| Jul 1, 2014
| 5:37 PM
"We must resist our dreams of managing history."
—Reinhold Niebuhr, "The Irony of American History" (1952)
When you study how the U.S. goes to war, there is a prevalent though not perfect pattern. The triggering event is often a sudden crisis...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 5:05 PM
Stymied by the partisan gridlock, President Obama's recent directives to bar federal contractors from discriminating against gay employees and to cut carbon pollution are bold examples of how presidents have used their executive powers to address critical...
| Jun 22, 2014
| 4:00 AM
Seventy years ago today, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill that transformed the economic and social structure of the United States and paved the way for the post-war boom. It was called the GI Bill of Rights.
One of its many unintended...
| Jun 21, 2014
| 7:03 PM
Don Miyada remembers the classes he took, the carefree days with his high school classmates and the building excitement as graduation day approached.
But that moment never arrived.
A month before he was to put on his cap and gown and march with the...
| Aug 28, 2014
| 2:30 AM
President Obama doesn't know much about history.
In his therapeutic 2009 Cairo speech, Obama outlined all sorts of Islamic intellectual and technological pedigrees, several of which were undeserved. He exaggerated Muslim contributions to printing and...
| Aug 29, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Q: I recently bought a boot scraper with a pair of Scottie dogs at each side. There is a scraper plus two brushes mounted between the dogs. The dogs look to be either Hubley or National Foundry. I've hit a dead end on who made the scraper and value. It...
| Aug 30, 2014
| 8:34 AM
Memories, one-liners and restroom horror stories abound regarding William and Mary's once-charming, grown-decrepit football stadium. Here's my favorite:
Enthused by his team's play several years ago, a visiting assistant coach jumped from his chair in...
| Aug 23, 2014
| 11:24 AM
In a letter to the editor, Michael Meyers made several unfounded statements. The Pennsylvania State Education Association does not use 12 percent of its members' union dues for lobbying or political purposes. This practice is against the law in...
| Aug 24, 2014
| 1:25 PM
Baghdad called President Barack Obama's bluff and he came through. He had refused to provide air support to Iraqi government forces until the Iraqis got rid of their divisive sectarian prime minister.
They did. He responded.
With the support of U.S....
| Aug 25, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"IT IS better to be a rare jade and broken, than to be common tile, and whole," goes the Chinese proverb.
THAT PROVERB appears, by no coincidence, and with significant meaning, in an astonishing book, "Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Boothe Luce" by...
| Aug 18, 2014
| 5:05 AM
When four twentysomething women are silent in a car, you know something is up.
Or down. Or in this case, both, in the form of hundred-foot rocky cliffs that dropped off sharply to our left, plummeting to meet the aquamarine Pacific Ocean, and the scrub-...