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May 7th, 2015

Angry mom against the 'thugs'

    Unlike my own parents, I normally do not condone lifting a hand to spank, slap or whip misbehaving children. Yet I salute Toya Graham, now known widely known as Baltimore's Angry Mom, for making corporal punishment look like high art.

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The End Of California

    In a normal year, no one in California looks twice at a neighbor's lawn, that mane of bluegrass thriving in a sun-blasted desert. Or casts a scornful gaze at a fresh-planted almond grove, saplings that now stand accused of future water crimes. Or wonders why your car is conspicuously clean, or whether a fish deserves to live when a cherry tree will die.

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Stroke of Fate

    The thing that's easy to miss about Tara is how competitive she is.

    In a big Irish family of gabby, argumentative people, my niece is a lovely, willowy brunette with an easy laugh and quiet manner.

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'Inequality Is A Choice'

    The eruptions in Baltimore have been tied, in complex ways, to frustrations at American inequality, and a new measure of the economic gaps arrived earlier this year:

    It turns out that the Wall Street bonus pool in 2014 was roughly twice the total annual earnings of all Americans working full time at the federal minimum wage.

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From 'Hamlet' to Hillary

    If Hillary Clinton goes the distance, she may have Shakespeare to thank.

    Shakespeare and beer.

    Both forged one of her campaign's chief architects, Joel Benenson. Both are among his compasses.

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As Obama bashing deepens, Ben Carson sees legacy fade

    The black man courting crowds of white conservatives doesn't seem like the same guy that H. Westley Phillips once idolized. Phillips still relishes the day he heard Ben Carson inspire minority students at Yale University with his story of persistence. He can still feel the nervous anticipation he had while waiting in line to shake Carson's hand.

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To rebuild Baltimore, first clear the blight

    This city needs to be built up again, but first a lot of it ought to be torn down.

    There has been much talk, following Monday's night of rage, about the social maladies that afflict this city. One of the most visible should also be one of the most straightforward to address: Baltimore's enormous stock of derelict, abandoned housing. Federal, state and local officials should work together -- now -- to eliminate this blight.

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The Republicans Continue In Their Compassionate Ways

    Those kind and compassionate Republicans just can't stop themselves.  The trouble is their compassion is directed to the wrong people.  Apparently the budget negotiators of the house and senate have reached a consensus and it is just as bad as we feared.  I don't suppose we should be surprised, but I just keep hoping that someway, somehow there will be some hint of appreciation of the lives of the not rich.

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Get rid of the anger translator, Mr. President

    "Mr. President, what are you doing here?" I kept asking myself as the annual White House Correspondents Association Dinner wore on (and on).

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Christie is walking the bridge to ruin

    My favorite bit from Friday's news reports about the guilty plea by a former patronage appointee of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, R, comes courtesy of The Washington Post: "A guilty plea by the longtime aide could spell trouble for the New Jersey governor."

    Indeed it could.

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