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Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz prove again that extremism loses. 
Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders present themselves as the ideological equivalent of Ivory soap: 99.44 percent pure. Each was sure that his uncompromisingly dogmatic approach was exactly what Americans yearned for this year, and each looked as though he might succeed in capturing his party’s nomination. We could have had something resembling a Barry Goldwater vs. George McGovern election, leaving no centrist option.
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History is a slow and usually undetectable process, with change happening in microscopic increments. But sometimes, you can see and feel the world changing, and we've just experienced one of those moments.
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Hillary Clinton finally sees the light on the 1994 crime bill. 
Looking back on the 1994 crime bill that he signed, Bill Clinton is probably wishing it had included a shorter statute of limitations — not on crimes but on presidential responsibility. Today he finds himself pilloried for something he claimed as an achievement. An issue that once was a political asset for him is now a liability for his wife.
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What's wrong with the North Carolina law on transgender people's restroom use?
Some residents of North Carolina don't like the idea of sharing restrooms with transgender men and women, and they were pleased to learn that, thanks to a new law, they won't have to. I have news for them: They already have. They just didn't know it. And they will again.
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What Trump and Sanders don't understand about our trade deficit. My column: http://fw.to/Ey01VTe
Donald Trump says the problem in the United States is that "we don't win anymore." Trade is his favorite example, based on our long-standing trade deficit. But in one big area, America is a big global winner, year after year. That little-known fact exposes the basic, fatal error in Trump's lament.
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Hi Steve, well finally found a spot I could contact THE TRIB & not subscribe BECAUSE I already pay full ride on your sister paper, the LAT. How about giving those of us who already pay full ride a discount to read our former home town paper. I was ecstatic to open trib.com with none of those obstructionist blue flags. Consider this: when I was a kid & it was too hot to play outside I slumped on the couch and watched the Cubs. Now, MLB has it all so locked up, you are not grooming any future fans as we all gotta pay! Same goes for the news my friend, if we can't read it we go elsewhere. Sincerely, a life long fan Dawn

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The Rising of 1916 has a special place in Irish memory. Last month, on Easter Sunday, a quarter of a million people gathered in Dublin for a parade marking the 100th anniversary of the so-called Easter rebellion (which actually began on a Monday, April 24). At this year's commemoration, Irish President Michael Higgins extolled the rebels' "generous social and political vision, one that can still inspire us today."
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Why aren't our leaders treating Zika with the urgency it deserves?
The Zika virus poses a major danger to Americans, and it's reassuring to know that the Republican presidential candidates are ready to take it on.
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In the polarized environment of modern American politics, there aren't many things that liberals and conservatives agree on. But they should be able to join hands and lift their voices in unison to say, " Bernie Sanders will not do."
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The North Carolina transgender restroom law is not common sense. It;s the opposite. My post: http://fw.to/6xiaKTe
The new North Carolina law requiring transgender people to use restrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificate may sound to supporters like common sense: What woman wants to see a man in the ladies’ room? In fact, it’s the opposite of common sense, for reasons that become clear with any consideration of the issue.
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Campaigning in Wisconsin, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton show what makes them different. http://fw.to/Oz2vqdm
JANESVILLE, Wis. — Toward the end of his rally here, Donald Trump took some questions from the audience, including an emotional one that revealed something good about him. He then proceeded with an answer that exposed the fundamental defect of his presidential campaign.
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In the months before the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Secretary of State Colin Powell sometimes invoked what he referred to as the Pottery Barn Rule: "You break it, you own it." The obligations of ownership are now coming due, in the form of millions of refugees desperate to escape the strife of the Middle East.
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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
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