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Human Intelligence: Nature vs Nurture

John Landis's "Trading Places" is one of the 1980s' most fondly remembered comedies. There is far more to its story than frozen orange juice, however.

October 10, 2014 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


What Women Want

Boy, are the folks at the syndicated game show "Jeopardy" in trouble after introducing a new category: "What Do Women Want."

October 10, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Let Women Serve in Combat

There was joke that made the rounds when Bill Clinton was trying to figure out how to allow gays in the military without upsetting morale. "Gays in the military," the joke went. "Next thing you know they'll want to be interior decorators!" Of course, gays have always served in our military. Now, after long last, they can serve openly, and as it turns out it is no big whoop.

October 09, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


The Real Status of Forces in Afghanistan and Iraq

After 13 years of war in Afghanistan - the longest in US history - the US government has achieved no victory. Afghanistan is in chaos and would collapse completely without regular infusions of US money. The war has been a failure, but Washington will not admit it.

October 09, 2014 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Lower Unemployment, No Thanks to Democrats

President Obama and his Democratic allies are claiming credit for the latest in a string of positive jobs reports, but if they had their way it wouldn't have happened. Why? According to empirical research by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York: "most of the persistent increase in unemployment during the Great Recession can be accounted for by the unprecedented extensions of unemployment benefit eligibility."

October 08, 2014 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Rocktober

Welcome to Rocktober, Baby. That's what all the rock and roll radio stations call this, the 10th month of the year. Doesn't require more than a casually cocked ear to realize the airwaves are flooded with concerts and giveaways and promotional tie-ins. All in the name of Rocktober, Baby.

October 08, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


Baseball Drinks Up and Dumbs Down

On the road in Atlanta, the Pirates learned they were among 10 teams to make it to baseball's postseason. Reporter Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette described what followed:

October 07, 2014 | Peter Funt | Columnists


The Barney Fife Secret Service

Law enforcement has long been a popular subject in film comedy. It looks like some producer now has a lot of potential material.

October 07, 2014 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


‘Security Breaches ‘R Us’

The White House sprayed by bullets.

October 05, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Pet Hospices: Teaching Old Owners New Tricks

For those arriving late: I love to sink my teeth into the newest silly fad and satirize it until it resembles something the cat dragged in.

October 05, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


D.C. Statehood: Praise for a Lost Cause

Now that Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom let's talk about the issue of statehood for Washington, D.C.

October 03, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists


We’re the Secret Service and we’re here to help

Happy Friday, everybody, and God bless America.

October 03, 2014 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Gun Control has Vanished Without a Trace

Not many people are talking about gun control these days.

October 02, 2014 | | Columnists


On Religion and Morality

Are religious people as equally prone to immoral acts as nonreligious people?

October 02, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Bomb Mexico?

Sometimes it's hard to tell whether a politician is crazy or just joking. The problem is usually that no one is laughing. Such was the case recently when two candidates offered a radical solution to the humanitarian crisis on the Texas border: Bomb Mexico. Serious or not, it shows how far the anti-immigrant tide has carried some politicians from realistically addressing border security and immigration reform.

October 01, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


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A 102- Year-Old's View of Hillary's Historic Moment

If there was any doubt as to the massive symbolic significance of Hillary Clinton winning the Democratic nomination for president, one need only look at ...

July 28, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Donald Trump, the ADHD Candidate

Those of you who regularly read my column know that Donald Trump was not my first choice for the GOP nominee. He was not my ...

July 28, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Hispanics Don't Back the GOP, but the Reason is Surprising

America is facing an existential crisis of awesome proportions.

July 27, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


A Time for Choosing in 2016

C.S. Lewis once wrote: "Every time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you...into something a little different from ...

July 27, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Can Hillary Convince Voters She's the Optimistic Candidate?

After four days of doom and gloom in Donald Trump's America, Democrats have a deceptively simple task to accomplish with their convention this week:

July 26, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


How the Trivial & Entertaining Mask Real Issues

"Can you believe Melania Trump used some of the same words in her Republican convention speech that First Lady Michelle Obama used in one of ...

July 26, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


We Can't Elect a Liar in Chief

The stunt Ted Cruz pulled at the GOP convention in Cleveland Wednesday night may someday become known as his "Mistake on the Lake."

July 25, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Vacation 2016: The Tyrees Do Dollywood

When my wife, son Gideon (age 12) and I made our latest pilgrimage to the Dollywood theme park earlier this month, it reminded me of ...

July 25, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


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


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