| Feb 1, 2015
| 5:00 AM
The most radical and surprising development in Washington policymaking today is the use of scientific research to determine what does or doesn't work in government spending.
Basing spending on rigorous evaluation of a program's results may seem self-...
| Jan 10, 2015
| 12:42 PM
We should thank John Grasso, the gentleman from Glen Burnie, for expressing an American ideal: That, with hard work and prudence, grit and determination, anyone can own a nice house and a fine car. "Work harder," the Anne Arundel county councilman said...
| Oct 4, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Whatever happened to good old American know-how?
The nation that invented modern management seems to be suffering a crisis of competence.
The Secret Service can't protect the White House. Public health authorities can't get their arms around a one-man...
| Feb 5, 2015
| 2:30 AM
The urgency I feel isn't any longer to stop a particular war but to interrupt endless war: to interrupt the narrowly focused geopolitical conversation, conveyed to us over and over by media stenographers, in which lethal intervention -- wherever -- is...
| Jan 12, 2015
As many high school seniors decide in the next couple of months what college they will attend, most will be flying blind about what their decision will cost them next year or 10 years later.
Despite all the hand wringing about runaway college costs, and...
| Nov 26, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Maybe President Obama is just trolling?
For those who don't know, in Internet parlance, trolling is an effort to elicit outrage from a specific group or the public generally. As the always useful -- but not always G-rated, or spell-checked -- Urban...
| Dec 8, 2014
| 2:32 PM
We all want to be happy, don't we? Well, if you're dissatisfied, frustrated or downright miserable, cheer up. There's apparently a cure for you. Even better, it will materialize automatically. Just sit and wait; the very anticipation of its arrival...
| Feb 6, 2015
| 4:57 PM
Niccolo Machiavelli, perhaps the shrewdest political philosopher in history, believed that great events were shaped by luck — or "fortuna" as he called this unpredictable force of life. The same actions might produce success or failure, depending on...
| Sep 21, 2012
| 4:50 PM
Perhaps it was the "fog of simulation." But the scariest aspect of a U.S.-Iran war game staged this week was the way each side miscalculated the other's responses — and moved toward war even as the players thought they were choosing restrained...
| Mar 26, 2013
Almost exactly 20 years ago, Barbara Dafoe Whitehead wrote a controversial essay for the Atlantic titled "Dan Quayle Was Right."
In case you forgot (or never knew), let me fill you in on what Quayle was right about.
There once was a popular sitcom...
| Mar 28, 2013
| 10:26 AM
Five years ago, I thought I might have to leave Baltimore. Not because I wanted to but because I thought I needed to.
It was 2008. Like many employers, Urbanite magazine, where I worked, was feeling the effects of the Great Recession, so I would soon...