BY ESTEPHAN SALAMEH: Twenty-one years of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians will reach a new deadline at the end of April. All signs point to the harsh reality that the current peace effor will end in failure.
BY MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS: Our athletes are the closest things we have in this country to gods. Our sports figures represent the pinnacle of perfection, the American ideal of strength and grace. And when that narrative doesn’t work, when instead an athlete is accused of something as monstrous as sexual assault, too often it’s easier to ignore the unpleasant possibilities than investigate their merit.
BY WAYNE BESEN: Illinois House members failed to protect the mental health of vulnerable lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth when they voted 44-51 late last week against banning conversion therapy for minors. Allowing this ineffective and medieval practice to continue will cause, in the words of the American Psychiatric Association, “anxiety, depression, and self-destructive behavior” for many LGBT adolescents.
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BY CRISTAL THOMAS: As expectant mothers stay on the job longer into their pregnancies, there are increasing reports of employers who refuse to accommodate their conditions. Help is on the way.
BY JIM NEWELL: The grounds for claiming Obamacare has been an “unmitigated disaster” are receding as more and more numbers trickle out. Republicans who hope to use an upcoming Senate hearing to bash Obamacare may get more than they bargained4 for.
BY RALPH MARTIRE: This November, Illinois voters can ratify two potential amendments to the state’s Constitution. Here’s hoping a third gets on the ballot — one that would allow state income tax rates to track ability to pay. This would permit voters to decide if they’d like to be taxed in a way that’s fairer than current law.
BY ANDREW LEONARD: As Michael Lewis explains in his new best seller “Flash Boys,” high-frequency traders are taking advantage of superior technology to insert themselves between buyers and sellers on the market and skim off a piece of the action for themselves. They serve no necessary economic function. They’re parasites.
BY KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: Was Jeb Bush right to insert love into a political debate? Such was the question I was asked on talk radio in response to the former Florida governor’s assertion that some immigrants come into the United States illegally as an “act of love.” It would be trite to say, “All You need is love.” It would oversimplify policy differences. But it could be a start.
I am not “anti-vaccine.” This is not a change in my stance nor is it a new position that I have recently adopted. For years, I have repeatedly stated that I am, in fact, “pro-vaccine” and for years I have been wrongly branded as “anti-vaccine.” …
BY SARAH HABANSKY: Archaic immigration policies limit, discourage and reject the world’s best and brightest to work the United States, even on a temporary basis. The heart of the problem is an obscure, but valuable work visa: the H-1B.
BY BRIAN J. GAINES: Folks say tax the rich, surveys show, but most poeple also grossly underestimate how much in taxes the wealthy already pay, says a University of Illinois political scientist.
BY REBECA NIEVES-HUFFMAN: We demand accountability from our neighborhood schools. We cannot treat charter schools that fail to make the grade any differently. Period. Push for the closure of underperforming charter schools.
Recently retired NFL cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha spoke softly, a fire just below the surface, about his parents’ experience as African immigrants. He could have been talking, in a way, about my own Nigerian American family. “My parents came here with nothing. And then they had …Read More
BY GENE LYONS: Pity the poor plutocrats, victims of the envious mob. You can hardly open the Wall Street Journal these days without reading a self-pitying screed by some billionaire hungry for love. A while back it was venture capitalist Tom Perkins, who equated criticism of the wealthy with the Holocaust.
BY JOHN CULLERTON: Lately I’ve been accused of being too optimistic about our state. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not all rainbows and unicorns. But you simply cannot ignore five years worth of progress.
BY KATHERINE MANGU-WARD: Earlier this week, President Barack Obama delivered this successful laugh line in a speech: “We’ll talk about dry cleaners next, right, because I know that — I don’t know why — it costs more for Michelle’s blouse than my shirt.” Obama’s not actually launching a ladies’ laundry crusade. But there are others who take the issue seriously indeed.
BY MAGGIE GALLAGHER: A decades-long trend may have reversed itself. More moms are staying home full-time, according to a new report. But are they getting what they want? Perhaps.
BY MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS: Eric and Charlotte Kaufman — along with their daughters, 3-year-old Cora and 1-year-old Lyra – set out to cross the Pacific Ocean in a 36-foot sailboat. Critics wonder: What kind of parents do that?
BY MONA CHAREN. The coverage of mental illness and PTSD in the Fort Hood case threatens to reinforce an utterly unfair stereotype of veterans. While veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan have for the most part been honored for their service and welcomed home with open arms, they are burdened by civilians’ misconceptions about PTSD.
BY GERALD J. ROPER: With Restaurant Opportunity Centers at the forefront, the SEIU, AFL-CIO and others can execute their labor-friendly agenda out of the spotlight.