Carl M. Cannon

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  • Oct 15, 2021
    "A League of Their Own," was inspired by the very real experience of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, formed in 1943 with most of this country's male ballplayers...
  • Oct 14, 2021
    On this date in 1781, a joint operation of French and American soldiers captured two small forts in the Virginia Tidewater area that determined the course of the Revolutionary War...
  • Oct 13, 2021
    On Oct. 13, 1792, the cornerstone was laid for an executive mansion in the swampy new capital city named after the first president of the United States. The impetus for moving the...
  • Oct 12, 2021
    Once upon a time, and not all that long ago, today's date was officially recognized as the day Christopher Columbus landed in what was called (by Europeans) the New World. Four...
  • Oct 8, 2021
    Good morning, it's Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, the day of the week when I reprise quotations intended to be uplifting or educational. This week's comes from Don Larsen, who pitched a...
  • Oct 7, 2021
    Eight years ago today, Americans found themselves amid a lengthy, and ultimately pointless, government shutdown. Ostensibly, the nation's two major political parties were fighting...
  • Oct 1, 2021
    Good morning, it's Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, the day of the week I impart quotations intended to be inspirational or thought-provoking. Today, as the House of Representatives struggles...
  • Sep 30, 2021
    Fifty years ago today, Major League Baseball abandoned the nation's capital for the second time. The first came in 1960 when Washington Senators owner Calvin Griffith took the team...
  • Sep 29, 2021
    Eight-five years ago this week, Literary Digest magazine was in the field with the most ambitious public opinion poll in history. At tremendous expense, the Digest mailed out...
  • Sep 24, 2021
    Good morning, it's Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, the day of the week when I reprise quotations intended to be uplifting or educational. Today's come from Abigail Adams in 1776. As this...
  • Sep 23, 2021
    On this date in 1944, Franklin Delano Roosevelt kicked off his fourth presidential campaign. It was late in the game for that, but FDR was a popular wartime president (if not a...
  • Sep 21, 2021
    It was on this date in 1832, at a meeting of the New England Anti-Slavery Society, that a 29-year-old black woman made history just by taking the dais to speak publicly at Boston's...
  • Sep 20, 2021
    "One hundred years ago today, the Helena Independent, a newspaper in Montana's capital city, ran a foreboding article. An influenza epidemic had hit the United States, the paper...
  • Sep 17, 2021
    Good morning, it's Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, the day of the week I pass along quotations intended to be inspirational or thought-provoking. Today's comes from Jeb Bush, with an assist...
  • Sep 16, 2021
    Six years ago today, a large field of Republican presidential contenders met in Southern California for a debate. It was really broken into two debates, owing to the plethora of...
  • Sep 13, 2021
    On this date in 1949, former Professional Golf Association tournament director Fred Corcoran announced that the newly sanctioned U.S. Women's Open would be held two weeks hence in...
  • Sep 10, 2021
    Willie Nelson is on my mind this morning. Emmylou Harris, too. Along with Toby Keith and Alan Jackson. Just so you don't think it's all country music with me, I'm also thinking of...
  • Sep 8, 2021
    Forty-seven years ago today, President Gerald R. Ford shocked the country, while simultaneously compromising his own 1976 election chances, by pardoning Richard Nixon. In hindsight,...
  • Sep 7, 2021
    Today is the recognized birthday of Uncle Sam. Although the iconic bearded visage, usually pictured in a top hat, gained universal fame in World War I recruiting posters, it was...
  • Sep 6, 2021
    Twenty-six years ago today, Baltimore Orioles star Cal Ripken played in his 2,131st consecutive major league game, surpassing a record set by Lou Gehrig that was once...
  • Sep 3, 2021
    Good morning, it’s Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, the day of the week when I reprise quotations intended to be uplifting or educational. Today’s is from Frederick Douglass, who...
  • Sep 2, 2021
    Twenty-six years ago today, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame opened its doors in Cleveland. On this date in 1944, a U.S. Navy torpedo bomber was shot down in the Pacific, killing the...
