| Dec 31, 2013
| 8:30 AM
Whatever happened to American can-do optimism? Even before the Affordable Care Act covers its first beneficiary, the nattering nabobs of negativism are out in full force.
"Tens of millions more Americans will lose their coverage and find that new...
| Dec 30, 2013
By the time Sunny Fischer started working full time at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation in 2000, she had already had an impressive career funding organizations working on public health, as well as issues regarding women, poverty and immigration.
| Mar 2, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Those of us of a certain age recall the scene all too well: Lucy pulling the football away just as Charlie Brown was about to kick it, visions of football glory dancing in his head.
Charlie Brown always fell for the prank, believing that Lucy would...
| Dec 29, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Writer's note: And they said it wouldn't last … Today's is column No. 100. Thanks to my readers (even the haters) for the tremendous response.
1.) Our Libertarian and tea party friends would stop nominating candidates who screw up winnable races....
| Dec 24, 2013
| 3:49 AM
One of the most extraordinary events of 2013 was the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires as pope — the first Jesuit, the first pope from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere, the first non-European in nearly 1,...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 10:30 AM
It's charity time, and not just because the holiday season reminds us to be charitable. As the tax year draws to a close, the charitable tax deduction beckons.
America's wealthy are its largest beneficiaries. According to the Congressional Budget Office,...
| Dec 18, 2013
Say you're a noncustodial father in Illinois whose child's mother depends on government assistance. Say you've been mandated by court order to pay child support and the Illinois Division of Child Support Services is garnishing your wages.
| Dec 13, 2013
| 5:03 PM
"It's not true that life is one damn thing after another — it's one damn thing over and over."
— Edna St. Vincent Millay
Liberals' love of recycling extends to their ideas, one of which illustrates the miniaturization of Barack Obama's...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 2:30 AM
Does anybody remember the Contract with America besides historians?
More of us should. Especially politicians, reformers and the increasing number of Americans dissatisfied with where the country seems to be headed -- in a handbasket.
A lot of Americans...
| Dec 1, 2013
— If you peruse the news on any given day, the farm bill/food stamp debate produces two general impressions: Republicans are heartless turkey thieves; Democrats are spendthrift welfare caterers. If only neither were a little bit right.
| Feb 26, 2014
Ron Unz knows his way around the California ballot. He ran for governor against Pete Wilson in the GOP primary 20 years ago. He lost big, but four years later he won with his Proposition 227, which altered California schools by effectively ending...