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Paul Ryan Needs to Go

Republicans across the fruited plains are hopping mad at Paul Ryan.

December 27, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Do You See What I See?

What is it about Christmas that stirs hope in the hearts of even the most cynical?

December 24, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Merriment, Generosity Define Christmas

"I don't know why so many people get so bent out of shape at this time every year. I thought we were supposed to be merry."

December 24, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


‘The Candidates’ Holiday Traditions

It's the most wonderful time of the year. And a large part of what makes it so goldarn fabulous is the festive array of idiosyncratic traditions each family imprints on their holiday gene map like a candy cane tattoo on the soft flesh behind your knee.

December 23, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


Do We Need the Fed?

Stocks rose Wednesday following the Federal Reserve's announcement of the first interest rate increase since 2006. However, stocks fell just two days later. One reason the positive reaction to the Fed's announcement did not last long is that the Fed seems to lack confidence in the economy and is unsure what policies it should adopt in the future.

December 23, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Let's Not Forget About Iran

Deep behind the headlines of recent political theater is the very real rattle of Iran's ballistic sabre.

December 22, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Watching the Tuesday Night Fights

Maybe it was because it was held in Las Vegas, where so many great prizefights have been held.

December 22, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Fright-Wingers Compete to Freak Us Out

I would've preferred to watch "Fargo," a pitch-black comedy about bloodlusting knuckleheads, but instead I dutifully tuned in the Republicans, and I got the same kind of characters.

December 20, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Be Good for Goodness’ Sake?

God bless them, Atheists are at it again.

December 20, 2015 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Who is having the best Christmas? Bernie! (the dog, not the politician)

Kids who still believe in Santa Claus have the best Christmas experience. That seems an appropriate reward for toddlers who think that a bearded old man who likes to hang out alone at shopping malls is cool. Then throw in that he knows when you are sleeping, knows when you're awake, and then enters your house in the middle of the night by way of your chimney. Any child these days who can suspend that kind of reality deserves a great Christmas. And any man who actually attempted such a thing would be delivering presents at Leavenworth and sharing ...

December 20, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


Soft Landing for a Politician Is on Top of Taxpayers

There's a technique in politics I call the "Soft Landing Straddle" that politicians love because it helps them avoid unpleasant election consequences. This year in Virginia we have an example of the straddle, but first let me explain how it works and the negative effect it has on you.

December 18, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Our Polling Addiction

No pollster would dare ask, "Are you in favor of more political polls?" Or, "Should news media spend more time covering polls?"

December 17, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Why Trump's Success Makes Sense

Donald Trump has not been deterred, much to the chagrin of his bipartisan troupe of naysayers. The Donald's blunt stance on Muslim immigration has only won him popularity among the Republican rank-and-file, not to mention independents and moderate Democrats.

December 17, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


'Might Makes Right' is Wrong

Bullies love fear. And once they sniff its smoke, the real pros know how to fuel and exploit it. They are always claiming to represent the greater good, when what they really specialize in is looking out for #1 while flinging loads of #2 at the rest of us. Consequently, the people most susceptible to their reviled reveille are the weak, the ignorant, the powerless, other bullies and folks with neck tattoos.

December 16, 2015 | Will Durst | Columnists


If You Want Security, Pursue Liberty

Judging by his prime-time speech last week, the final year of Barack Obama's presidency will be marked by increased militarism abroad and authoritarianism at home. The centerpiece of the president's speech was his demand for a new law forbidding anyone on the federal government's terrorist watch list from purchasing a firearm. There has never been a mass shooter who was on the terrorist watch list, so this proposal will not increase security. However, it will decrease liberty.

December 16, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


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From ‘I alone can fix it’ To ‘I won’t own it’

A year ago this week, newly anointed as his party's candidate for president, Donald J. Trump capped the Republican National Convention in Cleveland by ...

July 23, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Time for Republicans to quit cutting bait

OK, Republicans of the Senate, we get it.

July 22, 2017 | | Columnists


Trump needs to reverse Obama missile strategy

It's true the U.S. government invented the Internet – but it took the private sector to make it ubiquitous. Left in the Pentagon's ...

July 20, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Building more walkable cities would be a nice move

When I'm in, say, Phoenix - with its gorgeous weather, scenery and acre upon acre of beautiful parks and gardens - I generally hop in the ...

July 20, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Credit card debt explained

America's credit-card debt has surpassed the $1 trillion mark. A 20-something fellow I know helped me understand why.

July 18, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Years of dishonesty cost the GOP

I saw an honest Republican congressman on TV the other day.

July 17, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


‘Gde myaso?’ Russian for Where’s the Beef?

Political campaigns are full of liars and fabulists. From the candidate who promises to repeal Obamacare root--and-branch, to the volunteer who lies about how many ...

July 17, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


What will it take for Republicans to say enough is enough?

Kudos to Reed Galen - a lifelong Republican, veteran of three presidential campaigns, son of former Republican operative Rich Galen - for articulating the obvious truths that ...

July 15, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Things are very, very bad for Donald Trump

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday to call his son, Don Jr., now surely the Fredo Trumpleone of America's ruling clan, a ...

July 15, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Jury duty: honor or agony?

"Ask not what you can do for your country; ask if that really persistent hangnail qualifies you to deep-six the summons." - JFK's evil twin.

July 13, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


GOP’s new healthcare slogan: retreat and regret

Given the ongoing inability of Congressional Republicans to agree on a new national health care program, their seven-year long battle cry of "repeal and replace ...

July 13, 2017 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Pick a state, any state

So, I am getting ready to walk out of the house Sunday morning for a leisurely bike ride. My wife is sitting in the kitchen ...

July 13, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


Trump loves executive orders even more than Obama

Donald J. Trump has many tools at his disposal. Both houses of Congress. The support of rural America. Friends in high places. His family. A ...

July 12, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Americans in need of a vacation

Boy, I could use a vacation about now - like millions of other hardworking Americans.

July 11, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Good luck reaching your elected officials

CARLISLE, Pa. - Gabrielle Trinkle has plenty she'd like to say to U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey.

July 11, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


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