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A government shutdown? Seriously?

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:29:00 PDT

As a political weapon, a government shutdown is a bit like self-immolation — it certainly demonstrates a commitment to one's cause, but there's no real victory possible for participants. The last shutdown was back in 2013 when Barack Obama, a Democrat, was president, and Republicans controlled...

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Bill O'Reilly: Fall of a news icon

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:29:00 PDT

The firing of Fox News provocateur Bill O'Reilly has been covered by the general news business as if he was the cable fraternity's equivalent of Edward R. Murrow or Walter Cronkite.

He was neither, although he did take on some major liberal organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union...

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Why I marched for science

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:29:00 PDT

When the March for Science was first announced, I wasn't planning to go. I was unsure what role scientists should have in politics and wary of increasing the already harmful levels of partisanship towards science. However, the discussion surrounding the march convinced me: Science is crucial for...

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My life as a foster child

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:29:00 PDT

My life as a foster child began on Dec. 4, 2001. On that day, my little sister and I stood alone in court, having been abandoned by our parents, and abused and neglected by relatives. We were 11 and 13.

The judge placed my sister and me in foster care in Prince George's County and made us the first...

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Horsey: Trump should claim victory on the border, abandon his foolish wall

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 03:00:00 PDT

It was his sure-fire applause line, one he pulled out of his rhetorical grab bag whenever he saw he was losing the enthusiasm of a crowd: "I will build a big, beautiful wall and Mexico will pay for it!" If we are lucky, though, now that he is president, Donald Trump will renege on this, his biggest...

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In defense of science

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:14:00 PDT

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to march in Washington, D.C., today to celebrate and defend science — at a time when many believe that science does, in fact, need defending.

President Trump's budget proposal cuts 31 percent from the Environmental Protection Agency, slashes the Department...

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Eye on Ocean City's horizon

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:05:00 PDT

Imagine lying on the beach in Ocean City and feeling visually assaulted. Is it the looming stucco-plastered high-rises or the indiscriminant clutter of surf shops, arcades, bars and condos behind you? Let's say no. Or maybe the throngs of beach-goers in their colorful attire and various states...

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Clearing cases isn't enough

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:00:00 PDT

The drop in the Baltimore Police Department's homicide clearance rate in recent years was a sign that the violence on the streets was overwhelming our ability to maintain order and safety. Each case police couldn't close was not only a wound to the victim's family, it was also an invitation to...

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Who killed police reform bills in Baltimore?

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:25:00 PDT

The 2017 Maryland General Session is over, and not one piece of legislation that would have significantly changed how the Baltimore Police Department operates will become a law. For a city clamoring concurrently for reform and better used police resources, this is extremely disappointing. Because...

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Indian Head energetics lab boosts Md. economy and U.S. firepower

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 03:00:00 PDT

America has two imperatives. It must innovate faster to maintain its technological superiority, especially in U.S. firepower. The other imperative is economic development. The two are related. Faster innovation means connecting labs to businesses and helping people meet both their needs. That potential...

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Goldberg: Death penalty opponents are being dishonest in their arguments

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 03:00:00 PDT

The debate over the death penalty can be infuriatingly dishonest.

Consider the April 17 broadcast of Fox News Channel's "Special Report with Bret Baier" (a show on which I am an occasional commentator).

Casey Stegall reported on the legal battle in Arkansas, where officials want to execute eight...

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Hashtag activism is fleeting

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:59:00 PDT

Remember "fleek"? "Cash me outside"? Or regrettably, "Yas Queen Yaasss"?

Recently, I saw a documentary by BET about the Black Lives Matter movement. I cringed as soon as I saw the opening title, bold white letters against a black background — "STAY WOKE." Earlier in the week, I heard the same phrase...

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Military decisions shouldn't be made on impulse

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:59:00 PDT

After 9/11, the biggest foreign attack on American soil in history, it took George W. Bush almost a month to issue his first orders to take military action against Afghanistan. Though President Bush was determined to strike back quickly, there was a deliberate process of discussion, study, planning...

