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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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Will Trump’s kid cruelty sink the GOP in November?

It may seem crass to discuss the potential political impact of Trump's family separation policy - especially when we can hear the kids wailing for ...

June 21, 2018 | Dick Polman | Columnists


The case for continuing the International Space Station

Since the dawn of creation, mankind has been driven by the urge to explore the world around him. The quest for knowledge consumes us. We ...

June 21, 2018 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Jerry Brown, ‘California Dreamin,’ faces reality check

A few weeks ago, I turned down an all-expenses-paid invitation to attend a late summer conference in San Francisco. After my 2016 visit to the ...

June 20, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Canada is actually the bully on tariffs

It's amusing to see liberal Americans "virtue signaling" the world by "apologizing" for Trump for "attacking" Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau.

June 20, 2018 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Supporting diplomacy but opposing Trump’s summit

At long last, the meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un was held in Singapore.

June 19, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Why Fox News is number one

You wonder why Fox News is number one in cable?

June 19, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Should college freshmen pick their own roommates?

According to the Washington Post, at some universities, nearly 50 percent of first-year students have already screened and selected a roommate before moving into a ...

June 18, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Democrat net neutrality plan is really about raising taxes

The 2015 Obama FCC order reducing the Internet to a regulated public utility under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act was marketed as protecting ...

June 18, 2018 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


The incredible power of Fathers

My 84-year-old father still asks me why I did it.

June 16, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Grizzly bears in our oldest national park are not safe

"The National Parks do not suffice as a means of perpetuating the larger carnivores; witness the precarious status of the grizzly bear." These words were ...

June 16, 2018 | Maria Fotopoulos | Columnists


Flying American Airlines? Be prepared to hold it

Members of any airline frequent flyer club have seen the benefits of membership gradually erode under the relentless assault of airline bean-counters. The yearly mileage ...

June 14, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


With friends like us, who needs enemies?

During WWII, when the communist government of Joseph Stalin joined the United States and Great Britain in their battle against Nazi Germany, British Prime Minister ...

June 14, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Skilled trades beat degree debt

When I was a 19-year-old college sophomore in 1982, my father gave me advice that makes even more sense for 19-year-olds today.

June 13, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


A chance to save California?

California's crazy "jungle" primary elections came to a blessed end on Tuesday.

June 13, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Tragic celebrity suicides should be a reminder to listen

When I heard my brother Jonathan had taken his own life, my first thought, unfiltered through the sieve of reason, was: "Why the hell did ...

June 12, 2018 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


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