Connecticut will likely legalize sports betting now that the U.S. Supreme Court has opened that door by repealing the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. This state desperately needs the money it could reap from getting in on that action. And sports betting is everywhere, as anyone who has wagered on the Kentucky Derby or filled out ...Read more
It's shouting into the head winds of romantic swoonery, but Saturday's wedding will not create "Princess Meghan."
Quaint and odd they may be, but the rules of the royal road are both clear and strict, and neither tabloids nor TV will change them. In the House of Windsor, "princesses" are born, not made -- not even by marriage.
No members of ...Read more
President Donald Trump craved -- but didn't win -- an Emmy for his TV show. But we've all heard that he may be in line for a more coveted award: the Nobel Peace Prize.
Last week, that seemed like a possibility. This week, we're less certain.
For one thing, Trump's highly anticipated summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un may or may not ...Read more
This is the undocumented immigrant our nation should welcome: the Lawrence chemist whom immigration officials attempted to deport this year, much to the dismay of his family, neighbors and even strangers who came to know the story of Syed Jamal.
This immigrant's presence should be questioned: a man who was deported multiple times and who kept ...Read more
When did it become sexist for a man to ask a woman to do something she did not want to do, or for a man to refuse to do something a woman wanted him to do?
No, don't bother to answer; it was a rhetorical question. Clearly, it became sexist when Donald Trump was elected to office, because on that day the clouds rained locusts down upon the fair ...Read more
Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of the appointment of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. The milestone has emboldened White House critics of the probe to declare, as Vice President Mike Pence did on NBC News, that "it is time to wrap it up."
Never mind that the Mueller investigation is, comparatively, in its infancy. The Whitewater...Read more
Although he was a Depression-era son of the South, Tom Wolfe was a consummate New Yorker. He lived there his entire adult life, and could often be seen walking on the Upper East Side in ice cream suits, an occasional gilt-tipped walking cane glinting in the sun. He was the city's most recognizable flaneur.
Wolfe, who died this week at 88, was ...Read more
Pity the poor woman who marries into the British royal family.
In exchange for a life of material wealth and privilege, she must give up her own successful career, she must never express her political opinion in public, she must always look like she stepped off the pages of a fashion magazine, and she must live with the knowledge that the ...Read more
Good heavens, hide the china!
A clamorous clutch of dreadfully gauche Yanks has been making a mockery of the royal wedding, set to occur on Saturday in St. George's Chapel, Windsor.
Can the aristocracy survive?
That's hard to tell, judging from the class-based ruckus churning around Meghan Markle, the American actress (Rachel Zane on Suits) ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Did you know that last fall at least 145.5 million Americans' Social Security numbers were stolen in a data breach at Equifax? Worse, this was just one in a series of recent breaches -- don't forget Anthem and the Office of Personnel Management, just to name others.
In this technological age, folks are at greater risk when it ...Read more
Republicans are expected to vote this week on a farm bill that once again takes aim at the infamous "welfare queen." The problem is that she does not exist.
Though no one has used the term outright in the current debate, this elusive scammer has been at the core of entitlement reform since Ronald Reagan conjured her up in 1976.
Conservatives ...Read more
You take off your clothes, and put on a thin cotton gown. You sit on a padded table covered with a crisp white piece of paper that crackles every time you move. Your bare feet dangle. You stare at the walls and wait. And wait.
Then the doctor walks in. If the doctor is a man, he comes in with a female chaperone. The doctor tells you to lie back...Read more
FORT WORTH, Texas -- It's that time of year.
Hundreds of thousands of mostly young people are on the cusp of graduation. In a few weeks time, they will flip their tassels and eagerly accept that thin, and very expensive, piece of paper that declares them knowledgeable about something and hopefully hirable.
For certain young people, completing ...Read more
It won't be hard to find people smiling when the National Confectioners Association's Sweets and Snacks Expo comes to McCormick Place from May 22-24. All those delectable treats have a way of fostering happiness. But among the thousands of businesspeople convening to check out new products and discuss deals, one topic invariably brings frowns: ...Read more
In barely six weeks, President Donald Trump has gone from threatening to impose $150 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods to extending a lifeline to ZTE, a Chinese cell phone company that violated U.S. sanctions by doing business with Iran and North Korea. The U.S. military regards ZTE's products as a security threat.
The possible reasons for ...Read more
For months, Israel's military leaders and the top minds of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government planned and prepared to counter the surge that the enemy warned the world was coming.
But when the onslaught began Monday at the border of desperate, dirt-poor Gaza – with the whole world watching (yet again!) – Israel's military and ...Read more
Politico ran a scorcher of a story about Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley this week. Headlined "GOP golden boy mails it in," it made the Republican U.S. Senate candidate out to be a lazy, preening poser who pumps iron and shops for wine in the middle of the day. Whether you support him or not, that's wildly unfair.
It depicts him as ...Read more
The Supreme Court ruling allowing New Jersey (and any other state) to legalize sports gambling may make legal sense, but the 6-3 decision opens a Pandora's box of thorny issues that could undermine the integrity of sports and lead to increased gambling losses and addiction -- especially among people who can least afford it.
Of course, the ...Read more
A year ago, Barack Obama unveiled plans for a presidential center at Jackson Park on the South Side that promised far more than a place that "kids are being dragged to for a field trip. ... Hopefully it's a hub where all of us can see a brighter future for the South Side."
Then questions from South Siders began to fill Obama's inbox: Would the ...Read more