| Nov 22, 2013
| 4:16 PM
Cities don't commit crimes, but Dallas continues to feel guilty all the same. Fifty years after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, many in the city are still burdened by the memory of that day — and the sense that, in some way they cannot put...
| Oct 20, 2011
If you're one of the thousands of demonstrators sleeping in parks, carrying signs and banging on drums to protest Wall Street's hammerlock on American politics, President Obama wants you to know he feels your pain.
"I understand the frustrations that are...
| Jul 14, 2013
| 5:00 AM
OK, the subject is race, so I'm going to ask the "haters" from both ends of the spectrum to step outside the chat room.
You know who you are.
Some of you were upset when I asked Michael Steele to run on my gubernatorial ticket in 2002. A few of you...
| Jul 3, 2013
Frederick Douglass, the most important African-American in the 19th century, was loyal to the Republican Party of Abraham Lincoln's day, even when it turned disloyal to him. I wonder how he would feel about today's Grand Old Party?
"I knew that...
| Nov 28, 2012
Chinta Strausberg was visiting a relative's South Side business in January 1993 when — out of the blue — an elderly uncle telephoned her at the automotive parts shop.
"First I was surprised that he knew I was there, but he kept saying,...
| Jun 27, 2012
| 9:45 PM
| Nov 20, 2013
This is a big week for us Americans to argue about why we argue so much about Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. The argument, I will argue, is really all about us.
It is ironic and appropriate that the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination...
| Nov 21, 2013
Extravagance can be intoxicating, and those who grow accustomed to extravagance, only to be deprived of it, can miss it terribly. That accounts for much of the powerful hold John F. Kennedy has on a generation of Americans even today. He led people to...
| Nov 17, 2013
Fifty years after the death of John F. Kennedy, there's no mystery about why his brief presidency remains an object of fascination: It was glamorous, photogenic, and cut short by an assassination that still seems an insoluble puzzle. Compared to the full-...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 8:49 AM
Paul McCartney's new album, "New," includes a song called "Early Days" that sounds almost like a preemptive strike on Beatles biographer Mark Lewisohn:
"Now everybody seems to have their own opinion/Of who did this and who did that/But as for me I don't...
| Nov 15, 2013
It was Sept. 16, 1989, a hot Texas night when Southern Methodist University discovered that, yes, there was life after the death penalty. To this day, they call what happened at Ownby Stadium, "The Miracle on Mockingbird."
For quarterback Matt DeGennaro...