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Learning From the Rise and Fall of Michelle Rhee

At some point, we need to stop believing in miracles, at least in education. While we're still getting over the RICO indictments handed down in the Atlanta cheating scandal comes the revelation that the success Michelle Rhee achieved as the "no excuses" superintendent of Washington, D.C.'s public schools was the product of massive cheating. Those asking why Rhee isn't under indictment just like her former colleague in Atlanta are missing the bigger question: If she's an example of its success, is the theory behind market-driven education reform valid?

May 23, 2013 | | Columnists

Benghazi Smoke Screen

Up until about an hour ago, most Americans thought Benghazi was the guy who palled around with John Cassavetes back in the '60s, but now it's obvious we're talking about the foreign policy arm of a multi-ramped tar pit the president has found himself swimming -- up to his armpits. Yes, friends, it's pity time at the White House.

May 22, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists

Scandal Advice from the Master

Bill Clinton, wearing a white toga and a crown of gold, sat in a garden while attractive women fed him grapes. President Obama, having just suffered the most devastating week of his presidency, sat nearby, seeking advice in the art of telling whoppers. Using the Socratic method of teaching, Clinton began to tutor his new student.

May 22, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Our zoo is famous and other local news

Tying up a few loose ends on stories that didn't make the front page:

May 21, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Columnists

IRS Scandal another Reason Why We Need the Fair Tax

"It will create a bureaucracy with the efficiency of the Post Office, the frugality of the Pentagon and the compassion of the IRS."– Mantra of those who opposed HillaryCare in the 1990s.

May 21, 2013 | Doug Patton | Columnists

The Government Can’t Be Trusted With Our Health

"We have a large government," political consultant David Axelrod offered as a plea of ignorance to all of the scandals swirling around his boss. "Part of being president is there's so much beneath you that you can't know because the government is so vast." And yet, thanks to Axelrod and Obama, we now stand on the precipice of the largest expansion of government power in almost half a century: Obamacare, officially known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Car e Act (PPACA).

May 21, 2013 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Remember the 1996 movie, "A Time to Kill"?

May 19, 2013 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

Speech to the Best Graduating Class Ever

Students, faculty, family members and friends, it is my great honor to deliver your commencement speech today.

May 19, 2013 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Gang of Eight: Never Have So Few Told So Many Lies

For three more weeks, the Senate Judiciary Committee will debate the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, S. 744. During the 45 years I've studied Washington politics, including 25 years of editorializing on the dreary subject, I can say without hesitation that no more anti-American legislation has ever been introduced.

May 17, 2013 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists

The Second Term Curse Crashes Down on Barack Obama

You might say that May 10, 2013 was when the "second term curse" officially struck President Barack Obama -- and that May 13 was when it flattened him. Obama's administration has been hit with a triple whammy blast from a massive political stun gun.

May 17, 2013 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists

It’s Harvest Time in Washington

Not even Barack Obama can defy the laws of physics.

May 16, 2013 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists

The Batty Battalion

You do realize that Washington, D.C. is not the real world, don't you? It's a state of mind. An altered state of mind. Where you're damned if you do and damned if you don't. Slammed when you stand and rammed when you run. Berated if you lie and lambasted for the truth. Where even the slightest of breeze can carry the pollen of disaster. And the pack on top knows the best way to avoid getting a face full of disaster pollen is to spread the dried residue of other exquisite catastrophes first. Ream or ...

May 16, 2013 | Will Durst | Columnists

Keep Those Catalogs Comin’

What America needs is a good Productivity Boosting Nap Pod, a device that looks like a dentist chair with a roof. As luck would have it, this 310-pound unit, that "provides optimal ergonomics for napping," is available from Hammacher Schlemmer for $16,000. Dagwood Bumstead take note.

May 15, 2013 | Peter Funt | Columnists

Even the bugs are getting audited

HOLLYWOOD-Happy Wednesday, everybody, and God bless America.

May 15, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists

Obama Agenda Undermines Medical Innovation

Alzheimer's Disease costs the U.S. economy over $200 billion per year, about $140 billion of which is a direct federal budgetary cost to Medicare and Medicaid. On our present course, this cost will quintuple to $1 trillion by 2050. It is the major driver up the steeply rising health care cost curve. Given this context, the most important question for health policy is not the green eyeshade question of who-pays-how-much that has come to dominate questions of health care policy in Washington, but rather: How do we maximize the incentives for medical innovation to cure diseases that would ...

May 14, 2013 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists

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Blame America? No, Blame Neocons!

Is the current refugee crisis gripping the European Union "all America's fault"? That is how my critique of U.S. foreign policy was characterized ...

September 25, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists

How the Marines Wasted $36 Million

The Marine Corps just spent $36 million to learn that an average-sized woman is not as big and strong as an average-sized man. I'm ...

September 24, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists

Scoring the Great Debate

I didn't watch CNN's telecast of the Republican debate because I was there in person.

September 24, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

Can Joe Biden Save the Day for Dems?

Democrats are bailing on scandal-plagued Hillary Clinton, and the big Democratic Party money can't possibly be enthusiastic about socialist Bernie Sanders.

September 23, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists

Miss America Wrong to Apologize to Vanessa Williams

Apologies are a first world problem. Sometimes, the apology is pro-forma, as in "I am sorry if anyone was offended by my words." Sometimes, an ...

September 23, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists

Can Joe Biden Save the Day for Dems?

Democrats are bailing on scandal-plagued Hillary Clinton, and the big Democratic Party money can't possibly be enthusiastic about socialist Bernie Sanders.

September 22, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists

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