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A-Jam Enters the Mix

The launch of Al Jazeera America is arguably the best thing to happen in electronic journalism since the June evening 33 years ago when Ted Turner flipped a switch to inaugurate the nation's first all-news television service, CNN.

August 22, 2013 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Fidel Castro Goes to Confession

After celebrating his 87th birthday last week, semi-retired communist dictator Fidel Castro did something nobody expected him to do: He contacted Pope Francis to hear his confession.

August 21, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Martha’s Big Adventure – A Dishwasher and a Vent above the Stove

I've lived in a lot of apartments in a lot of different cities. Most of them have been described as vintage in their listing, which translates as very basic and old. I'm a big believer in location, location, location and I'm willing to trade where I am for whatever amenities there just aren't in my immediate surroundings.

August 21, 2013 | Martha Carr | Columnists


India’s intellectual property failures demand Obama’s attention

On May 11, 2013, Indian President Pranab Mukherhee said "The future prosperity of India in the new knowledge economy will increasingly depend on its ability to generate new ideas, processes and solutions." He was right not just about India, but indeed about the whole world; we need strong incentives to innovate, invent, and create - and that must include meaningful legal protections for the products of invention and creation. Unfortunately, despite the rhetoric, India has been moving sharply against protecting intellectual property rights, with serious repercussions for companies that want to invest in India and by implication for global innovation and ...

August 20, 2013 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Let the Pantsuit Dance

It's time to address the burning question singeing the lips of every American this summer: What will happen to Bryan Cranston's pork pie hat after "Breaking Bad" ends its run? Okay, maybe that's No. 2. The big one is who's going to be the Democratic presidential candidate in November of 2016? Thirty-eight months and counting.

August 20, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists


MLK’s “I Have A Dream” Speech Turns 50

Mark your calendar for August 28, the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's iconic "I Have A Dream" speech, which was delivered to more than 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

August 18, 2013 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Martha’s Big Adventure - A Nerd Girl’s Paradise

My big summer project has turned out to be redecorating my Chicago apartment. It all started because I told my landlord I was moving in order to gain a dishwasher and a vent above the stove. He countered with an offer to put both of them in and then some. That has created an interesting discussion among my friends about women and comic books that has been more disturbing than you might have thought possible.

August 18, 2013 | Martha Carr | Columnists


Sex, Lies and the Filner Headlock

SAN DIEGO -- This tourist Mecca has long been loved for the gleaming beaches along its 70-mile coastline where the sea caresses the sand. Now it's becoming known as the city where its Mayor allegedly gave unwanted caresses, butt pats and playful chokeholds to more than a dozen women.

August 16, 2013 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


On Rudeness and Miss Manners

"What do you mean, Americans have gotten ruder?"

August 16, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Is a Wall Street Crash Coming to Public Schools?

Just like AAA ratings on mortgage-backed securities led to Wall Street's 2008 disaster, a rash of accountability scandals might be precursors to a similar public school crash. After years of promises that test-driven accountability would yield miracles, scandals with school ratings are popping up all over the country. Unless we hold reformers as accountable as they hold students, these scandals could bring down our public school system the same way Wall Street almost innovated our economy back into the Stone Age.

August 15, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Why I Sometimes Long for the Cold War

I've been thinking about the sorry state of American culture, and that made me reminisce about the Cold War.

August 15, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Chilling News

SAN JOSE, Calif. - All I know about climate, some say, is what's outside my window.

August 14, 2013 | Peter Funt | Columnists


The Little Red Hen

Once upon a time, there was a little red hen who lived on a farm past the woods. She was friends with a bossy but politically connected pig, a groveling sheep who worked as a flunky for the village and a scared little mouse who specialized in running away and hiding. Hey. Sometimes your friends are whoever lives on the farm next to you.

August 14, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists


Five Years Later, Obama Again Blames Bush

Anyone who has even bothered to read my columns over the last decade-plus knows I was never a huge fan of George W. Bush. I have always believed that the 43rd president was a decent man who tried to do the right thing but often failed, either because of bad advice or flawed ideology - or both. That said, Barack Obama has carried Bush bashing to a level that should astound all but the most hardened and cynical political observer.

August 11, 2013 | Doug Patton | Columnists


Betwixt and Between

Ownership changes at The Washington Post and Boston Globe have many people speculating anew about the future of newspapers. But whatever happens to these great publications probably won't mean much to you, me, or the paper that carries this column.

August 11, 2013 | Peter Funt | Columnists


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Pope Francis Challenges Our Apathy

Few papal encyclicals have been as anticipated as Laudato Si', and Pope Francis has not disappointed. The encyclical articulates a compelling moral vision intended to address the ecological crisis gripping our world.

June 24, 2015 | Michael Stafford | Columnists


Should I buy a card?

Masters champion Jordan Spieth won the U.S. Open in a thrilling manner at Chambers Bay Golf Club. Afterwards he wished everyone a Happy Father's Day, which came off as a bit insensitive to people in Los Angeles. Father's Day is the most confusing day of the year for Kendall and Kylie Jenner.

June 24, 2015 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Who Has the Worse Idea: Obama or Trump?

There are some very stupid ideas emanating from powerful people and political wannabes.

June 23, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Donald Trump’s Circus Act

Poor Jeb.

June 23, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


For Father's Day, Counting Our Blessings

I was swapping dad stories with a friend and laughing hard. Then my friend got quiet and said something that hit me hard.

June 21, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Fatherhood Nation

Our image of an ideal father has been shaped in part by father figures at the national level-starting with George Washington as the Father of our Country. His strong leadership shepherded us through a war with weak, tepid support from half the country-a collection of colonies which desperately needed to be glued together. He was the glue.

June 21, 2015 | Dr. Jim Burns | Columnists


Liberals Mocking Obamacare Case Have a Big Problem

There is a big problem with the prevailing liberal narrative that the phrase describing subsidy eligibility in Obamacare, "established by the state," could not possibly mean what it says. The problem is named Jonathan Gruber.

June 19, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Let's Ditch the Political Correctness

Political correctness is a contradiction of reality and distortion of morality that necessitates relentless government intervention devised by those who seek to control our lives. These self-appointed "Speech Sheriffs" warn us that words spoken outside the imaginary perimeters they've set are judgmental, negative, racist or intolerant.

June 19, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


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