Esther Cepeda / Politics

Why I Like Cliches

CHICAGO -- I am an unashamed appreciator of cliches. Maybe it's because I started out in life as an English language learner, clinging to familiar idioms, or because I was thrilled to hear the language of school spoken at home when my parents ...

Jeb's Mixed Messages on Immigration

CHICAGO -- If Jeb Bush intended to run for the Republican presidential nomination, one has to wonder why in the world he wrote "Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution," with Clint Bolick in 2013.

And why would the co-author of a very even...

Paid Sick Leave is a Worthy Prescription

CHICAGO -- There are many excellent reasons to agree that President Obama's proposal to allow employees to earn up to seven days of paid sick leave a year is a good idea.

And a majority of the American public agrees with the president that paid ...

An instructive yet unsatisfying look at Coke

CHICAGO -- It's not often that I hate and love a book at the same time. Perhaps this is because I usually stick to nonfiction books written by journalists. Recently, however, I stumbled onto "Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism" by...

Shouting 'Racist' Isn't The Answer

CHICAGO -- To appropriate the Franco-centric rallying cry of those who defend satire even when they don't agree with it: Je suis Barbie!

Specifically, the fictional "Six New Barbie Dolls That Reflect 21st Century Women," which Janet Eve ...

The Deadly Truth About 'Healthy Obesity'

CHICAGO -- Here's a cold dose of reality for people telling themselves that their extra pounds aren't harming them: Contrary to 2013 research linking extra weight to a lowered risk of mortality, there's really no such thing as "healthy obesity."...