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BY EMILY EKINS: Americans in general like the police, a new poll shows, but older, more affluent, white, conservative Republicans really like the cops. ]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:02:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Clinton detractor ignores historical facts ]]> Lead story image

By hard pundit law, nonstop media coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign begins on the morning after the 2014 congressional elections — about 18 months before normal Americans want to hear about it. However, like the “countdown” to major sporting events, it’s also a cable TV ratings booster. With politicians and pundits eager to score TV face time, it’s also cheap and easy to produce. So ready or not, here comes Campaign 2016. For a monthly magazine like Harper’s to jump the gun by two weeks requires considerable enterprise. “STOP HILLARY,” the magazine’s November 2014 cover insists. “Vote No to … ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:14:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ Football monopolies the source of scandals ]]>

BY SEAN MCCOY: The NFL and NCAA face little oversight from government. Both self-regulate. Should anyone be surprised that a system controlled by member schools or the NFL team owners fails to adequately police its league? ]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:01:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Renee Zellweger can’t win ]]>

BY MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS: The Oscar winner’s new look is getting way too much scrutiny. But if she had shown up at a recent event looking exactly like what she is — a normal 45-year-old woman — she would have gotten plenty of grief. ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:34:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Smart cities invest in play ]]>

BY MAYOR RAHM EMANUEL: When we put money and energy into play and parks, we put a priority on the health and development of our children and our city. It’s an important way to attract and retain a talented workforce and top businesses. ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:30:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Baby boomers, quit knocking millennials ]]>

BY ALEXANDER S. BALKIN: The seemingly endless list of complaints about millennials begins with lazy and pampered, and ends with “selfies.” Frankly, I am tired of it. ]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:38:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Midwest pushes ahead on immigration reform ]]>

BY JULIANA KERR AND PAUL MCDANIEL: While Washington continues to do nothing, cities and states, especially in the Midwest, are devising new immigrant-friendly policies. ]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:32:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Does Obama care about people? ]]> Lead story image

Can you walk out on the messiah? Appearing at a campaign rally for gubernatorial candidate Anthony Brown in Maryland on Sunday, President Obama sought to capture the magic that had electrified audiences in 2008 and, to some considerable degree, even in 2012. Obama isn’t doing much stumping this year. He limits his campaigning mostly to fundraisers. This is the year, after all, when Democratic candidates are announcing how important it is in our system of government to have honest disagreements with the president. They’re hastening to say that they would be tougher than he is on ISIS. They are declaring … ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:42:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cannabis grows best in the sunshine ]]> Lead story image

BY SCOTT MARKLE. While cannabis is still illegal under federal laws, Illinois is now one of 21 states that have created a legal framework for its medical production and distribution. There has been a lot of reporting on the new industry, but a fundamental question has been largely overlooked: How should legal cannabis be grown? ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:06:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ Election coverage fearless and fair ]]>

At the Sun-Times, we like to report the news, not be the news. Unfortunately, this weekend we were the political story in Illinois. Our journalistic ethics were questioned by the campaign of Bruce Rauner, the Republican candidate for governor, in regard to a story we published along with our partners at NBC5 this month. The story looked into a court case involving the tactics Rauner used in confronting a former CEO of one of the companies he and his former company, GTCR, backed several years ago (“Hardball tactics alleged in lawsuit against Bruce Rauner,” Oct. 7). The Rauner campaign complained … ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:16:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ebola hysteria driven by ratings ]]> Lead story image

“First of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror …” — President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933 Inaugural Address One time, my wife and I went walking near a pasture where nine mares grazed. I knew them all by name. Suddenly, and for no obvious reason, the herd stampeded, galloping by as if their lives depended upon it. It was a thrilling sight, like being right on the rail at the racetrack. But what were they running from? There are no predators around here capable … ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:46:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ Unjustified panic over Ebola ]]>

BY LINDA CHAVEZ: Ebola is an awful disease that has tragically infected a handful of Americans. But it should not be dominating our news. ]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 01:20:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Making magic  in the classroom ]]>

BY LAURIE HENDRICKSON: At a time of increasingly standardized curriculum in American public schools, the “Maker Movement” has become a popular trend in education. This movement gives kids a space to make something new or original — a chance to think for themselves and take charge of their own learning. ]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 01:54:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Stop letting politicians scare you into war ]]>

BY SHELDON RICHMAN: The best way to avoid terrorism is to stop dropping bombs on Muslims. Meanwhile, everyone should take a deep breath. The risk of being a victim of terrorism is miniscule. ]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 19:18:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ The equal pay delusion ]]> Lead story image

Voters are souring on the Democratic Party. Apparently, all it takes are six years of economic torpor; the disastrous debut of the biggest new federal program in two generations; record levels of federal debt; revelations of scandals and malfeasance at the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Internal Revenue Service, the Secret Service and the Justice Department; Russian revanchism on the march; a rampaging army of (literal) cutthroats gobbling up territory in the Middle East; and the feeble and patronizing government response to a modern plague. Truly, it says something about the reputation of the Democratic Party that even now, 50 … ]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:20:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Even among colleges, the rich get richer ]]>

BY ROBERT REICH: Imagine a system of college education supported by high government spending on elite private universities and low government spending on public universities that educate large numbers of children from the working class and the poor. That’s the American system right now. ]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:54:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Internet of Everything’ lights the way in Chicago ]]>

BY BRENNA BERMAN AND WIM ELFRINK: Chicago is going high tech all over town, collecting data on a micro level to more quickly repair broken street lights, for example, and better deploy snow plows in winter. and save money on energy costs. ]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:56:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Only dumb Republicans want a travel ban to fight Ebola ]]>

BY SHIKHA DALMIA: A travel ban won’t stop the spread of the disease. It will do just the opposite. ]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 23:16:00 -0500