Michael Olesker


A Desperate Choice

A Desperate Choice

As I write these words, Judge Neil Gorsuch moves through another day of Capitol Hill testimony on his nomination to become a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. It’s nearly noontime on Wednesday. But some of Gorsuch’s words from the day before still linger in the air. He...

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Fifty Years Later, Rouse’s Dream Lives On

Fifty Years Later, Rouse’s Dream Lives On

At moments like this, as Columbia begins marking its half-century of existence in Howard County, it’s comforting to think of the city’s genius creator, the late Jim Rouse, looking down from his heavenly perch and feeling pretty good about the dream he had so long ago....

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Is ‘Shovelry’ Dead?

Is ‘Shovelry’ Dead?

On mornings such as this, with snow all over the ground, some of us recall those blissful school days of yesteryear when we’d put our ears to the radio and listen carefully for the sacred List of School Closings. “Baltimore City public schools – closed. Baltimore...

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Lessons of the Descendants

Lessons of the Descendants

That was a nice little ceremony they held outside the State House in Annapolis this week, where the descendants of a U.S. Supreme Court justice reached across the years, and the great American racial divide, to embrace the descendants of a slave. The most touching...

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