| Apr 15, 2014
| 11:15 AM
How hypocritical we are to be teaching Third World countries to establish democratic governments while our own U.S. Supreme Court makes it easier than ever for the wealthy to buy political candidates even as it suddenly discovers that "corporations are...
| Apr 21, 2014
| 2:05 PM
Johns Hopkins University will bestow an honorary degree next month on Edith "Edie" Windsor, the woman who successfully challenged the constitutionality of the federal law banning same-sex marriage.
Windsor's attorney in last year's historic U.S. Supreme...
| Dec 28, 2013
| 8:52 AM
In the spring of 2008, as the prospect that America would elect its first black president became more and more likely, the organization that did as much as any to make that watershed possible had fallen on hard times. The National Association for the...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 7:30 AM
Thanks for your recent editorial on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in the Citizens United case ("Campaign reform in action," Feb. 4).
Any attempt that seeks to correct the damage the Citizens United decision wreaked on our democracy must be lauded....
| Feb 24, 2014
| 6:20 AM
Tonight Maryland Public Television will their new documentary "Marvin Mandel: A Complicated Life," taking a look at our 56th governor. I received an advanced copy from MPT and watched it over the weekend and can tell you that it is certainly worth...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 11:06 AM
It came as no surprise to hear that certain U.S. Supreme Court justices hold misgivings about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulating greenhouse gas emissions from power plants — and potentially other stationary sources. In arguments...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 3:00 AM
On a recent Thursday afternoon, A. Dwight Pettit went back to where it all started.
He walked through the halls and into the auditorium at Aberdeen High School, where almost 55 years ago he was denied admission to the school because of a "lack of...
| Feb 26, 2014
| 6:43 PM
Drivers suspected of causing serious accidents in Maryland while distracted by a cellphone would be required to give police certain information from that phone under a pair of bills currently filed in Annapolis.
The bills also would make distracted...
| Feb 28, 2014
| 3:05 PM
After Ryan Weinberger's parents died while he was in foster care, Maryland collected his Social Security survivor's benefits of more than $30,000 to help cover his state-funded living expenses.
Now Weinberger, 21, wants to persuade the General...
| Jan 1, 2014
| 11:00 AM
It was sad to read that a court has approved the National Security Agency's spying on American citizens ("Judge upholds NSA phone scrutiny," Dec. 28).
The agency is gathering "intelligence" on me when I make phone calls and collects the dates and...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 3:22 PM
Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler said Friday that same-sex marriages performed in Utah -- but thrown into question there amid a court battle -- will be recognized in Maryland.
"It is an affront to the idea of basic human rights that the battle for...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 11:20 AM
The outcome of a federal lawsuit over the Board of Carroll County Commissioners' custom of saying a prayer before each meeting could hinge upon an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision involving a similar situation.
In May of 2013, Carroll County...