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Misleading Monikers in the News

Pop quiz: Which of the following was hatched in the mind of George Costanza? (a) The Center for Financial Stability, (b) The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, (c) The Hudson Institute, (d) The American Enterprise Institute.

July 28, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


No Outrage From Environmentalists About Pot?

File this in the large and growing 'Government Unintended Consequences' folder.

July 26, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Rumpus Chumpus Trumpus

For all those bemoaning the lack of noise in the Republican presidential sweepstakes, it's time to get down on our knees and give thanks to Donald Trump because whatever that man touches turns to loud. He's the gift that keeps on blaring. Has all the delicate innuendo of concrete curtain rods. Not just a loose cannon, more like a loose aircraft carrier.

July 26, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Trump, Cruz and the All Caps Vote

Despite his penchant for counter-factual pronouncements, Ted Cruz is clever, educated, and aggressively intellectual. But he's not stupid, so when he defends Donald Trump for calling Mexican immigrants rapists, you know he's up to something. Right now, Trump is the frontrunner thanks to dominating the All Caps Vote, a constituency that Cruz wants for his own.

July 24, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Iran Agreement Boosts Peace, Defeats Neocons

Last week's successfully concluded Iran agreement is one of the two most important achievements of an otherwise pretty dismal Obama presidency. Along with the ongoing process of normalizing relations with Cuba, this move shows that diplomacy can produce peaceful, positive changes. It also shows that sometimes taking a principled position means facing down overwhelming opposition from all sides and not backing down. The president should be commended for both of these achievements.

July 24, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Senate Could Destroy Your Car's Trade-in Value

The Senate may vote soon on an amendment by Democratic senator Dick Blumenthal that would make it illegal for dealers to sell any car with an open recall. That might sound good, but there's a huge problem: many recalls are for items as trivial as a printing error in the owner's manual, and when a part is simply unavailable, there's nothing you can do about it. The Blumenthal proposal would therefore effectively make it impossible for millions of Americans - finding their cars suddenly with little or no trade-in value - to buy a new car.

July 23, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Peace is Boring

In all of America's 239 years of existence, only roughly 20 of them have been without warfare of some kind. And no, those are not in a row. We've had one or two years, here and there, where we haven't spent our time bombing foreign countries, bayoneting our brothers in hopes of keeping our slaves or invading Canada (that really happened, and more than once). We are a warring people. In the 219 years we've been raging and waging, we've managed to amass the largest military in the history of gatherings where people dressed alike.

July 23, 2015 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


War Hero War Zero

July 22, 2015 | | Columnists


Hey, wait a minute, that’s only ice

God Bless America, and how's everybody?

July 22, 2015 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Donald Trump, Fake Conservative

Donald Trump has jumped to the top of the national polls for the Republican Party's presidential nomination.

July 21, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Unlocking Prison Reform

Back on the Fourth of July, buried in the mumbo-jumbo of campaign rhetoric, was a statement by Democrat Martin O'Malley. The former Maryland governor said "patriotism" is rooted in helping others, and among those he singled out were people in prison.

July 21, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Fight Over Confederate Flag Light on Facts

The Confederate flag no longer flies over South Carolina's statehouse lawn. Still, battles over the Rebel standard rage on.

July 19, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Scott Walker's Delusion

When I heard the news about the nuclear deal with Iran, I decided to seek out the sage wisdom of Scott Walker. Because surely, with his vast national security experience - fighting unionized workers, lobbying for a Milwaukee Bucks arena, running a state that ranks 38th in the nation in job creation - he would know what's best for America on the world stage.

July 19, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Senate Needs to Accept Historic Deal With Iran

You can lead a Senator to water, but you cannot make him think. Benjamin Netanyahu's bellicose bellyaching notwithstanding, getting Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions makes the world safer, is broadly popular with the American people, and is the crowning achievement of an American-led foreign policy in a messy, post-9/11 world. But if this good deal is to become a real deal, first Kerry and his boss must get it past the numbskulls they used to serve with in the United States Senate.

July 17, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Atticus Finch Jumps The Shark???

"Sequel reveals dark side of Atticus Finch." "New book portrays Atticus Finch as a racist." "Atticus Finch fans on Twitter aghast."

July 17, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


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This column deserves at least a blue ribbon

There are many truisms about living in rural America.

July 27, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


Who knew dogs could keep you so healthy?

Alas, we haven't been a "dog family" since we had to euthanize poor old Turpy; but a time.com article titled "More Evidence That ...

July 27, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


An Afternoon of ‘Straight Talk’ with John McCain:

If you're a journalist who covers campaigns and politics, the recent news of U.S. Sen. John McCain's diagnosis of a particularly aggressive ...

July 26, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Trump’s real media angle

Unless you're receiving the daily emails sent by Donald Trump and his team to supporters, you're not getting the full dose of venom ...

July 26, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Parking is such sweet sorrow

Believe it or not, my only college-era clash with school authorities erupted because the campus was experiencing growing pains. Your cash-strapped author received a ticket ...

July 25, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Turn off D.C.’s AC

I went to an outdoor event in Washington, D.C., last week. Boy, was it hot under the noon sun.

July 25, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Losing the House to win the future

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is worried about the failure of Republican governing reality to match Republican campaign rhetoric. Newt told Fox News, "I would ...

July 24, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Is a pipeline really a burden on a bunch of nuns?

How dare those horrible capitalists run their natural gas pipelines over poor, innocent nuns?

July 24, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


From ‘I alone can fix it’ To ‘I won’t own it’

A year ago this week, newly anointed as his party's candidate for president, Donald J. Trump capped the Republican National Convention in Cleveland by ...

July 23, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Time for Republicans to quit cutting bait

OK, Republicans of the Senate, we get it.

July 22, 2017 | | Columnists


Trump needs to reverse Obama missile strategy

It's true the U.S. government invented the Internet – but it took the private sector to make it ubiquitous. Left in the Pentagon's ...

July 20, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Building more walkable cities would be a nice move

When I'm in, say, Phoenix - with its gorgeous weather, scenery and acre upon acre of beautiful parks and gardens - I generally hop in the ...

July 20, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Credit card debt explained

America's credit-card debt has surpassed the $1 trillion mark. A 20-something fellow I know helped me understand why.

July 18, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Years of dishonesty cost the GOP

I saw an honest Republican congressman on TV the other day.

July 17, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


‘Gde myaso?’ Russian for Where’s the Beef?

Political campaigns are full of liars and fabulists. From the candidate who promises to repeal Obamacare root--and-branch, to the volunteer who lies about how many ...

July 17, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


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