| Jul 11, 2014
| 4:30 PM
It's an old saying: Be careful what you wish for; you just might get it. In spades. The latest illustration of that adage is provided by our own vice president, for Joe Biden is finally getting his wish. He made it back in 2006, another time when...
| Jul 13, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Regarding the recent rant by small business woman and political activist Michelle Jefferson ("Stop griping and get a grip, ladies," July 11), it seems that she missed the most basic and fundamental message of the women's movement in the last century: don'...
| Jul 14, 2014
| 10:49 AM
LONDON — The Church of England voted on Monday to allow women to become bishops, a historic decision which overturns centuries of tradition in a Church that has been deeply divided over the issue.
Two years ago, a similar proposal failed narrowly...
| Jul 11, 2014
| 10:30 AM
I'd feel better about Maryland's budget if the outgoing governor had not kept putting millions of dollars into aiding non-public schools over which we have little to no control and which serve mainly religious interests ("Warning signs for Md.'s budget,"...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 2:37 PM
Howard H. Baker Jr., the Republican senator from Tennessee who framed the question that cut to the heart of the official inquiry into the Watergate scandal, died Thursday, four days after a stroke. He was 88.
His death at his home in Huntsville, Tenn.,...
| May 26, 2014
| 7:00 AM
"…You should see that obedient flock who at the mere sign from me will hasten to heap the hot cinders upon the stakes in which we shall burn you for coming to meddle with us."
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "The Grand Inquisitor" parable within "The...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 10:40 AM
In recognizing that for-profit corporations like Hobby Lobby can hold religious beliefs that trump secular laws like the Affordable Care Act's requirement that women have access to contraceptives without out-of-pocket costs, the Supreme Court has moved...
| Jun 15, 2014
Lynda A. Yost traded the bonnets of her Iowa childhood for a bow-tie blouse as she reached adulthood in the late 1960s.
Earning an MBA at Loyola University in Chicago, she worked for Jack Welch in the silicone products division at General Electric;...
| May 29, 2014
| 6:36 PM
Terrible acts of violence often unleash discussions that go beyond the immediate crimes and motives. Often, there is passionate debate over gun rights and gun control. Or failures of mental health services and interventions.
The long manifesto/memoir...
| Jun 29, 2014
| 6:17 PM
David Wilk and Charlie Gurion have kissed many times since they met, and many more times since they became one of the first same-sex couples in Illinois to get a marriage license.
But until Sunday, their kisses never had been cheered by thousands of...
| Jul 1, 2014
In ruling 5 to 4 that "closely held" companies can refuse on religious grounds to include contraceptives in their employees' health plans, the Supreme Court has needlessly interfered with an important provision of the Affordable Care Act. And it has...