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By David M. Anderson | October 10, 2013
The United States is currently in the midst of a leverage crisis, only it is a crisis that stems from political institutions rather than economic ones. The political leverage crisis concerns Congress, the White House and the Supreme Court, and it is animated by the excessive leveraging tactics of the House Republicans, especially the extremist faction of the House Republican caucus. "Leverage" is a concept borrowed from ancient physics referring to the property of a lever and fulcrum to create maximum force with minimum effort.
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April 16, 2014
With Russian troops amassed along its border and Kremlin-backed separatists in control of major cities in eastern Ukraine, the government in Kiev is facing the gravest threat to its survival since the breakup of the former Soviet Union a generation ago. Unless the U.S. and its allies can convince Russian President Vladimir Putin to step back from using the unrest there as a pretext for military intervention, it looks more likely than ever that eastern...
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,david.zurawik@baltsun.com | December 5, 2008
Corporations have all the power, all the money, Nathan Ford (Timothy Hutton) tells a weeping mother at the end of the pilot for a series premiering Sunday night on TNT. "We provide [pause] leverage." So begins Leverage, a Mission Impossible-type series of a band of merry pranksters - hackers, grifters, escape artists and thieves - assembled to right the wrongs of society with high-tech tools. There is nothing new or exciting about the team, which is mainly done as caricature. There's the immature computer hacker who drinks orange soda, the femme fatale who seduces men into deals they shouldn't make, and an escape artist who is blond and lithe and seems to have studied every one of Uma Thurman's moves.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2014
When Trena Williams was charged last fall with first-degree murder and held without bail, she was four months pregnant. Behind bars, inmates get prenatal care. So when the charges were later reduced to accessory after the fact and she was released on home detention, Circuit Judge Stephen J. Sfekas ordered Williams, 29, to receive prenatal care as one of the conditions of her release. But even after she'd given birth to a healthy baby girl, prosecutors wanted proof that Williams had received care during her pregnancy, threatening her with jail time if she didn't comply.
NEWS
November 22, 1994
Because of redistricting, Baltimore is going to send to Annapolis one fewer senator and four fewer delegates. Yet the city's voters -- by towing the Democratic line while other jurisdictions voted out a number of veterans in favor of Republican newcomers -- are in an enviable position: Their delegation possesses both seniority and legislative expertise, which will be in short supply in Annapolis next year.Consider the case of Sen. Barbara Hoffman, of the new city-county 42nd District. Because of Republican upsets, she seems assured of running the powerful Budget and Taxation Committee if Sen. Mike Miller returns as president.
NEWS
By DERRICK Z. JACKSON | September 15, 1992
Boston. -- So Bill Clinton thinks he can treat the African-American vote as a marginal afterthought?Fine. In November, I may treat him as an irrelevant non-thought. I will vote for local and state offices. I may not vote for Mr. Clinton.The Democrats say they will spend $3 million to register African-American and Latino voters. Jesse Jackson has been given a bus to find them. Mr. Clinton, who iced Mr. Jackson for two months to woo white voters, might soon appear with the reverend.Whoopdeedoo.
SPORTS
By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | February 3, 2002
The schedules have been released. Season tickets are on sale. Spring training is less than two weeks away. So why do baseball commissioner Bud Selig and his top management types continue to insist that the controversial contraction plan is still on the table for 2002? Surely, he has figured out that it would be all but impossible to disband two teams during spring training - that it would create more instability and uncertainty at a time when anxious baseball fans already are wondering what to expect from the resumption of labor talks in a clearly hostile economic environment.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN REPORTER | November 11, 2006
Of the things you can't question about defensive tackle Kelly Gregg - like his relentlessness, his passion and his significance to the Ravens - add another no-no: his toughness. On a second down and 10 from the Cincinnati Bengals' 27-yard line Sunday, running back Rudi Johnson took a handoff toward the middle of the line of scrimmage before bouncing to the left and getting tackled by Gregg and linebacker Adalius Thomas after a 5-yard gain. During the play, Johnson's knee hit Gregg's helmet, and the 6-foot, 310-pound lineman appeared to sway after standing up. Although Gregg returned to the line in anticipation of the next play, Ravens coaches ordered him off the field.
SPORTS
By EDWARD LEE and EDWARD LEE,SUN REPORTER | October 30, 2005
The Washington Redskins' statement game today will end in either an exclamation point or a question mark. Washington travels to the Meadowlands to meet the New York Giants at 1 p.m. in a game that could go a long way toward determining who has a foothold in the contentious NFC East. Redskins@Giants Today, 1 p.m., chs. 45, 5, 1430 AM, 106.7 FM Line: Giants by 2
NEWS
December 13, 2001
IN HIS TWO YEARS at City Hall, Mayor Martin O'Malley has not turned Baltimore around. But he has brought some much-needed enthusiasm and energy to a city that has lost a third of its population since 1950. This was palpable last week at the lighting of the Washington Monument. Two things were striking this year: The hordes of young people, many with children, and the increasing number of private parties that were held in connection with the celebration. A holiday celebration had turned into a real social event.
