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When Springtime for Hitler Parody Became Serious Opera

Is Mel Brooks smiling?

October 26, 2014 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


Needed: More Independent Contractors

If more Americans were self-employed independent contractors, the country would soar.

October 24, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Halloween In The Time of Ebola

"Ewww!" said my wife, when I told her that BrandsOnSale.com is marketing leftover "Breaking Bad" meth lab hazmat suits as Ebola Containment Suits this Halloween, at $79.99 a pop.

October 24, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


A Stark Contrast in Iowa

Everything you need to know about Bruce Braley was made clear by the candidate himself in a thirty-seven second video of him speaking to his real constituents - his fellow trial lawyers - at a fundraiser in Texas.

October 23, 2014 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Why are Americans So Czar-Struck?

Let's take a break from our Ebola freakout and debate something a bit more benign - like word usage. For instance, why do we keep using czar?

October 23, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Obama’s $1 Trillion Broken Promise

How much would you borrow to buy something that you would never use and might kill you and everyone around you? If we're talking about Uncle Sam's outdated and useless nuclear arsenal, the price tag is $1.1 trillion. A better-and cheaper-idea might be doing what Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan and a host of others wanted to do in the first place: Get rid of nuclear weapons.

October 22, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


National Service is Anti-Liberty and Un-American

Former Clinton Administration Labor Secretary Robert Reich recently called on the government to force young people to spend two years either "serving" in the military or performing some other type of government-directed "community service." Neoconservative Senator John McCain has introduced legislation creating a mandatory national service program very similar to Reich's proposal. It is not surprising that both a prominent progressive and a leading neocon would support mandatory national service, as this is an issue that has long united authoritarians on the left and right.

October 22, 2014 | Ron Paul | Columnists


It's Time to Back a Different Team

Arrogance doesn't sit well with most Americans for very long.

October 21, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Please Politicize Ebola

"Politicize" is a jab meaning the other side is trying to capitalize on a news topic. "The Republicans have tried to politicize the border crisis," says Nancy Pelosi. Reince Priebus says Democrats are trying to politicize Benghazi. Jay Carney says Republicans are trying to politicize Benghazi. Steny Hoyer says Republicans are trying to politicize the VA scandal. Rush Limbaugh says Democrats politicize EVERYTHING.

October 21, 2014 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


Government Malpractice

Add Ebola to our long and growing list of federal screw-ups.

October 19, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Meet the Comedy Central Press

In what has been a season of jaw-dropping news, the largest bombshell seems like it was ripped from the pages of Mad Magazine.

October 19, 2014 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


Nylon Hose: Celebrating A 75-Year ‘Run’

A garment that has elicited a lot of wolf whistles is turning 75 years old.

October 17, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Fresh Evidence How the Supreme Court has Screwed Up Politics

More secret money is being pumped into politics than ever before. For that ignominious milestone, we can thank Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and his four Republican-appointed pals.

October 17, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Obama Critics Too Late, Not Too Little

I'm starting to feel bad for President Obama, if you want to know the truth.

October 16, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The Only Color that Matters is Green

Race is one of those subjects that never seems to simmer down.

October 16, 2014 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


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Ruining the Movies One Text at a Time

It must have been the result of what Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr derisively terms a "nationwide search." AMC Theatres was looking for a new ...

May 04, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Our Growing Rudeness and Incivility

"Sticks and stones may break my bones, and people sure are rude these days."

May 04, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Calling All Anti- Capitalists and Ivory Tower Educators

A new Harvard University survey shows that 51 percent of young Americans don't support capitalism --which goes to show you that higher education can ...

May 03, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Lucifer in the House

One of the oddest moments in a presidential campaign filled brim-spillingly with them is the sight of the Republican Party struggling to rally around the ...

May 03, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


Examining Hillary's So-Called 'Experience'

Experience!

May 02, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Ted Cruz, the Desperate Magician

Imagine if I toured Pennsylvania wearing a crown, going from every diner to gas station announcing myself as Miss Pennsylvania, even though I never participated ...

May 02, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Going for Broke with Obamacare

Everything about health insurance was confusing, stupid and horrible long before Obamacare came along.

May 01, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Hillary Can Show Bernie How to Lose With Grace

Despite repeated pummelings - four more losses Tuesday night, including a blowout in Pennsylvania - Bernie Sanders still can't find the high road on his mental ...

May 01, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


13 Years Later, Reassessing 'Mission Accomplished'

Almost thirteen years ago, George W. Bush stood on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln and made a very important speech.

April 29, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


Yes Prince Faisal, We Need to 'Recalibrate' Our Relationship

For decades the U.S. and Saudi Arabia have shared a peculiar relationship: the Saudis sell relatively cheap oil to the United States for which ...

April 29, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Gender Chaos in an XX-XY World

We live in a country where people think it's okay for has-been rock stars to cancel concerts because of their beliefs, but it's ...

April 28, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Needed: Some Will Rogers' Sanity

With incivility running high in our politics and society, we sure could use a dose of sanity from Will Rogers, one of America's greatest ...

April 28, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Turns Out Trump is Right a Lot

As evidenced by his hair, Donald J. Trump is pretty much wrong all the time. Every time. About everything. Except when he isn't. One ...

April 27, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


Sanders Still Won't Admit He Was 'Berned' in New York

As expected, "Crooked Hillary" and "Short Fingers Trump" won the New York primary.

April 27, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Hello? Earth to Bernie Sanders?

Dear Bernie,

April 26, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


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