TNR in exile. Ex-WaPo & BaltSun. Proud native of Pittsfield, MA & resident of Baltimore. Author of The Cynic (S&S). amacgillis [at] gmail [dot] com

South Baltimore's thief who listens — IF ANYONE doubts that Baltimore is headed in the right direction, consider the following: Not long ago, I discovered someone had broken into my car on the South Baltimore street where it was parked, smashing a rear window in the process. I took a quick inventory. The car radio was still there.

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Sen. Mitch McConnell's Political Life, Examined, In 'The Cynic' — When Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) first entered politics in the 1960s, he started out as moderate - pro-abortion rights, pro-union, in support of the civil rights movement. With time, McConnell shifted to the right as the Republican Party shifted. "I was just really startled by this when I started looking into it," Alec MacGillis tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

Wall Street Journal Article on Latinos, Obamacare Omits Medicaid — The Wall Street Journal, the largest-circulation daily newspaper in the country, ran a front-page article on Wednesday pointing out that the Affordable Care Act was falling short in one very specific, politically relevant way. As the headline blared, "Latinos Lag Under Health Law."

2014 Midterms Boosted Gun Control and Hurt the NRA — There were precious few silver linings for Democrats in last week's midterms, but a big one has been mostly overlooked. It was a pretty good election, all things considered, for the movement to strengthen gun laws- a part of the liberal coalition that is supposed to be among the most beleaguered .

Republicans Won the Senate Because Democrats Forgot 2012 Message — The day of the 2012 presidential election, while reporting on the south side of Columbus, Ohio, I came across a 50-year-old man named Matt Bimberg who was waiting for the bus. He was a middle-aged white man with a Detroit Tigers cap in a mostly black neighborhood, and was returning home from a warehouse job as a forklift operator.

When Mitch McConnell Met Roger Ailes: An Early Lesson in Winning At All Costs — Alec MacGillis | Below is an excerpt from The Cynic , a new book by The New Republic writer Alec MacGillis about Mitch McConnell, who was just elected to a sixth term in the U.S. Senate and-with Republicans now taking control of the Senate-will become the new majority leader.

Anthony Brown Didn't Lose in Maryland Because of Republican Wave — I knew Democrat Anthony Brown was in trouble in the race for Maryland governor when every single voter I spoke with Tuesdayincluding several who voted for Barack Obama-at a polling station in a swing district in Baltimore County, just outside the Baltimore city line in the Overlea neighborhood, brought up the rain tax.

Joni Ernst Capitalized on a Broken Media Landscape in Iowa — By this time tomorrow, the 2014 midterms will be over, but for one or two runoff elections in Louisiana and/or Georgia and perhaps some final ballot-counting in the Aleutian Islands, and we'll be able to start focusing on what really matters: handicapping the 2016 races for the White House and Congress.

Book review: ‘Losing Our Way,’ an portrait of America, by Bob Herbert — By Bob Herbert Doubleday. 283 pp. $27.95 A few days ago, I had one of my MARC moments. The commuter train from Baltimore to Washington slowed just outside the Beltway, wheezing along as if it were dragging the 1st Armored Division. The German tourists behind me looked bewildered at our sorry pace.
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Dec 20, 2014

@mkf111 @justinjm1 Nope, worked it in my whole career, 18 years now. Just always hoping against experience that we can do better than this.

Dec 20, 2014

So hey, let's run a whole story on it. @justinjm1: Bed Stuy resident said there was clapping, cheering over dead cops

Dec 20, 2014

@GlennThrush Sure, if we want to make it one. Which I guess we are.

Dec 20, 2014

Daily Beast changes headline. From "Sick Cheers for Cop Killer in Brooklyn" to "Cop Killings Brings Horror--and Some Cheers" (sic)

Dec 20, 2014

@GlennThrush Right, & when some other cop killer cites Waco or what have you, that's political too. This is awful. And has happened before.

Dec 20, 2014

@GlennThrush No doubt. But there's a lack of perspective here. There are lots of nuts out there who shoot at cops, not just in big cities.

Dec 20, 2014

@GlennThrush Did he put out a statement when the nut in the Poconos recently murdered cops because they were cops? This is hardly isolated.

Dec 20, 2014

Yes, the Daily Beast is running a piece headlined "Sick Cheers for Cop Killer in Brooklyn" based on 1 unnamed source.…

Dec 20, 2014

@GlennThrush Oh, sure. But to run a full story quoting only "Carlos," in a way that clearly echoes Palestinian reaction to 9/11? Not good.

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