EDITORIAL: Baltimore’s ‘squeegee kid’ issue has reached a tipping point; it’s time for a break

When a gun enters the contentious squeegee kid debate, we know the issue has hit a tipping point. Last week, a 45-year-old woman told Baltimore police she flashed her firearm because she thought a group of young people who wash car windows for cash had gotten too aggressive. A struggle ensued when one of the teens reached inside her car, and the gun went off. (Balt.Sun)

Read Full Article

EDITORIAL: Why the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau must be dissolved

The design of the United States government is riddled with checks and balances intended to prevent any one branch from becoming so powerful it could dominate the other two. This, the Founders believed, would safeguard our liberties. All that went out the window when, as part of the Dodd-Frank banking reform legislation, Congress created an agency called the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau which, at every turn, violates these principles. (Wash. Times)

Read Full Article

Stengel: Why America needs a hate speech law

When I was a journalist, I loved Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.’s assertion that the Constitution and the First Amendment are not just about protecting “free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate.” But as a government official traveling around the world championing the virtues of free speech, I came to see how our First Amendment standard is an outlier. (Wash. Post)

Read Full Article

Milbank: Suddenly Ken Starr doesn’t like impeachment so much

Is there anything Republicans won’t say to make impeachment go away? They attack the patriotism of decorated veterans. They decry rules that they devised. And they discard long-held principles as though the past never happened. Comes now Ken Starr, responsible more than any other person on Earth for the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, to tell us what a dreadful thing impeachment is. (Wash. Post)

Read Full Article

EDITORIAL: Mike Pence is reliably, relentlessly wrong

The more undisciplined President Trump becomes in his scattershot defenses of his behavior toward Ukraine, the more robotically Vice President Pence seems to stay on message. Unfortunately, that message is an indefensible falsehood. During a television interview Monday with PBS’s Judy Woodruff, Mr. Pence said three times that anyone who reads the rough transcript of Mr. Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “will see the president did nothing wrong. There is no quid pro quo.” (Wash. Post)

Read Full Article

EDITORIAL: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi dies, along with his dreadful caliphate

“This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper,” wrote T.S. Eliot in “The Hollow Men.” A dark commentary on the despair gripping the European continent following World War I, it fits as a preface to the last moments of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, almost. (Wash. Times)

Read Full Article

EDITORIAL: Republicans escalate their strategy of voter suppression

Mobile polling places that popped up on college campuses and other population-dense areas were “the most effective program we had,” Dana DeBeauvoir, the chief elections official in Travis County, Tex., told the New York Times. That would explain why Texas Republicans shut them down.The Times reported last week that, as Texans head to the polls, it will be substantially harder for college students to vote. (Wash. Post)

Read Full Article

Freedlander: Out and About (Sort of): Changing of the Guard

Anyone who ever worked in Annapolis the past three decades understood how large a shadow that Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller cast over the political landscape in the state capital. He was the master puppeteer, one of the most powerful Democrats in Maryland. After the longest stint as president of a state senate in the United States, he resigned his leadership position on Thursday, Oct. 24 due to serious health concerns related to prostate cancer. He will continue as a rank-and-file state senator representing Calvert County. (Chestertown)

Read Full Article