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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” then attempted to cover it up, is sending shockwaves throughout Washington.

By John Micek September 27, 2019
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Fighting back tears, her voice cracking, Jackie Bieber had a simple message for anyone who’s thinking about taking their own life.

By John L. Micek September 20, 2019
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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 threat when he vowed during last week’s debate to ban (and apparently confiscate) AR-15s and other assault weapons favored by mass shooters.

By John L. Micek September 16, 2019
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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 for President Donald Trump’s border wall.

By John L. Micek September 15, 2019
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President Donald Trump wants a wall. It just may not be the one his supporters thought they signed up for back in 2016.

By John L. Micek September 2, 2019
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Politics, the Prussian statesman Otto von Bismarck famously said, “is the art of the possible, the attainable — the art of the next best.”

By John L. Micek August 23, 2019
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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 sister, and wounding 17 more before he was killed by police.

By John L. Micek August 15, 2019
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We’re at a turning point. Again.

By John L. Micek August 9, 2019
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Forget the teleprompter. If you want to know what President Donald Trump really thinks, turn to Twitter.

By John L. Micek August 6, 2019
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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 line in the 2020 election.

By John L. Micek July 28, 2019
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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 in 2019, when the GOP had a chance to stand up to the worst kind of bigotry and un-American behavior, the self-styled “Party of Lincoln” was conspicuously and shamefully silent.

By John L. Micek July 19, 2019
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(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 against a July sky. Inside No 10, a phone rings.)

By John L. Micek July 14, 2019
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When Ted Little and I met for the first time, we were both 8 years old, in the third grade and sitting a few desks apart from each other in math class.

By John L. Micek July 5, 2019
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If you cover enough of President Donald Trump’s campaign rallies — and I’ve covered a bunch — you know you can count on a few things.

By John L. Micek June 21, 2019
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It was tempting, for a moment there, to believe that President Donald Trump might get through his overseas trip to the United Kingdom and Normandy last week without finding a way to put his foot in his mouth.

By John L. Micek June 10, 2019
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Jessica Marquez-Gates is old enough to remember an America before Roe v. Wade.

By John L. Micek May 29, 2019
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The city of Erie, Pa. is a tourist magnet, thanks to the lovely lakeshore at Lake Erie. Downtown, the streets are lined with little cafes and restaurants and shops.

By John L. Micek May 19, 2019
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undocumented immigrants with a new proposal to boot them from public housing - all in the name of helping “the most vulnera-ble” Americans.

By John L. Micek April 28, 2019
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If you’re like me, you’re probably going to sit down on Sunday night, popcorn and adult beverage in hand, to watch the start of the final season of “Game of Thrones.”

By John L. Micek April 14, 2019
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What do most Americans know about science?

By John L. Micek April 5, 2019
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Six days. That’s how long it took New Zealand’s parliament, led by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with the support of opposition leaders, to ban military-style assault weapons in the wake of a deadly rampage at two mosques in Christchurch that claimed the lives of 50 people.

By John L. Micek March 25, 2019
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The experience of two Republican lawmakers from Pennsylvania — a state that President Donald Trump won in 2016, and one that remains critical to his reelection chances — tells us a lot about the state of the GOP in 2019.

By John L. Micek March 8, 2019
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Here’s another reminder that, it’s more important to watch what the White House does, rather than what it says.

By John L. Micek February 18, 2019
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If you passed Max Acuna on the street or on your way to work, or any one of those hundreds of places where people cross paths every day, you wouldn’t give the smartly dressed 30-year-old a second look.

By John L. Micek January 20, 2019
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WASHINGTON — It was a perfect post-Christmas day, as I watched tourists move in concentric circles around the Jefferson Memorial at the far edge of the National Mall.

By John L. Micek January 7, 2019
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In one withering remark on Tuesday, once (and now increasingly likely future) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave Donald Trump the most important civics lesson of his presidency.

By John L. Micek December 16, 2018
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John E. Jones III doesn’t look or sound much like a rebel. Like a lot of federal judges, he’s given to sober suits, long pauses, and thoughtful and deliberative sentences.

By John L. Micek December 2, 2018
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A friend who works in campaigns recently joked that there ought to be a mandatory, two-week respite from any kind of political talk immediately after Election Day.

November 23, 2018
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So what do Crystal City, Virginia, and Long Island City, New York, have that your city or state doesn’t? Well, everything, as it turns out.

By John L. Micek November 18, 2018
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Remember that time you got due process in a job interview? Me neither.

By John L. Micek October 1, 2018
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Donald Trump Jr. had a pretty simple message for the Republican faithful who filled a hotel ballroom here on the final night of summer 2018.

By John L. Micek September 24, 2018
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Congressional Republicans continue to abet and excuse Donald Trump’s relentless assaults on democratic norms and the rule of law. But if we were to focus on one particular guy who best embodies that spinelessness, someone who is a veritable metaphor for a party in moral eclipse, I strongly nominate Ben Sasse.

By John L. Micek September 16, 2018
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With Labor Day weekend closing in with more speed than I’d like to really acknowledge, I can’t turn around these days without someone reminding me of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous admonishment that “life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”

By John L. Micek August 28, 2018
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Years after he was abused by a Catholic priest, Shaun Dougherty uses just one word to describe the state of his faith these days.

By John L. Micek August 21, 2018
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The golf clubs in the laundry room at the rear of Dwight Eisenhower’s farmhouse here are perched and ready, as if the 34th president of the United States might come and fetch them at any moment.

By John L. Micek August 10, 2018
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In a test of his election year clout, President Donald Trump returned a familiar electoral battleground recently to try to put one of his biggest supporters over the top in a key U.S. Senate race.

By John L. Micek August 3, 2018
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In case national Republicans needed another reminder of the power of women at the ballot box, pollsters at Quinnipiac University just handed it to them.

By John L. Micek, Syndicated Columnist July 26, 2018
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