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All-star game memories: Mark ‘The Bird’

In 1976, for one unforgettable season, Mark "The Bird" Fidrych shone brighter than Elvis, Liz or Ali - maybe brighter than all three rolled into one.

July 14, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


King Donald

The president's lawyers must wake up every morning wondering if they're in the throes of a mescaline fever dream. Which altered reality will they have to deal with today? The legal ground melts out from under them and scary hallucinations swirl around mutating versions of the boss: the Donald Trump who changes his story more often than his underwear and the one who tosses away members of his legal team like used Kleenex.

July 14, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


Trump buys survival insurance from Brett Kavanaugh

Feel free to tell yourself that Donald Trump chose Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court because the guy went to Yale (Trump reportedly loves Ivy League creds), or because the guy has been thoroughly vetted by the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society (the right-wing groups that have long been funneling conservative judges to the bench).

July 12, 2018 | Dick Polman | Columnists


The resistance is a failure

You don't need 20/20 vision to see that the whole world is waiting for the Democratic Party to push back against the tyrannical tendencies of the Trump administration. And waiting. And waiting. And waiting.

July 12, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists


Visa holders homeward bound?

During the upcoming mid-term elections, the 35 Senate races and the 435 House of Representatives campaigns will feature candidates who promise to help create more jobs. Their pledge to improve the labor market for unemployed and underemployed American workers will be at their platforms' core.

July 11, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Vacation checklist

If you're getting ready for summer vacation, here's a handy checklist of things you won't need.

July 11, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Summertime dinner calls long overdue

Maybe a new Utah law will revive the lost art of parents calling their children home for dinner.

July 10, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


There goes the neighborhood

I was never a fan of the children's show "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" when I was a kid. My eyes were usually focused on the town of Bedrock. There was a lot more going on there than in the sleepy place where Mr. Rogers lived. If I wasn't hanging out with "The Flintstones," I might be found immersed in the hyperkinetic world of Warner Brothers' "Looney Toons."

July 10, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


The Democrats' socialist meltdown

What a great July 4.

July 09, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Time for Conservatives to go on strike

Retiring Rep. Paul Ryan, R-NeverTrump, has revealed what he hopes will be his lasting political legacy; he intends to be the last Republican Speaker of the House. Ever.

July 09, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Hey, Democrats: It’s the Supreme Court, stupid

My advice to Democrats - which I've offered for free since the dawn of this century - is that they pound this mantra into their thick skulls: "It's the Supreme Court, stupid."

July 07, 2018 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Journalists aren’t so different from our readers

If you stay in the news business long enough, you're inevitably going to run into a reader who has a grievance - sometimes legitimate, sometimes not - against their hometown newspaper.

July 07, 2018 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Have you made these blunders on a first date?

I have done the math. I'm neither bragging nor complaining - just stating the facts: including my initial meeting with my wife, I've gone on precisely SIX first dates in my entire lifetime.

July 07, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


The Maryland muddle

When rational thinking fails or is simply ignored, conflation often takes over. It is, by definition, the merging of two or more different sets of information or opinion into one.

July 07, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


America’s Netflixation

For the past couple of years, I've put in my recommended thirty minutes of rigorous near-death exertion per day by watching Netflix while pedaling a recumbent stationary bicycle, the piece of exercise equipment that most closely resembles a recliner.

July 05, 2018 | Jase Graves | Columnists


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Will you survive National Garage Sale Day?

I have browsed umpteen garage and yard sales over the years and used to help my mother display her collectibles in her neighborhood's miles-long ...

August 06, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Devin Nunes: from dairyman to disgrace

After railing against the FBI, the intelligence community, and the Department of Justice, the character of Rep. Devin Nunes (R., Calif.), Chair of the House ...

August 06, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


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