Thu, Dec 18, 2014

John Ransom | December 18, 2014

There is a whole cottage industry devoted to deciphering the intended unintended consequences of the ideological incompetency and inconsistency that exudes from Obama.

Michael Schaus | December 18, 2014

I really, really, really, hate to go here, but: If you dont watch Seth Rogen in The Interview this Christmas, the terrorists win.

Mike Shedlock | December 18, 2014

Pundits poring over the statement have generally concluded as does the Financial Times, that Fed Signals Tightening by Mid-2015. Why?

Night Watch | December 18, 2014

The North Korean leadership is manic about the UN's findings of longstanding, institutionalized and systemic human rights abuses in North Korea. For most of the world, that finding is not only overdue but unsurprising.

Charles Payne | December 18, 2014

The Dow was down 99 points, rallied up 249 points, and then it fell to earth, back into the abyss, finishing the session down 111 points. The only constant was volatility

Daniel J. Mitchell | December 18, 2014

Were going to review two separate pieces of information, one about whether young people want to work for the federal government and another about an online poll about gun control that backfired. And both are somewhat encouraging, albeit not very scientific.

Michael Hausam | December 18, 2014

Understanding the current political appetite of the country and the major issues that are of significant import to Americans, these are the key items Ill suggest he repeatedly emphasize in an effort to get hired by his team:

Nick Adams | December 18, 2014

It is times like these that Americans should be thankful for their Second Amendment, and crush any effort or force seeking to weaken or remove it.

Bob Goldman | December 18, 2014

You're a modest person, I know, but you have to admit -- there is one thing that you do better than anyone else. That's doing nothing.

D.W. Wilber | December 18, 2014

Will Cuba moderate their long history of anti-American rhetoric in Central and South America? Will they end the decades of torture and imprisonment of Cuban citizens for doing nothing more than yearning for the freedom taken for granted just ninety miles away in the United States? Seems unlikely under the Castro leadership.

Bill Tatro | December 18, 2014

According to the Energy Information Administration only 21% of all net energy to be used in 2015 will come from imports. That means that 79% of our energy needs will be provided domestically.

Ransom Notes Radio | December 18, 2014

The Obama Administration is now looking to normalize relations with the communist nation of Cuba. Just picture it: A cigar-smoke filled back room in Cuba with a bunch of commies making empty promises Cuban officials will also be there.

Wed, Dec 17, 2014

John Ransom | December 17, 2014

Yes, no doubt there is racism in this country. But it is a product of both sides, black as well as white. And most definitely, on average, the Obamas have benefited from such racism.

Michael Schaus | December 17, 2014

Oscar Wilde once pointed out when youre losing an argument, you still have the viable option of throwing out some insults. But, hey, I still say the term stupid can be used with some degree of appropriateness.

Mike Shedlock | December 17, 2014

If one looked at the open vs. the close the move was only 3.18%. However, the move bottom to top was 25.64%!

Political Calculations | December 17, 2014

For all the noise related to falling oil prices and their impact upon stock prices during the past week, there is something that we have not yet seen that would fully confirm the fears of U.S. investors: large numbers of companies in the oil sector acting to cut their dividends.

Night Watch | December 17, 2014

Russia does not want Ukraine to fragment, at least not at this time. Recent statements do not foreclose a change in policy in that the Russians judge the burden is on Ukraine to create conditions for a peace settlement.

Daniel J. Mitchell | December 17, 2014

With a simple and fair tax system, we could get rid of high tax rates, eliminate the double taxation that discourages saving and investment, and we could wipe out the rats nest of deductions, credits, exemptions, preferences, exclusions, and other loopholes that bribe people into making economically unwise decisions.

Dr. Ben Carson | December 17, 2014

The recent release of a Senate report commissioned by Democrats regarding torture of terrorism suspects in order to obtain vital information was a waste of $40 million of taxpayer money.

Bill Gunderson | December 17, 2014

Skyworks is a key beneficiary of the mobile revolution.

Nick Sorrentino | December 17, 2014

In the wake of the Cromnibus debacle, Republican congressional leadership pretty much turned their backs on wave voters for short term gain (and Democratic leaders did the same). Multiple readers at have asked, Well... now what?

D.W. Wilber | December 17, 2014

Whether Californias Democrat Senator Diane Feinstein should be fitted for prison stripes has become a legitimate question among intelligence and counterterrorism officers in the last couple of weeks .

Tue, Dec 16, 2014

Michael Schaus | December 16, 2014

A handful of families impacted by the Sandy Hook school shooting have decided to ease their grief by suing the manufacturer of AR style rifles. Obviously, a little unnecessary litigation is the most effective way to right the wrongs of a madman.

Mike Shedlock | December 16, 2014

The city of Scranton hiked property taxes 57% and garbage collection fees 69% to shore up a police and fire pension funds that will run out of money anyway, in 5 years and 2.5 years respectively.

Charles Payne | December 16, 2014

A week ago, powered by strong jobs numbers bond yields began to rally, but since then, it is back down and is gaining momentum. Obviously, there is a knee-jerk move into bonds that has paid off for years; but is there another message?

Daniel J. Mitchell | December 16, 2014

Lets compare two politicians, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Congressman Jeb Hensarling of Texas, to see which one actually has the courage to fight against powerful interest groups...

Gayle Trotter | December 16, 2014

Bret wrote an awesome book called "Special Heart: A Journey of Faith, Hope, Courage and Love", which chronicles his journey in his career and his family life. It is hilarious and vividly written, and it brought me to tears at least twice.

Doug Fabian | December 16, 2014

Policymakers in Washington, at central banks around the world and even just regular investors tend to react to circumstances they cant control. Much like the weather, there are many things that cant be anticipated or controlled. But rather than reacting to them after the fact, why not be prepared for them beforehand?

Bill Tatro | December 16, 2014

Bad things always come in threes.

Peter Schiff | December 16, 2014

The stunning 40% drop in the price of oil over the past few months has scrambled global economic forecasts, changed the geo-political landscape, and has severely pressured many energy sector investments. Economists are scratching their heads to determine if the drop is good or bad...

Peter Morici | December 16, 2014

Federal Reserve policymakers meet Tuesday and Wednesday. Unfortunately, the Fed is constrained by its own past missteps, and its credibility is at stake.

Ralph Benko | December 16, 2014

There has been much consternation expressed about President Obamas extralegal actions, especially suspending deportation of certain classes of undocumented aliens. Impeachment legally and politically would be completely unwarranted.

Mon, Dec 15, 2014

John Ransom | December 15, 2014

As Gen. George Patton said with more truth than common sense Americans love a winner. Americans will not tolerate a loser. Americans despise cowards. Americans play to win all of the time.

Mike Shedlock | December 15, 2014

Rumor has it that Draghi is so fed up with German opposition to everything he wants to do with stimulus and sovereign debt bond buying that he is about to leave the ECB.

Shawn Mitchell | December 15, 2014

For generations, Congress has exercised the prerogative to defund executive functions it abhors. Not this year.

D.W. Wilber | December 15, 2014

Aircraft: This is a United States Marine Corps FA-18 fighter. Send 'em up, I'll wait. Iranian Air Defense Radar: (total silence)

Harvey Mackay | December 15, 2014

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