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Dec 29, 2016

A bad year for the news media

  The end of the year demands up-or-down arrow reports on the various actors or important institutions in our society. The winners and losers don’t usually include the press, which historically has been on the immune side of the equation. Newspapers, which bought ink by the barrel, were the prime arbiters, deciding who did well […]

Nov 17, 2016

Still trying to make sense of it

We search for guidance in language that has sustained and inspired and educated us. But E pluribus unum seems to be submerged by a house divided against itself. Pro forma post campaign calls for unity by the divisive Donald Trump would be laughable save for the underlying reality. President Trump. You find yourself remembering. Oh […]

Nov 3, 2016

An election basket of deplorables

I wrote a commentary for WYPR this week, extolling some of the ways America is great – now. I thought we ought to think in these challenging moments about some of the many things that make us great as a people. I took a couple of shots at Donald Trump for the tenor of his […]

Oct 31, 2016

Did Comey violate the law?

Comey's announced examination of Clinton's email heads news summary including Pakistan's death penalty, Georgia's gun laws and an attorney's client turns on him.

Oct 4, 2016

Analysis: Loophole differences between Trump, Clinton tax plans

Both candidates for president have promised to scale back the federal tax code’s vast number of “loopholes.” On his website, Donald Trump promises to “eliminate special interest loopholes, make our business tax rate more competitive to keep jobs in America, create new opportunities and revitalize our economy.” On her site, Hillary Clinton promises to “close [&he[...]

Jul 27, 2016

Former Md. Gov. Martin O’Malley to speak at convention

ANNAPOLIS — Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is scheduled to speak at the Democratic National Convention. O’Malley, who ended his bid for the party’s presidential nomination in February, is scheduled to speak Wednesday evening. O’Malley dropped out of the race midway through vote-counting in the Iowa caucuses, after his campaign failed to gain traction against [&helli[...]

Jul 27, 2016

Mikulski submits Clinton’s name for Democratic nomination

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski says Hillary Clinton wants to break down all the barriers to opportunity. Mikulski submitted Clinton’s name for the Democratic presidential nomination on Tuesday at the party’s convention in Philadelphia to make her the first woman to lead a major party into a White House race. Mikulski, who is the […]

Jul 25, 2016

Could infrastructure woes bridge candidates’ differences?

COLLEGE PARK — With big differences in economic policy separating the presidential candidates, leaving voters to sift through the speeches at the back-to-back political nominating conventions this month, one former White House policymaker said there’s common ground that could help boost wages, create jobs and close the socioeconomic status gap. Alice Rivlin, a former Federal […]

Jul 5, 2016

No charges for Clinton, FBI says – despite biting criticism

WASHINGTON — The FBI lifted a major legal threat to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign Tuesday, recommending no criminal charges for her handling of highly classified material in a private email account. But Director James Comey’s scathing criticism of her “extremely careless” behavior revitalized Republican attacks and guaranteed the issue will continue to dog her. [...]

Mar 3, 2016

Commentary: A payment plan that could be problematic for Clinton

I wrote last week about the criminal jeopardy potentially faced by Donald Trump arising out of his threat aimed at the Ricketts family. Time now to turn to Hillary Clinton. From the beginning of the email scandal enveloping the Democratic frontrunner, attention has focused on whether she illegally risked exposure of secrets to our enemies […]

Sep 3, 2015

Mikulski emails to Clinton part of State Department document dump

Messages show Sen. Barbara Mikulski was planning on running for re-election, was actively raising money including a fundraiser feature former President Bill Clinton and worried her early efforts forced Republican former Gov. Robert Ehrlich to challenge Gov. Martin O'Malley.

Jun 26, 2015

C. Fraser Smith: An odd race for the White House

This year’s GOP presidential primary looks like an overloaded raft of laughing teenagers with a sign saying, “Always Room for One More.”

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