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A Democratic pulse

Let's send a big fat congratulatory shout out to former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones for capturing the Senate seat in Alabama, the first Democrat to be elected to that Yellowhammer State position since Richard Shelby won a second term in 1992, but then switched allegiances to the Republican Party two years later. Which, to be perfectly honest, is cheating.

December 21, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Christmas traditions are the best, eh

It's the Monday before Christmas, and my daughter, her hair tied up snugly in a bun, plops herself down in the front seat of my car. And as I aim my trusty German import in the direction of her ballet school, she turns to me, her face aglow in the gray afternoon light, a plea in her eyes.

December 21, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Alabama stupidity

Democrats can dream all they want.

December 20, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


You’d think leftist women would celebrate Mike Pence

If women had only known all it took to shatter the glass ceiling was to accuse your boss of sexual harassment, workplace history would have been very different! Of course - much like a frontal assault on a machinegun nest - the first over the top aren't getting the plum jobs, but their sacrifice makes it possible for rear echelon women to either achieve or guilt their way into the 'C' suites.

December 20, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Deregulation no breath of fresh air

As war continues to be waged over tax reform and the Affordable Care Act, a more subversive battle to eliminate consumer and environmental protections continues to rage. With the stroke of a pen, the president has swatted away bothersome regulations at the behest of corporate interest groups as though they were so many annoying flies.

December 19, 2017 | Blair Bess | Columnists


States, not the feds, should regulate gaming

The 10th Amendment to the Constitution is perhaps the most important of James Madison's many contributions to the nation's founding documents. Unfortunately for advocates of limited, enumerated government, its power has been eclipsed by the continuing growth of government in Washington.

December 19, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Republicans made the choice as simple as ‘Star Wars’

This weekend, millions of Americans will flock to theaters for the premiere of The Last Jedi, the latest episode of the Star Wars series. There is plenty that fans find appealing about the sci-fi epic, from the outlandish creatures to the human conflict and the iconic quotes to John Williams' beautiful scoring.

December 18, 2017 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Swamp insider: ‘With Trump, you never know’

When a journalist on the immigration beat sits down to write a column, he never has to wonder if he'll find fresh material. Rather, the challenge is which of the half dozen developments since he last opined should he write?

December 18, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Remember nursing home patients at Christmas

At this festive time of year, it is good to remember those who will probably never again personally experience "city sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style."

December 16, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Time to change the White House press briefing

In the immediate aftermath of the resignation of Sean Spicer as White House press secretary, a discussion arose over whether to continue the televised daily press briefings.

December 16, 2017 | Carl Golden | Columnists


California wildfires, horses and celebrities

News reports about California wildfires often seem to focus on horses, celebrities and schadenfreude. Sometimes fire victims suffer a second time from the crazy news coverage.

December 14, 2017 | Daryl Cagle | Columnists


Top 10 Comedic News Stories of 2017

Put down the nog. Let in the dog. Delay your spouse's jog. Buy a mask for the smog. Alert the press in Prague. Because the eagerly awaited list of Top Ten Comedic News Stories of the Year has finally arrived. It truly is... the most wonderful time of the year.

December 14, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Virginia politicians surprised drivers object to destination tax

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) opened a new toll road recently. The highway has been in existence since 1982, but the toll gantries are new. Rush hour tolling, between 5:30 and 9:30 a.m., is a test of how badly you want to reach The Swamp.

December 13, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


My warm winter nights with Roberto Clemente

I first saw Roberto Clemente in 1955 when he was a 21-year-old outfielder playing for the Santurce Crabbers, a Puerto Rican Winter League team. My family had just moved from Dodger-less Los Angeles so that my father could take an assignment as a plant supervisor in Carolina, Clemente's birthplace.

December 13, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


The Muslim ban persists, but why?

On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States granted the Trump Administration's wish to fully implement the "travel ban" while challenges to the policy work their way through lower courts. This is the third iteration of the president's efforts to prohibit anyone from six specifically listed countries - most of which happen to have Muslim-majority populations - from visiting the United States.

December 12, 2017 | Graham F. West | Columnists


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Donald Trump: Banana Republican

So President Donald Trump, noted fiscal conservative, swamp-drainer, and compulsive saber-rattler, wants a massive military parade through the streets of downtown Washington D.C.

February 14, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Stop worrying so much about Tide Pods

My New York friend Larry was nearly out of breath on the phone.

February 14, 2018 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Obsessed with Trump

You watch Fox News - "We love President Trump."

February 13, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


A parade for the President

Every year on July 14th, the French celebrate Bastille Day - a remembrance of the start of the French Revolution - with a full military parade. This ...

February 13, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Is your house a home yet?

"It takes a heap o' livin' in a house t' make it home." - Edgar Albert Guest.

February 12, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Democrats can only go so far bashing Trump

For months, the American people have been besieged by predictions of a blue wave, a powerful and widespread cascade of Democratic election victories this fall ...

February 12, 2018 | Carl Golden | Columnists


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