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  • The lesson of the Russian Facebook ads in Maryland: They're getting smarter

    The lesson of the Russian Facebook ads in Maryland: They're getting smarter

    There’s a certain clumsiness about the Facebook ad that congressional investigators say Kremlin-connected Russian internet trolls targeted at Marylanders in 2015. Along with pictures of Freddie Gray, Michael Brown and Tamir Rice, it included the slightly off-key text, “Join us because we care....

  • How Hogan can save Obamacare in Maryland

    How Hogan can save Obamacare in Maryland

    To his credit, Gov. Larry Hogan has made several statements of support for the Affordable Care Act during the past year and in opposition to flawed “repeal and replace” bills advanced by members of his party in Congress. With the Senate poised to vote on a tax cut plan that includes a repeal of...

  • Guns and Annapolis

    Guns and Annapolis

    Our view: Maryland doesn’t need bump stocks — or backdoor efforts to loosen handgun restrictions If there is a piece of legislation that deserves unanimous consent in the upcoming Maryland General Assembly session, it must surely be the proposal to ban “bump stocks,” the device that allows a user...

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Santelises: City schools are on the right track

City Schools’ teachers, staff, and school and district leaders share Karen Houppert’s sense of urgency about accelerating progress for our students (“Chicago schools overcome high hurdles. Can Baltimore’s?” Dec. 7). In my weekly and monthly visits to schools across the city, I too have seen the...

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  • Elephants' reprieve: How about the rest of the animal kingdom?

    Elephants' reprieve: How about the rest of the animal kingdom?

    There is no shortage of cute elephant videos on YouTube, and the millions of views they’ve recorded demonstrate why. Elephants are exceptionally smart. They can use tools. They respond to the human voice, and they demonstrate empathy toward other creatures. And, frankly, there are few sights more...

  • Nominate The Sun's next Marylander of the Year

    Nominate The Sun's next Marylander of the Year

    What Marylander had the biggest impact on the state in 2017? The Sun is asking for your nominations for the 2017 Marylander of the Year. Please send them to talkback@baltimoresun.com and include "Marylander of the Year" in the subject line. We'll announce the finalists in mid-December and a winner...

  • Gratitudinal, or what to say on a holiday about which everything interesting, and lots that's not, has already been said

    Gratitudinal, or what to say on a holiday about which everything interesting, and lots that's not, has already been said

    As our national discourse plunges daily toward new lows of debasement, it would be tempting to offer up a Thanksgiving editorial calling on the nation to return to decency, wholesomeness and all else that the holiday implies. But we're figuring you're about as stuffed with politics as you're about...

  • How to judge judges

    How to judge judges

    If there was any Circuit Court judge Baltimore voters might have been expected to have an opinion about, it was Alfred Nance. When he ran for re-election in 2014, he had long since been investigated by the Judicial Disabilities Commission on complaints of inappropriate courtroom behavior and had...

  • Wall isn't a lifesaver, it's a boondoggle

    Wall isn't a lifesaver, it's a boondoggle

    A border patrol agent was killed and his partner seriously wounded in the line of duty Sunday in West Texas. Few of the details of the incident have been released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection or the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez, 36, and his...

  • Beware all two-headed beasts!

    Beware all two-headed beasts!

  • Bridging the meal gap

    Bridging the meal gap

    In a year that has seen it share of disasters from hurricanes and floods, wildfires to mass shootings, Carmen Del Guercio frets that an outreach as basic as combating hunger may be shortchanged. For the president and CEO of the Maryland Food Bank, this is no idle thought. With Thanksgiving approaching,...

  • The lonesome death of Emily Butler

    The lonesome death of Emily Butler

    We don't know much about 29-year-old Emily Butler other than that she died last week at the Maryland women’s prison in Jessup. But we can guess that her death was probably preventable. Butler is the latest victim of a cruel and unusual form of extreme punishment known as solitary confinement, which...

  • The enormous debt owed to slain Baltimore Police Det. Sean Suiter

    The enormous debt owed to slain Baltimore Police Det. Sean Suiter

    Our view: Shooting death of Baltimore homicide detective a tragic reminder of the enormous debt this city owes its brave police officers. A veteran Baltimore police officer who suffered a gunshot wound to the head while on duty Wednesday in a notoriously dangerous neighborhood in West Baltimore...

  • Alternative Fact of the Week: Uranium One and an Actual Fact All-Star

    Alternative Fact of the Week: Uranium One and an Actual Fact All-Star

    We have not had much occasion during the Trump era to celebrate the declaration of actual facts — you know, the independently verifiable, logical, sane, well sourced things that you’d hope would be the basis of civil discussion. But this week we offer a shout-out to Fox News anchor Shepard Smith...

  • Don't sacrifice Rice and White to the mob

    Don't sacrifice Rice and White to the mob

    Time to feed the jackals? We’ll soon know. Four of the Freddie Gray six have passed through the legal and administrative gauntlets with their police careers intact. There have been three acquittals in court; charges dropped for the remaining three officers. Two officers accepted minor administrative...

  • Which way forward for Md.'s HBCUs?

    Which way forward for Md.'s HBCUs?

    In a ruling that could help reshape the mission of Maryland’s historically black colleges and universities for years to come, a federal judge recently delivered some good news and bad news for both sides in the long-running controversy over how to end the vestiges of de jure segregation in the...

  • Senate tax plan goes from bad to worse

    Senate tax plan goes from bad to worse

    The political logic of Senate Republicans latest idea for a tax cut package is difficult to grasp. GOP senators were unable to coalesce around a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act because some were unwilling to take a vote that would mean millions fewer Americans would have health...

  • Roy Moore deserves to be ousted

    Roy Moore deserves to be ousted

    Bill Clinton. Herman Cain. Anthony Weiner. Donald Trump. All are men, all U.S. politicians with sexual assault or misconduct allegations in their past. Some watched their candidacies sink, others did not. There are differences in the behavior of each, of course, but it would be foolish to find...

  • Sessions' dubious promise to be apolitical

    Sessions' dubious promise to be apolitical

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ appearance before the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday frustrated questioners on both ends of the political spectrum, and that was likely his intent. From memory lapses (there were quite a few) and corrections of the record on Russia (ditto) to his overall...