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Maryland’s ‘red flag’ law has saved lives

On June 13, 2013, my 30-year-old son Michael called to say goodbye. He had just bought a handgun and planned to kill himself when he got off the phone. I don’t remember a word of that two-hour conversation, but I ...

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Md. needs more entrepreneurs for COVID-19 recovery

Contrary to what you may expect, the COVID-19 pandemic has not slowed down entrepreneurial activity in America. This is good news, because states heavily affected by the pandemic need more entrepreneurs to boost economic recovery. According to the D.C.-based Economic ...

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High-speed internet for all students

High-speed internet service is essential to our elementary and high school students. Remote online learning due to the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the digital divide in education. Those without high-speed internet experience will have limited job opportunities. It is a ...

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Fear of bankruptcy holds too many people back

The mystery isn’t why so many people file for bankruptcy each year. It’s why more people don’t. Each year, only a fraction of the Americans who could benefit financially from bankruptcy actually seek relief. Economists say some don’t file because ...

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Baltimore and control of its police

At a time when cities everywhere are reckoning with how they can fix broken policing systems, Maryland state law has Baltimore paralyzed, unable to pursue substantive changes to policing. Under an old state law, the Baltimore Police Department is considered ...

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Why conservatives care more about the Supreme Court

 Liberals who wonder why they are poised to lose the battle for the Supreme Court have noticed an asymmetry in the politics of judicial confirmations. For at least a generation, conservatives have cared about the courts a lot more than ...

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How bankruptcy restructures debt

“Restructure debt” describes what bankruptcy can do and is one of the primary benefits of Chapter 13 and Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The Bankruptcy Code contains several provisions that form the framework to allow for debt restructuring.  11 U.S.C. § 507 prioritizes ...

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How to fight coronavirus vaccine phobia

The world is soon likely to confront a serious new challenge to the fight against COVID-19: vaccine hesitancy. In the U.S. and U.K., large numbers of people — at least 30 percent — have said in recent surveys that they ...

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