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Shortly after I was discharged from the Army Air Forces in 1946, Rep. John Dingell of Michigan introduced the first national health care bill ever to come before Congress. Sixty-four years after Rep. Dingell’s bill…

Thursday the U.S. Supreme Court overruled the 2002 McCain-Feingold law that prohibited corpo-rations from running campaign ads advocating the election or defeat of a candidate within 30 days of a primary election or 60 days…

Massachusetts, the only state that gave George McGovern a majority over Richard Nixon in 1972, kept Ted Kennedy in the Senate for 46 years and gave Barack Obama a 26-point margin in 2008, voted against…

The usually reliable Washington Post-ABC News poll discovered last weekend that 58 percent of respondents want a smaller government — a number that has been growing for the last two years, and has reflected majority…

Science is coming to the rescue of meltdowners who just can’t make the needle on their bathroom scales move in the right direction.Wireless sensors have been developed which, when strapped onto a fat-fighter, keep track…

A proposed statewide smoking ban would ex-empt the gambling areas in the four casinos the state is building.Rep. Brenda Landwehr of Wichita, who strongly opposes the anti-smoking law, is equally peeved that the state would…

Last week Gov. Mark Parkinson bit the bullet. Kansas, he said, should stop cutting its budget and should deal with the looming $400 million deficit by raising taxes on tobacco by $69 million and raising…