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Don't Sneer at Trump's Chances

Yeah, I hear what you're saying. "For all you political comics, Donald Trump must be a dream come true. Manna from heaven. Slam-dunking from a step-ladder. Swimming in a sea of beer."

August 20, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Maybe we should elect a Muppet as president

God Bless America, and how's everybody?

August 19, 2015 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Hot & Cold: Air Conditioning's Mixed Blessing

Air conditioning was invented 110 years ago and, boy, has it changed the world - both for the good and not so good.

August 19, 2015 | | Columnists


More Democrats Promising Free Stuff

Democrat Bernie Sanders has hit upon a popular theme for his presidential campaign: "Free Stuff for Voters!" Martin O'Malley and Hillary Clinton have hitched a ride on the wagon, too.

August 18, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Trump Pulls No Tweets

Much as we would like to, many of us find Donald Trump difficult to ignore, as he dominates debates, news coverage and early polls. Easily overlooked, however, is what he has managed to do with social media - most jarringly, Twitter.

August 18, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Trump, Trumpies & RINOs Trouble the GOP

Donald Trump did wonders for Fox News' ratings and Megyn Kelly's star power last week.

August 16, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Should Men Wear Shorts In The Office?

Will "aw shucks" businessmen someday say, "We put our pants on half a leg at a time, just like everyone else"?

August 16, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Conservatives Are From Mars, Liberals Are From Venus

Over the last several years, both of America's major political parties have become radicalized.

August 14, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Renting, the New American Dream

Get this: Renting is the new American dream. And that doesn't bode well for America.

August 14, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


89% Sure Congress Won't Reject Iran Deal

Want to know a secret? Congress isn't going to stop the Iran nuclear deal, and not because of the merits, popularity or the fact that despite what everyone's telling you, they can't really stop it (more on that later). I can say with near certainty that the Iran deal is a done deal because that's what an overwhelming majority of D.C. insiders are betting will happen.

August 13, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


First Anniversary Has Me Missing Mom

I've spent the last few weeks trying to figure out how I would commemorate the first anniversary of my mother's death on August 8, 2014. I wasn't sure that I'd be able to adequately convey its significance in my altered life.

August 13, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Stop Obama's Clean Power Grab

In President Obama's first big speech to Congress, just a month after he took office, he said, "I ask this Congress to send me legislation that places a market-based cap on carbon."

August 12, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Congress Too Gutless to Raise the Gas Tax

If you want to see Washington in action - or, more precisely, Washington inaction - consider its latest wimpish response to our infrastructure crisis.

August 12, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Meet Mom & Dad, the Libido Extinguishers

Displaying that tone of pretentious concern that it's made famous, the New York Times writes that as of 2014 the U.S. birthrate has declined for the sixth consecutive year. One would think the Times, of all papers, would be overjoyed by this development, since the decline means a reduction in number of little carbon producers in the future.

August 11, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Politically Correct Summer Camp

Dear Mom and Dad,

August 11, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


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Celebrate your Freedom to Oppose President Trump

"Halima" hid under the bed and tried not to watch as the soldiers slit her brother's throat.

January 21, 2017 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Crashing the Inauguration

By lunchtime Friday Donald Trump will be our president.

January 21, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Marsh Musings

When I retired a few years ago, I reflected on my mission statement for moving here in 1990. The Cheyenne Bottoms held some sort of ...

January 21, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


The Quiet Death of an Exiled King

2017 began on a bad note.

January 19, 2017 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Will Trump Continue the Bush-Obama Legacy?

This week, Congress passed a budget calling for increasing federal spending and adding $1.7 trillion to the national debt over the next ten years ...

January 19, 2017 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Trump Isn’t Going to Play by the Media’s Rules

Another bedrock of conventional wisdom has been overturned. During the Trump administration it is okay to shoot the messenger.

January 18, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Millennials Need to Own Homes

Get this: The share of millennials who own a home has fallen to a 30-year low.

January 18, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


A Woman’s View

This past weekend was a wake up call for many of us. No internet, no land line, no electricity. Going without electricity, even for a ...

January 18, 2017 | Judi Tabler | Columnists


Navigating the Seas of Racial Differences

I don't usually live my days according to a particular theme. No planning goes into them, unless I'm celebrating a birthday or some ...

January 17, 2017 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


The Circus is Now the Standard

Just nine days before becoming Leader of the Free World, President-elect Donald Trump wasn't talking about economic policy. He wasn't talking about global ...

January 17, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Obama’s Lost Legacy

The Obamas have said their goodbyes to America.

January 16, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Trump is Sabotaging His Own Presidency

During Wednesday's choleric press conference, Donald Trump compared the intelligence community to the Nazis. Not a good idea.

January 16, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Crony Capitalism Masquerading as Infrastructure Reform

The beginning of the Obama Administration was marked by a trillion dollar experiment called economic stimulus. All we really have to show for it is ...

January 14, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Why Rick Perry is Actually a Good Cabinet Pick

Let's consider what former Texas Gov. Rick Perry brings to the table as a member of President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet and as the ...

January 14, 2017 | Matt Mackowiak | Columnists


Fort Lauderdale Shooting: Another One Slips Through?

Apparently, we now live in a country where you can walk into an FBI office, admit to being an ISIS terrorist and you aren't ...

January 12, 2017 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


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