| Aug 20, 2013
Not counting rumors that Anthony Weiner's marriage has hit a rocky patch, it may be the worst-kept secret in politics: Joe Biden wants to be president.
On Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the vice president's inner circle is swabbing the...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 3:12 PM
The definitive line about a newspaper's public mission came, as it happens, from Hollywood.
In Orson Welles' classic "Citizen Kane," the title character, his newspaper empire in tatters, is asked by Walter Thatcher, the film's stand-in for J.P. Morgan,...
| Aug 18, 2013
First thing in the morning on Aug. 18, 2003 — 10 years ago Sunday — I stumbled bleary-eyed but eager to my desk in the attic and, with a few keystrokes, uploaded the following to the Tribune's website:
LIFO-SUCTION: Because of the "last in,...
| Aug 18, 2013
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton announced Wednesday that he might seek the Republican nomination for governor if there is enough support … in other words, if he can raise the dough.
Boughton signaled his intention to test the waters by tweeting the...
| Mar 12, 2013
I hope I'm not too late to the fight.
FOR THE RECORD:
Filibuster: In a March 12 column about Rand Paul, Sen. Lindsey Graham was identified as (R-Ky.). He is from South Carolina.
Last week, freshman Sen....
| Sep 20, 2012
When it comes to apologies, some people are like scent hounds: They can sniff them out anywhere. This is especially true when it comes to the supposed regrets and self-hatred of President Obama. Though he began his term with a series of speeches in...
| Jul 11, 2012
Today's topic: the billions (yes, with a "b") that will be spent on advertising in this year's presidential and congressional campaigns, and what kind of messages that money is sending.
Like jazz, blues and musical comedy, the political ad is a...
| Jul 1, 2012
"In my first term, we passed healthcare reform," President Obama joked this spring. "In my second term, I guess I'll pass it again."
Thanks to the Supreme Court, Obama can take that item off his agenda. But Chief JusticeJohn G. Roberts Jr.guaranteed...
| Jun 28, 2012
On paper, June looked like a bad month for President Obama. It began with a gaffe, his lighthearted comment that "the private sector is doing fine." Then the Federal Reserve revised its growth forecast downward, making it clear that 8% unemployment is...
| Jun 5, 2012
It should surprise no one that I'm opposed to the recall of Scott Walker, the Wisconsin governor whose fate will be decided Tuesday. But that's only in part because I support what he's been trying to do in the Badger State. I'm also against recalls as a...
| Jul 19, 2012
I recently attended a lecture by a distinguished man of letters. A poet, novelist, playwright and literary critic, this man also edits journals, directs literary festivals, collaborates on documentary projects, teaches full time at a university and is...