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What Did Fed Chairman Yellen Tell Obama?

Last week, President Obama and Vice President Biden held a hastily arranged secret meeting with Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen. According to the one paragraph statement released by the White House following the meeting, Yellen, Obama, and Biden simply "exchanged notes" about the economy and the progress of financial reform. Because the meeting was held behind closed doors, the American people have no way of knowing what else the three might have discussed.

April 22, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


From Obama to Trump: What We’ve Lost in Just 12 Years

Back in July 2004, when I was a (somewhat) younger political reporter, I was standing in the rafters of the old Fleet Bank Center in Boston listening to an unknown politician deliver a pretty extraordinary speech to the Democratic National Convention.

April 22, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Why Dirt Is Good for Kids

Get this: Prisoners spend more time enjoying the outdoors than modern children.

April 21, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


A Lesson My Daughter Taught Me About Teeth and Magic

This is a story about magic.

April 21, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Feeling the Bull: Bernie's Biggest Con

You'll get no argument from me that Hillary Clinton is a flawed candidate - stonewalling the release of those Goldman Sachs chats is merely Exhibit A - but when it comes to bull-slinging and empty sloganeering, she's no match for her self-righteous rival.

April 20, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Politics Aside, Trump Seems Like a Good Dad

There is no way to avoid sounding like a Donald Trump supporter with this column.

April 20, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Treat Texting Drivers the Same as DUIs

Banning texting while driving is pretty easy for states to do. Creating a policy that actually reduces texting while driving seems especially difficult.

April 19, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Will Durst's 21st Annual Political Animal Awards

A major silver lining in this cruelest month of April is a lull between show business awards galas. The lack of gold plated statuettes being flung about mercifully allows many Americans to stand upright for the first time in months. It won't be long, however, before we once again are forced to wrap ourselves in industrial strength Saran wrap to avoid drowning in the leakage of enough weepy insincerity to fill Olympic sized swimming pools with an unending torrent of ego-splooey.

April 19, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


Paul Ryan's 20-20 vision

Paul Ryan can see the future.

April 17, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Stuck in Traffic (School)

I didn't laugh when the cop pulled me over for rolling through a stop sign on a quiet residential street, and there was nothing funny about the $265 fine. But the next step, choosing a "traffic school," was a hoot.

April 17, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Now Humans Are Just Along for the Ride

I have seen humanity's future and it's cargo. Not shipping cargo, but being cargo. One cannot pick up the newspaper without discovering a new area of transportation where human control will soon be superfluous.

April 15, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Shakespeare's Death: The 400th Anniversary

To satirize, or not to satirize. That is the question.

April 15, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


'Three Generations of Imbeciles are Enough'

Where do your rights end and the rights of others begin?

April 14, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Why I Snapped at a Bernie Supporter

I'm crabby this time of year - absolutely miserable, if you want to know the truth.

April 14, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Now it's the Dems that are Getting Nasty

And once again America reaches for the Tylenol after wrenching its collective back recoiling from the wacky ugliness monopolizing the presidential election primary process, but this time, it's... the Democrats.

April 13, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


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Blaming 'The Other' for Orlando

I woke up, like everyone else, to tragedy Sunday morning.

June 15, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


You're Either With Trump, Or Against Him

So U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan thinks Donald Trump's comments about the Mexican heritage of a federal judge hearing a civil case against ...

June 14, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Censorship Is More Dangerous Than Hate Speech

Someone needs to tell Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, YouTube and the European Union that the only way to stop a bad guy's speech is to ...

June 14, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Hurra Para Los Trabajadores

Here's a handy suggestion for businesses that wish to improve employee morale and enhance customer service - in this case, at a large resort hotel.

June 13, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Bernie's Army of Freeloaders

It's time for Bernie Sanders to step down.

June 13, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Pedro Montoya

Dear Editor:

June 13, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


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