Alternative Fact of the Week: Donald Trump, America’s least accurate weather forecaster

There are a few things that President Donald Trump has made clear in his 32 months in office: that he likes to be at the spinning center of attention, he never admits error, facts are irrelevant, and he will bluster, thunder and threaten for days on end. In other words, Hurricane Trump and Hurricane Dorian were meant for each other. The most amazing collision of this Category 5 storm and this Category Flim-Flam president, however, arrived last Sunday when Mr. Trump warned Alabama that the state was “likely to be hit (much) harder than anticipated.” (Balt. Sun)

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Every Democrat should be talking about guns

Certainly, the larger point is that we will not stop every mass shooting, but we can prevent some and make others less deadly by deploying a range of measures — including an assault-weapons ban, universal background checks, so-called red-flag laws, limits on magazine capacities and more exacting enforcement and punishment of gun dealers who don’t follow the law. The NRA wants none of these, just more guns which, as these mass shootings demonstrate (by the number of fatalities that occurred in mere seconds), would not improve matters and would raise a host of new problems (e.g., more guns that others could steal, more suicides, more accidental shootings). (Wash. Post) 

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Trump is in serious danger, and his own advisers know it

There is one aspect of Donald Trump’s presidency that continues to be under-appreciated: the extraordinary lengths to which he and his propagandists regularly go to mask his political weakness and record of profound failure. To put this a bit differently, Trump’s conduct is so outsize and crazy, and his advisers’ defenses of it are so strained and absurd, that we often end up overlooking the much more mundane explanation for all of this — that Trump is failing on many fronts, and as a result, he and his advisers fear he’ll lose reelection. (Wash. Post)

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Opinion: Surprise Billing Fix Shouldn’t Undermine Maryland’s Current Medical System

Congress is currently working on legislation to address surprise medical billing — an issue that impacts too many patients across the country. As the president of MedChi – the Maryland State Medical Society – and as a patient advocate, I strongly believe that no one should be blindsided by higher than expected medical bills, especially when that patient has spent what often equates to thousands of dollars a year on health insurance premiums, deductibles, co-pays and other related medical expenses. (Cap. News Service)

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Mohler: We Just Have Too Many Guns

“Oh my god, there’s been another one.” That is how the conversation began at our annual family Labor Day gathering over the weekend along the Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge. Sadly, no one had to ask what “another one” meant. In America 2019 everyone knew that somewhere, somehow there had been another mass shooting in the United States. Seven dead. Twenty-two wounded. Weapon of choice: an AR-15 assault rifle. This time it was Odessa, Texas. (Md. Matters)

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Shipp: Baltimore’s children need safe passage throughout the year, not just on the first day of school

Like most people who have been following the news lately, I am outraged at the carnage piling up in Baltimore with daily reports of multiple shootings. Seven men were shot Saturday; two more Sunday. Even Labor Day was no holiday for the mayhem: eight shot in various reported incidents, two dead. And in the midst of this, we welcome children back to schools like Northwood Elementary, which is near the area where three people were shot Monday. (Balt. Sun)

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UMBC: prioritizing cybersecurity critical for local governments

Cyberattacks cost governmental organizations in the U.S. millions of dollars annually, and they can be downright embarrassing. The city of Baltimore, which recently experienced its second hack in as many years, certainly knows this. The current one is expected to cost the city $18 million, and it continues to disrupt city business activity. It took the city nearly 80 days after the attack to begin issuing water bills again. (Balt. Sun)

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Cool: Should we even discuss Hispanic Heritage Month? 

In light of the news — wall, immigration crisis, separated families and deportations — should we be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month? Yes. There are 60 million Latinos in the United States. Some of our ancestors were here before the United States was the United States. We are 20% of the population. We are 1 out of 6 people. We are 1 out of every 5 millennials. We are 1 out of every 2 babies born. (Daily Record)

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