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​Attempts to reverse voter policy ‘brazen’

On Monday, Brian Newby, the executive director of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) suddenly, unilaterally, and illegally decided to issue letters adding "proof of citizenship" requirements to federal voter registration forms used in Kansas, Alabama, and Georgia. The EAC is the federal agency charged with developing and maintaining a standardized, uniform federal voter registration form as required by the National Voter Registration Act. Proof of citizenship requirements are significant obstacles to voter registration, as they require eligible citizens to provide a birth certificate, passport, or other difficult-to-obtain documents prior to being registered to vote.

February 05, 2016 | By Micah Kubic Executive Director ACLU Kansas | Columnists

Will the GOP Kill Trump With Kindness?

In 1998 I worked in a long–forgotten Venezuelan presidential race. The contest featured a celebrity outsider with perfect hair running against corrupt political insiders. The insiders weren't long–serving officials or hangers–on who became ethically bankrupt - they were members of COPEI (an acronym for the Independent Political Electoral Organization Committee) that were criminally corrupt, and many were jailed.

February 05, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists

Iowa Highlights Problems for Clinton, Trump

It's so on.

February 05, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists

Authorities Got It All Wrong in Planned Parenthood case By Christine Flowers Ann Richards, former

Ann Richards, former governor of Texas, became famous for one quip about George H.W. Bush by saying, "He was born with a silver foot in his mouth."

February 04, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists

Why This Female Cannot Support Donald Trump

How any female in America could support Donald Trump, the American version of former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, is beyond me.

February 04, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists

Is Congress Declaring War on ISIS... Or On You?

Passage of Senator Mitch McConnell's authorization for war against ISIS will not only lead to perpetual US wars across the globe, it will also endanger our civil and economic liberties. The measure allows the president to place troops anywhere he determines ISIS is operating. Therefore, it could be used to justify using military force against United States citizens on U.S. territory. It may even be used to justify imposing martial law in America.

February 03, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists

Immoral Girl Scout Cookies

The Girl Scout cookie season is upon us - which means people with nothing better to do will criticize Girl Scout cookies.

February 03, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Vape Regulation Could Kill the Industry

After a lengthy and heavily contested regulatory process, a final rule deeming vapor products to be subject to pervasive FDA regulation is currently in the White House Office of Management and Budget for a final review before it is published and takes effect this year.

February 02, 2016 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists

The GOP's Un-Reality Show

The latest Republican debate was difficult to sit through. Information was skimpy, and without Donald Trump entertainment value and ratings dipped. This "main event," as networks like to call it, became as dreary as the so-called under-card show in which barely-visible candidates take turns chopping down trees to see if they make noise in an empty forest.

February 02, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists

Why Iowa and New Hampshire?

And now the question that's been dancing on the lips of politically concerned citizens for decades - Who's the genius that chose Iowa and New Hampshire to be the first and most influential states in determining who becomes the next president? It was probably the same guy who figured out how to bundle subprime mortgages. Or related to the brewer who invented Cold Turkey Breakfast Beer. The idiot behind pay toilets on airplanes.

January 31, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists

I Like Trump, and So Should You

Donald Trump represents more than a change of tone in presidential primary politics. He is redefining what it means to be a mainstream Republican.

January 29, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists

GOP Debates Aren't Helping Much

Never before in the relatively brief history of televised presidential politics have debates been so important as in the current GOP campaign. Yet, through six lengthy debates precious little has been learned.

January 29, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists

Surviving The Winter Blues

Boy, it's cold outside.

January 28, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

The Most Idiotic Reactions to the Poisoning of Flint

The poisoning of Flint, Michigan, is a national disgrace - and some of the people reacting to it have been disgraceful. Here's an abbreviated list, going from bad to worse:

January 28, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists

New Yorkie Values

To taunt his rival and sow seeds of evangelical doubt, Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz informed Donald Trump that the rest of the country was concerned about his alarming New York Values, totally ignoring the greater danger of the real estate developer's aerodynamic coif toppling over and knocking innocent supporters unconscious with its hard candy shell.

January 27, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists

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Xi the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh is banned on the internet in China because the lovable bear, with a crown on his head, was used as a symbol ...

March 22, 2018 | Daryl Cagle | Columnists

From bad to worse for Trumpworld

Just two days out of sync with the Ides of March, the United States, the world, and (now former) Secretary of State Rex Tillerson found ...

March 22, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists

Trumping the North Korea naysayers

President Trump will never win.

March 21, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

Congress says THIS time we really mean it!

There's a bill being lovingly preserved by Mitch McConnell, Curator of the Senate, that's one of those "bipartisan" efforts the media loves to ...

March 21, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists

Trump is stocking White House with yes-men

We should have seen this coming.

March 20, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists

The Obama-Clinton soundtracks

What the nation needs desperately as the 2018 midterm elections draw near is to hear more wisdom from Barack Obama and less venom from Hillary ...

March 20, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists

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

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