Editorial: The year after the rat - How Trump could still help Baltimore and himself

Monday marked the one-year anniversary of the day a sitting president of the United States referred to Maryland’s 7th Congressional District, including Baltimore, as a “disgusting rat and rodent infested mess.” It was a nakedly racist attack on social media then and the intervening months have only underscored President Donald Trump’s malign purpose. In 2019, Mr. Trump was intent on embarrassing then-Rep. Elijah Cummings, an outspoken critic of his border policies. The congressman died just two months later but not before graciously inviting the president to tour Baltimore with him. (Balt Sun)

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Zurawik: Sinclair pulls the plug on coronavirus report promoting conspiracy theory about Dr. Anthony Fauci

The Hunt Valley-based Sinclair Broadcast Group said Monday that it will not air a controversial segment that featured an unfounded conspiracy theory suggesting Dr. Anthony Fauci was involved in creating COVID-19. The segment was scheduled to air Sunday in Baltimore on the Sinclair-owned WBFF on a weekly program titled “America This Week,” which is carried on Sinclair stations across the country. The show is hosted by former Fox News host Eric Bolling. (Balt Sun)

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Rubin: Are you a conservative? It’s a trick question.

The latest Gallup poll reports that the percentage of Americans identifying as conservative fell from 40 percent in January to 37 percent in March and April as the coronavirus pandemic emerged. From there, “It fell further to 34% in May and June as the pandemic has worn on, Trump’s job approval rating has tumbled, and the racial justice movement emerged as a national focus following the death of George Floyd.” By contrast, those describing themselves as liberal ticked up from 22 to 26 percent while moderates held roughly even (34 to 36 percent). (Wash Post)

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Paul: Maryland legislators must reconvene now. Our lives depend on it.

As we struggle to return to “normal,” many families are still facing severe hardship. Black and Latino families have been shattered by the novel coronavirus, and government at all levels has failed in protecting them. Since the early adjournment of the Maryland legislative session, state legislators have punted their responsibility for statewide solutions to Gov. Larry Hogan (R). (Wash Post)

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Opinion: MLB season now in jeopardy after COVID-19 outbreak hits Miami Marlins

It took four months for the Major League Baseball season to start, and now just 72 hours into it, the season could be abruptly ending. Commissioner Rob Manfred must decide whether to delay the 2020 season, postpone it until further notice or simply hope the Miami Marlins’ outbreak is an isolated case. For now, Major League Baseball postponed two games scheduled for Monday night, the Marlins' home game against the Baltimore Orioles, and New York Yankees' game in Philadelphia vs. the Phillies. (Balt Sun)

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27 U.S. mayors: Want to address systemic racism? Start with housing.

We have arrived at a critical juncture: Do we offer platitudes and empty gestures to outraged Americans demanding change, or do we answer the cry for racial justice and dismantle the broken systems that keep racism deeply embedded in our daily lives? As the mayors of 27 large and small cities across the United States, we understand that moving our cities forward requires the unraveling of a long history of systemic racism and fighting for long-overdue equity for people of color — and black people in particular. (Wash Post)

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Here’s how to prepare for Trump rejecting the election results in November

President Trump is laying the groundwork to do something that no previous president has ever done: falsely claim that an election was fixed against him in order to discredit the vote. Trump has repeatedly — and incorrectly — claimed the election will be “rigged” against him. By promoting a series of wacky, debunked conspiracy theories, he has primed his supporters to wrongly believe he is the victim of some unknown, shadowy “deep state” plot. In an interview that aired last week, he refused to commit to accepting the results in November. (Wash Post)

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EDITORIAL: Local leaders make tough coronavirus decisions Maryland governor won’t

As coronavirus cases spiked in Maryland, health officers from the state’s five largest counties and Baltimore City asked the state to step in and renew restrictions on restaurants, bars and other venues that Gov. Larry Hogan lifted in June. But the governor, during an appearance on CSPAN-2 on Tuesday, said he planned to “keep business open, and the economy, unless it’s absolutely necessary.” That forced local leaders to make the tough decisions to keep citizens safe that Maryland’s governor won’t. (Balt Sun)

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