John L. Micek

Congress Too Weak to Stop Trade War | John L. Micek

You may not have noticed it amid the White House’s bluster on NATO this week, but Congress utterly face-planted in its effort to rein in… Continue reading

Journalists Aren’t So Different From Our Readers | John L. Micek

If you stay in the news business long enough, you’re inevitably going to run into a reader who has a grievance — sometimes legitimate, sometimes… Continue reading

Let Sarah Sanders Eat in Peace | John L. Micek

You’d think a pan-seared pork chop wouldn’t come freighted with political baggage. But politics, and that pork chop ($28, with Wades Mill Goat cheese grits,… Continue reading

Trump Wants Credit. Don’t Give Him Any | John L. Micek

Earlier this week, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., thought reports of children being brutally separated from their parents at the United States’ southern border with… Continue reading

Trumpian Values on Display Both Here and Abroad | John L. Micek

Even as he cozied up to an evil dictator who routinely murders, starves and imprisons his own people, President Donald Trump’s White House made its… Continue reading

Sadly, Roseanne is a Victim to Some | John L. Micek

Words matter. What we say to each other, how we treat each other matters. There are basic norms of civilized behavior, outside the realm of… Continue reading

Once Again, Trump Goes After His Own Voters | John L. Micek

In the great din and clatter in our nationwide argument over abortion, it’s always struck me that the warring sides actually agree on a couple… Continue reading

Trump-Approved Candidate in Trouble in Pennsylvania | John L. Micek

Sometimes, even when you win, you lose. Just ask U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa. Instead of basking in the reflected glow of his primary victory… Continue reading

For a Builder, Trump Likes Wrecking Stuff | John L. Micek

For a man who likes to brag about what a big builder he is, President Donald Trump spends a lot of time burning stuff down.… Continue reading

Swamp Drained? How, Exactly? | John L. Micek

U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, a Republican who hails from northeastern Pennsylvania’s coal country, likes to brag about the fact he was one of his state’s… Continue reading

No, I Don’t Hate Conservatives. I Disagree With Them | John L. Micek

Not too long ago, an anonymous commenter on one of my columns concluded that I took my stance on a particular issue because I “hate… Continue reading

Congress Not Up to the Task of Taking On Facebook | John L. Micek

As I watched Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg go head-to-head with members of Congress, I couldn’t help but have the same reaction I have when… Continue reading

Sinclair’s Pro-Trump Bent Deserves Scorn. Its Anchors Do Not | John L. Micek

There’s been a lot of talk this week about the script that news anchors, at stations owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, have been forced to… Continue reading

Small Change By Trump Could Have Huge Impact | John L. Micek

On Monday, the U.S. Commerce Department announced something that sounds like a perfectly reasonable thing to do: It will include a question about citizenship on… Continue reading

Conservative Justice Gave Democrats a Path Back to Power | John L. Micek

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - If Democrats do manage to retake the House this fall, they might have to send a thank-you card to the chambers of… Continue reading

Trump is Stocking White House With Yes-Men | John L. Micek

We should have seen this coming. Donald Trump, who thrives on the love of the crowd, who listens to the last person to successfully worm… Continue reading

‘You Sit in a Corner and Pray You Don’t Get Shot’ | John L. Micek

SILVER SPRING TOWNSHIP, Pa. - When Maddie Levy saw the students fleeing Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., last month, she saw something… Continue reading

Do You Trust Trump on Gun Control? | John L. Micek

Donald Trump, the man who needs a cue-card to feign basic human empathy, is serious about gun control? Yeah, right. This is still the same… Continue reading

Trump Wants New Bridges Without Paying For Them | John L. Micek

President Donald Trump’s plan to spend $200 billion in federal money to somehow spur $1.5 trillion in state, local and private investment in infrastructure reconstruction… Continue reading

Donald Trump: Banana Republican | John L. Micek

So President Donald Trump, noted fiscal conservative, swamp-drainer, and compulsive saber-rattler, wants a massive military parade through the streets of downtown Washington, D.C. Of course… Continue reading