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The Lyft driver pulled up to the curb at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport early in the afternoon on a late September day. I’d only been standing there for a couple of minutes, and my shirt already clung to me in the Florida heat.

By John L. Micek October 8, 2021
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It's way past political cliche, but that old "Popeye" comic strip where J. Wellington Wimpy promises to pay a short-order cook tomorrow for a hamburger he plans to eat today, is still the best way to describe Republican intransigence this week over a vote to extend the nation's debt ceiling.

By John L. Micek October 1, 2021
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When it comes to how he feels about big tech, Jeff Bartos didn’t mince his words.

By John L. Micek September 12, 2021
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So what can the plight of a little cafe tell you about the state of the American economy and the changing face of work? A lot, as it turns out.

By John L. Micek August 27, 2021
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It all kind of piled up this week.

August 13, 2021
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Could invoking the Golden Rule be enough to induce vaccine-skeptical people of faith to finally get their COVID-19 jab? According to some new polling data, that may well be the case.

By John L. Micek August 6, 2021
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Billionaire space cowboys Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson have rightfully been taking some flack for sub-orbital jaunts earlier this month that garnered plenty of headlines but little in the way of actual scientific advancement, apart from trying to normalize the idea of routine spaceflight for exceptionally rich people.

By John L. Micek July 27, 2021
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When Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf ran his veto pen across a Republican-authored rewrite of state election law last week that included new voter identification requirements and tighter deadlines for requesting mail-in ballots, Republicans in the General Assembly announced plans to undo the Democratic governor’s handiwork by taking the issue to the voters with a constitutional amendment.

By John L. Micek July 9, 2021
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Tina Ford understands the toll of gun violence like few of us ever will. She lives with it every day.

June 25, 2021
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So just how desperate are some Republicans to deny the reality of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol?

By John L. Micek June 18, 2021
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As a Democrat from a staunchly Republican state, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia is a vanishing breed, not only in contemporary American politics, but in a Democratic Party that is steadily tacking to the left.

By John L. Micek June 11, 2021
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Everyone’s complaining about Congress, but if you want to track the real, festering growth of Trumpism and its corrosive effect on our politics, you’re better served keeping your eye on state capitols throughout the land.

By John L. Micek June 1, 2021
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In three decades in the news business, most of them spent covering government and politics, I’ve been to more than my share of press conferences.

By John L. Micek May 14, 2021
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During his anything-but-typical address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night, President Joe Biden used the word “democracy,” over and over again.

By John L. Micek May 4, 2021
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During his anything-but-typical address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night, President Joe Biden used the word “democracy,” over and over again.

By John L. Micek April 30, 2021
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With the eyes of the nation on Minnesota with the twin dramas of the ongoing criminal trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin and the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright, a Pennsylvania community also finds itself facing a reckoning over the use of deadly force by police.

By John L. Micek April 16, 2021
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Here’s a quiz for the Republican politicians among you. Check as many as apply.

By John L. Micek April 9, 2021
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What caretaker presidency?

By John L. Micek April 6, 2021
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Where do we go next? What do we do now? Those are the questions I found myself asking after I spoke to a panel of gun violence reduction activists this week.

By John L. Micek March 30, 2021
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Where do we go next? What do we do now?

By John L. Micek March 28, 2021
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There were any number of ways that state Sen. Cris Dush, a Pennsylvania Republican, could have responded to this week’s murderous rampage in Georgia that left eight people dead, six of them Asian-American women.

By John L. Micek March 19, 2021
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In January 2015, Alex Rojas Garcia, a student at Temple University, was shot 15 times and left for dead on a cold and lonely street in Philadelphia.

By John L. Micek March 5, 2021
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In an emotional moment among emotional moments, lead House Impeachment Manager Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) shared the story of a Black Capitol police officer and the racist abuse he endured when a mob with murder on its mind sacked the seat of government last month.

By John L. Micek February 12, 2021
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Joe Biden didn’t have to do a lot with his inaugural address Wednesday, just deliver a concise, clear speech that somehow knit together the soul of a deeply fractured nation.

By John L. Micek January 26, 2021
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When Donald Trump became only president in our tangled history to be impeached twice, Americans found themselves asking, "What now?"

By John L. Micek January 15, 2021
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The madness and treason that’s consumed the Party of Trump has a face: And it belongs to a former Pennsylvania state lawmaker.

By John L. Micek January 8, 2021
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The end of this sad, strange, historic and transformative year is almost upon us.

By John L. Micek December 22, 2020
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Given the choice between respecting the wishes of the 3.45 million Pennsylvanians who cast their ballots for President-elect Joe Biden and assuaging the wounded ego of the sad little man in the White House who already knows he’s beat, Republicans who control Pennsylvania’s state Legislature have chosen the worst of all possible worlds.

By John L. Micek December 15, 2020
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Given the choice between respecting the wishes of the 3.45 million Pennsylvanians who cast their ballots for President-elect Joe Biden and assuaging the wounded ego of the sad little man in the White House who already knows he’s beat, Republicans who control Pennsylvania’s state Legislature have chosen the worst of all possible worlds.

