| Apr 4, 2014
| 2:30 PM
WASHINGTON -- Like an optimist looking through a pile of manure in hope of finding a pony, if one examines the latest Supreme Court decision on campaign finance law, one positive outcome comes into view: It will give a helping hand to our struggling two-...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 10:00 AM
RICHMOND, Va. — Seth Numrich can't quite get a straight answer. In character as Ben Tallmadge, the leader of a group of Revolutionary War spies known as the Culper Ring and a central character in the new AMC drama "Turn," he is interrogating a...
| Mar 29, 2014
| 8:09 AM
Despite a federal judge's order that the Carroll County commissioners stop praying to Jesus at their meetings, Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier reached into history and summoned George Washington to aid her cause last week.
"I beseech thee, for the...
| Mar 30, 2014
| 9:54 AM
Returning from a religious service (let's omit the denomination), I described it to my college roommate, who asked, "Why do those people bother to be there? What's their purpose?" I answered, "I believe that their purpose is to mean well."
I have the...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 1:32 PM
On March 5, 1770, a group of British soldiers fired into an unruly crowd, killing five American civilians in an incident known as the Boston Massacre. Facing murder charges and potentially the death penalty, the soldiers had difficulty finding someone...
| Mar 8, 2014
Re "Obama nominee blocked in Senate," March 6
To justify his vote against Debo Adegbile — President Obama's nominee to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division — Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said in an interview, "When someone has...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 5:00 AM
It is an opera that like its choruses rouses recriminations and unsettled ghosts.
"The Death of Klinghoffer" by composer John Adams sets the Israeli-Palestinian struggle on a ship sailing with the histories and opposing realities of two peoples bound by...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 11:00 AM
President Obama's appearance on the Funny or Die sketch series "Between Two Ferns With Zach Galifianakis" on Tuesday has become a viral sensation, with over 14 million views already. But not everyone is laughing, especially Stephen Colbert.
| Jul 3, 2014
| 7:00 AM
The celebration of America's birthday rarely includes references to Thomas Paine, the author of the pre-Revolutionary War pamphlet "Common Sense." But Paine's role in the break with Great Britain was important, and his life has a way of reminding us...
| Feb 28, 2014
| 6:16 AM
No time for small talk -- too much happened in this episode. Husband-murdering Sally Langston is still running for President, you guys. I mean, if nothing else, you have to respect the gall. Olivia’s working on Fitz’s reelection campaign (as...
| Feb 7, 2014
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown, Little, Brown, $18, ages 3-8
Mr. Tiger lives in a neo-Victorian urban landscape where the boy animals wear top hats and bow ties and the girl animals wear long skirts and high collars. The problem is, Mr. Tiger, a...