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  • 'Dog lovers': a city menace?

    'Dog lovers': a city menace?

    The other day I was strolling down Roland Avenue and I struck up a conversation with an elderly gentleman who was the proud owner of a lovely herb garden growing in his front yard. He told me once a woman brought her dog on a leash to urinate in his garden and he objected (more politely than I...

  • Witcover: His presidency in disarray, Trump lashes out at Comey

    Witcover: His presidency in disarray, Trump lashes out at Comey

    In the fight between former FBI Director James Comey, who has written a newly published memoir, and President Trump, who has been responding to Mr. Comey's book with increasingly vituperative tweets, readers should remember that it's Mr. Trump who is facing possible obstruction of justice charges,...

  • Goldberg: Trump's message to Syria is a muddled one

    Goldberg: Trump's message to Syria is a muddled one

    President Trump was right to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad with airstrikes this month. Some have said that the bombing campaign didn't go far enough, and I'm sympathetic to that argument. Empty buildings in the middle of the night are useful targets if you want to demonstrate symbolic disapproval,...

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Pompeo, the not ideal, not unqualified diplomat

Our view: Full Senate should approve Mike Pompeo as secretary of state despite his hawkish outlook After more than two centuries, the list of cabinet nominees to be either rejected by the U.S. Senate or withdrawn from nomination is on the order of once per decade. Many of those who failed to make...

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  • Fox should be embarrassed to air Sean Hannity's show

    Fox should be embarrassed to air Sean Hannity's show

    For those of you who doubt every “fair and balanced” word that comes from Fox News — perhaps especially those that come from that paragon of balance, Sean Hannity — I offer the following exception to your belief. Mr. Hannity has stated often, both on the air and elsewhere, that he is not a journalist,...

  • Student protests offer real-time civics lesson

    Student protests offer real-time civics lesson

    On Friday, students around the country are planning a second National School Walkout to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado, which left 13 dead, and to highlight support for gun-control legislation. The first student walk-out, in March, was organized...

  • Robert B. Reich: While China picks winners, Trump picks losers

    Robert B. Reich: While China picks winners, Trump picks losers

    "It's nonsense that there's a beautiful free market in the power industry," Energy Secretary Rick Perry said recently as he pushed for a government bailout of coal-fired power plants. Republicans, who for years have voted against subsidies for solar and wind power, arguing that the "free market"...

  • Zurawik: Fox News used to hold Sean Hannity to some semblance of journalistic standards. Not anymore.

    Zurawik: Fox News used to hold Sean Hannity to some semblance of journalistic standards. Not anymore.

    If it seems like standards have declined in the last decade when it comes to prime-time, cable TV news hosts, it’s because they have. The outing of Sean Hannity as a client of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s belligerent and embattled attorney Monday, provides a clear snapshot of that arc....

  • Babe Ruth was no babe in the woods

    Babe Ruth was no babe in the woods

    Baseball season is a welcome diversion in this era of political divisions and angst. Baltimore, of course, has contributed its share to the mythology surrounding the game. Baseball’s greatest hero, Babe Ruth, in particular, remains forever connected to his birthplace. Babe’s power hitting, his...

  • Deputy AG Rosenstein: 'unsullied by politics'

    Deputy AG Rosenstein: 'unsullied by politics'

    “It is curious — curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare.” — Mark Twain I met Rod Rosenstein one time, back in 2008, when I asked if I could interview him in his role as Maryland's U.S. attorney. I was a recently retired local prosecutor writing...

  • NAACP poised to lead once again

    NAACP poised to lead once again

    Recently, and for no apparent reason, a cousin of mind wrote this paean to his father: “He's always been the way he is. He keeps his word, has no problem saying no, he never commits to something he can't or won't be able to do. … When I was younger, I didn't appreciate that quality, but I do now....

  • Voters want to hear Baltimore state's attorney's candidates debate

    Voters want to hear Baltimore state's attorney's candidates debate

    From the seventh floor of the UMBC library, I can see the outline of Baltimore City. From here, it looks quiet, almost serene. Yet I stand here with the somber knowledge that it isn’t — that behind that outline is a city rife with violence. In June, Baltimore will pick its next state’s attorney,...

  • McIntyre: Here's where the word 'arabber' came from (and no, it's not an ethnic slur)

    McIntyre: Here's where the word 'arabber' came from (and no, it's not an ethnic slur)

    A reader of Christina Tkacik’s recent article on a block party to benefit Baltimore’s arabbers asked if any Arabs had ever complained about the term. In the more than 20 years that complaints about the language in The Sun have been forwarded to my desk, never once has anyone complained about “arabbers.”...

  • For the love of god, Baltimore, learn how to make espresso

    For the love of god, Baltimore, learn how to make espresso

    I appreciate that some may think I’m a pretentious idiot or that I just want to complain, but I have sat by in silence too long. Baltimore has a host of problems and a bunch of benefits as well. We’re often looked down on by our larger neighbors for being too small, having too much crime, and having...

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