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  • Barone: ​'Ferguson effect' threatens to harm black Americans most

    University of Missouri at St. Louis criminologist Richard Rosenfeld has had “second thoughts.” Like many academic criminologists, he had pooh-poohed c ...
    May 24, 2016 - 12:01 am
  • Tucker: Sanders increasingly appears petulant, shortsighted

    Bernie Sanders is facing a critical test of his leadership, and so far he’s failing. When some of his supporters threw chairs at a mid-May convention ...
    May 23, 2016 - 12:28 am
  • Another View: 'Bathroom laws' cause problems, pain

    The movement to ban students from using restrooms that conform to their gender identity is a solution in search of a problem. There is no evidence, no ...
    May 22, 2016 - 11:48 pm
  • Another View: U.S. should sell arms to Vietnam

    Sen. John McCain has given one good reason for lifting the U.S. arms embargo on Vietnam: China.A bet ...
    May 20, 2016 - 11:45 pm
  • Ponnuru: The culture war Obama didn't have to wage

      Surely the Obama administration could find a way to provide contraception to women without involving a group of Catholic nuns.
    May 19, 2016 - 12:09 am
  • Orr: Illinois must work to clean up voter registration rolls

    There is a presidential election in six months, and although we’ve made tremendous strides in improving the accuracy of voter registration records in ...
    May 17, 2016 - 11:05 pm
  • Pitts: Should America apologize for Hiroshima?

    The first flash came at 8:15 on a Monday morning. Witnesses remember it as a bolt of soundless light, as if the sun had somehow touched down to the Ea ...
    May 17, 2016 - 11:05 pm
  • Another View: Common sense at the Supreme Court

    Articulating his view of judicial restraint during an address to Georgetown University law graduates in 2006,Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said th ...
    May 17, 2016 - 11:05 pm
  • Another View: Hiroshima visit can boost Obama's credibility

    President Obama added a couple of firsts to his list of achievements when he became the first sitting president to visit Myanmar in 2012 and to visit ...
    May 15, 2016 - 11:29 pm
  • Leonard Pitts: Republicans are architects of their present misfortune

    So it has come to this: Trump 2016.What first seemed a joke, then an unsettling possibility and then ...
    May 10, 2016 - 10:55 pm
  • Michael Barone: Can Trump disrupt the general election as he did primaries?

    So Republicans now have a presumptive nominee – one headed to a clear delegate majority without visible opposition – sooner than the Democrats.
    May 9, 2016 - 11:31 pm
  • Another View: Solitary must be handled carefully

    Illinois Corrections Department officials are well-advised to review complaints about excessive solitary confinement and institute safeguards to preve ...
    May 8, 2016 - 11:22 pm
  • Another View: Judge sides with vote-suppressing law

    Last week, a federal district judge upheld one of the most regressive and restrictive voting laws in the country – a 2013 North Carolina law that elim ...
    May 1, 2016 - 11:07 pm
  • Tucker: Restoring voting rights to felons is right thing to do

    Of all the consequences of the nation’s decades-long infatuation with building more and more prisons and locking up more and more citizens, perhaps th ...
    May 1, 2016 - 11:06 pm
  • Stossel: Market competition would make hospitals cheaper, better

    Last week’s column on my lung surgery struck a nerve. Many of you wished me well. Others said I deserve to die.
    April 29, 2016 - 11:17 pm
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