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The Funny Side of Ebola

Gather round kiddies, because it's time for Uncle Will to regale you with the funny side of Ebola. Oh, yeah, there is one. Just need a trained professional to find it. Take the widespread fear and paranoia making people crazier than the trajectory of an arrow with a gelatin shaft. Okay. Not entirely side splitting. Well, how about the prospect of a global epidemic on the scale of two zombie apocalypses? No, you're right. Still less humorous than polio. Which never was a laugh riot.

November 04, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


Partisanship, For Lack of a Better Word, is Good

Partisanship, for lack of a better word, is good. You won't find a more unexamined assumption in America today than a sneering contempt for partisanship. Yet partisanship persists, an evolutionary fact of life in our democracy because it is an ineffable expression of the American experiment. Partisanship isn't just what we do instead of shooting each other but how we express our moral values.

November 04, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Quarantine Questions

To quarantine or not to quarantine?

November 02, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Canada's Terrorism Turning Point

The live TV coverage on CBCNN brought back memories of another assassination -- the assassination of JFK. A funeral procession punctuated by drumbeats and bagpipes. Only this time, a country's grief focused on Corporal Nathan Cirillo. Only this time, the haunting image of a child that'll be reproduced forever was Carrillo's 5-year-old son Marcus, bravely walking in the parade, his life changed forever.

November 02, 2014 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


GOP’s Biggest Problem? Multiculturalism

The primary reason for Barack Obama's second-term victory, and the most pressing issue for the impending midterms, is not economics, foreign policy, or even immigration reform. Instead, it is something we generally hear little about: multiculturalism.

October 31, 2014 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Halloween In The Time of Ebola

"Ewww!" said my wife, when I told her that BrandsOnSale.com is marketing leftover "Breaking Bad" meth lab hazmat suits as Ebola Containment Suits this Halloween, at $79.99 a pop.

October 31, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Price Controls Reward Special Interests And Slow Innovation

Remarkable new wonder drugs have caused a new confrontation over pricing wars between manufacturers and health plans, now reaching a fever pitch over hepatitis C treatments from Gilead. Unfortunately, rather than the industry players settling the issue through negotiation, health plans are turning to Congress to step in and arbitrarily limit prices, which could undermine the investment that is critical to developing new cures.

October 30, 2014 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


The Ticket Game

As the Giants and the Royals went at it, the bigger game for some fans took place in the hours before the first World Series pitch, playing baseball's season ticket-holder roulette.

October 30, 2014 | Peter Funt | Columnists


The Orange and Black

Here it comes. Creeping down dark alleys. Overturning garbage cans and spooking black cats. The scariest day of the year. With the exception of your next birthday, that is. Halloween. All Hallow's Eve. The night preceding All Saint's Day. Time to carve a gourd.

October 29, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


The Real Experts on Renee Zellweger's New Face

The media has been obsessed this week with Renee's Zellweger's new face, with articles quoting plastic surgeons on why she doesn't look like herself. Zellweger says she looks different because she's happy now and doesn't admit to having plastic surgery.

October 28, 2014 | Daryl Cagle | Columnists


Profile, or Die

We all know what an act of Islamic terrorism is - except for our lame duck-in-chief, that is.

October 26, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


When Springtime for Hitler Parody Became Serious Opera

Is Mel Brooks smiling?

October 26, 2014 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


Needed: More Independent Contractors

If more Americans were self-employed independent contractors, the country would soar.

October 24, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Halloween In The Time of Ebola

"Ewww!" said my wife, when I told her that BrandsOnSale.com is marketing leftover "Breaking Bad" meth lab hazmat suits as Ebola Containment Suits this Halloween, at $79.99 a pop.

October 24, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


A Stark Contrast in Iowa

Everything you need to know about Bruce Braley was made clear by the candidate himself in a thirty-seven second video of him speaking to his real constituents - his fellow trial lawyers - at a fundraiser in Texas.

October 23, 2014 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


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If the Fed Has Nothing to Hide, It Has Nothing to Fear

Since the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913, the dollar has lost over 97 percent of its purchasing power, the US economy has been subjected to a series of painful Federal Reserve-created recessions and depressions, and government has grown to dangerous levels thanks to the Fed's policy of monetizing the debt. Yet the Federal Reserve still operates under a congressionally-created shroud of secrecy.

January 21, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Monsieur Obama MIA

Everyone from Jon Stewart to Ted Cruz has mocked President Obama for not flying to France last weekend.

January 20, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


On Handwritten Letters

I received an unexpected postcard in the mail the other day from an old friend. It made my day.

January 20, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


End Oil Protectionism

The politics of the crude exports issue are confused by a lot of irresponsible reporting. Almost every story on the issue asserts that allowing exports would be politically dangerous because it would supposedly raise prices at the pump, but the claim is never credibly sourced. In fact, every single serious study has found precisely the opposite: allowing crude exports would lower prices at the pump.

January 18, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


On Elizabeth Warren, the Bright Shiny Object

Elizabeth Warren continues to bedazzle people precisely because she's not running for president. If she were to actually run for president, her power to bedazzle would diminish in a flash. To quote the sage Bob Dylan, "What looks large from a distance, close up ain't never that big."

January 18, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


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