The summer Black culture pushed back

For Black Americans, 2020 has been defined by agonizing reminders that the past isn’t really past. Yet something hopeful happened over the past several months, too. This summer, Black culture pushed back. On stages large and small, Black artists boldly offered up galvanizing visions that suggest not only canAmericans of all races disentangle ourselves from a racist past, but also we can build a better future together. Some of these works emerged from the ground up. (Wash Post)

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Trump’s disastrous town hall shows he should never have made mental acuity an issue

It was not simply that President Trump resorted to obvious lies at the ABC News town hall Tuesday night, or that he was rude and ineffective in addressing the terrific, substantive questions from real, undecided voters. His campaign’s bigger worry is that he came across as confused, lost and incoherent. He really should not have gone down the road of challenging his opponent’s mental acuity. (Wash Post)

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Lurie: Nobody wants vaccine trials to fail. But they just might.

To hear President Trump tell it, we’re on a glide path to an effective vaccine for covid-19. “We’re going to have a vaccine in a matter of weeks,” he said Tuesday on “Fox & Friends.” “It could be four weeks, it could be eight weeks.” Less rosy estimates of vaccine availability share the same basic assumption: At least one of the vaccines currently in clinical trials will prove to be effective and safe. (Wash Post)

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EDITORIAL: Here’s a proposal that could lead Congress out of its impasse on pandemic relief

As of Tuesday morning, this was the status of efforts to move a much-needed new round of pandemic-related economic support through Congress: The House had passed a $3.4 trillion bill in May, which was quickly dismissed by Republicans as far too expensive. Talks between the White House and Democratic congressional leaders on a compromise fell apart before lawmakers took an August recess. (Wash Post)

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Orr: Put Politics Aside. Convene a Special Session of the Legislature

In “The Pros and Cons of a Special Session” [Maryland Matters, Sept. 9], Josh Kurtz gives his take on whether the Maryland General Assembly can muster the political will to convene for a special session. But he forgot one of the biggest “cons”: There is a massive human cost to putting off legislation that ensures Maryland residents can protect their health and meet their basic human needs. With more than 113,000 coronavirus cases and upward of 3,600 deaths, Marylanders need relief now, not in January. (Md Matters)

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Ignatius: The military is providing an unexpected and powerful line of defense against Russian interference

As evidence grows that the Trump administration is pressuring intelligence agencies to tailor their reporting for political purposes, the U.S. military is providing an unexpected and powerful line of defense. President Trump has tried to suppress discussion of Russia’s meddling on his behalf in the 2016 election and again in 2020.He has fired two directors of national intelligence who disagreed about it. And a whistleblower complaint alleges that his allies tried to stifle reporting about Russia this year at the Department of Homeland Security. (Wash Post)

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EDITORIAL: Rainy Day Fund: Dip in now or when the fiscal storm grows worse?

Baltimore’s Board of Estimates, the five member group that manages city finances, will face a choice on Wednesday over whether to authorize up to $25 million be withdrawn from the city’s rainy day fund (a.k.a. the “budget stabilization reserve”) to cover budget shortfalls related to the pandemic. For the average Baltimorean, this might seem irrelevant (As long as they aren’t raising taxes or reducing city services, why should I care?). But it’s actually a rather significant milestone. (Balt Sun)

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Wen: Protests and Trump rallies both carry covid-19 risks. But there’s a reason Trump’s rallies are worse.

Whenever public health experts warn about the dangers of President Trump’s large political rallies, we are accused of hypocrisy: How come we condone Black Lives Matters protests but call out these rallies as potential superspreader events? I understand where the criticism comes from. Both events can bring together many thousands, if not tens of thousands, of people. There’s limited physical distancing, with individuals often packed shoulder to shoulder for prolonged periods. (Wash Post)

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