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What’s next for Paul Ryan?

House Speaker Paul Ryan didn't quite yell" abandon ship" Wednesday when he announced he would not be seeking re-election, but he came close. His departure, which won't come until January of next year, is too little, too late to save the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

April 19, 2018 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Getting Assad’s attention, Reagan style

To strike Syria, or not to strike Syria.

April 18, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Crackdown on Facebook would be good...for Facebook

From the moment Mark Zuckerberg began to read his opening statement, you knew he wasn't going to change Facebook.

April 18, 2018 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Can your family handle a day without complaints?

Did you notice that Thomas Lickona recently adapted a portion of his book "How to Raise Kind Kids" into the online "Time Magazine" article "How to Raise Grateful Kids in An Era of Thankless People?"

April 17, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Circus Trump

Like Cirque de Soleil, the Donald Trump Circus has many touring productions. The Oval Office. The White House. The Cabinet. Both Republican held Houses of Congress. It's a wacky zany five-ring spectacle chock-full of tightrope walkers, ethical contortionists, trained animals, morally challenged acrobats and logic jugglers. And don't forget the clowns. Lots and lots of clowns. The U.S. Marine Band is playing "Hail to the Chief" on a calliope.

April 17, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists


Congress not up to the task of taking on Facebook

As I watched Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg go head-to-head with members of Congress, I couldn't help but have the same reaction I have when I get a pointless chain email from an elderly relative.

April 16, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Time to reconsider regime change in Syria?

American response to the catastrophic humanitarian crisis Syria has been experiencing for the last seven years has been tepid at best. With Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's most recent chemical attack on the Syrian people, inaction is no longer an option.

April 16, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


New strategy offers Trump a much bigger NAFTA win

In politics and public policy, sometimes a modest victory is actually a massive missed opportunity. President Trump is at risk of suffering just that kind of setback with the impending completion of negotiations on the new NAFTA - if he fails to heed the brilliant strategic advice of Senators Ted Cruz, Cory Gardner, and Steve Daines.

April 14, 2018 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Spring break, or bust

As an educator, I feel blessed that I usually have the same spring break as my three daughters, which means we get to spend a week of quality time off together while my wife continues to go to work to support our leisure activities.

April 14, 2018 | Jase Graves | Columnists


Trump’s latest headache is in Wisconsin

Earlier this week in Wisconsin, a state governed by Koch Brothers subsidiary Scott Walker, one million voters cast ballots to fill a seat on the state Supreme Court. I've long argued that judicial elections are idiotic - judges should be immune to partisan politics; they shouldn't make campaign promises - but such are the rules in states like Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. And sure enough, the Wisconsin race featured two lower-court judges with overtly partisan brands: Right-wing Walker clone and NRA fave Michael Screnock, and anti-Trump progressive Rebecca Dallet.

April 12, 2018 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Cost is what ails health care

"I'm lucky to have health insurance, but I still can't afford to go to the doctor."

April 12, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


To opioid hell and back

I'm feeling human again, thanks.

April 10, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Democrat’s latest: Jim Crow meet Juan Canto

It's been a decade since I agreed with the Democrat platform, but I must give the party a great deal of credit for its consistency. There is a direct correlation between Democrats in 2018 fighting to increase their political power by demanding vote-less illegal aliens be counted in the census to Democrats in 1818, who demanded equally vote-less slaves continue to be counted in the census to increase their political power.

April 10, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Environmental protection in the age of Trump

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) has been called the Magna Carta of our nation's environmental laws. Passed in 1969, Congress designed NEPA to provide for environmentally informed decision-making and public outreach on the part of federal agencies. NEPA requires that all the consequences and potential environmental problems of an agency's actions must be carefully considered before an agency acts.

April 09, 2018 | Kevin Lynn | Columnists


‘Roseanne’ is a liberal trojan horse

Hey, "Roseanne" fans in Tulsa, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma City and Indianapolis: don't get too comfy with Roseanne-the-Trump-Voter... it looks like the writers are going to make her character into a new version of Archie Bunker, a likable character with horrible, hateful opinions designed to turn you against non-liberal political ideas.

April 09, 2018 | Rick Jensen | 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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