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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 in mint condition. Mitch only takes it out for a spin when he needs to confirm the occasional Supreme Court Justice or high-level administration appointee. Otherwise he keeps the majority dusted, polished and up on the blocks.

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 on Wednesday night, where he regurgitated at least three claims that were demonstrably false.

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 was never doubted. During the many immigration speeches he's delivered since he's been in office, the governor has always staunchly defended illegal aliens, and on one occasion invited every Mexican national to come to California. "You are all welcome in California," Brown told an assembled group. "Permission," as Brown put it, isn't a requirement.

October 12, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Republican logic on guns makes me twitch

Sadly fascinating to endure another predictable dance performed on the national stage by our elected politicians in response to the recent horrendous concert shooting in Las Vegas. Well, not a dance, really, more like the choreographed twitching of an unruly mob. Both parties retired to their respective corners while spasmodically jerking and mumbling hushed gobbledygook that even first graders could recite verbatim in a show and tell version of hypocritical cliches.

October 12, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Trump’s response to Puerto Rico is worse than embarrassing

It is a luxury to be embarrassed by President Trump.

October 11, 2017 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Controversial Guggenheim exhibit raises questions

"The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated," said Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948), leader of the Indian independence movement against Britain. In the U.S., and nations throughout the world, that's a measure continuously tested.

October 11, 2017 | Maria Fotopoulos | Columnists


The United States of Anxiety

What happened recently in Las Vegas is not, in the strictest sense, a Second Amendment issue. It is symptomatic of something deeper. There is little doubt that if more restrictive laws were in place to limit the sale of certain types of weapons, as well as devices that increase their lethality, the terror unleashed may have been less devastating.

October 11, 2017 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Darius Rucker, new experiences and you

"When was the last time you did something for the first time?"

October 10, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Building bridges in and to the future

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao is leading the fight to make public-private partnerships for infrastructure projects a reality at a time when they are sorely needed. Cash-strapped cities and states just don't have the money to keep up with the demands of an increasingly mobile society.

October 10, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


The worst mass shooting...until the next one

On one level, the horror perpetrated Sunday night by lone wolf gunman Stephen Paddock, who indiscriminately sprayed gunfire across a country music festival in Las Vegas, defies belief.

October 09, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Finally! ICE targets sanctuary cities

Because they harbor criminal aliens, sanctuary cities and the debate that surrounds them confound immigration law enforcement advocates. The dispute often centers on philosophical questions like how to define the term, and whether state and local governments have the authority to establish federal immigration policy. Local and state municipalities don't have such power, and the Department of Justice can end the debate: order Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents into the offending jurisdictions with instructions to detain and begin removal proceedings against criminal aliens.

October 09, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Ode to the tomato

O ripe tomato, fat and fine

October 07, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


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If we can’t discuss issues, how can we solve them?

"I'm afraid to discuss politics and current events with anyone except my wife and best friends, and it's regrettable that millions of Americans ...

November 09, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Another mass shooting, more ‘thoughts and prayers’

"Reports out of Texas are devastating. The people of Sutherland Springs need our prayers right now," U.S. House Speaker Paul J. Ryan, R-Wisc., tweeted ...

November 09, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


The Emperor has no clothes

Someone needs to cloak Mr. Trump in a copy of the Constitution. The Emperor clearly needs new clothes.

November 08, 2017 | Blair Bess | Columnists


NYC attacker was here legally. so why attack immigrants?

On Tuesday afternoon, a green card holder from Uzbekistan mowed down some innocent tourists in New York City. It was the deadliest terrorist attack on ...

November 08, 2017 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


It is time to move forward

Well, the 2017 election is over and we await the final vote count which should be sometime next week.

November 08, 2017 | Mary Hoisington | Columnists


Congress looks at Russian election interference

Those who claim to have been shocked the Russians might have meddled in the 2016 election are either playing for the cameras or not paying ...

November 07, 2017 | Peter Roff | Columnists


Any chance conservatives will finally fight back?

The best moment for conservatives during the Claremont Institute's panel discussion on "The Resistance and the Violent New Left" came at the end during ...

November 07, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


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