| Sep 17, 2012
| 9:57 AM
A female giant panda at the Smithsonian's National Zoo is a mother for the second time, giving birth to a cub. The birth late Sunday by Mei Xiang was a surprise after years of failed pregnancies.
Mei Xiang gave birth at 10:46 p.m., the zoo said. The...
| Apr 14, 2013
| 4:05 PM
April 20, 2002: The Ravens select Miami safety Ed Reed with their No. 1 pick (24th overall) in the NFL draft. It's the first time the club has failed to get a college player ranked among its top 15 choices.
April 20, 1985: The Skipjacks, Baltimore's...
| 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...
| Nov 8, 2012
| 10:52 AM
While Republican leaders console themselves that they salvaged control of the House from the defeat of Mitt Romney, they need to ponder the long-term future of the party of Lincoln and of Ronald Reagan.
The course of the Grand Old Party from the Great...
| Apr 4, 2013
| 9:47 AM
The Baltimore Orioles are back in town for their home opener on Friday, and this is the moment when newspaper editorialists generally wax poetic about baseball in spring, fathers and sons, the uncertain state of the national pastime and hope springing...
| Sep 21, 2012
Every political candidate commits a gaffe from time to time. It becomes a major cause for concern when a pattern sets in that creates a negative image with voters. That's what is happening with Mitt Romney right now in the wake of his hapless remarks at a...
| Nov 20, 2012
| 3:00 AM
Defeated presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who helped do himself in with his closed-door characterization of nearly half of all Americans as content to live off federal handouts, wasted no time doubling down on the theory.
He did so in a conference call...
| Nov 12, 2012
| 8:08 AM
As if Mitt Romney's defeat weren't a cross enough to bear, the kind of campaign he ran could make him uniquely a man on the outside of his party looking in.
His chameleon-like shades of Republicanism — he presented himself as "severely...
| Nov 19, 2012
| 3:00 AM
Baltimore's Fifth Regiment Armory is a good place to start for some perspective on the recent presidential election. Within its gray stone walls, the tumultuous 1912 Democratic National Convention played a major scene in the political drama that...
| Nov 26, 2012
| 3:00 AM
President Barack Obama has several stated ambitions for his presidency. He wants it to be "transformative." He wants to unite Americans of all parties. He wants to build an economy from the middle class out (whatever that means), and he wants to help what...
| Nov 22, 2012
| 3:00 AM
It's that time of year when we give thanks for the former colleague who had the bright idea to forgo the heartfelt, mostly predictable appreciation of family and fortunes on this uniquely American holiday and instead reflect on the writing of the...
| Oct 4, 2012
| 11:18 AM
The first debate between President Barack Obama and former governor Mitt Romney is over, and there was a clear winner: Mitt Romney. Even President Obama's own team realized the obvious by suggesting veteran moderator Jim Lehrer did a poor job. (News flash...