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Change of SubjectHey, it's fine by me if the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain gets City Council approval to build a second Chicago store. That would simply double the number of Chick-fil-A restaurants in the city for me to boycott. Because what's not fine......
The last two days have been a very bad spell in Afghanistan, with bombings that killed seven U.S. troops along with Afghan soldiers, police and civilians. But then, are there ever good days in Afghanistan? Dexter Filkins' piece in the July 9 & 16 New...
Change of SubjectEmanuel's reform to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana isn't all that radical Jon Krause illustration Powerful Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, had this to say Monday about Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal to decriminalize possession of...
President Obama's remark today that "the private sector is doing fine" may qualify as the most boneheaded thing he's ever said. The White House quickly realized as much in more or less retracting the statement. I'm sure Obama is acutely aware that the...
When President Obama announced Wednesday that he had come around to support legalizing same-sex marriage, public reaction picked up quickly. It struck Tribune columnist Steve Chapman,too. He talked with me about his reaction -- he thought it was...
It would be irresponsible to make too much of the photos of American troops posing with dead Afghan insurgents published today in the Los Angeles Times. This is not My Lai or even Abu Ghraib. The killings themselves, as far as we know, were legitimate. In...
Whenever you hear about a psychic being arrested, the natural question is: Why didn't she see that coming? Conservatives who raise dire alarms about what will happen in Barack Obama's second term face a similar problem. They need him to lose so their...
In the uproar over the killing of Trayvon Martin, two guilty parties have been identified: George Zimmerman and Florida's "stand your ground" law. I have no attachment to Zimmerman. But having defended the law when it was passed in 2005, I think it has...
I can understand if Rick Santorum wants to prosecute pornographers on the grounds that explicit fare encourages non-marital sex, promotes the use of birth control or saps vital fluids. I would think he's off-base, but he'd at least have a plausible case....
I don't get a lot of opportunities to applaud the Illinois General Assembly, but right now, commendations are in order. Recently, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed a bill making it a crime to enter an agricultural facility under false pretenses to do...
Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. It's a good rule for dealing with those who have proved themselves to be untrustworthy. And it's increasingly applied in a realm where a lack of dependability can be lethal: drunken driving....
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