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A 2014 Gift of the Magi

A giant Manhattan penthouse and a summer home in the Hamptons. That was all. There was nothing Sabrina could do but plop onto her designer couch and cry.

December 10, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


House Chooses New Cold War With Russia

Last week the US House voted overwhelmingly in favor of an anti-Russia resolution so full of war propaganda that it rivals the rhetoric from chilliest era of the Cold War. Ironically, much of the bill condemns Russia for doing exactly what the US government has been doing for years in Syria and Ukraine!

December 10, 2014 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Patience Required in Iranian Nuclear Talks

Over the past year, our nation's diplomats, along with global powers, have been working tirelessly to produce an agreement that will prevent both an Iranian nuclear weapon and another war in the Middle East. Keeping Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon is of central importance to American security - and achieving this through tough diplomacy is difficult, but very possible.

December 09, 2014 | Shawn VanDiver | Columnists


Tinsel town prepping for holidays

Happy Tuesday, everybody, and God bless America.

December 09, 2014 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Ferguson Won't Go Away

As we saw last weekend at the start of the St. Louis Rams-Raiders game, we'll be dealing with the facts and symbolism of Michael Brown's death for a long time.

December 07, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Obama's Lobbyist Problem

Democrats cheered when Senator Barack Obama promised them that if he were elected President, no lobbyists would "work on regulations or contracts directly and substantially related to their prior employer for two years."

December 07, 2014 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Gone With The Wind Turns 75

Movie fans, remember a time when the only "F-word" was "fiddle-dee-dee"?

December 05, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Jeb Bush's Shakespearean Rumination

Now playing on the national stage - Jeb Bush as Hamlet: To be, or not to be - that is the question...

December 05, 2014 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Judgements on Race and Fashion

Michael Brown's death placed America in yet another race-driven quagmire. The acquittal of Darren Wilson revved the tension up into an all-out riot. At a time like this, we should forget about black, white, yellow, or red and focus on fashion.

December 04, 2014 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Law? We don’t need no stinkin’ laws

Happy Thursday, everybody, and God bless America.

December 04, 2014 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


Congress Predictably on the Side of Dirty Air

Unlike Barack Obama, I am not a father to teenage girls, but it must be something like being President with this obstructionist congress. No good deed for Obama goes unpunished by Republicans in Washington, and the recent climate agreement with China is a good example.

December 03, 2014 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


Who Wants to be Defense Secretary?

It seems nobody wants to be Secretary of Defense in the Obama administration. The president's first two Defense Secretaries, Robert Gates and Leon Panetta, both complained bitterly this month about their time in the administration. The president's National Security Council staff micro-managed the Pentagon, they said at a forum last week.

December 03, 2014 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Let's Get Serious About Product Recalls

"I've gotta get it right the first time. That's the main thing. I can't afford to let it pass." - Billy Joel.

December 02, 2014 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


A Charlie Brown Christmas Miracle

It's amazing that the show almost was not broadcast.

December 02, 2014 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


A ‘Do-Nothing’ Plan for Republicans

The fight over immigration reform was wiped off our TV screens by the fires and tear gas clouds in Ferguson Monday night.

November 30, 2014 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


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Who knew dogs could keep you so healthy?

Alas, we haven't been a "dog family" since we had to euthanize poor old Turpy; but a time.com article titled "More Evidence That ...

July 27, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


An Afternoon of ‘Straight Talk’ with John McCain:

If you're a journalist who covers campaigns and politics, the recent news of U.S. Sen. John McCain's diagnosis of a particularly aggressive ...

July 26, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Trump’s real media angle

Unless you're receiving the daily emails sent by Donald Trump and his team to supporters, you're not getting the full dose of venom ...

July 26, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Parking is such sweet sorrow

Believe it or not, my only college-era clash with school authorities erupted because the campus was experiencing growing pains. Your cash-strapped author received a ticket ...

July 25, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Turn off D.C.’s AC

I went to an outdoor event in Washington, D.C., last week. Boy, was it hot under the noon sun.

July 25, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


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 ...

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 ...

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


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