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  • When well-educated politicians cry 'snob'

    When well-educated politicians cry 'snob'
    With the Republican presidential nomination contest in high gear, Marylanders might be forgiven for smiling. The word "snob" has returned with full force to presidential politics after a four-decade hiatus. Former Sen. Rick Santorum (Penn State University '80, University of Pittsburgh '81, Dickinson School of Law '86), in an old-fashioned beat-down on higher education, recently informed us that President Barack Obama is "a snob" for wanting Americans to go to college, where they would be indoctrinated by "some liberal college professor."
  • Film Reviews: 'Cars 2,' 'Page One: Inside the New York Times,' '!Women Art Revolution'

    Film Reviews: 'Cars 2,' 'Page One: Inside the New York Times,' '!Women Art Revolution'
    * * * Cars 2 Directed by John Lasseter. Written by Ben Queen. With the voices of Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy and Michael Caine. (G) Who killed the electric car? That's one of the burning questions stalking Cars 2, along with “Whatever happened...

    Caught in a paranoid conspiracy grip

    Caught in a paranoid conspiracy grip
    Along the stretch of U.S. highway where I live, there is a small sign announcing that the road has been "adopted" by the John Birch Society. This fringe group of yesteryear -- whose Dallas members distributed commie-baiting "Wanted for Treason" leaflets...

    'Family of Secrets' by Russ Baker

    The tendency Richard Hofstadter so aptly labeled "the paranoid style" in American politics operates independent of ideology. "American politics has often been an arena for angry minds," the great historian wrote in a 1964 issue of Harper's magazine. He...

    'The Lincoln Anthology' edited by Harold Holzer, 'The Best American History Essays on Lincoln' edited by Sean Wilentz, Ronald C. White's biography 'A. Lincoln' and others

    'The Lincoln Anthology' edited by Harold Holzer, 'The Best American History Essays on Lincoln' edited by Sean Wilentz, Ronald C. White's biography 'A. Lincoln' and others
    It was Tuesday, May 30, 1922, the day of the dedication of the solemn and splendid memorial to Abraham Lincoln in Washington, and the ceremony on the Mall featured speeches by President Warren Harding and Chief Justice William Howard Taft. The most...