Rodricks: Using Google Street Views to travel back in time to East Baltimore

After a recent column on abandoned rowhouses, I heard from many readers, including Lisa Marr, a doctor in New Mexico. She grew up in Baltimore, but college and career took her away from here in the 1990s. Most of her Baltimore kin are gone now. When she visits, she says, it’s via Google. She uses Street View from her desktop to travel back in time to the East Baltimore neighborhood where her parents and grandparents lived. (Balt Sun)

 

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EDITORIAL: Democrats should not give up the fight to hear from more witnesses

Democrats and Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have released competing accounts of the more than 100 hours of testimony collected from 17 witnesses in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s actions on Ukraine. They are starkly and revealingly at odds.The Democratic version closely relies on the testimony to describe a “months-long effort by President Trump to use the powers of his office to solicit foreign interference on behalf of his 2020 election.” (Wash. Post)

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EDITORIAL: Americans choose holiday cheer over impeachment

Like an autumn breeze that sweeps clean the fallen leaves, good fortune is expelling the dreary effects of the incessant political strife that has tarnished the days of 2019. Even as dour faces in Washington deliver the dismal details of presidential impeachment proceedings, elsewhere the news is of a nation bursting with new-found prosperity. By most measures, this holiday season is shaping up to come wrapped in a golden bow. (Wash. Times)

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Gillum: ‘Socialism’ is a GOP smear. Democrats have to fight back.

A few days after I became the Democratic nominee for governor of Florida, the Republican nominee, Ron DeSantis, visited the historically Cuban neighborhood of Little Havana in Miami and read aloud, in Spanish, from a note card: “El socialismo sería un desastre para la Florida.” Attack ads and targeted mailers soon followed. President Trump visited Florida three times to amplify the attacks, and his diatribes about the dangers of socialism were broadcast to every home in the state. (Wash. Post)

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Lowe: Will Betsy DeVos remove schools' Title IX power to adjudicate off-campus sexual misconduct?

Any day now, the Department of Education will release its finalized adaptation of Title IX protocols, dictating how colleges handle sexual assault and harassment. Although the rules will likely match most of the stipulations released by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos last year, the final code is rumored to nix her earlier proposal to remove all off-campus allegations of sexual assault or harassment from the jurisdiction of Title IX inquiries. (Examiner)

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Capehart: What Pete Buttigieg really said about being gay, prejudice and blacks

When you’re black and gay, there are times when you feel that the two identities integral to your whole self are in conflict. Actually, let me rephrase that. There are times when other folks put your two identities in conflict and you feel compelled to respond. When I thundered against the ugly lie that homophobia among African Americans was the reason Democratic presidential contender Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., wasn’t gaining their support, I had more than a few white gay men lecture me about black people as they hurled studies at me in the worst-ever display of apples meeting oranges. (Wash. Post)

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Lane: The criminal-justice debate needs to catch up with this encouraging trend

African Americans and Latinos are substantially overrepresented among the U.S. prison population, an undeniable legacy of systemic discrimination, historical and contemporary. These disparities are a major topic in the 2020 presidential campaign, as they should be. “Our criminal justice system cannot be just unless we root out the racial, gender, and income-based disparities in the system,” former vice president Joe Biden’s official campaign website declares, correctly. (Wash. Post)

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TikTok and the long arm of the Chinese government

It was a bad week for TikTok — and a good week for the long arm of the Chinese government under whose auspices the app’s parent company, ByteDance, operates. TikTok is virally popular among middle- and high-schoolers, but far less so among lawmakers skeptical of the video-sharing service’s implications for national security. (Wash. Post)

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