Sat, May 24, 2014

John Ransom | May 24, 2014

One thing that I have noted about ex-presidents and ex-vice presidents, especially the liberal ones, is as fond as they are about ragging on the rich, they most definitely use the office they were honored by to make sure that the cash flow never ends after they leave office.

Mike Shedlock | May 24, 2014

A statement in regards to credit condition in a Bloomberg article this morning on New Home Sales caught my attention and merits further investigation.

Political Calculations | May 24, 2014

We think that Pinch Sulzberger is an idiot. There. We said it. Now, let's discuss why we think that....

Night Watch | May 24, 2014

The Kyiv regime's interim Prime Minister, Arseny Yatsenuk, called for an emergency session of the UN Security Council because he claims to have evidence of Russian involvement in a recent pro-Russian ambush of Ukrainian troops.

Charles Payne | May 24, 2014

You hear all the time how the world is so connected, but the fact is the world has been connected for centuries, and commerce has been the glue. Of course, these days, we are so connected that at times it feels like the world is overlapping.

Daniel J. Mitchell | May 24, 2014

In hopes of warning people about the dangers of Obamacare, I’ve shared horror stories from the United Kingdom about patients languishing on waiting lists and being left to die. Now, thanks to whistleblowers, we have horror stories from America.

Ransom Notes Radio | May 24, 2014

The problem conservatives have with immigration reform has a lot more to do with government incompetence than immigration. Conn Carroll, managing editor for Townhall Magazine, spoke with John about the likelihood of reform over the summer. Oh, and Ezra Klein is still an idiot.

Mark Skousen | May 24, 2014

Will Attorney General Eric Holder and the Obama Administration stop at nothing to silence their critics?

Doug Fabian | May 24, 2014

If you are interested in investing in the commodities space, realize that there are many varieties of ETFs to choose from in the sector. In addition, there are many different providers offering these funds.

Fri, May 23, 2014

Harvey Mackay | May 23, 2014

Michael Schaus | May 23, 2014

Being green isn’t easy, but it’s also not cheap. As it turns out, each Fiat 500e that rolls off the showroom floor costs the company roughly 14k dollars.

John Ransom | May 23, 2014

“It’s all Bush’s fault” wasn’t a talking point for Obama, as much as it was a birthday wish for a birthday that never ends for the One.

Mike Shedlock | May 23, 2014

Here's the reality: Interest rates are up, prices are up, and affordability is down. Investor demand was a huge portion of the market, and rising suggests investors are more discriminating.

Night Watch | May 23, 2014

The largest worry is that the terrorist group is evolving into an insurgency. More frequent attacks aimed at seizing and holding territory will be indicators of that transformation.

Charles Payne | May 23, 2014

The thing about Burger King's new motto, is that the company is going beyond selling burgers, to endorsing a lifestyle that says, 'anything goes' - I guess.

Daniel J. Mitchell | May 23, 2014

Two years ago, there was a flurry of excitement because some guy named Rex Nutting crunched annual budget numbers and concluded that Barack Obama was the most fiscally conservative President since at least 1980.

Bill Tatro | May 23, 2014

It was 1907, the stock market was down 50% from the year before, bankruptcies were prevalent, there was no such thing as the Federal Reserve Board and panic was in the air.

Erick Erickson | May 23, 2014

In 1540, Hernando de Soto marched through Middle Georgia not far from where this column originates.

Nicholas Vardy | May 23, 2014

Back when Peter Lynch was the manager of the Fidelity Magellan mutual fund, he offered mom ‘n pop investors the folksy advice of “invest in what you know.”

Doug Fabian | May 23, 2014

I want to take a little trip around the world this week by looking at a few key charts of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) pegged to various regions of the globe.

Thu, May 22, 2014

John Ransom | May 22, 2014

Liberals may cry “Beef, beef!” but there is no beef, to paraphrase Patrick Henry. Our betters in Washington have eaten the beef.

Mike Shedlock | May 22, 2014

In the near-term, Janet Yellen is the chair and she will get her way. Dudley's idea of hiking now so there is room to lower rates later is not going to happen. Bernanke is out of the picture.

Night Watch | May 22, 2014

While the focus was on bilateral cooperation, the audience was clearly the US and its allies. An unusual confluence of events is driving Russia and China closer together.

Charles Payne | May 22, 2014

The humbling slide of the west has been happening for years, and now it seems to be moving so fast, that it will shift into other categories, such as doubt and fear (for too many its already there).

Daniel J. Mitchell | May 22, 2014

Today, we’re going to share more stories of feckless behavior by foreign politicians and bureaucrats.

Nick Sorrentino | May 22, 2014

The big bad startups are running roughshod over the poor innocent regulators who just happen to be interested in crushing Uber and Airbnb into the ground with a boot heal to protect the taxi companies (Uber) and the hotel industry (Airbnb.)

Judge Andrew Napolitano | May 22, 2014

What if the federal government is shameless? What if it personifies the adage of do as I say and not as I do? What if it does the very things it prosecutes others for doing? What if it has written laws and enacted procedures so that it can spy and kill, while it charges others with doing just that?

Bob Goldman | May 22, 2014

If you have trouble staying awake all day at work -- and you know you do, you sleepy-headed little minx -- you are probably not going to feel very enthusiastic about the prospect of staying awake all night.

Ransom Notes Radio | May 22, 2014

Detroit is poised to become the next great American city… If we can just avoid repeating some of the city’s past mistakes. Local Detroit entrepreneur, Kyle Bazzy with Benzinga.com, spoke to Michael Schaus about the possibilities of a Detroit renaissance.

