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Performance-based funding hits colleges, then students

The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board has adopted a new policy that will ease penalties on colleges and universities failing to live up to new performance-based funding guidelines. This is the first year that an Arkansas university could lose funding. . .

Conception deception

It took three videos showing Planned Parenthood doctors and executives discussing the culling and retailing of aborted baby parts, but Hillary Clinton finally managed to say that she found the videos "disturbing." For a professional politician like Clinton, whose. . .

Another British invasion

When music fans think of "the British Invasion" they are referring to ‘60s bands like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Britain today, however, faces a different type of invasion. Thousands of migrants, most from North Africa and the Middle East, are storming. . .

Ballot choices are worth the trouble

The unspoken question in Judge James Moody's Eastern District courtroom Monday was how much trouble should the election process undergo to accommodate candidates who aren't going to win anyway, and also to accommodate Arkansans who want to vote for them? The. . .

Keep Jefferson, Jackson in Democrats' functions

In the wake of the Charleston, S.C., church massacre, symbols of the Confederacy are being put to the wayside. In light of this, now comes reports that the Democratic Party in several states, including Arkansas, is considering changing the name of its annual. . .

Panel buys governor time on Common Core debate

LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he wanted his Common Core task force to come up with an "Arkansas solution" as it waded into the debate over standards that have come under fire from many conservatives. Instead of solving a problem, the panel just bought him. . .

Among the ruins, a case of righteousness

Christianity, whose presence in the Middle East predates Islam's by 600 years, is about to be cleansed from the Middle East. Egyptian Copts may have found some respite under Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, but after their persecution under the previous Muslim Brotherhood. . .

'Whatever I choose to be' is delusional

You ask most preteens or teenagers what they expect to have happen in their future and they tell you, with an air of certainty, it is not what they want to happen but what is going to happen. These young people believe they can choose their future and, "presto,". . .

Cecil's killing a reminder of trophy hunting ills

Some people can't understand trophy hunting. I'm one of them. Why on earth a man would want to kill an animal just to say he did it is beyond me. That he'd want a keepsake — the animal's head — to commemorate the slaughter is even more disturbing. But that's. . .

A GOP led by Trump will fail, and deserve it

At this point in the 2016 presidential campaign, the noble, elusive stag of political rhetoric is pretty much road kill. This judgment is unfair to a few candidates — Rick Perry, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio come to mind — delivering thoughtful speeches. But in...

70th anniversary of the race war

He wanted to start a race war. That, you will recall, was what authorities say white supremacist Dylann Roof had in mind when he shot up a storied African-American church in June. It might have surprised him to learn that we've already had a race war. No, that's. . .

Wasting tax dollars on consultants for political cover

Arkansas is laying out a few million taxpayer dollars for corporate consultants to tell legislators and the governor how to handle some political hot potatoes, principally a moribund lottery and the expansion of Medicaid to poor adults, which is the biggest. . .