Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTWhen the Supreme Court considers whether Congress has the constitutional power to compel individuals to buy health insurance, the argument supporting Congress may rest on a non sequitur and a semantic fiat. A judge's recent ruling argues that the insurance mandate must be constitutional because O...
Tue, 08 Mar 2011 20:00:00 ESTBefore we try a no-fly zone in Libya, some questions must be asked.
Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 ESTWhen Republicans do not recoil from question-rants, the conservative party is indirectly injured.
Wed, 02 Mar 2011 20:00:00 ESTThe new House Judiciary Committee chairman targets illegal immigration.
Sun, 27 Feb 2011 00:00:00 ESTHow a Princeton grad persuades the best and the brightest to take up teaching.
Mon, 21 Feb 2011 20:00:00 ESTThe Wisconsin governor's comportment in the budget crisis makes three things clear.
Sun, 20 Feb 2011 00:00:00 ESTThe wrestling room at Graham High School in St. Paris, Ohio, where Jim Jordan , now 47, began the athletic career that took him to the University of Wisconsin and two NCAA wrestling championships, contains this sign: "Discipline is doing what you don't want to do when you don't want to do it."...
Thu, 17 Feb 2011 00:00:00 ESTIndiana governor Mitch Daniels calls for a 'boldly different course.'
Sun, 13 Feb 2011 00:00:00 ESTCurrent defense spending cannot be defended until it is understood.
Wed, 09 Feb 2011 00:00:00 ESTMaybe America is finally learning about the limits of its influence abroad.
Sun, 06 Feb 2011 00:00:00 ESTCOLUMBUS, OHIO In 1997, when Republicans controlled the U.S. House of Representatives and John Kasich chaired the Budget Committee, he set his sights on the GOP's 2000 presidential nomination because "there just aren't enough hours left in my life that I can get everything done that I want to get...
Thu, 03 Feb 2011 00:00:00 ESTThe Pennsylvania Republican could be a strong contender for 2012.
Sun, 30 Jan 2011 00:00:00 ESTDisregard Barack Obama's rhetorical cotton candy about aspiring to be transformative. He is just another practitioner of reactionary liberalism and champion of a government unchastened by its multiplying failures.
Thu, 27 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST'Federal educational policy' may be an oxymoron, but listen to Arne Duncan.
Sun, 23 Jan 2011 00:00:00 ESTAmerica is a creedal nation and the creed is, as Robert Penn Warren wrote, the "burr under the metaphysical saddle of America." It is a recurring source of national introspection, discontent, self-indictment and passionate politics. We are in the midst of a recurrence.
Thu, 20 Jan 2011 00:00:00 ESTThis is the vicious cycle of government that should worry Larry Summers.
Sun, 16 Jan 2011 00:00:00 ESTUnlike most of the 111 that preceded it, the 112th Congress must begin the process of restoring the national regime and civic culture the Founders bequeathed. This will require reviving the rule of law, reasserting the relevance of the Constitution and affirming the reality of American...
Tue, 11 Jan 2011 00:00:00 ESTHalf-baked sociology ties conservatism to violence.
Sun, 09 Jan 2011 00:00:00 ESTMichigan Republican Fred Upton had a full agenda for overturning Obama administration actions. He'll expect to find support from like-minded Midwest Republicans holding powerful committee chairmanships in the drive to topple President Obama in 2012.
Wed, 05 Jan 2011 20:00:00 ESTWe have surrendered our willpower to self-control fatigue, an American tradition.
Sun, 02 Jan 2011 00:00:00 ESTNew Republican legislators should come down Capitol Hill to the National Museum of American History , which displays a device that in 1849 was granted U.S. patent 6469 . It enabled a boat's "draught of water to be readily lessened" so it could "pass over bars, or through shallow water."
Thu, 30 Dec 2010 00:00:00 ESTIf China keeps burning it, does it matter what we do?
Sun, 26 Dec 2010 00:00:00 ESTA new bill would prevent states from holding out porridge bowls and asking for more.