Wed, May 21, 2014

John Ransom | May 21, 2014

Few can name the mayor of LA today. It’s so much the better for LA’s current mayor Eric Garcetti, who, by all accounts outside of Los Angeles, is doing a lousy job.

Mike Shedlock | May 21, 2014

The first set of charts shows a rather dim view of the recovery since the start of the recession.

Night Watch | May 21, 2014

The Russians are doing a lot of things, but de-escalation is not one of them...

Charles Payne | May 21, 2014

Are things really going to get better into the second half of the year, or fade like all the other years in this "recovery?"

Daniel J. Mitchell | May 21, 2014

Regular readers know that I like to mock big government and the hacks who are drawn to politics. This explains why I’ve always enjoyed cartoons that portray the state as a blundering, often-malicious, overweight nitwit.

Michael Schaus | May 21, 2014

As freakishly awesome as the two minutes of mental gymnastics were to watch, they did more to let voters know who she is than any direct answer ever could have done.

Ransom Notes Radio | May 21, 2014

Credit Suisse pleaded guilty, and agreed to a fine… It seems like the Department of Justice is far more interested in raising some fees than actually holding anyone accountable for all these banking “crimes”. Of course, this isn’t really much of a shock coming from the Obama administration.

Tue, May 20, 2014

Michael Schaus | May 20, 2014

While getting a handmade burrito at Chipotle might not seem like a political calculation, apparently (nowadays) it has become such. The Mexican(ish) food chain has announced something similar to a “gun ban” on its properties…

John Ransom | May 20, 2014

If we look at the Veterans Administration as a microcosmic model of the cradle-to-grave care that Obama is proposing for the rest of us, one can see that there is more at stake than just midterm elections, or one administration.

Mike Shedlock | May 20, 2014

The included charts post a rather dim view of the recovery since the start of the recession.

Night Watch | May 20, 2014

"We announce to the world that the Libyan people will never accept their country becoming either a cradle or a host for terrorism, and that, having regained power from the hands which forfeited the trust, they will work so that Libya will, God willing, become a model for peace, stability and liberties…."

Charles Payne | May 20, 2014

The 1970s was one of the worst decades in American history, which saw the end of an extraordinarily violent war that America could not win.

Daniel J. Mitchell | May 20, 2014

I’m beginning to think that people from some nations are smarter and more rational than others. That may explain, for instance, why voters in Estonia support fiscal restraint while voters in France foolishly think the gravy train can continue forever.

Ransom Notes Radio | May 20, 2014

Liberals hate big business, corporations, and “monopolies”… Unless, of course, the government is involved. Economist Adam Smith (no… seriously, his name is Adam Smith) joined the program to talk about some major mergers between media giants.

Peter Morici | May 20, 2014

The inconvenient truth President Obama denies about climate change is that China’s refusal to cooperate in international efforts to address the problem makes U.S. efforts to slow its pace futile. Moreover, his policies severely handicap America’s ability to mitigate its consequences.

Ralph Benko | May 20, 2014

Who will prove the champion of the little guy and gal? Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) — on deck for her party’s presidential nomination should Hillary Rodham Clinton bow out — has become the political leader of choice for those who advocate Big Government as that champion.

Paul Dykewicz | May 20, 2014

Washington policymakers recently gained access to new tools to aid them in measuring U.S. economic growth that they would be well advised to use.

Bill Tatro | May 20, 2014

Why is it so difficult for all the various columnists of both the left and the right to come to grips with the simple fact that the stock market has nothing to do with fundamentals as it once did?

Mon, May 19, 2014

John Ransom | May 19, 2014

If there is a steroid for the ego, Obama abuses it. Best baseball player ever? It’s not the most ridiculous honor ever proposed for Obama, especially given his steroid abuse.

Mike Shedlock | May 19, 2014

Look for center-left and center-right blocs to align, if only for the purpose of stopping the fragmented groups of Eurosceptics from achieving any real power.

Daniel J. Mitchell | May 19, 2014

If you think the biggest problem is either Obamacare or falling labor force participation, then I have some very grim news that will confirm your fears.

Morgan Brittany | May 19, 2014

Perhaps this time heads will roll and maybe someone will be brought up on criminal charges for the deaths of 40 or perhaps more people.

John Browne | May 19, 2014

At 35 percent, the U.S. has the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world. But this doesn't even factor in the additional taxes heaped on by many of the states.

Mark Skousen | May 19, 2014

This image of wealth is terrible for capitalism at a time when millions — even billions — of people are struggling in this world to survive.

Bob Goldman | May 19, 2014

Sun, May 18, 2014

John Ransom | May 18, 2014

I can tell you one thing that’s an actual fact, and not a myth:were it not for Christianity you and I would likely not even be having this conversation right now.

Mike Shedlock | May 18, 2014

The ultimate in low-commission trading is $0 per trade, and that model is about to hit the street.

Daniel J. Mitchell | May 18, 2014

Simply stated, politicians are increasingly scared to go after gun owners and we keep seeing more and more evidence that Second Amendment freedoms make society safer.

Ann-Marie Murrell | May 18, 2014

So here we are, four years later, facing a GOP primary in which Californians will decide which Republican will run against Jerry Brown.

Jeff Crouere | May 18, 2014

While some may view the penalties leveled at Jones for sharing an opinion as unduly harsh, the NFL believed they were insufficient. As a result, Jones will also be sent to “educational training,” to learn about the merits of the homosexual agenda and become more sensitive to the gay and lesbian lifestyle.