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Fourth of July Fast Facts

"I'm confused. I thought July 4 was the day our country declared independence from King George III of Great Britain."

July 02, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Buffer Zones for Hypocrite Justices

If only the women at abortion clinics could get the same deal that the high court justices have arranged for themselves.

July 02, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists

Mainstreaming Radicalism

It is getting harder to tell the right-wing nut jobs who shoot law enforcement officers from the right-wing politicians running for president. America has always had its share of John Birchers hoarding guns for a coming revolution. What's new is that the GOP has mainstreamed radicalism and turned violently anti-government rhetoric into Republican Party doctrine.

July 01, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists

The Washington Treaty Breakers

You don't hear much about the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. And that, my friends, is a good thing. Usually this federal office is as controversial as parsley wrapped celery. On a 1-10 scale of boring, patent law has to rate about a 3,000. That's normally. But today this obscure agency has thrown football fans into raging fits. Real football. Where guys in helmets use their hands to throw or carry some spheroid object. Not faux football, where athletes direct a round ball with their feet.

July 01, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists

1964 Civil Rights Act Declared All Americans Equal in the Eyes of the Law

President John Kennedy did not know when he delivered his historic civil rights address on June 11, 1963, that he would not live to see what he had done. He well knew, though, that while America was facing a legal and moral crisis he needed to strike a steady tone and to point the way toward higher ground.

June 29, 2014 | U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom | Columnists

The Obamification of America

Who's that gray-haired old guy in the Oval Office?

June 29, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

Eddie & the Fourth of July

An excerpt from Tom Purcell's new book, "Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!"

June 27, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Family Friendly Workplaces: Careful What You Wish For

A few years ago, my wife and I changed propane companies solely because the friendly receptionist had been fired for taking an extended medical leave.

June 27, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

The Real 2016 Battle is Between Dick and Rand

It's not exactly the Ali-Frazier "Thrilla in Manilla," but the ongoing Rand Paul-Dick Cheney pugilism certainly packs a punch.

June 26, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists

The Jailbird Architect of Obama’s Global Warming Plan

When President Obama announced an unprecedented effort by the EPA to strong-arm states into adopting cap-and-trade, he made the announcement not by focusing on the benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but rather on the so-called co-benefits that closing coal plants will have on particulate matter, which is already tightly regulated. These purported co-benefits are based on two secret studies that have never been publicly validated. Amazingly, the architect of this co-benefits strategy is a long-time EPA staffer named John Beale, now known as federal inmate number 33005-016 and locked up for fraud at Cumberland Federal Correctional Institution.

June 26, 2014 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists

Early Critic of School Testing Was Right All Along

When Robert Scott criticized standardized testing and said that Common Core would nationalize schools, he took heat from both Sec. Arne Duncan and Texas business lobbyist Bill Hammond, who called Scott a "cheerleader for mediocrity." But two years later, those are the ones only who still think Scott was wrong. With states abandoning Common Core and advocates of high-stakes testing now criticizing its misuse, it's time to admit that Scott was right all along.

June 25, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists

A Defensive Response

Ring, ring.

June 25, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

How to Watch the World Cup

The refrain has echoed across the globe our entire lives. "The World Cup is the most exciting sporting event on the face of the planet. Bigger than the Super Bowl, Stanley Cup and World Series combined and go ahead, throw in the next Star Wars movie especially with Carrie Fischer and Harrison Ford dragging their walkers through it."

June 24, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists

The Hard Lessons of Iraq

Nearly 5,000 of our fine men and women died in Iraq.

June 22, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

Why Americans Dislike Soccer

(An excerpt from Tom Purcell's new book, "Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!")"Who the heck cares about a bunch of guys playing footsie with a little ball?"

June 20, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

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America’s Grand Ole Opry Turns 90

News that the venerable "Grand Ole Opry" radio show turns 90 on Nov. 28, starts my memories flowing.

November 20, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

Are We Still a Nation of Laws?

Hypothetical situation: A father uses a stolen credit card to make a big FanDuel football bet. He's taking a risk because he wants to ...

November 20, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists

Critical Thinking Needed

I'm often out of touch with our rapidly changing culture norms.

November 19, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Anchor Baby Battle

Prepare for earth-shattering news - immigration has become a key issue in the race for the Republican nomination. Yes. Again. It's what folks in the ...

November 19, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists

Now It's Liberals Pushing the 'War on Christmas'

I spent a good part of one afternoon last week making a parody of the whole "Little Red Cup" controversy. The most recent iteration of ...

November 18, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists

Paris and What Should Be Done

The horrific attacks in Paris on Friday have, predictably, led to much over-reaction and demands that we do more of the exact things that radicalize ...

November 18, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists

Poverty From a Different Point of View

Today, more Americans than ever receive some sort of government assistance, much of which can genuinely be described as "handouts." Welfare-to-work standards, a bipartisan gem ...

November 17, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists

Starbucks Cups and the Internet Idiocracy

Isn't it nice to know that even in a time of international crisis - ISIS, Syria, Putin - some Americans still make time to freak out ...

November 17, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists

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