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  • Owning ideas 1/29/2015

    For most of history, people suffered in miserable poverty. Then, in a few hundred years, some new ideas made life hugely better for billions of us - ...

  • Back to the future, locked and loaded 1/28/2015

    I always thought the fundamental untrustworthiness of human nature is why we need laws. Even among normally law-abiding, sensible, decent people, judg ...

  • Compromise -- make it happen 1/28/2015

    When plans are laid in advance, it is surprising how often circumstances fit in with them. That said, Kansas farmers and ranchers who are a part of ...

  • Building bills in the Legislature 1/27/2015

    While we're waiting for Gov. Sam Brownback to decide just what he wants to do with property tax authority for school districts, there are some less fr ...

  • Brownback's budget 1/26/2015

    Gov. Sam Brownback's budget proposes the current K-12 education funding formula be repealed by July 1. The formula has been in place since the early 1 ...

  • Committee meetings begin 1/26/2015

    I am again serving on the Federal and State Education and Agricultural Resources committees. At our first Education Committee meeting, we had the oppo ...

  • Excitement starts at Capitol 1/26/2015

    As I have been recovering from a few surgeries, my office staff and the Senate leaders have kept me informed of the activities taking place and the bi ...

  • What's happening with oil prices? 1/26/2015

    In response to a dramatic increase in U.S. oil production, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries has decided to dump low-cost oil into the ...

  • Synthetic biology, brave new world 1/26/2015

    We're familiar with the notion new discoveries can create problems as well as solve them. When atomic science enabled us to generate huge amounts of ...

  • Today's fierce urgency is voter mobilization 1/25/2015

    Having begun in August, the continuous protests in Ferguson, Mo., now represent the longest period of active protests in the United States since Dr. K ...

  • Duke, Muslims and politics of intimidation 1/25/2015

    What began as a gesture of interfaith hospitality ended badly recently when Duke University suddenly canceled plans to begin broadcasting the Muslim c ...

  • Pipeline: Foreign profits, American risk 1/23/2015

    Media coverage of the Keystone XL pipeline is coalescing around a single narrative. It goes like this: Environmentalists oppose the pipeline because o ...

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