By Steve Chapman | 04/23/14 05:26 PM
The question of racial preferences in university admissions has bedeviled the nation for decades. In 2003, the Supreme Court finally issued a verdict that gave something to either side of the debate.
By Steve Chapman | 04/20/14 05:13 PM
Criminals are generally despised, and cops are not universally beloved. But one participant in the criminal justice system has no enemies: victims of crime. They're the Sara Lee of American politics. Everybody doesn't like someone, but nobody doesn't like victims. The movement to protect this...
By Steve Chapman | 04/17/14 04:37 PM
Hawks in the wild tend to be solitary creatures. But those in Washington often appear in noisy flocks.
By Steve Chapman | 04/13/14 04:14 PM
In March 2012, volunteers spent four days looking for a 2-year-old boy who wandered away from his home outside Houston, Texas. They found him only after volunteers reviewing Images captured by a drone-mounted aerial camera saw a flash of red in a pond that had already been searched. It turned...
By Steve Chapman | 04/10/14 10:46 AM
Legalizing marijuana is an issue made to order for the Democratic Party. A majority of Americans now supports the idea, and so do two out of three Democrats. Two states have done it, and several more may vote on it in 2016.
By Steve Chapman | 04/07/14 11:30 AM
The Supreme Court decision killing limits on total donations to political candidates means billionaires will be running amok. Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson can lay out astronomical sums to help Republicans. Oilmen Charles and David Koch can see him and raise him. Former New York Mayor Michael...
By Steve Chapman | 04/03/14 10:39 AM
The United States government has a dangerous penchant for military intervention, so after Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Crimea, it was a relief that no one talked about sending troops or deploying bombers. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., scotched any such notion by acknowledging glumly...
By Steve Chapman | 03/30/14 04:47 PM
Every so often, we get proof that President Obama, when confronted with a grievous abuse of government power by his administration, will do the right thing. Sometimes, I mean. When he can't get away with it anymore, that is. Just as soon as he's tried everything else. That's the case with his...
By Steve Chapman | 03/27/14 10:40 AM
Lawyers for Hobby Lobby this week urged the Supreme Court to let companies opt out of certain health insurance rules for religious reasons, and they have a good chance of success. If employers are allowed to refuse to provide coverage that pays for certain types of contraception, it will be a big...
By Steve Chapman | 03/24/14 10:51 AM
If you take an economics course, you may learn about the different events that can cause an increase in workers' pay. The demand for the product a worker makes may rise, causing the demand for workers to go up. The supply of workers may decline, causing employers to bid up wages to keep the ones...
By Steve Chapman | 03/20/14 05:23 PM
Bungling is an inherent feature of American foreign policy. Even with the best of intentions, our presidents miss warning signs, overreact to minor threats, fail to dissuade other governments from doing things we oppose and wade into situations that blow up in our faces. It's not a Republican...
By Steve Chapman | 03/17/14 11:45 AM
Some people lie awake nights worrying about terrorist attacks, giant asteroids crashing into the Earth or war with Russia. I can slumber peacefully through those perils. What causes me to wake up screaming is the banana blight.
By Steve Chapman | 03/13/14 12:27 PM
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a stalwart ally of the nation's intelligence agencies, says she is appalled to learn they have been spying on her committee, ignoring federal law and possibly trampling on the Constitution in a heavy-handed targeting of innocent people. Hey! Maybe now she knows how the...
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