| 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...
| Nov 21, 2014
| 6:54 PM
Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation provides the foundational precedent for President Obama's executive order on immigrants in the country illegally.
Before Lincoln issued his pronouncement in September 1862, congressional majorities had...
| Nov 26, 2014
| 10:21 AM
The anniversary of one of the most significant moments in our history slipped by last, week, largely overlooked by those of us preoccupied with a worrisome future.
It was on Nov. 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Gettysburg battlefield cemetery, that...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 3:00 AM
The actor from Cleveland skimmed San Pedro in a banged-up Kia. He drove down a ragged street past a tattoo parlor and a sign for the Hotel Cabrillo. A few dicey-looking characters walked by with big dogs on chains. Robert McHalffey turned right and,...
| Jul 11, 2014
Chicago-area authors continue to tell us about their favorite characters from childhood books as a preview to this year's Children's Read & Write Program, which invites children to submit book reviews for possible publication. Here's what they said....
| Jun 18, 2014
| 3:01 PM
California wine received a rare honor when the Smithsonian Institution chose the two bottles that won the famous Paris Tasting of 1976 as part of the museum’s online exhibit “101 Objects That Made America.”
The two bottles are, of...
| 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...
| Oct 28, 2014
| 7:27 PM
GLASTONBURY — During his Washington, D.C., years, the town's native son, Gideon Welles, kept a diary that tracked everything from his duties as Secretary of the Navy to the poignant chronicle of the death of President Abraham Lincoln.
| Aug 7, 2014
| 3:55 PM
Capt. Ronald Ravelo relieved his brother-in-law, Capt. Karl Thomas, as commander of the USS Abraham Lincoln Thursday -- a change of command considered unprecedented for the U.S. Navy.
Ravelo also became the first Filipino-American to take command of a...
| Jun 28, 2014
All of his senatorial colleagues were present and the galleries were packed on June 10, 1964, when Everett Dirksen rose to speak to the most far-reaching legislative proposal since the New Deal.
The senior senator from Illinois was a celebrated orator,...