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How to Prevent Candidates from Spreading the Common Cold

Global markets appear to be poised for another panic, the presidential campaign isn't giving us much to choose from, and we just surpassed $19 trillion in government debt.

February 18, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


What Markets Are Telling Us

Last week, U.S. stock markets tumbled yet again, leaving the Dow Jones index down almost 1,500 points for the year. In fact, most major world markets are in negative territory this year.

February 18, 2016 | | Columnists


Scalia’s Death and God’s Judgment

The provocative statements made on social media about Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death is a sign of the times.

February 17, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Turns Out New Hampshire is for Losers

Once again, New Hampshire has demonstrated it is as different from the rest of the country as the Himalayan Mountains are from Jack in the Box's seasoned curly fries. Like green sand and aluminum crockpots. As Dorothy almost said after being whisked away by a tornado, "We're not in Iowa anymore, Toto."

February 17, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


New Hampshire's Populist Primal Scream

What a wild night in New Hampshire! In the words of one political reporter, "The voters sent a powerful anti-Washington message." A xenophobic Republican demagogue "stoked citizen anger against the inside-the-Beltway establishment, loudly invoking the '30s populism of Huey Long." The triumphant candidate fed off the "anxieties" of his fans. He "speaks his mind and damns the consequences."

February 16, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Hate-Watching the Election

"I love Bernie! I've donated to his campaign! He's great!" my super conservative Beltway establishment Republican friend says. "Feel the Bern!!" He texts me with a snicker during all of the Democratic debates. The night of the Iowa Caucus I retaliated, texting, "Cruz! I'm so happy!!" I knew that'd make him cringe.

February 16, 2016 | Tina Dupuy | Columnists


The Trump Lane or the Conservative Lane

Goodbye, Chris.

February 14, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Tyrades! By Danny Tyree Let's face it: the only thing more pathetic than hosting a pity party is ha

Let's face it: the only thing more pathetic than hosting a pity party is having to shoo the visitors away from your pity party by 7 p.m.

February 14, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Trump Tizzy in Virginia Long Before Primary

The Virginia Republican Party has discovered it's one thing to issue a political "Do Not Resuscitate" order, and quite another to get it to stick. Back in September, the State Central Committee decided to require all voters in their March 1st GOP primary to sign a pledge that states, "My signature below indicates that I am a Republican."

February 12, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Beware the Angry Social Media Mob

Are you proud of everything you have written?

February 12, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


The Keys to Health and Happiness

Get this: Wealth, fame and success don't make us happy, but strong relationships do.

February 11, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


What About Bernie Sanders?

Many Democrats and others truly fed up with the state of the nation's economic and social core are unwilling to support Bernie Sanders because they're afraid he can't win. But they're trapped by circular thinking: he can't win because too many people fear that he can't win.

February 11, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Mandatory Depression Screening a Depressing Thought

The United States Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended mandatory depression screening for all Americans. The task force wants to force health insurance companies to pay for the screening. Basic economics, as well as the Obamacare disaster, should have shown this task force that government health insurance mandates harm Americans.

February 10, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


What Republicans Get Wrong About Amnesty

Since when did being a conservative mean also having to agree that some wall with mythical powers could "make America great again," a la Donald Trump?

February 10, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Democrats, Not Republicans, Are Spewing Racism

You've read about it ad nauseam in mainstream media outlets like the Washington Post: "What social science tells us about racism in the Republican party," "How racism explains Republicans' rise in the South," "Data suggest Republicans have a race problem," etc.

February 09, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


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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


Donald Trump: Banana Republican

So President Donald Trump, noted fiscal conservative, swamp-drainer, and compulsive saber-rattler, wants a massive military parade through the streets of downtown Washington D.C.

February 14, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Stop worrying so much about Tide Pods

My New York friend Larry was nearly out of breath on the phone.

February 14, 2018 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


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