Sat, Apr 26, 2014

John Ransom | April 26, 2014

The wickedness has become so obvious, so entrenched and so brazen, that the state that used to take pride in their corruption, because it “worked” now understands the Faustian bargain they've made.

Michael Schaus | April 26, 2014

Apparently, the FDA has no real clue about what, if any, health effects nicotine-water-vapor has on someone’s lungs… Which, according to the government, is why we need to start regulating the heck out of the industry.

Mike Shedlock | April 26, 2014

Citing the tense geopolitical situation between Russia and Ukraine, the S&P Cut Russia Debt Rating to Step Above Junk and warned further downgrades may come.

Night Watch | April 26, 2014

Russia's Defense Minister Shoygu said Russia had begun new military drills near the border with Ukraine in response to "Ukraine's military machine" and NATO exercises in Eastern Europe.

Charles Payne | April 26, 2014

It has been a longtime since popular music, or musicians were once described as "Ebullient." However, back in 1959, that is how the world viewed Mr. Dizzy Gillespie. As it turned out, 1959 was a pretty good year for the United States...one could say that it was an ebullient time.

Daniel J. Mitchell | April 26, 2014

Whenever I find clever political humor, I like to share with readers. And because I’m confident in the superiority of liberty over statism, I’m even amused when I find jokes that target my libertarian philosophy.

Ransom Notes Radio | April 26, 2014

Obama’s having a hard time raising taxes right now… So I guess they’ve decided to just keep suing banks for more money. First JPMorgan Chase; now Bank of America is being sued for taking on those loan portfolios that the government made them put on the books… This makes perfect sense…

Bill Tatro | April 26, 2014

John Paulson worked with Goldman Sachs to create a fund that had failure written all over it. He knew that the mortgage pool was doomed since he had built it that way. Of course he bet billions against the unsuspecting who thought it would succeed.

Jeff Crouere | April 26, 2014

After the release of the latest Landrieu campaign commercial, the critics are raving. What an incredible performance from a talented actress!

Chris Versace | April 26, 2014

One of the more profitable PowerTrends that subscribers to PowerTrend Profits have benefited from, and continue to benefit from, is The Rise and Fall of the Middle Class.

Mark Skousen | April 26, 2014

Basically, I contend that Gross Output (GO) is better than gross domestic product (GDP) in measuring the economy. GO is an attempt to measure spending at all stages of production. It corrects the fallacy fostered by GDP that consumer spending drives the economy.

Doug Fabian | April 26, 2014

After a seven-day run higher in the equity markets, stocks in the benchmark S&P 500 Index now have recovered a majority of the losses they sustained during the previous two weeks.

Fri, Apr 25, 2014

Larry Kudlow | April 25, 2014

His Keystone veto reminds firms he just doesn't care.

John Ransom | April 25, 2014

Let's just say that the Obama administration is looking at the situation in Ukraine as kind of make up sex with Russia for the spats that they've had in the Middle East.

Mike Shedlock | April 25, 2014

With central bankers globally suppressing interest rates, the search for yield elsewhere is on. One of the places investors have turned is speculative junk bond offerings.

Night Watch | April 25, 2014

It means they have made the decision to intervene if the conditions for intervention are met, i.e., "Russian interests are attacked." The situation is heading towards Russian intervention, probably soon.

Charles Payne | April 25, 2014

Last year, when the stock market was on autopilot and bad news was dismissed for a variety of rationales, I wrote that there would come a time when good news would be equally dismissed, and stocks would tumble on good news.

Daniel J. Mitchell | April 25, 2014

If you think more government is the answer, you’ve asked a very silly question.

Fritz Pfister | April 25, 2014

Janet Yellen and the Federal Reserve may want to continue to keep interest rates low. In other words, what hasn’t worked to spur economic growth, job creation, and home sales, should be repeated. Groundhog Day.

Erick Erickson | April 25, 2014

At the Washington Post a few days ago, reporter Aaron Blake noted that: "Black voters are hugely influential on the 2014 map. Six of the 16 states with the highest black populations are holding key Senate contests in 2014."

Ransom Notes Radio | April 25, 2014

How many lies have we been told by Obama’s administration and campaign machine? It almost seems like this guy will say anything we want to hear… So long as he gets a little PR help from the mainstream media. Also, Professor Stringham joined the show to defend High Frequency Trading.

