John L. Micek

One Year In, Trump Remains His Own Worst Enemy | John L. Micek

When it came to a recent column about President Donald Trump’s preference for “executive time” that includes a healthy dose of cable news viewing and… Continue reading

The Part-Time Presidency of Donald Trump | John L. Micek

Note to self: When it’s time to sit down and talk with my bosses about my next steps as an opinion editor and all-around-columnist guy,… Continue reading

Christmas Traditions are the Best, Eh | John L. Micek

It’s the Monday before Christmas, and my daughter, her hair tied up snugly in a bun, plops herself down in the front seat of my… Continue reading

Five Great Things a Weird 2017 Produced | John L. Micek

Give thanks and say hallelujah. Our very weird year is just about in the rearview mirror. Only a handful of days remain before we hit… Continue reading

No, Trump Doesn’t Stand Above the Law | John L. Micek

Hey, did you know that President Donald Trump can’t be found guilty of obstruction of justice? Yeah, me neither. Thank goodness that White House lawyer… Continue reading

A Glaring Loophole for Fugitives | John L. Micek

When gun-control and gun-rights advocates clash after the latest mass shooting, you can usually count on two rhetorical chips being thrown onto the table: “What… Continue reading

A Prayer for Peace That Calls Us to Act | John L. Micek

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Howard Henry’s no preacher. But the prayer he uttered outside a home on Logan Street in Harrisburg on a chilly night last… Continue reading

Important Caveat For Dems After Election Night Wins | John L. Micek

Heading into Tuesday night’s gubernatorial election in Virginia, national Democrats badly needed a win. After dropping some serious coin in special elections in Georgia and… Continue reading

Another Mass Shooting, More ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ | John L. Micek

“Reports out of Texas are devastating. The people of Sutherland Springs need our prayers right now,” U.S. House Speaker Paul J. Ryan, R-Wisc., tweeted to… Continue reading

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