| Apr 19, 2014
| 8:00 AM
I was going to congratulate columnist Thomas F. Schaller, who I actually thought might write something in a recent column that didn't tear down conservatives or the GOP ("Paper or plastic?" April 15).
But he sucked me in and then hit me with this stupid...
| Feb 7, 2014
| 1:42 PM
The razor-sharp satirists behind "The Onion" and a former director of the embattled National Security Agency are among this spring's speakers in the Johns Hopkins University's Foreign Affairs Symposium, a series of free public lectures.
| Jan 31, 2014
| 3:10 AM
Math isn't about solving for "X," but rather about searching for "why."
That was the message David Gertler had for the hundreds gathered at the first annual Howard County Math Festival Wednesday, Jan. 29 at Centennial High School in Ellicott City....
| Dec 15, 2013
The presidential advisory committee looking into the National Security Agency's spying on millions of private email and phone messages is urging the Obama administration to adopt broad new measures to protect Americans' privacy rights and bring greater...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 7:38 AM
Knocking down the barrier preventing federally-recognized same-sex marriages just doesn't have the same punch it used to.
Edith Windsor, the 84-year-old woman whose legal fight ended with the Supreme Court declaring the Defense of Marriage Act...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 1:56 PM
A federal court ruling this week that the National Security Agency probably violated the Constitution by collecting "metadata" — records that show things like who is calling whom, from where and for how long — on millions of Americans' phone...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 10:37 AM
UPDATE: Olympic figure skating gold medalist Brian Boitano came out in a statement Thursday, making him the third openly gay athlete on the White House's Sochi delegation.
In August, President Barack Obama told Jay Leno he had "no patience" for Russia's...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 7:00 AM
Regarding your editorial on the National Security Agency, after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, newscaster Tom Brokaw asked "why didn't our intelligence agencies know this might happen?" ("Holding the NSA to account," Dec. 17.)
At the time many people...
| Dec 24, 2013
With all the discussion of surveillance, meta-data and phone taps over the past few weeks, I can't help thinking of my own experience as a surveillee back in the 1970s when cruder methods were used. All of the reassurances that everything will be fine...
| Dec 29, 2013
| 5:00 AM
It was disappointing to read that President Obama is resisting calls for change at the National Security Agency ("Obama hints at change in NSA phone practice," Dec. 21).
Edward Snowden has done this country a great service by revealing many of the...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 1:40 PM
This is the start of a New Year and I decided to write about renewing old acquaintances. What brought this subject to mind is my renewal of friendship with a resident of Morningside Assisted Living in Laurel, where I do a book club every two weeks. I stop...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 2:00 AM
Howard County has agreed to supply treated wastewater to cool a massive computer center being built at Fort Meade by the National Security Agency — a money-saving, environment-conserving deal that officials say could serve as a model for others....