Benton Evening News - Benton, IL

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Updated Jan 19, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Presidential inaugurations are traditionally occasions for solemn spectacle and hopeful rhetoric. But there’s no ignoring the clouds hanging over the inauguration of the 45th president.

Updated Jan 9, 2017 at 10:44 AM

“It may sound preposterous but it’s true/ cause I heard it through the grapevine./ And Friend, I’m about to lose my mind/cause I heard it through the grapevine.”

Updated Jan 3, 2017 at 9:49 AM

The other day, I heard two friends greet each other in the parking lot of a local shopping center. “Merry Christmas,” one said cheerily. “We can say that again, now that our guy has won.”

Updated Dec 30, 2016 at 10:01 AM

Just before Christmas, a summit in Moscow brought together the leaders of Iran, Russia and Turkey. President Vladimir Putin of Russia orchestrated this major meeting. After the discussions, his foreign minister Sergei Lavrov announced significant...

Updated Dec 27, 2016 at 12:57 PM

We have just been through one of the most negative political campaigns in history, one that set a new standard for pettiness and being just plain ugly. But, as an eternal optimist, I have been looking for that silver lining at the edge of the dark...

Updated Dec 23, 2016 at 12:11 PM

Remember Farkus the school bully who pushed around Ralphie and his friends in the holiday favorite “A Christmas Story.” Finally, Ralphie, tired of the harassment, stood up to Farkus and beat him up on the school playground.

Updated Dec 14, 2016 at 11:15 AM

The telephone conversation on December 2 between President-elect Donald Trump and President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan was relatively brief but continues to reverberate prominently in news, diplomatic and political dimensions.

Updated Dec 2, 2016 at 3:37 PM

From what menace is that locked door and “Employees Only” sign truly meant to protect city employees?

Updated Nov 29, 2016 at 12:17 PM

Less than three weeks after Americans elected him president, Donald Trump is delivering on his reputation as a prolific liar, breaking so many campaign promises it’s hard to keep up.

Updated Nov 29, 2016 at 11:57 AM

The death of Cuban revolutionary and dictator Fidel Castro is a major moment in the midst of important economic changes. Acknowledging his importance as an epic Machiavellian survivor in no way minimizes the ruthlessness of his regime.

Updated Oct 31, 2016 at 3:58 PM

One of the most intriguing aspects of national elections is the constant rhetoric related to leadership, ability, and experience. Both candidates and news writers debate what kinds of abilities and experiences prepare a person for presidential...

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