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2013: A Year of Ironies

If 2013 was a year of ups and downs, it was also a year peppered with ironies. Here are just a few:

December 13, 2013 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists

Facing a Tea Party Challenge

For those who enjoy lowbrow political theater, it's Christmas come early. Steve Stockman, a Texas congressman so far to the right he's in danger of falling into the Gulf of Mexico, is challenging Sen. John Cornyn in the Republican Primary. Though Tea Party leaders were calling Texas' senior senator a "traitor" who "surrendered" on Obamacare, the conservative case against Cornyn is thin. Stockman's challenge demonstrates that nothing less than absolute faith is sufficient to survive in a radicalized Republican Party that no longer resembles the Party of Reagan, much less that of Lincoln.

December 13, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists

Environmentally Disastrous Bullet Train May Be Dead at Last

Environmentalists and budget critics of California's proposed bullet train may be breathing a sigh of relief.

December 12, 2013 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists

Close Enough for Government Work

President Obama's "Mission Accomplished" moment: "We have met the goal" of fixing the Healthcare.Gov website.

December 12, 2013 | Rick Jensen | Columnists

Gender Differences Hard Wired

A new study has come out that finds men and women really do think differently.

December 11, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Women and the GOP: Apologies Don’t Matter Without Change

After losing the Virginia governor's race because single women voted for the Democrat by a margin of 42 points, Republicans have found the solution. They will teach their candidates how to, in Speaker John Boehner's words, "be a little more sensitive" to the ladies. But Republicans painting over policy differences with pretty words piles insult on top of offense and will do little to close the gender gap.

December 11, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists

Holiday Jeer: Google’s Pay-to-Fleece Game

A hundred years ago, business tycoon Samuel Insull consolidated smaller utility companies to form the behemoth (albeit public charity-sounding) Commonwealth Edison. Because of the infrastructure needed to provide energy to an increasingly power-hunger public, Insull and others argued that Commonwealth Edison was a natural monopoly; inherently one company had to dominate the market. This battle cry enabled a mere 10 utility systems to control three-quarters of the nation's electricity business by the time FDR was in the White House, subjecting consumers to higher rates with absolutely no competition save candles.

December 10, 2013 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists

Through the Looking Glass

What compromises must we make when it comes to our security on the one hand, and our privacy on the other? Personally, I'm far less concerned about being tracked by the National Security Agency than I am about being monitored by, say, Google.

December 10, 2013 | Peter Funt | Columnists

Earning Our Trust

Trust ain't what it used to be in America.

December 08, 2013 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

Saying goodbye to a great man

God bless America, and how's everybody?

December 08, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists

Do Journalists Really Need Drones?

Back in elementary school when I was hand-writing my newspaper The Lewisburg Snoopy Nose, I never dreamed what sort of tools journalists would be using today.

December 06, 2013 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

Black Friday and the Darkness in America’s Soul

Clearly, it MUST have been a video produced by America's enemies, a vicious piece of propaganda that was so outlandish it would have brought laughs 10 years ago. No one except indoctrinated citizens of communist countries would ever believe it.

December 06, 2013 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists

Jimmy Kimmel Trips and Viewers Fall

In the week following Halloween, Jimmy Kimmel's stunt involving kids and their candy climbed to over 20 million views on YouTube. But public fascination with the gag doesn't change the fact that it is cruel and sadistic. It underscores the worst elements of mass media and social media, and the incendiary possibilities of combining the two.

December 05, 2013 | Peter Funt | Columnists

Pop goes the holiday shopping stress

God bless America, and how's everybody?

December 05, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists

Texas Versus California

Here we go again. Pointing to a conservative study, Gov. Rick Perry proclaimed, "The discussion's over. The debate's over. The proof is in. Texas wins." And who did we beat? California, of course. It's enough to make you wonder if little Ricky got enough love growing up on the dirt farm. Someone get this kid a 4-H ribbon so the grownups can talk, because we've got some work to do.

December 04, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists

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Suspected Terrorists in America are Free to Buy Guns

Now that congressional Republicans and roughly 50 cowered Democratic colleagues have passed a panicky bill to impede the entry of Syrian refugees, I think it ...

November 27, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists

Both Sides Half Right on Refugees

I rarely write about immigration, partly because I spend enough time practicing immigration law, and partly because my conservative friends raise their eyebrows whenever I ...

November 27, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists

Hillary Clinton, Wall Street’s Candidate

Wall Street crony Hillary Clinton's scandalous attempt to redefine her support of and by the top 1 percent is being met with revulsion from ...

November 26, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists

Giving Thanks

It's almost Thanksgiving. The fireplace inside crackles while the snow outside falls, painting an exceptionally-Alaskan scene as I write. It's also a reminder ...

November 26, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists

Talk Is Cheap, Foul Language Is Worthless

You don't need to be a genius to recognize that John Oliver is doing some remarkably effective journalism on his weekly HBO series, laced ...

November 25, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists

Time For Obama to Back Ted Cruz?

In her memoir published this summer, Claire McCaskill recounts how she confounded political observers who assumed she would lose reelection to the U.S. Senate ...

November 25, 2015 | Karl Frisch | Columnists

The Dysfunctional Iowa Caucuses

As the Iowa caucuses draw near, we should take a close look at how the Hawkeye State runs its presidential nominating system.

November 24, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists

Time for Obama to Reverse Refugee Plan

Across America, the prospect of resettling as many as 10,000 Syrians has put citizens on edge. The Paris massacre and related events-ISIS' bombing ...

November 24, 2015 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists

Winners, Losers and Leaders

President Obama's reaction to the horrible terrorist attacks in Paris has been strange - and disturbing.

November 22, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

GOP Islamophobia is Back With a Vengeance

What a surprise. In the aftermath of Paris, Republicans have rediscovered one of their favorite illnesses, Islamophobia. Painting with a predictably broad brush, Marco Rubio ...

November 22, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists

The Nun’s Bazaar: a post script

This week's column will be a short one. I'm just too tired to write very much. You see, last weekend was the Dominican ...

November 22, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Columnists

America’s Grand Ole Opry Turns 90

News that the venerable "Grand Ole Opry" radio show turns 90 on Nov. 28, starts my memories flowing.

November 20, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

Are We Still a Nation of Laws?

Hypothetical situation: A father uses a stolen credit card to make a big FanDuel football bet. He's taking a risk because he wants to ...

November 20, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists

Critical Thinking Needed

I'm often out of touch with our rapidly changing culture norms.

November 19, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Anchor Baby Battle

Prepare for earth-shattering news - immigration has become a key issue in the race for the Republican nomination. Yes. Again. It's what folks in the ...

November 19, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists

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