| Feb 10, 2015
| 2:01 PM
Where are we in the presidential election cycle compared to the 2008 election (the last one where there was no incumbent running?)
Well, exactly eight years ago today, I was in Springfield without about 15,000 other freezing souls to watch U.S. Sen...
| Feb 9, 2015
| 12:43 PM
On a cold overcast morning in January, President Barack Obama briefly delayed his departure for an Iowa day-trip to huddle in the Oval Office with AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka and United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams. The topic was Obama's...
| Jan 20, 2015
| 6:40 AM
President Barack Obama has spent the last few days previewing Tuesday night's State of the Union address to appreciative audiences. With such proposals as more aid for community college students, Obama and his speechwriters want to open the fourth quarter...
| Jan 24, 2015
| 4:13 PM
If you're feeling a cold wind blow through a hole in Chicago's heart, you know why: Ernie Banks, "Mr. Cub," is dead at age 83.
The eternal optimist is gone.
"The Cubs are due in '62," he'd say. But that didn't happen. That same year, Banks announced...
| Jan 2, 2015
| 8:37 PM
With former Gov. Mario Cuomo's death, liberals have lost one of their last, best champions, a proud populist who represented an older breed of Democrat.
During his three terms as governor, the former minor league baseball player from Queens championed...
| Jan 7, 2015
| 8:04 AM
How precious in the sight of progressives was one of their saints, Mario Cuomo, the three-term governor of New York who died last week at age 82. He was a model of progressivism and a gifted rhetorician.
In most media accounts, references were made to...
| Jan 14, 2015
| 7:54 PM
One by one, three U.S. senators took turns tweeting Wednesday that they were “excited” by California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris' run for Sen. Barbara Boxer's seat.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York left it at that.
Sen. Cory Booker of New...
| Jan 14, 2015
| 7:30 AM
I hope in his inaugural address Larry Hogan gives thanks to his predecessor, Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley, as well as to the Democratic-controlled legislature for their great help in getting him elected.
In my more than 64 years of voting and...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 10:56 AM
Draped in a New York state flag, the casket containing the body of former three-term Gov. Mario Cuomo was brought into a Manhattan church where more than 800 mourners were gathered to pay their last respects to the man who spoke for a vision of Democratic...
| Dec 15, 2014
| 3:17 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has paid back the city $7,000 more in travel expenses following Chicago Tribune questions about why he spent taxpayer money to have Chicago police officers accompany him to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C....
| Dec 13, 2014
| 1:18 PM
It was bound to happen, so I was glad to get it over with.
"My grandmother had that!" squealed a girl on glimpsing an olive-green sectional sofa with flower-patterned pillows.
So my friend Kaye Pomaranc and I knew where we stood as we toured "The 1968...