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  • Gore Vidal dies at 86; iconoclastic author

    Gore Vidal dies at 86; iconoclastic author
    Gore Vidal was impossible to categorize, which was exactly the way he liked it. The reading public knew him as a literary juggernaut who wrote 25 novels —from the historical "Lincoln" to the satirical "Myra Breckinridge" — and volumes of...
  • For some at Aberdeen Proving Ground, New Jersey is still home

    For some at Aberdeen Proving Ground, New Jersey is still home
    Patricia O'Connor lives in Aberdeen. Or, by a certain way of thinking, New Jersey. Every Friday, she drives from her cozy mobile home in Harford County to her childhood home near the seaside in Point Pleasant Beach, where she lived until her job with the...
  • In Colorado shooting, a lesson lost

    In Colorado shooting, a lesson lost
    With each passing day, we live in a more and more disposable society. Be it food, jobs, relationships, or even sadly, horrific tragedies which deflate our national spirit. If we want to be honest in this disposable society we now all inhabit, then we...
  • Perspective: Gore Vidal, connoisseur of empires

    Perspective: Gore Vidal, connoisseur of empires
    In March 2003, as U.S. forces were pouring into Iraq, I interviewed Gore Vidal at his elegant home in the Hollywood Hills. The conflict's opening days hadn't gone quite as smoothly as some Pentagon planners had anticipated, and Vidal, a self-described...
  • Is there room for compassion in the American empire?

    Is there room for compassion in the American empire?
    Beyond the spectacle of the presidential race, the Washington consensus pursues business as usual. This is the season in which I wonder, with an ever-intensifying sense of urgency, what it would take to turn our political system into a democracy. "And...
  • Big ideas, small impact

    Big ideas, small impact
    One evening in September 2009, I squeezed into a room packed with American Marines and British military officers at Camp Leatherneck, the desert base that served as headquarters for the 10,000 Marines who made up the first wave of President Barack Obama's...
  • Analysts say military pay growth could be slowed

    The military could slow pay increases without harming the armed forces, analysts tell the Defense Department in a new report. The authors of the Rand Corp. study point to the services' ability in recent years to meet recruiting targets, the withdrawals...
  • Maryland sees a future in drones

    Maryland sees a future in drones
    In a cavernous production facility at AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Hunt Valley, workers assemble remote-control planes that help U.S. forces identify enemy targets. At the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, researchers...
  • Mitt Romney has much more important things to talk about than his taxes

    Mitt Romney has much more important things to talk about than his taxes
    To call Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a "mad dog," as Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank did, is an affront to the canine community and those suffering from legitimate mental illness. Mr. Reid was completely sane when he spread hearsay about an...
  • Battle rattle

    Battle rattle
    Hookers, rock stars, football coaches, cops, psychiatrists, pickpockets, political policy wonks — every trade has its own insider jargon, every group a lingo or recognition code that separates “ins from outs,” “us from them,”...
  • Wikileaks' wings are clipped

    Julian Assange, the peripatetic and elusive founder of the whistleblower web site Wikileaks, put himself at the center of a fine bit of political theater over the weekend when he used his fugitive status at the Ecuadorean embassy in London to demand the...