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Testing a Lousy Way to Hold Schools Accountable

The problem with a lie-even one that everyone agrees with-is that eventually you can't ignore the truth. Enron can't paper over debt and crashes. The housing bubble pops. Now, as the rush towards using standardized test scores to evaluate teachers turns into a retreat, it might be time to face that standardized tests are a lousy way to hold schools accountable.

August 14, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


The Slacker Congress

More fun than fourteen barrels of flunkies watching our elected officials exit Washington like scared rats streaming out of a sewer to escape Godzilla. And really, who can blame them. Anybody who's ever spent a summer in DC can tell you the climate is real similar to Hell. With humidity. Then again, not sure even Hell has winged insects the size of footstools. It's not called Foggy Bottom because that's the first thing that springs to mind when Diane Feinstein walks away, you know.

August 13, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


US Sanctions on Russia May Sink the Dollar

The US government's decision to apply more sanctions on Russia is a grave mistake and will only escalate an already tense situation, ultimately harming the US economy itself. While the effect of sanctions on the dollar may not be appreciated in the short term, in the long run these sanctions are just another step toward the dollar's eventual demise as the world's reserve currency.

August 13, 2014 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Now that’s a messy diaper

Happy Tuesday, everybody, and God Bless America.

August 12, 2014 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Americans Love Downton Abbey but Not Real Monarchy

It is said that Americans don't like titles.

August 12, 2014 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Building better biofuel: Collaborative research cultivates camelina as sustainable oil

A Kansas State University biochemist is improving biofuels with a promising crop: Camelina sativa. The research may help boost rural economies and provide farmers with a value-added product.

August 10, 2014 | | Columnists


What Do You Actually Know About ISIS?

Imagine our government issuing a law requiring women to surgically remove their external genitalia.

August 10, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Why Won’t Obama Fire the Liar?

We're taught as kids that lying is bad, that liars should be held accountable. But in Washington, lying is so endemic and so flagrant that the perpetrators are rarely even rebuked.

August 10, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Will The Sarah Palin Channel Rival Comedy Central?

This just in! If you're willing to spend more money than you currently drop on Netflix, you can now get the Sarah Palin Channel online, which promises to "discuss the great issues of the day and work towards solutions."

August 08, 2014 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


The Panama Canal Turns 100: A Family Affair

On August 15 the Panama Canal (which greatly enhances maritime trade by providing a shortcut between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans) celebrates the 100th anniversary of its opening.

August 08, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Let Boy’s Be Boys this Summer

Ah, summer. What a great time for boys to read "The Dangerous Book for Boys."

August 07, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Meet the Summer’s Dumbest GOP White Man

Let's wave bye-bye to July with a thigh-slapping salute to Curt Clawson, the tea party's latest contribution to the U.S. Congress. Rarely has a Republican white guy evinced such cluelessness about Americans of a different race.

August 07, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Pandora’s Box of Worms

In a move less surprising than hot dogs at a ballgame, the House of Representatives voted to give Speaker John Boehner the authority to sue the President of the United States. This isn't like a divorce, or a civil suit for money, it's more of a restraining order. They want Obama to quit trying to resuscitate the government they've been working so hard to render unconscious.

August 06, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


Tapes Expose the Truth about Obamacare

The language in the Obamacare statute has always been crystal clear. Eligibility for the "affordability tax credit," or subsidy, requires enrollment "through an Exchange established by the State under 1311 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." Identical language appears in the definition of a "coverage month," and every, single place subsidy eligibility is mentioned in the law.

August 05, 2014 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Governor for Sale

Have you ever driven past a car crash and craned your neck to gawk? Felt guilty about indulging your morbid curiosity but did it anyway?

August 03, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists


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Trump’s Latest Insult is Everything You’d Expect It Would Be

Donald Trump's latest presidential pivot didn't last long.

June 30, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Goodbye, Benghazi Sleuths. Take Your Tinfoil Hats.

To quote poet T. S. Eliot, the House Select Committee on Benghazi finally folded its tent Tuesday - "not with a bang, but a whimper."

June 30, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


‘Brexit’: What a Real Revolution Looks Like

The man stood in a crowded, cramped room. It was well past the middle of the night - closer to daybreak than whenever the last late ...

June 29, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Broken Regulatory Process Turns Democracy Upside-Down

Lost in the spectacle of elected Democrats lounging on the floor, yelling, and picketing to disrupt the functioning of the duly-elected House of Representatives last ...

June 29, 2016 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


The Things We're Not Allowed to Compare Abortion To

Here are some of the things you are not supposed to compare abortion to:

June 28, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Brexit: Globalism is at the Gate

Globalists must be shivering in their boots after the United Kingdom's Brexit vote.

June 28, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Hillary’s Expensive Jacket

Hillary Clinton may have been better off wearing the Emperor's New Clothes during her victory speech after the New York primary, rather than what ...

June 27, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Speak the Truth About Militant Islam

Barack Obama has made many speeches throughout his presidency, some of which are more remembered than others. One that will surely go down in history ...

June 27, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


The things we’re not allowed to compare abortion to

Here are some of the things you are not supposed to compare abortion to:

June 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


My day at the Creation Museum

I spent Fathers Day at the Creation Museum in Kentucky, just outside of Cincinnati. The museum is filled with many animated, life-size dinosaurs accompanied by ...

June 24, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


No, Hillary won’t win Texas

Recently, Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, claimed she wants to win Texas in the fall and thinks it is possible.

June 23, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Best and worst states for children revealed

What's it like to be a child in your state?

June 23, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Memories of a 1970s Dog

A thread on the question-and-answer website Quora discussed the stark differences between dog ownership in the 1970s compared with today.

June 22, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Vin Scully Heads for Home

On a recent weekend, Bob Costas was broadcasting the Cardinals game in St. Louis, Dick Enberg was behind the mic at the Padres game in ...

June 22, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Orlando Massacre: Love Still Wins

No matter how dark or evil the moment, love wins. It always has.

June 21, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


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