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Are We Really Teed Off at Obama’s Golfing?

Shortly after he angrily denounced the obscene beheading of freelance journalist James Foley by a member of the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a smiling President Barack Obama was photographed playing golf. And so it started -- just like clockwork.

August 27, 2014 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


Truly Transcending Obamacare

While the dominant Republican slogan on health care remains "repeal and replace," there is little agreement on what "replace" means. But if we wait until Obamacare can be repealed before developing a consensus on positive health care changes, major parts of Obamacare will be even more entrenched and its seductive goal of universal coverage may push us instead toward fully government-controlled single-payer system.

August 26, 2014 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Smug Shots

Knew he shouldn't. Couldn't help himself. I'm talking about the beaming leer in Rick Perry's mug shot. Or to be more precise, his smug shot. In the photo released by the Austin Police Department, the Texas Governor grins like a Cheshire Cat who just cleaned out the canary department of a PetSmart and is presetting his Lexus' GPS for another store.

August 26, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


Hollywood Liberals Stand Down for Israel

Once again Israel is being forced to defend itself from the terrorists who run Gaza.

August 24, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


What is Ferguson Really About Now?

The initial outburst of rage, simmering for years in a brick and pavement community draped in poverty was genuine, and for many today is still genuine. It didn't and will never matter to many in Ferguson what Michael Brown did or did not do. What remains is a white man of authority gunned him down in the street and "the man" left his corpse in the open to rot for hours as men, women and children ogled, stared and raged from a distance.

August 24, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Michael Brown Had Pot in His Blood!

So it turns out, thanks to a leak from the St. Louis County medical examiner's office, that the unarmed teen who was shot by a cop six times in Ferguson, Mo., including twice in the head, had marijuana in his bloodstream. And, naturally, the character assassins are essentially saying, "Ya see? He was a druggie, a violent thug."

August 22, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists


White vs. Black is Too Simple

The Saturday before last, Michael Brown swiped several cigars from a convenience store counter, passing much of his spoils to friend Dorian Johnson.

August 22, 2014 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Evil Strikes Back

Just as World War I didn't prove to be "the war to end all wars," the 20th century didn't turn out to be when the nearly unimaginable brutality and indescribable evil represented by German dictator Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime was definitively laid to rest.

August 21, 2014 | Joe Gandelman | Columnists


When Government Teleworkers Don’t Work from Home

It was just a matter of time for the program to be abused.

August 21, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Tumbling Dumpsters

The meeting probably wasn't as awkward as Cain attending Abel's funeral. Closer to Anna Nicole walking past her husband's family in court. Surely had a Billy Bob Thornton/ Brad Pitt-drunk at a wedding reception feel.

August 20, 2014 | Will Durst | Columnists


What Have We Accomplished in Iraq?

We have been at war with Iraq for 24 years, starting with Operations Desert Shield and Storm in 1990. Shortly after Iraq's invasion of Kuwait that year, the propaganda machine began agitating for a US attack on Iraq. We all remember the appearance before Congress of a young Kuwaiti woman claiming that the Iraqis were ripping Kuwaiti babies from incubators. The woman turned out to be the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the US and the story was false, but it was enough to turn US opposition in favor of an attack.

August 20, 2014 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Hillary and Obama Hug It Out, Whatever That Means

Like a boulder dropped in a lake, Hillary Clinton's dissing of President Obama is still creating serious ripples. So let's stay with this story a bit longer.

August 19, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Who is Hillary talking to?

Obama has failed to help defeat islamists in Syria, leading to the growth of The Islamic State (The Radical Islamist Murderers Formerly Known as ISIS) and fails to define a foreign policy for the U.S.

August 19, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Rage, Rage Against The Editing of the Songs

If you're frustrated by the skimpiness of "fun-size" candy, wait until you hear some "fun-size" songs.

August 17, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


US Needs Truth & Reconciliation

Men might be from Mars and women from Venus, but at least we're in the same solar system. When it comes to politics, liberals and conservatives can't agree on what the problems are much less solutions. We can blame the politicians for not making progress on the big issues of our time, but until Americans share a common truth about what those issues are we won't move an inch.

August 17, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


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February 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


All Our Stuff's No Key to Happiness

Americans have way too much stuff.

February 28, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


‘Undocumented’ Isn’t a Bad Word Here

Immigration isn't really a serious problem in America, but taking rash action regarding immigration is.

February 28, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Federal Judges Rewrite the 2nd Amendment

The most confusing dependent clause in the history of the nation, at least as far as personal liberty goes, is the one that begins the ...

February 27, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Lessons My Father Could Teach President Trump

Dear Mr. President, let me take you back to 1979.

February 27, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Immigration Protests often Hurt Participants

When a journalist has been on a beat for more than 30 years, as I have with immigration, everything comes full circle. Eventually, what's ...

February 25, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Washington’s Enduring Corruption

Most Americans think that their government is corrupt.

February 25, 2017 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


The Fake News President

No matter what you think of Donald J. Trump, you got to admit he's a cracker-jack salesman with an uncanny gift for manipulating the ...

February 23, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Do Obituaries Really Have To Be Polite?

"The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones." ---- William Shakespeare.

February 23, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The Fame and Failure of Kellyanne Conway

Serving in a high level staff position in a presidential or gubernatorial administration is an exhilarating, dazzling experience. You are one of a select few ...

February 22, 2017 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Investigate the Leaks, Not Flynn

Yes, there needs to be an investigation, but not necessarily of General Mike Flynn.

February 22, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Is the GOP Undermining Anti-Terror Efforts?

The reasons for Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn resignation from the post of national security adviser to President Donald Trump is yet another of the contretemps ...

February 21, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Trump’s ISIS Plan: Another US Invasion?

Just over a week into the Trump Administration, the President issued an Executive Order giving Defense Secretary James Mattis 30 days to come up with ...

February 21, 2017 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Reporters at the Gate

As a young journalist I experienced Watergate at the ABC newsroom in New York, naively assuming that our days would always be filled with startling ...

February 20, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Rookies in the White House

Major League Baseball has an annual training season in Florida.

February 20, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


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