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Trump Trashes US Moral Standing

Tue, Nov. 20, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Mohammed bin SalmanDonald Trump today issued an extraordinary statement absolving Saudi Prince Salman for the torture, murder and dismemberment of Jamal Khashoggi. In so doing, the president trashed any amount of decency and integrity that he may have had. (17 reader comments)

Practice Thankfulness This Thanksgiving

Tue, Nov. 20, 2018

By Robert Dilenschneider

Robert DilenschneiderAmerica continues to face challenges on many fronts, both at home and abroad, but there is much to be thankful for as we come together to celebrate each other and our communities. (2 reader comments)

Social Media and Incivility

Thu, Nov. 15, 2018

By Kevin Foley

Kevin FoleyWhile hard-core partisanship contributes to the climate of incivility in politics, social media’s offer of anonymity adds plenty of fuel to the fire.


Honor Our Brave Men and Women in Uniform

Mon, Nov. 12, 2018

By Robert Dilenschneider

Robert DilenschneiderThere are more than one million active-duty service members and 800,000+ reservists in the U.S. Armed Forces. (1 reader comment)

The Price of Bad Information

Mon, Nov. 5, 2018

By Jon Gingerich

Jon GingerichHeadlines regarding the suspect who mailed pipe bombs to prominent Democrats and the gunman accused of killing 11 in a Pittsburgh synagogue are reminders of the role conspiracy theories and misinformation have played in today’s toxic political climate. (2 reader comments)

Finding Meaning in a Post-Truth World

Wed, Oct. 3, 2018

By Jon Gingerich

Jon GingerichIt’s been two years since Donald Trump was elected President, and the task of communicating across two political parties unified by increasingly narrow sets of beliefs has only gotten more difficult. (2 reader comments)

Nightmare in New York City

Tue, Sep. 11, 2018

By John O'Dwyer

View down 5th Ave. in NYCWhen I woke up on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001 in New York City it seemed like a perfect day was beginning.

Celebrating Labor Day

Mon, Sep. 3, 2018

By Robert Dilenschneider

Robert DilenschneiderThe US celebrates Labor Day today and the contributions of American workers.

Hurray for Donald Trump

Mon, Aug. 27, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Trump NewspaperA silver lining has finally emerged amid the carnage that is Team Trump, as the president's relentless attacks on "fake news" help restore trust in the media. They must be doing something right.

Will Trump Allies Turn on President, GOP?

Mon, Jul. 30, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Neil BradleyUS Chamber of Commerce, Charles Koch rap toxic tariffs put into place by Trump and the upcoming no-win trade war. Will the president listen before it’s too late? (1 reader comment)

Trump's Ministry of Truth

Wed, Jul. 25, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

TrumpDonald Trump took to Twitter today to suggest that the “hush money” tape made by his fixer Michael Cohen may have been doctored. His Ministry of Truth wastes no time to develop its own make-believe reality. (6 reader comments)

Make America 1929 Again

Tue, Jul. 24, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Stock TickerHow simple life is in the black and white world of Donald Trump, who has blissfully launched a trade war with the rest of the world without a care about its economic and political impact. (10 reader comments)

'Dark Money' Justice

Tue, Jul. 24, 2018

By Joe Honick

Joe HonickUnidentified financial backers will spend millions to "buy" Senate support of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Is this just? (1 reader comment)

Uncle Sam Wants You, Prestige Brands CEO Lombardi

Mon, Jul. 23, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Rom LombardiPresident Trump needs a Twitter intervention to prevent him from firing off any more middle-of-the-night all-cap threats to Iran or any other of his usual targets. It's time for Prestige Brands CEO Ron Lombardi to come to the aid of his country

Kavanaugh’s Credibility Problem

Thu, Jul. 12, 2018

By Kevin Foley

Kevin FoleyWomen’s reproductive rights are in jeopardy with a SCOTUS pick who believes presidents are above the law. (1 reader comment)

Honoring the Significance of July 4th

Wed, Jul. 4, 2018

By Robert Dilenschneider

Robert DilenschneiderAs we celebrate July 4th with fireworks, parades and family reunions, take a moment in these challenging times to reflect on the significance of the day, since how we handle the months ahead will define the long-term future so important to our nation. (5 reader comments)

Trade Debate is Party Politics in Action

Mon, Jun. 4, 2018

By Jon Gingerich

Jon GingerichThe debate surrounding Trump’s tariffs plan has revealed ideological confusion in many liberal circles, with some detractors now delivering knee-jerk criticisms of Trump’s plan that sound a lot like arguments made by free-market Republicans for years. (1 reader comment)

Trump Style Infecting Entire White House

Mon, May 14, 2018

By Bill Huey

Bill HueyThe latest dustup over a tasteless comment about John McCain from a communications aide shows that it's not only Donald Trump who is unmoored from typical norms of presidential decency and decorum.

Why the Gun Debate is Different this Time

Fri, Mar. 2, 2018

By Jon Gingerich

NRAThe private sector’s response in the wake of the Parkland, FL school shooting has made it clear that America’s gun debate has shifted, providing a counterbalance to the inaction in Washington that has hindered any progress on this issue for years. Will this new response narrative convince Congress to follow the free market’s lead? (1 reader comment)

Has Breitbart’s Influence Waned with Bannon’s Ouster?

Mon, Feb. 26, 2018

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianFormer White House chief strategist Steve Bannon’s exit from Breitbart News suggests that the political commentary site’s trajectory isn’t what it was this time last year. (5 reader comments)

Trump's Clueless Slap at Libel Laws

Wed, Jan. 10, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Kevin McCauleyDonald Trump launched a salvo at the press today, promising to “take a strong look” at the nation’s libel laws, which he called "a sham." Fake News!!! (7 reader comments)