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Putin wins, Trump second, Dems still nuts

Yes, President Trump screwed up in front of the whole world at the Helsinki Summit.

July 23, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


As population rises, leaders ignore the obvious

The Washington Post recently published a column titled "Why do we need more people in this country anyway?" which is making an internet splash among stable population and true environmental advocates.

July 21, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


The consequences of groveling before Putin

There's no softer or more polite way to say it: President Trump groveled before Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland. His display - and the conduct of his administration in the days since - sent a dangerous message to our intelligence communities here at home and audiences watching around the world, while also leaving some serious questions unanswered.

July 21, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Be civil, by George!

"Can you believe that a man dumped a drink on a teenager because the teenager's baseball cap favored the president? What's happening to civil discourse in our country?"

July 19, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Most children just want to go home

When I was seven, I took a walk around my new neighborhood in Havertown. Back in 1969, kids could do that, and expect to circle back safely to our front steps. Unfortunately, I happened upon a "Do Not Enter" sign at the end of a street not two blocks from my house, and panicked. A precocious and obedient young citizen, I stopped. The options were limited: walk down that street and make my way home (but break the law,) or never again see my family.

July 19, 2018 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


The benefits of NATO

In 1949, President Harry Truman led the way in forming the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, known today as NATO. For more than 60 years, this alliance, founded on the idea that "an attack on one is an attack on all," has stood as a cornerstone of the interconnected world that Truman worked to build - one of allies who share common interests and common values working together for the greater good.

July 18, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


You might be an irresponsible pet owner if...

As a responsible pet owner, I'm usually exasperated by the human race at this point every summer.

July 18, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


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 state, China uses the latest in technology to constantly identify, monitor, exhort and if need be, round up recalcitrant citizens.

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, really tugs at your heart strong. It's a clever take that puts the blame squarely on private equity investors and executives who, the magazine claims, kept the company alive for a decade or more by "living on borrowed money."

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 refrigerator in my underwear eating aerosol whipped cream and drinking milk directly from the jug. I was looking forward to reveling in this kind of reclusively boorish behavior recently when I had a week of vacation to myself while the girls were still in school and my wife was at work - wondering if I'd be out of bed by the time they got home.

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 in President Donald Trump's ever-escalating global trade war.

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 they have to deal with today? The legal ground melts out from under them and scary hallucinations swirl around mutating versions of the boss: the Donald Trump who changes his story more often than his underwear and the one who tosses away members of his legal team like used Kleenex.

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 League creds), or because the guy has been thoroughly vetted by the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society (the right-wing groups that have long been funneling conservative judges to the bench).

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 tendencies of the Trump administration. And waiting. And waiting. And waiting.

July 12, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists


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Can the beer industry still brew up a comeback?

It's a drastically different world than when I was working a summertime job during college.

August 15, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Trump’s war on the press won’t end well

In baseball lingo, the high, inside fastball is known as the brushback, a tactic to inform the batter that he'd better be cautious about ...

August 14, 2018 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Renewable fuel reforms needed now

In 2005, when Congress created the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), it was in expectation that the nation's supply of gasoline would soon be supplemented ...

August 14, 2018 | Peter Roff | Columnists


America first or America alone?

This week, the first consequences of President Trump's choice to violate the P5+1's nuclear agreement with Iran have emerged. As his administration ...

August 13, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Trump’s wall is the wrong priority

Once, August was a tranquil time on Capitol Hill. But that's no longer the case. After months of contentious wrangling over health care, taxes ...

August 13, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


How to survive your summer vacation

We look forward to it for months. Calendars have been cleared, reservations made, and the anticipation in the house is so high, it vibrates like ...

August 11, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists


Under Trump, it’s easy to like Ike

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - The golf clubs in the laundry room at the rear of Dwight Eisenhower's farmhouse here are perched and ready, as if the ...

August 09, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Tweet presidentially, Mr. Trump

Trump is still being Trump.

August 09, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Jamestown is now a very funny place

As thousands of tourists crowded into the center of town in search of hearty laughs, I walked over to Lake View Cemetery for a look ...

August 08, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Trump is right to end Obama’s fuel economy scheme

Obama's astonishing takeover of the automobile industry was accomplished through a process even more corrupt than his takeover of the health care sector. While ...

August 08, 2018 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Why is election security a partisan issue?

The Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is an independent, bipartisan body responsible for key aspects of voter registration, election administration, and technical guidelines for voting systems ...

August 07, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


A Philly man’s detention in Africa should not be ignored

When good people fight for freedom and peace, the rest of us should fight for them.

August 07, 2018 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Will you survive National Garage Sale Day?

I have browsed umpteen garage and yard sales over the years and used to help my mother display her collectibles in her neighborhood's miles-long ...

August 06, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Devin Nunes: from dairyman to disgrace

After railing against the FBI, the intelligence community, and the Department of Justice, the character of Rep. Devin Nunes (R., Calif.), Chair of the House ...

August 06, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


D.C. vs Pittsburgh

Washington, D.C., routinely ranks high in surveys on America's most livable cities, but as somebody who's been a resident of both areas ...

August 04, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


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