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To protect jobs, we must protect the ocean

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Since childhood, I’ve had the good fortune to gain an intimate knowledge of one of our nation’s greatest treasures. Through countless hours spent exploring the inlets and creeks of the Chesapeake Bay, I’ve gained a lifelong appreciation for this remarkable ecosystem and an undying commitment to...

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'The persistent plague of pain inflicted on African Americans cuts across centuries'

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 03:00:00 PDT

I remember well the eloquent articulation of the agony and aspirations of African Americans as Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. envisioned a dream for justice and equality and people stood in solidarity at the March on Washington. His prophetic words are etched in our collective memory and are now considered...

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Md. must reform process for filling legislative vacancies

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Nathaniel Oaks, who is facing federal fraud charges and refuses to resign, told the Baltimore Sun last month, “I’m a senator. I have obligations to the constituency that elected me.” Tell that to voters interested in having a say in choosing representatives who can do the hard job of improving...

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What Putin means when he says 'adoption'

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 05:00:00 PDT

Our view: Talking about restoring American adoption of Russian children is code for excusing human rights abuses

When Donald Trump Jr. was first confronted about his campaign meeting with a well-connected Russian lawyer, he explained that the topic of conversation was adoption. When President Donald...

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Trump can't stop being himself

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:05:00 PDT

In the same week we learned there was yet another reason to admire Amelia Earhart as a feminist icon and were reminded of the brilliance of Maryam Mirzakhani, the only woman to win the equivalent of a Nobel Prize in mathematics, our president reduced France’s first lady to the status of a racehorse.

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Baltimore police's integrity problem

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:00:00 PDT

Let’s accept, for the sake of argument, the most innocent possible explanation for the Baltimore police officer whose body camera footage appears to show him planting drugs in a trash strewn alley that he “finds” shortly thereafter.

Let’s consider the additional context that Commissioner Kevin...

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A history lesson on Iran for the president

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Imagine a debate has begun in the White House over finding a pretext to attack Iran. The country’s vilification of Israel, its support for Hezbollah and terror, its designs for control of Syria and its jailing of Americans had all been fleshed out. Before any decisions are made, President Donald...

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Alternative Fact of the Week: Rod Rosenstein, Baltimore liberal

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:05:00 PDT

Our view: President Trump openly despises independent law enforcement and prosecutors from Baltimore

Actor John Astin is from Baltimore. So is author John Barth. Any number of famous people from Alger Hiss to Ogden Nash can claim to be born and raised here. Who can forget H.L. Mencken or Frank...

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An unchecked presidency is a danger to the Republic

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 03:00:00 PDT

On Saturday, Oct. 20, 1973, President Richard Nixon fired Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox because he refused to back down from his pursuit of the Watergate tapes. Nearly a half century later, President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey because of, in the president’s own words, “this...

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The great global warming hustle 

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:25:00 PDT

For environment ideologues, The Donald has ensured destruction of the world by removing the U.S. from the 2015 Paris climate accord. The key for global warming proponents is the increase in carbon dioxide (CO2) content in air from 200 parts per million during the ice age to 400 parts per million...

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Maryland corn and tomatoes, a 'meal in itself'

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:35:00 PDT

If there was one thing my father and his brothers enjoyed, it was summer. They loved a warm backyard barbecue, listening to Chuck Thompson's play-by-play Orioles’ broadcasts on the radio, and summertime produce fresh from a roadside stand — especially Maryland corn and tomatoes.

They grew up in...

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Goldberg: Rand Paul a man for all seasons on health care

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 03:00:00 PDT

The greatest trick any politician can pull off is to get his self-interest and his principles in perfect alignment. As Thomas More observed in Robert Bolt's "A Man for All Seasons," "If we lived in a State where virtue was profitable, common sense would make us good, and greed would make us saintly."

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Pitts: NRA cowardly fights for 'the white to bear arms'

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 03:00:00 PDT

It began in April.

That's when there appeared on YouTube an NRA recruitment video that raised eyebrows across the political spectrum. Speaking through a jaw clenched tight enough to crack walnuts, with an intensity that suggested a major artery might blow out at any second, conservative pundit...

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Cal Thomas: Here's Ronnie!

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 03:00:00 PDT

"The more things change, the more they stay the same."(French proverb)

While scanning YouTube videos, I came across an appearance by Ronald Reagan on "The Tonight Show," hosted by Johnny Carson. The year was 1975 and Reagan was "between jobs," having left office as governor of California, where...

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Witcover: Twin towers of infamy

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Together, the 9/11 attacks and the Russian meddling in the last presidential election constitute twin towers of infamy, grave and intolerable attacks against this country and what it stands for.

The 2001 assault by hijacked commercial jets leveled pillars of American economic and military might...

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Pitts: What is wrong with Trump?

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 03:00:00 PDT

So here we are, six months later. How time has trudged.

But the calendar does not lie. We are half a year through the Trump Era. And, contrary to his signature promise, America seems less great by the day. Nor are his other promises faring particularly well.

There is no sign of progress on that...

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Following Murray Kempton's example

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:55:00 PDT

This year is chock-a-block with centennial celebrations. It is the anniversary of the Russian Revolution and President John F. Kennedy’s birth. In researching some material for Boys’ Latin School, where I teach history, I came across another centennial for a lesser known individual, an alumnus...

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Westeros on the Potomac

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:35:00 PDT

Our view: Well-established ethical norms have been all but ignored by Donald Trump; it's time to set some tougher rules

In “Game of Thrones,” the popular HBO series that returned for a seventh season this week, the kings and queens of mythical Westeros have a brazen disregard for anything that...

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Baltimore's Mandatory minimum madness

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:55:00 PDT

Straight out of the typical lock ‘em up playbook, Baltimore officials have unveiled a proposed illegal handgun possession law with a mandatory minimum sentence attached to it. As a resident (who's had a gun pulled on him) and a career public defender in the city, I appreciate their willingness...

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Importing drugs may endanger patients

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 03:00:00 PDT

In today's uncertain health care climate, efforts to ensure Marylanders' access to affordable health care must be of paramount importance to our state and federal legislators. Gov. Larry Hogan takes this responsibility seriously. Having battled cancer himself, he understands what's at stake for...

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