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Just why, pray tell, is Hillary so 'fascinating'?

"I think she's one of the most fascinating women of our time and this world," confessed Bob Greenblatt, chairman of NBC, as part of his announcement that his network is making a miniseries about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, with Diane Lane in the starring role.

August 03, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Cynic in chief pivots again, and an odd move it is, too

"My rival in this race," President Obama announced early in 2007, "is not other candidates. It's cynicism." Sadly, it's now evident cynicism won.

July 27, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

There in luxury sits Rev. Al, master of the universe

If Tom Wolfe were writing "The Bonfire of the Vanities" today, he'd need a scene in the Grand Havana Room in New York City. It's an Olympian den fit for what Wolfe called "masters of the universe," the super-rich gods of finance who today go by "the 1 percent."

July 20, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Why Paul, his eye on White House, trudges uphill

Rand Paul is the most interesting contender for the Republican presidential nomination. And I mean that in the broadest sense.

July 17, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Obama's smart-government plan is simply dumb

President Obama wants to make government "smarter." Who could disagree with that? Whether you're an anarchist, a Leninist or somewhere in between, everyone can agree that Uncle Sam could afford a few more IQ points.

July 13, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

'Inhospitable' Earth? Compared to the past, hardly

You just can't out-gloom an environmentalist. The Atlantic invited some luminaries to answer the question "How and when will the world end?" Some contributions were funny. Others simply plausible - a volcanic eruption from underneath Yellowstone National Park is frightfully overdue.

July 06, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Abortion rights not synonymous with women's health

When your grandmother gets some bad news, do you tell her: "Well, at least you have your abortion rights"?

June 29, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Put your money where your mouths are, young Obama fans

OK, young'ns, here's your chance. In two consecutive elections, you've carried Barack Obama to victory. You voted for Obama by a margin of 66 percent to 32 percent in 2008, and, despite a horrendous economy for people your age, by nearly that much again in 2012.

June 22, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Libertarianism may be 'the wave of the future'

'Why are there no libertarian countries?" In a much-discussed essay for Salon magazine, Michael Lind asks: "If libertarians are correct in claiming that they understand how best to organize a modern society, how is it that not a single country in the world in the early twenty-first century i…

June 15, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

View government data collection with healthy skepticism

The U.S. government is trying "to create a database of every 'phone' call ever made."

June 08, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

The guy still willing to kill decides when war ends

'This war, like all wars, must end. That's what history advises. That's what our democracy demands."

June 01, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

If you're going to defend the 1st Amendment, defend all of it

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

May 25, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Obama deserves some blame for IRS debacle

Of course the president deserves some of the blame. Yes, it's extremely unlikely he ordered the IRS to discriminate against tea party, pro-life or Jewish groups opposed to his agenda (though why anyone should take his word for it is beyond me). And his outrage now - however convenient - is a…

May 18, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Libya hearings show Obama and Clinton lied, and lied again

'Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night and decided they'd go kill some Americans? What difference - at this point, what difference does it make?"

May 11, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Think of liberals as antibodies weakening society

Is the American body politic suffering from an autoimmune disease?

May 04, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Paisley, Paul 'conversation-starters' fall flat

Are Brad Paisley and Rand Paul the bravest men in America?

April 13, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Jonah Goldberg: Disability, real and fake, becomes the new welfare

The government in Britain recently did something interesting.

April 06, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

As Quayle noted, marriage is predictor of child success

Almost exactly 20 years ago, Barbara Dafoe Whitehead wrote a controversial essay for The Atlantic titled "Dan Quayle Was Right."

April 02, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

There's hope for GOP, even after Iraq political disaster

Is the Iraq War to blame for the mess we are in? Now, I should qualify that question by explaining "mess" and "we." By "mess," I mean the dawn of Barack Obama's second term, the predictably catastrophic rollout of Obamacare, the exploding debt and deficit, the stimulus boondoggles, etc.

March 30, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Jonah Goldberg: One of these things is not like the other, or is it?

Just because things can be put on the same list doesn't mean they are necessarily similar. My attic contains within it thousands of comic books, an inflatable bed, some jigsaw puzzles, some family pictures and a "Frampton Comes Alive!" album. These things are, roughly speaking, in the same l…

March 23, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Who would follow our example on Keystone?

While many have long seen America as the global bad boy, everybody likes Canada. If Uncle Sam tucks his pack of Marlboros under his T-shirt sleeve and plays by his own rules, the Canadian moose - or whatever their Uncle Sam equivalent is - always wears his blue blazer and school tie and does…

March 16, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Conservative forum unwise to snub Christie, gays

What can you do with a man like Chris Christie?

March 02, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Inane blame game rages on as sequester looms

We are just days away from a cataclysm of biblical proportions. The cuts foretold in the Budget Control Act of 2011 apparently are every bit as terrifying as rivers of blood and plagues of locusts.

February 23, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

New golden age of progressivism largely an illusion

One of the great things about American politics is its capacity for punishing hubris.

