Mike Dakkak is an editorialist and a political commentator. He holds a B.S. degree from New York University.

Mike started In the News with the hopes of bringing civility back to the nation’s public discourse. He is a registered Republican but identifies more as an independent these days. What exactly does that mean? It means that he’s Republican on some issues, Democrat on others and still Libertarian on others.

Politics have become a zero-sum game – in order for one party to win the other has to lose. That means by virtue of identifying as a member of one party, it automatically means you are anti-the-other-party. That dynamic creates an atmosphere where talking points take the place of facts and partisanship takes the place of honesty.

No political party has a monopoly on good ideas. All parties prioritize some issues over others. In the News is about helping people decide for themselves how those priorities stand to impact their lives.

People are busier than ever these days. They have limited time to devote to cutting through the noise to get to useful information. That’s where In the News comes in. We present the facts in a simple, straightforward, honest manner. In a way that ordinary Americans do all the time in the course of their everyday lives. It’s a point of view we like to call plain-old common sense.

We’re not perfect. We’re not experts in every field. We don’t always get it right. But we strive to present the information that everyday Americans would want to know if they had hours to dig through the facts.

We hope that you appreciate that goal and that you make In the News one of your regular news and information gathering sources.