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New Year’s absolution

I've never been one to make New Year's resolutions. In fact, I usually scoff at the very concept of suddenly making a decision to change some aspect of one's life, especially after a night that, for many folks, involves staying up too late and losing important articles of clothing in public. The most crucial decision these people should be making is how to navigate their way to bed without ruining the carpet. But this year, I've decided to make some significant changes, considering that it's noon on a Tuesday as I write this, and I ...

January 03, 2018 | Jason Graves | Columnists

Why Trump isn’t getting credit for the economy

When the national economy is on a roll, history tells us, the American people are happy, content, upbeat and readily credit whoever the President is at the time for creating an environment in which growth, opportunity and job security can thrive.

January 03, 2018 | Carl Golden | Columnists

President Trump in 2017: A pop quiz

In honor of Donald Trump's most towering achievement - no previous president can touch his talent for serial falsity - my year-end pop quiz features only one question:

January 02, 2018 | Dick Polman | Columnists

Robbing Hood

They're partying at the Cracker Barrel. Wings are flying out of Hooters. The Olive Garden's endless breadsticks have been depleted. Wherever Republicans celebrate, cans of Bud Light are being hoisted and the karaoke machine is smoking, because for the first time all year, the Party of Lincoln accomplished something.

January 02, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists

My war on shoelaces marches into 2018

Will 2018 be the year when I finally stomp out my footwear malfunctions?

January 01, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

A triple victory for the American people

With his signing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, President Trump will achieve three signature legislative victories for the American people: cutting taxes, repealing the Obamacare mandate, and boosting American energy production.

January 01, 2018 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists

Kudos to our saviors in Alabama

I agree with Roy Moore. There really is a God.

December 30, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists

Did the Pentagon act alone in employing UFO hunters?

When I was in sixth grade, my impassioned 4-H speech about the possibility of extraterrestrial visitors didn't even merit an Honorable Mention (my fifth-grade speech about our thumb-sucking CAT had taken me all the way to the county level!); so I can empathize with those military intelligence officials who are being ridiculed for the existence of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification program.

December 30, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

News certain to occur in 2018

Journalists love yearend recaps, but summarizing the odyssey that was 2017 might better be left to late-night comedians. So herewith a Precap of news certain to occur in 2018:

December 28, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists

The White House shoots for the moon

The White House Is Shooting for the Moon Again!

December 28, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists

Dangerous Devin Nunes: Crimebusting conspiracy theorist

Republican Congressman Devin Nunes, of California, seems to believe he's this generation's J. Edgar Hoover, the near-mythic crimebuster and first and longest-serving director of the FBI. Nunes has set his sights on this highly-regarded law enforcement organization, as well as its second-longest serving director, well-respected Special Counsel Robert Mueller, also a Republican.

December 27, 2017 | Blair Bess | Columnists

A Holly Jolly Tax Bill Making Sense by Michael Reagan What a difference a historic Republican tax

What a difference a historic Republican tax bill makes.

December 27, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

Schumer, Pelosi back surrender on DACA - for now

After saber-rattling for weeks that they would shut down the federal government unless the 790,000 "dreamers" under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACAs) program were granted amnesty, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi quietly withdrew their threat.

December 26, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists

Censorship at the CDC and beyond

The words we choose are always important - especially when it comes to crafting government policy. That simple fact makes an incident last week at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia worth paying attention to.

December 26, 2017 | Graham F. West | Columnists

Five great things a weird 2017 produced

Give thanks and say hallelujah. Our very weird year is just about in the rearview mirror. Only a handful of days remain before we hit ctrtl-alt-del on the calendar, pop the corks and hope that the New Year is substantially better than the one we just had.

December 25, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists

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Are supermarkets becoming the center of your life?

I guess those shoppers were ahead of their time.

March 19, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

Yes, indeed, we need a monster in the White House

It's time once again for Washington wannabes to get out their resumes. There are a number of job openings in the Trump administration and ...

March 19, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists

Too little, too late

The White House, where everyone is clamoring to work - at least according to Trump - took yet another blow last week when Gary Cohn, the president ...

March 17, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists

Ways Democrats could screw up the midterms

Okay, Democrats, settle down. Drop the confetti and back away from the champagne. Stop punching each other in the arm, making with the whoop-whoop noises ...

March 17, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists

Time to nurture America’s Irish-Inspired sense of humor

It's always grand in March of every year to pour myself a pint of Guinness and enjoy the glorious Irish wit.

March 15, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

The west is losing natural area at an alarming pace

"Disappearing Rivers," a Center for American Progress-commissioned report, was introduced to a Washington, D.C. audience recently. The report was unsparing in its criticism of ...

March 15, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists

Nearly Nashville: honky-tonks and hee haw

My first ever trip to Nashville, Tennessee, began with a connecting flight aboard a small commuter plane designed to comfortably transport exactly 44 Lego Minifigures ...

March 14, 2018 | Jase Graves | Columnists

Tillerson out, but was he ever really in?

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's exit has been on its way for so long it's arrival is anti-climatic. To understand why he's ...

March 14, 2018 | Peter Roff | Columnists

The steel dossier

Every candidate for office makes promises. Only the truly ignorant attempt to keep each and every one once elected.

March 13, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists

In defense of Trump’s tariffs

It's interesting how Trump's tariff proposal has opponents screaming it's the end of the world."

March 13, 2018 | Rick Jensen | Columnists

Trump’s worst enemy strikes again

Donald, Donald, Donald.

March 12, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

We must keep our eyes open

"Captain Jack" Crawford was one of the original Black Hills Rangers. He survived many Old West adventures and was called "The Poet Scout." Following is ...

March 12, 2018 | Brian Hunhoff | Columnists

It is a basic American right

The political landscape is more polarized than ever and there seems to be little common ground for conservatives and progressives.

March 10, 2018 | Jim Zachary | Columnists

Parkland school shooting is your government at rest

During his nationwide 'Don't Blame Me' tour, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told the Miami Herald he was unable to arrest the Parkland school ...

March 08, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists

Jared Kushner’s no good, very bad week

It's been a rough week in Washington for Jared Kushner.

March 08, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists

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