| Feb 29, 2012
| 12:08 PM
As an architect of the urban "enterprise zone" idea more than 30 years ago, my eye was caught by a recent proposal in Maryland to set up health enterprise zones (HEZ). The original enterprise zone idea was designed to spur economic activity in depressed...
| Dec 8, 2011
The French say Plus ša change, plus c'est la meme chose: "The more things change, the more they stay the same."
You'll still be seeing my melon-headed mug around Howard County, but not in this space anymore. Next week is my last with this newspaper,...
| Dec 10, 2011
| 4:06 PM
To his supporters, Army Pfc. Bradley E. Manning is a hero, the whistle-blower who revealed U.S. war crimes and diplomatic double-dealing in the Pentagon records and State Department cables he is alleged to have sent to the anti-secrecy organization...
| Mar 23, 2012
| 4:25 PM
The video is arresting.
A figure wearing a ski mask appears just outside the front door of a school on a sunny day. In an instant, he and a student are charging each other, fists raised.
They meet, a punch is thrown, and the person in the ski mask falls...
| Mar 31, 2012
| 10:14 AM
Talk about a Friday afternoon dump: Keith Olbermann and his $50-million, five-year contract dumped by Al Gore's audience-challenged Current TV after less than a year on-air.
There isáno shortage ofámeat for analysts to chew on these bones, and that is...
| Apr 3, 2012
| 5:15 AM
I was stunned by The Sun's description of Keith Olbermann's firing from Current TV as, "A mainstream media figure washes out at Current." You had me for a minute, then I realized the headline appeared onApril Fool's Day.
How else to attribute The Sun...
| Aug 14, 2011
| 7:01 PM
I saw a lot of Iowa straw poll coverage this weekend, and some of it was pretty awful. But nothing made me want to gag like this exchange between Mike Huckabee and Michele Bachmann Saturday night on Huckabee's weekly conflict-of-interest hour that Fox...
| Jan 19, 2012
| 9:15 AM
ANNAPOLIS — Gov.Martin O'Malleysaid this proposed capping income tax deductions and rolling back income tax exemptions for Maryland's highest earners as part of his plan to close the $1 billion hole in the state's $14 billion operating budget.
| Aug 18, 2011
| 12:18 AM
Every 6-year-old knows what a secret is. But apparently our nation's national security establishment does not.
Consider this strange case from earlier this year. On June 8, the National Security Agency, a top-secret government spy agency, heralded the...
| Jan 20, 2012
| 9:58 AM
In November, I advanced one of CNN'sá debates with a piece hoping aloud that Wolf Blitzer would not let Newt Gingrich bully him as the the former Speaker of the House had been doing to other debate moderators.
Here's a bit of what I wrote:
And so it...
| Aug 29, 2011
| 9:50 PM
I am too tired to go crazy about this. And there really are so many hugely more important things going on the world practically every day.
I cannot let the addition of HLN host Nancy Grace to the lineup of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" pass...
| Jan 27, 2012
| 2:37 PM
Everyone who has ever tuned into a cable channel has heard the names Natalee Holloway and Laci Peterson. Show hosts like Nancy Grace have used their TV pulpits to chronicle the disappearance of such white, female victims night after night.
But what about...