Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Heart-wrenching stories of gun violence ]]> Lead story image

ROGER SIMON: It rose to 80 degrees in Chicago on Saturday, the warmest day of the year so far, and a spasm of gunfire quickly followed. Over 36 hours, at least 36 people were shot. Beyond the shock of the sheer numbers involved, the individual stories are heart-wrenching. ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:56:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Abe Lincoln was ‘actually sexy’ ]]> Lead story image

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a petite person who writes about towering figures — Lyndon Johnson, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, the Kennedys. She sat in a hushed meeting room at the University of Chicago’s hushed Alumni House, where David Axelrod asked her unhushed questions. “People ask, ‘Why can’t Obama be more like Lyndon Johnson?’” Axelrod, director of the Institute of Politics at the university, said. “Why can’t he command the bully pulpit the way Teddy Roosevelt did?” “The bully pulpit, the platform a politician has to mobilize citizens, has changed,” Goodwin replied. “Lincoln would write a letter … ]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 02:23:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ The GOP’s Man of Steele returns ]]> Lead story image

Michael Steele is crossing the Midway Plaisance, a mile-long green swath that cuts through Chicago’s Hyde Park and was once used for the world’s first Ferris wheel, hoochie-coochie dancing and the other earthly delights of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. Today it is a verdant ribbon, wider than two football fields, that lies at the foot of the University of Chicago’s grand Gothic spires and is used for ice skating, soccer and whatever else one does on a verdant ribbon. Steele, who is a resident fellow at the university’s Institute of Politics, manages to traverse the entire width of … ]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 02:21:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Going home to the Chicago Way ]]> Lead story image

How cold was it in Chicago this winter? The politicians kept their hands in their own pockets. Not a bad joke — though I think I first heard it with New Jersey substituted for Chicago. Works just as well. Works for just about any big city, really. True, a large number of politicians from Chicago and its environs have been found guilty of corruption over the years. In my lifetime, four Illinois governors have gone to prison, two serving at the same time, which must be some kind of record. When I was growing up there, the tolerance for those … ]]> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 02:21:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Vote ‘da’ for Putin for president! ]]> Lead story image

Our next president needs to be tough, resolute and no-nonsense. Our next president needs to be a person of clear intentions who will not cower in the face of our enemies or send mixed messages. Our next president must be dauntless, determined and daring. Our next president must be strong. If you have been reading editorials or listening to commentary, whether from the left or right, you know who that person is: Vladimir Putin. Read his rave reviews: Rudy Giuliani said recently of Putin: “He makes a decision, and he executes it, quickly. Then everybody reacts. That’s what you call … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 06:33:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Right-wing Hillary whispers begin ]]> Lead story image

ROGER SIMON: If you are not familiar with the lurid particulars of the past claims against the Clintons, just wait. As 2016 draws closer, the right wing will provide a refresher course for you. In fact, it is starting already. In case you haven’t heard, Hillary Clinton may have a secret terrible illness that will prevent her from running for president in 2016. ]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 06:21:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hillary has no Putin illusions ]]> Lead story image

We don’t know how Hillary Clinton would handle Vladimir Putin. But she may get the chance. Putin’s third term as president of Russia will not expire until May 2018, and he has not ruled out running for another six-year term after that. Besides, Putin has a record of staying in power no matter when his titles expire. Clinton could be inaugurated as president in January 2017, should she choose to run and should she win. And by that time, given Putin’s in-your-face adventurism, the western border of Russia could be somewhere in Poland. And the eastern one in Alaska. What … ]]> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 06:27:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bet on Vegas for GOP convention ]]> Lead story image

ROGER SIMON: In which city would you like to spend four days in June or July engaged in mindless behavior and no meaningful activity, often leading to drunken stupor? In other words, which city should the Republican National Committee choose for its presidential nominating convention in 2016? Las Vegas is said by some to be the front-runner. ]]> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 06:33:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Real thug? Guy armed to the teeth ]]> Lead story image

ROGER SIMON: Let’s play a game. It’s called: “Who’s the thug?” ]]> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 06:40:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ Campaigns learn the hard way — journalists are everywhere ]]> Lead story image

