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The Supreme Court’s selective reading of history

The history of abortion in the U.S. guided some of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s arguments in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision. Alito argued that abortion has never been a “deeply rooted” constitutional right in the United ...

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How to cross-examine an expert witness

The purpose of cross-examination is to continue to argue — and defend — your case by using leading questions to obtain affirmative answers. The leading question with the desired answer is the key to effective cross-examination of all witnesses, including ...

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Here’s what is really driving our polarization (it’s not social media)

The past two election cycles have seen an explosion of attention given to “echo chambers,” or communities where a narrow set of views makes people less likely to challenge their own opinions. Much of this concern has focused on the ...

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Financial education is fundamental education

Within our ever-evolving financial landscape, financial education should be treated as a fundamental aspect of K-12 education for students in Maryland and beyond. As investment opportunities, wealth management practices, and banking as a whole continue to shift and evolve with ...

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Don’t get distracted over ARPA-H fight; let’s win the bigger prize

Congress has approved a new agency — the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) — that will ‘supercharge’ breakthrough medical research and provide over $1 billion in new research funding. A fight has broken out, however, over ARPA-H’s headquarters’ ...

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How to talk with each other about our differences on abortion

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has split the country into joyous supporters and furious dissenters. Emotions are running high, and some protests have turned violent. Yet research shows that people on either side of the abortion ...

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