| Jun 25, 2012
| 3:00 AM
This summer, the Republican and Democratic parties will hold their presidential nominating conventions in Tampa, Fla., and Charlotte, N.C. In so doing, they will continue a political ritual that began 180 years ago in Baltimore. From their inception in...
| Dec 9, 2011
| 3:00 AM
The general rap against the Occupy Wall Street movement is that it has no clear leadership or goals. And a complaint of some Democrats against President Obama is that he hasn't found a way to get in front of it and harness its energy to work for his re-...
| Dec 19, 2011
| 6:25 AM
PEMBROKE, Va. — It is an impressive waterfall hidden deep in an Appalachian gorge.
The Cascades drop 66 feet on Little Stony Creek in the Cascades Recreation Area of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest in southwestern Virginia....
| Aug 14, 2012
| 12:40 PM
As we sweat through a steamy mid-August, it might be hard to believe the mercury plunged to a refreshing 67 degrees in Miami on Aug. 14, 1911 – when William Howard Taft was president.
While that’s not exactly arctic, 67 is about 10 degrees...
| Aug 19, 2012
| 3:00 AM
The Republican team of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan is less about the future than it is about nostalgia for a past that many Americans imagine was better -- a time when businessmen were free of government meddling and all citizens, even the poor, old or...
| Mar 4, 2010
| 2:51 PM
"Woodrow Wilson: A Biography"
By John Milton Cooper, Jr.
Random House, 702 pages, $35
President Woodrow Wilson, a confidant confided in his diary shortly after World War I, "will probably go down in history as the greatest figure of his time, and I hope,...
| Feb 1, 2009
It was Tuesday, May 30, 1922, the day of the dedication of the solemn and splendid memorial to Abraham Lincoln in Washington, and the ceremony on the Mall featured speeches by President Warren Harding and Chief Justice William Howard Taft.
| Oct 25, 2009
The Big Burn
Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire
That Saved America
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 324 pp., $27
During 18 years with the New York Times, many as the paper's Pacific Northwest correspondent, Timothy Egan wrote several nonfiction...
| Apr 22, 2009
When he died 99 years ago this week, Mark Twain was this country's most beloved writer, yet his status as both an author and protean example of the now-familiar pop cultural celebrity seems to grow with each passing decade.
"Who Is Mark Twain?" -- a...
| Dec 14, 2008
When President-elect Barack Obama named New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson as his pick for commerce secretary this month, his former Democratic rival appeared beside him, cleanshaven -- another devastating blow to facial hair in the long-running battle of...
| Jan 24, 2009
NORFOLK, Va. — After Barack Obama took the oath of office Tuesday, he rode to the White House in a new custom-built Cadillac limousine that, other than larger windows, isn't dramatically different than the one built for President George W. Bush in...