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No, Virginia, the 2012 Election’s Hyperpartisanship Will Not Last Forever

"DEAR COLUMNIST: I am 13 years old and in the 8th grade.

November 08, 2012 | Nick Grubbe | Columnists


Argus Hamilton

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

November 07, 2012 | | Columnists


Of elections, K-State and dead leaves

This is an unelection column.

November 06, 2012 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


Who Wins, and Why

Looking for the dead-solid skinny on the upcoming presidential election? You've come to the right place. As a public service, we're going to tell you right here and now who wins this thing, and why.

November 06, 2012 | | Columnists


Man for the Moment

Most of us have known for months how we will mark our ballots Tuesday, making the painfully long and obscenely expensive presidential campaign little more than a test of our patience. I'm voting for Barack Obama.

November 06, 2012 | | Columnists


A Tale of Two Presidents

This is the story of two very different American presidents and how they each answered their emergency Libyan phone calls.

November 04, 2012 | | Columnists


Terrorism is a Distraction From a Larger Threat

The 14th Regiment Armory was built for the National Guard (née New York militia) in 1893. The massive Brooklyn structure was supposed to mimic the castles of Europe - brick towers and fortifications of previous centuries. Now a YMCA, the Armory today is a shelter (filled to capacity) with nursing home evacuees from Hurricane Sandy. The metaphor: What was built originally to protect us, has to be repurposed for a new type of foe.

November 04, 2012 | | Columnists


At Last: Veterans Day Comes To TV

TV is about to begin an annual event of honoring our nation's veterans and – with approximately 900 World War II veterans dying each day – it can't come a moment too soon.

November 02, 2012 | | Columnists


Marathon could become a mud run

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

November 02, 2012 | | Columnists


Argus Hamilton

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

November 01, 2012 | | Columnists


Independent’s Eye by Joe Gandelman

Everyone expected a big wind towards the end of October. But it was expected it'd be from the media, talk show hosts, blogosphere and politicians, building in a crescendo that'd end on Election Day. That wind did arrive – in gale force -- but what no one expected was that Mother Nature would also chime in by sending her offspring Hurricane Sandy.

November 01, 2012 | | Columnists


Government Photo Database Raises Privacy Concerns

In July, Sen. Al Franken opened a Senate hearing on the privacy and civil liberties implications of facial recognition technology by affirming some incontrovertible facts. "You can change your password. You can get a new credit card. But you can't change your fingerprint, and you can't change your face," Franken said. "Unless I guess you go to a great, you know, deal of trouble."

October 31, 2012 | | Columnists


Will Voter Fraud Taint This Election?

America used to have the most democratic elections in the world. It doesn't anymore. Antiquated technology, along with the failure to clean dirty voter rolls of dead and moved voters, plus gridlock blocking efforts to fix the problems have left our system in shambles.

October 31, 2012 | | Columnists


Argus Hamilton

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

October 30, 2012 | | Columnists


Buzz Bissinger Endorsed A Mitt Romney That Does Not Exist

Dear Buzz Bissinger:

October 30, 2012 | | Columnists


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Christie Dead Wrong About Spying

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gave an impressive performance this week, glorifying the unconstitutional NSA program collecting and recording every American's digital communication.

May 26, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


13 Things Reader's Digest Won't Tell You

If not for my son Gideon (age 11), I might have missed my deadline this week.

May 24, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Memorial Day

What's our national debt? The financial one that comes to mind is subservient to a second and deeper national debt.

May 24, 2015 | James F. Burns | Columnists


For Memorial Day - Special-Needs Students Honor Veterans

It was the most moving Memorial Day ceremony I've ever attended.

May 24, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Boston Bomber’s Sentence Punishes Us All

Here is what the death sentence for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will achieve:

May 22, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


New Military Spending Bill Expands Empire

On Friday, the House passed a massive National Defense Authorization for 2016 that will guarantee U.S. involvement in more wars and overseas interventions for years to come. The Republican majority resorted to trickery to evade the meager spending limitations imposed by the 2011 budget control act - limitations that did not, as often reported, cut military spending but only slowed its growth.

May 22, 2015 | | Columnists


The Governor in the Tin Foil Hat

Operation Jade Helm has inspired a million jokes, and some of them have even been funny. But as much as comedians might jump on Greg Abbott for sending the Texas State Guard to monitor military exercises as the latest excuse to mock the reactionary rubes south of the Red River, Texas now faces an existential crisis: Is the Governor really this crazy?

May 21, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Top 11 Reasons Being POTUS is So Darn Cool

As it appears we're smack dab in the middle of the 2016 presidential campaign announcement season, this might be the perfect time to ask the question on every American's lips: what kind of twisted psychopath chooses to do this? Who are these people that are so all fired up to enter this soul-sucking fray just to sit in an Office that is oval? Masochists? Sadists? Sadomasochists? Masosadochists? Folks who didn't pay attention during any previous election?

May 21, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Politicizing a Disaster

Tuesday night I went through a crash course in what really matters, in humanity, in mortality. I was watching the news reports about the Amtrak derailment, and amid my secondhand anguish for injured strangers I thanked God, literally thanked him out loud, for the fact that my immigration hearing in Baltimore had been canceled. Had it not been, I might have been sitting in one of those mangled cars.

May 20, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Uncertain Times In and Out of San Diego

Uncertainty, thy name is San Diego.

May 20, 2015 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


Ten Billion Bucks for a Presidential Race?

We all know that the 2016 campaign will cost way more money than ever before - $10 billion is the latest head-spinning estimate - and that the reform laws aimed at curbing fat-cat clout have virtually collapsed. But still, it was shocking last week when the nation's top watchdog said that she's powerless to police the new Wild West.

May 19, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Obama Should Release Trade Agreement Details

President Obama is "personally" offended his own party refuses to allow him to "fast track" the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement.

May 19, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Excessive Prom Spending

Proms sure have gotten expensive these days.

May 17, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Escaping Poverty in Kenya and Baltimore

Books and pencils, not money.

May 17, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Remember Kermit Gosnell? Probably Not

It is difficult to imagine that two years have passed since a Philadelphia jury decided the fate of Dr. Kermit Gosnell.

May 15, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


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