| Dec 9, 2014
| 12:30 PM
PARIS -- Hey, did you see U.S. President Barack Obama yukking it up on "The Colbert Report" this week, reminding Americans how much fun he'd be to have a beer with to help forget all the challenges being fumbled by his administration? Sorry to be such a...
| Dec 12, 2014
| 9:12 AM
I would love to see us retire the "be a better father" admonishment, most recently invoked by none other than Geraldo Rivera.
Rivera was invited to speak on a Fox News "Race in America" panel Thursday night, during which he suggested that NBA phenom...
| Dec 13, 2014
| 4:00 AM
The trillion-dollar spending bill that the House of Representatives passed last week had something for everyone to hate. But it was still a step, however awkward, toward making the United States governable again. What was not to like? Plenty. Tea party...
| Dec 15, 2014
| 2:37 PM
WASHINGTON — "The report is full of crap."
Thus spake Dick Cheney, on Fox News last week, when talking about the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on torture that occurred during his vice presidency.
The line might have been funny, if...
| Jan 21, 2015
| 5:42 PM
I've always had a soft spot for Mike Huckabee. Ever since he devoted a segment of his Fox News show to performing alongside his pal Ted Nugent in a rendition of “Cat Scratch Fever” — a song that euphemistically employs a synonym for...
| Dec 16, 2014
| 12:30 PM
PARIS -- The ongoing leaks of confidential business data from Sony Pictures Entertainment and the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee report on the use of enhanced interrogation techniques by the Central Intelligence Agency have something in common. Call...
| Dec 17, 2014
| 12:53 PM
Watching the first episode of "The Colbert Report," I remember thinking, He cannot possibly sustain this.
Mine wasn't the early-days concern I have heard expressed most often as Stephen Colbert prepares to deliver his final "Colbert Report" Thursday:...
| Dec 19, 2014
| 12:47 PM
Every year, fellow Tribune columnist Mary Schmich and I conduct a reader contest related to our "Songs of Good Cheer" Christmas-themed singalong programs at the Old Town School of Folk Music — stories, parodies, trivia, something related to the...
| Dec 23, 2014
| 8:30 AM
No consensus exists between the U.S. government and cyber security experts as to whether North Korea is responsible for the online dumping of Sony Pictures Entertainment's confidential business data and emails. Even if it could be proven beyond any...
| Dec 24, 2014
| 10:03 AM
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) wasted enormous congressional resources over the last 18 months trying to inflate the IRS "scandal" into a mountain. The release Tuesday of his final, petulant report on the affair marks what may be its final decline into a...
| Jan 10, 2015
| 5:00 AM
The triumphant Republican class of 2014 formally took control of both halves of Congress last week, and here's what it has changed so far: not much.
The new GOP majority didn't vote to repeal President Obama's healthcare law. It didn't undo Obama's...