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The American People Can't Be Trusted

So the conventions are over and we've entered the penultimate stage of this presidential demolition derby. Your muted murmurs of"yippee" and "hooray" have been duly noted. That's enough, put the horns away, this is not an overly large celebration.

August 10, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


Trump's Tanking Numbers Hurting Other Candidates

There are two sets of numbers, both related and intertwined, that should keep Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) awake at night.

August 09, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Bureaucrats to Dump Billions in Student Loans on Taxpayers

Regulations are flying out the door in in Washington, where an already hyper-aggressive Obama administration is looking at its last chance to move its agenda forward while sidestepping the Republicans in Congress.

August 09, 2016 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Hillary's Lies Overshadowed by Trump's Words

If Donald Trump could just "let it go" once in a while, the national media might actually report on Hillary's crass lies at the Democratic National Convention. But, no, Trump's a natural performer in the style of Kardashian and Jersey Shore "reality" stars, reacting foolishly to verbal slights.

August 08, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


Shut Up For a Month, Donald

Forget the idea of a Republican intervention.

August 08, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


California Not As Blue As Media Portrays It

The year-long primary season proved one thing - the pundits, pollsters, and experts were wrong. They were wrong about Donald Trump right up to the last, and they were wrong about Bernie Sanders, a dark horse candidate that dogged Hillary Clinton to the end before he finally came up short.

August 06, 2016 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Can the GOP Nuke Its Own Nominee?

The Republican race has gone nuclear.

August 06, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Have You Thanked Your Physical Therapist Today?

I've been undergoing physical therapy as a result of a compression fracture, and my physical therapist (Amy) got a "deer in the headlights" look when I said I would be WRITING about physical therapy this week.

August 04, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Can Trump's Negativity Win Him Pennsylvania?

What plays better in the Rust Belt - hope or despair?

August 04, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Americans Are Going to be Disappointed in Election Outcome

It is a sad commentary on the state of political life in the United States that our political conventions have become more like rock music festivals than competitions of ideas.

August 03, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Why the Media is Failing with Donald Trump

Renowned 20th Century philosopher Dennis Rodman, he of professional basketball, tattoo and body piercing fame, once responded to a reporter's question about whether he was bothered by the critical news coverage of him by saying: "The only bad press is an obit."

August 03, 2016 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Hillary Clinton, Not Insane

Striding onto the Philadelphia stage resplendent in a white pants suit like a heavenly sent business bride walking down the aisle to tie the knot with America, Chelsea's mom jettisoned the "presumptive" and accepted the Democratic Party's invitation to become their nominee in the 2016 race for the Presidency of the United States. And contrary to prior dire warnings, the gates of hell did not open up.

August 02, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


When Parents Go Rogue at Sporting Events for Kids

It was the championship game and, after a long tournament series, both the fans and players were showing signs of strain.

August 02, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


If Bill Clinton Becomes 'First Guy'

I surely don't want Hillary to be our next president, but I think it would be great if Bill became America's first "first guy."

August 01, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Both Parties Should Adopt the Barbara Bush Rule

The most frightening observation in connection with the Donald Trump presidential campaign came during a call to the Rush Limbaugh Show. Barely able to contain his excitement, the caller breathlessly proclaimed that after the RNC convention speeches by the Trump children, "We are seeing the birth of a new political dynasty!"

August 01, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


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After Hurricane Maria, a catch-22 for Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria, which made landfall on September 20, 2017, devastated Puerto Rico, and has created a Catch-22. Puerto Ricans are fleeing the island in the ...

February 24, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Team Trump’s problem with security clearances

Then-candidate Trump's race for president was erratic and unfocused, bouncing from controversy to controversy and digging in on new arguments and issues every day ...

February 24, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Republican cherry picking

We all know what "cherry picking" is. Sifting through available evidence to pluck out the bits and pieces that support one particular narrative while ignoring ...

February 22, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists


My genuine bipartisan compromise offer

The nation just witnessed what the OpMedia and the Commentariat like to call "bipartisan legislation." The occasion was the two-year spending-palooza that Curator of the ...

February 22, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Now is the time to politicize gun violence

Now is the time to politicize gun violence. In the wake of the recent mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, how can we not?

February 21, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Ice Dancer

February 21, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


Are your old photos a tricking time bomb?

For most of my adult life, I kicked myself because I had carried a one-of-a-kind childhood photo (featuring me, my brother and our cousins) in ...

February 21, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


I’m failing at passwords

I have several online accounts that I use a few times year and not once have I gained access without first trying several passwords and ...

February 20, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


George Washington’s history? It’s complicated

"What do you mean that America's youth know little about George Washington, except that he was a slave owner?"

February 20, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Yes, a Republican running for Congress is also a Nazi

Forget Washington for a moment. Forget the news that the Republican Congress has voted to massively deepen the budget deficit, the same deficit they used ...

February 19, 2018 | Dick Polman | Columnists


It’s still not guns

During the intense media coverage of Wednesday's tragic events in Parkland, Fla., I was shocked to hear it was the 18th school shooting so ...

February 19, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


What if it was your daughter, Mr. President?

Imagine late one night there's a knock at your front door. You open it. Standing before you is your grown daughter. She's crying ...

February 17, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Congress indifferent to Puerto Rico’s tragedy

After an absence of more than 50 years, I returned to Puerto Rico this month to view firsthand Hurricane Maria's devastation. I spent most ...

February 17, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


It’s madness to surrender in the war on drugs

I recently read a commentary by someone who urged us to stop using the word "addict," because it somehow stigmatizes drug users. We were told ...

February 15, 2018 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Washington’s blame game

Pointing fingers is a Washington pastime. The blame game currently playing out between Republicans and Democrats has been raging over issues ranging from the treatment ...

February 15, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


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