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Given this administration’s gold-plated predisposition to the 1% (its faux populist posturing notwithstanding), describing this proposed cut as “cruel” and “heartless” doesn’t really do it justice.

By John Micek, National Columnist July 24, 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 Micek, National Columnist July 17, 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 Micek, National Columnist June 24, 2019
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As is the case elsewhere in the country, refugee resettlement slowed in Erie under the Trump White House.

By John Micek, National Columnist May 13, 2019
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The Trump administration is upping the ante in its war on undocumented immigrants with a new proposal to boot them from public housing – all in the name of helping “the most vulnerable” Americans.

By John Micek, National Columnist 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 Micek, National Columnist April 14, 2019
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What do most Americans know about science? If a March 28 Pew Research Center poll is to be believed – not nearly enough. And at a time when knowledge and facts are under assault as they have not been in recent memory, that’s a problem.

By John Micek, National Columnist April 7, 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 Micek, National Columnist March 31, 2019
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The conservative Family Research Council is out with its latest congressional scorecard. Shocking no one, it’s yet another reminder that the conservative organization’s overwhelming interest in promoting families extends little further than a woman’s womb.

By John Micek, National Columnist March 17, 2019
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Locked in a tight re-election race, Toomey made disapproving noises in the direction of the Republican nominee, feeling like a “no,” only to announce, at the final second, that he’d voted for Trump anyway.

By John Micek, National Columnist March 3, 2019
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Last week, two Pennsylvania state lawmakers – both Republicans – fired the opening rounds of the 2019 culture war, announcing plans to reintroduce legislation that would ban abortion based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome.

February 17, 2019
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Here’s another reminder that, when it comes to the Trump administration, it’s more important to watch what the White House does, rather than what it says

By John Micek, National Columnist February 10, 2019
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The news this week that President Donald Trump’s handlers may have digitally altered his photographs to make him appear not only slimmer and younger, but with… wait for it… longer fingers, is the perfect metaphor for a White House the repeatedly bends the truth to suit its own ends.

By John Micek, National Columnist January 27, 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 Micek, National Columnist January 13, 2019
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“Mr. President, please don’t characterize the strength that I bring to this meeting as the leader of the House Democrats, who just won a big victory.” Pelosi said, deftly shutting down some mansplaining from Trump, who, seconds earlier, patronizingly suggested that the California Democrat was “in a situation where it’s not easy for her to talk right now.”

December 16, 2018
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What got into Lindsey Graham? Maybe it was the wave of nostalgia for an old school Washington brought on by the funeral of former President George H.W. Bush this week.

By John Micek, National Columnist December 9, 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 Micek, National Columnist 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.

By John Micek, National Columnist November 25, 2018
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So what do Crystal City, Va., and Long Island City, N.Y., have that your city or state doesn’t? Well, everything, as it turns out.

By John Micek, National Columnist November 18, 2018
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With his second U.S. Supreme Court confirmation in the bag, President Donald Trump took a victory lap around this city by the lake on Wednesday night, skewering “radical” Capitol Hill Democrats and the “dishonest” media, even as he exhorted supporters to vote in next month’s midterm election.

By John Micek, National Columnist October 14, 2018
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Back in October 2016, when she was asked to explain how it was that then-candidate Donald Trump managed to overcome his fantastic wealth and connect with lunch-pail voters in Rust Belt America, Vanity Fair contributing editor Fran Lebowitz came up with an aphorism to beat a campaign filled with aphorisms.

By John Micek, National Columnist October 7, 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 Micek, National Columnist October 1, 2018
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We have been informed, twice now this week, that there are alleged “adults” in Donald Trump’s White House who are supposedly acting as a hedge against the 45th president’s worst impulses.And this, in some weird way, is both weirdly comforting and profoundly depressing.

By John Micek, National Columnist September 10, 2018
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Dougherty, who lives about 90 minutes west of Pittsburgh, was among the more than 1,000 victims who suffered unspeakable suffering at the hands of more than 300 priests across Pennsylvania, with the oldest incidents dating to the 1940s.

By John Micek, National Columnist August 27, 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. Eisenhower was a passionate golfer. His valet, Sergeant John Moaney, would be tasked with cleaning them after Eisenhower returned from one of his frequent rounds at the nearby Gettysburg Country Club.

