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Witcover: The political earthquake in Alabama

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 03:00:00 PST

President Trump's late decision to go all-out for accused sexual predator Roy Moore in Alabama's Senate election has cost him greatly in terms of his own political credibility, and it has clouded his legislative prospects in dealing with the Congress controlled by his own party.

Instead of a Moore...


Educating prisoners gives them — and their communities — a shot at a better future

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 03:00:00 PST

Over the years, I have been blessed to spend time in thousands of classrooms across the country — including those in prisons and juvenile detention centers. Some of my most inspiring conversations have occurred in those rooms.

In these profoundly moving discussions, I have been struck by how easily...


Alternative Facts of the Week: GOP tax bill edition

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:50:00 PST

We struggle at times to narrow down our choice to just one Alternative Fact of the Week, and with Republicans in the House and Senate embracing a full divorce from reality in their rush to pass by Christmas a “compromise” tax bill that the American public roundly opposes, it was simply impossible....


Politics and the Mueller probe

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 06:55:00 PST

Had Rod Rosenstein not chosen a career in law enforcement, he could have played a serviceable TV cop on “Dragnet.” Like the fictional Joe Friday, the deputy attorney general is unflappable, and he demonstrated that Wednesday when he told members of the House Judiciary Committee plainly and unwaveringly...


Who knew? Maryland has less red tape than its neighbors

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 03:00:00 PST

Maryland has a reputation for high taxes and regulation. But while Virginians may joke that the state should be called the “People’s Republic of Maryland,” this reputation is not entirely deserved. Every state has certain regulations that weigh down its economy, and it turns out that Maryland has...


Md. legislature should override veto to pass sick and safe leave

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:40:00 PST

The Maryland General Assembly finally took steps to ensure working Marylanders don’t have to choose between their health and a day’s pay by passing House Bill 1, the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (2017), earlier this year. Although Gov. Larry Hogan vetoed the bill, there is clearly enough...


How my Jewish dad made Christmas meaningful for us

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 03:00:00 PST

As a child, I was jealous of Christmas.

I grew up in Coral Gables, Fla., in the late ‘50s. Only one other Jewish family lived on our street. While my family was still finishing leftover turkey sandwiches and soggy pumpkin pie, our neighbors were inflating plastic Santas and hanging colorful electric...


As Orioles ponder Manny Machado trade, who can kids in Baltimore call their hero?

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 06:25:00 PST

Kids growing up around Baltimore in the ’80s and ’90s, as I did, fought over who got to wear No. 8 on the baseball field.

Sure, some idolized Ken Griffey Jr. and wore No. 24. But as the hometown star, Cal Ripken’s No. 8 was by far the most sought after.

Flash forward to now, and I’m no longer the...


Congress constant: the continuing resolution

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 08:00:00 PST

One of the most fundamental duties of our United States Congress is to craft, authorize and appropriate an annual national budget, which funds everything from the salaries for our service-members deployed in harm’s way to nationwide education programs and our federal agencies’ response to natural...


Bill Press: Flynn proves Russian investigation not going away

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 03:00:00 PST

It didn't take long. Robert Mueller had only been on the job for five months when, on Oct. 30, he handed down the first indictments in his investigation of the Trump campaign: against former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates. Plus, news that former campaign adviser George...


Towson Row has been handled badly but still may be a good deal

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:50:00 PST

We get why many Baltimore County residents are skeptical of (if not outright opposed to) the Kamenetz administration’s proposal for public support of the long stalled Towson Row project. It has been four years since County Executive Kevin Kamenetz proudly announced plans for an “urban centerpiece”...


Choosing profits over patients in Baltimore

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:15:00 PST

Uncontrolled asthma keeps many kids from low-income communities out of school and their parents out of work, and in the worst cases puts them in the hospital — or the morgue. But it is among the most manageable diseases if patients are diagnosed, given medication (and education on how to use it),...


A walk in the woods does a body (and soul) good

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:05:00 PST

Although I live on the outskirts of a small town, I love cities, especially around Christmastime. They have wonderful public sculptures and interesting architecture highlighted by seasonal decorations and lights. They have professional sports teams and five star restaurants. They have art museums...


Alabama redeems itself — barely

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:55:00 PST

The special election held in Alabama this week to fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when he resigned to become Donald Trump’s attorney general was not held to decide whether the deep red state favors Republicans or Democrats; that much was already known. This was an election that pitted...


Hopkins makes a smart energy choice

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:10:00 PST

Johns Hopkins University took an important step this month with its decision to divest from certain coal producing companies, chiefly those providing coal for power plants. Burning coal is regarded as the single biggest contributor to climate change, but it is also associated with any number of...


Roy Moore lost Alabama, but don't pop the champagne yet, Democrats

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:10:00 PST

All the headlines about Doug Jones historic victory over Roy Moore in Alabama’s special election for Senate — and especially the ones calling it a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump — have got to put a spring in Democrats’ steps as they look ahead toward next year’s midterm elections....


Robert B. Reich: Why making American corporations more competitive doesn't help most Americans

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 03:00:00 PST

Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are engineering the largest corporate tax cut in history in order "to restore our competitive edge," as Mr. Trump says.

Our competitive edge? Who's us?

Most American corporations — especially big ones that would get most of the planned corporate tax cuts...


U.S. energy approach will affect national security

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:55:00 PST

Maryland policymakers have important decisions to make about our state’s energy future. Will they try to maintain the status quo, or will they act decisively to ensure that the state is well positioned to benefit from the renewable energy revolution sweeping the nation and the globe? For the sake...