Politics, Moderate





Warren and Sanders and the Wealth Tax Folly

For any problem you can think of, Elizabeth Warren has a plan -- usually an expensive one. She promises universal child care, universal pre-K, the elimination of student loan debt, rural broadband, "Medicare for All" and more. She's of the "go big or go home" school.

There was a time when Democrats like Bill Clinton recognized that Washington...Read more

King's dream still hasn't come true

CHICAGO -- When I was in college, my roommate and I would together drive the six hours to our southern Illinois campus the day before the spring semester started. Our tradition was that, while my friend took a turn driving, I would read aloud Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, which was printed in our local newspaper annually on ...Read more

Bail Reform: Proceed With Caution

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

January 2020 ushered in a unique new law in New York state that abolished cash bail for defendants arrested for nonviolent crimes. Activists in the bail reform movement called it landmark legislation that stops judges from locking up the poor while they await trial simply because they can't afford bail.

Others, many in law enforcement, are ...Read more

Fair Game, Foul Game

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Let's give a little credit to President Donald Trump: He's not a plagiarizer. His wife has been known to lift a few passages, but that's not his thing.

Actually, Twitter has retweeting, so plagiarism is not necessary. You can steal ideas without raising a sweat. Sometimes Trump's most despicable stuff comes from others, like the doctored ...Read more

King would have a prophetic message for today's Church

My reflection on the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year is a little more earnest since we are getting closer to commemoration services in the future where he would not have been alive. King would have been 91 on Jan. 15, and if he were addressing the nation, I can imagine him preaching a message somewhat like this in his ...Read more

Trump's alleged 'love' of the military is completely phony

Many women are acquainted with a certain type of boyfriend. He's generous with gifts, meals and compliments. In public, he's the picture of devotion. But when you need him, he's not there. When you have a problem, it's your fault. Eventually, you have to accept: He's just not that into you.

For the U.S. military, Donald Trump is that kind of ...Read more

Immigrants have stronger faith in America's justice system than those who dehumanize them

CHICAGO -- For many years, well before Donald Trump was elected, immigration hawks complained about the practice of so-called "catch and release."

These observers just couldn't understand how migrants who were caught living illegally in the country, or attempting to enter, weren't just bounced back to their country of origin right away instead ...Read more

Even the president's buddies understand the threat posed by the unconstrained use of military force

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

Matt Gaetz's campaign website features press quotes describing the Florida Republican as "Trump's best buddy," "Trump's ultimate defender," and "the Trumpiest congressman in Trump's Washington." Gaetz clearly was not driven by hatred of the president when he voted for last week's House resolution against an unauthorized war with Iran.

Although ...Read more

Why Elizabeth Warren is not so electable

The most important consideration for Democratic primary voters this year is not which candidate would make the best president, because the worst of their candidates would be a gargantuan improvement over Donald Trump. The most important consideration is which one gives them the best chance of beating Trump. Everything else is a distraction.

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Young people are ill-equipped to navigate an internet clogged with fake news

CHICAGO -- My son, his best friend, Dave, and I were chatting over a pizza last weekend when Dave dropped some (absolutely incorrect) information: The elderly are forgoing nursing homes for cruise ships, because the room and board cost about the same, plus you get entertainment and travel.

Again -- this is not a real phenomenon. A few healthy, ...Read more

Universities routinely ignore and violate basic civil rights

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

This column might win me no fans on college campuses, but there is something that must be said.

Universities across the country are unconstitutionally punishing those accused of sex-based misconduct with no regard to the civil rights guaranteed of due process. They say they are acting lawfully under the so-called Title IX law of 1972. But the ...Read more

Gervais monologue showed up the newsbiz And showbiz

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

Pardon my sharing a personal preference, but I don't give a rat's patootie about the opinions of some showbiz notables because, notwithstanding their star power, they usually don't really know what they're talking about. I also hate to interview other journalists, often for the same reason.

Once, I was covering a political story and a prominent...Read more

A Hair Day Is a Good Day

"Black-ish" kicked off its first 2020 episode highlighting a familiar struggle that connects African American women from all generations: the hair dilemma. Black hair has always been a controversial topic of cultural examination. The physical features of African American women -- their myriad shades of melanin and coiled tresses -- have not ...Read more

Trump upholds the tradition of lying about war

Donald Trump's administration has been a fountain of lies from his first day in office. But the U.S. attack that killed a top Iranian commander promises to turn that fountain into a tsunami.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed the drone strike on the Baghdad airport was urgent because intelligence indicated Qassem Soleimani presented "...Read more

It's going to take a lot more than Mr. and Mrs. Nice Guy to beat Trump

CHICAGO -- A fellow journalist friend recently posted photos of Julián Castro from last summer, showing the former presidential candidate in the wee hours of the morning after a long day on the campaign trail in Michigan.

There Castro was: still crisp in his suit, sitting ever-so-properly while chowing on a famed Coney Dog.

Oh Julián ... he ...Read more

Data suggests that 'anti-Semitism crisis' is overblown

Politics, Moderate / Jacob Sullum /

"We're facing an anti-Semitism crisis, and not just in this city," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio declared on Sunday. "It's happening across our country and planet."

De Blasio's warning, which came on the same day that thousands of people responded to recent anti-Jewish crimes in the New York area by joining a solidarity march in Manhattan, was ...Read more

Same distractions, different presidents

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

The president is smack-dab in the middle of impeachment politics. Suddenly, he orders a bold but perilous military action. His defenders vehemently argue that petty politics is getting in the way of his exercising his hugely important duties as commander in chief.

By now, you are probably aware that Donald Trump, the 45th president, has ordered...Read more

Klobuchar offers a return to normalcy

"My best judgment of America's need is to steady down, to get squarely on our feet, to make sure of the right path. ... Let us stop to consider that tranquility at home is more precious than peace abroad, and that both our good fortune and our eminence are dependent on the normal forward stride of all the American people." -- Warren G. Harding, ...Read more

Getting away with murder

Politics, Moderate / Diane Dimond /

It has never been easier to be an undetected serial killer in the United States.

That's the opinion of two experts in the field of collecting murder data in America. And both men say that as you read this, there are thousands of active serial killers roaming the U.S. Some operate in big cities; others prefer the wide-open spaces of rural ...Read more

Season's Greetings Never

Politics, Moderate / Bob Franken /

With the multitude of holiday celebrations and hopes for a new year and the new decade, we have also been forced to realize that evil is still festering. The horror of anti-Semitism is on the increase in the United States and around the world. Here it resulted in a series of attacks against Jews this Hanukkah season. Our politicians universally ...Read more