John L. Micek

Trump Continues to Manufacture Lies | John L. Micek

You could be forgiven for missing it in the build-up to Thanksgiving and the blizzard of impeachment news, but America’s fact-challenged chief executive was up… Continue reading


America First? Nope, It’s Trump First. | John L. Micek

The Trump administration’s foreign policy, such as it is, has been described a lot of different ways. But one word that’s never been applied to… Continue reading


Impeachment Witnesses the Heroes We Need Right Now | John L. Micek

If Ambassador Bill Taylor didn’t exist already, we’d have to invent him. With a made-for-TV voice filled to the brim with gravitas, the West Point… Continue reading


Trump and Republicans Are Weak, Even On Friendly Turf | John L. Micek

Going into Tuesday night, if you were a swing-state progressive, it was pretty easy to be discouraged about the state of the presidential race. But… Continue reading

Republicans Have James Madison Spinning in His Grave | John L. Micek

Maybe they thought they were standing up for principle. How else can you explain the Republican lawmakers who dramatically barged into a closed-door meeting of… Continue reading

Turkey, Syria And Our Ignorant President | John L. Micek

When historians look back, they’ll identify It as the day that the post-World War II order officially collapsed. It happened not by coup, or by… Continue reading

Mass Shootings Are Still Happening, But They’re Being Ignored | John L. Micek

Official Washington might have averted its gaze from the scourge of gun violence to focus on the unfolding impeachment drama surrounding President Donald Trump. But… Continue reading

There Is Always Hope | John L. Micek

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Fighting back tears, her voice cracking, Jackie Bieber had a simple message for anyone who’s thinking about taking their own life: “There… Continue reading

Only Shock About Trump’s Actions is That We’re Shocked | John L. Micek

The explosive release of a federal whistleblower complaint alleging that President Donald Trump abused the power of his office, and that “unidentified White House officials”… Continue reading

Beto Was Right On Call To Confiscate Guns… Mostly | John L. Micek

What if Beto O’Rourke was right? The former Texas congressman enraged the right and netted himself something that sounded an awful lot like a death… Continue reading

Trump’s ‘Love’ For the Troops Not Backed By His Actions | John L. Micek

I ended a recent column observing that American taxpayers, not the government of Mexico or anyone else, was going to end up footing the bill… Continue reading

Nervous Trump Turns Back to His Failed Border Wall | John L. Micek

President Donald Trump wants a wall. It just may not be the one his supporters thought they signed up for back in 2016. Already walled… Continue reading

Can Two Ex-Governors Offer Hope For Consensus? | John L. Micek

YORK, Pa. - Politics, the Prussian statesman Otto von Bismarck famously said, “is the art of the possible, the attainable — the art of the… Continue reading

32 Seconds to Make the Case for Banning Assault Weapons | John L. Micek

Thirty-two seconds. That’s how long it took for the madman responsible for the carnage in Dayton, Ohio to shoot 26 people, killing nine, including his… Continue reading

With Trump, Forget the Teleprompter | John L. Micek

Forget the teleprompter. If you want to know what President Donald Trump really thinks, turn to Twitter. And so it was Tuesday, barely a day… Continue reading

America, It Shouldn’t Have To Be This Hard | John L. Micek

We’re at a turning point. Again. We’re again at a moment in our nation’s history where we can decide who we are as a people,… Continue reading

Trump’s Next Target? Food Stamp Recipients. | John L. Micek

So here’s another reminder that the soul of who we are as a nation, our fundamental conception of ourselves as a people, is on the… Continue reading

Republicans are Complicit in Trump’s Racism | John L. Micek

The next time a Republican tries to tell you that he or she is an heir to the legacy of Abraham Lincoln, remind them that… Continue reading

A Play on Trump and Leaked Cables, In One Act | John L. Micek

(Ext. 10 Downing Street, nighttime. The lights of London shine in the late evening. Revelers wander in and out of pubs. Big Ben stretches imperiously… Continue reading

Biden’s Busing Snafu Has Me Thinking of Ted Little | John L. Micek

When Ted Little and I met for the first time, we were both eight years old, in the third grade and sitting a few desks… Continue reading