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The Talk: Revolution in Egypt

The world is watching the revolution in the streets of Egypt -- and President Obama to see if and when he will join the calls for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down. We argue that beyond supporting the rights of Egyptians to free expression and self determination, we should stay out of the matter. The United States' experience in telling other nations (particularly in the Middle East) what their governments should be like has not been good.

You can vote on the question in our poll of the day: Should the United States call on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down? 

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Letter writer Nonso Umunna of Baltimore says the U.S. should not fear the Egyptian street but should work to make sure our policies support the masses, not the elites.

In case you missed it, the Coppin State women's basketball team got in a brawl after its game Saturday night. The incident is damaging to the institution, but the athletic director and coach have done the right thing in taking a hard line on those involved.

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On the op-ed page, two U.S. Justice Department officials argue that "scared straight" programs (like one in Maryland) are ineffective and even harmful and should be discontinued.

Marta Mossburg says Gov. Martin O'Malley's pension reforms don't go far enough.

And the Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company sent an open letter of thanks to the community for its support in the wake of the death of one of its members, Mark Falkenhan.

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