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Trump's financial holdings should disqualify him from the presidency

Many times during the current presidential campaign, charges have been flung back and forth by the major nominees that the other candidate is "disqualified." In most cases, this means that one candidate simply doesn't like the other's views or personality. But a report last month detailing the...

  • Prosecuting low-level offenders key to preventing career criminals

    The fraught relationship between Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby and the city police seemed to ease a bit the other day with the announcement of a new joint effort to end violence. The idea is to team up under one roof in a new unit focused on bringing to justice "those who are administering...

  • New African American museum essential to U.S. history

    New African American museum essential to U.S. history

    As part of the Smithsonian Institution, the newest museum on the National Mall is a place where we can finally understand our complete history as Americans. The National Museum of African American History and Culture is essential to the telling of the American saga and an important correction to...

  • More terror, more denials

    More terror, more denials

    In Florida Monday, following the bombings in New York and New Jersey, Donald Trump referred to the captured bombing suspect,Ahmad Khan Rahami, as an "evil thug." He then added, "Hillary Clinton is a weak and ineffective person and I will tell you, if you choose Donald Trump, these problems are...

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Clinton's trade problem

Had the first presidential debate been a boxing match, Hillary Clinton would not only have been comfortably ahead on the judges' score cards, she'd have been awarded a technical knockout if the referee had noticed her opponent's labored arguments by the final round. But before her supporters get...

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  • Breathing old life into baseball

    Breathing old life into baseball

    The stories are everywhere: baseball's a dying game. American kids don't play it anymore, and the hard-core fans like me are on Social Security. L.A.'s Mike Trout is the best player around, but he could walk down the street almost anywhere and not be recognized. And on and on. Well, I remember...

  • Natural burials: the ultimate recycling

    Natural burials: the ultimate recycling

    Where do we go after dying? The ancient spiritual question has also become a practical, ecological one today — and autumn is a ripe time to ask. Where should our remains go in a world increasingly crowded by human effects? Atmosphere, water, land: All are getting filled with the debris of our lives...

  • America's homegrown radicals: the alt-right

    America's homegrown radicals: the alt-right

    Recently, while doing research for a book on Islam in the U.S., I stumbled upon a YouTube channel by a user who is known as "Black Pigeon Speaks." With about 121,000 subscribers and more than 8 million views, the channel uses its online platform to rail against immigration, Islam, feminism and...

  • Trump: Setting immigration back 90 years

    Trump: Setting immigration back 90 years

    Speaking in Arizona recently, Donald Trump not only linked undocumented immigrants to every ill facing the United States, he also stressed the importance of assimilation as a guiding principle of immigration policy. The U.S. should "select immigrants based on their likelihood of success in U.S....

  • Md. black caucus wants black privilege for medical marijuana licenses

    Md. black caucus wants black privilege for medical marijuana licenses

    The Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland should abandon its plans to use "any means necessary" to halt the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission from issuing final licenses to grow and process medical marijuana in the state until more licenses are awarded to minority-owned businesses. The efforts...

  • Finally at peace: the fight to lay my grandmother to rest at Arlington

    Finally at peace: the fight to lay my grandmother to rest at Arlington

    My grandmother, Elaine Harmon, was a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots — the WASP — who flew planes during World War II. The WASP were not recognized as part of the Army Air Corps at the time of their service largely because of discrimination against women pilots. In 1977, public law...

  • What do blacks have to lose? Let me tell you

    What do blacks have to lose? Let me tell you

    Speaking to a predominantly white crowd in Dimondale, Mich., recently, Donald Trump asked African Americans: "What do you have to lose by trying something new" like him. "You're living in poverty," he said. "Your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth are unemployed. What...

  • The Paris of Baltimore County

    The Paris of Baltimore County

    Port Covington and the redevelopment of the Owings Mills dead mall have the potential be terrific — walkable, beautiful, pedestrian-friendly, with vibrant green spaces. It's starting to happen at the Owings Mills Metro Centre. On a recent weekday afternoon, the plaza in front of CCBC and the library...

  • Turning pain into purpose in Baltimore after a relative's homicide

    Turning pain into purpose in Baltimore after a relative's homicide

    For many of us, tuning out the consequences of seemingly out-of-control violence is as simple as turning off the news. For a growing number of us, however, that is not an option. Just consider for a moment all the people who were touched by what happened earlier this month. Remember this headline:...

  • Clinton staggers after self-inflicted political wounds

    Clinton staggers after self-inflicted political wounds

    There's a certain irony in Hillary Clinton, well known for caution and secrecy, now finding herself on the defensive for an incautious smear of Donald Trump's supporters and simultaneously under fire for failing to disclose a health problem that temporarily knocked her off the campaign trail. The...

  • Baltimore's core neighborhoods quietly transformed

    Baltimore's core neighborhoods quietly transformed

    In the heart of this city, a quiet transformation is taking place. As leaders who have long worked to improve living and working conditions in Central Baltimore, the two of us — a nonprofit executive and a long-time neighborhood leader — have had front row seats to the rebirth of the city's core...

  • Israel aid deal delays potential for peace

    Israel aid deal delays potential for peace

    The late erudite Israeli foreign minister, Abba Eban, was quoted widely for once having said "the Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity" for peace. The same could apply recently to the Americans. The United States signed a deal to give Israel $3.8 billion a year over the next 10...

  • Trump's morals are those of the marketplace and frat house

    Trump's morals are those of the marketplace and frat house

    The political pundits tell us that most of Donald Trump's support comes are less-well-educated white males. Many of these angry white men have good reason to be angry: For more than three decades, mainstream politicians have largely ignored their plight. But there aren't enough angry white male...

  • We must not create a class of victims

    We must not create a class of victims

    Life is hard. Racism is real. There's no question that those of us who are stereotyped and profiled have a harder time digging our way out of a trench than others who seem to satisfy society's standard of "acceptable." At the same time that many want and work toward a world where poverty is not...

  • Baltimore policy a national model in special education

    Baltimore policy a national model in special education

    Stop the presses and hold the tweets: The beleaguered Baltimore city school system is an acclaimed national model in special education. The spotlight is shining on its first-in-the-nation reform policy to fulfill the academic and civil rights of students with disabilities. The policy, known as...

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