| Jul 16, 2014
| 1:54 PM
Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky are the first would-be contenders for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination to go mano-a-mano.
The fight is sharply drawn. In an op-ed in The Washington Post, Perry warned of a growing...
| Jul 20, 2014
| 7:45 PM
It's not easy being a conservative in Silicon Valley.
People who lean to the right are vastly outnumbered in the nation's high-tech hub, and say they sometimes have to downplay their views.
"It does make you stand out a little bit. You have to be...
| Jul 22, 2014
| 3:00 AM
I know it's disturbingly early to get into this, but here is my out-of-nowhere prediction for the 2016 presidential race: Hillary Clinton vs. Rand Paul.
Ms. Clinton is an easy pick. She was on "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart on Tuesday night looking...
| Jul 21, 2014
| 2:25 PM
In the days since the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 tragedy, the big questions have been whether Russian President Vladimir Putin armed the separatists with the missile that left 298 innocent people dead, and whether the disaster will encourage Putin to...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 2:46 PM
Moviegoers largely, er, shrugged at the first two installments of "Atlas Shrugged," the ongoing three-part film adaptation of Ayn Rand's 1957 novel. Though the book has found a passionate readership, particularly among political conservatives and...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 12:47 PM
The Middle East and Africa are a complex matrix of religious cultural, racial, ethnic, clan and tribal dynamics that have developed over 1,000 years of conflict. Scott Anderson wrote in his new book, "Lawrence in Arabia," that the first inept U.S....
| Aug 29, 2014
| 5:34 PM
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, locked in a fierce reelection fight in Kentucky, lost the services Friday of his tea party-allied campaign manager, who abruptly quit over a scandal involving the 2012 Iowa presidential caucuses.
Jesse Benton, a...
| Aug 30, 2014
| 9:06 PM
Potential Republican presidential candidates paraded before more than 3,000 conservative activists and donors from across the country here for a two-day summit that ended Saturday, touting their records and trying to look like the future of their party....
| Aug 18, 2014
| 2:16 PM
In the realm of Republican presidential politics, this has been a good year for Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas. It hasn't been as kind to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush or Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
It's sobering to recall that less...
| Mar 7, 2013
| 1:12 PM
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul got a lot of attention Wednesday for mounting an honest-to-God filibuster of President Barack Obama's nominee for CIA director, John Brennan. The nation's political class marveled at his real-life Mr. Smith act, the funny stuff his...
| Jun 10, 2013
| 7:00 PM
Edward Joseph Snowden, the government contractor who revealed the National Security Agency's massive telephone- and Internet-surveillance program, has left few public clues about his life growing up in Crofton and Ellicott City.
Snowden, 29, attended...