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Fix Medicaid's Perverse Funding Formula

One of the most perverse consequences of the feverish backroom deals used to get Obamacare past the finish line was the funding formula for the law's Medicaid expansion, which started with the infamous Cornhusker Kickback, a sweetheart deal for Nebraska alone to get 100 percent federal funding for Medicaid expansion that was used to get then-Senator Ben Nelson's vote.

December 21, 2014 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists

Liz, Don’t Jump

Can Elizabeth Warren, the progressive senator from Massachusetts, wrest the Democratic presidential nomination from Hillary Clinton? Moreover, could she somehow leap an even higher hurdle and succeed Barack Obama?

December 19, 2014 | Peter Funt | Columnists

2016 Presidential Campaign Already Boring

The 2016 presidential campaign has barely started, and I'm already bored.

December 19, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists

Squatting on the Flag

If you believe the recently released Senate Intelligence Committee torture report, you might be tempted to conclude that the CIA lied to the press and the public and to Congress about the extent and effectiveness of its torture campaign. And that conclusion would be correct, sir.

December 18, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists

Cigarette Taxes Killed Eric Garner

Would police have harassed Eric Garner or his wife if the government had no financial interest in the selling of taxed cigarettes?

December 18, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists

Obama Can't Win on Oil Prices

Oil, like political punditry, is a commodity, traded freely on the open market and subject to the laws of supply and demand. The difference of course is that punditry enjoys an abundant and renewable supply, flows freely, and produces nothing of value. Oil, on the other hand, is actually important. The problem is that people think they are related.

December 17, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists

All I Want for Christmas is a (Real) Government Shutdown

The political class breathed a sigh of relief Saturday when the US Senate averted a government shutdown by passing the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill. This year's omnibus resembles omnibuses of Christmas past in that it was drafted in secret, was full of special interest deals and disguised spending increases, and was voted on before most members could read it.

December 17, 2014 | Ron Paul | Columnists

We're a Nation of Laws

Torture is illegal. Period. End of debate. There is no legal, moral or probable justification for torture. It's against the Bill of Rights; it's against the Geneva Convention; it's against United Nations Convention Against Torture (ratified by the U.S. in 1994); it's against every state statute from every modern constitutional democracy and every decent and encouraging proposal coming from humanity in the last century.

December 16, 2014 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists

Is Being Selfish Really Such a Bad Thing?

Well over two years ago, a local public figure encouraged folks to give blood because it was the selfless thing to do.

December 16, 2014 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists

It’s Not About Race

Remember Kelly Thomas?

December 14, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

Divided We Fall: An Open Letter to America’s Working Families

They say there's been a recovery, but most of us haven't seen it. Our economy is creating more jobs, but they don't match the wages, benefits and working conditions of the ones we've lost. The stock market is at a historic high, but its gains seem eerily divorced from how the economy is actually performing. Unfortunately, it looks like just another speculative bubble.

December 14, 2014 | Michael Stafford | Columnists

Health Insurance in Kansas: Are Premiums Increasing?

Recent reports have circulated that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has not treated Kansas well. Some point to the rise in premiums, or the fixed monthly costs you pay for health insurance, and that in Kansas, the rise in these premiums is more compared to the rest of the country. Perhaps not surprisingly, given the political nature of evaluating the success of the ACA, there is disagreement by analysts over the accuracy and the relevance of the numbers.

December 12, 2014 | Roberta Riportella, Professor of Community Health, K-State Research and Extension | Columnists

Letter to the Next Generation

Dear boys,

December 12, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists

My Comcast Grudge

A diverse group including concerned parents, sports fans and even the Writers Guild of America is fighting the proposed merger of media monoliths Time Warner and Comcast. The effort is spearheaded by the non-profit organization Public Knowledge, which claims the $45 billion merger would harm both the economy and our democracy.

December 12, 2014 | Peter Funt | Columnists

Questioning the Architect of Obamacare Deception

On Tuesday December 9, disgraced Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber will face the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He has a lot to answer for.

December 11, 2014 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists

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No school on parade day? What kids really learned that day

Everyone is still talking about the Royals parade. It seems the only people complaining are those upset that school was canceled. Hordes of school districts ...

November 15, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Columnists

Politicians Peddle Fear Because it Works

Politicians and activists throughout the ideological spectrum use fear tactics to win.

November 15, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists

A Good Republican Slugfest

A funny thing happened at the Republican primary debate in Milwaukee Tuesday night.

November 15, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

In The Market To Rent A Mom?

"Rent-a-Mom The Real Deal For Adults Needing Mother," blared a recent ABC News story.

November 13, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

Does the Bell Toll for the Fed?

Last week Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen hinted that the Federal Reserve Board will increase interest rates at the board's December meeting. The positive ...

November 13, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists

Veterans Day By the Numbers

"I had no idea that many men and women have served our country in our armed forces."

November 12, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Cruel Apprentice Where the Boss Is Fired

It seems Jobs "Rn't" Theirs at Toys "R" Us.

November 12, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

Veterans: We Love and Honor You

Since taking office, I have had the privilege of greeting hundreds of Kansas Veterans visiting Washington as part of the Honor Flight network. This incredible ...

November 11, 2015 | Congressman Tim Huelskamp | Columnists

Our Nation's Veterans: Why They're Special

Make no mistake about it: every civilian who does his job conscientiously and delivers an honest day's work for an honest day's pay ...

November 11, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

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