  • Sep 1, 2021
    Fifty years ago today, the Pittsburgh Pirates quietly made racial history. That night, without fanfare, manager Danny Murtaugh sent onto the field a major league baseball team...
  • Aug 27, 2021
    Good morning, it's Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, the day of the week when I reprise quotations intended to be uplifting or educational. Today, I'll provide several, in honor of the United...
  • Aug 26, 2021
    As the National Hurricane Center tracks another storm system gathering strength in the Caribbean Sea, I'll again invoke the memory of a human hurricane (the good kind):...
  • Aug 25, 2021
    On this date in 1875, a band of Apache Indians battled a unit of Texas Rangers near the Concho River. The indecisive skirmish was one of hundreds of lethal 19th century...
  • Aug 24, 2021
    On this date in 1869, a handful of soldiers and officers who'd fought on the storied fields at Gettysburg returned to the scene of the decisive battle. Although this would change in...
  • Aug 20, 2021
    Good morning, it's Aug. 20, 2021, a Friday -- the day of the week when I reprise quotations intended to be uplifting or educational. Today's is a succinct one, and it comes from...
  • Aug 19, 2021
    On the 19th day of August in 1814, British warships docked at the Maryland town of Benedict, on the shores of the Patuxent River, and prepared to invade Washington. Although...
  • Aug 18, 2021
    On this date in 1947, two friends who met as Stanford University undergrads filed articles of incorporation for a new company. The firm had been launched nearly a decade earlier as...
  • Aug 17, 2021
    Today, the world continues to absorb the stunning scenes in Kabul after the U.S. military pullout in Afghanistan. After days of radio silence, President Biden spoke to the nation...
  • Aug 16, 2021
    Over the weekend, Americans were subjected to images they hadn't seen since April 1975: U.S. soldiers frantically trying to evacuate personnel from a foreign capital being overrun...
  • Aug 13, 2021
    Good morning, it's Friday, Aug. 13, 2021, the day of the week when I reprise quotations intended to be uplifting or educational. Today's comes from a writer named W.P. Kinsella....
  • Aug 12, 2021
    Today, we tend to think about "climate" change when we contemplate extreme weather, but whatever you call it, this is bad. It's not entirely new, however. As I wrote five years ago...
  • Aug 11, 2021
    At the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, a Hawaiian swimmer with a memorable name set the world record in the 100-meter freestyle race. Although Hawaii wasn't yet a U.S. state, Duke...
  • Aug 10, 2021
    Yesterday, I mentioned a letter George H.W. Bush, the retired 41st U.S. president, sent me 20 years earlier to the day. It came in response to a magazine story about how...
  • Aug 9, 2021
    Switching gears, 20 years ago today, George H.W. Bush, the retired 41st president of the United States, sent a poignant email to a White House correspondent he'd met only once....
  • Aug 6, 2021
    It's Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, the day of the week when I reprise quotations intended to be uplifting or educational. Today's edition comes from Louella O. Parsons, a once-famous Hearst...
  • Aug 5, 2021
    Today is the 160th anniversary of the first federal income tax in the United States. It's not a date that gets much publicity, although it probably should. The ability to tax...
  • Aug 4, 2021
    It seems like only yesterday that a youthful and slender Barack Obama strode onto the national political stage. Yet the 44th U.S. president turns 60 today. He's still slim and...
  • Aug 3, 2021
    Ninety-eight years ago today, Calvin Coolidge took the oath of office upon the death of Warren G. Harding. It was a most unusual presidential swearing-in, and certainly the...
  • Aug 2, 2021
    Presidents are often accused of employing "empty rhetoric," a charge directed at Republican presidents as well as Democrats, including the current occupant of...
  • Jul 30, 2021
    It's Friday, the day of the week when I reprise quotations intended to be uplifting or educational. Today's, which is only a slight variation on a famous poem, is a sad one: It...
  • Jul 29, 2021
    Seventy-six years ago today, the USS Indianapolis, a 610-foot-long heavy cruiser, was leaving the Marianas on a course for Leyte Gulf in the Philippines. Affectionately...
