17 former Watergate special prosecutors: We investigated the Watergate scandal. We believe Trump should be impeached.

We, former members of the Watergate special prosecutor force, believe there exists compelling prima facie evidence that President Trump has committed impeachable offenses. This evidence can be accepted as sufficient for impeachment, unless disproved by any contrary evidence that the president may choose to offer.

The ultimate judgment on whether to impeach the president is for members of the House of Representatives to make. The Constitution establishes impeachment as the proper mechanism for addressing these abuses; therefore, the House should proceed with the impeachment process, fairly, openly and promptly. The president’s refusal to cooperate in confirming (or disputing) the facts already on the public record should not delay or frustrate the House’s performance of its constitutional duty.

In reaching these conclusions, we take note of 1) the public statements by Trump himself; 2) the findings of former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation; 3) the readout that the president released of his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky; 4) the president’s continuing refusal to produce documents or allow testimony by current and former government employees for pending investigations, as well as for oversight matters; and 5) other information now publicly available, including State Department text messages indicating that the release of essential military aid to Ukraine was conditioned on Ukraine’s willingness to commence a criminal investigation designed to further the president’s political interests... (Wash. Post)

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Morhaim: The right solution for surprise billing

As both a physician and former lawmaker, there is one issue that stands out to me as particularly archaic and burdensome for the patient experience: surprise medical billing. It is time for Congress to address this issue at the national level. However, it must done in a way that does not threaten access to care or affordability for patients. (Md. Daily Record)

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Is Metro finally turning a corner?

MASS TRANSIT ridership in many major U.S. cities remains flat or in decline, but a few places are starting to buck that years-long negative trend — chief among them the Washington area’s Metrorail system. Could it be that Metro, butt of bitter jokes and source of depthless frustration, has turned a corner? Progress is modest and probably fragile, and the network’s challenges haven’t disappeared. (Wash. Post)

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A nonpartisan health checkup for White House candidates

The chest pain and cardiac stent placement of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are reminders that a nonpartisan physician panel of experts to evaluate and report on the health of presidential candidates and sitting presidents is long overdue. Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Ronald Reagan, Paul Tsongas, Bill Bradley and John McCain are among the candidates and presidents who did not have all of their health issues and their implications fully revealed to the public. (Wash. Post)

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The foreign policy Americans really want

Donald Trump’s election — and his vitriol against his predecessors, former policymakers and his opponents — led many internationalists to retreat and voluntarily undergo an American version of Mao Zedong’s self-education campaign. Yet it turns out that the American public, when asked, evidences a great deal of common sense about the nation’s role in the world. According to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs 2019 survey, published in September, large percentages of Americans — across parties — support U.S. security alliances, believe trade is good for their country, and favor promoting democracy and human rights. (Wash. Post)

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Public speaking to help grow your business

Speaking to the right audience about your products or services is an invaluable marketing opportunity. One of the most memorable experiences of my own marketing career, and perhaps the most frightening, was a time I had to fly on short notice to Canada to present a one-hour new product speech to a large group of science professionals in replacement of my boss. (Daily Record)

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Williams: Discrimination based on income source in Baltimore County

When I was a little girl, I was told that I couldn’t go to the school in my neighborhood because of my race. A few years ago, in my 50s, I was told by multiple landlords in Baltimore County: “You can’t live here. We don’t take vouchers, even from U.S. veterans.” Discrimination has moved from the color line to your source of income. It is appalling. I served honorably in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1975 to 1981. I married my husband, an honorably discharged U.S. Army veteran, and we raised a child. I worked as a commercial truck driver and cared for my family. Later in life, my husband was diagnosed with cancer. (Balt. Sun)

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Wen: A lot went wrong with the tobacco settlement. Let’s not make the same mistakes with opioids.

When I was health commissioner in Baltimore, my single greatest frustration was inaction around the opioid epidemic. Every day, more than 130 Americans die from opioid overdose, and Baltimore has not been spared. In 2017, nearly 700 city residents died from this preventable tragedy. Even though I had written a blanket prescription that made the opioid antidote naloxone readily available, limited funding forced first responders to ration this lifesaving medication. Science is unequivocal that addiction is a disease that can be treated. But in Baltimore, and throughout the United States, only a fraction of patients with addiction are getting the treatment they need. (Balt. Sun)

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