McArdle: Blue and red states should stop shaming each other on their covid-19 response. We’re in this together.

Residents of blue-state urban centers have warned for months that Florida was fated to experience an explosion of covid-19 cases. Only recently, however, has Florida vindicated their prophecy. Just as the urbanites are finally emerging from their lockdown cocoons, Floridians, Texans and Arizonans who have been out and about for much longer are scurrying back into their homes as coronavirus outbreaks fill their hospitals. (Wash Post)

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EDITORIAL: Abortion rights get a court win (but perhaps a political loss)

In the 24 hours since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law that sought to regulate abortion clinics out of business, it’s become increasingly obvious that there was only one clear winner. That would be the legal concept of stare decisis or the rule of precedent. Having decided just four years ago that a similar Texas law was unconstitutional, Chief Justice John Roberts could not bring himself to ignore the previous ruling even though he dissented with the conservative wing in that particular case. Many social conservatives were made upset by this. (Balt Sun)

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K. Vignarajah: Immigrants deserve coronavirus federal relief

Luciana was well on her way to achieving the American dream. As a widow and a single mother who fled violence in Venezuela with her five children last summer, life in the United States offered a fresh start. She was working full-time in a factory, taking English classes four times a week and watching as her children began to settle into their new lives. Then the coronavirus hit. Suddenly, Luciana found her hours at the factory drastically cut. (Balt Sun)

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Editorial: Congress must extend unemployment insurance benefits

As painful as the COVID-19 recession has been for many Americans, the abrupt downturn could have been far worse. And perhaps the smartest action taken by the federal government so far has been those expanded unemployment payments made possible by the Coronavirus Aid, Response and Economic Security (CARES) Act. In Maryland, for example, the payout has been exceptional (if not always easily navigated by applicants). State officials estimate that from March 9 to June 20, unemployment payments in Maryland totaled $3.3 billion of which $1.3 billion comes from Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for folks who wouldn’t have otherwise qualified for any form of assistance. Another $46 million went to people who had already exhausted their normal 13 weeks of benefits. (Balt Sun)

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Jawando: In Montgomery County, we are working to reimagine policing

As a black man living in the United States, I’ve been pulled over by police countless times. The first time, I was 15. The most recent time, I was 36 — a few months after I was elected to the Montgomery County Council. Before my 1-year-old son had celebrated his first birthday or even his first tooth, he’d interacted with police. My wife was pulled over the first time she left the house during her maternity leave. Our son was tucked into the car seat just behind her. Our three daughters — ages 9, 7 and 6 — also have been in the car when we’ve been pulled over. (Wash Post)

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Pitts Jr.: Voter disenfranchisement ignored as presidential election approaches

This is an emergency. Election Day is little more than four months off, and voters are facing their most important choice since 1860: Donald Trump or America? It’s a decision that will define the future.And millions of us wonder if we’ll get to have our say. Such is the state of things seven years almost to the day since the Supreme Court disemboweled The Voting Rights Act of 1965, specifically the section requiring states and municipalities with histories of voting discrimination to obtain federal approval before changing their balloting procedures. (Balt Sun)

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McManus: Congress had a chance for bipartisan police reform. Both parties failed

After Americans reacted in outrage to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Republicans and Democrats in Congress promised quick action on police reform. Leaders on both sides offered a long list of ideas: a ban on chokeholds, an end to “no-knock” searches, and more. Then, last week, the Senate deadlocked on the issue almost as quickly as it had vowed to act. (News-Post)

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Jawando: In Montgomery County, we are working to reimagine policing

As a black man living in the United States, I’ve been pulled over by police countless times. The first time, I was 15. The most recent time, I was 36 — a few months after I was elected to the Montgomery County Council. Before my 1-year-old son had celebrated his first birthday or even his first tooth, he’d interacted with police. My wife was pulled over the first time she left the house during her maternity leave. (Wash Post)

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