February 16, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Education spending not the smartest 'investment'

Not long after President Obama proclaimed in his second inaugural that "an economic recovery has begun," we learned that the U.S. economy actually shrank in the last quarter. Many economists believe this is a temporary setback. This recovery may be the weakest in American history, but the ec…

February 09, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Debate on women in combat has merely been postponed

What if, during the presidential campaign, Mitt Romney had accused President Obama of wanting to let servicewomen serve in combat? After all, Obama had hinted as much in 2008. What would Obama's response have been?

February 02, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Clinton testimony from the GOP view: She's a smooth liar

A lot of people in Washington apparently forgot how good Hillary Clinton is at not telling the truth.

January 26, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Socially liberal 'fiscal conservatives' are suckers

Dear Socially Liberal Fiscal Conservative Friend, That's pretty toothy, so I'm going to call you Bob.

January 19, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Biden's simplistic words a poor rationale for policy

"As the president said, if your actions result in only saving one life, they're worth taking," Vice President Joe Biden declared on Wednesday as he previewed what his commission on gun violence might actually do.

January 12, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Obama displays pettiness in Hagel selection

It's official. President Obama has named former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., as his nominee for secretary of defense. Hence, we may be in store for the worst defense secretary nomination fight since George H.W. Bush's failed appointment of Sen. John Tower, R-Texas, more than 20 years ago.

January 09, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Mourn for the slain but don't make hasty decisions

On Friday, in his moving and heartfelt statement in response to the horrific shooting in Newtown, Conn., President Obama said, "As a country, we have been through this too many times. … And we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, r…

December 19, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Conservatives face system rigged against them

To understand why Republicans have a "branding problem," you first need to understand how the system is rigged against conservatives.

December 15, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Why luring Asian-American voters is tough for GOP

In the scramble to make the GOP more diverse, a lot of people are looking at Asian-Americans, whom many believe are a natural constituency for the party. I would love it if Asian-Americans converted en masse to the Republican Party, but the challenge for Republicans is harder than many appreciate.

December 12, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Oliver Stone 'history' is wrong - worse, it's boring

When, at long last, will people understand that the left is boring?

December 08, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Think Morsi's a moderate? You're not paying attention

What do you call a leader of a theocratic and cultish movement with a deep and clear disdain for democracy who suddenly assumes dictatorial powers?

December 01, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Liberals shriek of GOP racism, but it's pure slander

If the GOP wants to win more black votes, it will need to get a lot more "racist."

November 24, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Obama's leadership could help black, all US families

President Obama has several stated ambitions for his presidency. He wants it to be "transformative." He wants to unite Americans of all parties. He wants to build an economy from the middle class out (whatever that means), and he wants to help what you might call the domestic refugees of Ame…

November 21, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Bush prescient on 'compassionate conservatism'

I think I owe an apology to George W. Bush. William F. Buckley once noted that he was 19 when the Cold War began at the Yalta conference. The year the Berlin Wall came down, he became a senior citizen. In other words, he explained, anti-Communism was a defining feature of conservatism his en…

November 17, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Americans seeing future in a European-style state

The Progressives won on Tuesday. I don't mean the people who voted Democrat who call themselves "progressive." Though they won, too.

November 10, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Telling conspiracy from mere media groupthink

If you want to understand why conservatives have lost faith in the so-called mainstream media, you need to ponder the question: Where is the Benghazi feeding frenzy?

November 01, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Obama's naval argument doesn't hold water

In the third and final debate, Barack Obama scored huge points with the media, college kids and die-hard liberals - in other words, his base - when he mocked Mitt Romney's concern about our historically small Navy.

October 27, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

On liberalism, Catholicism and social doctrine

Apparently, Paul Ryan and Joe Biden are both theocrats willing, nay eager, to use state power to impose their religious views on us.

October 17, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Say no to Obama's woeful 'Puss in Boots' eyes

It was the Puss in Boots eyes. If you've seen the "Shrek" movies or the spin-off cartoon starring the storybook cat voiced by Antonio Banderas, you know what I'm talking about. Whenever Puss in Boots really needs something from someone, he flashes these enormous kitten eyes that melt anyone …

October 06, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Tribe of barbarism can't lecture US about liberty

We like tribalism for the same reason we like to eat fatty foods: We evolved that way.

September 29, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Memo to Muslims: In US, First Amendment rules

"No One Murdered Because of This Image."

September 25, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Calling for justice vs. filmmakers plays to mob

An incendiary video about the prophet Muhammad, "Innocence of Muslims," was blamed for the mob attacks on our embassies in Libya and Egypt (and later, Yemen). In Libya, Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were murdered. The video stirred some passion here in America as well.

September 14, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Dems say 'forward' but confused on where we've been

"Forward" is a perfectly appropriate slogan for progressives.

September 12, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Democratic Party is bastion of out-of-date ideas

CHARLOTTE, N.C.

September 07, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Odd how the election became about racial bigotry

TAMPA, Fla. - Huzzah, America, our centuries-old struggle with racism and bigotry may be coming to an end.

August 29, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

To win, Romney must join Obama as a Bush basher

This is shaping up to be the second presidential election in a row that's about someone who isn't on the ballot: George W. Bush.

August 04, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

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