| Apr 30, 2014
| 9:07 AM
After a joint letter from more than 30 members of Congress, a letter from local Armenian leaders, years of community pressure and a petition drive on a website, the White House has agreed to exhibit in the near future, likely this fall, a rug made by...
| Apr 15, 2014
| 3:41 PM
Americans say they want politicians to tackle the big issues and get things done. In 2008, they even elected a presidential candidate who said he was interested in "fundamentally transforming the United States of America."
Yet almost every time elected...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"THE RIGHT thing to do never requires any subterfuge, it is always simple and direct," said Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president of the United States.
A TV show that interested me last year was "The Americans," on the FX Channel. As you may know, this...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 4:05 AM
Years before John Dillinger, "Baby Face" Nelson and "Pretty Boy" Floyd, there was Gerald Chapman.
Chapman — dubbed "Public Enemy No. 1" by both the press and authorities prior to the FBI's official use of the phrase — was criminally active...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 11:00 AM
President Obama's appearance on the Funny or Die sketch series "Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis" on Tuesday has become a viral sensation, with over 14 million views already. But not everyone is laughing, especially Stephen Colbert.
| May 27, 2014
| 4:00 AM
One of the most famous combat veterans from World War I is a stray bull terrier mutt from New Haven whose wartime exploits made him the first military dog to be promoted to sergeant.
When Stubby died in April 1926, the New York Times ran a half-page...
| Feb 15, 2013
| 4:51 PM
In the 12 months we have to steel ourselves for the next State of the Union spectacle, let us count the ways that this spawn of democratic Caesarism — presidency-worship — has become grotesque. It would be the most embarrassing ceremony in the...
| Feb 27, 2013
| 12:11 PM
President Barack Obama's forthcoming trip to Israel affords him a special opportunity to mend political fences and guarantee a warm popular reception in that country, while at the same time ensuring that justice is served here at home. These are goals...
| Mar 5, 2013
1. "Alex Cross, Run" by James Patterson (Little, Brown, $28.99). In this latest addition in the Alex Cross series, the detective returns to track down a slew of serial killers in Washington, D.C. Last week: —
2. "A Week in...
| Sep 10, 2013
If you watched television in Southern California in the 1970s and beyond, it was impossible to miss Cal Worthington, the lanky pitchman in the cowboy hat touting deals on a sprawling car lot with his "dog Spot."
"Spot," however, was anything but a dog...
| Apr 3, 2013
| 2:38 PM
Legendary Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill famously coined the phrase "All politics is local," but for dedicated staff and volunteers at historical societies across the city and suburbs, so is all history.
They are the ones who keep the flame of the...