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Thomas F. Schaller is a professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and author of "Whistling Past Dixie." His column appears Wednesdays in The Sun.

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Thomas F. Schaller

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The Connie Morella effect [Commentary]

The Connie Morella effect [Commentary]

October 14, 2014

The tighter the Maryland governor's race becomes, the more I think about Connie Morella.

  • The Islamic State's false promise [Commentary]

    September 30, 2014

    The political practices of the Islamic State are terrifying: kidnapping, ransoming, ethnic cleansing and, of course, beheading. These people must be vanquished.

  • Yet another social bias: institution-based privilege [Commentary]

    September 16, 2014

    The commodification of American justice is nothing new. Those with means have always enjoyed better legal representation in the courts, presuming their wealth failed to shield them from arrest in the first place. Beyond wealth, sociological distinctions have also conferred judicial advantage.

  • The GOP needs another Ehrlich [Commentary]

    September 2, 2014

    I miss Bob Ehrlich. Seriously, I do.

  • Getting their due [Commentary]

    August 19, 2014

    Two recent major developments may revolutionize major college sports, potentially to the benefit of long-exploited college athletes. It's about time.

  • The GOP chamber puzzle [Commentary]

    August 5, 2014

    Most political prognosticators forecast that Republicans will recapture the U.S. Senate in this fall's midterm elections. The GOP already holds the House, and the fact that Republicans control the lower chamber but not the upper one is actually something of a puzzle and an historical anomaly.

  • A fairer (small) business environment [Commentary]

    July 22, 2014

    Is there a way to actually unite economic populists on the liberal left and libertarian right? Maybe not. But one promising possibility is the prioritization of American small businesses over powerful, multinational corporate dominance.

  • Not taxing U.S. corporations gives a pass to foreigners [Commentary]

    July 8, 2014

    Supreme Court conservatives continue to insist that corporations have the same rights as people on matters ranging from making campaign donations (Citizens United) to raising religious objections to government policies (Hobby Lobby).

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