John L. Micek

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

Face it, Trump Voters. You Got Played. | John L. Micek

While he was off bowing to the Saudis, contemplating the Western Wall and visiting other foreign heads of state, President Donald Trump’s White House dropped… Continue reading

Trump’s Totally Predictable Tuesday Night Massacre | Dick Polman

Now that Der Leader has deposed the lead investigator of Der Leader — sabotaging the rule of law, the kind of thing that typically happens… Continue reading

State Lawmakers Nationwide Launch a Free-Speech Crackdown | John L. Micek

Back in the 1930s, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis famously referred to states as “laboratories of democracy.” But these days, those labs are looking… Continue reading

The Best Art Has Always Been Political | John L. Micek

I’m a music junkie — I always have been. And if there’s one record that I go back to again and again it’s The Clash’s… Continue reading

What Did Trump Think He Was Getting Into? | John L. Micek

What did he think he was signing up for? In a surreal interview with Reuters at the end of last week, President Donald Trump admitted… Continue reading

100 Days In, Who’s Winning Again? | John L. Micek

Who’s winning? During last year’s campaign, Donald Trump promised cheering throngs that they’d eventually be so tired of winning that they’d beg for a respite… Continue reading

20 Years After His Death, a Few Thoughts About Mike Royko | John L. Micek

It was 20 years ago this month that I — along with everyone else in Chicago — woke up to the news that Mike Royko… Continue reading

Trump Shouldn’t Overlook Violence Against Christians | John L. Micek

It was most serene of all scenes: A choir singing hymns on a Palm Sunday morning. It could have been any church, anywhere in the… Continue reading