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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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Limiting population growth key to a healthy future

Limiting population growth key to a healthy future

April 24, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Flying the unfriendly skies

The airline industry is so competitive that upon learning United Airlines dragged a paying passenger off a flight so their employees could enjoy a free ...

April 24, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


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


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