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Defenseless driving

My eldest and most expensive child recently reached one of those teen milestones that parents often consider with a combination of dread and hopefulness. No, I'm not referring to her first solo trip to a beauty salon, from which she might return either lovelier than ever, or looking like an adolescent version of Pennywise the clown. I'm talking about earning her learner license to operate our largest and most embarrassing family vehicle while at least one parent develops advanced gluteal clenching skills in the front passenger seat.

May 10, 2018 | Jase Graves | Columnists


NAFTA 2.0 poses major threats to U.S. workers

The Mexican and Canadian governments are pushing the White House to step up the North American Free Trade Agreement's renegotiation pace and to conclude talks in May. Dubbed NAFTA 2.0, President Trump must proceed cautiously lest he open up the U.S. labor market to a new flood of employment-authorized visa holders.

May 09, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Trump’s artful dodging

Sometimes it takes a year or more for a president's strengths to come into focus. In Donald Trump's case, it is now clear that he excels whenever he bestows upon us the honor of his absence.

May 09, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


An apology to my niece on her college graduation day

Dear Goddaughter,

May 08, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The stunning hubris of Nancy Pelosi

That renowned 20th Century sage and philosopher Satchel Paige once offered this bit of advice: "Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you."

May 08, 2018 | Carl Golden | Columnists


The left and their angry brand of comedy

What do Chipotle and the White House Correspondent's Dinner have in common?

May 07, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Who to crucify? Trump or Barabbas?

The Trump Haters hate on and on and...

May 07, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Agriculture - help wanted

First, more beneficial rainfall and some not so beneficial hail and wind swept through the area this past week. Many received an inch or more of precipitation which while helping "ease" the drought situation certainly didn't dramatically ease it for most. This week's drought monitor report is good through 8 a.m. this last Tuesday so it didn't reflect these rains. It shows some easing but much of the state and especially from this area south were still in the grips of a severe drought. This should ease a bit with next week's report but warm ...

May 05, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Columnists


So much for the threat of political correctness

For the past ten or so years, the right wing has been sounding the alarm about the greatest threat to American democracy. This great danger that threatens our way of life to its very core is not gun grabbing liberals, radical jihadists, or even burdensome bureaucratic regulations. All these things, to be sure, are overhyped as existential threats to the viewers of Fox News day in and day out. But the most feared and loathed of them all?

May 05, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Body shaming conservatives is a great liberal sport

Apparently, people angry with Michelle Wolf's performance at the White House Correspondents' Dinner just don't "get it."

May 05, 2018 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Plenty to clean up after dinner

What a shame that the people who will profit most from the tempest that was the White House Correspondents' Dinner are the two who deserve it least: Michelle Wolf and Donald Trump.

May 03, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


His own worst enemy

You don't need a degree in psychoanalysis to figure out that Donald Trump defines himself by his adversaries. The media. His staff. His family. His Cabinet. The intelligence community. College graduates. Democrats. Other Republicans. Mexicans. Muslims. Women. Muslim women. Mexican Muslims. Women who are Mexicanish. The rest of the world.

May 03, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists


The constitutional work-around for term limits

I've always wondered why the National Education Association (NEA) and the country club conservatives in the Republican House and Senate leadership aren't allies, instead of enemies. Both organizations use the same tired talking points to defend inert members from the forces of accountability.

May 02, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


The growing art of American cursing

Get this: the average American can't get through the day without cursing.

May 02, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


All eyes on Supreme Court with Trump v. Hawaii

Observing the Swamp during the last few weeks, one trend is clear: federal courts are all-powerful, and even though the judges are appointed, not elected, they have the final say in legislative issues. Nevertheless, lower court judges don't have the right to steal American sovereignty or usurp presidential powers including those the Executive Branch has over immigration.

May 01, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


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Robert Mueller’s investigation plods on

It's been said that, for the American people,the only thing shorter than their memory is their attention span.

May 24, 2018 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Getting there is now one-tenth of one percent the fun

I've just returned from my summer vacation, which I now take in mid-May so I can use the remaining time until Labor Day to ...

May 24, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


President Donald has a farm

President Trump's latest assault on undocumented aliens reached a new low last week when he said, "These aren't people, these are animals."

May 23, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Obscure federal program displaces workers

The federal government has created yet another immigration employment hurdle for U.S. science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workers, according to a new report.

May 23, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


The evolving American prom

The more the American prom changes, the more it stays the same.

May 22, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


What if Obamacare sold homeowner’s insurance?

If homeowner's insurance worked like Obamacare, in no time at all homelessness would be a viable option for residents trying to lower their insurance ...

May 22, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Democrats fail, yet again, to check Trump’s nominees

President Trump's nominee to head the CIA, Gina Haspel, has been approved by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. A full vote in the ...

May 21, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


They hate, Trump wins

Donald Trump's many enemies are becoming more and more frustrated.

May 21, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Farm bill should reform more than food stamps

Republicans are set to move landmark welfare reform in this year's farm bill, which includes language requiring able-bodied adults to work or participate in ...

May 19, 2018 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Are you suffering from funeral fatigue?

"Tell me something GOOD."

May 19, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Longing for the old, wooden stereo console

It sat in my parents' dining room for 30 years or more: an old oak stereo console with large speakers concealed by green fabric. It ...

May 17, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Keep the government out of the energy marketplace

Over almost the entire course of the Obama presidency, congressional conservatives battled with the administration over the subsidies that were such an important part of ...

May 17, 2018 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Wider consequences of pulling out from Iran Deal

President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly called 'the Iran Deal,' has gained us nothing ...

May 16, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Feds sanction slave labor, 21st century style

"With President Trump, you never know." Those were the exact words a U.S. Senate legislative aide said to me when we were talking about ...

May 15, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


The deal with Singapore

So Donald Trump has a date with Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12.

May 15, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


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