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Facing a Tea Party Challenge

For those who enjoy lowbrow political theater, it's Christmas come early. Steve Stockman, a Texas congressman so far to the right he's in danger of falling into the Gulf of Mexico, is challenging Sen. John Cornyn in the Republican Primary. Though Tea Party leaders were calling Texas' senior senator a "traitor" who "surrendered" on Obamacare, the conservative case against Cornyn is thin. Stockman's challenge demonstrates that nothing less than absolute faith is sufficient to survive in a radicalized Republican Party that no longer resembles the Party of Reagan, much less that of Lincoln.

December 13, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Environmentally Disastrous Bullet Train May Be Dead at Last

Environmentalists and budget critics of California's proposed bullet train may be breathing a sigh of relief.

December 12, 2013 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Close Enough for Government Work

President Obama's "Mission Accomplished" moment: "We have met the goal" of fixing the Healthcare.Gov website.

December 12, 2013 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Gender Differences Hard Wired

A new study has come out that finds men and women really do think differently.

December 11, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Women and the GOP: Apologies Don’t Matter Without Change

After losing the Virginia governor's race because single women voted for the Democrat by a margin of 42 points, Republicans have found the solution. They will teach their candidates how to, in Speaker John Boehner's words, "be a little more sensitive" to the ladies. But Republicans painting over policy differences with pretty words piles insult on top of offense and will do little to close the gender gap.

December 11, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Holiday Jeer: Google’s Pay-to-Fleece Game

A hundred years ago, business tycoon Samuel Insull consolidated smaller utility companies to form the behemoth (albeit public charity-sounding) Commonwealth Edison. Because of the infrastructure needed to provide energy to an increasingly power-hunger public, Insull and others argued that Commonwealth Edison was a natural monopoly; inherently one company had to dominate the market. This battle cry enabled a mere 10 utility systems to control three-quarters of the nation's electricity business by the time FDR was in the White House, subjecting consumers to higher rates with absolutely no competition save candles.

December 10, 2013 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


Through the Looking Glass

What compromises must we make when it comes to our security on the one hand, and our privacy on the other? Personally, I'm far less concerned about being tracked by the National Security Agency than I am about being monitored by, say, Google.

December 10, 2013 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Earning Our Trust

Trust ain't what it used to be in America.

December 08, 2013 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Saying goodbye to a great man

God bless America, and how's everybody?

December 08, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Do Journalists Really Need Drones?

Back in elementary school when I was hand-writing my newspaper The Lewisburg Snoopy Nose, I never dreamed what sort of tools journalists would be using today.

December 06, 2013 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Black Friday and the Darkness in America’s Soul

Clearly, it MUST have been a video produced by America's enemies, a vicious piece of propaganda that was so outlandish it would have brought laughs 10 years ago. No one except indoctrinated citizens of communist countries would ever believe it.

December 06, 2013 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


Jimmy Kimmel Trips and Viewers Fall

In the week following Halloween, Jimmy Kimmel's stunt involving kids and their candy climbed to over 20 million views on YouTube. But public fascination with the gag doesn't change the fact that it is cruel and sadistic. It underscores the worst elements of mass media and social media, and the incendiary possibilities of combining the two.

December 05, 2013 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Pop goes the holiday shopping stress

God bless America, and how's everybody?

December 05, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Texas Versus California

Here we go again. Pointing to a conservative study, Gov. Rick Perry proclaimed, "The discussion's over. The debate's over. The proof is in. Texas wins." And who did we beat? California, of course. It's enough to make you wonder if little Ricky got enough love growing up on the dirt farm. Someone get this kid a 4-H ribbon so the grownups can talk, because we've got some work to do.

December 04, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Dog Days of Obamacare

I've heard a lot of interesting stories of people trying, and failing, to sign up for ObamaCare, but this one takes the cake.

December 04, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


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Take a Wild Guess Which Political Party is Imperiling Babies

We all know by now that Republicans are well practiced at the art of magical thinking - massive tax cuts balance the budget, human-induced climate change ...

May 26, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


The Last Sane Republican in Washington

Is Congressman Charlie Dent the last sane man in Washington?

May 26, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


The Little Sisters of the Poor & the Fight for Freedom

God bless the Little Sisters of the Poor. They just put our overzealous federal government back in its constitutional place.

May 25, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Clinton Needs a Crash Course

If Hillary Clinton wants to be president - and for nearly a decade that hasn't been in doubt - she's got to change her act ...

May 25, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Going Back to Move Forward

Ah, the "good old days," the ones that President Obama took a sarcastic swipe at during his recent commencement speech at Rutgers University when he ...

May 24, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Facebook Scandal a Warning for the Future of the Internet

Many conservatives are waving off concerns about Facebook manipulating its Trending News feature because it's a private company. In addition to legal concerns related ...

May 24, 2016 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Show Police the Respect They Deserve

Twenty-nine years ago this week, I graduated from law school. It's been almost three decades since I've been able to officially call myself ...

May 23, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


It's Time to Put an End to Sanctuary Cities

To explain the unexplainable, a saying caught on generations ago: "It must be the water."

May 23, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Breaking news: we have new babies!!!

No, not those ... I mean BIRDIES!!!

May 21, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


Bernie Supporters are an Embarrassment

This one's for all the "Bernie Bros" out there.

May 21, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Trump Loves the Taste of Bernie's Sour Grapes

In a column I wrote a couple months back, I listed five reasons why Donald Trump could actually win this election, to our everlasting national ...

May 21, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


New Defense Bill Will Boost War and Tyranny

For many of us concerned with liberty, the letters "NDAA" have come to symbolize Washington's ongoing effort to undermine the U.S. Constitution in ...

May 19, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Would President Hillary Clinton Spill Area 51 Secrets?

According to a May 11 United Press International news story, Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton promised a radio interviewer that, if elected, she would release ...

May 19, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


'Party of Science' Flouts Biology on Gender Identity

Let me surprise you with the following statement: I sympathize with transgender individuals that they would prefer to use the bathroom of the gender they ...

May 18, 2016 | Matt Mackowiak | Columnists


Should Corporations Sponsor National Parks?

Whether I was a preschooler hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a young adult spelunking in Kentucky's Mammoth Cave or a father ...

May 18, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


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