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An Afternoon of ‘Straight Talk’ with John McCain:

If you're a journalist who covers campaigns and politics, the recent news of U.S. Sen. John McCain's diagnosis of a particularly aggressive form of brain cancer is one of those moments when you pause to reflect on the men and women who choose to run, and serve, in elected office.

July 26, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Trump’s real media angle

Unless you're receiving the daily emails sent by Donald Trump and his team to supporters, you're not getting the full dose of venom that is being directed at the nation's news media.

July 26, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Parking is such sweet sorrow

Believe it or not, my only college-era clash with school authorities erupted because the campus was experiencing growing pains. Your cash-strapped author received a ticket for parking on the grass when I simply couldn't find an authorized parking spot in time for class.

July 25, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Turn off D.C.’s AC

I went to an outdoor event in Washington, D.C., last week. Boy, was it hot under the noon sun.

July 25, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Losing the House to win the future

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is worried about the failure of Republican governing reality to match Republican campaign rhetoric. Newt told Fox News, "I would say the highest focus ought to be on getting the tax bill through because if we don't have economic growth next year, I think we're in real danger of having Speaker Nancy Pelosi."

July 24, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Is a pipeline really a burden on a bunch of nuns?

How dare those horrible capitalists run their natural gas pipelines over poor, innocent nuns?

July 24, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


From ‘I alone can fix it’ To ‘I won’t own it’

A year ago this week, newly anointed as his party's candidate for president, Donald J. Trump capped the Republican National Convention in Cleveland by ascending the podium in the Quicken Loans Arena, and offering these words:

July 23, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Time for Republicans to quit cutting bait

OK, Republicans of the Senate, we get it.

July 22, 2017 | | Columnists


Trump needs to reverse Obama missile strategy

It's true the U.S. government invented the Internet – but it took the private sector to make it ubiquitous. Left in the Pentagon's hands we'd probably all be online but we'd still have to use external modems using a dial up connection to get there.

July 20, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Building more walkable cities would be a nice move

When I'm in, say, Phoenix - with its gorgeous weather, scenery and acre upon acre of beautiful parks and gardens - I generally hop in the car to get from the coffee counter, to the barber shop, to the movie theater, because things are spread out and it's easier to drive.

July 20, 2017 | Special to the Tribune | Columnists


Credit card debt explained

America's credit-card debt has surpassed the $1 trillion mark. A 20-something fellow I know helped me understand why.

July 18, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Years of dishonesty cost the GOP

I saw an honest Republican congressman on TV the other day.

July 17, 2017 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


‘Gde myaso?’ Russian for Where’s the Beef?

Political campaigns are full of liars and fabulists. From the candidate who promises to repeal Obamacare root--and-branch, to the volunteer who lies about how many doors he knocked, campaigns attract people who are, as Mark Twain observed, "Economical with the truth."

July 17, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Things are very, very bad for Donald Trump

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday to call his son, Don Jr., now surely the Fredo Trumpleone of America's ruling clan, a "great person who loves his country."

July 15, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


What will it take for Republicans to say enough is enough?

Kudos to Reed Galen - a lifelong Republican, veteran of three presidential campaigns, son of former Republican operative Rich Galen - for articulating the obvious truths that his cowardly party breathren loath to admit.

July 15, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


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DACA: Delayed accountability for contemptuous aliens

Remember when candidate Donald Trump promised when he was president, "We're going to win so much. You're going to get tired of winning."?

September 13, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Important Italians America want to vilify

On March 14, 1891, in the city of New Orleans, 11 Italian Americans were lynched by an angry mob. The anger stemmed from a jury ...

September 12, 2017 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


What to do about North Korea

Seems like there are two North Korea options: Bomb the hell out of them and kill innocent people, or hope North Korea doesn't bomb ...

September 12, 2017 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


A cowardly White House using dreamers as human shields

Quite beyond being morally repugnant and an offense to human decency, the Trump White House's announcement Tuesday that it's rescinding the "Deferred Action ...

September 11, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Should Democrats do a deal for the Dreamers?

Let's stick with the story about the Dreamers - the 800,000 young immigrants Trump wants to kick out of the country - because we need ...

September 11, 2017 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Trump Lesson

September 11, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Columnists


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