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  • GOP's awkward silence over Confederate flag furor

    GOP's awkward silence over Confederate flag furor
    The time has come for fair-minded Republicans to reflect upon the fate of the Whig Party, which came apart at the seams on the eve of the Civil War. The overriding issue of the 1850s was slavery, a question to which the party spoke, as it were, out of both sides of its mouth. Northern Whigs, who opposed slavery, decamped to the new Republican Party. Southern Whigs, who supported slavery, joined the Democratic Party.
  • In today's world, fear corporations or fear nations?

    In today's world, fear corporations or fear nations?
    I do not often side with Republicans against Democrats. Nor has President Obama been known for his working relationship with congressional Republicans. Yet on the Trans-Pacific Partnership — which died in the House three weeks ago, only to be...

    Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer: I won't vote for a sales tax hike

    Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer: I won't vote for a sales tax hike
    In the next few weeks the Cook County Board will be asked to vote to increase the county sales tax. I will vote no. The sales tax is regressive and a penalty to the poor. It punishes businesses on the edge of Cook County and pushes consumers to buy...

    Watermelon with salt: Don't whine, try it

    Watermelon with salt: Don't whine, try it
    You'd have to be blind not to notice the terrible division separating good Americans this summer. It happened last summer, too. And the summer before that. Don't give me easy arguments, like those between conservatives vs. liberals, taxpayers vs....

    Donald Trump in haiku

    Donald Trump in haiku
    Donald Trump visited the Tribune Editorial Board on Monday, and his voice has been rattling around in my brain ever since. He's a disarming conversationalist with one noticeable tic: Almost any topic becomes an opportunity for him to reference his own...