Politics, Moderate



Those who claim Native American heritage should help them build better lives

CHICAGO -- The drama over whether Elizabeth Warren could rightfully be considered Native American -- and whether she used this claim to gain favor in her academic and professional career -- began in earnest in 2012.

The latest chapter features the Democratic senator from Massachusetts on camera, with a backdrop of emotional music, declaring ...Read more

Mourning the loss of Sears -- along with a vivid chapter of my childhood

CHICAGO -- I know nostalgia is a bad look, but please bear with me -- this Chicagoan is feeling the Sears bankruptcy deep in the solar plexus.

Although to this day my hatred of shopping is a tremendous disappointment to my mother, who has no one except my poor dad to drag to the mall, I still mourn the passing of the department store that ...Read more

Does poor nutrition endanger our national security?

CHICAGO -- My 17-year-old son and I lock horns nightly when bedtime approaches and he hasn't consumed his pre-negotiated 7 ounces of milk for the day.

It's the same battle that comes up at dinner if he didn't eat his daytime serving of fruit. Our meal then becomes a slog of cramming the bare minimum of fruit and vegetables down him to aid his ...Read more

Our nation's civic health depends on you

CHICAGO -- You can't throw a rock these days without hitting a book, news headline or podcast episode about the impending end of democracy.

I'm no doomsayer but, yes, it's coming.

Not just because of increasing political polarization, the influence of corporate money on elections or any of the other usual suspects. It'll be just plain apathy ...Read more

A fascinating and healthful history of the heart

CHICAGO -- My husband claims that every Spanish song he's ever heard includes the word corazon. So if he doesn't understand anything else, he knows it has to do with matters of the heart.

In love songs, as in life, the heart is at the very center of things, serving as a vessel for endless metaphors: It can be big, small, brave, chicken-y...Read more

In the Trump era, women are finding their voices

CHICAGO -- Would it surprise you to learn that even in academia -- a supposed bastion of liberalism and equality -- women are two-and-a-half times less likely than men to ask questions in academic seminars?

In a new article published in the journal PLOS One, researchers crunched data on 250 talks at 35 institutions in 10 countries as well as ...Read more

How NAFTA destroyed the way we eat

CHICAGO -- A few weeks ago, my aunt came to visit from Mexico for the first time in nearly 20 years. During her month-long stay, my family and I were treated to hand-made sopes -- a deep-dish tortilla topped with beans, meat, cheese and a meticulously minced raw salsa -- and pozole, a chicken, corn and hominy soup so time-consuming...Read more

Promise of free college might be an empty mirage

CHICAGO -- Gubernatorial candidates in Maryland, Arizona, Connecticut and at least seven other states -- plus even more candidates for Congress -- are running on plans to make college free or "debt-free," according to the industry publication Inside Higher Ed.

But how much impact on college attendance, graduation and lifetime earnings do such ...Read more

Instead of focusing on fear, take action in dangerous situations

CHICAGO -- Last week, Gabrielle Giffords nailed it: "Three workplace active shooting attacks in just the last 24 hours should spark outrage in every American. No matter where you work, learn, play or live -- you have a right to feel safe, and I'm horrified that that's no longer the reality in America."

The former Arizona congresswoman was shot ...Read more

War on Poverty is far from over for black and Hispanic children

CHICAGO -- A mere two months ago, President Trump's White House declared the War on Poverty "largely over and a success." The administration argued that few Americans are truly poor anymore -- it estimated that the poverty rate was only about 3 percent -- and that the economy's upward tide would continue to lift the boats of those who remained ...Read more

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