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Jared Kushner is bad for Middle East peace

Diplomacy is not a transactional affair. This seems lost on self-proclaimed Middle East expert and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner. The ever-increasing number of questionable business entanglements between Kushner's family and Israeli companies, individuals, and government ministers is troubling given his directive to honestly broker an equitable peace agreement between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority. That and his lack of experience in government, politics, or international relations.

January 11, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


A few 2018 predictions

Time for a few choice words for the not-so-dearly departed year of 2017. And those words are... "You sucked. Go away. Stay there. Keep it moving odd numbered year. Don't linger. No dawdling. Forget about sticking around to watch us shudder whenever the sight of something orange triggers a flashback. Bury your shadow in a deep dark cave. Forget it Jake, it's Chinatown."

January 11, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists


The part-time presidency of Donald Trump

Note to self: When it's time to sit down and talk with my bosses about my next steps as an opinion editor and all-around-columnist guy, I must make sure to negotiate in plenty of "executive time."

January 10, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Frigid winter SAD for Anti-Trumpers

Boy, it's cold across America.

January 10, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Protests in Iran require care and nuance

In the final days of 2017, protests erupted and quickly spread to cities across the country of Iran. More than a week later, a government crackdown has left more than 20 people killed and 450 arrested, as demonstrations continue in the most serious show of resistance to the oppressive regime in Tehran since the 2009 Green Revolution.

January 09, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Steve Bannon’s spontaneous combustion

It's been said that death was a good career move for Elvis. It remains to be seen if Steve Bannon's Watch-Me-Burn-Down-My-Career Tour will be equally favorable for his future prospects. The coverage of his quotes and leaks in Michael Wolff's new book 'Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House' has been nothing short of incendiary.

January 09, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Calling out Congress

Didn't we turn over a new leaf in 2018?

January 08, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


From Russia with love... sort of

Americans who lived through the Cold War were taught that the Soviet Union was not our friend. They possessed weapons that could obliterate us with "the push of a button," as President Trump would say.

January 08, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Santa should have left these gifts

Hey!!! Sorry. Just trying to rouse everyone from their tranquil basking in the afterglow of the most wonderful time of the year. You know, the one where the retail industry celebrates swimming in black ink while the rest of us pray the frigid temps delay the bills a mite longer.

January 06, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists


It’s winter! Get with the program!

Much of the nation has been suffering from a cold snap of epic proportions, but there are always a few jokers who don't get the message.

January 06, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Why my father shuns social media

My father is behind the curve on social media, but I think he is onto something.

January 04, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Why is Trump now sending missiles to Ukraine?

The Trump Administration's announcement that it will provide anti-tank missiles to Ukraine is a move that's long-overdue. It's also a slap in the face for Russian President Vladimir Putin. The timing and rationale behind President Trump's decision, however, begs the question, why now?

January 04, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


New Year’s absolution

I've never been one to make New Year's resolutions. In fact, I usually scoff at the very concept of suddenly making a decision to change some aspect of one's life, especially after a night that, for many folks, involves staying up too late and losing important articles of clothing in public. The most crucial decision these people should be making is how to navigate their way to bed without ruining the carpet. But this year, I've decided to make some significant changes, considering that it's noon on a Tuesday as I write this, and I ...

January 03, 2018 | Jason Graves | Columnists


Why Trump isn’t getting credit for the economy

When the national economy is on a roll, history tells us, the American people are happy, content, upbeat and readily credit whoever the President is at the time for creating an environment in which growth, opportunity and job security can thrive.

January 03, 2018 | Carl Golden | Columnists


President Trump in 2017: A pop quiz

In honor of Donald Trump's most towering achievement - no previous president can touch his talent for serial falsity - my year-end pop quiz features only one question:

January 02, 2018 | Dick Polman | Columnists


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Donald Trump: Banana Republican

So President Donald Trump, noted fiscal conservative, swamp-drainer, and compulsive saber-rattler, wants a massive military parade through the streets of downtown Washington D.C.

February 14, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Stop worrying so much about Tide Pods

My New York friend Larry was nearly out of breath on the phone.

February 14, 2018 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Obsessed with Trump

You watch Fox News - "We love President Trump."

February 13, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


A parade for the President

Every year on July 14th, the French celebrate Bastille Day - a remembrance of the start of the French Revolution - with a full military parade. This ...

February 13, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Is your house a home yet?

"It takes a heap o' livin' in a house t' make it home." - Edgar Albert Guest.

February 12, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Democrats can only go so far bashing Trump

For months, the American people have been besieged by predictions of a blue wave, a powerful and widespread cascade of Democratic election victories this fall ...

February 12, 2018 | Carl Golden | Columnists


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