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When the Herd is Wrong

So, that was fun. One minute we're promised a half dozen toss up races to determine control of the United States Senate, and the next Democrats are ducking under their desks as Massachusetts and Maryland elected Republican governors. Let the "Very Important Pundits" take turns on cable news assigning blame for the losses. I'm more interested in why the polls didn't tell us the wave was coming.

November 14, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Up in Smoke

I admit it: I feel sorry for cigarette and cigar smokers these days. But changing fashions and the results of the recent election may offer them hope.

November 14, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


You've Got Spam

It's been years since I used AOL for any kind of meaningful email but I can't bring myself to close the account. I keep thinking that somewhere in my cyber past there's an old friend about to reach out - and all he has is my AOL address.

November 13, 2014 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Obama and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

To call the grotesque drubbing suffered by the Democratic Party in the midterms monumental, is like referring to the surface of the sun as warm. The scene was so grisly, acutely sensitive Democrats (most of them) were forced to avert their eyes or risk anaphylactic shock.

November 13, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


Will Republicans Govern or Squander?

Republicans may have won the Senate and kept the House, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is no inspiration, allowing President Obama to keep all of the leverage of shutting down government spending while the President wags the threatening finger of executive orders in McConnell's face.

November 12, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Tomb of the Unknowns

An excerpt from Tom Purcell's new book, "Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!"

November 11, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Uncle Carroll’s WWI letters

Carroll Hosbrook, a farm boy from Ohio, found himself in a small French village on Nov. 11, 1918. Bells in a bombed-out church were still intact, ringing out the good news of the Armistice having been signed-on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Carroll was writing home on this historic day, a series of letters that chronicled his service-from boot camp to battlefield. My Uncle Carroll had a wry sense of humor, an eye for girls, and a strong sense of duty to family and country.

November 11, 2014 | | Columnists


De-Cluttering Your House, And Other Subversive Acts

As the old Tyree luck would have it, I was near the end of my month-long exile from work (following laser prostate surgery) before I stumbled across the book "5 Days To A Clutter-Free House: Quick, Easy Ways To Clear Up Your Space."

November 09, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Riding the Wave

A beautiful red tsunami swept across America Tuesday night.

November 09, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Democrats Still Hate Dirty, Greedy Businesses

Hillary Clinton sniffs, "Don't let anyone tell you that, um, you know, (smirk) corporations and businesses create jobs."

November 07, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


More Guns Plus Less War Equals Real Security

Last week's tragic shootings in Canada and Washington state are certain to lead to new calls for gun control. The media-generated fear over "lone wolf terrorists" will enable the gun control lobby to smear Second Amendment supporters as "pro-terrorist." Marketing gun control as an anti-terrorist measure will also enable gun control supporters to ally with those who support any infringement on liberty done in the name of "homeland security."

November 07, 2014 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Why Millennials Hate Voice Mail

Get this: Millennials hate voice mail and don't often bother to listen to their messages.

November 06, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Right, Left and Today’s Political Parties

Over the last several months, we've heard much about partisan politics. Regardless of what each of us believe or how we vote, it should be obvious that party is running above principle more so than at any other time in modern history.

November 06, 2014 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


The Governors Who Cried Quarantine

In 2005, Hurricane Ivan was a Category 5 storm headed for New Orleans. "Mayor Ray Nagin declared a state of emergency and strongly recommended that residents evacuate immediately," reported CNN.com at the time. Roughly half-600,000-residents left; the majority stayed. The storm passed. New Orleans was unscathed.

November 05, 2014 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


Boehner suing Obama: Whatever Happened to that Stunt?

Hey, remember the House GOP's big summer announcement that it intended to sue President Obama for his purportedly tyrannical behavior? Whatever happened to that, anyway? Did John Boehner file the suit or not?

November 05, 2014 | | Columnists


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Going for Broke with Obamacare

Everything about health insurance was confusing, stupid and horrible long before Obamacare came along.

May 01, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Hillary Can Show Bernie How to Lose With Grace

Despite repeated pummelings - four more losses Tuesday night, including a blowout in Pennsylvania - Bernie Sanders still can't find the high road on his mental ...

May 01, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


13 Years Later, Reassessing 'Mission Accomplished'

Almost thirteen years ago, George W. Bush stood on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln and made a very important speech.

April 29, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


Yes Prince Faisal, We Need to 'Recalibrate' Our Relationship

For decades the U.S. and Saudi Arabia have shared a peculiar relationship: the Saudis sell relatively cheap oil to the United States for which ...

April 29, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Gender Chaos in an XX-XY World

We live in a country where people think it's okay for has-been rock stars to cancel concerts because of their beliefs, but it's ...

April 28, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Needed: Some Will Rogers' Sanity

With incivility running high in our politics and society, we sure could use a dose of sanity from Will Rogers, one of America's greatest ...

April 28, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Turns Out Trump is Right a Lot

As evidenced by his hair, Donald J. Trump is pretty much wrong all the time. Every time. About everything. Except when he isn't. One ...

April 27, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


Sanders Still Won't Admit He Was 'Berned' in New York

As expected, "Crooked Hillary" and "Short Fingers Trump" won the New York primary.

April 27, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Hello? Earth to Bernie Sanders?

Dear Bernie,

April 26, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


What Trump People Don't Get

Trump people kill me.

April 26, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


How Long Before We Start Taxing Churches?

Shall we gather at the guillotine?

April 24, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


A Common Misperception About Gun Control

Most of us, regardless of our personal beliefs about gun control, want to build a safer and more prosperous nation. Standing on that common ground ...

April 24, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


What Did Fed Chairman Yellen Tell Obama?

Last week, President Obama and Vice President Biden held a hastily arranged secret meeting with Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen. According to the one paragraph ...

April 22, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


From Obama to Trump: What We’ve Lost in Just 12 Years

Back in July 2004, when I was a (somewhat) younger political reporter, I was standing in the rafters of the old Fleet Bank Center in ...

April 22, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Why Dirt Is Good for Kids

Get this: Prisoners spend more time enjoying the outdoors than modern children.

April 21, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


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