  • Jul 28, 2021
    In a surreal coronavirus-era sports environment, one force of nature asserted itself again yesterday -- or, I should say, asserted herself: Katie Ledecky blew away the field in the...
  • Jul 27, 2021
    This morning, as Americans absorb news reports that star U.S. gymnast Simone Biles has withdrawn from the team competition in Tokyo, I'm thinking back to another hot July 27 morning...
  • Jul 26, 2021
    On this day in 1948, President Harry Truman issued a simple, 405-word executive order ending segregation in the U.S. armed forces. It began this way: "WHEREAS it is essential that...
  • Jul 21, 2021
    On this date 10 years ago in the pre-dawn darkness, the space shuttle Atlantis touched down safely on a Florida runway. "Atlantis is home," proclaimed NASA control. "Its journey...
  • Jul 20, 2021
    Although it seems longer ago, on this date in 2016 Sen. Ted Cruz delivered a controversial speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. One of the last Republican...
  • Jul 19, 2021
    On this date in 1984, Geraldine Ferraro, whom I wrote about last week, accepted the vice presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco. "By choosing...
  • Jul 16, 2021
    Good morning, it's Friday, July 16, 2021, the day of the week when I reprise quotations intended to be uplifting or educational. Today's lines come from Michael Cromartie, an...
  • Jul 15, 2021
    Six years ago today, President Obama held an afternoon press conference to defend the deal his administration had negotiated with Iran. In its broadest outlines, the agreement --...
  • Jul 14, 2021
    Despite the gruesomely hot and humid weather, this is tourist season in Washington and today the nation's capital welcomes some 55 Texans to town. All of them are Democrats who...
  • Jul 13, 2021
    Major League Baseball holds its All-Star Game tonight, an event that usually distracts Americans from their partisan bickering. Not this year. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred's rash...
  • Jul 12, 2021
    On this date in 1984, I was on the floor of the Moscone Center in my hometown of San Francisco when Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale asked convention delegates to...
  • Jul 8, 2021
    On this date in 1776, a one-ton copper bell rang from the Pennsylvania state capitol, signaling the formulation -- if the colonists could successfully defend it on the battlefield...
  • Jul 7, 2021
    On this date in 1958, a bill designating Alaska as the 49th state in the Union was signed into law. Hawaii would follow the next summer -- Dwight Eisenhower was adamant that...
  • Jul 6, 2021
    This would have been Nancy Reagan's 100th birthday. Although she will always be associated in our minds with California, the future Mrs. Reagan was born on July 6, 1921, at New...
  • Jul 5, 2021
    In the turbulence and violence of the 1960s, Tennessee's then-largest city would become the infamous site of the racially motivated murder of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. But in...
  • Jul 2, 2021
    Good morning, it's Friday, July 2, 2021, the day of the week when I reprise quotations intended to be uplifting or educational. Today, I'm borrowing from President Reagan, with an...
  • Jun 28, 2021
    Nine years ago today, in a 5-4 decision that surprised many observers, Chief Justice John Roberts joined the four members of the Supreme Court's liberal voting bloc to uphold the...
  • Jun 25, 2021
    Good morning, it's Friday, June 25, 2021, the day of the week when I reprise quotations intended to be uplifting or educational. As I promised Thursday, today's comes from Ambrose...
  • Jun 24, 2021
    Good morning, it's Thursday, June 24, 2021, another lovely weather day on the East Coast. On this date 179 years ago, Marcus Aurelius Bierce and his wife, Laura Sherwood Bierce,...
  • Jun 23, 2021
    Good morning, it's Wednesday, June 23, 2021, a lovely day on the East Coast and the 73rd birthday of Clarence Thomas. In a less polarized world, the accomplishments of this man...
  • Jun 18, 2021
    Today is a brand-new federal holiday, although Juneteenth is hardly a new idea in the collective consciousness of black America. It dates, as the whole country now knows, to June...
