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For Maryland's New Governor, Some Old Business

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 9:34 AM

Many visitors to Maryland's historic Old State House are eager to see the Senate Chamber where Gen. George Washington resigned his commission to the Congress, meeting there in December, 1783. There are, as well, many other significant events associated with this beautiful and classically proportioned Capitol, America's oldest continuously used...

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Broken Promises/Broken Presidencies

(1) Comments | Posted November 3, 2013 | 11:00 PM

When Vice President George H.W. Bush accepted the GOP nomination for president in New Orleans in 1988, he memorably said: "Read my lips, no new taxes." Too memorably, as things turned out. He won that election handily, carrying 40 states against the hapless Michael Dukakis and 53 percent of the...

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The Frederick Douglass Free Public Library

(5) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 4:53 PM

In Washington, D.C., one of our most stately buildings is undergoing an extensive renovation. The Free Public Library, Northeast Branch is probably the library closest to Capitol Hill. And this red brick structure, with its stylish quoined corners, when it reopens, promises to bring even more opportunities for...

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After Reelection, 'More Flaccidity'

(3) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 4:17 PM

President Obama's whispers to Russia's then-President Dmitri Medvedev were picked up on a hot mic. "This is my last election," the president confided to the Russian under his breath, "after my election, I'll have more flexibility." ABC's Jake Tapper reported that exchange in March, 2012, at a G-20...

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Egypt Persecutes Christians and Americans Pay the Bill

(1) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 11:56 AM

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood's governing majority, is not actually crucifying the nation's Christians. But they are nonetheless actively persecuting Coptic Christians who are said to be one-tenth of the population of the largest Arab country. A photograph of two young men set afire during recent demonstrations is pretty striking.

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World Opinion: When Some Americans Get It Wrong

(2) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 5:23 PM

Before he became a China scholar, our friend Steve Mosher was an engineer. He likes to say that if you are an engineer whose bridges collapse or whose highways break up, you're likely to lose your Professional Engineer's license. But if you are a social scientist, or a history professor...

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Religious Freedom in Egypt? Ask the Sphinx

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 10:05 AM

If you follow the annual reports of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), you will read a sad catalog of persecution and discrimination against Christians, Jews and members of other religions around the world.

It goes almost without saying that persecution in nightmare places like...

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What Will Kerry Do About Christian Persecution in China?

(12) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 1:44 PM

Secretary of State John Kerry chose an interesting place to deliver his first foreign policy address. The former Massachusetts senator spoke at the University of Virginia. He was introduced by the university's president, Teresa Sullivan. Dr. Sullivan noted that the university's founder, Thomas Jefferson, had served as the first Secretary...

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Mr. President: Chuck Hagel!

(8) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 12:50 PM

Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel's nomination to be Secretary of Defense should be withdrawn now. He delivered what may be the worst performance at a confirmation hearing ever given. He was described as "confused," "befuddled," and "self contradicting." One of Mr. Hagel's own backers...

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Emancipation: January 1, 1863

(1) Comments | Posted December 31, 2012 | 5:12 PM

President Abraham Lincoln had been warned by Gen. George B. McClellan not to interfere with the institution of slavery. McClellan was a "War Democrat," willing to fight to preserve the Union, but unwilling to do anything about the root cause of the rebellion that threatened the life of the nation....

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Election 2012: Echoes of Truman's 1948 Campaign

(3) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 10:50 AM

Many of our friends continue to register shock at the election returns of last month. How can it be?, they ask. It's not so hard to figure out, we reply. The first Romney bumper sticker that appeared last year bore a startling resemblance to another famous...

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Persecuting Jesus

(80) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 2:29 PM

The 19th century French painting, "Christian Martyrs' Last Prayer," today hangs in the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore. It has not lost its capacity to shock. In the Roman Circus, the small flock of Christians is huddled in the sand, kneeling around their aged pastor. We see weeping little children,...

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How to Dump Your Veep

(40) Comments | Posted August 20, 2012 | 8:37 AM

Can't do it. Impossible. It's too late now. Those are some of the responses to the question of the week: Will President Barack Obama dump Vice Joe President Biden?

All Washington was abuzz with this question. When FOX News' Ed Henry asked White House spokesman Jay Carney about it,...

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Stilts Or Ladders?

(2) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 9:23 AM

Ben is a young friend of ours who was an intern in our Washington office. This summer, Ben is working on yard crews and in restaurants prior to going into the military. This recent college grad is getting quite an education working with the working poor.


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Israel's Gathering Storm

(136) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 5:15 PM

Israel's Ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, briefed Christian supporters of the Jewish state this morning. He told a hushed audience crowded into his embassy's Jerusalem Auditorium of a recent visit by U.S. intelligence specialists. They had asked Dr. Oren the historian to compare Israel's situation today with other...

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In the Age of Obama, the Eagle Has Fallen

(38) Comments | Posted April 24, 2012 | 9:27 AM

Columnist Charles Krauthammer calls the ceremonial interment of the space shuttle Discovery an act of "willed American decline." He's certainly right about that. It is an historic retreat for America.

It was under John F. Kennedy, a liberal Democrat, that America was summoned to greatness....

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Hillary: Playing Roulette With the Russians

(6) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 9:26 AM

Secretary Hillary Clinton was at the Naval Academy recently. She went there to deliver a prestigious Forrestal Lecture. And she was well received by the 4,000 Midshipmen and hundreds of students attending the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference.

One Midshipman asked Sec. Clinton about the...

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Shall We Be Citizens or Subjects?

(23) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 11:47 AM

In Washington this week, a rare drama is unfolding in the U.S. Supreme Court. The momentous question that is before the court is this: Shall we be Citizens or Subjects?

The high court is considering a historic challenge by twenty-six states to the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as ObamaCare....

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Rational Actors and Stuff

(3) Comments | Posted March 15, 2012 | 5:09 PM

The idea behind economic sanctions is simple: If you deprive the people in a warlike country of enough "stuff," they're rational actors and they'll stop their aggression. Or at least make their leaders stop. The only problem with this theory is that it doesn't work.

President Obama...

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Hillary's "Toughest Sanctions" on Iran Won't Work

(4) Comments | Posted March 9, 2012 | 4:12 PM

Secretary Hillary Clinton took to the air yesterday to boast of the "toughest sanctions" yet imposed by the international community on Iran. Recall, this administration came to office three years ago offering olive branches to the mullahs who rule Iran. President Obama even sent Persian New Year greetings to the...

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