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  • Only morons don't make the wealthy pay taxes

    Only morons don't make the wealthy pay taxes

    National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, former president of Goldman Sachs, said recently that "only morons pay the estate tax." I'm reminded of President Donald Trump's comment that he didn't pay federal income taxes because he was "smart." And billionaire Leona Helmsley's comment that "only...

  • Who's the madman, Kim or Trump?

    Who's the madman, Kim or Trump?

    President Donald Trump has hurled plenty of harsh words at North Korea before, but nothing approaches his promise at the United Nations today that if forced to defend itself or its allies, the United States would “totally destroy” the country. He did not promise a military response of unprecedented...

  • We are responsible for the balance of history

    We are responsible for the balance of history

    I recently heard a well-intended white person explaining that she had to try to understand black people’s general wariness about police because she always assumed that the police were the good guys. I thought about what a wonderful privilege that is because, even if you are a law-abiding child...

  • Rosh Hashana: The Super Bowl of brisket

    Rosh Hashana: The Super Bowl of brisket

    The start of the football season is always a cause for celebration in my house. Not only do we get to experience the thrills and anguishes of NFL games, we nostalgically enjoy special foods this time of year, like brisket for the Jewish holidays such as Rosh Hashana, the new year we celebrate starting...

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  • FCC requests additional information on Sinclair Broadcast deal to acquire Tribune Media

    FCC requests additional information on Sinclair Broadcast deal to acquire Tribune Media

    Federal regulators are asking Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. to show how it plans to comply with TV station ownership limits after it completes its proposed $3.9 billion takeover of Tribune Media Co. The Federal Communications Commission said it needs that and other information to determine whether...

  • President of Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore to step down

    President of Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore to step down

    Shannon Landwehr, president and CEO of the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, will step down at the end of the year, the organization announced. Landwehr, who has led the regional economic development association since April 2016, plans to pursue “other professional opportunities,” the group...

  • Don't expect a big raise next year, survey says

    Don't expect a big raise next year, survey says

    About that pay raise next year: Don’t expect much of a bump in salary, and bonuses may be hard to come by as well, except for those perceived as high performers. Salary increases are expected to be nearly flat next year at 3 percent, up slightly from 2.9 percent in 2017, according to an annual...

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  • Eating at Flamant feels like an intimate party

    Eating at Flamant feels like an intimate party

    I felt as if I was going to an intimate party in the cozy cottage that houses Flamant in West Annapolis. A pleasant woman greeted us at the door as we approached and chatted with us during the evening like a gracious hostess. We didn’t meet the restaurant’s creative chef-owner, Frederik De Pue,...

  • Mega-church drama of 'The Christians' gets incisive production at Center Stage

    Mega-church drama of 'The Christians' gets incisive production at Center Stage

    Religion, like politics, may be an unsafe topic for polite conversation, but it sure can make for memorable theater. Lucas Hnath’s 2015 play “The Christians,” enjoying a terrific production at Center Stage, manages an almost miraculous feat — addressing matters of faith without condescension, manipulation...

  • HBO renews David Simon's 'The Deuce' for Season 2

    HBO renews David Simon's 'The Deuce' for Season 2

    HBO announced Tuesday that it is picking up David Simon’s drama series “The Deuce” for a second season. The eight-episode first season premiered Sept. 10 on the premium channel. The series looks at the rise of the porn industry in Times Square in the 1970s, and stars James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal....

  • 'Dancing With the Stars' premiere recap: Jordan Fisher and Lindsey Stirling stand out

    'Dancing With the Stars' premiere recap: Jordan Fisher and Lindsey Stirling stand out

    The opening number for Season 25 of “Dancing With the Stars” is a seriously high-concept number that has the feel of being filmed on an old studio backlot. I only know about two-thirds of these contestants, as usual. Erin Andrews and Tom Bergeron are back as hosts, and in case you don't know, Erin...

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  • Mueller's office questions Deputy AG Rosenstein amid probe of Comey firing

    Mueller's office questions Deputy AG Rosenstein amid probe of Comey firing

    Special counsel Robert Mueller's office has questioned Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as it probes the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Tuesday. It is not clear exactly when the conversation took place, or how long it...

  • New GOP health care bill hits hurdle in resistance from governors

    New GOP health care bill hits hurdle in resistance from governors

    Senate Republicans and the White House pressed ahead Tuesday with their suddenly resurgent effort to undo former president Barack Obama's signature health care law, even as their attempt was dealt a setback when a bipartisan group of governors and several influential interest groups came out against...

  • Sessions: 'Sanctuary cities' undermine law's moral authority

    Sessions: 'Sanctuary cities' undermine law's moral authority

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday criticized sanctuary cities that try to protect immigrants in the country illegally as places that "undermine the moral authority of the law." He made the comments a day after the Trump administration appealed a judge's ruling blocking its efforts...

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