Cal Thomas: What became of country before party?

One of the few advantages of changing addresses is that you sometimes discover long-forgotten items. In a recent move, I found an old recording that contained an interview of Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield, a Democrat from Montana, by Paul Duke for NBC's "Today" show. The year was 1968. Richard Nixon had just been elected president. Duke asked Mansfield how much cooperation the president-elect should expect from Congress. Mansfield's response to this and subsequent questions, compared to what we hear from the mouths of contemporary Democrats, is a shocking reminder of how far we have fallen in the last 50 years. (Balt. Sun)

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Doug Colbert: Bashing judges for sport in Md.

Conscientious, independent and fair-minded judges are accustomed to public attacks when making unpopular decisions. The public at large often misunderstands the finer points of law and fact when it comes to judicial decision-making. However, lawyers should know better. From the public at large, the recent tirades against Baltimore City Judge Michael Studdard for releasing an accused murderer on $100,000 bail and home detention come as no surprise. But Thiru Vignarajah’s scathing and uninformed op-ed article, coming from a lawyer, is unforgivable. (Balt. Sun)

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John Kass: Power outage in subzero cold changes one's perspective

Before the power went out at our house, and the cold sent its fingernails through the walls and the wind began to sing of death, I planned on writing quite a different column. Something pithy to poke fun at all those irritating summer children panicking over the polar vortex that makes it feel like 50 degrees below zero outside. You've heard them, haven't you? They've been jabbering nonsensically in media for media for days now, warning us to wear hats, gloves, boots, coats. (Balt. Sun)

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Anne Arundel School board should choose an elected member as new president, vice president

No one said shifting to an elected school board would be easy. But Wednesday’s vote on a new Anne Arundel County Board of Education president and vice president could be much uglier than anyone anticipated. Last year, the board chose Julie Hummer and Terry Gilleland as president and vice president — in the middle of an election contest that pitted the two appointed incumbents against two challengers. By selecting Hummer and Gilleland, the board appeared to be putting a thumb on the electoral scale. But, the rules required the election by a certain date and the results were what they were. (Capital)

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Working to keep students safe

The U.S. Department of Education, for reasons unknown, decided recently to use a report on keeping schools safe from shootings as a vehicle to overturn guidelines aimed at preventing discrimination against minority students in school discipline. What? Thankfully, the leaders of Frederick County Public Schools have responded that they will continue their efforts to make discipline fair and equal for all students.


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John R. Leopold: Criticisms of me misrepresent the facts

Once again, The Capital resorts to willful misrepresentation and malicious falsehoods when it comes to editorializing about my conduct (“Leopold’s legal strategy shows an utter failure to grasp his abuse,” Jan. 30, reprinted in The Sun on Feb. 2). I have on several occasions acknowledged misjudgments but should never be compelled to admit to criminal misconduct I did not commit. Three years ago, the Capital wrote that I "coerced an employee (Patricia Medlin) into helping change (my) colostomy bag." This statement was false because I have never had a colostomy bag. (Balt. Sun)

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What happened to Global Warming, anyway?

Forget the fuss over the kid in the MAGA hat and the Native American with the drum. That’s old news and, depending upon your ideology, fake news one way or the other. The latest flap was launched by President Donald Trump’s tweet that Texas has unearthed a legion of illegal aliens who are registered to vote and have done so. I didn’t get this because I don’t tweet, twitter, twaddle or any other social media stuff. And now I’m wondering why someone hasn’t come up with a catchy name for Trump’s tweets? “Trumpetings,” or something like that. (Times-News)

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Ruppersberger: 'President needs to stop tweeting and start leading'

The National Security Agency is 31.2 miles from the front door of the White House. When President Donald Trump first came into office, I invited him to tour the agency (located in my district at Fort Meade, Md.) at his convenience. I often take new members of Congress to NSA — I’m taking a group of freshmen next week, in fact — and it would make sense for our new commander in chief to want to see our country’s signals intelligence headquarters and meet some of its people. I never heard back. (Balt. Sun)

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