Black kids as scavengers and predators

Scavengers and predators. Those are apparently the first words that popped in the head of a security guard for a private company when seeing a group of black teenagers roaming the streets of downtown. Dehumanizing words that evoke tired, age-old stereotypes of young black boys as uncontrollable and animalistic. The security guard, in an email sent to the Downtown Partnership and others, continued his offensive, fear-mongering story line to say the five teenagers dressed in blue jeans and black hoodies were targeting Caucasians, hearkening back to yet another caricature of the fearful black man. (Balt. Sun)

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Rubin: What we need to hear from Mueller

In testimony before Congress, special counsel Robert S. Mueller III can shed much-needed light on the content of his report, the investigation that preceded and will flow from it, and the actions of Attorney General William P. Barr. Rather than engage in the normal scattershot questioning punctuated by speechifying, the House Judiciary Committee should assign its able attorney Norman Eisen to conduct the questioning. Members could then follow up with additional questions. (Wash. Post)

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Thomas: Flooding the sanctuary zones

In the category of Mad magazine's "scenes we'd like to see," comes President Trump's threat to transport migrants to cities and states that have declared themselves sanctuaries. Apparently he thinks such a move would force Democrats in Congress who represent these places to vote to fund the wall along our southern border. Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls the president's threat "unworthy of the presidency." In fact, it is Congress that has been unworthy for a long time. Here is a body that passes laws everyone else must obey, but in too many cases is exempt from adhering to some of them. (Balt. Sun)

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Del. Maggie McIntosh should be the next House speaker

When members of the House of Delegates reconvene next month for a special legislative session, they won’t vote to replace the late speaker, Michael E. Busch. He is irreplaceable. But delegates will vote on the leader for the next chapter of the House’s history, and among the three announced and universally well qualified candidates, Del. Maggie McIntosh is the right choice. We have tremendous respect for both of her competitors, Del. Dereck E. Davis, who chairs the Economic Matters Committee, and Del. Adrienne Jones, the speaker pro tem. (Balt. Sun)

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CIA over censors former employees' writing

I have joined in a lawsuit with four former federal employees to end the government’s censorship of our writings on national security issues. The current publications-review system of our intelligence agencies is dysfunctional, inhibiting our ability to participate in national security debates. The government has a legitimate interest in protecting bona fide secrets, but the review system is opaque, exceeding legitimate national security boundaries and compromising free speech. Former CIA director Michael Hayden acknowledged the problem, stating that “although the public cannot be briefed on everything, there has to be enough out there so that the majority of the population believes what they [i.e., intelligence agencies] are doing is acceptable.” (Balt. Sun)

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Michael: Annapolis Ignores Economics and Geography for Washington County

The Maryland legislative session for 2019 came to a close earlier this month. What did we get out of Annapolis this year? One hotly debated bill dealt with the issue of medically assisted or physician-assisted suicide. The official title of the bill was End of Life Care Options, a title designed to hide the true nature of the bill, a common tactic by our state leadership. Doesn’t having “care options” sound so much nicer when it comes to taking another’s life? (Herald Mail)

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Levy: Lumping Bernie Sanders into 'old, white male' category discounts his Jewishness

From the moment Bernie Sanders declared his presidential candidacy on Feb. 19, the internet has been dense with think pieces cutting down the Vermont senator because he is an “old white male.” The barrage kicked off with CNN’s Chris Cillizza, who published “5 reasons to be skeptical of Bernie Sanders' 2020 bid.” While he mostly questioned Mr. Sanders’ ability to withstand a taxing primary race, his final point — “Does the Democratic Party want a 77-year-old white male as its nominee?” — was the most telling. (Balt. Sun)

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Pitts: Intolerance has no greater champion than Trump

And what will you say afterward, America? That is not to encourage or even predict that there will be an "afterward" -- that is, that someone will use violence to silence Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women in Congress. But it is to say the possibility is real. Especially given that Donald Trump is leading a lynch mob against her. (Balt. Sun)

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