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R-S-P-E-C-T, R-I-S-P-E-C-T, Whatever...

A global survey of 68 countries (including our allies) at the end of 2013 conducted by Gallup and the Worldwide Independent Network now rates America as the biggest threat to world peace on the planet. Pakistan was the runner up, closely followed by China. Afghanistan, Iran, Israel and North Korea are equally tied for fourth place.

April 10, 2014 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Teaching Writing Wrong

If you have a seventh grader, then you know that he or she just got done taking a standardized test for writing. The good news is our country's education policy recognizes writing is a necessary skill in the information era. The bad news is because of the way we administer and grade the writing standardized tests, we'd have a better idea of whether our kids can write if we looked at their texts.

April 09, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Tina Turner, Mad Max, Al Gore and You

According to a new UN report, there's good news and bad news about global warming. The good news- it's worse than we thought. Yeah. That's the good news. The bad news- you don't want to know. Because then there's worse news and ultimately, "holy moley, is that an asteroid the size of a mini-mall crushing my house" news.

April 09, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


The Premature Obamacare Victory Lap

President Obama took a victory lap on Tuesday, celebrating 7 million Obamacare enrollees.

April 08, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


I’m Batman - And I’m 75!

According to DC Comics, March 30 marked the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of Batman (in "Detective Comics" #27).

April 08, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The ObamaMedia High-fives ObamaCare

Watching the president doing his ObamaCare victory lap in the Rose Garden the other day made me feel so sick to my stomach I had to call my doctor.

April 06, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Can Rand Paul Really Get the 2016 GOP Nomination?

He's the GOP's emerging conservative "rock star" who sets the base on fire. But can he go the distance? Is it realistic to think that Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul can really get the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination and usher in a new GOP era in more ways than one? Or does he have too much political hubris -- some of it from his father?

April 06, 2014 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


Springtime in Washington

Ah, springtime has finally arrived in Washington, D.C.

April 04, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Attacking Cancer Patients Doesn’t Fix Obamacare

In a blockbuster Associated Press story your local paper may have skipped, Kelli Kennedy reports that patients with cancer and other serious diseases all over the country are being hammered by the same problem: the one-size-fits-all structure of Obamacare plans imposes outrageously high out-of-pocket costs for their specialty drugs.

April 04, 2014 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Obama Confesses

"Pope Francis, I have never been to Catholic confession before, but I have a few things I have to get off my chest."

April 03, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Obamacare Haters Can’t Handle the Truth

If there's one thing Republicans hate even more than health insurance for a growing number of Americans, it's empirical evidence that Obamacare is insuring a growing number of Americans.

April 03, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists


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


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Selfies with Killed Animals Show the Real Animal

Welcome to a new chapter in our history, when we must now ask, "What is going on with these people who seem to get such a thrill out of posting selfies of themselves grinning alongside animals they have killed?"

April 24, 2015 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


Bolting Colts and Wagging Nags

"And They're Almost Off." Yes, the entrance to the 2016 Presidential Derby has officially been flung open wider than the gap between George Bernard Shaw and Pee Wee Herman. Backstage at the Bolshoi Ballet and the snack bar adjacent to the Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame gift shop. Horseshoes and mirrors.

April 23, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


American Double Standards on Display in Ukraine

Last week two prominent Ukrainian opposition figures were gunned down in broad daylight. They join as many as ten others who have been killed or committed suicide under suspicious circumstances just this year. These individuals have one important thing in common: they were either part of or friendly with the Yanukovych government, which a US-backed coup overthrew last year. They include members of the Ukrainian parliament and former chief editors of major opposition newspapers.

April 23, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Sometimes Genocide Really is Genocide

Pope Francis recently annoyed the Turkish government by making the politically incorrect observation that it had exterminated a generation of Christian Armenians. He used the word "genocide," which is something that the Turks have been rejecting for decades.

April 22, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Ashley's War

Should women serve in combat? Right now the military is answering that question with a final verdict scheduled to come down from Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in January 2016. This will inevitably become a political question-and thus particularly useless in producing a satisfactory answer-but until then it's useful to understand that the military sees this question differently than you and I do.

April 22, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Chris Christie Has Gone to Pot

Amidst all the early GOP presidential jockeying, let's check on our Jersey boy Chris Christie. Looks like the tough-love guv surfaced this week on a radio show and ranted about reefer madness.

April 21, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Hillary Already Stimulating the Economy

It's amazing how Hillary Clinton can stimulate the U.S. economy simply by announcing her candidacy for president.

April 21, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


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