The $10M question: Can police corruption happen again? | COMMENTARY

Two events took place this week that could not better demonstrate the gulf between the threat of police corruption and the lack of recognition of the seriousness of it from those who are supposed to be guarding against it. On Wednesday, the city’s Board of Estimates approved $10 million in new settlements for those victimized by the Gun Trace Task Force, the elite police squad that was assembled to get guns and violent criminals off the streets but often, instead, enriched themselves with cash, drugs and jewelry. Total payouts to victims has so far surpassed the $13 million mark. Let that sink in: $13 million. (Balt Sun)

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Griffiths: Trump’s defeat means a reckoning for Republicans

President Donald Trump’s loss was inevitable since the day candidate Donald Trump rode down the escalator at Trump Tower five years ago. Yes, Trump has served the last four years, the result of an electoral fluke where he was a major party nominee for president against the most disliked major-party nominee for President in American history. But the last four years have been a non-stop reality show, one that American voters clearly were ready to ready to cancel. (Cap Gazette)

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Our Say: We are better than this, Anne Arundel County. Wear the mask.

Some guy no one ever heard of posts photos of a county health inspector online and calls him rude names unfit for these pages. This, Christopher Tepper assured us both on social media and in text messages, is a blow for freedom. “The government is infringing on our civil liberties, and I will not tolerate it,” he wrote. “The constitution is meant to protect the citizens from the government. The government is not protected from the citizens. (Cap Gazette)

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Record number of women in Congress, but still much work to be done

Women have a lot to celebrate this election season. The most obvious reason, of course, is the elevation and historic rise of California Sen. Kamala Harris to vice president elect — the first women and Black individual (and person of Indian and Jamaican descent, we might add) to serve in the country’s second-highest position. Women reached many other milestones down the ballot as well. In fact, glass ceilings were shattered around the country as the election has brought more women to Congress than ever before. Women are so far expected to take 141 seats in the U.S. House and Senate, breaking the 2019 record, when 127 women served, according to the Center for American Woman and Politics at the Rutgers Eagleton Institute of Politics. (Balt Sun)

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Among GTTF settlements, $1 million for recovery from ‘trauma by cop’ | COMMENTARY

I refer to Baltimore as Our City of Perpetual Recovery because that’s how I see it — a city in long recovery from the loss of industry and population, with so many of our fellow citizens trying to move beyond poverty, drug addiction or mental illness, unfinished education, criminality and incarceration. And in recent years we’ve added “trauma by cop” to that list. (Balt Sun)

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Ted Venetoulis: Ode to a Lame Duck Loser

Donald Trump did not win. He is a lame duck President.  He is a loser.  He is a sore loser.  He is a poor sport.  He is in debt.  He is being sued. Civil. Criminal. In a few weeks he will be private citizen. He will pay his own legal fees.  He will not have executive immunity. He will not be Commander-in-Chief. No nuclear code. No Air Force One.  No Kennedy Center Box. No car caravans clearing traffic.

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Anti-Semitic hate crimes rose 14% last year; a Baltimore task force confronts the crisis

Eighteen months ago, The Associated and Baltimore Jewish Council convened Baltimore’s Jewish community leaders to confront the challenges of anti-Semitism. We needed to address not just the high-profile horrifying attacks, but the dramatic rise of anti-Semitic incidents of all types — the swastikas being spray-painted in our communities, the hateful insults exchanged on high school sports fields and in supermarkets, the harassment that college students encounter on campuses. As co-chairs of the Baltimore Community Task Force on Antisemitism, we now stand ready to present our work to all who believe in a civil and more just society. (Balt Sun)

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Prince George’s County is aiming to make kids’ meals healthier

Lately, it doesn’t take much for Americans to feel bitter about what all levels of government are doing to step up and identify solutions to address the coronavirus pandemic. I expected the health and well-being of families to be prioritized. Instead, we’ve seen ineffective policies and the systemic social and racial inequities that our country has consistently failed to address. We don’t need to let this crisis go to waste. (Wash Post)

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