  • Jun 17, 2021
    Congress has made June 19 a national holiday. "Juneteenth," which President Biden will officially sign into law later today, pays homage to the date in 1865 when a Union general in...
  • Jun 16, 2021
    It was on this date 163 years ago that Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the most memorable, and important, speeches in American history. "A house divided against itself cannot...
  • Jun 15, 2021
    Yesterday was Flag Day, although what that symbol means in America at this moment is hard to gauge. It certainly doesn't signify the same thing to everyone, which has generally been...
  • Jun 14, 2021
    It's the day of the week when I reprise quotations intended to be uplifting or educational. Today's is a succinct observation about success that's tied to a tournament won on this...
  • Jun 4, 2021
    You all know what that means: It's quote of the week day. Today's comes from a suffragette who, like her compatriots in their great cause, had reason to celebrate on this date in...
  • May 28, 2021
    Good morning, it's Friday, May 28, 2021, the day of the week when I reprise quotations intended to be uplifting or educational. Today's concerns Memorial Day, a national observance...
  • May 27, 2021
    Today is the 110th birthday of Hubert Horatio Humphrey Jr. Although he was a famed Minnesota Democrat, HHH was born and raised in South Dakota. After working six years in his...
  • May 26, 2021
    On this date in 1864, in the brief and fraught respite between the gruesome battles at Spotsylvania Courthouse and Cold Harbor, Abraham Lincoln signed a proclamation making Montana...
  • May 25, 2021
    On this date in 1787, 55 delegates met in Philadelphia to draft a Constitution to replace the unwieldy Articles of Confederation. Did those delegates, all of whom were white and...
  • May 24, 2021
    On this date in 1844, Samuel Morse sent the first public message via telegraph. It went over the newly installed wire on Capitol Hill to his collaborator, Alfred...
  • May 21, 2021
    Good morning, it's Friday, May 21, 2021, the day of the week when I reprise quotations intended to be uplifting or educational. Today's comes from Amelia Earhart, who on this date...
  • May 19, 2021
    Forty-eight years ago today, racetrack announcer Chic Anderson had a very good day. So did the star of his television show: Preakness Stakes-winning colt Secretariat. Anderson's...
  • May 18, 2021
    Thirty-five years ago today, a commencement speaker at the UC-Berkeley school of business enthralled the graduating class by giving them permission to indulge their least altruistic...
  • May 17, 2021
    Forty-eight years ago today, the American people were riveted by a spectacle that would result in the end of a presidency. With North Carolina Democrat Samuel J. Ervin Jr. presiding...
  • May 14, 2021
    Good morning, it's Friday, May 14, 2021, the day of the week when I reprise quotations intended to be uplifting or educational. Today's, as promised, comes from Abraham Lincoln --...
  • May 12, 2021
    On this date in 1883, Mark Twain's publisher released "Life on the Mississippi," a biographical account of his boyhood. Many of its stories had appeared eight years earlier in The...
  • May 11, 2021
    On this date in 1858, Minnesota was admitted to the Union as the 32nd state. With the possible exception of Massachusetts, the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" was the most anti-slavery...
  • May 7, 2021
    Good morning, it's Friday, May 7, 2021, the day of the week when I reprise quotations intended to be uplifting or educational. Today's come from a pair of African American women of...
  • May 6, 2021
    On this date in 1931, a black Alabama steelworker named after William Howard Taft and a young woman named Anna Sattlewhite had a son. The baby had good genes when it came to sports:...
  • May 5, 2021
    Cinco de Mayo is typically assumed by Anglos (and many Hispanics) to be a Mexican version of July 4. That's not really accurate. Moreover, although it ostensibly celebrates a...
  • May 4, 2021
    Fifty-one years ago today, cornered and panicked National Guardsmen sent to quell unrest at Kent State University opened fire without warning on a crowd of antiwar demonstrators....
  • May 3, 2021
    On this day 1986, race rider Bill Shoemaker steered a rangy cold named Ferdinand to victory in the Kentucky Derby. Already a Hall of Famer, "The Shoe" was 54 years old. He was an...
