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Goldberg: Pruitt, Carson trapped by the trappings of power

It's not an iron law that power corrupts. But it's often a good way to bet. The interesting question is: Why does power corrupt so many people? The way I see it, power — money, fame, celebrity, authority or some mix of them all — lowers the cost of indulging human nature. This is one of the central...

  • What kind of political districts do Americans want?

    What kind of political districts do Americans want?

    Once the U.S. Supreme Court issues its gerrymandering decision, we will be barraged with claims about what this means for the political parties. Before the inevitable jump to partisan interpretations, it might make sense to reflect first on the types of districts that Americans would want to see....

  • Pitts: Few tears for Aaron Persky

    Pitts: Few tears for Aaron Persky

    There will be few tears for Aaron Persky. California voters gave the Superior Court judge his walking papers last week. Mr. Persky, the state's first judge to be recalled since 1932, became a target of national fury two years ago when he sentenced Brock Turner, a Stanford University student convicted...

  • North Korea shouldn't have nukes — and neither should we

    North Korea shouldn't have nukes — and neither should we

    Leaders of our country, Republican and Democrat alike, who demand that the United States accept nothing less from North Korean President Kim Jong-un than his country’s unilateral denuclearization, should consider what gives America — or any country — a right to weapons with the power to end civilization...

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  • David Horsey: The Trump Anthem

    David Horsey: The Trump Anthem

  • Education status quo unacceptable in Maryland

    Education status quo unacceptable in Maryland

    Maryland’s education system is underperforming within a nation whose education system is not competitive internationally. Consider the following: In 2015, 64 percent of U.S. students in the 4th grade and 66 percent in the 8th grade were not proficient in reading, according to the National Assessment...

  • Goldberg: Taking the 'beauty' out of beauty pageants

    Goldberg: Taking the 'beauty' out of beauty pageants

    The Miss America Organization announced last week that it will no longer judge women on their "outward physical appearance." To that end, the swimsuit competition is gone. "We are no longer a pageant," Gretchen Carlson, the group's head, explained. "Miss America will represent a new generation...

  • Witcover: Mixed views on a 'blue wave' rising

    Witcover: Mixed views on a 'blue wave' rising

    Primary election voting across the country last Tuesday gave Democrats grounds to hope strong turnout by the faithful in the November midterm congressional elections will give them control of the House of Representatives, where any impeachment effort against President Trump would by law begin. ...

  • Officer's murder highlights Baltimore's truancy problems

    Officer's murder highlights Baltimore's truancy problems

    The tragic death of Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio shines a glaring light on the critical need to tackle school truancy, which often is linked to crime. The Baltimore County State’s Attorney has charged four Baltimore City teen boys, ages 15 through 17, with her murder; she was run...

  • Leonard Pitts Jr.: Black lives don't matter

    Leonard Pitts Jr.: Black lives don't matter

    Black lives don't matter. It is a message that has, for centuries, been woven like thread into the fabric of this nation. It was there when the Supreme Court said black people had no rights white people were bound to respect, there when Nazi POWs were seated at a Southern diner while black soldiers...

  • Cal Thomas: Different standards for the left

    Cal Thomas: Different standards for the left

    We've come a long way from harmless playground jibes like "your mother wears combat boots," to those of today from the likes of Samantha Bee and other leftist "entertainers" who say things about President Trump and his family that are so vulgar they can't be printed in a newspaper or quoted on...

  • Goldberg: Could Trump pardon himself? It's complicated

    Goldberg: Could Trump pardon himself? It's complicated

    In conservative circles, few arguments are more triggering than those that begin: "The Founding Fathers never could have imagined ..." There are several reasons conservatives don't like this line of reasoning, but chief among them is that it gives license to progressives to exceed constitutional...

  • Baltimore employer of smothered worker should be held criminally accountable

    Baltimore employer of smothered worker should be held criminally accountable

    On June 5, a 19-year-old construction worker named Kyle Hancock was smothered to death when a deep trench where he was working collapsed. R.F. Warder Inc., the construction company that hired Hancock to help fix a leaking sewage pipe, and the bosses it employed are responsible for his death, plain...

  • The mystery of the purple book in my mother's drawer

    The mystery of the purple book in my mother's drawer

    My mother, who passed away in February, was the most organized person I know. When she retired after 50 years as an executive secretary to the chief of a hospital medical division, she took with her that day her name plate and a potted green plant. I, on the other hand, left a job after seven years...

  • Broadway season offers lessons of dignity, strength and resilience

    Broadway season offers lessons of dignity, strength and resilience

    Broadway’s 2017-2018 season, which officially came to an end on May 27, was its highest grossing and best attended in history, according to Playbill.com. As a longtime theater educator and director, I attend many productions each year, and this year was no exception. The 2018 Tony Award nominated...

  • Witcover: Memories of Robert Kennedy

    Witcover: Memories of Robert Kennedy

    Television's remembrances of Robert Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his death have brought back images of the huge crowds he drew, both in life and in leaving it. They mobbed and cheered him as he motored through big-city streets and then stood in stark silence along the railroad tracks as his...

  • Beauty pageants should die out like the dinosaurs they are

    Beauty pageants should die out like the dinosaurs they are

    In an apparent effort to head off #MeToo backlash or simply appear relevant, the Miss America Organization announced this week that contestants can now keep their clothes on during the competition and that they “will no longer be judged by outward physical appearance.” They’re not even part of...

  • Fight crime by treating substance abuse

    Fight crime by treating substance abuse

    On March 27, in a House Judiciary Committee hearing, I asked Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger what percentage of crime in Baltimore County was due to drugs. His answer: “Upwards of 85 percent.” I then asked Baltimore City Police Major Byron Conaway the same question, and his...

  • Maryland could be a cybersecurity leader, here's how

    Maryland could be a cybersecurity leader, here's how

    Historically, health care has spent fractions of a percent of its technology budget on security, a paltry proportion when compared to industries like finance that handle similarly sensitive data. As a result of this underspending, there were an alarming number of data breaches in health care, with...

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