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John L. Micek

John L. Micek

John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. He's been covering Pennsylvania politics for more than 20 years and most recently served as Opinion Editor at PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. Micek's commentary is syndicated to more than 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. And he's a regular contributor to a host of broadcast outlets in Pennsylvania and abroad.

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Transitional? Biden is on his way to being the most transformational president in decades

By: - April 2, 2021

What caretaker presidency? If you thought that President Joe Biden was going to be content whiling away his four years at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, serving, as he once described himself, as a “transition[al]” candidate and president, then the last few weeks should put that misconception to rest. Even if he stopped at the $1.9 trillion American […]

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Congressional Dems bent the universe toward justice last week. We need to keep pushing

By: - March 2, 2021

Hopes of getting an increase to the piteously low federal minimum wage tucked into the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill were dealt a serious blow last week when the U.S. Senate’s Parliamentarian ruled that it couldn’t be included in the massive legislative package now moving through Congress. The announcement that came Thursday night was widely […]

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‘Is this America?’ A Black Capitol police officer’s question is what the Trump trial is all about

By: - February 12, 2021

Earlier this week, in an emotional moment among emotional moments, lead U.S. House Impeachment Manager, U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., shared the story of a Black Capitol police officer and the racist abuse he endured when a mob with murder on its mind sacked the seat of government last month. “I sat down with one […]

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Biden’s executive orders aren’t the problem. A broken Congress is.

By: - February 1, 2021

It was tough not to chuckle at a New York Times editorial this week chastising President Joe Biden for the barrage of executive orders that have gone flying out of the Oval Office during his first week behind the Resolute Desk, as if he were the first president ever to do so. “This is no way to make law. A […]

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A return to decency with Biden’s win? Not yet. But we’re on the way

By: - November 9, 2020

HARRISBURG, PA — I was walking along the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg on the Saturday afternoon that we, and the world, learned that Joe Biden had bested Donald Trump to become the president-elect of the United States. The November sun was unseasonably warm on my face, and a cool breeze blew in from the west. […]

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Tom Nichols would like the soul of the GOP back, please

By: - October 30, 2020

Tom Nichols is on a tear. QAnon conspiracy theorists are “narcissists.” Aging Republican GenXers have been “huffing too much conservative press,” with Trumpism as the ultimate midlife crisis. And COVID-19 deniers “would rather be dead than wrong.” Nichols, an author, magazine commentator, television pundit, and professor at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I., […]

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Micek: Trump is ancient history. Kamala Harris is America as it is now.

By: - August 18, 2020

If there is a more authentically American story than the one of U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, you’d have to make it up. On Tuesday, the California Democrat, the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, became the first Black woman in American history to be named to a presidential ticket. And across the United States on […]

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Trump isn’t serious about delaying the election. He’s deadly serious about destroying its legitimacy.

By: - August 6, 2020

Abe Lincoln didn’t do it. And he was busy trying to hold the Union together. FDR didn’t do it. And he was leading the nation through the most violent days of the second World War. But Donald Trump, self-styled “wartime president,” Florida resident, and long-time absentee voter, waded into territory that two of the nation’s […]

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Latest ‘scandal’ a reminder of the Obama we know and the one in Trump’s head

By: - May 18, 2020

We’ve known for a long time that former President Barack Obama lives rent-free inside Donald Trump’s brain. From trying to tear down the Affordable Care Act to his bizarre and baseless accusation that the prior administration didn’t leave him the testing apparatus or counsel to prepare for the current COVID-19 pandemic, there’s no problem too […]

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Trump’s attacks on independent oversight tell you all you need to know about his priorities

By: - April 10, 2020

President Donald Trump’s twin dismissals, just days apart, of two, highly respected government watchdogs, and an attack on still another, is a reminder of a fundamental truth: When it comes to making the key policy and political decisions that affect us all, Trump is guided by his own political self-preservation, not the well-being of the […]

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Here’s the danger at the heart of Trump’s meddling in the judiciary | John L. Micek

By: - February 17, 2020

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins was absolutely right about this much: President Donald Trump has learned his lesson. And he’s learned it by heart. Thanks to the Senate’s cowardly abdication of its responsibilities two weeks ago, the Republican president now feels absolutely emboldened to trample on what few constitutional norms remain standing in Washington D.C. In the barely […]