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John L. Micek

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Recent articles by John L:

John L. Micek | James Madison is spinning in his grave

Maybe they thought they were standing up for principle. How else can you explain the Republican lawmakers who dramatically barged into a closed-door meeting of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee… → Read More

John L. Micek | Mass shootings are still happening, but ignored

Official Washington might have averted its gaze from the scourge of gun violence to focus on the unfolding impeachment drama surrounding President Donald Trump. But it’s been a deadly six weeks in … → 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

A break from the political grind, one album at a time

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. Fighting a bad cold and exhausted from what had turned out to be 20 days straight of galloping around the state behind candidates and their campaigns, the idea of a blackout on any sort of political talk had an undeniable appeal.… → Read More

Spending my childhood with Stan Lee

On Sunday afternoons in the late 1970s and early 1980s, long after 11 a.m. mass had finished, my cousin and I would head down the street to a little convenience store, hard against the Berlin Turnpike, that sold milk, bread, snacks, sundries, and, most important of all — comic books. We’d let ourselves in, the bell hanging on top of the door jingling, the traffic still echoing in our ears in the… → Read More

Control of the House runs through Pennsylvania

ERIE, Pa. — It’s a Wednesday night in October, three weeks before Election Day, and Mike Kelly is onstage at the Erie Insurance Coliseum, home of the Ontario Hockey League’s Erie Otters, where he finds himself playing a familiar role. Salesman. The veteran car dealer and four-term Republican congressman is relentlessly pitching what he says is a record of GOP achievement on Capitol Hill to an… → Read More