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The Truth About Ronald Reagan and South Africa

The whole world mourns Nelson Mandela. Rightly.

December 15, 2013 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Do You Hear What I Hear?

It was 73 and sunny, still two weeks before Thanksgiving, and I was stuck in traffic on the 405. Over the car radio a DJ on KOST-FM was extolling the "holiday spirit." Then he played "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" by Gene Autry - a song so old that it doesn't rouse spirits so much as it conjures ghosts of Christmas past.

December 15, 2013 | Peter Funt | Columnists


2013: A Year of Ironies

If 2013 was a year of ups and downs, it was also a year peppered with ironies. Here are just a few:

December 13, 2013 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


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


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Trump Camp’s Latest Move is to Bash Catholics

They told me not to overreact. Read new Donald Trump campaign manager Steve Bannon's comments "in context," they said. And, after all, Christine, you ...

August 30, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


The Right Lessons from Obamacare’s Meltdown

The decision of several major insurance companies to cut their losses and withdraw from the Obamacare exchanges, combined with the failure of 70 percent of ...

August 30, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Trump’s Bathwater vs. Hillary’s

The Great Donald Trump Pivot is still very much in progress.

August 29, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Why Can’t Quanah Parker’s House Be Saved?

It's not every day you can lean on the dining room table that once belonged to the Comanche's last war chief, Quanah Parker ...

August 29, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Let’s Chew on the New Clinton Foundation Nothingburger

The mainstream media has a tough time "balancing" the coverage of a presidential campaign where one candidate is temperamentally suited for the Oval Office and ...

August 27, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Hillary Hardly a Champ for the Working Class

On the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton is the fiery champion of the working stiff.

August 27, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Star Trek Turns 50

Not too long after the Sept. 8, 1966, premiere of TV's "Star Trek" (or "Star Trick," as I misheard the title), my "no nonsense ...

August 25, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Why the Media is Biased Against Donald Trump

Hillary Clinton is "doing what they call in politics 'freezing pockets,'" Chris Cuomo -- son of the late New York governor -- explained on his CNN program ...

August 25, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


A Woman’s View

Do you ever think about how you visualize concepts or thoughts in your mind?

August 24, 2016 | Judi Tabler | Columnists


Hannity Is Trump's Puppeteer

November's biggest loser might not be Donald Trump ---- even if he gets clobbered at the polls. The person with the most to lose is ...

August 24, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Media Bias in Baton Rouge

The recent flooding in Baton Rouge is a study in media bias if you compare it to media coverage of Hurricane Katrina.

August 24, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Yet Another Regrettable Outcome of the 2016 Election: Divorce

Get this: According to The New York Times, some wives are threatening to divorce their husbands if the fellows vote for Donald Trump.

August 23, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


What Should We Do About Crimea?

Is Crimea about to explode? The mainstream media reports that Russia has amassed troops on the border with Ukraine and may be spoiling for a ...

August 23, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Roger Ailes and Donald Trump Deserve Each Other

If you read Superman comics as a kid, you're probably familiar with Bizarro World - the planet where everything is the opposite of life on ...

August 22, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


For My Dad, I Won’t Vote for Either

On the whole, I'm an imperfect Catholic, but there is one particular area of my Christian identity in which I excel: guilt.

August 22, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


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