NEWS
By David M. Anderson and David G. Alpher | December 24, 2013
The recent nuclear deal with Iran has generated a great deal of discussion about the concept of leverage. What does this give the U.S. - and what do we lose? Many observers believe that the United States and the P5 +1 members (UK, France, China, Russia and Germany) have surrendered leverage over Iran through the deal, as it removes some of the sanctions that had served to constrain the Iranian government. But this discussion, framed in black and white, neglects to recognize that there are two different concepts of leverage that are relevant to the Iran deal.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2013
Appearing as Malik "Poot" Carr for five seasons on "The Wire," Tray Chaney enjoyed one of the longest lives any drug dealer has ever had in prime time. "I was so lucky in my very first acting role," says Chaney, now living in La Plata, Charles County. "You can't be any more blessed than that starting out. " He's intent on sharing some of that blessed feeling. The father of two runs a production company and has a new film coming out in December. He's promoting HIV testing for the Prince George's County Health Department and making appearances and a music video for United Way of Maryland.
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | October 31, 2013
The planning is underway in Baltimore's $1 billion-plus, decade-long effort to bring public schools into the 21st century - in fact, there's a design expo at Morgan State University this weekend - which means we have entered a seminal period in the city's history. I'm sure that sounds grandiose. So let me concede a point to the jaded and the cynical who reject the possibility of The Next Big Thing ever coming to the Queen City of the Patapsco Drainage Basin. The city's long recovery from the loss of unionized manufacturing jobs and middle-class families, the epoch of drug addiction and violence, the years of declining schools and neighborhoods - all of that has left many of us (maybe most of us)
NEWS
By David M. Anderson | October 10, 2013
The United States is currently in the midst of a leverage crisis, only it is a crisis that stems from political institutions rather than economic ones. The political leverage crisis concerns Congress, the White House and the Supreme Court, and it is animated by the excessive leveraging tactics of the House Republicans, especially the extremist faction of the House Republican caucus. "Leverage" is a concept borrowed from ancient physics referring to the property of a lever and fulcrum to create maximum force with minimum effort.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2013
Zuly Gonzalez and Beau Adkins used to work at the National Security Agency. Now they run a cybersecurity firm in Catonsville, helping companies defend against online threats. They're the embodiment of why Maryland officials call the state the nation's "epicenter" of cybersecurity: big federal installations here that focus on cyber problems, and all the private-sector growth related to it. It's no surprise then that much of the activity revolves around the government. But some groups and firms are trying to push the state's cybersecurity boundaries to grab more of the commercial market at a time of tighter federal budgets.
NEWS
January 10, 2013
I just read your editorial, "Another cliff ahead?" (Jan. 4). Please understand Washington does not do anything these days unless it's forced to. The only leverage to get Democrats on board to have a serious discussion on our debt and the slowing of spending growth (calling it cuts is a joke) in the future are issues like the debt ceiling. You agree that we have a debt problem (as do most Americans), but do not want the Republicans to use the debt ceiling as leverage, then I have a question for you and your colleagues.
NEWS
By Mark Magnier and Mark Magnier,LOS ANGELES TIMES | March 20, 2005
DANDONG, China - Twice a day, long lines of trucks filled with fruit, small appliances, potatoes and rice wend their way for several blocks along Binjiang Zhonglu Street before negotiating a sharp turn onto the Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge leading into North Korea. These deliveries, like the single-lane bridge over the Yalu River, are a lifeline for the impoverished communist state - and the focus of international attention in recent weeks as the United States and other countries pressure China to use its trade leverage to force North Korea back to the nuclear negotiating table.
SPORTS
By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | November 17, 1998
One of the first things Ted Marchibroda did yesterday was call Jerry Seeman, the NFL's director of officiating.The Ravens coach wanted an explanation of the two "leverage" calls that wiped out a pair of San Diego field goals Sunday and kept alive their deciding touchdown drive in a 14-13 victory."
NEWS
By Gar Alperovitz | February 21, 2012
City finances have long been under pressure, but the Great Recession and steady attacks on federal and state spending have compounded local financial difficulties. The National League of Cities' annual research brief, City Fiscal Conditions, documents rapid deterioration. Reported revenue declines of 2.5 percent in 2009 and 3.2 percent in 2010 were unprecedented in severity in the 25-year history of the survey. In 2010, 79 percent of cities reported cutting personnel, 44 percent cut services, 25 percent cut public safety spending, and 17 percent cut current employees' health benefits.
NEWS
January 29, 2012
The proposal to rapidly overhaul Baltimore's aging school facilities that district CEO Andrés Alonso presented to a state Senate committee last week represents one of the most important and innovative ideas the city has offered in recent years to break out of its cycle of poverty and disinvestment. Baltimore cannot flourish without high-quality public schools, and although students have made impressive gains in recent years, the city will not be able to attract and retain families if children are trying to learn in dilapidated facilities.
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