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Stop drug price gouging

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Although the legislation Attorney General Brian Frosh proposed to tackle the problem of skyrocketing generic drug prices was novel — if enacted, Maryland would be the first state in the nation to give its AG the power to take pharmaceutical companies to court for price gouging — the concept was...

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Keystone XL is no done deal

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Today's State Department endorsement of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline certainly boosts President Donald Trump's already-gaudy credentials as a world class climate change denier, but it's not clear that it will accomplish much of anything else. On paper, the TransCanada Corporation now...

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Baltimore could be a model for racial and economic equality

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The racial economic divide in Baltimore isn't pretty.

Average white household income in Baltimore is nearly two times that of black households. The unemployment rate for workers of color is three times the rate for white workers. And just 13 percent of black adults in Baltimore finish a bachelor's...

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The problem with DeVos' education agenda

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Newly confirmed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, a Michigan billionaire, has used her considerable wealth to promote charter school expansion in her home state for more than two decades. According to Politico, she and her husband have made over $2 million dollars in campaign contributions to...

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Md. government gets right what D.C. gets wrong

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:25:00 PDT

A recent edition of The Sun reported on several issues before the Maryland General Assembly. One related to medical malpractice. Another concerned the resale of entertainment and sports tickets. The lead editorial discussed the governor's proposed ethics legislation, and an op-ed opposed legislation...

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Alternative fact of the week

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:11:00 PDT

Before Donald J. Trump's wiretapping allegation took its turn from the weird to the even weirder this week (and more about that in a bit), a national television audience got the chance to witness a Trumpian "alternative fact" debunked in real time. During Monday's testimony before the House Intelligence...

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Embracing "mylk" over "milk"

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:08:00 PDT

In the 1970s, a small group of feminists dusted off an obscure Old English word and disrupted the patriarchy in the process. By replacing the offending "e" with an empowering "y" in the word "women," the founders of the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival took a stand against prevailing gender norms,...

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The sublime psychology of Baltimore

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:25:00 PDT

It's impossible to appreciate life here without considering Baltimore's psychology. Freud cautioned against "wild" analysis — efforts at understanding art, culture, history, (or a city) through a psychological lens. Nevertheless, wild analysis may be what we attempt this week, when hundreds of...

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Republicans are finding it hard to play defense

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:40:00 PDT

Monday's House Intelligence Committee hearing, billed as the first public inquiry into Russia's election meddling, was a spectacle with an obvious lesson: Offense is easier than defense.

House Republicans had a good time investigating the Obama administration. How successful those investigations...

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Wifi in Md. schools may put your kid at risk for cancer

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Thank you, Gov. Larry Hogan, for appointing thoughtful, brave medical experts to Maryland's Children's Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council (CEHPAC). Your next challenge is to get the Maryland school superintendents to heed the council's well-founded advice: reduce and restrict...

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Cal Thomas: Oh, Maryland

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 03:00:00 PDT

A rough translation of Maryland's state motto is "Strong Deeds, Gentle Words." In the case of a 14-year-old girl who was recently raped and sodomized in a restroom at Rockville High School by two males students, both immigrants, one facing a deportation hearing, that motto in practice has been...

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Witcover: Trump refuses to back away from his ugliest lie

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 03:00:00 PDT

President Trump continues to insist that former President Barack Obama ordered surveillance against him at Trump Tower during the 2016 election, despite FBI Director James Comey's flat assertion to the contrary this week.

Mr. Comey's public testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, echoed...

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Judicial independence is an American bedrock

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:49:00 PDT

As the Senate considers his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch owes it to the American people to stand up tall for judicial independence. Both to reassure an uneasy public, and for his own sake, Mr. Gorsuch should be unequivocal in his support of this foundational principle.

Alexander...

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Raise Baltimore County taxes to pay for new high schools

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:49:00 PDT

Baltimore County has Maryland's second oldest inventory of schools behind Baltimore City. We don't drive cars that are 50 years old. We don't use 50-year-old appliances. We don't communicate or work using 50-year-old technology. Therefore, our students shouldn't be forced to learn in 50-year-old...

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Md. opioid emergency requires unconventional approach

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:49:00 PDT

The final figures are still coming in, but it is anticipated that the number of fatal drug-related overdoses in Maryland for 2016 may top 2,000 for the first time in state history. This is likely what led Gov. Larry Hogan to declare a "State of Emergency" around the opioid crisis in Maryland and...

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Pitts: Time to explain journalism to Fox News ... again

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 03:00:00 PDT

It is time, once again, to explain journalism to Fox News.

In a way, that's disappointing. After all, that network's Shepard Smith has emerged as something of a journalistic hero lately, repeatedly standing up to Donald Trump's administration for its attempts to undermine and delegitimize the news...

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Robert B. Reich: Trump's orgy of unnecessary cruelty

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 03:00:00 PDT

The theme that unites Donald Trump's major initiatives so far is their unnecessary cruelty.

His new budget, for example, comes down especially hard on the poor -- imposing unprecedented cuts in low-income housing, job training, food assistance, legal services, help to distressed rural communities,...

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Harriet Tubman's lessons for today

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

I wonder what Harriet Tubman would make of all the fuss being made about her.

First came news last year that her face will grace the next generation of $20 bills. Then a couple of weekends ago, we witnessed the grand opening of the new Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center in a state...

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Pugh should veto $15 an hour minimum wage

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:34:00 PDT

The City Council's decision to pass legislation that sets Baltimore on the course toward a $15 an hour minimum wage puts Mayor Catherine Pugh in a tough spot. The city's new chief executive was elected on a promise to be the mayor for everyone "from the streets to the suites," but now she is being...

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A true 'America First' budget would never cut AmeriCorps

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The budget proposal released by the White House last week calls for the total elimination of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps, two programs that enable us to live out the American tradition of serving our country. We should all be wondering what the loss of such an integral, if often humbly invisible,...

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Politicians to be proud of

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

One night shortly before the presidential inauguration, when I couldn't fall asleep, instead of counting sheep, I decided to think through the list of presidents in my lifetime and consider their strengths and weaknesses. There were 13, to be exact, since I was born shortly before FDR died.

As...

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Baltimore County's long legacy of segregation

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:17:00 PDT

Baltimore County has a history of overt racial segregation. In the 1970s, it was famously described by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights as a "white noose" around the city. The county executive at the time made keeping blacks out a central policy goal of his administration. Real estate agents...

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Maryland's long shot

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:50:00 PDT

Four seconds on the clock and time for the customary desperation shot. What happened next looked like a soccer throw-in, two hands behind the head and feet on the ground. It flew high and far, an impossibly towering arc from a 5-foot 7-inch freshman point guard launched three-quarters of the Xfinity...

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