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How to reduce taxes when you sell your home

If your home’s value has soared, congratulations. If you decide to sell, beware. Financial adviser James Guarino says some clients don’t realize that home sale profits are potentially taxable until their returns are prepared — and by that time, they ...

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The ins and outs of no-poach provisions

No-poach provisions are agreements that prohibit one company from hiring another company’s employees. This article addresses whether no-poach provisions violate applicable antitrust laws, and more specifically, the conditions under which no-poach provisions are legal. No-poach provisions are often horizontal restraints; ...

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We need more social studies in our schools

The founders of the United States were intentionally building a nation based on the ideals of the Enlightenment, a movement centered on individual happiness, knowledge and reason. This new approach to defining a country – rather than basing it on ...

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Money with no strings attached

When people living in poverty in countries like Malawi, Indonesia and Ecuador receive cash payments without having to do anything in return, they have better health, according to a scientific review of a large body of research. To reach that ...

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Religion and the anti-abortion movement

The leaked draft of Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which has sent shock waves across the United States, indicates that a majority of Supreme Court justices will likely overturn the constitutional right to an ...

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Trust-based philanthropy is growing in popularity

With most foundations, the board of directors and top executives set all funding priorities. Nonprofits seeking money from those funders, in turn, must demonstrate an intention to do work that conforms to those priorities. The same system prevails with many ...

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Policymakers must protect Maryland’s life sciences industry

Maryland’s biotech industry has been vital to the national COVID-19 response, from developing treatments to improving diagnostic tests. COVID-19 is not the first time our state led the nation’s response to a public health challenge. Maryland companies and organizations were ...

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