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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos appeared before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies this past week. Democrats attacked the Trump administration’s cut of $9.2 billion from the Department of Education and its giving $1 billion for states and school districts that voluntarily adopt school choice programs.

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Sometimes it seems like Wichita sits inside of a giant pinball machine. A spring-loaded lever gets pulled and a big ol’ ball rolls around banging into this and into that. Except what it’s banging into are historic buildings, and as for the ball itself: It’s a wrecking ball.

OnWords: Populist

May 30, 2017

The word “populist” has been used to describe politicians as different as self-described socialist Bernie Sanders and France’s right-wing Marine LePen.

My trusty 1971 edition of the Oxford English Dictionary contends that populists were either members of the 19th century political American party of the same name or members of a similar Russian movement.

Given that this form of populism promoted state ownership of the railroads, limited private ownership of land, and a progressive income tax, we can rule out LePen as a populist, and even Sanders barely qualifies.

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This originally aired on May 31, 2016.

On May 31, 1790, President George Washington signed the United States’ first copyright bill into law. A short, half-page statute, it granted copyright to books, maps and charts for 14 years, with the option to renew for another 14 years if the author was still alive.

This review originally aired on October 31, 2016.

Midwestern writer Peter Geye told me he titled his third novel Wintering “because it speaks to what all these characters are doing: hunkering down and readying themselves for what the world has to offer.”

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Frank Bravo is a Wichita music scene veteran who currently performs as a solo artist in Dreamverb and is a member of the band Zone Ender. He reunites annually with the band Bellafonte.

“I think of my flaws. I figured that that’s the best part to get out of myself. If I’m OK with talking about them and just playing unequipped that maybe for those moments I could not plagiarize myself.

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At the end of December, I was tagged in a Facebook post by Suzanne Tobias, a reporter and columnist for The Wichita Eagle.

"Pierced By Dogma" is the name of painter Patrick Duegaw's exhibition currently on view at the Ulrich. Upon entering the show of Duegaw self-portraits, I found what is, essentially, the artist stripped bare.

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Top 10 lists are cliche, but there are so many reasons to congratulate the organizers of this year’s Riverfest music lineup that I needed to itemize them. So please forgive the format and see if you agree the 2017 Wichita Riverfest concert schedule is the best ever.

Wendy Wasserstein is probably best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Heidi Chronicles. The show opened on Broadway in 1989 after a run on Off Broadway was received with a bounty of critical applause, and went on to receive a New York Drama Critics Circle award and a Tony for Best Play.

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