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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)

Oprah's Electrifying Speech—Where Does It Take Us From Here?

Tue, Jan. 9, 2018

By Bill Huey

Bill HueyHow is Oprah’s speech, which was made before some of the world's most successful women, going to empower women who are trying to get their first job, or hold on to a lousy, minimum-wage job so they can put food on the table? (1 reader comment)

Is Trump Driving a Print News Comeback?

Thu, Jan. 4, 2018

By Jon Gingerich

TrumpDonald Trump has enlivened the headlines and continued to produce gold for the cable news networks, but his spell on the press also now seems to have resurrected the public’s interest in print media as well.

Happy Holidays

Fri, Dec. 22, 2017

By Robert Dilenschneider

Robert DilenschneiderWe have a lot to be grateful for this Holiday Season—a booming economy, serious job opportunities for many, a positive horizon and much more. (2 reader comments)

A Non-Neutral Internet: What it Means (and What it Doesn’t)

Fri, Dec. 15, 2017

By Jon Gingerich

Ajit PaiAn attempt to clarify several popular misconceptions currently being bandied about over the Internet in the 24 hours since the Federal Communications Commission’s controversial decision to repeal Net Neutrality rules for Internet access providers. (2 reader comments)

There is Much to be Thankful For

Wed, Nov. 22, 2017

By Robert Dilenschneider

Robert DilenschneiderAmerica has faced many challenges over the past twelve months, both natural and man-made. But there is much to be thankful for as we come together to celebrate each other and our communities. (2 reader comments)

Honoring Our Veterans

Fri, Nov. 10, 2017

By Robert Dilenschneider

Robert DilenschneiderOn Saturday, November 11, we observe Veterans Day to honor the men and women who stand in harm's way so that we at home can live full, safe lives. (2 reader comments)

Turkey Hits Tipping Point

Mon, Nov. 6, 2017

By Robert Dilenschneider

Robert DilenschneiderWhile everyone is focused on North Korea and China, current developments in Turkey all point to an escalation of serious proportions. (1 reader comment)

Pro-Trump Press Scramble to Set Narrative Amid Mueller Probe

Wed, Nov. 1, 2017

By Jon Gingerich

Trump MuellerTrump’s allies in the media have fallen lock-step behind the White House’s PR efforts to both distance the President from the recent charges in Mueller’s Russia investigation while simultaneously casting the developments as no big deal.

Hostile EPA Press Office Disrespects American Public

Wed, Oct. 25, 2017

By Kevin McCauley

EPA logoThe EPA press shop has adopted adminstrator Scott Pruitt’s confrontational approach, dropping its traditional “fishbowl” or transparency policy advocated by its first administrator Bill Ruckelshaus.

Sen. Flake's Tone-Deaf Farewell

Wed, Oct. 25, 2017

By Tom Madden

Jeff FlakeSenator Jeff Flake’s grand farewell from the floor of the Senate made me think it would be better if politicians were a tad tone deaf. (1 reader comment)