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Baltimore leaders band together as anti-Semitism surges

The murder of 11 Jews in a synagogue on the Sabbath is the devastating consequence of our decaying national discourse. Hate speech is wielded by profiteers and politicians whose goal is to divide, devalue and dehumanize. They conjure mythical hordes of black, brown and Middle Eastern “barbarians”...

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Alternative Fact of the Week: Voters in disguise

Florida has long been known for its oranges, sandy beaches, “snow bird” retirees and unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud, but the latest charge from President Donald Trump deserves some kind of special recognition that mere Alternative Fact of the Week status seems too modest to confer....

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  • Cal Thomas: Ending birthright citizenship

    Cal Thomas: Ending birthright citizenship

    In 2004, nearly 80 percent of Irish voters decided to end birthright citizenship. In its coverage the BBC said, "The government said change was needed because foreign women were travelling to Ireland to give birth in order to get an EU passport for their babies." In 1986, The Australian Citizenship...

  • Goldberg: Political parties can no longer harness their bases

    Goldberg: Political parties can no longer harness their bases

    It is perhaps the central irony of our politics today: We live in an incredibly polarized and partisan moment, but our political parties have never been weaker. As odd as it sounds, political parties in democracies have an important anti-democratic function. Traditionally, the parties shaped the...

  • 'One Hundred Years Ago,' a found poem on Armistice Day

    'One Hundred Years Ago,' a found poem on Armistice Day

    Recently, with the help of a good librarian, I located an article dated Nov. 12, 1918, in the archives of The Baltimore Sun. The scanned columns run long and skinny down my computer screen, a rhapsodic account of what happened a day earlier, when all the city poured into the streets after the Armistice...

  • Witcover: A first significant step to reining in Trump

    Witcover: A first significant step to reining in Trump

    In arguably the most critical midterm congressional elections in our history, the Democrats acquired a down payment on their challenge to halt President Donald Trump's reign of public division, anger and hate. It fell short of the "blue wave" vote they sought to undo him, but it was a definite...

  • Doing more to support veterans

    Doing more to support veterans

    This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Nov. 11, 1918, Armistice that ended World War I, a war that resulted in an estimated 40 million military and civilian deaths, ranking it among the deadliest conflicts in human history. When the treaty ending hostilities was signed on the 11th hour of...

  • Baltimore archbishop outlines path toward reform and renewal in the Catholic Church

    Baltimore archbishop outlines path toward reform and renewal in the Catholic Church

    As is customary this time of year, Baltimore is again hosting the nation’s Catholic bishops, who are convening here in America’s first Roman Catholic diocese for extensive discussions about the relevance and impact of Catholic faith in American society. This year in particular, because of the severe...

  • Kevin Plank may be Trumpier than we knew

    Kevin Plank may be Trumpier than we knew

    Turns out Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank is Trumpier than we thought. Last year, he came under fire for praising the president’s business stance, and this year, we find out he’s also a fan of strippers (shout-out to Stormy!). Mr. Plank and other executives attended strip clubs after various events...

  • Robert B. Reich: America has rejected Trumpism: America has rejected Trumpism

    Robert B. Reich: America has rejected Trumpism: America has rejected Trumpism

    Make no mistake: America has rejected Trumpism. No one seriously expected the Senate to flip, because Democrats had to defend 26 seats in that chamber, compared with only nine held by Republicans. The real battleground was the House, where Democrats had to achieve a net gain of 23 seats to get...

  • On Veterans Day, I remember 'Bobie' from Baltimore

    On Veterans Day, I remember 'Bobie' from Baltimore

    Veterans Day is a time for parades and tributes to those who served in America’s armed services. But most celebrations ignore the human carnage that inevitably follows when politicians send their fellow citizens off to foreign wars. Considering the endless wars of the post-9/11 era, we need to...

  • Remembering the Rise and Fall of Spiro Agnew

    Remembering the Rise and Fall of Spiro Agnew

    As we usher in a new class of politicians, we should also pause to consider one from the past. Friday, Nov. 9th marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Spiro T. Agnew, whose meteoric rise in politics to the vice presidency of the United States was an achievement unmatched by any Marylander...

  • UMD's Loh must go

    UMD's Loh must go

    Jordan McNair, the University of Maryland student who died of heatstroke this spring following football practice, and his family deserve justice and accountability from UMD leadership. So do Lt. Richard Collins III, who was killed on campus a year earlier, and his family. So do all UMD students,...

  • Dems won the House, let the investigations begin!

    Dems won the House, let the investigations begin!

    Now that the Democrats have won the House, but not the Senate, a chorus of smarty-pants will insist the president faces only nuisance House investigations, no real check. That is not true, and here’s why. If the new Democratic House acts responsibly, holding responsible hearings — and looking carefully...

  • Jealous didn't so much lose Md. gubernatorial race as Hogan won it

    Jealous didn't so much lose Md. gubernatorial race as Hogan won it

    Now that Republican Larry Hogan has bested Democratic challenger Ben Jealous to win a second term as governor of Maryland — a wholly expected outcome, by the way — the blame game and airing of electoral grievances on the losing side can officially begin. Critics will argue that Mr. Jealous was...

  • Rachel Marsden: Will a multipolar world be Trump's legacy?

    Rachel Marsden: Will a multipolar world be Trump's legacy?

    It's obvious that U.S. President Donald Trump's interests closely adhere to those of his favorite programs on Fox News. I should know -- I used to co-host a Fox News show. When I asked at one point why we weren't discussing the Iraq war on air, a senior Fox executive told me that it depressed viewers...

  • Proposed cuts to BSO season threaten its world-class status

    Proposed cuts to BSO season threaten its world-class status

    The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is and has been the very heart of the Baltimore arts scene for decades, but it is now in peril as BSO musicians passionately negotiate to preserve its artistic integrity and world-class status. How can it be that the same BSO management that took the orchestra on...

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