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Can Obama Overcome These NRA Shibboleths?

My dictionary defines a "shibboleth" as a "saying used by adherents of a party, sect, or belief and usually regarded by others as empty of real meaning." In response to the latest mass gun murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has trotted out its usual shibboleths.

January 23, 2013 | Jan Ting | Columnists


A Sea Change in the Firearms Debate

In August 1925, The New York Times estimated 50,000 – 60,000 members of the Ku Klux Klan marched in a parade in our nation's capital. It was a huge public display of the once-secret group. H.L. Mencken called it "a full mile of Klansmen and their ladies." The man sitting in the White House, Calvin Coolidge, was a member of the Klan. The president before him, Warren Harding, was also a noted Klansman. The fraternity preaching pure "100 percent Americanism" (anti-Semitic, anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant, anti-non-white) boasted of five million members – nearly 15 percent of the population in the ...

January 22, 2013 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


Obama Ignores the Rational Answer

What do Al Hunt of Bloomberg News, David Gregory of "Meet the Press" and President Obama have in common -- besides their liberal politics? They all send their kids to Sidwell Friends School.

January 20, 2013 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


School Choice in Texas: Subjecting Students to the Whims of Wall Street

About a quarter of the kids in the San Antonio school district attend charter schools. Most are the low-income, minority students we think about when we imagine providing innovative opportunities for kids stuck in failing public schools in bad neighborhoods. For a long time, school reform has targeted only kids from poor families. You know, the lucky ones who get those free lunches.

January 20, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Internet’s Child Aaron Swartz Becomes Collateral Damage

FONTANA, Ca. -- It was April 9, 2005 when I met the young person who impressed me so much I'd talk about him for 7 years. I was moderating a panel discussion of bloggers at Stanford University on "eDemocracy: The Role of blogs and Online Activists in 2004" The young person: 19-year-old Aaron Swartz.

January 18, 2013 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


Fussing Over the Distaff Staff

Washington's latest kerfuffle, at a time when political kerfuffling is epidemic, concerns the number of women in President Obama's inner circle. Some say there are too few.

January 18, 2013 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Putting a ‘spin’ on doping

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

January 17, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Exclusive Excerpt: The 1970s Stereo Console

It sat in my parents' dining room for 30 years or more: an old oak stereo console with large speakers concealed by green fabric. It filled my childhood with a harmony and clarity we could use lots more of about now.

January 17, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Lessons from the 1940 Census

My great-grandmother Jane Purcell had a wonderfully full life. Part of her story is revealed in the 1940 U.S. Census, which the National Archives and Records Administration made available online to the public in 2012 at 1940census.archives.gov .

January 16, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Zero Dark Thirty: A War We Didn’t Lose, But Also Didn’t Win

I was all set not to like "Zero Dark Thirty." I judged director Kathryn Bigelow an enemy of truth and justice for depicting torture as a necessary evil to find Osama bin Laden. When I walked into the screening, I was ready to hate "Zero Dark Thirty" as revisionist conservative propaganda.

January 16, 2013 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


So, Lincoln was a Republican, eh?

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

January 15, 2013 | | Columnists


2013 Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda Resolutions

Okay. Bent over. Hands on knees. Breathing hard. Whew. Made it. "Pant. Pant." For a while there, didn't seem like it'd ever happen, but somehow we mercifully staggered across the annum finish line, finally placing 2012 irrevocably in the rear-view mirror. Make no mistake, the political climate is still volatile. Rash. Mad. Loud. Pulsating forehead vein above arcing spray of spittle loud. And the double-crossing chicanery hasn't mellowed a bit of a spot of an iota from the fever pitch of last year's quadrennial heights.

January 15, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists


Unlike Romnesia, Obamasterics a Serious Malady

During the 2012 presidential election, Barack Obama coined a catchy phrase to describe all the flip-flops in which his opponent had allegedly engaged during the course of his career. On virtually every issue, from health care to abortion, from taxes to so-called pay equity, from welfare to gun control, Obama said the GOP nominee suffered from "Romnesia."

January 13, 2013 | Doug Patton | Columnists


Junk Laws

We have junk food, junk mail and junk bonds.

January 13, 2013 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Bureau of Labor Statistics, Job Deception Deepens

Last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics continued its monthly deceit and deception exercise. The December unemployment rate, according to the BLS, is 7.8 percent. In the same report, BLS announced that 155,000 new jobs have been created.

January 11, 2013 | Joe Guzzardi | 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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