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With signup deadlines approaching, Gov. O’Malley and Lt. Gov. Brown are working to boost enrollment and fix Maryland’s health-care website
BY Marc Shapiro
December 19, 2013

State officials say fixing Maryland’s flawed heath-care website and increasing enrollment is their No. 1 priority. “I am frustrated and disappointed with how the launch of the website has gone,” Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown said at a recent news conference. He and Gov. Martin O’Malley announced a variety of steps Monday to boost enrollment and CONTINUE »

Messianic Jews, also known as Hebrew Christians, hand out latkes and sufganiyot at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Hebrew Christian groups giving out latkes and sufganiyot to lure Jewish students to their faith
BY Marc Shapiro
December 12, 2013

University of Maryland, College Park students received unexpected Chanukah presents this year in the form of free latkes and sufganyot outside of the student union. But these treats came with a side order of Jesus. The table, erected last week, was being run by Chosen People Ministries, a group of messianic Jews and gentiles that CONTINUE »

BY Larry Luxner
December 11, 2013

Can a simple handshake in South Africa someday lead to freedom for a Maryland man who’s been rotting in a Cuban jail for the last four years? On Tuesday morning, President Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro while both leaders were attending the funeral of South Africa’s Nelson Mandela. The gesture, which the CONTINUE »

BY Dmitriy Shapiro
December 10, 2013

While U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry returned from his Middle East trip last week with an optimistic message, following his latest attempt to foster progress in Israel-Palestinian peace talks and the presentation of a security proposal to both sides, Israelis and Palestinians aren’t sharing his positive outlook. From Dec. 4 to 6, Kerry accompanied CONTINUE »

‘Cultural’ alternative to conversion is a bad idea
BY Harold Berman
December 5, 2013

The reputable car dealer’s advertisement in the local paper screams, “Brand New Mercedes — Only $500!” You get excited but think it sounds too good to be true. Upon closer inspection, it is. The car dealer is offering only the hubcaps of the Mercedes for $500. If you want the whole car, it will cost CONTINUE »