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Where Common Ground Begins

"It's no wonder many Americans are uneasy about the way President Obama is growing our government and eroding our liberties. Aren't most Americans conservative?"

January 23, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Can Obama Overcome These NRA Shibboleths?

My dictionary defines a "shibboleth" as a "saying used by adherents of a party, sect, or belief and usually regarded by others as empty of real meaning." In response to the latest mass gun murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has trotted out its usual shibboleths.

January 23, 2013 | Jan Ting | Columnists


A Sea Change in the Firearms Debate

In August 1925, The New York Times estimated 50,000 – 60,000 members of the Ku Klux Klan marched in a parade in our nation's capital. It was a huge public display of the once-secret group. H.L. Mencken called it "a full mile of Klansmen and their ladies." The man sitting in the White House, Calvin Coolidge, was a member of the Klan. The president before him, Warren Harding, was also a noted Klansman. The fraternity preaching pure "100 percent Americanism" (anti-Semitic, anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant, anti-non-white) boasted of five million members – nearly 15 percent of the population in the ...

January 22, 2013 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


Obama Ignores the Rational Answer

What do Al Hunt of Bloomberg News, David Gregory of "Meet the Press" and President Obama have in common -- besides their liberal politics? They all send their kids to Sidwell Friends School.

January 20, 2013 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


School Choice in Texas: Subjecting Students to the Whims of Wall Street

About a quarter of the kids in the San Antonio school district attend charter schools. Most are the low-income, minority students we think about when we imagine providing innovative opportunities for kids stuck in failing public schools in bad neighborhoods. For a long time, school reform has targeted only kids from poor families. You know, the lucky ones who get those free lunches.

January 20, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Internet’s Child Aaron Swartz Becomes Collateral Damage

FONTANA, Ca. -- It was April 9, 2005 when I met the young person who impressed me so much I'd talk about him for 7 years. I was moderating a panel discussion of bloggers at Stanford University on "eDemocracy: The Role of blogs and Online Activists in 2004" The young person: 19-year-old Aaron Swartz.

January 18, 2013 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


Fussing Over the Distaff Staff

Washington's latest kerfuffle, at a time when political kerfuffling is epidemic, concerns the number of women in President Obama's inner circle. Some say there are too few.

January 18, 2013 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Putting a ‘spin’ on doping

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

January 17, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Exclusive Excerpt: The 1970s Stereo Console

It sat in my parents' dining room for 30 years or more: an old oak stereo console with large speakers concealed by green fabric. It filled my childhood with a harmony and clarity we could use lots more of about now.

January 17, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Lessons from the 1940 Census

My great-grandmother Jane Purcell had a wonderfully full life. Part of her story is revealed in the 1940 U.S. Census, which the National Archives and Records Administration made available online to the public in 2012 at 1940census.archives.gov .

January 16, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Zero Dark Thirty: A War We Didn’t Lose, But Also Didn’t Win

I was all set not to like "Zero Dark Thirty." I judged director Kathryn Bigelow an enemy of truth and justice for depicting torture as a necessary evil to find Osama bin Laden. When I walked into the screening, I was ready to hate "Zero Dark Thirty" as revisionist conservative propaganda.

January 16, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


So, Lincoln was a Republican, eh?

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

January 15, 2013 | | Columnists


2013 Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda Resolutions

Okay. Bent over. Hands on knees. Breathing hard. Whew. Made it. "Pant. Pant." For a while there, didn't seem like it'd ever happen, but somehow we mercifully staggered across the annum finish line, finally placing 2012 irrevocably in the rear-view mirror. Make no mistake, the political climate is still volatile. Rash. Mad. Loud. Pulsating forehead vein above arcing spray of spittle loud. And the double-crossing chicanery hasn't mellowed a bit of a spot of an iota from the fever pitch of last year's quadrennial heights.

January 15, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists


Unlike Romnesia, Obamasterics a Serious Malady

During the 2012 presidential election, Barack Obama coined a catchy phrase to describe all the flip-flops in which his opponent had allegedly engaged during the course of his career. On virtually every issue, from health care to abortion, from taxes to so-called pay equity, from welfare to gun control, Obama said the GOP nominee suffered from "Romnesia."

January 13, 2013 | Doug Patton | Columnists


Junk Laws

We have junk food, junk mail and junk bonds.

January 13, 2013 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


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End the Taxpayer-Funded Lobbying Scam

Since President Obama's first year in office, the federal government has been illegally using your federal tax dollars to pay lobbyists at the state and local level to lobby for tax hikes, zoning restrictions, and other nanny state policies that pick your pockets and limit your freedom. Every time a scandal breaks or Congress tries to crack down on abuses, the grant-making program changes its name and keeps on going.

April 15, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Why Rand Paul is Doomed to Lose

Rand Paul's prospects of ever being president are on a par with the Philadelphia Phillies' odds of winning the pennant. If he somehow makes it to the Oval Office, I will personally climb Mt. Everest and chisel his curly locks into the rocks.

April 14, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Ted’s Cruise to the Far Right

Texas stereotype shattered. Texas stereotype confirmed.

April 14, 2015 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


Slow-Motion Justice

Justice has been done in Boston, but it's not finished.

April 12, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


California’s License Scheme Punishes Its Poor

Imagine if a doctor struggled to pay a small debt and as punishment the government took away his stethoscope. Or, if a ballerina owed money and was forced to surrender her toe shoes. Makes no sense, right?

April 12, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


FAQ: Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Q. Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence, signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. What's the big deal?

April 10, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Marco Rubio: Style Over Substance

Over the last several months, Marco Rubio has been mentioned by the national media so many times one might think he was just elected president.

April 10, 2015 | | Columnists


I'd Forgotten Peace Was Possible

The President of the United States of America announced a peace deal with Iran. It's been so long that American leadership in the world sought peace through diplomacy I forgot we had it in our foreign policy tool box. The last time that occurred to me was on a Spring Break trip to Arkansas, which, granted, is also not an idea that occurs to many people.

April 09, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Tax-Time Misery

When I came to, I was on my back on the floor of my accountant's office.

April 09, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Political Pandering over Religious Freedom Bill

Apple CEO Tim Cook should know better than to freak out over Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). His company was also the victim of media alarmism and hyperbole.

April 08, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Obama and Iran: The Upside of Talking to Adversaries

The president was talking to America's enemy, extending his hand in the interests of peace, and the war hawks were going nuts. One conservative leader assailed "a weakened president, weakened in spirit as well as in clout." Another conservative leader denounced the president as "a useful idiot for (enemy) propaganda." A top conservative columnist lamented the president's "moral disarmament."

April 08, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Road Sage

Next to Interstate 15, about 45 miles south of Las Vegas, sit three mysterious structures that look like gigantic table lamps giving off blinding light.

April 07, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


The Democrats Win in Indiana

March Madness hit Indiana hard this week.

April 07, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


The End of the Civil War: The 150th Anniversary

When we were teenagers, my "the South's gonna do it again" younger brother bought into some weird conspiracy theory that Gen. Robert E. Lee didn't really surrender at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia. Lee supposedly thought he was merely handing his sword over to someone for cleaning. (The deniers who concocted the theory apparently also believed that Europeans never really landed in the New World but just filmed it out in the desert somewhere.)

April 05, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Springtime in Washington

Ah, springtime has finally arrived in Washington, D.C.

April 05, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


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