Mr. Chapman is a columnist and editorial writer for the Chicago Tribune.
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  • Do More Cops Equal Less Crime?

    The Democratic theme song is “Happy Days Are Here Again,” and nowhere do Democrats think that axiom applies better than in the realm of fighting crime. They recall that thanks to legislation passed in 1994, Bill Clinton put 100,000 new | Read More »

  • Whose Kidney Is It, Anyway?

    Editor’s Note: Steve Chapman is on vacation. The following column was originally published in June 2005. Socialist and communist governments have nationalized all sorts of things: oil and gas fields, phone companies, steel mills, coal mines, airlines and farms. Now | Read More »

  • Does Sexual Fare Cause Sexual Violence?

    In the 1980s, conservatives and feminists joined to fight a common nemesis: the spread of pornography. Unlike past campaigns to stamp out smut, this one was based not just on morality but on public safety. They argued that hard-core erotica | Read More »

  • The Perils of Presidential Predictions

    Last summer, before the college football season began, sportswriters and coaches drew on all their experience, savvy and predictive powers to rate the best teams in the land. The top five schools in both the major polls all got to | Read More »

  • Campaign Reformers, Drunk on Power

    When a political party that has been a minority suddenly gains power, the change can be intoxicating. After Republicans gained control of the House of Representatives in 1994, you didn’t need a Breathalyzer to detect the effect. It became obvious | Read More »

  • Obama vs. the Anger Mongers

    Barack Obama has been campaigning since early this morning, and as he addresses his last audience of the day, he professes some strong emotions about the distance many Americans feel from their government. "It makes me angry when folks feel | Read More »

  • The Entertaining Evolution of Mitt and Rudy

    Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani have many differences and something in common: Each governed a liberal place, and each, while in office, often sided with liberals on particular issues. They are both making the presidential campaign more entertaining through strenuous | Read More »

  • Hillary Clinton’s Learning Curve

    On most issues, you can line up Hillary Clinton on one side and the Bush administration, free-market think tanks and conservative economists on the other. It would be a surprise to find the former first lady lifting ideas from her | Read More »

  • Fred Thompson’s Boredom

    The United States Senate has long been known as the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body. Under the Constitution, it has a great deal of power and responsibility — confirming judges, ambassadors and Cabinet officers, ratifying treaties and serving as a trial | Read More »

  • Irrelevance on Hate Crimes

    Politicians are often accused of being irrelevant. But rarely has a group of them been so intent on proving that charge than the senators who voted last week for the "The Matthew Shepard Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act | Read More »

  • In Praise of the Housing Bust

    Back in the 17th century in the Netherlands, there was a mass rage for, of all things, tulip bulbs. Prices got bid way up, and speculators jumped in to bid them up higher still. By the peak of the tulip | Read More »

  • The Next Attorney General, and the Next

    When President Bush nominated Michael Mukasey to be attorney general, presidential candidates offered reactions that broke down mostly on party lines — Republicans positive, Democrats guarded. Rudy Giuliani, whose campaign counts Mukasey as an adviser, gushed that "he will meet | Read More »

  • Inflating the Threat of Radical Islam

    When the Cold War fizzled out, Americans rejoiced. Our long standoff with the Soviet Union, shadowed by the specter of nuclear war, was over, and the West had prevailed. What wasn’t clear then was that many Americans would miss something | Read More »

  • More False Optimism on Iraq

    Gen. David Petraeus says the Iraq war is going well, and I believe him. I believe him the way I believe the coach of a perennial football doormat who, every August, assures fans he expects a winning season. Coaches don’t | Read More »

  • Is McCain Too Old To Be President?

    You often hear the complaint that modern political campaigns are too nasty, which is often true. But it’s also often true that they are too polite. So we’re fortunate when someone violates the prevailing etiquette, forcing candidates and voters to | Read More »

  • Joe Biden, Talking for a Purpose

  • Putin and Stalin: Revising Reality

  • Resisting the Obvious in New Orleans

  • On Cuba, No Signs of Audacity

  • Giuliani’s Escape from the Real World