Thu, 23 Dec 2010 00:00:00 ESTHis target: a tax code that's '10 times longer than the Bible, without the good news.'
Sun, 19 Dec 2010 00:00:00 ESTNo Labels is a preposterous idea; partisanship is politics.
Wed, 15 Dec 2010 20:00:00 ESTCould the Taliban match in Afghanistan what North Vietnam achieved in 1968?
Sun, 12 Dec 2010 00:00:00 ESTThe passions that swirled around Bush v. Gore , the Supreme Court case that ended 10 years ago Sunday, dissipated quickly. And remarkably little damage was done by the institutional collisions that resulted when control of the nation's supreme political office turned on 537 votes out of 5,963,110...
Wed, 08 Dec 2010 20:00:00 ESTWhy many Tea Partyers and social conservatives are urging him to run.
Sun, 05 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST"The powers of the legislature are defined and limited; and that those limits may not be mistaken, or forgotten, the Constitution is written."
Thu, 02 Dec 2010 00:00:00 ESTIf verification is increasingly important, is Russia decreasingly trustworthy?
Sun, 28 Nov 2010 00:00:00 ESTAn eminent Harvard law professor, James Thayer (1831-1902), argued that although the judicial function is "merely that of fixing the outside border of reasonable legislative action," this still gives courts "a great and stately jurisdiction." While patrolling that jurisdiction today, Supreme Cour...
Thu, 25 Nov 2010 00:00:00 ESTHe should know pursuing prophecy is a recipe for forfeiting the present.
Sun, 21 Nov 2010 00:00:00 ESTWhat the TSA is doing is mostly security theater.
Thu, 18 Nov 2010 00:00:00 ESTIt cannot perform a political function and stay insulated from politics.
Sun, 14 Nov 2010 00:00:00 ESTWhat's driving Obama's subsidies of Chevy's Volt?
Thu, 11 Nov 2010 00:00:00 ESTBarack Obama's presidency has resuscitated the conservatives.
Sun, 07 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EDTWhen Alexander Pope was on his deathbed, his doctor assured him that his breathing, pulse and other vital signs were improving. "Here I am," Pope said to a friend, "dying of a hundred good symptoms."
Thu, 04 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EDTVoters rejected the expansion of government's command and controls.
Sun, 31 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDTDuring the Tuesday evening deluge, pay particular attention to these stories:
Wed, 27 Oct 2010 16:26:01 EDTThat Linda McMahon is doing so well in Connecticut shows just how much the political landscape's changed.
Sun, 24 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDTMINNEAPOLIS Northern Iowans are Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings fans. This fact could be portentous 16 months from now when the Iowa caucuses occur and Minnesota's two-term governor, Tim Pawlenty , probably will be seeking the Republican presidential nomination.
Thu, 21 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDTIn West Virginia, the president is the man to beat.
Sun, 17 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDTWith Barack Obama restoring solar panels to the White House roof -- the first were put there by Jimmy Carter -- will Carter's cardigan sweater be reprised? The panels -- environmentalism as a didactic gesture -- are evidence of a '70s revival.
Thu, 14 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDTVoters seem poised to produce something not seen since 1981-82.
Sun, 10 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDTPromoting his new book, Jimmy Carter, whose version of Christianity allows ample scope for what some Christians consider the sin of pride, has been doing something at which he has had long practice -- praising himself. He is, he says, "probably superior" to all other ex-presidents , and would have...
Thu, 07 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDTThe fiscal commission's deliberations supposedly resemble sumo wrestling.
Sun, 03 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDTOn Jan. 9, 1969, Daniel Patrick Moynihan wrote a memo to President-elect Richard Nixon, on whose White House staff Moynihan was to serve. Moynihan wondered whether the disintegration of "private sub-systems of authority" presaged "the ultimate, destructive working out of the telos of liberal thou...
Thu, 30 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDTSome anti-Tea Party 'moderates' exemplify repulsive politics this year.
Sun, 26 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDTAlthough a Niagara of vitriol is drenching politics, the two parties are acting sensibly and in tandem about something once considered a matter of constitutional significance -- the process by which presidential nominations are won.
