Carl M. Cannon

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  • 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,...