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John L. Micek

John L. Micek

John L. Micek is the editor-in-chief of Colorado Newsline sister outlet Pennsylvania Capital-Star.

COMMENTARY

What the Founders meant by ‘virtue,’ and how it could save our politics now

By: - May 2, 2022

This commentary originally appeared in the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. Writing in his diary in the spring of 1759, John Adams mused aloud on the images that were likely to run through his head as he found himself lapsing into a thoughtful mood. “In such silent scenes, as riding or walking thro the Woods or sitting alone in my Chamber, […]

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What are book bans really about?

By: - April 19, 2022

This commentary originally appeared in the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. More years ago than I really care to count, the children’s librarian in my little town in rural northwestern Connecticut, apparently tired of my endlessly renewing the same book over and over again, pressed a copy of “The White Mountains” by John Christopher into my eight-year-old hands. Mrs. Bullock was her name. […]

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Republicans denounce Putin’s war on facts, but are silent on the one at home

By: - March 17, 2022

This commentary originally appeared in the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. There’s a lot that’s terrible about Russian strongman Vladimir Putin’s brutal attempt to erase Ukraine from the map of Europe. From the incalculable humanitarian disaster that has seen millions of Ukrainians flee their home country, to the appalling carnage on the streets of Mariupol that was devastatingly […]

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3 poll numbers that should scare Democrats. And 3 that should give some hope.

By: - February 17, 2022

This commentary originally appeared in the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. If the central argument for President Joe Biden’s election in 2020 was his competence and decades of experience in Washington, three numbers in a new nationwide Quinnipiac University poll are a warning shot for the White House and Democrats as they look to hold their majorities in the U.S. House and […]

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About the GOP’s historical amnesia on voting rights

By: - January 14, 2022

If you get into an argument with a Republican about the GOP’s lamentable support for voting rights and its fractured relationship with Black Americans, it won’t be long before your rhetorical sparring partner bellows “Robert Byrd” at you and declares the argument over. The logic here, if it even can be called that, is that […]

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The next Jan. 6 should worry us more

By: - January 6, 2022

A version of this commentary originally appeared in the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. One year ago on this day, U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle was at his desk at the Longworth House Office Building, near the U.S. Capitol, when he heard an enraged mob, fueled by a former president’s false claims of fraud, making its way up Independence […]

Report sheds new light on Pennsylvania lawmaker’s role in Trump election denial

By: - October 9, 2021

A version of this story first appeared in the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. A newly released congressional report on efforts by former President Donald Trump and his allies to pressure the U.S. Department of Justice and overturn the 2020 election prominently highlights a Pennsylvania lawmaker who is a close Trump ally, and who was in the vanguard […]

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Everything we know about work is wrong. The pandemic proved it.

By: - August 31, 2021

“Everything we know about work is wrong. The pandemic proved it.” first appeared in the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. 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. The other week, the bistro where my family […]

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Billionaires slipped the surly bonds of Earth but couldn’t escape its problems

By: - July 26, 2021

“Billionaires slipped the surly bonds of Earth, but couldn’t escape its problems” first appeared in the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. 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 […]

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While the GOP carps about Biden’s infrastructure plan, voters already are saying ‘Yes, please’

By: - April 9, 2021

This commentary first appeared in Newsline sister outlet the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. Here’s a quiz for the Republican politicians among you, check as many as apply. Do you support: Repairing and rebuilding America’s deteriorating network of roads and bridges, including the interstate highway system brought to life by GOP President Dwight D. Eisenhower? Ensuring that every […]

Biden in Pittsburgh unveils $2T infrastructure package, which would create millions of jobs

By: - March 31, 2021

A version of this story originally appeared in the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. Unveiling what he called the boldest domestic spending package since the construction of America’s interstate highway system and the dawning of the space race, President Joe Biden returned to Pennsylvania on Wednesday, releasing the broad details of a $2 trillion infrastructure package that would […]

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JFK’s Thanksgiving wish: That we’re ‘humbly grateful’ for what brings us together

By: - November 26, 2020

This article was originally published Nov. 28, 2019, in Newsline sister outlet the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. One of the best things about being a new publication, like a new family, is the gift of starting new traditions. So, as the Pennsylvania Capital-Star rings in its first Thanksgiving, we’re starting a tradition of our own with the […]