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All the lonely men

Former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy called loneliness a major public-health problem. And it is — but more so for men than women. Many women are lonely and hurting, yes, but men are more likely to be isolated than women, and the scale and nature of their loneliness differs. When talking with divorced...

  • Processing trauma: a complex operation

    Processing trauma: a complex operation

    Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony was a great teaching moment is U.S. history. The testimony depicted how the human brain selectively processes life threatening information, the emotional ramifications of trauma, the role of hormones and neurotransmitters, and most importantly, impairment in functioning...

  • Trump unexpectedly supports criminal justice reform act

    Trump unexpectedly supports criminal justice reform act

    Though Kanye West’s rambling visit to the White House last week, ostensibly to talk about criminal justice reform, is being widely derided as a photo op for both Mr. West and the president, there are some encouraging developments underway in that area. In an unexpected move from a self-described...

  • Robert B. Reich: The truth about the Trump economy

    Robert B. Reich: The truth about the Trump economy

    I keep hearing that although Donald Trumpis a scoundrel or worse, at least he's presiding over a great economy. "The single biggest story this year is an economic boom that is durable and lasting," White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said recently. Really? Look closely at the living standards...

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For Question 1, the casino lockbox amendment (sort of)

The 2017 Amy Poehler/Will Ferrell movie “The House” pretty well encapsulates what happened with Maryland casino money and education funding. The actors play Kate and Scott Johansen, whose daughter Alex has her heart set on going to the same college they did, Bucknell. They can’t afford it, and...

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  • Witcover: Trump's unintended public service is getting out the vote

    Witcover: Trump's unintended public service is getting out the vote

    Thanks to President Donald Trump, American voters may flock to the polls in record numbers on Nov. 6 for the next congressional midterm elections. He will not be on the ballot in any of the 435 voting districts, but nevertheless a great many Americans will be casting their ballots to express their...

  • The improbable life of Fanny Jackson Coppin

    The improbable life of Fanny Jackson Coppin

    On this “Fanny Jackson Coppin Day” — as proclaimed by Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh — it’s only fitting that we take a moment to consider the implausibility of it: a 12-year-old, Washington, D.C. slave, set free, all because a benevolent aunt managed to save enough from her meager earnings of...

  • Goldberg: Haley stepping down at just the right time

    Goldberg: Haley stepping down at just the right time

    U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley surprised virtually everybody this week when she announced she'd be resigning from her post at the end of the year. In doing so, Ms. Haley has managed something unique. She leaves the Trump administration with her reputation not merely undiminished but actually enhanced....

  • Pitts: Progressives need more than a majority

    Pitts: Progressives need more than a majority

    Here's what gets me about progressives. They never seem to realize that they are the majority. Yet on issue after issue, the polling consistently shows that they are. Abortion? Sixty-four percent of Americans support Roe v. Wade. Guns? Sixty-seven percent want stricter laws. Taxes? Sixty-one percent...

  • Baltimore's Sally Michel wanted to save the world; instead, she saved me

    Baltimore's Sally Michel wanted to save the world; instead, she saved me

    Twenty years ago, when I first met Sally James Michel, the Baltimore civic leader who died this summer at the age of 80, she told me she spent her days trying to “save the world.” She certainly saved me. In 1998, The Sun’s city editor, James Asher, gave me an assignment to interview Sally at her...

  • Cal Thomas: why abortion continues

    Cal Thomas: why abortion continues

    Arguably a contributing factor to the continuation of abortion is that it is performed out of sight and thus, out of many minds. A film about one of the worst practitioners of abortion, Kermit Gosnell, opens Oct. 12 in at least 600 theaters. Mr. Gosnell is the Philadelphia abortionist sentenced...

  • 'Pandering to racial prejudice' in Baltimore County executive race

    'Pandering to racial prejudice' in Baltimore County executive race

    The settlement agreement with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) signed by Baltimore County in 2016 requires the next county executive to introduce legislation next year prohibiting landlords in the county from discriminating against prospective tenants who use...

  • Thank you, Christine Blasey Ford

    Thank you, Christine Blasey Ford

    The world has changed in a significant way thanks to the courageous testimony of Christine Blasey-Ford. She made a very brave decision to make public the details of a sexual assault she says she experienced as a young woman. It took great courage to step into the national spotlight before the Senate...

  • Goldberg: Kavanaugh confirmation was ugly, and things will only get uglier

    Goldberg: Kavanaugh confirmation was ugly, and things will only get uglier

    Confirming Brett Kavanaugh was the best outcome at the end of a hellish decision tree that left the country with no ideal option. Reasonable people may differ on that. But what seems more obvious: It's all going to get worse. Because everyone is taking the wrong lessons from the Kavanaugh debacle....

  • Inflation isn't as low as we're told; here's why

    Inflation isn't as low as we're told; here's why

    Last month, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, after praising the health and vigor of the economy, added that “inflation is low.” But is it? Unfortunately, our inflation numbers are less than credible. Here’s why. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which issues measures like the Consumer Price Index...

  • Witcover: After Kavanaugh swearing-in, battle lines are drawn for November

    Witcover: After Kavanaugh swearing-in, battle lines are drawn for November

    Leave it to Donald Trumpto rain on his own parade. He took the occasion of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's oath-taking to repeat his allegation that the Democrats used "lies and deception" in their failed efforts to block it. The president turned to the new Supreme Court member and told him, "(Y)ou,...

  • Trump's texts: scare tactic moms won't abide?

    Trump's texts: scare tactic moms won't abide?

    At 2:18 p.m. on Oct. 3, most Americans who own cellphones felt their pockets buzz or purses shriek with the first ever wireless “Presidential Alert.” Though it was only a test, the alert was an unprecedented government intrusion into our collective consciousness. It brought to mind the now sidelined...

  • Taylor Swift finds her (political) voice

    Taylor Swift finds her (political) voice

    Kudos to singer Taylor Swift for getting political this week and urging young people to vote during her “artist of the year” acceptance speech at the 2018 American Music Awards and in an earlier Instagram post. Her words are credited with prompting thousands between the ages of 18 and 24 to register...

  • Time to really give O's fans 'a contract'?

    Time to really give O's fans 'a contract'?

    When fans made a great catch of a foul ball at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium back in the good old days, Rex Barney, legendary announcer, proclaimed over the public address system, “Give that fan a contract!” In light of the Orioles’ painful state of affairs, maybe that's not just a corny idea. Though...

  • Baltimore health commissioner: this 'was my dream job'

    Baltimore health commissioner: this 'was my dream job'

    I became a doctor because I wanted to provide care to those who are the most vulnerable. In the ER, I saw how much poverty, race, ZIP code and persisting disparities influence health — that it’s public health that can level the playing field of inequality. Four years ago, I was given the incredible...

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