Mohler: The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend

Let’s be crystal clear: the final verdict on Donald J. Trump will not be delivered until November 3, 2020. There will be no real trial and no conviction in the Senate. Democrats would be better served to focus on getting out the vote, putting an end to their own childlike bickering, and uniting behind a candidate who can convince the American people that there are brighter days ahead. It is time to stop waiting for Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and the gang to find their consciences. The “I hope they find their John McCain” ship has sailed. How can that be, you ask?  There actually are some simple explanations. We may not like the answers, but they do provide some insight as to what is driving Democrats insane and keeping Republicans in line. (Mohler)

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Editorial: Girls menstruate; get over it and put free hygiene products in Maryland schools

On any given month in Maryland, it’s a pretty safe bet that tens of thousands of public school girls are menstruating, given that the average age of menarche (the first period) is 12, and nearly 200,000 of the state’s female students are 12 or older. More than 40% of those girls come from homes facing financial challenges, according to recent data from the Maryland State Department of Education, with the percentages much higher in places like Baltimore City, and Somerset and Dorchester counties, where 80%, 77% and 70% of public school students, respectively, qualified for free or reduced-price school meals. Such challenges makes it far more likely girls might miss school and important instruction because they don’t have access to the proper hygiene products to get through the day — a form of “period poverty.” (Balt. Sun)

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Editorial: School system must listen to concerns

The office that helps parents and others navigate the complexities of Frederick County Public Schools made its quarterly report to the school board recently, and it identified communication as a problem. Unfortunately, the first reaction from the school administration was less than helpful — and actually illustrated an attitude that may be part of the communication problem. The Office of the Ombuds was created last year to help parents when they need to interact with the school system. Like any large bureaucracy, FCPS can be intimidating to those who do not understand its organization and its jargon. The board appointed Sabrina Nail as ombuds to be a neutral party who can provide information and assistance. (News-Post)

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Rodricks: Van Hollen decries ‘willful blindness’ of Senate Republicans to Trump misconduct

The most disturbing part of President Donald Trump’s impeachment, says Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen, is the refusal of his Republican colleagues to acknowledge that the president did anything the least bit wrong even as they remain prepared to acquit him of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. “If Republican senators were to publicly state that the president engaged in wrongdoing, or in presidential misconduct, but that it didn’t warrant removal from office, then at least we’d have some bipartisan agreement that the conduct was wrong,” Van Hollen, a Democrat, said Tuesday. (Balt. Sun)

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Weeldreyer: Maryland can deliver paid family leave this year

There’s nothing quite like starting off the week with a good cry. That’s what I did while reading about new paid family leave for federal workers. The families I read about found themselves in dire or unexpected circumstances, needing to care for aging parents, for children with special medical needs or for a baby on the brink of entering the foster-care system. The stories were deeply emotional, and yet I related to them not just with sadness but also with joy — each of the situations involved families blessed with paid family leave. (Wash. Post)

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Editorial: Let’s hear from McDonogh School graduate John Bolton on Ukraine aid and what Trump said

Since its founding in 1873 as a “school farm” for disadvantaged city youth, the McDonogh School has made honesty and integrity a core part of its mission. That is as true today — as 13-year-old students are required to sign a pledge promising to “tell the truth in all situations, [and] present work that is truly their own” — as it was in 1966, when the graduating class included a Baltimore firefighter’s son named John Robert Bolton. Standing in contrast is Donald John Trump, the son of privilege who attended the New York Military Academy (Class of 1964), where he lost his rank of captain his senior year (an action classmates attributed to a hazing incident that Mr. Trump has denied). (Balt. Sun)

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Buchanan: Hillary puts Bernie into her basket of deplorables

“Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done. He was a career politician.” So says Hillary Clinton of her former Senate colleague and 2016 rival for the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders. Her assessment of Sanders’ populist-socialist agenda? (News-Post)

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Turly: The revelations about Bolton’s book may not be so devastating for Trump

It was the seeming Perry Mason moment of President Trump’s impeachment trial. Just after the White House team presented its defense denying any quid pro quo over Ukrainian aid, former national security adviser John Bolton jumped up from the gallery to scream, “He did it!” Not really, but close. A few hours after the start of the president’s defense, details from Bolton’s forthcoming book leaked, including his account of Trump asserting that $391 million in military aid would be withheld until Ukraine announced investigations into the 2016 election and the Bidens. (Wash. Post)

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