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Steve Huntley is a commentary columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and a member of its editorial board.

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Jobs surge reflects well on the GOP

President Barack Obama was quick to boast Friday about the big surge in hiring reported in November. He didn’t take note of the obvious, that the addition of 321,000 workers came as the Republicans took control of Congress in a wave election. Maybe businesses big …

Free speech is for the real goofs, too

Regrettably but inevitably, it’s frequently jerks who push and define the limits of the First Amendment right of free expression. Recall the U.S. Supreme Court decision rightly protecting the jackasses who burn our flag. And the one — I hate to agree but have to …

A top Democrat admits they blew it

It’s taken four years, but a top Senate Democrat finally admits passage of Obamacare was a mistake. Sen. Charles Schumer’s admission has Republicans chortling. They might also pay attention to the rest of his speech, which lays the groundwork for what sounds like a Democrat …

Thanks for fracking — and chocolate

Typically on this holiday we give thanks for family, friends and the good things in our lives. Perhaps this year it might be appropriate to expand our gratitude to those things in our society that contribute so much to the good things in our lives. …

Evil Palestinian propaganda deters peace

The pounding of nails or the buzz of a saw to build a home in an Israeli community in the disputed lands of the West Bank never fails to spark outrage against Israel from the State Department or European capitals. Virtually unnoticed by them is …

Obama’s immigration power grab

It looks as if President Barack Obama’s diktat revising immigration law is only hours away. But Americans will have to live with the consequences of this presidential power grab for years to come. Obama will announce Thursday night what sources call a “comprehensive” executive order …

Belittling the voters — now that’s stupid

An obscure, self-promoting economist at an elite East Coast university is having his 15 minutes in the spotlight — and finding that, outside the oh-so-smart and sophisticated left-wing precincts, mocking American voters as stupid is, well, just plain stupid. You might not have heard of …

Beware of regulation of the Internet

The folks who gave you the Healthcare.gov rollout, a fiasco perhaps unprecedented in the history of the Internet, have decided they’re smart and savvy enough to regulate . . . Internet service. You can’t make this stuff up. President Barack Obama is calling on the …

Reid leaves a legacy of wreckage

The first order of business for the U.S. Senate under Republican Mitch McConnell will be getting the Senate back in business. For most of the last four years, Democrat Harry Reid manipulated what was once the world’s greatest deliberative body for political purposes, not for …

11 lessons from Tuesday’s elections

Some thoughts about the election results:  Americans remain leery of big government. Just as President Barack Obama had said, his policies advocating an expansive Washington agenda were on the ballot. But voters hadn’t forgotten the health care website meltdown, VA incompetency in caring for vets, …

Insulting Netanyahu was a bad idea

At a time when Islamist fanaticism is roiling the Middle East and the Islamic State is on the march in Syria and Iraq, the Obama administration insults Israel, our only reliable ally in the region, by mocking Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a barnyard epithet …

Democrats already pointing fingers

I voted early the other day. But I didn’t slap on my shirt one of those “I voted” stickers they were handing out at the polling place. I didn’t want someone on the street asking me if I voted for Barack Obama. The president, of …

Ebola shows how government bumbles

These are tough days for liberals. Their central dogma — that government is the answer to our problems — is taking a beating. Voters are learning what conservatives have always known, big government can fail in big ways. Consider what has Americans scratching their heads …

Politicians say the darnedest things

In a long campaign season filled with super heavy issues like the weak economy, the Islamic State and Ebola, let’s pause to savor a few of the lighter moments. In Kentucky, Democrat senatorial candidate Alison Lundergan “I’m not Barack Obama” Grimes — the quote is …

Enjoy the cheaper oil while we can

Falling oil prices have us smiling when we fill ’er up. But economics is not known as the dismal science for no reason — good news often is accompanied by a downside, and economists are raining on our parade. But first the silver lining in …

Hard to trust ‘experts’ on Ebola

It seems like only days ago the experts were assuring us that there was no cause for worry after Ebola had arrived in our country. Now in a span of just four days, two nurses in Dallas who treated that first Ebola patient have themselves …

Israel simply is not equally at fault

Western donor nations that have given so much money to Palestinian causes are expressing hesitancy about funding the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip because they fear another war may be, if not just around the corner, then certainly not that far off. It’s a reasonable …