I have rarely met a political operative who believes that journalism is on the level. They do not believe that journalism is agenda-free or that a journalist’s only agenda is to report the truth without “fear or favor.” Journalists claim to have standards, but the political operative is hard-pressed to see what those standards might be. The only real standard seems to be to wallow in scandal and controversy. To the operative, reporters are trouble, and the best solution to this trouble is to keep the candidates as far away from the press as possible except for scripted moments, such … ]]> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 06:38:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ No joke — Hillary looks ready to run ]]> Lead story image

Ask Dr. Politics! You are fair, and we are unbalanced! Dear Dr. Politics: Will Hillary Clinton run for president in 2016? Answer: Yes. And not because of her enormous lead for the Democratic nomination in the early polls. And not because of her huge fundraising potential, her political skills or her grasp of the issues. Dr. Politics knows she is running for president because she already is doing something she almost never did in 2008: She is telling jokes. When she ran last time, The Wall Street Journal said she “has to prove she has normal human warmth.” Slate said, … ]]> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 06:53:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Obama’s wimpy speech ]]> Lead story image

I had hoped for a tougher Obama. I had hoped for an Obama who was weary of having his open hand be smacked away time and again by the closed fists of Republicans in the House. But even when he had opportunities, he didn’t take them. ]]> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 18:38:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Christie is nimbler than you think ]]> Lead story image

Chris Christie’s master plan is working. By making himself totally intolerable to democrats, he is making himself somewhat acceptable to Republicans. A variety of Democratic mayors in New Jersey are now howling at Christie for being a bully and a creep. This is music to his ears. ]]> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 06:26:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ Four ways Christie story falls short ]]> Lead story image

Just because something is true does not mean it is believable. Which is Chris Christie’s real problem. His “see no evil; hear no evil; my staff is evil, but I’m not” defense for the closing of bridge lanes in Fort Lee, N.J., allegedly because the mayor there refused to endorse his re-election may be true. But who is going to believe it? “[Christie’s] the kind of leader ... who says, ‘It’s my way, or I shut down your highway,’” as Stephen Colbert put it the other night. Christie wants to be the Republican nominee and win the presidency in 2016. … ]]> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 06:26:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ Internet gives traction to the sorriest news stories ]]> Lead story image

An article on The Daily Beast stated: “In the modern media environment, it’s pretty hard to go too far. Advocacy of murder, however, does cross one of the last remaining lines.” Actually, I would argue that in the modern media environment, it’s very easy to go too far. All you have to do is shoot your mouth off and wait for it to ricochet around the Web. ]]> Sun, 09 Feb 2014 06:24:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ A hangover says you are still alive ]]> Lead story image

As usual, I am presenting my list of holiday hangover cures. I do not know why. When you need this, you probably won’t even be able to read it. Your eyes will be two pink dots, your teeth will itch, and your mouth will feel as if an army has marched through it. Actually, I have no sympathy for people who awake with crushing hangovers. A hangover is God’s way of telling you that you are still alive. But I know you expect aid and comfort from me, so I will once again share with you my collection of expert … ]]> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 15:25:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ John Hinckley’s slow re-emergence ]]> Lead story image

John Hinckley almost certainly will be home for the holidays, which will bring much joy to his 86-year-old mother, but not to the U.S. Justice Department. No matter whether there has been a Democrat in the White House or a Republican, the Justice Department has argued against letting Hinckley out of the mental hospital where he has been incarcerated since 1982. His family, lawyers and a number of psychiatrists and psychologists who have treated Hinckley over the years say he has responded successfully to treatment, is no longer a danger to himself and others, and that he should be allowed … ]]> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 06:23:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ GOP questions value of open debate ]]> Lead story image

Iunderstand that politics is petty, vicious and disgraceful. I just don’t want to take all the fun out of it. The Republican Party is now considering changes in its rules to squeeze the last remaining pleasure out of politics. According to Peter Hamby of CNN, a special party subcommittee is considering dramatically reducing the number of Republican debates and taking control over which journalists get to moderate them. This is not being done in the name of reform. This is being done in the name of “let’s stop kicking ourselves in the groin.” The theory goes like this: The more … ]]> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 11:44:29 -0500