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GOP Going Nuclear on ‘Battlefield of Ideas’

CPAC-the political convention that is to conservatives what ComicCon is to nerds-did not sort out the Republican field for 2016, but it did reveal something much scarier. Unlike most years when Republicans insist they should fight for ideals they never define, this time conservatives sketched out a frighteningly radical agenda. Taking CPAC speakers at their word, the next Republican generation will make us pine for the comparatively bi-partisan moderation and restraint that characterized the George W. Bush administration.

March 12, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


There are Better Ways to Cut Military Spending

Is it really a surprise that the governors of all 50 states are pushing back against President Obama's push to cut their National Guard troops?

March 11, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Obama as Deporter-in-Chief? Not So Fast

Janet Murguia, the National Council of La Raza's Chief Executive Officer, recently made an explosive charge against President Barack Obama. Murguia called the president the "Deporter- in-Chief," a reference to what many Hispanic lobbying organizations allege is Obama's record number of deportations.

March 11, 2014 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


It’s the Desert, Stupid

Mr. Putin's quick takeover of the Crimean peninsula was no surprise to me.

March 09, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


FIRST Step Toward America’s Future

Exclusive Excerpt from: "Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!" by Tom PurcellFIRST Step Toward America's Future

March 09, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Putin Gives the World Half a Peace Sign

Russian President Vladimir Putin has held up his hand, clenched his fist and given "half a peace sign" to the Ukraine, Europe and especially to President Barack Obama. And so the debate has begun:

March 07, 2014 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


A Letter To My Son: The Sequel

Has it really been 10 years since I wrote a heartfelt letter to my newborn son, Gideon Lewis Tyree? (See my blog at www.dannytyree.blogspot.com for a collection of Gideon columns.)

March 07, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Obama, Ukraine, and Republican Amnesia

Boy oh boy, the President of the United States is such a wimp!

March 06, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Get Ready for ‘Education Spring’

In the state where high-stakes testing began, a few hundred teachers, academics and activists came together last weekend to hasten what one leader called an "Education Spring." The Network for Public Education gathered in Austin to plan the resistance to the status quo of high-stakes testing and an encroaching corporate privatization movement. This first-of-its-kind convention might finally provide an effective opposition to the corporate reform movement that wants to run education like a business.

March 06, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Men, Your Love Life Needs a Pickup (Truck)

There's a reason why American men drive big pickup trucks: Women dig them.

March 05, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Texas Attorney General Sells the 10th Amendment

Early last month, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott contradicted his core values by doing something that just didn't make sense unless you're one of those cynics who believes money corrupts politics. Abbott, a fan of states' rights and a foe of casinos, did a favor for Sheldon Adelson that appears to help casinos at the expense of the Tenth Amendment. In return, Abbott got almost $100,000 in political cash. Not everyone loses at the casinos.

March 05, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Telecom Act Is Overdue for Rewrite

Eighteen years ago, the Internet was a pretty different place. AltaVista had just launched in 1995 and was rapidly becoming the dominant search engine. The 56K modem was invented that year, but wouldn't be commercially available until 1997. And Congress passed the 1996 Telecom Act, with the rare foresight to largely insulate the Internet from government interference. The result has been the remarkable engine of innovation, growth, and expression that most Americans now rely on every day.

March 04, 2014 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


It’s Not The Hate, It’s The Stupidity

Alright. Woo-hoo. We're partying now. With the kind of enthusiasm normally reserved for sorting Phillips head screws from flat head screws, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer publicly vetoed SB 1062, legislation that would provide legal cover to businesses denying services based on the operator's religious beliefs. The return of Jim Crow with a cactus beat.

March 04, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


Race of the 2016 Elephants Begins

They're off and running for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination -- and as they run you can see the elephants' different styles.

March 02, 2014 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


It’s the Desert, Stupid

Someone better send John Kerry a high school geography textbook.

March 02, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


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Department of Homeland Security: What is it Good For

Late Friday night, Congress passed legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security for one week. This vote followed weeks of debate over efforts to attach a prohibition on funding President Obama's executive order granting amnesty to certain illegal immigrants to the Homeland Security funding bill.

March 05, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Giuliani a Reflection of Everyday Republicans

Things have gone quiet about former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's widely denounced comments about President Barack Obama, but that doesn't mean the controversy is history.

March 05, 2015 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


To Defeat ISIS, Win the Peace

After huddling with his war council in Kuwait, Defense Secretary Ash Carter says we've got the "ingredients of the strategy" to achieve a "lasting defeat" over ISIS. Some Senate Republicans claim that ISIS is going to kill us all in our sleep even as the U.S.-led coalition has the Islamic State forces playing defense for a change, but killing bad guys is the relatively easy part. As we learned in Iraq and Afghanistan, the hard part is to win a peace that can last, and the strategy Carter outlined last week seems like a smart way to ...

March 04, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Message. Message. Who's Got the Message?

Don't look now, but the Democratic Party is undergoing an identity crisis of such monumental proportions, the Dissociative Identity Disorder people have called and are requesting artifacts for their Hall of Fame. They're going to put Obama's basketball hoop right next to Sally Field's purple crayon.

March 04, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Secret Benefits to Stupid Comments

An offensively stupid comment by influential and presumably smart people sometimes brings awareness to a subject that would otherwise be largely ignored.

March 03, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Olbermann: The Once and Former King

Keith Olbermann should be used to this by now. Two-bit, Class B second tier provocateurs can't be terribly surprised when they're disciplined for the umpteenth time. They thrive on reaction, court controversy and have a masterful way of turning justified castigation into unjustified persecution. Among this motley crew of the mediocre, Olbermann used to be king.

March 03, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Altruism No Substitute for Helping Yourself

We like to be kind to other people.

March 01, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Trump's in the Clown Car

Well, the joke's on us. Remember during the recent "Saturday Night Live" anniversary special when Sarah Palin conducted a faux Q&A with Jerry Seinfeld? It went like this:

March 01, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Justice Selection

Some members of the legislative and executive branches of Kansas government have publicly expressed their admiration for many "things Texan." For example, they acclaim Governor Rick Perry's conservative leadership and praise Texas' lack of a state income tax. Their high regard for our southerly neighbor may explain why our legislature is considering whether Kansas should switch to Texas' system for selecting Supreme Court justices. Texas procures justices through statewide elections.

February 27, 2015 | Lawton Nuss | Columnists


Snow's Silver Lining

I admit it: I love the snow and the cold.

February 27, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Big Government and Fat Taxes

How much should the government fine people whose children are deemed by (some) well-meaning bureaucrats as "obese?"

February 26, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Interventionism Kills: Ukraine One Year Later

It was one year ago last weekend that a violent coup overthrew the legally elected government of Ukraine. That coup was not only supported by U.S. and European governments -- much of it was actually planned by them. Looking back at the events that led to the overthrow it is clear that without foreign intervention Ukraine would not be in its current, seemingly hopeless situation.

February 26, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Time for a Real Conversation About War

My oldest son is handsome, smart, and, in the words of my old boss Ann Richards, very nearly perfect. I love him boundlessly, so it hurts me to know that his homeland has been at war for every single day of his life except for a few months in 2001 when he couldn't yet crawl. Now he's shaving, and for the first time in his life he might get to witness a real discussion about going to war.

February 25, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Up Is Down

I'd advise you to sit down, pour yourself a beer and take a deep breath. You're about to hear something that will change your life. Forever. Are you relaxed?

February 25, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Are You Dying To Write Your Own Obituary?

Are you an unsung hero? Do those you encounter not appreciate the "real" you? Must you always having the last word?

February 24, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


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