| Aug 18, 2011
| 3:50 PM
Harriet Tubman was one tough lady. She escaped slavery, fleeing an Eastern Shore plantation. She was a leader in the Underground Railroad, traveling at night under the North Star — probably along the Choptank River — hiding at safe houses...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 9:32 PM
Wednesday's print column So tell Uncle Chester: Don't worry, gay people don't want to marry you. Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Pat Quinn is scheduled to sign into law a bill that will legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois starting next June. Chicago's......
| Nov 18, 2013
| 9:34 PM
HARRISBURG —The Pennsylvania House late Monday failed to approve an amended transportation funding bill that would have raised an additional $2.4 billion to repair roads, bridges and mass transit systems over five years.
The 98-103 negative vote...
| Nov 13, 2013
What, I wonder, explains the gender gap in political corruption?
Women make up almost 20 percent of the current Congress, according to the Center for American Women and Politics, but they don't come anywhere near that many of Congress' scandals....
| Nov 13, 2013
| 6:05 AM
WASHINGTON Staking a major investment in early-childhood education and in defiance of federal austerity a group of lawmakers is proposing to offer free preschool to all 3- and 4-year-olds from low- and moderate-income families.
The bill, being introduced...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 8:58 AM
Sea level rise is the subject explored in "Shored Up," a film to be screened 7 tonight at Christopher Newport University's Ferguson Center for the Arts. The movie spotlights issues facing coastal communities like those in Hampton Roads.
| Aug 6, 2013
| 9:32 PM
Wednesday's print column Emcee: Are you going to be on your best behavior? Crowd: No! This moment, from an NPR report on last weekend's Fancy Farm picnic, the traditional kickoff for political campaigns in Kentucky, was yet another illustration of......
| Jul 30, 2013
| 5:44 PM
SACRAMENTO -- With comprehensive immigration overhaul languishing in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives, major Republican donors from California are prodding members of their party to pass a bill by the end of the year.
A group of 14 deep-...
| Nov 18, 2012
Republicans just lost eight seats in the House. But if you'd wandered into the House of Representatives last week without reading the election returns, you might have concluded that the GOP won big on Nov. 6.
"We have the second-largest Republican House...
| Feb 7, 2012
| 4:22 PM
Good Thursday Morning, Fellow Seekers. It's strangely appropriate that Pennsylvania's luminaries are gathered in Gobbler's Knob this morning, there to receive the wisdom of a quite possibly mangy rodent who will, in ways that remain mysterious to us,...
| Aug 21, 2012
| 2:29 PM
The Hill, a political newspaper, unveiled its annual list of the 50 richest lawmakers on Tuesday. Rep. Michael McCaul, a Republican from Texas, held on to the top slot with a cool $290.5 million.
"McCaul remains in the stratosphere of the very richest...