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Parkland school shooting is your government at rest

During his nationwide 'Don't Blame Me' tour, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told the Miami Herald he was unable to arrest the Parkland school shooter prior to the attack because "his deputies were legally 'handcuffed.'"

March 08, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists

Jared Kushner’s no good, very bad week

It's been a rough week in Washington for Jared Kushner.

March 08, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists

President Trump is coming for your guns

The gun lobby has long stoked its constituents with the nightmare scenario of a president who'd swipe their God-given right to own weapons. The NRA frequently warned that Barack Obama was "coming for our guns," and that Hillary Clinton would "come for your guns." The group cringed at the prospect of a president saying something like this: "I like taking the guns early ... Take the guns first, go through due process second."

March 07, 2018 | Dick Polman | Columnists

Media struggle when Trump actually makes news

The Trump Administration's efforts to make policy and govern while also dealing with its own internal West Wing drama has news media careening, almost daily, down two separate tracks.

March 07, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists

Illegal immigration declines, forcing wages up

A new Center for Migration Studies (CMS) report showed that between 2010 and 2016, illegal immigration declined 8 percent, down from 11.7 million to 10.8 million, its lowest level in 15 years.

March 06, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists

Gun control starts at home

President Donald Trump said a bunch of crazy things this week.

March 06, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

The NRA is on the run

For all of those who thought they'd never witness it, it appears the National Rifle Association is on the run.

March 05, 2018 | Carl Golden | Columnists

Keeping kids safe, and out of prison

A compassionate program designed to keep youngsters out of the criminal justice system was implemented five years ago in Broward County, Florida - the very county where 17 people died Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

March 05, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists

Congress should make relief permanent

The first year of the Trump administration saw remarkable accomplishments on both tax and regulatory relief, with fundamental tax reform for the first time in decades and the massive regulatory onslaught of the Obama years stopped and reversed. With wages rising and the economy strengthening, the most important priority for Congress in 2018 should be to lock in these historic accomplishments.

March 03, 2018 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists

The cafeteria lady is packing heat

President Donald Trump tossed out some wacky nonsense about arming teachers, which encouraged the press and public to go nuts debating this ludicrous suggestion, totally ignoring commonsense remedies like banning civilians from purchasing weapons whose sole function is to kill the most people in the shortest time possible. The man is not as dumb as he looks, which at last count was considerable.

March 03, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists

One Republican Senator setting a good example

Sen. Pat Toomey is my hero. Last week, the Pennsylvania Republican outdid himself in refusing to make people happy. Instead, he did what he needed to do: the right thing.

March 03, 2018 | Christine Flowers | Columnists

America’s farmers work doubly hard for the money

In my 19 years of working for a farmers cooperative, I've seen all types of farmers and ranchers.

March 01, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

So long, foods of my 1970s childhood

The Wall Street Journal article made me both hungry and wistful.

March 01, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

More love, not gun control

We live in a country where liberals are constantly working to get rid of things that were once sacred to America.

February 28, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

A lifetime commitment to cancer prevention

February is National Cancer Prevention Month, about 1.7 million people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer in 2018, with 15,400 diagnoses in Kansas alone. While we have no cure to the disease, many of these cancer cases are preventable. Having been married to a physician for 34 years and gone to nursing school myself, I cannot stress enough how important it is to commit to a healthy lifestyle. Consider the big picture: by making time to exercise more, quitting smoking and eating better you have the power to reduce your risk of cancer.

February 27, 2018 | Laina Marshall | Columnists

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Xi the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh is banned on the internet in China because the lovable bear, with a crown on his head, was used as a symbol ...

March 22, 2018 | Daryl Cagle | Columnists

From bad to worse for Trumpworld

Just two days out of sync with the Ides of March, the United States, the world, and (now former) Secretary of State Rex Tillerson found ...

March 22, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists

Trumping the North Korea naysayers

President Trump will never win.

March 21, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

Congress says THIS time we really mean it!

There's a bill being lovingly preserved by Mitch McConnell, Curator of the Senate, that's one of those "bipartisan" efforts the media loves to ...

March 21, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists

Trump is stocking White House with yes-men

We should have seen this coming.

March 20, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists

The Obama-Clinton soundtracks

What the nation needs desperately as the 2018 midterm elections draw near is to hear more wisdom from Barack Obama and less venom from Hillary ...

March 20, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists

Are supermarkets becoming the center of your life?

I guess those shoppers were ahead of their time.

March 19, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

Yes, indeed, we need a monster in the White House

It's time once again for Washington wannabes to get out their resumes. There are a number of job openings in the Trump administration and ...

March 19, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists

Too little, too late

The White House, where everyone is clamoring to work - at least according to Trump - took yet another blow last week when Gary Cohn, the president ...

March 17, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists

Ways Democrats could screw up the midterms

Okay, Democrats, settle down. Drop the confetti and back away from the champagne. Stop punching each other in the arm, making with the whoop-whoop noises ...

March 17, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists

Time to nurture America’s Irish-Inspired sense of humor

It's always grand in March of every year to pour myself a pint of Guinness and enjoy the glorious Irish wit.

March 15, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

The west is losing natural area at an alarming pace

"Disappearing Rivers," a Center for American Progress-commissioned report, was introduced to a Washington, D.C. audience recently. The report was unsparing in its criticism of ...

March 15, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists

Nearly Nashville: honky-tonks and hee haw

My first ever trip to Nashville, Tennessee, began with a connecting flight aboard a small commuter plane designed to comfortably transport exactly 44 Lego Minifigures ...

March 14, 2018 | Jase Graves | Columnists

Tillerson out, but was he ever really in?

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's exit has been on its way for so long it's arrival is anti-climatic. To understand why he's ...

March 14, 2018 | Peter Roff | Columnists

The steel dossier

Every candidate for office makes promises. Only the truly ignorant attempt to keep each and every one once elected.

March 13, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists

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