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  • In Baltimore, in the flesh, Stormy Daniels

    04/20/2018 11:43:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 56 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | April 20, 2018 | by Jean Marbella
    Late, very. Short, or at least shorter in the way that celebrities always seem in real life. That was Stormy Daniels, last seen on “60 Minutes,” “The View” and litigation against President Donald Trump stemming from an alleged affair, opening a three-night show at the Fantasies strip club in South Baltimore on Thursday night. Daniels strode onto the elevated stage in the center of the bar dressed as Little Red Riding Hood — if Little Red Riding Hood’s village was Las Vegas, that is. She wore a red sequined and hooded cape and a flouncy skirt, and soon dispensed with...
  • Iowa Legislature moves Toward Right to Arms Constitutional Amendment

    04/19/2018 2:12:15 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 12 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Only six states do not have some sort of right to keep and bear arms amendment or clause in their state Constitution. They are California, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, and  New York. California, Maryland, New Jersey and New York show the lack of a state constitutional protection with their highly restrictive firearms laws.Two outliers on that list are Iowa and Minnesota. State constitutional protections of the right to bear arms provide protection when the federal Constitution fails to do so. The U.S. Supreme Court has been reluctant to protect Second Amendment rights for a decade. Getting to the U.S....
  • Criminal Referral to Justice Department Regarding Comey, McCabe, Clinton, Strzok and Others

    04/18/2018 12:26:00 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 81 replies
    Rep. Ron DeSantis Website ^ | April 18, 2018 | Rep. Ron DeSantis
    Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) today sent a letter, along with several colleagues, to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and US Attorney John Huber, asking them to investigate several Obama-era officials for potential violation(s) of federal statutes. These officials include former FBI Director James Comey, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former Acting Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe, FBI Agent Peter Strzok and FBI Counsel Lisa Page, among others. Read the criminal referral here. The following members have joined DeSantis in this call for equal application of the law:...
  • 4M gallons of sewage, rainwater overflow to Baltimore river

    04/18/2018 1:35:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    WTOP ^ | 4/17/18
    Baltimore officials say more than 4 million gallons (15 million liters) of sewage and rainwater overflowed into a river as rain inundated the sewer system. The city’s Public Works department tells news outlets the sewage and rainwater mix was released Monday into the Jones Falls. Overflows were designed into Baltimore’s sewage system over 100 years ago, but are now being eliminated as part of a consent decree seeking to improve the system and water quality. Work is scheduled to start this week.
  • President Trump to speak at Naval Academy commencement

    04/18/2018 1:33:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 4/18/18 | Danielle Ohl
    President Donald Trump will speak at the Naval Academy commissioning ceremony next month in Annapolis, city officials confirmed Wednesday. It will be Trump’s first time speaking to the academy’s graduating class, as last year Vice President Mike Pence gave the address. Graduation will be held at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium at 10 a.m. May 25 with a Blue Angels fly-over to begin the ceremony. The City of Annapolis will be cooperating with the secret service to provide security for Trump’s visit, said Susan O’Brien, city spokeswoman. The city is not yet confirming which roads will be closed for the...
  • Appeals Court Decrees That A War Memorial Must Go Because It 'Endorses Religion'

    04/18/2018 9:59:07 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 24 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 18, 2018 | George Leef
    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof….” So begins the First Amendment to our Constitution. Those words have been turned into a “law” that allows courts to demand an impenetrable wall of separation between religion and government. A recent case shows how amazingly far they will go to ensure that. In 1925, a group of citizens in Bladensburg, Maryland wanted to honor 49 men from Prince George’s County who had lost their lives during the First World War. The local chapter of the American Legion and families funded a memorial usually...
  • Schultz: MSNBC Fired Me Because They Were 'In the Tank for Hillary' and I Supported Bernie

    04/17/2018 5:48:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2018 | Leah Barkoukis
    Former MSNBC host Ed Schultz opened up in a recent interview about why he believes he was fired in 2015. Schultz, who’s now anchor of a show on RT, told National Review‘s Jamie Weinstein that he believes it was because he supported Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), which was problematic, he charged, because the network was “in the tank for Hillary Clinton.”He described how MSNBC chief Phil Griffin was a "watchdog" who closely managed which stories were covered, and relayed one incident where his story about Sanders’s launch of his campaign was bumped in favor of other news. Sanders gave his official campaign...
  • No more cash: Maryland explores changing tolls to electronic only

