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Hot & Cold: Air Conditioning's Mixed Blessing

Air conditioning was invented 110 years ago and, boy, has it changed the world - both for the good and not so good.

August 19, 2015 | | Columnists


More Democrats Promising Free Stuff

Democrat Bernie Sanders has hit upon a popular theme for his presidential campaign: "Free Stuff for Voters!" Martin O'Malley and Hillary Clinton have hitched a ride on the wagon, too.

August 18, 2015 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Trump Pulls No Tweets

Much as we would like to, many of us find Donald Trump difficult to ignore, as he dominates debates, news coverage and early polls. Easily overlooked, however, is what he has managed to do with social media - most jarringly, Twitter.

August 18, 2015 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Trump, Trumpies & RINOs Trouble the GOP

Donald Trump did wonders for Fox News' ratings and Megyn Kelly's star power last week.

August 16, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Should Men Wear Shorts In The Office?

Will "aw shucks" businessmen someday say, "We put our pants on half a leg at a time, just like everyone else"?

August 16, 2015 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Conservatives Are From Mars, Liberals Are From Venus

Over the last several years, both of America's major political parties have become radicalized.

August 14, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists


Renting, the New American Dream

Get this: Renting is the new American dream. And that doesn't bode well for America.

August 14, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


89% Sure Congress Won't Reject Iran Deal

Want to know a secret? Congress isn't going to stop the Iran nuclear deal, and not because of the merits, popularity or the fact that despite what everyone's telling you, they can't really stop it (more on that later). I can say with near certainty that the Iran deal is a done deal because that's what an overwhelming majority of D.C. insiders are betting will happen.

August 13, 2015 | Jason Stanford | Columnists


First Anniversary Has Me Missing Mom

I've spent the last few weeks trying to figure out how I would commemorate the first anniversary of my mother's death on August 8, 2014. I wasn't sure that I'd be able to adequately convey its significance in my altered life.

August 13, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists


Stop Obama's Clean Power Grab

In President Obama's first big speech to Congress, just a month after he took office, he said, "I ask this Congress to send me legislation that places a market-based cap on carbon."

August 12, 2015 | Phil Kerpen | Columnists


Congress Too Gutless to Raise the Gas Tax

If you want to see Washington in action - or, more precisely, Washington inaction - consider its latest wimpish response to our infrastructure crisis.

August 12, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists


Meet Mom & Dad, the Libido Extinguishers

Displaying that tone of pretentious concern that it's made famous, the New York Times writes that as of 2014 the U.S. birthrate has declined for the sixth consecutive year. One would think the Times, of all papers, would be overjoyed by this development, since the decline means a reduction in number of little carbon producers in the future.

August 11, 2015 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


Politically Correct Summer Camp

Dear Mom and Dad,

August 11, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


No Sale, Mr. Obama

Did you catch President Obama's sales speech for his Iranian nuclear deal at American University?

August 09, 2015 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


Weak Recovery Has ‘Staycations’ Here to Stay

"I wanted to go to the beach, but the wife tells me we barely have the funds to go miniature golfing!"

August 09, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


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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


Network TV: Does it deserve to live?

I am tickled to continue my 43-year tradition of obtaining the Fall Preview "TV Guide," but Associated Press TV critic Frazier Moore seems despondent about ...

September 09, 2017 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Sprawl kills - literally

Los Angeles County, the nation's most populated with more than 10 million residents, is in an emergency state, per Governor Jerry Brown's declaration ...

September 09, 2017 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


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