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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 resembled the panicked atmosphere that followed the September 11th attacks. As was the case after September 11th, Congress rushed to pass hastily written legislation that, instead of dealing with the real causes of the crisis, simply gave the government more power.

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 up because the first supermoon lunar eclipse in 30 years will happen on Sunday, September 27, 2015. If you're reading this column after then, it's safe to assume it wasn't the end of the world. Also, if you're reading this column before then, well, it's also safe to assume the moon appearing weird to us in the night sky is more of a sign of our lack of perspective than ...

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 never imagined that he'd suffer such a precipitous flameout.

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, suggesting next year's jumps will be even more eye-popping. That's a political and logistical disaster for the Democrats who wrote the law and tied their political fortunes to its success. But rather than admit their law is too restrictive and come to the table to negotiate bipartisan reforms, Democrats and their insurance industry allies have decided on a cynical strategy: scapegoating drug companies.

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 cost of high tuition.

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 Mans. You just climbed Campaign Everest. Strapped to a pair of debates. Or to be more precise; a pair of mind-numbing, marathon, four and a half hour, endurance-test, butt-fall-asleep debates.

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 in a recent interview on the Fox Business Channel. I do not blame the host for making this claim, but I think it is important to clarify the point.

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 as shocked as you are. This misuse of your money was part of a nine-month experiment by the Marines to argue against allowing female Marines to serve in the combat infantry. Instead of proving their point, however, all they showed is why the only standard for combat positions should be whether someone can do the job.

September 24, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Scoring the Great Debate

I didn't watch CNN's telecast of the Republican debate because I was there in person.

September 24, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Can Joe Biden Save the Day for Dems?

Democrats are bailing on scandal-plagued Hillary Clinton, and the big Democratic Party money can't possibly be enthusiastic about socialist Bernie Sanders.

September 23, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Miss America Wrong to Apologize to Vanessa Williams

Apologies are a first world problem. Sometimes, the apology is pro-forma, as in "I am sorry if anyone was offended by my words." Sometimes, an apology is heartfelt and spontaneous, although it is telling that I can't immediately come up with one of those.

September 23, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


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Parties should stop digging ratholes

Ratholes.

March 27, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Big week for taking the temperature of Trump

The Claremont Review of Books has always been more tolerant of the Trump phenomena than the deep thinkers at the National Review. This was particularly ...

March 27, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Farewell JC Penney's--You were more than a store to me

When the news that JC Penney's was closing 300 stores broke, I felt a sense of dread come over me. A couple clicks on ...

March 27, 2017 | by Matt Keenan matthewkeenan.com | Columnists


President Trump installs loyal hall monitors

There's this disturbing scene early on in the 1990 Cold War thriller "The Hunt for Red October."

March 25, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Happy 75th birthday to Capitol Records!

In the peak years of my scouring yard sales and junk shops for second-hand, dollar-bin vinyl record albums, I didn't really focus on company ...

March 25, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Trump's Team Masks the Issues

The word of the day for Republicans is "unmask."

March 23, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


You're Allowed to Feel Bad for Sean Spicer

It's difficult to not sympathize with presidential press secretary Sean Spicer.

March 23, 2017 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Trump’s March Madness continues

The entire nation is transfixed like a litter of kittens in front of a fishbowl of hyperactive minnows as the screwy shenanigans known as March ...

March 22, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


What about Hillary’s Russia connections?

Wait. Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak also met with members of Hillary's campaign?

March 21, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Protect American interests by getting tough on China

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised the American people over and over that if elected, he was going to be the one who ...

March 21, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Make the Democrats Own Obamacare

At my age I'm pretty sure I don't need maternity care.

March 20, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Climate Change Doesn't Affect NWS Forecasts

How long would firemen remain the nation's genial mascot if they forced you to move into a hotel for a few days because you ...

March 20, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Hypocrisy when it comes to the Bidens and religion

If you are human, then at some point in your life you will suffer through a moment of hypocrisy. In fact, you'll probably have ...

March 18, 2017 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Trumpcare: Helping the rich, stiffing the poor

It's taken seven years, but Congressional Republicans and the Trump administration are finally having their "If you like your health-care plan you can keep ...

March 18, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Trump is the Picasso of Hogwash

The English language has a healthy share of euphemisms for lying. Fabrication. Falsification. Making stuff up. Inoperative statements. Alternative facts. Big fat fibs. Untruths. Puffery ...

March 16, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


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