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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


'Undecided' About What?

Now that the political conventions have finished cementing allegiance among party faithful, the focus shifts to the most misguided group in presidential politics: "undecideds."

July 30, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


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Have You Thanked Your Physical Therapist Today?

Don't answer out loud if you're reading this at work, but how do you feel about employers using sensor-bearing armbands and other "wearable ...

August 13, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


No Walking Back Trump’s Comments

Donald Trump knew what he was doing Tuesday afternoon. Make no mistake.

August 13, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Farewell Virgil. We will all miss you

Virgil Unrein passed away this week. When my sister Beth shared the news with me Wednesday night, I sat down and in seconds was flooded ...

August 13, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


The more things change, the more they ...

Today marks the 140th anniversary of the Great Bend Tribune. It also comes close to marking my 14th year as the fine publication's editor.

August 11, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


Where There's Smoke There's Fire

Even with all her baggage, the mainstream media continues to paint Hillary Clinton as an angel of light.

August 11, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


The Rigged Process that Gave Us Hillary

"Democracy works, but we gotta want it -- not just during an election year, but all the days in between," Barack Obama told a refreshingly receptive ...

August 11, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


A Comatose Man Wakes to the 2016 Election

"Where am I?" asked the man from his hospital bed.

August 10, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


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 ...

August 10, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


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