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Too Many Regulations?

by Stuart Shapiro | That is the question I address in my latest Hill column: Businesses face a myriad of requirements from federal, state,…

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Too Many Regulations?

by Stuart Shapiro | That is the question I address in my latest Hill column: Businesses face a myriad of requirements from federal, state, county and local governments. Many of these regulations produce benefits that justify the cost of compliance. But collectively they may impose a hidden cost that…

Income Inequality In Pictures

by Stuart Shapiro | In case you thought income inequality wasn’t a problem, here are two eye-opening charts. and…

In Praise Of Holder

by Stuart Shapiro | In my view, President Obama’s Cabinet choices have been mostly, well, meh.  The biggest exception…

Conservative Media Slant On Obamacare Ignores Its Success

by Stuart Shapiro | Sylvia Matthews the Secretary of Health and Human Services reported good news this week: Health…

Combatting Corporate Flight

by Stuart Shapiro | The Obama Administration yesterday made a significant announcement on deterring corporations from hiding their assets…

A Somber Take On Climate Change

by Stuart Shapiro | As thousands march, and the Marshall Islands suffer, world leaders convene in New York this…

How The Rich Get Away With It

by Stuart Shapiro | This is a depressing story about Paul Bilzerian, convicted securities fraudster: But 25 years after…

Obama Administration Fighting Superbugs

by Stuart Shapiro | It is one of the biggest threats to public health in the developed world: Antibiotic-resistant…

SCHMALFELDT’S SATYRICON: Jumping Feet First Into #GamerGate

by Bill Schmalfeldt | For a second there, I thought I wrecked my computer monitor. I had just seen this tweet from someone calling itself “Maximillian Jenius.” Being a sentient human being, I first thought this was a slap at the late Andrew Breitbart’s self-destructing media empire. So, I…

‘Operation Burn Notice’ Rises From Ashes As ‘The Wisconsin Poll Watcher Militia’

by Bill Schmalfeldt | A group of professional pranksters is at it again in America’s Dairyland. A group once known as “Operation Burn Notice,” headed by such folks as automobile repair store owner Matt Leppard, unemployed live-at-home Chris Heather, Arizona agitator in absentia Robin Causey and many of the…

SCHMALFELDT’S SATYRICON: NFL Clamps Down On Player Discipline When Defensive End Reveals Freezer Full Of Corpses

by Bill Schmalfeldt | “Enough is enough,” soon-to-be-outgoing NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told a press conference Saturday after Dallas…

SCHMALFELDT’S SATYRICON: Once-Mighty Empire In Shock As Princess Reveals Presence Of ‘Living Being’ In One Of Her Internal Organs

by Bill Schmalfeldt | “Oh, Crikey! It’s happening again,” the Lord Chamberlain Minister of the British Royal Sanctuary said…

SCHMALFELDT’S SATYRICON: Right’s Preference For Putin Nothing New

by Bill Schmalfeldt | On the same day when a United States Senator, and by that I mean Ted…

SCHMALFELDT’S SATYRICON: ‘Strategy? We Don’ Need No Steenking Strategy!’

by Bill Schmalfeldt | After six years of the Obama administration, America has shown itself to have little patience…

If We Have To Fight Someone, May As Well Fight ‘Evil’

by Bill Schmalfeldt | This will probably put me at odds with my more pacifist, isolationist, “let’s just use…

Murder Of American Journalist Elicits Howls From Conservatives

by Bill Schmalfeldt | Late Tuesday and early Wednesday, the civilized world was horrified by the barbarous murder of…

The GOP Rebranding: A Status Report

by Tengrain | With much fanfare after the 2012 debacle, the Republican party wandered into the wilderness to lick their wounds and contemplated what had gone wrong. The result of that uncharacteristic contemplation was an effort led by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus (double points on Scrabble for that…

Tick-Tock, McDonnell Is In The Dock

by Tengrain | Virginia’s former governor, the noted transvaginalist Bob McDonnell will be sentenced in January for 11 counts of corruption, and a once-storied, seemingly sure-thing candidate for president in 2016 is now relegated to the trash heap of ambition gone bad, so bad that he will most…

Banned Books Week: Sept. 21-27, 2014

by Tengrain | Banned Books Week is coming up soon and that means not only will we have…

Grifters Gotta Grift

by Tengrain | Steve LaTourette discusses the grifters in Congress: Political grifting is a lucrative business. Groups like…

It’s A War For Women, Says The GOP

by Tengrain | Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) tells us: “You think about a changing 21st-century workforce and…

The Crass Menagerie

by Tengrain | For those of you who thought Dubya was illiterate (“Not so. Mah parents were married!…

The Apostasy Of Paul Ryan

by Tengrain | Earlier today House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R. Wis) noted that he would consider…

Sarah Palin: There Is No There There

by Tengrain | Meghan McCain is one viewer that Alaska’s part-time governor and full time grifter Sarah Palin…

Will Durst: Where’s My iPony?

by dave-dr-gonzo | Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent feels bad for his smart phone being wielded by such a dumb user.…

Will Durst: How I Spent My Summer Vacation

by dave-dr-gonzo | Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent calls attendance on the first day back to school.…

Will Durst: Tumbling Dumpsters

by dave-dr-gonzo | Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent jumps off the…

Will Durst: Slacker Congress

by dave-dr-gonzo | Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent talks smack about…

Will Durst: T Minus 28 Months And Counting

by dave-dr-gonzo | Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent gets all hot…

Will Durst: Stuck On Stuck

by dave-dr-gonzo | Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent appropriately does little…

Will Durst: Digital Cheese

by dave-dr-gonzo | Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent makes the painful…

Will Durst: Happy Fourth Of July

by dave-dr-gonzo | Podcast: Play in new window | Download In which our intrepid correspondent repurposes an old…

American Boots On The Ground? Boehner: We Have No Choice

by Dave | House Speaker John Boehner told ABC’s George Stephanopolous that President Obama’s current strategy is insufficient to defeat ISIS. “If the goal is to destroy ISIS, as the president says it is, I don’t believe the strategy that he outlined will accomplish that,” Boehner told ABC…

Government Threatened To Fine Yahoo $250,000 Per Day

by Dave | Yahoo announced Thursday that the government threatened to fine the company $250,000 a day if it did not comply with demands to go along with an expansion of U.S. surveillance by surrendering information about its users. Yahoo considered the government’s demands to be unconstitutional and…

Steven Sotloff Beheaded By IS Fighter

by Dave | British newspapers The Guardian and The Telegraph are reporting that journalist Steven Sotloff has been…

What Is Putin’s Ultimate Goal?

by Dave | Is recreating the Soviet Union Vladimir Putin’s ultimate goal? Putin adviser Theodore Lukianov dismissed that…

Separate Is Still Not Equal. Where’s The Outrage?

by Dave | The Warren court unanimously held in 1954 that separate is not equal. Today, due to…

Please! No More Ice Bucket Challenges!

by Dave | Had more than enough of the ice bucket challenge? If not, the following spectacle should…

Nine Year-Old Boy Gunned Down Execution Style

by Dave | Nine year-old Antonio Smith was shot multiple times in the chest Wednesday. Antonio, upset because…

Get A Grip, Dick!

by Dave | Surprise, surprise. Dick Cheney has been foaming at the mouth again. This time he was…