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HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

August 22, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists

A-Jam Enters the Mix

The launch of Al Jazeera America is arguably the best thing to happen in electronic journalism since the June evening 33 years ago when Ted Turner flipped a switch to inaugurate the nation's first all-news television service, CNN.

August 22, 2013 | Peter Funt | Columnists

Fidel Castro Goes to Confession

After celebrating his 87th birthday last week, semi-retired communist dictator Fidel Castro did something nobody expected him to do: He contacted Pope Francis to hear his confession.

August 21, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Martha’s Big Adventure – A Dishwasher and a Vent above the Stove

I've lived in a lot of apartments in a lot of different cities. Most of them have been described as vintage in their listing, which translates as very basic and old. I'm a big believer in location, location, location and I'm willing to trade where I am for whatever amenities there just aren't in my immediate surroundings.

August 21, 2013 | Martha Carr | Columnists

India’s intellectual property failures demand Obama’s attention

On May 11, 2013, Indian President Pranab Mukherhee said "The future prosperity of India in the new knowledge economy will increasingly depend on its ability to generate new ideas, processes and solutions." He was right not just about India, but indeed about the whole world; we need strong incentives to innovate, invent, and create - and that must include meaningful legal protections for the products of invention and creation. Unfortunately, despite the rhetoric, India has been moving sharply against protecting intellectual property rights, with serious repercussions for companies that want to invest in India and by implication for global innovation and ...

August 20, 2013 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists

Let the Pantsuit Dance

It's time to address the burning question singeing the lips of every American this summer: What will happen to Bryan Cranston's pork pie hat after "Breaking Bad" ends its run? Okay, maybe that's No. 2. The big one is who's going to be the Democratic presidential candidate in November of 2016? Thirty-eight months and counting.

August 20, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists

MLK’s “I Have A Dream” Speech Turns 50

Mark your calendar for August 28, the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's iconic "I Have A Dream" speech, which was delivered to more than 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

August 18, 2013 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

Martha’s Big Adventure - A Nerd Girl’s Paradise

My big summer project has turned out to be redecorating my Chicago apartment. It all started because I told my landlord I was moving in order to gain a dishwasher and a vent above the stove. He countered with an offer to put both of them in and then some. That has created an interesting discussion among my friends about women and comic books that has been more disturbing than you might have thought possible.

August 18, 2013 | Martha Carr | Columnists

Sex, Lies and the Filner Headlock

SAN DIEGO -- This tourist Mecca has long been loved for the gleaming beaches along its 70-mile coastline where the sea caresses the sand. Now it's becoming known as the city where its Mayor allegedly gave unwanted caresses, butt pats and playful chokeholds to more than a dozen women.

August 16, 2013 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists

On Rudeness and Miss Manners

"What do you mean, Americans have gotten ruder?"

August 16, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Is a Wall Street Crash Coming to Public Schools?

Just like AAA ratings on mortgage-backed securities led to Wall Street's 2008 disaster, a rash of accountability scandals might be precursors to a similar public school crash. After years of promises that test-driven accountability would yield miracles, scandals with school ratings are popping up all over the country. Unless we hold reformers as accountable as they hold students, these scandals could bring down our public school system the same way Wall Street almost innovated our economy back into the Stone Age.

August 15, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists

Why I Sometimes Long for the Cold War

I've been thinking about the sorry state of American culture, and that made me reminisce about the Cold War.

August 15, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Chilling News

SAN JOSE, Calif. - All I know about climate, some say, is what's outside my window.

August 14, 2013 | Peter Funt | Columnists

The Little Red Hen

Once upon a time, there was a little red hen who lived on a farm past the woods. She was friends with a bossy but politically connected pig, a groveling sheep who worked as a flunky for the village and a scared little mouse who specialized in running away and hiding. Hey. Sometimes your friends are whoever lives on the farm next to you.

August 14, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists

Five Years Later, Obama Again Blames Bush

Anyone who has even bothered to read my columns over the last decade-plus knows I was never a huge fan of George W. Bush. I have always believed that the 43rd president was a decent man who tried to do the right thing but often failed, either because of bad advice or flawed ideology - or both. That said, Barack Obama has carried Bush bashing to a level that should astound all but the most hardened and cynical political observer.

August 11, 2013 | Doug Patton | Columnists

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Protecting School Kids

Face it. Every school in America should have a uniformed police officer on duty whenever school is in session. If smaller communities can't afford ...

October 06, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists

Not Only in America

Comrades-in-arms hurried the wounded Royal Airforce Sergeant into the Margate hospital east of London, his eyes burning from a chemical fire extinguisher cloud.

October 06, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists

GOP Can't Win in 2016 by Losing Now

Some Republicans in Congress will never learn.

October 04, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

The Increasingly Likable Donald Trump

Donald Trump - America's loveable bull in a china shop - was an eagerly anticipated speaker at the 2015 Values Voter Summit, a conference that brings ...

October 04, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists

The Best Talking Heads Lean Right

If the GOP's presidential candidates were half as persuasive as its conservative commentators, the party would have a much easier time winning elections.

October 02, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists

Obama Confesses to Pope Francis

"Your Holiness, I have never been to Catholic confession before, but since you and I have some things in common, I figure what the heck."

October 02, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Congress and the Fed Refuse to Learn From Their Mistakes

This month marks the seventh anniversary of the bursting of the housing bubble and the subsequent economic meltdown. The mood in Congress following the meltdown ...

October 01, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists

American Politics: Disagreeing to Agree

According to a Pew Research Center poll in 2010, nearly 123 million Americans (41 percent) believe the Rapture will happen before 2050. I bring this ...

October 01, 2015 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists

Could Australia Abandon the British Monarchy

The last several days have been dark ones down under.

September 30, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists

Are You Kicking Yourself For Ignoring Footgolf?

If a sport can make my bookworm wife raise her eyebrows and keep an open mind, it must really have potential.

September 30, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

Dead Man Walker's Urgent Plea to the GOP

Nine weeks ago, when alleged conservative wunderkind Scott Walker was riding high, I rightly dismissed him as "a clueless newbie unfit to lead." But I ...

September 29, 2015 | | Columnists

Don't Let Hillary Shift Blame for Obamacare's Failures

Health insurance premiums are rising because of Obamacare. And there is still one year left of the assorted reinsurance programs designed to mask premium increases ...

September 29, 2015 | | Columnists

The Cause of High College Tuition

Ah, the autumn is upon us. College campuses are buzzing with activity - as college kids and their parents rack up massive debt to cover the ...

September 27, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Obama’s Progressive Overreach on ‘Cool Clock’

What's a teacher to do if he sees a wired briefcase that looks like a homemade bomb in the classroom?

September 27, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists

The Zany Side of the GOP Debates

To the one thirteenth of all Americans who watched the latest GOP debate, congratulations on surviving the political equivalent of the 24 hours of Le ...

September 25, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists

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