September 30, 2013 |
Is it just me, or are Latinos everywhere these days? Kidding! Kidding! Still, we're not very well understood as a group. So in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, here is my list of 10 things every non-Latino should know about Latinos. Latinos are the fastest-growing minority group in the country. It's crazy how true this is. Latinos made up half of the nation's growth in the first decade of the new millennium. I guess it's good that Latinos get a whole month to themselves then.
September 10, 2013 |
President Obama addressed the nation Tuesday to deliver his appeal for punishment of Syria. We asked four RedEye special contributors for their reactions to the speech. War and non-peace President Obama played the "dying children" card in his little powwow with the American people. The general response: "What's happening in Syria is terrible, but ... . " Americans are tired of getting involved. Most people appreciate that we're the world's sole superpower but don't like the responsibility that comes with the title.
May 30, 2013 |
On Wednesday, President Obama was in town for a fundraiser, and I headed down to the Hilton Chicago on South Michigan to cover the Keystone protest. A couple things: 1) It's telling that despite the supposed scandals engulfing the president, I saw not one person with a sign that said anything about Benghazi, the IRS, the AP, or James Rosen. The conservative echo chamber is hard at work trying to get traction on any of these issues, but the President's poll numbers have not budged and outside of a hard core of Obama-haters, no one cares.
February 8, 2013 |
Drones are in the news thanks to a leaked Department of Justice memo outlining the legal reasoning behind the killing of American citizen and al-Qaeda propagandist Anwar Al-Awlaki. For those of us extremely unsettled by the Bush-Obama policy of extra-judicial assassination by unmanned aircraft, it's nice to at least see some major news organizations dusting off their mostly useless conventional wisdom-spewing megaphones to update the country on the government's ongoing secret assassination program via robot.
January 31, 2013 |
Finally, the government looks like it's seriously tackling immigration reform. Awesome! This whole "Save the Immigrants" thing has dragged on far too long. Still, maybe you're not an immigrant, or you've never eaten at a restaurant, and so you're asking: Why should I care about pathways to citizenship or DREAMers? (Not the John Lennon kind - the kind sitting across from you on the bus. Don't look!) I'll tell you why you should care: The debate is ruining your life. Here are five reasons immigration reform would make it all better.
January 15, 2013 |
I often fill this space up with defenses of President Obama's policies because for the most part, I agree with them or understand the line he's trying to walk whether in regards to taxes or war or health care or any other matter. In the case of the fiscal cliff deal and the impending need for congress to raise the debt ceiling, however, let's just say I hope the President knows what he's doing. I didn't have a problem with him caving a bit by raising the amount of money individuals have to make in...