Sat, Jun 21, 2014

Larry Kudlow | June 21, 2014

John Ransom | June 21, 2014

We should never again elect a commander-in-chief who will let our troops down like this. It's one thing to fight a war poorly. Lincoln did that without losing his integrity. It's another thing to ask men and women to die because the polls tell you to.

Mike Shedlock | June 21, 2014

Here is the decidedly bleak result: Real weekly earnings were $825 in 1973. Today they are $690.

Night Watch | June 21, 2014

Pro-militant propaganda increasingly focuses on erasing the national boundaries set by the colonial powers in 1916. That idea is becoming popular among Arabs.

Daniel J. Mitchell | June 21, 2014

This is why I’m against taxpayer handouts for groups such as Planned Parenthood and AARP. If they want to endorse bigger government, get voluntary contributions to push that destructive agenda. All I ask is that you don’t coerce me to subsidize statism.

Erick Erickson | June 21, 2014

The United States Patent and Trademark Office invalidated several patents belonging to the Washington Redskins. This is not the first attempt by aggrieved parties to have the trademarks revoked.

Ransom Notes Radio | June 21, 2014

Crony Capitalism seems to be taking its toll on the Democrat Party… The big question, is whether or not the Republicans will be able to leverage that message for 2014. Conn Carroll, managing editor of Townhall Magazine, joined the show to talk about the pervasive nature of crony-capitalism.

Chris Versace | June 21, 2014

One of the biggest mistakes I see both institutional and individual investors make is to rely on either one data point or only one data source to make their investing decisions.

Mark Skousen | June 21, 2014

“Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children will be allowed to remain in the country without fear of deportation.” -- President Barack Obama (June 16, 2012)

Fri, Jun 20, 2014

Michael Schaus | June 20, 2014

The new gun laws proposed by the city of Chicago are being described (by admitted leftists) as the “smartest in the Nation.” Needless to say: They’re pretty dumb.

Mike Shedlock | June 20, 2014

Thumbtack, in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation, conducted a Small Business Friendliness Survey.

Night Watch | June 20, 2014

Although news reporting is limited, it conveys a few insights about the fighting. There are no clear battle lines, as in a conventional war. Success is measured in terms of neighborhoods cleared by soldiers on the ground, as in Syria.

Charles Payne | June 20, 2014

Robert Reich and the political left continue to devise wicked imaginations and promote policies based on punishment of those that have excelled. Such policies have and always will hurt those at the bottom more than those at the top.

Daniel J. Mitchell | June 20, 2014

I actually have a perverse fondness for Bill Clinton. This is both because we got better policy while he was President (whether he deserves credit is a separate question) and because he single-handedly generated a lot of quality political humor.

Bill Tatro | June 20, 2014

You would have thought that I had insulted Mother Teresa, apple pie and motherhood when I wrote about the Have and Have-nots.

John Browne | June 20, 2014

On June 5th, Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank (ECB), announced a package of measures, including a policy of negative interest rates, aimed at encouraging or even forcing Eurozone banks to increase their lending to businesses.

Ransom Notes Radio | June 20, 2014

Janet Yellen has no idea what the economy is about to do, Hillary Clinton has no idea what people think of her, and Barack Obama has no idea how to govern… I see a trend developing.

Doug Fabian | June 20, 2014

The Brazilian government mismanaged spending on stadiums and other athletic facilities in its role as the host of this year’s World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Nicholas Vardy | June 20, 2014

With Brazil playing host both to the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016, this Latin American giant’s coming-out party onto the world stage has the potential to be bigger than China’s was during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Thu, Jun 19, 2014

Michael Schaus | June 19, 2014

Seattle’s minimum wage will cost thousands of small business owners their livelihood, but that’s OK; because according to the city’s Socialist councilwoman, small business owners are all “very, very wealthy.”

John Ransom | June 19, 2014

Obama’s getting an education about the difference between being a reigning Miss America and a former Miss America.

