John L. Micek

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

For Some, Opposing Trump an Exercise of Democracy | John L. Micek

Meet Megan Hicks, sore loser. The Philadelphian was camped on a bench in the Pennsylvania state Capitol rotunda in Harrisburg on Monday morning, waiting, like… Continue reading

Is it Christian to Root for Dylann Roof’s Death? | John L. Micek

If there was ever a case custom-made for the death penalty, it’s that of Dylann Roof, the self-described white supremacist who was convicted Thursday of… Continue reading

Donald Trump’s Amerika | John L. Micek

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell… Yes, that Mitch McConnell … is backing a bipartisan investigation into allegations that the Russian government tampered with American elections… Continue reading

Repeat After Me: Santa is Not White | John L. Micek

Larry Jefferson, a black man, played Santa Claus at the Mall of America in Minnesota for four days last week. Naturally, racists on the Internet… Continue reading

Should Democrats Become the Party of No? | Dick Polman

Barack Obama had just beaten John McCain by a margin of 10 million votes and 7.2 percentage points - the biggest Democratic win since 1964.… Continue reading

The Populist and His Crew of Billionaires | John L. Micek

A cabinet populated by bankers and wealthy insiders. A $1 million premier package of tickets to the presidential inauguration in January. And a posh dinner… Continue reading

Tweeter in Chief | John L. Micek

It’s 3 a.m. and Donald Trump can’t sleep. Restless, he tosses back and forth between Egyptian cotton sheets. The sweat builds on his forehead. His… Continue reading

Make our (Costly) Infrastructure Great Again | John L. Micek

By his own admission, President-elect Donald Trump is a guy who likes to build stuff: A golf course in Scotland. A hotel in Washington, D.C.… Continue reading