| Dec 22, 2012
| 6:30 AM
Guns are instruments of death. Their purpose is to kill, to bring an end to life. Yet we have romanticized these killing machines with shoot 'em up westerns, Sopranos entertainment, and clubs to kill animals. But let's face it, make no mistake about it,...
| Dec 10, 2012
| 11:03 AM
In a profession like politics and in a town like the nation's capital, the phenomenon of a U.S. senator voluntarily surrendering his seat for a think-tank job would have been unthinkable some years ago.
The decision of Republican Jim DeMint of South...
| Nov 7, 2012
The vitriol is worse than I ever recall. Worse than the Palin-induced smarm of 2008. Worse than the Swift-boat lies of 2004. Worse, even, than the anything-goes craziness of 2000 and its ensuing bitterness.
It's almost a civil war. I know families in...
| Aug 25, 2012
| 4:00 AM
Dictionary.com defines a "debate" as: "A formal contest in which the affirmative and negative sides of a proposition are advocated by opposing speakers."
That is not what will take place during three exchanges between President Barack Obama and...
| Aug 24, 2012
No recent development has underlined the decline of political party clout more than beleaguered Senate Republican nominee Todd Akin's refusal to accede to GOP leadership demands that he withdraw from his race against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of...
| May 3, 2013
| 8:01 AM
To the age-old question of how many conservatives does it take to screw in a light bulb, we now have a definitive answer: Just one, but it will take him weeks to chase down a vintage incandescent bulb because he won't touch an energy-efficient one.
| Aug 31, 2012
I have a question for the responsible Republicans: How much lunacy of the present day extremist-controlled GOP will it take to outweigh your desire to lower your taxes? Apparently, it wasn't enough when the Republican-controlled Congress forced a...
| Sep 5, 2012
| 3:00 AM
"We're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers," says Neil Newhouse, a Romney pollster.
A half-dozen fact-checking organizations and websites have refuted Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan's claims that President Obama removed the work...
| Apr 25, 2013
"If history were to repeat itself," warned President Franklin D. Roosevelt in his 1944 State of the Union address, "and we were to return to the so-called normalcy of the 1920s, then it is certain that even though we shall have conquered our enemies on...
| Nov 12, 2012
| 9:00 AM
Letter writer Ilene O'Connell says she "has never been more ashamed" of her country than she was on the evening of Election Day ("Ashamed of country that re-elected Obama," Nov. 8).
She asks, "How can people ignore the doubling of the price of gasoline,...
| Nov 14, 2012
| 4:30 AM
Post-election, Republican analysts are attempting to determine "what went wrong" by interpreting voting patterns based on skin color, gender and income, very accessible statistics. Yet, news coverage reveals an electorate expressing a profound moral...
| Sep 14, 2012
| 8:44 AM
Baltimore's music scene is undeniably one of the country's best, and a good deal of credit for that goes to Thrill Jockey, a Chicago-based indie record label.
In the past several years, Thrill Jockey has signed a dozen current or former Baltimore bands,...