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Frank DeFilippo: A Fight for the Soul of the GOP? The Party Doesn’t Have One

Gov. Larry Hogan said recently there will be a “real battle for the soul of the Republican Party over the next couple of years.” A noted historian, Matthew Dallek, wrote a few weeks ago that the “Republican Party is searching for its soul.” President Biden campaigned for a year around the theme that the 2020 election was about the soul of America. Soul. That ineffable quality that makes stuff what it is – the quiddity, or whatness, of a person, place or thing. Simply put, a book is a book, not because somebody decided to call it a book, but because of its “bookness.”

Whitehouse & Kunze: Get the Dirty Sources Out of State’s Renewable Energy Program

Since 2004, Maryland residents have invested millions of dollars in renewable energy sources as we strive to create new energy sector jobs and reduce our carbon emissions in the face of the climate crisis. For 17 years, the Renewable Portfolio Standard has promised to invest ratepayers’ money into new and expanding renewable energy, but dirty energy sources hold it back from meeting that goal. As the state seeks to spur recovery from COVID-19 and spend public money wisely, it is time to address the polluting, carbon-intensive energy sources that remain a big chunk of our Renewable Portfolio Standard.

Sen. Hester and Jennifer Solan: Preparing for the Worst

The arctic blast in Texas and resulting power grid failures is unfortunately only the most recent of many severe weather events. Across Maryland, a recent NOAA study shows the frequency of flooding is dramatically increasing in vulnerable areas like Cambridge, Tolchester Beach, Baltimore City, Annapolis, and Solomons Island. For example, projections for Baltimore City show 5-9 days of flooding will occur in 2020, 15-25 days in 2030, and 50-155 days in 2050. Flash floods, like those experienced in Ellicott City, result in millions of dollars of damage and lost lives.

Zurawik: For a better America, media need to focus on Biden and not fall for Trump’s attempts to distract

In case you thought former President Donald Trump was going to sit quietly in Florida playing bad golf, drinking Diet Cokes and eating cheeseburgers, consider this TV moment from last week. Early Tuesday evening, CNN and other cable channels were focused on President Joe Biden as he boarded Air Force One for a trip to Milwaukee, where he would take part in his first cable news town hall since becoming president.

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Rodricks: Build giant water tanks, land on Mars, keep people from freezing — if we go big, we can do it all

Baltimore now has the largest underground storage tank for drinking water in the whole wide world. That’s according to city officials and engineers who have earned the boast. The massive tank, located in Druid Hill Park, will be tested for leaks next month and, if all goes well, it should be in service to the city’s 1.8 million water customers a year from now. I went out to see it the other day because I wanted to be awed, I needed to be awed. The country has had too many failures. My city has had too many failures. I needed to be reminded of the good and sometimes amazing things we do.

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Editorial: Maryland needs expanded roads. Hogan’s plan is the best way forward.

No one knows the contours of post-pandemic working life, but it’s a fair bet that the world will not be so radically remade that traffic disappears and highways run free and clear at rush hour. That’s particularly true in the Washington metropolitan area, whose pre-pandemic daily congestion was among the worst in the nation. Suburban sprawl and booming population growth will remain, and bridges and roads long regarded as obsolete or inadequate are unlikely suddenly to suffice.

Editorial: Biden is moving to end Trump’s inhumane border policies. Can he avoid triggering a new migrant surge?

The Biden administration is engaged in a high-wire act at the U.S.-Mexico border, trying to dismantle what it rightly regards as former president Donald Trump’s inhumane immigration policies and simultaneously to avoid signaling to desperate migrants that the doors to the United States have swung open amid a pandemic. The stance is inherently contradictory — little wonder it began springing leaks days after the new president took office.

Olsen: Robinhood takes its turn in the congressional hot seat

The widely awaited first congressional hearing on GameStop took place Thursday, and it was nowhere near as climactic as expected. True, most — though not all — representatives quickly agreed on the villain: Vlad Tenev, CEO of Robinhood, the platform many of the investors in the game retailer used to run the stock up from low double digits to more than $500, before it plunged back to earth. Of course, Tenev apologized in the semi-groveling, semi-self-aggrandizing way typical at these hearings, promising to do better in the future — but it wasn’t clear what exactly needed to change. When asked point blank by Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Pa.) what “mistakes” he specifically made, he couldn’t answer.

As ‘reasonable Republican,’ Larry Hogan talks up bipartisanship. But who wants it?

Like most politicians with aspirations for higher office, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan must read polls. But the other night on CNN, he seemed to have either overlooked or avoided recent polling about his political party and about the country’s desire for big government action to help us through the pandemic and recession. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it’s refreshing to hear a politician speak his mind and not just what a poll tells him he should say.

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Require universal background checks for all gun purchases

Last Sunday marked a tragic anniversary. It was three years ago that a lone gunman shot and killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. President Joe Biden marked the date issuing a statement not only grieving for the loss of 14 children and 3 adults, but promising swift action to end “our epidemic of gun violence.” First on his list of proposals: Require background checks on all gun sales. That the measure topped the president’s agenda was likely no accident: It is surely the most common-sensical, broadly supported and easily accomplished gun safety reform imaginable.

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