| Dec 19, 2013
| 2:35 PM
George Frank Thompson, who made and served lunch to Pope John Paul II on his visit to Baltimore and who had earlier mixed drinks for five presidents as a Capitol Hill barman, died Dec. 14 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. He was 98 and lived in the...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 10:15 AM
Forty years ago this month, Congress passed the Endangered Species Act; astute, visionary legislation that's served as our nation's lifeline for plants, fish, and wildlife on the brink of extinction. The act has since become one of the strongest and...
| Nov 25, 2013
There are plenty of people around with names like Adams, Johnson, Harrison, Jefferson, Jackson, Washington and any number of others that, by coincidence, are shared with people elected to the office of U.S. president.
It stands to reason that in a...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 3:20 PM
Every so often Greg Rosenthal comes across a word like "diapause."
And that's when things get interesting.
A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rosenthal is frequently responsible for translating the wonky, academic language used...
| May 22, 2013
Many of you soon-to-be college graduates are determined to make the world a better place. Some of you are choosing careers in public service or joining nonprofits or volunteering in your communities.
But many of you are cynical about politics. You see...
| May 24, 2013
Greater than the risk of being accused of criminality in the three scandals now gripping the Obama administration is the peril that the president's substantive agenda is being hopelessly knocked off track.
The liberal Illinois senator who entered the...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 7:17 PM
I will leave it to the political reporters and analysts at The Sun to judge how Maryland Congressman Andy Harris did on CNN's "Crossfire" Monday night.
For my money, he did just fine in his debate on Obamacare, showing what an act-like-you-know...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 3:00 AM
"Our Nixon," a documentary on Richard Nixon's presidency based on Super 8 home movies made by aides John Ehrlichman, H.R. Haldeman and Dwight Chapin, is the TV surprise and delight of the summer. It premieres at 9 tonight (Aug. 1) on CNN with multiple...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 12:00 PM
Although a bid for the presidency by Martin O'Malley appears to be stretching the realm of possibility ("O'Malley framing his plans for 2016," Aug. 5), he has only to look at the present holder of the office. President Barack Obama, as a first term...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 9:05 AM
The death this week at age 96 of former Pennyslvania Gov. Bill Scranton, briefly a Republican presidential candidate in 1964, was also in a sense a final obituary on moderate Republicanism that began fading from the political scene half a century ago....
| Aug 13, 2013
| 3:00 AM
With Congress in the doldrums of summer recess, our town has inevitably sunk to the game of making political mountains out of molehills.
The latest example is disclosure that the campaign manager of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell confided to a...
| May 17, 2013
When the storm of administration scandals first hit President Barack Obama, he offered a good impersonation of Claude Raines in "Casablanca," expressing shock that gambling was going on in Rick's saloon. His verbal outrage at the snooping of the IRS and...