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  • Barone: Watch out for China winning '100-year marathon'

    In reflecting on relations between the United States and China, Henry Kissinger in his 2011 book, “On China,” notes that since he and Richard Nixon ve ...
    March 2, 2015 - 11:08 pm
  • Eric Olson: School finances complicated issue for parents

    Some days I’m the only one perusing the newspaper on the kitchen table, but the lead story in Wednesday’s edition was one the whole family cared about ...
    Feb. 27, 2015 - 11:51 pm
  • Jason Akst: Sleep on this, seriously

    I take our son to school most days. It’s a short drive but it’s quality time.Not Tuesday.We were at ...
    Feb. 27, 2015 - 12:08 am
  • Schultz: A racial slur and second chances

    Let’s start at the beginning.A very good place to start.On Sunday, Lady Gaga brought the Oscar crowd ...
    Feb. 26, 2015 - 10:53 pm
  • Ponnuru: Republicans unite to ignore immigration in 2016

    Immigration is supposed to be a bitterly divisive topic for Republicans. Yet a very narrow range of opinion separates the party’s leading presidential ...
    Feb. 25, 2015 - 9:44 pm
  • Pitts: Jon Stewart is why I'm not crazy

    I am not insane. For this, I have Jon Stewart to thank.Thirteen years ago, it felt like I was in a f ...
    Feb. 24, 2015 - 10:17 pm
  • Duenwald: Why fracking worsens heartland earthquakes

    Not so many years ago, earthquake science was no more relevant to Oklahoma than marine biology. But these days the state is shaking way more often tha ...
    Feb. 23, 2015 - 11:29 pm
  • Barone: 2016 political environment has shifted

    Like it or not, the 2016 presidential race is now well under way. Republican candidates are flocking to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, while ...
    Feb. 23, 2015 - 11:29 pm
  • Harrop: The slave wears Prada: Red-carpet confusion

    Lupita Nyong’o picked up an Oscar last year for her searing portrayal of a scarred captive in “12 Years a Slave.”
    Feb. 22, 2015 - 10:55 pm
  • Eric Olson: My cellphone would bore spies stiff

    Even if they could, I’m pretty sure the National Security Agency isn’t listening to my cellphone calls, or to yours, either.
    Feb. 21, 2015 - 12:32 am
  • Carson: We have met the enemy, and he is not us

    BEN CARSON RELEASE: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2015We Have Met the Enemy, and He Is Not Us The graphic ...
    Feb. 20, 2015 - 11:54 pm
  • McArdie: Why Wal-Mart is raising everyday low wages

    By April, Wal-Mart workers will no longer be making minimum wage.The retail colossus, which has seen ...
    Feb. 19, 2015 - 11:27 pm
  • Schultz: Hit the road, Hillary

    In my wildest dreams, I would never suggest campaign strategy to Hillary Clinton, but in my wakeful hours, my temples pulse with ideas.
    Feb. 19, 2015 - 11:27 pm
  • Jason Akst: Happy belated birthday, Gov. Bruce Rauner

    Think what you will about Gov. Bruce Rauner.The guy campaigned on certain ideas, won big, hit the gr ...
    Feb. 19, 2015 - 11:32 pm
  • Jackson-Hayes: We need more STEM majors with liberal arts training

    MEMPHIS – In business and at every level of government, we hear how important it is to graduate more students majoring in science, technology, enginee ...
    Feb. 18, 2015 - 11:04 pm
  • Ramesh Ponnuru: Don't let currency fear obstruct trade

    Both parties in Washington have coalesced on a common demon. They call it “currency manipulation,” and they’re busy designing bad policies to combat i ...
    Feb. 18, 2015 - 11:05 pm
  • Shilling: Get ready for $10 oil

    At about $50 a barrel, crude oil prices are down by more than half from their June 2014 peak of $107. They may fall more, perhaps even as low as $10 t ...
    Feb. 17, 2015 - 9:24 pm
  • Pitts: Judge Roy Moore stands on the wrong side of history ... again

    In June, it will be 52 years since George Wallace stood in the schoolhouse door.It happened at the U ...
    Feb. 17, 2015 - 9:24 pm
  • Barry Schrader: A phone call reminder going back 70 years

    At exactly 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, Phyllis McCormick waited in her DeKalb Area Retirement Center apartment, knowing there would be a phone call, some ...
    Feb. 17, 2015 - 10:00 pm
  • Cherlin: The working class has gone missing

    Lost in the debate over the middle-class tax policies that President Barack Obama proposed in his State of the Union address is the puzzling disappear ...
    Feb. 16, 2015 - 11:36 pm
  • Barone: Obama's quest for a grand bargain with Iran seems unwise

    “We will extend a hand if you are unwilling to unclench your fist,” President Obama proclaimed in his inaugural address in January 2009.
    Feb. 16, 2015 - 11:36 pm
  • Eric Olson: Looking over the Cortland landfill

    A Monday in February seemed like the perfect time to visit Waste Management’s landfill south of Cortland.
    Feb. 14, 2015 - 12:33 am
  • Carson: Vaccinations are for the good of the nation

    There has been much debate recently over vaccination mandates, particularly in response to the measles outbreak currently taking place throughout the ...
    Feb. 13, 2015 - 11:11 pm
  • Jason Akst: Website redesign an opportunity lost

    The DeKalb City Council decided Monday (by a vote of 5-3) to spend $50,000 on an emergency website redesign.
    Feb. 13, 2015 - 9:20 am
  • Bernstein: Political fallout from gaffes is overrated

    At Vox, Matt Yglesias looked at the two-day ruckus about President Barack Obama’s botched description of the murders in a French kosher supermarket – ...
    Feb. 12, 2015 - 11:15 pm
  • Why I’m pulling for Brian Williams

    Newsrooms are snake pits. I say this with great affection.Newsrooms are tribal and competitive, fuel ...
    Feb. 12, 2015 - 11:15 pm
  • Ponnuru: 6 questions as Walker eyes a 2016 campaign

    Scott Walker, the Republican governor of Wisconsin, is leading some presidential primary polls in Iowa and New Hampshire. He was elected in 2010, and ...
    Feb. 11, 2015 - 11:11 pm
  • Pitts: Secret Knowledge, just ignorance by another name

    I call it the Secret Knowledge.Meaning that body of information not everyone has, that body known on ...
    Feb. 10, 2015 - 10:23 pm
  • Strohacker: Exciting events on tap in Genoa

    It is hard to believe that 2015 is well underway.Genoa had a very successful year in 2014, not only ...
    Feb. 10, 2015 - 12:15 am
  • Harrop: A fine romance: Online daters hire private eyes

    She was a lawyer, noisy but nice. He was a Marine, quiet and even nicer. They seemed an attractive, ...
    Feb. 8, 2015 - 11:48 pm
  • Reader Poll

    Is local government consolidation important for Illinois?
    Yes, it should be a top priority
    Yes, but other issues are more critical
    No, our system works fine