| Apr 28, 2013
Here are three things the Obama administration has done that you probably didn't know about:
Ever struggle with those accordion-style rubber sleeves on nozzles at the gas station? The sleeve — technically a "vapor recovery nozzle" — was...
| Jan 16, 2013
It's hard to recognize the Democratic Party these days. In recent decades, it's been a divided, brawling tribe. But this year, Democrats are one big, happy family.
Sure, there was grumbling from the left over President Obama's agreement to keep tax cuts...
| Apr 21, 2013
The chairmen of Congress' primary tax committees, Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), have launched a bipartisan effort to reform our messy, inefficient federal tax law. They've agreed to look for ways to lower tax rates on both...
| Dec 19, 2013
We may be witnessing the last gasp of early retirement — not just in the United States but in many industrialized countries.
Considering the high unemployment since the 2008 financial crisis, you might expect the opposite. Early retirement would...
| Aug 10, 2013
The "Arab Spring" may not have succeeded in bringing democracy to the Middle East. But it has provided powerful evidence of a different phenomenon: the illusion of U.S. influence over governments we once considered our clients.
Take Egypt. Before 2011,...
| Mar 26, 2013
Almost exactly 20 years ago, Barbara Dafoe Whitehead wrote a controversial essay for the Atlantic titled "Dan Quayle Was Right."
In case you forgot (or never knew), let me fill you in on what Quayle was right about.
There once was a popular sitcom...
| Nov 24, 2013
The Senate vote Thursday to curb the use of filibuster against judicial nominees, over the objections of the Republican minority, can only be seen as a terrifying development. Why, next thing you know we could be deciding all sorts of things by majority...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 4:38 PM
In his disproportionate praise of the six-month agreement with Iran, Barack Obama said: "For the first time in nearly a decade, we have halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear program." But if the program, now several decades old, had really been...
| Aug 4, 2013
Perhaps the only benefit of the lack of funds to maintain the long-neglected Illinois International Port District is the weathered sign on its grain elevators that should have been painted over long ago but obviously hasn't.
A welcome to visitors of the...
| Sep 23, 2013
| 3:00 AM
If you like paint-by-numbers, the data just released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census create a picture of the United States that is not inspiring.
We spend the biggest part of our day — 9 hours and 12 minutes — commuting...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
There are lots of deficits in the United States right now, but one thing that's not in short supply is anti-European sentiment. This is especially true among those vying to run against President Obama. Criticizing the president, Mitt Romney said: "He...