| Dec 10, 2013
| 7:29 PM
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — In a misty rain that African officials said symbolized the departure of a great leader, mourners wept at South Africa’s state memorial for Nelson Mandela, but also sang, danced and ululated to celebrate the man...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 7:56 PM
Robert A. Pastor, an influential scholar and policymaker who spent decades working for better inter-American relations and democracy and free elections in the Western Hemisphere, died Wednesday at his home in Washington, D.C., after a three-year battle...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 10:57 PM
Larry Speakes, who strained to mediate between a hungry press corps and a media-distrustful White House during six years as President Reagan's press secretary, has died. He was 74.
Speakes died in his sleep Friday at his home in Cleveland, Miss. He...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 11:32 AM
Last week, top officials in Baltimore County stood together to proudly announce that the homicide rate there was at its lowest level since Jimmy Carter was president. This week, top officials in the Baltimore City Police Department had to answer questions...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 12:30 AM
More than 90 world leaders and tens of thousands of South Africans plan to pay their last respects to Nelson Mandela at a memorial service Tuesday in the Johannesburg township of Soweto.
The gathering, part of 10 days of national mourning, takes place...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 3:31 PM
The annual Gallup poll of the most admired men and women in the U.S. has come out, and it contains two actors, a queen, a pope, a Pakistani, a talk-show host and a plethora of politicians.
Despite the healthcare drama, President Obama held on to the top...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 4:30 PM
"Simplify, simplify, simplify!"
--Henry David Thoreau, "Walden"
If there were a single guide to all the policies foreign and domestic of our present administration, it would be: "Complicate, complicate, complicate!"
That goes for everything from how...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 6:30 PM
Show biz's impact on politics usually ends at the surface: The red carpet is rolled out each year for the White House Correspondents Assn. dinner, a celebrity draws publicity to a vague cause by testifying before a congressional panel, or a documentary...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 1:14 PM
When Janet Rowley was accepted into the University of Chicago's medical school in 1944, the quota for women was already filled — three in a class of 65.
So she had to wait a year.
Dr. Rowley made up for that early setback by becoming an...
| Dec 22, 2013
Former CIA Director R. James Woolsey weighed in last week on the subject of Edward Snowden. Asked about calls of clemency for the former National Security Agency contractor, Woolsey insisted that Snowden should be "hanged by the neck until he is dead."...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 2:30 PM
Rutgers professor Richard Heffner, who hosted PBS talkshow "The Open Mind" for more than 50 years and headed the motion picture ratings board for two decades, died Dec. 17 in New York. He was 88 and suffered a sudden cerebral hemorrhage.
The educator and...