Mike Shedlock | June 19, 2014

Congratulations to Republicans and Democrats alike. On a chained-dollar adjusted basis (but not counting sales taxes, property taxes, fees, home prices, etc.), real average hourly earnings are back to a level seen in 1968.

Night Watch | June 19, 2014

The start of the sectarian killings is no surprise, after Grand Ayatollah Sistani's call to arms. However, it foreshadows the darkest possible turn of this fighting: The militias kill civilians indiscriminately.

Charles Payne | June 19, 2014

Earlier this week, we got closer to the day of reckoning where the Federal Reserve finally starts to hike interest rates. It is the moment of truth, which was momentarily greeted yesterday, and will trigger more selling both before and after accommodation is removed.

Daniel J. Mitchell | June 19, 2014

I wrote the other day that Americans, regardless of all the bad policy we get from Washington, should be thankful we’re not stuck in a dump like Venezuela.

Bob Goldman | June 19, 2014

Sometimes, when you have no idea what to do with your life, the universe sends you a message.

Ransom Notes Radio | June 19, 2014

We finally got the person responsible for Benghazi. Sure, it only took 16 days to arrest some obscure film maker who had nothing to do with Libya – and it’s now been roughly two years since our ambassador was murdered – but, yeah… We got him.

Wed, Jun 18, 2014

Michael Schaus | June 18, 2014

Hooray! Higher oil prices! And this hike in prices, of course, will conveniently coincide with increased inflation, stagnating wages, record joblessness, and anemic economic growth. (Haven’t we seen this movie before?)

John Ransom | June 18, 2014

So John Kerry went on national TV to triple double dog dare Edward Snowden to come back from Russia. For the death penalty? Or life in prison?

Dave Ramsey | June 18, 2014

As your money situation improves, you’ll be able to buy more new things. The price of “new” will become a smaller and smaller percentage of your financial world.

Mike Shedlock | June 18, 2014

Earlier this week, Starbucks announced a College Achievement Plan in which it will pay for its baristi and other employees to go back and finish their college degrees.

Night Watch | June 18, 2014

If the Iraqi forces do not start putting up a better fight, there might not be time for deal-making to have any effect. A few fast, deadly ISIL forays into Baghdad could panic its population and collapse its defenses.

Charles Payne | June 18, 2014

The United States men's soccer team began the World Cup competition with low-expectations from their own coach. However, they managed to win last night's game, anyway.

Daniel J. Mitchell | June 18, 2014

Since I’m a public finance economist, I’m tempted to say a flat tax and small government are an elixir for prosperity, but those policies are just one piece of a bigger puzzle.

Dr. Ben Carson | June 18, 2014

In 2012, the current administration made it clear that certain unaccompanied illegal minors would not be deported if caught.

Ransom Notes Radio | June 18, 2014

The more people learn about Hillary, the less popular she seems to be. Her book is not selling, she’s making more idiotic statements than Joe Biden without a teleprompter, and even the left is starting to call her out on her lies… I’d have to say 2016 isn’t looking too good for Mrs. Clinton.

Peter Morici | June 18, 2014

Buffeted by slow growth and too few jobs, Americans now have to deal with more inflation. In May, consumer prices rose at more than a 4 percent annual pace, and inflation has been heating up the last several months.

Tue, Jun 17, 2014

John Ransom | June 17, 2014

And here's a message from my libertarian and isolationist friends: I like Rand Paul very much, but he'll never be President of the United States acting like Obama on foreign policy.

Michael Schaus | June 17, 2014

Chicago’s woes are not merely the consequence of circumstances… These are the symptoms of Liberalism.

Mike Shedlock | June 17, 2014

Ukraine gets half of the natural gas it uses from Russia. However, it's not an evenly distributed half. Ukraine needs far more gas in winter, and far less in Summer. Ukraine has enough gas now to last until September.

Night Watch | June 17, 2014

The actual security situation is complicated by the need for the government and for ISIL to boast of their military successes. Our comparison of the claims indicates ISIL has stopped about 50 or 60 miles from Baghdad on its two southern axes of advance towards Baghdad.

