Will: A tax reformer’s uphill push

The Sisyphean task of tax reform should be tried only by someone who will not flinch from igniting some highly flammable people — those who believe that whatever wrinkle in the tax code benefits them is an eternal entitlement. Tax reform’s Senate champion is Ron Wyden, the...

Solitary confinement’s mockery of human rights

Mary E. Buser worked in the mental health field on Rikers Island from 1995 to 2000.. She co-founded the Samaritans of New York suicide prevention hotline, which she directed from 1984 to 1990. New York state recently announced reforms to the practice of solitary confinement in...

Parker: Democrats try to make the Koch brothers the new face of the GOP

Rush Limbaugh can relax. The popular “demon of the right” has been replaced at least through the midterms by the Koch brothers, Charles and David. Who? Exactly. Though cable and online news junkies know the names, the vast majority of Americans probably have no idea who the Kochs...

6 suspended amid Missouri school rape allegations

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Months after vowing to boost security at a Kansas City school where a student says she was dragged to a room and raped, district officials have suspended six employees amid new allegations from a 14-year-old girl who alleges a boy repeatedly raped...

Center Alex Gavrilovic Leaving Dayton

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Backup center Alex Gavrilovic is leaving Dayton and will play at another school as a graduate student or return to France and play professionally. Gavrilovic will receive his undergraduate degree this summer. Gavrilovic could play for another Division I school...
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Editorial: Montgomery, Anne Arundel schools should plan ahead for snow days

TRY HARDER. That’s essentially what Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Lillian M. Lowery told local school officials who wanted a broad waiver from the state for instructional days lost to snow-related school closings this year. Given that that is exactly what schools...
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Editorial: Extracting a sane energy policy around methane

WILL THE United States’ energy revolution hurt the planet or help it? Will fracking for natural gas make fighting climate change harder or easier? Can the United States meet its goal of cutting its greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent of 2005 levels by 2020? The answer to...
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Editorial: Afghanistan’s presidential election Saturday could mean better relations with U.S.

MOST OF the headlines from Afghanistan ahead of its presidential election Saturday have reported Taliban terrorist attacks, so it’s worth underlining a few bits of less spectacular but probably more important news. Long lines have stretched from election centers as Afghans...

Down Maryland’s health-exchange rabbit hole

I thought my situation was straightforward. I am self-employed and have been buying health insurance since before the Affordable Care Act. Based on my less-than-stellar income, however, I started to wonder whether I qualified for a subsidy. Here’s what I found out. In...
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Soldiers killed at Fort Hood had years of service

AAA Apr. 4, 2014 6:15 PM ETSoldiers killed at Fort Hood had years of serviceAP Bob Butler, left, and Bob Gordon, right, work or a memorial at Central Christian Church for the victims of a Fort Hood shooting, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Killeen, Texas. A soldier, Spc. Ivan Lopez,...