John L. Micek

No Action By Trump on Opioid Epidemic | John L. Micek

Earlier this month, at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., President Donald Trump looked solemnly into the camera, and declared that America’s opioid epidemic was… Continue reading

Two Trump Policies At Odds With One Another | John L. Micek

It’s already pretty clear that, in the Trump White House, the left hand often doesn’t know what the right hand is doing. Now we have… Continue reading

Charlottesville and the South’s Complicated Relationship With Its Past | John L. Micek

ATHENS, Ga. - All that’s left of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church is the steeple. The red brick is faded and the windows are boarded up.… Continue reading

You Can’t Be An American And Fly The Confederate Flag | John L. Micek

OUTSIDE WINCHESTER, Va. - We were driving up Interstate 81 last Sunday afternoon, the radio on, the sun setting into the hills, when we passed… Continue reading

Colonial Williamsburg More Important Than Ever | John L. Micek

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - It’s a rainy and humid afternoon in mid-August and General George Washington, commander of the Continental Army, and I are talking about… Continue reading

Americans are Proud to be Getting Dumber | John L. Micek

A North Carolina man walks into a popular Washington, D.C. pizzeria and opens fire, telling police upon his inevitable arrest that he came to “self-investigate”… Continue reading

Trump Ditches ‘Real America’ for Wall Street | John L. Micek

Dear Forgotten Men and Women of America: I bear sad tidings: President Donald Trump appears to have forgotten all about you. “Corporations have NEVER made… Continue reading

Trump’s Transgender Ban is a Disgusting Political Trick | John L. Micek

President Donald Trump, who went to a private military academy and avoided service in Vietnam while heroes like Sen. John McCain languished in North Vietnamese… Continue reading

An Afternoon of ‘Straight Talk’ with John McCain | John L. Micek

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… Continue reading

From ‘I Alone Can Fix It’ To ‘I Won’t Own It’ | John L. Micek

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… Continue reading

Things are Very, Very Bad for Donald Trump | John L. Micek

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… Continue reading

Good Luck Reaching Your Elected Officials | John L. Micek

CARLISLE, Pa. - Gabrielle Trinkle has plenty she’d like to say to U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey. If only she could find him. Trinkle, 28, a… Continue reading

Republicans and Democrats Pushing Back Against Trump | John L. Micek

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf hit the nail on the head last week when he refused to play along with the Trump administration’s invasive and unwarranted… Continue reading

It Should Be An Interesting July 4 for Republicans | John L. Micek

Senate Republicans better get ready for some fireworks. Their July 4 recess is going to be a hot one. Earlier this week, with Republican ranks… Continue reading

Gerrymandering and a Disney-Shaped Philly District | John L. Micek

In the annals of political gerrymandering, Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District is notorious. Running west through the Philadelphia suburbs, it takes in a giant chunk of… Continue reading

Republicans are Out of Ideas on Health Care | John L. Micek

It’s time to own it, Republicans: You’ve had seven years to come up with a credible alternative to Obamacare. And when your clutch moment came,… Continue reading

‘Russiagate’ is Obscuring Everything, Including Gun Legislation | John L. Micek

On Wednesday morning, Washington rightly fretted over the fate of a Republican congressman and three others felled by a gunman’s fire in suburban Alexandria, Va.,… Continue reading

Supreme Court’s Maverick Could Be Trump’s Worst Nightmare | John L. Micek

When he was out on the campaign trail last year, candidate Donald Trump promised to appoint conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices who’d adhere to a… Continue reading

Griffin’s Stunt the Latest Slide into Incivility | John L. Micek

An anonymous reader of the newspaper I work for had a lot on his mind: “If that was your hero Obama’s bloody head, I do… Continue reading

Stop and Notice the Dimming of a Very Weird Star | John L. Micek

This column is all about taking the time to look up. Sure, there’s plenty enough down here on our little, blue and green rock to… Continue reading