The Chicago Tribune reported a big drop in violence in Chicago this past weekend. Forty people were shot.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, a man dressed like a construction worker, carrying a pickax, destroyed Donald Trump’s sidewalk star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce promptly replaced it. Just three weeks ago, a different man, presumably with a different…
Social Security is running out of money.
When Donald Trump isn’t blaming foreigners for everything that ails America, he’s blaming regulations.
Here’s an idea: Instead of turning our schools into fortresses to try to prevent the next school shooting, how about we do more? As we contemplate adding metal detectors and bulletproof safe rooms to schools, how about we try an additional approach?
In the fourth century, the theologian Athanasius wanted Christians in the western Roman Empire to use the Greek word homoousios, meaning “of the same substance,” to describe the Trinity (the Father, Son and Holy Spirit). Some wanted to use the word homoiousios, meaning “of a similar substanc…
Given the foolish consistency that comes with being the hobgoblin of little minds, there was no chance that our big-brained president would be consistent on the issue of “chain migration.” In November, President Donald Trump decried the practice of immigrants sponsoring other family members …
The behemoths of the internet have shunned Alex Jones, the worm-tongued, often shirtless conspiracy theorist and paranoia monger who hosts a show called “Infowars.” The debate over this cartel-like decision is much larger than Jones now, and it’s taking place mostly on the right.
Golly, the political landscape of Ohio is confounding.
“Have any big plans for the summer?” people sometimes ask by way of small talk. I reply literally: “Yes, housetraining a new puppy.”
VANCOUVER, Canada — Saudi Arabia expelled the Canadian ambassador last weekend, recalled its own ambassador from the Canadian capital, halted new trade with Canada, suspended flights to Toronto, and suspended scholarships for Saudi students attending Canadian universities. The sudden uproar …
Many of the nation’s colleges have become a force for evil and a focal point for the destruction of traditional American values. The threat to our future lies in the fact that today’s college students are tomorrow’s teachers, professors, judges, attorneys, legislators and policymakers. A rec…
WASHINGTON — Democrats who were looking to Tuesday’s mixed bag of special and primary elections for firm confirmation of their much-sought “blue wave” of public Trump rejection had to settle for an interim maybe.
Apple has become the first U.S. company in history to attain a trillion-dollar valuation. Here are a few thoughts about the relevance of this to our country today.
The New York Times, for its editorial board, hired a 30-year-old tech writer named Sarah Jeong, an American immigrant from South Korea. But Jeong, only a few years ago, posted a series of offensive, anti-white tweets.
What’s the most worrisome foreign intrusion into the United States — unauthorized immigrants, Chinese imports or interference in our democracy?
When people think of corruption in high places, they tend to think of elites feathering their own nests. Bill and Hillary Clinton monetized political power into a personal fortune of hundreds of millions, and played the system better than any couple since Napoleon and Josephine. Paul Manafor…
Last week, you walked off that plane with the biggest smile on your face. Your hug was stronger and taller than last time, proof of a growth spurt in the past six months that just stretched on forever, I swear.
It’s begun. We are having a debate over socialism.
Have you heard? A woman who recently ran for president got nearly 3 million more votes than Donald Trump. Only the Electoral College — actually, a few thousand ballots in three key states — delivered the presidency to the current POTUS. And that was with an assist from Russia.
In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson won re-election on the slogan “He Kept Us Out of War,” though he didn’t. Four months later, he joined the Allies against Imperial Germany with another slogan: “To Make the World Safe for Democracy.” That didn’t work out either.
Poverty is no mystery, and it’s easily avoidable. The poverty line that the Census Bureau used in 2016 for a single person was an income of $12,486 that year. For a two-person household, it was $16,072, and for a four-person household, it was $24,755. To beat those poverty thresholds is fair…
Two black sisters at an Oakland, California, subway station were attacked by a knife-wielding white man. He killed one sister, Nia Wilson, and injured the other. The Bay Area Rapid Transit police arrested him. His family reportedly told authorities that he suffered from mental problems. The …
When I read that the economy is growing strongly, it makes me happy.
