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Trump’s demeanor shouldn’t be surprising

Of all the rationales available to interpret President Donald Trump's private conversation with former FBI director James Comey, many of his defenders opted for the least compelling one - that the President is unschooled in the ways of Washington, a town where personal communication is based upon subtlety and nuance, rather than clarity of expression.

June 20, 2017 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Bernie Sanders, religious bigot?

Democrats are enjoying throwing around the word impeachment.

June 19, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Siri plans to stop taking orders and start giving them

Apple CEO Tim Cook has announced the company is going to focus on developing self-driving car "systems" instead of the car itself. In an interview with Bloomberg Television he explained this qualifies as an "MOA" effort as in "The Mother Of All AI projects."

June 19, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


What boob thought up this fashion trend?

"There's no need to fear ---- underboob is here!"

June 17, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Russiagate’ is obscuring everything, including gun legislation

On Wednesday morning, Washington rightly fretted over the fate of a Republican congressman and three others felled by a gunman's fire in suburban Alexandria, Va., as they practiced for a charity baseball game.

June 15, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Privacy protections must accompany government data access

The law may not be an ass, as Charles Dickens put it, but it often moves as slowly as one.

June 14, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Comey don’t play that

Millions of Americans watched transfixed as James Comey testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee last week, and no, that's not an oxymoron. To say the reaction was mixed is like intimating that pillowcases stuffed with live eels are not conducive to long naps.

June 14, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Cosby taking the hit for men who’ve wronged women

The jury is deliberating, and all we know at this point is that no one will be happy when the verdict is returned in Bill Cosby's indecent assault trial.

June 13, 2017 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Teens’ summer jobs becoming thing of the past

I learned how to keep golf balls from bashing me in my shins.

June 13, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Daddy, don’t you evolve so fast

While using social media to research this Father's Day column, I came across two types of people.

June 12, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


In the cities and in the suburbs, population booming

The recently released U.S. Census Bureau data on 2016 population growth in cities and their outlying areas arrives at one inescapable conclusion: suburban communities which once offered relief from overcrowded urban areas are rapidly growing. And with that growth comes more urban sprawl. Larger swaths of wide open spaces will vanish as residential and commercial development plow under agricultural land and environmental habitats. Queens College demographer Andy Beveridge calls the phenomena "boomburbs."

June 10, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Ensuring high school grads are equipped for citizenship

"I may have to do WHAT to receive my high school diploma?"

June 10, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Making America Jurassic again

President Donald Trump possesses a style described by friends as virile and intuitive, and by foes as oafish and oblivious. Some see him as a breath of fresh air, with a disarming directness, while others consider him a blustering bully with the grace of a pile of crumbling cement blocks cascading off a flatbed truck. Passionate versus fool-hardy. Eager slash hasty. Swift or rash.

June 08, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Supreme Court’s maverick could be Trump’s worst nightmare

When he was out on the campaign trail last year, candidate Donald Trump promised to appoint conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices who'd adhere to a strict reading of the U.S. Constitution and return law-and-order to the land.

June 08, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


‘Til death to I part

In less than a year, I have attended four weddings.

June 07, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


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From ‘I alone can fix it’ To ‘I won’t own it’

A year ago this week, newly anointed as his party's candidate for president, Donald J. Trump capped the Republican National Convention in Cleveland by ...

July 23, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Time for Republicans to quit cutting bait

OK, Republicans of the Senate, we get it.

July 22, 2017 | | Columnists


Trump needs to reverse Obama missile strategy

It's true the U.S. government invented the Internet – but it took the private sector to make it ubiquitous. Left in the Pentagon's ...

July 20, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Building more walkable cities would be a nice move

When I'm in, say, Phoenix - with its gorgeous weather, scenery and acre upon acre of beautiful parks and gardens - I generally hop in the ...

July 20, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Credit card debt explained

America's credit-card debt has surpassed the $1 trillion mark. A 20-something fellow I know helped me understand why.

July 18, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Years of dishonesty cost the GOP

I saw an honest Republican congressman on TV the other day.

July 17, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


‘Gde myaso?’ Russian for Where’s the Beef?

Political campaigns are full of liars and fabulists. From the candidate who promises to repeal Obamacare root--and-branch, to the volunteer who lies about how many ...

July 17, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


What will it take for Republicans to say enough is enough?

Kudos to Reed Galen - a lifelong Republican, veteran of three presidential campaigns, son of former Republican operative Rich Galen - for articulating the obvious truths that ...

July 15, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Things are very, very bad for Donald Trump

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday to call his son, Don Jr., now surely the Fredo Trumpleone of America's ruling clan, a ...

July 15, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Jury duty: honor or agony?

"Ask not what you can do for your country; ask if that really persistent hangnail qualifies you to deep-six the summons." - JFK's evil twin.

July 13, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


GOP’s new healthcare slogan: retreat and regret

Given the ongoing inability of Congressional Republicans to agree on a new national health care program, their seven-year long battle cry of "repeal and replace ...

July 13, 2017 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Pick a state, any state

So, I am getting ready to walk out of the house Sunday morning for a leisurely bike ride. My wife is sitting in the kitchen ...

July 13, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


Trump loves executive orders even more than Obama

Donald J. Trump has many tools at his disposal. Both houses of Congress. The support of rural America. Friends in high places. His family. A ...

July 12, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Americans in need of a vacation

Boy, I could use a vacation about now - like millions of other hardworking Americans.

July 11, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Good luck reaching your elected officials

CARLISLE, Pa. - Gabrielle Trinkle has plenty she'd like to say to U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey.

July 11, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


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