| May 30, 2014
| 10:33 AM
My colleague Robin Abcarian has already taken Secretary of State John Kerry to task for his “man up” challenge to Edward Snowden, telling the fugitive he should return to the United States to face the espionage and other charges leveled...
| May 20, 2014
| 4:56 PM
Ignoring Cold War restrictions, journalist William Worthy had traveled to the Soviet Union in 1955 and made a news broadcast from Moscow, a rare opportunity for an American reporter. So the following year, when Communist China invited him on a month-...
| May 5, 2014
| 9:47 AM
The federal government has a history of embellishing claims of national security in order to keep information about its weapons and surveillance programs secret, lawyers for a Hillside man accused of plotting to blow up a Loop bar have argued in an...
| Jun 10, 2013
| 6:40 PM
A young man comes to Maryland, takes some community college classes, uses his computer skills to get a job in which he gains a security clearance.
Still in his 20s, he finds information about government activity that troubles him. He decides to share it...
| Jun 12, 2013
Where there's smoke arising from a free-speech matter, you're likely to find the fiery attorney Floyd Abrams. He's blazed a trail for freedom of the press from the Pentagon Papers case to protecting reporters' sources. He's just as incendiary when he's...
| Jan 14, 2013
Eugene Patterson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning editor and columnist whose impassioned words helped draw national attention to the civil rights movement as it unfolded across the South, has died at 89.
Patterson, who helped fellow whites understand the...
| Mar 27, 2013
| 10:48 AM
I was saddened to read the obituaries for Anthony Lewis, the Pultizer Prize-winning reporter, columnist and author.
He may be most familiar for his decades of work at the New York Times. But his book, "Gideon's Trumpet," was one of the first -- and best...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 12:31 PM
There was no question that Pfc. Bradley Manning broke the law when he released hundreds of thousands of classified documents to Wikileaks. He admitted as much in pleading guilty to a number of the lesser charges against him, and his motivations —...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 8:30 AM
The new season at L.A. Theatre Works is scheduled to feature a roster of top-notch theater names, including Neil LaBute, Tracy Letts and David Auburn. In addition, actors Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Hamish Linklater are to reprise their roles in Shakespeare'...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Audiotape of a casual phone conversation in the new documentary "Our Nixon" reveals a startling fact about President Nixon and his staff: that they were unfamiliar with the most popular television program in America at the time, "All in the Family."...
| Apr 10, 2013
| 3:06 PM
There will always be an inherent conflict between a government that wants to guard its information, and journalists and citizens who want access to it.
Although there is a recognition that some information should be kept secret, a democracy needs its...