Brian McNicoll

Posted January 30, 2016

Theres nothing like a terrorist attack on home soil to get the overreaction machine churning in Washington. We have a presidential candidate promising to ban all Muslims from entering the United States at first, even those who live here and were away on vacation. We have calls for roundups and increasing scrutiny at the borders.

Posted January 28, 2016

Ever noticed how every UPS or Fed-Ex delivery vehicle you see on the road is exactly the same? No matter what they carry or how far they go to deliver, theyre all the same size, shape and appearance?

Posted January 21, 2016

Most on the right already were cheering for Rebecca Friedrichs and her allies in their court case against the California Teachers Association. People ought not be forced to pay to join and support organizations whose politics they disagree with.

Posted December 31, 2015

Beware! The privatization monster is on the loose again.

Posted December 18, 2015

Father, forgive me for I have sinned. It has been well, um . waaaaaay too long since my last confession.

Posted December 11, 2015

When last we left Oregon, John Kitzhaber, the Democratic governor, had been forced to resign because his girlfriend, Cylvia Hayes, had involved him in her green energy get-rich-quick scams.

Posted December 02, 2015

I have a friend in Texas who believes everything you see on the news is made up.

Posted November 21, 2015

It goes without saying our history with Native Americans is not our nations finest hour.

Posted November 20, 2015

Remember those first few years after Al Gore invented the Internet when it was like American was young again? All these businesses starting up. All these products being created for which no demand had even been fathomed.

Posted November 14, 2015

Postal reform may not be mentioned much in the presidential debates. But if the Postal Service continues to struggle with on-time delivery through the holiday season, we will hear much more about this during the new year both because it is becoming urgent and because it is one of the few issues Congress can make progress on during an election year.

Posted November 11, 2015

I saw on Facebook recently where a liberal friend was saying he has found a way to unfollow Facebook friends without actually defriending them.

Posted November 07, 2015

Is the Postal Service taking its captive customers those who have no choice but to do business with it for granted?

Posted November 03, 2015

Weve had our moments when power changed hands in the United States.

Posted October 30, 2015

I am not finding myself agreeing with a lot of the punditry that followed Wednesday nights debate.

Posted October 15, 2015

If you wanted to get a package of pathogens or illegal drugs or even a small dirty bomb into the country, you no longer need low-altitude flights into remote airstrips or fast motorboats in the dead of night.

Posted July 26, 2012

One of my first employers after I moved to Washington, D.C., enrolled us in a Kaiser health maintenance organization. I loved it. I thought it was effective and efficient, convenient and caring.

Posted July 24, 2012

Katrina vandenHeuvel @KatrinaNation Alexander Cockburn,longtime Nation columnist, radical journalist, unwavering voice of dissent,RIP, 1941-2012. So I’m laying in bed checking Twitter, and the above comes across. I didn’t know Mr. Cockburn, and I wish his family the best in their time of healing. But what struck me about this is the “unwavering voice of dissent” part. I think this is what gets liberals off on the wrong track a lot.

Posted June 19, 2012

I can safely say – now that it has come to fruition, of course –I was the very first person in the world to predict Roger Clemens would be acquitted.

Posted June 10, 2012

By now, you’ve probably seen the video of the young man on the state capitol grounds in Madison, Wis., upset over the loss of Tom Barrett in the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election.

Posted June 01, 2012

We’re talking a lot in Washington these days about limiting principles. In the healthcare debate, we wonder if government can make you buy health insurance, what stops it from making you buy broccoli or lobster or a Prius.