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Wes Moore, David Rubenstein and others say what ‘pursuit of happiness’ means to them

It’s right there near the top of the Declaration of Independence. “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” are the unalienable rights bestowed on us by our creator. As we approach Independence Day, let’s not think too hard on whether Thomas Jefferson should have written “inalienable” instead of “unalienable.” Instead, what the heck did America’s most famously flawed founder mean by the pursuit of happiness?

Getting steamed with Virginia over crabs

Many years ago, the Chesapeake Bay’s seafood bounty — like hidden pirate treasure — generated its share of human conflict. Among the most memorable was the Oyster Wars, a series of clashes dating back to the 1830s with scalawags descending from all over, looking to cash in on the valuable bivalves. Later, the skirmishes mostly involved watermen from Maryland and Virginia looking to harvest more than state laws allowed.

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Independently and united, we celebrate America’s birthday

The Fourth of July. Does any other phrase ring so strongly in the hearts of all Americans? The Fourth is an important and beloved national holiday. It is Independence Day, the day on which America’s united states (not yet a country but a powerful idea of one) came together as a Continental Congress to tell the world they were going to form a new nation.

Don’t trade an imperfect president for one who represents the worst in us

In January, one man will stand on stage at the Capitol and take an oath to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” For most of American history, this occasion has been a matter of ceremony, with little doubt that the president would fulfill his oath, regardless of which political party he represented. But this time we can’t afford to take it for granted.

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red and black tram on road between buildings during daytime
Red Line will be rail, but will it be reality?

Maryland Gov. Wes Moore isn’t an expert on transportation. That title falls to Lt. Gov. Aruna Miller, who has balanced a career as a transportation engineer with politics. But Moore knows a thing or two about cheerleading. So, when it was time to announce the preferred mode for the Red Line, the east-west transit line through Baltimore, Moore went big.

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It’s right there in the Declaration of Independence. But what does ‘pursuit of happiness’ mean?

It’s right there near the top of the Declaration of Independence. “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” are the unalienable rights bestowed on us by our creator. As we approach Independence Day, let’s not think too hard on whether Thomas Jefferson should have written “inalienable” instead of “unalienable.” Instead, what the heck did America’s most famously flawed founder mean by the pursuit of happiness?

 

Why am I hiking the Appalachian Trail? It’s a matter of opportunity.

A number of people have asked me some version of: “Why would you leave a lovely family and a perfectly comfortable home to traverse the East Coast by foot for half a year, climbing every mountain along the way?” To answer that question, I need to share a piece of personal lore that might at first seem unrelated, but I promise I’m going somewhere with it.

The Trump immunity decision isn’t the end of democracy — but it is bad

“The Court gives former President Trump all the immunity he asked for and more,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor declared in her dissent from Monday’s Trump v. United States ruling. The decision virtually guarantees that special counsel Jack Smith’s Jan. 6 case against the former president won’t move to trial before the election.

This was captured well waiting for the doctor who was busy at the time
New Maryland health care laws in 2024

The Maryland General Assembly’s 2024 legislative session concluded with the enactment of many health care laws that will impact health care facilities, providers, insurers, and health care related licensees in the State. Here are some of the highlights from the 2024 session. Noncompete ban: The Maryland legislature amended the state’s existing law governing noncompetes to expand restrictions on their use.

How the Pentagon can avoid stumbling on the digital battlefield — again

As disinformation and misinformation become major tools of global conflict, democracies need to decide when and how they should influence populations abroad. Influence campaigns are undoubtedly necessary, but how to conduct them according to democratic values is less obvious. The Pentagon has offered a good lesson in what not to do. A clandestine disinformation campaign against Chinese coronavirus vaccines in 2020 and 2021, a program just revealed in an investigation by Reuters, was a grave error.

 

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