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Yellow Roses and Pink Sneakers

Normally when the general public ponders Texas, a whole lot of big sky and rugged individualism and generosity of spirit springs to mind. The thought of progressive politics is probably farther away than Bedouin olive trays are to an armadillo. But that's exactly what's going on right now as the country's most heroic representatives try their darndest to protect the Lone Star State's most precious commodity. The lives of our precious yellow roses. Our lady folk.

July 24, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists


No Test-maker Left Behind: Money Short-Changes Education Reform

For the first time since George W. Bush signed No Child Left Behind, the House has passed a major rewrite of federal education law. On Friday, the House approved the Student Success Act along party lines-Republicans for, Democrats against-but the bill has little chance of getting past a Democratic Senate and a White House veto threat. Democrats in Washington don't trust the states to hold themselves accountable, and a recent audit of how Texas has mishandled a half billion-dollar contract with testing giant NCS Pearson shows why.

July 23, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


America, Let’s Be #1 At Corruption!

Despite all the caterwauling you hear about nepotism, rigged elections, waivers, loopholes, crony capitalism, foxes guarding henhouses, gerrymandered legislative districts, incompetent court-appointed attorneys, misleading negative campaign ads and government surveillance programs, we Americans are an alarmingly contented bunch.

July 21, 2013 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The Zimmerman Soap Opera

In a better world we should never have been subjected to the Zimmerman trial.

July 21, 2013 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


The Window Fans

Even on the hottest nights of the summer, my father knew how to make our house ice cold.

July 19, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Guns Get Off Again

Saturday's verdict in the George Zimmerman trial has sparked national outrage, and rightfully so. And yet, with much of the focus on race, there is an accomplice to Trayvon Martin's death that has, to a surprising degree, escaped scrutiny and a seat in the dock- guns, and our lenient, permissive approach to them. The fact that it's a repeat offender makes matters even worse.

July 19, 2013 | Michael Stafford | Columnists


Miscarriage in Texas

To understand why Texas' new anti-abortion law is an invasion of privacy, you have to know my friend. It's a sad story, and despite what Texas Republicans might claim, it has nothing to do with abortion. It does have to do with a woman's wellbeing, however, which is why his story is important.

July 18, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Reid Goes Nuclear for Union Bosses

In 2005, Senate Republicans floated the idea of altering Senate rules to eliminate the filibuster for judicial nominees. The proposal, dubbed the nuclear option, involved breaking Senate rules to change Senate rules. (The rules require a two-thirds vote for rules changes, but the nuclear option changes the rules by simple majority.) Democrats fought back against it furiously. Harry Reid led the fight, saying on the Senate floor: "I would never, ever consider breaking the rules to change the rules." Well, adjust your clocks to "never." Reid is now poised to execute the nuclear option.

July 18, 2013 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


I was supposed to bring a gift?

HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody?

July 17, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


TV on Trial

George Zimmerman's trial seemed to raise as many questions as it answered, but one thing was proved convincingly: television in courtrooms can have damaging effects.

July 17, 2013 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Free College Tuition? Read The Fine Print

According to the New York Times, the Oregon legislature has approved a bold remedy for student debt.

July 16, 2013 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Praising a Biden on Gun Control

Nuclear efficiency systems engineer Jeremy Preston moved back into his house in Delaware from Tennessee, where his license to carry a concealed weapon was also legal in Delaware.

July 16, 2013 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Lessons from the Photo Box

Here's something you should do if you haven't done so in a while: visit your mother and father and get out the old photo box.

July 12, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Sex Scandal Consequences Ain’t What They Used to Be

New York City's politics has now gotten more titillating. First came news that Anthony Weiner, the Democrat whose crotch-shot sexting to a woman he never met led to his resignation from Congress, was running for mayor. Now comes the news that former New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer, who resigned due to his involvement in a prostitution scandal, is running for city Comptroller.

July 12, 2013 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


Pay attention to Egypt

Overseas the Arab Spring is turning into the Arab Nightmare that everyone but the Obama administration always saw coming.

July 12, 2013 | | Columnists


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Uncertain Times In and Out of San Diego

Uncertainty, thy name is San Diego.

May 20, 2015 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


Ten Billion Bucks for a Presidential Race?

We all know that the 2016 campaign will cost way more money than ever before - $10 billion is the latest head-spinning estimate - and that the reform laws aimed at curbing fat-cat clout have virtually collapsed. But still, it was shocking last week when the nation's top watchdog said that she's powerless to police the new Wild West.

May 19, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Obama Should Release Trade Agreement Details

President Obama is "personally" offended his own party refuses to allow him to "fast track" the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement.

May 19, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Excessive Prom Spending

Proms sure have gotten expensive these days.

May 17, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Escaping Poverty in Kenya and Baltimore

Books and pencils, not money.

May 17, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Remember Kermit Gosnell? Probably Not

It is difficult to imagine that two years have passed since a Philadelphia jury decided the fate of Dr. Kermit Gosnell.

May 15, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Amish Romance Novels: Is That Even A Thing?

I had never really thought about such books existing, but the May 8 "Newsweek" reports that Amish romance novels are big business, accounting for as much as half of the inspirational fiction market and involving dozens of new titles each month.

May 15, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


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