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Climate Change Talkathon a Sign of Weakness

There's a reason why the U.S. Senate has long been nicknamed the Cave of Winds. Typically, its denizens are all talk, no action.

March 14, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Don’t Wreck Medicare Part D

In 2003, I opposed the Medicare prescription drug bill, in large part because I expected that - like all other government entitlement programs - it would end up costing far more than initially projected. I was wrong.

March 13, 2014 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Pay Attention to This

I happened to be doing a 20-hour road trip in a rented car when Apple announced CarPlay, a system that will soon allow motorists to text, check email and be entertained via their mobile devices, while roaring down the highway.

March 13, 2014 | Peter Funt | Columnists


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


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Personality Tests: Jobseekers Beware!

"There's no such thing as a stupid question - but we're doing our best."

June 30, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


A Ray of Hope in the Confederacy of Dunces

In the annals of political flip flops - or "evolutions," if you prefer - none have arguably rivaled the breathtaking triple back flip executed late Monday by the governor of South Carolina.

June 30, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Champions for Life

Donor support from the "Hometown Team" made fielding champions more than a possibility. A string of Kansas State American Legions titles and regional appearances would springboard the Argonne Rebels Drum and Bugle Corps onto the national stage. Taking the field with the nation's best quickly advanced the understanding that the youth from a rural community in Central Kansas could compete with - and conquer – champions from every corner.

June 28, 2015 | | Columnists


California’s Water Woes Hit Home

Pundits sizing up the drought have said that water is the new oil. They're wrong, of course. Oil supplies merely send nations to war, while the water shortage pits neighbors against each other.

June 28, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Time for the South to Surrender

Reasonable people have suggested that removing Confederate flags from capitols, symbols from license plates, and products from Walmart shelves is mere symbolism, but it's more than that. By recognizing that flying the Confederate flag is a continuation of a treasonous act motivated by racial hatred, we can end what amounts to a 150-year-long Civil War re-enactment and move the South into what Abraham Lincoln called its "proper practical relation" to the rest of the county.

June 28, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Whatever Happened to Common Sense Regarding Climate Change?

Fear mongering is quite lucrative in what seems to be a burgeoning "climate change industrial complex," where certain people benefit monetarily or politically in their promotion of global catastrophic risk due to catastrophic global warming.

June 26, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Time to Reconsider Going to College?

The American economy has supposedly long since recovered from the Great Recession. The stock market is doing exceptionally well and unemployment isn't what it once was.

June 26, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


How to Produce Your Own Texas Miracle

Rick Perry's running for president again, which means we have to endure a bunch of talk about what he calls the "Texas Model." The rest of us call this the "Texas Miracle," or the economic special sauce of low taxes, low regulation, low spending, and tort reform that he says created boom times in Texas while the rest of the country struggled. Hire me, goes his logic, and I'll make sure someone hires you. Being president is good work if you can get it.

June 25, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Red Pope, Green Pope

He gets under their skin like termites in a boathouse. Drives them crazier than Hillary Clinton and Yoko Ono dancing on a gay pride parade float. He's the itch you can't scratch. The thorn in the palm of their paw. The 3-inch scratch on their favorite Ted Nugent album. I'm talking about that hot new Catholic sensation, Pope Frankie.

June 25, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Pope Francis Challenges Our Apathy

Few papal encyclicals have been as anticipated as Laudato Si', and Pope Francis has not disappointed. The encyclical articulates a compelling moral vision intended to address the ecological crisis gripping our world.

June 24, 2015 | Michael Stafford | Columnists


Should I buy a card?

Masters champion Jordan Spieth won the U.S. Open in a thrilling manner at Chambers Bay Golf Club. Afterwards he wished everyone a Happy Father's Day, which came off as a bit insensitive to people in Los Angeles. Father's Day is the most confusing day of the year for Kendall and Kylie Jenner.

June 24, 2015 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Who Has the Worse Idea: Obama or Trump?

There are some very stupid ideas emanating from powerful people and political wannabes.

June 23, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Donald Trump’s Circus Act

Poor Jeb.

June 23, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


For Father's Day, Counting Our Blessings

I was swapping dad stories with a friend and laughing hard. Then my friend got quiet and said something that hit me hard.

June 21, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Fatherhood Nation

Our image of an ideal father has been shaped in part by father figures at the national level-starting with George Washington as the Father of our Country. His strong leadership shepherded us through a war with weak, tepid support from half the country-a collection of colonies which desperately needed to be glued together. He was the glue.

June 21, 2015 | Dr. Jim Burns | Columnists


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