    04/14/2018 8:17:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 61 replies
    The Capital Gazette ^ | April 13, 2018 | Katherine Brzozowski
    The Maryland Transportation Authority is exploring phasing out all cash toll booths across the state. Today, tolls are collected three ways: by cash, or electronically, by either an E-ZPass transponder or by video tolling — when the state uses a license-plate photo and mails drivers their bill. Transportation officials say that the transition to all-electronic, high-speed toll collection will: save drivers time on their commute, save the state money, reduce accidents at toll plazas, and reduce CO2 emissions as less fuel is being burned, according to a national study by the University of Central Florida. Drivers in Maryland could start...
  • Dairy Farmer Sues FDA for the Right to Label His Skim Milk as “Skim Milk”

    04/12/2018 1:42:32 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 36 replies
    modernfarmer.com ^ | April 10, 2018 | By Dan Nosowitz
    If we had an actual, physical folder of evidence that the food labeling system in the United States is broken, it'd be full to bursting. And we'd be adding "skim milk????" to the list right about now. Maryland dairy farmers Randy and Karen Sowers are, with the help of the Institute for Justice (a non-profit libertarian-leaning law firm), suing the Food and Drug Administration for essentially doubling down on a very silly law. The gist: South Mountain Creamery, the dairy producer owned by the Sowerses, want to sell milk without the addition of any synthetic chemicals. To do this, they...
  • Baltimore students score near bottom in reading, math on key national assessment

    04/10/2018 8:16:04 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 4/10/2018 | Liz Bowie
    Baltimore City students scored near the bottom in reading and math compared to children in other cities and large urban areas on an important national assessment given in 2017. In fourth- and eighth-grade reading, only 13 percent of city students are considered proficient or advanced. In fourth-grade math, 14 percent were proficient and in eighth-grade math 11 percent met the mark, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, a federally mandated test from the U.S. Department of Education... That put the Baltimore ahead of only Detroit and Cleveland, and sometimes ahead of Milwaukee and Fresno, Calif. — areas of...
  • Why P3s can be a project delivery method worth the risk

    04/09/2018 12:45:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    ConstructionDIVE ^ | March 26, 2018 | Mary Tyler March
    Design-bid-build may still be the No. 1 project delivery method for U.S. construction, but other processes are rising that could challenge DBB’s stake in how some projects are carried out.One such arrangement, public-private partnerships (P3), is gaining steam with talks from Washington, D.C., about employing the method for President Donald Trump’s $1.3 trillion infrastructure spend. While more states and local entities are successfully turning to P3s to tackle major infrastructure overhauls and new projects, the method still runs up against a perception problem. Some elected officials are hesitant to employ P3s because they don’t want to let a private firm...
  • How $37 Million from the Clinton Foundation Disappeared in Baltimore

    04/06/2018 7:36:51 PM PDT · by Revel · 45 replies
    Polizette ^ | 04/06/18 | Charles Ortel
    A grant went to the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund — but the group had only an office address in Washington, D.C. So what happened to the money? Here’s a question for which Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, special counsel Robert Mueller, and former FBI Director James Comey may well know the answer to — but aren’t likely to want to talk about in public, under oath: Why did the Clinton Foundation send a $37 million grant for the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund in 2010 to a Baltimore post office box when the CBHF told federal tax authorities that its only office...
  • Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein names new acting deputy

    04/03/2018 8:31:42 PM PDT · by bitt · 55 replies
    cbsnews ^ | 4/3/2018 | kathryn watson
    Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has named a new acting deputy of his own. The Department of Justice on Tuesday announced Edward O'Callaghan will be the acting principal associate deputy attorney general. O'Callaghan will replace Robert Hur, who is taking Rosenstein's old job as the U.S. Attorney in the District of Maryland. O'Callaghan's new position is key, as it will involve oversight of the FBI's probe of Russian election meddling and any ties to the Trump campaign. O'Callaghan has been serving as the principal deputy assistant attorney general for the DOJ's National Security Division. "Edward O'Callaghan has served the Department...
  • DC area residents to get National Wireless Emergency Alert System test on April 5

