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Hail Baltimore's happy warrior
Hail Baltimore's happy warrior

Barbara Mikulski's surprise announcement that she does not intend to seek a sixth term in the U.S. Senate is going to take time for her constituents to process. That Maryland's favorite daughter, its self-effacing and outspoken champion of the underdog, will not be on the ballot in 2016 (or be its leading vote-getter, as is her customary position) still seems hard to believe. Hasn't the 78-year-old former social worker and City Council member always been fighting for her city, casting a political shadow far beyond what might be expected of her 4-foot 11-inch frame? For someone who first drew national attention for her pugnacious personality — whether fighting a...