July 30, 2008 Pitcher Tim Drew was a first-round pick in the major league draft 11 years ago. But his early promise as a ballplayer didn't last, not like that of his brothers, J.D. and Steve. Now, he's called it a career at 29.
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July 24, 2008 Since the 1960s, Americans have lost respect for major institutions — both government and private — even as the nation seems to be better off than ever. In ways impossible to quantify, Americans have become down on America, allergic to much of what goes on in public.
July 23, 2008 This year's presidential election will create at least one Senate vacancy. In Illinois, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is one of the possible choices to fill Barack Obama's seat, while Arizona's Democratic governor must name a Republican to the Senate if John McCain is elected president.
July 17, 2008 Chicago Tribune syndicated columnist Amy Dickinson talks about how the slumping economy is affecting family households.
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July 17, 2008 The lesson behind the Fannie Mae financial mess is about this old and ignored government truism: The worst scandals are the ones that are perfectly legal.
July 15, 2008 O, the Oprah Magazine, explores everyday ethical challenges in its column "Now What Do I Do?" Jancee Dunn, the column's editor, and Faith Salie, a member of the column's ethics panel, discuss what not to say to new mothers, and whether it's ever OK to take your dog into a restaurant.
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July 10, 2008 One of the great tensions in the American spirit for the past century has been between traditional self-reliance and modern blamesmanship. Blamesmanship is winning, and the consequences are economic, not just moral.
June 26, 2008 It's wedding season, and some couples are asking the guests to bring their love, their support, and their CASH to pay for the ceremony. Are 'pot luck weddings' the latest craze, or just a bad phase?
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June 23, 2008 Author Fouad Ajami says that despite perceptions to the contrary, anti-Americanism is not alive and well. As he writes in his Wall Street Journal op-ed, "It is an old trick..." to believe otherwise.
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June 18, 2008 The end of the long battle for the Democratic presidential nomination hasn't cooled political passions. Readers of "Political Junkie" feel strongly about whom they want to see as Barack Obama's running mate. Bill Richardson, Jim Webb and Hillary Clinton — even Caroline Kennedy — are among their choices.
June 18, 2008 The Chicago Cubs have the best record in baseball. The only thing between them and a World Series championship is a century of defeat — and the difficulty of forgetting that. The Cubbies would be a breeze to win this year, if only nobody ever mentioned 1908.
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June 15, 2008 NPR's Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr reflects on the 40-year anniversary of Resurrection City in Washington, D.C.
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June 11, 2008 Now that Hillary Clinton has suspended her presidential campaign and made nice with Barack Obama, we turn to the quadrennial Beltway blather about who will be the running mate. The long list of potential vice presidential picks includes senators, governors and former political and military figures.
June 10, 2008 NPR Senior News Analyst Daniel Schorr says U.S. relations with Iran are stuck and not much is likely to happen until the next U.S. president takes office in January 2009.
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June 2, 2008 "Unity" was the buzzword before, during and after Saturday's meeting of the DNC rules committee, held to resolve the status of the disputed Democratic delegates from Michigan and Florida. But unity was nowhere to be found at the chaotic gathering.
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