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Benjamin Netanyahu came to the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday and offered an idea so simple and brilliant that everyone in the White House must have felt dumb for not thinking of it. His alternative to the imperfect deal the U.S. may strike with Iran? A perfect deal.
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The breakdown of the black family is a sensitive topic, though it's not new and it's not in dispute. President Barack Obama , who grew up with an absent father, often urges black men to be responsible parents.
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Baseball shouldn't penalize teams smart enough to use defensive shifts.
Baseball, being the noblest sport, has many lessons to teach: the value of daily persistence, the inevitability of failure and the likelihood that luck will not override ineptitude (looking at you, Cubs). But, as a creation of humans, it is also prey to human imperfections, like the urge to suppress useful changes to spare those who resist adaptation.
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Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is wrong about same-sex marriage and the Constitution.
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has a unique legal mind. He could say, like Lewis Carroll's Cheshire Cat, "I'm not strange, weird, off, nor crazy, my reality is just different from yours."
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On August 27, 2012 Columbia student Emma Sulkowicz says she was violently raped by a close friend -- Jean-Paul Nungesser.
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When a Texas jury rejected an insanity defense and convicted Eddie Ray Routh in the murder of "American Sniper" Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield, it raised a question: If this guy isn't crazy, who is?
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Jeb Bush didn't get his foreign policy ideas from his brother and father but he has none of his own.
Foreign policy is a complicated and bottomless topic, which forces politicians to address it with abstract words and punchy sound bites. Smart politicians know the difference between the messy realities and the simple pictures they paint. The danger lies with politicians who mistake the slogans for reality.
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Brian Williams and Jackie Robinson West show the risk of aiming too high.
I rise today to speak in praise of an underappreciated attribute: mediocrity.
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Americans are addicted to living beyond their means, at least when it comes to the functions of government. That's why the federal debt tripled over the past decade and under President Barack Obama 's budget plan would keep growing indefinitely.
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On August 27, 2012 Columbia student Emma Sulkowicz says she was violently raped by a close friend -- Jean-Paul Nungesser.
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In his State of the State address, Bruce Rauner tried way too hard at soundin' folksy.
There will be plenty of time to assess Gov. Bruce Rauner 's policy agenda as it emerges in the coming weeks. But it was hard to pay attention to what he was saying in his State of the State address Wednesday because of how he was saying it.
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  • Chicago Tribune
    columnist and editorial writer
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Columnist and editorial writer, The Chicago Tribune
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Steve Chapman is a columnist and editorial writer for the Chicago Tribune. His twice-a-week column on national and international affairs, distributed by Creators Syndicate, appears in some 50 papers across the country.

Chapman has been a member of the Tribune editorial board since 1981. He came to the Tribune from The New Republic magazine, where he was an associate editor. He has contributed articles to several national magazines, including Slate, The Weekly Standard, Reason, and National Review. He has appeared on numerous TV and radio news programs, include The CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and National Public Radio’s Fresh Air, Talk of the Nation and On Point.

Born in Brady, Texas in 1954, Chapman grew up in Midland and Austin. He attended Harvard University, where he was on the staff of The Harvard Crimson, and graduated with honors in 1976. He has been a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and has served on the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago Law School.

Chapman, who is married, has two sons, a daughter, and three stepsons. He lives in the suburbs of Chicago.

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I can sing "Happy Birthday" in the voice of Kermit the Frog.
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  • Harvard College
    History, 1972 - 1976