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Maryland officials look to shore up election defenses after Russian tampering

As details emerge of the Russian campaign to influence the 2016 election, officials in Maryland are working to protect the state’s voting system for this year and beyond. State elections officials are working with federal authorities to shore up Maryland’s defenses against tampering with electronic...

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  • Goldberg: Don't overestimate Trump's ability to knowingly collude with Russia

    Goldberg: Don't overestimate Trump's ability to knowingly collude with Russia

    Despite the indictment of 13 Russian professional social media pranksters who worked to tip the 2016 election to Donald Trump, I remain somewhere between skeptical and agnostic on the question of whether or not Mr. Trump knowingly and secretly colluded with the Russians to win the election. We'll...

  • Targeting mental illness won't prevent mass shootings

    Targeting mental illness won't prevent mass shootings

    Following the latest mass shooting at a Florida high school, President Trump bypassed an opportunity to make a bold and progressive statement about this nation's abundant gun culture in favor of a much easier target, specifically people with mental illness. Rather than address the Florida regulation...

  • Witcover: Trump sinks to a new low in his response to the Florida school massacre

    Witcover: Trump sinks to a new low in his response to the Florida school massacre

    Donald Trump not only talks dirty; he also plays dirty, as seen in tweets over the weekend. On Saturday evening he tweeted that the FBI failed to act on information about the latest mass school murderer in Florida because the bureau was preoccupied investigating possible Russian collusion with...

  • Treat gun violence like the public health epidemic it is and lift research ban

    Treat gun violence like the public health epidemic it is and lift research ban

    As a mother, school shootings tear a hole in my heart, making me fear for a day when my own child doesn't come home from school. As someone who grew up in a gun-owning family with law enforcement family members, I respect the Second Amendment and believe there are many law-abiding citizens who...

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  • Indian-Pakistani restaurant opening in Union Square

    Indian-Pakistani restaurant opening in Union Square

    In Baltimore’s Union Square neighborhood, a to-be-named restaurant centered on Indian and Pakistani cuisine is slated to open this summer. The eatery will open at 1500 W. Pratt St. in the building that housed the International Academy of Hair Design and Technology, seating about 35 guests, according...

  • Local campaigns aim to help Baltimore students see 'Black Panther'

    Local campaigns aim to help Baltimore students see 'Black Panther'

    Aaron Maybin, the NFL linebacker-turned-art teacher who drew national attention to the city’s cold schools after posting a picture online of his students huddled in coats in a classroom, is looking to start another campaign to benefit his students. Maybin, an educator at Matthew A. Henson Elementary...

  • Brookside Market opening in Jacksonville in Baltimore County

    Brookside Market opening in Jacksonville in Baltimore County

    Brookside Market, a new deli and restaurant, is preparing to open in Jacksonville in Baltimore County. Chef-owner Casey Brooks said he’s hoping to open the doors next week at 14232 Jarrettsville Pike in the building that most recently housed the Dogwood Tack shop. Brooks previously owned Casey’s...

  • Amid Russian ads, bots, trolls: Regulate Facebook, other platforms or risk losing democracy

    Amid Russian ads, bots, trolls: Regulate Facebook, other platforms or risk losing democracy

    You have to wonder how close we are going to skate to the edge of losing our democracy before we decide to regulate social media platforms like Facebook. You also have to wonder why there are so few calls for accountability as instance after instance of Russian interference in American life continue...

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  • Federal judge knocks down Florida's voting ban for ex-felons

    Federal judge knocks down Florida's voting ban for ex-felons

    In a ruling that could have reverberations on this year's crucial elections, a federal judge Thursday ruled that Florida's current ban on former felons voting is unconstitutional and needs to be changed as soon as possible. U.S. District Judge Mark Walker issued a blistering ruling that says the...

  • Cuba state media: Fidel Castro's son has killed himself

    Cuba state media: Fidel Castro's son has killed himself

    The oldest son of late Cuban leader Fidel Castro killed himself on Thursday after months of treatment for depression, state media reported. He was 68. Official website Cubadebate said that Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart had been in a "deeply depressed state." A brief note read on state television said...

  • Behind the Obama portraits: Michelle's dress symbolizes equality, Barack jokingly asked for less gray

    Behind the Obama portraits: Michelle's dress symbolizes equality, Barack jokingly asked for less gray

    When Barack Obama speaks, people listen. At least they did when he was in the White House. But that kind of authority didn't hold much sway when it came time for his presidential portrait. At a ceremony Monday to unveil portraits of him and former first lady Michelle Obama, the former president...

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