Commentary

Charles Blahous April 19, 2018 | 10:17 AM EDT

An impassioned argument has broken out during the last few weeks over the federal budget. It was precipitated by an op-ed piece in the Washington Post by five prominent economists from the Hoover Institution, warning of a coming debt crisis and pointing the finger of blame at runaway federal entitlement spending.  A riposte appeared in the Post soon after from several prominent left-of-center economists, headlined “Don’t Blame Entitlements” and highlighting the role of tax cuts in worsening federal deficits. Since then several others have weighed in on the controversy, including my E21 colleague Brian Riedl, my Mercatus colleague Veronique deRugy, Jim Capretta, Ryan Ellis and a further rejoinder from John Cochrane, one of the original Hoover group. 

Stan Greer April 19, 2018 | 9:47 AM EDT

Today (April 19) “Tax Freedom Day” 2018 has finally arrived, according to the nonpartisan Washington, D.C.-based Tax Foundation.

Ben Shapiro April 19, 2018 | 8:55 AM EDT

On Monday, George Yancy, a black professor of philosophy at Emory University, wrote a lengthy piece in The New York Times detailing the awful death threats he has received from white racists. I can sympathize — throughout 2016, I received my fair share of death threats. But Yancy sees those death threats as representative of a deeper malignancy plaguing all of white America, not a sickness within a subset of the population. Thus, he asks, "Should I Give up on White People?"

Mary Clare Amselem April 18, 2018 | 4:25 PM EDT

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ recent interview with Lesley Stahl on “60 Minutes” caused quite a bit of backlash from critics.

Bill Donohue April 18, 2018 | 3:27 PM EDT

It is the fastest growing phobia in the nation. Christophobia. To be sure, the fear of Christians is not overcoming America, but it has unquestionably overcome a large swath of non-believers, or those who profess no religious belief. Within this segment of the population, there are the indifferent at one end, and the haters at the other end.

Andrew Arthur April 18, 2018 | 2:45 PM EDT

In a decision issued on April 17, 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that 18 U.S.C. § 16(b), as incorporated into the aggravated felony definition in section 101(a)(43)(F) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) was unconstitutionally vague, affirming a circuit court decision. The Court's decision will potentially have a significant effect as relates to aliens convicted of crimes that endanger the public.

Dr. Paul Kengor April 18, 2018 | 11:59 AM EDT

Only two women were both wife to a president and mother to a president. One was Abigail Adams, who died 200 years ago, October 28, 1818; the other was Barbara Bush, who died yesterday, April 17, 2018. Mrs. Bush was 92 years old.

John Stonestreet April 18, 2018 | 11:22 AM EDT

So, the New Yorker thinks Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in New York and a U.S. Senator thinks Mike Pompeo doesn’t belong as the Secretary of State.

James Agresti April 18, 2018 | 10:16 AM EDT

During recent teacher walkouts in Oklahoma that captured national attention, many major media outlets reported misleadingly small figures for teacher pay. By failing to reveal all aspects of teacher compensation, these outlets hid the true costs to taxpayers—which now amount to an annualized average of about $120,000 for every public school teacher in the United States.

Michelle Malkin April 18, 2018 | 8:56 AM EDT

Move over, Trump Derangement Syndrome. Another unhinged liberal pathology is back:

Chick-fil-A-phobia.