Maryland

Examples of Obamacare plan cancellations and premium increases are getting tons of media coverage, though you rarely hear the whole story. Some people losing their plans have insurance with huge gaps, the kind that leave you exposed to financial ruin when you get sick.

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The latest state to publish insurance rates under Obamacare is Maryland. The results seem consistent with the pattern we’ve seen so far. When state officials want the law to work, it works pretty well. And Maryland officials want the law to work. 

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He’s Handsome, He’s Progressive, He’s a Rocker...

And man, would Martin O’Malley make a lousy presidential candidate

And man, would Martin O’Malley make a lousy presidential candidate.

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Several high-profile Democratic governors seem to think gun control is no longer an issue to avoid. Will they be proven right?

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Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American HistoryBy John Fabian Witt (Free Press, 498 pp., $32)   WAR IS ABOUT killing, maiming, and destroying. Yet in its midst men have sought heroism not only in savage acts of bravery but also in observing limits, in finding a way to affirm their and their adversaries’ common humanity, in the concept of honor as a higher expression of morality than is attainable even in peace.

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The former fake bikini contest judge is now a congressman.

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They killed his lawyer and wrecked his fortune. Now the man who renounced his American citizenship is turning to Congress for revenge on Russia.

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Maryland’s 3rd congressional district, the most gerrymandered in the nation, is a Rorschach test in the most literal sense. The Washington Post called it a “crazy quilt.” A local politician compared it to “blood spatter from a crime scene.” A federal judge said it reminded him of a “broken-winged pterodactyl, lying prostrate across the center of the state.” DCist suggested we ditch metaphor altogether and change the word “gerrymander” to “Marymander.” It would be an apt name.

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Washington state ain't no Canada or Amsterdam. In fact, as of yesterday, it's even more liberal.

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The long-fight for marriage equality.

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