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John L. Micek

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Past articles by John L:

John L. Micek | History will remember Romney

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. In one extraordinary speech on the fl… → Read More

Viewpoint: Impeachment is a lesson in U.S. civics

More than once, readers have written in, or people have stopped me, to complain about their fellow Americans’ ignorance of the basic functions of government. → Read More

John L. Micek | Trial is civics lesson, not must-watch TV

More than once, readers have written in, or people have stopped me, to complain about their fellow Americans’ ignorance of the basic functions of government. Incandescent with anger, they’ll compla… → Read More

John L. Micek | Congress has to reclaim its authority

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 comman… → Read More

John L. Micek | Why you need to worry about attacks on Obamacare

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 t… → Read More

John L. Micek | Beto was right on gun confiscation, mostly

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… → Read More

John L. Micek | Trump’s ‘love’ for the troops not backed by his actions

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. And now we kno… → Read More

John Micek | Trump’s re-election campaign faces major problems

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. The pre-show soundtrack will be played at ear-split… → Read More

Nothing pro-family about influential conservative council

Nothing pro-family about influential conservative council → Read More

What 2 Republicans tell us about today's GOP

An award-winning political journalist, John L. Micek is Editor-in-Chief of The Pennsylvania Capital-Star in Harrisburg, Pa. Email him at jmicek@penncapital-star.com and follow him on Twitter @ByJohnLMicek. Read or Share this story: → Read More

America the melting pot? Not so fast.

An award-winning political journalist, John L. Micek is Editor-in-Chief of The Pennsylvania Capital-Star in Harrisburg, Pa. Email him at jmicek@penncapital-star.com and follow him on Twitter @ByJohnLMicek.Read or Share this story: → Read More

The front line in the abortion fight is closer than you think

The front line in the abortion fight is closer than you think → Read More

Trump makes predatory lending great again

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. The payday lending industry scored a huge win this when the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed to weaken Obama-administration rules governing an industry that makes its money by exploiting people in desperate financial straits.… → Read More

Trump makes predatory lending great again

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. An award-winning political journalist, John L. Micek is Editor-in-Chief of The Pennsylvania Capital-Star in Harrisburg, Pa. Email him at jmicek@penncapital-star.com and follow him on Twitter @ByJohnLMicek.Read or Share this story: → Read More

Trump's fake photos mask a larger truth

An award-winning political journalist, John L. Micek is Editor-in-Chief of The Pennsylvania Capital-Star in Harrisburg, Pa. Email him at jmicek@penncapital-star.com and follow him on Twitter @ByJohnLMicek. Read or Share this story: → Read More

What would Thomas Jefferson think of the government shutdown?

Column by John L. Micek about founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson, and the government shutdown → Read More

Pelosi gives Trump an important civics lesson

Column by John L. Micek on President Trump, likely House Speaker Pelosi → Read More

Will Trump listen to Lindsey Graham?

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 last week. Or maybe it was the collective yearning for a simpler time when American presidents could walk 250 yards across the street to Blair House instead of taking a preposterous motorcade. Whatever it was, it was nice to see the… → Read More

Bush-appointed judge credits Roberts for standing up to Trump

Bush-appointed judge credits Roberts for standing up to Trump → Read More

You didn’t lose the Amazon lottery, you dodged a bullet

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. Or at least enough to beat 18 other finalists to land Amazon’s so-called “HQ2,” an economic development prize so huge it was supposed to create tens of thousands of new jobs, generate billions in tax revenue and, I’m pretty sure, guarantee overnight delivery for… → Read More