| Jun 16, 2013
What do political dads really want on Father's Day?
I'm not a political dad. So all I'd like is a pair of leopard-print spandex bike shorts and a Big Wheel Sidewalk Screamer, that I may go on bike rides with the mayor of Chicago.
But what do political...
| Apr 19, 2013
It was dismaying.
Not that the U.S. Senate on Wednesday rejected a major gun control proposal that would have required universal background checks prior to all firearm sales.
But that such a proposal, popular though it is in opinion polling, wasn't...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 9:25 AM
The U.S. Senate minority's squelching of debate and votes last week on any meaningful legislation to reduce gun violence has unfortunately become the rule, not the exception.
Not much can get done in the Senate under the tyranny of the minority, when it...
| Apr 24, 2013
Before we move off the issue of gun control — and it's dead for now, believe me, for reasons this column will make clear — let's take a close look at just how something as popular as expanded background checks failed to pass the U.S. Senate...
| Apr 8, 2013
| 8:17 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Talks between two influential senators have emerged as the most promising route for a bipartisan breakthrough on expanding federal background checks for gun buyers, a pivotal part of President Barack Obama's plan for combating...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 1:51 PM
Sen. Mark Kirk's proposal for mass arrests of Chicago's Gangster Disciples triggered a small protest outside his Chicago office on Monday just as Rep. Bobby Rush — who dismissed the plan as an "upper-middle-class, elitist white-boy solution" —...
| Jun 5, 2013
It was a knee-jerk reaction to a knee-jerk reaction. That's my assessment of Rep. Bobby Rush's incendiary assault on Sen. Mark Kirk's gang-fighting proposal.
Rush, a Chicago Democrat, slammed suburban Republican Kirk's proposal to round up all of the...
| May 31, 2013
It's an arresting idea, so to speak.
Round up 18,000 members of the Gangster Disciples street gang and put them behind bars awaiting trial.
On what charges?
"Drug dealing," said U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., when he first publicly advanced the notion...
| May 22, 2013
| 4:04 PM
A bipartisan group of lawmakers pressed the Obama administration Wednesday to reduce the backlog of disability claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs by improving cooperation between the several agencies that have a role in the process.
| Apr 10, 2013
| 5:39 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan deal seems imminent on expanding background checks to more gun buyers, an agreement that could build support for President Barack Obama's drive to curb firearms violence.
Meanwhile, the Senate is ready for an opening...
| Apr 14, 2013
Fingers to the wind, politicians now are falling all over themselves to declare they are no longer evolving but have evolved and support same-sex marriage, including the worst of the lot: Republicans who once used their opposition to it to rouse their...