It’s hard to write a story the night before the last time you see someone so important to you, but when you know what you want to say, you know. And I also knew that when my grandpa died there’s no way I’d be able to coherently write.

But I’d…


Tonight, the State of Texas executed a “killer.”

There is no question that, when he was 18 years old, Billy Wardlow killed an 82-year-old man while trying to steal his car. This made Mr. …


When I tell people that I’m a prison abolitionist, they’re often taken aback.

“Wait, you actually don’t think there should be prisons?”

I’ve gotten this response from just about everyone I’ve talked to about the issue, and when I respond that I really don’t think prisons should exist, I’m asked…


Today, the United States Supreme Court voted 5–4 to uphold Donald Trump’s “travel ban,” which bans travelers from majority Muslim countries.

If you know me at all, you already know I think this is a terrible decision. I think the fundamental purpose of the Constitution — of any constitution —…


Northwestern University’s athletic department has always gone out of its way to suck up to Chicago media, because as a school with little athletics tradition and a small fan base, it has to if it wants to be noticed.

As one sports information official told me when I ran Inside…


Monday is Martin Luther King Day, which means lots of people who vehemently oppose Black Lives Matter, school desegregation, race-conscious policies and movements against police brutality will tweet the “I have a dream” quote and tell you they idolize Martin Luther King.

Of course, if you stand against everything but…


The most egregious police shooting video in recent history was released this week, just after the shooter—Arizona police officer Philip Mitchell Brailsford—was acquitted of second-degree murder.

The video shows Daniel Shaver, a white, unarmed man, walk out of a hotel room, confused, with his hands up. He got onto the…


Earlier this month, Texas governor Greg Abbott went on another one of his diatribes about liberalism in universities, safe spaces and the typical nonsense you get from a guy whose main mission is convincing baby boomers from Amarillo that white people with traditional values need to save American culture from…


After Donald Trump’s tirade of a speech calling for NFL owners to fire players like “son of a bitch” Colin Kaepernick who kneel for the national anthem to protest police brutality and social injustice, most NFL owners did the bare minimum and released statements about Trump’s comments.

Some addressed Trump’s…


In a stunning moment of cowardice, Harvard announced early Friday morning that it would be disinviting Chelsea Manning to a fellowship at the school, ostensibly because the CIA complained about it.

Manning was originally invited to be a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, but the school’s dean wrote…

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