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Fussing Over the Distaff Staff

Washington's latest kerfuffle, at a time when political kerfuffling is epidemic, concerns the number of women in President Obama's inner circle. Some say there are too few.

January 18, 2013 | Peter Funt | Columnists

Putting a ‘spin’ on doping

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

January 17, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists

Exclusive Excerpt: The 1970s 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 filled my childhood with a harmony and clarity we could use lots more of about now.

January 17, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Lessons from the 1940 Census

My great-grandmother Jane Purcell had a wonderfully full life. Part of her story is revealed in the 1940 U.S. Census, which the National Archives and Records Administration made available online to the public in 2012 at .

January 16, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Zero Dark Thirty: A War We Didn’t Lose, But Also Didn’t Win

I was all set not to like "Zero Dark Thirty." I judged director Kathryn Bigelow an enemy of truth and justice for depicting torture as a necessary evil to find Osama bin Laden. When I walked into the screening, I was ready to hate "Zero Dark Thirty" as revisionist conservative propaganda.

January 16, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists

So, Lincoln was a Republican, eh?

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

January 15, 2013 | | Columnists

2013 Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda Resolutions

Okay. Bent over. Hands on knees. Breathing hard. Whew. Made it. "Pant. Pant." For a while there, didn't seem like it'd ever happen, but somehow we mercifully staggered across the annum finish line, finally placing 2012 irrevocably in the rear-view mirror. Make no mistake, the political climate is still volatile. Rash. Mad. Loud. Pulsating forehead vein above arcing spray of spittle loud. And the double-crossing chicanery hasn't mellowed a bit of a spot of an iota from the fever pitch of last year's quadrennial heights.

January 15, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists

Unlike Romnesia, Obamasterics a Serious Malady

During the 2012 presidential election, Barack Obama coined a catchy phrase to describe all the flip-flops in which his opponent had allegedly engaged during the course of his career. On virtually every issue, from health care to abortion, from taxes to so-called pay equity, from welfare to gun control, Obama said the GOP nominee suffered from "Romnesia."

January 13, 2013 | Doug Patton | Columnists

Junk Laws

We have junk food, junk mail and junk bonds.

January 13, 2013 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

Bureau of Labor Statistics, Job Deception Deepens

Last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics continued its monthly deceit and deception exercise. The December unemployment rate, according to the BLS, is 7.8 percent. In the same report, BLS announced that 155,000 new jobs have been created.

January 11, 2013 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists

Is It Time To Repeal Presidential Term Limits?

The experts are giving it little chance of passage, but H.J. Resolution 15 is stirring a lot of talk.

January 11, 2013 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

It’s a matter of class

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

January 10, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists

The Republican Race for Non-Compassionate Conservatism

Will the Republican Party's 2012 national rout have an impact? Will it become more a moderate (excuse the "dirty" word) conservative party that tries to inch back to George W. Bush's stated goal of a more "compassionate conservatism" that would appeal to growing, Democratic-inclined demographics? As Tony Soprano said: "Fuhgeddaboudit!"

January 10, 2013 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists

“Cliff” Not Our Real Crisis

Washington's self-created "fiscal cliff" crisis has been somewhat resolved, which means we can continue ignoring the real fiscal crises that are dead ahead.

January 09, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Hurricane Sandy Relief: A Flood of Hypocrisy

If you go to the website of Congressman Andy Harris of Maryland, you'll see a whole page devoted to Hurricane Sandy recovery. You'll see pictures of him touring flooded coastal towns. You'll see the number to call if you lost your power. You'll even see a link to the website for the National Flood Insurance Program.

January 09, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists

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Take Away Our Guns, Obama? Hell No!

We hear you loud and clear, President Obama. Only a person with a cold heart would blame innocent people and suggest taking their guns away ...

October 07, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists

Clintons Remain Lucky to Have Such Hapless Enemies

In Washington, every so often, a politician will stray from the standard spin and utter an accidental truth. On Fox News the other night, House ...

October 07, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists

Protecting School Kids

Face it. Every school in America should have a uniformed police officer on duty whenever school is in session. If smaller communities can't afford ...

October 06, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists

Not Only in America

Comrades-in-arms hurried the wounded Royal Airforce Sergeant into the Margate hospital east of London, his eyes burning from a chemical fire extinguisher cloud.

October 06, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists

GOP Can't Win in 2016 by Losing Now

Some Republicans in Congress will never learn.

October 04, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

The Increasingly Likable Donald Trump

Donald Trump - America's loveable bull in a china shop - was an eagerly anticipated speaker at the 2015 Values Voter Summit, a conference that brings ...

October 04, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists

The Best Talking Heads Lean Right

If the GOP's presidential candidates were half as persuasive as its conservative commentators, the party would have a much easier time winning elections.

October 02, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists

Obama Confesses to Pope Francis

"Your Holiness, I have never been to Catholic confession before, but since you and I have some things in common, I figure what the heck."

October 02, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Congress and the Fed Refuse to Learn From Their Mistakes

This month marks the seventh anniversary of the bursting of the housing bubble and the subsequent economic meltdown. The mood in Congress following the meltdown ...

October 01, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists

American Politics: Disagreeing to Agree

According to a Pew Research Center poll in 2010, nearly 123 million Americans (41 percent) believe the Rapture will happen before 2050. I bring this ...

October 01, 2015 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists

Could Australia Abandon the British Monarchy

The last several days have been dark ones down under.

September 30, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists

Are You Kicking Yourself For Ignoring Footgolf?

If a sport can make my bookworm wife raise her eyebrows and keep an open mind, it must really have potential.

September 30, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

Dead Man Walker's Urgent Plea to the GOP

Nine weeks ago, when alleged conservative wunderkind Scott Walker was riding high, I rightly dismissed him as "a clueless newbie unfit to lead." But I ...

September 29, 2015 | | Columnists

Don't Let Hillary Shift Blame for Obamacare's Failures

Health insurance premiums are rising because of Obamacare. And there is still one year left of the assorted reinsurance programs designed to mask premium increases ...

September 29, 2015 | | Columnists

The Cause of High College Tuition

Ah, the autumn is upon us. College campuses are buzzing with activity - as college kids and their parents rack up massive debt to cover the ...

September 27, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

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