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  • Sunstein: No Dems, the system isn't rigged

    Within the past year, a new catchphrase has come to dominate political discussion, certainly on the left: “The system is rigged.”
    Aug. 25, 2015 - 10:11 pm
  • Barry Schrader: Society columnist one of history's mysteries

    Sometimes history questions are easily answered with a visit to the Joiner History Room or going online to find obituaries or cemetery records. But in ...
    Aug. 25, 2015 - 12:02 am
  • Olson: 'Just showing up' worth a trophy

    There have been a lot of adults recently talking about how giving trophies to children “just for participating” sends a dangerous message of entitleme ...
    Aug. 23, 2015 - 7:40 pm
  • Schultz: Congressman Lou Stokes, warrior and friend

    One of my most enduring memories of former Rep. Lou Stokes is from the fall of 2008, two days before the presidential election. Lou was looking dapper ...
    Aug. 21, 2015 - 12:07 am
  • Wilkinson: Republican immigration conversation unravels

    Donald Trump’s new immigration plan would lead to the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.
    Aug. 19, 2015 - 10:54 pm
  • Ponnuru: Fallible Fed needs a few good rules

    The top question at the Federal Reserve, and for Fed watchers around the world, is when will it raise interest rates. For months, the central bank has ...
    Aug. 19, 2015 - 10:53 pm
  • Margolis: Brazil's Olympic dig unearths surprising finds

    In a converted shipping container in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Claudio Prado de Mello gingerly lifted an ivory-handled toothbrush.
    Aug. 18, 2015 - 9:45 pm
  • Barone: Trump and Hillary Clinton incapable of embarrassment

    August is traditionally a vacation month, and East Coast elites, following European tradition, are thick on the ground in the Hamptons, Martha’s Viney ...
    Aug. 17, 2015 - 9:28 pm
  • Eric Olson: Dreaming of a day when gas prices don't matter

    Anyone want to take bets on how long it will take the price of a gallon of gas to go back to where it was earlier this week?
    Aug. 14, 2015 - 11:20 pm
  • Jason Akst: A moment in the sun

    As local controversies go, this one was short-lived. So short-lived, in fact, that many didn’t even know it happened.
    Aug. 13, 2015 - 10:41 pm
  • Sanchez: The tense national discussion on Planned Parenthood

    With one careless comment, Jeb Bush revealed a fundamentally indifferent attitude toward half the U.S. electorate.
    Aug. 11, 2015 - 9:23 pm
  • Schrader: Scandalous play rocks DeKalb Drama Club almost 100 years ago

    If I were a muckraking journalist a century ago, writing for the National Enquirer or whatever the scandal sheet of the day was then, I would have rel ...
    Aug. 10, 2015 - 11:56 pm
  • Eric Olson: Perception of atomic bombings changes with time

    Based on what they taught me in history class, the calculus was simple: The United States’ dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki ended Wo ...
    Aug. 7, 2015 - 11:08 pm
  • Akst: Betting on DeKalb County’s future

    There’s a saying about economists: You could line them all up, end-to-end, and they still would point in every direction.
    Aug. 7, 2015 - 12:05 am
  • Ponnuru: Republicans should blame themselves for Trump

    Republicans are in a funk on the eve of the first presidential-primary debate.The party’s popularity ...
    Aug. 5, 2015 - 10:26 pm
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