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  • Akst: Another store bites the dust

    Another one bites the dustSame reaction as the other times: sadness, frustration, futility, and a co ...
    July 30, 2015 - 9:39 pm
  • Pitts: GOP hypocrisy in Trump condemnation

    Here’s the thing about principle: Unless applied equally, it is not really principle at all.He who c ...
    July 28, 2015 - 9:37 pm
  • Barone: Divided Dems causing party problems

    America’s two major political parties have a difficult task: Amassing a 51 percent coalition in a nation that has always been – not just now, but from ...
    July 27, 2015 - 11:03 pm
  • Bernstein: Trump, Sanders and Obama's stagnant ratings

    Believe it or not, the presidential race has been astonishingly stable for the past six months. But will it stay that way for the rest of the “invisib ...
    July 26, 2015 - 11:30 pm
  • Harrop: Sensitivity over at Gawker

    The truth will set you free, the more horrible the better. And the more humiliating the truth the richer you get – certainly if you’re Nick Denton, fo ...
    July 26, 2015 - 11:30 pm
  • Stossel: The war on Uber

    Hillary Clinton gave a speech warning that the new “sharing economy” of businesses such as the ride-hailing company Uber is “raising hard questions ab ...
    July 24, 2015 - 10:48 pm
  • Pesek: Banks, markets switching gears in international finance

    For decades, central banks lorded over markets. Traders quivered at the omnipotence of monetary authorities – their every move, utterance and wink a r ...
    July 24, 2015 - 10:48 pm
  • Pitts: Should pope stick to religion?

    “A new command I give you: love one another.” – John 13:34So said a troubled rabbi named Jesus 2,000 ...
    July 21, 2015 - 10:36 pm
  • Lake: Where the U.S. caved to get nuclear deal with Iran

    Now that President Barack Obama and his administration are selling the Iran nuclear deal, they said U.S. negotiators held a firm line against Iran’s l ...
    July 21, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Barone: With Hillary Clinton's economics, suddenly it's 1947

    Like it or not, Hillary Clinton is the single individual most likely to be elected the next president. So it’s worthwhile looking closely at and behin ...
    July 20, 2015 - 11:37 pm
  • Stossel: Government’s ‘progress’ not always best sort

    Obamacare. The War on Drugs. A War on Poverty. Prohibition. The idea that government will bring social progress isn’t new.
    July 17, 2015 - 11:40 pm
  • Akst: Happy hour specials return in Illinois

    I’d say, “I remember it like it was yesterday,” but there would be problems with that.First, “it” ha ...
    July 17, 2015 - 12:03 am
  • Ponnuru: Anxiety over education may shape the 2016 campaign

    College, once a sure ticket to the middle class, is causing a lot of anxiety these days. People are concerned about its cost, about low graduation rat ...
    July 15, 2015 - 10:29 pm
  • Wilkinson: Clinton's campaign to be Obama-plus

    Hillary Clinton’s speech today on the economy was more of a table-setter than a genuine policy repast. The outline was bold while the details were mos ...
    July 14, 2015 - 9:24 pm
  • Pitts: Bill Cosby, public moralist, silenced

    You might have missed the irony.If so, it would be easy to understand. Last week’s bulletin about ac ...
    July 14, 2015 - 9:24 pm
  • Barry Schrader: '‘You Light Up My Life'’ has special meaning

    The song title above has more meaning to many residents of Livermore, California, than just the tune made popular by Debby Boone in the 1970s.
    July 14, 2015 - 12:19 am
  • Barone: Little you see of Hillary is what you'll get If she wins

    It says something about Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign that it was big news that she submitted herself to an interview with a cable news jour ...
    July 13, 2015 - 11:06 pm
  • Smith: Generation X earning more but ends up having less

    It’s pretty common these days for the media to make fun of millennials. But back in the 1990s, the previous generation, Generation X, got much the sam ...
    July 12, 2015 - 11:21 pm
  • Harrop: Helicopter parents: Why do they hover so?

    Helicopter parents are famous for micromanaging their children’s affairs. There are two kinds. One kind indulges children to the point of near imbecil ...
    July 12, 2015 - 11:21 pm
  • Olson: Mayor’s vote usually not necessary

    In August 2012, DeKalb City Council members voted unanimously to have the mayor vote on all matters before the council.
    July 10, 2015 - 11:50 pm
  • Schultz: Dear Texas: What are you afraid of now?

    Well, there you go again, Texas, making me wish we still had your Molly Ivins around to make sense of you. 
    July 10, 2015 - 12:30 am
  • A Willie Horton for the 2016 campaign?

    Is Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez the new Willie Horton?There are some people who would obviously like ...
    July 10, 2015 - 12:30 am
  • Ponnuru: Greece isn't the only reason the euro is failing

    Greece’s government seems determined to incur the world’s blame for the emergent economic turmoil in Europe. Mark Gilbert summed it up accurately for ...
    July 8, 2015 - 10:57 pm
  • Fox: Lessons from U.S. Women's World Cup victory

    “You could find no better metaphor for the way the rest of the world can now compete head-to-head more effectively than ever with America,” Thomas Fri ...
    July 8, 2015 - 10:57 pm
  • Parker: Nikki Haley, racial tensions and change

    Coincident with July 4, the Pew Research Center published a survey asking, “Why has the U.S. been successful? Reliance on principles or ability to cha ...
    July 7, 2015 - 9:15 pm
  • Pitts: GOP hypocritical on Trump's comments

    In 2006, then-Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce advocated the return of a 1954 program for the mass deportation of undocumented immigrants. It was cal ...
    July 7, 2015 - 9:14 pm
  • Tracy Jones: DeKalb County Board advances jail expansion

    The DeKalb County Board has voted to move forward with a plan to expand our current jail.The issues ...
    July 6, 2015 - 8:41 pm
  • Harrop: Too many people crowding the great sights

    ROME, Italy – On a recent June day, about 24,999 other tourists and I squeezed into the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel. Seeing the Vatican and its museums i ...
    July 5, 2015 - 10:54 pm
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