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Commentary: Md. cigarette tax hike plan irresponsible

A recent proposal to raise excise taxes in Maryland by $1 — an increase of 50 percent — is irresponsible in light of the evidence suggesting a large increase in the cigarette tax is associated with an increase in crime. ...

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Scott Shellenberger: Setting the record straight on StingRays

I write in response to the Editorial Advisory Board’s recent commentary regarding StingRays (cell site simulators) and the Fourth Amendment. I want to set the record straight on some factual misconceptions about the devices used by law enforcement in Maryland ...

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Crystal Faison: Clean Energy Jobs Act will spur economy

Over the past several years, Maryland has made significant progress in reducing pollution and greenhouse gases. With leadership from Annapolis, we can build on this progress while sparking investment, spurring innovation and creating jobs. As a small-business owner, I’ve seen ...

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Commentary: Digital assets bill before Md. General Assembly caters to industry

Online service providers are pushing a bill in the General Assembly this year to eviscerate long-standing trust-and-estate and commercial law as it applies to so-called “digital assets.” Under the cross-filed Senate Bill 239 and House Bill 507, the industry would ...

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Cass R. Sunstein: How to dissuade Trump supporters

Suppose that you think that Donald Trump would be a terrible presidential nominee and an even worse president, and you want to convince his supporters that you are right. What should you do? Behavioral science reveals why there’s no easy ...

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Commentary: Politics as usual, or a federal crime?

Donald Trump has recently pledged to prosecute Hillary Clinton should he become president. But Hillary Clinton can just as easily – more easily in fact – prosecute Trump should she become president. That’s because Trump has made a public statement ...

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Dr. Leana Wen: A citizen’s guide to good health

This spring, conversations across our city are focusing on the state of the economy, public safety, and education. These are all essential issues – but there is another critical topic that cuts across all of them: health. In Baltimore, we ...

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