  • Apr 30, 2021
    Good morning, it's Friday April 30, 2021, the day of the week I pass along quotations intended to be inspirational or thought-provoking. Today's comes from George Washington, who...
  • Apr 29, 2021
    Joseph R. Biden delivered his first State of the Union address (although it's not officially called that) last night and it was an ambitious speech for sure. We have plenty of...
  • Apr 28, 2021
    Joseph R. Biden delivers his first State of the Union address tonight, although in a president's first year in office these speeches are officially known as addresses to a...
  • Apr 27, 2021
    Ulysses Grant was born 199 years ago today. It is a measure of his presidency that even the official White House website lauds Grant's military career before mentioning...
  • Apr 26, 2021
    On this date in 1785, John James Audubon was born. I wrote about him once before, but the particulars of his life are worth reprising. Naturalist, artist, explorer, merchant,...
  • Apr 23, 2021
    Good morning. It's April 23, 2021, a Friday -- and you know what that means. This is Tom Kavanagh again, filling in for Carl, who will return next week. Today's quote comes from...
  • Apr 22, 2021
    Good morning. It's Thursday, April 22, 2021 -- the 51st Earth Day. As was true for last year's golden anniversary of the inaugural event, the world is grappling with a deadly...
  • Apr 20, 2021
    Walter Mondale has shuffled off this mortal coil. Minnesota's attorney general and, later, one of its senators, "Fritz" next served four years as Jimmy Carter's vice president. As...
  • Apr 16, 2021
    Today's quote comes from Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller, who threw the only Opening Day no-hitter in major league history on this date in 1940. (Yes, the season started in...
  • Apr 13, 2021
    Good morning, it's Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Seventy-four years ago today, the Brooklyn Dodgers finished the preseason by completing a three-game exhibition series with the New York...
  • Apr 12, 2021
    By the time you read this, Hideki Matsuyama will have returned the green jacket he won at August National Golf Club yesterday to its storied closet before heading back to Japan for...
  • Apr 9, 2021
    Today's date is a reminder that the progress this nation has made on race did not come without a struggle -- and that it has been momentous in nature, whether in war or peace. It...
  • Apr 8, 2021
    In the face of a new spate of mass shootings, President Biden is unveiling a series of executive actions today aimed at stemming gun violence. The measures range from directing the...
  • Apr 7, 2021
    Seventy-two years ago today, "South Pacific" made its Broadway debut. To say the musical was a smashing success is an understatement. Its tunes are still familiar to many of us...
  • Apr 6, 2021
    On this date 104 years ago, a U.S. president broke a solemn election-year promise and committed Americans to fight and die on Europe's battlefields in a war characterized by...
  • Apr 2, 2021
    Good morning, it's Friday, April 2, 2021, Good Friday on the Christian calendar and the day of the week when I reprise a quotation meant to be uplifting or educational. Today's...
  • Mar 31, 2021
    Good morning, it's Wednesday, March 31, 2021. On this date in American history, Cesar Chavez was born (1927), President Lyndon Johnson shocked the country by announcing he wasn't...
  • Mar 30, 2021
    Good morning, it's Tuesday, March 30, 2021. Today is the second day of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin's murder trial, the 40th anniversary of the wounding of...
  • Mar 26, 2021
    Good morning, it's Friday, March 26, 2021, the day of the week when I reprise a quotation meant to be uplifting or educational. Today's comes from the 44th president of the...
  • Mar 25, 2021
    As I noted in this space a few years ago, the events that led to Maryland Day took place over a 17-week period in 1633-1634, across two continents. On Nov. 22, 1633, two sailing...
  • Mar 23, 2021
    Thirty-two years ago today, in a speech to the National Association of Manufacturers, President George H.W. Bush reprised an old political chestnut -- if only to undercut...
  • Mar 19, 2021
    Good morning, it's Friday, March 19, 2021, the day of the week when I reprise a quotation meant to be uplifting or educational. Today's comes Earl Warren, born in Los Angeles on...
