| Dec 28, 2008
Government officials and politicians
Spencer M. Williams, 85; federal judge in San Francisco, appointed by President Nixon, who advocated for judges' interests (Jan. 3)
Houston I. Flournoy, 78; GOP assemblyman and controller in California who lost the...
| Sep 2, 2008
Today's question: How do Joe Biden and Sarah Palin fit in with the recent history of presidential campaigns? All week, historians Lee Edwards and Allan J. Lichtman debate vice presidential politics.
A shrewd gamble that could make history Point: Lee...
| Sep 3, 2008
Today's question: The office of vice president has been regarded as mostly ceremonial. How much (for better or worse) has Dick Cheney changed that? Previously, Edwards and Lichtman digested the candidates' vice president picks.
Cheney: a cautionary...
| Sep 4, 2008
Today's question: The Constitution doesn't define the vice president's role beyond a handful of government tasks. What should be the role of the vice president? Previously, Edwards and Lichtman discussed how history might treat Dick Cheney and digested...
| Sep 5, 2008
Today's question: Give us your list of best and worst vice presidents in recent history. Previously, Lichtman and Edwards debated the proper role of the vice president, discussed how history might treat Dick Cheney and digested the current candidates'...
| Nov 7, 2008
Literary and cultural critic John Leonard, an early champion of Toni Morrison, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and many other authors, and so consumed and so informed by books that Kurt Vonnegut once praised him as "the smartest man who ever lived," has died. He...
| Apr 9, 2008
| 9:57 PM
April 10, 2008
NEW YORK -- The late Norman Mailer, a novelist and cultural provocateur who was rarely at a loss for words, was remembered at a memorial service Wednesday as a man whose deep and abiding commitment to the American novel will be his most...
| Jan 4, 2008
[This story ran in the Los Angeles Times on July 20, 2004]
First, from Switzerland, came word that the world's oldest mountain guide had left the Earth. Then, from the East Coast, came reports that author and ancient mariner William F. Buckley had left...
| Sep 28, 2009
| 4:40 AM
NEW YORK -- William Safire, the conservative columnist and word warrior who feared no politician or corner of the English language, died Sunday at age 79.
The Pulitzer Prize winner died in Maryland, his assistant Rosemary Shields said. He had been...
| Sep 27, 2009
Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative columnist, language expert and former White House speechwriter William Safire died Sunday, his assistant said.
Safire, who was 79, had been diagnosed with cancer and died at a hospice in Maryland, assistant Rosemary...
| Sep 28, 2009
John T. Elson, whose 1966 cover story for Time magazine -- provocatively titled "Is God Dead?" -- produced record-breaking newsstand sales with its perceptive analysis of a debate that animated Sunday churchgoers as well as theologians, died Sept. 7 at...