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By Jules Witcover | October 31, 2003
WASHINGTON - President Bush is a man who obviously has little love for full-blown news conferences. He clearly prefers the quickies, often with a visiting foreign leader in tow. So when he held only the 10th in his 33 months in office the other day in the Rose Garden, you had to think he had a clear purpose in mind. It didn't take long to figure out what that purpose was. In the wake of the latest disconcerting news from Iraq, where opponents of his occupation were making their feelings known in acts of bloody retaliation, he declared what nobody doubted: "We're not leaving."
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
For all the revolutionary technological change rocking media these days, the TMZ video of Ray Rice punching Janay Palmer in a casino elevator is a stark reminder of the enduring and awesome power of the image. The two punches Rice delivers to his then fiancee take up only about four seconds of actual video time, yet they instantly blew away more than seven months of speculation, spin, damage control and image building from high-priced attorneys, fellow players, sports-media sympathizers, the Ravens organization and the National Football League.
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NEWS
March 13, 2003
BOOKINGS FOR Baltimore's hotel rooms have dropped dramatically in just the past six months. The recently expanded convention center is drawing smaller crowds than before. Meanwhile, the agency that receives millions of taxpayer dollars to lure crucial trade and tourism business to the city has been trying to disguise its obvious failures by putting out phony sales numbers. What's more, the leadership of the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association had the gall to pay itself bonuses based on the inflated claims.
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June 10, 2014
Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s commentary ( "'No soldier left behind,'" June 8) contains some untruths that need to be questioned. His description, "the U.S. military, the greatest force for good on planet Earth," is an outdated notion that demonstrates he is not aware of reality. Read, "Kill Anything That Moves," to see the very late documentation of the atrocities committed by policy then covered up when the Vietnam War ended. If the Nuremberg trials were organized after the German slaughter, then one should have been organized at the end of the Vietnam War. You don't know what the Pentagon and the military did here.
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By Jules Witcover | February 7, 2003
WASHINGTON - Whether or not Secretary of State Colin L. Powell has now made the case for war against Iraq, he has indisputably proved one thing - his indispensability in the American effort to enlist the United Nations in the undertaking. Mr. Powell's immense credibility, patiently constructed in the course of persuading a reluctant President Bush to go to the United Nations, provided as much to his argument before the U.N. Security Council as all the impressive evidence and interpretations he offered of Iraqi deceptions.
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By Jules Witcover | March 1, 2002
WASHINGTON -- Once again, the credibility of practitioners of the printed word has been damaged by the acknowledgment of one of the most esteemed American historians that the precise words written by someone else had been appropriated without proper attribution of their original source. This time it is Doris Kearns Goodwin, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of No Ordinary Time, her excellent account of the wartime years of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, and other highly regarded works.
SPORTS
By PHIL JACXKMAN | March 10, 1995
The TV Repairman:Sometime after 10 p.m. tomorrow night on HBO, boxing is going to inherit its fourth heavyweight champion. Which is not to say that the World Boxing Organization hasn't had its version of a champ for awhile, but the group wasn't even well-known in the building where it resides.What gives the WBO credibility is that Riddick Bowe now is seeking its title, and he is expected to brush aside the current holder, Herbie Hide, to get it. Bowe's manager, Rock Newman, says unequivocally, "Riddick will do more for this organization than Larry Holmes ever did for the International Boxing Federation."
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By JACK GERMOND & JULES WITCOVER | November 11, 1993
WASHINGTON -- The television debate between Vice President Al Gore and Ross Perot isn't likely to decide the outcome of the vote on the North American Free Trade Agreement one way or the other. In the end, individual House members will weigh the intellectual arguments and the political ramifications of their own votes for themselves in deciding whether to support NAFTA or help scuttle it.But the debate on the "Larry King Live" show could go a long way, at least among close political watchers, toward firming up opinions about the abilities and credibility of the two men. And if so, that will be good news for Gore and bad news for Perot.
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By JACK GERMOND & JULES WITCOVER | August 17, 1994
WASHINGTON -- Amid all the maneuvering over the crime and health care bills, the political fate of President Clinton has been a source of growing partisan, press and public speculation. Will defeat on either or both bills bury his chances for a second term? Are the Republicans opposing him primarily to achieve this end? Are Democrats who are not aligned with him on this legislation under pressure to "save" his presidency, as fence-straddlers on his deficit reduction package were last year?
