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A Comatose Man Wakes to the 2016 Election

"Where am I?" asked the man from his hospital bed.

August 10, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


The American People Can't Be Trusted

So the conventions are over and we've entered the penultimate stage of this presidential demolition derby. Your muted murmurs of"yippee" and "hooray" have been duly noted. That's enough, put the horns away, this is not an overly large celebration.

August 10, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


Trump's Tanking Numbers Hurting Other Candidates

There are two sets of numbers, both related and intertwined, that should keep Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) awake at night.

August 09, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Bureaucrats to Dump Billions in Student Loans on Taxpayers

Regulations are flying out the door in in Washington, where an already hyper-aggressive Obama administration is looking at its last chance to move its agenda forward while sidestepping the Republicans in Congress.

August 09, 2016 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Hillary's Lies Overshadowed by Trump's Words

If Donald Trump could just "let it go" once in a while, the national media might actually report on Hillary's crass lies at the Democratic National Convention. But, no, Trump's a natural performer in the style of Kardashian and Jersey Shore "reality" stars, reacting foolishly to verbal slights.

August 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


Shut Up For a Month, Donald

Forget the idea of a Republican intervention.

August 08, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


California Not As Blue As Media Portrays It

The year-long primary season proved one thing - the pundits, pollsters, and experts were wrong. They were wrong about Donald Trump right up to the last, and they were wrong about Bernie Sanders, a dark horse candidate that dogged Hillary Clinton to the end before he finally came up short.

August 06, 2016 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Can the GOP Nuke Its Own Nominee?

The Republican race has gone nuclear.

August 06, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Have You Thanked Your Physical Therapist Today?

I've been undergoing physical therapy as a result of a compression fracture, and my physical therapist (Amy) got a "deer in the headlights" look when I said I would be WRITING about physical therapy this week.

August 04, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Can Trump's Negativity Win Him Pennsylvania?

What plays better in the Rust Belt - hope or despair?

August 04, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Americans Are Going to be Disappointed in Election Outcome

It is a sad commentary on the state of political life in the United States that our political conventions have become more like rock music festivals than competitions of ideas.

August 03, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Why the Media is Failing with Donald Trump

Renowned 20th Century philosopher Dennis Rodman, he of professional basketball, tattoo and body piercing fame, once responded to a reporter's question about whether he was bothered by the critical news coverage of him by saying: "The only bad press is an obit."

August 03, 2016 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Hillary Clinton, Not Insane

Striding onto the Philadelphia stage resplendent in a white pants suit like a heavenly sent business bride walking down the aisle to tie the knot with America, Chelsea's mom jettisoned the "presumptive" and accepted the Democratic Party's invitation to become their nominee in the 2016 race for the Presidency of the United States. And contrary to prior dire warnings, the gates of hell did not open up.

August 02, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


When Parents Go Rogue at Sporting Events for Kids

It was the championship game and, after a long tournament series, both the fans and players were showing signs of strain.

August 02, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


If Bill Clinton Becomes 'First Guy'

I surely don't want Hillary to be our next president, but I think it would be great if Bill became America's first "first guy."

August 01, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


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An Afternoon of ‘Straight Talk’ with John McCain:

If you're a journalist who covers campaigns and politics, the recent news of U.S. Sen. John McCain's diagnosis of a particularly aggressive ...

July 26, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Trump’s real media angle

Unless you're receiving the daily emails sent by Donald Trump and his team to supporters, you're not getting the full dose of venom ...

July 26, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Parking is such sweet sorrow

Believe it or not, my only college-era clash with school authorities erupted because the campus was experiencing growing pains. Your cash-strapped author received a ticket ...

July 25, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


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 ...

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 ...

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


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