HONG KONG — Physically diminutive, intellectually acerbic and with an eye for the ironic, Margaret Ng — lawyer, writer and former legislator — is, at 71, a member of the generation for which this city’s youthful protesters have scant patience. They say the elders have been too patient about …

One of the more horrifying scenes in movies is when there is a hideous murderer loose in a sorority house. Most of the girls have fled and are standing outside when one girl says, “Wait, I left my toothbrush inside. I’m going to go and get it.” This usually makes me come out of my seat and y…

Medicare for All is a popular idea — 70 percent of Americans say they support it, including 52 percent of Republicans. Why? Because in red and blue states alike, they see the costs of a market-driven system that values profit over patients.

The masked men who recently tossed firebombs at Jimmy Lai's home targeted one of this city's foremost democracy advocates. Lai, a 71-year-old media billionaire, calls this summer's ongoing protest "a martyrdom movement" and "a last-straw movement." It has an intensity and dynamic that bewild…

Labor Day marks the real beginning of the nomination campaign. And for all the talk of the crowds of candidates, the race has shaken out far more at this point that many of us expected.

Mark Sanford, the former representative and governor of South Carolina, has now joined former representative Joe Walsh and former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld in challenging President Trump for the 2020 Republican presidential nomination.

Official government documents often are masterpieces of deadened prose, but few contain an understatement quite like this sentence, from the Annual Report of the Police Department for the City of Boston, issued at the end of 1919:

Political tribalism keeps getting worse. The demand for unthinking and uncompromising loyalty keeps getting louder. Individuals or institutions that try to maintain a sense of fairness and balance, that don’t want to choose sides in our Uncivil War, are branded as weak-kneed, faint-hearted h…

When I was a (very) young U.S. history and government teacher in a large (4,000 students) suburban high school in East Los Angeles, I was cautioned by the school administration to be objective, to challenge my students to make their own decisions. It was good advice. The times were turbulent…

It doesn’t get easier 6,000 miles away.

Dear Helaine: Earlier this week, I met one of my gal pals for lunch at a restaurant near my home. As the waiter cleaned the table, a plate slipped and sauce spilled on my friend’s dress.

The new report from the Justice Department inspector general proves beyond any doubt that fired FBI Director James Comey leaked sensitive law enforcement material in the Trump-Russia investigation. Doing so set a “dangerous example” for the bureau’s other employees, Inspector General Michael…

So far, four Democratic presidential candidates — Eric Swalwell, John Hickenlooper, Seth Moulton and Jay Inslee — have dropped out of the 2020 race. What is amazing is that the number is only four, and that 21 Democrats are still running.

Another week and more mass shooting deaths of innocent Americans. In fact, the number of mass shootings and associated death tolls is increasing at an alarming rate. There were two major ones just in Texas alone in the month of August: in El Paso, 22 dead, dozens injured, and this weekend Od…

The final results of the 1980 presidential election between the Democratic President Jimmy Carter and his Republican challenger, former California Gov. Ronald Reagan are rightly recorded as a landslide Republican victory. Carter carried just six states: his native Georgia; his running mate’s…

No one will recall the two weeks leading up to Labor Day 2019 as a turning point in the country’s political history. Vacationers left their lakeside retreats or ended their seashore holidays; parents bought school supplies or moved nervous first-year college students into freshly scrubbed do…

Ed Markey, the progressive senator from Massachusetts, is — to most people’s surprise — facing a potential primary challenge from a slightly less progressive and almost ridiculously inexperienced junior congressman named Kennedy.

Being Maryland’s comptroller has taken me to every corner of our great state. And whether I’m talking with taxpayers in Oakland or Ocean City, one of the most repeated concerns from the people I meet is the cost of higher education.

Monday marked Labor Day, a time when we transition from summer to fall, schools begin and football moves from preseason to regular season. For me, a southerner, it also is the time to store my white shoes and handbags and to pull out my fall clothes — as soon as the temperatures drop.

One of the most persistent and pernicious myths in American politics is that immigrants should be excluded because they “steal” jobs from native-born Americans. President Trump has often embraced that falsehood, as he did during a campaign appearance in Phoenix: “They’re taking our jobs. The…

WASHINGTON — Nestled on the Front Range of the Rockies, the city of Crystal was a largely upper-middle-class paradise, chock full of health-conscious and socially conscious — meaning, of course, impeccably progressive — Coloradans. Then in slithered a serpent in the form of a proposal for a …

Where does one begin, when you have 20 pages of notes and over 200 pages of handouts, spreadsheets and power point presentations in a binder? I’m referring to the Kirwan education funding meetings I have been attending this summer in Annapolis and will continue through September.

I’ve just finished reading a most unusual novel. At times, I found Richard Powers’ “The Overstory” superb, at times exasperating, and at other times just plain peculiar. But mostly I found it intriguing.

“In the late summer of 2009, as the recession-ravaged economy bled half a million jobs a month, the country seemed to lose its mind,” The New York Times says, kicking off its 10th anniversary retrospective of the tea party movement. As you can imagine, the rest of the article continues in th…