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Trump and Israel

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:06:00 PST

When former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry bluntly criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last month for sabotaging the chances for a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he did nothing more than restate what has been the goal of official U.S. policy in the region for...

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Trump looms over Md.'s budget

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:06:00 PST

Around the same time that President Donald Trump was announcing a hiring freeze for civilian federal employees and promising within 90 days to institute a "long-term plan to reduce the size of the federal government's workforce through attrition," Maryland's non-partisan legislative analysts were...

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Privatizing Medicare would be irresponsible

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:49:00 PST

Medicare, which makes medical care affordable and accessible for millions of older or disabled Americans, just celebrated its 50th anniversary — arguably a half century of success. Yet, call for its privatization is one of the hot topics in D.C. right now, at the top of the list on House Speaker...

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The marches were just the start

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:49:00 PST

In the first few days of the Donald Trump presidency, we have seen alternative facts, falsehoods, unsubstantiated claims, untruths, lies — and that's just from the lips of the president and his staff. It is as though the White House is appropriating slight-of-hand and illusionists' tricks from...

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At 50, Columbia's values are tested

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:49:00 PST

A segregationist running for president needed a venue for a campaign rally, and the only place available was an amphitheater in a new city designed, at least in part, as a rebuke against our nation's troubled history of racism and segregation.

Sounds like a decent set up to a joke, right? Wait...

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Alternative facts? Try blatant falsehoods

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:02:00 PST

At the risk of mirroring the kind of hyperbole that is quickly turning Donald Trump into something akin to the nation's first living caricature, has any newly-installed president ever sabotaged his own administration as the fledgling 45th president of the United States as done in his first few...

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When Maryland bet on gambling, the casinos won

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:50:00 PST

At the risk of over-simplifying Maryland's $40 billion-plus budget, the situation the state faced back in 2008 when it decided to legalize casino gambling was not that different from what many families were grappling with then. It was the scariest point in the great recession, and commitments made...

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Women's marches about more than sexism

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:50:00 PST

It shouldn't have to be explained, but obviously this has not been a season of deep thinking, so for those of you who don't get last weekend's marches, I'll lay it out in small, easy to understand words.

The women's marches — which are better labeled the "Women's Movement," because the activism...

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Overturn Hogan's clean energy veto

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:46:00 PST

Developing clean, renewable energy and creating jobs isn't a partisan issue. That's why Marylanders of all political stripes were glad when Gov. Larry Hogan announced a plan to spend almost $65 million on job growth initiatives in green industries. We look forward to seeing the details, but at...

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Trump's inaugural: new tone, same goals

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:46:00 PST

New President Donald Trump adopted a generally more civil and conciliatory tone in his inaugural address while doubling down on his campaign allegation that Washington politicians were out for themselves, a situation he said was going the change fast.

"For too long, a small group in our nation's...

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Trump's raised fist of defiance

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

After taking the oath of office as America's 45th president, Donald J. Trump proved that we can stop waiting for him to drop the act he put on during the campaign and become what we think of as presidential. It did not happen after he won, it did not happen during the transition, it did not happen...

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The Trump maglev?

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 03:00:00 PST

I gave a talk last August on the political history of infrastructure to an academic community far removed from the I-95 Corridor. In it, I tried to predict the likelihood of the next president initiating a history shaping "big infrastructure" project during his or her first term based on characteristics...

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Trump's lust for respect makes national unity implausible

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:30:00 PST

"For many years," Donald Trump tweeted last weekend, "our country has been divided, angry and untrusting. Many say it will never change, the hatred is too deep. IT WILL CHANGE!!!!"

As persuasive as the ALL CAPS are, I have my doubts.

Put aside Mr. Trump's specific shortcomings for the moment. The...

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The new world disorder

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:30:00 PST

With the tumultuous events of the past year slowly receding in our rear view mirror, we can reasonably say that the world of 2017 is going to be fundamentally different from that of 2016. A great transformation has occurred in the past few months that will leave the United States and the world...

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Md. legislation would rein in prescription drug costs

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 03:00:00 PST

Health care spending is skyrocketing in this country. While many national conversations have focused on what will happen to the Affordable Care Act under President Donald Trump's administration, there is another threat to health that cannot be forgotten: the high cost of prescription drugs.

In...

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An economic agenda for Trump's first 100 days

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 03:00:00 PST

For President Donald Trump, boosting economic growth and creating more good-paying jobs will not prove easy. George W. Bush campaigned on and delivered lower taxes and more limited government, but his economic expansion was no more robust than Barack Obama's and ended with the financial crisis.

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Horsey: Top performers shun inauguration to avoid normalizing Trump

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 03:00:00 PST

A few days before Bill Clinton's inauguration in 1993, I got clipped from behind while playing recreational league soccer. I was sidelined with a sprained ankle, but the injury did not stop me from flying to Washington two days later. There was a big story to cover.

Hobbling on crutches, I made...

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Jonah Goldberg: The science of intellectual tribalism

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 03:00:00 PST

"David Gelernter, fiercely anti-intellectual computer scientist, is being eyed for Trump's science adviser." -- Washington Post, Jan. 18

Um. Well, huh.

For those unfamiliar with David Gelernter, he essentially created parallel computing, which sounds like witchcraft to me, but I'm told it's a really...

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Trump inauguration in cartoons

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:18:00 PST

The inauguration of Donald Trump (and departure of President Obama) in cartoons.

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Trump's election may bode well for women

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:00:00 PST

President Donald Trump, as he'll be known for better or worse this afternoon, has made it clear he's not a fan of public opinion polls unless they tell him what he wants to hear. But he might want to pay attention to this one, given that hundreds of thousands of women (and some men) will be marching...

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A blue state guide to surviving the era of Trump

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:14:00 PST

Presidential elections come and go, and lingering hard feelings among those whose candidate lost are nothing new. But the sentiment among enthusiastic Hillary Clinton supporters (and maybe even more so among those who reluctantly supported her) that the apocalypse will commence at approximately...

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Inauguration Day: a uniquely American spectacle

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:24:00 PST

On Friday, tens of millions of people will watch the pomp and spectacle of a uniquely American tradition. The gleaming marching band on parade, the holy men and women delivering solemn invocations, the politicos in tuxes and gowns dancing their way through evening balls. And, of course, the next...

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Support key to education

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:24:00 PST

Eager. Anxious. Willing. Hopeful.

More than 80,000 students entered Baltimore City public schools this fall largely optimistic about the new year. Sure, many were nervous, but behind that nervousness they felt an energy unlike any other time of the year.

Students cannot wait to come to school.

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