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Can Donald Close the Deal in Cleveland?

Thanks to Ted Cruz's primary win in Wisconsin, it's now all but certain the Republican convention is going to be contested.

April 10, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


The Rising Odds of Republican Chaos

How screwed up are the Republicans? Just read the Wisconsin primary exit polls. It doesn't bode well for November when a huge chunk of the GOP electorate says it won't support its own presidential nominee.

April 10, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


50 Years Later, We've Learned Nothing From Vietnam

Last week Defense Secretary Ashton Carter laid a wreath at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington in commemoration of the "50th anniversary" of that war. The date is confusing, as the war started earlier and ended far later than 1966. But the Vietnam War at 50 commemoration presents a good opportunity to reflect on the war and whether we have learned anything from it.

April 08, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Needed: Another Earl Hamner

Boy, did I love watching that show when I was a boy.

April 08, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Is This the End of Trump?

Go ahead, exhale a deep sigh of relief because our long national nightmare could very well be over. Yes, dear friends, Donald Trump might have bitten off more than he can chew and we may be mere moments away from combing him out of our hair for good. Then throw away the comb.

April 07, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


Declaration of Genocide is a Big, Fat, Juicy Nothing Burger

Words matter. Especially words, which when spoken can save lives. But without action, words are empty...worthless...meaningless, especially when we're talking about genocide.

April 07, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Trump's Aide Was Wrong, But It's Not Abuse

It's no secret I detest Donald Trump. The thing that repels me most is the arrogance and bellicosity he inspires in his followers. It's hardly unprecedented, but this year is particularly vicious, distasteful and garbage-strewn, given the added narcissism fueled by social media.

April 06, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Baseball's New Gimmicks Won't Win Over Younger Viewers

The new baseball season has its usual quotient of obnoxious on-field innovations, such as the time clock that will now govern visits by managers and coaches to the pitcher's mound. Like most fiddling with our Great American Pastime, the motivating force is the television audience, specifically younger viewers who are not embracing the sport.

April 06, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Hillary Just Revealed Her Strategy Against Trump

Hillary says she won't debate Bernie Sanders again unless he changes his tone.

April 05, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Would You Hire Someone To Break Up With Your Lover?

I'm guessing my late father felt more empathy for me than he let on, back in 1981 when my girlfriend unceremoniously broke up with me.

April 05, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Trump's Just Winging It, and That Should Scare Everyone

What's important to remember about Donald Trump is that our aspiring tinpot despot is wildly winging his presidential campaign. It's like he's the star of his own improv show.

April 03, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Presidential Race Taking a Toll on Voters

So this is one of those good news/bad news kind of stories.

April 03, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


End Unauthorized Federal Spending

The federal government is scheduled to spend $310 billion of your tax dollars this year on federal programs that are not authorized by law according to the Congressional Budget Office. That's about a quarter of all so-called discretionary spending, so one of every four taxpayer dollars Congress spends is going to a program that is legally expired.

April 01, 2016 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Trump's Mama Is So Fat...

How low can a presidential campaign go? In 2016, the answer to that question is find a snake belly and dig. Lower than the vertical zinc mines of Atlantis. This particular crew of candidates dived so deep in their race to the bottom, the plastic iPhone cases of staffers are melting due to the heat emanating from the core of the earth.

April 01, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


Sticks, Stones and Trump

"Incompetent Hillary." Really? Is that the best that Devious Donald can come up with?

March 31, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


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Ruining the Movies One Text at a Time

It must have been the result of what Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr derisively terms a "nationwide search." AMC Theatres was looking for a new ...

May 04, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Our Growing Rudeness and Incivility

"Sticks and stones may break my bones, and people sure are rude these days."

May 04, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Calling All Anti- Capitalists and Ivory Tower Educators

A new Harvard University survey shows that 51 percent of young Americans don't support capitalism --which goes to show you that higher education can ...

May 03, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Lucifer in the House

One of the oddest moments in a presidential campaign filled brim-spillingly with them is the sight of the Republican Party struggling to rally around the ...

May 03, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


Examining Hillary's So-Called 'Experience'

Experience!

May 02, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Ted Cruz, the Desperate Magician

Imagine if I toured Pennsylvania wearing a crown, going from every diner to gas station announcing myself as Miss Pennsylvania, even though I never participated ...

May 02, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Going for Broke with Obamacare

Everything about health insurance was confusing, stupid and horrible long before Obamacare came along.

May 01, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Hillary Can Show Bernie How to Lose With Grace

Despite repeated pummelings - four more losses Tuesday night, including a blowout in Pennsylvania - Bernie Sanders still can't find the high road on his mental ...

May 01, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


13 Years Later, Reassessing 'Mission Accomplished'

Almost thirteen years ago, George W. Bush stood on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln and made a very important speech.

April 29, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


Yes Prince Faisal, We Need to 'Recalibrate' Our Relationship

For decades the U.S. and Saudi Arabia have shared a peculiar relationship: the Saudis sell relatively cheap oil to the United States for which ...

April 29, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Gender Chaos in an XX-XY World

We live in a country where people think it's okay for has-been rock stars to cancel concerts because of their beliefs, but it's ...

April 28, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Needed: Some Will Rogers' Sanity

With incivility running high in our politics and society, we sure could use a dose of sanity from Will Rogers, one of America's greatest ...

April 28, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Turns Out Trump is Right a Lot

As evidenced by his hair, Donald J. Trump is pretty much wrong all the time. Every time. About everything. Except when he isn't. One ...

April 27, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


Sanders Still Won't Admit He Was 'Berned' in New York

As expected, "Crooked Hillary" and "Short Fingers Trump" won the New York primary.

April 27, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Hello? Earth to Bernie Sanders?

Dear Bernie,

April 26, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


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