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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 If we're talking about Uncle Sam's outdated and useless nuclear arsenal, the price tag is $1.1 trillion.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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Six Factors that Gave Us Trump

With Donald Trump basking in the GOP convention's glow, tortured analysis persists among those seeking to explain how he ever got this far.

July 23, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


The Reluctant Embrace of Trump

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc) wanted to talk about a bunch of stuff during his primetime address at the Republican National Convention.

July 23, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Don't Reform the Fed, Fed-Exit!

Opponents of a central bank should take advantage of the post-Brexit vote revival of secessionist sentiments to promote a secession from central banking, or "Fed-exit ...

July 21, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


From Coast-to-Coast, Thousands Line Up for Jobs

Between today and November, political incumbents and their challengers will make a lot of promises to disgruntled voters. One of the most often repeated will ...

July 21, 2016 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Late-Night Comedians on Trump & Clinton

This presidential campaign is the nuttiest in my lifetime but at least America is maintaining its sense of humor.

July 20, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


What I Brought With Me to the Republican National Convention

The national political conventions are a lot like professional wrestling. Sure, we know what's going to happen, but every four years, it's fun ...

July 20, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


In Wake of Baton Rouge, Like Lives, All Words Matter

When we sow the wind, we should not be surprised when we reap a whirlwind.

July 19, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Opinion! Read All About It!

For as long as there have been printed newspapers there has been drama on page one in the form of NEWS! Only lately, as print ...

July 19, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Paul Ryan Reflects Real Republican Values

I watched Paul Ryan's town hall on CNN this week for a number of reasons, not the least of which is my slight crush ...

July 18, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Rest In Peace, King of the Hobby Magazines

I don't make a hobby out of collecting obituaries, but sometimes I stumble across one that particularly moves me.

July 18, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


It's Not the Gun's Fault

It happened after Sandy Hook.

July 16, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Take a Breath, Folks, 2016 is not 1968

The latest fad, propagated by many members of the commentariat, is to equate the America of 2016 with the America of 1968. I heard it ...

July 16, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


A Warning on Drug Pricing from Bill Gates

One of the most popular punching bags on the presidential campaign trail this year is America's biopharmaceutical industry. Bashing drug companies was telegraphed early ...

July 14, 2016 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Black and White and Traffic Stops

A couple of years back, when I was driving down to Florida, I got pulled over on U.S. Route 41 in a little town ...

July 14, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Farmers Markets Deserve Support

The farmers market here is a rousing event, filling the town square with dozens of produce vendors from around the state and local bands providing ...

July 13, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


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