Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Eugene Robinson: Routes to deficit reduction take different paths ]]> Lead story image

Do progressives care about reducing the national debt? Of course they do, no matter what the White House might believe. “We think that obviously there are some Democrats who don’t feel as strongly about deficit reduction as (President Obama) does,” senior adviser David Plouffe said Wednesday during a breakfast with reporters and columnists. But that’s not obvious at all. It isn’t even true. There’s no dispute about where we need to go. The question is what path to take. Clearly, the federal government cannot continue spending at a rate of 25 percent of GDP while taking in revenues that equal … ]]> Sat, 09 Jul 2011 08:22:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Eugene Robinson: Afghan policy remains murky ]]> Lead story image

Some heard a declaration of victory, others an admission of defeat. The many contradictions in President Obama’s speech about Afghanistan on Wednesday night were perhaps intended to obscure the bottom line: Tens of thousands of American troops will remain for at least three more years, some of them will be maimed or killed, and Obama offered no good reason why. The only debate within the administration, it appears, was whether to bring home the troops far too slowly or not at all. Obama decided on the too-slowly option. A year from now, we will have withdrawn the more than 30,000 … ]]> Wed, 06 Jul 2011 11:45:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ Weiner’s ‘crime’ was Internet ignorance ]]> Lead story image

It’s an irony of the modern age that the most devastating kind of sex scandal, at least for politicians, doesn’t involve actual sex, as Rep. Anthony Weiner has learned. Weiner, who resigned Thursday, assured his own demise years ago when he began sending raunchy pictures and sex-talk messages to random women over the Internet. He would have been better off if he had arranged to meet those women for secret trysts — not that there’s any indication that the women had the slightest interest in meeting Weiner for such purposes. Let me clarify: I do not suggest that committing adultery … ]]> Wed, 03 Aug 2011 22:34:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ Immigration reform a sticky issue for Boehner, GOP ]]> Lead story image

Of course it’s amnesty. The whole point of comprehensive immigration reform is to bring 11 million undocumented men, women and children out of the shadows, which means giving them some kind of legal status, which amounts to amnesty. Otherwise, why bother? So the Senate did the sensible thing and passed a bill allowing law-abiding immigrants who are here without papers to stay — and eventually become citizens. Whether the House follows suit may depend on whether Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has finally had his fill of Washington’s most thankless job. Seems to me it should be an easy call. Leading … ]]> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 06:55:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Eugene Robinson: Food for thought on Paula Deen ]]> Lead story image

Paula Deen needs to give the self-pity a rest. The damage to her carefully built image is self-inflicted — nobody threw a rock — and her desperate search for approval and vindication is just making things worse. Sorry to be so harsh, but come on. Deen is tough and savvy enough to have built a culinary empire from scratch, in the process becoming the most famous Southern cook in creation. She incarnates the whole “steel magnolia” archetype, with razor-sharp toughness beneath the flutter and the filigree. “I is what I is,” she said in her weepy exculpation on the “Today” … ]]> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 06:38:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ Eugene Robinson: Killing bin Laden vital ]]> Lead story image

Years from now, I believe, we will look back and say the elimination of Osama bin Laden changed everything. To borrow Churchill’s assessment of the Nazi defeat at El Alamein: “Now, this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” Attempted terrorist attacks in the name of fundamentalist Islam surely will continue. Most will be amateurish failures, such as the alleged plot disclosed Thursday in which two homegrown would-be jihadists — now in the custody of New York City police — ineffectually aspired to blow up … ]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 02:19:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Health care repeal unlikely ]]>

If the incoming Republican leadership in the House of Representatives is serious about trying to repeal health care reform, there's only one appropriate Democratic response: "Make my day." Just to be clear, there's no earthly chance that a bill repealing the landmark health care overhaul could actually make it through Congress and be signed into law. Even if Republicans managed to hold together their new majority in the House, they would face the inconvenient fact that Democrats still control the Senate. And even if a repeal measure somehow sneaked through the Senate, President Obama would veto the thing faster than … ]]> Thu, 13 Jan 2011 11:50:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ GOP leaders confront dilemma ]]>

It's been not quite two months' time since Republicans won a sweeping midterm victory, and already they seem divided, embattled and -- not to mince words -- freaked out. For good reason, I might add. Sen. Lindsey Graham captured the mood with his mordant assessment of the lame-duck Congress: "Harry Reid has eaten our lunch." Graham's complaint was that the GOP acquiesced to a host of Democratic initiatives -- giving President Obama a better-than-expected deal on taxes, eliminating "don't ask, don't tell," ratifying the new START treaty -- rather than wait for the new, more conservative Congress to arrive. It … ]]> Thu, 13 Jan 2011 11:34:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Barbour plays odd race game ]]> Lead story image

Does Haley Barbour really have a warped and offensive view of America’s racial history? Or is he just playing a dangerous game? Perhaps both. The Mississippi governor, considered a potential Republican candidate for president in 2012, keeps displaying what appears to be an astonishing level of ignorance about our nearly 400-year struggle with issues of race. At this point, it’s more than a pattern. It’s either a pathology or a plan. The latest outrage — and I don’t use that word lightly — came Tuesday, when Barbour was asked to comment on a proposal for a state license plate honoring … ]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 00:29:42 -0500