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  • What Hillary Clinton needs to do to win
    What Hillary Clinton needs to do to win

    In finally declaring her 2016 presidential candidacy, Hillary Clinton put a reverse twist on the old break-up line, "It's not you. It's me." Her pitch, she said, is all about you -- the voters and what you need -- not about me and my ambition to follow my husband into the Oval Office.

  • After Lincoln's death, a new fight for freedom
    After Lincoln's death, a new fight for freedom

    On the morning Abraham Lincoln died from an assassin's bullet, noted abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison was gloating by the Charleston, S.C., grave of John C. Calhoun, the original philosopher of secession. On that April 15, 1865, Garrison reportedly said, "Down into a deeper grave than this,...

  • The cost of cutting the AP Summer Academy

    The Baltimore City school system's proposal to eliminate the Advanced Placement Summer Academy, the city's only summer enrichment program for academically advanced students, will reportedly trim $99,000 from the budget as part of an overhaul of the school system's summer programs, which aims to...

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Give Obama 'fast track' authority

It's an Economics 101 lesson that bears repeating: Trade is good. The United States is the world's largest trading nation, supporting more than 11 million jobs. In Baltimore, we understand this as well as anyone — our port provides tangible proof. More than 29 million tons of cargo worth more than...

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  • Maryland must stop setting rapists free
    Maryland must stop setting rapists free

    Think of five women you know personally. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least one of them has or will be raped in her lifetime.

  • Balancing religious and civil liberties
    Balancing religious and civil liberties

    The controversy over Indiana's religious liberty statute raises again the difficult issue of how to balance religious freedom and laws that proscribe a general standard of conduct. This problem has been with us since at least 1878 when the United States Supreme Court decided that states could prohibit...

  • U.S. gets little support in its opposition to AIIB
    U.S. gets little support in its opposition to AIIB

    When China rolled out the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank last October, the stiff resistance from the U.S. (as well as Japan) took the world by surprise. This opposition notwithstanding, AIIB, has so far picked up 27 regional members and seven non-regional members, including the U.K., Germany,...

  • Twenty years later, McVeigh's anti-government conspiracies have edged toward the mainstream
    Twenty years later, McVeigh's anti-government conspiracies have edged toward the mainstream

    On Sunday, it will be 20 years since the morning a bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City and took 168 human lives. Nineteen of those lives belonged to children.

  • Palcohol should be regulated and taxed, not banned
    Palcohol should be regulated and taxed, not banned

    It would be irresponsible for Maryland not to allow the sale of Palcohol — powdered alcohol. People who want to ban powdered alcohol are not facing reality.

  • Keep public funds out of private schools
    Keep public funds out of private schools

    In 2007, the family of a teenage boy called the ACLU of Maryland because the boy had been expelled from a religious school for being gay. In 2008, the mother of an adopted daughter sought our help because other students at a religious school were taunting the girl for being from another country,...

  • Powdered alcohol should be banned in every state
    Powdered alcohol should be banned in every state

    Imagine your child being offered a sugary alcoholic powder that can be snorted, eaten like Pixy Stix, added to food or sneaked into schools or stadiums and that turns into an alcoholic beverage just by adding water. With little guidance on how much is a safe amount, the child could easily consume...

  • Criticism of Pepco merger with Exelon unfounded
    Criticism of Pepco merger with Exelon unfounded

    A Pepco Holdings merger with Exelon is a good deal and is in the best interest of residents of the state of Maryland. It has the potential to make Maryland a national leader in the development of microgrids, energy efficiency, distributed energy — including renewables — and other technology that...

  • Real Muslims don't terrorize
    Real Muslims don't terrorize

    Nearly 150 people were killed in Kenya in a brutal attack on a university by a terrorist organization called al-Shabab. Reports claim that the militants specifically singled out Christian students.

  • Check your (executive) privilege
    Check your (executive) privilege

    In claiming the existence of a state-level doctrine of executive privilege to shield access to internal communications, Gov. Larry Hogan stepped into a complicated legal minefield usually reserved for presidents and may have raised suspicions of whether his administration has something to hide.

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