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What can one person do to save the planet?

When I hear the latest bad news about climate change, I freeze up. I don't deny the reality of climate change. The recently issued United Nations report predicts a global warming crisis as early as 2040 — worsening food shortages, wildfires and rising seas. Yet after finding myself drenched in...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Pitts: 'The Republican Party has clearly lost its way'

    Pitts: 'The Republican Party has clearly lost its way'

    The other day, a woman confessed to me that she's a Republican. Republicans may bristle at the verb, but it's used advisedly. The lady admitted her party affiliation the way you would some personal failing. "I don't tell a lot of people," she said, "but . . ." In fairness, her reticence might have...

  • Baltimore police and prosecutors know how to cut crime, do politicians?

    Baltimore police and prosecutors know how to cut crime, do politicians?

    Recent FBI data show that Baltimore has the worst homicide rate in the nation, and the second highest violent crime rate, yet we shouldn’t worry, counsels Mayor Catherine Pugh. She says that “she has been attempting to curb the killings by attacking the root causes of poverty and lack of opportunity...

  • Baltimore company had big role in NAFTA passage

    Baltimore company had big role in NAFTA passage

    The success in renegotiating NAFTA offers a useful opportunity to look back over 25 years to its first passage and its impact on one Baltimore company, Ellicott Dredges. Ellicott, which was already a 100-plus year old manufacturer and exporter of dredging equipment (its dredges were used in the...

  • Federal judges are 'guardedly apolitical'

    Federal judges are 'guardedly apolitical'

    One of the privileges of my former position with the federal judicial branch was attending periodic meetings of a small, distinguished group of federal judges, chaired by the chief justice of the United States, who governed our agency. On our way to the meetings, the judges and staff participants...

  • Robert B. Reich: Containing the catastrophe

    Robert B. Reich: Containing the catastrophe

    Anyone still unsure of how (or even whether) they'll vote in the midterm elections should consider this: All three branches of government are now under the control of one party, and that party is under the control of Donald J. Trump. With the addition of Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court is as...

  • It's the wrong time for a Facebook surveillance device

    It's the wrong time for a Facebook surveillance device

    Facebook on Monday unveiled two home gadgets for video chats like those on Skype or FaceTime. The company has been working on video conference hardware for some time but decided to put the project on hold earlier this year because of public outrage about Facebook's data-privacy practices. With...

  • Like Md.'s pawpaw tree, groundbreaking science takes time to bear fruit

    Like Md.'s pawpaw tree, groundbreaking science takes time to bear fruit

    Last week, as my colleagues and I celebrated the Nobel Prize recognition for Kyoto University immunologist Tasuku Honjo — who was a postdoctoral fellow at the Carnegie Institution for Science’s Department of Embryology, where I work, in the 1970s — I reflected on how, like Maryland’s native pawpaw...

  • Male sexual assault survivor calls Kavanaugh confirmation 'an insult'

    Male sexual assault survivor calls Kavanaugh confirmation 'an insult'

    I was sexually assaulted — raped — in my early 20s. It's not something I've come to terms with (if one ever does) until recently. Though the incident occurred nearly two decades ago, I finally told my husband of eight years, my mom and a few close friends within the past few months. Some memories...

  • John Kass: Hypocritical Damon uses Kavanaugh portrayal as a shield

    John Kass: Hypocritical Damon uses Kavanaugh portrayal as a shield

    Future historians probably won't devote entire volumes to Hollywood actor Matt Damon for his part in the grotesque savaging of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Sadly, Mr. Damon will most likely be just a footnote, some jester in motley, participating in the American political circus. It is that circus in...

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