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Time to Investigate Pearson in Texas

Thanks to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the charitable arm of testing giant Pearson will pay $7.7 million to end his investigation into whether it was illegally helping its for-profit parent company. This comes as a shock to Texans, where Pearson has an eye-popping $462-million testing contract, as opposed to New York where Pearson is only getting $32 million. The surprise isn't that a special interest cut corners at taxpayers expense but that a state attorney general can investigate it. It's simply not done here, but then again, why isn't Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott ...

December 24, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


A Letter From the Front Lines of the War on Christmas

To All Americans in the World-

December 22, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Will Republicans ever learn?

Will they get their own house in order in time to take control of the Senate in 2014 and the White House in 2016?

December 22, 2013 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Antimicrobial Soap: Friend Or Foe?

If one of your resolutions for 2014 was to use more antimicrobial soap, your plans might be all washed up.

December 20, 2013 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Iowa Caucuses Will Not Elevate Paul Ryan to the Presidency

Paul Ryan is now polling first in Iowa for the next presidential election. If Ryan is encouraged by this news, he is not much of a student of recent political history. Polling first in Iowa more than two years prior to the state's overhyped, first-in-the-nation caucuses is a bit like being told by the guy at the convenience store that the lottery ticket he just sold you is the winner. Take it with a huge grain of salt.

December 20, 2013 | Doug Patton | Columnists


The Best and Worst of 2013

The year 2013 was a roller coaster of contrasts with some surprises. Here's a best and worst list:

December 19, 2013 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


Minimum Wage Hammers Youth

With Democrats cratering in the polls over their collapsing health care law, they are trying to pivot to the only part of their policy agenda that still enjoys broad public support: the minimum wage. But their advocacy and its popularity rest on the incorrect belief that a significant number of families live on the minimum wage. Instead, the primary impact would be to exacerbate a crisis of youth unemployment spurred largely by the last minimum wage increase.

December 19, 2013 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Looking Forward this Christmas

I'm turning into my father.

December 18, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The Liberals who Killed Jimmy Stewart

Like all certainties in life, rules in the Senate change. One of America's most glorified political theatrics, the filibuster, now only exists should the majority party choose.

December 17, 2013 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Memories of My Son’s First Christmas

(Editor Note: This Tyrades! column was originally published in December of 2004)

December 17, 2013 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Law change provides rural opportunity

For farm and ranch families across Kansas, adding flexibility to our agribusiness laws represents a unique opportunity to access new markets, to diversify operations and to attempt a new strategy to invigorate rural communities and offer young people a rural alternative.

December 15, 2013 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Columnists


The Truth About Ronald Reagan and South Africa

The whole world mourns Nelson Mandela. Rightly.

December 15, 2013 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Do You Hear What I Hear?

It was 73 and sunny, still two weeks before Thanksgiving, and I was stuck in traffic on the 405. Over the car radio a DJ on KOST-FM was extolling the "holiday spirit." Then he played "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" by Gene Autry - a song so old that it doesn't rouse spirits so much as it conjures ghosts of Christmas past.

December 15, 2013 | Peter Funt | Columnists


2013: A Year of Ironies

If 2013 was a year of ups and downs, it was also a year peppered with ironies. Here are just a few:

December 13, 2013 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


Facing a Tea Party Challenge

For those who enjoy lowbrow political theater, it's Christmas come early. Steve Stockman, a Texas congressman so far to the right he's in danger of falling into the Gulf of Mexico, is challenging Sen. John Cornyn in the Republican Primary. Though Tea Party leaders were calling Texas' senior senator a "traitor" who "surrendered" on Obamacare, the conservative case against Cornyn is thin. Stockman's challenge demonstrates that nothing less than absolute faith is sufficient to survive in a radicalized Republican Party that no longer resembles the Party of Reagan, much less that of Lincoln.

December 13, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


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On Elizabeth Warren, the Bright Shiny Object

Elizabeth Warren continues to bedazzle people precisely because she's not running for president. If she were to actually run for president, her power to bedazzle would diminish in a flash. To quote the sage Bob Dylan, "What looks large from a distance, close up ain't never that big."

January 18, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Lessons from Paris

After the tragic shooting at a provocative magazine in Paris last week, I pointed out that given the foreign policy positions of France we must consider blowback as a factor. Those who do not understand blowback made the ridiculous claim that I was excusing the attack or even blaming the victims. Not at all, as I abhor the initiation of force. The police blaming victims when they search for the motive of a criminal.

January 16, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


America is Becoming a Welfare State

As the controversy builds over anything and everything relating to Barack Obama, many Republicans have come to believe that their party will prosper as a result.

January 16, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Jihad and Right-Wing Extremism Not So Different

Since 9/11, 34 people have been killed in America by Islamic jihadist terrorists.

January 15, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Can I see some ID?

God Bless America and how's everybody?

January 15, 2015 | Can I see some ID? | Columnists


Cartoonists and Red Lines

Like blaming a rape victim for her "provocative dress," many press pundits blame the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists (and the Danish cartoonists before them) for crossing "red lines," and inviting trouble. In the past few days the small community of American editorial cartoonists have been getting calls from their local media, asking for comments about self-censorship and what subjects we should be forbidden to draw in a free society.

January 14, 2015 | Daryl Cagle | Columnists


Resolutions I'm Looking Forward To In 2015

Usually over the period of 12 months, you get an equal balance of good days and bad. On the playground of the cosmos, the scales tend to balance out. But holey moley catfish, seems like last year the good days spent the bulk of recess time hiding behind the equipment shed next to the monkey bars, and the teeter totter hardly moved what with that fat punk-bad days, grounded on his end of the board throwing rocks at squirrels.

January 14, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


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