Matthews versus Beale: Let’s Get Ready to Rumble

First of all a disclaimer: I despise the fact that we start our presidential cycle the morning after a new president is elected. That drove me nuts in the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s, and it’s even worse today in the age of cable news and a 24/7 news cycle. Are we ever going to govern again, or are we simply going to search and destroy? I’ll never forget Mitch McConnell’s clandestine meeting on the first day of the Obama presidency instructing his republican colleagues to simply say “no” to it all. “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president,” he said. And in all fairness, I am sure that many of my republican friends feel as if that pattern has repeated itself during the first two years of the Trump presidency. (Don Mohler)

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Repairing Notre Dame is important. Protecting clergy abuse victims is more important.

The images were heart-rending. Flames roaring through Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, its Gothic spire collapsing into the inferno. A gash into the heart of Catholicism, one observer wrote. The response was as breathtaking as the fire. It came from Catholics in France, Rome and around the world, united by their resolve to take swift action. French business leaders pledged hundreds of millions of dollars for repairs. President Emmanuel Macron vowed that Notre Dame will be rebuilt within five years. Other countries promised financial aid. Pope Francis himself reached out to Macron to express his “solidarity with the French people.” (Wash. Post)

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Wen: Md. a leader in protecting Planned Parenthood

Maryland has become a leader in the fight to protect women’s access to reproductive and preventive health care, said Dr. Leana Wen, president of Planned Parenthood and the former Baltimore City health commissioner. “I’m proud to be a Marylander,” she said in an interview. “Our Maryland champions are some of the first out of the gate with countermeasures to protect patients in the state.” Wen will be the keynote speaker at the annual Maryland Planned Parenthood Gala Thursday night, an appearance billed as a “return” to the state. (Daily Record)

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Baltimore Police Department needs a shake-up — but don't push out the good cops

Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison has swiftly followed through on promises to change a department beset by corrupt cops, high homicide rates and a breakdown in support from the community. In a show of strong and deliberate leadership, he has moved to restructure the department, bringing in former colleagues from New Orleans familiar with consent decrees, and reducing the number of the highest ranking officers to create a more efficient organization. The department needed a cultural shift, and Mr. Harrison has shown since his confirmation March 11 that he is willing to make that happen. (Balt. Sun) 

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Larry Hogan's very (very, very) narrow path to the Republican presidential nomination

Even as his game of footsie with the Never Trumpers intensifies, Gov. Larry Hogan continues to insist that he’s not interested in a suicide mission to challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 primaries. Sure, he just spoke in New Hampshire, said some bold things (by Republican standards) about obstruction of justice and the Mueller report, and confirmed that he plans to visit 16 states as part of his non-campaign. But he says he’ll only actually run if he can win. (Balt. Sun) 

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Maryland overfishing imperils rockfish population

On Tuesday, Virginia did what Maryland should: close its 2019 spring recreational striped bass trophy season. “The recent stock assessment shows that early action is needed to slow the decline and restore this fishery to sustainable levels,” Virginia Marine Resources Commissioner Steven G. Bowman said in a statement. Yet Maryland, one of the worst offenders when it comes to overfishing Atlantic striped bass — what we like to call “rockfish” — has chosen to go forward with a trophy season this year despite mounting evidence of the dangers. (Balt. Sun) 

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Democrats shouldn't impeach Trump because of politics — but they shouldn't let politics stop them either

The Constitution gives Congress pretty wide latitude in deciding what justifies impeachment. Two offenses are mentioned — treason and bribery — but a third, “high crimes and misdemeanors,” has never been clearly defined although it’s evident the framers didn’t want lawmakers to impeach a sitting president, vice president or other officer of government for no good reason. Obstruction of justice would seem to fit the definition of eligible offenses (at least its been used before), and thus with the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report last week, and especially its allegations of possible obstruction, Democrats now find themselves in a quandary: To impeach or not to impeach. (Balt. Sun)

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Fry: 5G is knocking on Md.’s door — but we’re not answering

Legislation that would have established statewide standards in Maryland to streamline the permitting and installation of new high-tech equipment so Internet and wireless cell phone providers can offer a faster, more reliable service known as 5G has once again been rejected and the interested parties encouraged to develop a consensus. Regrettably, the Maryland Association of Counties, Maryland Municipal League and the wireless industry could not forge a compromise on legislation proposed during the 2019 Maryland General Assembly session. (Daily Record)

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