• Gene Lyons: Hillary Clinton's burden of authenticity

    One of the funniest conversations I’ve heard took place among a small group of Arkansas women who’d done their best to clue the newlywed Hillary Rodha ...
    April 27, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Thomas: Was sacrifice of Ramadi dead in vain?

    “...that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain...” – Abraham Lincoln, the Gettysburg Address
    April 26, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • McCaleb: McHenry County court must join 21st century, allow cameras

    A little more than six months ago, McHenry County sheriff deputies responding to a domestic dispute call in Holiday Hills found themselves on the wron ...
    April 26, 2015 - 8:31 am
  • Rogin: U.S. never knew where hostage Warren Weinstein was

    The U.S. government and intelligence community had lost the trail of kidnapped aid contractor Warren Weinstein long before his death in a counterterro ...
    April 25, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Penkava: Pajamas in public: Cotton flannel run amok

    I’ve seen them. You’ve seen them. They’re walking down the street. They’re riding in elevators. They’re shopping at stores and they’re flying in airpl ...
    April 25, 2015 - 9:33 am
  • Hunt: Schism threatens Republican cohesion on tax cuts

    Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 eliminated the threat of global communism, the one glue that held together Republicans has been cutting top ...
    April 24, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Peterson: Spare the rod or spoil the tooth

    It was a pretzel rod that did my filling in; I always thought it would be an unpopped kernel of corn.
    April 23, 2015 - 11:08 pm
  • Ponnuru: Why does the Fed insist on targeting inflation?

    Ben Bernanke, a think-tanker who has for some reason rapidly moved into the top rank of economics bloggers, has written a post that seems destined to ...
    April 23, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Reeder: House Speaker Madigan in a word: Powerful

    SPRINGFIELD – One of the questions I get asked most often as an Illinois political reporter is: “What is Mike Madigan really like?”
    April 22, 2015 - 11:10 pm
  • Thomas: Flunking civics should no longer be an option

    “Don’t know much about history” – Sam CookeIt’s an old joke, but one that is a commentary on our tim ...
    April 22, 2015 - 10:19 am
  • Oliver: Little changes can add up on Earth Day

    The first Earth Day took place on this date 45 years ago as a way to show that support for environmental issues runs deep in the United States. Since ...
    April 21, 2015 - 11:05 pm
  • Miller: Gov. Bruce Rauner has big bucks behind 'Turnaround' campaign

    Gov. Bruce Rauner devised a new way to reward his friends and punish his enemies on Thursday when he created a campaign committee called “Illinois Tur ...
    April 20, 2015 - 11:12 pm
  • Thomas: 'Little Boy': A classic modern film

    There are classic films, like the ones on TCM and AMC, and there are modern films. There are few modern classics. “Little Boy,” in theaters April 24, ...
    April 19, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Craver: Why the death of Rolling Stone would be good for journalism

    I’ve never been a fan of fraternities. I had zero interest in joining one.I don’t read Rolling Stone ...
    April 18, 2015 - 11:42 pm
  • Chris Christie’s Social Security proposal

    Don Quixote tilted at windmills. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie seems bent on running for president, even after his reputation took a whack over that ...
    April 18, 2015 - 5:30 am
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