There are two kinds of Donald Trump lies. One is about facts. The other is about those who call him out on his fabrications.
Union protestors and celebrity advocates have decided that waiters’ tips aren’t big enough.
You know you’re a misguided environmentalist if you support banning plastic straws — the latest enviro craze sweeping the nation — while still consuming trendy Frappuccino-like drinks contained in big ol’ plastic cups.
"Boys need feminists' help too," declares Feministing.com founder Jessica Valenti. Writing in The New York Times, Valenti worries that while women "protest, run for office, and embrace the movement for gender equality in record numbers, a generation of mostly white men are being radicalized …
It's a symptom of our time that a tape of the future president of the United States discussing machinations related to an alleged affair with a former Playboy Playmate isn't truly a blockbuster.
WASHINGTON -- In President Donald Trump's latest exhortation to his faithful supporters, he told them: "Don't believe the crap you see from these people, the fake news," adding: "Just remember: What you're seeing and what you're reading is not what's happening."
Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers predicted that if Donald Trump were elected, there would be a protracted recession within 18 months. Heeding its experts, a month before the election, The Washington Post ran an editorial with the headline "A President Trump could destroy the world eco…
It is rare these days in Washington to see bipartisan support for anything, let alone for a major issue with far reaching implications for the nation.
President Donald Trump, in Helsinki, expressed skepticism about the intelligence community's finding that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election. Within 24 hours, the President walked back his skepticism and said he trusts the intel community and believes their finding that Ru…
While self-proclaimed "democratic socialists" win Democratic primaries in America, actual socialists in Cuba are finally backing away from some of the ideas that kept Cubans poor.
As was wisely observed inside the world of renowned philosopher Peter Pan, "All this has happened before, and it will all happen again." Never is that more true than when American voters choose our presidential nominees. Recall 1976, when, after the criminality, corruption and involuntary re…
Last week, I wrote that the best way to think about a Trump Doctrine is as nothing more than Trumpism on the international stage. By Trumpism, I do not mean a coherent ideological program, but a psychological phenomenon, or simply the manifestation of his character.
The 2018 midterms are fast approaching, and Democrats are still crowing about the coming "blue wave." If past is precedent, I suspect that this is just media-fueled propaganda. (Remember Hillary Clinton's 98 percent certainty of winning the presidency?) There has been recent news about how D…
Why it matters: State population projections point to the need for immigrants to fill Minnesota job vacancies now and down the road.
Donald Trump is not, and never will be, the Moscow correspondent for The Nation magazine, and he shouldn't sound like it.
A decade from now, your order from Amazon will likely be delivered to your doorstep by a drone. Want to order a pizza? Drones will probably deliver those, too.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are enjoying the best economy "EVER," says President Donald Trump, with trademark hyperbole.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Since the government acknowledged last month that the Trump administration had lost track of nearly 1,500 immigrant children, the debate over what that means and who is to blame has roiled Twitter. Here's a look at the partisan claims and a reality check behind the latest i…
CHICAGO — Parents of children born before the Columbine school shooting all share a baseline point of view: Our most pressing concerns about our kids' futures revolved around the usual stuff like whether they'd need expensive braces, have a fun time in high school or eventually get a decent job.
From the beginning of his campaign for president, Donald Trump portrayed illegal immigration as a forest fire that threatens to spread rapidly and engulf us all. Mexicans, he charged, are "bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists." He thought Americans should be afraid.
WASHINGTON — Evangelical Protestantism, thank God, is experiencing its own version of a #MeToo moment.
As more details emerge about President Donald Trump's self-described fixer Michael Cohen, the whole mess in which Trump now finds himself may seem inevitable: Lie down with dogs and you wake up with fleas, as Poor Richard's Almanac memorably put it.
CHICAGO — There's an old saw in journalism that when a dog bites a man, it's just another thing that happened. But when a man bites a dog, well, that's news.