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Steven I. Platt: Living in Donald Trump’s world

Donald Trump has clearly taken political theater to a new level, and the mainstream media – not to mention social media – can’t resist the temptation to give him their almost undivided attention, thereby encouraging and enabling him to take ...

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Steven I. Platt: What to make of Charleston

President Obama lamented and vented, not necessarily in that order, the senseless and tragic slaughter of nine innocent people in their church in Charleston, South Carolina, by a deranged and racist also not necessarily in that order individual, whose racist ...

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Steven I. Platt: Make Congress stick to the subject

As the executive and legislative branches of our federal government approach yet another “crisis” that they created by setting up a partial government shutdown of one of our most important departments — Homeland Security — our “leaders” are, as usual, spending too much time developing talking points and not enough time figuring out how to make our increasingly fragile representative democracy work.

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Steven I. Platt: Should we scrap the grand jury?

As the Ferguson, Missouri, community along with the rest of the country reacts to the decision of the St. Louis County grand jury not to indict police officer Darren Wilson, the secrecy of its deliberations for months and the lack of accountability that has inevitably accompanied it should raise serious questions about the utility of the aging institution of the grand jury.

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Steven I. Platt: Do we get answers we need from candidates?

As the general election for governor and virtually all of the state and local offices in our state except the Baltimore mayor and City Council approach, it is clearer than ever how the manner in which campaigns are conducted affects the initiation and implementation of public policy once the election is over.

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