Trump overexposed and underwhelming

Here are two interesting political straws in the wind: According to a recent poll in the Military Times, active duty service members favor Joe Biden over Boss Trump in the upcoming election, 41-37. Given that a poll on the same date in 2016 showed Trump favored by 20 points over Hillary Clinton, this looks like a significant shift. (Star Dem)

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Putting the brakes on Baltimore transit: Is there an exit plan? Shared sacrifice?

Given the uncertain state of Maryland’s transportation finances, this week’s announcement by the Maryland Transit Administration that the state agency proposes to substantially reduce transit service does not come as a complete surprise. The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly worsened an already stretched-thin state Transportation Trust Fund and emergency federal relief funds are quickly running out. But the circumstances don’t make the prospect of a “20% overall service reduction” in local bus routes any less painful for Baltimore and its neighboring counties.(Balt Sun)

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Nick Berry: You’d think things would be looking bad for Trump. No so fast.

You would think with Trump’s re-election would be in peril, with his botched management of the pandemic, the tanking economy, neglect of increasing climate-change-induced disasters, and the spate of police shootings of Black men and the resulting turmoil. The polls, even in key swing states, indicate as much. Not so fast. (Cap Gazette)

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UM president: These are the reasons I reopened the state’s flagship campus

Students are back at the University of Maryland this week for a hybrid semester stressing both coronavirus safety and a rich educational experience. We have taken comprehensive safety precautions and worked to provide as much in-person teaching and activities as possible on our de-densified campus. (Balt Sun)

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Why Love’s labors were lost: Social media posts failed the Hogan test

There is a certain inescapable symmetry to the case of Len Foxwell, the chief of staff to Comptroller Peter Franchot who kept his job for harshly chastising on social media those who foolishly sought to overturn stay-at-home orders during the height of the pandemic last April, and that of Arthur “Mac” Love IV, the former deputy director of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives. Mr. Love lost his job for unwisely describing as a “genuinely good person” the 17-year-old Illinois man who allegedly took an AR-15 style rifle to Wisconsin and gunned down two men in Kenosha. (Balt Sun)

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I speak with a computerized voice. Republicans used it to put words in my mouth.

I speak with a computerized voice — think Stephen Hawking. It’s a result of ALS, the neurological disease I’ve had since 2016. And of all the painful parts of this entire ordeal, which has now almost completely paralyzed me, one of the worst is the way the disease has robbed me of my natural voice. Last week, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise tried to use my computer-assisted voice to rob me of my agency, too. (Wash Post)

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Perry Weed: Detached from the economy, stock markets enter bull territory again. It’s weird.

The S&P 500 is back. This and other major indexes have recovered their February losses brought on by the covid-related shutdowns. This was the shortest bear market in U.S. history. Nothing else – other than the stock market itself – seems to matter. Not the pandemic and its 180,000 deaths; not a continuing recession, the worst in decades; not the persistent protests driven by police violence and racism. (Cap Gazette)

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What parents need right now: Interrupting the COVID slide

On a Wednesday in May my 8-year-old daughter revolted against remote learning. During the second month of taking five classes a day she declared “I’m done with taking classes on Zoom.” Usually, she is organized and loves to complete her assignments early. In this case, she exercised her voice against COVID-19 and remote learning. (Md Reporter)

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