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  • Hunt: Can Republicans ride tailwind to Senate majority?

    WASHINGTON – The battle for control of the Senate, the grand prize of this year’s elections, with Republicans needing to win a net of a half-dozen sea ...
    Sept. 5, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Peterson: Straight talk on razors and beards

    I am tired of shaving, yet I know my hirsute limitations, and dang.And, no, I don’t have to shave ev ...
    Sept. 4, 2014 - 11:56 pm
  • Ponnuru: Is GOP staring at another 1998 fiasco?

    With elections looming in November, Republicans are counting on President Barack Obama’s unpopularity to deliver them control of the Senate.
    Sept. 4, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Reeder: Consumers should regulate services

    SPRINGFIELD – Awhile back I took a cab to Chicago’s Navy Pier and attempted to pay for my ride with a credit card.
    Sept. 3, 2014 - 11:09 pm
  • Thomas: 'Finding Your Roots' with Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.

    From 1948 to 1961, there was a show called “This Is Your Life,” hosted by Ralph Edwards.In it, an un ...
    Sept. 3, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Oliver: Maybe maturity was lost with luggage

    When children act like children, it’s to be expected. Or at least it shouldn’t come as a surprise.Ch ...
    Sept. 2, 2014 - 11:30 pm
  • Carlson: Rick Perry's comeback headed off at the pass

    It was all going so well for Texas Gov. Rick Perry – until the indictment.His efforts to move past a ...
    Aug. 2, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Miller: Rauner spending promise is a lie

    “We should have billions of dollars every year as part of our budget process … (to) maintain and expand our infrastructure,” Bruce Rauner said last we ...
    Sept. 1, 2014 - 9:45 pm
  • Hentoff: We awaken to national militarization of police

    We might eventually know the actual facts in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by policeman Darren Wilson in the Missouri town of Ferguson, but ...
    Aug. 1, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Stiemke: Summer waning, but volunteer opportunities won't

    Summer is winding down and fall schedules are starting to take shape. Don’t forget to include helping the community when you put together your fall co ...
    Aug. 31, 2014 - 11:11 pm
  • Opening the dialogue on mental illness

    In response to the tragic death of Robin Williams, a new dialogue about mental illness is beginning.
    Aug. 31, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Penkava: What part of his day do you want to be?

    I’ve done it. I bet we’ve all done it. In fact, I did it the other day.We were at a store and I saw ...
    Aug. 30, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Hunt: Ferguson reveals blacks' unfinished journey

    WASHINGTON – The tragic shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, has sparked an intense debate about the state of ...
    Aug. 29, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Peterson: Copiers admired, but compete trust not collated

    The copy machine at work is a true testament to the ingenuity of our species. And I can’t begin to tell you how it works, but each time I watch it, I ...
    Aug. 29, 2014 - 12:23 am
  • Ponnuru: How to reduce taxes without busting the budget

    A few days ago, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin waded into a debate among his fellow Republicans about how they should think about tax policy.
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 5:30 am
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