| Mar 7, 2013
| 1:12 PM
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul got a lot of attention Wednesday for mounting an honest-to-God filibuster of President Barack Obama's nominee for CIA director, John Brennan. The nation's political class marveled at his real-life Mr. Smith act, the funny stuff his...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 3:00 AM
Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid says he's thoroughly fed up with Republicans' abuse of the filibuster rule to block President Obama's executive branch appointees. This week he may finally get a chance to do something about it.
In saying that he may...
| May 20, 2013
| 7:47 AM
As it must come to all American presidents, it seems, Barack Obama's policy agenda is being crowded out of the headlines by the imperative of damage control against administration scandal.
The allegations of incompetence or worse in the IRS' targeting...
| 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...
| Jun 23, 2013
| 5:00 AM
A major problem in the United States is not that there are too many whistle-blowers. Rather, there are too few.
Where were the whistle-blowers when the CIA was operating secret prisons; conducting torture and abuse; and kidnapping individuals off the...
| Jun 10, 2013
| 2:30 PM
The 29-year-old former CIA employee who admitted over the weekend to leaking documents about the National Security Agency's targeting of phone records, email accounts and Internet use of millions of Americans exemplified the ethical dilemma facing those...
| 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 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...
| Jun 14, 2013
The latest open debate over security and privacy is a welcome pivot from the irksome father-knows-best attitude that has prevailed too long regarding the government's contention of superior judgment in the realm of national security.
As with most...