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GOP Helping Farmers Not Investment Banks

Elizabeth Warren and plenty of media liberals are in a panic that the Omnibus bill, nicknamed "CRomnibus," is some sort of horrible right-wing Trojan Horse that will grind us all into domination by investment banks.

December 23, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Where’s that designated driver?

Happy Tuesday, everybody, and God bless America.

December 23, 2014 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


A Time for Torture

A poll released this week found 51 percent of Americans approve of the harsh interrogation tactics the CIA used immediately after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

December 21, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Fix Medicaid's Perverse Funding Formula

One of the most perverse consequences of the feverish backroom deals used to get Obamacare past the finish line was the funding formula for the law's Medicaid expansion, which started with the infamous Cornhusker Kickback, a sweetheart deal for Nebraska alone to get 100 percent federal funding for Medicaid expansion that was used to get then-Senator Ben Nelson's vote.

December 21, 2014 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Liz, Don’t Jump

Can Elizabeth Warren, the progressive senator from Massachusetts, wrest the Democratic presidential nomination from Hillary Clinton? Moreover, could she somehow leap an even higher hurdle and succeed Barack Obama?

December 19, 2014 | Peter Funt | Columnists


2016 Presidential Campaign Already Boring

The 2016 presidential campaign has barely started, and I'm already bored.

December 19, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Squatting on the Flag

If you believe the recently released Senate Intelligence Committee torture report, you might be tempted to conclude that the CIA lied to the press and the public and to Congress about the extent and effectiveness of its torture campaign. And that conclusion would be correct, sir.

December 18, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


Cigarette Taxes Killed Eric Garner

Would police have harassed Eric Garner or his wife if the government had no financial interest in the selling of taxed cigarettes?

December 18, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Obama Can't Win on Oil Prices

Oil, like political punditry, is a commodity, traded freely on the open market and subject to the laws of supply and demand. The difference of course is that punditry enjoys an abundant and renewable supply, flows freely, and produces nothing of value. Oil, on the other hand, is actually important. The problem is that people think they are related.

December 17, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


All I Want for Christmas is a (Real) Government Shutdown

The political class breathed a sigh of relief Saturday when the US Senate averted a government shutdown by passing the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill. This year's omnibus resembles omnibuses of Christmas past in that it was drafted in secret, was full of special interest deals and disguised spending increases, and was voted on before most members could read it.

December 17, 2014 | Ron Paul | Columnists


We're a Nation of Laws

Torture is illegal. Period. End of debate. There is no legal, moral or probable justification for torture. It's against the Bill of Rights; it's against the Geneva Convention; it's against United Nations Convention Against Torture (ratified by the U.S. in 1994); it's against every state statute from every modern constitutional democracy and every decent and encouraging proposal coming from humanity in the last century.

December 16, 2014 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


Is Being Selfish Really Such a Bad Thing?

Well over two years ago, a local public figure encouraged folks to give blood because it was the selfless thing to do.

December 16, 2014 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


It’s Not About Race

Remember Kelly Thomas?

December 14, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Divided We Fall: An Open Letter to America’s Working Families

They say there's been a recovery, but most of us haven't seen it. Our economy is creating more jobs, but they don't match the wages, benefits and working conditions of the ones we've lost. The stock market is at a historic high, but its gains seem eerily divorced from how the economy is actually performing. Unfortunately, it looks like just another speculative bubble.

December 14, 2014 | Michael Stafford | Columnists


Health Insurance in Kansas: Are Premiums Increasing?

Recent reports have circulated that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has not treated Kansas well. Some point to the rise in premiums, or the fixed monthly costs you pay for health insurance, and that in Kansas, the rise in these premiums is more compared to the rest of the country. Perhaps not surprisingly, given the political nature of evaluating the success of the ACA, there is disagreement by analysts over the accuracy and the relevance of the numbers.

December 12, 2014 | Roberta Riportella, Professor of Community Health, K-State Research and Extension | Columnists


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75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor

The events of the past few minutes coursed through John Anderson's mind like the hellish nightmare that it was. He had been assigned to ...

December 06, 2016 | James F. Burns | Columnists


What can Trump Deliver on Immigration?

The single issue that Donald Trump used most effectively to win the national election was immigration.

December 05, 2016 | Matt Mackowiak | Columnists


Ohio State Stabbing and the Rise of Immigrant-Related Terrorism

As President Obama once said, "Elections have consequences." Consequences, indeed. Eight years of a weak Obama administration emboldened our enemy, inspiring the rise of terrorism ...

December 05, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


A Week of Trumpisms

The death of the dictator of Cuba took over our headlines for a few days and made some world leaders look pretty stupid.

December 03, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


The Populist and His Crew of Billionaires

A cabinet populated by bankers and wealthy insiders. A $1 million premier package of tickets to the presidential inauguration in January. And a posh dinner ...

December 03, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Media Unwilling to Understand Why America Voted for Trump

The election of Donald Trump sent a considerable chunk of the media into a navel-gazing funk, struggling to discover what went so wrong that a ...

December 01, 2016 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Pearl Harbor: The 75th Anniversary

When I was a preschooler, I lived across the road from Rufus Foster. I still attend church with his widow.

December 01, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


To Really ‘Make America Great Again,’ End the Fed!

Former Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher recently gave a speech identifying the Federal Reserve's easy money/low interest rate policies as a ...

November 30, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Presidential Apprentice

Two months before joining the government in an entry level position, President-elect Donald Trump has been learning the ropes and is busier than a bartender ...

November 30, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


Tweeter in Chief

It's 3 a.m. and Donald Trump can't sleep.

November 29, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Recount All You Want, but Mob Rule Will Not Prevail

That the United States is not a direct democracy where decisions are decided by popular vote is a dilemma for Democrats unhinged over Donald Trump ...

November 29, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Make our (Costly) Infrastructure Great Again

By his own admission, President-elect Donald Trump is a guy who likes to build stuff: A golf course in Scotland. A hotel in Washington D ...

November 28, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


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