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This year, Father’s Day came early

I know Father's Day is still a couple weeks away. With my own dad Larry still very spry and fun at age 86, it will be a special day for my brothers, sisters and me.

June 04, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


Gorilla Politics and the GOP

A hearty congratulations to conservatives for a seamless transition from party-wide disgust to near unanimous endorsement of a gorilla as their presidential nominee. Considering the tortuous undulations required, this metamorphosis seems to have occurred with shockingly few chiropractic adjustments.

June 02, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


High-Tech Profiling Has Your Number

It's mildly irritating when Facebook tries to nudge me into tagging a photo of my wife's sister as my wife or my son as myself, but there are much more ominous possibilities in the world of facial recognition software.

June 01, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Trump and the Tin Foil Hat Brigade

It was a moment so Donald Trump in its Trumpiness that if someone other than Trump had said it, it would have been dismissed out of hand as the ranting of a conspiracy-obsessed crackpot.

June 01, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Celebrating the Freedom to Picnic this Summer

Ah, summer has arrived and the picnic season is upon us. One of the most delightful ways to celebrate our freedom is to picnic.

May 31, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Not About Race, Yet Still Black and White

Movements are difficult to manage, because they're messy.

May 31, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


What Coverage of Trump and Hillary Looks Like

Donald Trump sued Deutsche Bank to wipe out $40 million in personal loans he borrowed to build Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago, arguing the financial collapse was an unexpected "force majeure," or act of God, meaning of course he didn't have to repay the loan.

May 30, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Resistance to Tolerance Is Futile

The legions of "tolerance" have crushed another dissenter.

May 30, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


The sandpit, the flathead and a lost friend

This is a fish story, but unlike most you've heard, this one is different. It's true, attested to by four witnesses who can't forget what happened 39 years ago.

May 28, 2016 | Matt Keenan matthewkeenan.com | Columnists


Look Who's Crying Now

Look which party is blowing itself up now and struggling to unify behind a single candidate.

May 28, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Take a Wild Guess Which Political Party is Imperiling Babies

We all know by now that Republicans are well practiced at the art of magical thinking - massive tax cuts balance the budget, human-induced climate change isn't real, Donald Trump is a normal candidate - but the delusion that tops them all is their apparent belief that the Zika virus will slow its pace and take its cues from the ideological cheapskates on Capitol Hill.

May 26, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


The Last Sane Republican in Washington

Is Congressman Charlie Dent the last sane man in Washington?

May 26, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


The Little Sisters of the Poor & the Fight for Freedom

God bless the Little Sisters of the Poor. They just put our overzealous federal government back in its constitutional place.

May 25, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Clinton Needs a Crash Course

If Hillary Clinton wants to be president - and for nearly a decade that hasn't been in doubt - she's got to change her act in a very major way.

May 25, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Going Back to Move Forward

Ah, the "good old days," the ones that President Obama took a sarcastic swipe at during his recent commencement speech at Rutgers University when he said that America's "good old days weren't that great."

May 24, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


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In the basement, without their Rock

The Wizard of Oz" made Kansas synonymous with tornadoes. But it took the Topeka tornado of June 1966, to bring this Hollywood fiction to reality ...

June 18, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


Despite Terrorism Ties, Obama Won't Acknowledge the Obvious

The mass murders in Orlando shouldn't be blamed on inadequate gun control laws, described as a lone wolf attack, characterized as a homegrown terrorist ...

June 16, 2016 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


The Long History of Militant Islam

"The ambassador answered us that...it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have answered their authority were sinners, that it ...

June 16, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Fascism: A Bipartisan Affliction

If neoconservatives and progressives truly understood fascism, they would stop using the word as a smear term. That is because both groups, along with most ...

June 15, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Blaming 'The Other' for Orlando

I woke up, like everyone else, to tragedy Sunday morning.

June 15, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


You're Either With Trump, Or Against Him

So U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan thinks Donald Trump's comments about the Mexican heritage of a federal judge hearing a civil case against ...

June 14, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Censorship Is More Dangerous Than Hate Speech

Someone needs to tell Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, YouTube and the European Union that the only way to stop a bad guy's speech is to ...

June 14, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


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