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Only Two Paths Remain to Stop Trump

With Super Tuesday now behind us, we can take stock of exactly where the race for the Republican nomination for President currently stands:

March 13, 2016 | Matt Mackowiak | Columnists


The GOP’s Not So Super Tuesday

It's become painfully obvious that the term "Super Tuesday" was coined for the quantity of elections contested, not the quality of participants involved. Otherwise, we'd be forced to change the name to Kind of Okay Tuesday. Or Is It Really Necessary to be This Loud Tuesday. The Not Overtly Horrible But Don't Be Surprised if You Get Some Pushback on That Tuesday.

March 11, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


Self-Interest is Ted Cruz’s Only Interest

Nearly four years ago, the Republican primary runoff for Kay Bailey Hutchison's U.S. Senate seat was taking place. Texas had a clear choice between two candidates; then-incumbent Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst and former state Solicitor General Ted Cruz.

March 11, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Do We Really Need To 'Rebuild The Military'

The Republican presidential debates have become so heated and filled with insults, it almost seems we are watching a pro wrestling match. There is no civility, and I wonder whether the candidates are about to come to blows. But despite what appears to be total disagreement among them, there is one area where they all agree. They all promise that if elected they will "rebuild the military."

March 10, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Why This Conservative Won't Back Trump

While pro-Trump pundits do their best to rationalize the sewer talk flowing from the stage after the most recent GOP debate, please understand that the problem is really not that complicated.

March 10, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


We’re Not Being Overrun by Illegal Immigrants

Okay, sit down. Take a deep breath.

March 09, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


GOP Won't Disavow Trump

The only accurate prediction in this bizarre presidential election is that most predictions are wrong. So here's a popular one about which to be wary: If Trump is the nominee he won't get the support of key GOP leadership.

March 09, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Charity Health Care & Continuing Education

Using creativity and problem-solving, the Kansas House recently approved a simple solution for increasing access to care for low-income Kansans and rural communities.

March 08, 2016 | Representative Dan Hawkins | Columnists


Quitting the GOP

John-William Schiffbauer is what Republicans, at least on paper, say they want their party to look more like. He's 31-years-old (a coveted millennial), socially liberal, fiscally conservative and not totally white. "My grandmother was from Japan," he says. He's a New York City playwright who's into cool whiskey bars and heated policy debates. He sees himself as what the future of the Republican Party ought to be. "Did you read the GOP post-2012 autopsy report? The 'Growth and Opportunity Project,' as it was dubbed?" He asks.

March 08, 2016 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


'Soul Murder' in Altoona

If you've seen the excellent movie "Spotlight," you know what it takes for a newspaper to expose the sexual abuse of children by priests in the Catholic Church.

March 06, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Tornado Research Isn't Just Whistling Dixie

You can double-check me on this - but when Phil Harris recorded "That's What I Like About The South," he never once made mention of tornadoes.

March 06, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The Collapse of Recycling

A shabbily dressed man with three bulging garbage bags in his left hand and a crutch supporting his right side waits patiently as the line snakes around the parking lot. Behind him is a stooped older woman wearing an oversized hat to shield her from the sun as she pushes a beat up baby carriage containing her cargo.

March 04, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


First They Came For the iPhones...

The FBI tells us that its demand for a back door into the iPhone is all about fighting terrorism, and that it is essential to break in just this one time to find out more about the San Bernardino attack last December.

March 04, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Mitt isn't Exactly Superman

The good news is that a prominent member of the cowed Republican establishment is finally speaking out against Donald Trump. The bad news is, it's Mitt Romney.

March 03, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Why We Want Our Politicians to Lie

Three studies provide insight into something we all know to be true: Politicians lie.

March 03, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


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President Donald has a farm

President Trump's latest assault on undocumented aliens reached a new low last week when he said, "These aren't people, these are animals."

May 23, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Obscure federal program displaces workers

The federal government has created yet another immigration employment hurdle for U.S. science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workers, according to a new report.

May 23, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


The evolving American prom

The more the American prom changes, the more it stays the same.

May 22, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


What if Obamacare sold homeowner’s insurance?

If homeowner's insurance worked like Obamacare, in no time at all homelessness would be a viable option for residents trying to lower their insurance ...

May 22, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Democrats fail, yet again, to check Trump’s nominees

President Trump's nominee to head the CIA, Gina Haspel, has been approved by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. A full vote in the ...

May 21, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


They hate, Trump wins

Donald Trump's many enemies are becoming more and more frustrated.

May 21, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Farm bill should reform more than food stamps

Republicans are set to move landmark welfare reform in this year's farm bill, which includes language requiring able-bodied adults to work or participate in ...

May 19, 2018 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Are you suffering from funeral fatigue?

"Tell me something GOOD."

May 19, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Longing for the old, wooden stereo console

It sat in my parents' dining room for 30 years or more: an old oak stereo console with large speakers concealed by green fabric. It ...

May 17, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Keep the government out of the energy marketplace

Over almost the entire course of the Obama presidency, congressional conservatives battled with the administration over the subsidies that were such an important part of ...

May 17, 2018 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Wider consequences of pulling out from Iran Deal

President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly called 'the Iran Deal,' has gained us nothing ...

May 16, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Feds sanction slave labor, 21st century style

"With President Trump, you never know." Those were the exact words a U.S. Senate legislative aide said to me when we were talking about ...

May 15, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


The deal with Singapore

So Donald Trump has a date with Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12.

May 15, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Is your town bribing new residents?

The fact that the U.S. unemployment rate is at a 17-year low does have a downside.

May 14, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Many, many more questions for Trump

Robert Mueller has many questions for the president. The New York Times released a list of 49 for which Donald Trump hopefully has answers that ...

May 14, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists


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