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  • Olson: Time for some news Q&A

    I’ve done countless interviews in my career, but nobody ever interviews me. So today I offer this news Q-and-A interview with myself.
    Feb. 6, 2015 - 11:41 pm
  • Schultz: Calling for a mommy truce

    In the early ’90s, I used to perm my hair into spring coils and wore padded shoulders that gave me the wingspan of a whooper swan, but I thought my bi ...
    Feb. 5, 2015 - 11:24 pm
  • Wemple: Does showing horrific video serve a legitimate purpose?

    Fox News took the controversial step Tuesday of posting online the 22-minute video, from the Islamic State terror group, that shows Jordanian pilot Lt ...
    Feb. 5, 2015 - 11:25 pm
  • Jason Akst: Maybe not 'win-win,' but 'good-good'?

    “I’ve got good news and bad news,” I sometimes tell students. “Which do you want first?” Usually, they vote for the bad news first, which is the right ...
    Feb. 5, 2015 - 11:10 pm
  • Ponnuru: Jindal shows how not to replace health care act

    It’s no secret that Republicans are divided both about how to replace the health care act and about the urgency of coming up with an alternative plan.
    Feb. 4, 2015 - 11:51 pm
  • Schultz: Praise God and bash the gays

    This past week, I read that “social conservatives” will attempt to reinvigorate their anti-gay campaign for the 2016 presidential race. Briefly, I suc ...
    Feb. 4, 2015 - 3:32 pm
  • Pitts: Marissa Alexander's out of jail, but not yet free

    Marissa Alexander got out of jail last week, but she is not free. At best, she enjoys only a species ...
    Feb. 3, 2015 - 10:22 pm
  • Barry Schrader: Scotty Reston and Dirk Johnson share Sycamore ties

    Many longtime Sycamore residents will remember the famous New York Times writer and editor who married a local girl named Sarah “Sally” Fulton, whose ...
    Feb. 3, 2015 - 12:18 am
  • Barone: My mistakes about 2016 presidential race

    As this January has rolled on, it’s become clear I’ve made many mistakes about the 2016 presidential race.
    Feb. 2, 2015 - 11:30 pm
  • Eric Olson: Keep measles from weaseling into county

    Dr. Christine Weis knows there are people living in the area who refuse to vaccinate their children. She’s had them as patients.
    Jan. 30, 2015 - 11:56 pm
  • Carson: When politics defy reality

    In his recent State of the Union address, President Barack Obama was upbeat and inspiring, particularly if a listener had no prior knowledge of his ma ...
    Jan. 30, 2015 - 11:40 pm
  • Akst: Put this in your pipe, but don't smoke it

    Some in the Northern Illinois University community are fuming about becoming a legislatively mandated, smoke-free campus come summer.
    Jan. 29, 2015 - 10:03 pm
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