| Jun 21, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Commentator Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s recent column on the IRS scandal shows once again why he was twice defeated for governor of Maryland ("IRS scandal is worse than the others," June 16).
He begins his weekly tirade by referring to a "hot dog" as...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 12:45 PM
The NSA's claim about how surveillance programs have thwarted terrorists ("Programs disrupted 50 plots, NSA says," June 19) warrants further scrutiny as does the claim by Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger that the leaker did "tremendous damage."
On the matter of...
| Jun 17, 2013
| 8:15 AM
Just as they say that the poor are always with is, so it is with Richard Nixon, arguably the most tormented American president, who comes back to us in the new book "Ike and Dick" (appropriately subtitled "Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage").
| Apr 25, 2013
| 3:08 PM
Paul Dickson, a Garrett Park resident, loves the origins of words and is a compiler of word books and dictionaries.
So imagine my delight and pleasure when my friend, Mary Garson, who is also fascinated with etymology, gave me a copy of Dickson's...
| 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 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...
| Mar 15, 2013
Among the casualties of the 2012 presidential election, along with Mitt Romney, was the vanishing breed of moderate Republicans of which he once was a star, until his embarrassing lurch into conservatism.
Mr. Romney first failed to win the GOP...
| 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 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...
| Oct 21, 2012
| 4:00 AM
It may be time to say farewell to affirmative action in higher education admissions and to the aspirations that went with it.
The U.S. Supreme Court will soon hear arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, a case challenging the sliver of...
| Oct 30, 2012
| 10:21 AM
Since World War II, Americans have tended to elect middle class presidents. With the exception of the two Bushes — the first of whom lost his second election, the second of whom "lost" his first — both parties succeeded by nominating...
| Jan 22, 2013
| 1:39 PM
A week after he won re-election, President Barack Obama said he was more than familiar with what the "literature" — the very use of the term cheered academics like me — says about re-elected presidents who over-reach during their second terms....