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Behind the Jeff Sessions’ Witch Hunt

Every time Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer or his House equivalent Nancy Pelosi scream outrage, rest assured that their end game is to delegitimize President Trump's administration and to delay his legislative progress on tax cuts, health legislation and immigration reform.

March 07, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


No, Obama is Not Plotting a ‘Treasonous Coup’

We're all well acquainted with the fake news phenomenon - the Trumpian sewage that's routinely pumped into the brains of the dumb and numb. But the good news is, Facebook has started to fight back, working with a coalition of fact-based media outlets.

March 06, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Little Merit in Trump’s Latest Immigration View

Just because a policy invokes the word "merit" does not make it meritorious.

March 06, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Channeling Donald Trump

Maybe I'm channeling Donald Trump.

March 04, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Your Right to Burn the Flag

What does it mean when someone waves the American flag?

March 04, 2017 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Trump’s Speech: The Highs and the Lows

As he wrapped up his first speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night, President Donald Trump offered a bromide to a fractured nation:

March 02, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


On Military and Spending, It’s Trump Versus Trump

It can be a challenge to follow the pronouncements of President Trump, as he often seems to change his position on any number of items from week to week, or from day to day, or even from minute to minute. Consider his speech last week at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). It was reported as "fiery" and "blistering," but it was also full of contradictions.

March 02, 2017 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Senior Discounts: Boon Or Menace?

My mother's favorite supermarket is undergoing a mysterious "repeal and replace" operation with its senior discount program. Of course nerves are on edge.

March 01, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Academy Awards

February 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


All Our Stuff's No Key to Happiness

Americans have way too much stuff.

February 28, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


‘Undocumented’ Isn’t a Bad Word Here

Immigration isn't really a serious problem in America, but taking rash action regarding immigration is.

February 28, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Federal Judges Rewrite the 2nd Amendment

The most confusing dependent clause in the history of the nation, at least as far as personal liberty goes, is the one that begins the 2nd Amendment to the Bill of Rights. The full text of the amendment reads:

February 27, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Lessons My Father Could Teach President Trump

Dear Mr. President, let me take you back to 1979.

February 27, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Immigration Protests often Hurt Participants

When a journalist has been on a beat for more than 30 years, as I have with immigration, everything comes full circle. Eventually, what's happened in the past repeats itself.,

February 25, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Washington’s Enduring Corruption

Most Americans think that their government is corrupt.

February 25, 2017 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


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Republican cherry picking

We all know what "cherry picking" is. Sifting through available evidence to pluck out the bits and pieces that support one particular narrative while ignoring ...

February 22, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists


My genuine bipartisan compromise offer

The nation just witnessed what the OpMedia and the Commentariat like to call "bipartisan legislation." The occasion was the two-year spending-palooza that Curator of the ...

February 22, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Now is the time to politicize gun violence

Now is the time to politicize gun violence. In the wake of the recent mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, how can we not?

February 21, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Ice Dancer

February 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


Are your old photos a tricking time bomb?

For most of my adult life, I kicked myself because I had carried a one-of-a-kind childhood photo (featuring me, my brother and our cousins) in ...

February 21, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


I’m failing at passwords

I have several online accounts that I use a few times year and not once have I gained access without first trying several passwords and ...

February 20, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


George Washington’s history? It’s complicated

"What do you mean that America's youth know little about George Washington, except that he was a slave owner?"

February 20, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Yes, a Republican running for Congress is also a Nazi

Forget Washington for a moment. Forget the news that the Republican Congress has voted to massively deepen the budget deficit, the same deficit they used ...

February 19, 2018 | Dick Polman | Columnists


It’s still not guns

During the intense media coverage of Wednesday's tragic events in Parkland, Fla., I was shocked to hear it was the 18th school shooting so ...

February 19, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


What if it was your daughter, Mr. President?

Imagine late one night there's a knock at your front door. You open it. Standing before you is your grown daughter. She's crying ...

February 17, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Congress indifferent to Puerto Rico’s tragedy

After an absence of more than 50 years, I returned to Puerto Rico this month to view firsthand Hurricane Maria's devastation. I spent most ...

February 17, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


It’s madness to surrender in the war on drugs

I recently read a commentary by someone who urged us to stop using the word "addict," because it somehow stigmatizes drug users. We were told ...

February 15, 2018 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Washington’s blame game

Pointing fingers is a Washington pastime. The blame game currently playing out between Republicans and Democrats has been raging over issues ranging from the treatment ...

February 15, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Donald Trump: Banana Republican

So President Donald Trump, noted fiscal conservative, swamp-drainer, and compulsive saber-rattler, wants a massive military parade through the streets of downtown Washington D.C.

February 14, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Stop worrying so much about Tide Pods

My New York friend Larry was nearly out of breath on the phone.

February 14, 2018 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


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