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By Robert B. Reich | March 27, 2013
We're still legislating and regulating private morality, while at the same time ignoring the much larger crisis of public morality in America. In recent weeks, Republican state legislators have decided to thwart the Supreme Court's 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade, which gave women the right to have an abortion until the fetus is viable outside the womb, usually around 24 weeks into pregnancy. Legislators in North Dakota passed a bill banning abortions after six weeks or after a fetal heartbeat had been detected, and approved a fall referendum that could ban all abortions by defining human life as beginning with conception.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | September 28, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The game against Indiana on Saturday was a chance for Maryland to make a first impression, an early opportunity for the Terps to show they can be a competitive team in the Big Ten Conference. "We showed that Maryland football is as good as anybody else," Terps inside linebacker Cole Farrand said after Maryland beat Indiana, 37-15, at Memorial Stadium. Before the season, Big Ten writers picked the Terps to finish just fifth out of the seven teams in the conference's East Division.
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May 16, 2012
Richard Weikart is correct that Dr. Ben Carson should not be opposed as a commencement speaker at Emory University, as Dr. Carson's accomplishments provide ample justification for this honor ("Evolution and morality," May 13). Mr. Weikart, however, is very wrong to suggest that Dr. Carson might be justified in opposing evolution on the grounds that it threatens morality. There are three ways that evolution might be said to threaten morality, none of which are persuasive. First, one might argue that the idea of "survival of the fittest" can be used to justify eugenics.
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By Jonah Goldberg | May 19, 2014
Here's a question. If -- and this is a big if -- the United States could dispatch a swarm of heretofore secret super-drones to find and kill every member of the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram, would you be in favor of doing it? I'll even modify it for those of you who are squeamish about killing terrorists who slaughter men, women and children with abandon. What if the drones could simply paralyze the terrorists long enough for the U.S., or the Nigerians or some duly authorized force of U.N.-sanctioned "good guys," to apprehend them?
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Dan Rodricks | March 18, 2012
I was a passenger in a car on Thursday morning, and we stopped for a fill-up at a gas station on North Charles Street in Baltimore, a block up from North Avenue. I was on the phone while the driver purchased and pumped the gasoline. A young, male panhandler tried to make eye contact with me through the passenger's side window, but I avoided being drawn into his tractor beam. Some panhandlers appear broken and docile, some seem impatient and even angry; some have yellow heroin eyes or some other form of medicated stare.
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By Robert B. Reich | March 21, 2012
Republicans have morality upside down. They're condemning gay marriage, abortion, access to contraception, and the wall separating church and state. But the moral crisis in America isn't a breakdown in private morality. It's a breakdown in public morality. What Americans do in their bedrooms is their own business. What corporate executives and Wall Street financiers do in boardrooms and executive suites affects all of us. We're living through a new Gilded Age of financial fraud and conflicts of interest; exorbitant pay to executives, traders, hedge-fund and private-equity managers; tax loopholes that allow them to pay a lower rate than many middle-class Americans; and legalized bribery of public officials through unlimited campaign "donations.
NEWS
March 24, 2014
Last weekend, my wife and I endured a performance of "The Book of Mormon" at the Hippodrome , and we take exception to The Sun's rosy review of the work it described as "unusually entertaining, wickedly funny," and "really a big, old-fashioned musical" ( "'Book of Mormon' packs fresh irreverence into traditional musical formula," Feb. 25). Robert Lopez, one of the play's creators, was quoted as saying that "the idea was to highlight how religions justify believing in a righteous God, while suffering like this exists and has always existed.
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By Richard Weikart | May 13, 2012
Almost 500 Emory University faculty and students have expressed their dismay that their commencement speaker on Monday does not toe the ideological line when it comes to evolutionary biology. Yes - gasp - the renowned Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson does not believe in evolutionary theory. Not only that, but biology professors at Emory and their supporters also accuse Dr. Carson of committing a thought crime because he allegedly "equates acceptance of evolution with a lack of ethics and morality.
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By Maggie Gallagher | September 12, 1995
THE VOICE from the airwaves was anonymous -- it could have been Everyman, or in this case every woman distressed about lingering adultery charges against presidents Bill Clinton and John F. Kennedy and Gary Hart: "We've got to stop obsessing about the private affairs of politicians."What about Bob Packwood?"Oh," she says, "that's different. That's really bad."Suddenly I was transfixed. That's it, I thought, the new emerging morality in a nutshell: What you do to your wife doesn't matter; it's how you treat your employees that counts.
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By William Safire | April 4, 1991
WHY DID ALL the weight of the Bush administration come down on General Schwarzkopf for revealing that the decision to abort the war a day too soon was not unanimous -- or as the general later half-clarified, not as originally planned?The reason is that the pre-decision disagreement within the National Security Council was supposed to be kept secret.No president lightly consigns thousands of human beings to certain death. He had personally and publicly assured the Kurdish and Shiite rebels that Saddam's gunships would be grounded; his general on the scene admitted he had been "suckered" into agreeing to let them fly.When a decision is made to place pragmatism above morality -- in this case, to accept historic accountability for choosing military dictatorship over a less orderly system of PTC self-determination -- the president expects his advisers to close ranks, to "sign on" to the decision.