    04/02/2018 7:07:53 PM PDT · by bitt · 31 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 4/2/2018 | Diana Stancy Correll
    Residents of Washington, D.C., and 19 other nearby metropolitan jurisdictions will receive test text notifications next week as part of an automatic National Wireless Emergency Alerts System test. The system allows government officials to send emergency alerts to specific geographic areas on cellphones or other mobile devices. People in the 20 participating jurisdictions will receive the following message on Thursday, April 5: “A test of the District of Columbia Wireless Emergency Alerts System. No action required.” The alert is expected to be accompanied by a loud noise as it displays the message. Residents of Washington, D.C., and 19 other nearby...
  • Richard Madaleno, only gay Maryland governor candidate, criticizes rival over 'prancing' comment

    04/02/2018 7:06:33 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 35 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | March 31, 2018
    Two Democratic gubernatorial candidates are clashing over the implications of the verb "to prance." State Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. has accused tech entrepreneur Alec Ross of engaging in dog-whistle politics by implying a state senator "prances around Annapolis talking" instead of getting things done. Madaleno is the only gay gubernatorial candidate. He told The Washington Post that he thought the word choice was "interesting," and his campaign put out a statement calling it "poor and insensitive."
  • Weekly Update: New Soros Lawsuits

    03/31/2018 9:58:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 30, 2018 | Tom Fitton
    Judicial Watch Sues for More George Soros Documents Supreme Court to Reject Maryland’s Gerrymandering Hillary Clinton, Not Sexism, Defeated Hillary Clinton Judicial Watch Sues for More George Soros Documents Hungarian-American George Soros became a billionaire from hedge funds he started, and also from short-selling pounds sterling during England’s currency crisis in 1992. That maneuver earned him $1 billion and the appellation, “The Man Who Broke the Bank of England.” By 2018 he had only $8 billion in the bank, having given $18 billion to his Open Society Foundations, which support leftist causes in the United States and around the...
  • Obama Judges Rule Cross Monument Must Go, Showing Elections Do Have Consequences

    03/28/2018 6:58:00 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 29 replies
    dailysignal ^ | Peter Parisi / March 26, 2018 / | Peter Parisi / March 26, 2018 /
    The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Peace Cross, a monument dedicated to local residents killed in World War I, must be torn down. (Photo: The Washington Times/Zuma Press /Newscom) COMMENTARY BY Peter Parisi Peter Parisi is an editor and writer for The Daily Signal. When Republican congressional leaders went to the White House on Jan. 23, 2009—just three days into Barack Obama’s presidency—to discuss legislation, he helpfully reminded them that his policy preferences necessarily had to prevail because “elections have consequences, and at the end of the day, I won.” Obama is out of office now,...
  • Auditor: Baltimore hasn't kept track of millions in grant money. (Again)

    03/27/2018 6:58:57 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 39 replies
    Baltimore’s top elected officials expressed frustration Wednesday that city government agencies have failed — yet again — to properly account for how they spent grant dollars. A new audit of how the city manages millions of dollars in state and federal grants has come to the same conclusion that previous examinations have: Grant money coming into government coffers is not balancing out with what city agencies are spending. “The city is not able to establish accurate balances of grant accounts,” city Auditor Audrey Askew told Baltimore’s spending panel Wednesday. One possible result, Askew said: “The city could lose its much-needed...
  • State Gets 27 Initial Inquiries From Private Companies Interested in Widening I-270, Beltway

    03/24/2018 1:53:36 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    Bethesda Magazine ^ | January 4, 2018 | Andrew Metcalf
    Maryland is moving forward on its plan to add four toll lanes to both Interstate 270 and the Capital Beltway. On Thursday, the state’s transportation department announced it received 27 responses to its request for initial information from companies interested in financing, building and operating the estimated $7.6 billion project. “This is a significant and very positive step in the process,” State Highway Administrator Greg Slater said in a statement. “This level of interest indicates that industry is meeting our demand … for transformative and innovative ideas to address the congestion issue in Maryland ….” The state received responses from...
  • Let’s really open the roads in Montgomery County

    03/23/2018 11:06:45 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 8, 2017 | Jason Neuringer
    They say there are two constants in life: death and taxes. However, if you live in Montgomery County, there’s a third: traffic congestion . Unfortunately, some Montgomery County politicians seem almost to scoff at any real solution to that last constant. Take Montgomery County Council candidate Ben Shnider’s recent critique of Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) proposal for Interstate 270. Shnider, a Democrat, is correct to point out that Hogan’s proposal does not go far enough. But Shnider argues for policies that would, ironically, make traffic only worse. Meanwhile, his Democratic primary opponent, incumbent council member Sidney Katz (Gaithersburg-Rockville), has shown...