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May 11, 2014
My hope and prayer is that Congress holds hearings on the deaths in Benghazi and that everyone involved is called to testify under oath. That being said, why are we now calling for an investigation that should have taken place immediately. As an American, I am truly fed up with the political culture we are currently living in. Please, have congressional and Senate hearings, let us have a fully vetted process and let us move on, come what may! This country is drowning in finger pointing and churlishness!
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August 11, 2014
Just when it seemed the situation in Iraq couldn't get any worse, the government moved a step closer to collapsing into chaos on Sunday when its president, Fuad Masum, formally nominated a candidate to replace the country's authoritarian prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, in an effort to break the political paralysis gripping the country since parliamentary elections in April. From there, things went straight downhill. President Masum named Haider Abadi, a member of Mr. Maliki's own Shiite Islamist Dawa Party, as the next prime minister, urging him to forge a broad coalition government to unify the country against Sunni extremists who have taken over large swaths of Iraq in recent weeks and are threatening to march on the capital.
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By Lawrence M. Hinman | June 6, 2004
"LIBERTY FOR the Iraqi people," President Bush told us in September 2002, "is a great moral cause and a great strategic goal. The people of Iraq deserve it." The goal of our invasion of Iraq was not some narrow and self-centered purpose, but rather a lofty one of freeing the Iraqi people from years of oppression. Indeed, the early rhetoric of the war went even further, placing it within the context of a global war on terrorism. The flip side of this lofty moral purpose is that the enemy, Saddam Hussein, necessarily must be evil.
NEWS
May 11, 2014
My hope and prayer is that Congress holds hearings on the deaths in Benghazi and that everyone involved is called to testify under oath. That being said, why are we now calling for an investigation that should have taken place immediately. As an American, I am truly fed up with the political culture we are currently living in. Please, have congressional and Senate hearings, let us have a fully vetted process and let us move on, come what may! This country is drowning in finger pointing and churlishness!
NEWS
By Stephen R. Grand | July 28, 2003
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION has staked American credibility on creating a functioning democracy in Iraq. Quite rightly, the immediate focus is on restoring order and eliminating the threat posed to coalition soldiers by remaining Baathist elements. But even after this is achieved, more problems loom ahead if the administration does not broaden its longer-term approach to democratization to include an ambitious effort to change the underlying political culture in Iraq. Our current strategy focuses heavily on institution-building.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Paul Taylor and Paul Taylor,Special to the Sun | July 25, 2004
Fat Man Fed Up: How American Politics Went Bad, by Jack W. Germond. Random House. 211 pages. $24.95. Jack Germond has been covering politics for a half a century and is among a handful of reporters for whom the adjective legendary is no stretch. He's a wonderful storyteller. He's got a great pair of ears, each with its own deadly bull detector. Best of all -- as anyone can attest who's read his columns in the Baltimore Sun or watched him crack wise on television -- he knows that the most productive way to watch the game of politics is with a naughty twinkle.
NEWS
By BOB SOMERBY | August 22, 1993
President Clinton's budget deal has been passed, in amendedform, by both houses of Congress, and has been signed into law.But as is common in our hyper-critical political culture, virtually all parties involved in the budget negotiations have lost public standing in the process.* President Clinton was derided as an old-style "tax-and-spend" Democrat who gave away the store in back-room deals to stitch together his slender margins of congressional support.* Well-known Democratic senators were accused of forcing the president to make small-minded concessions as a price for their votes on the issue.
NEWS
By Deborah Povich | February 26, 1998
JUST when I think we've reached the nadir of public trust in government, political integrity sustains another blow. Now Maryland's General Assembly is mired in the second investigation in as many months into allegations of the ethical misconduct of a state legislator.Former state Sen. Larry Young was ousted by the Senate last month after the panel found he had violated ethics laws. Now, Del. Gerald J. Curran's business dealings are under investigation.To some close observers of the Maryland legislature, these revelations came as no surprise.
NEWS
By CHARLES LANE | August 27, 1995
Did even Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. ever imagine that the cop who found the bloody glove at O. J. Simpson's house, Mark Fuhrman, would say on tape all those ugly things everybody now knows that he said? Seems Detective Fuhrman is dumb enough to use the "n-word," then deny it under oath. Now you can't just dismiss the defense theory that O. J. was set up.The prosecutors in Oklahoma City better not take a conviction for granted, either. At about the time the Fuhrman tapes surfaced, the paranoid fantasies of the ultra-right also received an unexpected fillip.
NEWS
By Shibley Telhami | February 15, 2011
This is a moment in history to watch in awe: Millions of newly empowered citizens peacefully overthrew a regime that has been an anchor of regional politics and American policy in the Middle East. It is a moment to savor the pride, the dignity, the empowerment. While the immediate focus will inevitably be on the start of a new era, with all its unknowns and complexities, we need to think deeply about the meaning of the Egyptian uprising and its implications for American foreign policy.
