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No Rubio, Rights are Man-Made

The Iowa caucus brings out the evangelical in all Republican candidates. After all, previous winners include Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, two candidates who exclusively appealed to evangelical voters (and pretty much no one else). In Iowa, the most devout and outwardly preachy Republicans get the nod. Donald Trump mistakenly thought making up bible verses and quoting "two Corinthians" at Liberty University would be a sufficient religious test for the Hawkeye State. It clearly wasn't - he came in "two."

February 07, 2016 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


​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


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Going for Broke with Obamacare

Everything about health insurance was confusing, stupid and horrible long before Obamacare came along.

May 01, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Hillary Can Show Bernie How to Lose With Grace

Despite repeated pummelings - four more losses Tuesday night, including a blowout in Pennsylvania - Bernie Sanders still can't find the high road on his mental ...

May 01, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


13 Years Later, Reassessing 'Mission Accomplished'

Almost thirteen years ago, George W. Bush stood on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln and made a very important speech.

April 29, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


Yes Prince Faisal, We Need to 'Recalibrate' Our Relationship

For decades the U.S. and Saudi Arabia have shared a peculiar relationship: the Saudis sell relatively cheap oil to the United States for which ...

April 29, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Gender Chaos in an XX-XY World

We live in a country where people think it's okay for has-been rock stars to cancel concerts because of their beliefs, but it's ...

April 28, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Needed: Some Will Rogers' Sanity

With incivility running high in our politics and society, we sure could use a dose of sanity from Will Rogers, one of America's greatest ...

April 28, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Turns Out Trump is Right a Lot

As evidenced by his hair, Donald J. Trump is pretty much wrong all the time. Every time. About everything. Except when he isn't. One ...

April 27, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


Sanders Still Won't Admit He Was 'Berned' in New York

As expected, "Crooked Hillary" and "Short Fingers Trump" won the New York primary.

April 27, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Hello? Earth to Bernie Sanders?

Dear Bernie,

April 26, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


What Trump People Don't Get

Trump people kill me.

April 26, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


How Long Before We Start Taxing Churches?

Shall we gather at the guillotine?

April 24, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


A Common Misperception About Gun Control

Most of us, regardless of our personal beliefs about gun control, want to build a safer and more prosperous nation. Standing on that common ground ...

April 24, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


What Did Fed Chairman Yellen Tell Obama?

Last week, President Obama and Vice President Biden held a hastily arranged secret meeting with Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen. According to the one paragraph ...

April 22, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


From Obama to Trump: What We’ve Lost in Just 12 Years

Back in July 2004, when I was a (somewhat) younger political reporter, I was standing in the rafters of the old Fleet Bank Center in ...

April 22, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Why Dirt Is Good for Kids

Get this: Prisoners spend more time enjoying the outdoors than modern children.

April 21, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


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