| Aug 15, 2013
| 11:00 AM
Americans have always feared secret cabals.
In three successive decades in the mid-20th century, a "Brown Scare" swept through this country, followed by a "Red Scare," and finally a "Lavender Scare," Jesse Walker tells us in his bold and thought-...
| Apr 18, 2013
| 5:58 AM
A terror bombing at the Boston Marathon, an explosion at a Texas fertilizer factory and tainted mail in Washington, D.C. have made for an unsettling week. Throw in anniversaries of some of America's most tragic and traumatic days -- Virginia Tech,...
| Apr 18, 2013
| 8:56 AM
After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the most frequently heard forecast was: "This changes everything."
Americans would live in constant fear of the next attack, many pundits predicted. The desire for safety would spawn a security state that...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 12:10 PM
For a few years after seeing Oliver Stone’s 1991 political thriller "JFK," I was an assassination buff. I bought one of the books on which the film was based: “On the Trail of the Assassins” by Jim Garrison. I reread “Libra,”...
| Apr 23, 2013
"If history were to repeat itself," warned President Franklin D. Roosevelt in his 1944 State of the Union address, "and we were to return to the so-called normalcy of the 1920s, then it is certain that even though we shall have conquered our enemies on...
| May 3, 2013
| 1:04 PM
My request that readers share their opinions about whether or not we should forgive the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect generated a flood of articulate and deeply moving responses. Here are just two examples, followed by my response:
| May 5, 2013
| 7:08 PM
There may be no place in the earth for Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
One of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects has been dead more than two weeks after a dramatic showdown with police in Watertown, Mass., on April 19.
But officials and his family still don't...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 7:50 AM
Richard Artschwager, who died in February at 89, was that exceedingly rare artist who made paintings and sculptures of virtually equal merit.
In contemporary art, usually it's one or the other. Painters paint, sculptors sculpt, and the differences...
| Jan 18, 2013
For Sunday's print column I revised and expanded an earlier blog entry: “This is a serious time,” said the fundamentally unserious former Illinois congressman Joe Walsh during an interview on WTTW-Ch. 11’s “Chicago Tonight”...
| Jan 29, 2013
I got quite a bit of response to my gun columns (here and here), so I thought I would share excerpts from some of those emails. If you’ve been following our letters to the editor, you’ve seen many of these......
| May 2, 2011
| 4:09 AM
Pat Shanower of Naperville lost her son on 9/11. Naval Commander Dan F. Shanower, 40, was killed in the Pentagon, and while his mother never gave up believing that Osama bin Laden would be found, she said the importance of the al Qaeda leader’s...