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Dan Rodricks | April 29, 2014
Taken in tandem, the stories told in two new books - one by a Maryland author who lost family members in the Nazi Holocaust, the other detailing our government's postwar collaboration with Nazi scientists, some of them in Maryland - raise complex and disturbing issues that tarnish the heroic image of the Greatest Generation in World War II. The stories also underscore the immense moral challenges and failings of a nation that believes itself the leader...
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By Cal Thomas | April 26, 2014
Honestly, unless you are a big government liberal, how many people think the federal government should have more power than it already exercises over its citizens? Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, 94, thinks the Constitution needs at least six amendments in order to bring the country more in line with what he believes is good for us. He outlines them in his new book, "Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution. " It is a revealing look into liberal thinking and the ideological opposite of radio talk show host Mark Levin's book, "The Liberty Amendments: Restoring theAmerican Republic.
NEWS
April 3, 2014
The Senate Intelligence Committee voted today to declassify portions of its report on the CIA's use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" to extract information from terrorist detainees, but portions of the work that have been leaked appear to confirm Americans' worst fears about the secret program. Committee investigators found that the brutal treatment of prisoners was far more widespread than the agency has admitted and that CIA officials deliberately misled Congress about the effectiveness of methods that brought shame on the nation and amounted to little more than torture by another name.
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March 24, 2014
Last weekend, my wife and I endured a performance of "The Book of Mormon" at the Hippodrome , and we take exception to The Sun's rosy review of the work it described as "unusually entertaining, wickedly funny," and "really a big, old-fashioned musical" ( "'Book of Mormon' packs fresh irreverence into traditional musical formula," Feb. 25). Robert Lopez, one of the play's creators, was quoted as saying that "the idea was to highlight how religions justify believing in a righteous God, while suffering like this exists and has always existed.
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March 13, 2014
In response to former Mayor Sheila Dixon's letter ( "Sheila Dixon: Baltimore isn't perfect but it's getting better," March 11), I beg to differ that we are better off today than in 2000. In 2000, Baltimore's gangs weren't as organized as we see them today. The anti-establishment they preach is a cancer to all the good works that are put into effect to help our people. Their mentally truly undermines unity of all people. I live in East Baltimore and grew up in Cherry Hill. What I see now is far more dangerous then what I came from.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2014
McDaniel coach Matt Hatton chuckled when asked Friday morning to characterize the significance of Wednesday's 7-6 decision against McDaniel, which was the Green Terror's first win of the 2014 campaign. “I think from a variety of standpoints - morale being one of them - that was a big one for us,” he said. “One of the things we talked about going into that game was that it was two what I would consider pretty decent teams that were both 0-3 and one of them was going to leave at 0-4 and one of them was going to be 1-3. So hopefully, it's something that we can build on. It was a close game.
NEWS
June 2, 1991
It is unfortunate that President Bush chose to invoke "morality" to justify his decision to seek renewal of normal trading relations with China. "Morality" was the least of his considerations. His concern was strictly geopolitical, as seen through the prism (critics call it his blind eye) of his own diplomatic experience in Beijing.Despite China's human rights violations, its regressive Marxism, its irresponsible sales of missiles and nuclear equipment and its unfair trading practices, Mr. Bush determined it was in America's interest to continue so-called most-favored-nation trade policies with China.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Alane Salierno Mason and Alane Salierno Mason,Special to the Sun | October 10, 2004
The Double, by Jose Saramago. Harcourt. 336 pages. $25. Most English classes teach us that parables and morality tales are antiquated forms of literature, replaced, in the way of natural evolution, by that creation of hardy Anglo-Saxon realism, the novel. But in truth, what new agers call "wisdom literature" has never left us, and the Portugese writer, Jose Sara-mago, has imbued it with enough highbrow knowingness to win him the 1998 Nobel Prize. In his new novel, The Double, Saramago turns to one of the archetypal themes of world literature, as old as folktale and yet deftly pitched to an age of "identity politics."
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2014
Since signing right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, the Orioles have intensified their interest in free agent designated hitter Kendrys Morales, according to a source. The Orioles have been linked to the switch-hitting designated hitter throughout the offseason, but didn't appear to be in serious negotiations previously. That pursuit seemingly has increased in seriousness, the source said, due to two developments. One, the Orioles had been hesitant to forfeit their first-round pick - 17th overall - to sign Morales, but they instead forfeited it when agreeing to a four-year deal with Jimenez.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - The ink has only just dried on the Orioles' monumental four-year deal with starter Ubaldo Jimenez, but the club remains interested in acquiring at least one other big-ticket free agent. The Orioles have intensified their pursuit of free-agent designated hitter Kendrys Morales and right-handed starter Ervin Santana, according to industry sources. The club has been linked to both players throughout the offseason, but did not appear to be in serious negotiations recently as Jimenez signed a four-year, $50 million deal, the largest and longest contract given to a free-agent pitcher in franchise history.
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