Chavis: Public transportation cuts bad for Maryland’s economy

Last week Gov. Larry Hogan introduced changes to Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) service that slashes the operating budget of the agency by $43 million to combat fiscal shortfalls due to the pandemic. Beginning in January, 25 bus routes will be eliminated, and another 11 routes will offer reduced weekday service that will increase the time between buses by 15 to 30 minutes. (Balt Sun)

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EDITORIAL: Authorities must get to the bottom of Postmaster DeJoy’s alleged manipulation of campaign donations

When U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy appeared last month before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) asked him if he had ever pressured any company employees to donate to President Trump’s campaign and later paid back those employees. Mr. DeJoy was taken aback and clearly furious. “That’s an outrageous claim, sir, and I resent it. . . . The answer is no,” he said. Mr. DeJoy’s outrage seems misplaced, given the recent report by The Post alleging that he used that exact subterfuge from 2003 to 2014 to benefit other Republican candidates and burnish his standing as a top party fundraiser, positioning him to get his current job. (Wash Post)

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Miller: This 9/11 anniversary arrives with the end of the war on al-Qaeda well in sight

Remnants of the al-Qaeda terrorist organization that launched the 9/11 terror attacks 19 years ago remain active throughout the world. But it is now possible to see the contours of how the war against al-Qaeda ends. The United States had three aims in this war: strengthen the country’s border defenses, pursue our enemies and facilitate our allies’ ability to lead the counterterrorism fight. (Wash Post)

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EDITORIAL: Don’t rejoice over Maryland’s short-term surplus: Billion-dollar deficits still loom

State government recently closed out the books for the fiscal year that ended on June 30 with some marginally good news: Things weren’t as bad as some had initially expected. But in the context of the broader financial picture in Annapolis, this is a bit like saying California wildfires haven’t consumed as many homes as some had feared even as the inferno rages on. Context is everything. (Balt Sun)

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Zakaria: Prepare for election month, not election night

All of us need to start preparing for a deeply worrying scenario on Nov. 3. It is not some outlandish fantasy, but rather the most likely course of events based on what we know today. On election night, President Trump will be ahead significantly in a majority of states, including in the swing states that will decide the outcome. Over the next few days, mail-in ballots will be counted, and the numbers could shift in Joe Biden’s favor. But will Trump accept that outcome? Will the United States? (Wash Post)

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Rushern Baker: Don’t be afraid of ‘defund the police’

Every moderate Democrat I know cringes when they hear the phrase “defund the police,” and think of all the swing voters they may lose based on rhetoric. But let’s take up this call to action and continue the fight to empower communities. Communities that could not be more different, from large cities and small towns to suburban counties and rural villages, share a common challenge: exactly how to take up the rallying cry that became widespread following George Floyd’s death while being arrested in Minnesota and continues with the shooting of Jacob Blake by police officers in Wisconsin. (Balt Sun)

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Rubin: Trump’s unforgivable sin: His covid-19 lies killed Americans

That President Trump lied to the American people about the danger of the novel coronavirus may not be shocking. More shocking is that he was willing to admit this to Bob Woodward, whose new book “Rage” includes damning new evidence of Trump’s contempt for the truth and American lives. (Wash Post)

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Lucas & July: What young professionals want from Baltimore’s next mayor

It’s no secret that Baltimore City is in dire need of transformative change. We have seen an increase in crime, a decreasein positive educational outcomes and decreases in our economy. Change cannot happen without collective action from the government, residents, the private sector and other community leaders. As millennial leaders, we understand the importance of change from a different perspective. What worked in the 1990s and 2000s will not work in 2020 and the future. There are several issues we believe a new mayor of Baltimore should think about. (Balt Sun)

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