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Who is having the best Christmas? Bernie! (the dog, not the politician)

Kids who still believe in Santa Claus have the best Christmas experience. That seems an appropriate reward for toddlers who think that a bearded old man who likes to hang out alone at shopping malls is cool. Then throw in that he knows when you are sleeping, knows when you're awake, and then enters your house in the middle of the night by way of your chimney. Any child these days who can suspend that kind of reality deserves a great Christmas. And any man who actually attempted such a thing would be delivering presents at Leavenworth and sharing ...

December 20, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Columnists

Soft Landing for a Politician Is on Top of Taxpayers

There's a technique in politics I call the "Soft Landing Straddle" that politicians love because it helps them avoid unpleasant election consequences. This year in Virginia we have an example of the straddle, but first let me explain how it works and the negative effect it has on you.

December 18, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists

Our Polling Addiction

No pollster would dare ask, "Are you in favor of more political polls?" Or, "Should news media spend more time covering polls?"

December 17, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists

Why Trump's Success Makes Sense

Donald Trump has not been deterred, much to the chagrin of his bipartisan troupe of naysayers. The Donald's blunt stance on Muslim immigration has only won him popularity among the Republican rank-and-file, not to mention independents and moderate Democrats.

December 17, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists

'Might Makes Right' is Wrong

Bullies love fear. And once they sniff its smoke, the real pros know how to fuel and exploit it. They are always claiming to represent the greater good, when what they really specialize in is looking out for #1 while flinging loads of #2 at the rest of us. Consequently, the people most susceptible to their reviled reveille are the weak, the ignorant, the powerless, other bullies and folks with neck tattoos.

December 16, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists

If You Want Security, Pursue Liberty

Judging by his prime-time speech last week, the final year of Barack Obama's presidency will be marked by increased militarism abroad and authoritarianism at home. The centerpiece of the president's speech was his demand for a new law forbidding anyone on the federal government's terrorist watch list from purchasing a firearm. There has never been a mass shooter who was on the terrorist watch list, so this proposal will not increase security. However, it will decrease liberty.

December 16, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists

Party of Reagan Now the Party of Trump

If you are under the age of 40 and have ever discussed politics with your peers, you have no doubt encountered those who identify as Republican but are quick to tell you that they are not like those other anti-gay, anti-choice, anti-science, anti-Muslim, right-wing extremists. They only vote Republican for the tax cuts.

December 15, 2015 | Karl Frisch | Columnists

Colbert Wrong on Humor and Guns

Liberals have good reason to love Stephen Colbert. He is unabashedly a "big government liberal." He isn't funny like Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel, and he doesn't need to be to maintain his third place ranking in the late night talk show competition.

December 15, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists

No Such Thing as a Trump Republican

"You can't be a Trump Republican and a Ronald Reagan Republican."

December 13, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

What’s the Republican plan for beating ISIS?

When I listen to Republicans talk tough about ISIS, I'm reminded of a old Steve Martin joke:

December 13, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists

By Michael Shannon In the "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" tradition characterizing Obama

In the "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" tradition characterizing Obama's policy on Islamic terrorism, Rep. Don Beyer (D-Dhimmi) invited other Democrats to join him in visiting the Virginia mosque that hosted two of the 9/11 attackers in a "show of solidarity with American Muslims."

December 11, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists

Civil Discourse Needed to Address Terrorist Threat

Last week was an ugly day for civil discourse.

December 11, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

A Key Shift for Obama in ISIS Address

One particular passage in President Obama's Sunday night address to the nation caught my attention:

December 10, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists

Will the IRS Take Your Passport?

A little-noticed provision in the highway funding bill Congress passed last week threatens a right most Americans take for granted: the right to travel abroad. The provision in question gives the Internal Revenue Service the authority to revoke the passport of anyone the IRS claims owes more than $50,000 in back taxes.

December 10, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists

Lennon Fans: 35 Years Later, We All Shine On

Monday, December 8, 1980, started out as a good day for me.

December 09, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

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When Lewd Talk Washes Away Meaningful Facts

"My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders, some time in the future with energy that is as green and ...

October 13, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists

A Bruising, Surreal 90 Minutes Between Trump and Clinton

Donald Trump may not have inflicted any further damage on his badly listing presidential candidacy on Sunday night, but it's unlikely he expanded his ...

October 12, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists

Suffering from Election Stress Disorder

"Five more weeks before the election. I'm not sure I can survive that long."

October 12, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

2016 Election Choices: Guaranteed Disaster or Risky River Landing

An 11-year old lewd comment by Donald Trump that the Clinton campaign dredged from the sewer reminds us America is in a nose dive and ...

October 11, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists

The Not-So-Conservative Chris Christie

To say New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is skipping.. um.. trudging.. out of office, loading up Jersey drivers with a 250 percent increase in the ...

October 11, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists

Missing the Connection Between Politicians and Consequences

Today we have two widely separated instances of voters unable to grasp the connection between the people they elect to office and the policies and ...

October 10, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists

Perfect Pence

Now that was a debate.

October 10, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

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