Weller: Port Covington developer: Opportunity Zone criticism 'entirely unfair'

I am a longtime Maryland resident who fell in love with Baltimore. Another person who fits this description happens to be one of America's great entrepreneurs, Kevin Plank. When he reached out to me about helping him invest in Baltimore's future, I didn't hesitate. I have now devoted seven years of my life to investing in this city, creating hundreds of jobs and joining the many other people who work passionately every day to make Baltimore a better place. Until only a few years ago, the Port Covington peninsula was a mostly abandoned and contaminated industrial wasteland with only a handful of residents and no signs of potential investment or redevelopment on the horizon. (Balt. Sun)

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Kurtz: Bringing It All Back Home

After delivering their speeches, members of the Democratic presidential field join together on stage at Rep. Jim Clyburn’s “World Famous Fish Fry” last week in Columbia, S.C. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images The Democratic presidential debates are almost upon us. Be afraid. Be very afraid. Not because these are a bad lot of candidates or because they have unappealing messages. But the debates themselves, spread out over Wednesday and Thursday nights, are not a great showcase for these candidates or for the Democratic Party as it works to defeat President Trump. (Md. Matters)

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Editorial: In Poe Homes water main break, Baltimore failed its most vulnerable

The time for patience, understanding and benefit of the doubt is long over, and there’s no other way to say it: The city’s handling of the water main break near Poe Homes in West Baltimore was horrible and put at risk the health of 281 of the city’s most vulnerable residents. Some were still experiencing water pressure problems this week. City officials initially showed woefully insufficient concern about the deteriorating living conditions residents of the public housing complex dealt with after the June 17 break. The fact that they couldn’t take a shower, flush their toilets, wash dishes or cook certain foods seemed to have gotten lost in the early days of the break. (Balt. Sun)

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Editorial: What to watch for in this week's Democratic presidential debates

Beginning Wednesday night, 20 of the Democratic contenders for president square off in what will likely prove the most unwieldy debate in modern American history. The sheer number of candidates added to a 10-by-10 format — 10 candidates debate Wednesday and 10 others on Thursday — have virtually guaranteed its awkwardness. Looking forward to hearing Sen. Elizabeth Warren challenge former Vice President Joe Biden? Or how New Jersey’s Cory Booker squaring off against California’s Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate rising star bragging rights? Sorry, not going to happen. They are on different nights. (Balt. Sun)

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Goldberg: Media have a double standard on culture-war controversies

When Vice President Mike Pence was the governor of Indiana, he got along well with the mayor of South Bend, Pete Buttigieg, despite the fact that Mr. Buttigieg is a gay, liberal Democrat and Mr. Pence is a straight, socially conservative Republican. Ironically, Mr. Pence is a straight man in both the sexual-orientation sense and the comedic sense, given his relationship with the president. But that's not important right now. Neither is the pre-2016 relationship between Mr. Pence and "Mayor Pete." (Balt. Sun)

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DeFilippo: The Trump Cacophony

President Trump plans to address the nation from the Lincoln Memorial on July 4. A fireworks display will follow. Here’s one set of eyes and ears that won’t be fastened on President Trump’s speech on July 4 at the Lincoln Memorial. The aural and visual blackout has nothing to do with politics or ideology, though Trump’s policies and politics are 18th Century leftovers, at best. Everything a president says, good, bad, even ungrammatical, is important to the nation and the world. Forget that he lies, misrepresents and dissembles. (Md. Matters)

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Morici: A trade deal with China could put national security at risk

Contempt for foreign property rights is deeply embedded in Chinese political and business norms and values, and the real negotiating partners — China’s deep-state bureaucracy and state-owned enterprises, military and private business chieftains — are not at the table and President Xi cannot likely deliver them. In 2015, China signed an agreement to end state-sponsored industrial espionage. Beijing simply redirected its endeavors toward more vulnerable targets in Asia and Europe and then, when President Barack Obama left office, resumed stealing American intellectual property. (Balt. Sun)

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Raskin: ‘We’re Going to Turn Around This Dreadful Idea of Mass Deportations’

On a weekend that saw the Trump administration abort a planned roundup of people said to be facing deportation orders, U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) pledged Sunday that immigration reform advocates will ultimately prevail in their push for “justice” for undocumented persons. “Some people woke up this morning hoping there were going to be roundups and deportations, but we woke up with our minds set on freedom, and we stopped those deportations for at least two weeks,” Raskin told more than 250 people gathered for an “Immigration Solidarity” event at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Montgomery County. (Md. Matters)

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