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  • Magical thinking on government debt

    Magical thinking on government debt
    The U.S. government debt now stands at $17 trillion, more than double what it was a decade ago. It's still expanding, as the Treasury pays out more than it takes in, and the shortfall is expected to grow over the next decade. So it's deeply gratifying...
  • John Kass: World Cup hero a Chicagoan by blood, by tattoo

    Chicago must truly be the most American of cities, and it's not because politicians keep saying it. John Brooks, the newest American soccer star in the World Cup, has testified to this fact. Brooks didn't testify by scoring that incredible goal to win...
  • The IRS email scandal: Where's the outrage?

    "Congressional investigators are fuming over revelations that the Internal Revenue Service has lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency's tea party controversy." That's the opening sentence of the Associated Press story on the...
  • Ask Amy: Petsitting requests weigh on friendship

    Ask Amy: Petsitting requests weigh on friendship
    Dear Amy: A good friend of mine keeps asking me to watch her dog when she goes out of town. While it seems an innocent request, there are several things about it that bother me. Firstly, her dog requires four visits per day, at very specific hours...
  • Restaurant review: Old, new find a place at Niche

    Restaurant review: Old, new find a place at Niche
    The west suburban Geneva restaurant Niche is a couple of months shy of its 8th birthday, but in the eyes of many of its devoted fans, it's a much older restaurant. Niche is the spiritual heir to 302 West, a brilliant contemporary-American restaurant run...
  • Rachel Marsden: Obsession with Putin diverts Obama's attention from terrorism

    PARIS -- The fact that U.S. President Barack Obama is putting hundreds of boots back onto the ground in Iraq to protect American interests is the result of some bad decisions and missed opportunities to correct course. Except that Russian President...
  • To win the war on fleas, don't settle for inferior OTC weapons

    To win the war on fleas, don't settle for inferior OTC weapons
    Instead of the mantra being, "Never say die," it ought to be, "Always says die." "We can win the flea war, and we need to," says veterinary parasitologist Dr. Michael Dryden, professor of Veterinary Parasitology in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine...
  • Ask Amy: Parents undermine eating disorder recovery

    Ask Amy: Parents undermine eating disorder recovery
    Dear Amy: I am a 20-year-old recovering bulimic. In trying to find a way to eat normally, I gained quite a bit of weight. I'm not obese by any means; nor am I skinny. My parents know that I have had an eating disorder, but this does not stop them (and...
  • When Bergdahl left, some stayed, served and died

    Most Americans know the name of the soldier who set down his gun, walked away from his post in Afghanistan and became a captive of the Taliban. That soldier whom President Barack Obama ransomed by offering the Taliban what they've wanted for years:...
  • Ask Amy: Sleepover etiquette for the 'modern family'

    Ask Amy: Sleepover etiquette for the 'modern family'
    Dear Amy: I have a "modern family" etiquette question for you. I'm a divorced mother of two, and I'm in a committed same-sex relationship. My partner does not live with us, but she is always with us on the weekends. My kids are getting to an age where...
  • Ask Amy: Sister needs slightly tougher love

    Ask Amy: Sister needs slightly tougher love
    Dear Amy: My sister has ongoing crises in her life (her son is an addict and her partner is abusive). Recently she reached out to me, and I tried to help. After several weeks of frantic calls to domestic violence hotlines and brainstorming possible...