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Probing questions at presidential news conferences sometimes have a way of getting their principals to reflect on their state of mind -- and at the same time the state their presidency, particularly when things aren't going well. Back in 1995, when Bill...
I believe it was an English preacher, Charles Haddon Spurgeon (and not Mark Twain, to whom the saying is often attributed), who once said, "A lie travels 'round the world, while truth is putting on her boots." Blaine Taylor states that I have failed to...
In an earlier era, Dr. Benjamin Carson's speech before the National Prayer Breakfast last week would have been a really big deal rather than mere fodder for a brief squall on Twitter and cable news. Born in crushing poverty to an illiterate single...
The Baltimore SunEach week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar — another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word: AUTODIDACT One of the most notable self-...
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Every once in a while, a really, really good wine book comes along … something destined to become a classic. The "Food Lover's Guide to Wine" by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg is an amazingly fresh and novel exploration of the world of wine and...
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November 21, 2012, was a sad day. As many were looking forward to sharing Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family; Hostess Brands, the makers of Twinkies, Wonder Bread, Ding Dongs and many other culinary delights high in the food pyramid,...
Mark Twain supposedly quipped, "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated." For Maryland Republicans, the joke is no laughing matter. Gov. Martin O'Malley and Democrats all but engineered the demise of the Maryland GOP through redistricting at...
The Baltimore SunYou know about bibliomancy, right? Divination by books? You take the Bible, for example, allow it to fall open at random, close your eyes, and stab your finger at a passage. Opening your eyes, you read it for guidance about the future. It's a very old...
The sun hadn't reached its peak intensity by 10 a.m. on July 17, but the four volunteers from Halethorpe-Relay United Methodist Church were already sweating. Temperatures would rise into the upper 90s that day as volunteers painted the fence of a...
Tom Miley, a media specialist for Baltimore County Public Schools, relayed something of an odd desire to a group of summer school reading students at Ridgely Middle School in Lutherville on Wednesday, July 25. "My goal in two or three years is to be...
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The Baltimore SunEach week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be acquainted--another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word: PARVENU The Mark Twain character who says, "A year...
Many people credit Mark Twain with coining the phrase "No man is safe when the legislature is in session." Maybe that is why Maryland's state constitution limits the legislature to only 90 days a year. But the current trend is to have special sessions...
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