John L. Micek

Let’s Not Waste The Crisis Of Coronavirus | John L. Micek

Shortly after President Barack Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, then-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel got into a bit of hot water when he… Continue reading


Election 2020 Is An Existential Fight For The Nation’s Soul | John L. Micek

You’ve probably never heard of Erica Newland. And if she had her druthers, it’s a safe bet that she would have preferred it stayed that… Continue reading


Democrats Can’t Lose Focus on Battleground States | John L. Micek

After a commanding performance in Nevada last weekend, the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination sure does seem to be swinging Bernie Sanders‘ way. With… Continue reading


Yes, Trump’s Interference With Our Institutions is That Bad | John L. Micek

Susan Collins was absolutely right about this much: President Donald Trump has learned his lesson. And he’s learned it by heart. Thanks to the Senate’s… Continue reading

History Will Remember Romney, Not Collins | John L. Micek

When future historians look for the last, documented instance of Republican political courage in the Trump imperium, they’ll look to one man: Sen. Mitt Romney.… Continue reading

A Senate Only a Roman Emperor Could Love | John L. Micek

The next time someone tells you the U.S. Senate is the world’s greatest deliberative body, your answer should be no longer than two words: Marco… Continue reading

Impeachment Trial is a Civics Lesson, Not Must-Watch TV | John L. Micek

More than once, readers have written in, or people have stopped me, to complain about their fellow Americans’ ignorance of the basic functions of government.… Continue reading

‘Second Amendment Sanctuaries’ the Right’s New Gun Push | John L. Micek

When one of the Pennsylvania Legislature’s most conservative members announced her desire to pass “Second Amendment Sanctuary” ordinances that defy state and federal gun laws,… Continue reading

Talking To My Daughter About War And ‘Megafires’ | John L. Micek

We were on the way to ballet rehearsal. It’s my favorite 30 minutes of the day. It’s a chance to break away from work, and… Continue reading

Why You Need to Worry About Attacks on Obamacare | John L. Micek

If you’re celebrating a recent federal appellate court ruling that overturned language in the Affordable Care Act requiring you to have health insurance or pay… Continue reading

What An Impeachment In Pennsylvania 25 Years Ago Says About Where We Are Now | John L. Micek

In 1994, state Rep. Frank Dermody was a backbench Democrat serving his second term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. That year, the majority-Democrat chamber… Continue reading

Republicans Promote Know-Nothingness During Impeachment Hearings | John L. Micek

It’s not often that you get to watch what conservative author Tom Nichols has called “the death of expertise” unfold in real time. But that’s… Continue reading

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