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Thursday, April 17, 2014

 In this Dec. 29, 2013, file photo, New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, right, sacks Washington Redskins' Kirk Cousins (12) during the first half of an NFL football game in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Nearly 400 years ago, Peter Minuit took Manhattan from people who had no concept of land as a thing that could be bought or sold. Turns out some of them feel that way about dignity, too.

Leonard Pitts
Posted on April 16, 2014 at 12:15 p.m.
 While Rev. Al Sharpton, left, listens, United States Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the National Action Network convention in New York, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Holder said that he and President Obama have faced

The race cards have been flying so fast and furious lately, one can hardly tell the kings from the queens.

Kathleen Parker
Posted on April 16, 2014 at 11:17 a.m.
 Indiana navigator Menessah Nelson (left) works with Dawn Wells as Wells looks through her folder of health care information Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. Wells successfully maneuvered the Obamacare website, with a lot of help, and signed up for insurance coverage.  (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen)

Of course it’s not perfect. It’s a thing of beauty anyway. We have liftoff. It’s working.

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 2:41 p.m.
 This April 8, 2014, file photo shows President Barack Obama  in the East Room of the White House during an event marking Equal Pay Day, signing executive actions aimed at closing a compensation gender gap that favors men. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
Posted on April 15, 2014 at 1:55 p.m.

It is a statistical fraud when President Obama and other politicians say that women earn only 77 percent of what men earn — and that this is because of discrimination.

 U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks during the Iowa Republican Party's annual Lincoln Day dinner, Friday, April 11, 2014, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Ryan's new budget proposal eliminates AmeriCorps. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Posted on April 14, 2014 at 4:11 p.m.

If we can agree on anything across our philosophical divides, surely we can support efforts to promote voluntary service by our fellow citizens and to strengthen our nation's extraordinary network of civic and religious charities.

 Ryan Rittenhouse, an employee at Goshen College, built his own drone that he flies recreationally. The craft can go up to 60 mph and fly at heights of 400 feet. Rittenhouse flies the drone on the campus on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.  (Truth Photo By Jon Garcia)
Posted on April 14, 2014 at 3:06 p.m.

The next time someone wants to use drones for search and rescue, the FAA should do us all a favor and go missing.

 Relatives of Chinese passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 pray during a candlelight vigil for their loved ones at a hotel in Beijing, China, Tuesday, April 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Posted on April 13, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

Please, for the love of Cronkite: Give us a break from the missing plane.

 Sitting in her family home Jan. 10, 2013, in Elkhart Dara Marquez talks about her application for deferred immigration action and what it means for her and the Hispanic community. Marquez is a student at St. Mary's in South Bend. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen)
Posted on April 13, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

Jeb Bush believes we should treat immigration as "a different kind of crime." Is he right? Joel Mathis and Ben Boychuk, the RedBlueAmerica columnists, debate the issue.

 In this May 3, 2012 photo provided by CBS, Stephen Colbert, left, host of the “Colbert Report” on the Comedy Central Network, has a laugh on stage with host David Letterman on the set of the “Late Show with David Letterman,” in New York. CBS announced on Thursday, April 10, 2014 that Colbert will replace Letterman as “Late Show” host after Letterman retires in 2015. (AP Photo/CBS, John Paul Filo)
Posted on April 13, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.

To put it plainly, the fellow who will be sitting in the "Late Show" chair is nothing like the character on the "Repor(t)," which is both a delightful and grievous prospect. Many will mourn the exit of Comedy Central's Colbert, but millions more will celebrate his new role.

 Jeff Burbrink gives a talk on the Emerald Ash Borer, a pest that has been killing Ash trees across Indiana, to Conrad and Karen Miller in the Agriculture Hall during the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Wednesday, July 24, 2013. In his latest column, Burbrink talks about how to properly dispose of trees that are dying - and why.
Posted on April 13, 2014 at 10:53 a.m.

Dead and dying trees - caused by the Emerald Ash Borer - can really pose a risk to peoples' safety if they aren't disposed of quickly.

 Michelle Singletary
Posted on April 13, 2014 at 10:48 a.m.

The Internal Revenue Service has seen an increase in a scam known as "caller ID spoofing." Don't be fooled by this trick -- or others.

 President Barack Obama gives two thumbs as Women’s rights activist Lilly Ledbetter, left, acknowledges him in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, during an event marking Equal Pay Da. The president and his Democratic allies in Congress are making a concerted election-year push to draw attention to women's wages, linking Obama's executive actions with pending Senate legislation aimed at closing a compensation gender gap that favors men. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Posted on April 12, 2014 at 11:02 p.m.

Equal pay for women. It’s been the law since 1964. But it’s just too good a campaign issue to drop.

 Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight Committee, listens to final statements from members as the the Republican-controlled panel voted in favor of holding former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for her previous refusal to answer questions at two hearings on whether tea party and conservative political groups had been targeted for extra scrutiny, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 10, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Posted on April 12, 2014 at 11:02 p.m.

There may be some who fear Issa, Ted Cruz or other practitioners of neo-McCarthyism. But there are at least as many unafraid to call these men dangerous, or buffoons.

 In this July 2, 1964, file photo, President Lyndon B. Johnson reaches to shake hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. after presenting the civil rights leader with one of the 72 pens used to sign the Civil Rights Act in Washington. Surrounding the president, from left, are, Rep. Roland Libonati, D-Ill., Rep. Peter Rodino, D-N.J., Rev. King, Emanuel Celler, D-N.Y., and behind Celler is Whitney Young, executive director of the National Urban League. (AP Photo)
E.J. Dionne Jr.
Posted on April 11, 2014 at 1:48 p.m.
 A demonstrator holds a bible while marching outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, March 26, 2013, as the court heard arguments on California's voter approved ban on same-sex marriage, Proposition 8. The Supreme Court waded into the fight over same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Charles Krauthammer
Posted on April 11, 2014 at 11:47 a.m.
Kathleen Parker
Posted on April 10, 2014 at 4:11 p.m.
 Indiana Gov. Mike Pence speaks Wednesday, March 26, 2014,  in West Lafayette. Speculation heated up this week that Pence may be running for president. (AP Photo/Journal & Courier, John Terhune) NO SALES
Brian Howey
Posted on April 10, 2014 at 3:25 p.m.
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