June 16, 2017

Among the predictably polarized responses to the congressional shooting this week -- some on the left renewing calls for stronger gun control laws, some on the right claiming liberals are more prone to violence than conservatives -- it was heartening to hear words of u...

February 16, 2017

At the CVS at 120th St. in Ocean City, MD, when you walk into the store you may be greeted by a petite, middle-aged woman with glasses and a great smile behind the cash register. In accented English she'll say, "Good evening, guys. Let me know if I can help you," or so...

January 19, 2017

Dear Mr. Trump:

This week you will take the oath of office as President of the United States. It is one of the great moments in our constitutional democracy – the peaceful transition of power to a freely elected new chief executive. This does not happen in every country...

January 12, 2017

I've told my kids for as long as I can remember that when life hands you lemons, make lemonade. So watching Blackish last night made me think about whether I'm following my own advice.

I'm not happy about the election. My Republican friends would say I wouldn't have bee...

July 28, 2016

I remember the first time I watched political conventions on TV.

It was the summer of 1964 and I was 9 years old.  That year the Republicans had a contentious primary fight as Barry Goldwater and Nelson Rockefeller battled for the nomination. Other candidates also emerg...

July 7, 2016

The topics of states' rights, racism, and federal judges have been coming up a lot lately in the news and in social media, in a variety of contexts.

So perhaps it was particularly propitious that I came across a law review symposium tribute to the late Judge J. Skelly W...

July 4, 2016

The story is pretty well known. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the voice and the pen (respectively) of the American Revolution, two of the three surviving signers of the Declaration of Independence (and first person who can tell me who the third one was wins a free s...

June 28, 2016

With Independence Day coming up, we often hear people talk about the Founding Fathers. That’s what we call the men (and because of gender roles at that time, they were all men) who served on the Continental Congress that declared independence from England in 1776 and t...

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We're a great country no doubt, but we can still learn from others. Read more in my latest op ed in The Baltimore Sun. 


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