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The Normalization of Trump Has Begun

On NBC News the other night, anchorman Lester Holt reported that Donald Trump was pivoting to a more presidential image. In the measured tones that we commonly associate with "objectivity," Holt said: "Trump's comments appear to signal a more moderate shift..."

May 14, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


What Happened to the Revolution?

In a recent interview I was asked why Bernie Sanders, a self-described "democratic socialist" had seemingly attracted so much support among young people. In fact polls suggest Sanders is the most popular candidate among people aged 18-29, and 51 percent of that same age group appears fed up with "capitalism in its current form," according to a recent Harvard study.

May 14, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Roadside Hook-Up Results in Slow Bern

Most of us don't normally associate tow truck drivers with humor. Anger, outrage, despair and generalized hostility, yes, but humor, no. That's why the story from Fox News in Asheville, N.C. is so interesting.

May 12, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Militant Fatalism and the 2nd Amendment

Ever since Sandy Hook revived gun control in our national discussion, gun-rights advocates have circled the wagons around the Second Amendment.

May 12, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Marriage Trends and My Mother

My mother is in an enviable place in life as she nears the beginning of her eighth decade. She's lost her filter, and that doesn't bode well for me, her only son.

May 11, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The Ugly, Ugly Presidential Campaign

Oh dear. Not pretty. The upcoming presidential campaign is ugly now and destined to ratchet up to epic uglier as soon as Bernie Sanders decides to bow out. Which is imminent. Not soon enough for Hillary Clinton, but not long.

May 11, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


So-long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodnight GOP

I am a nationally syndicated opinion columnist who's been staring at a blank screen for days now because I have no opinion for once in my life.

May 10, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Donald Trump, Liberal

Is this your candidate?

May 10, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Congress Must Stop Obamacare Bailout Scheme – Again

The biggest victory for taxpayers in the Obamacare fight so far was the enactment in late 2014 of language prohibiting the Risk Corridor program from being transformed into an open-ended bailout for big insurance companies.

May 09, 2016 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Decoration Day: Yes That's Still A Thing

According to the Encyclopedia of Alabama website, Decoration Day is "an annual observance at many privately owned Southern graveyards, during which families gather to clean up the graveyard, reconnect with family and honor the memories of their ancestors."

May 09, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Welcome to Complaining 101 (from 2010)

If you are a parent of a teenager, you know that one day your toddler goes from being the sweetest, most appreciative, thoughtful, kind, loving child to a whiney know-it-all who merits boarding school in the North Pole with Nurse Ratched as his tutor. Age: 15.

May 07, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


Trump Could Be the Next Herbert Hoover

One of them is a free trade-wary millionaire and political neophyte who locked up the Republican presidential nomination with promises to make America great and get the economy firing on all cylinders.

May 07, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Lots of Luck, Donald Trump

Now comes the hard part.

May 07, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Abe Lincoln Must Be Rolling Over in His Grave

Here's the first Republican president, Abraham Lincoln:

May 05, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Drafting Women Means Equality in Slavery

Last week the House Armed Services Committee approved an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act requiring women to register with Selective Service. This means that if Congress ever brings back the draft, women will be forcibly sent to war.

May 05, 2016 | Ron Paul | 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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