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Trumpcare: Helping the rich, stiffing the poor

It's taken seven years, but Congressional Republicans and the Trump administration are finally having their "If you like your health-care plan you can keep it" moment.

March 18, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Trump is the Picasso of Hogwash

The English language has a healthy share of euphemisms for lying. Fabrication. Falsification. Making stuff up. Inoperative statements. Alternative facts. Big fat fibs. Untruths. Puffery. Flummery. Fast food advertising. NFL owner profit/loss statements.

March 16, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Needed this St. Patrick’s Day — Ronald Reagan

It was on St. Patrick's Day 1988 when an unexpected visitor arrived at Pat Troy's Irish pub in Alexandria, Va. - President Ronald Reagan. For 27 years, it's been a favorite watering hole for Washington insiders. Some of Reagan's advance men had been regulars. They secretly arranged the president's visit.

March 16, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Don’t be so quick to laugh at Trump’s wiretap claims

Trump said, "wiretap."

March 15, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


We can use a little Irish humor now

Thank goodness St. Patrick's Day is upon us. Our country is in need of some Irish humor about now.

March 15, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


GOP replaces Obama meddling with Ryan meddling

Freshman Rep. Moira Walsh had an unusual explanation for some of the bad lawmaking in her state capital during an interview on Rhode Island's WPRO.

March 15, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


R&R is like making American sausage

Sausage is being made in Washington.

March 15, 2017 | | Columnists


A Big Little Lie From Fox-Trump Media

Sometimes it's possible to tell a big story in few words - as evidenced by an episode earlier this week that nicely illustrates this president's addiction to infauxmation (via Fox News) and blatant lying (via Twitter).

March 13, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Let’s Applaud History’s Greatest Teenagers

Help! There's suddenly a teenager in the Tyree house!

March 13, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


It’s Your Right, It’s Your Business

Every action of government is your business.

March 11, 2017 | Jim Zachary | Columnists


Is “Weaponizing” Disclosure a Bad Thing?

The public's right to know who is involved in this country's election and public policy processes is a bedrock ideal of our democracy. Yet, some folks just don't seem to get that. Instead of focusing on the principle involved, they want to sue or demonize public officials.

March 11, 2017 | Edwin Bender | Columnists


Trump’s Revised Refugee Order Should Withstand Court Challenge

The fine print in President Donald Trump's revised executive order does more than pause travel from Muslim-majority Middle Eastern nations. The order includes an effort to raise public awareness about the potential danger inadequately vetted refugees pose, an important threat to the homeland that the media often downplays or ignores.

March 09, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


America Needs Comprehensive Tax Reform

The growth in the American economy during the Obama years was so negligible it's hardly worth the name. The Reagan boom that started when he succeeded in cutting the top margin rates ended when the sub-prime mortgage industry collapsed.

March 09, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Arizona Challenges the Fed’s Money Monopoly

History shows that, if individuals have the freedom to choose what to use as money, they will likely opt for gold or silver.

March 08, 2017 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Washington, D.C. Has Little in Common with Namesake

The Washington Post headline caught my attention: "Federal workers grow increasingly nervous about Trump's proposed budget cuts."

March 08, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


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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


20 years after his death, a few thoughts about Mike Royko

It was 20 years ago this month that I - along with everyone else in Chicago - woke up to the news that Mike Royko was gone.

April 19, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Trump trashes sustainability twice in two weeks

I knew when Donald J. Trump was elected president of the United States that he might prove a long-awaited savior to those disillusioned, abandoned Americans ...

April 18, 2017 | Leon Kolankiewicz | Columnists


Don’t go green with this housing industry product

From using reusable shopping bags to driving hybrid cars, consumers have been persuaded they can do their part to protect the environment by changing their ...

April 18, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


A Subject the Media Should Cover

Sometime this month I hope our rabid anti-Trump media find a little time to cover a subject that has been very important to me since ...

April 17, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


United Package Tours Now Include Hospitalization!

I'm old enough to remember when the United Airlines slogan was: "Fly the Friendly Skies of United." Now, according to Twitter wag GoodJuJu, the ...

April 17, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Trump’s immigration grade: ‘A’ and ‘F’

President Donald Trump's campaign promises to re-create immigration into a vehicle that helps, rather than hurts Americans, catapulted him into the White House. More ...

April 15, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Trump shouldn’t overlook violence against Christians

It was most serene of all scenes: A choir singing hymns on a Palm Sunday morning. It could have been any church, anywhere in the ...

April 15, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

April 13, 2017 | Judi Tabler | Columnists


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