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Commentary: John McNamara's legacy will live on with friends, family and UMd

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John McNamara sized up the new guy.

Leaning in, he delivered unsolicited advice.

"You know, you really don't need the tie."

Maybe a month later, he caught me on casual Friday. This time, the offending article was a lime green polo shirt.

"You buy that in the men's department?" he deadpanned past my desk at our old building on Capital Drive. ...Read more

Editorial: President Trump seems to prefer his defense alliances shaken, not stirred

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Half a century ago, one of the big topics of debate in Washington and on this editorial page was: Why don't European nations contribute more to NATO? Only back then, Republicans were the ones arguing forcefully for U.S. sacrifice on NATO's behalf, while Democratic Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield was NATO's fiercest critic. Today, ...Read more

Christine M. Flowers: As politicians duke it out, we must remember that most children just want to go home

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When I was 7, I took a walk around my new neighborhood in Havertown. Back in 1969, kids could do that, and expect to circle back safely to our front steps. Unfortunately, I happened upon a "Do Not Enter" sign at the end of a street not two blocks from my house, and panicked. A precocious and obedient young citizen, I stopped. The options were ...Read more

Editorial: Is the effort to break up California even legal? We better find out before it goes to voters

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If Proposition 9, a ballot measure that seeks to break California into three new states, is passed by voters in November, it would throw the entire state into upheaval and uncertainty for months, if not years, during which the battle over the state's fate would continue in the courts and in Congress.

Residents would have to live with the ...Read more

Editorial: 'Everybody needed to know what happened to Emmett Till'

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The brutal murder of Emmett Till, a black Chicago youth, in Mississippi nearly 63 years ago went unpunished, but not forgotten. A decision by his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, to allow an open casket at Emmett's Chicago funeral represented an act of defiance as well as mourning, helping to ignite the modern civil rights movement. "Let the people ...Read more

Editorial: In Trump's America, federal property is fair game for destruction if the cause is right

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President Donald Trump's pardon of two Oregon ranchers this week for willfully destroying federal property establishes a new level of impunity for anyone who is mad as hell and thinks it's OK to take the law into his own hands. In Trump's America, that's no problem as long as the vigilante is white, prone to carry guns and whose fashion ...Read more

Editorial: Five funerals later, we've got regrets for our absent friends

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An editorial by the Capital Gazette

The funerals are over.

We said goodbye to John McNamara on Tuesday at the University of Maryland. In the days since the rampage in the Capital Gazette offices that killed John, Rebecca Smith, Wendi Winters, Gerald Fischman and Rob Hiaasen, family, friends and colleagues have gathered to say a final farewell....Read more

Commentary: Trump is misjudging China's resolve on trade

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Donald Trump's strategy in his trade war with China boils down to inflicting sufficient economic pain to eventually force Beijing's leaders to make the concessions the president wants -- whatever those may be. That's the obvious purpose of the tariffs he plans to impose on another $200 billion of Chinese-made goods.

Trump may find with China, ...Read more

Editorial: Climate change is heating up Los Angeles. We need a grid that can keep the power on when it's sweltering

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The record-breaking heat that baked Southern California and prompted mass power outages last weekend was just a taste of what is to come. Summers in SoCal have already been getting hotter over the last century. Climate change is expected to produce more frequent and more blistering heat waves in the coming years that will put unprecedented ...Read more

Jonathan Bernstein: Democrats are gaining ground in House midterms

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It's becoming more likely that this fall's elections will go very well for the Democrats. I haven't looked for a while at how the House is shaping up, so here's what we know now: The margin of error in any prediction about the House is large, and it's certainly very possible that Republicans will retain a small majority there, but Democrats ...Read more

Commentary: John McNamara's legacy will live on with friends, family and UMd

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John McNamara sized up the new guy.

Leaning in, he delivered unsolicited advice.

"You know, you really don't need the tie."

Maybe a month later, he caught me on casual Friday. This time, the offending article was a lime green polo shirt.

"You buy that in the men's department?" he deadpanned past my desk at our old building on Capital Drive. ...Read more

Editorial: Trump's blunt me$$age to NATO

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When it comes to international diplomacy, President Donald Trump is no milquetoast mumbler. He can be undiplomatically blunt, even rude, but that doesn't automatically mean he's wrong. Take, for instance, the longstanding dispute between the United States and its NATO allies over how much everyone contributes to the collective defense of Europe....Read more

Commentary: What Kavanaugh could change

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After a buildup worthy of a master of reality TV, President Trump has nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy's retirement. This continues a run of almost 50 consecutive years when the court has had a majority of Republican appointees.

Many commentators will rush to cast this ...Read more

Commentary: Trump's NATO hostility is a GOP tradition

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In the new superhero movie "Incredibles 2," the baby, Jack-Jack, freaks out his family when he morphs into a destructive demon. NATO members who have been on the receiving end of Donald Trump's blasts as he prepared for a summit in Brussels -- "we're schmucks for paying for the whole thing" -- seem to view the president with similar emotions.

...Read more

Editorial: No jail for migrant children

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In yet another sign of how recklessly President Donald Trump has plowed forward on immigration, a federal judge ruled Monday that, no, the president cannot scrap a 20-year-old legal settlement designed to prevent children from being locked up indefinitely in immigration jails.

The Trump administration had asked U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee to ...Read more

Editorial: If a scientific study is needed to mitigate flood risks, why not approve the study?

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Flood management is an issue that should worry Republican and Democratic members of Congress with equal intensity. Persistent river flooding, including the record water levels that inundated the region exactly 25 years ago this month, has cost billions of dollars and led to untold human suffering. Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle...Read more

Commentary: Do cruel and carcinogenic foods deserve a national observance?

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Just as people would be outraged if the tobacco industry claimed that September were "National Cigarette Month" or if dog breeders declared December "National Puppy Mill Month," we should be appalled that the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council has deemed July "National Hot Dog Month." Apparently, the council thinks cruelty to animals, ...Read more

Trudy Rubin: Trump does Putin's dirty work at NATO summit

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No sooner did President Trump arrive at the NATO summit in Brussels than he launched a tirade at one of our closest allies, declaring, "Germany is totally controlled by Russia."

That ludicrous charge is based on a usual Trump stew of fake facts mixed with demagoguery. But it raises an unavoidable question prior to Trump's meeting with Vladimir ...Read more

Editorial: Why Kavanaugh is a disaster for tech industry and its users

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President Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court is a disaster for the technology industry and the users of tech products.

The D.C. Circuit Court judge's positions on such critical issues as net neutrality, privacy, executive power and immigration are serious threats that could set back the tech world for decades. It's ...Read more

Commentary: Judging a president by his staff

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For as long as there has been a Capitol Hill, a secret list has circulated informally among staffers there bearing the names of the most difficult members of Congress to work for. Any staffer today who has worked on the Hill long enough is familiar with the list and the names that perennially appear there. They are exchanged in hushed whispers ...Read more

 
 

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