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  • Three local GOP congressmen backed Boehner's debt-reduction bill

    Three local GOP congressmen backed Boehner's debt-reduction bill
    The trio of Republican congressmen from Hampton Roads all supported embattled House Speaker John Boehner's debt-reduction bill that cleared the House of Representatives on Friday. Later in the evening, the Senate -- which earlier pronounced the bill dead...
  • Walter A. Rafalko, UB law school professor, dies

    Walter A. Rafalko, UB law school professor, dies
    Walter A. "Wally" Rafalko, a decorated World War II veteran and a former professor of law who also had been associate dean of the University of Baltimore School of Law, died July 28 of congestive heart failure at Stella Maris Hospice. The longtime...
  • Dr. Walter A. Rafalko, UB law school professor, dies

    Dr. Walter A. Rafalko, UB law school professor, dies
    Walter A. "Wally" Rafalko, a decorated World War II veteran and a former professor of law who also had been associate dean of the University of Baltimore Law School, died July 28 of congestive heart failure at Stella Maris Hospice. The longtime...
  • Anti-Sharia movement fuels bigotry

    Nearly a decade after the events of 9/11, the backlash against Islamic Americans shows signs of worsening. Not even the death of Osama bin Laden earlier this year has had much impact on the growing anxiety of those who can't seem to distinguish between...
  • Two-year House of Representatives terms made sense at the time — now, maybe not

    In her book, "Ratification, The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788," Pauline Maier notes that during the debate for ratification of the United States constitution in Massachusetts (as reported in the American Herald during the convention), the good...
  • Does Obama stand for anything?

    Does Obama stand for anything?
    Reflecting upon growing voter indifference in democracies across the Atlantic, historian Tony Judt chalked it up to a roster of world leaders who "convey neither conviction nor authority" and "stand for nothing in particular." These words resonate in...
  • Effort to overturn Dream Act unconstitutional

    Efforts to overturn the Maryland Dream Act granting undocumented resident aliens tuition rates at state colleges equal to those charged citizen residents of Maryland would have voters veto a clause of the 14th Amendment: "No State shall … deny to...
  • Hearings will allow closer look into death penalty cases

    Attorneys for an inmate accused of killing a corrections officer five years ago want prosecutors to reveal their evidence to determine whether it satisfies the state's death penalty statute. The hearing, requested by lawyers for Lee Edward Stephens, is...
  • Congress adheres to Constitution only when it wants to

    Now that the debt limit crisis has been kicked down the road for another month or so, we need to consider its lasting impact on our Constitution. For the first time, many members of Congress blithely ignored the clear language of the 14th Amendment...
  • Durbin endorses Duckworth, takes shot at Republicans' anti-tax pledge

    Durbin endorses Duckworth, takes shot at Republicans' anti-tax pledge
    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Monday he remains optimistic a bipartisan congressional panel of lawmakers can come up with a new round of deficit reduction plans if Republicans realize their “oath is to the Constitution” and not to an anti-tax...
  • Judge hears arguments in Catholic Charities case

    Judge hears arguments in Catholic Charities case
    SPRINGFIELD -- A Sangamon County judge heard oral arguments today from lawyers representing four Catholic Charities agencies who urged him to prevent the state from severing a partnership that has provided publicly funded foster care and adoption services...