Quote of the Day

Food has become a battleground, and one of the fiercest fights involves genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. With the aid of genetic engineering, we have created corn, soybeans, cotton and other crops with specific genes that help them resist pests, diseases and herbicides. Supporters trumpet the reduced costs and increased yields, especially in the developing …

The Biden Follies Continue

At best, the vice president of the United States is cleverly lulling his opponents into a state of complacency before dazzling them--and the rest of us--with wit, intelligence, adroitness and cunning we never thought he had in him. Or, you know, he could just be a bumbler of gargantuan proportions: Vice President Biden just capped off …

From the “Most Transparent Administration Ever”

Change we're expected to believe in: Buzbee's list includes how no press can cover the fight against Islamic militants since there are no embeds who can even cover bombers taking off. Press access to meetings with foreign leaders has significantly declined, she writes, and information about Guantanamo and the 9/11 trial, including information the George W. …

Iran’s Political Establishment Has Not Reformed Itself

To wit: Six Iranians arrested for appearing in a video dancing to Pharrell Williams' song Happy have been sentenced to up to one year in prison and 91 lashes, their lawyer says. The sentences were suspended for three years, meaning they will not go to prison unless they reoffend, he adds. The video shows three …

Inconvenient Former Defense Secretaries

Robert Gates has already spoken out against the Obama administration's policy on combating ISIL, but you would expect those kinds of partisan potshots from a Republican, wouldn't you? I mean, it's not like any Democratic national security grandee would criticize the president's approach, right? Right? Oh: Two defense secretaries who previously served under President Obama are …

God Save the Queen

So, Scotland has gone to the polls, and it has decided to remain part of Great Britain. I had worried that nationalist sentiments and the perception of momentum behind Scottish independence might cause the people of Scotland to make a terrible decision; I am relieved to see that my fears were unfounded. Having written that, …

How to Learn the Value of Free Trade

There are any number of academic lectures, position papers, charts, books, PowerPoint presentations and briefings that are able to demonstrate to an open-minded audience why free trade is preferable to protectionism--or as protectionism is so often (and so misleadingly) called, "fair trade." And to be sure, academic lectures, position papers, charts, books, PowerPoint presentations and …