A sobering economic snapshot intensified the presidential campaign on Friday as President Barack Obama rolled through two vote-rich battleground states and Republican Mitt Romney fended off conservative complaints about his plan for winning.
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and WBEZ blogger Achy Obejas both grew up in and around Michigan City, Ind. After the high court's landmark decision, Obejas writes, "What John Roberts did today was legally correct and constitutionally solid. . . but I also think an act of both courage and decency — both virtues in abundance in our tiny hometown, where everybody knew everybody and helped one another in moments of crisis."
As the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act came down Thursday morning, politicians in Illinois and across America began to release their responses. Below are some of their statements, culled from Twitter, email and phone interviews conducted by WBEZ.
President Obama’s DREAM Act executive order was a survival-mode move to counteract Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s own ambitious move. Rubio has been talking up his own version of the DREAM Act, which, unlike to the original, would not provide a path to permanent residency or citizenship.
Scholar Fawaz Gerges argues that despite his efforts to limit the damage done by the Bush years and all that came before them, President Obama may be seen as an “American Gorbachev” in the Middle East.
Worldview contributor Robert L. Price argues that some of America's political leaders should take a lesson from President Obama’s press conference Monday to learn what being “world-class” really means.