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The Fed Plans for the Next Crisis

In her recent address at the Jackson Hole monetary policy conference, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen suggested that the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates by the end of the year. Markets reacted favorably to Yellen's suggested rate increase. This is surprising, as, except for one small increase last year, the Federal Reserve has not followed through on the numerous suggestions of rate increases that Yellen and other Fed officials have made over the past several years.

September 13, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Wells Fargo is a Bank, Not a Center for Political Activism

If Wells Fargo was focused on bank charges and interest rates rather than political hot button issues, perhaps they wouldn't have had to fire thousands of employees for ripping off customers and be liable for millions in fines.

September 13, 2016 | Susan Stamper Brown | Columnists


Clinton/Trump Debates Will Underwhelm

What we learned from the "Commander-in-Chief" exercise the other night is: (a) neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump is fastidious about facts, (b) Matt Lauer is a nice guy but not up to presidential politics, and (c) voters expecting better in the "real" debate Sept. 26, should not hold their breaths.

September 12, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Compared to Clinton, Trump Seems Lost at Sea

So who's winning the Commander-in-Chief Election?

September 12, 2016 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Trump’s Real Pay-to-Pay Scandal Ignored by the Media

How refreshing it is, after weeks and months of faux Clinton Foundation "scandals," after all the fatuous media talk about "optics" and "perceptions," to finally have a real Foundation scandal to chew on. An actual example of pay-to-play, of money given and a favor granted. And it comes to us courtesy of Donald Trump.

September 10, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Clinton Wants Voters to Ignore the Facts

"Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated federal requirements that officials' correspondence be retained as part of the agency's record," Michael S. Schmidt wrote in his now-famous March 2, 2015, New York Times article.

September 10, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Alumni Football: There Is No Spry In 'Team'

"Glory days, well, they'll pass you by/Glory days, in the wink of a young girl's eye/But fork over $125 and sign this waiver/and, my friend, you're still The Guy." (With apologies to Bruce Springsteen.)

September 08, 2016 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


When Voting, Ask Yourself 'What's Next'

What's the next "big idea?"

September 08, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


California, you can have your earthquakes back

God bless America, and how's everybody?

September 07, 2016 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists


How False Media Equivalency is Benefiting Trump

Back in early May, I predicted that the mainstream media's "objectivity" rituals would kick in as autumn neared, "balancing" the two major candidates according to the timeworn rules of "on of the one hand, on the other hand," thus leaving the impression that Hillary Clinton (seasoned and experienced, whatever her flaws) and Donald Trump (manifestly unfit, by dint of his temperament and ignorance) can somehow be equated.

September 07, 2016 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Helping Trump Isn't Easy

Donald Trump actually looked like a statesman in Mexico City Wednesday afternoon.

September 06, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Trump's Immigration Speech Sounds Good, But Rings Hollow

As an immigration lawyer, I approached Donald Trump's speech Wednesday night with anticipation, hope and trepidation.

September 06, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Dad's friend Bill

These days it seems the only friends you have are the ones you meet through your kids. Adults connect with your kid's teams, your kid's schools. It didn't used to be that way. A long time ago the circle of friends for adults had zero to do with their children. There were no such things as helicopter parents, for instance. Sports and practices were a footnote to life.

September 03, 2016 | Matt Keenan | Columnists


Employee ownership

Labor Day is a time for us to celebrate the workers who make our economy grow - the people without whom businesses could not survive and thrive.

September 03, 2016 | Richard Eidlin | Columnists


Buster goes for a drive

A local man, Buster Butts, is one of the hardest workers I know. He works at a computer most of the day which demands heavy use of his eyes. Until just lately, I considered Buster to be almost blind. In fact, the cataracts on his eyes were so bad, that Buster had to lean over and almost place his nose on the computer screen to see what he was doing.

September 01, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


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Hillary Summons the Dead for Advice

Journalists in the mass media love to dig up dirt on Republican presidential candidates. Well, I just dug up some dirt on Hillary Clinton.

September 22, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Why Are We Sending 38 Billion to Rich and Powerful Israel?

Last week's announcement of a record-breaking U.S. aid package for Israel underscores how dangerously foolish and out-of-touch is our interventionist foreign policy. Over ...

September 21, 2016 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Gary Johnson Wouldn't Appreciate My Trip to Rome

When Gary Johnson had his Aleppo moment a week ago, I was among those who could not believe his absolute incompetence. I understand that Libertarians ...

September 21, 2016 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


What's the Point of Having a Majority If GOP Doesn't Use It?

Last week, during an aside in his speech at the Values Voters Summit, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tx.) shared an insight into the timid appeasers comprising ...

September 20, 2016 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Sick Hillary a Growing Concern Among Democrats

Liberals are already positioning for Bernie Sanders to take Hillary's place as the Democratic Presidential Candidate.

September 20, 2016 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Hillary and Bill - The Old Couple

Now that the health of Hillary has become a serious issue in the mainstream media and not just a dirty alt-right rumor, maybe someone should ...

September 19, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Have-Nots Still Come Up Short

The brightest economic news in years shows that median household income in the U.S. has climbed to $56,516. And get this: It means ...

September 19, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Have-Nots Still Come Up Short

The brightest economic news in years shows that median household income in the U.S. has climbed to $56,516. And get this: It means ...

September 17, 2016 | Peter Funt | Columnists


New York's Bizarre Nuclear Bailout

States with nuclear power plants are grappling with a highly unusual conundrum. The plants are running significant operating losses, but allowing them to be shut ...

September 17, 2016 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


2016 Election: Crash, Burn and Repeat

We might as well be watching a 30-car pile-up the way Americans are holding hands over their eyes trying to avoid the grisly bits of ...

September 15, 2016 | Will Durst | Columnists


The Evolution of Obama's Thoughts on Clinton

Does time really change people?

September 15, 2016 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


A Woman’s View

It was early in the summer. The phone rang. The caller I.D. read, "Publishers' Clearing House."

September 14, 2016 | Judi Tabler | Columnists


Trump or Hillary or ?

It's after Labor Day.

September 14, 2016 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Pondering the Regrettable History of Taxation

Ah, the campaign season.

September 14, 2016 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


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