The Senate Must Heed Mitch McConnell’s Wise Words and Wait to Fill Anthony Kennedy’s Seat on the Court

In light of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s pending retirement from the Supreme Court, I think it wise that the Senate follow a maxim set down by Mitch McConnell only two years ago:

“The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”

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First Blood: The Pratt Street Riot

(A version of this article originally appeared in the Johns Hopkins News-Letter on April 14, 2011.)

On April 19, 1861, four days after the surrender of Fort Sumter and 86 years to the day after the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the City of Baltimore witnessed an outbreak of violence that resulted in the first combat deaths of the American Civil War.
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April 4, 1865: Lincoln Enters the City of Traitors

President Abraham Lincoln entered Richmond, Virginia on April 4, 1865, a day after the Confederate capital had fallen to the forces of the United States. He was accompanied by Rear Admiral David D. Porter, a handful of officers, a small escort of sailors, and his son Tad, whose twelfth birthday it was.
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