"Hey, we’re makin’ history here, we’re makin’ real history here," said a legislator talking about Congress and inadvertently echoing Dustin Hoffman’s "I’m walkin’ here, I’m walkin’ here" line in the movie "Midnight Cowboy.”
Well, uh, sure. We’re all making history, most of which, thankfully, will not be recorded or remembered. But maybe the operative word is "real" history.
Why, recently, are so many Americans being taken in by conspiracy theories? Why are so many denying real history?
The Framers of the Constitution were relaxed — many Republicans might say careless — in laying out the qualifications to hold office in their new government.
Members of the House needed only to be 25 years old, citizens of the United States for seven years and inhabitants of the states that elected them. Requirements for senators were a little tougher — 30 years old and citizens for nine years.
It isn’t often that those of us struggling to be coherent in our chosen profession praise the work of our competitors, but the other day E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post made a suggestion that deserves passing — on despite the fact it has little or no chance of ever being carried out.
The need for President Barack Obama to conduct "beer diplomacy" between a respected black scholar and the white policeman who arrested him demonstrates that race relations have yet to fade into the background of U.S. society.
The American struggle with race flashed back into the national debate when Obama — the country’s first black president — inserted himself into the angry give-and-take between the policeman and the professor.
Hundreds of tractor-trailer and bus companies ordered to shut down because of federal safety violations ranging from suspended licenses to possible drug use have stayed on the road by using different names, investigators say.
Antiterrorism officials are increasingly concerned about American-bred extremists who travel abroad for terror training and then return home, sometimes quietly recruiting followers over the years.
Federal authorities have issued a bulletin to law enforcement agencies around the country on the heels of the arrest Monday in North Carolina of a man whose devotion to the cause of violent jihad allegedly began 20 years ago.
It’s official: Barack Obama is a native-born American. He has a vote of Congress to prove it.
Language in a resolution celebrating the 50th anniversary of Hawaii becoming the 50th state declares that the 44th president of the United States was born there. It passed the House unanimously with 158 Republicans voting for the measure — even Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, who briefly sought to block or delay it.