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Gillibrand Is Offside

Politicians write books to establish bona fides, earn money, or posit for higher office. A new one by Kirsten Gillibrand, the popular Democratic senator from New York who once had an A rating from the NRA, seems to have the unintended consequence of shooting its author in the foot.

September 25, 2014 | Peter Funt | Columnists

We Are All Roger Goodell

What if we held politicians to the same standards as football players? When football players break the law, Americans demand they be benched, cut, or suspended before they get due process. But when politicians are indicted they get to stick around, spending our money until a jury of their peers-there's a terrifying thought-passes judgment. It's possible that Americans have misplaced priorities.

September 24, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists

Congress Votes for More War in the Middle East

Last week, the House and Senate voted to rubber stamp President Obama's war plans for the Middle East. Both bodies, on a bipartisan basis, authorized the US to begin openly training and arming the rebels who have been fighting for three years to overthrow the Assad government in Syria.

September 24, 2014 | Ron Paul | Columnists

Do 'Civilized' Nations Have What It Takes to Defeat ISIS?

Does the "civilized" world have what it takes to defeat the self-declared Islamic State, otherwise known as ISIS?

September 23, 2014 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists

Where Are Obama’s War Protesters?

Thank you for taking a minute from watching the omnipresent anti-war protests to read this column.

September 23, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists

Gilligan's Island Turns 50: A Shipwreck of A Column

Just sit right back and you'll endure a tale...

September 21, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

Piling on the NFL

Domestic violence just doesn't happen on elevators.

September 21, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

Will The Swiss Vote to Get Their Gold Back?

On November 30th, voters in Switzerland will head to the polls to vote in a referendum on gold. On the ballot is a measure to prohibit the Swiss National Bank (SNB) from further gold sales, to repatriate Swiss-owned gold to Switzerland, and to mandate that gold make up at least 20 percent of the SNB's assets. Arising from popular sentiment similar to movements in the United States, Germany, and the Netherlands, this referendum is an attempt to bring more oversight and accountability to the SNB, Switzerland's central bank.

September 19, 2014 | Ron Paul | Columnists

Will Obama Cost Democrats the Senate?

Labor Day marks the traditional start of the autumn campaign season, and the biggest question is whether President Obama will sink his party. Since the fight for the Senate is being waged largely in the red states - where Obama has always been deemed toxic - it's no wonder that Democratic candidates are behaving as if he has a communicable disease.

September 19, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists

Hard to Trust Obama on Islamic State

Miraculously, President Obama has conjured a strategy to wipe the Islamic State from the face of the Earth!

September 18, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists

The Dumb Debate: Big vs. Small

One of the dumbest points of contention in modern politics is the Big Government vs. Small Government one. It's a fake debate, only meaningful to the privileged: investors, business executives and their cronies. To everyday Americans it's a lofty, largely academic concept. Yet we've been duped into caring about it.

September 18, 2014 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists

Conflict in the Middle East, take three

Happy Wednesday, everybody, and God bless America.

September 17, 2014 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists

ISIS and the Nazis

Whither the Islamic State? That's a real double-edged question: where is the group otherwise known as ISIS headed, and can the United States and other civilized nations make it shrivel up and die? The group is and has taken off like a bat out of hell, gobbling up territory and becoming a virtual murder machine.

September 17, 2014 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists

Obama Learns of Pearl Harbor

Dec. 7, 1941: An aide enters the Oval Office with grim news for President Barack Obama.

September 16, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Time for GOP to deal with Gohmert

There are a lot of offensive ways to observe 9/11. A yoga studio near DC offered a 20 percent off sale ("9 + 11 = 20 PERCENT OFF!"), and a sex toy company soberly tweeted remembrance of "those lost, & honor those still fighting for freedom." But the most off-putting way to remember the terrorist attacks on 9/11 was by Rep. Louie Gohmert, who thinks of Sep. 11 as the anniversary of Benghazi, or as he says it, "BENGHAZI!!"

September 16, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists

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When Lewd Talk Washes Away Meaningful Facts

"My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders, some time in the future with energy that is as green and ...

October 13, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists

A Bruising, Surreal 90 Minutes Between Trump and Clinton

Donald Trump may not have inflicted any further damage on his badly listing presidential candidacy on Sunday night, but it's unlikely he expanded his ...

October 12, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists

Suffering from Election Stress Disorder

"Five more weeks before the election. I'm not sure I can survive that long."

October 12, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

2016 Election Choices: Guaranteed Disaster or Risky River Landing

An 11-year old lewd comment by Donald Trump that the Clinton campaign dredged from the sewer reminds us America is in a nose dive and ...

October 11, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists

The Not-So-Conservative Chris Christie

To say New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is skipping.. um.. trudging.. out of office, loading up Jersey drivers with a 250 percent increase in the ...

October 11, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists

Missing the Connection Between Politicians and Consequences

Today we have two widely separated instances of voters unable to grasp the connection between the people they elect to office and the policies and ...

October 10, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists

Perfect Pence

Now that was a debate.

October 10, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

Hillary Clinton Channels Her Inner Seinfeld

In politics as in comedy, timing is everything.

October 08, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists

The Historic Preservation Act: 50 Fun Years

A disturbing number of the rustic 19th-century farmhouses, quaint dry goods emporiums and fascinatingly grimy automotive garages I remember from childhood have, over the years ...

October 08, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

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