Sun, Sep 22, 2013

Edith Lank | September 22, 2013

Mike Shedlock | September 21, 2013

Of course Merkel could be ready and willing to sell voters straight down the river. Otherwise, some major compromises are in store.

Night Watch | September 21, 2013

President Putin today accused the West of worsening the situation in Syria by "blowing up an internal conflict" there.

Crista Huff | September 21, 2013

"If you're one of the more than 250 million Americans who already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance." – President Obama

Charles Payne | September 21, 2013

Yesterday's session suggests Wall Street still doesn't know what to make of the decision to keep buying assets as a form of accommodation ... the question is to whom is the Fed accommodating? Main Street isn't benefiting from the Fed.

Jeff Crouere | September 21, 2013

In the immediate aftermath of the incident, Hollywood star Henry Winkler, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and CNN host Piers Morgan made news. These staunch liberals used the tragedy to rail about gun violence.

Bill Tatro | September 21, 2013

Back in the good old days, it used to be that elaborate dinner parties, or debate salons, were in fashion. Friends of different political, economic, or financial persuasions would meet in order to eat, drink, and debate the issues of the day.

Bill Gunderson | September 21, 2013

Best Stocks Now!™ come in all shapes and sizes, as well as all types of packages. And Packaging Corp. of America (PKG) is no exception.

Daniel J. Mitchell | September 21, 2013

If I had to identify a “least-favorite” international bureaucracy, it almost certainly would be the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Ransom Notes Radio | September 21, 2013

Let’s fix the problem of too much government with more government. ‘K? Jay Richards, author of INFILTRATED, joined the show to talk about the cause of the Financial Crises . . . And how little we’ve learned in the last five years.

Fri, Sep 20, 2013

Larry Kudlow | September 20, 2013

The president and his lieutenants are willing to negotiate with Russia's Vladimir Putin, Syria's Bashar al-Assad, and most recently, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. But not John Boehner.

Michael Schaus | September 20, 2013

The verbal art of tap dancing out of sticky situations is a requisite for the position of White House Press Secretary. And Jay Carney clearly aspires to be the Fred Astaire of the modern era.

John Ransom | September 20, 2013

While the nation uneasily prepares for the October 1 deadline for implementation of Obamacare, a potentially fatal rift has materialized in the most unlikely place – inside the Obama Administration itself, demonstrating once again how unready the country is for this law.

Mike Shedlock | September 20, 2013

Actually any price-inflation target is ridiculous. And didn't we go down this path before? Twice? The Fed has a history of blowing bubbles, and sweeping in after the crash.

Night Watch | September 20, 2013

Human Rights Watch published a useful report with a map that showed range rings for what its author considers the likely firing ranges and location for the two rockets examined by the UN inspectors. However, the Maps have some deep flaws.

Crista Huff | September 20, 2013

After many consecutive years of net losses, Rite Aid is expected to be profitable this year, and see earnings per share grow very aggressively going forward. The PE is quite low in comparison to the earnings growth, but the debt levels are extremely high.

Bob Beauprez | September 20, 2013

You remember the promise; "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan." By now you know that Barack Obama wasn't being truthful. . . But now it's getting personal.

Charles Payne | September 20, 2013

One can't help but wonder if Ben Bernanke is steering our economy too close to rocks and sooner or later may upend the entire nation on its side with a bloated Fed balance sheet.

Marita Noon | September 20, 2013

Obviously, by using scare tactics and fear mongering, the editors have bought into the propaganda of man-made climate change. They are frantically trying to gin up support and make believers out of those who are agnostic toward the politically driven agenda of "Global Warming."

Fritz Pfister | September 20, 2013

Obama 2010- “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor. Like your insurance? You can keep your insurance, and your cost will go down on average by $2,500.”

Daniel J. Mitchell | September 20, 2013

As we get closer to the debt limit, the big spenders in Washington are becoming increasingly hysterical about the supposed possibility of default if politicians lose the ability to borrow more money.

Bill Gunderson | September 20, 2013

Here is a concept that is very important in the market—and I even saw it at work just last week when the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) finally kicked out three old duds.

Ransom Notes Radio | September 20, 2013

This week’s announcement that there would be no end to Quantitative Easing (in the near future) was the wrong kind of “good” news for the market. Bill Tatro joined the program to discuss the Legacy Bernanke is leaving behind.

Thu, Sep 19, 2013

Michael Schaus | September 19, 2013

Um. . . Ok. I mean, well, it has increased our debt every other time it’s been raised. It almost seems like the President is using new Common-Core math standards in his explanation of the debt limit negotiations.

John Ransom | September 19, 2013

If you really want to have an effect on gun violence, there are two relatively small groups in society we should target, both of which are even more unpopular with liberals and the Obama administration than guns are. Young, black men and old, white men.

Mike Shedlock | September 19, 2013

The reaction to the FOMC no tapering news was a simple one: "Party on dudes, in anything and everything, and in a big way."

Night Watch | September 19, 2013

China continues to tutor North Korea, but North Korea is an obdurate and unwilling learner.

