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  • Why the VCR should have been illegal -- a minority opinion

     
    Highlights from the four-vote dissent in the U.S. Supreme Court's 1984 "Betamax" ruling -- the case was SONY CORPORATION OF AMERICA ET AL. v. UNIVERSAL CITY STUDIOS, INC., ET AL -- that, if it had gone the other way, would......
  • Free speech, sure, but what about a woman’s right to tune out?

     
    Friday's print column Anti-abortion activist Nancy Clark of Worcester, Mass., estimated in court testimony that “only 1 woman in 100” entering an abortion clinic was willing to walk across the street to hear her out after passage of a state......
  • Open thread -- today's U.S. Supreme Court decisions

     
    1. Ruling may put Chicago abortion protest buffer zone in jeopardy The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a buffer zone of 35 feet that includes sidewalks and walkways outside abortion clinics violates free speech. (RULING) 2. Supreme Court rules...
  • Very Big Monday at the U.S. Supreme Court -- open thread

     
    I'll be pretty tied up today in meetings and then going to the Hunt Club Aquatic Center in Gurnee for a remote broadcast with Bill Leff and Wendy Snyder on WGN-AM 720 from 3 - 5:30 p.m., but it's going......
  • Where’s the math? -- Hard to figure how Rauner’s ‘blueprint’ puts us in the black

     
    “I can’t really comment on his wording,” said Bruce Rauner, the man who would be governor, responding Monday to reporters’ questions about a judge’s ruling that a legislative term limits referendum doesn’t belong on the...
  • Onward non-Christian soldiers -- losers in the Supreme Court battle over government prayer have opened up a new front

     
    Friday's print column For the first major shot in the invocation wars, the 344-word “prayer” Dan Courtney read Tuesday night was a gentle salvo. No defiance. No anger. No disrespect. Just a few morsels of humanistic uplift — “it...
  • Dire straitjackets: Bad deals remind us to take the long view

     
    Consider these six deals: 1. In 2003, the Chicago Park District entered into a 20-year contract that exempted the new Park Grill restaurant in Millennium Park from property taxes and from paying for garbage pickup, water and gas. 2. In......
  • Small Illinois primary races poll voters on big issues

     
    Wednesday's print column Is there still political life in the anti-gay marriage movement? Are union forces strong enough to win a battle with the Democratic establishment over pension reform? These questions are central to two of the most interesting...
  • Ice & Oberweis, your GOP senate race roundup

     
    Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery to Republican strategist and frequent thorn in my side Dan Curry (left), who was struck by falling ice today. Curry received stitches at Northwestern Memorial, and there was concern that he might......
  • Emanuel rips scab off my Soldier Field rehab wounds

     
    I've combined a post from earlier this week with a commentary for my Sunday print column My PDSD — Post-Daley Stress Disorder — is relatively under control. I sometimes cringe involuntarily when inserting my credit card into parking meter...
  • Year of surprises leaves soothsayers grasping for soothiness

     
    Print column, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 The most surprising news event of 2013 was the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov, the Web portal to Obamacare. Yes, I'm sure the partisans who have long derided President Barack Obama for the lack of......
  • The elegant database solution to the clash between religious and gay rights

     
    Can you imagine having a censorious photographer prowling around your wedding? Having some sour, judgmental lensman looking with revulsion at you and your new spouse -- for any reason --– and saying bitterly to the guests “Smile, somehow&#...