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The party of cray-cray

Forty-six million viewers witnessed the unorthodox but predictable clown show congressional Democrats put on during President Trump's first State of the Union speech. Despite that, an astounding majority of Americans (75 percent to be exact) told CBS News they approved.

February 08, 2018 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


More Evangelicals selling their soul to support a loser

It's sad to say another Christian group has decided to maintain access to DC power rather than tell the truth regarding the shortcomings of a prominent politician. Maybe it's the ego rush when calls are returned. Or maybe it's the meetings in off-limits-to-the-public Capitol hideaways that persuades these organizations to publicly support a man who's repeatedly failed to live up to expectations.

February 08, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Dreamers

February 08, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


Actually, things are pretty good and getting better

"The country is divided. The political rhetoric is getting worse. The world seems to be in a mess."

February 07, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The dangers of a ‘Bloody Nose’ strike on North Korea

As State of the Union coverage was in full swing on Tuesday night, another story was quietly breaking in Washington: The Trump Administration's once-likely nominee for the critical post of Ambassador to South Korea, Victor Cha, was apparently out of the running.

February 07, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


I’m still cheering for Trump

Donald Trump sure hit it out of the park Tuesday night.

February 06, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


A backyard immigration lesson

The perky little chickadee with a black cap and deformed beak that I'd been trying to keep alive died a few days ago, the same day the 7.9 magnitude earthquake jolted me and fellow Alaskans out of bed.

February 06, 2018 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Exclusive: Trump’s 2019 State of the Union Speech

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States and my fellow Americans:

February 05, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Will male infertility doom mankind?

According to the British newspaper The Telegraph, if problems continue at the current rate, the entire human race could be infertile in just 50 years.

February 05, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Trump the unifier? Don’t buy it

President Donald Trump, who's never been shy about hammering his rivals and skewering his opponents, used his first State of the Union speech Tuesday night to call for unity as the nation attacks some of its biggest challenges.

February 03, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


How to survive a southern snowpocalypse

Snow in East Texas is only slightly less rare than a parade of CNN reporters wearing red "Make America Great Again" caps while singing "You Can't Always Get What You Want" in downtown Pyongyang. This year, though, the impossible happened, and East Texas was blanketed with a couple of inches of powder. Only this time, it wasn't the usual dunes of yellow pollen from a bunch of turned on pine trees that need to get a room.

February 03, 2018 | Jase Graves | Columnists


Technology and the paper makers petition

Every time disruptive technology becomes widely adopted, those who rely on what is has displaced often turn to the government seeking protection. It's a phenomenon well described in the 18th century by Frederic Bastiat who, in a famous essay entitled "The Candlemakers' Petition," described the demands made of the French government by candlemakers seeking to block the sun from competing against them.

February 01, 2018 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Lighten up, critics, it’s Groundhog Day

If I were Punxsutawney Phil, I might think twice before coming out of my burrow this year.

February 01, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Shut up or shut down

Chaos theory has been called the study of predicting "inherently unpredictable" systems. It is also an apt description of the study of the Trump presidency. Those closest to the president say he thrives on chaos, relishes tumult, and takes perverse pleasure in stirring up conflict among advisers and associates. The president is energized by noise. While this style of management may have served him as a businessman, it has limited his ability to lead and govern effectively.

January 31, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Warning: 24-hour news causes truth decay

With his famed utterance that everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts, the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan had to have known, on some level, that he was offering a cliche destined to last the ages.

January 31, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


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Republican cherry picking

We all know what "cherry picking" is. Sifting through available evidence to pluck out the bits and pieces that support one particular narrative while ignoring ...

February 22, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists


My genuine bipartisan compromise offer

The nation just witnessed what the OpMedia and the Commentariat like to call "bipartisan legislation." The occasion was the two-year spending-palooza that Curator of the ...

February 22, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Now is the time to politicize gun violence

Now is the time to politicize gun violence. In the wake of the recent mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, how can we not?

February 21, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Ice Dancer

February 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


Are your old photos a tricking time bomb?

For most of my adult life, I kicked myself because I had carried a one-of-a-kind childhood photo (featuring me, my brother and our cousins) in ...

February 21, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


I’m failing at passwords

I have several online accounts that I use a few times year and not once have I gained access without first trying several passwords and ...

February 20, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


George Washington’s history? It’s complicated

"What do you mean that America's youth know little about George Washington, except that he was a slave owner?"

February 20, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Yes, a Republican running for Congress is also a Nazi

Forget Washington for a moment. Forget the news that the Republican Congress has voted to massively deepen the budget deficit, the same deficit they used ...

February 19, 2018 | Dick Polman | Columnists


It’s still not guns

During the intense media coverage of Wednesday's tragic events in Parkland, Fla., I was shocked to hear it was the 18th school shooting so ...

February 19, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


What if it was your daughter, Mr. President?

Imagine late one night there's a knock at your front door. You open it. Standing before you is your grown daughter. She's crying ...

February 17, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Congress indifferent to Puerto Rico’s tragedy

After an absence of more than 50 years, I returned to Puerto Rico this month to view firsthand Hurricane Maria's devastation. I spent most ...

February 17, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


It’s madness to surrender in the war on drugs

I recently read a commentary by someone who urged us to stop using the word "addict," because it somehow stigmatizes drug users. We were told ...

February 15, 2018 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Washington’s blame game

Pointing fingers is a Washington pastime. The blame game currently playing out between Republicans and Democrats has been raging over issues ranging from the treatment ...

February 15, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Donald Trump: Banana Republican

So President Donald Trump, noted fiscal conservative, swamp-drainer, and compulsive saber-rattler, wants a massive military parade through the streets of downtown Washington D.C.

February 14, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Stop worrying so much about Tide Pods

My New York friend Larry was nearly out of breath on the phone.

February 14, 2018 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


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