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Raging Moderate by Will Durst In a move as surprising as limos at a state funeral the GOP has misplaced their ticket for the clue train. Yes, again. Just when you think they get it, party leaders move heaven and earth and that place due south to prove that not only do they not get [...]

At the Civil Rights Summit celebrating the Civil Rights Act’s 50th birthday, everyone agreed that equal opportunity to education was a civil right. If that’s true, then who are today’s Freedom Riders and who is standing in the schoolhouse door? Education reformers see themselves as modern-day civil rights heroes, but the real continuation of non-violent [...]

It was 2007 and we were all gathered around the kitchen table. It was my husband; his parents, Frank and Rachel (not their real names); and me spending a Sunday afternoon catching up. Everyone, it seemed at that time, had just bought a house. Their modest three-bedroom tract home, which they were a year from [...]

You turn on the TV and see a politician sincerely raging against a threat of flooding waters killing salamanders in the Painted Desert… “Republicans want these lizards to die!” You wonder, “If this is his campaign, he must think voters are idiots. He must think they don’t read newspapers or web news. He must think [...]

LOS ANGELES — If you’re reading this, I’m sorry I didn’t get your name, but I wish to thank you for returning the cellphone I left in your taxi. Moreover, I want to explain how you and several others at LAX provided a refresher course in good nature. This was a few nights ago. The [...]

Making Sense by Michael Reagan So what does the Tea Party want this fall? A repeat of 2010, or a repeat of 2012? The Tea Party succeeded spectacularly in 2010. Its principled enthusiasm put Republicans back in charge of the House of Representatives and, if the Tea Party hadn’t been so stupid in several races, [...]

Republicans used to be the bullies, but now they can’t stop whining about how everyone’s picking on them. They’ve volunteered for the losing side on every single civil rights fight facing America and seem happy to whine about their woeful circumstances. When did the Republicans decide playing the victim was a good idea? This week [...]

Tyrades! By Danny Tyree Suddenly, I don’t feel so alone. According to the Internal Revenue Service, roughly one in five Americans file their federal and state income tax returns in the final week before the April 15 deadline. Yes, every year, despite my best intentions, I wind up rushing to complete my returns at the [...]

Exclusive Excerpt from: “Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!” by Tom Purcell I stumbled upon my father’s 1959 income tax return a few years ago. How I long for the simplicity he enjoyed when he filed his taxes that year. For 1959, my father paid a measly 5 percent in [...]

Independent’s Eye by Joe Gandelman Yes, it’s a new century. Just look at David Letterman, Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush. They’re all symbols of a new era. Letterman surprised the entertainment biz by suddenly announcing he intends to retire from CBS’s “Late Show,” as soon as next year. His late-night-nemesis Jay Leno gave up his [...]