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Turn off D.C.’s AC

I went to an outdoor event in Washington, D.C., last week. Boy, was it hot under the noon sun.

July 25, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Losing the House to win the future

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is worried about the failure of Republican governing reality to match Republican campaign rhetoric. Newt told Fox News, "I would say the highest focus ought to be on getting the tax bill through because if we don't have economic growth next year, I think we're in real danger of having Speaker Nancy Pelosi."

July 24, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Is a pipeline really a burden on a bunch of nuns?

How dare those horrible capitalists run their natural gas pipelines over poor, innocent nuns?

July 24, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


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 ascending the podium in the Quicken Loans Arena, and offering these words:

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 hands we'd probably all be online but we'd still have to use external modems using a dial up connection to get there.

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 car to get from the coffee counter, to the barber shop, to the movie theater, because things are spread out and it's easier to drive.

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 doors he knocked, campaigns attract people who are, as Mark Twain observed, "Economical with the truth."

July 17, 2017 | Michael Shannon | 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 "great person who loves his country."

July 15, 2017 | John L. Micek | 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 his cowardly party breathren loath to admit.

July 15, 2017 | Dick Polman | 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" Obamacare has been largely silenced and amended to "retreat and regret."

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, dog in her lap and a cup of coffee in her hand.

July 13, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


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Leftists taking language instruction from corporations

Jordan Peterson, a Canadian professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, is enjoying some measure of fame and its attendant notoriety for boldly coming ...

June 23, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Jeff Sessions’ asylum decision hurts women most in need

I have seen a woman beaten before my eyes, and I did nothing to stop it. It is hard, as a teenager, to know your ...

June 23, 2018 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Will Trump’s kid cruelty sink the GOP in November?

It may seem crass to discuss the potential political impact of Trump's family separation policy - especially when we can hear the kids wailing for ...

June 21, 2018 | Dick Polman | Columnists


The case for continuing the International Space Station

Since the dawn of creation, mankind has been driven by the urge to explore the world around him. The quest for knowledge consumes us. We ...

June 21, 2018 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Jerry Brown, ‘California Dreamin,’ faces reality check

A few weeks ago, I turned down an all-expenses-paid invitation to attend a late summer conference in San Francisco. After my 2016 visit to the ...

June 20, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Canada is actually the bully on tariffs

It's amusing to see liberal Americans "virtue signaling" the world by "apologizing" for Trump for "attacking" Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau.

June 20, 2018 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Supporting diplomacy but opposing Trump’s summit

At long last, the meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un was held in Singapore.

June 19, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Why Fox News is number one

You wonder why Fox News is number one in cable?

June 19, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Should college freshmen pick their own roommates?

According to the Washington Post, at some universities, nearly 50 percent of first-year students have already screened and selected a roommate before moving into a ...

June 18, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Democrat net neutrality plan is really about raising taxes

The 2015 Obama FCC order reducing the Internet to a regulated public utility under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act was marketed as protecting ...

June 18, 2018 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


The incredible power of Fathers

My 84-year-old father still asks me why I did it.

June 16, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Grizzly bears in our oldest national park are not safe

"The National Parks do not suffice as a means of perpetuating the larger carnivores; witness the precarious status of the grizzly bear." These words were ...

June 16, 2018 | Maria Fotopoulos | Columnists


Flying American Airlines? Be prepared to hold it

Members of any airline frequent flyer club have seen the benefits of membership gradually erode under the relentless assault of airline bean-counters. The yearly mileage ...

June 14, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


With friends like us, who needs enemies?

During WWII, when the communist government of Joseph Stalin joined the United States and Great Britain in their battle against Nazi Germany, British Prime Minister ...

June 14, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Skilled trades beat degree debt

When I was a 19-year-old college sophomore in 1982, my father gave me advice that makes even more sense for 19-year-olds today.

June 13, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


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