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Soft Landing for a Politician Is on Top of Taxpayers

There's a technique in politics I call the "Soft Landing Straddle" that politicians love because it helps them avoid unpleasant election consequences. This year in Virginia we have an example of the straddle, but first let me explain how it works and the negative effect it has on you.

December 18, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Our Polling Addiction

No pollster would dare ask, "Are you in favor of more political polls?" Or, "Should news media spend more time covering polls?"

December 17, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Why Trump's Success Makes Sense

Donald Trump has not been deterred, much to the chagrin of his bipartisan troupe of naysayers. The Donald's blunt stance on Muslim immigration has only won him popularity among the Republican rank-and-file, not to mention independents and moderate Democrats.

December 17, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


'Might Makes Right' is Wrong

Bullies love fear. And once they sniff its smoke, the real pros know how to fuel and exploit it. They are always claiming to represent the greater good, when what they really specialize in is looking out for #1 while flinging loads of #2 at the rest of us. Consequently, the people most susceptible to their reviled reveille are the weak, the ignorant, the powerless, other bullies and folks with neck tattoos.

December 16, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


If You Want Security, Pursue Liberty

Judging by his prime-time speech last week, the final year of Barack Obama's presidency will be marked by increased militarism abroad and authoritarianism at home. The centerpiece of the president's speech was his demand for a new law forbidding anyone on the federal government's terrorist watch list from purchasing a firearm. There has never been a mass shooter who was on the terrorist watch list, so this proposal will not increase security. However, it will decrease liberty.

December 16, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Party of Reagan Now the Party of Trump

If you are under the age of 40 and have ever discussed politics with your peers, you have no doubt encountered those who identify as Republican but are quick to tell you that they are not like those other anti-gay, anti-choice, anti-science, anti-Muslim, right-wing extremists. They only vote Republican for the tax cuts.

December 15, 2015 | Karl Frisch | Columnists


Colbert Wrong on Humor and Guns

Liberals have good reason to love Stephen Colbert. He is unabashedly a "big government liberal." He isn't funny like Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel, and he doesn't need to be to maintain his third place ranking in the late night talk show competition.

December 15, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


No Such Thing as a Trump Republican

"You can't be a Trump Republican and a Ronald Reagan Republican."

December 13, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


What’s the Republican plan for beating ISIS?

When I listen to Republicans talk tough about ISIS, I'm reminded of a old Steve Martin joke:

December 13, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


By Michael Shannon In the "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" tradition characterizing Obama

In the "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" tradition characterizing Obama's policy on Islamic terrorism, Rep. Don Beyer (D-Dhimmi) invited other Democrats to join him in visiting the Virginia mosque that hosted two of the 9/11 attackers in a "show of solidarity with American Muslims."

December 11, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Civil Discourse Needed to Address Terrorist Threat

Last week was an ugly day for civil discourse.

December 11, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


A Key Shift for Obama in ISIS Address

One particular passage in President Obama's Sunday night address to the nation caught my attention:

December 10, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Will the IRS Take Your Passport?

A little-noticed provision in the highway funding bill Congress passed last week threatens a right most Americans take for granted: the right to travel abroad. The provision in question gives the Internal Revenue Service the authority to revoke the passport of anyone the IRS claims owes more than $50,000 in back taxes.

December 10, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Lennon Fans: 35 Years Later, We All Shine On

Monday, December 8, 1980, started out as a good day for me.

December 09, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Top Ten Comedic News Stories of 2015

Be still your beating hearts, because the agonizing wait is over. Wake the kids. Rake the leaves. Fake speaking in tongues. Yes, it's the most wonderful time of the year, when the eagerly awaited list of Top Ten Comedic News Stories of 2015 is finally, mercifully released. Yoke an ox. Toke some skunk. Poke Uncle Bud to make sure he's still ambulatory.

December 09, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


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Discipling Trump

Usually it takes a lot of boring three-yard runs and a thick cloud of dust to drive any important piece of legislation across the goal ...

August 09, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Way past time to let congress enjoy Obamacare

Every presidential administration reaches a pivot point. Many observers thought Trump's came when Anthony Scaramucci walked in the White House door. Others thought it ...

August 09, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Trump ditches ‘Real America’ for Wall Street

Dear Forgotten Men and Women of America:

August 08, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Discrimination on many levels

"Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have."

August 08, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Elvis: Has he really been gone 40 years?

When I think about the 40th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley (August 16), it seems we were living in a completely different world ...

August 07, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Why Washington D.C. is not as livable as Pittsburgh

The folks at WalletHub finally got it right.

August 07, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


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