By John L. Micek December 11, 2020
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Last week, President Donald Trump released a video of himself standing behind a podium in the White House’s Diplomatic Room, where he delivered what he claimed was the “most important speech” of his presidency.

By John L. Micek December 9, 2020
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On Wednesday, the day that Pennsylvania crossed 10,000 COVID-19 fatalities, Republican lawmakers in the General Assembly gathered at a hotel in Gettysburg to hold a taxpayer-funded campaign rally headlined by the soon-to-be former president of the United States.

By John L. Micek November 27, 2020
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Esther Wigley just finished paying off her medical bills – from 2017. Wigley, a Medicare recipient, is now working to pay off bills from 2018 and 2019. And as she looks ahead to her 2020 tab, she fears she might be in for some serious and painful choices.

By John L. Micek October 20, 2020
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It was never really a matter of whether Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) was going to fall into line and support President Donald Trump’s Banana Republican power grab for the Supreme Court.

By John L. Micek September 25, 2020
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Joe Vadala’s question was heartbreaking in every way imaginable.

By John L. Micek September 22, 2020
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If there’s a more authentically American story than the one of Sen. Kamala Harris, you’d have to make it up.

By John L. Micek August 14, 2020
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I’ve gotten a few letters from readers over the past couple of weeks who have asked me – some more politely and in publishable terms than others – if I have anything nice to say about the Trump administration at all. So, critics, write down the day. I am about to say something nice.

By John L. Micek August 7, 2020
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Here’s how far Donald Trump is willing to go to ensure his re-election: After trying to normalize COVID-19 deaths among senior citizens and asking us to just get used to the fact that more people will die, he’s now willing to use America’s schoolchildren as pawns in a proxy fight with Democrats.

By John L. Micek July 14, 2020
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Here’s how far Donald Trump is willing to go to ensure his re-election: After trying to normalize COVID-19 deaths among senior citizens and asking us to just get used to the fact that more people will die, he’s now willing to use America’s schoolchildren as pawns in a proxy fight with Democrats.

By John L. Micek July 10, 2020
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When she woke up last Thursday morning, 17-year-old Arlette Morales pulled on a “Home is Here” t-shirt. She didn’t know how prophetic it was.

By John L. Micek June 30, 2020
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In this space last week, I wrote about the importance of really listening to what black and brown Americans are trying to tell us as they've taken to the streets - propelled by generations of anger and sadness - to call for the same treatment and access to opportunity white Americans take for granted.

By John L. Micek June 5, 2020
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Ever gotten the wind knocked out of you? Or been unable to breathe for even a few seconds? There’s pain. There’s panic.

By John L. Micek June 1, 2020
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We’ve known for a long time that former President Barack Obama lives rent-free inside Donald Trump’s brain.

By John L. Micek May 19, 2020
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It was around 1 a.m. last Friday, and my wife nudged me awake. Her shoulders shook in the darkness. The tears ran freely down her face.

By John L. Micek May 1, 2020
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The president’s twin dismissals last week – just days apart – of two highly respected government watchdogs (and an attack on a third) is a reminder of a fundamental truth: Donald Trump is guided by his own political self-preservation, not the well-being of the entire nation.

By John L. Micek April 12, 2020
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If you needed another reminder of the profound difference in messaging between state governors and the Trump White House, then look no further than the online news conference that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf held last Wednesday.

By John L. Micek March 29, 2020
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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 observed to an interviewer, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”

By John L. Micek March 22, 2020
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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 way.

March 9, 2020
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After a commanding performance in Nevada last weekend, the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination sure does seem to be swinging Bernie Sanders‘ way.

By John L. Micek February 28, 2020
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Susan Collins was absolutely right about this much: President Donald Trump has learned his lesson. And he’s learned it by heart.

By John L. Micek February 21, 2020
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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.

By John L. Micek February 10, 2020
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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.

By John L. Micek February 7, 2020
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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, the temptation at first was to laugh and shake your head in disbelief.

January 26, 2020
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We were on the way to ballet rehearsal. It’s my favorite 30 minutes of the day.

By John L. Micek January 19, 2020
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It didn’t take long for “World War III” to become a trending topic on Twitter in the hours after news broke that a drone strike by U.S. forces resulted in the death of a top Iranian military commander.

By John L. Micek January 12, 2020
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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 a penalty, you may want to put away the party favors.

By John L. Micek January 3, 2020
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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 undertook a task it hadn’t undertaken in a century – the impeachment of a sitting member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

By John L. Micek December 22, 2019
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It’s not often that you get to watch what conservative author Tom Nichols has called “the death of expertise” unfold in real time.

By John L. Micek December 15, 2019
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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 to some old tricks this week.

By John L. Micek December 2, 2019
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The Trump administration’s foreign policy, such as it is, has been described a lot of different ways.

November 25, 2019
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If Ambassador Bill Taylor didn’t exist already, we’d have to invent him.

By John L. Micek November 18, 2019
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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.

By John L. Micek November 11, 2019
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It’s been a deadly six weeks in cities and towns across America.

By John L. Micek November 4, 2019
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Maybe they thought they were standing up for principle.

By John Micek, Syndicated Columnist October 25, 2019
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Write down the date: Oct.16, 2019.

By John L. Micek October 18, 2019
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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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