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Roughly Speaking Dan Rodricks: Commentary and conversation on life in Baltimore, Maryland and the USA
Dan Rodricks: The long, foolish fight over Obamacare goes on

Never in the field of human conflict did so few fight so long to keep so many from having the benefit of health insurance. Apologies for the paraphrasing of a famous Winston Churchill quote from World War II, but it serves my purpose, given the startling ruling of a federal judge in Texas that the entire Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional.

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Podcast: How Sinclair's plans to challenge FOX News went bust

Sun media critic David Zurawik elaborates on his review of Sinclair's year on the Z on TV blog, and in print this weekend.

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Podcast: Release: James Featherstone and life after a life sentence

Life after life in prison, the story of James Featherstone, the woman who forgave him and their unlikely friendship.

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How Trump and his son-in-law hurt humanitarian efforts in Gaza

When they receive one of the colorful plastic cards from Catholic Relief Services, and examine it closely, the poorest people in Gaza see four words in the top left corner: “From the American people.”

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Mourners gather to remember Jacquelyn Smith and her last act of kindness — helping a Baltimore panhandler

An elderly man in a gray suit stepped to the microphone and introduced himself as Chaplain Robert Grayson. He said he ran an urban ministry in Baltimore.

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Podcast: When men went to war over Chesapeake oysters

In the 19th Century, the Chesapeake Bay became a battleground over oysters as watermen from New England and New York invaded local waters to harvest the valuable shellfish for a growing international market. The oysters were so valuable that men fought bloody battles over them.

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