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Is the U.S. headed toward a financial apocalypse?

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

With Jill Stein belatedly and inexplicitly fronting for the Clintons in a recount of Rust Belt states' votes to delegitimize Donald Trump's election, the nation's pressing financial problems will continue to be marginalized.

The financial world approaches a state of anaphylactic shock with every...

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Good leaders share certain qualities

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

In a recent New Yorker magazine cartoon, two men are standing on top of a steep cliff, watching a third man walk down the side of the mountain. "Let's not mistake his confidence for leadership," No. 1 says to No. 2. Obviously, they have no intention of following No. 3 off the cliff.

And that in...

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Celebrating Italian Americans in Baltimore

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

Over Thanksgiving, I had the chance to share a meal with friends in Baltimore City. As we finished our food and were imbibing good conversation and egg nog, a friend read aloud a headline published in The Baltimore Sun: "City Council moves to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples and Italian-Americans...

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Trump makes a deal

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 12:55:00 PST

For the hundreds of workers in Indianapolis whose furnace-building jobs were saved by the Carrier deal, there was plenty of reason to celebrate today. The involvement of President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect (and Indiana Gov.) Mike Pence likely cemented the company's willingness...

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$15 an hour? Not yet

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:23:00 PST

The union-financed national "Fight for $15" is returning to Baltimore this fall with a renewed push for a $15 hourly minimum wage. With victories in such cities as Seattle, San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles, supporters think Charm City is a prime candidate — particularly given turnover in...

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Witcover: The insatiable Trump

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 03:00:00 PST

Q: What does Donald Trump want?

A: More of everything.

His recent tweet regurgitation against Green Party loser Jill Stein's pursuit of a voter recount in Wisconsin, a state that narrowly went to him, was a twofer. First he blasted the recount as an unwarranted challenge to his presidential election....

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Trump's foreign-policy speedboat

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 03:00:00 PST

President Barack Obama is fond of saying that the federal government is less like a speedboat and more like an aircraft carrier: slow turning, unwieldy and requiring lots of plotting and planning in advance. American foreign policy is even more so, with lots of concurrence and little boat-rocking...

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Even in death, Castro still has 'useful idiots'

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 03:00:00 PST

Fidel Castro died as he lived: to the sound of useful idiots making allowances for his crimes. (That's not my term: It was Lenin who called liberal apologists for Communism "useful idiots.")

The gold medal in the Useful Idiot Olympics should probably go to Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of...

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We like executive orders when we like the executive

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 03:00:00 PST

Executive orders issued by presidents and governors represent issues ranging from establishing commissions to clarifying who can use what public bathroom and everything in between. Interestingly enough, as diverse as these orders are and the individuals who issue them might be, public perceptions...

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Should the president alone get to launch nuclear weapons?

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 09:20:00 PST

Most of the character attacks in the recent presidential election have little lasting value. There was, however, one criticism each candidate made of the other that raises a matter of transcendent concern. This was the suggestion that the other candidate is not qualified to have a "finger on the...

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Harry Hughes' 90th birthday reminds attendees what the country has lost

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 09:21:00 PST

An impressive group of veteran Maryland political leaders gathered in Easton a couple weeks before Thanksgiving to celebrate former Maryland Gov. Harry R. Hughes' 90th birthday. Although the heartfelt tributes to Governor Hughes' life and career could not have been more sincere, the evening seemed...

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Trump should keep HUD's smoke-free rule

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 08:14:00 PST

Sun reporter Colin Campbell got an earful when he went to Perkins Homes to ask residents what they thought about the Department of Housing and Urban Development's plan to ban smoking in all of its public housing units and within 25 feet of its buildings. The smokers he talked to asked, in language...

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Maryland wants to weaken winter manure rules

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:09:00 PST

We all try to meet our obligations in life, whether personal or professional. Living up to our commitments builds trust and earns a worthy reputation.

That's why it's so disappointing that the Maryland Department of Agriculture is proposing to weaken the ban against spreading manure and sewage...

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Stevenson University students react to Trump's win

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:10:00 PST

Students in my history class at Stevenson University were asked to finish this sentence: "When I heard that Donald Trump was elected president..." Here's what they said:

"America will live on."

"I was relieved that Clinton lost. I don't like Trump and I didn't vote for him, but I believe he is...

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Trump's radical health care team

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:43:00 PST

Back when Donald Trump was a renegade, populist insurgent in the Republican primaries, he promised that he could save the nation's social safety net — programs like Medicare and Medicaid — "without cutting it to the bone." But now he's president elect, and he's assembling a dream team for GOP orthodoxy,...

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A letter to the man who jabbed my son in Baltimore

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:49:00 PST

Dear Neighbor,

Please forgive me for this odd way of getting in touch. I don't know who you are, and I don't think we've met. But I've been thinking about you all morning, wishing that we had the chance to talk face to face. I'm still troubled by what you did on the Monday night before Thanksgiving,...

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Pitts: Newspapers, the answer to fake news

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 03:00:00 PST

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free ... it expects what never was and never will be." -- Thomas Jefferson

There is good news on fake news.

As you doubtless know, the proliferation thereof has people fretting. President Obama has dubbed it a threat to democracy. And there is a rising demand...

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Don, the builder

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:49:00 PST

If President-Elect Donald J. Trump is the dealmaker that he claims to be, sometime between now and Jan. 20, he ought to stop by the Longworth House Office Building's Room 1632 and ask for John. The two men might find they have a few things to talk about.

That's because Maryland's 6th District Rep....

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Sanctuary campus

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:49:00 PST

We would be among the first to say that some of the reaction to Donald Trump's victory on college campuses has been a little overwrought. Cornell held a cry-in. The University of Texas-Austin student government set up a "therapy wall" for students upset at the election's outcome. A dorm at the...

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A primer on school choice

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:44:00 PST

One education issue, school choice, took a prominent place during this election year debate. But what exactly is school choice, and can it be implemented in a way that is beneficial to all students, educators and communities? Maryland is often called "America in Miniature." Maryland's experience...

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The 'uncertain path ahead'

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:44:00 PST

Recently, I treated a patient in clinic, a woman in her early 40s. Just two years prior, she was experiencing homelessness and frequented emergency rooms every few weeks. Through the Affordable Care Act, she was able to get health insurance, which in turn helped her get her blood pressure managed...

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Robert B. Reich: Trump's seven techniques for controlling the media

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 03:00:00 PST

Democracy depends on a free and independent press, which is why all tyrants try to squelch it. They use seven techniques that, worryingly, President-elect Donald Trump already employs.

1. Berate the media. Last week, Mr. Trump summoned more than two dozen TV news anchors and executives to the 25th...

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