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The crying kids game

I understand why the national media is so obsessed over the story of children of illegal immigrants being separated from their parents at the Mexican border.

July 02, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Cold Civil War may be heating up

Recent developments on the restaurant front are going to put a dent into 'date night' plans for Kellyanne Conway and her husband. If Sarah Huckabee Sanders can't eat in peace with her Never Trump parents in some central Virginia one-horse town, there's no way Conway can have a sit-down dinner anywhere in D.C. or Northern Virginia and the drive-through may be out of the question, too.

July 02, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Self-service: where does it go from here?

Sure, you're long-accustomed to schlepping through crowded lines at fast-food chains (a.k.a. "your friendly neighborhood hospice care center for condiment dispensers") and have grudgingly accepted self-check-out lanes in major retailers ("from the Nobel Prize-worthy humanitarians who convinced you that 15 ounces is so much more convenient than 16 ounces"); but are you ready for a decline in service at fancier restaurants?

June 30, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Let Sarah Sanders eat in peace

You'd think a pan-seared pork chop wouldn't come freighted with political baggage.

June 30, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


The Trump Administration: absurdity, normalized

People keep wondering how the hell we got here. How did America become a country that forcibly separates kids from their parents? The answer is obvious: we got Trumped.

June 28, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists


Civic discourse has tumbled to a shocking new low

Other than Dallas Cowboys fans living in Philadelphia, no collection of individuals is subject to as much vitriol and opprobrium as those in public life - politics, entertainment, business, media or professional athletics.

June 28, 2018 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Confusing facts and opinions

"The Pew Research Center quiz was harder than I expected."

June 27, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The photo with borderline truth

The little girl at the border with tears in her eyes. We saw her on front pages, on TV newscasts and on the cover of Time magazine.

June 26, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


This is us

This is us, America. This is who we are at this precise moment in time. A nation that separates families. A nation that interns children and infants in detention camps far from their parents, farther still from those the Trump administration perceives to be his meddlesome enemies; those whose prying eyes, brimming with empathy, and voices of reason are a threat to his regime.

June 26, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Donald Trump suffers separation anxiety

When journalist Lenore Skenazy first introduced the concept of "free range parenting," I knew it was only a matter of time before the idea would careen out of control. Free range parenting is a return to the 1960's when kids were allowed to enjoy frightening activities like walking alone to the store, playing unsupervised in the park and remaining unwatched and unmonitored for hours at a time.

June 25, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Congress is broken... and spineless

It's no surprise that Democrats and everyone in the liberal media are blaming President Trump personally for the crying immigrant children at the border.

June 25, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Leftists taking language instruction from corporations

Jordan Peterson, a Canadian professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, is enjoying some measure of fame and its attendant notoriety for boldly coming out in support of common sense. He's even steadfast enough to continue his support when it conflicts with edicts from the leftist Speech Police.

June 23, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Jeff Sessions’ asylum decision hurts women most in need

I have seen a woman beaten before my eyes, and I did nothing to stop it. It is hard, as a teenager, to know your power and to find your voice. Instead of confronting the violence, I hid behind a locked door.

June 23, 2018 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Will Trump’s kid cruelty sink the GOP in November?

It may seem crass to discuss the potential political impact of Trump's family separation policy - especially when we can hear the kids wailing for their parents - but we do need to ask:

June 21, 2018 | Dick Polman | Columnists


The case for continuing the International Space Station

Since the dawn of creation, mankind has been driven by the urge to explore the world around him. The quest for knowledge consumes us. We have to know if we are alone in the universe or if life exists someone beyond the big blue marble we call home.

June 21, 2018 | Peter Roff | Columnists


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In China, ‘Sharp Eyes’ and cicadas

Recently, business reporter Harrison Jacobs accurately described China as a "techno-authoritarian" state. Where the Nazis used inaccurate Phrenology and calipers to identify enemies of the ...

July 17, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


It’s time to end the preference for clicks over bricks

Bloomberg Businessweek just did a feature piece about the demise of Toys R US that, complete with an illustration of a crying Geoffrey the Giraffe ...

July 17, 2018 | Peter Roff | Columnists


A father’s guide to the land of millstones and honey do’s

As a married man with three daughters, I enjoy the occasional moment of solitude when I can reset, recharge, refocus, and stand at the open ...

July 16, 2018 | Jase Graves | Columnists


Congress too weak to stop trade war

You may not have noticed it amid the White House's bluster on NATO this week, but Congress utterly face-planted in its effort to rein ...

July 16, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


All-star game memories: Mark ‘The Bird’

In 1976, for one unforgettable season, Mark "The Bird" Fidrych shone brighter than Elvis, Liz or Ali - maybe brighter than all three rolled into one.

July 14, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


King Donald

The president's lawyers must wake up every morning wondering if they're in the throes of a mescaline fever dream. Which altered reality will ...

July 14, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


Trump buys survival insurance from Brett Kavanaugh

Feel free to tell yourself that Donald Trump chose Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court because the guy went to Yale (Trump reportedly loves Ivy ...

July 12, 2018 | Dick Polman | Columnists


The resistance is a failure

You don't need 20/20 vision to see that the whole world is waiting for the Democratic Party to push back against the tyrannical ...

July 12, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists


Visa holders homeward bound?

During the upcoming mid-term elections, the 35 Senate races and the 435 House of Representatives campaigns will feature candidates who promise to help create more ...

July 11, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Vacation checklist

If you're getting ready for summer vacation, here's a handy checklist of things you won't need.

July 11, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Summertime dinner calls long overdue

Maybe a new Utah law will revive the lost art of parents calling their children home for dinner.

July 10, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


There goes the neighborhood

I was never a fan of the children's show "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" when I was a kid. My eyes were usually focused on the ...

July 10, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


The Democrats' socialist meltdown

What a great July 4.

July 09, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Time for Conservatives to go on strike

Retiring Rep. Paul Ryan, R-NeverTrump, has revealed what he hopes will be his lasting political legacy; he intends to be the last Republican Speaker of ...

July 09, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Hey, Democrats: It’s the Supreme Court, stupid

My advice to Democrats - which I've offered for free since the dawn of this century - is that they pound this mantra into their thick ...

July 07, 2018 | Dick Polman | Columnists


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