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John MicekJohn MicekJune 2, 20176min380

An anonymous reader of the newspaper I work for had a lot on his mind: "If that was your hero Obama's bloody head, I do believe there would have been a small novella condemning every right-winger ... by now," he or she, operating under cover of an online pseudonym, chided me. My faceless friend, as you might have gathered, was referring to the latest paroxysm of rage to seize the online commentariat this week: A photograph of D-list comedienne Kathy Griffin posing with the decapitated head of President Donald Trump.


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John MicekJohn MicekAugust 18, 20166min316

To live in the universe of Breitbart News is to live in a universe of perpetual fear and agitation. "Suspected illegal immigrant allegedly carjacks elderly woman," one headline on the hyper-conservative, verging-on-nationalist site read Thursday morning. "Fire Department ordered removal of U.S. flags from fire trucks," blared another. "The ObamaCare Bomb: Plan 9 from Collectivist Space," warns still another headline.


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John MicekJohn MicekAugust 10, 20166min414

Donald Trump knew what he was doing Tuesday afternoon. Make no mistake. "Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the Second Amendment," a smiling Trump said of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton during a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina. "By the way, and if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don't know. But I'll tell you what, that will be a horrible day."


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John MicekJohn MicekJuly 29, 20165min370

If there was any doubt as to the massive symbolic significance of Hillary Clinton winning the Democratic nomination for president, one need only look at the face of Jerry Emmett. Emmett, who is 102, was born before American women won the right to vote. On Tuesday night in the Wells Fargo Center, the honorary member of Arizona's delegation to the Democratic National Convention pledged her home state's votes to Clinton.


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John MicekJohn MicekJune 7, 20165min297

This is the kind of behavior from a likely nominee for the presidency that U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan has endorsed with his announcement Thursday that he'll be voting for Donald Trump: A candidate who tosses the cherished concept of judicial independence to the wind with his brash suggestion that someone "ought to look into" the federal judge who is hearing a civil case against him. A candidate who believes that a private corporation, the PGA, that has chosen to move a tournament from a Trump-owned golf club in Miami to Mexico City in 2017, should face sanctions for making what appears to be a purely market-driven decision