  • Mar 18, 2021
    On this date in 2004, Americans got a sneak preview of an ego that would shape the national zeitgeist a dozen years later. Only a footnote in the news at the time, in hindsight it...
  • Mar 16, 2021
    Fifty-eight years ago today, two young men shook hands at the end of a basketball game, their last as collegiate players. Although the game was played in the Michigan city of East...
  • Mar 12, 2021
    Good morning, it’s Friday, March 12, 2021, the day of the week when I reprise a quotation meant to be uplifting or educational. Today, inspired by Joe Biden’s first...
  • Mar 11, 2021
    One year ago today, as part of a Women’s History Month series curated by Dana Rubin, RCP readers were treated to the wisdom of journalist and author Lillie Devereux Blake....
  • Mar 10, 2021
    Good morning, it’s Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Seventy years ago today, J. Edgar Hoover revealed that he had taken himself out of the running to become the third commissioner of...
  • Mar 9, 2021
    Good morning, it’s Tuesday, March 9, 2021. Twenty years ago today, when I was covering the White House, George W. Bush was seven weeks into his presidential tenure, as Joe...
  • Mar 8, 2021
    Good morning, it’s Monday, March 8, 2021. Two U.S. presidents and Joe DiMaggio passed away on this date in American history. Guess which one we remember more? Okay,...
  • Mar 5, 2021
    Good morning, it’s Friday, March 5, 2021, the day of the week when I reprise a quotation meant to be inspiring. Today, I have two -- both concerning pioneer Geraldyn...
  • Mar 4, 2021
    One year ago today, after receiving a morning briefing from the top health officials in the Trump administration, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an $8.3 billion bill to...
  • Mar 3, 2021
    On this date in 1965, a funeral was held in Alabama that helped bring the civil rights movement into focus. The man being buried was Jimmie Lee Jackson, a 26-year-old U.S. Army...
  • Mar 2, 2021
    Today is the 117th birthday of Dr. Seuss, real name Theodor Geisel, who made a career out of making children laugh and adults think. And sometimes the other way around. He...
  • Mar 1, 2021
    On this date in 1872, Ulysses S. Grant signed legislation preserving the splendors of Yellowstone. In the process, President Grant helped create the template for a vast national park...
  • Feb 26, 2021
    Good morning, it's Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, the day of the week when I reprise a quotation meant to be inspiring. Today's comes from one of the fathers of rock 'n' roll, a man born...
  • Feb 25, 2021
    One year ago today, the first U.S. military serviceman was diagnosed with COVID-19. He was 23-year-old Army soldier stationed in Korea and was immediately quarantined. That night,...
  • Feb 23, 2021
    The grim COVID milestone we've been awaiting with trepidation arrived Monday, as predicted: 500,000 American lives lost. President Biden gave an evocative speech about the toll this...
  • Feb 19, 2021
    Good morning, it's Feb. 19, 2021 -- a Friday, the day of the week when I reprise a quotation meant to be inspiring or elucidating. Today's comes from an old California pol named...
  • Feb 18, 2021
    Rush Limbaugh, the pioneering 70-year-old conservative radio host who drove liberals moonbat crazy for more than three decades, has gone to his reward. I'm not exaggerating: Many...
  • Feb 16, 2021
    "Fat Tuesday," if you're fortunate enough to live in Louisiana -- or wherever Mardi Gras is celebrated. Today, I'm thinking about two men born on this date, both of whom were in...
  • Feb 15, 2021
    The second impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump ended up the same as the first -- with an acquittal -- although this time seven Republicans joined a unanimous Democratic caucus...
  • Feb 12, 2021
    Good morning, it's Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, the day of the week I pass along quotations intended to be inspirational or thought-provoking. Today's comes from America's greatest...
  • Feb 11, 2021
    Donald J. Trump's second impeachment trial proceeds apace today, while the weather on the East Coast is challenging. But there's happy news: Today is the 290th birthday of...
  • Feb 10, 2021
    The second impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump survived its procedural test yesterday, with six Republicans joining all 50 Senate Democrats in voting that the U.S. Constitution...
