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  • Exile On Charles Street: Restaurateur Qayum Karzai's life is split between Baltimore and his native Afghanistan

    Exile On Charles Street: Restaurateur Qayum Karzai's life is split between Baltimore and his native Afghanistan
    Last September, Hamid Karzai, the outgoing president of Afghanistan, made a number of disparaging remarks about U.S. involvement in that country. “America did not want peace for Afghanistan because it had its own agendas and goals here,” he said after pointedly leaving the U.S. out of the group of countries he thanked for helping during the course of his largely U.S.-backed administration. John Oliver, the former “Daily Show” correspondent,  responded on his HBO show “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” by reading a series of negative Yelp reviews of The Helmand, one of the four Baltimore restaurants owned by Qayum Karzai, the president’s older brother.
  • Military retirees have it pretty good, so why does Gov. Hogan want to cut their taxes?

    Military retirees have it pretty good, so why does Gov. Hogan want to cut their taxes?
    If Gov. Larry Hogan gets his way, James M. Drake will get to retire free of state income tax. Hogan wants the state to exempt the pensions of military retirees and first responders from state income tax. But that’s news to Drake, a retired Navy...

    Wandering Eye: Proof that trickle-down economics are harmful, UVA fraternities fight back, and more

    Wandering Eye: Proof that trickle-down economics are harmful, UVA fraternities fight back, and more
    The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris has taken a deep, data-driven look at the effects since the 1980s of trickle-down economics, the signature economic-policy achievement of the era of Ronald Reagan and Margaret...

    Baltimore's New Deal: WPA-level spending has the power to remake the city, but much of it might be going away

    Baltimore's New Deal: WPA-level spending has the power to remake the city, but much of it might be going away
    Baltimore City’s first manufacturing forum took place on Oct. 7 in the Hilton, a deluxe hotel the city spent $300 million to build, which has lost about $50 million since its 2008 opening.  Caron Brace, the Mayor’s press secretary, and...

    Educate yourself on the monsters running for office this election day

    Educate yourself on the monsters running for office this election day
    All 373,171 registered voters in Baltimore City are free to cast ballots in the Nov. 4 general elections—if they haven’t already, since early voting opened on Oct. 23. It’s an opportunity many voters either couldn’t or didn’t...