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Trump slams fake news by making three false claims

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. - President Donald Trump, who likes to denounce the "fake" news media, threw himself into the warm embrace of Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday night, where he regurgitated at least three claims that were demonstrably false.

October 16, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Anger in America

You can't go to a bar or a play.

October 16, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Names make news

Names making news - and generating opinions:

October 12, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


California just forced ICE to step up removals

Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Values Act, SB 54, which officially made the state a criminal alien sanctuary. Brown's signature was never doubted. During the many immigration speeches he's delivered since he's been in office, the governor has always staunchly defended illegal aliens, and on one occasion invited every Mexican national to come to California. "You are all welcome in California," Brown told an assembled group. "Permission," as Brown put it, isn't a requirement.

October 12, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Republican logic on guns makes me twitch

Sadly fascinating to endure another predictable dance performed on the national stage by our elected politicians in response to the recent horrendous concert shooting in Las Vegas. Well, not a dance, really, more like the choreographed twitching of an unruly mob. Both parties retired to their respective corners while spasmodically jerking and mumbling hushed gobbledygook that even first graders could recite verbatim in a show and tell version of hypocritical cliches.

October 12, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Trump’s response to Puerto Rico is worse than embarrassing

It is a luxury to be embarrassed by President Trump.

October 11, 2017 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Controversial Guggenheim exhibit raises questions

"The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated," said Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948), leader of the Indian independence movement against Britain. In the U.S., and nations throughout the world, that's a measure continuously tested.

October 11, 2017 | Maria Fotopoulos | Columnists


The United States of Anxiety

What happened recently in Las Vegas is not, in the strictest sense, a Second Amendment issue. It is symptomatic of something deeper. There is little doubt that if more restrictive laws were in place to limit the sale of certain types of weapons, as well as devices that increase their lethality, the terror unleashed may have been less devastating.

October 11, 2017 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Darius Rucker, new experiences and you

"When was the last time you did something for the first time?"

October 10, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Building bridges in and to the future

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao is leading the fight to make public-private partnerships for infrastructure projects a reality at a time when they are sorely needed. Cash-strapped cities and states just don't have the money to keep up with the demands of an increasingly mobile society.

October 10, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


The worst mass shooting...until the next one

On one level, the horror perpetrated Sunday night by lone wolf gunman Stephen Paddock, who indiscriminately sprayed gunfire across a country music festival in Las Vegas, defies belief.

October 09, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Finally! ICE targets sanctuary cities

Because they harbor criminal aliens, sanctuary cities and the debate that surrounds them confound immigration law enforcement advocates. The dispute often centers on philosophical questions like how to define the term, and whether state and local governments have the authority to establish federal immigration policy. Local and state municipalities don't have such power, and the Department of Justice can end the debate: order Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents into the offending jurisdictions with instructions to detain and begin removal proceedings against criminal aliens.

October 09, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Ode to the tomato

O ripe tomato, fat and fine

October 07, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Trump needs to stop ruining Sundays

Opinions on the recent rash of football players taking a knee during the national anthem are like knobby elbows: everybody's got at least one. Donald Trump is against it and says any son of a bitch who disrespects our country should be fired, and a surprisingly large number of people agree. Although much discussion centers around which son of a bitch it is that should be fired.

October 07, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Linking arms, but not minds

NFL owners should be flagged for excessive shrewdness. They've managed to obfuscate a legitimate protest against police brutality that had, at least briefly, heightened the nation's consciousness about a serious issue.

October 07, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


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Virginia politicians surprised drivers object to destination tax

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) opened a new toll road recently. The highway has been in existence since 1982, but the toll gantries are ...

December 13, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


My warm winter nights with Roberto Clemente

I first saw Roberto Clemente in 1955 when he was a 21-year-old outfielder playing for the Santurce Crabbers, a Puerto Rican Winter League team. My ...

December 13, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


The Muslim ban persists, but why?

On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States granted the Trump Administration's wish to fully implement the "travel ban" while challenges to the ...

December 12, 2017 | Graham F. West | Columnists


The Elf on the Edge: A Christmas irritation

Several years ago, my family was presented with a gift that, since then, has become a national Christmas holiday phenomenon - The Elf on the Shelf.

December 12, 2017 | Jason Graves | Columnists


Two horrible actions for Republicans

President Trump won the election as a populist. He excoriated everyone else in the primaries. His voters loved him for calling out Clinton as "Crooked ...

December 11, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Crashing the DC Men’s Club

I finally get why President Trump tweets.

December 11, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


‘Help me, Dad’

Days after the cruel, unjust not guilty verdict in the Kate Steinle trial, Americans are still raging over the decision. Regardless of people's opinions ...

December 09, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Hottest baby names of 2018? Don’t know, don’t care

It's a dreaded holiday tradition. Couples who are expecting a child (or trying to conceive) receive unsolicited naming ideas (some casually suggested, some "suggested ...

December 09, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


No, Trump doesn’t stand above the law

Hey, did you know that President Donald Trump can't be found guilty of obstruction of justice?

December 07, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


The net neutrality noise machine turns violent

The perpetual outrage mob on the left has adopted an unlikely target of late - the brainy, affable head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Chairman ...

December 07, 2017 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Americans can bake hamburger buns!

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid at Chicago's Cloverhill Bakery that netted 800 illegal alien employees can be looked at two ways. First, management ...

December 06, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Making off like Madoff

December marks nine years since Ponzi-king Bernie Madoff made his perp walk into the U.S. District Courthouse in Manhattan. Last month, the Justice Department ...

December 06, 2017 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Charitable giving - it’s an American tradition

Ah, the giving season is upon us - the best time of the year to be an American.

December 05, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Remember when Matt Lauer was Trump’s chump?

Matt Lauer will be remembered as a fallen sexual harasser, but in my mind, he's forever immortalized as a Donald Trump toady.

December 05, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


How Nancy Pelosi became an Alabama Republican

Everyone (except some Alabama Republicans) seem to believe sexual contact between a man in his thirties and a fourteen year-old is illegal and reprehensible.

December 04, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


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