Issues & Insights

Welcome to Issues & Insights

This site was started by the team that for decades had produced IBD Editorials at Investor’s Business Daily. Unlike other pundits and media celebrities, we do the hard work of reporting and researching stories before we offer our uncompromising viewpoints on them. We have years of experience covering a wide range of topics, and our goal is to use our accumulated wisdom to help our readers better understand the events shaping the country. We are unapologetically pro free market and for a limited federal government. And we firmly believe that reasoned, intelligent, sober, sophisticated debate, free of insults and pettiness and hatred, is still possible in the U.S.

The I&I Team

J. Frank Bullitt

J. Frank Bullitt has been writing professionally since 1986. After covering local news for years, and putting in some time in Washington, D.C., he began writing opinions in 1998, covering a wide variety of domestic and international topics from a limited-government point of view.


Terry Jones

Terry Jones was part of Investor’s Business Daily from its inception in 1983, working in a variety of posts, including reporter, economics correspondent, National Issues editor and economics editor. Most recently, from 1996 to 2019, he served as associate editor of the newspaper and deputy editor and editor of IBD’s Issues & Insights opinion pages. His many media appearances include spots on the Larry Kudlow, Bill O’Reilly, Dennis Miller, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved and Glenn Beck shows. He also served as Free Markets columnist for Townhall Magazine, and as a weekly guest on PJTV’s The Front Page. He holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UCLA, and is an Abraham Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute.

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Andrew Malcolm

Andrew Malcolm is a veteran national and foreign correspondent, nonfiction author, blogger and National Politics Columnist for McClatchy.

Thomas McArdle

Tom McArdle, longtime Senior Writer for Investor’s Business Daily, was a White House Speechwriter for President George W. Bush, National Political Reporter for Washington political columnists Rowland Evans and Robert Novak, Managing Editor of Human Events, and has worked as a writer for CNN and the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. His work has appeared in National Review, the American Spectator, The Hill, the Washington Examiner, Newsmax, and the National Catholic Register. He has appeared on Fox News and numerous talk radio programs. He is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, M. Stanton Evans’ National Journalism Center in Washington, Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, and at 17 was one of Curtis Sliwa’s original “Magnificent 13” Guardian Angels.


John Merline

John Merline is a veteran journalist who was Deputy Editor of Commentary and Opinion at Investor’s Business Daily. Before IBD, he launched and edited the Opinion section of AOL News, and was a member of the editorial board of USA Today, where he continues to be a regular contributor. He’s been published in the Washington Post, National Review, Detroit News, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Forbes, and numerous other publications. He is regular commentator on the One America News Network and on local talk radio. He got his start in journalism under the tutelage of M. Stanton Evans.

Michael Ramirez

Michael Ramirez is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist with the Las Vegas Review-Journal. His cartoons are syndicated by Creators. Michael won his second Pulitzer while at Investor’s Business Daily.

I & I Editorial Board

The Issues and Insights Editorial Board is comprised of the team listed above. We have decades of experience in journalism, commentary and public policy.

Amanda Maxham

Amanda Maxham is web designer at Issues & Insights. Find her on Twitter

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About Issues & Insights

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