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Don’t Look Now, but ‘Education Spring’ is Arriving

"Education Spring"-the rise of public education advocates against the business-backed privatization movement-is spreading across the country and has finally reached Washington. But if you're wondering why standardized testing is causing such a stink these days (after all didn't we manage OK with the SAT, ACT and other tests?) all you have to do is go back to where this all started in Texas. Providing cautionary tales to the rest of the country is a public service we provide here. You're welcome.

March 27, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Obama Talks to Putin

"You have been warned, Vladimir. If you don't reverse your impending annexation of Crimea, you're going to pay a steep price."

March 27, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Keep Bossy, Ban Pink Ribboning

"Lean In" Author and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's campaign to cheer young girls to participate launched last week. Sandberg claims little boys get called leaders and for the same behavior little girls are branded as bossy. "Together we can encourage girls to lead. Pledge to Ban Bossy," reads the site.

March 26, 2014 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


Obama Policy Keeping Homeless People on the Street

No one should be surprised that President Obama signed a Democratic Party bill that puts more homeless people in the streets. It just needs to be repealed.

March 26, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Swallowed by the Streets: A Child’s Innocence in Danger

On city streets throughout America a battle is being waged for the soul of humanity, and it is taking place right in front of our eyes. As darkness descends, the fading light lays bare an open wound in the fabric of society. The most vulnerable among us are being offered up as prey for those with unspeakable appetites. Children are being trafficked sexually in this country at an alarming rate and right now 300,000 are at risk of being prostituted.

March 25, 2014 | Michael Reagan and Jerome Elam | Columnists


The Frigid Fracas

After an absence of 25 years, it's downright ducky to be able to welcome back one of the great socio- politico conflicts in the history of the planet. How about a round of applause folks, because the Cold War is back and it's colder and warrier than ever.

March 25, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


The Attempted Typecasting of Ronan Farrow

It's always fascinating to follow typecasting. An actor gets a role and makes such a big splash that he becomes a "type," so casting directors look for others with a similar "look" or style to fill future roles. Or an actor becomes so famous in a role that he can never get any other parts, and the role of a lifetime becomes the curse of a career.

March 23, 2014 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


Equal Pay and Awkward Pauses

The best thing Texas Republicans can say about this week is that no one has told a rape joke yet. More than a week has passed since Attorney General Greg Abbott refused to say whether he would sign an equal pay law as governor, and the issue won't die no matter how many female apologists he trots in front of cameras. Can you believe it? Texas women apparently want to be paid the same as men for the same work. There's just no making some women happy.

March 23, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


A Warning to Conservatives

Recent findings from a Pew Research poll titled "Millennials in Adulthood" should leave conservatives, capitalists and generally anyone embracing smaller government, deeply concerned -- because the America they know today will be much different in the near future. And here's why.

March 21, 2014 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Government Advice on Affording ObamaCare

"Look, if you want ObamaCare, you are just going to have to make some better budgeting decisions."

March 21, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Transparency: Not Republican, Not Democrat

Openness in government is not a liberal, conservative, Republican, Democrat, Independent, TEA party or Libertarian issue. The importance of transparency in local, state and federal government should transcend parties and political ideologies.

March 20, 2014 | | Columnists


Put the Public Back in Public Information

This week is Sunshine Week, a nationwide discussion about the importance of access to public information and what it means for you and your community. During this week we pay special attention to our collective obligation to bring some "sunshine" to the often shadowy processes of government decision-making.

March 20, 2014 | Emily Shaw | Columnists


How to make a California shake

God bless America, and how's everybody?

March 19, 2014 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


50 Shades of Cool

It was more amusing than piano- playing kittens to see Barack Obama plug the Affordable Care Act on Zach Galifianakis' internet comedy show. Not late night. Not basic cable. An internet show: "Between 2 Ferns." Even funnier was the President trotting out the same expression he normally reserves for Bill O'Reilly interviews.

March 19, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


Pay no attention to the plane behind the curtain

God bless America, and how's everybody?

March 18, 2014 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


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Can Hillary Convince Voters She's the Optimistic Candidate?

After four days of doom and gloom in Donald Trump's America, Democrats have a deceptively simple task to accomplish with their convention this week:

July 26, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


How the Trivial & Entertaining Mask Real Issues

"Can you believe Melania Trump used some of the same words in her Republican convention speech that First Lady Michelle Obama used in one of ...

July 26, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


We Can't Elect a Liar in Chief

The stunt Ted Cruz pulled at the GOP convention in Cleveland Wednesday night may someday become known as his "Mistake on the Lake."

July 25, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Vacation 2016: The Tyrees Do Dollywood

When my wife, son Gideon (age 12) and I made our latest pilgrimage to the Dollywood theme park earlier this month, it reminded me of ...

July 25, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Six Factors that Gave Us Trump

With Donald Trump basking in the GOP convention's glow, tortured analysis persists among those seeking to explain how he ever got this far.

July 23, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


The Reluctant Embrace of Trump

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc) wanted to talk about a bunch of stuff during his primetime address at the Republican National Convention.

July 23, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Don't Reform the Fed, Fed-Exit!

Opponents of a central bank should take advantage of the post-Brexit vote revival of secessionist sentiments to promote a secession from central banking, or "Fed-exit ...

July 21, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


From Coast-to-Coast, Thousands Line Up for Jobs

Between today and November, political incumbents and their challengers will make a lot of promises to disgruntled voters. One of the most often repeated will ...

July 21, 2016 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Late-Night Comedians on Trump & Clinton

This presidential campaign is the nuttiest in my lifetime but at least America is maintaining its sense of humor.

July 20, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


What I Brought With Me to the Republican National Convention

The national political conventions are a lot like professional wrestling. Sure, we know what's going to happen, but every four years, it's fun ...

July 20, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


In Wake of Baton Rouge, Like Lives, All Words Matter

When we sow the wind, we should not be surprised when we reap a whirlwind.

July 19, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Opinion! Read All About It!

For as long as there have been printed newspapers there has been drama on page one in the form of NEWS! Only lately, as print ...

July 19, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Paul Ryan Reflects Real Republican Values

I watched Paul Ryan's town hall on CNN this week for a number of reasons, not the least of which is my slight crush ...

July 18, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Rest In Peace, King of the Hobby Magazines

I don't make a hobby out of collecting obituaries, but sometimes I stumble across one that particularly moves me.

July 18, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


It's Not the Gun's Fault

It happened after Sandy Hook.

July 16, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


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