| Nov 6, 2014
| 7:26 AM
By Patrick T. Reardon
Mary Todd Lincoln was in her glory. It was
March 28, 1861, and she had hosted her first state dinner at the White House as the nation's first lady. She was saying goodbye to her guests, including Kate Chase, the daughter of her...
| Oct 20, 2014
| 9:07 AM
While hogs wallowed in the muddy, unpaved streets, the tall, young man rode a borrowed horse into the town on the edge of the Midwestern prairie. The year was 1837. This was Springfield, soon to become the new capital of Illinois.
Years later, the...
| Dec 27, 2014
No Floridian can discuss the Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture with more credibility than Bob Graham.
The two-term governor served three terms in the U.S. Senate, the last as a member of the Intelligence Committee on and after 9/11. Graham...
| Dec 28, 2014
| 7:39 AM
When Gen. William T. Sherman successfully completed his "March to the Sea" 150 years ago this month, he sent President Abraham Lincoln a Christmas greeting like no other.
"I beg to present you as a Christmas gift the City of Savannah, with one hundred...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 7:11 PM
When President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation that took effect Jan. 1, 1863, the document didn't apply to Maryland.
That's because Lincoln "did not want to turn off or anger those border states with slaves that had remained...
| Oct 13, 2014
| 4:20 PM
All presidents disappoint. It comes with the job, the unreasonable expectations Americans have for their presidents, and the inherent conflict and disconnect between campaigning (promising people all they can have) and governing (explaining to people...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 7:34 PM
See Allentown's own 10-time World Champion Cadets compete against other world-class corps when the DCI Eastern Classic Drum and Bugle Corps Championship returns to J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown Friday and Saturday.
The Cadets, a program of Youth...
| Aug 1, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Q: I have an 11-in.-by-14-in. copper lithograph by Paul Ritter that I rescued from being melted down. I've done some research and all I can find is a little about the artist. Any info and possible value?
A: The item seen in images sent is a flat sheet of...
| Aug 1, 2014
| 12:30 PM
The innocent American could only read the headlines and shake his head sorrowfully at the continuing carnage in Gaza -- a pillar of fire by night and a cloud of smoke by day. How did this happen again? Simple: Hamas renewed its indiscriminate attacks on...
| Jul 18, 2014
The American nation would be much different if Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman had never lived. Sherman was one of the four men (the others being Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant) who determined the outcome of the Civil War. His...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 3:24 PM
The Founding Fathers had good reasons for explicitly barring government from inserting itself into matters of religion. But nothing in the Constitution forbids a president from consulting with clerics, and meetings between presidents and religious figures...