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Playing politics over immigration

CHICAGO — It's a shame that Republicans blocked a resolution calling for the Senate to honor the legacy of Chicano icon Cesar Chavez. But though the GOP looks petty and downright stupid for not allowing a purely symbolic commemoration honoring the history-changing labor leader, the Democrats look sort of clueless themselves for not letting the Republicans add their say to the resolution.


Jim Dey: UI still quiet on Kilgore

When The News-Gazette published a lengthy story in February about a 1970s political terrorist and longtime fugitive now teaching and working at the UI, the school's highest-ranking officials were notably silent on the issue.


Jim Dey: This one's anything but a fixer-upper

At $10 million, they're practically giving Mahomet mansion away

Friday's Wall Street Journal carries some eye-popping advertisements for palatial homes in fancy locales at big-bucks prices.


While some see red, Bush might break 'blue wall'

WASHINGTON — The human kindling that makes up the flammable Republican base may soon burst into flames, again. Portions of that excitable cohort are looking — some with fawn-like eyes filled with hurt, others with sparks shooting from eyes narrowed like gun slits — askance at other Republicans urging Jeb Bush to seek the 2016 presidential nomination.


Religious liberty claim is well within realm of reason

WASHINGTON — When it comes to tackling complicated legal issues, one would be hard-pressed to conjure a less likely partnership than Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz and Baylor University President Ken Starr.


George Will: Take a swing at these baseball-trivia tidbits

WASHINGTON — "Andre Dawson," Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully once said, "has a bruised knee and is listed as day-to-day. Aren't we all?" Yes, so use some of your remaining time constructively by identifying the player or players who:

(1) Won three batting titles by at least 44 points (two players).


Gene Budig: Baseball's Opening Day a thrill for players, fans

Larry Doby, the first black man to play in the American League, liked to talk with me about Opening Days at old Municipal Stadium in Cleveland.

"The colors that I remember were the pristine white and sharp gray of the neatly pressed uniforms, depicting the home and visiting teams," he would say.


Esther Cepeda: Common sense out window in attack on authors

CHICAGO — Even before Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld's "The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America" was published, the book was being denounced as sociologically lightweight and packed full of historical blind spots. Chua, who gained notoriety as "The Tiger Mom," was savaged as a "full-blown eugenics-pushing racist."


Jim Dey: Quinn, Madigan and the politics of taxation

When Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn scheduled a campaign stop at a Chicago elementary school Thursday, Republicans took the opportunity to score some political points by leveling tongue-in-cheek, but still pointed, criticism.


Voices -- Joseph Bauers: 'He must have just snapped!' -- and other delusions

The only time I ever fired a gun was with my friend Jim on his family farm. He had suggested that we make a little foray into the woods on the edge of a cornfield, where we could shoot away. Jim was recovering from a divorce, so I figured he had a desire to take out his frustrations on Mother Nature. The weapon was a small handgun, the caliber of which I do not know.


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