| Feb 14, 2011
Each week, The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar — another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. Use it in a sentence in a comment on his blog, You Don't say, and...
| Jun 18, 2011
| 5:41 PM
It's a long way from New Hampshire or Iowa, and Maryland's primary is 10 months away, but a growing number of Republicans are beginning to make pit stops in the Old Line State as the race for the GOP presidential nomination gets under way.
In the past...
| Jun 18, 2011
| 6:48 AM
Sometimes, covering the news depresses me. I imagine what it would be like to write fiction instead, like this much better version of how Weinergate should have unfolded:
In the news vacuum of the Memorial Day weekend, Congressman Anthony Weiner...
| Jun 20, 2011
| 3:00 PM
Z on TV gets a new look today thanks to an upgrade in software. But you can count on the same hard-edged take on TV and media that you have been finding here for almost three years.
We launched Z on TV late in the summer of 2008 -- in the midst of a...
| Jun 23, 2011
| 3:01 AM
CNN was the place to be on cable TV Wednesday night if you wanted context and perspective on President Barack Obama's prime-time address on how and when American troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan.
In the wake of the speech, anchor Wolf Blitzer...
| Jun 23, 2011
| 10:44 AM
Las Vegas is one of my favorite places, but there's a tinge of sadness on the Strip these days.
It's not a lack of crowds or dearth of attractions. The streets, shows, restaurants and casinos are packed as always. No, what's made the people of Las...
| Feb 8, 2012
| 8:15 AM
My sister died of breast cancer. Nevertheless, I find the pink ribbon mania of the Susan G. Komen organization repugnant. Trying to put a "happy face" on a devastating disease is grotesque.
I am incredulous that the Komen organization, knowing the right-...
| Dec 29, 2011
| 11:06 AM
A year ago, soon after the Tunisian uprising, I demonstrated my powers of prediction in a column about the democracy movement in the Arab world. The revolution in Tunisia, I wrote, "arose from local circumstances that don't foretell what will happen...
| Jan 2, 2012
| 3:00 AM
Charlie Sheen was clearly the man of the year.
You'll recall that 2011 began with the oafish actor celebrating his own narcotic and sexual crapulence like a victorious gladiator working the crowds. He was egged on by a media with as much decency as the...
| Jul 29, 2011
| 1:36 PM
Today, House Speaker John Boehner scrounged around to find the few votes he needed to pass a deficit reduction and debt limit increase plan, a difficult proposition, as his party's conservative wing has grown bold in its revolt against his leadership....
| Aug 12, 2011
| 6:15 AM
Doug Mainwaring's article about the tea party, "Why the name calling?" (Aug. 10), was highly amusing. If name-calling is the problem, I'd suggest hey start with themselves.
Whether it is Sarah Palin talking about "death panels" or Tea Party Nation CEO...
| May 17, 2012
| 8:13 AM
If it has accomplished nothing else, the tea party insurgency has made Republicans vastly more newsworthy than Democrats. While the party of the left plods along performing the boring old tasks of governing, the party of the right is engaged in high drama...