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Cal Thomas: The Trump-McConnell detente

That was some chaotic scene in the White House Rose Garden Monday. After lunch with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucy Republican, the president assured combative reporters and the country that the two are getting along just fine, in spite of the Senate's failure to repeal and replace...

  • Right a past wrong by opening access to Druid Hill Park

    Right a past wrong by opening access to Druid Hill Park

    As a community member and physician, I find the historical narrative of Baltimore City’s decisions pertaining to the communities surrounding Druid Hill Park deeply disappointing. While many know of the racism of the park’s past — the segregated swimming pools, tennis courts and playgrounds — many...

  • Weinstein scandal stirs harassment memories

    Weinstein scandal stirs harassment memories

    In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, I remember my own office harassment that occurred almost three decades ago. As a 22-year-old technical writer for a government contractor, I was working in my first job — nothing exciting, but it came with good benefits and a decent salary. Mine was...

  • Driving too slow — a pretext for a Va. traffic stop

    Driving too slow — a pretext for a Va. traffic stop

    Recently, while vacationing in Virginia, I was pulled over by a state trooper for, I was told, driving in the left lane at a speed deemed to be too slow. It was just after 7 p.m., and I was driving with my wife and three children on a two-lane highway, following behind my sister and brother-in-law’s...

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Trump tax cuts: A 'win' for the GOP, a disaster for the rest of us

With the Senate’s passage of a budget framework on Thursday night, Republicans hope to enact a sweeping overhaul of the tax code by Christmas. What that “sweeping overhaul” entails, however, we don’t really know, except that it cannot possibly live up to all that President Donald Trump has promised....

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  • Horsey: Grifter Trump spins tax cuts for the rich as a boon for workers

    Horsey: Grifter Trump spins tax cuts for the rich as a boon for workers

    Donald Trump is a salesman who has never let truth get in the way of peddling a product. As president, he tried unsuccessfully to sell various schemes to repeal and replace Obamacare by using the same technique he used to sell the bogus curriculum of Trump University: make outlandish claims of...

  • Were we 'inattentive parents'?

    Were we 'inattentive parents'?

    Another parent called the cops on us. We put our one-month-shy-of-his-third-birthday son on a swing at a playground. He slipped off and landed in a bed of mulch. The entire time our boy swung, my husband stood behind him; I stood next to him. We both watched. But the fact is, he did loosen his...

  • Witcover: Trump's 'love' for Puerto Rico will be tested as territory recovers

    Witcover: Trump's 'love' for Puerto Rico will be tested as territory recovers

    When Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee charged the other day that the White House had become "an adult day care center" — with three former generals there babysitting President Donald Trump — he added: "Someone obviously missed their shift." On Thursday, the president proved Mr. Corker's point...

  • Fee shifting can help restore balance to rent court

    Fee shifting can help restore balance to rent court

    This year, the Baltimore Sun published an important series of articles on Baltimore City Rent Court. It describes a complex rent escrow system designed to protect tenants that is nevertheless dominated by landlords — even when the properties have conditions that are a serious threat to the health...

  • Be brave: speak out against harassment

    Be brave: speak out against harassment

    To my children, Rachel and Jonathan: I’m shocked that so many people are shocked: Harvey Weinstein, a Hollywood icon and film producer, has been accused of sexually harassing women — women who worked in his company, actresses, as well as others who sought his advice about how to break into and succeed...

  • Goldberg: GOP hog-tied by a divided Senate

    Goldberg: GOP hog-tied by a divided Senate

    Why can't we have nice things? That's the question, if not exactly the phrasing, so many conservatives are asking these days. Despite controlling the White House and both branches of Congress, the GOP can't get much done. Oh, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have...

  • What’s considered disrespectful to flag, veterans subject to change

    What’s considered disrespectful to flag, veterans subject to change

    I’ve been to ballgames where the national anthem is disrespected, so I can understand why people get upset. I’m not talking about the players. I’m talking about people in the stands. They laugh, talk, slurp beer, head to the bathrooms — they can’t even be bothered to take off their hats. It’s a rare...

  • Pitts: The GOP is finally, sorta, willing to admit the obvious

    Pitts: The GOP is finally, sorta, willing to admit the obvious

    Yes, he's childish and incompetent. Is that really news by now? But of course, it wasn't that assessment of Failed President Trump that made jaws drop last weekend so much as it was the person making it. Meaning Sen. Bob Corker, who unleashed an extraordinary barrage of contempt on Twitter and...

  • Cal Thomas: Why criticize Harvey Weinstein?

    "Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom's instruction." (Proverbs 29:18) Ancient wisdom from a higher authority, which is available to anyone who takes the time to consider it, was provided to constrain people like Harvey Weinstein from...

  • Goldberg: Weinstein scandal leaves a trail of hypocrisy

    Goldberg: Weinstein scandal leaves a trail of hypocrisy

    If hypocrisy were a greenhouse gas, the ice caps would be gone by now. Let's start with the obvious: Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein wasn't fired for being a pig, he was fired for being exposed as one. The Weinstein Co. board members probably didn't know everything, but they surely knew enough....

  • Witcover: Being 'unpresidential' is not grounds to remove Trump

    Witcover: Being 'unpresidential' is not grounds to remove Trump

    As prominent Republicans fret over Donald Trump's"unpresidential" behavior, that broad and undefined sentiment was aptly summed up by GOP Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who lamented that the White House has become "an adult day care center." In response to a fresh outburst from the president, Mr....

  • Baltimore, squeegee boys and a robbery — in perspective

    Baltimore, squeegee boys and a robbery — in perspective

    I got robbed. I was driving home. My route includes the corner of Bloomingdale Road and N. Hilton Street. Squeegee boys hang out there. My windows were down. As I reached the stoplight, the boys approached, asking if I wanted a wash. One boy didn’t have a squeegee and was clearly upset about something....

  • The war on birth control

    The war on birth control

    The Trump administration may be bogged down in the legislative trenches, but on the regulatory front, it is a rolling juggernaut, killing or maiming Obama regulations almost at will. This month, in the name of religious freedom, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued new rules...

  • The Harvey Weinstein in the room

    The Harvey Weinstein in the room

    “I’ve known Harvey Weinstein for a long time, I’m not at all surprised.” — President Donald Trump It seems most everyone who knew film producer Harvey Weinstein knew Harvey Weinstein — the private Harvey Weinstein, the serial sexual assaulter Harvey Weinstein who was publicly revealed in disgusting...

  • Bottle litter is an eyesore — and a hazard

    Bottle litter is an eyesore — and a hazard

    As a recent transplant from Canada, there were many differences I expected living in Baltimore: humid summers, less colorful money, more colorful politics. Pleasantly unexpected was the amount of green space and the rudimentary cycling network that serves me well traveling between Hopkins campuses....

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