| May 15, 2012
Perhaps Mitt Romney played it right when he was meek and contrite in response to the Washington Post's front-page allegations that he bullied a kid half a century ago in high school.
Romney no doubt feels embarrassed by the charges, even if most of us...
| Dec 17, 2011
Robert Reich has worked in a lot of big white buildings -- in the Senate, as an intern to Robert F. Kennedy; in the office of then-Solicitor General Robert Bork; in the Ford and Carter administrations; and as labor secretary to President Clinton. Now...
| Nov 28, 2012
Chinta Strausberg was visiting a relative's South Side business in January 1993 when — out of the blue — an elderly uncle telephoned her at the automotive parts shop.
"First I was surprised that he knew I was there, but he kept saying,...
| Jan 21, 2013
Come walk the national walk with me.
A three-mile beeline through American history.
I started at the Lincoln Memorial early Sunday morning, before the inaugural hordes had a chance to defy the small sign that warned "Quiet."
The sun was easing up,...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 2:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- Every American president has to weather occasional political gaffes. Whether their own or those committed by associates, they cause temporary embarrassment or pain but are ultimately survivable. Loose lips may sink ships, as was often said...
| Feb 13, 2013
When we hear the name Whitney Young, most Chicagoans probably think of the city's Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, rather than the man after whom it was named.
But filmmaker Bonnie Boswell, Young's niece, hopes her new documentary about the civil...
| Oct 26, 2013
| 11:13 PM
HARTFORD — In 1972, with the Vietnam War still going on, Gary Wood was playing football at Hudson Valley College in New York when he got his draft lottery number. It was 13.
But as things turned out, Woody got lucky.
"You know I was going,"...
| Oct 19, 2013
| 6:30 PM
Deadlines come and go in Washington and if our elected leaders happen to miss one, say to keep the government funded, it's no big deal to them. That's just life in the capital.
Want to guess what would happen if you missed a government deadline?
| Oct 17, 2013
A half-century ago, conservatives were full of gloom and foreboding. In 1961, Ronald Reagan warned that unless conservatives prevailed, "One of these days you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children, and our children's children,...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 6:27 AM
This column is not about the 49th Chicago International Film Festival. We'll be writing about that Sunday, and then again next week, closer to Thursday's opening night.
But here's an interesting fact regarding this year's festival: Not a single...
| Oct 3, 2013
President Barack Obama obviously has a lot on his mind.
His angry Democrats are fighting those angry Republicans over the so-called government shutdown. It's not really a shutdown, even though the rhetoric suggests that the sky is falling and the seas...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
"This war, like all wars, must end. That's what history advises. That's what our democracy demands."
President Barack Obama at National Defense University, May 23, 2013
They say all is fair in love and war (I'm skeptical), but that doesn't mean war...