‘Come on, man. What’s that about?’ U.S. Rep. Cummings blasts acting DHS chief over child detainment conditions

U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings ripped into the acting Homeland Security Secretary on Thursday over conditions at facilities holding children suspected of crossing the border illegally, saying “none of us would have our children in that position.” During a congressional hearing on “The Trump Administration’s Child Separation Policy,” Cummings took Kevin McAleenan, head of the Department of Homeland Security, to task for what he described as conditions that allow children to defecate on themselves and not be given access to a shower. (Balt. Sun)

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Panic over Russian company’s FaceApp is a sign of new distrust of the Internet

Shortly after the playful photo-transforming FaceApp went viral Wednesday as the most downloaded smartphone app in America, a nationwide panic began to set in: Who was this shadowy Russian tech firm everyone had been sending their photos to? And what did they want with millions of people’s faces? But some of the darkest fears of a Russian connection, researchers and technical experts said Thursday, appeared to have been overblown: The photos are stored on conventional servers run by American companies, and no evidence has surfaced that the company has ties to the Russian government. (Wash. Post)

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Actress Rain Pryor Vane Files Paperwork To Run For Baltimore City Council; 8 Candidates Officially Running For Mayor

Actress Rain Pryor Vane has officially filed paperwork to run for city council in Baltimore’s third district. The state Board of Elections database shows she submitted paperwork for her bid Tuesday. Pryor Vane, the daughter of late comedian Richard Pryor, has played a number of roles on the big and small screens, including as Jackie Garcia in the TV series “Rude Awakening” and as a shopper in the 2000 live-action film “How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” according to IMDB. (WJZ)

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Md. panel says public officials’ use of emails may constitute a meeting

Public officials will have to reconsider how they use electronic communications in the wake of a new opinion from the state’s Open Meeting Compliance Board. For more than 20 years electronic communications, such as emails and text messages, have been considered public documents but not subject to open meetings laws in Maryland, despite repeated warnings that such views could one day be overtaken by how the technology is used. The compliance board’s advisory opinion on a recent case suggests that time has arrived. (Daily Record)

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After acrimonious week, Ocasio-Cortez to rally in Maryland with Rep. Jamie Raskin

Rep. Jamie B. Raskin (D-Md.) isn’t accustomed to drawing big crowds when he hosts benefits for “Democracy Summer,” the program he started more than a decade ago to train new generations of liberal activists. But Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is Raskin’s featured speaker at Thursday night’s benefit in Silver Spring, and his phone has been ringing endlessly since his office put out word last week. Within hours, all 700 tickets were gone, and his office had to start a waiting list. (Wash. Post) 

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Former Maryland Congressman Tom McMillen shown in old video with Epstein, Trump

In 1992, then-Congressman Tom McMillen of Maryland hobnobbed with future President Donald Trump and accused human trafficker Jeffrey Epstein at a party at Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort, according to a video released by NBC News. In snippets of the video posted by NBC on Wednesday, Trump is shown dancing among women — identified as cheerleaders for the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins — and then greets three people walking in: Epstein, McMillen and a woman. (Balt. Sun)

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U.S. House Approves Bill to Boost Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour

The U.S. House on Thursday voted to hike the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025. The measure has little chance of being enacted by the GOP-led Senate, but will be widely touted by Democrats heading into the 2020 campaign season. The current federal minimum wage is less than half of that amount ― it has been stalled at $7.25 since 2009. This month marked a record for the longest period without raising the minimum wage since it was enacted. (Md. Matters)

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Elijah Cummings faced hate when integrating a Baltimore pool. Decades later, Trump’s tweets reopen old wounds.

A few days after President Donald Trump’s tweet that four Democratic congresswomen of color should "go back” to other countries, U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings placed a finger on an eyebrow and felt for an old scar. The Baltimore Democrat said it was left by a bottle hurled at him during a steamy, late summer 57 years ago, when white mobs taunted and threw rocks and bottles at Cummings and other African American kids seeking to integrate the Riverside Park pool in South Baltimore. (Balt. Sun)

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