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Activism in the age of Trump

The operative word in activist is "active." To be an activist you must be... well, active; pro-active at times. An activist can't sit in front of a computer, posting or blogging away, limit themselves to tweeting, or simply disseminate news - fake or documented fact. An activist must get up. They must make noise. They must do everything in their power to move their agenda forward. The most successful activists know a thing or two about making noise. They know that a shriek or a shout is nothing more than a fleeting sound. Groups like the NRA or those who ...

March 29, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Conservative Justice gave Democrats a path back to power

If Democrats do manage to retake the House this fall, they might have to send a thank-you card to the chambers of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.

March 28, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Dismantling the Nannystate, bit by bit

The premise of the Nannystate, the place to which all progressive roads lead, is that the people are not informed enough, smart enough, and do not care enough to take care of themselves. Therefore, we all need the state to act as our safe-guard and intermediary.

March 28, 2018 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Politics and leaking has a long history in the FBI

Libertarian Republican Rand Paul, certainly no sycophant to Donald Trump, put it plainly: Andrew McCabe, the Deputy Director of the FBI, was fired for leaking information to the press and then lying about it to the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility.

March 27, 2018 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Fake storm

So now it's collusion with Stormy Daniels?

March 27, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Free market term limits breakthrough

Serial entrepreneur Norbert Richter claims no relation to the inventor of the Richter Scale, but if his breakthrough idea is successful, he'll be causing political tremors for decades. Richter has used his failed congressional primary challenge as inspiration for a free market workaround that has the potential to be voter-imposed term limits.

March 26, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


The Austin Bomber was a white Christian. Ban them all!

I hold this truth to be self-evident: If the dead Austin bomber had turned out to be a Muslim, Trump would be interrupting his current presidential duties to rail anew about the urgent need to thwart dangerous foreigners with walls and travel bans.

March 26, 2018 | Dick Polman | Columnists


FDA tobacco policy faces key test

Shortly after Scott Gottlieb took over as the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, he announced a paradigmatic shift in the agency's approach to regulating tobacco products centered on harm reduction - the idea that smokers who can't quit outright can get nicotine from products other than cigarettes and dramatically improve their health outcomes as a result. The first test of the extent to which things have really changed at the FDA comes with the application of a product called IQOS from Philip Morris, an electronic device that heats tobacco enough to release nicotine - but without combustion and all of ...

March 24, 2018 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


The immigration Ponzi scheme

Good and possibly great news: the U.S. birthrate continues to trend lower, now at the lowest on record since 1920, the year when the federal government first gathered and stored reliable statistics.

March 24, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Xi the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh is banned on the internet in China because the lovable bear, with a crown on his head, was used as a symbol to criticize Chinese president-for-life, Xi Jinping.

March 22, 2018 | Daryl Cagle | Columnists


From bad to worse for Trumpworld

Just two days out of sync with the Ides of March, the United States, the world, and (now former) Secretary of State Rex Tillerson found out that our nation's chief diplomat had been removed from his post.

March 22, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Trumping the North Korea naysayers

President Trump will never win.

March 21, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Congress says THIS time we really mean it!

There's a bill being lovingly preserved by Mitch McConnell, Curator of the Senate, that's one of those "bipartisan" efforts the media loves to celebrate.

March 21, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Trump is stocking White House with yes-men

We should have seen this coming.

March 20, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


The Obama-Clinton soundtracks

What the nation needs desperately as the 2018 midterm elections draw near is to hear more wisdom from Barack Obama and less venom from Hillary Clinton.

March 20, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


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Illinois Civil War hero made Memorial Day official

Memorial Day celebrations began to spring up on local levels just after the Civil War. But a Civil War hero from Illinois was the first ...

May 26, 2018 | Tom Emery | Columnists


Robert Mueller’s investigation plods on

It's been said that, for the American people,the only thing shorter than their memory is their attention span.

May 24, 2018 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Getting there is now one-tenth of one percent the fun

I've just returned from my summer vacation, which I now take in mid-May so I can use the remaining time until Labor Day to ...

May 24, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


President Donald has a farm

President Trump's latest assault on undocumented aliens reached a new low last week when he said, "These aren't people, these are animals."

May 23, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Obscure federal program displaces workers

The federal government has created yet another immigration employment hurdle for U.S. science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workers, according to a new report.

May 23, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


The evolving American prom

The more the American prom changes, the more it stays the same.

May 22, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


What if Obamacare sold homeowner’s insurance?

If homeowner's insurance worked like Obamacare, in no time at all homelessness would be a viable option for residents trying to lower their insurance ...

May 22, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Democrats fail, yet again, to check Trump’s nominees

President Trump's nominee to head the CIA, Gina Haspel, has been approved by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. A full vote in the ...

May 21, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


They hate, Trump wins

Donald Trump's many enemies are becoming more and more frustrated.

May 21, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Farm bill should reform more than food stamps

Republicans are set to move landmark welfare reform in this year's farm bill, which includes language requiring able-bodied adults to work or participate in ...

May 19, 2018 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Are you suffering from funeral fatigue?

"Tell me something GOOD."

May 19, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Longing for the old, wooden stereo console

It sat in my parents' dining room for 30 years or more: an old oak stereo console with large speakers concealed by green fabric. It ...

May 17, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Keep the government out of the energy marketplace

Over almost the entire course of the Obama presidency, congressional conservatives battled with the administration over the subsidies that were such an important part of ...

May 17, 2018 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Wider consequences of pulling out from Iran Deal

President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly called 'the Iran Deal,' has gained us nothing ...

May 16, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Feds sanction slave labor, 21st century style

"With President Trump, you never know." Those were the exact words a U.S. Senate legislative aide said to me when we were talking about ...

May 15, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


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