Football Focus 2014

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  • A heckler’s reasoning on immigration Oct 15, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: When someone puts herself at risk to make a point, the rest of us might ask why she stuck her neck out. But she could just as well turn the question around and ask us why we stayed silent. I asked Blanca Hernandez — a 31-year-old undocumented immigrant, “dreamer” and heckler — if that’s how she felt recently as security escorted her out of a swanky gala for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute where President Obama was speaking.

  • A president lacking menace Oct 14, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Tell me something: What do you think would happen if the United States concludes that Iran has been cheating and delaying and is about to pop a fully functional nuclear weapons program? Would President Obama respond by joining Israel to bomb the Iranian nuclear facilities to smithereens — or would he stall and equivocate? My bet is the latter and so, just to double down, is what I bet the Iranians are betting. They have taken the measure of Obama. He lacks menace.

  • A remedy for high turnover Oct 14, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Catherine Rampell: One of the challenges that advocates are discussing here in Apsen, Colo., at an anti-poverty conference in Aspen — yes, I realize the irony — is getting buy-in from the private sector. How do you convince companies that social spending and government “handouts” are good for the bottom line? Randy Osmun has a pitch: reduced employee turnover.

  • Facebook friends: Please, please ‘like’ this column Oct 12, 2014 5:01 AM
    Perhaps it seems a little desperate, but Jim Davis, DuPage and Fox Valley news director, would really appreciate it if you'd "like" this column about the challenges of winning "shares," "likes" and "comments" through postings of the often-serious news business.

  • Obama’s tendency toward inaction Oct 12, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: If the Middle East were at peace, Obama’s lawyerly process might appear brilliant. But the outcome we’ve actually seen is directly related to the reticent, insular leadership style Obama has often exhibited. Problems in the Middle East do not improve like wine with time; they rot like meat.

  • Introspection time for evangelicals Sep 28, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Christian conservatives are often the subject of study by academics, who seem to find their culture as foreign as that of Borneo tribesmen. And this is a particularly interesting time for brave social scientists to put on their pith helmets and head to Wheaton, Ill., Colorado Springs or unexplored regions of the South. They will find a community under external and internal cultural stress.

  • Horrible life tale might lead some to better choices Sep 29, 2014 10:39 AM
    The story of Jon Dennison's battle with heroin addiction is raw, powerful and depressing. But he hopes his candor will dissuade others from getting started on the drug. Dennison's story launches a series on the suburbs' efforts to combat heroin use, says Jim Davis, DuPage and Fox Valley news director.

  • Base policymaking on evidence Sep 26, 2014 5:01 AM
    Guest columnist Christopher Mooney: Why is Illinois state government so inept? While public problems are inherently difficult to solve, Illinois seems to be particularly adrift these days. One explanation for this phenomenon is the dearth of valid and reliable evidence used in public policymaking.

  • Suburbs could be pivotal if Senate race catches fire Aug 29, 2014 1:01 AM
    Guest columnist Paul Green: To be blunt, neither candidate for U.S. Senate has lit the campaign trail on fire. If Oberweis can win downstate, the contest may come down to the voters in suburban Cook County.

  • Quinn: Economic future is in creating jobs Aug 28, 2014 2:11 PM
    In a special essay for the Daily Herald, Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn outlines the economic policies of his campaign for re-election.

  • Rauner: Economic future is in cutting taxes Aug 28, 2014 11:36 AM
    In a special essay for the Daily Herald, Republican candidate for Illinois governor Bruce Rauner outlines the economic policies of his campaign.

  • The new face of evil Aug 27, 2014 5:57 PM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: I used to not believe in evil. When Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Union “the evil empire,” I thought it was a dandy phrase but also a confession of ignorance. Reagan had it right, though. The Soviet Union was evil. Now we are facing a different type of evil

  • Corporate tax returns should be public Aug 26, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Catherine Rampell: Here’s a proposal to address the many questionable and incomprehensible corporate tax schemes: Require all publicly traded companies to make their tax returns public. Period.

  • If U.S. doesn’t lead war on terror, who will? Aug 26, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: The current Islamic State threat — a stated desire to repeat the Foley murder on a global scale — has grown in the fertile soil of American ambiguity.

  • Pursuing the positives of immigration Aug 24, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnists Steven and Cokie Roberts: Murrieta, in southern California, attracted a lot of TV cameras last month when protesters blocked three buses carrying illegal immigrants to a processing center. The crowds bristled with racially tinged hostility. Utica, an aging industrial center in upstate New York, takes exactly the opposite approach. It welcomes immigrants, especially refugees from political persecution in countries like Burma and Bosnia.

  • Tell the story, don’t be it Aug 24, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: With reporters being threatened, arrested, manhandled, berated, shot with rubber bullets and pelted with tear gas projectiles, it is tempting to declare that law enforcement officers in Ferguson are waging a war against the media. Yet, even thinking this way shows that many reporters have lost their way in covering this story.

  • Why government transparency matters Aug 22, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Lee Hamilton: One of the fundamental lessons of 9/11 was that our government carried a share of blame for the failure to stop the attacks. Not because it was asleep at the switch or ignorant of the dangers that al-Qaida posed, but because the agencies charged with our safety did not share what they knew, either up and down the chain of command or with each other. The attacks were preventable with shared information.

  • Scandals hiding in plain sight Aug 21, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Catherine Rampell: A rash of relatively convoluted, thoroughly unsexy political scandals involving governors is moving through the country. So many of them involve Republican presidential hopefuls that conspiracy theorists could argue they must be manufactured, or at least overhyped, by wily Democratic strategists. At least one Democratic governor has also been implicated, though.

  • The paradox of American diversity Aug 20, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Events in Ferguson demonstrate the paradox of American diversity: An increasingly multicultural nation remains deeply divided by race and class.

  • The unattainable standard that dogs Israel Aug 20, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Reagan’s wholly unrealistic idea of Israeli capabilities still haunts the Jewish state. It helps account for why the bombings of schools, hospitals and homes in Gaza are almost instantaneously denounced as war crimes — a purposeful atrocity and not, as sometimes happens in war, a mistake. Israel, some feel, is too good to be so bad.

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