| Jan 17, 2014
| 8:15 AM
The deadly 2012 attack by militants on U.S. government posts in Benghazi, Libya, was preventable according to a recently released report by the Senate Intelligence Committee, and it was the fault of the U.S. State Department for inadequate security...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 7:26 PM
When the CIA's chief lawyer, John Rizzo, first came across the term "enhanced interrogation technique" shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, he was struck by the phrase's deceptive blandness.
The words sounded mild, possibly even salutary. But...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 8:43 AM
Yesterday's mail brought a safety razor, a gift from those nice people at Gillette. I tried it out this morning, it is superior to my old one, and I will probably pay the extortionate price for replacement blades. But why, I wondered, were those nice...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 6:44 AM
At The Baltimore Sun we are scrupulous about referring to the Johns Hopkins University.
That is not, as some may imagine, because we are truckling to the largest employer in the city (or to the likelihood that Baltimore will eventually change its name...
| Aug 26, 2013
| 6:42 AM
Don’t trust TV history — ever.
That’s the big conclusion I came to this week after starting out on the simple assignment of previewing a two-hour National Geographic special on the Iraq War.
“America Vs. Iraq,” which...
| Aug 24, 2013
As Jesse Walker sees it, the Land of the Free is rife with paranoid theories about everyone and everything.
We always have been a nation that seeks out subversives lurking in the amber waves of grain. And we always will be, though the Towson author says...
| Aug 26, 2013
David Zurawik feels that George W. Bush lied about Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction ("Why I stopped trusting TV history — totally," Aug. 24). Mr. Zurawik can critique the investigative techniques of the National Geographic show,...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 10:58 AM
A combination of politicians, pundits and proletariat heroes are scheduled to speak at Johns Hopkins University this fall in a series of free public lectures.
Linda Greenhouse, the Pulitzer Prize-winning former Supreme Court correspondent for The New...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 5:07 AM
"Our elections are the envy of the world. It's critically important that we not make any mistakes tonight. We all know why." --Charlie Skinner
"The Newsroom" returned from its Labor Day hiatus with the penultimate episode of Season Two, "Election Night...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 2:28 PM
If you like sci-fi mixed in with surreal choreography and a complicated father-daughter relationship, you're going to love "Gift of Forgotten Tongues," on stage at Venus Theatre on C Street through Sept. 28.
Written by New York-based playwright Fengar...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 6:47 AM
Having tried to sort out the categories of what people think of as rules of English usage, I thought I might make a start on the categories of what people call errors.
Make no mistake: there are errors of usage. You may encounter people who say that a...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 9:42 AM
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, a tribunal that oversees government eavesdropping, is a strange judicial creation. It lacks many of the usual features of a court. Its proceedings are secret. Its rulings are secret.
But the strangest missing...