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Losing the House to win the future

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is worried about the failure of Republican governing reality to match Republican campaign rhetoric. Newt told Fox News, "I would say the highest focus ought to be on getting the tax bill through because if we don't have economic growth next year, I think we're in real danger of having Speaker Nancy Pelosi."

July 24, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Is a pipeline really a burden on a bunch of nuns?

How dare those horrible capitalists run their natural gas pipelines over poor, innocent nuns?

July 24, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


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 ascending the podium in the Quicken Loans Arena, and offering these words:

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 hands we'd probably all be online but we'd still have to use external modems using a dial up connection to get there.

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 car to get from the coffee counter, to the barber shop, to the movie theater, because things are spread out and it's easier to drive.

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 doors he knocked, campaigns attract people who are, as Mark Twain observed, "Economical with the truth."

July 17, 2017 | Michael Shannon | 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 "great person who loves his country."

July 15, 2017 | John L. Micek | 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 his cowardly party breathren loath to admit.

July 15, 2017 | Dick Polman | 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" Obamacare has been largely silenced and amended to "retreat and regret."

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, dog in her lap and a cup of coffee in her hand.

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 supermodel. Twitter. Fox News. The Russian Federation. A signature scent. And...executive orders. Along with executive determinations, memorandums, proclamations, suggestions, aspersions, insinuations, innuendos and doodles.

July 12, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


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Virginia Governor’s race is the establishment’s revenge

November's off-year Virginia governor's race is what conservatives would have faced in 2016 if Trump had done a Hillary as he descended the ...

October 23, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Trump’s telling feud with a grieving family

On October 4th, U.S. Special Forces troops on a mission in southwestern Niger were ambushed by militants, resulting in the deaths of four U ...

October 23, 2017 | Graham F. West | Columnists


‘Fake News’ exposes Trump’s swamp creature

Before we inevitably face Trump's next phantasmagoria, let's briefly pause to celebrate the speedy downfall of a apparatchik of the president. Because it ...

October 21, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Is “Trunk or Treat” a Halloween Heresy?

My family will be participating in two or three "trunk or treat" activities this month, but I've learned that the trend of going from ...

October 21, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Reading is a great pastime

At this time of year, we are thinking about all there is to do in the coming months. We know too well what needs to ...

October 21, 2017 | A Woman's View By Judi Tabler | Columnists


Rex Tillerson shouldn’t have gone full ‘moron’

Here's the deal: You don't start out by calling someone a "moron." That's a final exclamatory heave after exhausting all other slanders ...

October 19, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Trump is right about NBC and Comcast

President Trump was right when he used Twitter this past week to expose Comcast's network NBC for their outrageous bias against him.

October 19, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Tax reform now

The U.S. economy may be improving but it's not growing like it needs to. Cutting red tape has helped but it's not ...

October 18, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


On polio and pulling together

She came home with a high temperature, feeling very ill. The next morning, her legs gave out when she tried to get out of bed ...

October 18, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Who wants to borrow McConnell’s slightly-used majority?

If you're in the market for a slightly-used majority, Curator of the Senate Mitch McConnell (R-Country Club) is your man. His low-mileage beauty is ...

October 17, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


There’s no such thing as personal information

Your personal information is most likely out there for criminals to use.

October 17, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Trump slams fake news by making three false claims

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. - President Donald Trump, who likes to denounce the "fake" news media, threw himself into the warm embrace of Fox News host Sean Hannity ...

October 16, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Anger in America

You can't go to a bar or a play.

October 16, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Names make news

Names making news - and generating opinions:

October 12, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


California just forced ICE to step up removals

Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Values Act, SB 54, which officially made the state a criminal alien sanctuary. Brown's signature ...

October 12, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


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