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Fix Medicaid's Perverse Funding Formula

One of the most perverse consequences of the feverish backroom deals used to get Obamacare past the finish line was the funding formula for the law's Medicaid expansion, which started with the infamous Cornhusker Kickback, a sweetheart deal for Nebraska alone to get 100 percent federal funding for Medicaid expansion that was used to get then-Senator Ben Nelson's vote.

December 21, 2014 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Liz, Don’t Jump

Can Elizabeth Warren, the progressive senator from Massachusetts, wrest the Democratic presidential nomination from Hillary Clinton? Moreover, could she somehow leap an even higher hurdle and succeed Barack Obama?

December 19, 2014 | Peter Funt | Columnists


2016 Presidential Campaign Already Boring

The 2016 presidential campaign has barely started, and I'm already bored.

December 19, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Squatting on the Flag

If you believe the recently released Senate Intelligence Committee torture report, you might be tempted to conclude that the CIA lied to the press and the public and to Congress about the extent and effectiveness of its torture campaign. And that conclusion would be correct, sir.

December 18, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


Cigarette Taxes Killed Eric Garner

Would police have harassed Eric Garner or his wife if the government had no financial interest in the selling of taxed cigarettes?

December 18, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Obama Can't Win on Oil Prices

Oil, like political punditry, is a commodity, traded freely on the open market and subject to the laws of supply and demand. The difference of course is that punditry enjoys an abundant and renewable supply, flows freely, and produces nothing of value. Oil, on the other hand, is actually important. The problem is that people think they are related.

December 17, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


All I Want for Christmas is a (Real) Government Shutdown

The political class breathed a sigh of relief Saturday when the US Senate averted a government shutdown by passing the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill. This year's omnibus resembles omnibuses of Christmas past in that it was drafted in secret, was full of special interest deals and disguised spending increases, and was voted on before most members could read it.

December 17, 2014 | Ron Paul | Columnists


We're a Nation of Laws

Torture is illegal. Period. End of debate. There is no legal, moral or probable justification for torture. It's against the Bill of Rights; it's against the Geneva Convention; it's against United Nations Convention Against Torture (ratified by the U.S. in 1994); it's against every state statute from every modern constitutional democracy and every decent and encouraging proposal coming from humanity in the last century.

December 16, 2014 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


Is Being Selfish Really Such a Bad Thing?

Well over two years ago, a local public figure encouraged folks to give blood because it was the selfless thing to do.

December 16, 2014 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


It’s Not About Race

Remember Kelly Thomas?

December 14, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Divided We Fall: An Open Letter to America’s Working Families

They say there's been a recovery, but most of us haven't seen it. Our economy is creating more jobs, but they don't match the wages, benefits and working conditions of the ones we've lost. The stock market is at a historic high, but its gains seem eerily divorced from how the economy is actually performing. Unfortunately, it looks like just another speculative bubble.

December 14, 2014 | Michael Stafford | Columnists


Health Insurance in Kansas: Are Premiums Increasing?

Recent reports have circulated that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has not treated Kansas well. Some point to the rise in premiums, or the fixed monthly costs you pay for health insurance, and that in Kansas, the rise in these premiums is more compared to the rest of the country. Perhaps not surprisingly, given the political nature of evaluating the success of the ACA, there is disagreement by analysts over the accuracy and the relevance of the numbers.

December 12, 2014 | Roberta Riportella, Professor of Community Health, K-State Research and Extension | Columnists


Letter to the Next Generation

Dear boys,

December 12, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


My Comcast Grudge

A diverse group including concerned parents, sports fans and even the Writers Guild of America is fighting the proposed merger of media monoliths Time Warner and Comcast. The effort is spearheaded by the non-profit organization Public Knowledge, which claims the $45 billion merger would harm both the economy and our democracy.

December 12, 2014 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Questioning the Architect of Obamacare Deception

On Tuesday December 9, disgraced Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber will face the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He has a lot to answer for.

December 11, 2014 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


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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


Why This Female Cannot Support Donald Trump

How any female in America could support Donald Trump, the American version of former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, is beyond me.

February 04, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Is Congress Declaring War on ISIS... Or On You?

Passage of Senator Mitch McConnell's authorization for war against ISIS will not only lead to perpetual US wars across the globe, it will also ...

February 03, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Immoral Girl Scout Cookies

The Girl Scout cookie season is upon us - which means people with nothing better to do will criticize Girl Scout cookies.

February 03, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Vape Regulation Could Kill the Industry

After a lengthy and heavily contested regulatory process, a final rule deeming vapor products to be subject to pervasive FDA regulation is currently in the ...

February 02, 2016 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


The GOP's Un-Reality Show

The latest Republican debate was difficult to sit through. Information was skimpy, and without Donald Trump entertainment value and ratings dipped. This "main event," as ...

February 02, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Why Iowa and New Hampshire?

And now the question that's been dancing on the lips of politically concerned citizens for decades - Who's the genius that chose Iowa and ...

January 31, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


I Like Trump, and So Should You

Donald Trump represents more than a change of tone in presidential primary politics. He is redefining what it means to be a mainstream Republican.

January 29, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


GOP Debates Aren't Helping Much

Never before in the relatively brief history of televised presidential politics have debates been so important as in the current GOP campaign. Yet, through six ...

January 29, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Surviving The Winter Blues

Boy, it's cold outside.

January 28, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The Most Idiotic Reactions to the Poisoning of Flint

The poisoning of Flint, Michigan, is a national disgrace - and some of the people reacting to it have been disgraceful. Here's an abbreviated list ...

January 28, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


New Yorkie Values

To taunt his rival and sow seeds of evangelical doubt, Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz informed Donald Trump that the rest of the country was concerned ...

January 27, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


Will We Choose Freedom in 2016?

One of the greatest gifts my hardworking, blue-collar father gave me when I was young was the belief that no one owes me anything. His ...

January 27, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


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