| Mar 24, 2012
| 11:40 AM
Searching for a new school superintendent in Maryland sometimes takes the skills of a CIA agent, including clandestine meetings and flights to faraway places.
Three Maryland school boards are nearing the end of searches for new superintendents, and...
| Apr 11, 2012
| 4:31 AM
There's a big launch event tonight in Washington for the Baltimore-made HBO comedy "VEEP," and I do not want to spoil anyone's fun. So, I am going to be purposefully light on details in talking about the three episodes of this brilliant and biting...
| Dec 21, 2011
| 9:45 AM
Last week, Congress passed legislation authorizing spending for our country's 16 intelligence agencies, including the National Security Agency, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The fact that the bill passed with...
| Dec 28, 2011
A year ago, I decided to introduce a new idea into the family unit that I called, "Word of the Week". I did this to encourage more forward-thinking dinner conversations. Having never done this, I had absolutely no way of knowing how husband or son would...
| Jan 1, 2012
| 3:00 AM
"The Lakotah had no language for insulting other orders of existence: pest, waste, weed ..."
But what about "bugsplat"?
That's the word for the cop at UC Davis, walking up and down the line of students sitting with their arms locked, zapping them in the...
| Jan 3, 2012
| 7:21 AM
That the Navy's Fifth Fleet was the one to declare the U.S. intention to keep the Straight of Hormuz clear, rather than the president or the secretary of defense speaking for the nation, suggested a weakening of the principle of civilian control of the...
| Mar 21, 2012
| 3:54 AM
It's a cold, gray Friday afternoon in a dark and drafty concrete warehouse at an industrial park in Columbia. Not exactly the setting in which anyone would expect to find glamour, wit or the next big thing in pop culture.
But through a series of doors...
| Mar 15, 2012
| 11:16 AM
Every week on the lecture trail, I meet progressives who are demoralized and/or infuriated by Barack Obama's performance as president. They insist that they will not work for him again or even vote for him. Many have signed petitions saying as much....
| May 10, 2012
| 9:00 AM
Those sultans of style at al-Qaidahave released their line of lingerie for spring, and it's a blast. Tucked away in their secret atelier in Yemen, the fanatics of fashion have come up with an updated version of the exploding underwear that caused such a...
| May 21, 2012
| 9:05 AM
Want to express yourself on a license plate? Go ahead. The state will gladly take your $50 per year. You can't say any old thing, though. The Motor Vehicle Administration has cataloged more than 4,000 words, phrases and letter-number combinations it won't...
| May 26, 2012
| 3:14 PM
The report from the State Department was brief: Thomas M. Jennings Jr., a federal worker from Burtonsville on a temporary assignment with NATO peacekeepers, had died in a car crash in Southern Bosnia.
Fifteen years later, it turns out that was only...
| May 27, 2012
Several readers wrote me about last week's column that told the story of federal Judge Sarah Tilghman Hughes, a Baltimorean who swore in Lyndon B. Johnson as president aboard Air Force One after the assassination of John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963.