Lights and Wires in a Box…

“One of the basic troubles with radio and television news is that both instruments have grown up as an incompatible combination of show...

The Loudest Voice…

“Imagine a NASCAR driver mentally preparing for a race knowing one of the drivers will be drunk. That’s what prepping for this debate is...

Defining Moments…

Truly defining moments are rare in our politics. They come around perhaps once a decade or so, but when they do occur they often signal a...

History…

A great day for America with expansion of rights for same sex couples or a bleak day where the tyranny of five activist judges trump the...

America’s Great War…

The marvelous British historian David Reynolds argues in his latest book – The Long Shadow – which explores the lasting legacies of World...

Strong Inside

I love college basketball and of course the love affair is in full blossom this time of year. My romance began in 1966 when a bunch of...

Selma: The Movie, The History

The Movie… If you haven’t seen the Oscar-nominated film Selma you should. While mostly snubbed by those who Like all films that set out...

When to Quit

One of the most difficult things to do in politics – perhaps the most difficult – is to quit. When do you cut-and-walk-away from a There...

Ethical Standards

I hope, and believe, that the late, great former Commissioner of Baseball smiles in a peaceful place where everyone is surrounded by...

Post-Racial

Americans of color may have significantly more challenges to overcome with employment, education, health and housing than most white...

Assessing LBJ

Dallek titled one of his volumes on Johnson – Flawed Giant. That, I suspect, will be the ultimate verdict of history. A big, passionate...

The World is Watching

A quick Google search this morning turns up more than 130 stories on the 44 protesters arrested Monday in the Idaho State Capitol in...

If I Had a Hammer

The New York Post – as ridiculous as a newspaper in those days as it remains today – offered the headline: “Dangerous Minstrel Nabbed...

For the People

Put a man on the moon in the decade of the 1960’s and return him safely to Earth – no problem. Create a Peace Corps and send idealistic...

So Much and So Little Has Changed

The great theme in all the coverage leading up to the actual anniversary of the March and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s remarkable “I...

Art Imitates Politics

In an Op-Ed piece – it’s always an Op-Ed piece, isn’t it, where news is made these days – Frank allowed as how the hit show House of...

Judicial Radicals

Having already conceded that passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act would cause his Democratic Party to lose the south for a generation – a...

Jim Crow’s Playmates

By all accounts Mr. Rickey, as everyone called him, wasn’t much of a ballplayer himself. He only played in the majors for four seasons,...

Our Unresolved Issue

Comedian Jon Stewart joked that Paul “fell asleep on the Green Line and woke up” at Howard and, while his history lesson was suspect, to...

True Confessions

Just review the run-up to the already celebrated interview that hasn’t even aired yet. First, its leaked to the New York Times days ago...