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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


Scalia Dies, Unions Win

When Senate Republicans hatched their scheme to stonewall President Obama's Supreme Court nominee - whoever it might be, regardless of merit - they overlooked the ramifications of a year of 4-4 decisions.

March 31, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


A European PATRIOT Act Will Not Keep People Safe

It was not long after last week's horrifying bombings in Brussels that the so-called security experts were out warning that Europeans must give up more of their liberty so government can keep them secure from terrorism. I guess people are not supposed to notice that every terrorist attack represents a major government failure and that rewarding failure with more of the same policies only invites more failure.

March 30, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


By Christine Flowers Here in Philadelphia, I often fill in for the regular hosts on our local talk

Here in Philadelphia, I often fill in for the regular hosts on our local talk radio station. Usually, I have a lot of fun engaging with listeners, but there are issues where I've parted company from the overwhelmingly conservative-to-libertarian listeners, including immigration reform and guns.

March 30, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Obama's Naive Cuban Adventure

President Obama and Raul Castro proclaimed Obama's trip to Cuba as a step toward normal relations a "success." After which the Cuban dictator demanded Guantanamo be returned to Cuba and the embargo be rescinded.

March 29, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Vulgarians Against Trump

As an F-bomb enthusiast, I take great exception to Republican front-runner Donald Trump being derisively called a vulgarian. First, it's offensive to vulgarians to be associated with someone as tacky as Trump. Second, the Donald talking about his junk nearly nonstop for the last two weeks is like the 10th or 11th thing with him that makes him unqualified for the office he's seeking.

March 29, 2016 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


Plump Grumps Humping to Dump Trump

The "Stop Donald Trump" movement began as a gentle trickle within the Republican party. Now the number of GOP groups intent on preventing the New York real estate developer from becoming their presidential nominee is about to exceed broken March Madness brackets. Thanks, Michigan State.

March 27, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


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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


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 ...

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 ...

July 13, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


Trump loves executive orders even more than Obama

Donald J. Trump has many tools at his disposal. Both houses of Congress. The support of rural America. Friends in high places. His family. A ...

July 12, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Americans in need of a vacation

Boy, I could use a vacation about now - like millions of other hardworking Americans.

July 11, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Good luck reaching your elected officials

CARLISLE, Pa. - Gabrielle Trinkle has plenty she'd like to say to U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey.

July 11, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Democrats will be tested as Menendez finally stands trial

On April 1, 2015, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and codefendant Salomon Melgen were indicted on 22 felony counts of fraud, bribery, and related offenses ...

July 10, 2017 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


World Population Day only growing numbers ahead

Included in the signoff for my emails is reference to the 58 percent decimation of wildlife in just the last four decades, driven largely by ...

July 10, 2017 | Maria Fotopoulos | Columnists


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