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Fright-Wingers Compete to Freak Us Out

I would've preferred to watch "Fargo," a pitch-black comedy about bloodlusting knuckleheads, but instead I dutifully tuned in the Republicans, and I got the same kind of characters.

December 20, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Be Good for Goodness’ Sake?

God bless them, Atheists are at it again.

December 20, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Who is having the best Christmas? Bernie! (the dog, not the politician)

Kids who still believe in Santa Claus have the best Christmas experience. That seems an appropriate reward for toddlers who think that a bearded old man who likes to hang out alone at shopping malls is cool. Then throw in that he knows when you are sleeping, knows when you're awake, and then enters your house in the middle of the night by way of your chimney. Any child these days who can suspend that kind of reality deserves a great Christmas. And any man who actually attempted such a thing would be delivering presents at Leavenworth and sharing ...

December 20, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


Soft Landing for a Politician Is on Top of Taxpayers

There's a technique in politics I call the "Soft Landing Straddle" that politicians love because it helps them avoid unpleasant election consequences. This year in Virginia we have an example of the straddle, but first let me explain how it works and the negative effect it has on you.

December 18, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Our Polling Addiction

No pollster would dare ask, "Are you in favor of more political polls?" Or, "Should news media spend more time covering polls?"

December 17, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Why Trump's Success Makes Sense

Donald Trump has not been deterred, much to the chagrin of his bipartisan troupe of naysayers. The Donald's blunt stance on Muslim immigration has only won him popularity among the Republican rank-and-file, not to mention independents and moderate Democrats.

December 17, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


'Might Makes Right' is Wrong

Bullies love fear. And once they sniff its smoke, the real pros know how to fuel and exploit it. They are always claiming to represent the greater good, when what they really specialize in is looking out for #1 while flinging loads of #2 at the rest of us. Consequently, the people most susceptible to their reviled reveille are the weak, the ignorant, the powerless, other bullies and folks with neck tattoos.

December 16, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


If You Want Security, Pursue Liberty

Judging by his prime-time speech last week, the final year of Barack Obama's presidency will be marked by increased militarism abroad and authoritarianism at home. The centerpiece of the president's speech was his demand for a new law forbidding anyone on the federal government's terrorist watch list from purchasing a firearm. There has never been a mass shooter who was on the terrorist watch list, so this proposal will not increase security. However, it will decrease liberty.

December 16, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Party of Reagan Now the Party of Trump

If you are under the age of 40 and have ever discussed politics with your peers, you have no doubt encountered those who identify as Republican but are quick to tell you that they are not like those other anti-gay, anti-choice, anti-science, anti-Muslim, right-wing extremists. They only vote Republican for the tax cuts.

December 15, 2015 | Karl Frisch | Columnists


Colbert Wrong on Humor and Guns

Liberals have good reason to love Stephen Colbert. He is unabashedly a "big government liberal." He isn't funny like Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel, and he doesn't need to be to maintain his third place ranking in the late night talk show competition.

December 15, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


No Such Thing as a Trump Republican

"You can't be a Trump Republican and a Ronald Reagan Republican."

December 13, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


What’s the Republican plan for beating ISIS?

When I listen to Republicans talk tough about ISIS, I'm reminded of a old Steve Martin joke:

December 13, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


By Michael Shannon In the "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" tradition characterizing Obama

In the "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" tradition characterizing Obama's policy on Islamic terrorism, Rep. Don Beyer (D-Dhimmi) invited other Democrats to join him in visiting the Virginia mosque that hosted two of the 9/11 attackers in a "show of solidarity with American Muslims."

December 11, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Civil Discourse Needed to Address Terrorist Threat

Last week was an ugly day for civil discourse.

December 11, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


A Key Shift for Obama in ISIS Address

One particular passage in President Obama's Sunday night address to the nation caught my attention:

December 10, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


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A Week of Trumpisms

The death of the dictator of Cuba took over our headlines for a few days and made some world leaders look pretty stupid.

December 03, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


The Populist and His Crew of Billionaires

A cabinet populated by bankers and wealthy insiders. A $1 million premier package of tickets to the presidential inauguration in January. And a posh dinner ...

December 03, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Media Unwilling to Understand Why America Voted for Trump

The election of Donald Trump sent a considerable chunk of the media into a navel-gazing funk, struggling to discover what went so wrong that a ...

December 01, 2016 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Pearl Harbor: The 75th Anniversary

When I was a preschooler, I lived across the road from Rufus Foster. I still attend church with his widow.

December 01, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


To Really ‘Make America Great Again,’ End the Fed!

Former Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher recently gave a speech identifying the Federal Reserve's easy money/low interest rate policies as a ...

November 30, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Presidential Apprentice

Two months before joining the government in an entry level position, President-elect Donald Trump has been learning the ropes and is busier than a bartender ...

November 30, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


Tweeter in Chief

It's 3 a.m. and Donald Trump can't sleep.

November 29, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Recount All You Want, but Mob Rule Will Not Prevail

That the United States is not a direct democracy where decisions are decided by popular vote is a dilemma for Democrats unhinged over Donald Trump ...

November 29, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Make our (Costly) Infrastructure Great Again

By his own admission, President-elect Donald Trump is a guy who likes to build stuff: A golf course in Scotland. A hotel in Washington D ...

November 28, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Puberty, Abstinence Talks And Other Gray-Hair Producers

Technically, I haven't had "The Talk" with my son the eighth-grader; but we've definitely had a robust session of "The Catch You Later."

November 19, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Trump’s Art of the Spiel

Apparently we were too quick to take Donald Trump at his word during the campaign. After a visit to the White House, a tour of ...

November 19, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


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