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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


Jury duty: honor or agony?

"Ask not what you can do for your country; ask if that really persistent hangnail qualifies you to deep-six the summons." - JFK's evil twin.

July 13, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


GOP’s new healthcare slogan: retreat and regret

Given the ongoing inability of Congressional Republicans to agree on a new national health care program, their seven-year long battle cry of "repeal and replace" Obamacare has been largely silenced and amended to "retreat and regret."

July 13, 2017 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Pick a state, any state

So, I am getting ready to walk out of the house Sunday morning for a leisurely bike ride. My wife is sitting in the kitchen, dog in her lap and a cup of coffee in her hand.

July 13, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


Trump loves executive orders even more than Obama

Donald J. Trump has many tools at his disposal. Both houses of Congress. The support of rural America. Friends in high places. His family. A supermodel. Twitter. Fox News. The Russian Federation. A signature scent. And...executive orders. Along with executive determinations, memorandums, proclamations, suggestions, aspersions, insinuations, innuendos and doodles.

July 12, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


Americans in need of a vacation

Boy, I could use a vacation about now - like millions of other hardworking Americans.

July 11, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


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Way past time to let congress enjoy Obamacare

Every presidential administration reaches a pivot point. Many observers thought Trump's came when Anthony Scaramucci walked in the White House door. Others thought it ...

August 09, 2017 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Trump ditches ‘Real America’ for Wall Street

Dear Forgotten Men and Women of America:

August 08, 2017 | John L. Micek | Columnists


Discrimination on many levels

"Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have."

August 08, 2017 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Elvis: Has he really been gone 40 years?

When I think about the 40th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley (August 16), it seems we were living in a completely different world ...

August 07, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Why Washington D.C. is not as livable as Pittsburgh

The folks at WalletHub finally got it right.

August 07, 2017 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


Apparently, Trump is a winner surrounded by losers

Donald Trump is a winner. Just ask him. After all, he won the presidential election. They don't get much bigger than that. And winners ...

August 05, 2017 | Will Durst | Columnists


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