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If you Enron-ize public schools, cheating is going to happen

The Ohio state auditor is investigating the practice of "scrubbing," or dropping students from attendance rolls so they don't count against test scores. The former El Paso superintendent is in prison for using truant officers to encourage at-risk students to drop out. Other testing scandals have popped up in Mobile, Dallas, Houston, Detroit, Baltimore, St. Louis, and East St. Louis, Illinois. And everywhere USA Today looked in a 2011 investigation, they discovered statistically improbable aberrations in test scores, identifying 1,610 examples of anomalies that an Arizona State University professor compared to "a weight-loss clinic where you lose 100 ...

April 03, 2013 | | Columnists


Do I need a permit for that bat?

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

April 02, 2013 | | Columnists


Equal is as equal does

The nation held its collective breath and turned not just blue but a veritable rainbow of colors as the Supreme Court spent a goodly part of two days hearing oral arguments on gay marriage. Well, at least they were in the same room as arguments about gay marriage were oralled. In a position to eavesdrop on a series of gay marriage arguments, if they were of a mind to.

April 02, 2013 | | Columnists


Rites versus rights

A colleague of mine quipped the other day that the only religion he believes in is his own. "Sure," I countered. "You piously believe in your own opinion."

April 01, 2013 | | Columnists


Rites Versus Rights

A colleague of mine quipped the other day that the only religion he believes in is his own. "Sure," I countered. "You piously believe in your own opinion."

March 31, 2013 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


Churches: Time to Fight!

You can't win the fight if you don't put on the gloves.

March 31, 2013 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Sample Some Popular Political Whines

The phone rings in a big warehouse in Oriskiny Falls, N.Y.

March 29, 2013 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


April Fools

The calendar says Monday is April first, but lately it seems that foolishness occurs year-round.

March 29, 2013 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Hey, Is That Butterfly Spying On You?

Salon.com recently ran excerpts of Emily Anthes's book "Frankenstein's Cat: Cuddling Up To Biotech's Brave New Beasts," and I may never look at national security the same way again.

March 29, 2013 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Unlimited: The Cult of the Self

According to the Bible, the ancient Israelites strayed from worship of God into idolatry. Today, America has done the same- except rather than placing a golden calf upon an altar, we have erected a mirror.

March 28, 2013 | Michael Stafford | Columnists


Not the Devil, but Silver-Tongued

The devil is in the details.

March 27, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Without reform, Medicaid expansion will bankrupt Texas

What's the catch?

March 21, 2013 | | Columnists


It’s better to go to the source

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

March 20, 2013 | | Columnists


How not to honor St. Patrick

Ah, St. Patrick's Day is upon us.

March 20, 2013 | | Columnists


Rand Paul: GOP’s national salvation or doom?

A national political star is born. Kentucky's' Republican Senator Rand Paul became the political Justin Beiber of libertarians everywhere and a role model for GOPers who want to grab media attention by staging a dramatic "talking filibuster." And, suddenly, Republicans who had steadfastly resisted the idea of bringing back talking filibusters were falling all over themselves to get involved and praise it.

March 20, 2013 | | Columnists


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If the Fed Has Nothing to Hide, It Has Nothing to Fear

Since the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913, the dollar has lost over 97 percent of its purchasing power, the US economy has been subjected to a series of painful Federal Reserve-created recessions and depressions, and government has grown to dangerous levels thanks to the Fed's policy of monetizing the debt. Yet the Federal Reserve still operates under a congressionally-created shroud of secrecy.

January 21, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Monsieur Obama MIA

Everyone from Jon Stewart to Ted Cruz has mocked President Obama for not flying to France last weekend.

January 20, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


On Handwritten Letters

I received an unexpected postcard in the mail the other day from an old friend. It made my day.

January 20, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


End Oil Protectionism

The politics of the crude exports issue are confused by a lot of irresponsible reporting. Almost every story on the issue asserts that allowing exports would be politically dangerous because it would supposedly raise prices at the pump, but the claim is never credibly sourced. In fact, every single serious study has found precisely the opposite: allowing crude exports would lower prices at the pump.

January 18, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


On Elizabeth Warren, the Bright Shiny Object

Elizabeth Warren continues to bedazzle people precisely because she's not running for president. If she were to actually run for president, her power to bedazzle would diminish in a flash. To quote the sage Bob Dylan, "What looks large from a distance, close up ain't never that big."

January 18, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Lessons from Paris

After the tragic shooting at a provocative magazine in Paris last week, I pointed out that given the foreign policy positions of France we must consider blowback as a factor. Those who do not understand blowback made the ridiculous claim that I was excusing the attack or even blaming the victims. Not at all, as I abhor the initiation of force. The police blaming victims when they search for the motive of a criminal.

January 16, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


America is Becoming a Welfare State

As the controversy builds over anything and everything relating to Barack Obama, many Republicans have come to believe that their party will prosper as a result.

January 16, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


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