Thu, 23 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDTPennsylvania's 8th district is a battleground that should tilt right in a year like this.
Sun, 19 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDTFidel Castro, 84, may have failing eyesight but he has noticed something : "The Cuban model doesn't even work for us anymore." So, the secret is out. And there is no joy among the alumni, if any still live, of the golden days of Les Deux Magots.
Thu, 16 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDTA need for economic recovery is no excuse to subordinate private interests to public authority.
Sun, 12 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDTLooking back with pride, the British are commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, when Churchill said of the pilots fighting the Luftwaffe: Never "was so much owed by so many to so few." Looking ahead with trepidation, Americans are thinking: Never have so many of us owed so...
Thu, 09 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDTNikki Haley and Tim Scott's candidacies show that the state has changed for the better.
Sun, 05 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDTThe collapsing crusade for legislation to combat climate change raises a question: Has ever a political movement made so little of so many advantages? Its implosion has continued since "the Cluster of Copenhagen, when world leaders assembled for the single most unproductive and chaotic global...
Thu, 02 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDTHere's why Ken Buck's looking like a promising candidate for Senate.
Sun, 29 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDTVarious figures denote vexing social problems. They include 10,000 (the number of new baby boomers eligible for Social Security and Medicare every day), 10.2 percent (what the unemployment rate would be if 1.2 million discouraged workers had not recently stopped looking for jobs), $9.9 trillion (the...
Thu, 26 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDTThe biggest threat to Israeli-Palestinian peace might be the peace process itself.
Sun, 22 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDTJERUSALEM 'Twas a famous victory for diplomacy when, in 1991 in Madrid, Israelis and Palestinians, orchestrated by the United States, at last engaged in direct negotiations. Almost a generation later, U.S. policy has succeeded in prodding the Palestinians away from their recent insistence on...
Thu, 19 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDTIsraelis have no need for patronizing lessons on the risks and benefits of peace.
Sun, 15 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDTJERUSALEM When Israel declared independence in 1948, it had to use mostly small arms to repel attacks by six Arab armies. Today, however, Israel feels, and is, more menaced than it was then or has been since. Hence the potentially world-shaking decision that will be made here, probably within two...
Thu, 12 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDTThe president is trying to soften Binyamin Netanyahu -- in vain.
Sun, 18 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDTThrough the Commonwealth, the GOP can reach out to Hispanics.
Thu, 15 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDTAfghanistan may be a good example of the prices of American success.
Sun, 11 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDTTwo splendid recent developments have highlighted how campaign finance "reforms" have become the disease they pretend to cure. In Arizona and in Congress, measures ostensibly aimed at eliminating corruption or the "appearance" thereof illustrate the corruption inherent in incumbents writing laws...
Thu, 08 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDTAre Americans just as ungovernable today as they were during Prohibition?
Sun, 04 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDTLAS VEGAS Sometimes provocative people become that way because they were provoked. Sharron Angle, 60, could be enjoying the 10 grandchildren she loves even more than her .44 magnum. Instead, she is the Republican nominee against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's quest for a fifth term as senator....
Mon, 28 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTThese would add some intellectual snap, crackle and pop to the hearings.
Sun, 27 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTGiven Elena Kagan 's aversion to "vapid and hollow" confirmation hearings devoid of "legal analysis," beginning Monday she might relish answering these questions:
Thu, 24 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTObama needed a general he could trust.
Sun, 20 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTTorrents of uninteresting mail inundate members of Congress, but occasionally there are riveting communications, such as a recent e-mail from a noncommissioned officer (NCO) serving in Afghanistan. He explains why the rules of engagement for U.S. troops are "too prohibitive for coalition forces to...
Thu, 17 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTCan America really succeed in Afghanistan on its own timetable?
Sun, 13 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTUnder the current imperfect administration of the Universe, most new ideas are false, so most ideas for improvements make matters worse. Given California's parlous condition, making matters worse there requires ingenuity, but voters managed to do so last Tuesday.
