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Get Ready for ‘Education Spring’

In the state where high-stakes testing began, a few hundred teachers, academics and activists came together last weekend to hasten what one leader called an "Education Spring." The Network for Public Education gathered in Austin to plan the resistance to the status quo of high-stakes testing and an encroaching corporate privatization movement. This first-of-its-kind convention might finally provide an effective opposition to the corporate reform movement that wants to run education like a business.

March 06, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists

Men, Your Love Life Needs a Pickup (Truck)

There's a reason why American men drive big pickup trucks: Women dig them.

March 05, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Texas Attorney General Sells the 10th Amendment

Early last month, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott contradicted his core values by doing something that just didn't make sense unless you're one of those cynics who believes money corrupts politics. Abbott, a fan of states' rights and a foe of casinos, did a favor for Sheldon Adelson that appears to help casinos at the expense of the Tenth Amendment. In return, Abbott got almost $100,000 in political cash. Not everyone loses at the casinos.

March 05, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists

Telecom Act Is Overdue for Rewrite

Eighteen years ago, the Internet was a pretty different place. AltaVista had just launched in 1995 and was rapidly becoming the dominant search engine. The 56K modem was invented that year, but wouldn't be commercially available until 1997. And Congress passed the 1996 Telecom Act, with the rare foresight to largely insulate the Internet from government interference. The result has been the remarkable engine of innovation, growth, and expression that most Americans now rely on every day.

March 04, 2014 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists

It’s Not The Hate, It’s The Stupidity

Alright. Woo-hoo. We're partying now. With the kind of enthusiasm normally reserved for sorting Phillips head screws from flat head screws, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer publicly vetoed SB 1062, legislation that would provide legal cover to businesses denying services based on the operator's religious beliefs. The return of Jim Crow with a cactus beat.

March 04, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists

Race of the 2016 Elephants Begins

They're off and running for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination -- and as they run you can see the elephants' different styles.

March 02, 2014 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists

It’s the Desert, Stupid

Someone better send John Kerry a high school geography textbook.

March 02, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

“Son of God”: Something For Everyone

Just as Jesus Christ caught the attention of friends and foes alike, the "Son of God" movie (debuting in theaters February 28) has something to pique the interest of people from all walks of life.

February 28, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

Now that’s good eatin’

God bless America, and how's everybody?

February 28, 2014 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists

2016 Crystal Ball

It says here that Jeb Bush has the best shot at the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, while Hillary Clinton might not be the Democrats' candidate - and if she is, she's no sure thing.

February 27, 2014 | Peter Funt | Columnists

Party down with the Father of our Country

God bless America, and how's everybody?

February 27, 2014 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists

A Dieting Cookie Addict’s Plea

We must stop them.

February 26, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Mainstreaming Radicalism in Texas

Hide your wallets and shield the children, because they're voting down in Texas. Texas Republicans will be testing the strength of the Tea Party as they pick their first post-Rick Perry slate of statewide candidates since the 1980s. But Texas Democrats might end up missing Perry, as there is a decent shot that Republicans will nominate not their best-qualified, most-electable candidates but an entire clown car full of crazypants.

February 26, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists

Washington Looking More and More Like Hollywood

Hollywood and Washington: Both entertaining, often boring and far too often irresponsible.

February 25, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists

2014 Political Animal Awards

For all those who have spent the last couple of months shoveling out a car, you should know we're at the tail end of awards season. And best be advised to hunker in a bunker wearing a Kevlar overcoat, because gold plated statues are being tossed about like air kisses at a gown fitting. Like clouds of bathroom hair spray during Oscar nominee luncheons. Like jaded eyes at a press screening of "Transformers 4."

February 25, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists

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No school on parade day? What kids really learned that day

Everyone is still talking about the Royals parade. It seems the only people complaining are those upset that school was canceled. Hordes of school districts ...

November 15, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Columnists

Politicians Peddle Fear Because it Works

Politicians and activists throughout the ideological spectrum use fear tactics to win.

November 15, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists

A Good Republican Slugfest

A funny thing happened at the Republican primary debate in Milwaukee Tuesday night.

November 15, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

In The Market To Rent A Mom?

"Rent-a-Mom The Real Deal For Adults Needing Mother," blared a recent ABC News story.

November 13, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

Does the Bell Toll for the Fed?

Last week Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen hinted that the Federal Reserve Board will increase interest rates at the board's December meeting. The positive ...

November 13, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists

Veterans Day By the Numbers

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

November 12, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Cruel Apprentice Where the Boss Is Fired

It seems Jobs "Rn't" Theirs at Toys "R" Us.

November 12, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

Veterans: We Love and Honor You

Since taking office, I have had the privilege of greeting hundreds of Kansas Veterans visiting Washington as part of the Honor Flight network. This incredible ...

November 11, 2015 | Congressman Tim Huelskamp | Columnists

Our Nation's Veterans: Why They're Special

Make no mistake about it: every civilian who does his job conscientiously and delivers an honest day's work for an honest day's pay ...

November 11, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

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