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Jim Dey: Twitter caper brings embarrassment to Peoria

The mayor and police chief of Peoria enthusiastically assumed the roles of Larry and Moe, but Peoria County State's Attorney Jerry Brady wasn't as interested when it came to playing Curly.

Supreme Court remains too fond of euphemisms

WASHINGTON — Anodyne euphemisms often indicate an uneasy conscience or a political anxiety.

The adolescent president

WASHINGTON — Recently, Barack Obama — a Demosthenes determined to elevate our politics from coarseness to elegance; a Pericles sent to ameliorate our rhetorical impoverishment — spoke at the University of Michigan.

Reliable Russian decodes enigmatic Putin

WASHINGTON — The new "agreement" between Russia, the U.S. and our allies is exactly what the former KGB agent ordered.

Jim Dey: Will new traffic stop study yield better results?

For the second time in four years, the city of Urbana is embarking on a study of police traffic stops to determine if numerical disparities involving those who are pulled over reflect underlying racial bias.

Ohio case puts focus on regulatory overkill

WASHINGTON — Occasionally, the Supreme Court considers questions that are answered merely by asking them.

Democracy proceeds from liberty

WASHINGTON — In a 2006 interview, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said the Constitution is "basically about" one word — "democracy" — that appears in neither that document nor the Declaration of Independence. Democracy is America's way of allocating political power.

Jim Dey: Griffith rises to newest challenge

Last week, he was in Champaign-Urbana watching the Fighting Illini football team. On Tuesday, he was in East Lansing to get a look at Michigan State. Next week, it's off to Iowa City to see the Hawkeyes.

Life on the road can be taxing, but Howard Griffth's daily schedule is no picnic either.

Adding a silent T to CBS

WASHINGTON — In selecting Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman as host of the "Late Show," CBS has waged war on America's heartland — or so proclaims that Palm Beach font of heartland mirth, Rush Limbaugh.

Don't you believe it, heartlanders.

Jim Dey: Former senator now follows politics from a distance

A longtime political power in Illinois, former U.S. Sen. Alan Dixon now holds the unofficial title of elder statesman — and getting more elderly every day.

"If my luck holds, I'll be 87 in three months," Dixon jokes.