John L. Micek

Trump’s Answer on Syria: It’s Obama’s Fault | John L. Micek

Offered an opportunity to explain what he planned to do about a savage chemical weapons attack in Syria that indiscriminately killed 72 people, including children,… Continue reading

All is Well in Trumplandia | John L. Micek

EAST PENNSBORO TWP, Pa. - President Donald Trump’s approval ratings might be in the tank and his legislative agenda might be foundering on Capitol Hill,… Continue reading

Trump’s Still Winning Bigly | John L. Micek

If you were watching cable news over the weekend, you might have been tempted to think that, with the defeat-for-now of healthcare reform, President Donald… Continue reading

Congress Hits ctrl-alt-del on Your Privacy | John L. Micek

Governments and legislative bodies often do profoundly stupid things. But lately, it seems like we’ve been living through a veritable bumper crop of dumb. There’s… Continue reading

President Trump’s Loyal Hall Monitors | John L. Micek

There’s this disturbing scene early on in the 1990 Cold War thriller “The Hunt for Red October.” A bunch of Soviet sailors have just decided… Continue reading

Trumpcare: Helping the Rich, Stiffing the Poor | John L. Micek

It’s taken seven years, but Congressional Republicans and the Trump administration are finally having their “If you like your health care plan you can keep… Continue reading

There Will Never Be a Trump Pivot. Ever. | John L. Micek

After his speech to a joint session of Congress last week, where President Donald Trump successfully managed to read, from a teleprompter, a speech that… Continue reading

Trump’s Speech: The Highs and the Lows |John L. Micek

As he wrapped up his first speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night, President Donald Trump offered a bromide to a fractured… Continue reading

Pence’s Response to Anti-Semitism Raises a Question | John L. Micek

Given the opportunity last week to respond to a rash of anti-Semitic incidents across the country, President Donald Trump gave the kind of thoughtful, considered… Continue reading

Seriously and Literally Listening to Trump | John L. Micek

During last year’s presidential campaign, my old friend and colleague Salena Zito, writing in The Atlantic, made national headlines when she observed that the reporters… Continue reading

Trump Aide Said Something Dangerous on Sunday | John L. Micek

One of the great advantages of youth is that it’s a time to make mistakes, say silly stuff you might regret later, and generally experiment… Continue reading

Trump Declares War on the Judicary | John L. Micek

No matter how the Ninth Circuit rules on President Donald Trump’s poorly conceived and even more poorly executed ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries,… Continue reading

Trump’s Ban a Win for ISIS | John L. Micek

During her second debate with Donald Trump, Democrat Hillary Clinton took some serious heat for warning that the Republican’s then-proposed ban on Muslims may well… Continue reading

The Alternative Facts Administration | John L. Micek

So this is the funhouse mirror of a White House that the American public will be treated to for the next four years. The day… Continue reading

Welcome Back to Fortress America | John L. Micek

As he took the oath of office and became America’s 45th president Friday, Donald John Trump vowed to put “America first” as he embarked on… Continue reading

Which United States does Trump Intend to Govern? | John L. Micek

On Friday, at noon, Donald J. Trump will put his hand on a Bible, recite the oath of office administered by Supreme Court Chief Justice… Continue reading

The Circus is Now the Standard | John L. Micek

Just nine days before becoming Leader of the Free World, President-elect Donald Trump wasn’t talking about economic policy. He wasn’t talking about global security or… Continue reading

About that Meryl Streep Takedown | John L. Micek

Acclaimed actor Meryl Streep lit up social media during Sunday’s Golden Globe awards in an explicitly political speech, where she harshly criticized President-elect Donald Trump… Continue reading

This Isn’t the Chicago I Knew | John L. Micek

In October 1995, the city of Chicago was the wettest and coldest place I’d visited yet. I was out for a long weekend to visit… Continue reading

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas – It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Say It | John L. Micek

Another year, another fake ‘War on Christmas’ is almost in the books. On Sunday morning, a great many of us will wake up, pad quietly… Continue reading