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GOP Congress must remember why it was elected

"I've never seen anything quite like it," said a political-insider friend of mine as we sipped coffee.

November 04, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Trump’s apologists couldn’t care less about indictments

Amidst all the speculation about the scope and direction of Robert Mueller's deepening Trump-Russia probe - triggered anew by the indictment of Paul Manafort - one thing is certain: No matter what happens on the legal front in the days and weeks ahead, Trump's credulous fan base will remain wedded to him 'til death do they part.

November 04, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


“Casablanca” turns 75: We’ll always have parodists

When I was in my late teens, a Nashville TV station ran a late-night double-feature of Humphrey Bogart movies. Immersed in the nostalgia craze, I grudgingly sacrificed "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" and dozed off so I could stay awake for the fabled "Casablanca." In those pre-DVD, pre-streaming days, my nap was my "letter of transit" to a wonderful experience.

November 02, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Shedding light on Puerto Rico

Backroom wrangling over financial transactions between government agencies and big business is not unheard of. It is, however, suspect when it involves "no-bid" contracts.

November 02, 2017 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Where are the rest of the Republican heroes?

Are Senators Bob Corker of Tennessee, Jeff Flake and John McCain of Arizona, and Nebraska's Ben Sasse the only honest Republicans on Capitol Hill? It appears so. They seem to have more testosterone flowing through their bodies than the remaining male Republican members of both Houses of Congress combined. And they appear to be the only Republicans in Washington gutsy enough to publicly take on the president.

November 01, 2017 | Blair Bess | Columnists


This week’s profiles in political courage!

Arizona Republican Jeff Flake proudly stood before America this week and crowed, "Mr. President, I rise today to address a matter that has been much on my mind, at a moment when it seems that our democracy is more defined by our discord and our dysfunction than it is by our values and our principles."

November 01, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Hail, the Queen of Collusion

Excuse me, but didn't I write this column already?

November 01, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Senator versus demagogue, and history’s verdict

Bravo to the Republican senator who stood tall in the chamber and assailed a Republican demagogue for his disgraceful reliance on "the Four Horsemen of Calumny - Fear, Ignorance, Bigotry, and Smear." Bravo to the senator for insisting, with virtually no support from cowered colleagues, that "it's high time for the United States Senate and its members to do some soul-searching, for us to weigh our consciences."

October 31, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Fix the parks, not the fees

Three years ago this month, returning to my hotel room in Flagstaff, Arizona, I wrote:

October 30, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


The performance art of Republicans slamming Trump

President Trump insisted this week that his meeting with the Republican Senate caucus was a "lovefest," but there was plenty of evidence to the contrary if you asked some members of his party.

October 30, 2017 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Will your job be extinct by 2030?

Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a single day. TEACH a man to fish and eventually someone will invent a fishing ROBOT and put your student's butt on the unemployment line.

October 28, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Trump just keeps digging

It's the first rule of crisis communications: When you're in the hole, the first thing you do is to stop digging.

October 28, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Tribune Publisher Bob Werner remembered

Last week we learned of the passing of Robert "Bob" Werner. For those of you who don't remember, Bob began his career with the Great Bend Tribune in 1961 selling advertising. About 10 years later he took over the helm at the Tribune as publisher where he led our organization until his retirement in 1996.

October 27, 2017 | Mary Hoisington | Columnists


Reflections from my forty year reunion

There comes a time in one's life when you can feel the arc of life start to descend. The realization that the road is ahead is shorter than the one behind. Your age is part of it, but only a part. For me, I had this sense initially when my mother Ramona passed away in May, 2002. It was a much different sense but unquestionably familiar when our fourth child, Maggie left for college three years ago. At that point, our dog, Bernie, was my constant companion. Then the time came when we had to say goodbye to her.

October 27, 2017 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


Hooray for Hollywood

Actors, actresses, producers, writers, directors, executives, and those who do their dirty work are jumping up and down on the casting couch, attempting to trample it once and for all.

October 26, 2017 | Blair Bess | Columnists


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NYC attacker was here legally. so why attack immigrants?

On Tuesday afternoon, a green card holder from Uzbekistan mowed down some innocent tourists in New York City. It was the deadliest terrorist attack on ...

November 08, 2017 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


It is time to move forward

Well, the 2017 election is over and we await the final vote count which should be sometime next week.

November 08, 2017 | Mary Hoisington | Columnists


Congress looks at Russian election interference

Those who claim to have been shocked the Russians might have meddled in the 2016 election are either playing for the cameras or not paying ...

November 07, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Any chance conservatives will finally fight back?

The best moment for conservatives during the Claremont Institute's panel discussion on "The Resistance and the Violent New Left" came at the end during ...

November 07, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Cut taxes, Reagan-style

What hasn't happened this week?

November 06, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


The beginning, not the end, of the Russia investigations

The first concrete details of Special Counsel Robert Mueller III's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the regime of Vladimir Putin ...

November 06, 2017 | Graham F. West | Columnists


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