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A Big Dish of Cronyism

Some companies try to make honest profit by selling goods and services to customers in the marketplace, and some find it easier to cozy up to big government with campaign contributions and lobbying to secure special favors. Few are so blatant and shameless about it as Dish Network, whose CEO Charlie Ergen is not only notoriously litigious, but is constantly currying political influence to win special favors, especially from his company's regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

January 20, 2016 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists

Political correctness taking over Philly

I'm reading "A Prayer for the City," Buzz Bissinger's classic book about Ed Rendell and his fight for the soul of Philadelphia, and this passage quoting the former mayor jumped out at me: "Everything that goes on is a power struggle between black politicians and white politicians, and it isn't because of what's good for the citizens. It's about who controls what project. I'm so fed up with the blackmail stuff that goes on I could just scream. I could just take a machine gun and shoot'em all."

January 18, 2016 | | Columnists

Ted Cruz made Donald Trump look good

There's no point in parsing all the verbal volleys in the latest Republican debate, which one again was the equivalent of a Michael Bay action flick, a blustering bludgeoning macho entertainment that pummeled the cognitive intellect and reduced one's brain to the consistency of mixed nuts.

January 18, 2016 | | Columnists

Sudden Jihad Syndrome's Related Pathology

Most of us with a cable, newspaper or Internet subscription are familiar with the 21st Century's global epidemic: Sudden Jihad Syndrome. First identified outside the laboratory by Daniel Pipes, the disease is typically confined to males.

January 17, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists

The State of the Union - As Usual

If you missed the president's final State of the Union message Tuesday night, don't worry.

January 17, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

Needed: Songs That Age With The Listener

The obituaries for rock star David Bowie waxed eloquent over his ability to change, evolve, reinvent and metamorphosize.

January 15, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The smart car is upon us and self-driving automobiles soon will be commonplace - which will be the buzz at this week's 2016 Detroit Auto Show.

January 14, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Oregon Civil Disobedience: Will It Spread Nationwide?

Have you taken sides in the eastern Oregon anti-government standoff?

January 14, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

Presidential Priorities

When President Obama delivers his State of the Union message Tuesday, he must demonstrate strength and compassion. Despite his lame duck status, Mr. Obama should outline a bold agenda that addresses issues few politicians are willing to face, such as:

January 13, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists

Sad that Obama Needs to Defend His Tears

When the massacre at Sandy Hook occurred three years ago, I went through my own personal sea change.

January 13, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists

Obama Administration Admits It's Clueless

The United States is in its third decade without the federal government implementing a congressionally mandated entry-exit system, which would help protect the nation from terrorism and dramatically reduce illegal immigration. The shocking failures came to light when U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) asked Department of Homeland Security assistant secretary for international affairs Alan Bersin how many foreign nationals overstay their visas every year.

January 12, 2016 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists

Obama Gun Reforms vs Republican Gun Servants

Why do Republicans nauseatingly refuse to address America's gun murder epidemic? Why are they so determined to sustain our well-earned reputation as the most violent nation in the civilized western world? Why are they jerking their knees in reflexive opposition to President Obama's modest attempts to defend our right to remain alive?

January 12, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists

Seven deadly sins

Last week, I had the most interesting dream. I was floating in the clouds when suddenly the sky cleared and in front of me was a large gate, partially opened. There was a man was sitting before it. He had a substantial flowing beard and appeared to be in dramatic need of an eyebrow trimmer. Perched on a simple chair, he was staring, or more correctly, glaring at me. No doubt - this was God. And he was angry.

January 10, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists

Joking About Gun Control

When I was a kid my father gave me three rifles and a shotgun.

January 10, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

Oregon Civil Disobedience: Will It Spread Nationwide?

Have you taken sides in the eastern Oregon anti-government standoff?

January 10, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists

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The NRA is on the run

For all of those who thought they'd never witness it, it appears the National Rifle Association is on the run.

March 05, 2018 | Carl Golden | Columnists

Keeping kids safe, and out of prison

A compassionate program designed to keep youngsters out of the criminal justice system was implemented five years ago in Broward County, Florida - the very county ...

March 05, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists

Congress should make relief permanent

The first year of the Trump administration saw remarkable accomplishments on both tax and regulatory relief, with fundamental tax reform for the first time in ...

March 03, 2018 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists

The cafeteria lady is packing heat

President Donald Trump tossed out some wacky nonsense about arming teachers, which encouraged the press and public to go nuts debating this ludicrous suggestion, totally ...

March 03, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists

One Republican Senator setting a good example

Sen. Pat Toomey is my hero. Last week, the Pennsylvania Republican outdid himself in refusing to make people happy. Instead, he did what he needed ...

March 03, 2018 | Christine Flowers | Columnists

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