By John Micek, National Columnist August 13, 2018
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SOMEWHERE ALONG LONG ISLAND SOUND – From my beach chair, there’s a strong wind blowing in from across the water, rippling the pages of my book, as moisture slowly condenses on the beer bottle at my side.

By John Micek, National Columnist July 30, 2018
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The rest of official Washington might be in free-fall over President Donald Trump’s Bizzaro-World press conference in Helsinki with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin on Monday. But not Jeffrey Lord.

By John Micek, National Columnist July 23, 2018
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You may not have noticed it amid the White House’s bluster on NATO this week, but Congress utterly face-planted in its effort to rein in President Donald Trump’s ever-escalating global trade war.

By John Micek, National Columnist July 16, 2018
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Local news outlets are a reflection of their community – the entire community, irrespective of skin color, political beliefs or creeds.

By John Micek, National Columnist July 9, 2018
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You’d think a pan-seared pork chop wouldn’t come freighted with political baggage. But politics, and that pork chop ($28, with Wades Mill Goat cheese grits, caramelized Sunflower Flats onions and a Dijon Jus) were most definitely on the menu at the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Va., over the weekend.

By John Micek, National Columnist July 2, 2018
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Earlier this week, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., thought reports of children being brutally separated from their parents at the United States’ southern border with Mexico were “greatly exaggerated.”

By John Micek, National Columnist June 25, 2018
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Even as he cozied up to an evil dictator who routinely murders, starves and imprisons his own people, President Donald Trump’s White House made its own brutal tweak to America’s immigration policy.

By John Micek, National Columnist June 18, 2018
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What we say to each other, how we treat each other matters. There are basic norms of civilized behavior, outside the realm of politics, beyond the reach of cable network news, that we should all be able to agree upon.

By John Micek, National Columnist June 4, 2018
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For a man who likes to brag about what a big builder he is, President Donald Trump spends a lot of time burning stuff down.

By John Micek, National Columnist May 14, 2018
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U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, a Republican who hails from northeastern Pennsylvania’s coal country, likes to brag about the fact he was one of his state’s earliest supporters of President Donald Trump.

By John Micek, National Columnist April 30, 2018
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Not too long ago, an anonymous commenter on one of my columns concluded that I took my stance on a particular issue because I “hate conservatives.”

By John Micek, National Columnist April 23, 2018
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As I watched Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg go head-to-head with members of Congress, I couldn’t help but have the same reaction I have when I get a pointless chain email from an elderly relative.

By John Micek, National Columnist April 16, 2018
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There’s been a lot of talk this week about the script that news anchors, at stations owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, have been forced to read decrying “fake stories” and “biased reporting,” by their corporate overlords in Baltimore County, Md.

By John Micek, National Columnist April 9, 2018
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On Monday, the U.S. Commerce Dept. announced something that sounds like a perfectly reasonable thing to do: It will include a question about citizenship on the 2020 Census.

By John Micek, National Columnist April 2, 2018
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If Democrats do manage to retake the House this fall, they might have to send a thank-you card to the chambers of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.

By John Micek, National Columnist March 26, 2018
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Donald Trump, who thrives on the love of the crowd, who listens to the last person to successfully worm their way into his ear and who cannot endure even the most minor of slights, is systematically building an administration of yes-men.

By John Micek, National Columnist March 19, 2018
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When Maddie Levy saw the students fleeing Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last month, she saw something familiar.

By John Micek, National Columnist March 12, 2018
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Donald Trump, the man who needs a cue-card to feign basic human empathy, is serious about gun control? Yeah, right. This is still the same president whose promises far outperform his actual ability to carry them out.

By John L. Micek, National Columnist February 26, 2018
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Our system is reliant on the belief that we’re equally accountable in the eyes of the law. And that no one – not even the president of the United States – stands above it.

By John Micek, National Columnist December 7, 2017
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"Thoughts and Prayers" don't mean anything anymore

November 7, 2017
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On one level, the horror perpetrated Sunday night by lone wolf gunman Stephen Paddock, who indiscriminately sprayed gunfire across a country music festival in Las Vegas, defies belief.

By John L. Micek October 4, 2017
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Senate Republicans better get ready for some fireworks. Their July 4 recess is going to be a hot one.

By John L. Micek - National Columnist July 4, 2017

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