Baltimore City Council to weigh new ethics rules and limits on mayoral power amid Healthy Holly controversy

Grappling with the fallout from Mayor Catherine Pugh’s “Healthy Holly” book deals, the Baltimore City Council is set to consider changes to government ethics laws, limits on the power of the mayor and a new way to oust a sitting mayor. The first round of legislation, sponsored by Councilman Ryan Dorsey, will be introduced at Monday evening’s council meeting. (Balt. Sun)

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"Several" Americans among the 207 killed in Sri Lanka bombing attacks on Easter Sunday

"Several" Americans are among at least 207 people killed and 450 injured in simultaneous terrorist attacks at several high-end hotels and churches in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed Sunday. "The United States condemns in the strongest terms the terror attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter morning," Pompeo said in a statement released by the State Department. "Attacks on innocent people gathering in a place of worship or enjoying a holiday meal are affronts to the universal values and freedoms that we hold dear, and demonstrate yet again the brutal nature of radical terrorists whose sole aim is to threaten peace and security." (Salisbury)

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Seventh Pugh Aide Placed On Leave Amid ‘Healthy Holly’ Book Scandal

Sources tell WJZ a seventh staffer for Mayor Catherine Pugh has been placed on paid leave. Acting Mayor Jack Young made the decision and declined to comment Friday. Those currently on paid leave include Pugh’s chief of staff and main lobbyist. A spokesman for Mayor Pugh said she’s continuing to see doctors and recover from pneumonia and does intend to return to work. (WJZ-TV)

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Taneytown Councilman Frazier disputes six-figure legal costs attributed to him

At the Taneytown candidate forum on Monday, a member of the audience asked the candidates about city expenditures resulting from disputes that have been tied to Councilman Donald Frazier, who is currently running for mayor, and his supporters — a number pegged at about $118,000. Each of the seven mayoral or city council candidates, with the exception of Frazier, responded by decrying the need to have spent that money. (Balt. Sun)

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Rudy Giuliani insists Trump did 'nothing wrong' by taking information from Russians

President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani insisted Sunday there was "nothing wrong" with the president's 2016 campaign taking information from the Russians, as House Democrats pledged stepped-up investigations into campaign misconduct and possible crimes of obstruction detailed in special counsel Robert Mueller's report. (Balt. Sun)

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Trump administration to sanction nations — including allies — for importing oil from Iran

The Trump administration is poised to tell five nations, including allies Japan, South Korea and Turkey, that they will no longer be exempt from U.S. sanctions if they continue to import oil from Iran, officials said Sunday. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to announce on Monday that the administration will not renew sanctions waivers for the five countries when they expire on May 2, three U.S. officials said. The others are China and India. (Balt. Sun)

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Hogan calls special session to elect new House leader

Maryland lawmakers will return to Annapolis on May 1 for a brief special session to elect a new House speaker. Gov. Larry Hogan issued a proclamation Thursday calling lawmakers back to the State House. “It is my solemn duty to call a special session of the General Assembly in order to elect a successor to Speaker Busch,” Hogan said in a statement. “As we close a significant chapter in our state’s history, we will continue the critical work that Mike Busch dedicated so much of his life to doing.” The order calling for a special session was not unexpected. (Daily Record)

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Rep. Elijah Cummings Says He Can ‘Forsee’ Impeachment Proceedings ‘Possibly Coming’ Against President Trump

Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings, appeared on Face the Nation on Sunday. Cummings said the Mueller report has left a roadmap and it is up to Congress to take the investigation further with regard to obstruction. He also said he can quote “forsee” impeachment proceedings “possibly coming” against President Trump. (WJZ-TV)

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