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Oregon Civil Disobedience: Will It Spread Nationwide?

Have you taken sides in the eastern Oregon anti-government standoff?

January 10, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Cruz and the Decline of Christian Conservatism

Have you heard about Ted Cruz's new fundraising appeal?

January 08, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Google Designs the Self-Absorbed Car

To give you an idea of how far the nation's confidence has retreated from the exuberance of the 60's - I promise this isn't an endorsement of Donald Trump - just look at current automotive culture.

January 08, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Modern Men Need to Embrace Their Dads and Granddads

The state of the American male is in shambles, and I cite three pieces of evidence as proof:

January 07, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Bill Cosby and Due Process

Prosecutions are like snowflakes, no two the same. Sometimes, you have a low-profile drunken-driving case where the defendant is a first-time offender, the district attorney is willing to offer a plea deal, and no one except the parties involved will ever know about it.

January 07, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Bill Clinton's Sexual History? Really? Again?

Donald Trump is out of his mind (nothing new there) if he really thinks that he can taint Hillary Clinton by recycling her husband's infidelities. How can he, or any other Republican, hope to gain traction in 2016 with a tactic that backfired so abysmally in the last century?

January 06, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Suggestions For Liberals in 2016

Because I once voted liberal, at the beginning of each new year I take it as my personal responsibility to pose a few suggestions to my liberal friends out there who are still living on the dark side. So, without further ado, I present to you my third annual "Suggestions for Liberals" column.

January 06, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Talking Race in the Cookbook Aisle

I am very rarely recognized in public, but the other day a gentleman named Sonny stopped me in the aisle at Barnes and Noble and said "Hey TV lady." Sonny wasn't looking for an autograph, or polite banter. He launched right into a conversation about race.

January 05, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Christie, ISIS and Other 2016 Predictions

At the beginning of a new year, cultures all over the world traditionally perform peculiar ceremonies meant to wipe the slate clean and start afresh. The Chinese hide knives to ward off danger. In Denmark, old dishes are thrown at front doors to symbolize the collection of new friends. Spanish residents eat 12 grapes, one at each stroke of the clock to promote good fortune. And in the Durst household, we percolate sardonically cynical predictions for the upcoming 12 months.

January 05, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


The Top Stories of 2016: You Saw Them Here First

This is not the year-end column I had intended to write.

January 03, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Time for the GOP to Divorce the Christian Right

It looks like Ted Cruz won't get a leg up on Donald Trump after all.

January 03, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


2016: What To Expect

It's hard to believe, but we're on the brink of another presidential election year. Let us pray. Every quadrennial, the American political process plays out as a big-top carnival sideshow featuring moral contortionists, ethical geeks and fat sweaty white guys teetering on slack media wires.

January 01, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


News Certain to Occur in 2016

Other than global warfare, politics, economics and fantasy sports, there really isn't much news to recap from 2015. So, looking ahead, here's a handy precap of news certain to occur in 2016.

January 01, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Establishment Republicans Cannot Be Trusted

Establishment Republicans gave Democrats a generous Christmas gift this year while at the same time stuffing conservatives' stockings with coal in the passage of the omnibus spending bill.

December 31, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


The Temptation of Donald Trump

A respected political analyst is writing about a certain presidential candidate. See if you can identify the candidate.

December 31, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


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Trump Tizzy in Virginia Long Before Primary

The Virginia Republican Party has discovered it's one thing to issue a political "Do Not Resuscitate" order, and quite another to get it to ...

February 12, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Beware the Angry Social Media Mob

Are you proud of everything you have written?

February 12, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


The Keys to Health and Happiness

Get this: Wealth, fame and success don't make us happy, but strong relationships do.

February 11, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


What About Bernie Sanders?

Many Democrats and others truly fed up with the state of the nation's economic and social core are unwilling to support Bernie Sanders because ...

February 11, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Mandatory Depression Screening a Depressing Thought

The United States Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended mandatory depression screening for all Americans. The task force wants to force health insurance companies to ...

February 10, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


What Republicans Get Wrong About Amnesty

Since when did being a conservative mean also having to agree that some wall with mythical powers could "make America great again," a la Donald ...

February 10, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Democrats, Not Republicans, Are Spewing Racism

You've read about it ad nauseam in mainstream media outlets like the Washington Post: "What social science tells us about racism in the Republican ...

February 09, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Iowa, Where Everyone's a Winner

The great state of Iowa has a history of cultivating its topsoil for a harvest of winners the rest of the country may enjoy. Glenn ...

February 09, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


Father Tighe/Murphy

The movie "Spotlight" was recently nominated for an Academy Award. I watched it, like I watch most movies these days, alone at the Leawood Theater ...

February 07, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


The GOP Did Good in Iowa

I don't know how the primaries will turn out in New Hampshire next week.

February 07, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


No Rubio, Rights are Man-Made

The Iowa caucus brings out the evangelical in all Republican candidates. After all, previous winners include Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, two candidates who exclusively ...

February 07, 2016 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


​Attempts to reverse voter policy ‘brazen’

On Monday, Brian Newby, the executive director of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) suddenly, unilaterally, and illegally decided to issue letters adding "proof ...

February 05, 2016 | By Micah Kubic Executive Director ACLU Kansas | Columnists


Iowa Highlights Problems for Clinton, Trump

It's so on.

February 05, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Will the GOP Kill Trump With Kindness?

In 1998 I worked in a long–forgotten Venezuelan presidential race. The contest featured a celebrity outsider with perfect hair running against corrupt political insiders ...

February 05, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Authorities Got It All Wrong in Planned Parenthood case By Christine Flowers Ann Richards, former

Ann Richards, former governor of Texas, became famous for one quip about George H.W. Bush by saying, "He was born with a silver foot ...

February 04, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


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