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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles' sudden spring training spending spree continued Saturday as the club agreed to terms on a one-year deal with free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz, according to industry sources. The deal, which is pending a physical and was first reported by ESPN Deportes, is worth $8 million with $750,000 in incentives, according to a source. After spending much of the offseason in a holding pattern, the Orioles' acquisition of Cruz would be their third free-agent acquisition in a little more than a week, raising their projected Opening Day payroll to approximately $105 million - the highest in franchise history - and addressing two of their biggest offseason needs.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | January 26, 2014
I know and like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the man who has accomplished so much while leading a blue leaning, labor dominated northeastern state. And so it was with much angst that I watched the media circus (dressed up as a press conference) in the immediate aftermath of "Bridgegate" - the revenge play wherein two senior Christie staffers ordered lane closures on the congested George Washington Bridge - allegedly to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., who failed to support the governor's re-election campaign.
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By Jonah Goldberg | January 20, 2014
What a bizarre spectacle. Assuming he did not lie during his marathon news conference, the feeding frenzy surrounding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be remembered as one of those incredibly odd moments of elite journalistic hysteria that are difficult to explain to people who weren't there or didn't get it. I'm not referring to the scandal itself; that's easy enough to understand. What Mr. Christie's team did was outrageous and deserves as much foofaraw and brouhaha as the New Jersey media can muster.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | January 16, 2014
Commander in chief, leader of the free world, POTUS (President of the United States) — these are common monikers for the U.S. president. Yet after taking Patrick Heline's class on presidential malfeasance, one might come up with a few other labels for some presidents in America's history, including, perhaps, unfaithful husband, unfit father, power monger ... perhaps even sexual opportunist. The class on presidential scandals taught by Heline, a Howard Community College adjunct faculty member, is a nonaccredited course scheduled to start in mid-February that focuses on what he describes as blatant and salacious misuse of power by some presidents.
NEWS
January 14, 2014
While I would have preferred that Dan Rodricks would have let Gov. William Donald Schaefer rest in peace instead of using him in his column on the New Jersey bridge scandal, I now have a bit of advice for him ("Despite competition from Maryland, Christie's Bridgegate takes the pettiness prize," Jan. 11). In my eulogy for Governor Schaefer, I pictured him walking the golden streets with St. Peter checking for pot holes. When he saw some folks there he asked, "Why are they here?
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January 14, 2014
While I enjoy Bob Ehrlich's weekly columns and I, too, never let the truth stand in the way of a good story, I must take exception when he goes too far ("De Blasio-ism should strike fear in the hearts of New York," Jan. 12). As a former IRS employee, let me add a few facts to his statement that "nobody [at the IRS] has lost his or her job" over the IRS "scandal. " One, Acting IRS Commissioner Steve Miller was forced to resign. Two, Tax-Exempt and Government Entities Commissioner Joseph Grant was forced to retire early.
NEWS
January 12, 2014
While mainstream Republicans and even some Democrats may accept Chris Christie's apology, our tea party group and others we have contacted do not ("'Stunned' Christie fires top adviser," Jan. 10). His claims that he didn't know about the politically motivated bridge closings were perpetrated by rogue subordinates are irrelevant. Clearly, Governor Christie has bred an atmosphere in which those subordinates feel it is acceptable to behave the way they did. Any Republicans defending Governor Christie immediately forfeit the validity of their arguments to blame President Barack Obama for the acts of his administration.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2014
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley marks his return to the Sunday political show circuit this week just as his longtime sparring partner and potential 2016 rival, Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, is battling the biggest scandal of his administration. The appearance on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday will focus on the minimum wage, "economic mobility" and gun control, according to a listing from the network. That said, it's a safe bet Christie will come up. Both men are considered potential presidential candidates in 2016.
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Lauren McEwen and For The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2013
So here's the thing: "Scandal” won't be returning until Feb. 27. The news came out that they were cutting the season short a few episodes -- most likely due to Kerry Washington's pregnancy (CONGRATS!). But that doesn't change the fact that fans are not happy about having to wait over two months to find out what the consequences of last night's episode will be. We start off with Sally, who is still reeling from murdering Daniel Douglas. In frenzied flashbacks, we see how it happened.
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December 13, 2013
The sudden resignation of Gary D. Maynard as secretary of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services has huge implications both immediate as well as a few years down the road ( "State public safety and corrections secretary stepping down," Dec. 10). The immediate impact points to the instability of Mr. Maynard's leadership - or lack of it - as state and federal authorities continue their investigation of an alleged takeover of the Baltimore City Detention Center by the Black Guerrilla Family prison gang.
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