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A Big New Tax Coming to Your Internet Bill

Since 1998 it has been prohibited by federal law for states and localities to tax Internet access. This policy, known as the Internet Tax Freedom Act, has been extended three times with broad bipartisan support. But it is set to expire again on November 1, and some Senate Democrats appear willing, this time, to allow it to actually expire if they can't use it to leverage an unrelated tax issue. It's a dangerous game that could cost taxpayers billions of dollars and worsen the digital divide by pricing some lower income Americans off of the Internet entirely.

August 15, 2014 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Ebola Ignorance and the Marketing of Fear

It takes a special kind of jerk to market fear and exploit public ignorance in the midst of a health emergency - and, sure enough, members of this repellent American subspecies are already flapping their yaps.

August 15, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Expect Less, Be Happy

Get this: Low expectations are the key to happiness.

August 14, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Testing a Lousy Way to Hold Schools Accountable

The problem with a lie-even one that everyone agrees with-is that eventually you can't ignore the truth. Enron can't paper over debt and crashes. The housing bubble pops. Now, as the rush towards using standardized test scores to evaluate teachers turns into a retreat, it might be time to face that standardized tests are a lousy way to hold schools accountable.

August 14, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


The Slacker Congress

More fun than fourteen barrels of flunkies watching our elected officials exit Washington like scared rats streaming out of a sewer to escape Godzilla. And really, who can blame them. Anybody who's ever spent a summer in DC can tell you the climate is real similar to Hell. With humidity. Then again, not sure even Hell has winged insects the size of footstools. It's not called Foggy Bottom because that's the first thing that springs to mind when Diane Feinstein walks away, you know.

August 13, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


US Sanctions on Russia May Sink the Dollar

The US government's decision to apply more sanctions on Russia is a grave mistake and will only escalate an already tense situation, ultimately harming the US economy itself. While the effect of sanctions on the dollar may not be appreciated in the short term, in the long run these sanctions are just another step toward the dollar's eventual demise as the world's reserve currency.

August 13, 2014 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Now that’s a messy diaper

Happy Tuesday, everybody, and God Bless America.

August 12, 2014 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Americans Love Downton Abbey but Not Real Monarchy

It is said that Americans don't like titles.

August 12, 2014 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Building better biofuel: Collaborative research cultivates camelina as sustainable oil

A Kansas State University biochemist is improving biofuels with a promising crop: Camelina sativa. The research may help boost rural economies and provide farmers with a value-added product.

August 10, 2014 | | Columnists


What Do You Actually Know About ISIS?

Imagine our government issuing a law requiring women to surgically remove their external genitalia.

August 10, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Why Won’t Obama Fire the Liar?

We're taught as kids that lying is bad, that liars should be held accountable. But in Washington, lying is so endemic and so flagrant that the perpetrators are rarely even rebuked.

August 10, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Will The Sarah Palin Channel Rival Comedy Central?

This just in! If you're willing to spend more money than you currently drop on Netflix, you can now get the Sarah Palin Channel online, which promises to "discuss the great issues of the day and work towards solutions."

August 08, 2014 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


The Panama Canal Turns 100: A Family Affair

On August 15 the Panama Canal (which greatly enhances maritime trade by providing a shortcut between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans) celebrates the 100th anniversary of its opening.

August 08, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Let Boy’s Be Boys this Summer

Ah, summer. What a great time for boys to read "The Dangerous Book for Boys."

August 07, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Meet the Summer’s Dumbest GOP White Man

Let's wave bye-bye to July with a thigh-slapping salute to Curt Clawson, the tea party's latest contribution to the U.S. Congress. Rarely has a Republican white guy evinced such cluelessness about Americans of a different race.

August 07, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists


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Take a Breath, Folks, 2016 is not 1968

The latest fad, propagated by many members of the commentariat, is to equate the America of 2016 with the America of 1968. I heard it ...

July 16, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


A Warning on Drug Pricing from Bill Gates

One of the most popular punching bags on the presidential campaign trail this year is America's biopharmaceutical industry. Bashing drug companies was telegraphed early ...

July 14, 2016 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Black and White and Traffic Stops

A couple of years back, when I was driving down to Florida, I got pulled over on U.S. Route 41 in a little town ...

July 14, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Farmers Markets Deserve Support

The farmers market here is a rousing event, filling the town square with dozens of produce vendors from around the state and local bands providing ...

July 13, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Who Will Win the Hillary Clinton Veepstakes?

A Vice Presidential pick is a defining moment in a campaign, motivating nominees to utilize unique strategies. Some try to accentuate their heavyweight status by ...

July 13, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


Nostalgic for the Drive-in Theater

Here's something I miss more each summer: the drive-in movie theater.

July 12, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


If Nothing Else, FBI Chief Exposed Clinton's Incompetence

When I mentioned that I'd probably vote for Donald Trump if no viable alternative presented itself, dozens of readers begged me to stop writing ...

July 12, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


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