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Common Core Tests are Failures

A 6th grader in East Texas recently challenged state lawmakers to do what she and every other public-school kid have to do during testing season: "Sit in a room for up to four hours, without talking, writing, drawing, reading, or using your cell phone." Because millions of children are taking Common Core standardized tests this time of year, I did her one better. I took a 4th-grade English Language Arts practice test. The good news is I passed.

March 27, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Lamenting Loss of Family-Owned Grocery

The old grocery store in my neighborhood is closing next month. Boy, does that make me sad.

March 27, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


After a Twelve Year Iraq Mistake, Time to March Home

Twelve years ago last week, the U.S. launched its invasion of Iraq, an act the late General William Odom predicted would turn out to be "the greatest strategic disaster in U.S. history."

March 26, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


A Bush vs Clinton Rematch

You might want to stuff your pants pockets with sand and hang onto the rail as the ship of state lurches towards the distinct possibility that the next election to command the helm will be between Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton. The brother versus the wife. Sounds like a probate lawsuit.

March 26, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Death Tax Repeal is Long Overdue

On April 13, 2005 the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly, 272 to 162, to permanently repeal the federal estate tax, also known as the death tax. But in the ten years since, they have all but dropped the issue. A stunning 236 of the current members of the House have never had an opportunity to vote on it. Fortunately, the Ways & Means Committee under Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will soon consider a bill, H.R. 1105, written by Reps. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.) that would repeal the death tax. House leadership should bring it to the floor ...

March 25, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


In Defense of the GOP’s Iran Letter

Last week a political bloodbath unfolded on Capitol Hill.

March 25, 2015 | Matt Mackowiak | Columnists


Narcissistic Children: Can They Be Stopped?

One of my college roommates had a propensity for dismissing a rule (or someone else's interests) with "Pish posh! That's for lesser mortals!"

March 24, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Think of the children!

"What about the children?"

March 24, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


The ‘E’ in Email Stands for Evidence

The country breathed a collective sigh of relief following Hillary Clinton's masterful press conference last week, held in response to the controversy surrounding her email troubles. "It's all fine. Don't worry about it. We got it covered. Easy peasy lemon squeezy."

March 22, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


What Footloose has to Teach Us About Iran

The Republican opposition to striking a nuclear deal with Iran puzzled me, until my friend Truman explained that it's exactly like the famous tractor scene from Kevin Bacon's 1984 class movie, "Footloose."

March 22, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Iran Fighting ISIS – Is it Really a Problem?

As Iran continues to take an active role in helping Iraq fight the Islamic State group (ISIS), many neocons are upset that the U.S. military is not over there on the ground doing the fighting. They want Americans to believe that only another U.S. invasion of Iraq – and of Syria as well – can defeat ISIS. But what is wrong with the countries of the region getting together and deciding to cooperate on a common problem?

March 20, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


The World of Sonia Sotomayor

We all know that some people, for genetic or other reasons, experience depression more frequently and deeply than normal. At the other end of the spectrum are people like U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor who, despite having experienced painful losses and disadvantages that would understandably depress a normal person, achieve success and a life of remarkable accomplishment.

March 20, 2015 | Jan Ting | Columnists


Obama Screws the Middle Class Again

How would you like a free refund of your last three years' of taxes? A promise that you won't have to pay any possible back taxes or penalty? Would you have any objection if the IRS chooses not to ask for income verification?

March 19, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


The First Female President

This year marks the 20-year anniversary of Hillary Clinton's speech at the Fourth World Conference on Women titled, "Women's Rights Are Human Rights." It was 1995 when then-First Lady Clinton went to Beijing and challenged the world to see women's issues as not separate from the rest of humanity.

March 19, 2015 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


Democrats Have a Corruption Problem

Senator Bob Menendez will soon be indicted on corruption and obstruction of justice charges stemming from his relationship with Salomon Melgen, a West Palm Beach eye doctor. Melgen thought he could get away with Medicare fraud because he gave Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid's Super PAC $700,000 and lavished Menendez with private jet flights to his luxury resort. Given the known public facts, Harry Reid should return Melgen's money to the taxpayers he stole it from and should ask Menendez to resign.

March 18, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


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Trump Must Abandon Regime Change for Iran

President-elect Donald Trump told a Cincinnati audience this week that he intends to make some big changes in U.S. foreign policy. During his "thank ...

December 07, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


If Virginia O’Hanlon Had Asked Fidel Castro about Santa Claus

I am 8 years old. Some of my friends say there IS a Santa Claus. Papa says, "If you see it in the Communist Party ...

December 07, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor

The events of the past few minutes coursed through John Anderson's mind like the hellish nightmare that it was. He had been assigned to ...

December 06, 2016 | James F. Burns | Columnists


What can Trump Deliver on Immigration?

The single issue that Donald Trump used most effectively to win the national election was immigration.

December 05, 2016 | Matt Mackowiak | Columnists


Ohio State Stabbing and the Rise of Immigrant-Related Terrorism

As President Obama once said, "Elections have consequences." Consequences, indeed. Eight years of a weak Obama administration emboldened our enemy, inspiring the rise of terrorism ...

December 05, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


A Week of Trumpisms

The death of the dictator of Cuba took over our headlines for a few days and made some world leaders look pretty stupid.

December 03, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


The Populist and His Crew of Billionaires

A cabinet populated by bankers and wealthy insiders. A $1 million premier package of tickets to the presidential inauguration in January. And a posh dinner ...

December 03, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Media Unwilling to Understand Why America Voted for Trump

The election of Donald Trump sent a considerable chunk of the media into a navel-gazing funk, struggling to discover what went so wrong that a ...

December 01, 2016 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Pearl Harbor: The 75th Anniversary

When I was a preschooler, I lived across the road from Rufus Foster. I still attend church with his widow.

December 01, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


To Really ‘Make America Great Again,’ End the Fed!

Former Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher recently gave a speech identifying the Federal Reserve's easy money/low interest rate policies as a ...

November 30, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Presidential Apprentice

Two months before joining the government in an entry level position, President-elect Donald Trump has been learning the ropes and is busier than a bartender ...

November 30, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


Tweeter in Chief

It's 3 a.m. and Donald Trump can't sleep.

November 29, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Recount All You Want, but Mob Rule Will Not Prevail

That the United States is not a direct democracy where decisions are decided by popular vote is a dilemma for Democrats unhinged over Donald Trump ...

November 29, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Make our (Costly) Infrastructure Great Again

By his own admission, President-elect Donald Trump is a guy who likes to build stuff: A golf course in Scotland. A hotel in Washington D ...

November 28, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


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