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Jim Dey: Mapping effort now in hands of Cook County judge

Monday was a good day for those who support stripping state legislators of the right to draw their own House and Senate districts. But June 30 is the big day for the movement.

George Will: Boilermaker for all seasons

WASHINGTON — Mitch Daniels, former governor of Indiana and current president of Purdue University, knows that no one in the audience is there to hear a commencement speaker. When, however, he addressed his institution's class of 2016, it heard him distill into a few lapidary paragraphs a stance toward life that illuminates this political season.

Jim Nowlan: Fight between labor, capital

The Trump and Sanders phenomena reflect in large part a sense among the little guys, who feel they are being exploited by the big guys.

Another way of putting it is that in recent decades the share of wealth allocated to labor (the working guys and gals) has been shrinking while that going to capital (those with top incomes and money to invest) has been growing, rapidly.

Jim Dey: Establishment Dems' worst nightmare is BAAAACK

Former Gov. Pat Quinn wrote the handbook on how to use populist themes and petition drives to get ahead in Illinois' ruthlessly competitive world of partisan politics.

Trying to explain Donald Trump

By Cal Thomas

NEW YORK — If there is one explanation for Donald Trump's success, it is this: Unlike most Republicans, he fights back. He may not have the late Muhammad Ali's finesse, but he sees himself as more than capable of dealing a "knockout" punch to Hillary Clinton in November. That ought to be the goal of any GOP presidential nominee.

Sundiata Cha-Jua/Real Talk: Breaking the cycle of gun violence in the black community

June 2 was "National Gun Awareness Day."

Recently, Working On Excellence, a new organization of black youths in Champaign, sponsored a L.O.V.E. march against gun violence. In three short years, National Gun Awareness Day has quickly become an annual memorial and day of protest.

John Foreman: A journey with the living and to the dead

Gonna take a sentimental journey

Gonna set my heart at ease

Gonna make a sentimental journey

To renew old memories

An earworm, they tell me, is when a melody comes to mind and sticks, even long after whatever prompted it is past.

Dan Corkery: You may be 63, but do you have an ID?

You're leaving the house. Do you have your keys?

Yes.

Money?

Yes.

Driver's license?

Of course.

What about everyone else with you?

Not sure. Why do you ask?

Because if someone within your group buys alcohol or tobacco, everyone may be carded. One person without an ID? No sale.

But he's 58 and he doesn't smoke.

George Will: In Britain, anti-Semitism endures

LONDON — Of the fighting faiths that flourished during the ideologically drunk 20th century, anti-Semitism has been uniquely durable. It survives by mutating, even migrating across the political spectrum from the right to the left.

George Will: Price the speaker has paid

WASHINGTON — The Caligulan malice with which Donald Trump administered Paul Ryan's degradation is an object lesson in the price of abject capitulation to power. This episode should be studied as a clinical case of a particular Washington myopia — the ability of career politicians to convince themselves that they and their agendas are of supreme importance.