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A Small But Real IRS Reform That Must Pass

President Obama's Department of Justice has made it official: Lois Lerner, the IRS executive who invoked the Fifth Amendment to avoid incriminating herself when questioned about her role in targeting conservative groups, will face no criminal charges. Worse, even the one IRS reform that enjoys broad bipartisan support in Congress - a ban on the IRS trying to assess gift tax on contributions to non-profit organizations, which they infamously attempted against conservative donors - has stalled in the Senate after passing the House unanimously early in the year. It should be included in one of the must-pass bills expected to pass ...

October 30, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists

Missing the Real Problem on Benghazi

Last week the U.S. House of Representatives called former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to appear before a select committee looking into the attack on a US facility in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012. The attack left four Americans dead, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens.

October 29, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists

Frequently Asked Questions: Benghazi Hearings Edition

Q. Isn't Benghazi the guy who used to pal around with John Cassavetes back in the 60s?

October 29, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists

Benghazi Game Lost Before it Began

Here's some free advice for congressional Republicans. If you don't want to make it seem like you're focusing on Hillary Clinton, it's a bad idea to put her in front of television cameras for 11 hours. The Benghazi hearing was a failure as both a show trial and as an example of representative democracy, succeeding only as a showcase for a woman of epic patience if nothing else.

October 28, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists

Why We Must Hold Fast To The First Amendment

In the biography, "Churchill: A Life," author Martin Gilbert writes how Winston Churchill loudly voiced his grave concerns about the apathy shared by those seemingly impervious to the malevolent "National Socialism" movement's intention to steam through Europe like volcanic lava, destroying everything in its path including free speech.

October 28, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists

Media Not Interested in Obamacare Disaster

Subdued by distracting media elites chattering about Joe Biden's non-campaign for president, behind the curtain of the alleged "debacle" and "catastrophic dysfunction" of the Republican House Speaker race and swept under the carpet embroidered with the words, "Trump Says Bush Responsible for 9/11," is news that should be dominating newspaper front pages across the country.

October 27, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists

Angry Hillary Hates All Conservatives

I can pinpoint the precise moment when I realized that Hillary Clinton was as toxic as an old Superfund wastesites - about three quarters of the way through the Democratic debate.

October 27, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists

It's Choosing Time for the GOP

Maybe Joe took my advice.

October 25, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

Russia Is Worried About Obama's America

"Beware Greeks bearing gifts" was a handy rule-of-thumb for savvy governments in the ancient Mediterranean world. Troy's disastrous experience with Odysseus' wooden horse ruined the going-away-gift tradition for centuries.

October 25, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists

Trump Drags the Republicans Back to 9/11

Kudos to Donald Trump for performing a valuable public service. I kid you not.

October 23, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists

Could Medicare be Obamacare's Savior?

Like it or not, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is the law of the land. Whether or not it will prove to protect patients and facilitate affordable medical care is another story.

October 23, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists

Can The Experts Rescue Halloween?

According to the National Retail Foundation, Americans will spend $6.9 billion on Halloween this year. To the untrained observer, that sounds as if the autumn celebration will be around forever; but I am concerned for the long-term health of the holiday.

October 22, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

The Inmates Are Running The Asylum

After watching the first Democrat Party presidential debate, one can understand why the Democrat National Committee [DNC] has chosen to limit their presidential debates to just six.

October 22, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists

Politically Correct Halloween Costumes

"The wife keeps shooting down my Halloween costume ideas because she says they are too insensitive."

October 21, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Red Meat vs Creme Brulee

If the disappointment of everyone expecting fireworks at the first Democratic debate exhibited itself as perspiration, we could declare the California drought over. A few soggy matches might have been lit but that was it. Heavy on the smoke, non-existent on the flame.

October 21, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists

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Talk Is Cheap, Foul Language Is Worthless

You don't need to be a genius to recognize that John Oliver is doing some remarkably effective journalism on his weekly HBO series, laced ...

November 25, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists

Time For Obama to Back Ted Cruz?

In her memoir published this summer, Claire McCaskill recounts how she confounded political observers who assumed she would lose reelection to the U.S. Senate ...

November 25, 2015 | Karl Frisch | Columnists

The Dysfunctional Iowa Caucuses

As the Iowa caucuses draw near, we should take a close look at how the Hawkeye State runs its presidential nominating system.

November 24, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists

Time for Obama to Reverse Refugee Plan

Across America, the prospect of resettling as many as 10,000 Syrians has put citizens on edge. The Paris massacre and related events-ISIS' bombing ...

November 24, 2015 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists

Winners, Losers and Leaders

President Obama's reaction to the horrible terrorist attacks in Paris has been strange - and disturbing.

November 22, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

GOP Islamophobia is Back With a Vengeance

What a surprise. In the aftermath of Paris, Republicans have rediscovered one of their favorite illnesses, Islamophobia. Painting with a predictably broad brush, Marco Rubio ...

November 22, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists

The Nun’s Bazaar: a post script

This week's column will be a short one. I'm just too tired to write very much. You see, last weekend was the Dominican ...

November 22, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Columnists

America’s Grand Ole Opry Turns 90

News that the venerable "Grand Ole Opry" radio show turns 90 on Nov. 28, starts my memories flowing.

November 20, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

Are We Still a Nation of Laws?

Hypothetical situation: A father uses a stolen credit card to make a big FanDuel football bet. He's taking a risk because he wants to ...

November 20, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists

Critical Thinking Needed

I'm often out of touch with our rapidly changing culture norms.

November 19, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Anchor Baby Battle

Prepare for earth-shattering news - immigration has become a key issue in the race for the Republican nomination. Yes. Again. It's what folks in the ...

November 19, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists

Now It's Liberals Pushing the 'War on Christmas'

I spent a good part of one afternoon last week making a parody of the whole "Little Red Cup" controversy. The most recent iteration of ...

November 18, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists

Paris and What Should Be Done

The horrific attacks in Paris on Friday have, predictably, led to much over-reaction and demands that we do more of the exact things that radicalize ...

November 18, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists

Poverty From a Different Point of View

Today, more Americans than ever receive some sort of government assistance, much of which can genuinely be described as "handouts." Welfare-to-work standards, a bipartisan gem ...

November 17, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists

Starbucks Cups and the Internet Idiocracy

Isn't it nice to know that even in a time of international crisis - ISIS, Syria, Putin - some Americans still make time to freak out ...

November 17, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists

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