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[28 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]

Spring training started this week in the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues and an intriguing preseason exercise for fans is to predict this year’s top rookies in the American and National Leagues. The local ball clubs have fresh young prospects.  The Cubs appear likely to promote a pair of infielders who are ranked as baseball’s second and fifth best prospects by scoutingbook.com.  Third baseman Kris Bryant is considered the second best young player (behind Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton), and shortstop Addison…

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[3 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]

The Chicago Tribune has finally caught on to what we’ve been pointing out for months: that the aggressive Medicaid expansion through Get Covered Illinois is going to end up costing us far more than what was sold by the President Obama or any other Obamacare supporter. Specifically, what the General Assembly claimed would cost Illinois taxpayers $573 million over the next 15 years when they voted to expand Medicaid spending will actually cost north of $2 billion. That’s nearly four…

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[3 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]

The Chicago Tribune has finally caught on to what we’ve been pointing out for months: that the aggressive Medicaid expansion through Get Covered Illinois is going to end up costing us far more than what was sold by the President Obama or any other Obamacare supporter. Specifically, what the General Assembly claimed would cost Illinois taxpayers $573 million over the next 15 years when they voted to expand Medicaid spending will actually cost north of $2 billion. That’s nearly four…

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[23 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]

We understand that the State of the Union is mostly a political speech and really shouldn’t be taken seriously. Unfortunately, the American press takes it all too seriously, except for checking facts from the lips of presidents. So with Friday upon us, we’ve concluded our week going through the text of the 2015 State of the Union, all 6,500 words of it. We’re sure you’re grateful we won’t reprint it all here, but we are going to go through most…

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[20 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]

In a very familiar tune we’ve heard before not only from this president but countless politicians in the past, the White House has given the press a preview of what President Barack Obama plans to feature as his central theme in his seventh State of the Union Address: “raising taxes on the rich and cutting taxes for the middle class.” The press is helping President Obama frame this long exhausted narrative with headlines from the Associated Press (AP) like: “Obama…

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[12 Jan 2015 | No Comment | ]

Once upon a time in our schools, history teachers told us that politics was not a flat line with liberals to the left and conservatives to the right.  The arched rainbow of political attitudes was indeed a “political spectrum.” The further left or right an idea or philosophy grew, the more the extremes grew closer, the more they became the same. Case in point came this last week when a pair of seemingly opposite commentators — ultra-liberal Bill Maher of…

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[8 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]

The Windy City’s connection to President Barack Obama never seems to get old, and that’s often bad for the administration. This past week, U.S. attorneys filed a motion to have Dr. Eric Whitaker, a long-time friend of Obama since their days as grad students at Harvard, declared a hostile witness in the trial of Chicagoans Leon and Karin Dingle. The Chicago Tribune, in a story last Wednesday by Ray Long, offered a balanced approach to Whitaker and the Dingles, which…

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[2 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]

There’s a good Political Diary over at The Wall Street Journal today by editorial writer Jason Riley. In short, it’s some much-needed straight talk on a media culture (and a president) that refused to budge from its familiar narrative — facts be damned — when it comes to cops, crime and black culture. “The president and his administration are very focused on the underlying issues that have been uncovered in a pretty raw way in Ferguson,” said White House press…

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[24 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

Whether or not you watch “Saturday Night Live” (which stopped being funny in about 1979), you probably know that the opening skit this past weekend came pretty close to hitting a parody home run as it lampooned Obama’s executive action on immigration. The skit featured cast members dressed as a legislative bill and an executive action, mimicking the popular Schoolhouse Rock feature “I’m Just a Bill.” Well, apparently it wasn’t funny for the so-serious Solons over at the Washington Post,…

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[21 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]

Sometimes, the press gives away its own bias in subtle ways. That’s certainly the case with a Crain’s Chicago Business story headlined, “Business has Obama’s back on immigration.” From the headline, you would think that every one of  Chicago’s business leaders called by the business broadsheet are in favor of the program outlined by the president to the nation Thursday night. But the text tells a very different story than the headline. In fact, Crain’s says as much in the opening paragraph….