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Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 04:30 pm
 The outgoing Obama administration reportedly prepared hundreds of memos -- more than 300 from the National Security Council alone -- to aid the Trump transition. Those memos, apparently, were ne...
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 09:34 am
 George Packer in The New Yorker reminds us that George Washington, in his farewell address upon leaving office in 1796, said this about the danger of partisan demagoguery. It agitates the ...
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 09:37 am
The Illinois State Museum has announced the dates of showing of 16 original oil paintings in its collection by Manierre Dawson. “A Journey to Abstraction.” Dawson, sayeth the curators, was a lit...
Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 04:57 pm
Next month Springfield will mark the 208th anniversary of te birth of Abraham Lincoln. The city is familiar by now with the tributes that national and international Somebodies pay to our best citizen....
Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016 04:49 pm
Way back in 2014, when the sun still shone on America, I did a column titled New York, New York in which  I ventured an opinion or two about why New York City draws to it the best and...
Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 01:59 pm
Here is a short shelf of books that explore in some way the history of mid-Illinois, as I promised in "Understanding our brave new world through the old one." All are still in print or, if no...
Monday, Dec. 12, 2016 04:36 pm
 "Sears revolutionized American retail not once but twice, and made a lot of Americans immeasurably better off," Megan McArdle writes in Bloomberg. "But Sears built a great business for an ...
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 08:40 am
An update on the issue I raised here and here: The U.S. presidential vote is still being counted. As of December 6, Hillary Clinton leads by 2.6 million votes, which is 2 percent of the tota...
Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 10:19 am
Readers who share my dismay at the ways that the structure of our national political system frustrates the will of the majority have a sympathetic ear in blogger Jason Kottke, who offers links to usef...

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