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  • Jason Akst: Save the duck, before it’s too late

    I cringed reading about another community staple potentially going out of business.The Daily Chronic ...
    March 26, 2015 - 10:41 pm
  • Stephen Carter: Doorway to disaster on Germanwings Flight 9525

    So it looks deliberate. On Thursday morning, French prosecutors said their working theory is that the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 deliberately ...
    March 27, 2015 - 12:22 am
  • Connie Schultz: Firing squads are not tourist attractions

    We should have seen this coming, I suppose. We are, after all, the can-do country. Nobody is going t ...
    March 27, 2015 - 12:21 am
  • Ponnuru: Talking about race at Starbucks sounds awful

    Giving up coffee for Lent has turned out to be more of a struggle than I expected, but Starbucks Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz has given me a ...
    March 25, 2015 - 10:49 pm
  • Rey: City did not manufacture website crisis

    The City Council’s decision to outsource development of a new website for the city of DeKalb has drawn a number of comments from members of the commun ...
    March 25, 2015 - 10:48 pm
  • Pitts: I've got your back, Ashley Judd

    Dear Ashley Judd:I guess this is a fan letter, although it is not written in praise of your work in ...
    March 25, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Barone: Will Hispanics fire up America?

    “Firing up America” is the cover line on the March 20 issue of The Economist, heralding a 16-page special report on America’s Latinos. Its tone is res ...
    March 23, 2015 - 10:55 pm
  • Harrop: Clinton and gender politics no simple matter

    Carly Fiorina has evidently hired herself as hit woman going after Hillary Clinton and her likely run for president. Fiorina is former chief of Hewlet ...
    March 22, 2015 - 11:08 pm
  • Binnendijk: The costs of a war with Iran

    Joshua Muravchik’s op-ed, “War is the only way to stop Iran,” was beneficial in two ways. It clarified the likely alternative to the negotiations on I ...
    March 22, 2015 - 11:08 pm
  • Eric Olson: Contested races make elections better

    It’s a good thing for a community to have contested elections.When a candidate has no opponent in an ...
    March 20, 2015 - 11:05 pm
  • Schultz: Tackling tip theft for workers

    Whenever young journalists ask how to write stories that can change lives, I suggest they start asking about tipping policies whenever they see a tip ...
    March 19, 2015 - 11:16 pm
  • Jason Akst: The future of liquor?

    Remember “new Coke”? In the mid-1980s, makers of Coca-Cola’s century old, still-top-secret formula d ...
    March 20, 2015 - 12:09 am
  • Ponnuru: The Clintons return, shady and self-pitying as ever

    A few weeks after being impeached, President Bill Clinton was asked why people had treated him the way they had. He answered with a joke about a man w ...
    March 18, 2015 - 11:50 pm
  • Pitts: Republican list of things you cannot say

    You are, perhaps, already familiar with the Republican List of Things You Cannot Say. If not, here’s a quick refresher:
    March 17, 2015 - 10:14 pm
  • Barone: Obama leaves Dems weak candidates in 2016

    The controversy over Hillary Clinton’s emails and her unconvincing news conference at the United Nations have gotten many Democrats and others thinkin ...
    March 16, 2015 - 11:34 pm
  • Stossel: What's fair, anyway?

    Donald Trump’s kids and Paris Hilton’s siblings were born rich. That gave them a big advantage in life. Unfair!
    March 15, 2015 - 11:19 pm
  • Harrop: Cohabiting a life of unfair drudgery for moms

    I know a woman. Works like a dog. She’s a loving mother, raising a lovable boy. She’s also a good businesswoman, running a successful salon.
    March 15, 2015 - 11:18 pm
  • Eric Olson: Fear of flop sweat never leaves

    These days, I feel guilty about all the times I fell asleep with my head on my desk in class.I didn’ ...
    March 13, 2015 - 11:43 pm
  • Carson: A leader and a speech we can all appreciate

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu showed great leadership when delivering his speech to a joint session of Congress regarding America’s potent ...
    March 13, 2015 - 11:40 pm
  • Jason Akst: Courtroom drama in Springfield

    Courtroom drama proves people pay attention to complex social situations, even without explosions or lingerie.
    March 12, 2015 - 9:31 pm
  • Pitts: Ferguson is not an exception

    By now, it should come as news to no one that Ferguson, Missouri, has a lousy excuse for a police department.
    March 10, 2015 - 10:03 pm
  • Barone: King v. Burwell's existence says a lot about Obamacare

    On Wednesday the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in King v. Burwell, the case challenging the IRS’s decision to pay subsidies to lower-income healt ...
    March 10, 2015 - 12:00 am
  • Harrop: Lower fares no substitute for higher wages

    The idea of helping low-income people by subsidizing their fares on public transportation sounds noble. It truly does. But as a means of confronting t ...
    March 8, 2015 - 9:01 pm
  • Eric Olson: Learning not to cross the line

    Things could have turned out a lot worse the time I tackled my dad.One afternoon when I was about 16 ...
    March 6, 2015 - 11:36 pm
  • John Stossel: Exaggerating 'rape culture'

    A new documentary calls colleges like Harvard and Notre Dame “The Hunting Ground,” where rapists prey on women. A bipartisan group of senators demand ...
    March 7, 2015 - 12:16 am
  • Schultz: In her grief, Tamir Rice's mother stands alone

    Even when Samaria Rice is surrounded by others, as she was at Tuesday’s news conference, she still seems so alone.
    March 5, 2015 - 10:43 pm
  • Ponnuru: A tax plan Republican purists should learn to love

    Senators Mike Lee and Marco Rubio have come up with the most pro-growth tax reform since Calvin Coolidge’s presidency. That’s a point that could easil ...
    March 4, 2015 - 10:24 pm
  • Barry Schrader: Scotty and Sally Reston remembered in Sycamore

    Longtime Sycamore residents will remember Judge William Fulton and his wife, Laura, who spent their lives here, and their daughter, Sally, who married ...
    March 3, 2015 - 10:33 pm
  • Scott Reeder: Wisconsin's unions have boosted Walker

    MADISON, Wis. – It’s not every day I interview someone dressed in nothing but bright red long johns and a medieval Viking helmet standing in the middl ...
    March 3, 2015 - 10:34 pm
  • Leonard Pitts: 'My Girl' – 50 years and counting

    There are sounds it feels like you’ve known forever, sounds that have been in your ear so long, it’s hard to believe they were ever new. One of those ...
    March 3, 2015 - 10:35 pm
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