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Trump’s Numbers Don’t Add Up

Donald Trump remains haunted by the fact that more people opposed him in November, about 54 percent, than voted for him. The "mandate" he cites repeatedly while making executive orders and rash pronouncements doesn't exist.

February 08, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Democrats Are Completely Lost

Shattered. Splattered. Scattered. Battered. Tattered. Skewered and plattered. Barely mattered. That was the Democrats after November's election. But surely in the months since, they'd come together to stand aligned in the face of the flaky imperiousness of our so-called President. You'd think. And ripe bananas make a fine masonry grout.

February 08, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Still Searching for a Diet Panacea

I know Democrats and progressives are going nuts over President Trump's first few weeks in office - I know the Middle East is a mess and that we have no small number of incredible challenges at home - but I have my own worries.

February 07, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The Country of California

In 2017, you should never be subjected to the use of the word, "gnarly," unless you're describing your latest faux Chippendale woodworking project.

February 07, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Derailing the Trump Express

The Trump Train is rolling on.

February 06, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


On the Supreme Court, Democrats Simply Lost

When Senate Republicans decided last year to ditch their constitutional duty - by stiffing President Obama's eminently qualified Supreme Court nominee, denying him even the courtesy of a hearing - they took a big political risk. They gambled that the voters wouldn't punish them on election day.

February 06, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Playing Tobacco Free

"A healthier nation in one generation" is more than a public health slogan; it is a goal that is achievable and vital to economic and physical health of all Americans. Every parent, grandparent and community resident wants a better world, and better health for our children. There are steps that we can take to ensure better health for the next generation, starting from the very beginning with playing tobacco free.

February 04, 2017 | Janel Rose | Columnists


30 Valentine’s Days: Where Did The Time Go?

While brainstorming angles for this Valentine's Day column, it suddenly occurred to me that this February 14 will be the 30th my wife and I have celebrated as a couple (combining courtship and married life).

February 04, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Why Groundhog Day Must End

Punxsutawney Phil must be stopped.

February 02, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Ordering Dinner With a Side of Sanctimony

A nationwide group of restaurants is now offering diners a chance to stick it to the man while simultaneously putting the fork to their tofu. Those of you who've wanted to join a great moral crusade, but never got around to cleaning up the basement and inviting a Syrian "refugee" to move in, can now eat locally and be served globally.

February 02, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Stop Freaking Out About Trump

Take a breath, America.

February 01, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Trump’s First 100 Days

As extraordinary as it sounds, Donald J. Trump is now the 45th President of the United States. It's mind-boggling. Like making John Goodman the cover model for this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Kim Kardashian-appointed chief scientist at the Atomic Energy Lab. Colin Kaepernick in charge of WikiLeaks.

February 01, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


The Sky’s the Limit for Skilled Trades

The demand for skilled laborers - electricians, plumbers, HVAC technicians and others - continues to soar, and that's a good thing for America.

January 31, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


A Better Solution Than Trump’s Border Wall

Just one week in office, President Trump is already following through on his pledge to address illegal immigration. His January 25th executive order called for the construction of a wall along the entire length of the U.S.-Mexico border. While he is right to focus on the issue, there are several reasons why his proposed solution will unfortunately not lead us anywhere closer to solving the problem.

January 31, 2017 | Ron Paul | Columnists


A Genuine Contempt for the Media

In his first White House press room briefing after two days in office, President Donald Trump's press secretary, Sean Spicer, laid out the Administration's approach to the media with all the subtlety of a Louisville slugger between the eyes: We don't like you, we don't want you, we don't need you, we intend to ignore you.

January 30, 2017 | Carl Golden | Columnists


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The Fake News President

No matter what you think of Donald J. Trump, you got to admit he's a cracker-jack salesman with an uncanny gift for manipulating the ...

February 23, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Do Obituaries Really Have To Be Polite?

"The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones." ---- William Shakespeare.

February 23, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The Fame and Failure of Kellyanne Conway

Serving in a high level staff position in a presidential or gubernatorial administration is an exhilarating, dazzling experience. You are one of a select few ...

February 22, 2017 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Investigate the Leaks, Not Flynn

Yes, there needs to be an investigation, but not necessarily of General Mike Flynn.

February 22, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Is the GOP Undermining Anti-Terror Efforts?

The reasons for Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn resignation from the post of national security adviser to President Donald Trump is yet another of the contretemps ...

February 21, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Trump’s ISIS Plan: Another US Invasion?

Just over a week into the Trump Administration, the President issued an Executive Order giving Defense Secretary James Mattis 30 days to come up with ...

February 21, 2017 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Reporters at the Gate

As a young journalist I experienced Watergate at the ABC newsroom in New York, naively assuming that our days would always be filled with startling ...

February 20, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Rookies in the White House

Major League Baseball has an annual training season in Florida.

February 20, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Are School Newspapers Hanging By A Thread?

I wish I could tell you that my old alma mater (Marshall County High School in Lewisburg, Tenn.) still publishes a student newspaper, but that ...

February 18, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Republicans Have Lost Their Appetite to Investigate

To best understand the Republican mentality on Capitol Hill - specifically, their disgraceful refusal to probe the Trump-Russia national security scandal with even a scintilla of ...

February 16, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


What’s Wrong With Teddy Roosevelt’s America?

What kind of American are you?

February 16, 2017 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


The FTC Should Not Abandon Qualcomm Case

As the Obama Administration drew to a close, a divided Federal Trade Commission brought suit in U.S. district court against a company named Qualcomm ...

February 15, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Trump Aide Said Something Dangerous on Sunday

One of the great advantages of youth is that it's a time to make mistakes, say silly stuff you might regret later, and generally ...

February 15, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Will Congress Stop Forcing Pro-Life Americans to Subsidize Abortion?

Last month marked 44 years since the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision declaring a constitutional right to abortion. Roe remains one of the ...

February 14, 2017 | Ron Paul | Columnists


The Trumpish Cabinet

In typical liberal fashion, the mean weenie left has called Donald Trump's cabinet horrible things. "Corrupt nitwits." "Career criminals." "Greedy thugs." "Clueless dunces." "Bad ...

February 14, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


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