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Syndicated Columns

Editorial:Election action
Measures that will significantly impact Kansas elections are moving ahead before the details of their impact have been fully examined.
February 8, 2015
A couple of election bills proposed by Secretary of State Kris Kobach are zooming along in the Kansas House.
Opinion: U.S. can think like a superpower
February 7, 2015
Niccolo Machiavelli, perhaps the shrewdest political philosopher in history, believed that great events were shaped by luck — or “fortuna” as he called this unpredictable force of life. The same actions might produce success or failure, depending on the whims of the goddess Fortuna.
Opinion: Method to Islamic State’s madness?
February 6, 2015
Why did they do it? What did the Islamic State think it could possibly gain by burning alive a captured Jordanian pilot? I wouldn’t underestimate the absence of logic, the sheer depraved thrill of a triumphant cult reveling in its barbarism. But I wouldn’t overestimate it either. You don’t overrun much of Syria and Iraq without having deployed keen tactical and strategic reasoning.
Opinion: U.S. lowers economic expectations
February 5, 2015
Two phrases that Daniel Patrick Moynihan put into America’s political lexicon two decades ago are increasingly pertinent. They explain the insufficient dismay about recent economic numbers.
Opinion: Mental illness not just ‘the latest fad’
February 5, 2015
He had his first major breakdown when he was 26. A man who had been known for his sunny, outgoing temperament became suddenly sullen, silent and withdrawn. He spoke openly of suicide. It got so bad that a couple took him into their home to ensure he did not hurt himself.
Opinion: Saudis regroup with unusual speed
February 4, 2015
Saudi Arabia, which often confounds outsiders with its slow and opaque governance, has moved surprisingly quickly under King Salman, its new monarch, to streamline government and purge officials who were seen as underperformers.
Opinion: Progress stalls in Iran nuclear talks
February 3, 2015
The news from U.S. negotiators who are trying to persuade Iran to accept binding limits on its nuclear technology was not good last week. Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, and his foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, still say they’re willing to make a deal.
Opinion: China interested in trade pact
February 2, 2015
Strange bedfellows of 2015: As the Obama administration pushes toward a major new trade agreement in Asia this spring, it is developing two unlikely allies — Chinese officials abroad, who are signaling that they want in, and Republicans in Congress, who appear willing to support what would be one of President Obama’s biggest successes.
Opinion: Out of jail, but not yet free
February 1, 2015
Marissa Alexander got out of jail last week, but she is not free. At best, she enjoys only a species of freedom, a defective freedom that imperfectly resembles the real thing.
Opinion: Deflategate part of wretched excess
February 1, 2015
Beer, Benjamin Franklin supposedly said but almost certainly didn’t, is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. Without cannonballing into deep theological waters, perhaps Deflategate proves the same thing.
Opinion: Ukraine needs military aid to fight Russia
January 31, 2015
The rockets that killed dozens of civilians in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol last weekend also blew up the futile Western strategy for stopping Russian aggression in Ukraine.