| Jan 12, 2014
Surprise. Some of the ideas that Republican presidential hopefuls offer for a conservative "war on poverty" aren't bad, although too many sound like a war on the poor.
The good news is that last week's 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson's...
| Jan 16, 2014
Letters to the editor from Tinley Park, Bolingbrook and Lockport.
Nature in charge
When the snow fell and there was hardly a car on the road to challenge it, you knew that nature has the upper hand. It actually felt good for a couple of days to simply...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 7:19 PM
WASHINGTON — Prominent Republicans are working to recast the party's message about tackling poverty and boosting the middle class amid concerns that a relentless focus on the troubles of Obamacare will not be enough to guarantee electoral success....
| Jan 5, 2014
| 7:28 PM
WASHINGTON — Congress comes back to session this week with leaders of both parties planning a war of words in 2014 — dueling agendas that promise little substantive legislation but lots of messages aimed at establishing clear contrasts for...
| Jan 5, 2014
The sixth year of a two-term presidency is rarely kind.
The public's initial romance with the president has faded. The brief momentum he thought he earned by winning reelection has faded too. The White House doesn't set the agenda any more; events are...
| Jan 5, 2014
Facing a backlash from veterans, lawmakers in both parties — including several in Maryland — are reconsidering a cut to military retiree pensions that they approved last month as part of a rare bipartisan budget agreement.
| Jan 3, 2014
| 7:01 AM
Because the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land, Barack Obama is a transformative president, one of our greatest. Yes, the roll-out of the federal website was an initial disaster, now largely fixed. Yes, the law is flawed.
But lost in all the...
| Dec 29, 2013
The Republican Party, which should have the wind at its back, enters 2014 in disarray bordering on open warfare.
President Obama and the Democrats have had, let's face it, a bumpy few months. The debut of the Affordable Care Act was not quite the hair-...
| Dec 26, 2013
It's official: The Republican-controlled House and the Democrat-controlled Senate agreed on so few issues this year, Congress is on pace to pass the fewest bills in a two-year term since World War II. Pundits have compared the current occupants of Capitol...
| Dec 22, 2013
"Congress is finishing this year less popular than a cockroach," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the other day. The reason, he charged, was simple: "mindless, knee-jerk obstruction from Republicans."
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) sees things...
| Dec 20, 2013
Having finally adopted a bipartisan budget deal, members of Congress now have to translate its broad outlines into detailed spending bills — and raise the debt limit enough to let the Treasury keep those commitments. You might think that the...