| Mar 25, 2013
| 3:00 AM
When criminal prosecutors at the U.S. Department of Justice found that giant bank HSBC — whose American operation is chartered in Maryland — had violated money-laundering laws covering $200 trillion in transactions, and with customers...
| Mar 27, 2013
| 1:22 PM
Regardless of whether the Supreme Court is ready to declare a constitutional right to gay marriage, it has the responsibility to fully recognize the decisions Maryland and eight other states, plus the District of Columbia, have made to allow same-sex...
| Mar 14, 2013
I hope I'm not too late to the fight.
Last week, freshman Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, held an old-fashioned filibuster against the nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA. Mr. Paul's stated reason for taking to the floor and talking for...
| May 14, 2013
| 9:50 AM
In Washington, as in any seat of power, most acts of folly begin with hubris. Government leaders, elected or appointed, usually don't intend to do the wrong thing, to overstep or cause harm, but they become so convinced, so certain of their purpose,...
| Jun 13, 2011
| 3:08 PM
Attorney General Eric Holder recently made a public plea for another season of "The Wire," and now David Simon says he'll do it.
But only if Holder does something for him.
"The Attorney-General's kind remarks are noted and appreciated," Simon wrote in...
| Jun 14, 2011
| 8:27 AM
David Simon thinks I zapped comments he posted to an item on my blog, about his offer to do another season of "The Wire" if Attorney General Eric Holder stops the war on drugs.
I'm sure a MacArthur "genius" like David Simon can figure out how to post a...
| May 31, 2011
| 7:03 PM
The Obama administration has some very pressing matters on its hands: Three overseas wars, an economy struggling to recover and a massive budget shortfall.
So, what are administration officials spending their time doing? Why, ordering more episodes of...
| Jun 4, 2011
| 4:25 AM
Civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton was a guest host on MSNBC the other night, and he and guest James Peterson of Lehigh University made the case that the "War on Drugs" has largely been a war on poor African-Americans.
In a segment called "Crack...
| Oct 11, 2011
| 6:50 AM
I won't retrace the whole issue here, but CBS News is long overdue for some praise at this blog for investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson excellent work on the Department of Justice's "Operation Fast and Furious."
The blowback from the White House...
| Jul 17, 2011
| 8:45 AM
The scandal revealed by news reports of "Operation Fast and Furious," during which the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms allowed more than 2,000 automatic weapons and other guns to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartel members, is a...
| Jul 18, 2011
| 9:37 AM
If you want to get a sense of how desperate things have become in Rupert Murdoch's empire, take a look at this editorial in today's Wall Street Journal.
To cast what is happening in the UK -- and what certainly seems headed for the US -- as the work of...
| Apr 25, 2012
| 6:18 PM
A federal grand jury indicted five men on charges they allegedly sold counterfeit goods of high-end designers such as Michael Kors, Coach and Jimmy Choo around Baltimore, including at the Patapsco Flea Market, where authorities conducted a weekend raid in...