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Trudy Rubin: Putin plays long game

April 18 at 6:44 p.m.

Despite Russia’s Crimean landgrab and its massing of troops on the Ukrainian border, Western leaders still refuse to recognize the mind-set of Vladimir Putin.

  • Mark McCormick: Kansas African American Museum not giving up; we’re moving on

    Upon learning the news that the Kansas African American Museum’s board voted to return leased riverfront property to the city of Wichita, some thoughtful people who care about our mission asked if perceptions that we were “giving up” worried us.

  • Michael A. Smith: Due-process bill is out of place

    Earlier this month, the Legislature jumped into a heated national debate: teacher tenure. Challenging tenure and the unions that defend it has been the subject of academic research, recent books, popular films such as “Freedom Writers” and “Waiting for ‘Superman,’” and advocacy from nonprofits including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Kansas City’s Kauffman Foundation.

  • Charles Krauthammer: Zealots using donor lists to persecute citizens

    The debate over campaign contributions is never-ending for a simple reason: Both sides of the argument have merit.

  • Shonda Werry: Sign health care compact

    The Eagle editorial board called on senior citizens to “rise up and demand that Gov. Sam Brownback veto” the health care compact (April 9 Eagle Editorial). But senior citizens are catching on to the reality of the Affordable Care Act and its impact on them. Let’s start with the facts:

  • David Brooks: Exodus is about more than escape, liberation

    Monday night was the start of Passover, the period when Jews celebrate the liberation of the Israelites from slavery into freedom.

  • Kathleen Parker: Erasing the race card

    One approaches the race fray with trepidation, but here we go, tippy-toe.

  • Shawn Sullivan and Robert Moser: Integration of I/DD care going smoothly so far

    It has now been more than two months since the 8,600 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) served through the home- and community-based services (HCBS) program were integrated into Kansas’ managed-care system known as KanCare. In the interest of transparency, and because of the high level of public interest in this transition, we are providing an update.

  • Ramesh Ponnuru: Why ambitious ideas always backfire politically

    Americans say they want politicians to tackle the big issues and get things done. In 2008, they even elected a presidential candidate who said he was interested in “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”

  • Cal Thomas: Sebelius a scapegoat for Obamacare’s woes

    Dictionary.com offers two definitions for “scapegoat”: “1. A person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place; 2. Chiefly biblical. A goat let loose in the wilderness on Yom Kippur after the high priest symbolically laid the sins of the people on its head.”

  • John M. Crisp: Senate torture report needs full disclosure

    When my students use their cellphones to text during class, they always do so furtively, hands beneath a desk or hidden (they think) behind a strategically positioned purse or backpack. Thus they affirm this very human principle: When we’re doing something we know we’re not supposed to be doing, we usually try to hide it.

  • Monica Williams-Murphy: Create directive for health care

    Will your cousin (who lives across the country) choose what you will have for lunch?

  • Davis Merritt: Rand, Marx, Koch overlook human realities

    In a Wall Street Journal commentary recently, Charles Koch lamented that his campaign to change America makes him an almost daily target of personal attacks by “collectivist” critics who do not try to understand his vision of a free society.

  • Lane Filler: Free speech for some but not for all?

    It’s interesting that some of the most powerful newspapers in the United States think the only corporations with an unlimited right to political speech are newspapers.

  • Ronnie Cummins and Stan Cox: Require labels on GM food

    Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, has introduced a bill – supported by the agriculture industry – to pre-empt states from passing mandatory labeling laws on genetically modified foods. The legislation is an attempt to stifle consumer demand for labels on food containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

  • Leonard Pitts Jr.: Money in politics undermining nation

    This is a column about campaign-finance reform.

  • Carl P. Leubsdorf: Tax deadline and no reform in sight

    The annual tax-filing deadline, which comes Tuesday, provides a good opportunity for tax-reform advocates to decry the current law’s increasing complexity and inequities, and to urge enactment of a simpler, fairer system.

  • Rep. Mike Pompeo: Modified foods are needed, safe

    Kansas feeds the world. We nourish America’s population of 300 million people and a global population of nearly 7 billion. We’re able to do this extraordinary work because Kansas growers, ranchers and producers work hard as well as because of advances made in agricultural biotechnology.

  • H. Edward Flentje: Ministry of (un)Truth

    Aides to Gov. Sam Brownback have been working overtime this past month to counteract a flurry of reports contrary to the governor’s point of view on the Kansas economy and state finance.

  • Anthony Hensley: Brownback should listen to a teacher

    When Gov. Sam Brownback delivered his 2013 State of the State message to a joint session of the Legislature, he said: “And of all those you could learn from, may I suggest paying particular attention to a teacher?”

  • Charles Krauthammer: Left trying to banish opposition from debate

    Two months ago, a petition bearing more than 110,000 signatures was delivered to the Washington Post demanding a ban on any article questioning global warming. The petition arrived the day before publication of one of my columns, which consisted of precisely that heresy.

  • Thomas L. Friedman: Ukraine like a hockey game with no referee

    Shortly before the Sochi Olympics, Russian President Vladimir Putin played in an exhibition hockey game there. In retrospect, he was clearly warming up for his takeover of Crimea.

  • John Dickerson: Hillary Clinton and the hard question

    Hillary Clinton has answered a question about her presidential journey again. During an interview as a part of an appearance at a marketing conference, the former secretary of state said: “I am thinking about it, but I am going to continue to think about it for a while.… The hard questions are not do you want to be president, or can you win. The hard questions are why. Why would you want to do this and what can you offer that could make a difference.”

  • Doyle McManus: Is Affordable Care Act now too big to fail?

    When Obamacare’s first open-enrollment period ended last week, the tally was impressive: 7.1 million Americans signed up for insurance on federal and state exchanges by the March 31 deadline, several million more signed up for Medicaid and a whole lot of Americans younger than 26 got covered by their parents’ plans.

  • Dan K. Thomasson: Government for sale to highest bidder

    Look for this advertisement on TV, in your local newspaper and online in the not too distant future:

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