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GENE LYONS

Arkansas Times columnist Gene Lyons is a National Magazine Award winner and co-author of “The Hunting of the President” (St. Martin's Press, 2000). His column is distributed by the Newspaper Enterprise Association. You can email Lyons at eugenelyons2@yahoo.com.

Articles by GENE LYONS

Commentary: Big data and man's best friend Commentary: Big data and man's best friend
4 days ago - - GENE LYONS
As I write, the love of my life is off to the state penitentiary. I expect her back at the farm in late afternoon. She’s a volunteer with Paws in Prison, an organization that matches homeless dogs with inmate trainers. [Read More]
Commentary: 'Animal House Republicanism' Commentary: 'Animal House Republicanism'
2 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
This too shall pass. In the bipolar gong show of Washington politics, it’s the Republicans’ turn. Count on them to opt for televised spectacle over governing. It’s what they do. [Read More]
Commentary: Citizens United ruling resonates Commentary: Citizens United ruling resonates
2 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
Look at it this way: At least the 2014 midterm elections are over. Maybe the most clueless pronouncement ever made by a U.S. Supreme Court justice was Anthony Kennedy’s comment in the 2010 Citizens United case arguing that unlimited “independent (campaign) expenditures ... [Read More]
Commentary: Decline of political journalism Commentary: Decline of political journalism
4 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
Upon first venturing to write about politics 20 years ago, I held naive views about political journalism. Specifically, I imagined that factual accuracy mattered as much as it did in the kinds of books and magazine pieces I’d written on nonpolitical topics. [Read More]
Commentary: Clinton detractor ignores facts Commentary: Clinton detractor ignores facts
5 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
By hard pundit law, nonstop media coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign begins on the morning after the 2014 congressional elections — approximately 18 months before normal Americans want to hear about it. [Read More]
Commentary: ISIS, Ebola panic driven by ratings Commentary: ISIS, Ebola panic driven by ratings
6 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
One time, my wife and I went walking near a pasture where nine mares grazed. I knew them all by name. Suddenly, and for no obvious reason, the herd stampeded. But what were they running from? [Read More]
Commentary: Ebola fears take a political turn Commentary: Ebola fears take a political turn
7 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
One afternoon two weeks ago, I did my best to calm a friend who’d become fearful that her son would contract Ebola in Syria. The young man had enlisted in the National Guard. She knew the U.S. was bombing ISIS terrorists there, and that people were talking about “boots on the ground.” [Read More]
Commentary: Upside-down tea party dogma Commentary: Upside-down tea party dogma
8 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
When we moved to our Arkansas cattle farm, a friend lent us a book titled “A Straw in the Sun.” [Read More]
Commentary: Attacks on Obama play well in Arkansas Commentary: Attacks on Obama play well in Arkansas
9 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
The remarkable thing is that an aloof, bookish fellow like Tom Cotton is running for the U.S. Senate anywhere, much less in darkest Arkansas. [Read More]
Commentary: Theater of war unavoidable Commentary: Theater of war unavoidable
10 weeks ago - - GENE LYONS
Maybe next time, they’ll award the Nobel Peace Prize at the end of a politician’s tenure rather than the beginning. There was always something mildly farcical about the Swedish committee recognizing President Obama’s lofty rhetoric in advance of real achievements. [Read More]
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