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Lobbyists Always Find a Way

It's funny how loopholes are always just big enough to accommodate a lobbyist. In Texas, the legislature recently banned lobbyists for testing companies from serving on education accountability advisory boards, but Bill Hammond, a lobbyist representing Pearson's interests, is serving on an accountability panel. It may sadden you to know that Texas is messing with ethics, but fear not: It appears no one is listening to Hammond anyway.

April 02, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Foul Balls

Over in the sports section they greet each baseball season with rankings, predictions and detailed summaries of off-season roster moves. Here on the opinion page we usually prefer to wax about emerald green grass, the crack of the bat and the vernal reawakening of our Great American Pastime.

April 02, 2014 | Peter Funt | Columnists


What Will Unionized Athletes Mean for Colleges?

The National Labor Relations Board says college football players are not "students." Many would agree. It took the NLRB to declare them "employees."

April 01, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Sawbucked to Death

These days, the only thing harder than making money is hanging onto it. It's easier to protect dandelion fuzz in a tornado. Everywhere you go, everyone wants a taste. Their only job is to get a grip on your money. And some of these folks are pretty darn good at their jobs.

April 01, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


Travels with POTUS, FLOTUS and the ‘Riddler’

Come on guys, let's start focusing on the important stuff like ObamaCare, Ukraine and winning the Senate.

March 30, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Mitt Romney’s Sour Grapes Tour

Bad habits are hard to break. Sixteen months after the electorate told him to take a hike, Mitt Romney is still lying.

March 30, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Readers believes Julian a good fit for council

Dear Editor,

March 28, 2014 | | Columnists


Slippery Road Ahead as Congress Reconvenes

With congress reconvening this week, all eyes will be warily cast on President Obama. He recently ordered the Department of Homeland Security to review deportation policies so they might be handled "more humanely." For millions of Americans who support enforcement first, and who represent the nation's majority, Obama's directive sent a chilling message.

March 28, 2014 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


The Weiner Century

Yes, there are indeed second and third acts in American public life -- even for voter-terminated farces. In the latest sign of how notoriety pays off in 21st century America, former Democratic Congressman and unsuccessful New York Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner has won a new gig as a monthly political columnist for the online site Business Insider.

March 28, 2014 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


Julian grounded in the community

Dear Editor,

March 28, 2014 | | Columnists


Don’t Look Now, but ‘Education Spring’ is Arriving

"Education Spring"-the rise of public education advocates against the business-backed privatization movement-is spreading across the country and has finally reached Washington. But if you're wondering why standardized testing is causing such a stink these days (after all didn't we manage OK with the SAT, ACT and other tests?) all you have to do is go back to where this all started in Texas. Providing cautionary tales to the rest of the country is a public service we provide here. You're welcome.

March 27, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Obama Talks to Putin

"You have been warned, Vladimir. If you don't reverse your impending annexation of Crimea, you're going to pay a steep price."

March 27, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Keep Bossy, Ban Pink Ribboning

"Lean In" Author and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's campaign to cheer young girls to participate launched last week. Sandberg claims little boys get called leaders and for the same behavior little girls are branded as bossy. "Together we can encourage girls to lead. Pledge to Ban Bossy," reads the site.

March 26, 2014 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


Obama Policy Keeping Homeless People on the Street

No one should be surprised that President Obama signed a Democratic Party bill that puts more homeless people in the streets. It just needs to be repealed.

March 26, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Swallowed by the Streets: A Child’s Innocence in Danger

On city streets throughout America a battle is being waged for the soul of humanity, and it is taking place right in front of our eyes. As darkness descends, the fading light lays bare an open wound in the fabric of society. The most vulnerable among us are being offered up as prey for those with unspeakable appetites. Children are being trafficked sexually in this country at an alarming rate and right now 300,000 are at risk of being prostituted.

March 25, 2014 | Michael Reagan and Jerome Elam | Columnists


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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


Unhide the EPA Global Warming Tax

For decades Democrats have gone to extraordinary lengths to impose new energy taxes. They do not, to put it mildly, have the support of the American people. So they have turned to increasingly complex schemes to pretend the taxes they are advancing are not taxes. They've now reached an unprecedented level of obfuscation: a federal regulatory agency acting without Congress to coerce states into imposing regulations that will bury cost increases in the electricity rate base - and they might get away with it. Congress should therefore act immediately to, if they can't stop what is happening, at least ...

April 03, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Zimmerman Prosecutor Feeling the Heat in Florida

Does everyone remember Angela Corey?

April 03, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Repeal, Don't Reform the IMF!

A responsible financial institution would not extend a new loan of between $17 and $40 billion to a borrower already struggling to pay back an existing multi-billion dollar loan. Yet that is just what the International Monetary Fund (IMF) did last month when it extended a new loan to the government of Ukraine. This new loan may not make much economic sense, but propping up the existing Ukrainian government serves the foreign policy agenda of the U.S. government.

April 02, 2015 | | Columnists


Reasoning with Iran

"America and the West have a historic opportunity to negotiate a nuclear agreement that will promote peace in the Middle East and the world. It will give your country, Iran, a brighter future. What do you say to that?"

April 02, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


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