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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 in Ranch Mart Shopping Center at 95th and Mission Road. "Spotlight" is a movie about The Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning stories about the priest abuse scandal in Boston. It's both riveting and depressing.

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 appealed to evangelical voters (and pretty much no one else). In Iowa, the most devout and outwardly preachy Republicans get the nod. Donald Trump mistakenly thought making up bible verses and quoting "two Corinthians" at Liberty University would be a sufficient religious test for the Hawkeye State. It clearly wasn't - he came in "two."

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 of citizenship" requirements to federal voter registration forms used in Kansas, Alabama, and Georgia. The EAC is the federal agency charged with developing and maintaining a standardized, uniform federal voter registration form as required by the National Voter Registration Act. Proof of citizenship requirements are significant obstacles to voter registration, as they require eligible citizens to provide a birth certificate, passport, or other difficult-to-obtain documents prior to being registered to vote.

February 05, 2016 | By Micah Kubic Executive Director ACLU Kansas | 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. The insiders weren't long–serving officials or hangers–on who became ethically bankrupt - they were members of COPEI (an acronym for the Independent Political Electoral Organization Committee) that were criminally corrupt, and many were jailed.

February 05, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Iowa Highlights Problems for Clinton, Trump

It's so on.

February 05, 2016 | John L. Micek | 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 in his mouth."

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 endanger our civil and economic liberties. The measure allows the president to place troops anywhere he determines ISIS is operating. Therefore, it could be used to justify using military force against United States citizens on U.S. territory. It may even be used to justify imposing martial law in America.

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 White House Office of Management and Budget for a final review before it is published and takes effect this year.

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 networks like to call it, became as dreary as the so-called under-card show in which barely-visible candidates take turns chopping down trees to see if they make noise in an empty forest.

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 New Hampshire to be the first and most influential states in determining who becomes the next president? It was probably the same guy who figured out how to bundle subprime mortgages. Or related to the brewer who invented Cold Turkey Breakfast Beer. The idiot behind pay toilets on airplanes.

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 lengthy debates precious little has been learned.

January 29, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


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The media’s war on Trump

Which is worse, President Trump allegedly sharing a piece of classified intel with the Russian ambassador or insider bureaucrats leaking classified information to journalists, all ...

May 23, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Now I know why they pack sardines in oil

American Airlines, which gave us the first frequent flyer program, has been a travel innovator for years. Then - after collecting miles became popular and American ...

May 23, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Yet another impeachable offense

Forgive my frequent references to Richard Nixon. It's just eerie how his impeachable behavior is being replicated by the current con man. As Yogi ...

May 22, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Fees, fines and fairness

Which best describes your view of America? Everyone pays an equal share? Or, everyone pays his fair share?

May 22, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Since day one, Trump has hurt himself

If I were Donald Trump's chief of staff, I'd just break his thumbs.

May 20, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


The GOP’s Faustian bargain with Trump

Here's how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., handled the news that President Donald Trump had leaked classified information to one of America's ...

May 20, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


TV’s new deal

In the late 1970s and early 80s, as cable television evolved explosively from being a tool for improved reception to a vehicle for new program ...

May 18, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Star Wars turns 40: nostalgia and worries

"Seemingly yesterday, at a location just a couple of miles from my current home..."

May 18, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


‘President’ Kushner’s company touts Visa scam

At a glitzy Beijing Ritz-Carlton event earlier this month, Jared Kushner's sister, Nicole Kushner Meyer, urged potential investors to secure their EB-5 visa promptly ...

May 18, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Surviving the American prom

Proms sure have gotten expensive these days.

May 17, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Is Stephen Hawking watching cable news?

The House is holding inconsequential hearings on why Donald Trump hired, and then fired, General Mike Flynn as National Security Director.

May 16, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Why expecting subway passengers to pay us discrimination

A select group of Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) passengers discovered what happens when government ignores the "Broken Windows" theory of policing in favor of ...

May 15, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Changing the channel on Congress

I give up.

May 15, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Protecting privacy in the internet age

The rise of cloud computing is forcing policymakers to take a long overdue look at the limits of privacy in cyberspace, just how far the ...

May 13, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Trump’s totally predictable Tuesday night massacre

Now that Der Leader has deposed the lead investigator of Der Leader - sabotaging the rule of law, the kind of thing that typically happens in ...

May 13, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


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