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The dangers of a ‘Bloody Nose’ strike on North Korea

As State of the Union coverage was in full swing on Tuesday night, another story was quietly breaking in Washington: The Trump Administration's once-likely nominee for the critical post of Ambassador to South Korea, Victor Cha, was apparently out of the running.

February 07, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


I’m still cheering for Trump

Donald Trump sure hit it out of the park Tuesday night.

February 06, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


A backyard immigration lesson

The perky little chickadee with a black cap and deformed beak that I'd been trying to keep alive died a few days ago, the same day the 7.9 magnitude earthquake jolted me and fellow Alaskans out of bed.

February 06, 2018 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Exclusive: Trump’s 2019 State of the Union Speech

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States and my fellow Americans:

February 05, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Will male infertility doom mankind?

According to the British newspaper The Telegraph, if problems continue at the current rate, the entire human race could be infertile in just 50 years.

February 05, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Trump the unifier? Don’t buy it

President Donald Trump, who's never been shy about hammering his rivals and skewering his opponents, used his first State of the Union speech Tuesday night to call for unity as the nation attacks some of its biggest challenges.

February 03, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


How to survive a southern snowpocalypse

Snow in East Texas is only slightly less rare than a parade of CNN reporters wearing red "Make America Great Again" caps while singing "You Can't Always Get What You Want" in downtown Pyongyang. This year, though, the impossible happened, and East Texas was blanketed with a couple of inches of powder. Only this time, it wasn't the usual dunes of yellow pollen from a bunch of turned on pine trees that need to get a room.

February 03, 2018 | Jase Graves | Columnists


Technology and the paper makers petition

Every time disruptive technology becomes widely adopted, those who rely on what is has displaced often turn to the government seeking protection. It's a phenomenon well described in the 18th century by Frederic Bastiat who, in a famous essay entitled "The Candlemakers' Petition," described the demands made of the French government by candlemakers seeking to block the sun from competing against them.

February 01, 2018 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Lighten up, critics, it’s Groundhog Day

If I were Punxsutawney Phil, I might think twice before coming out of my burrow this year.

February 01, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Shut up or shut down

Chaos theory has been called the study of predicting "inherently unpredictable" systems. It is also an apt description of the study of the Trump presidency. Those closest to the president say he thrives on chaos, relishes tumult, and takes perverse pleasure in stirring up conflict among advisers and associates. The president is energized by noise. While this style of management may have served him as a businessman, it has limited his ability to lead and govern effectively.

January 31, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Warning: 24-hour news causes truth decay

With his famed utterance that everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts, the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan had to have known, on some level, that he was offering a cliche destined to last the ages.

January 31, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Beware the ‘conservative’ who grows in office

The maddening problem facing conservatives fighting the growth of Big Government is that much of the growth is fertilized by former conservatives who start growing first. The phenomena is most evident in benighted lands that don't impose term limits and have legislative bodies that meet year around.

January 30, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Democrats are masters at political posturing

Remember the yelling, screaming and personal attacks on the credibility of Republicans who opposed slapping the Unaffordable Care Act onto the federal spending bill just four years ago?

January 30, 2018 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


The false choice between the dreamers and the military

While it is a pleasant surprise that last weekend's shutdown was resolved so quickly, there is hardly time for a sigh of relief. In just a few short weeks, the latest continuing resolution will run out - leaving the government without funds once more.

January 29, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Baseball says ‘no’ to cheaters

Since the advent of sabermetrics, the already insufferable annual argument about who should get into the dysfunctional Baseball Hall of Fame has become more tedious.

January 29, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


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Circus Trump

Like Cirque de Soleil, the Donald Trump Circus has many touring productions. The Oval Office. The White House. The Cabinet. Both Republican held Houses of ...

April 17, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists


Congress not up to the task of taking on Facebook

As I watched Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg go head-to-head with members of Congress, I couldn't help but have the same reaction I have ...

April 16, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Time to reconsider regime change in Syria?

American response to the catastrophic humanitarian crisis Syria has been experiencing for the last seven years has been tepid at best. With Syrian President Bashar ...

April 16, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


New strategy offers Trump a much bigger NAFTA win

In politics and public policy, sometimes a modest victory is actually a massive missed opportunity. President Trump is at risk of suffering just that kind ...

April 14, 2018 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


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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