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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2012
If any ill will remains between the state's two top legislative leaders over the chaotic end to this year's session, the two concealed it well at the Democratic Party's gala fund-raiser in Greenbelt Monday night. Despite the mutual finger-pointing between House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller in the days after the General  Assembly's adjournment April 9, the speaker provided a warm introduction of Miller as "Mr. Democrat"  at a VIP reception at the fund-raiser.
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Peter Schmuck | September 9, 2014
I t may be difficult to believe NFL commissioner Roger Goodell did not see the damning Ray Rice elevator video until Monday, but that doesn't make liars of Goodell or league officials who say they were denied access. What we have here is a clear case of plausible deniability. Soon after the video hit the Internet and the tsunami of national anger began to wash over the sport, the league said it had requested all evidence pertaining to Rice's domestic assault arrest from the authorities in Atlantic City - including the elevator footage - but was not given a copy.
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NEWS
May 4, 2013
One of the most poignant expressions is the one that states that you can glean the true measure of a man or woman by how they interact with someone who can do nothing, or give nothing, to that person in return. Enter Dan Rodricks who was spot-on in his assessment of Gov. Martin O'Malley ("Corrections never an O'Malley priority," May 2). Mr. Rodricks wrote that the governor has turned his back on the reforms to the corrections system because it will garner him zero votes were he to seek higher office.
NEWS
April 10, 2014
Regarding your recent article about the Maryland health exchange, why was there no mention of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, the point man of this fiasco ( "Maryland lawmakers cautious about new health exchange," April 5)? I know failure has no daddy, but to totally omit Mr. Brown's name from such a report astounds me. If the man cannot oversee something like the state's health exchange how is he going to run the rest of the government? I am sure that if the exchange had worked half as well as we were told it would, Mr. Brown would be shouting it from the rooftops.
NEWS
April 10, 2014
Regarding your recent article about the Maryland health exchange, why was there no mention of Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, the point man of this fiasco ( "Maryland lawmakers cautious about new health exchange," April 5)? I know failure has no daddy, but to totally omit Mr. Brown's name from such a report astounds me. If the man cannot oversee something like the state's health exchange how is he going to run the rest of the government? I am sure that if the exchange had worked half as well as we were told it would, Mr. Brown would be shouting it from the rooftops.
FEATURES
By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic | July 23, 2007
It was an interesting choice to have Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco and Oakland, Calif., soul singer Keyshia Cole share the main stage Saturday night at Artscape. Just two years ago, both generated almost deafening buzz before their debuts hit the streets. And each delivered albums that were refreshingly assured and focused. With Food & Liquor, Fiasco's critically acclaimed 2006 CD, the rapper brought a soulful flair to his wordy narratives, which delved into such varied topics as skateboarding and growing up without a dad. And on The Way It Is, Cole's platinum-selling 2005 CD, the singer-songwriter infused her brokenhearted soul ballads with no-nonsense hip-hop swagger, recalling early Mary J. Blige.
NEWS
June 11, 2012
If this was during President George W. Bush's term, there would have been no "question" about drone and cyber attacks (not to mention leaks by the White House). He would have been vilified by your paper ("The secret wars," June 8). And by the way, where is your editorial board on Attorney General Eric Holder'spathetic performance on the "Fast and Furious" fiasco? If John Ashcroft was attorney general, you would have been all over this - probably with at least two negative editorials by now. Lyle Rescott, Marriottsville
NEWS
By ROBERT LITTLE and ROBERT LITTLE,SUN REPORTER | August 6, 2006
Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq Thomas E. Ricks Penguin Group (USA) / 482 pages / $27.95 The title of Thomas E. Ricks' new book, being a rather blunt assessment of the war and occupation that the volume so devastatingly describes, will surely alienate readers disinclined to invest in a 482-page reproach of the United States' operations in Iraq. And that is a shame, because what Ricks offers in Fiasco is more than simply a sharp dissection of the nation's military and civilian leadership and their flawed - maybe non-existent - strategy for rebuilding a country.
EXPLORE
August 18, 2011
It's not a huge sum of money when it comes to public works projects, which can run in to the tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars, but the $210,000 the Maryland Transportation Authority recently spent to resurface the access road for the agency's administrative building off I-95 in Perryville seems a little extravagant, given the situation. Times are tough. People are looking for work. Government budgets are tight. And it wouldn't be hard to find a list of safety improvements that need to be made on roadways in Harford and Cecil counties (Yes, we know, that money comes out of another pot)
NEWS
By Jack W. Germond and Jules Witcover | December 17, 1990
WASHINGTON -- When William Bennett announced that he had decided against accepting President Bush's designation to become chairman of the Republican National Committee, speculation immediately centered on whether he had been shot down by John H. Sununu, the White House chief of staff.It was a predictable line of inquiry. Sununu has been involved in a series of noisy rhubarbs within the administration and the Republican Party over the past few weeks. He has been embroiled in a semi-public battle with House Minority Whip Newt Gingrich, and during the budget negotiations had offended personalities as disparate as Democratic Sen. Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia and Republican Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi.
