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Sad that Obama Needs to Defend His Tears

When the massacre at Sandy Hook occurred three years ago, I went through my own personal sea change.

January 13, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Obama Administration Admits It's Clueless

The United States is in its third decade without the federal government implementing a congressionally mandated entry-exit system, which would help protect the nation from terrorism and dramatically reduce illegal immigration. The shocking failures came to light when U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) asked Department of Homeland Security assistant secretary for international affairs Alan Bersin how many foreign nationals overstay their visas every year.

January 12, 2016 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Obama Gun Reforms vs Republican Gun Servants

Why do Republicans nauseatingly refuse to address America's gun murder epidemic? Why are they so determined to sustain our well-earned reputation as the most violent nation in the civilized western world? Why are they jerking their knees in reflexive opposition to President Obama's modest attempts to defend our right to remain alive?

January 12, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Seven deadly sins

Last week, I had the most interesting dream. I was floating in the clouds when suddenly the sky cleared and in front of me was a large gate, partially opened. There was a man was sitting before it. He had a substantial flowing beard and appeared to be in dramatic need of an eyebrow trimmer. Perched on a simple chair, he was staring, or more correctly, glaring at me. No doubt - this was God. And he was angry.

January 10, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


Joking About Gun Control

When I was a kid my father gave me three rifles and a shotgun.

January 10, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Oregon Civil Disobedience: Will It Spread Nationwide?

Have you taken sides in the eastern Oregon anti-government standoff?

January 10, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Cruz and the Decline of Christian Conservatism

Have you heard about Ted Cruz's new fundraising appeal?

January 08, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Google Designs the Self-Absorbed Car

To give you an idea of how far the nation's confidence has retreated from the exuberance of the 60's - I promise this isn't an endorsement of Donald Trump - just look at current automotive culture.

January 08, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Modern Men Need to Embrace Their Dads and Granddads

The state of the American male is in shambles, and I cite three pieces of evidence as proof:

January 07, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Bill Cosby and Due Process

Prosecutions are like snowflakes, no two the same. Sometimes, you have a low-profile drunken-driving case where the defendant is a first-time offender, the district attorney is willing to offer a plea deal, and no one except the parties involved will ever know about it.

January 07, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Bill Clinton's Sexual History? Really? Again?

Donald Trump is out of his mind (nothing new there) if he really thinks that he can taint Hillary Clinton by recycling her husband's infidelities. How can he, or any other Republican, hope to gain traction in 2016 with a tactic that backfired so abysmally in the last century?

January 06, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Suggestions For Liberals in 2016

Because I once voted liberal, at the beginning of each new year I take it as my personal responsibility to pose a few suggestions to my liberal friends out there who are still living on the dark side. So, without further ado, I present to you my third annual "Suggestions for Liberals" column.

January 06, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Talking Race in the Cookbook Aisle

I am very rarely recognized in public, but the other day a gentleman named Sonny stopped me in the aisle at Barnes and Noble and said "Hey TV lady." Sonny wasn't looking for an autograph, or polite banter. He launched right into a conversation about race.

January 05, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Christie, ISIS and Other 2016 Predictions

At the beginning of a new year, cultures all over the world traditionally perform peculiar ceremonies meant to wipe the slate clean and start afresh. The Chinese hide knives to ward off danger. In Denmark, old dishes are thrown at front doors to symbolize the collection of new friends. Spanish residents eat 12 grapes, one at each stroke of the clock to promote good fortune. And in the Durst household, we percolate sardonically cynical predictions for the upcoming 12 months.

January 05, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


The Top Stories of 2016: You Saw Them Here First

This is not the year-end column I had intended to write.

January 03, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


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For the Fourth of July, let’s have some common sense

In the course of human events it is necessary, now and again, to renew our commitment to the principles and practices that made our country ...

June 28, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Republicans are out of ideas on health care

It's time to own it, Republicans: You've had seven years to come up with a credible alternative to Obamacare. And when your clutch ...

June 27, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


The Era of the selfie stick

Millennials, who understandably hate being called "millennials," did not invent narcissism with the selfie.

June 27, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


I guess Donald Trump Was right

At his big rallies last fall President Trump kept telling his supporters that, "We're just going to win and win so much you're ...

June 26, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Let Washington politicians defend themselves

In all the discussion of the shooting during Republican practice for the Congressional baseball game, I was struck by the fact no one thought it ...

June 26, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


An ‘extraordinary’ abuse of journalistic style

I can't stop myself from keeping a mental list of words and phrases that have been bastardized beyond repair by journalists. They range from ...

June 24, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


The Jones act keeps America secure

For some time now the Jones Act, a federal law requiring all cargo moved by water between two point in the United States be transported ...

June 22, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Mr. Tyree doesn’t go to Washington

June 2017 was supposed to be the month my 13-year-old son Gideon went to Washington, D.C. on a youth tour.

June 21, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Snowflakes want me to be nicer to Trump

I need to stop and thank all the nice folk who've been kind enough to take time from their busy schedules to provide this ...

June 21, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Politically correct summer camp

Dear Mom and Dad,

June 20, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Trump’s demeanor shouldn’t be surprising

Of all the rationales available to interpret President Donald Trump's private conversation with former FBI director James Comey, many of his defenders opted for ...

June 20, 2017 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Bernie Sanders, religious bigot?

Democrats are enjoying throwing around the word impeachment.

June 19, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Siri plans to stop taking orders and start giving them

Apple CEO Tim Cook has announced the company is going to focus on developing self-driving car "systems" instead of the car itself. In an interview ...

June 19, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


What boob thought up this fashion trend?

"There's no need to fear ---- underboob is here!"

June 17, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Russiagate’ is obscuring everything, including gun legislation

On Wednesday morning, Washington rightly fretted over the fate of a Republican congressman and three others felled by a gunman's fire in suburban Alexandria ...

June 15, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


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