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By Jack W. Germond & Jules Witcover | July 10, 1991
CIVIL RIGHTS organizations and black leaders are risking their credibility -- and perhaps their future effectiveness -- by temporizing on President Bush's nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court. It is laughable to imagine that such groups as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People wouldn't already have gone on record against Thomas if he were not black. He is not only outspokenly opposed to their whole approach to civil rights but has spent seven years proving it as an official of hostile Republican administrations.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2014
It was almost like old times last week watching CNN's wall-to-wall coverage of the Veterans Affairs scandal story. I mean the good old times, when cable TV news mattered because it was doing journalism - not right- or left-wing talking points as Fox News and MSNBC do, and not whatever it was that CNN was doing in its weird obsession with Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in recent months. And it made a real difference. CNN's investigative reporting by Drew Griffin, coupled with hard-hitting interviews like one anchor Jake Tapper did with White House chief of staff Dennis McDonough, forced the White House to pay attention to the medical plight of veterans in a way it had not come close to doing in the first six years of the Obama administration.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2014
After a daylong investigation, Frostburg State University Police and the Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigation Unit made an arrest Wednesday in connection with a threat made via Yik Yak, a popular new anonymous social media app. University police were alerted to the posting, which stated that "at 5:30 tomorrow, I'm going to start shooting. " Based on the timing of the post, "tomorrow" was believed to be Wednesday, April 30, according to a Frostburg alert. The suspect, who has not been identified, told investigators that the threat was "made as a joke," according to a Frostburg news release.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | April 13, 2014
Enough, already. Please, for the love of Cronkite: Give us a break from the missing plane. Yes, we all wonder what happened to it. Yes, our hearts go out to the families seeking resolution. But really, CNN ... enough. Put your hands up and step away from the story. I'm in the doctor's office the other day, right? I'm waiting for my missus and the TV is on and I'm half watching, half reading and you're covering the plane. And time passes. And you're covering the plane. And commercials intervene and you come back and you're covering the plane.
NEWS
By Patrick W. Quirk | March 13, 2014
Amid the storm created by Russian President Vladimir Putin's extralegal incursion into the Crimean peninsula, the U.S. and Europe risk allowing an event equally important to Ukraine's future to fall out of focus: the May 25 election in which the divided country is set to select a new president. The credibility, inclusivity and peacefulness of this event are vital to U.S. and European interests. To that end, as the Obama administration and its core European allies work together to respond to Russia's aggressive stance, they must also take care to provide the support necessary to enable Ukraine to hold a relatively free and fair vote.
NEWS
February 3, 2014
It doesn't take a doctor to diagnose Fix-is-in Disease, the condition common to politicians who look out for favored individuals. In the recent outbreak in Annapolis, the warning signs are too painfully obvious for most anyone to ignore. Last week, the chairmen to the two committees with oversight of Maryland's woeful health care exchange announced they'll wait for state auditors to look into the matter this summer rather than proceeding with their own investigation during the current legislative session.
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2014
Roughly midway through his headlining set at Washington's Howard Theatre on Friday night, Ja Rule reflected on a missed opportunity from 2007.  That summer, Ja Rule was a veteran MC in search of a spark to a stalling career, and Lil Wayne was the best rapper alive. So the two collaborated on "Uh-Ohhh!," a vibrant piece of evidence Ja Rule's career might not yet finished. Even today, it sounds like a hit song. But it was not meant to be, as Ja Rule and Lil Wayne were arrested, separately, on gun charges following the duo's concert at Manhattan's Beacon Theater that July.
NEWS
By Jack W. Germond and Jules Witcover | September 16, 1991
WASHINGTON--Gov. L. Douglas Wilder's formal declaration that he is a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination does nothing to solve his essential problem--demonstrating that dTC he can be a credible possibility. But it does change the dynamics of the contest within the party.There never has been any question about Wilder's special celebrity since he became the first black ever elected to a state governorship two years ago. But there always has been reason to doubt he could be a successful player on the national political stage, and Wilder has added to that doubt by his performance over the last few months.
NEWS
May 19, 1999
AS AN institution, the news business always wants to be its own judge and jury. How, then, will it react to a poll showing that working reporters and editors often agree with their critics? A basic summary of the survey: News-gathering organizations often don't deserve the public's confidence. Turning professionally critical eyes on their own performance, 552 newspapers, magazines, radio and television journalists offered up a grim assessment of their work product. Stories were often error-ridden, sloppy and careless, they said.
SPORTS
By Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
Former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis has taken some criticism after taking out his credit card on the air at ESPN and saying he would help pay a fine for a player who delivered what was deemed an illegal hit to a quarterback. If it was some other members of the media I would have a problem, but I don't consider guys like Lewis, Michael Irvin or Warren Sapp as credible media representatives. I think they are former players turned actors and they give us theater every week during the football season.
NEWS
By Jim Rosapepe | October 17, 2013
I've spent the last two weeks in Latin America - where they know something about defaulting on public debts. As part of a bipartisan group of former U.S. ambassadors, I met with business leaders, central bankers, government officials and ordinary citizens. They all asked: what is going on in the U.S. Congress? Is the U.S. really going to default on its debt because of the political game playing? Along with my traveling companions, Republicans as well as Democrats, I repeatedly reassured them that we were confident that cooler heads would prevail and default would be avoided.
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