John Micek

John Micek


Why shocking new data shows we can’t stop fighting hate

By: - March 16, 2023

If you ever needed a reminder that we can’t turn a blind eye to hate, then new data from the Anti-Defamation League should more than do the trick. As the Capital-Star reported Tuesday, white supremacist propaganda hit an all-time high across the country in 2022, even as antisemitic propaganda more than doubled from the year before. The civil […]


Biden’s Philly speech was a challenge to all of us. We have to step up

By: - September 8, 2022

Returning to the state where he launched his candidacy — and the one that handed him the White House in 2020 — President Joe Biden on Thursday called on Americans to join him in a fight to preserve democracy and to beat back the forces of extremism. The 30-minute address was equal parts tribute to […]


Two Roberts. Two friends. And the mark they made.

By: - September 3, 2022

There are stubborn and unwelcome facts about getting older. The gray hairs that weren’t there the day before. The injuries from running or other sports that come easier and are harder to shake off than they were before. And your friends die. This summer, I’ve said farewell to two dear friends who, as dear friends […]

Report: Justice Dept. to investigate Republicans who sent fake Trump electors to Congress

By: - January 27, 2022

The United States Department of Justice has launched an investigation in an apparent attempt by Republicans in seven battleground states won by President Joe Biden in 2020 to allegedly subvert the election results by sending falsified slates of electors for ex-President Donald Trump to Congress, according to a published report. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco […]


Everything we know about work is wrong and the pandemic proved it

By: - September 7, 2021

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 and I have been grabbing brunch every Sunday since the start of the pandemic announced that it […]


The undemocratic talking point behind ‘We’re a republic, not a democracy’

By: - May 22, 2021

Who knew that America was filled with so many amateur social studies teachers? Whenever I write about Republican-led efforts in state capitols across the land to sharply curtail voting rights (which disproportionately impact Black and brown voters who tend to support Democrats), I’ll often get a letter from an aggrieved conservative reader who reminds me, […]


This impeachment is not about Trump, it’s about the next person

By: - January 16, 2021

When Donald Trump became the only president in our tangled history to be impeached twice, Americans might well have found themselves asking, “What now?” The better question is “What’s next?” And that goes beyond the prospect of a trial in the U.S Senate that now appears set to unfold in the opening days of the […]