'A culture of pretty, clean, safe': Mike Gill calls for a new kind of leader in Baltimore

Mike Gill wants to see Baltimore on the cover of Time Magazine. But he doesn't want to see protests and Freddie Gray, or "The Wire" version of the city — he wants Baltimore on the cover as "the most incredible city in America." The former Secretary of the Maryland Department of Commerce spoke about the city's great potential and what's needed to get it to where it "should be" at the Baltimore Business Journal's "Best in Finance: CFO Awards" event Thursday morning. He said the city needs a strong leader who can set the right culture and inspire people with a plan, and a business community that comes together to solve problems instead of blaming others. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

 

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No, the Kavanaugh controversy won’t help Trump in 2020

As pretty much everyone understands by now, President Trump believes that his path to reelection runs not through persuading undecided voters to move into his column but through keeping his supporters excited and angry. And now he seems to have found a new issue — or rather, the renewal of an old one — to achieve that end: Brett M. Kavanaugh. (Wash. Post) 

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Trump and McConnell, watch this ad. Then do something about gun violence.

A couple of weeks ago, when we were in the throes of back-to-school, I shared with you the heartbreaking email from my friend Cheryl about her daughter Rosey’s reaction to an active-shooter drill. A bad dream caused the high schooler to switch her planned outfit from cute to practical. “I had a dream that there was a shooter, and I wouldn’t be able to run in that outfit,” the 15-year-old told her mom. Now comes an ad from Sandy Hook Promise that is a harrowing visual representation of that letter. (Wash. Post)

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Boomers crush millennials. Read all about it!

As a case study in the workings of modern democracy, the handling of Social Security by successive presidents and Congress over recent decades is a deeply disturbing exercise. The facts are not in dispute. Congress and the White House have agreed to benefits for retirees and the disabled that are woefully underfunded. (Wash. Post)

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Pete Buttigieg: Here’s a better way to do Medicare-for-all

Earlier this year, I lost my father to cancer. I make decisions for a living, but nothing could have prepared me for the kind of decisions our family faced as his illness grew more serious. But as challenging as that time was for my family, one thing we did not have to worry about was whether his illness would bankrupt our family. (Wash. Post)

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The GM strike and America’s health-care burden

Almost 50,000 General Motors workers represented by the United Auto Workers union went on strike just after midnight on Monday. At issue: Workers want the Big Three automakers to address pay disparities that trace back to the Great Recession (people hired before 2007 earn more than those who came on after). (Wash. Post)

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The public is waking up to global warming

Two articles in the Sept. 13 paper spoke to the world’s greatest threat besides politics: the overwhelming use of fossil fuels. Reed Hundt’s Friday Opinion essay, “Firms need to cooperate to fight climate change,” favored allowing automakers to cooperate on increasing fuel efficiency, a laudable goal, but with limited benefit. (Wash. Post)

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One big lesson from the General Motors strike

As the United Auto Workers strike against General Motors threatens to drag on, the company decided to play hardball: It announced that it is cutting off health benefits for striking workers. Though they will be able to pick up coverage through COBRA with the help of the union - coverage that won't be as comprehensive - the move sends a clear message that this will be a merciless fight. (Wash. Post)

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