  • Feb 9, 2021
    As the U.S. Senate prepares to hear its second impeachment case against Donald J. Trump, COVID-19 has claimed a member of the House, Ron Wright, a Republican representing Texas'...
  • Feb 8, 2021
    Another Super Bowl, the 55th such championship, is in the books. The National Football League thinks so much of its annual showcase that it uses Roman numerals to denote each...
  • Feb 5, 2021
    Good morning, it's Feb. 5, 2021, a Friday -- the day of the week I pass along quotations intended to be inspirational or thought-provoking. This week at RCP, we revamped the website...
  • Feb 3, 2021
    Iconic American illustrator Norman Rockwell was born on this date in 1894. Throughout his career, Rockwell’s paintings were dismissed by the art...
  • Feb 2, 2021
    Good morning, it's Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. Today is Groundhog Day, a more fitting anniversary this year than any of us would like it to be. I won't write this morning about the...
  • Jan 29, 2021
    Good morning, it's Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, the day of the week when I reprise a quotation meant to be inspiring or elucidating. Today's comes from Oprah Winfrey, a woman I have never...
  • Jan 28, 2021
    Seventy-six years ago today, U.S. Army Gen. Omar Bradley rode in his armored caravan out of Bastogne, Belgium. Although the Battle of the Bulge was officially over, with the...
  • Jan 25, 2021
    Hello, it's Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. Globally, the number of COVID-19 infections is closing in on 100 million documented cases. In more than 2.1 million of them, the virus has been...
  • Jan 22, 2021
    Good morning, it's Friday, January 22, 2021, the day of the week when I reprise a quotation meant to be inspiring or elucidating. Today, I will offer three, all from the same man:...
  • Jan 21, 2021
    Good morning, it's Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, and we have a new president. Some of my readers, Republicans mainly, miss Donald Trump already. Political independents among you are...
  • Jan 20, 2021
    Inauguration Day is here at last. Four years ago today, Barack and Michelle Obama hosted Donald and Melania Trump at the White House. The outgoing president, following a modern...
  • Jan 19, 2021
    Good morning, it's Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, that last full day of the chaotic, problematic presidency of Donald John Trump. The man may yet manage to get himself convicted in a...
  • Jan 15, 2021
    Good morning, it's Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, the day of the week when I reprise a quote meant to be inspiring or elucidating. Today's comes from a speech by Martin Luther King Jr.,...
  • Jan 14, 2021
    President Trump got himself impeached again, and in record time: one week between the commission of offense, indictment, and a vote in the House of Representatives. Wednesday was...
  • Jan 13, 2021
    House Democrats are proceeding apace to impeach President Trump again. This strikes many Republicans as vengeful and pointless: He's leaving office in seven days anyway. Democrats...
  • Jan 12, 2021
    In January 1838, 28-year-old Abraham Lincoln delivered an address in Springfield, Ill., condemning a series of vigilante attacks that had recently taken place across the young...
  • Jan 11, 2021
    The sun is up in the nation's capital as I write these words, but the dark fallout continues from the mob violence wreaked by President Trump's supporters in the hallowed halls of...
  • Jan 8, 2021
    Good morning, it's Jan. 8, 2021, a Friday -- the day of the week when I pass along a quotation intended to be inspirational or thought-provoking. On this date 10 years ago, popular...
  • Jan 7, 2021
    Joe Biden's presidency has already begun, at least unofficially. Yesterday, Donald Trump chose to play the role of political rabble-rouser during the transition instead of...
  • Jan 6, 2021
    Today marks the feast of the Epiphany on the Christian calendar. The date is celebrated as Three Kings Day in Spain and much of Latin America, including the great state of Puerto...
  • Jan 5, 2021
    Good morning, it's Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021 -- Election Day 2.0 in Georgia. Jan. 5 is also an eventful date in America's cultural, economic, and political history. Harry Truman...
  • Jan 4, 2021
    Good morning, it's Jan. 4, 2021, the first Monday in a year most of us hope will be better and safer than the one we just left behind. On this date in American political history,...