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Top diplomat’s remark sparks ire on both sides of political aisle
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
April 17, 2014

After spending more than two-and-a-half hours testifying in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary of State John Kerry is fending off criticism from all sides, as Democrats, Republicans and members of the media accuse him of blaming Israelis for derailing peace negotiations. During a hearing held as a review of the State Department’s CONTINUE »

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Bills make possession of small amounts of marijuana a civil fine and establish an effective medical marijuana program
BY Marc Shapiro
April 17, 2014

Gov. Martin O’Malley signed a new medical marijuana bill and a bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. The Maryland General Assembly overwhelmingly passed a bill that would make possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana a civil offense punishable by a fine, and a bill that allows doctors to prescribe CONTINUE »

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BY Joshua Runyan
April 17, 2014

Any doubts as to the danger of anti-Semitism in the United States were unfortunately put to rest this week when a gunman’s bullets — smack dab in the middle of middle America — claimed the lives of three people at Jewish institutions in Overland Park, Kan. We now know that the 73-year-old man from Aurora, CONTINUE »

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Local Jewish Organizations Hail 2014 Session as a Success
BY Marc Shapiro and Heather Norris
April 17, 2014

For many in Maryland’s Jewish communities, the recently-concluded 2014 legislative session was a success. With a resolution to much of the state’s kosher wine problem, the passage of a bill expanding pre-kindergarten to more Maryland children and the inclusion of an amendment to the budget denouncing the American Studies Association’s academic boycott of Israel, in CONTINUE »

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After last year’s sellout, second annual festival moves to larger location
BY Heather Norris
April 17, 2014

With a new location and an almost entirely new lineup of artists, the founders of the Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival are ready to make this year’s event even bigger than last year’s sold-out show. The second annual festival, on April 26, will move from last year’s location, Union Craft Brewing near Hampden, to CONTINUE »