Thu, Apr 24, 2014

John Ransom | April 24, 2014

It would be shame if the wonder drugs we rely on to help the elderly, the sick and our children stopped working wonders because a parochial and partisan prejudice against profits by liberals was allowed to outweigh the greater good.

Michael Schaus | April 24, 2014

America’s spy satellites, as it turns out, depend upon Russian provided technology to reach orbit. Giving Putin our business, simply to maintain the Boeing/ Lockheed Martin monopoly on military space missions, doesn’t exactly seem to fall in line with national security interests.

Mike Shedlock | April 24, 2014

If the home sales decline was weather related, then why were sales up in the Northeast? I suggest the Fed managed to blow another housing bubble, especially in California and the West where sales are down the most.

Night Watch | April 24, 2014

The Russian leaders are not rushing to engage in economic warfare, but are using the crisis to build national pride, reinforce societal discipline and to move towards greater self-sufficiency within the Russian sphere of influence.

Charles Payne | April 24, 2014

This week, Bankrate.com published a poll on Main Street's appetite for investing (conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates), which revealed 73% of adults are no more inclined to invest in the stock market right now, than in the past.

Daniel J. Mitchell | April 24, 2014

So what’s the rationale for overpaid bureaucrats? Defenders of the status quo claim that high pay is necessary to attract skilled professionals. Needless to say, that’s not true.

Ransom Notes Radio | April 24, 2014

Sure, Wall Street wants more of your money… So does the Government. Which one do you think is a bigger threat to the average American? It’s almost like the Government hates it when someone gets too successful. Also, Chris Versace joined the show to talk about the importance of having an “edge” in the market.

Nicholas Vardy | April 24, 2014

Almost a third of the way into the year, one thing is becoming clear: 2014 is not shaping up to be another monster year for the U.S. stock market.

Bill Tatro | April 24, 2014

So Bloomberg does a survey of 67 economists around the nation and they all come to the same conclusion. I’m not sure whether it was a direct oversight or simply that my questionnaire was lost in the mail.

Judge Andrew Napolitano | April 24, 2014

When President Obama decided sometime during his first term that he wanted to be able to use unmanned aerial drones in foreign lands to kill people -- including Americans -- he instructed Attorney General Eric Holder to find a way to make it legal -- despite the absolute prohibition on governmental extra-judicial killing in federal and state laws and in the Constitution itself.

Wed, Apr 23, 2014

John Ransom | April 23, 2014

If it wasn't for expensive mismanagement, the Obama administration—and Democrats in Chicago-- would have no management at all.

Dave Ramsey | April 23, 2014

Having a college fund set aside by your parents is really nice, if they can afford that kind of thing. But you can go to school by getting good grades, applying for scholarships, working your tail off and choosing a school you can afford. In short, college funding is not a necessity.

Mike Shedlock | April 23, 2014

ECB president Mario Draghi has been making lots of noise recently about cutting interest rates because the euro is too strong and banks aren't lending enough.

Night Watch | April 23, 2014

Afghanistan has been maneuvering to prepare for the post-NATO period which will include Taliban participation, directly or indirectly. After 13 years of fighting, it is striking how little the political landscape has changed.

Charles Payne | April 23, 2014

The western world is being torn apart by (past) success and complacency, which is a deadly combination that has resulted in welfare societies being unable to denote the difference between tough love and real love.

Daniel J. Mitchell | April 23, 2014

About one year ago, I decided to create a “Moocher Hall of Fame” to highlight how certain people went above and beyond the call of indolence in their efforts to sponge off taxpayers.

Ransom Notes Radio | April 23, 2014

America has pledged $50 million (yes… million… not billion) in aid to Ukraine. And now we know why the White House sent Joe Biden: There’s no-one better to deliver a joke than the current VP of the United States.

Nick Sorrentino | April 23, 2014

For all the talk of Obamacare signing up 7 million people, it is rarely reported that over 80% of the people who signed up were dropped off of their former policies because of Obamacare. Many people haven’t paid their premiums yet either.

Dr. Ben Carson | April 23, 2014

The Cliven Bundy case in Nevada provides many insights into the state of our nation with respect to the relationship between the people and the government.

Tue, Apr 22, 2014

Michael Schaus | April 22, 2014

It’s beginning to look like President Obama has developed a chronic aversion to anything that might be mistaken for “leadership” in his second term. The Keystone XL pipeline was, again, delayed until after the election season.

