Donald Trump capped off his disastrous three-stop foreign trip by joining Vladimir Putin for an embarrassing and craven news conference. Pressed on whether Russia had any responsibility for the poor relations with the U.S., the American president chose to ramble on about Hillary Clinton’s em…

Given the weeks of apocalyptic speculation that preceded the Helsinki summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, the news conference that followed the meeting Monday should have been anticlimactic: Nothing was agreed, nothing gained or conceded. And yet John Brennan, who ran the Central…

When I was 7, I took a walk around my new neighborhood in Havertown. Back in 1969, kids could do that, and expect to circle back safely to our front steps. Unfortunately, I happened upon a “Do Not Enter” sign at the end of a street not two blocks from my house, and panicked. A precocious and…

Evaluating public school districts, individual schools, teachers and principals is valuable and important. It also is difficult to do so in any sort of objective, apples-to-apples manner which attempts to compare one district, school, teacher, or principal to another.

WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump put Germany and other allies on notice for the harm they are doing to NATO with their failure to spend adequately on our common defense, Democrats in Washington came to Germany’s defense. “President Trump’s brazen insults and denigration of one of Ameri…

Go on, wrinkle your brow, grit your teeth, try to dream up a better nominee for Supreme Court justice than Brett Kavanaugh, and you’ll struggle because he’s got it all. He’s a true constitutionalist with intellect, experience and solid character, but forget all of that because Democrats hyst…

So it’s Judge Brett Kavanaugh. There will be time enough to explore the nominee’s views and record. Let’s step back a bit and get some perspective on the national debate that we are about to have.

Last month, at its convention in New Orleans, the American Library Association announced that it was dropping Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name from the prestigious children’s literature award that was created in her honor in 1954, three years before her death. The award “recognizes authors and il…

Thurgood Marshall was not the best choice for the open seat on the 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in the fall of 1961. At least that’s what many Southern white attorneys stated when the FBI interviewed them as part of a nationwide investigation for President John F. Kennedy.

WASHINGTON — It is tempting to think of the Supreme Court as a cult: nine black-robed people who meet secretly, have arcane rituals and make us question whether they lead normal lives.

The Federal Aviation Administration recently announced new restrictions on drone flights over a maximum security federal prison in Illinois. When this new “no drone zone” goes into effect, the Thomson Penitentiary in Illinois will become the 20th federal prison to obtain a drone flight restriction.

The beauty of all self-evident truths is that, by definition, we do not need to explain why they are true. Our annual celebrations of American independence fit neatly into this mental zone of confident presumptions. To the extent that we think about it at all, the Fourth of July is the time …

Dear Sgt. Hosbrook, though you are my ancestor, I thought it only fitting and proper to address you by your rank and title in that great war for independence that we are celebrating some 242 years later. As an officer in the First New Jersey Regiment of General George Washington’s Continenta…

It still seems surreal to say so, but not long ago it was illegal in Texas for someone like me to fall in love. For gays and lesbians in Texas and 13 other states, no matter how private or intimate two partners chose to be, sex itself was a crime. That was still true when I first moved to Da…

These historic times of populist upheaval are forcing Americans to wrestle with moral questions heretofore unconsidered, such as: If I see a member of the presidential administration in public, how much of a jerk should I be? If Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is s…

Bulletin: The Declaration of Independence and the U. S. Constitution are two different documents. This epiphany came to me recently when a political candidate was extolling her belief in the Constitution while quoting from the Declaration.

Gerald Fischman, the long-time editorial page editor of the Annapolis Capital, was no stranger to mass shootings. He had written about them for years — moving editorials full of pain, disgust and despair, but also determination. He championed reasonable restrictions on gun ownership. He depl…