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Trump is borrowing from the lame-duck playbook

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:10:00 PDT

One of the (many) things that makes the Trump presidency so hard to read is that the chapters are all out of order.

Traditionally, during the transition period, presidents-elect are out of the limelight. But while Barack Obama was still in the White House, Donald Trump announced "deals" and appointments...

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Is a Trump defense the best strategy?

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 03:00:00 PDT

From the legislative session's opening day in January to this month's Sine Die, the Democrats in the Maryland General Assembly put up a significant defensive effort against President Donald Trump, his proposed budget and his policy agenda — to the delight of many liberals. Yet as we now enter the...

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'Wars that have no end'

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 03:00:00 PDT

A hundred years ago this month, the United States entered the First World War in Europe after three years in which President Woodrow Wilson had done his damnedest to stay out of the fight.

At the same time, Russia, which had been in the war since the beginning in 1914, was undergoing a political...

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Cal Thomas: What next with North Korea?

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 03:00:00 PDT

There was a moment at Press Secretary Sean Spicer's White House briefing Monday that was significant. Asked by a reporter about North Korea's missile launch last weekend, Mr. Spicer said the administration was aware of the launch and that "it failed." End of story. Next question, please.

Sir Malcolm...

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Witcover: Uncertainty stalks Trump abroad and at home

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Easter Sunday passed amid shaky peace on the Korean Peninsula, but without any diminution of the peril of nuclear war between North Korea and the United States.

President Kim Jong Un's major show of military strength in a huge Pyongyang parade was embarrassingly minimized by the failure of a missile...

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Pitts: Turns out Alex Jones was only pretending to be a madmanTurns out Alex Jones was only pretending to be a madman

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 03:00:00 PDT

So it turns out Alex Jones was only kidding.

That time the radio host and ringmaster of the "Infowars" website said the government brought Ebola into the country to terrorize us? That time he said a Beyonce video was created to start a new civil war, that time he wished gang rape on Jennifer Lopez,...

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Burning a Trump sign is not a hate crime

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:58:00 PDT

To be clear, we condemn vandalism, arson and destruction of property in general, and particularly when those acts are aimed at curtailing someone's right to free speech. The burning of a pro-Donald Trump sign in Princess Anne (along with the evident collateral damage to a Kathy Szeliga sign and...

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Baltimore Dems fail again

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:44:00 PDT

The refusal of Baltimore's mayor, City Council president and the majority of council members to legitimately support a (kinda sorta, but not right away) $15 minimum wage for city workers is a clear indication that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

From the outset, the campaign...

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'Denigration of science is like a rot'

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:44:00 PDT

At a campaign rally in Bismarck, N.D., last May, Donald Trump told an enthusiastic crowd, "We're going to cancel the Paris Climate Agreement, and stop all payments of U.S. tax dollars to UN global warming programs." Despite the fact that over 97 percent of climate scientists attribute our changing...

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Creating tech-healthy kids

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:44:00 PDT

"I just reached 1,000 likes!"

"Can I get on the Xbox?"

"Mom, what's your Netflix password?"

Our children have access to smart phones, computers and gaming devices that simply didn't exist when we were growing up, with hundreds of new social media apps and games constantly competing for their attention....

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Trump's not horrible immigration order

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:54:00 PDT

Based on his inflammatory — and familiar — rhetoric regarding immigration and the "theft of American prosperity" that Donald Trump spouted in a campaign-style appearance in Wisconsin this week, one might assume the "America First" president was putting the hammer down on the controversial H-1B...

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Pitts: Sessions, Pepsi choose to be blind

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 03:03:00 PDT

Yes, that Pepsi ad was an insult.

But if you think it was the worst insult Black Lives Matter suffered recently, then you weren't paying attention.

Not that the ad wasn't revolting. Imagine that, three years after the police shooting of a black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., ignited protests by African...

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