Crista Huff | September 19, 2013

Walgreen Company plans to shift 120,000 employees to a private healthcare exchange, in a move designed to avoid the extraordinary financial burden of the Obama administration’s Affordable Healthcare Act.

Bob Beauprez | September 19, 2013

America suffers from ADHD compounded by 24-7 media schizophrenia and a President with no clear sense of direction. One day the United States is standing on the brink of war with Syria, and a few days later Obama has moved on to political warfare with the Republicans.

Charles Payne | September 19, 2013

These days listening to President Obama has become like listening to pop radio, not only is it the same song over and over but it's a song that we've heard decades ago.

Daniel J. Mitchell | September 19, 2013

Indeed, based on the actions of the current President and the former President, we can say with great confidence that French politicians compete over who can pursue the most misguided policies.

Lincoln Brown | September 19, 2013

I am familiar with the argument that poor people are forced to live on junk food because it is cheaper than buying real food. But in the case of food-stamps, people aren’t buying anything. They aren’t being forced to make poor nutritional choices. They are being encouraged to do so.

Bill Tatro | September 19, 2013

When a situation goes to extremes, it can result in either a great opportunity or the possibility of severe danger.

Peter Schiff | September 19, 2013

The Fed's failure to announce some sort of tapering of its QE program, despite the consensus of an overwhelming percentage of economists who expected action, once again reveals the degree to which mainstream analysts have overestimated the strength of our current economy.

Ransom Notes Radio | September 19, 2013

Remember that “independent” investigation Hillary Clinton’s State Department was going to launch to look into what happened in Benghazi? Well, it turns out it wasn’t so “independent”. Bob Beauprez joined the program to discuss the ongoing scandal surrounding the events in Benghazi.

Wed, Sep 18, 2013

John Ransom | September 18, 2013

Two things have happened with the climate debate recently that reveals that climate change apologists—better known as Europeans-- owe the rest of us an apology.

Dave Ramsey | September 18, 2013

Don’t pay for property that isn’t in your name. Land contracts, or contracts for deed, are dangerous for the buyer and just plain stupid!

Mike Shedlock | September 18, 2013

Public unions can scream all they want, but the entire defined benefit pension system is insolvent. There is no choice other than pension haircuts.

Night Watch | September 18, 2013

The methods and techniques described in the report appear careful and professional. One problem is the size of the samples really do not support the sweeping conclusions.

Crista Huff | September 18, 2013

We’ve been cautious on Target stock all year. The company has been plagued with earnings misses, now projected down 9% for the year.

Charles Payne | September 18, 2013

Ben Bernanke understands the Fed must be able to jawbone Main Street into action based on the knowledge that the organization can be counted on to follow up on intentions.

Daniel J. Mitchell | September 18, 2013

It is remarkably simple to balance the budget with a modest amount of spending restraint. Based on Congressional Budget Office data, we can balance the budget in just three years if spending grows by “only” 1 percent per year.

George Jarkesy | September 18, 2013

In March of this year, former Vice President Al Gore announced that he was in favor of a "carbon tax." The wording is strange, as carbon is the fourth most abundant element in the universe.

Bill Gunderson | September 18, 2013

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, 2013 has been the year of domestic stocks. Small and mid-cap domestic stocks are the hottest places to be in the market this year—for whatever reason.

Ralph Benko | September 18, 2013

Two years ago, Hollywood, no kidding, masterminded a plot to, in effect, steal the Internet (by criminalizing certain conduct, booby trapping the Web in ways that few non-mega-corporations can cope with).

Roger Schlesinger | September 18, 2013

While trying to relax after a long day at work I heard the most startling announcement on the news: it is time to try out for the Rose Queen in Pasadena. There were approximately 100 girls and 8 young men who are trying out. Really!

Ransom Notes Radio | September 18, 2013

Maybe we should start asking “where’s America’s next Calvin Coolidge?” Amity Shlaes joined the program to discuss the unique conservative nature of Coolidge.

Tue, Sep 17, 2013

Michael Schaus | September 17, 2013

After getting scolded by the Department of Energy for paying employees (with taxpayer dollars) to play cards and volunteer at local charities, the manufacturer of the Lithium-ion batteries for Chevy Volts finally got their assembly lines moving. . . Only to shut them down again because of “environmental concerns.”

John Ransom | September 17, 2013

Obamacare has been likened to a “disaster,” a “trainwreck” and other implacable forces of nature or accident that gouge out the health, wealth and well-being of a community. But what is a flood, in terms of life and limb, when Obamacare looms over the country as a whole?

Larry Kudlow | September 17, 2013

President Obama doomed Summer's candidacy months ago with his repeated rebuttals to attacks on Summers. A buzz then developed that a Chairman Summers would be Obama’s guy, sort of the way Arthur Burns was Dick Nixon’s guy years ago.

Mike Shedlock | September 17, 2013

Common sense won out twice in Wisconsin in the past two weeks. On September 11, Wisconsin Act 10 upheld in another federal court challenge.

Crista Huff | September 17, 2013

Wall Street expects Alexion to increase earnings per share 42% in 2013. The stock price is up 30% since we said “buy” in February; currently in a sideways trading pattern.

