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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


Facebook Scandal a Warning for the Future of the Internet

Many conservatives are waving off concerns about Facebook manipulating its Trending News feature because it's a private company. In addition to legal concerns related to the fact the feature was deceptively misrepresented, there is a bigger reason Facebook's conduct should set off alarm bells: the company has long advocated regulatory changes that could eventually make mandatory for the whole Internet the type of content manipulation that Facebook has been imposing on its own site.

May 24, 2016 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Show Police the Respect They Deserve

Twenty-nine years ago this week, I graduated from law school. It's been almost three decades since I've been able to officially call myself an "officer of the court," a title I wear with a great deal of pride. But while I will always be extremely proud of my pedigree and of the work it involves, I do not equate it with the profound physical courage demanded of other "officers."

May 23, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


It's Time to Put an End to Sanctuary Cities

To explain the unexplainable, a saying caught on generations ago: "It must be the water."

May 23, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


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Veterans Day by the numbers

"I had no idea that many men and women have served our country in our armed forces."

November 11, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Thanksgiving: have you already missed it???

As far as Thanksgiving songs are concerned, "Over the River and Through the Woods" may soon be replaced by rock group Chicago's "Does Anybody ...

November 11, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Always searching, sometimes finding

There are those times when something tells you that instead of turning that way, it might be better to turn this way. Have you ever ...

November 09, 2017 | By the Rev. George O. Martin | Columnists


If we can’t discuss issues, how can we solve them?

"I'm afraid to discuss politics and current events with anyone except my wife and best friends, and it's regrettable that millions of Americans ...

November 09, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Another mass shooting, more ‘thoughts and prayers’

"Reports out of Texas are devastating. The people of Sutherland Springs need our prayers right now," U.S. House Speaker Paul J. Ryan, R-Wisc., tweeted ...

November 09, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


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