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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

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

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Obama’s Progressive Overreach on ‘Cool Clock’

What's a teacher to do if he sees a wired briefcase that looks like a homemade bomb in the classroom?

September 27, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists

The Zany Side of the GOP Debates

To the one thirteenth of all Americans who watched the latest GOP debate, congratulations on surviving the political equivalent of the 24 hours of Le ...

September 25, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists

Blame America? No, Blame Neocons!

Is the current refugee crisis gripping the European Union "all America's fault"? That is how my critique of U.S. foreign policy was characterized ...

September 25, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists

How the Marines Wasted $36 Million

The Marine Corps just spent $36 million to learn that an average-sized woman is not as big and strong as an average-sized man. I'm ...

September 24, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists

Scoring the Great Debate

I didn't watch CNN's telecast of the Republican debate because I was there in person.

September 24, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

Can Joe Biden Save the Day for Dems?

Democrats are bailing on scandal-plagued Hillary Clinton, and the big Democratic Party money can't possibly be enthusiastic about socialist Bernie Sanders.

September 23, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists

Miss America Wrong to Apologize to Vanessa Williams

Apologies are a first world problem. Sometimes, the apology is pro-forma, as in "I am sorry if anyone was offended by my words." Sometimes, an ...

September 23, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists

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