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Thoughts on guns and society

Just recently I was visiting with a friend and she remarked how glad she was that the Florida kids were holding rallies due to the recent shootings there.

March 29, 2018 | By Judi Tabler | Columnists


The dangers of John Bolton to the United States

H. R. McMaster, President Trump's second National Security Advisor (who followed the historically short-serving and now-indicted Michael Flynn), is set to resign his post at the beginning of next month. Soon to be in his place is someone far less qualified - and far more dangerous.

March 29, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Activism in the age of Trump

The operative word in activist is "active." To be an activist you must be... well, active; pro-active at times. An activist can't sit in front of a computer, posting or blogging away, limit themselves to tweeting, or simply disseminate news - fake or documented fact. An activist must get up. They must make noise. They must do everything in their power to move their agenda forward. The most successful activists know a thing or two about making noise. They know that a shriek or a shout is nothing more than a fleeting sound. Groups like the NRA or those who ...

March 29, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Conservative Justice gave Democrats a path back to power

If Democrats do manage to retake the House this fall, they might have to send a thank-you card to the chambers of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.

March 28, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Dismantling the Nannystate, bit by bit

The premise of the Nannystate, the place to which all progressive roads lead, is that the people are not informed enough, smart enough, and do not care enough to take care of themselves. Therefore, we all need the state to act as our safe-guard and intermediary.

March 28, 2018 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Politics and leaking has a long history in the FBI

Libertarian Republican Rand Paul, certainly no sycophant to Donald Trump, put it plainly: Andrew McCabe, the Deputy Director of the FBI, was fired for leaking information to the press and then lying about it to the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility.

March 27, 2018 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Fake storm

So now it's collusion with Stormy Daniels?

March 27, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Free market term limits breakthrough

Serial entrepreneur Norbert Richter claims no relation to the inventor of the Richter Scale, but if his breakthrough idea is successful, he'll be causing political tremors for decades. Richter has used his failed congressional primary challenge as inspiration for a free market workaround that has the potential to be voter-imposed term limits.

March 26, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


The Austin Bomber was a white Christian. Ban them all!

I hold this truth to be self-evident: If the dead Austin bomber had turned out to be a Muslim, Trump would be interrupting his current presidential duties to rail anew about the urgent need to thwart dangerous foreigners with walls and travel bans.

March 26, 2018 | Dick Polman | Columnists


FDA tobacco policy faces key test

Shortly after Scott Gottlieb took over as the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, he announced a paradigmatic shift in the agency's approach to regulating tobacco products centered on harm reduction - the idea that smokers who can't quit outright can get nicotine from products other than cigarettes and dramatically improve their health outcomes as a result. The first test of the extent to which things have really changed at the FDA comes with the application of a product called IQOS from Philip Morris, an electronic device that heats tobacco enough to release nicotine - but without combustion and all of ...

March 24, 2018 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


The immigration Ponzi scheme

Good and possibly great news: the U.S. birthrate continues to trend lower, now at the lowest on record since 1920, the year when the federal government first gathered and stored reliable statistics.

March 24, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Xi the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh is banned on the internet in China because the lovable bear, with a crown on his head, was used as a symbol to criticize Chinese president-for-life, Xi Jinping.

March 22, 2018 | Daryl Cagle | Columnists


From bad to worse for Trumpworld

Just two days out of sync with the Ides of March, the United States, the world, and (now former) Secretary of State Rex Tillerson found out that our nation's chief diplomat had been removed from his post.

March 22, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Trumping the North Korea naysayers

President Trump will never win.

March 21, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Congress says THIS time we really mean it!

There's a bill being lovingly preserved by Mitch McConnell, Curator of the Senate, that's one of those "bipartisan" efforts the media loves to celebrate.

March 21, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


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Spring break, or bust

As an educator, I feel blessed that I usually have the same spring break as my three daughters, which means we get to spend a ...

April 14, 2018 | Jase Graves | Columnists


Trump’s latest headache is in Wisconsin

Earlier this week in Wisconsin, a state governed by Koch Brothers subsidiary Scott Walker, one million voters cast ballots to fill a seat on the ...

April 12, 2018 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Cost is what ails health care

"I'm lucky to have health insurance, but I still can't afford to go to the doctor."

April 12, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


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