Thu, 10 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTLast month's employment numbers should alarm Obama progressives.
Sun, 06 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTJay Gould, a 19th-century railroad tycoon and unrepentant rapscallion, said he was a Democrat when in Democratic districts and a Republican when in Republican districts but that he was always for the Erie Railroad. Gould, emblematic of Gilded Age rapaciousness, was called a robber baron. What should...
Thu, 03 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTThe dangers of Obama's rejection of limited government.
Sun, 30 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTBarack Obama, an unbeliever genuflecting before the altar of frugality, is asking Congress, as presidents do, to give him something like a line-item veto. Coming in today's context of his unrelenting agenda of expanding government, his proposal constitutes a counterfeit promise to get serious about...
Thu, 27 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTInstead of shrugging, Ron Johnson is running for office.
Thu, 20 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTWhen a winning Democrat sounds like a Republican, that's entertainment.
Wed, 19 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTWhat part of 'precedent' doesn't a San Francisco-based appeals court understand?
Sun, 16 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTWhen Chancellor Angela Merkel decided that Germany would pay part of Greece's bills, voters punished her party in elections in Germany's most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia . How appropriate.
Thu, 13 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTAfter the bailout, Greece understands the strength of weakness.
Sun, 09 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTMACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, FLA. When asked whether nationalism is putting down roots in Afghanistan's tribalized society, Gen. David Petraeus is judicious: "I don't know that I could say that." He adds, however, that "we do polling" on that subject. When his questioner expresses skepticism about the...
Thu, 06 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTThe three prongs of counterinsurgency -- "clear, hold and build" -- involve three entangled problems.
Sun, 02 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT"P hysician, heal yourself ," said the founder of the church in which Roger Mahony is a cardinal. He is the Catholic archbishop of Los Angeles, and he should heed the founder's admonition before accusing Arizonans of intemperateness. He says that Arizona's new law pertaining to illegal immigration...
Wed, 28 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDTArizona's immigration law is a worthwhile experiment.
Sun, 25 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDTHearing about a shortage of farm laborers in California, the couple who would become Susumu Ito's parents moved from Hiroshima to become sharecroppers near Stockton. Thus began a saga that recently brought Ito, 91, to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, where he and 119 former comrades in...
Thu, 22 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDTNew Jersey's governor is connecting his state with economic reality.
Sun, 18 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDTWhen liberals advocate a value-added tax (VAT), conservatives should respond: Taxing consumption has merits, so we will consider it -- after the 16th Amendment is repealed.
Thu, 15 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDTFor the high court nominee, political experience is not necessary.
Sun, 11 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDTApuzzle from Philosophy 101: If a tree falls in a forest and no one hears it, does it make a sound? A puzzle from the prairie: If an earthquake occurs in Illinois and no one notices, is it really a seismic event?
Thu, 08 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDTGM's big turnaround at the federal trough.
Sun, 04 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDTIn baseball, as in other parts of life, the most important rules are unwritten.
Thu, 01 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDTWhen J.D Hayworth and John McCain face off in the Arizona primary, anything could happen.
Sun, 28 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDTA simple reform would drain some scalding steam from immigration arguments that may soon again be at a roiling boil. It would bring the interpretation of the 14th Amendment into conformity with what the authors of its text intended, and with common sense, thereby removing an incentive for illegal...
Tue, 23 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDTSupporting the bill means taking responsibility for the ups and downs of reform.
Sun, 21 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDTEducation Secretary Arne Duncan, like many liberals, seems afflicted by Sixties Nostalgia Syndrome, a longing for the high drama and moral clarity of the civil rights era. Speaking this month in Alabama at Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the "Bloody Sunday" march,...
Thu, 18 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDTOnce again a misguided federal government steps into the school reform breach.
Fri, 12 Mar 2010 00:00:00 ESTWhy does anyone attend the State of the Union address?
Thu, 11 Mar 2010 00:00:00 ESTAs a progressive, Obama hews to the Wilsonian tradition.