Charles Payne | September 17, 2013

Once again it makes one wonder why Summers and his baggage were considered in the first place. That's like deciding to jump in the middle of a foreign civil war after 100,000 deaths.

Ransom Notes Radio | September 17, 2013

Is anyone else terribly uncomfortable about how much the Fed is driving the market right now? Daniel J Mitchell, from Cato, also joined the program to discuss the growing sense of statism in Washington DC.

Bill Tatro | September 17, 2013

The thinking goes that Larry would continue to taper, yet this confuses me because Larry has always been a governmental Wall Street advocate.

Bill Gunderson | September 17, 2013

If a CEO wants to work in an environment where he can do anything he wants and no one will notice for two years, I suggest he get a job running the Department of Energy.

Daniel J. Mitchell | September 17, 2013

As an advocate of small government, I’m often distressed that I sometimes have to rely on Republicans in Washington to fight statism. But, as bad as Republicans are, there’s no way they could be as bad as the faux Conservative Party in the United Kingdom.

Mon, Sep 16, 2013

Michael Schaus | September 16, 2013

Say hello to Big Brother. . . Again. As if the information collected through the NSA, IRS, and FBI weren’t enough, now the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (doesn't that Orwellian named entity give you the full body shivers?) has decided to monitor roughly 80% of all debit or credit card transactions.

John Ransom | September 16, 2013

The wealth effect of liberal policies, which seems to infect only a favored few in our society and on Wall Street, will continue papering over any missteps, flaws or fallacies that the liberals want to foist on a trusting public. Year after, year, after year, after year, after year.

Mike Shedlock | September 16, 2013

This is what happens when Fed policies benefit the wealthy at the expense of everyone else.

Political Calculations | September 16, 2013

In looking at the chart, we see that the expectations for future dividends per share changed first on Monday, 26 August 2013, dropping by 11 cents per share, and was proportionately followed a day later by S&P 500 stock prices, which dropped by $33 per share.

David Sterman | September 16, 2013

Does the rising level of short interest in Sprint and AT&T have anything to do with possible imminent announcements from Google, GlobalStar, the FCC, Amazon, or others? That's possible. But short sellers may also be looking at other issues.

Tad DeHaven | September 16, 2013

Below the jump is a CR one-pager produced by the House Appropriations Committee–presumably for distribution to the flock– that supports the appearance of an attempt to manufacture angst over defense cuts.

Daniel J. Mitchell | September 16, 2013

When Sarah Silverman put together a pro-gun control video mocking the idea of a “black NRA,” I was prepared to laugh.

Morgan Brittany | September 16, 2013

When Obamacare kicks in, the wealthy will get to keep their healthcare. So will Congress, staffers, and others who got waivers from Obama. I guarantee the Unions will be next. The poor will get government subsidies to pay for Obamacare, but what about the rest of us?

Sun, Sep 15, 2013

John Ransom | September 15, 2013

You apparently are OK with the targeting of groups by political affiliation practiced by the IRS, the seizure of phone records of the AP and Fox News, the Benghazi cover up, the DOJ ignoring voter suppression when it’s practiced by the Black Panther party, Fast and Furious, etc., etc., but you’re still outraged at Bush about Abu Ghraib.

Mike Shedlock | September 15, 2013

I wanted to call them, but there is no number, just online forms, then they call you.

Political Calculations | September 15, 2013

The sluggish growth rates observed in the past several months is not surprising given that the U.S. has only just exited a period of microrecession in August 2013.

Crista Huff | September 15, 2013

I never knew a client who bought IPO shares on the open market once it began trading. It was understood that would have been insanely foolish, because the share price was so inflated.

Tad DeHaven | September 15, 2013

The House leadership now finds itself, once again, in the same pickle. Congress, once again, did not complete a budget for the upcoming fiscal year. That means a continuing resolution (CR) will be necessary to keep the government open on October 1st.

Michael Tanner | September 15, 2013

While everyone’s attention has been justifiably focused on whether or not we will be going to war in Syria, a pair of important fiscal deadlines has been quietly sneaking up on us.

Ransom Notes Radio | September 15, 2013

Colorado gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo stopped by this week to talk about the prospects of the gun grabbers going down to defeat in Colorado on the backs of a message delivered by grassroots activists. And defeat they did. Oh, boy, did they ever.

Mark Baisley | September 15, 2013

This was big news across the country, covered by all the networks and all the radio talk show personalities. But something far more significant than a recall had taken place in Colorado; something revolutionary. The old guard watched and the grassroots won.

Marita Noon | September 15, 2013

Conservatives have a right to be rejoicing. As Jerry Bowyer points out in Forbes: “the Anglosphere is now post progressive. The English speaking nations of the world: England, New Zealand, Canada and now Australia are governed by conservatives."

Daniel J. Mitchell | September 15, 2013

I’m almost at the point where I feel sorry for Obamacare supporters. There’s been a growing avalanche of bad news about government-run healthcare and they somehow have to justify this festering pile of you-know-what.