, inept politicians and internal struggles. Our governmental system is not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s far superior to the socialist and totalitarian regimes who have tried and failed so many times.
Cully Stimson | November 26, 2014 | 9:48 AM
At first blush, it may appear that the fight to thwart marijuana legalization is a lost cause. Pot pushers want you to believe that legalization is inevitable. They point to legalization successes this November in Alaska, Oregon, and the District of Columbia.
H. Sterling Burnett | November 25, 2014 | 3:39 PM
Political analysts are rapidly reaching a consensus that the recent election was a repudiation of President Obama’s failed policies, and although environmental issues were not the primary focus of the elections, the attention they received indicates a strong rejection of the Obama administration’s environmental policies.
Ron Hosko | November 25, 2014 | 2:25 PM
While the legal system has exonerated Officer Darren Wilson for his split-second decision on that August afternoon, he very much remains a victim of a politicized agenda that deemed him “guilty until proven innocent.” Although he will walk free, his life has been forever changed, as he has been exploited in a cynical effort to turn civilians against cops in fulfillment of an anti-law enforcement agenda.
Ken Blackwell | November 25, 2014 | 1:38 PM
Nearly two years ago, these writers urged President Obama to “Chuck Hagel.” Today, it seems, the hapless Secretary of Defense is on his way out. We wish him no ill. And we certainly don’t rejoice in his forced resignation. The timing of his dismissal could hardly be worse. It comes on the eve of another “deadline” in our dealings with an Iran bent on acquiring nuclear weapons.
Andy Schlafly | November 25, 2014 | 10:54 AM
Only in the Midwest – indeed, only in the “Show Me” state of Missouri – would a grand jury and Democratic prosecutor stand up against intense national pressure to ignore the facts and indict a white police officer for killing an unarmed black teenager. Democratic St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch announced the long-awaited decision from a small courtroom in Clayton, Missouri on Monday night. The 12-person grand jury of ordinary people from the community declined to indict police officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown one summer night in nearby Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis. The grand jury made its decision after reviewing the evidence and hearing testimony by Wilson himself.
Richard Kelsey | November 25, 2014 | 10:12 AM
Looters rule the streets while cars and businesses burn. Criminals repudiate with violence our American values, our justice system, and our sense of decency and decorum. Weak, pathetic politicians spur the criminals on with tacit approval, if not outright inflammatory suggestions. President Obama said in one sentence that we are a nation of laws, and then in a second sentence suggested that people were angry, and their reaction was understandable. How’s that, Mr. Obama? If the process was just, then the outcome was just. Why are people understandably angry at a just outcome? Does that understandable anger permit lawlessness?
Dustin Siggins | November 25, 2014 | 9:20 AM
Over the last three weeks, MIT professor and Affordable Care Act (ACA) architect Jon Gruber has gone from being an academic, known mostly in policy circles, to the face of political dishonesty and manipulation. Gruber, who helped create and sell the ACA to the American people, has been caught on tape admitting – on multiple occasions – that the law was written to mislead the public.
John-Henry Westen | November 24, 2014 | 4:07 PM
Last week, LifeSiteNews launched a petition encouraging the American people to defend the Duggar family against dishonest and aggressive attacks that demanded their show, 19 Kids and Counting, be cancelled by TLC.
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin | November 24, 2014 | 2:20 PM
Public statements made today by President Obama and Secretary Hagel regarding the state of our military do not reflect reality. Once Secretary Hagel leaves his position, he should speak out about the impact of the President's policies on military readiness as well as his feckless foreign policy. It would be wrong to wait, like his predecessors, until a book deal comes along.
J. Matt Barber | November 24, 2014 | 12:51 PM
None of it matters: Neither common sense, nor an abundance of victim testimony, peer-reviewed studies, nor their own loathsome admissions and actions. Nothing will move secular-”progressives” to acknowledge the undeniable interplay between homosexuality and childhood sexual abuse.
Rob Natelson | November 24, 2014 | 12:01 PM
America recently heard MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber (Harvard College, Class of ‘92) justify the deceit behind Obamacare, based in part on the claimed “stupidity” of American voter. The Obama administration paid Gruber a ton of taxpayer money, and he also has been shoveling it in from state governments seeking advice on health care “reform.”
Hans Bader | November 24, 2014 | 11:13 AM
Anti-bias regulations are sometimes biased and hostile to civil liberties. At Overlawyered, Walter Olson discusses a disturbing new gay-rights law hailed by European LGBT activists that explicitly treats people as guilty until proven innocent:
Charlie Daniels | November 24, 2014 | 10:56 AM
The recent sordid events in Ferguson, Missouri are troubling enough, but it could well be that they are merely a harbinger of much worse things to come.
Helle Dale | November 21, 2014 | 2:15 PM
Social media can be a double-edged sword for terrorists groups such as ISIS, a fact that its leadership appears to be aware of.

Syndicated Columns

November 21, 2014
Just before unveiling his colossal administrative amnesty for millions of "undocumented" aliens and foreign tech workers on Thursday, President Obama separately ordered up to 8,000 more executive pardons and special work passes for Liberians, Sierra Leoneans and Guineans illegally in this country.
November 21, 2014
Have some among us become so cynical as to believe that our Constitution's framers distributed federal power among three branches and imposed an intricate system of checks and balances as a matter of mere whim?
November 21, 2014
The liberal myth surrounding the hypercompetent Barack Obama faded long ago, but the liberal myth of "cultural icon" Jon Stewart is only getting stronger.
November 21, 2014
The liberal myth surrounding the hypercompetent Barack Obama faded long ago, but the liberal myth of "cultural icon" Jon Stewart is only getting stronger.
November 21, 2014
For President Obama to succeed in carrying out his plan to unilaterally change the status of illegal immigrants, two things must happen: 1) He must usurp the constitutional authority of Congress to make immigration laws, and 2) Congress must decline to use its constitutional power of the purse to stop him.
November 20, 2014
Whether we're watching thousands of Muslims across the world protest and riot over cartoons of Mohammed, or whether we're watching hundreds of people in Ferguson riot over a media-manufactured story about a racial killing, Days of Rage provide the outlet for delusional anger.
November 19, 2014
Last year, MSNBC host Martin Bashir was suggesting Senator Cruz was the "David Koresh of the Republican Party," burning the house down and killing everyone inside. How ridiculous do these media soothsayers look now?
November 19, 2014
Last year, MSNBC host Martin Bashir was suggesting Senator Cruz was the "David Koresh of the Republican Party," burning the house down and killing everyone inside. How ridiculous do these media soothsayers look now?
November 19, 2014
President Obama is poised to show his "compassion" this week by granting work cards to an estimated five million illegal immigrants through an imperial executive order. As for the vast, untold number of law-abiding citizens whose identities have been stolen by foreign law-breakers, two words: Tough luck.
November 18, 2014
Since Nov. 4, the Wall Street Journal and its neocon allies have been cawing for U.S. troops to fight ISIL in Iraq and Syria, for U.S. air strikes on Assad's regime, for bombing Iran, and for arming Ukraine to fight the Russians in a war that Kiev would surely lose. Was this what America voted for on Nov. 4?