| May 8, 2014
| 6:21 AM
As part of our 250th celebration, I'll be posting selected historical cartoons from The Courant's files every Thursday. Today's is a cartoon by Hugh Haynie of the Louisville Courier-Journal. Henry McNulty, who is our informal historic authority on all...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 8:40 PM
For the United States, the Iraq war ranks as the most consequential foreign policy failure since Vietnam. In neither instance did U.S. forces succumb to outright defeat, of course. In both, with victory proving elusive, Americans wearied of the fight...
| May 28, 2014
| 1:51 PM
It seems ironic that a man who was often accused of being effete when he ran for president in 2004 has impugned someone else’s manhood to make a political point.
But that’s what happened Wednesday when Secretary of State John Kerry was asked...
| 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 14, 2014
| 11:54 AM
When Samuel L. Morison of Crofton was charged this week with stealing documents from the U.S. Navy's archive in Washington, it was a rare event for the facility.
"There has not been a theft like this in recent memory," said Paul Taylor, a spokesman for...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 4:00 AM
The main character in the Broadway show "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder" spends much of the musical mystery knocking off those he believes stand in the way of his big score.
At Sunday's Tony Awards, the production landed its own loot: the top...
| Jul 2, 2014
Five decades ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the most sweeping civil rights statute in our history. In 50 years under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, American industry has achieved wholesale changes in workplace demographics,...
| Jun 28, 2014
| 2:00 PM
This was the promise: No longer would African-Americans be forced to pick up their meals from the back door of restaurants. No longer would they need to fear being unable to find lodgings on their way home from a trip.
And no longer would those who...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 7:49 AM
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, state officials will unveil an exhibit commemorating the Freedom Riders who drew national attention to segregation in the south.
The state Department of Human Rights will hold...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 7:56 AM
Regular Gay Matters blogger Kevin Rector is on vacation, so I'll be filling in on this week's Looking Out and will do my best to bring you all the important LGBT news of the week. Comment below if I've left anything out.
Here's the goods (and maybe some...
| Jun 14, 2014
| 8:15 AM
As he listens to President Obama speak to the 2014 UC Irvine graduating class during a commencement celebration today at Angel Stadium, James McGaugh said he’ll be reflecting on an academic rite of passage held 50 years ago in “similarly...