NEWS
January 2, 2013
Teen-age letter-writer Emma Zyriek's take on the "fiscal cliff" negotiations could not have been more to the point ("On eve of fiscal cliff, Congress acts like squabbling children," Dec. 29). It would be a great thing if this letter could be printed in large, bold type and sent to all the politicians in Washington who think they know what is best for the people who put them there. Maybe we should send our high school students to Washington if we want to get anything accomplished.
NEWS
By Shibley Telhami | February 15, 2011
This is a moment in history to watch in awe: Millions of newly empowered citizens peacefully overthrew a regime that has been an anchor of regional politics and American policy in the Middle East. It is a moment to savor the pride, the dignity, the empowerment. While the immediate focus will inevitably be on the start of a new era, with all its unknowns and complexities, we need to think deeply about the meaning of the Egyptian uprising and its implications for American foreign policy.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2010
John Morekas, a retired Baltimore businessman who hosted the "Greek-American Hour" on radio for more than 50 years, died June 8 of Parkinson's disease at Gilchrist Hospice Care. He was 81. The son of Greek immigrants, Mr. Morekas was born in Baltimore and spent his early years in the city's Pimlico neighborhood. In 1933, his family returned to Greece, where they settled in Kalamata. They intended to return to Baltimore after he and his brother completed high school but were trapped in Greece by the outbreak of World War II. After surviving the Italian and German occupation, they returned to Baltimore in 1946, where Mr. Morekas graduated from City College.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | December 9, 2004
RAMALLAH, West Bank - There certainly is no truly grand shopping street here, no Fifth Avenue or Champs Elysees, but this city, the Palestinian capital of politics and culture, is by far the most cosmopolitan in the West Bank or Gaza Strip, and showing new signs of life. The shopping hub is Manara Square, a chaotic intersection surrounding decorative stone lions and a tall tower rusted with age. Sidewalks are crowded with families shopping, merchants hawk cookware from China, money-changers clutch fistfuls of cash and cooks dip balls of chickpeas into sizzling oil to make falafel.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Paul Taylor and Paul Taylor,Special to the Sun | July 25, 2004
Fat Man Fed Up: How American Politics Went Bad, by Jack W. Germond. Random House. 211 pages. $24.95. Jack Germond has been covering politics for a half a century and is among a handful of reporters for whom the adjective legendary is no stretch. He's a wonderful storyteller. He's got a great pair of ears, each with its own deadly bull detector. Best of all -- as anyone can attest who's read his columns in the Baltimore Sun or watched him crack wise on television -- he knows that the most productive way to watch the game of politics is with a naughty twinkle.
NEWS
By Lawrence M. Hinman | June 6, 2004
"LIBERTY FOR the Iraqi people," President Bush told us in September 2002, "is a great moral cause and a great strategic goal. The people of Iraq deserve it." The goal of our invasion of Iraq was not some narrow and self-centered purpose, but rather a lofty one of freeing the Iraqi people from years of oppression. Indeed, the early rhetoric of the war went even further, placing it within the context of a global war on terrorism. The flip side of this lofty moral purpose is that the enemy, Saddam Hussein, necessarily must be evil.
NEWS
January 2, 2013
Teen-age letter-writer Emma Zyriek's take on the "fiscal cliff" negotiations could not have been more to the point ("On eve of fiscal cliff, Congress acts like squabbling children," Dec. 29). It would be a great thing if this letter could be printed in large, bold type and sent to all the politicians in Washington who think they know what is best for the people who put them there. Maybe we should send our high school students to Washington if we want to get anything accomplished.
NEWS
August 11, 2014
Just when it seemed the situation in Iraq couldn't get any worse, the government moved a step closer to collapsing into chaos on Sunday when its president, Fuad Masum, formally nominated a candidate to replace the country's authoritarian prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, in an effort to break the political paralysis gripping the country since parliamentary elections in April. From there, things went straight downhill. President Masum named Haider Abadi, a member of Mr. Maliki's own Shiite Islamist Dawa Party, as the next prime minister, urging him to forge a broad coalition government to unify the country against Sunni extremists who have taken over large swaths of Iraq in recent weeks and are threatening to march on the capital.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Donna M. Owens and Donna M. Owens,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 27, 2003
WASHINGTON -- Anyone intimately familiar with the nation's capital knows of its significant African-American population, a community both highly visible and deeply entrenched. Yet rarely has the district's longtime status as a hub of black history and culture been properly recognized, at least on a grand scale. That's all changed with the launch of Blues & Dreams, a citywide tourism thrust using the arts, literature and history to spotlight the black experience. The campaign kicked off in September and runs through the end of this month.
NEWS
By Stephen R. Grand | July 28, 2003
THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION has staked American credibility on creating a functioning democracy in Iraq. Quite rightly, the immediate focus is on restoring order and eliminating the threat posed to coalition soldiers by remaining Baathist elements. But even after this is achieved, more problems loom ahead if the administration does not broaden its longer-term approach to democratization to include an ambitious effort to change the underlying political culture in Iraq. Our current strategy focuses heavily on institution-building.
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