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Presidential Race Taking a Toll on Voters

So this is one of those good news/bad news kind of stories.

April 03, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


End Unauthorized Federal Spending

The federal government is scheduled to spend $310 billion of your tax dollars this year on federal programs that are not authorized by law according to the Congressional Budget Office. That's about a quarter of all so-called discretionary spending, so one of every four taxpayer dollars Congress spends is going to a program that is legally expired.

April 01, 2016 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Trump's Mama Is So Fat...

How low can a presidential campaign go? In 2016, the answer to that question is find a snake belly and dig. Lower than the vertical zinc mines of Atlantis. This particular crew of candidates dived so deep in their race to the bottom, the plastic iPhone cases of staffers are melting due to the heat emanating from the core of the earth.

April 01, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


Sticks, Stones and Trump

"Incompetent Hillary." Really? Is that the best that Devious Donald can come up with?

March 31, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Scalia Dies, Unions Win

When Senate Republicans hatched their scheme to stonewall President Obama's Supreme Court nominee - whoever it might be, regardless of merit - they overlooked the ramifications of a year of 4-4 decisions.

March 31, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


A European PATRIOT Act Will Not Keep People Safe

It was not long after last week's horrifying bombings in Brussels that the so-called security experts were out warning that Europeans must give up more of their liberty so government can keep them secure from terrorism. I guess people are not supposed to notice that every terrorist attack represents a major government failure and that rewarding failure with more of the same policies only invites more failure.

March 30, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


By Christine Flowers Here in Philadelphia, I often fill in for the regular hosts on our local talk

Here in Philadelphia, I often fill in for the regular hosts on our local talk radio station. Usually, I have a lot of fun engaging with listeners, but there are issues where I've parted company from the overwhelmingly conservative-to-libertarian listeners, including immigration reform and guns.

March 30, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Obama's Naive Cuban Adventure

President Obama and Raul Castro proclaimed Obama's trip to Cuba as a step toward normal relations a "success." After which the Cuban dictator demanded Guantanamo be returned to Cuba and the embargo be rescinded.

March 29, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Vulgarians Against Trump

As an F-bomb enthusiast, I take great exception to Republican front-runner Donald Trump being derisively called a vulgarian. First, it's offensive to vulgarians to be associated with someone as tacky as Trump. Second, the Donald talking about his junk nearly nonstop for the last two weeks is like the 10th or 11th thing with him that makes him unqualified for the office he's seeking.

March 29, 2016 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


Plump Grumps Humping to Dump Trump

The "Stop Donald Trump" movement began as a gentle trickle within the Republican party. Now the number of GOP groups intent on preventing the New York real estate developer from becoming their presidential nominee is about to exceed broken March Madness brackets. Thanks, Michigan State.

March 27, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


Don't Dump on the Primary Process

The Republican Party establishment wants to dump Trump.

March 27, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


My 10-Year-Old Acts More Like an Adult than Republicans

So what's the difference between Republicans in the U.S. Senate and my 10-year-old daughter?

March 25, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Transient Americans & My Parents’ House

I'm lucky that my mother and father are doing so well - lucky that, in our transient country, their home is the hub that unites my extended family.

March 24, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Sanders Burns Out Versus Hillary

It's time to say it out loud:

March 24, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Left-Wing Group Successfully Baits Trump

Credible reports and recruiting emails show that leftwing group MoveOn.org has been sponsoring protesters to disrupt Donald Trump rallies.

March 23, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


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Don’t get too cocky, Democrats

It is the Democratic party's most fevered hope that dawn on the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 7 will reveal acres of smoking rubble that ...

April 19, 2018 | Carl Golden | Columnists


What’s next for Paul Ryan?

House Speaker Paul Ryan didn't quite yell" abandon ship" Wednesday when he announced he would not be seeking re-election, but he came close. His ...

April 19, 2018 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Getting Assad’s attention, Reagan style

To strike Syria, or not to strike Syria.

April 18, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Crackdown on Facebook would be good...for Facebook

From the moment Mark Zuckerberg began to read his opening statement, you knew he wasn't going to change Facebook.

April 18, 2018 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Can your family handle a day without complaints?

Did you notice that Thomas Lickona recently adapted a portion of his book "How to Raise Kind Kids" into the online "Time Magazine" article "How ...

April 17, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Circus Trump

Like Cirque de Soleil, the Donald Trump Circus has many touring productions. The Oval Office. The White House. The Cabinet. Both Republican held Houses of ...

April 17, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists


Congress not up to the task of taking on Facebook

As I watched Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg go head-to-head with members of Congress, I couldn't help but have the same reaction I have ...

April 16, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Time to reconsider regime change in Syria?

American response to the catastrophic humanitarian crisis Syria has been experiencing for the last seven years has been tepid at best. With Syrian President Bashar ...

April 16, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


New strategy offers Trump a much bigger NAFTA win

In politics and public policy, sometimes a modest victory is actually a massive missed opportunity. President Trump is at risk of suffering just that kind ...

April 14, 2018 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Spring break, or bust

As an educator, I feel blessed that I usually have the same spring break as my three daughters, which means we get to spend a ...

April 14, 2018 | Jase Graves | Columnists


Trump’s latest headache is in Wisconsin

Earlier this week in Wisconsin, a state governed by Koch Brothers subsidiary Scott Walker, one million voters cast ballots to fill a seat on the ...

April 12, 2018 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Cost is what ails health care

"I'm lucky to have health insurance, but I still can't afford to go to the doctor."

April 12, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


To opioid hell and back

I'm feeling human again, thanks.

April 10, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Democrat’s latest: Jim Crow meet Juan Canto

It's been a decade since I agreed with the Democrat platform, but I must give the party a great deal of credit for its ...

April 10, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Environmental protection in the age of Trump

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) has been called the Magna Carta of our nation's environmental laws. Passed in 1969, Congress designed NEPA to ...

April 09, 2018 | Kevin Lynn | Columnists


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