George Will: How to restore American self-reliance

WASHINGTON — When in the Senate chamber, Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican, sits by choice at the desk used by the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan. New York's scholar-senator would have recognized that Sasse has published a book of political philosophy in the form of a guide to parenting.

Jim Dey: Curious court rulings highlight Northwestern 'innocence' case

Talk about a hot legal and political potato.

Now it's the state courts that can't quite figure out how to handle the scandal growing out of the phony crusade by Northwestern University journalism students that freed a guilty man from prison and replaced him there with an innocent one.

Dan Corkery: The Pentagon Papers, the press and the heroic past

The Washington Post hosted quite a field trip last Thursday.

Actors Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and director Steven Spielberg were visiting to research how the newspaper operates. It's part of their preparation for the upcoming film "The Post," about the paper's role in publishing portions of the Pentagon Papers in 1971.

Rich Miller/Capitol Fax: Dems mishandling property-tax freeze


Democrats have been privately grumbling for a while now that Gov. Bruce Rauner isn't truly interested in good faith negotiations on a balanced budget with economic reforms to end the two and a half year Statehouse stalemate.

Sundiata Cha-Jua/Real Talk: Why resurrect Malcolm X? Why now?

May 19 marked the 92nd birthday of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, Malcolm X. Across the U.S., blacks are organizing to commemorate the life and legacy of the legendary African-American human rights activist. In the second decade of the 21st century, as the struggle for black liberation is resurging, commemoration of the fiery prophet of African-American self-determination is skyrocketing.

George Will: Feds spin ever-growing web

WASHINGTON — A blind spider creeping through America's judicial thicket might be heading to the Supreme Court, which will have to decide if the contentment or even the survival of the Bone Cave Harvestman spider species, which lives only in two central Texas counties, is any of the federal government's business. If it is, what isn't?

Dan Corkery: Climbing the stairs to the past and future

Bill Lyon, the great sportswriter for The News-Gazette and the Philadelphia Inquirer, described the stairs at 48 Main St. as being "pitched at a Himalayan angle." While climbing them, your head is down like a hiker.

Loren Tate, also a legendary sportswriter, hurled a balky typewriter down those same stairs. That was his way of telling management the newsroom needed new typewriters.

Jim Dey: Rival gubernatorial campaigns take no prisoners in war of words

The war of words continues unabated, not that most people notice.

Insults fly. Self-promotion is relentless. Hyperbole runs amok.

Jim Dey: Spending more than we have

The Springfield sausage-making factory grinds on, laboring mightily and so far producing very little in terms of the political compromise required when power is divided.

So far, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democrat-controlled Legislature have failed to work out their differences, in the process accentuating their differences.

Rich Miller/Capitol Fax: Even humor is leaving the state of Illinois


The thin-skinned, strong-arm Statehouse partisanship of the past 21/2 years reached out and infected the Illinois Conference of Women Legislators' annual fundraising gala last week.