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  • Another view: Feds must re-examine school lunch rules

    Since the rollout of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, students and their parents have easily been the loudest critics of the new federal sch ...
    Sept. 26, 2014 - 11:37 pm
  • German exceptionalism among economies

    If you live in an advanced economy – in Western Europe, Japan or the United States – odds are you’re in a funk. Unless you live in Germany.
    Sept. 26, 2014 - 11:37 pm
  • Ponnuru: Obama mostly misses the point on tax inversions

    Corporate inversions – when American companies reincorporate abroad to lower their tax bills – have become a political controversy solely because of t ...
    Sept. 24, 2014 - 11:55 pm
  • Reeder: Cronyism shortchanges taxpayers, workers

    SPRINGFIELD – In Illinois government, it’s often not what you know, but who you know, that gets you hired.
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 11:03 pm
  • Pitts: What is and is not child abuse

    My mother was a child abuser. I was, too. In fact, growing up, pretty much every parent I knew abused their kids.
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 11:03 pm
  • Twitter parodies, politicians and police raids

    For as long as there has been Twitter, there have been parody accounts. From Rep. Paul Ryan to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to the pope, public figures ...
    Sept. 22, 2014 - 11:33 pm
  • Barone: Why has immigration shifted?

    What should we do about immigration policy? It’s a question many are asking, and some useful perspective comes from an article in Foreign Affairs by B ...
    Sept. 22, 2014 - 11:33 pm
  • Another view: A basic guide for the pro athlete

    If you are a professional sports athlete, making millions of dollars to entertain audiences near and far, by now – in the wake of the abuse scandals w ...
    Sept. 21, 2014 - 10:40 pm
  • Harrop: A rough month in America for women

    Mark Sanford’s heralded engagement to Maria Belen Chapur is apparently over. The Representative from South Carolina released the news to America throu ...
    Sept. 21, 2014 - 10:40 pm
  • Pot smokers following the gay marriage trail

    This is the year of the Seinfeld midterms, we are told – an election about nothing in particular, lacking dominant themes.
    Sept. 21, 2014 - 10:40 pm
  • Pitts: Wondering ‘if’ as U.S. forces return to Iraq

    If.Two letters long, it is arguably the most fruitless word in the English language, an evocation of ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 10:17 pm
  • Wilkinson: Democrats could lose Senate for a long time

    Democrats curse their luck in 2014 – a midterm in a president’s (often) grim sixth year, with most of the competitive races taking place in states won ...
    Sept. 12, 2014 - 10:28 pm
  • Carson: Ray Rice's crime and punishment, with compassion

    The incident in which Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice savagely beat his fiancée in an elevator has garnered much attention, largely because the ...
    Sept. 12, 2014 - 10:28 pm
  • Ponnuru: Republicans shouldn’t hope Obama will save them

    What does it mean for a candidate or party to run on an agenda – a list of priorities and policies they intend to pursue in office – and how important ...
    Sept. 10, 2014 - 11:14 pm
  • Smith: Obama should visit Iran

    President Barack Obama has vowed to “degrade and ultimately destroy” Islamic State, or ISIS. That will be difficult without boots on the ground, and i ...
    Sept. 9, 2014 - 10:39 pm
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