| Sep 17, 2011
| 12:30 PM
Letter writer Iver Mindel calls Social Security a "Ponzi scheme" because the scam invented by Charles Ponzi, for whom the fraud is named, collapsed when he could no longer find enough new investors to pay of his previous victims ("Ponzi would be jealous...
| Sep 18, 2011
| 5:00 AM
And they raised a cheer for death.
It was a chilling moment, but also a clarifying one in that it validated the grimmest suspicions about at least some of those who support capital punishment. That support, after all, is often framed in terms of high...
| Sep 16, 2011
| 3:05 PM
I am only about 2,000 news cycles behind with this post. But I was working on another project since Monday and did not have time to write about the GOP candidates debate hosted by CNN and the Tea Party Express.
I thought I would get over it, but I...
| Sep 14, 2011
| 7:06 AM
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| Sep 13, 2011
| 10:29 AM
If there was still any doubt that Social Security is the proverbial third rail of American politics — that is, potentially deadly to the touch — Gov. Rick Perry has provided the electrifying answer: You don't mess with the monthly checks,...
| Oct 16, 2011
| 3:00 AM
It was said of Al Smith, a Roman Catholic, that if he won the 1928 presidential election he would take orders from the Vatican and not uphold the Constitution.
John F. Kennedy famously confronted that anti-Catholic prejudice in a 1960 speech to the...
| Oct 15, 2011
| 3:00 AM
The world according to polls, or some part of it anyway, is telling us that former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain is now the frontrunner for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. The latest NBC News/Wall Street public opinion survey has him...
| Sep 10, 2011
| 11:38 AM
Maybe it was the graphic-novel clarity of the images, the perfect geometry of the World Trade Center towers against the flat blue sky, the orange fireballs that blossomed from the puncture wounds. Or perhaps it was the cascading of horrors, a plane...
| Sep 6, 2011
| 11:28 AM
I sympathize with the letter Dovey Kahn wrote in today's Baltimore Sun ("Obama by default," Sept. 6). Just as some will hold their nose and vote for President Obama in 2012, I held my nose and voted for John McCain in 2008, and I'll likely be holding my...
| Sep 6, 2011
| 5:14 AM
As we wheel into a big week TV and politics with the first GOP debate to include Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday and President Obama's long overdue jobs plan on Thursday, a couple of small observations demand to be made.
First of all, I could not...
| Sep 3, 2011
| 12:24 PM
At a town hall meeting in Catonsville last week, Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin spent a half-hour answering questions, including whether Congress would cut Medicare, address immigration or impeach President Barack Obama.
Despite the breadth of the discussion,...
| Sep 5, 2011
| 5:00 AM
After getting his Midwestern pre-campaign bus tour and summer vacation at Martha's Vineyard out of the way, President Barack Obama is getting back to business with a planned speech to Congress this week, unveiling a long-awaited plan to put America back...