Cortellessa: Maryland can save its election by letting people vote at home

The novel coronavirus has profoundly disrupted everyday life. Schools, restaurants, bars and gyms are closed; travel is mostly banned from Europe; and people are hunkering down in isolation. More closures and bans are certain to come. Now, the 2020 election is at risk. Polling places are acutely susceptible to the spreading of the disease, as voters will stand close together in lines and put their hands on doorknobs, pens and touch-screens. Either voter participation will plummet or voting centers will become vectors of community transmission. That’s why more and more states are embracing an idea that could mitigate the problem: letting people vote at home. (Wash. Post)

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Pitts Jr.: Trump’s ‘Chinese virus’ description shows his racism

Viruses do not carry passports. Nor do they have birth certificates or other markers of citizenship. So the insistence of Donald Trump and other Republicans upon identifying the coronavirus that has sickened and killed people all over the world as a “Chinese virus” (as Mr. Trump has done on multiple occasions) or a “foreign virus,” (as he did in his widely panned Oval Office speech) is nonsensical on its face. (Balt. Sun)

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CareFirst CEO: This is what companies need to (do) during coronavirus pandemic

These are stressful times for families, communities and businesses as we work to arrest the spread of COVID-19 — the disease that is substantially straining the health care system, the economy and everyday life worldwide. As CEO of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, I believe all leaders have a responsibility to act quickly and boldly in coordination with government and public health officials. We must use our voices and resources to help guide through these challenging times. (Balt Sun)

 

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Rubin: Don’t torture yourself with the clown show

In the era of social distancing, rising unemployment and constant anxiety, I strongly recommend you not watch President Trump’s daily press appearances. They will infuriate and sadden you. The president who delayed acting when the coronavirus first appeared, and delayed in activating the Defense Production Act, now insists the shelves at stores are not barren, tests are widely available and he’s deserving of a 10 out of 10 for his response. (Wash Post)


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Rodricks: This is not the country we were promised

It was not supposed to be like this. This is not the country we were promised. It is not the one we wanted to leave to our children. Long ago, before cynicism got into our bones, there was the promise of America, and it bristled with possibilities. I don’t have a date for that, but it was within my lifetime. The overarching promise was understood to be a national commitment to progress. (Balt Sun)

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Ornstein & Mann: Members of Congress are facing a potential crisis of government. They were warned.

Two members of Congress have already tested positive for covid-19. Imagine if 250 members of the House or 55 members of the Senate contracted the disease and were hospitalized or quarantined. Or if members were to return home but were unable to make it back to the Capitol because of travel restrictions. Neither chamber would be able to meet the Constitution’s requirement for a quorum to do official business. The legislative branch of our government would cease to function at a critical moment. (Wash Post)


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Hewitt: Get creative, Congress, and stay at work until the economy has been steadied

Phase one of the federal government’s response to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic was the many-faceted intervention by the Federal Reserve. Bravo. Phase two was the package of measures sent by the House of Representatives to the Senate and accepted by the latter without change. Credit goes to both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and to their counterparts, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.). Bravo 2.0. (Wash Post)


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Rozell: Gov. Larry Hogan’s coronavirus leadership trumps Trump’s -and many others

Gov. Larry Hogan’s firm action to mitigate the corona virus outbreak in Maryland is being lauded as a model of executive leadership in a time of crisis. The praise is well-deserved, as the scientific evidence makes very clear that the only workable strategy to slow the progression of the virus — and eventually reverse its spread — is to shut down all large gatherings. Not all state governors are so sure-footed in their crisis leadership. While a good many governors also have acted appropriately to the crisis, others have been slow to make decisions to protect the public. The same for city mayors — some have been at the forefront of crisis leadership, others too slow to act. (Balt. Sun)

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