In Annapolis, there are new moves to impose small cells on Marylanders. Essentially low-powered stations meant to improve wireless service, small cells are usually positioned at most a few hundred feet away from one another. But the personal cost for such service is high.
Lost amid the current fuss over presidential impeachment is one strong resemblance Donald Trump bears to two predecessors who landed in impeachment proceedings, Andrew Johnson and Richard Nixon. Anger and grievance fueled the politics of all three.
In 1974, the Supreme court said “no” to Richard Nixon on release of the Watergate tapes that forced his resignation. Now it must stand firm against would-be dictator Donald Trump, whatever the political consequences, if he ever tries to push an emergency order for a border wall.
More and more lately, I have been spending my Sunday nights with Showtime, and going to bed feeling like I know more about the complicated, incredibly-polarized and Twitter-quick world of American politics and media in which we live.
President Trump's long-expected firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions may be a prelude to an outrageous, blatant political crime that could make the Watergate scandal of the 1970s pale in comparison.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's view is the president cannot be subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury. That is in stark contrast to the ruling in 1974 that Richard Nixon had to comply with the subpoena. That he was not, by virtue of his office, above the law.
On March 30, 94-year-old Anna Chennault died. What history will remember her for is the pivotal role she played in Richard Nixon's 1968 presidential victory — a role that, if it had been widely known at the time, might have deprived Nixon of the White House.
It would be hard to imagine Donald Trump, this man of huge self-esteem, leaving the Oval Office voluntarily. So if the foes of the incumbent hope to remove him, they likely would encounter a difficult road ahead of them. In 1975, enough fellow Republicans threw in the sponge on Nixon. Would enough of today's timid GOP crew eventually do the same in the days ahead?
Barack Obama in these first weeks of his return to private life has largely stayed out of public life and commentary. President Trump meanwhile has conspicuously chosen to slander his predecessor by saying he committed an illegal act.
The cloud of suspicion over Russian interference in the American presidential election has widened, with new demands from congressional Republicans as well as Democrats for a special counsel's investigation, akin to the Watergate inquiry that forced the 1974 resignation of Richard Nixon.
Hatred of the press may not be the only thing that Donald Trump has in common with Richard Nixon. Going behind a sitting president's back to interfere in foreign policy initiatives could be another if the full truth ever comes to light about contacts between Mr. Trump's people and the Russians interfering in the U. S. election. In Nixon's case it may have cost American lives.
Mr. Trump's strength, like Spiro T. Agnew's half a century ago, will never be his policy knowledge or his ability to work the bureaucracy, but rather as a powerful political symbol that can speak directly to those who have been dismissed as unimportant and unfit by, as Agnew famously said, an "effete corps of impudent snobs."
By Charles J. Holden, Zach Messitte and Jerald Podair
While opinions vary on which of our 44 presidents told the most or biggest lies, LBJ and Richard Nixon — from the Vietnam war to Watergate — usually rank pretty high. In more recent history, Bill Clinton, (no "sexual relations with that woman") and Ronald Reagan (Iran-Contra) also rate right up there. But nothing matches the current presidential campaign for its lies. And ironically, it is the candidate who has called others liars with abandon who amounts to the biggest liar of all:
While opinions vary on which of our 44 presidents told the most or biggest lies, LBJ and Richard Nixon usually rank pretty high. In more recent history, Bill Clinton, (no "sexual relations with that woman") and Ronald Reagan (Iran-Contra) also rate right up there. But nothing matches the current presidential campaign for its lies. And ironically, it is the candidate who has called others liars with abandon who amounts to the biggest liar of all: Donald Trump.
The more distraught we get about the name-calling, wall-building tone of this year's presidential campaign, the more it helps to revisit a national campaign of half a century ago, which started out mired in a similar meanness, but then demonstrated how to rise above it.
President Richard Nixon founded the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Dec. 2, 1970, in response to concerns about environmental pollution, and the health of our planet and American citizens. Prior to the establishment of the EPA, the nation's growth in industrial areas such as plastics, petroleum and chemicals created unbridled pollution at the expense of the public's health.
Just in time for Women's History Month, Baltimore lawyer Marlene Trestman — a Goucher College graduate and former special assistant to the Maryland attorney general — presents us with a biography of Bessie Margolin, a pioneering advocate in the Supreme Court of the United States from the dawn of the New Deal to the first term of Richard Nixon.