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Steve Huntley is a commentary columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and a member of its editorial board.

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Beware of regulation of the Internet

The folks who gave you the Healthcare.gov rollout, a fiasco perhaps unprecedented in the history of the Internet, have decided they’re smart and savvy enough to regulate . . . Internet service. You can’t make this stuff up. President Barack Obama is calling on the …

Reid leaves a legacy of wreckage

The first order of business for the U.S. Senate under Republican Mitch McConnell will be getting the Senate back in business. For most of the last four years, Democrat Harry Reid manipulated what was once the world’s greatest deliberative body for political purposes, not for …

11 lessons from Tuesday’s elections

Some thoughts about the election results:  Americans remain leery of big government. Just as President Barack Obama had said, his policies advocating an expansive Washington agenda were on the ballot. But voters hadn’t forgotten the health care website meltdown, VA incompetency in caring for vets, …

Insulting Netanyahu was a bad idea

At a time when Islamist fanaticism is roiling the Middle East and the Islamic State is on the march in Syria and Iraq, the Obama administration insults Israel, our only reliable ally in the region, by mocking Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a barnyard epithet …

Democrats already pointing fingers

I voted early the other day. But I didn’t slap on my shirt one of those “I voted” stickers they were handing out at the polling place. I didn’t want someone on the street asking me if I voted for Barack Obama. The president, of …

Ebola shows how government bumbles

These are tough days for liberals. Their central dogma — that government is the answer to our problems — is taking a beating. Voters are learning what conservatives have always known, big government can fail in big ways. Consider what has Americans scratching their heads …

Politicians say the darnedest things

In a long campaign season filled with super heavy issues like the weak economy, the Islamic State and Ebola, let’s pause to savor a few of the lighter moments. In Kentucky, Democrat senatorial candidate Alison Lundergan “I’m not Barack Obama” Grimes — the quote is …

Enjoy the cheaper oil while we can

Falling oil prices have us smiling when we fill ’er up. But economics is not known as the dismal science for no reason — good news often is accompanied by a downside, and economists are raining on our parade. But first the silver lining in …

Hard to trust ‘experts’ on Ebola

It seems like only days ago the experts were assuring us that there was no cause for worry after Ebola had arrived in our country. Now in a span of just four days, two nurses in Dallas who treated that first Ebola patient have themselves …

Israel simply is not equally at fault

Western donor nations that have given so much money to Palestinian causes are expressing hesitancy about funding the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip because they fear another war may be, if not just around the corner, then certainly not that far off. It’s a reasonable …

Hedge your bets on Senate races

The election for control of the U.S. Senate in just under four weeks is, somewhat surprisingly, shaping up as a bit of a nail- biter. A volatile mix of President Barack Obama’s unpopularity, voter discontent with things as they are threatening all incumbents, historic trends …

Obama loose with the facts at NU

Good news has been hard to find for President Barack Obama. The international situation is a little frightening with a terrorist army in Iraq chopping off heads and Russia gobbling up parts of Ukraine. Ebola is no longer a distant problem in Africa, it’s in …

Expert assurances provide little relief

As one old enough to recall the national trauma of the murder of John F. Kennedy and the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan, I saw nothing funny in the jokes by late-night comedians ridiculing the Secret Service over the recent intrusion of an armed man …

A credible stand against terrorism

In a bid to reassert U.S. leadership globally, President Barack Obama has succeeded in enlisting Arab Sunni states to bomb Sunni terrorists while launching a much-needed modernization of America’s nuclear arsenal. These endeavors are remarkable in themselves but especially so coming from a president who rose to the White House promising to withdraw from Mideast conflicts and to work toward a world free of nuclear weapons. The realities of international threats intruded on those lofty goals.

Hard to argue Hillary means ‘change’

Democrats think they’re sitting pretty for the 2016 presidential election. They have an all-but-anointed standard-bearer in Hillary Clinton, one who has the extra appeal of possibly making history as the first woman commander-in-chief, while the Republicans again face a crowded, ideologically divided field with the …

If only Obama had Bush’s real grit

For years the conventional wisdom held that President Barack Obama has continued the national security policies of George W. Bush: drone strikes, secret surveillance measures and indefinite detention of terrorists. Now, say some commentators, Obama’s war rhetoric is even sounding like Bush’s. Obama advocates preemptive …

Obama’s ISIS plan begs questions

You could almost hear the sigh of relief from President Barack Obama’s supporters — he has a strategy to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and it’s a tough one. After a couple of weeks of muddled messaging about ISIS, also called ISIL, …