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School choice is inherently good. I don’t mean to say school choice is good because it will lead to specific outcomes, such as higher test scores or higher graduation rates, although I think it will. Rather, I mean that school choice — the ability to choose your child’s school — is itself a …

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Journalists and others placed on secret watchlists. The same subjects stopped for repeated interrogations. Travel alerts used to hinder the free movement of citizens. Sounds like a tale of a despotic foreign power.

The president has accused the U.S. House of Representatives of neglecting its duties — writing and passing legislation. Apparently, he has been so focused on recent investigations of his administration that he is unaware that on Jan.3, the House announced plans for many anti-corruption reforms.

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued an agriculture embargo on the Soviet Union for the invasion of Afghanistan. The result of this embargo on a country that at the time was a major importer of U.S. goods led to a collapse of the agriculture economy. It labeled the United States as an unre…

As this column goes to press, Sunshine Week 2019 is coming to a close. The official event website notes: “Sunshine Week lasts seven days, but it’s up to all of us to keep the sun shining on government all year.”

The grand opening of Watered Gardens’ new Worth Shop is this Thursday. That’s great news for people struggling with poverty and homelessness who are willing and able to work for the basic things they need, such as food, clothing, household items, or even just a night of shelter and a hot shower.

When Rebecca Williams got a tip that some members of the Neosho City Council were discussing city business in group text messages in September 2018, she felt it was her responsibility to do something.

Given the time and money people lavish on their pets, it's remarkable how little we appear to understand them. Recently at the dog park, for example, I watched a woman with an enormous Great Dane puppy doing everything in her power to turn him into a fear-biter.

As this column reaches its second year, entering in media’s race for your delectation, my buddy Tripp insisted I watch the HBO documentary on the late columnist Jimmy Breslin and his colleague-in-crime Pete Hamill.

PHILADELPHIA — “Horseplay,” a term used to denote child rape, is, says Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, part of a sinister glossary of euphemisms by which the Catholic Church’s bureaucracy obfuscates in documents the church’s “pattern of abuse” and conspiracy of silence “that goes…

Depending on who you ask, the term "neoliberal" can apply to anyone from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama. Some on social media have turned the term into a running joke, holding ironic Twitter polls to see who is the "chief neoliberal shill" (the winner last year was none other than yours truly).

WASHINGTON — A four-word phrase common on late-night television, exclaimed by announcers giddy about their offers: “Buy this kitchen knife that is so sharp it can slice and dice diamonds, and we’ll throw in a nonstick frying pan that can double as a satellite dish. But wait. There’s more. If…

Attention Bernie Sanders and those who agree with him on this issue: One way to help lose the next election at the state and national levels would be to continue the mantra of free college tuition at all public universities. The proposal is a practical impossibility, and more important, it i…

Some people are born into money; I was born into deceit. I've been watching the news over the last week, focused especially on the Michael Cohen hearings, the way some folks watch home movies.

At 29, with her Puerto Rican heritage, megawatt smile and 3 million-plus Twitter followers, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez embodies the rising power of younger female nonwhite digital natives in American politics. If Hillary Rodham Clinton, or HRC, reflects the past, AOC foreshadows the future.

So North Korea says, hey, if you won’t do something big for us immediately, we won’t do anything tiny for you years from now, and President Donald Trump says goodbye. Something huge has been at stake, of course, namely whether millions of people will someday get killed by nuclear weapons, wh…

WASHINGTON — Tiptoeing along the edge of caricature, Sen. Elizabeth Warren says: Native Americans should be "at the table" with African-Americans for a "robust discussion" about making some Americans pay reparations to other Americans to atone for misdeeds by still other Americans. The enume…

WASHINGTON — As an upbeat Howard Schultz tucked into lunch here recently, he was having a good week because Democrats were having an awful one. The former Starbucks CEO, who is contemplating a plunge into politics, knows that his narrow path to the presidency as an independent depends on the…

Populations in the four-corners region of Southwest Missouri, Northwest Arkansas, Northeast Oklahoma and Southeast Kansas bear out alarming disparities in access to health care compared with other parts of the country, and oral health is no exception.

He was a star witness and then some, a former lawyer for Donald Trump who said he started the glory hound's presidential campaign and that, if this racist, con man and cheat should lose in 2020, he would never allow a peaceful transition. We're talking about congressional testimony from Mich…

In the Age of Trump, it often seems that powerful, entitled men have taken to imitating the behavior of the great man himself: forcing themselves upon reluctant women (and sometimes girls), relying upon their power and money to protect them from the consequences. So go ahead and grab them, b…

"Carpe diem" does not, as generations of students have guessed, mean "fish of the day." But that doesn't mean that the idea behind "carpe diem" — which is "seize the day" — shouldn't be on our menu.

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