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A covey of political caucuses

During the Trump Care Meltdown, when the same Republicans that chanted "Repeal & Replace" for seven years folded like a broken down lawn chair in a category 5 hurricane, we learned about a couple mysterious Republican Congressional Caucuses instrumental in torpedoing the AHCA. These two groups come from such opposite sides of the political spectrum they undoubtedly have dartboards with each other's pictures tacked to the middle.

April 13, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


What ’60 Minutes’ missed about foreign workers

Last month's "60 Minutes" feature on the H-1B employment-based visa brought back into national awareness the outrage about displacing U.S. workers with foreign-born labor and, at the risk of losing their severance, forcing Americans to train their overseas replacements. Dissatisfaction with the H-1B has been boiling over since headline-grabbing firings at Disney, Caterpillar and McDonald's, among others. Then-candidate and now President Donald Trump tapped into the national anger about H-1Bs – 85,000 issued annually – and made reforming the visa a focal point of his promises to reform immigration to benefit Americans.

April 13, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Easter is a time for new life

Suddenly, the lawns have shown a remarkable transformation. The old dry, brittle, brown stuff is lush and green. I remarked to Fred what a difference a few inches of rain make in Kansas; it's like a resurrection! The lilacs are out. The redbud trees are coming alive. Grass is growing again.

April 13, 2017 | Judi Tabler | Columnists


Edible insects lead to bugs for dinner

"Bugs? They want us to eat bugs?"

April 12, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Sometimes saving money is rocket science

It's ironic Elon Musk, one of America's premier subsidy farmers, is also a perfect example of the difference between the private sector and the government when it comes to cost. Musk differs from earlier entrepreneurs like Thomas Edison and Henry Ford who became wealthy by building a better mousetrap. Musk became wealthy by harvesting government subsidies.

April 12, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Don’t forget victims of the addicted

The other day, I was riding on the subway when I heard a commotion behind me. People started running around in the car, and a young girl slammed into my seat as if she was fleeing some kind of murderous thug. The reason for the panic was a crack-head who had decided to beat up on a young, innocent man who happened to be riding on the same car.

April 11, 2017 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


I, Robot. You, Unemployed.

Elon Musk is so obsessed with self-improving artificial intelligence (A.I.) being mankind's biggest existential threat that he now has a new company, Neuralink.

April 11, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Trump’s Answer on Syria: It’s Obama’s Fault

Offered an opportunity to explain what he planned to do about a savage chemical weapons attack in Syria that indiscriminately killed 72 people, including children, President Donald Trump located the true enemy and pounced without mercy:

April 10, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Reflections On My Mother’s 90th Birthday

As my mother's 90th birthday arrives, I realize that in the nearly 57 years our lives have overlapped, we've never really TALKED.

April 10, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Border Wall in Urban Areas Makes Sense

It is staggering to see how the Democratic Party has flip-flopped on border security over the years.

April 08, 2017 | Matt Mackowiak | Columnists


Is Bill O’Reilly Too Big To Fail?

Fox News, where women work at their own risk in a misogynist culture frozen somewhere in the 1950s, is back in crisis mode. Nine months after chairman and accused sexual harasser Roger Ailes was forced out, we're wondering whether accused sexual harasser Bill O'Reilly will be forced out, too.

April 08, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


A final warning to tone deaf sanctuary mayors

At a March 28 White House press conference, Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired what could be his last warning shot over sanctuary city mayors' heads. Sessions' blunt message: Obey immigration laws or your dangerous cities will lose Department of Justice federal funding, have existing grants canceled, and become ineligible for future grants.

April 06, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Thoughts for the holidays

The confluence of Easter and Passover at mid-month will find many people, stressed more than usual by the state of world affairs and the chaos of domestic politics, seeking answers from their faith.

April 06, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Trump is breaking (the) news

Supposedly, the Chinese or the Arabs or the Scientologists or one of those ancient inscrutable cultures, has a saying that goes "May you live in interesting times." It is generally considered to be a curse. And America right now is living in the most interesting of times. It's breathtaking how thrilling and frenetic the news has gotten. Every single day. It's almost too exciting. In fact, it's starting to look like one of those pre-opening credits sequences of a science-fiction movie that takes place in the ruins of a dystopian civilization. "And Then All Hell Broke Loose."

April 05, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Rural folks living what preppers seek

Get this: More people are fleeing big cities for rural areas and some are doing so because they fear a major financial collapse is imminent.

April 05, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


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United passenger wasn’t roughed up in vain

The saga of former United Airlines customer Dr. David Dao is getting more and more expensive for the airline. According to the Daily Mail, he ...

April 29, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Waiving the white flag at Berkeley

University of California at Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, is either a raging liberal or an incompetent bureaucrat who has lost control of his campus.

April 29, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s an SUV!

For the past two years, I've had the honor of driving my son to his middle school each morning.

April 27, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


A remarkable first hundred days of regulatory reform

President Trump was elected to reverse the massive regulatory power grabs of the Obama administration and, in the words of chief strategist Steve Bannon, to ...

April 27, 2017 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


100 days in, who’s winning again?

Who's winning?

April 26, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


‘Dealmaker’ Trump flip-flops on dreamers

On his way to the White House, President Donald Trump forgot all he knows about negotiating. Author of best-selling "The Art of the Deal," President ...

April 26, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Bad hair wars between Trump and North Korea

Enterprising entrepreneurs out there might want to invest in a fleet of tractor backhoes and partial ownership of a limestone quarry, because it's starting ...

April 25, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Time to make it ‘Get To Work, Daughters & Sons’ Day

We need to rethink Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

April 25, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Limiting population growth key to a healthy future

Limiting population growth key to a healthy future

April 24, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Flying the unfriendly skies

The airline industry is so competitive that upon learning United Airlines dragged a paying passenger off a flight so their employees could enjoy a free ...

April 24, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


Advice for President Trump

Dear Mr. President.

April 22, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Trump’s Endless Campaign

"No one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it," observed George Orwell in his prescient novel "1984." However, until Donald Trump came along ...

April 22, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Trump’s broken promise could break another promise

Smoke has been billowing skyward from the Trumpster fire for nearly 100 days - I know, it feels more like 100 weeks - and his refusal to ...

April 20, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Have you talked to your children about marijuana?

Although I got vicarious pleasure from the American Dope Growers Union spoof on "Saturday Night Live" in 1977, my curiosity has never led me to ...

April 20, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The net neutrality noise machine

For over a decade, professional liberal organizers and agitators - backed by a tidal wave of big liberal foundations and Silicon Valley corporate money - have told ...

April 19, 2017 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


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