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  • Change in constitution is only permanent solution to pension crisis Mar 27, 2015 1:00 AM
    State Rep. Tom Morrison: The free pass to use emergency police powers to fix the state’s pension system will last only so long. To get to where we need to be, Illinois needs to change its constitution.

     
  • Slusher: Even ‘wrong’ reviews have an important job to do Mar 26, 2015 1:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: I should have known from the pretentiously enigmatic title: “Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Innocence.”

     
  • Democracy still has a chance in Tunisia Mar 26, 2015 1:00 AM
    Columnist Georgie Anne Geyer: If you read most of the stories on the terrible terrorist attack in Tunisia recently, you would have, at best, an incomplete picture of the reality of that lovely little state, which seemingly reaches out geographically to Italy from the northern borders of Africa.

     
  • Cotton and the war caucus count on constituents’ ignorance Mar 25, 2015 1:00 AM
    Columnist Gene Lyons: As near as I can determine, Sen. Tom Cotton’s biggest worry about Iran is that its government is as bellicose and fanatical as he is. The good news is that, based on the Islamic Republic’s response to the condescending, adolescent tone of the “open letter” he and 46 Republican senators addressed to Iran’s leaders, that seems unlikely.

     
  • How to block a bad deal with Iran Mar 25, 2015 1:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: It is the common temptation of Republicans and Democrats to support a strong executive when it does things they like, and to condemn it when it does things they don’t. There is, however, a group of committed institutionalists that has gathered around the Bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, now scheduled for a vote of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 14.

     
  • When facts are eclipsed by passions Mar 24, 2015 1:00 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Ferguson has become the liberal Benghazi. It is more of a cause than a place, more of an ideological statement than an incident. Ferguson was not the racist murder it was thought to be, and Benghazi was not an incident in which the Obama administration’s incompetence or timidity allowed four Americans to die. The facts argue otherwise.

     
  • Nigerians’ stance for democracy important to America Mar 24, 2015 1:00 AM
    Guest columnist Kingsley O. Mukoro: In 1983, as a young undergraduate student, I eagerly cast my first vote in Nigeria’s election, a momentous chapter in the history of our nation.

     
  • Wanna talk over coffee? Let’s not Mar 23, 2015 1:00 AM
    Columnist Kathleen Parker: Oh, you didn’t know there was a fuss at Starbucks about race? Why, then, you must be a normal human living a regular life away from the angst-inducing travails of urbanites who think nothing of spending $3.47 for a tiny jolt of java.

     
  • Hillary’s Nixonian path to office Mar 22, 2015 1:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Those looking for a historical parallel to Hillary Clinton's email controversy turned, inevitably, to one figure. According to Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Clinton is "a modern, Democratic Richard Nixon."

     
  • Hillary and the media: Act 2016 Mar 20, 2015 1:00 AM
    Columnist Kathleen Parker: We are left to our own gleanings and the question that is nectar to reporters: What is Hillary hiding and why did she create this mess? Another apt quote springs to mind: “Follow me around. I don’t care,” said the 1988 Democratic presidential front-runner Gary Hart .

     
  • Getting money back in circulation key to middle-class prosperity Mar 20, 2015 1:00 AM
    Guest columnists Raja Krishnamoorthi, John Schwarz: The middle class is losing ground at a startling pace, posing a significant threat to all Americans.

     
  • Slusher: A suspicious envelope in a nervous age Mar 19, 2015 1:00 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: We were briefly the subject of the news Thursday, rather than merely reporters of it. The event disrupted our day. It scared some of us, angered others. But it had broader consequences, too, some of them shamefully wasteful, some actually positive, some simply telling indicators of the times in which we live.

     
  • Economist’s tasteless cover not worth more than a shrug Mar 19, 2015 1:00 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette Jr.: The latest controversy to spice up America’s culture wars involves a magazine cover, chili peppers and a dash of overreaction.

     
  • A war of Obama’s own making Mar 18, 2015 1:00 AM
    Columnist Byron York: The White House and some Democrats are livid over congressional Republican attempts to circumvent President Obama’s authority to make a nuclear arms deal with Iran. They have a right to be angry — but not to be surprised.

     
  • Chinese cash and American jobs Mar 18, 2015 1:00 AM
    Columnists Cokie and Steve Roberts: The Chinese are coming! And they’re bringing their golf clubs.

     
  • Hillary in need of an opponent Mar 17, 2015 1:00 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: At the moment, as countless observers have observed (that’s what they do), Clinton’s chief opponent is the press. It covers her like the proverbial cheap suit, if only because it has no one else to cover.

     
  • Cotton letter: The roughest of drafts Mar 16, 2015 1:00 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: The true scandal of the Tom Cotton letter to Iranian leaders is the manner in which the Republican Senate apparently conducts its affairs.

     
  • Hillary Clinton’s secret mess Mar 15, 2015 1:00 AM
    Columnist Kathleen Parker: The most perplexing question isn't about Hillary Clinton's emails themselves, but why she put everything at risk over such a small detail, declining to segregate her personal and business email. There can only be one answer and it isn't "convenience," as Clinton claims.

     
  • Saddest stories also can be the most important Mar 15, 2015 1:00 AM
    The death of a child. It's undoubtedly one of the hardest -- yet most important -- stories we tell. A crash that killed two 16-year-olds from Aurora Christian High School this past week serves as yet another reminder, writes Jim Davis, DuPage/Fox Valley news director.

     
  • New tests reflect higher standards, better learning Mar 16, 2015 1:38 PM
    Guest columnist Fred Schlesinger: As an educator who has been involved in teaching mathematics for 22 years, I am encouraged by recent shifts in education curriculum and assessment.

     
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