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Trump can't abandon Iran nuclear deal

Against all advice, President Donald Trump is insisting that the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration is so flawed that it should either be revised or scrapped altogether. He’s flat-out wrong, and dangerously so. Never mind that Iran has warned all bets are off if the U.S. pulls...

  • Baltimore County police brutality: What's the standard?

    Baltimore County police brutality: What's the standard?

    Thirty minutes. That’s approximately how long it took a Baltimore County jury last week to acquit on all charges Christopher M. Spivey, the 29-year-old police officer charged with kicking and spitting on 20-year-old Diamontae Tyquan Farrar after he led police on a chase with a stolen car and then...

  • Another round in the Hogan-teachers union feud

    Another round in the Hogan-teachers union feud

    Gov. Larry Hogan’s announcement that he will not sign Maryland’s proposed plan to implement the requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act — the Obama era successor to No Child Left Behind — got him some swift criticism from the Maryland teachers union and its allies, including a claim...

  • DeVos' lesson for UB

    DeVos' lesson for UB

    It’s easy to label the controversy over U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ upcoming visit to the University of Baltimore for their fall commencement as politically correct hype and not go any deeper. Critics have assumed the opposition among students is knee-jerk, anti-Donald Trump sentiment...

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Baker: Prince George's Amazon bid is good for the entire state

When Amazon announced that it was looking for a place to build its new headquarters and would be accepting proposals, countless states, counties and cities began touting why they are best place for Amazon’s new HQ2. The Hogan administration responded appropriately by instructing all 24 local jurisdictions...

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  • Trial boards for Gray officers serve a purpose

    Trial boards for Gray officers serve a purpose

    Baltimore’s police union has consistently held that internal disciplinary hearings for the officers involved in Freddie Gray’s arrest are egregious piling-on that will further degrade the ability of city officers to fight crime. The opposite is true. The hearings for five of the six officers —...

  • Hurricane preparedness — and denial

    Hurricane preparedness — and denial

    Even for Americans not in the direct path of the one-two punch of Harvey and Irma, September’s record-breaking hurricanes have been a wake-up call. Most Marylanders, at least those not middle-aged or above, likely have no memory of Tropical Storm Agnes, the 1972 storm that killed 19 in Maryland,...

  • Let's make the new youth detention center unnecessary

    Let's make the new youth detention center unnecessary

    Opening a new, $30 million youth detention center in Baltimore is certainly no reason to celebrate. No question, the new facility is a big improvement in terms of the educational, psychological and other services that will be offered to alleged juvenile offenders while they wait for trial, and...

  • Don't open door to sexual assault on campus

    Don't open door to sexual assault on campus

    Earlier this summer, a woman named Candice Jackson remarked to a New York Times reporter that she believed that 90 percent of accusations of sexual assault on campus were the result of a “we were both drunk” scenario. She later apologized at this appalling remark and said she was being flippant...

  • Port Covington is the right fit for Amazon HQ2

    Port Covington is the right fit for Amazon HQ2

    Amazon laid out very specific criteria for the new, second headquarters campus it’s looking to build somewhere in North America, and dozens of cities are no doubt preparing pitches about why they present the ideal mix of talent, transportation access, quality of life amenities and so on to meet...

  • Trump cuts a deal

    Trump cuts a deal

    By the reaction among conservatives, you would think President Donald Trump had just renounced his ties to the Republican Party instead of agreeing to a three-month deal to fund the federal government and extend the debt ceiling. House Speaker Paul Ryan called the Democrats’ proposal that won the...

  • Alternative Fact of the Week: A 'humane' decision to end DACA

    Alternative Fact of the Week: A 'humane' decision to end DACA

    Only in the up is down, left is right world of the Trump administration does it make sense to claim that a policy that logically leads to the deportation of 800,000 young people to countries they left as children and likely have never so much as visited since “prevents human suffering.” That absurdity,...

  • Why not sell beer in Md. grocery stores?

    Why not sell beer in Md. grocery stores?

    The scene at Comptroller Peter Franchot’s task force on Maryland beer laws this week was disappointing but not surprising. The question of the day was whether beer sales should be allowed in grocery stores, and the discussion was dominated by opponents of the idea. Retailers, who are delighted...

  • North Korea won't be swayed by mere bluster

    North Korea won't be swayed by mere bluster

    As recently as July, President Donald Trump blasted his predecessor for drawing a “red line” over the use of chemical weapons in Syria that he failed to back up to Republican’s liking. Now, the current president is playing a far more dangerous version of that same strategy with North Korea by threatening...

  • One less excuse for Md. Dems. to reject redistricting reform

    One less excuse for Md. Dems. to reject redistricting reform

    Ask most Maryland Democratic leaders about partisan gerrymandering, and they’ll tell you it’s a horrible problem. They’ll say that is contrary to the principles of democracy, that it lets politicians choose their voters rather than the other way around and that it contributes to hyper-partisanship...

  • Trump and DACA: Dreamers deferred

    Trump and DACA: Dreamers deferred

    President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program after a six-month delay is a transparent attempt to pass the buck. Attorney General Jeff Sessions suggested that in announcing the policy shift when he argued that the Obama administration executive order...

  • The good, bad and silliness of a late school start

    The good, bad and silliness of a late school start

    Nearly all Maryland public school students went back to school Tuesday, the first statewide post-Labor Day K-12 opening day in a generation. That’s because Gov. Larry Hogan signed two executive orders last year decreeing it, the first mandating the later start to schools and the second closing...

  • Baltimore gets schooled on transit

    Baltimore gets schooled on transit

    Here’s some required reading for the first day of school: “A Tale of Two Transit Systems.” In the D.C. suburbs, it’s the best of times, thanks to last week’s groundbreaking of the $5.6 billion Purple Line, the 16.2-mile light rail linking Bethesda to New Carrollton. In Baltimore, it may not be...

  • Hogan's ho-hum cuts

    Hogan's ho-hum cuts

    It's amazing, as we head into an election year, how much political posturing can attach itself to something as minor as a 0.14 percent cut in the state budget. Gov. Larry Hogan’s budget secretary says the $68 million in proposed spending reductions that will go before the Board of Public Works for...

  • Unlocking backseat heatstroke deaths

    Two summers ago, 2-year-old Leasia Carter of Belair-Edison died in the backseat of a Lincoln because her dad, who had been drinking on a Father’s Day celebration, had forgotten she was there. In February of this year, that man was sentenced to eight years in prison for what he confessed to be a...