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By Meredith Cohn and Meredith Cohn,SUN STAFF | October 24, 2003
Baltimore and 360 other ports across the country are being ordered by the Department of Homeland Security to undertake more than $7 billion in security improvements - possibly the largest and costliest maritime initiative in history. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge outlined the new rules - calling for everything from low-tech fencing to sophisticated identification systems - in a speech at the port of Wilmington in Delaware yesterday. "With 95 percent of our nation's overseas cargo carried by ship, maritime security is critical to ensuring our nation's homeland and economic security," Ridge said in prepared remarks.
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By SANFORD J. UNGAR | July 23, 2006
The following is excerpted from a commencement address to graduating seniors at Roland Park Country School on June 13. There is much rumination in these times on "the imagining of America." Where does this imagination about ourselves come from, and how do we express it? How credible is our rhetoric, and does it correspond to the way the United States is viewed in the larger world? If there is a disconnect, what are the implications? Most people know something about the legacy of "American exceptionalism."
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By Andrew L. Yarrow | November 3, 2009
"The awkward age" was a term long ago applied to early adolescence. Today, for demographic and economic reasons, a new awkward age has emerged in the United States: people from their late 50s to late 60s. They are not "old," as a 65-year-old would have been considered 50 years ago, but they're just beyond midlife. Conventionally, this age group has been seen as on the cusp of retirement or retired, doting on their grandchildren. Today, the picture no longer fits many of the tens of millions of Americans at this stage of life, who - in our youth-obsessed culture - generally don't think of themselves as old. Americans live 15 years longer than two generations ago. Many at this stage of life need or want to work longer.
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By GILBERT A. LEWTHWAITE | January 16, 1994
Tammie Pettie, a young woman with a promising future as a bookkeeper, is an argument for worker retraining programs. Gary Horstmann, a middle-aged man who finds himself washing dishes part time, makes you wonder if they are worthwhile.Together, they define a debate that will engage the nation over the coming weeks as President Clinton unveils a $3-billion worker security program and tries to push the legislation through a skeptical Congress this year.With millions of workers facing permanent job losses rather than temporary layoffs, Mr. Clinton will seek to double spending on retraining them for new careers, switching the emphasis from unemployment benefits to re-employment opportunities.
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By Don Lee and Jim Puzzanghera and Don Lee and Jim Puzzanghera,Tribune Newspapers | January 25, 2010
WASHINGTON - - With congressional support eroding, his popularity falling and his renomination of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke potentially in trouble, President Barack Obama faces an even more daunting task in saving his entire domestic agenda and convincing millions of angry Americans that his economic policies will bring them a brighter future. Even as the economy has begun clawing its way out of the Great Recession and job losses have slowed dramatically, critics on the left and the right - even party loyalists - say the president has failed to articulate a clear economic vision.
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By Christine Adams | September 17, 2012
Sensing, perhaps, that they are losing the public relations battle after Senate candidate Todd Akin's forehead-slapping views on "legitimate rape" and the female body's magical ability to guard against pregnancy, Republicans are trying now to focus on the "real" issues of the economy and jobs, which play to businessman Mitt Romney's strengths, rather than the "side issue" of reproductive rights. Birth control and abortion were non-topics at the recent Republican convention. The GOP argument, in the words of Florida attorney general Pat Bondi, is that women don't care about a party's stance on women's reproductive health: "What women care about are jobs, the economy, the unemployment rate.
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April 23, 1996
GROUP OF SEVEN summits, for leaders of the free world, were institutionalized for economic purpose. But when these seven leaders got to Moscow last weekend, their purpose was purely political, knowing that development rests on security.The main accomplishment was to call for a treaty banning nuclear explosions. Now that France has finished with testing, the only nuclear power holdout is China. This was pressure on China to come along, done in the capital of China's biggest rival, in a forum in which China is excluded.
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By Marcia Myers and Marcia Myers,SUN STAFF | December 8, 2001
The idea of packing up and herding their three young children on a plane for a big vacation was so daunting to Tony and Terrie Weis that the Phoenix couple has always limited family trips to drives to the Eastern Shore. But this month, they're flying away for a week at Disney World, tempted by travel deals that are luring even unlikely tourists far from home. Initially, Terrie Weis said, she was unwilling to travel anywhere in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Discounts totaling about $1,500 helped her come around.
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By Bill Bradley | July 21, 1996
WASHINGTON -- We tend to think of democracy as a static thing -- we call it a ''form of government'' in school, or we say with pride, ''I live in a democracy.''But democracy is not a mountain or a machine; it's a living idea, an attitude of mind, a spiritual testament. It grows, as it grew with the nation and stretched across the seas through the influence of our example.The question becomes: Is our democracy responding, honestly and creatively, to the fears and the aspirations of most families?
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