Olen: Warren tried to avoid a trap with her Medicare-for-all plan. She still fell into one.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released her plan to pay for Medicare-for-all on Friday. Many are debating the merits of the plan and whether the Warren campaign’s cost estimates are accurate. But there’s another important takeaway that’s getting shorter shrift: The American obsession with not raising taxes on individuals might well have led Warren into a trap. (Wash. Post)

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EDITORIAL: Investing in Saudi Arabia’s oil company is an investment in a brutal regime

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman appears confident he has overcome the international backlash that followed the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi 13 months ago. Last week, the annual investment conference the kingdom sponsors saw the return of senior government officials and business executives who boycotted it last year, soon after a killing that U.S. intelligence concluded was ordered by the crown prince. (Wash. Post)

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Milbank: So this is why Trump doesn’t want officials to testify

Now we see why the Trump administration doesn’t want officials to testify in the impeachment inquiry. Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) released the first batch of transcripts Monday from the closed-door depositions, including that of Marie Yovanovitch, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine removed from her post by President Trump at the urging of his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. (Wash. Post)


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O'Keefe: ’Western Girls’: achieving for 175 years in Baltimore

This month, Baltimore’s Western High School launched a year-long celebration of its 175th anniversary as the oldest all-girls public school in the nation. Prior to Western’s founding in 1844, there had been no opportunity for city girls to get an education beyond grammar school. The school’s location changed many times over the decades to accommodate its growth. In September 1967, the current school was opened, sharing a large modern campus with the then all-male Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. The combination of two school buildings, with a shared interior greenspace, the “quad,” became one of the largest high school campuses constructed in America. (Balt. Sun)

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Zurawik: Focusing the patriarchy fight on men who hold power over media narratives

I was wrong. In 2016, I wrote a piece about the fall of Fox News chief Roger Ailes in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations that opened with the sentence, “Monsters don’t die easy.” I thought of him as a monster because of the sick, toxic, misogynistic workplace environment he created at Fox News as he harassed, assaulted and abused women and put people in power who did the same. (Balt. Sun)

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Rodricks: Baltimore’s vacants remain symbols of failure and future

How it goes in Baltimore: Someone tells a story (about a carjacking or trash dumping or suburbanites no longer patronizing a downtown restaurant) and it leaves you feeling grim. An hour later, someone else tells a story (about an amazing teacher or a cop who handled a bad situation with heroic poise or about a Hopkins startup that just scored millions in funding) and you absolutely soar into a state of contained optimism. You can feel depressed one minute, excited the next. In Baltimore, that happens a lot. You see failure here, future there. (Balt. Sun)

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Editorial: Charges against midshipmen raise concern about Naval Academy’s commitment to addressing sexual assault

Allegations of several sexual assaults committed by one midshipman at the Naval Academy are troubling both in the specifics of the case and in the concerns they raise about how the military academy handled reporting of the incidents and whether it is taking accusations of sexual assault seriously enough. From February 2018 to May of this year, on four different occasions, Third Class Midshipmen Nixon Keago is accused of breaking into dormitory rooms, and one time the berthing area of a ship, where young women were sleeping. (Balt. Sun)

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Tumulty: Now the real battle for the Democratic nomination begins

The Iowa Democratic Party’s rowdy fall fundraising dinner has a storied spot on the presidential campaign calendar. The event, which took place here Friday night, marks the moment when the race turns into its final stretch before voting actually begins, and the dinner can be counted on to draw the single biggest Democratic gathering outside the party’s national convention. (Wash. Post)

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