| May 1, 2014
| 2:23 PM
WASHINGTON — When NASA launched a space-weather probe called ISEE-3 in 1978, Jimmy Carter was president, the Commodores' "Three Times a Lady" topped the charts and sci-fi fans had seen only one "Star Wars" movie: the original.
Thirty-six years and...
| Apr 14, 2014
| 6:05 AM
A certain William Wachtel, the co-founder of WhyTuesday, an election reform group chaired by former UN Ambassador Andrew Young, wrote me over the weekend to complain that I treated Young harshly by criticizing his proposal to require Social Security to...
| May 5, 2014
| 12:30 PM
You know the technique. In police work, it's called good cop, bad cop. A couple of detectives team up to work on a suspect. The good cop wants to be our suspect's friend, offering all kinds of inducements if he'll do as the cops say -- like provide...
| May 5, 2014
| 8:30 PM
Two gripping political dramas in the same season? How positively civilized. Bryan Cranston's rip-roaring portrayal of LBJ in "All the Way" epitomizes Washington power politics in play on the highest level of government. In what might be a companion piece,...
| May 17, 2014
| 5:00 AM
The storm of controversy after Secretary of State John F. Kerry's warning that Israel risked becoming an "apartheid state" reminded us once again that facts, data and the apparently tedious details of international law often seem to have little bearing on...
| May 18, 2014
| 2:21 PM
These days, NASCAR is all atwitter — in thought and on smartphones — about the crop of young drivers moving up the ranks. Meanwhile, there are a few older guys getting it done to less fanfare.
Guys like Randy Akers, who won the Super...
| May 8, 2014
| 2:05 PM
Standing outside a center for foster kids awaiting placement Thursday, Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina endorsed former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis to be her successor.
Offering one of the more prized endorsements in the race, Molina...
| May 18, 2014
| 3:37 PM
As the nation observes Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in May, students and staff at a scholastic program in Columbia can boast that they highlight Chinese heritage year round.
Each Sunday, they gather at Howard Community College in Columbia for...
| May 19, 2014
| 5:24 PM
Egypt's presidential vote next week presents a quandary for both international observer groups and the military-backed interim government.
To Egyptian authorities, the mere presence of prestigious outside observers gives the balloting a much-desired...
| Apr 12, 2014
| 10:03 PM
Jesse Winchester, 69, a U.S.-born singer who established himself in Canada after dodging the Vietnam War and who went on to write songs covered by Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett and Joan Baez, died of bladder cancer Friday at his home in Charlottesville,...
| Apr 21, 2014
| 10:30 AM
One of the enduring misperceptions of American politics is that the vice presidency is a steppingstone to the presidency. Of the 47 men who have held the office, only four were elected to the Oval Office as sitting standbys: Adams, Jefferson, Van Buren...