John L. Micek

Trump Just Keeps Digging | John L. Micek

It’s the first rule of crisis communications: When you’re in the hole, the first thing you do is to stop digging. But if you’re President… Continue reading

Trump Slams Fake News By Making Three False Claims | John L. Micek

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. — President Donald Trump, who likes to denounce the “fake” news media, threw himself into the warm embrace of Fox News host Sean… Continue reading

The Worst Mass Shooting… Until the Next One | John L. Micek

On one level, the horror perpetrated Sunday night by lone wolf gunman Stephen Paddock, who indiscriminately sprayed gunfire across a country music festival in Las… Continue reading

The NFL Beat Donald Trump at His Own Game | John L. Micek

On the day that Donald Trump tried to mess with America’s national religion, professional football took the knee and beat The Divider-in-Chief at his own… Continue reading

Beyond Trump – Can Americans Survive Each Other? | John L. Micek

Two essays this week, by two very different authors, take us deep into the tribalism that marks our politics. Both should serve as a wake-up… Continue reading

Where Was This Hillary Last Year? | John L. Micek

There’s a line in Hillary Clinton’s new memoir of the 2016 campaign that may be among the most searingly honest utterances of her long career… Continue reading

A Cowardly White House Using Dreamers as Human Shields | John L. Micek

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 for Childhood… Continue reading

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