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  • Rodricks: I harbored Haitians on the path to citizenship

    Rodricks: I harbored Haitians on the path to citizenship

    Time to come clean: Thirty years ago, I hired two illegal immigrants from Haiti to paint a three-board fence on a small horse farm. I gave them the job, a place to stay for a couple of weeks, and food. I enlisted friends to help them, too. And we all felt good about it. Che’rin Rashad and her husband,...

  • Dan Rodricks: Trump's Dreamers decision is all about racism, not business

    Dan Rodricks: Trump's Dreamers decision is all about racism, not business

    Not only is Donald J. Trump a racist, he’s dumb. And one of the dumbest decisions of his first year in office was rescinding the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. Trump might be a businessman, but ending DACA and sending it to Congress for resolution made no business...

  • Rodricks: The high cost of bad cops

    Rodricks: The high cost of bad cops

    I have been trying to identify a case of public corruption that hurt the public as much as the one federal authorities have brought against Sgt. Wayne Jenkins and his partners in crime from Baltimore’s disbanded, disgraced Gun Trace Task Force. Pound for pound, this one might top them all, and...

  • Dan Rodricks: Turning cargo containers into homes? Why not?

    Dan Rodricks: Turning cargo containers into homes? Why not?

    Could the nation’s international trade deficit — the fact that we import billions of dollars more in goods than we export — help the homeless men and women who roam the streets of Baltimore? If that sounds like a stretch, let me connect a couple of dots. Even with all the robust shipping that takes...

  • A quiet, steady good on a Baltimore side street

    A quiet, steady good on a Baltimore side street

    Several familiar Baltimore storylines come together in a bright classroom on the east side of the city, two flights up from little Mura Street, where Vanessa Williams speaks proudly of her after-school program, its 92 “scholars” and its nurturing atmosphere — and all of that despite the trouble...

  • Rodricks: Eager to say farewell to the worst year of the century

    Rodricks: Eager to say farewell to the worst year of the century

    Has there been a worse year than 2017? I don’t think so. Not in recent memory. Getting to a year as cumulatively bad as this one requires a half-century reach, back to 1968, the deadliest 12 months of the Vietnam War and, at home, a miserable year of assassinations, racial tension and riots, protests...

  • Andy Harris is right — Republican tax plan isn't trickle down, it's gush up

    Andy Harris is right — Republican tax plan isn't trickle down, it's gush up

    Rep. Andy Harris denies that the Republican tax overhaul represents another attempt at trickle-down economics. “Oh, no, not at all,” Harris told NPR Morning Edition host David Greene this week. “This is not trickle down.” And I agree with the extremely conservative Maryland congressman. It’s not...

  • Rodricks: Looking for work, not more trouble

    Rodricks: Looking for work, not more trouble

    I like what I heard Tuesday afternoon from Bryant Hairston — that he’s determined not to return to his old ways. “I don’t use drugs and I’m not gonna sell drugs,” he told me. “I’m here for my family now. I’m not going to jump back in that lane again.” Hairston, 28, is one of 75 men and women who...

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