| Jul 31, 2012
| 10:56 PM
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...
| Aug 19, 2012
| 8:48 AM
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...
| Aug 1, 2012
| 10:31 AM
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...
| Aug 5, 2012
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...
| Aug 5, 2012
| 5:00 AM
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.
| Aug 6, 2012
| 4:52 PM
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...
| Aug 12, 2012
| 6:42 AM
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...
| Aug 13, 2012
| 3:41 PM
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...
| Aug 11, 2012
| 3:00 AM
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...
| Aug 17, 2012
| 2:18 PM
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,”...
| Aug 20, 2012
| 12:47 PM
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...