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A Big New Tax Coming to Your Internet Bill

Since 1998 it has been prohibited by federal law for states and localities to tax Internet access. This policy, known as the Internet Tax Freedom Act, has been extended three times with broad bipartisan support. But it is set to expire again on November 1, and some Senate Democrats appear willing, this time, to allow it to actually expire if they can't use it to leverage an unrelated tax issue. It's a dangerous game that could cost taxpayers billions of dollars and worsen the digital divide by pricing some lower income Americans off of the Internet entirely.

August 15, 2014 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists

Ebola Ignorance and the Marketing of Fear

It takes a special kind of jerk to market fear and exploit public ignorance in the midst of a health emergency - and, sure enough, members of this repellent American subspecies are already flapping their yaps.

August 15, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists

Expect Less, Be Happy

Get this: Low expectations are the key to happiness.

August 14, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Testing a Lousy Way to Hold Schools Accountable

The problem with a lie-even one that everyone agrees with-is that eventually you can't ignore the truth. Enron can't paper over debt and crashes. The housing bubble pops. Now, as the rush towards using standardized test scores to evaluate teachers turns into a retreat, it might be time to face that standardized tests are a lousy way to hold schools accountable.

August 14, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists

The Slacker Congress

More fun than fourteen barrels of flunkies watching our elected officials exit Washington like scared rats streaming out of a sewer to escape Godzilla. And really, who can blame them. Anybody who's ever spent a summer in DC can tell you the climate is real similar to Hell. With humidity. Then again, not sure even Hell has winged insects the size of footstools. It's not called Foggy Bottom because that's the first thing that springs to mind when Diane Feinstein walks away, you know.

August 13, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists

US Sanctions on Russia May Sink the Dollar

The US government's decision to apply more sanctions on Russia is a grave mistake and will only escalate an already tense situation, ultimately harming the US economy itself. While the effect of sanctions on the dollar may not be appreciated in the short term, in the long run these sanctions are just another step toward the dollar's eventual demise as the world's reserve currency.

August 13, 2014 | Ron Paul | Columnists

Now that’s a messy diaper

Happy Tuesday, everybody, and God Bless America.

August 12, 2014 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists

Americans Love Downton Abbey but Not Real Monarchy

It is said that Americans don't like titles.

August 12, 2014 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists

Building better biofuel: Collaborative research cultivates camelina as sustainable oil

A Kansas State University biochemist is improving biofuels with a promising crop: Camelina sativa. The research may help boost rural economies and provide farmers with a value-added product.

August 10, 2014 | | Columnists

What Do You Actually Know About ISIS?

Imagine our government issuing a law requiring women to surgically remove their external genitalia.

August 10, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists

Why Won’t Obama Fire the Liar?

We're taught as kids that lying is bad, that liars should be held accountable. But in Washington, lying is so endemic and so flagrant that the perpetrators are rarely even rebuked.

August 10, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists

Will The Sarah Palin Channel Rival Comedy Central?

This just in! If you're willing to spend more money than you currently drop on Netflix, you can now get the Sarah Palin Channel online, which promises to "discuss the great issues of the day and work towards solutions."

August 08, 2014 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists

The Panama Canal Turns 100: A Family Affair

On August 15 the Panama Canal (which greatly enhances maritime trade by providing a shortcut between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans) celebrates the 100th anniversary of its opening.

August 08, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

Let Boy’s Be Boys this Summer

Ah, summer. What a great time for boys to read "The Dangerous Book for Boys."

August 07, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Meet the Summer’s Dumbest GOP White Man

Let's wave bye-bye to July with a thigh-slapping salute to Curt Clawson, the tea party's latest contribution to the U.S. Congress. Rarely has a Republican white guy evinced such cluelessness about Americans of a different race.

August 07, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists

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GOP Can't Win in 2016 by Losing Now

Some Republicans in Congress will never learn.

October 04, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

The Increasingly Likable Donald Trump

Donald Trump - America's loveable bull in a china shop - was an eagerly anticipated speaker at the 2015 Values Voter Summit, a conference that brings ...

October 04, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists

The Best Talking Heads Lean Right

If the GOP's presidential candidates were half as persuasive as its conservative commentators, the party would have a much easier time winning elections.

October 02, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists

Obama Confesses to Pope Francis

"Your Holiness, I have never been to Catholic confession before, but since you and I have some things in common, I figure what the heck."

October 02, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Congress and the Fed Refuse to Learn From Their Mistakes

This month marks the seventh anniversary of the bursting of the housing bubble and the subsequent economic meltdown. The mood in Congress following the meltdown ...

October 01, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists

American Politics: Disagreeing to Agree

According to a Pew Research Center poll in 2010, nearly 123 million Americans (41 percent) believe the Rapture will happen before 2050. I bring this ...

October 01, 2015 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists

Could Australia Abandon the British Monarchy

The last several days have been dark ones down under.

September 30, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists

Are You Kicking Yourself For Ignoring Footgolf?

If a sport can make my bookworm wife raise her eyebrows and keep an open mind, it must really have potential.

September 30, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

Dead Man Walker's Urgent Plea to the GOP

Nine weeks ago, when alleged conservative wunderkind Scott Walker was riding high, I rightly dismissed him as "a clueless newbie unfit to lead." But I ...

September 29, 2015 | | Columnists

Don't Let Hillary Shift Blame for Obamacare's Failures

Health insurance premiums are rising because of Obamacare. And there is still one year left of the assorted reinsurance programs designed to mask premium increases ...

September 29, 2015 | | Columnists

The Cause of High College Tuition

Ah, the autumn is upon us. College campuses are buzzing with activity - as college kids and their parents rack up massive debt to cover the ...

September 27, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Obama’s Progressive Overreach on ‘Cool Clock’

What's a teacher to do if he sees a wired briefcase that looks like a homemade bomb in the classroom?

September 27, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists

The Zany Side of the GOP Debates

To the one thirteenth of all Americans who watched the latest GOP debate, congratulations on surviving the political equivalent of the 24 hours of Le ...

September 25, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists

Blame America? No, Blame Neocons!

Is the current refugee crisis gripping the European Union "all America's fault"? That is how my critique of U.S. foreign policy was characterized ...

September 25, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists

How the Marines Wasted $36 Million

The Marine Corps just spent $36 million to learn that an average-sized woman is not as big and strong as an average-sized man. I'm ...

September 24, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists

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