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How was a mailman in a gyrocopter able to pierce the world’s best-protected airspace?

| | Apr 19 2015 - 12:05am | Comments

Doug Hughes, the letter carrier who piloted a featherweight gyrocopter over the treetops to alight on the Capitol lawn Wednesday, was acting out a one-man “voter’s rebellion.” In the name of campaign finance reform and “honest government,” he managed to slice through the world’s best-protected airspace no more molested than the birds who wheel and soar in the breeze.

  • | Posted: Apr 9 2015 - 1:00am

    WASHINGTON — Rick Brattin, a young Republican state representative in Missouri, has come up with an innovative new way to humiliate the poor in his state. Call it the surf-and-turf law.

  • Posted: Apr 8 2015 - 1:00am

    Moratorium call simple grandstanding

  • | Posted: Apr 8 2015 - 1:00am

    WASHINGTON — The apocalypse has been much on my mind.

  • | Posted: Apr 8 2015 - 1:00am

    The thoroughly discredited story about an alleged University of Virginia gang rape passed off by Rolling Stone magazine as investigative journalism was neither investigative nor journalism. That was clear even before the 12,000-word analysis by a three-person team at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism took it apart.

  • | Posted: Apr 8 2015 - 1:00am

    Generally speaking, thinking about a burger and fries is fun, while thinking about the Federal Reserve is kinda dull. Here’s a chance to combine topics into a happy meal of sorts: McDonald’s plan to raise the minimum wage for certain workers is smart for the company and a good sign for the economy.

  • | Posted: Apr 7 2015 - 1:00am

    You can tell that a movement is scoring some important points when its opponents want to change the subject.

  • | Posted: Apr 7 2015 - 1:00am

    In the Supreme Court’s landmark 2010 case Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the court declared that corporate independent political expenditures are protected free speech under the First Amendment and cannot be constrained. The court wrestled with the possibility that unlimited spending might have a corrupting influence on politics, but in the end it decided that free speech was the overriding goal and that as long as the expenditures were independent of candidates, and transparent, they would not increase corruption. The campaign cycles since then have been increasingly awash in this spending, much of it going to super PACs.

  • Posted: Apr 7 2015 - 1:00am

    Power outage damage intolerable

  • | Posted: Apr 6 2015 - 1:00am

    WASHINGTON — Deals involving limits on weapons, nukes or otherwise, are intricate and technical. Only a limited number of people among arms-control connoisseurs fully grasp the meaning of every detail.

  • | Posted: Apr 6 2015 - 1:00am

    As diplomats for Iran and six world powers negotiated past a Tuesday deadline for a “political understanding” about the future of the Islamic republic’s nuclear program, there was speculation that only a vague statement of principles would be released. Critics of the negotiations were primed to seize on such a “fig leaf” to denounce the negotiations anew.

  • Posted: Apr 6 2015 - 1:00am

    Short cut may be the problem on Nani Kailua

  • | Posted: Apr 5 2015 - 1:00am

    There are people in New York City who want to frighten, attack, maim and kill. If our concerns about that are often vague, they were given names and faces Thursday.

  • | Posted: Apr 5 2015 - 1:00am

    WASHINGTON — Visiting a struggling pitcher on the mound, Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver advised, “If you know how to cheat, start now.” Be advised that Googling is cheating as you try to identify:

  • Posted: Apr 5 2015 - 1:00am

    Legislators fail farmers and growers again

  • | Posted: Apr 4 2015 - 5:45am

    DURHAM, N.C — We are all obsessed with our brands these days, and no one more so than states competing fiercely for jobs and businesses. Some of them are quickly learning that being seen as anti-gay is dangerous to their images.