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The Fallacy of Common Sense

It used to be common sense that the earth was flat. Then it was common sense that the earth was the center of the universe. Now it's common sense that you can use a student's test scores to measure a teacher's effectiveness. But that idea, called the "Value-Added Method" or VAM, came crashing to earth recently when Washington state became the first state to lose a No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver-and the money that goes along with it-because it could not come up with a way to use test scores to judge teachers.

April 30, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Sterling’s message is loud and clear

The issue brought to light in the Donald Sterling matter is this: Neither passing legislation nor even electing a black president can cleanse all minds of evil thoughts.

April 30, 2014 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Bad Penny Boehner Just Won’t Go Away

The stupefyingly stubborn John Boehner is at it again. A week ago at a Las Vegas fundraiser, the House speaker audaciously said that he's hell-bent on passing an immigration bill this year. Then at the exclusive Brown's Run Country Club in his Ohio home district, Boehner publicly ridiculed his fellow House Republicans for refusing to fall in line. Said Boehner in a whining voice intended to disparage uncooperative Republicans: "Here's the attitude. Ohhhh. Don't make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard."

April 29, 2014 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Nerds have come full circle

A tsunami of tech is engulfing our nation, and in the process, redecorating communities like a family of grizzly bears locked in a Volkswagen van. A family of obscenely paid bespectacled grizzly bears with a taste for artisanal toast.

April 29, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


The retro world of Vladimir Putin

So much for the hope that a new, democratic, non-confrontational Russia would emerge in the 21st century -- hopes that began on Nov. 9, 1989, when Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev took up President Ronald Reagan's challenge and tore down that 30-year-old Berlin wall.

April 26, 2014 | By Joe Gandelman | Columnists


Marathon makes all Americans proud

It was nice to be away from politics for a week.

April 25, 2014 | BY MICAEL REAGAN | Columnists


Exploiting the American Prom

Exclusive Excerpt from: "Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!" by Tom Purcell

April 25, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The Dawn of a New Age of Political Lies

Politicians should have as many words for lying as Inuits have for snow. To tell the truth in politics requires only the inverse of the courtroom oath: I promise to tell some of the truth at least some of the time, so help me Fox News. Now a right-wing political group has asked the Supreme Court to make lying in politics a First Amendment Right. And you thought nothing got done in Washington.

April 25, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


We Want Politicians to Lie

Get this: The U.S. Supreme Court is about to decide whether false accusations and mudslinging during political campaigns are illegal.

April 24, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Keystone Pipeline Punt is Pure Politics

Every so often, someone in politics says something so preposterously hilarious that we're at pains to prevent our coffee from exiting our noses.

April 24, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Time to Get Tough on India Stealing Our Stuff

Quite simply, from pharmaceuticals to motion pictures to software, India is stealing our stuff. India ranks dead last among major economies in protection of intellectual property rights, according to a comprehensive analysis by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. And despite lots of talk and visits from Secretary of State John Kerry and Vice President Joe Biden last year, India's respect for property rights has only continued to deteriorate. It's time for the administration to get tough and designate India as a Priority Foreign Country in its 2014 Special 301 Report, making clear that India will suffer consequences ...

April 23, 2014 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Media Drones

Today I am announcing a new venture to grow aspara-berries. These tasty and nutritious hybrid plants combine the best features of asparagus and strawberries to create a mouthwatering treat.

April 23, 2014 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Let’s Get Lethaler

You'd think Americans have enough stuff to worry about. Severe drought desiccating a third of the country. A political system whose major talent is demonstrating stasis in action. The rich using the poor as fleshy paving stones for the road to mansions on the hill. Ben Affleck as Batman.

April 22, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


How Not to Talk About Wealth Inequality

Have you heard we live in an oligarchy? Perhaps you've been told America is a plutocracy? Is that because of widespread demagogy?

April 22, 2014 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


Don’t Dump Pennsylvania’s Governor

Be careful, Pennsylvania people.

April 20, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


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Bizarre Similarities Between Trump and Clinton

Our quadrennial presidential sweepstakes regularly provides textbook studies in contrast. And 2016 raises the bar in disparity. Red and blue. Left and right. Hot and ...

August 18, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


No Such Thing as Free Lunch

Like you, I sift through an awful lot of junk email each morning, but every once in a while there's a piece of very ...

August 17, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


How to Get Americans to Watch the Olympics

Fewer Americans are watching the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro than they did prior Games. I offer a solution.

August 17, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Awaiting the Next Media Freakout over Trump

The Great American Trump Freakout is just getting started, in which anything Trump says that can be misinterpreted as evil will be.

August 16, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Donald Trump has Crossed the Line of Decency

I'm morbidly fascinated by the rhetorical mud being slung between Democrats and Republicans these days. How exhilarating to hear Hillary Clinton labeled "unstable" by ...

August 16, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


By Dick Polman Hillary Clinton is riding high, thanks to the latest Trumplosions. But just because

Hillary Clinton is riding high, thanks to the latest Trumplosions. But just because she's winning in the polls, we shouldn't whitewash her flaws ...

August 15, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Trump Blows Himself Up Again

Donald Trump didn't listen.

August 15, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


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