NEWS
January 20, 2014
So far in 2014 there has been at least one murder per day in Baltimore. Yet The Sun continues to harp on law-abiding gun owners and minimizes the obstacles that have been forced upon them to legally purchase a firearm ("Panicking over Md.'s gun law," Jan. 13). The criminals involved in the murders do not care about the laws that are passed. If they did, they would not kill, steal or deal or use drugs. Your efforts would be better spent on convincing the city population that crime does not pay. Any law-abiding citizen who had any interest in owning a firearm at any time in their future life could see the advantage of buying it before these ridiculous laws went into effect.
NEWS
December 11, 2013
If Maryland's bolloxed rollout of Obamacare has taught us anything, it is the failure of technocracy - especially the snake oil the O'Malley administration has been selling since 2006.  The idea that they are a results-oriented, data driven lot  - you know better choices, better results … or something. According to an investigation by Sun reporters Meredith Cohn and Andrea Walker, Maryland's Obamacare exchange website, the Maryland Health Connection, was plagued by all manner of problems both before and after its October launch.  Problems included among other issues, technical glitches and feuding contractors.  Upon launch the website crashed often as many users were not able to access the site, and Maryland has posted lower enrollment numbers compared to other state-run exchanges.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2013
Last year, Lupe Fiasco found himself in the middle of a hot-button debate in hip-hop. His single at the time, "Bitch Bad," explicitly confronted the culture's knotty issues with misogyny, language and gender roles. The chorus begins with the song's title, but finishes with Fiasco adding, "'Woman' good, 'Lady' better. " The 31-year-old Chicago rapper thought he was initiating a healthy conversation, but some felt the rapper's tone was self-righteous to the point of sabotage. ("Lupe Fiasco mansplains misogyny on counterproductive" single, read Spin magazine's headline.)
NEWS
By Robert Goldberg | November 18, 2013
After the federal health exchange faltered, President Barack Obama pointed to Maryland's Obamacare site, the Maryland Health Connection (MHC) as an example of a successful rollout. The president promised Obamacare's rollout would be smoother in "places like Maryland where governors are working to implement it rather than fight it. " Indeed, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley - a likely presidential candidate in 2016 - even promised Maryland would "lead the nation" in making Obamacare work.
NEWS
May 8, 2013
As a taxpayer and a voter, I am sick and tired of government agencies that do not get audited every year when they are spending my money. After working in the private sector for 45 years and having the ability to spend company money, I know how important it is to be accountable when spending others' money. Why is it OK for these government agencies not to have the same respect for my money? Joe Heming
NEWS
May 4, 2013
One of the most poignant expressions is the one that states that you can glean the true measure of a man or woman by how they interact with someone who can do nothing, or give nothing, to that person in return. Enter Dan Rodricks who was spot-on in his assessment of Gov. Martin O'Malley ("Corrections never an O'Malley priority," May 2). Mr. Rodricks wrote that the governor has turned his back on the reforms to the corrections system because it will garner him zero votes were he to seek higher office.
NEWS
By DAN RODRICKS | October 15, 2006
Good morning, my fellow Merlinders, and welcome to Sunday, Oct. 15 - the day after the second gubernatorial debate and the day before the first. ... Weird stuff, I know - day after the second debate, day before the first. But seriously, that's where we are, and here's how we got here: Gov. Robert Ehrlich, the Republican candidate with the sharp-edged hair, and Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley, the Democratic candidate with less and less hair all the time, squared off yesterday in a debate double-header.
SPORTS
By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | March 5, 1998
Ravens owner Art Modell slowly pulls out a long list of Ozzie Newsome's acquisitions during the past two years, and he sees the present turning into a bright future.Modell points out the free agents that his vice president of player personnel has signed who are now prominent players. Defensive end Michael McCrary. Defensive tackles Tony Siragusa and James Jones. Tight end Eric Green. Right guard Jeff Blackshear.And then Modell sounds even prouder when he talks about the past two drafts, which included Jonathan Ogden, Ray Lewis, Jermaine Lewis, Peter Boulware, Jamie Sharper, Kim Herring"Enough?"
EXPLORE
EDITORIAL FROM THE AEGIS | December 27, 2012
Once as much of a test of a civilian government's effectiveness as collecting the garbage and keeping the peace in the streets, the delivery of packages and letters via a government postal service has undergone tremendous changes since the days when Benjamin Franklin got the unenviable task of being the nation's first postmaster general. In the United States, it became evident nearly a century ago that there was money to be made by delivering packages more quickly and reliably than the U.S. Postal Service.
NEWS
Marta H. Mossburg | December 18, 2012
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake became Mayor Speed Camera last week in the eyes of the nation. Too bad for her. She had almost achieved national sanctification as Mayor Race Car and Mayor Crime Prevention until revelations from Baltimore Sun reporter Scott Calvert that a city speed camera ticketed a stopped car made a top billing on the Drudge Report and went viral on the web. About 14 million people each month visit Drudge, known for its provocative...
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