John Ransom | April 22, 2014

The Obama administration has made a specialty out of cronyism, graft and corruption along the blueprints of Chicago. But the real danger to our Republic is not from Obama following the Chicago Way, it's if he follows the Illinois “combine.”

Mike Shedlock | April 22, 2014

Those who think a collapsing currency is a sure-fire way to increase exports need to rethink their beliefs.

Charles Payne | April 22, 2014

Nevertheless, it has gotten to the point where modern-day artisans, like a short-order cook in a busy restaurant, are actually looked down upon, while some high-frequency trader running computer algorithms making tens of millions is looked up to, (although with less respect now compared to a month ago).

Daniel J. Mitchell | April 22, 2014

I’m in favor of free markets. That means I’m sometimes on the same side as big business, but it also means that I’m often very critical of big business.

Ransom Notes Radio | April 22, 2014

Remember when things like creating jobs and expanding America’s capacity for energy production were considered “no-brainers”? Well, Obama’s delayed the Keystone XL again… Charles Payne, from Fox Business, also joined the show to talk about perseverance of American exceptionalism.

Peter Morici | April 22, 2014

With 8 million Americans enrolled in health insurance through federal and state exchanges, President Obama has declared the Affordable Care Act a success. That’s disingenuous and big changes are needed to make the law work well.

Ralph Benko | April 22, 2014

Problems caused by America’s broken immigration system are causing misery to America’s immigrant community (both legal residents and undocumented), and, for good measure, to the president, the GOP and American society.

Bill Tatro | April 22, 2014

I took the long Holiday weekend to do a scouting mission for a future column. What I was most interested in were the work habits of the so called minimum wage employee. I was also interested in how many of these employees carried their “smart” phone with them on the job.

Mon, Apr 21, 2014

Michael Schaus | April 21, 2014

The marijuana smoke was so thick in Denver on Sunday, that most Christians took Communion because of a case of “the munchies”. And, heck, that was just a contact high.

John Ransom | April 21, 2014

Apparently the performing puppets that they have at City Hall, at police headquarters and crawling all over Streets and Sanitation haven't done enough yet to ruin Chicago's reputation. So now the city has to bring in outsiders. Pretend outsiders, that is.

Mike Shedlock | April 21, 2014

If extreme sanctions are put on Russia, then Russia will cut off all gas to Europe and likely default on all foreign denominated bonds.

Political Calculations | April 21, 2014

According to preliminary data published by the U.S. Census Bureau, the trailing twelve month average of median sale prices for new homes fell in February 2014 after peaking a month earlier.

Michael F. Cannon | April 21, 2014

Federal courts may soon rule that President Obama induced the majority of those enrollees to enroll by offering them taxpayer dollars he has no legal authority to spend

Chris Edwards | April 21, 2014

The problem is not just that programs such as Medicare keep growing, but also that Congress keeps adding new programs.

Morgan Brittany | April 21, 2014

It seems that the Obama administration and the Democrats like Harry Reid are hell-bent on persecuting, harassing and demonizing American citizens while foreign dictators, aggressors and terrorists get little, if any pushback. Why is that?

Daniel J. Mitchell | April 21, 2014

Take a look at this impressive graphic. We’re #1 in some bad ways, but it seems we’re also #1 in a very good way.

Sun, Apr 20, 2014

John Ransom | April 20, 2014

I hereby reserve the right of my country to kick the crap out of petty little tyrants like Vladimir Putin regardless of the state of America's ignorance about other countries. I'm glad Americans are often ignorant about other countries. Other countries suck.

Mike Shedlock | April 20, 2014

Now the legislature wants to waste $100 million for a Barack Obama Library.

Political Calculations | April 20, 2014

Early reports indicate that very little has changed for the employment prospects of the long-term unemployed, at least through the first month of their no longer having unemployment benefits, but what has changed would seem to have changed for the better.

Mark Skousen | April 20, 2014

TSA hopes that the experience will encourage more travelers to sign up to become “trusted” travelers.

Nick Sorrentino | April 20, 2014

To challenge the monster is to challenge the way of life of many who have long ago made peace with (in some cases) or cozied up with (all too often) the beast.

Hunter Lewis | April 20, 2014

What all these Keynesian ideas have in common is the belief that a crash caused by too much bad debt can be cured by more debt.

Daniel J. Mitchell | April 20, 2014

What happens if there are fewer people who want to watch female sports? Should there be a requirement to build bleachers that are mostly empty?

Edith Lank | April 20, 2014