Charles Payne | June 17, 2014

Over the last few weeks, bullishness has soared as investors seem more embolden now that the collapse of high-flyers seem to be over (especially after the news on Open Table last Friday).

Daniel J. Mitchell | June 17, 2014

Last August, I shared a list of companies that “re-domiciled” in other nations so they could escape America’s punitive “worldwide” tax system. Well, to paraphrase what Ronald Reagan said to Jimmy Carter in the 1980 presidential debate, here we go again.

Ralph Benko | June 17, 2014

H.L. Mencken, in 1918, observed that “the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.”

Ransom Notes Radio | June 17, 2014

John Kerry was busy talking about Global Warming while Iraq burned to the ground… Which, really, makes sense: Burning cities tend to emit a lot of carbon emissions.

Bill Tatro | June 17, 2014

No matter which historians, economists or government officials you query, there is always one common denominator when discussing the reasons for the great depression of the ‘30s.

Paul Dykewicz | June 17, 2014

The European Central Bank’s (ECB) recent move to adopt what is described as “negative interest rates” to guard against deflation should lift stock prices, spur businesses to invest and help to aid lagging economic growth on the continent.

Peter Morici | June 17, 2014

Russia is pushing into the Ukraine and threatening Eastern Europe, China is bullying Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam in the East and South China seas, and terrorist groups in the Middle East and Africa can be displaced in one place only to multiply and create more lethal threats in others.

Mon, Jun 16, 2014

John Ransom | June 16, 2014

Knowing our junior president from Illinois as well as we’ve all gotten to know him these last seven years, I think we can safely say this about Mr. Obama: Sarah Palin was right all along.

Michael Schaus | June 16, 2014

While Holder and Co have been busy collecting billion dollar fines from big banks, they’ve taken a more direct approach to snub out businesses that don’t necessarily conform with the Holder/Obama view of America.

Mike Shedlock | June 16, 2014

There are a couple of significant news items in Ukraine today, and both of them will hike tensions in the region.

Shawn Mitchell | June 16, 2014

Her computer crashed? There's no ISP with a digital trail? No IRS servers? No NSA black hole data? America, if we tolerate these hacks, we deserve what they'll do to us. But how do we untolerate?

Political Calculations | June 16, 2014

Since October 2009, three months after the last federal minimum wage increase, there has been virtually no jobs recovery for American teens.

Nick Sorrentino | June 16, 2014

We’ll see how Brat does, but at this moment the American political calculus has changed fundamentally for the better.

Michael Tanner | June 16, 2014

If we should know anything by now, it’s that government does a terrible job of running a health care system.

Mark Calabria | June 16, 2014

A central flaw in Los Angeles’ logic is that the inflection point in prices came before that in delinquencies.

Daniel J. Mitchell | June 16, 2014

No matter how much we complain about the inefficiency, waste, and corruption in Washington, things could be worse.

Sun, Jun 15, 2014

John Ransom | June 15, 2014

Governments were formed amongst men to secure rights, not grant them. And if you don't know the difference...yep you're a liberal.

Michael Schaus | June 15, 2014

You can annoy a liberal, and save money at the same time. It’s like some sort of a magical set of circumstances that were created especially for gun enthusiasts on a budget.

Mike Shedlock | June 15, 2014

The Guardian has a Live Blog on the Iraq: reports ISIS Militants Push Towards Baghdad - Live.

Political Calculations | June 15, 2014

We've noted before that most murder victims in the United States are often demographically-related to their murderers, but did you know that they would also appear to be even more closely linked on their social networks?

Peter Morici | June 15, 2014

Peter Morici is a professor at the University of Maryland Smith School of Business, former Chief Economist at the U.S. International Trade Commission, and five-time winner of the MarketWatch best forecaster award.

Jeff Crouere | June 15, 2014

Hillary states that she was in charge, but not completely, a ridiculous defense.

John Browne | June 15, 2014

By concluding that capitalism, even if it is confined to just a few countries, will lead to increasing poverty among the masses around the world, many cynical observers may conclude that Piketty is laying out a carefully planned case towards global socialism.