| Apr 25, 2013
"If history were to repeat itself," warned President Franklin D. Roosevelt in his 1944 State of the Union address, "and we were to return to the so-called normalcy of the 1920s, then it is certain that even though we shall have conquered our enemies on...
| Apr 10, 2013
| 11:23 AM
In 1975, when asked to explain why Margaret Thatcher was poised to take over the Tory Party, the irascible British satirist Malcolm Muggeridge replied that it was all due to television — and the fact that the telegenic Mrs. Thatcher had a "certain...
| Apr 11, 2013
| 11:15 AM
I would like to add some points to former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich's column "How the welfare state has grown" (April 7).
Mr. Ehrlich fails to mention the fact that every president since Lyndon Johnson, beginning in 1964, has raided the Social Security...
| Jun 21, 2013
There is something about the start of a second presidential term that induces talk and speculation about the incumbent's eventual "legacy." Such notions are usually based on the president's accomplishments in the first term, plus expectations -- or...
| Apr 15, 2013
| 6:14 AM
When Bill Clinton took the podium to address the country in January 1993, I was moved to tears. Here, then, was my first president.
My parents had had all the presidents up to that point. Here was a man of my generation. Married to the working mother of...
| Apr 13, 2013
| 7:58 AM
The four-story brownstone near Washington's Lafayette Park is one of the most exclusive hotels in the world. There's a fireplace in the master bathroom, and the thread counts on the sheets is high enough to rival the Four Seasons.
And only four people...
| Mar 28, 2013
| 10:26 AM
Five years ago, I thought I might have to leave Baltimore. Not because I wanted to but because I thought I needed to.
It was 2008. Like many employers, Urbanite magazine, where I worked, was feeling the effects of the Great Recession, so I would soon...
| Apr 1, 2013
| 8:36 AM
In this era of huge federal debt and fiscal dysfunction, it's less than heartening to learn from the Congressional Research Service that the nation's four living former chief executives got a total of $3.7 million in pensions and operating expenses last...
| Apr 2, 2013
| 3:00 AM
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will not be facing a challenge from actress Ashley Judd when he runs for re-election next year. Though he may be happy to have avoided the physical comparison -- she, after all, played Marilyn Monroe in a movie,...
| Apr 4, 2013
| 11:43 AM
It's been more than 25 years since Douglas H. Ginsburg asked that his nomination to become a U.S. Supreme Court justice be withdrawn.
The prospective high court justice nominated by Ronald Reagan, it turned out, smoked marijuana and ended up admitting...
| Sep 3, 2012
| 8:39 PM
When Gov. Martin O'Malley takes the stage at the Democratic convention to give the most important speech of his political career, he'll have to deliver on one deceptively simple goal: He'll need to make people want to hear more.
As an increasingly...
| Oct 7, 2012
| 4:00 AM
Kemba Smith Pradia went to Tallahassee, Fla., last week to demand the right to vote.
Back in the '90s, when she was just Kemba Smith, she became a poster child for the excesses and inanities of the so-called War on Drugs. Ms. Pradia, then a college...